Figuring The WeightWatchers Points In GS Cookies

It’s that time of year again. The Girl Scouts are out in force with their arsenal of cookies. LOL. I never met a Girl Scout cookie I didn’t like, and any Girl Scout troop that I buy from usually loves me.

A couple of years ago when I bought Girl Scout cookies, I went through and figured out the WeightWatchers points per serving for each kind. I then put how many WeightWatchers points per how many cookies on the top of each box. While it didn’t stop me from eating them, I was at least semi-conscious of what I was eating. It really did help. Many times I would choose which cookies based on the numbers on the top of the box. One may have a point or two more, but there would be more cookies per serving. At least it did make me think about what I was putting in my mouth when I was doing it.

That is what is so great about journaling. If you’re truly honest with yourself, it will definitely make a difference if you know you’re going to have to write down everything that goes in your mouth.

Have you given up Girl Scout cookies? I keep thinking once they grow up, I won’t buy anymore, but they just keep coming. LOL.

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Weight Loss and New Year’s Resolutions

holiday weight gain

Sooo True

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The time where we once again set out to make our weight loss resolutions for the New Year. Do you ever wonder why they don’t stick? We start out so motivated, and then it doesn’t take long, we’re back to our same old bad habits. This morning I read an article from someone who had a totally different approach that may be much more helpful than the same old stuff.

We all already know it takes 21 days to break an old habit or start a new one. That’s no big weight loss secret for those of us who have been around the diet world for any length of time. It’s also hard work to incorporate new habits and get rid of the old. It’s very easy to backslide.

What if this year we took a different approach? What if this year instead of setting a weight loss New Year’s resolution to lose 50 lbs., we set a positive goal? Following the old “Turn It Into Something Good”, what if we laid out a plan like we would, say, if we were buying a car or something? If we were going to buy a certain car, we would figure how much it was going to cost and set that as our goal. Then we would figure how much out of each paycheck we would have to save (or how much we would be able to save) and how long it would be before we could go pay for it.

So what if we started on our weight loss goal this way. I have 50 lbs. to lose. They say I should be able to lose 2lbs. a week to be healthy. That would be 25 weeks from the 1st of January 2010. That takes me to June 25th, 2010. Hey, that’s just in time for the hot weather here. Perfect!

So my goal is to lose 50 lbs. and fit into my size 12 jeans and be able to wear a tank top by June 25th, 2010. Next is to figure the steps to get there. I think I would start out with 1 thing at a time. For the 1st week I’ll cut out sugar. Been doing a little of the Christmas snacking, so that is a necessity. The next week I’ll keep the “cut out sugar” and add “start some small type of exercise“. Maybe parking clear at the other end of the parking lot when I go to the store and walk fast from the car to the store, and from the store to the car. Just enough to get that heart beat up.

Then the 3rd week, I’ll cut out the sugar, park way far away (or start walking a little in the morning by my house) and add eating 1 fruit per day (because lately I haven’t been eating any). See how easy it would be to lay out a whole 25 week plan? You just keep building on the week before. You may not lose 2 lbs. the first week or the second, but you may lose 5 in the 3rd. Or the 1 step may be to not only weigh yourself, but to measure for those times when you don’t lose any weight, but you lose inches.

I could see how this could work. We all know what we’re doing wrong and we all know what we need to improve on. Talk about a personalized plan! It’s not rocket science. LOL. My pics are already up. I’m ready to give this a shot. Between just doing what I know, and drawing up a plan, I may just be ready to be older, sexier, and skinnier in 201o!

What Really Works for Weight Loss?

Oprah pulling fat

If it was out of the bag?

What really works for weight loss? No this isn’t going to be some sales blog for all my products, etc. I know what works, the same old sage advice “Diet and Exercise”, but what if you know what works, but you just can’t make yourself “do it”? That’s where I’m at. I just don’t have the motivation and some of the stuff I’ve done in the past doesn’t work as well now that I’m older and “post menopausal”. LOL.

I was getting in and out of the shower today and was looking at my body. I know, don’t hate, and I don’t. I just don’t like very much and it doesn’t feel as good as it did when I weighed what I am supposed to. I remembered how flabbergasted I was when I saw the picture of Oprah pulling 65 pounds of fat behind her in the wagon as a representative of all the weight she had lost this particular time. That led me to remember a WeightWatchers leader mentioning about getting a pound of fat and take it home and play with it, feel it, look at it. Yuck! So I was thinking how ugly that 65 pounds of fat would have been if Oprah had unleashed it in the red wagon instead of having it all neatly packed into the bag.

