So. My good friend started Weight Watchers last week and offhandedly mentioned it. I decided to join right then and there. I could go on and on about why, but the simple answer is, the program works. It's how I lost most of my baby weight with Lucia. So I signed up and started tracking Friday and weighed in today. I'm following the Simply Filling Technique, where you eat lean protein, fruits and vegetables and some grains (hello oatmeal I have missed you so) and only count points for the things that fall outside of those categories. Coming from the Paleo all-you-can-eat bacon fest, it's been uh, illuminating? to count points for bacon fat (dangit!). But I will tell you it has cut my daily stress eating of peanut butter down to almost zero. I don't want to spend 5 points on 2T dude! I'll be recapping each week in this space of what went well, what could have gone better, and most importantly, how much weight I lost.
Starting Weight: 151
Ending Weight: 147
This was more than I thought, especially for a breastfeeding mama; WW guidelines are 1 lb per week. But I don't think my supply has been affected and it was super thrilling to see that number this morning.
What went well: I cooked an enormous amount of chicken breasts and other proteins and really focused on eating a lot of that to help with milk production. Like I said, I do not think it dipped, which is something I'm pretty proud of, I think the oatmeal has really helped too. I didn't skimp on fruit either, which is verboten in Paleo world too. I know I've eaten at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Given that they are free and I can have them in unlimited amounts, I've been a lot more inclined to make the effort to assemble a salad or cook green beans. In my leanest days of Lean Eating, I was eating tons of vegetables and it made a huge difference in both feeling lean and well, actually being lean. I had chocolate twice this week: 30 extra dark chocolate chips counted out and eaten slowly. They're really satisfying when eaten slowly. Newsflash, right? I've had peanut butter twice since Friday.
What could have gone better: As I mentioned above, shifting to a lower fat way of eating was uh, tough. I had to talk myself into counting the points for bacon fat; even though I'm supposed to have 1T of oil a day and I was trying to justify it as my oil. I removed skin from chicken, cut fat off meat, and used a teeny amount of extra light olive oil to cook my morning eggs. Even more, I ate my roasted sweet potato with just salt on it (not salt and bacon fat). Somehow I survived - gah. I'm sure this will get easier as I learn to strategically use my points for bacon fat and not gallons of peanut butter. Today, for instance, I chose walnuts to add to my oatmeal instead of bacon fat. I'm craving more fat, so I'll have to work it in. 1T of bacon fat is only 3 pts anyway. I've got 49 to use for the week. Kinda worth it, I think.
I'm psyched to be following a plan, and most of all, psyched to be 4 lbs lighter today. Can I get a whut whut?