WW Peas - Can I see your menu using 18-20 points?
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Posted: 7/3/2010 4:49:23 PM
I need to lose some weight. I used WW about 8 years ago and was successful, but have since gained the weight back. Please inspire me to get going and get this weight off again. I hate myself right now....am so disgusted with myself. My self-confidence is at about -10!! I would like to see some examples of menus. Maybe if I don't have to spend so much time trying to figure it all out it'll give me a boost to get going.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 4:54:45 PM
I can only stay at 20 points or under if I skip breakfast Which is a no-no. But I know the leaders have shared some ideas in the past, as well as in the mag and online.

But if I remember correctly, it's like, the soup and maybe some hay and a salad and some flavored air.

Sorry to make light of the situation, but I can manage 24-25 points fine, but 18-20 is a killer.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 4:56:02 PM
First of all, are you sure you're supposed to be at 18-20 points? 18 is the lowest, I believe, you can go on the WW plan, so I worry you might be going too low.

I'm currently following WW and am not down that low in terms of points, but then again, I have a significant amount to lose. Maybe try using a lot of filling foods: Lean proteins (3oz portions), vegetables, fruits, some low fat dairy. Most veggies are 0 points; fruits usually come in at 1 or so points/serving. Lean protein could come in anywhere from 3-6 points/serving depending on what you're eating. Eggs are 2 points, Egg whites are 1 point/3 egg whites...


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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:01:08 PM
If I enter all my info on WW online it sets me up for 18 points. I have about 30 lbs to lose....I thought that seemed low and was wondering how I was going to do it. Staying on 18-20 points it feels like I'm denying myself everything.....and that makes it super hard to stick with it.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:06:45 PM
Ok, well, in that case, I'd honestly take the 35 weekly points you have and incorporate them into your menu to round it out and not feel so denied. If you divide them evenly, you can add another 5 points to your menu per day and get to about 23 points. If you add activity, you can earn additional points...100 cals burned =1 point. It's do-able, but you'll probably find you'll be doing a lot of filling foods type things like veggies. Try the 100 cal thin bagels/sandwich thins, Laughing Cow wedges, hummus, etc to add some bulk and protein to your meals. Drink water and have faith; it can work w/o too much sacrifice. Honestly, the first month was the hardest for me to figure out what I could eat for the points I wanted to spend. Now, it's second nature and I'm plenty satisfied. Some days I honestly don't feel like I could eat all my points.


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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:08:19 PM
18-20 pts is really super low. I could never make it on so few points.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:10:12 PM
lje~

I could've written your post. Did WW a few years back and lost the weight only now to have practically gained it all back again. Very frustating. Just started working out again last week, but my food intake is HORRIBLE!!! I would love to see some menus too.

Here is a menu I used to follow, but I just can't do it this time around because I'm sick of the choice of foods. I can't seem to find stuff that satisfies me anymore.

Breakfast: Cereal bar 2pts
Lunch: Yogurt 1pt
Fruit 1-2pts
100 calorie pack of cookies 2pts
Afternoon Snack: Pretzels 2pts
Dinner: That would vary.
Evening Snack: Eddy's Slow Churned Ice Cream 3pts

ETA: I tried to always workout which allowed me 2 or so extra points each day. And also, as a previous poster pointed out, the extra 35 weekly points could be applied to my dinners if it was a higher point value than what I had available for the day. I also always drank water, so I didn't need to count any points towards beverages.

HTH!!!

Kristen

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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:14:44 PM
How about just pay for it like everyone else?

And frankly, if you haven't gotten up off the couch to get to a meeting and figure this stuff out for yourself, you aren't going to make it anyway. Why should anyone waste their time and energy motivating you when you just want to lay around in your self loathing? If you don't do the work, you won't lose the weight.

Besides, someone will post menus and then you'll post a million reasons it won't work for you. So ...

Get up. Get dressed. Go to a meeting. Pay your fee. Get the info. Figure out the points that are appropriate for you. Then build your own menu plan. Go to the next meeting and feel proud. Celebrate with the ladies at your meeting and you'll go home refreshed and motivated.

I will put my good faith in you and tell you my "secrets" for weight loss:

1. Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt.
2. Arnolds Sandwich thins or similar product.
3. Veggies
4. Fruits
5. Water.
6. Exercise.
7. I do not substitute fake versions into my menu. I don't eat fake cheese, I don't eat artifically sweetened foods, I don't eat "lite" versions. for the most part, if they had to lighten it up, you shouldn't be eating it anyway.
8. Lean protein.
9. Filling foods.



