A lot of friends have asked me what I have been doing to lose weight and while I accredit Weight Watchers for guiding me in the right direction, the plan doesn’t work unless you make yourself work. With that said, the most wonderful thing about it is that I haven’t had a single day go by where I didn’t get to enjoy my meals, feel overly hungry, or feel deprived in any way/shape/form.
I spend way less money on eating out, I get to enjoy fresher food because I get through it faster than I did in the past, and my cooking skills have improved because I’ve had the tools and incentive to get more creative in the kitchen, and find shortcuts for when time is of the essence.
My favorite part of the plan, by far, is that I get to eat a wide variety of things, but there are certain foods I definitely eat on a regular-semi regular basis because they are good and good for me. I took samples from typical days where I was working, in school, or doing other regular college-type activities and compiled it so that you get an accurate picture of what a typical day looks like for me.
In case you are new to my blog, SP stands for Smartpoints, the Weight Watchers system for tracking how many points/nutritional value is in something. As your body weight decreases, your allotted Smartpoints decrease as well. You are also given Weekly points which are there for added flexibility on the plan, while ensuring that you will still lose weight. When I started the plan, I was given 33 daily Smartpoints and 44 Weekly Smartpoints. Now I get 30 Daily, and 42 Weekly. I have found that as I continue on the plan that my cravings decrease and I get hungry less often because I am fueling my body more efficiently with lots of protein and fiber.
This is a sample day from a typical school week in which I have less than 1/2 hour to make and eat every meal. All of these foods are ready to eat within 10 minutes and they all include a mix of protein, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates.
In addition to the foods mentioned below, I usually go to the gym for a minimum of 30 minutes to walk on an incline, and I drink lots of water throughout the day.
Without further ado, here is What I Eat in a Day (Total is 32sp):
1 Thomas bagel thin (3 sp)
3 egg whites (1sp) *Egg beaters make this super convenient in a rush
3 slices Canadian bacon (1sp)
1 Bell pepper, sautéed (0sp)
1/4 cup mushrooms, sautéed (0sp)
1/2 cup spinach, sautéed (0sp)
A few spritzes of spray butter (0sp)
1/2 cup carrots (0sp)
1 Babybel light cheese (1sp)
1 Wasa cracker (1sp)
7 Trader Joe’s chicken gyoza (6sp)
1 Packet Kikkoman miso soup (1sp)
1/2 cup shelled Edamame (3sp)
Soy sauce, vinegar, garlic (0sp)
1 Trader Joe’s Reduced-Guilt Mac ‘n Cheese (8sp)
1 Cup Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower (0sp)
Dessert (Only sometimes) (6sp)
1 Cup Chocolate Halo Top Ice Cream (5sp)
1/2 Banana (0sp)
2 tbsp Cool Whip Lite (1sp)
*If I have a sweet tooth and I have already used up all of my points from earlier in the day, a favorite treat of mine is a bowl of frozen raspberries.
If, for some reason, I find myself still hungry after all of the above, I will try to decide if I am really hungry, or if I might be thirsty, bored, or anxious instead. If I am in fact, genuinely hungry (which doesn’t happen often), then I’ll have some carrots, celery, or an apple. If it’s the latter, then I will try to go for a walk, call a friend, work on homework, play the sims, or some other method of distraction.
Most of what I have done to find success isn’t veering all that far from foods I ate before, it’s just a matter of finding healthy/low calorie swap-outs for my favorite things. Egg whites instead of whole eggs, reduced guilt mac ‘n cheese instead of regular, Halo Top Ice Cream instead of cookies or regular ice cream, flavoring my breakfast with vegetables rather than cheese and full-fat butter. All of these changes feel so small to me but they have made such a huge difference in my body and how I view food as fuel.
What are some of your favorite swap-outs? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye Bye Muffin Top!