So my crazy busy work schedule is hopefully behind me for awhile, so I’m back, and not a moment to soon. I actually missed my monthly weigh-in for June, something I swore would never happen.
That’s not real life though. Real life is messy and unpredictable. Real life seldom presents you with the best possible circumstances to maintain your health, and you have to learn to roll with it.
One month will not make or break me. I’m going to admit to you all, I was nervous as hell when I stepped on that scale. Sure there are habits that are ingrained now, but the habit, the most important one, had disappeared since the advent of the Freestyle program.
For over a year and a half I religiously tracked my food. Even if I had to guess I still guessed and put it in my Weight Watcher app. I started out with the best intentions. So many of the now free foods were my daily staples. Tracking all those zeros seemed like a big waste of time, so I started to relax with it until tracking was non-existent.
How could I go from being so disciplined to a free for all in such a short amount of time is truly terrifying. I was pleasantly surprised when I hit my goal number on the nose when I stepped on that scale a couple of weeks ago. Obviously some of those habits still do a body good.
The problem is at one time I was five pounds under that number. It may not seem like much, but I know that it starts as a little snowball and grows bigger as it rolls down the hill. Maybe it’s silly, but I felt better, stronger with those five pounds gone.
I love the movies. I don’t go near as much as I used to, but there are certain movies that just must been seen at the theater.
The Avengers being one of them.
There are certain things that when I see the Smartpoint values I say no way.
Movie popcorn is not one of them. It is my ultimate guilty treat. At least I don’t do the buttery topping, so there’s that. A medium popcorn without the topping is a whopping 15 Smartpoints.
So what’s a Weight Watcher to do?
Breakfast: 2 Smartpoints
2 Hard Boiled Eggs: 0 Smartpoints
Premier Protein drink (for coffee): 2 Smartpoints
Snack: 1 Smartpoint
Apple: 0 Smartpoints
Mini Babybell Light Cheese Round: 1 Smartpoint
I love me some Blueberry and Lemon, and when I’m craving something sweet this is it for me! You can make this in the oven or the Instant Pot and it’s super easy! It is dense and very filling.
3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 1/2 Cup Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I use Aldi’s zero calorie)
1 1/2 Frozen Blueberries
Optional (for oven preparation) 1 beaten egg for egg wash
So I didn’t do a weigh in post this week, but the holiday grand total?
1.8 pound gain.
I will take it considering most folks gain at least 5 during the holidays.
I am curious to see how I will drift back with the new Freestyle program. I was still losing tiny amounts with the old program, so we’ll see what happens!
Breakfast: 5 Smartpoints
So this whole #WeightWatchersFreestyle thing is taking some getting used to, but I’m digging it. I still have to find my sweet spot – where I don’t gain or lose, but it’s an adventure. Right now I get 25 Smartpoints on maintenance.
I really like healthy food. Like if I had someone to prepare all my food for me probably 90% of the time I would ask for vegetables. I LOVE THEM. I realize this makes things easier for me, but I’m finding that with all the free food it is easy to overeat, and you can overeat on healthy stuff too.
I’m getting into the groove of it though, and I’ll figure it out!
Breakfast – 0 Smartpoints
2 hard boiled eggs
So Weight Watchers has started this whole Freestyle program and completely screwed up my blog name. I’m sure they contemplated hard the ramifications for my blog before they did this, right?
Anyway….So being that I’m on maintenance I now have 25 Smartpoints a day instead of the previous 36. Let me tell you, I’m diggin’ it.
You see with the previous program I felt like I was eating even if I wasn’t hungry, which is what brought my fat ass to Weight Watchers to begin with! I am more in tune with my body then I have ever been in my life, and I know when I’m eating just to eat.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Every body does it. It’s when it becomes a habit that problems develop. To be in your healthy eating zone before you had to be within 3 points of your target, so I needed to eat 33 points a day to meet that goal.
With the new program you are allowed a range of 10, which is freakin’ awesome. If you are a healthy food fan and cook most of your food you’ll find a lot of the things you eat are now 0 Smartpoints. You might not need all those extras, and finally they aren’t making us eat them!
