This past week was cold here in Florida and weighing in wearing just thin shorts and a short sleeve tee-shirt was not something I was planning on doing. So I was making the switch back to jeans the first weigh in of the new program. Jeans instantly add weight and bulk and I want to do this the first week? Yes I do! I do not want to freeze to weigh in first week or not! Keep in Monday a week ago it was 37 degrees outside in the mornings and each day afterwards was a few degrees warmer but with another anticipated cold front on the way. Shorts were not in the picture! I washed the shorts and tee shirt and packed them away and got out a pair of Levi’s and a thermal shirt, I was ready!
The second cold front arrives and instead of cooling us down or keeping us cool, it warms us up! I decided to keep my plan in place about switching to the jeans to weigh in. Last year I had switched the week prior to Thanksgiving, this year it was two weeks before Christmas. But this was not only two weeks prior to Christmas it was my birthday week and we had a few “food” events at work, it was PMS week which normally yields a 2 pound gain and the first week of the new Freestyle program! I must have lost my sanity to choose this week. But it is what it is.
At our Saturday morning meeting the leader figured I had freaked out a few times during the week with the changes and she was right but I kept trying to trust in the new program. So many were having great success. But I knew the cards were stacked against me this first week but I kept reminding myself there is science behind all this and things would be fine. I also reminded myself I would be up but the jeans and PMS would be the culprit and I had already done my official monthly weigh-in so at least this would be a good barometer of how hard I needed to work the next week.
I handed Kathy, one of our receptionists my book and climbed onto the scale. I was indeed up but it was a point two up. Yes, .2! not Two pounds! In my head I knew that in reality I was down and the jeans were masking the success but next week it would show a little better since I was wearing the jeans again and a lack of food events should help too!
Bring on week 2 of Freestyle!
It has been cold all week here in Florida and staying warm has been a major issue for me. To those that live in the north that sounds very whiney but it is one of those realities that I have dealt with since losing excess weight. Where I work the buildings have been very cold as well this week so that has not helped. I recall when I was actively losing weight, I stayed cold all the time so I am HOPING that the to the bone cold I have been experiencing is the program working some “magic” and assisting me getting off the six pounds I gained in 2015 while on vacation, I have see sawed back and forth on them up and down and I am wanting this new program to help me put them behind me once and for all and some additional pounds too!
Tomorrow is my weigh in day and I am not sure what to expect being it is the proverbial PMS week which explains the grips the salty chips have had over me all this week! I will “peek” at the scale this evening as I log my Friday night weights to keep a handle on what to expect on Saturday morning.
I have chatted with some members online about the program and several who felt they were eating too much lost two pounds their first week. I have heard of a great deal of success from those who have already completed their first week. I am excited but cautious about what my results might be!
Yesterday, Thursday was my sixth day on the newly revised Weight Watchers Freestyle Program. Others have said how much “different it feels” when compared to the un-tweaked plan of last week. I will have to agree it feels different! I know when I went grocery shopping for my meal planning this week it was exciting and fun to pick out some new foods to add to the weekly menus!
This Saturday when I go shopping for next week’s meals, I am going to purchase some fat-free plain unsweetened Greek Yogurt and try using that in place of fat-free sour cream in meals. I have heard it is the perfect swap for sour cream on a baked potato and for dips so I am going to try it out. I had to wonder last week if the sale of turkey and chicken breast increased along with the sale of eggs and beans.
I am enjoying eating two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast as a break from my old-fashioned oatmeal with fruit and almonds. So fun to be able to really mix things up! I am going to investigate some bean soup and black bean burger recipes too. I want to make my own zero point black bean burgers. I think I can I think I can do it!
Enjoying the newly added zero point foods and the points rollovers!
To say this program feels different is a true statement! It is not a bad feeling just different!
I brought my normal healthy snacks to work and healthy lunches but the leftovers from Tuesday “called my name.” I tracked everything but it seemed like a losing battle today when it came to the chips and salsa.
The “not having to track zero foods” is not working for me. I am used to tracking EVERYTHING so I have to really make an effort to keep on tracking. I am starting to wonder if this is really going to work. I guess I am being skeptical but it seems at times “too good to be true!”
I know Saturday morning will tell the “tale” of how this first week went for me but I am not expecting much as this is my typical week of the month that my weigh ins are not very good. Dare I say hormones!? And that explains my wrestling match with the chips and salsa as well. DUH!
I keep chanting to myself just because it is zero points does not make it calorie free! Calories are still adding up and too many calories will not make for good results on the scale!
Today was more challenging for me as I had an event at work. I literally took one tablespoon of almost everything and I tracked everything as best I could.