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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:16:54 PM
I'll share what I ate today for 20.5 points:

Breakfast: 6 points

Iced coffee w/ 1 cup fat free/skim milk, no sweetner: 2 points
1 Thomas' Bagel thin: 1 point
1 tbsp peanut butter: 2 points
1 nectarine: 1 point

Lunch: 7 points

Morning Star Farms veggie burger: 2 points
100 cal hamburger bun: 1 point
lettuce: 0 points
tomato slice: 0 points
1.5 cups sliced strawberries: 1 point
6oz chocolate greek yogurt: 3 points


Dinner: 7.5 points

pork chop; lean, no bone- 4oz: 4.5 points
1 cup cooked carrots: 1 point
1/2 cup couscous: 2 points

HTH

Edited to fix typo


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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:34:49 PM
Breakfast:
*cheerios (2 points)
*milk (1.5 points)

Lunch:
2 slices 45 calorie bread (1 point)
lean turkey lunchmeat (0.5 points)
WW yogurt (1 point)
fruit (0.5 point)
I often put the fruit (strawberries, blueberries) in the yogurt

Supper - almost anything you want since you have thus far only used 6.5 points. I vary supper. Usually whatever my family is having within reason - a hamburger, vegetable, fruit. Last night I had chicken on a biscuit, my college age son is home and he loves this. It has a lot of points, so I ate a half a biscuit with the chicken mixture and it was plenty.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:39:44 PM
Another idea -- join WW online if you think it would work for you. I only have ten pounds to lose, I have never had to worry about my weight but I am old enough that hormones are working against me now, so I started at ten pounds over what I'd like to be. I have NO NEED to go to meetings, don't want to spend the time doing that - but their food calculator and exercise calculator I really like having. I rode my bike 10 miles today in a very strong Iowa wind and gained an additional 6 points - which I won't use because 19 is plenty for me.

I've never had to lose weight before....but I find WW to be incredibly easy.

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Posted: 7/3/2010 5:52:10 PM
You need to add tons of zero point foods to your menu to help you feel full and satisfied on fewer points.

Calorie-dense foods like bread, pasta, and fats are very expensive in terms of how many points/calories they cost you. I don't do WW but I do a similar program and that is how I feel happy and full on 1200 calories a day.

Today for lunch I had pesto bowties which could have been a ton of calories but I added a ton of vegetables to it. This makes enough for lunch today and tomorrow. It comes out to ~250 calories per serving. I don't know what the points equivalent is but 250 calories for a huge bowl of pasta is pretty good. If you really want to save on calories, you can double the amount of zucchini and leave out the noodles completely.

2 cups chopped zucchini - 20 calories
2 tbsp pesto sauce - 100 calories
1 medium chopped onion - 28 calories
2 chopped plum tomatoes - 30 calories
3 oz farfalle noodles - 315 calories

The program I'm on (which isn't really philosophically different than WW) teaches you to increase the volume of your food by adding lots of foods with low calorie density. WW does this by telling you to eat a lot of 1 and 0 point foods. If you concentrate on eating more of those and concentrate less on how many points are in a piece of cheese or a cookie, then you'll be less worried about hoarding your points, you'll be less hungry, and you're going to have greater success in the long run.


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Posted: 7/3/2010 6:09:02 PM

Breakfast: Cereal bar 2pts
Lunch: Yogurt 1pt
Fruit 1-2pts
100 calorie pack of cookies 2pts
Afternoon Snack: Pretzels 2pts
Dinner: That would vary.
Evening Snack: Eddy's Slow Churned Ice Cream 3pts




I would suggest adding lots of zero point veggies and 1 point fruits to this. Even though it's low in calories, it's not following the WW guidelines for fruits and veggies.

I am doing WW, but have a lot more points than 18...but I have been thinking about how I will plan when I am at that level. I already incorporate a lot of fruit and veggies, but I would bump those up even more. I would also make sure I earned quite a few activity points and also take advantage of all my weekly points (35.)

Currently I do:

Breakfast 5 1/2 points
Bagel thin (1 point)
Egg (2 points)
Canadian Bacon (the kind I use is 1 point for 5 slices, I use two) 1/2 point
Cheese slice (1 point)

Snack
Carrots and hummus (2 points)

Lunch
Varies...I have things like soup, taco chili, salad with leftover protein from dinner or a turkey & veggie sandwich on a bagel thin.
Cup of berries or an apple. I keep it around 6 points.

Snack
Popcorn or bowl of fruit (1 point)

Dinner
I always have a salad and fill my plate 1/2 full with steamed, grilled or sauted veggies. Then I have a lean protein (fish, shrimp, crab legs, chicken, pork or lean beef.) I usually have enough points to also have some startch, but I keep it small. I keep it around 10 points.

that's around 24-25 points a day. I currently save my 35 weekly points to use when we go out or have friends over. I don't use my AP points, but can see really needing them when my points drop to 18!


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Posted: 7/3/2010 6:43:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestions....I am going to give this a try again. Move more and eat less...I will, I will, I will!

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Posted: 7/3/2010 7:52:09 PM
You need a more filling breakfast. Those cereal bars are like eating air, they don't stick with you.

I like:
Thomas Double the Fiber Wheat English Muffin-2pts
1 slice 2% milk cheese-1pt
1/2 cup egg beaters-1pt
Only 4 points but you get your protein and fiber that keeps you full. You could add a handful of blueberries or strawberries for more fiber and full factor.


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