I’m thinking I’m really tired of making the same old resolutions this year that end up not being kept (doesn’t say much for my integrity does it? LOL). I think this year I’ll make a resolution to get more motivated by buying a couple pounds of fat. I can see a roll of fat that runs under my boobs across the front and then it kind of indents, and then the big belly fat below that if I was 30 yrs. younger someone may mistake for a small child growing inside. LOL. But my skin is sort of like the bag around the fat in Oprah’s red wagon. It keeps it somewhat contained. I think it’s time to unleash it and see what it’s really like, figuratively speaking of course. See if that works any better than anything else I’ve tried to stay motivated. Desperate times call for desperate measures. LOL.

Anyone else with any new ideas for staying motivated to lose weight in the new year? I’d love liposuction, but then that would lead to plastic surgery, and then, OMG where does it end?

Oh, speaking of losing weight and good food, I added a link to a food blog today. There is a beautiful recipe for Christmas pudding on there, that if you’ve ever wanted to try it or even see that it’s a real food, this is the place! A ton of recipes. Not all “diet friendly”, but I know how to substitute for most things. Like I said, I know what works, I just may not always do it. LOL.

Happy Holidays everybody, what ever that is for you, and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year for me.

Is There Really Any Weight Loss New “News”?

Is there really any new news about weight loss? When your as old as I am (fairly old) and you’ve been dieting your whole life on almost any diet that comes along, you still end up looking for that one new weight loss secret. While I realize weight loss is a super lucrative business to be in, I get tired of reading the same old tips, the same old advice (even if it does work. LOL). “Diet and exercise, diet and exercise.” Blah, blah, blah. LOL.

So when I see new things in the news about weight loss, I feel the need to share it since I don’t think a lot of it gets it’s share of media attention, unless of course you’re taking the weight loss miracle drug like Meridia.  If you haven’t heard the latest, I think it’s funnier than heck that they did studies to show Meridia improved risks to the heart, and it actually proved the opposite. Now the FDA is looking into it. I have one question. Why weren’t these studies done before they started giving it to everyone who could pay for it?

On a “I’m so confused” note, they are doing gastric surgery on morbidly obese teens now. I’ve always thought gastric surgery was like a “last resort” type thing and that it was actually pretty dangerous. Now they’re doing it to our teens instead of the parents doing they’re jobs and teaching kids about proper nutrition. On the other hand, studies show that it has improved their health substantially. So, what are you gonna do? Supposedly the improved health by the substantial weight loss outweighs the risks. Since morbid obesity is so dangerous to health and I would hate to see any child die as a result of it, I suppose if it was one of my children I’d probably look into it. I want to know why no one seems to have linked the fact that we no longer require PE in most of high school and teen obesity is on the rise. Oh yeah. Nobody makes money if every one exercises and learned proper nutrition in health class. LOL.

We all get it that no one diet works for everyone. No matter how good WeightWatchers has been to me, or how much I loved the Whipped Cream and Martini diet, it may not work with you. According to ScienceDaily, researchers have been studying the different diets vs. different genes and may soon be able to tell us from a simple blood test which diet would be most effective for us based on our gene make-up. I think that would be pretty cool. No more frustration going through 20 different diets trying to find one that actually works. Just take a blood test, get on the right type of diet, and zip…weight loss. Of course you still have to stick to the diet, but I still think it’s pretty cool news.

And now on the side of “medicine that contradicts itself once again”. Another new diet has hit the scene and teaches just the opposite of what we always thought about weight loss. Everybody says “if you starve yourself or cut way back on certain fats, your body will actually hoard fatstores and you gain weight“. That’s why “those in the know” are now touting eating more and losing weight, but this is totally different.

From the LemonDrop.com in the UK, the idea behind the Alternative-Day Diet is, as it sounds. There’s no calorie counting or meal plans. Dieters must simply eat a small amount one day (up to 50 per cent of your normal intake) and the next eat whatever you like.

As unlikely as it sounds, apparently a “skinny” gene is triggered by the feast to famine scenario and encourages the body to burn fat. It was Dr Mark Mattson, an America neuroscientist, who first made the breakthrough in 2003, when he discovered that rats on a low calorie diet experienced no ill effects when eating normally every other day. Now Krista Varady, an assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois, has published the results of a ten-week trial involving 16 patients, all weighing over 14 stones (however much that is in pounds. Evidently quite a bit).

By eating 20 per cent of their normal intake one day and a regular healthy diet the next, they each lost between 10lb and 30lb. Dr James Johnson, author of The Alternate-Day Diet, has been using the method for five years. He told the Daily Mail: “I’ve always been a bit overweight. When I first started, I lost 35lb in 11 weeks.

This would back up the theory I had read years ago that if you get stuck on a plateau while on WeightWatchers, take a day or two  off and eat what ever you want. Then when you went back on the diet your metabolism would get a new kickstart.