It was not what I ate at lunch that day that was so challenging, it was the “nibbling” after lunch. There were tortilla chips and salsa which I had avoided at lunch but the “salty” called to me but I again tried to track everything so yes I went over my daily points but tried to make up for it by drinking extra water.
Tomorrow is another day of Freestyle!
Today is day 3 of the Weight Watchers Freestyle program for me. It will be an interesting day as it is my birthday and I am having a slice (half a slice) of chocolate cake!
I had two hard boiled eggs and 14 Blue Diamond Low Salted Almonds plus a cup of diet cocoa for breakfast. A very protein rich breakfast and only 3sp!
For lunch I had a ham sandwich (5sp) and a bag of popped barbeque chips (2sp). This was my lunch and I topped it off with a 2sp SF Chocolate Pudding so 9sp for lunch! This still leaves me 11sp for dinner and cake. But the half a slice of cake will be 10sp, so what do I do? I use the points I rolled over the last two days and one weekly point that is what I do! I get to have my cake and eat it too!
Dinner is round two of my turkey breast dinner which my mom had made especially for my birthday as that is one of my all-time favorite meals. Growing up I would request turkey on my birthday and think about it, my birthday is two weeks after Thanksgiving and two weeks prior to Christmas, yes I LOVE turkey breast! And now Weight Watchers has made my favorite “meat protein” ZERO points. It was so nice to not have to weigh the turkey yesterday too! I am sure I did not eat over 5 ounces, probably closer to 4 ounces but it was yummy! I did measure out the mashed potatoes as those still have points and so does the veggie stuffing bake and cherry fluff. It was all good!
I split the slice of Publix cake with my mom. It is always good to share and it cuts the points in half too! Next month when it is my mom’s birthday we will split a piece too so I will get a whole slice just over the course of a month! It works! Funny think about that slice of cake, it did not taste the same as I remembered. That is what often happens when you refrain from some foods for awhile. I think it had been two years since I had a slice of that kind of cake (chocolate with chocolate frosting) as I had skipped the cake on my birthday last year.
Loving the flexibility I have with the new zero foods!
I do not think it is just me but I found it exciting to go to the grocery store and think of all the new possibilities with the expanded list of zero foods. I made chili and corn muffins and all which their points reduced with the addition of beans and eggs to the zero list. Win win! Things I already love are “cheaper” on the new system.
Breakfast was scrambled eggs, turkey sausage patties, with a sprinkling of Fat free cheddar cheese on a high fiber/low carb flour tortilla and it was delicious and only 4sp!
Lunch was roasted turkey breast, corn, green beans, vegetable stuffing bake, mashed potatoes, gravy, sf cranberry sauce and some cherry fluff. A very filling meal but only 8sp!
Dinner was chili and corn muffins and for two cups of chili and one corn muffin a mere 4sp! The chili was made with lean ground beef, no turkey and that would have lowered the points even more! A perfect dinner on a cold windy day in Florida!
Loving turkey breast, chicken breast, beans, corn and hard-boiled eggs are all big deals for me. I have been eating those and now it makes me want to expand my food choices even more to a bean salad, black bean soup, chicken tacos and more!
I ended my second day with 3 roll over points and not hungry at all. So far so good but what will my first day of work with the new plan turn out? We shall see!
The latest tweaking of the current Weight Watchers Program is called “Freestyle” and the root word of freestyle seems to be the theme. More zero points foods, more freedom in tracking and more freedom with the up to four points a day that can rollover.
I am thrilled with the additional new zero points foods! Many have already been a daily staple for me for a about three years now. Zero points chicken and turkey breast, fish, shellfish, corn, eggs and beans! I make a lot of homemade soups featuring chicken, vegetables and beans and this makes my recipes now even lighter! Win win! And my chili if I would leave out the lean ground beef and the whole wheat pasta (it is a regional thing from southern Indiana), would be zero points for two cups! WOW! So many possibilities running through my mind right now on how to tweak my existing recipes and make them now zero points!
Even with fewer daily points, I anticipate moving back to full “fat” versions of items like cheese and maybe add some healthy oil to recipes or even have a “splurge” and use a small amount of real butter on a few things here and there.
Now with 23 points a day, my 12sp lunch at KFC, just felt too “pricey” today so I cut out that 7 sp biscuit had to go! That made my KFC lunch just 5sp and much more “budget” friendly! Yay! If I would switch out the mashed potatoes and gravy for corn, my lunch would drop to a mere 1sp for the original chicken breast minus the skin! BIG BIG WIN!
One thing I do see is that now it will be easier for me to have the occasional piece of birthday cake thanks to the daily 4 point roll overs and lots of zero point foods that I love!
Bring on the Freestyle!! I still have 2sp left for the day, I think I will roll them over as my brithday is on Monday and I think I will have some cake!