{Weight Watchers 360} Week 5 Results

22 Feb 2013 by

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Well, it’s not quite the number I would have liked to have seen when I weighed in on Wednesday, but it’s at least working its way back downward. (Just realized I’m wearing the same goofy socks I had on in last week’s post.) Since I checked in last week, I have dropped 1.1 pounds.

I can’t help but want to kick myself for not getting back into my workout routine. I had been so good about it for so many years, but I just sort of dropped off the last few months. It’s showing in these weight-ins. I did get back on the elliptical the past three days, but my usual 45 minutes to an hour has been down to 15 to 30 minutes. I do try keep my heart rate at the high end of my fat-burning range rather than pacing myself like I do in the longer runs.

This week’s Weight Watchers’ Live 360 challenge was to make a meal using the Power Foods list. I made a soup of broth, brown rice, and a variety of vegetables… all items on the Power Foods list. Weight Watchers explains the Power Foods a bit here:

Power Foods are determined by the energy density of a food as well as the nutrient content of a serving of food. We combined foods into categories, for example beef, cookies, yogurt, and ranked all the foods in each category using a proprietary formula tailored to the category. (Some categories, such as cookies, do not have any items that make the cut.) The foods that rose to the top of the list — based on the lowest energy density, as well as being low in fat, saturated fat, sugar, sodium, (depending on category) and/or fiber — are determined to be Power Foods. They are the healthiest and most filling choices within a specific category of foods. These foods were assigned the green pyramid to identify them as Power Foods.

power-foodsThe Power Foods list would actually make a very awesome grocery list of healthy foods. The soup won’t be the last meal I make from this list of great foods. They also make it super-simple when tracking by showing a green pyramid next to all Power Foods. There is a plan that centers around the Power Foods, but I am not familiar with all the details. My trial for the purpose of blogging about my experience is the eTools version for those attending meetings (which I’m not) and not the usual full online program.

My goal over the coming week is to increase my workout times to the 30 to 45 minute range. I’m aiming for 30 minutes Monday through Wednesday and the 45 on Thursday and Friday. I also want to work longer strength training session in. I’ve only been doing the PLEDGE situps and pushups. I really want to make better use of the awesome workout bench Mom got me for Christmas!

Hope to see you next week with another two to three pounds gone…

  • Debbie

    Good Luck! You can do it! I’m gonna start too