The Problem with Points

October 15, 2007 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Dear Regular Readers,

Apologies for the delay between posts. This one was written on Friday night but our internet has been down. I’ll try and catch up over the next few days. So here’s Friday’s post:

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Crunchy nut cornflakes with a sliced banana and a cup of skim milk

Late morning: Apple, hot chocolate made with skim milk

Lunch: Leek & watercress soup, sesame seed bun, this layer of low-fat spread

Dinner: Multigrain chocopuff cereal with sultanas and a cup of skim milk, WW cauliflower cheese, 2 scoops low-fat icecream with a crumled meringue shell and a spritz of low-fat spray cream

Late night snack: WW toffee bar, cup of tea

For a total of 18 1/2 points and barely a nutrient to be seen. OK, I got my share of calcium, and I just made my minimum 5 servings of fruit and veg, but overall, not a standout day on the nutritional front.

Usually, it’s much better than this. I frequently get 10 or more servings of fruit and veg, pass on the sugars and saturated fats, and eat proper meals and snacks made from scratch. (I did make the soup from scratch, and it was probably the healthiest thing I ate today.)

The advantage of using the WW points system is you can eat whatever takes your fancy, within moderation. If you want wine, or ice cream, or a toffee crisp, you can have one. And you have to learn to control your portion sizes. It gives you lots of flexibility and means you don’t have to be a killjoy in social situations.

The downside is that it lets you be lazy, like I was today. In the grand scheme of things, the odd day like today will not do me any harm. It’s not like I gorged on KFC, thick shakes, chili cheese fries, stuffed crust pizza and double mocha fudge ice cream sundaes. (Note to self, no, that doesn’t sound yummy!) But it’s not really the direction I want to be moving in.

I’ve also been aware recently of needing to make up my points allowance with sweet treats, simply to hit my targets. So as this week marks my fourth week at Weight Watchers, following the points plan, next week I am going to try the core plan for the first time. This involves eating three meals from a core list of approved, wholesome foods, and nothing else in between except fruit and veg. You do get 21 points for the week for the odd treat or non-core cooking ingredients, but on the whole, it’s a much healthier way of eating than what I did today. It will also fit in well with me switching back to Turbulence Training. The heavier-weight higher-intensity workouts will go better if I’m fuelling my body appropriately. So that’ll be from next Wednesday. In the meantime, I will try and do better!

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  • Start: 16 stone, 45.7% body fat
  • Goal: 10 stone, 20% body fat
  • Today: 14 stone 13.6 lbs, 44.8% BF
  • Pounds lost: 14.4
  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
  • Exercise this week (Sat–Fri):
  • Total: 2 hr 5 mins
  • Jog/Walk: 20 mins
  • Walking: 20 mins
  • Burlesque: 1 hr
  • Pilates: 25 mins
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    My Weight Loss Goals

  • 1. Crack 15 stone (210 lbs) for the fourth and final (I hope) time.
  • 2. Lose 10% of my body fat (14 stone 4).
  • 3. Fit into a size 18 (US 16).
  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
  • 5. Lose another 10% of my body fat (12 stone 12/180 lbs).
  • 6. Get my BMI under 30 (12 stone 9/177 lbs) - no longer obese, just overweight now.
  • 7. Weigh less than my husband.
  • 8. Fit into a size 16 (US 14).
  • 9. Lose my third 10% (11 stone 8/162 lbs).
  • 10. Fit into a size 14 (US 12).
  • 11. Get my BMI under 25 (10 stone 8/148 lbs).
  • 12. Lose my fourth 10% (10 stone 6/ 146 lbs).
  • 13. Fit into a size 12 (US 10).
  • 14. Reach my goal weight (10 stone) and decide if I need to lose any more based on my muscularity and shape.
  • 15. Turn heads in a bikini!
  • My Fitness Goals for 2011

  • 1. Increase my cruising walking speed from around 5.0kph to 6.4kph.
  • 2. Increase continuous jogging time to 30 mins.
  • 3. Run a 5K for charity.
  • 4. Work on my crawl stroke and build up to 30 mins continuous swimming.
  • 5. Build up to 1 hour continuous and comfortable cycling.
  • 6. Squat 50kg.
  • 7. Do an unassisted chin up.
  • 8. Take a martial arts or self-defence class for at least 3 months.
  • 9. Beat my husband at badminton.
  • 10. Learn a new dance style.
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  • My highest measured weight ever:
  • Jan 1 2006 = 238 lbs (17 stone)
  • BBG blog starting weight:
  • Sep 16 2007 = 215.5 lbs (15 stone 5.5), 47.0% BF Lean body mass 114.2 lbs (8 stone 2.2)
  • Highest weight posted since then:
  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
  • Lowest weight posted since then:
  • Nov 16 2009 = 193.2 lbs (13 stone 11.2), 43.7% BF, lean body mass 108.8 lbs (7 stone 10.8)
  • Lowest body fat posted since then:
  • Sep 7 2009 = 194.2 lbs (13 stone 12.2), 42.6% BF, lean body mass 111.5 lbs (7 stone 13.5)
  • My blubber reduction journey 2011:
  • Xmas 2010 = 221.6 lbs, 46.7% BF, 118.1 lbs LBM
  • 5 Jan = 221.0 lbs, 47.1% BF
  • 12 Jan = 219.6 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 19 Jan = 220.4 lbs, 45.8% BF (TTOM)
  • 26 Jan = 218.8 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Feb = 218.8 lbs, 44.7% BF
  • 9 Feb = 219.4 lbs, 44.9% BF
  • 16 Feb = 215.8 lbs, 44.6% BF
  • 23 Feb = 213.2 lbs, 45.2% BF
  • 2 Mar = 211.6 lbs, 45.9% BF
  • 9 Mar = 209.8 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 16 Mar = 208.8 lbs, 45.3% BF
  • 23 Mar = 208.0 lbs, 45.1% BF
  • 13 Apr = 208.4 lbs, 44.4% BF
  • 20 Apr = 207.6 lbs, 43.3% BF
  • 27 Apr = 205.0 lbs, 45.8% BF
  • 4 May = 209.2 lbs, 45.2% BF (TTOM)
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  • Average weekly weight loss: 0.31%
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