Hi all! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the new Weight Watchers Smart Points Program. I am super excited to say I am down 3.6 lbs for my first weigh in and The Husband lost 7.2 lbs. It wasn’t an easy week and my first day on Smartpoints I used 15 weeklies just by eating some of the same foods that I “thought” I knew the points for. It definitely taught me I really need to recalculate things before I try them and planning ahead is going to be the key to success for at least the first month. I really think it makes a difference when you know how many smartpoints you are eating and for what meal so you can swap out the equal amount if you change your mind. It also will help you decide if it’s “worth it” to eat the food.
Like this….Our weekend “on the go” breakfast of a Subway 6 inch flatbread with egg, ham, cheese and veggies went from 10 points+ to 12. Ok, I can handle that as I can have half…..
I found my breakfast groove the rest of the week having a scrambled egg with 2 pieces of Trader Joe’s Turkey Bacon and 2/3 cup hash browns “fried” in 1 tsp olive oil. (7 smartpoints (SP)
Or, my favorite “healthy eggroll” paired with an apple for 6 smartpoints.
The biggest shocker…My beloved latte – a tall is now 4 smartpoints. Sad. I did manage to switch this to a cappuccino this week for 2 smartpoints. It’s not the same but it still satisfies.
Lunches were all “wrapped” up. I am excited that I can get 2 oz of honey ham for 1 smartpoint and that these “Ole” wraps are only 2 smartpoints. They do not taste “diety” at all.
Each morning I wrapped up my lunch with 2 oz honey ham, 1 slice Sargento Ultra Thin Pepperjack, lettuce, cucumber, red cabbage, carrot, tomato, sweet peppers and jalapeno. (5 smartpoints).
Served up with a simple salad topped with 1 tsp lemon peel olive oil and 2 tsp lemon fig balsamic vinegar (1 sp).
Every time I eat an orange, I always think of some corny way of completing the phrase “Orange you….” like, Orange you glad I get to eat you 😀
Dessert ~ 2 sp Dove Peppermint.
Snacks are one thing I feel like I really have down. I plan my meals so I have breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, then, dinner. I rarely eat anything after dinner unless I am truly hungry.
I am currently IN LOVE with The Bees Knees as my veggie dip of choice.
Some of my favorite go to snacks are:
- Hard boiled egg (2 sp)
- Sargento Light Mozzarella Cheesestick (1 sp) – sometimes plain, sometimes wrapped in turkey (2 oz = 1 sp)
- Fruit – I am pretty sure I have a banana every day.
- Nuts: 1 Tbsp Pistachios or Peanuts = 1 sp, 7 almonds = 1 sp…cashews & macadamia nuts are higher but fun to mix in a few to make your own nut mix.
- If I am not dipping my veggies in pb, I use hummus.
- I am still debating if my 0% Greek Yogurt is worth it for 3-6 sp.
- Any nonfat latte, cappucino or misto but it has to be good coffee.
- I am thinking I need to add 3 oz shrimp with cocktail sauce to my list for 1 sp
- And, these Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Dinners are another thing for me to figure out. The first day where I ate way too many points (breakfast subway, lunch a panera chicken soba noodle bowl, my tall nonfat latte and this….yes, that’s really all.) I had this Cooking Light Cheesy Pasta Bake planned for dinner so I went with it, even though, one serving was 14 smartpoints. It’s pretty crazy that it is that high even after I lightened it up a bit using half the turkey sausage and low fat cheeses.
Pasta dishes are tough on smartpoints which makes me a little sad but I am determined to figure out how to make them worth.
I did manage to try another new dish with this Cooking Light Mushroom, Bacon and Barley Casserole. The Husband totally blames his weight loss on the fact I made him eat barley lol. It wasn’t bad, but, it was a lot of work. 1 serving is 10 sp.
It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be my first week considering I eat fairly close to Simply Filling on most days. When I first started the “CORE” technique way back it, it took me a month to get to where I felt like I can do this and knew how to work the plan in any situation. I do think that as with any new program change, it takes a few weeks to adapt and for now, I am excited to try to make it work as I work on mastering smartpoints….even, if there are a few things that went up way more in points than I think they should have (like my fat free latte) 😀
How did your first week on Weight Watchers Smart Points go?