Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tupperware, Weight Watchers, Shopping, Eating & Running

Last night I picked up my Tupperware from my party a couple of weeks ago.  I got so much stuff.  About half of what is shown here, I actually got as hostess gifts, so it was all free.  I love it all and can't wait to start using it.

This morning I jumped on the bike and headed to my first Weight Watchers meeting.  It was pretty interesting.  I like the concept of the points.  They are based on kilojoules and saturated fat.  Plus there are some 'free' foods.  They also identify a lot of 'filler' foods which are foods that are deemed to be quite filling based on their points value.  They give you quite a lot of information in your first week.  I have sat down and read it all.  So the decision is that I am going to give this a shot for a couple of months and see how I go with it.

I got weighed in when I first got there.  Fully dressed, with shoes, after drinking water.  I weighed in at 1kg more than my starting weight for this year, so I am behind the 8-ball for the year already.  I have put my scales away and will go by the WW weigh ins.

During the meeting part of the meeting they talked about a few things, but 2 things stood out to me.  Firstly, they talked about tasting your food.  Not just eating it or shovelling it in, but actually tasting it.  Slowing down, and enjoying each mouthful.  One suggestion is to use a smaller fork so you can't pile so much on.  Also things like sucking nuts one by one instead of throwing a whole handful in your mouth.  Things I will need to work on.

The other thing was portion size.  This is, and always has been, one of the biggest problems I have.  I always fill up my plate.  A suggestion was made to use smaller plates.  My plates are massive.  So after I got home, Ross & jumped in the car and headed to the local 'House & Garden' store to see what they had in the way of funky looking side plates.  I decided I wanted a bunch of mis-matched different sized plates.  They had a sale on Maxwell & Williams, so I picked up these 2 little ones.

Ross then suggested we check out the local Salvos store.  I got a few different plates there.

A couple of small bowls.

As well as this Maxwell & Williams single serve baking dish for only a couple of dollars.

On the way home we had to stop at the supermarket, so I ducked in to the Cheap As Chips next door.  I found these gorgeous little dessert dishes.  I only got 2, but I think I will go back and get another couple as they would be great to serve up to dinner guests.

So after sitting down and working out the Weight Watchers Points values for some of my recipes, I was over the moon to discover that my Mexican Lentils were only 3.5 points per serve.  So dinner was baked potato with Mexican Lentils and light Cheese.

With a side salad - which is a completely Point-free salad so I loved that!

I have also made a decision on my running.  I am not pushing myself enough so I am going to attempt C25K again.  I downloaded the tracks and will put them on my mp3 player at work on Monday.  So 3 days a week as of Monday, I am going to run.  And hopefully in 2 months I will be able to run for 30 minutes.

Tomorrow marks the end of my 3 month trial of vegetarianism.  I have a lot of thoughts about it so I will check in sometime in the next day or so and let you know whether I have decided to stick with it.  Till then...



katt said...

Glad you went good with weight watchers. I think it is good now they are focusing on filler foods so you get more for your points.

Loved the plate idea. The plates from the salvos are so pretty.

Enjoy all your tupperware you got heaps.

Will @ Fitness Achievement said...

Nice blog! I am learning a lot about food and nutrition too. I've tried the vegetarian thing for the last couple weeks. I've kept it to fruits, nuts, veggies, and granola. It's been pretty cool! I've lost 40 pounds and put on some muscle. I blog at Fitness Achievement

Emz said...

YAY! Good on you, WW sounds like it's a good fit for you. Points are so much easier than calories, aren't they? I actually have the formula to work out points, if you'd like it?

and GOOD ON YOU for committing to C25K again! I'm about to go out for my first run (kind of procrastinating because I'm nervous as hell).

Also, really really really need to make the mexican lentils.. especially over a baked potato!! I'm now craving that :P :P

Will be interested to hear your thoughts on vegetarianism!!

Em xo

Emz said...

PS Would you believe that the ONLY WW meetings in the city are on Tues/Wed at 12:30pm or something like that?!?!

swayerm said...

Good luck with weight watchers... you have more guts than me, I would never be able to weigh in in front of people, I even make Superman leave the room when I jump on the scales :$