That’s about all I have for you today.  Hope everyone’s getting plenty of exercise running store to store. You are parking far away aren’t you?

5 Ways To Cheat The Weight Loss Scale for Motivation and Inspiration

I came across a great website this morning if you happen to be on the WeightWatchers journey. For me, I think it’s probably one of the easiest weight loss programs around as it is pliable to any situation you happen to find yourself in. The name of the site is “Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone“. She has lost, regained some and lost again, but what is really super about her site is she has umpteen restaurants where she has broken all the food into point values. I was able to find nutritional info on her site that I couldn’t even find on the company site itself. While she is an obvious WeightWatcher, she has everything broken down whether you’re watching points, calories, carbs or fat grams. Her story and photos are very inspirational, and she’s also got a couple of recipe books in pdf format you can download. I think it’s a terrific resource.

I guess for a lot of celebrities lately, the answer to weight loss comes in a little can of liquid. I had heard they were coming out with this, but didn’t know it was available now. The drink is called “Celcius” and has been shown to burn up to 100 calories per can.

Janice Haley, Founder of Celsius, says that the product works “by raising metabolism and providing sustained energy. Celsius drinks sustain energy and calorie burning with EGCG from green tea, ginger, B vitamins, and chromium, and caffeine and contain no sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial colors.” It comes in assortment of flavors. I’m all for anything that burns calories from my eating or drinking it! It appears to be available either by ordering, or supposedly you can pick it up at your nearest Walgreens or GNC. I’ll have to look the next time I’m there. One review says that while the ingredients appear to help sustain energy and rev metabolism, it says the individual ingredients would be more effective taken naturally on their own, vs. extracts, etc. Of course they have their own weight loss supplement they’re pushing.

And now, TA-DA! Whether you’re constantly dieting or just watching what you eat for health reasons, we all at some point need a little “inspiration” and “motivation“. One of the ways to keep motivated is by watching the scale go down. Sometimes, even when we’ve been good and done all the right things, it needs a little help. This is my solution: 5 ways to cheat the weight loss scale for motivation and inspiration.

  1. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. You almost always weigh less in the morning than later through out the day no matter how good you are.
  2. Make sure you go to the bathroom first, no matter what time of day you weigh yourself. A gallon of water (urine) weighs 8 lbs. You do the math. If you’ve ever heard the comedian Ron White, then you’ve probably heard his joke about being one good “poop” away from a new size. Think about it.
  3. If you must weigh yourself with clothes on (like in a weight watchers meeting) when you get home take your clothes off and weigh them. Deduct.
  4. If at all avoidable, never weigh with shoes on. If you must, follow instructions for 3 above.
  5. Never weigh yourself with wet hair, unless you’re already skinny enough for people to say “she can’t weigh ____lbs. soaking wet” or your hair is so short you’ve been mistaken for a guy.

That’s all I’ve got for today. If you know more ways to “weigh” for motivation and inspiration, I’d love to hear them. Be sure and leave your secrets below. LOL

When All Was Said And Done…

Not eating the bagel yesterday may have been a good thing. With the bagel and cream cheese calorie count came in at over 500. Yesterday just having cereal, even with having a small blueberry muffin as a snack later in the morning, the calorie count came in at just a little over 300. Not bad.

Where I really saved in the calories and fat was having a WeightWatchers Smart Ones for dinner last night. Like I said, I’ll have to get used to the smaller portions, but even with 2 chicken drumsticks (no skin of course) it still came in low on the calorie and fat chart compared to what I’ve been eating.

I just might be able to pull this off. LOL. Now if I could just get my fat butt to start walking again, I’d have it made!

Living In The FastFood Lane

Staying in a hotel has definitely put a wrinkle in any kind of dieting I was doing. There is no kitchen, so we are at the mercy of restaurant take-out and fast food places. I do on occassion come up with something we can cook in the microwave, but that is very limited not being by myself. It hits me now as I write this that it would be a perfect opportunity to live on WeightWatchers SmartOnes, Lean Cuisine, etc. instead of the fastfood crap I’ve been eating.  The only problem is I am not alone. I would have to buy double for my BF and my mother, but there is so much of a variety, I really should give it a try.

I was so happy that I have basically given up drinking. That cuts approx. 540 calories a nite from my intake. Unfortunately, I’ve taken up eating a bagel and creme cheese for breakfast, so that hasn’t worked out so well. I eat them because along with my cereal, it helps me stay full longer. It just isn’t at all diet friendly.

My oldest daughter had to work this weekend, so I got a repreive on the local Aids Walk. 6 miles I was definitely not in shape for. There really is no excuse for that as she told me about it months ago. I wish I could find my incentive to exercise. I know “my health” but apparently that’s not important enough for me or I’d quit smoking too. LOL