So I’m now about a week or two into my new healthy eating/exercise plan. I’m using the new Weight Watchers ‘Pro Points’ plan and to be honest, it’s not been the easiest adjustment. At lunchtime I can be found loitering around the food isle of the local Tesco or Marks & Spencer squinting (yes, I need to sort glasses out) at food lables, typing the figures into the iphone app hoping desperately that my beloved mushroom pappardelle might magically come out at zero points (it didn’t, more like 16 – explaining my weight gain). I do have to say that the iphone app is fab though, has everything I need to make sure I don’t need to log in all day long.
|Not quite the grey streets of London…|
Having pretty much discovered that any of the carb (and cheese) heavy meals that I used to know and love are now off limits, unless that’s the only thing I want to eat every day I have had to seriously adapt my eating habits. Some substitutions are fairly easy, replacing snacks with fruit is fine and swapping cornflakes, sugar & semi skimmed milk for wheetabix with skimmed milk plus a sprinkling of sweetener saves a few points but doesn’t feel like a sacrifice.
So it’s a bit of an adjustment and I definitely haven’t completely gotten my head around the whole thing yet – eating out makes it pretty much impossible to stick to points and I totally blew the whole thing over the weekend with a night out for a friends birthday (to a wonderful place called The Candlelight Club – highly recommend going!) plus a late night Maccy D’s fix and a Sunday ‘recovery’ lunch meant that I know I was WAY over my limit for the week. But I didn’t beat myself up about it, I’m going to stick with it and hopefully get better week by week.
I’ve been doing some exercise, two or three trips to the gym a week for either a swim or a gym workout have been less than pleasant, but necessary. I’m trying to make the most of the power plate at the gym I’m using plus the fact that the pool is all but empty at lunch time. I’ve now also got a Slendertone arm system* to throw into the mix – really hoping for some good results from this one. I have used the abs machine before (review here) and definitely saw results but only from regular, consistent use – so that’s the plan with the arms, and might throw the abs one too for a bit of a boost.
Ooh, and I’m also signed up to the Bikini Challenge from toneitup.com (check out their You Tube channel, if you ever wanted motivation for getting in shape…).
I’d love to hear any tips on things to eat/snack on on the Weight Watchers Pro Points plan*, especially those that suit carb addicts like me! Any tips you can give would be amazing, and if anyone wants to join me on the quest for getting healthy then let me know in the comments below!
things marked with a * have been provided for review.