Monday, November 29, 2010

New Weight Watchers Plan, 500th Post, and More

Let's start off with this:

I am sick. Sick as a dog. Thankfully I haven't yet regurgitated, but I have been expelling things at a rapid rate today. I have a sore throat, swollen glands, puffy eyes, stuffed up and running nose, as well as a massive sinus headache from all of the congestion. Not pretty. I have been guzzling decongestant cough syrup and I am on the mend. I hope this doesn't last long.

The new WW plan, PointsPlus looks a little intimidating at first. I have to say, I wasn't really keen on the idea of changing a plan but you know what? You can't expect things to change if you aren't willing to. So I am spending a few days reacquainting myself with the program, checking out the new things, and deleting all of my added foods.

Since the new plan started during my current week, its extra confusing. Now the week I tracked is gone- I went from 28 points a day to 36! I also get 49 weekly. But here's the rub: I had already used all of my weekly points for thanksgiving! I also deleted all of my added foods because I no longer have the nutritional information to make them accurate. Starting Wednesday, I start fresh. If you read any other bloggers who are on WW you likely know this: The new plan counts calories, protein, carbs, fat, and fiber. A much more complete nutritional package. This makes points values higher, thus the higher daily/weekly allowances. Not only that, but they got rid of "Filling Foods" and now have "Power Foods" Fruits are now 0 points as well, which is great, even though I am not a fan of fruit. I am wondering though, how will the vegans use all their points? Especially if they are strictly vegan? They can probably eat a lot. Jealous! .

I haven't taken time to look at the bulk of the website yet, but I am sure that I will be able to get some time looking at it tonight. All in all, I am very excited to be able to try out this program. Let's hope it does good things.

Next on my list: My 500th post is coming up. Soon! Like, in 4 posts or so. Depends on how many drafts I have saved, but I am sure its right around 4 or 5 until then. I am thinking of doing something special for my 500th Celebratory Post. I am going to do a vlog. On what? I am not entirely sure. Maybe Dance Central. Or maybe any other topics you guys have in mind. Anything you want me to answer? Want my opinion on anything? Do a live weigh in? Have a drill sergeant come in and yell at me? (That's easy... my dad was a sergeant!)

 Work Related: Day 3 of training at work, we are getting into the good stuff now. The first section was pretty easy. I am on my lunch break now. I say "lunch break" but I actually ate while I was going over the material. I saved my break so I can blog, how crazy is that?? Work is surprisingly fun, even the training. There are a few people in my class who are a little clueless, but overall its a room full of peers who are all on the same level as me. Our instructor is very nice too, while he's not "tough" or anything, he can certainly keep us on task. Which is surprisingly easy. I guess when you do what you love for a living, its easy to stay on track.

And More: Every year around the holidays I donate some money to the salvation army, a dollar here or there when I can afford it. This year however, I am thinking I am going to donate $1 for every 1 pound lost. So far, I am looking at a total donation of $15 (and hopefully growing). I don't have a lot to give, but I think that now, especially during this time of year in this economy, its important. What do you guys think? I am hoping to at least put in $20 this year. I will do a special blog on it. When should my deadline be? Christmas Eve? I will do a special Christmas Eve post with a vlog. I'll make it extra cheesy- don't worry.

And....More: I went out to the store and I bought tupperware. 2 cup capacity, 5 for $2. I bought 2 sets (ten containers) I made a huge pot of chili. You should know by now that chili is one of my go-to meals. I made this one fiber-riffic. I soaked 2.25 lbs of beans; kidney, pinto, and black. I made a huge, huge pot. We are talking over 20 cups of chili when it was all said and done. I could have fed a small army.
What I did though, was write down all my ingredients and their weights, and I input that into Weight Watchers recipe builder. Then I made the chili. I dished out our bowls for dinner and then put the rest in tupperware in 1.5 cup portions. I froze half, and kept the other half in the fridge for quick eating. I used all 10 of my tupperware and 2 bowls for that night, so 12 servings. It came out being 5 points on the old plan, and 6 on the new one. I plan on doing this again with spaghetti, chicken and noodle soup, as well as my lasagna, my enchiladas, and all of my other awesome meals. I love having the conveinence of prepackaged meals but I hate paying so much money for them. At least I can reuse tupperware and still get to cook, which in my books is a win-win. I also need to make more breakfast sandwiches as well. Brian and I loved them so much, we were eating them all day long!

Well that's my break over, so I have to get back to my awesome job.

Tell me guys: What should I do for my 500th post vlog and what are you looking forward to for this holiday season? Did everyone have a good thanksgiving?


  1. Things sound positive for you now. Donating a $ a pound is a great idea. It may not seem like much to someone, but when you have had no money at times yourself, it can mean a lot .

  2. I love your dollar a pound idea--I'd like to join in. I also like the pre-packaged but homemade meals. Think I'll try that too!


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