Monday, December 06, 2010

It's weigh-in eve again

Tomorrow is my first weigh-in with the new PointsPlus plan. I am at exactly 0 weekly points left, or I will be after I have my planned snack later (roasted acorn squash with a little butter and brown sugar). This picture shows tonight's dinner.

Back around 2000, when I started my first healthy-eating efforts, I was an avowed vegetable hater. I liked: salad, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and celery.  I used to pick all the vegetables out of my Chinese food and only eat the meat, sauce, and rice. You can imagine how hard it was for me to eat well with that limited a veggie vocabulary.  I started trying new veggies after watching "Cooking Thin," which is unfortunately no longer still on the air. When I started Weight Watchers, I got more into veggies.

Now, I don't rule any veggie out until I've had it cooked a couple of different ways.  I even like Brussels sprouts (pictured at right), a veggie famous for being hated by almost everyone.  I like them roasted with a tiny bit of olive oil (there's my healthy oil) and a splash of balsamic vinegar, maybe some garlic powder, salt and pepper. Very good.  I saw these in the weird on-the-stalk formation at the grocery store and decided I had to buy them because I knew they'd be fresh.  I can't really think of a veggie I don't like. I'm not crazy about beets, but I will eat them if they are roasted.

People always think of diets as restrictive. They can be. But since I started dieting, I have actually learned to like a lot more foods than I ever did before. My old "I don't like it" way of eating was much more restrictive than any diet I'd be willing to follow. This new plan, with most veggies and fruit being zero points, really encourages me to shop the produce aisle of the grocery store first.  I think it's interesting to see how the different plans encourage different habits. I haven't bought an avocado since they lost their SetPoints value, but I've been buying lots of fruit.

I'm setting the over-under for tomorrow at 3 pounds. I told my husband 2, but I really think 3 would be cool, since it would put me at my first five pound star since my latest "restart."

Any other PointsPlusers out there want to share their weigh-ins?  I am really curious to see how everyone does this week.


  1. Hi, I enjoy reading your blog about your weight with WW and you also led me to Reverb#10 which I am also enjoying. That one I am participating in though my blog doesn't show up on the list for some reason. :)

    Anyway, I am in Beijing and am part of WW group here and have lost 16 pounds since I started in September.

    I do know about the new plan because I am online through the American site but we are not starting it in China until January because it will take that long for the new materials to get here.

    I look forward to hearing about your + or -.

    Keep up the blogging. It is good.

  2. I'm curious whether WW folks are finding it hard to learn and apply a new points system during the holiday food-everywhere time. I know WW tends to unveil new tweaks to the program in Dec. but this one is big, or at least makes people think more about their food choices (I hope it does, anyway!) and that can be hard at this time of year. Hope your hard work this week pays off, Jen!

  3. Just did my weekly weigh-in for week one of the new WW Points Plus Program. I didn't use any weekly points, (mostly) used all of my 29 daily points (a few days were 27-28 points) and was down 2.2 pounds. I ate LOTS of fruit and ran 23 miles this week. Good luck on your weigh-in!


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