Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Feeling good and hopeful today for the first time in a while.  Had a lovely albeit quiet New Years Eve, now enjoying a thoughtful New Years Day!

I officially joined Weight Watchers and have spent some time learning the new PointsPlus plan.  It uses Fat, Carbs, Fiber, and Protein to calculate a points value rather than simple Calories/Fiber/Fat.  Ultimately that makes more sense...it just means that all the cool spreadsheets and data I have collected over the last 10 years are null and void!

Here is a breakdown of what each of those components are as calories:
  • Fat: 1 gram = 9 calories 
  • Protein: 1 gram = 4 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 1 gram = 4 calories
  • Alcohol: 1 gram = 7 calories
The new WW PointsPlus plan understands better the nutrition behind the foods, so a 100 calorie pack of empty calories cookies count differently than 100 calories of banana.

So ... tomorrow is the first official weight in, though today I am planning and calculating my points.

First Goal:  Lose 5% before my trip to Palm Springs in mid Feb.  That is just over 6 weeks.  I can do it!

3 comments:

Ally said...

I think this is ultimately why WW didn't work for me. Before the office crew decided to do our thing, I was SERIOUSLY going to look in to this. :)

Ally (over in training)

Ally said...

the OLD points system....I should have said that.

Allison S. said...

Hi Ally!

I hear ya. I eat like an 8 yr old...very low on fruits and veggies. The old point system made it very easy to just live on pasta, cereal, frozen dinners which is no good for my hormone/insulin issues. No way to live! Slowly I am planning to introduce real cooking into my house again. Tonight I am going to give pork chops in the oven a try.