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Weight Watchers - Day 2 - These Points are Tricky!

Updated on July 31, 2012

Monday morning, woke up starving! Not just hungry, but tummy grumbling, ravenously famished. Started the day with a green tea and headed out at 6:30 with my mother-in-law to go walking. She and I briskly walked 5 miles, chatting away happily as we watched the sunrise and felt the temperature climb. By mile 4 you could hear my stomach complaining "feed me, feed me", as perspiration ran into my eyes, nearly blinding me.

This is where I thought I would fail on Day 2 of Weight Watchers. Our return path takes us right past Einstein Bagels, home of my favorite breakfast delight, a toasted everything bagel with butter. Fortunately I had planned ahead and I already knew that a toasted everything bagel with butter was 12 points, nearly half of my daily allotment. This gave me the willpower to pass it up and return home.

Geared up for success, I had already planned out my meals for the day. Having this roadmap served two purposes. First, I had meals to look forward to and second, less room for missteps. I scooped 1/3 of a cup of precooked kidney beans from their container, 1 cup of precooked brussel sprouts from their container and put them on a paper plate, in the microwave for 1 minute. While they were heating, I peeled and sliced a pre-boiled hard boiled egg and tossed 1/4 blueberries into my plain Greek Yogurt container. Breakfast was filling and delicious and for the first time in 24 hours, I wasn't hungry!

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Staying on Track With Tricky Points!

I can't tell you how much it helped to have preplanned my meals this day. I work from home, a quick stroll to the refrigerator. Every time I thought about food, I looked at my plan and decided what from the plan I would eat. Lunch was a tuna pita pocket and it was delicious. I only used 1 tsp of real mayo because that was 1 point. I could have had more fat free mayo, but I figured "What's the point in that?" I did bulk it up by adding cucumbers, celery and onion, and slipped a tomato slice and romaine lettuce slice into the pita with the tuna mixture.

The tricky part of the points, in case you are wondering, relates to snacking. I decided on some almonds for a snack. I had always read that a serving size of almonds was 10 almonds so I got 10 almonds and thought nothing of it. They were so yummy I figured, "How bad can they be, I'll just have 10 more." When I went to go log my almond binge, using the term "binge" loosely, I was appalled to find that my 20 almonds amounted to 6 points! What further disgusted me was finding that my 75 minutes of sweaty, brisk walking that morning, were also only worth 6 points. How, in heaven's name, can 20 paltry almonds equal 75 minutes of walking? This little misstep cost me 4 of my weekly splurge points, because of 20 tiny, hardly filling almonds.

I forgave myself, and vowed not to let anything pass my lips that hadn't already been accurately logged to avoid incidental point squandering.

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Work kept me busy all day and kept my mind off of food, thankfully. A late afternoon snack of 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean Cereal and 1/2 cup of almond milk with 1/4 raspberries kept me out of the fridge till dinner. Dinner was 3 oz of chicken breast, with 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta, 1 cup of broccoli and 5 oz of cabernet sauvignon. Total day's points = 30 and I didn't gnaw through my arm!

To better prepare for tomorrow, I decided on my meals before I went to sleep and logged them in the tracker so I could stick to the plan. I'm sort of worried for the fine folks at Einstein Bagels however; however will they live without me? Stay tuned for the journey!

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    • susiebrown48 profile imageAUTHOR

      susiebrown48 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Happy to report I've lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks. Have to catch up on the writing though for sure. I find I'm only a little hungry at times, but my relationship with food is changing. I went away this weekend for a stay-cation and ordered out. I was much more cautious with my choices and pushed my plate away with food unfinished. I was really surprised!

    • daskittlez69 profile image

      daskittlez69 

      6 years ago from midwest

      lol nice, I looked up the cereal that you had shown in the pictures. My wife is going to pick up some tonight on her way home. Hopefully we will like the taste of it.

    • susiebrown48 profile imageAUTHOR

      susiebrown48 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I've sworn off almonds, that I can assure you! A klondike skinny bear ice-cream pop only has 3 points and makes me much happier!

    • daskittlez69 profile image

      daskittlez69 

      6 years ago from midwest

      6 points for 20 almonds, Good God.I am still reading to see if you are starving yourself. ;)

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      It is good to get a real opinion about Weight Watchers. I haven't tried it before. I know a lot of people who have had great success with it. I just can't deal with being hungry all the time. I am going to follow your series to get a good opinion. Very helpful information!

    • susiebrown48 profile imageAUTHOR

      susiebrown48 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Yes of course! Weight Watchers is a weight loss program that utilizes a point system which assigns a point value to every food and drink. The idea is that you are given a daily point allotment (in my case 26 points) and you can decide to eat whatever you want,so long as you don't consume more than your daily point allotment. The system also gives you an extra weekly point allotment (in my case 49) that I can use to splurge or if I want more points per day. I just started this program, today is day 4 for me. I explain more about it in this hub that I wrote the day before the one you read. https://susiebrown48.hubpages.com/hub/Weight-Watch... It explains the program a little more.

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      Muhammad Umer 

      6 years ago from Karachi Pakistan

      i didn't understand this article.

      please can you give me more information about this thing

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