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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Journaling or Tracking Your Food Really Helps.

Burger King Whopper

Burger King Whopper

I personally know that journaling what you eat, or tracking your food really helps when it comes to weight loss. So why don’t we do it? I don’t know. I’m sure there’s some deep-seeded, psychological reason that goes somewhere along the lines of self-sabotaging, but I don’t really know. Is it something to do with the rest of our lives being out of control and so it shows up in our weight? I don’t know that either.

What I do know is my life was (and still sort of is) out of control and I can pretty much say it coincides with my adding 50 pounds to my bodacious (lol) bod. I also know that when I lost weight before it was while tracking what I ate.

I started tracking again a couple weeks ago. I was shocked to see how much a bagel and cream cheese cost me. I was paying attention, tracking, and then I quit. It was working and then I quit. I’ve been trying to get back into it and I have to admit I’m not doing as good as I was before I found out what everything was calorie-wise.

Which leads me to this question. Do I quit journaling, even though it’s subconscious until I discover what I’m doing, because I just want to eat what I want to eat? I’m not suicidal (at least not yet) but maybe I’m too much into “instant gratification”. I’m really too old for that to be the case, but it really could be. I grew up with “delayed (really delayed) gratification” so maybe now I think I deserve it NOW. lol.

Whatever it is, I’ve been tracking the last 2 days and plan to now keep it up. I have learned that a Chicken Salad at Taco Bell without the shell or the dressing is only 430 calories, not 800. I track my nutrition on SparkPeople. They have what they call a “streak”. You can keep track of your streaks, like how many days in a row you journal, or exercise, or a number of other things. I’ll be turning it on to see how many days in a row I can go with tracking my food. Finding out the burger I had last night has 850 calories didn’t make me happy. It sure brings nutrition to the front of your mind. It would probably work even better if I looked up the foods before I ate them.

Real Goals For Weight Loss

I have to admit, I’m probably not the best at setting goals or keeping them. I know that you stand a much better chance of reaching your goals if you put them down in writing. I also know that you have to be very specific on what it is you want and by when. I know that you have to be realistic or your setting yourself up for failure. 

Tom Venuto from BurnTheFat.com tells the story like this. He says when a client would come to him for personal coaching, he would ask them what they wanted. Usually the answer was they wanted to lose 20 pounds really fast. (Of course, don’t we all?). He said he would immediately take out a hacksaw and act like he was going to cut off a leg or an arm, teasing them all the while that he figured one or the other might actually weigh 25 or more. That was his answer to losing weight really fast.

This is how he says goals should be made.

“What do I want? Tom, I want to lose 20 pounds of body fat in the next 12 weeks. I want to do it slowly, safely and healthfully and then keep it off permanently. I want all the fat around my hips and thighs completely gone and I want a firm flat stomach. I want muscle all over my body while still looking feminine. I’d like to see myself at about 16% body fat and maintain all my muscle or gain a few pounds of lean mass if I can, especially in my arms. This is important to me because I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to be healthy and live to at least 90 and I want my husband to look at me and say, “I love your body, honey,” and I want to be able to *honestly* say back to him, “me too!”

Now that’s a pretty defined goal. LOL. He says it’s specific while at the same time having emotional ties to keep motivated in that direction. He goes on to explain that what we’re really looking for is “fat loss” not weight loss because weight loss includes water, muscle mass, etc. He points out that measuring lean muscle mass is much more important to overall body structure than the number on the scale.

So people, are your goals defined or are they kind of “mushy” (vague). Spell them out specifically and you’ve won half the battle. Now get going on making them happen. Good luck!

Where Readers Come From

I’ve read a lot of your posts where you talk about how people find your blog. Some of the things people search for are pretty funny that lead them to us. I never thought too much about it because with me they usually find me the way you would expect, searching things like “WeightWatchers” , “dieting”, “weight loss”. The usual suspects right?

The other day I was looking at  the search terms used to find me and one was “older women who like to screw”. OMG! How did they know? LOL. I don’t write about sex on this blog. LOL. Because of my age, I have used the tag “older women” but in regards to weight loss, not in regards to bedroom activity.

Needless to say I was a little shocked. I was even more shocked when it didn’t get bumped off right away by a more commonly used search term. It was with that in mind that I have finally posted my “fat chick pics”. I figured that may discourage that kind of reader from sticking around, and it’ll help me stick to my WeightWatchers. What could be more boring than reading a weight loss blog when you’re looking for porn?

1 Month In- How Ya Doin’?

Well it’s been a month since we all set out New Year’s Resolutions or “goals” if you will. How many have you broken so far? LOL. It hasn’t been that long since my daughter and I decided to do this weight loss thing together, but I was supposedly starting right after New Year’s.