Breakfast 3 Smartpoints:
PB&J Overnight Oats
1 Cup Greek Non-Fat Yogurt (Fage is my favorite) 0 Smartpoints
1/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats 2 Smartpoints
2 Tablespoons PB2 1 Smartpoint
1 Stevia packet 0 Smartpoints
1/2 cup frozen wild Blueberries 0 Smartpoints
Hello fellow freestylers! Are you excited about the new program? I’m going to go more into my thoughts on in on the weekly weigh-in post, but I wanted to post this today to help all of you that need a fast and easy 0 Smartpoint dish!
Now I do have to warn you, the chicken broth has a point if you eat the whole thing. I’d love the meet the person who could, because after eating just a bowl of this for lunch I could barely eat dinner.
It’s warm, filling, and definitely feels like comfort food!
2 Cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Kidney Beans(be sure to get the kind without sauce), drained and rinsed
1 Can Corn
1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Celery stalks, diced
1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
3 Teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base mixed with 3 cups water
1 1/2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, halfed if they are really large
I love eating at home. When I eat out I usually think “I could make this better.” Not to be all braggy, but I can cook y’all. I can remember standing on a chair cooking breakfast for my Father.
My Mom started me young, and I would rather eat something home cooked over greasy, over-salted crap you get from most places when you eat out.
Breakfast: 8 Smartpoints
Yes my favorite overnight oats that you see in almost all of my 30/36 point day posts. I can’t help it, I love it and can prep 5 days at a time. When you get up at 3 am for work it is important to have that breakfast ready to go!
I also always have a Premier Protein for my coffee creamer that’s 2 Smartpoints.
Snack: 1 Smartpoint
Apple + WW String Cheese
Lunch: 7 Smartpoints
I took my Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe and added Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles for a delicious 7 Smartpoint lunch!
Snack: 2 Points
Sririacha Enlightened Broad Beans
Dinner: 12 Smartpoints
I used the seasoning blend from Easy and Fast Veggie Stir Fry, with a cup of Jasmine Rice and an air fried chicken breast. So good!
Snack: 5 Smartpoints
I had my own salty fix with 5 Smartpoints worth of chips while I watched TV.
So I’ve heard about these broad beans in my meeting for awhile now.
Why haven’t I tried them?
Weeellll I’ll admit I don’t always trust the opinions of my fellow Weight Watchers. There seems to be a Smartpoint-to-amount-of-food ratio that comes into play, meaning that if it is low in Smartpoints some Weight Watchers think it’s delicious.
Or maybe I’m just a food snob, which is probably very true.
Take for instance that nastiness that is Arctic Zone Ice Cream. At one of my meetings this lady was going on and on about how great it was and you could have the whole pint of ice cream for like 8 Smartpoints of something.
That should have been my first clue. I took one bite of the flavorless frozen water and threw it away.
So I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to recommendations, more so when they are low in points.
I mean I don’t like Halo Top but I don’t say that out loud because I’m afraid they’ll kick my butt in the Weight Watcher parking lot.
When I saw these broad bean things at Costco I decided to take a leap of faith and get them. People go on and on about them at my meeting, and they were all happy as hell that they were back in stock last week.
They are good. Like really good. And only 2 Smartpoints!
They are gluten free and packed with protein and fiber. These would be delicious on a salad. I wish I would have got them earlier!
This was a good food day 🙂 I was satisfied without feeling hungry or stuffed. Winning!
Breakfast: 6 Smartpoints
PB & J Overnight Oats – Yes, I know you see this constantly, but I LOVE it. At the beginning of this whole weight loss adventure I would feel deprived because I couldn’t just eat chocolate. Now I feel deprived if I don’t have my blueberries and Greek Yogurt. Who’da thunk it?
1 cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 tablespoons PB Fit
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Sweetener of choice (I use stevia)
At least 2 hours before eating ( the night before even better) mix yogurt, PB Fit, Oats and sweetener in a container and refrigerate. Add frozen blueberries 10 minutes before you eat. Enjoy!