I have to go on record as saying that I really, really don't like the Weight Watchers Core Plan. This is the second time I've tried it. Last time I remember my stomach getting really upset because I tried to fill up on proteins and ended up eating a lot more meat and eggs than usual.
I had a few things I had to count earlier today so I wanted to have a completely Core dinner, but unfortunately, my husband and I had sort of a communication mixup. He had said he was going to make dinner, but he forgot. I hadn't planned anything either. We were going to make some brown rice and a shrimp stir-fry, because we had some frozen shrimp that could be quick-thawed in the sink, but apparently our brown rice had been sitting around too long, because I noticed a little bug that looked just like a rice grain in it. Ugh. That turned me off cooking any other grains until I go through the pantry and throw out anything that might have been there a while. I tend to get this inspiration that I'm going to eat more whole grains, buy a bunch of stuff, and then get lazy and not make them.
With a few exceptions, Core foods are not quick-cooking foods, so you have to plan ahead to do this plan. We ended up just going out and I had a soup and a salad, then had some air-popped popcorn later. As soon as this week is over, I'm going back to the Flex plan for good. It's just easier with my lifestyle. Kudos to anyone who does the Kay Sheppard plan, which is similar to Core except even more restrictive.
Part of the reason I wanted to do Core at all -- well, to be honest, pretty much the only reason -- is that I knew I had gained after last week and wanted to lose it quickly and figured a more restrictive plan would help. I was right about the gain (3 pounds) but kind of deceiving myself about how well I'd be able to stick to a more restrictive plan. I am going to stick it out the best I can for the rest of this week.
I did find my meeting really inspiring today. There were about 5 or 6 new members today and they seemed really jazzed about starting. And Weight Watchers really is a good program, really simple to learn and follow -- well, at least the Flex Plan. One good thing about my little experiment is that it is making Flex look easy.