Sunday, October 02, 2011

A Word on Weight Loss

So in late May I joined Weight Watchers online in hopes of getting some control over my big ol' body.

My weigh-in day is Sunday, and as of today I have lost 16.9 pounds. I jumped up over the 15 pound mark, which was a short-term goal. I am pleased.

The WW program is called "pointsplus" and I don't think you can do it without being in their program. I have yet to figure out how they compute the points. But then, I am not the best with math.

Anyway, the way this works is you have a certain number of points of food you can eat, depending upon your weight and how fast you lose. The least number of points you can get is 29 and I suspect that is what most folks end up with.

Some foods are free, like broccoli and green beans. You can have all of those you want.

Fruit is also a free food, for the most part. So you can have all the bananas, apples, and oranges you want. If you have a sweet tooth this is a good thing.

Meat has more points that I would have thought. White rice is one point fewer than brown rice, and I always thought brown rice was better for you. So I don't know why this is.

An egg is 2 points.  Tea is 0 points, unless you put in a spoon of sugar, then it's 1 point.

The SmartOnes meals are anywhere from 5 to 8 points. Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals zoom on up to 10+ points.

If you want, you can put in your recipes and it will tell you how many points it is. The problem there is defining a "serving." That can be somewhat arbitrary.

The plan manager program also tracks your activity. If you earn activity points, you can eat more if you want, though so far I have not done that. The points rack up throughout the week, but everything reverts to zero on your weigh-in day.

For example, it gave me 18 activity points for spending 5 hours doing "light housework." Who knew vacuuming could burn so many calories? I only get 1 point for every 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill!

You also get a number of points that you can use throughout the week over and above your daily points. So if your daily target is 30 points, and you eat a 7 point piece of cake, you are okay. In fact, you get enough points so that you could eat a 7-point piece of cake every day if you want, but I don't do that either. I have occasionally dipped into this little pile of points but not by much.

I feel sure if I used up all the points allotted, I wouldn't lose a thing. I might not be gaining weight but I don't think I would be losing.

The weight loss is slow on this diet. I am averaging a half-pound a week.  Everyone says that is the best way to lose it, that it will stay off better.

I sure hope so.

The other part of this puzzle is my overall health. In July I learned I had uncontrolled asthma and the doctor indicated that was a big reason for my inability to get healthy. I couldn't exercise long because I grew winded and had to stop.

The asthma inhalers have allowed me to increase my walking time on the treadmill significantly. I am sure this has been a help.

I have my fingers crossed that I can get all of this under control. I would like to be healthier in the next decades of my life than I have been in the previous ones.

We'll see.


  1. Congrats! Getting over that 15lb mark is a milestone! Losing weight is a matter of finding what works best for you and it sounds like you have! Just Keep Going! I've
    always had an issue managing my weight. I sort of refer to it as "a continuous work in progress"

  2. You poor thing.. asthma just really takes it's toll. Glad you are doing the inhalers though. Should help with the energy level a bit. I'm glad you are working so diligently on your health issues.

  3. Good for you!!!
    I was one of the lucky ones who never had a weight problem.... that is until I turned 50. It takes a lot of awareness to keep it under control.
    I too would wonder why the white rice would be a "better" choice on WW than brown.

  4. That's great progress! I hear good things about WW but I just can't stick to any diet. I thought brown rice was healthier too and force my family to eat it!

  5. that sounds promising. the brown rice thing is counterintuitive to me. it should digest slower too making it less impact.


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