Saturday, January 12, 2008

back home with a small weight loss

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart

Commenters seem to like the graphs so I included the current one. This only tracks my last three weeks in Weight Watchers. I was happy to see a loss, even a small one, after getting in late last night. Especially because there were no attractive healthy options in the airport and I ended up having dark chocolate Raisinets, a slice of cheese pizza, and peanut butter crackers for dinner. But I did make sure to have my water!

I had to laugh when the receptionist, seeing that I hadn't lost even a whole pound in two weeks, asked me with concern in her voice whether I was eating enough and using all my daily points. That has never been a problem for me, and I really wonder how often that acually happens. I feel like the WW daily points allowance is fairly small. At my weight I get 22 points a day. That would be, at most, 1550 calories per day, plus maybe another 100-200 calories in free vegetables, assuming I was eating just extremely high-fiber, low-fat foods. I imagine women with more weight to lose, who get more points per day, might sometimes have a hard time getting it all in, but I never have trouble eating all my points and then some. Still, it was nice that she didn't just assume that I was lazing around eating chips all day.

One thing I like about the meetings is it helps to mark the start of a new week, and a chance to start fresh. I also liked that in today's meeting, the leader had us all introduce ourselves to someone. I know I could do this on my own, but I often assume that people in meetings just want to be left alone and not bothered. I think from now on I'll take my chances and just say hello, though I doubt I'll use "how much weight have you lost so far?" as my follow-up question.

Epilogue: I think I miscalculated the maximum calories for 22 points... it could possibly be a little higher, though it would be hard to eat that many super-lowfat, super-high fiber foods... I might try tracking on or a similar site, just out of curiousity, to see how many calories I use in a typical day. Has anyone tried this?

Yet Another Followup: After logging my calories in FitDay, my points averaged to 50.29 calories each. So the old estimate I've always heard that each point is around 50 calories worked OK for me. For the curious, my calories were: 28% fat, 55% carbs, 16% protein and I had 34 grams of fiber. I don't think I'd want to do this much data entry every day, though.


  1. Those numbers are interesting. I'm glad *you* calculated them, though. Sounds too much like work to me. I'm a data/stats geek for a living. When I say it sounds like work, I mean it really does sound like how I earn my paycheck. I love numbers, but ya gotta take a break every so often!

    I've never had a problem eating all my points.

    Congrats on your loss!

  2. You are so thorough with your calculations and charts. It's obvious you're a PhD *smile*. I'm excited to see what you wrote about Shauna's book and now I'll have to check it out through amazon.canada.

    I guess it's a hard job being a WW receptionist when you think about it. Can you imagine having to figure out what to say to people when they gain and if it's the right thing?

    Hang in there today and I'll be thinking about you & the family!


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