Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting acquainted with Points Plus

As of today I have completed 1 week of the points plus system on weight watchers. If you have done weight watchers before, you'd be surprised the differences they've made to their program. They added carbohydrates to their points calculator, they've made all fruits a 0 points value, and they've changed how many points you get on a daily basis and on a weekly basis. I get 31 points per day and 49 per week normally and then an extra 15 a day for breastfeeding.

Needless to say, I had no problem staying on program this week. I found myself eating far more fruit because I knew it didn't count for anything. I also ate more vegetables, not because they were low points, but because I wanted to be able to check off all the marks for fruits and vegetables. I know I'm eating healthier and it's not difficult to do so. 

What's a challenge for me this time around is that I'm not allowed to lose too much weight at a time because of the breastfeeding. If I lose too much, my milk supply could diminish. The last few times I've done weight watchers I've had a big loss the first week. This time I only lost .6 pounds. I was a bit discouraged by this, but the receptionist at the meeting told me it was likely because I was already eating pretty consciously before, so I wouldn't have a big change. She suggested taking measurements and using those as well, especially after having had a baby, my hips and belly should shrink more than my weight does. 

I know all weight basically loses the same, but for some reason I feel like this 30 pounds of baby weight should come off easier. It's probably because I've had so many people say that breastfeeding helps you lose the weight quick. My challenge now is to treat this weight loss like all of the weight I've lost before. I have to work at it just the same.

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