Tuesday, 5 January 2016

New Year New Plan! Smartpoints are here!

I'm skipping over all the New Year and Christmas talk. I'm too excited!

This week Weightwatcher's new SmartPoints system finally came to Ireland!

Since my rejoin to classes I have bounced between a Tuesday and a Wednesday class so I couldn't help myself. I went to the Tuesday class, stood on the scale and took my Christmas gain.
Three weeks away from class, Christmas, our engagement party, New Year and all the wine, cheese and chocolate in the word has left me incredibly bloated and with a 4lb gain. Not too bad considering.

As always, here's some pictures.
Balloons from the engagement party!

It was a themed party, so I had to dress up and stick on a wig! 

I didn't wait until today to get properly stuck in to the new system. I wasn't feeling very well over a lot of the Christmas break so spent quite a lot of time reading through the site, playing with cook books (I have two new ones to add to my collection, not Weightwatchers, but everything can be smartpointed). And working out what a lot of my normal meals are.

As a result I started the plan on Monday (yesterday) properly. And I really have to say, one I had planned the full day and knew what I was having it was so incredibly easy to stick to. The meals I had were so filling I was so pleased when it came to evening and I had no desire to snack!

The meeting itself was full today, lots of resolutioners and old members like myself in addition to the normal faces all excited for the new plan.

I love stationary, anyone who knows me knows of my love for all of it, so I was super excited to get the new folder and new books.

Here is the folder;


Here is week one's book, eat. (obviously)

 
It's quite thick, bursting with info, tips and recipes, I don't think I will be letting it out of my sight this week.




and this is my favourite. The tracker is so pretty!




We didn't have time for the leader to give a big overview of what the new plan is, (I adore how the tracker encompasses the holistic approach too!) but we did get a chat about the basics, she used an effective example where a breast of chicken and a tin of coke have the same calories, however the chicken breast has 2 Smartpoints, whereas the tin of coke has 8 (I think it was 8), to show just how much the sugars can affect the Smartpoint value.

I had tuna steak for dinner tonight and as I was tracking it on the calculator I found it amusing how once I input 86 calories it was given the Smartpoint value of three, however once I input the protein value it dropped down to one!

Everyone's homework is to go home and study the book which as I said above is pretty comprehensive and has a lot of good looking recipes.

Next week I might post my tracker to keep for the moments I inevitably wonder, how did I use to plan a week? Speaking of planning...

Aims for this week!
This week I am focusing primarily on 2 things;

  1. Ensuring I have tracked the Smartpoint value of everything I eat. (Even if I go over).
  2. Drink 2l of water everyday.
I can struggle with tracking however I normally never have any trouble with drinking my water, I've found over the last few weeks my tea and coffee consumption (which is already pretty high) has went astronomical. 

I have, of course, been using my fitbit, and last week's activity was appalling. You would think I did not have it on for half the week, but it was just I did not move for half the week. I haven't put any strict goals on for this week, but I would like to try and manage the 10,000 step goal I have as much as I can.

This was my week in review;



Pathetic really. I hit 10,000 yesterday and hope to today so next week's review will hopefully smash this. 

Next week will be my first loss under the Smartpoint system, I can feel it!

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