Happy Sunday all! I have spent a lot of time reflecting lately on what exactly it is that I want to do. Part of me feels lost and part of me knows exactly what I need to do to be successful. I have gone back and forth in my head so many times and any time I switch things up, it is never without a lot of pondering. Last night, I pulled out my Weight Watchers Journals from when I used to do the CORE program (yup, I really do have my trackers from 7 years ago!). I actually kept all the ones where I lost over 1.5 lbs.
For those that are not familiar with the CORE program it is very close to what Weight Watchers calls the Simply Filling Technique today. You focus entirely on listening to your body and your hunger signals, while eating only Power Foods, aka Simply Filling Foods. You use your Weekly Points Allowance (WPA) for any non power food items you want to enjoy. It’s a great way to help you focus on picking the “right” foods and enjoying everything else in moderation.
In my last journey with Weight Watchers (the past 8 years), I actually lost my first 20 points using flex points with zero exercise. When I was ready for a change, I switched things up and switched to CORE while adding in exercise as I told you all about during my running story.
I can honestly say that both programs work 100% WHEN you work them 100%. I also can say that you do not necessarily have to exercise to lose weight based on my experience, but, adding it in, definitely helps the process.
I have really been feeling like I need a change lately ~ something to make me feel like everything is “new” and “exciting” and something that will boost my motivation again. When I looked at my journals last night, I thought, WOW, I cooked so much and ate so good….WOW, I wrote down like everything ~ look at me writing down that bite, lick or taste…..I even wrote down my Non-Scale-Victories (NSV) when my pants were too big.
Just looking back and remembering how that felt in that moment made me realize, it’s time for a change. I NEED to do something for me so I can get excited about reaching my Labor Day Goal.
So, for the month of July I am going to do the Simply Filling Technique and get back to the basics of Clean Eating and Power Foods. I may not be perfect to start and I can tell you now, I do have some tweaks that I allow as long as I lose weight (i.e. low-fat cheese versus fat free cheese), but, none of that matters….what matters is that I am EXCITED and ready to go!
I actually think that Summer is the best time to do the Simply Filling Technique because the produce is just plain awesome.
I whipped up 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats with 1 cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then, I stopped it with cinnamon…..
A bunch of farmer’s market fruit…..
And a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut. There is so much flavor in these 3 toppings you will not even miss having sugar or butter in your oats. 100% SF (4 points+ if you are counting).
Since I know I totally value my WPA, I decided to nix the 1/2 and 1/2 this morning and went with just 1 pump mocha & 1 pump coconut for 1 WPA.
Fun fact: I actually learned to drink my coffee black when I followed Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet and did cooler 1….the cooler’s still haunt me today, but, I love drinking my coffee black.
I read somewhere it takes trying something 12 times to like it and I think that’s true ~ sorta.
I snacked on some watermelon at our Weight Watchers meeting (up 1 lb and it was earned!), then, we headed out to the Alameda Antique Faire.
I came prepared with a banana and Pearine (Pear + Nectarine – below), but, only ended up eating one of them.
5 hours and a million steps later, we were done and off to Yokoso ~ my favorite sushi place ever.
We started with Edamame which is a Power Food = SF! (1/2 c = 1 points+ if you are counting).
Simple salad ~ 3 WPA for the dressing and worth it!
I pondered the Miso Soup since they say all broth based soups are Simply Filling, however, Miso was not listed. From what I can tell, it is based on the tofu they use – not all are Simply Filling.
I decided to keep it Simply Filling and only drank the broth leaving the tofu behind. (2 points+ if you are counting).
Sashimi is the only thing that is Simply Filling when it comes to sushi even if it is brown rice sushi. The thing is, I like all the “stuff” that comes with sushi so I am not sure I could ever do just the raw sashimi.
TUNA STEAK ~ Spicy Crab Meat Topped with Ahi, Avocado, Green Onions, Tobiko SRIRACHA and special sauce made extra spicy for me = LOVE!!
Yup, that would be an entire dish of Sriracha for dipping
I estimated this based off a Spicy Tuna Roll at 1 points+ a piece. (8 WPA)
Since we had a late lunch and I am not starving, dinner is going to involve dipping this big bowl of strawberries in 1 cup 0% Greek Yogurt (all simply filling). 3 points+ if you are counting
As soon as we got home tonight, I whipped up lunches for the first 2 days this week (since The Husband likes it, I have to share). Recipe courtesy of my fantastic Weight Watchers Leader….I’ll post it tomorrow for you all too.
- 3,020 calories burned
- 11,334 steps taken
- 13 WPA used, 36 WPA remaining – SF, (21 daily points+)
HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
- BBQ Chicken, corn and kale chips
- Grilled Tri Tip, Sweet Potato Fries, Grilled Corn, Salad
- Grilled Thai Turkey Salad
- Sweet Potato BLTA Nacho’s
- Mushroom Ravioli’s A La Kale, Salad
- Spaghetti, Salad
Have you ever tried the CORE and/or Simply Filing plans? What did you think?