One thing I’ve learned is that when you reach my age, that post-menapausal age, the body can start falling apart in a hurry! I was doing really well going to the gym, even if I don’t like how crowded it gets sometimes, that when I don’t go now my body hurts.

I’ve been involved in a couple of life altering projects this week, and I have sorely, and I do mean sorely, neglected exercise. When I get on these projects I go from “all out” to “burn out” and there is no in between. I have discovered this week that I can no longer do that.

I’ve always griped at my mother about not moving more, and she always says it hurts. My answer to that is if you would move more, you would work that stiffness out and it wouldn’t hurt so much. I know that’s good in theory, but I’ve often wondered if I would practice what I preached. I am. It has finally become more painful not to exercise, than to exercise.

While I know it’s much more rewarding to exercise, that has never been enough to motivate me. Neither has the fact that exercise helps to stave off Alzheimer’s, which worries me but I do a lot of constant learning, etc. so it probably doesn’t worry me as much as it should. I have a very low threshold for pain however and this just might be the answer for me.

As far as the diet part goes, I’ve done well. Not terrific, but well. I have not lost any weight yet, but I think a part of that has been stress, sitting a lot, and then yeah, not being as good as I should be. Once again I will return to Sparkpeople to track what I eat. One of my biggest downfalls is not planning ahead, then I don’t want to quit what I’m doing to go figure something out for dinner. I am still working on correcting that. I started this morning by pulling the ground beef out of the freezer at 8 am. LOL. Now on to find my WeightWatchers recipe to go with it.

I Love Fresh Summer Foods…

It’s so nice this time of year when there are so many good things to choose from! I do my part to buy local (easy with Farmer’s Markets everywhere). I do my part to cut down on …

Sorry, I just got sidetracked by “The View”. I usually just ignore the TV as noise in the background, but this morning was a “Cheesecake Throwdown” where Joy baked her Aunt Rose’s (shouldn’t everyone have an Aunt Rose?) recipe, and Bobby from “The Next Great FoodNetwork Chef” baked his favorite recipe. Oh my gosh, only God himself knows how much I truly love cheesecake, so naturally it caught my attention.  I really need to come up with a good lowfat cheesecake recipe I can put under all these fresh blueberries and strawberries that are in season now!

Anyway, as I was saying. This season helps me wear so many different hats to be the “good girl” for a change. (A little old to be “girl” anything, but you get my drift). I’m environmentally more friendly as I cook more fresh food instead of processed and packaged. I’m a better “dieter” because I find it easier to find so many fresh fresh fruits and veggies to snack on instead of just grabbing something out of the cupboard. I’m doing more for my good health because it’s so easy and doesn’t require a lot of work.

How’s that for a summary of why summer foods are great?!

Just a few other quick tips as reminders.

Don’t forget to journal or track your food. I just read a new study out about how people who track the food they eat actually lose twice the weight of those who don’t just by doing that one thing. (I think we all know that if you’ve dieted for any length of time, but a reminder never hurts).

If you’re looking for motivation, just look around you. It’s easy to see what we don’t want to look like. Just kidding (partly). Really tho, take a look at the message boards on WeightWatchers.com, ediets.com, and SparkPeople.com. They are very encouraging and it does help to be in the middle of a group of people going thru the same struggles we do and know you have company.

That’s about it for the pep talk from me today. Just writing about this has almost given me enough motivation to exercise! LOL

Okay, So I lack Stick-To-It-Ivness

Since I started this da** blog back in Sept. with so much motivation and hope for a skinnier future, I have started and started over more dieting and exercising, etc. and I just have not been good about keeping up with any of it. And now I haven’t even been good about posting here, because I haven’t been good enough doing the other stuff that I have anything worth posting. I have not been utilizing WeightWatchers nearly enough, even tho I pay for meetings and online every month. I find the website motivating which is even more reason why I should visit more often. I also love this website called SparkPeople. It too is very motivating in combination with WeightWatchers and is also an excellent tool. It’s Spring now, and I want to do more things and be outside more. By now I should have reached my goal or been darn close. So as of today…

  1. I am journaling EVERYTHING I put in my mouth (which in itself ticks me off because it keeps me honest)
  2. I will quit stressing over the fact that I’m not doing an exercise routine, but will make myself do something physical every day. Today I am going to be pulling weeds etc. out in the yard. I haven’t gardened for years.
  3. Every morning I will start out with the message boards at WW and Sparkpeople to help set me up for the day.

That seems easy enough and enough steps for now. I am taking a page from LadyShanny’s book and going to start with photo’s for my journey. I also have one photo that I will post to keep my frightfully aware of where I am headed, and what I don’t want to look like when I go to the high school reunion in July.

I received this in an email titled “Bacon Grease Will Make Your Feet Look Small” While I admit they all seem to have self-pride, I don’t want to be there.

Bacon Grease Make Your Feet Look small.