Monday, December 13, 2010

Mamavation Monday

It was a good week. I completed the first week of P90X Phase 2. I completed my second week on the new Weight Watchers Points Plus.

I must confess, I have a bad habit of weighing myself daily. I know that they say that you shouldn't do it, but I like the feedback that is provided by weighing daily. What it told me this week is that I lost a pound. You may wonder why I say it that way - well, you see on Sunday night, we went out to dinner after my son's Christmas show. When I save weekly Points Plus for a special occasion or a meal out, I find that I generally experience a short term gain that after a day or so, drops away. So, when I weighed in this morning, I was flat to last week, but based on my earlier weigh in, I know that I actually lost weight this week.

I think that for me, some of the things that have been a challenge to me the most with the new Points Plus, likely are the same things that are helping me out. For instance, the fact that many of the cereals in my pantry have a Points Plus value of 3, where as on the old system there was one that I ate that was 1 Point and the others were 2 or 3 Points. With the enhancements that were made to the program, where now the Points Plus values are based more so on where the calories come from, not just the calories, I think it's helping me make better choices. Really, when you think about your average cereals (to stick with my example), I think it makes sense that they would be similar in Points values.

I miss having the short cut "equation" that I had been using for a while to estimate Points based on the calories and fat. I need to better understand the interaction of all the different components that are used to determine the new Points Plus values, so that I can make better decisions when I don't have easy access to look up the values. Part of this understanding will of course come with time and experience, as I learn new things each week in the new program.

On the exercise front, I did well doing my P90X workouts in the morning, but life has been extra busy in the evenings and I had a little more of a challenge sticking to my Ab Ripper/Walking routine in the evenings. I hope to reinstate that this week. I'm a little worried about the two weeks of vacation that I have over the holidays and hope that I have the will-power to get up and workout daily. I know I could shift it and do it later in the morning, since I am home, but the kids might not like it.

I've also learned that walking 10000 steps is a lot harder when I am busy at work and the weather at lunch time is not conducive to walking. I might have to figure out a way to make a more concerted effort to walk in circles again, taking the long way around, to make sure that I get to my target of 10000 steps.

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No compensation was received for this post. I am a Weight Watchers Insider and will be receiving tools from Weight Watchers to help me in my journey using the new Points Plus program. 'People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1 - 2 pounds per week.'


April said...

I really would like to try walking 10,000 steps a day but need to get a good pedometer. I work in a hospital and so sometimes I walk quite a bit. I'm jealous you are doing P90x. I hope to get to that level.

kia said...

I admire you. Points and equations and all the WW rules are too foreign to me. I admire people that can stick to that concept. Glad P90X is going great for you and that you are stepping up to the 10K steps. Have a sweet week.

lorrie said...

im right there with i weight myself daily too, ive been without while at work and im obsessing about what my weight is.

good luck with your goals