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Day 7 – one of those days the Weekly PointsPlus allowance was made for!

Day 7 just simply goes to prove that even as a Weight Watchers staff member, I am very much a Weight Watchers MEMBER!

Day 7 was the day before my first weigh-in in 7 weeks!  Day 7 was the last run with the the group I’ve been doing my speed drills & hill work with.

Day 7 was one of those days where that the Weekly PointsPlus Allowance was made for.

 

I can hear myself saying it right now, I’m standing at the front of the meeting room, giving a PowerStart Session. And I get to that page in the flip chart that has the world ‘flexible’ at the top of it.  It’s the page about the Weekly PointsPlus allowance and it has a big 49 on it.  I can hear myself saying “And, you get 49 weekly PointsPlus values, over & above your daily target, to allow for flexibility. We live in the real world, and sometimes things come up, so these points are there so you don’t feel left out or deprived”.

 

You see, I had planned Day 7, just like I planned all the other days to the best of my ability.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, it was all pre-planned.  The next day was weigh-in, so there was no way I was messing this up!

Breakfast, lunch & snacks went right as planned. Then I went and met my running group.  I ran a total of 11km that night, and then I was reminded of something I was trying to avoid.  The end of training celebratory trip to the pub.  I wanted to go, I wanted to be social, but this is the same pub I mentioned earlier this week that has absolutely nothing low points on the menu.

This is where I turned in to your average WeightWatchers member.  In my head I’m thinking about sitting at home, alone with my cat, with a chicken breast and steamed veggies on a plate on my lap, eating in front of the TV, just to ensure I didn’t mess up all the hard work I had put in leading up to weigh-in.  Even though I’d examined the menu earlier in the week, I was trying to go through it in my head again and see if there was ANYTHING I could come up with that would be lower points than the caesar salad. Could I have the steak with steamed veggies? Nope, last time I tried that, they didn’t have ANY veggies. Could I justify one of their pizzas?  Could I stand the thought of going there and just drinking water while watching the rest of the group eat?  Should I just say screw it and have whatever I want and forget weigh-in the next day?

By this point, all this thinking about the food after an 11km run had my stomach growling, and that was the decision made.

Off to the pub we went.

I read & re-read the menu, hoping that by some miracle they had added some amazingly healthy new option to the menu. Nope, no such luck.  So, as much as I was craving the fried chicken burger with bacon & cheese, I went with my usual caesar salad and only went over my daily points by 3.

I felt like part of the group, and only one person knew how neurotic I was being about my food choices.

What can I say, even as a WeightWatchers staff member, I’m still a WeightWatchers member first!

 

After all that, when I went to weigh-in on day 8, I was down 2lbs from last month’s weigh in. So not only was I back down to goal, I was below goal!

 

Now, here is where I let you kn on a not-so-well-kept-secret.

Thursday was Day 8, and it was weigh-in day. Well, In all my years on this program, I have never tracked points on weigh-in day.  It’s my mini-vacation from the program.

It’s funny though, because I can see how much my HABITS have changed int he last 5 years.  I remember clearly that I would often schedule the office pizza day on weigh-in day, and when I didn’t schedule pizza day, I would stop at a pizza by the slice shop and get pizza on the way back from my meeting.  Now, my lunch on weigh-in day is a roast beef sandwich on whole grain bread. My big indulgence yesterday was a Quizno’s sub (11pts) and a Nanaimo Bar (6pts), on my way to WeightWatchers work.  So, where, in the past I would have eaten an unknown amount of points having as much pizza as I can stuff in my face, yesterday I had an a 17pt indulgence.  And, even for a no tracking day, the only thing I didn’t track was the Naniamo Bar.  Sheeeesh, look at me being all committed to the program.

And, yes, I know, I have 49 weekly points to enjoy treats like the Nanaimo Bar.  But there is something about being a rebel & not tracking that treat on Thursdays that appeals to me!

 

So tell me this:

How do you use your weekly points? Do you use your weekly points or do you use your activity points first?

How do you treat yourself? Do you track it?

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hi! I love your blog! I am a lifetime member of WW and reached my goal weight in Feb 2003 (lost 60lbs!). Recently I joined again because my work is running an at work program! To my dismay I had allowed myself to regain 28lbs without really recognizing it. I am a runner but I’m injured so I’ve taken the last year off running but hadn’t really adjusted my eating. Now I am on the new PointsPlus program, tracking daily and I’m down about 10lbs! I’m so excited to be back on WW and back in control of my diet and self. I am going to be checking back for inspiration! Love your style and encouragement! Thanks (PS I found you because I googled Cactus Club PointsPlus but I don’t see anything about that on your blog, Funny)
    And to answer your questions, I use my weekly points for the weekend when we end up eating out or visiting with friends. I love that I don’t have to say no to a glass of wine or a dessert. I just have to track it. And I try not to use them during the week for ordinary meals as it seems a waste! Sometimes I use them accidently (like, oops I thought that was 8 pts but once I calculated it out, it was 13!)

    1. iamthenewme says:

      I get so many hits on my blog from people searching for Cactus Club points values. I know I wrote ablog a while back when I was posting pictures of my food everyday, and I included the points values for the meal I had that day.

      I’m so glad to hear that you are back on the program & loving it! I look forward to hearing more about your success!

    2. Anna says:

      Hi! I love your blog! I am a lifetime meebmr of WW and reached my goal weight in Feb 2003 (lost 60lbs!). Recently I joined again because my work is running an at work program! To my dismay I had allowed myself to regain 28lbs without really recognizing it. I am a runner but I’m injured so I’ve taken the last year off running but hadn’t really adjusted my eating. Now I am on the new PointsPlus program, tracking daily and I’m down about 10lbs! I’m so excited to be back on WW and back in control of my diet and self. I am going to be checking back for inspiration! Love your style and encouragement! Thanks (PS I found you because I googled Cactus Club PointsPlus but I don’t see anything about that on your blog, Funny)And to answer your questions, I use my weekly points for the weekend when we end up eating out or visiting with friends. I love that I don’t have to say no to a glass of wine or a dessert. I just have to track it. And I try not to use them during the week for ordinary meals as it seems a waste! Sometimes I use them accidently (like, oops I thought that was 8 pts but once I calculated it out, it was 13!)