Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weight Watchers Meal Ideas (Part 1)

Silas and I joined Weight Watchers almost a month ago. I didn't post about it right away because I was fairly skeptical about the program. But since then I've lost ten pounds and can fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothing so I'm pretty much a believer.

I used to think I ate pretty healthily. But as I started tracking my food in take I started to realize that while I did eat "mostly" healthy food, I also ate a lot of junk. I would eat a piece of candy, cake, or cookie almost every day and justify it by thinking "I eat healthy". Meanwhile all these sweets were adding up and keeping me from losing weight!

When I started cutting things out of my diet I quickly realized I had very few meals or snacks that would work on the WW points system. This was in large part due to the fact that Silas and I ate very little fruit or vegetables in our diet previous to weight watchers. So I set about the task of purging our diet.

The first casualty in my war against points was anything made with white flour. Chop. Gone. Only whole wheat from here on out. The next thing was sugary foods. Chop. Gone. And after that? Fatty foods. Not all fatty foods, but the ones that don't have protein. Chop. Gone. So what are we filling up on now? Lots for fruits and vegetables, fish, and chicken.

I'll be honest. The second day we were on WW Silas came home from work to find me crying on the couch. He asked what was wrong and my response was "I NEED CARBS!!!" But when I stepped on the scale at the end of that first week and realized I'd lost 6 pounds? It was worth it.

So now when I start craving Perfect Chocolate Cake (maybe someday I'll post the recipe for you) I just think about weighing in at the end of the week and I ask myself: would you rather lose 2 pounds this week or would you rather eat this piece of cake? And then the cake loses.

I'm doing this in two posts because one post would be super de duper long. And because I'm going to be using this list for myself as well, and I have no desire to have to skim through all this blather every time I want to take a peek at the list! So the next post will only be a list of food suggestions and loose recipes that are WW friendly. Hopefully I'll post it tomorrow.

Till then, peace!



6 comments:

  1. Are you doing meetings or doing it online? Just curious. I'm doing it online and things are going but not quickly.

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  2. Hey this is awesome! I'm so happy for you! 6 pounds in one week is a lot! I don't follow a strict diet or anything since I feel like "I eat healthy" (I've never had to lose pregnancy weight - haha :-)) but one of my favorite quotes is:

    "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"

    Take care!

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  3. Carbs are addictive. So it helps to have something to help get over the cravings. Maybe a spoonful of almond butter? Healthy fats and protein on a spoon, some carbs, but no sugar. Also, make sure you are adding some healthy fats to your veggies so you can absorb your fat-soluble vitamins like E, A and K. Cod liver oil before a meal, or a small pat of pastured butter, or coconut oil or flax seed oil. Also, fats make you feel sated. (I think that's the word - full, you know? Like satisfied) Being on a low-fat diet for a long time contributes to depression, so if you start noticing that, add in some coconut oil or something. I'm so proud of you!

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  4. Way to go Lizzie! When you really want to your amount of disciple is amazing. Good job.

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  5. You just keep getting more beautiful as the days go by!
    mom s

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  6. I dreamed last night that I came into the laundry room and you were standing there skinny as a rail. Your body looked like "mom s". You had become a true Snider woman in every way!

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Muse with me. Please?