Throughout the month of December when I was out of control with holiday parties, business luncheons and family gatherings, I was constantly reminded of health and fitness as my fitness magazines kept pouring in.
I would put them aside and finally waited until my 3 days New Years break until cracking them open.
|Clip from Dr. Oz's Episode|
Here is my modified version of Alton Brown's list. It's tough, but I know I will have to reduce alcohol intake to one day per week.
My WW points was reduced from 29 to 26 on the new 2012 Points Plus Plan with the 49 Weekly Free points, so I'm hoping it will result with more aggressive results.
Here is the ideal menu that I would like to stick with for the next 3 weeks. Experts agree that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. My intention is to set small goals so they are attainable. (Plus, its right before Superbowl weekend!)
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Since I'm usually running late for work anyways, I am going to stick with the GNC Lean Shake for weekdays. On the weekends, I have the luxury to cook late breakfasts so I may whip up omelettes and turkey bacon for a change.
GNC Total Lean Shake 25 has 25 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, most importantly, its delicious!
If I feel like using extra points, I add ice, a banana, and strawberries and make it into smoothie. Once in a long while, I use natural peanut butter and a banana, but the PB adds too many points to the smoothie.
Apple (0 Point Plus Value)
or Orange (0 Point Plus Value)
or Berries (0 Point Plus Value)
and 1 Cup of Green Tea
|Stocked up my Chest Freezer with Lean Cusines|
It's so much easier for me to have the option of taking a frozen package out of the freezer, microwave and eat it versus preparing a sandwich and counting the points for all the components from the cheese to the bread. The frozen meals range anywhere between 5 to 9 Points Plus values.
|Modified WW Turkey Chili Recipe|
Currently, Stop and Shop is having a sale on Lean Cusine for 6 for $10.00 which comes out to $1.67 each, which is an awesome price!
As another option to frozen food, I've prepared 6 serving of Turkey Chili at 6 Points Plus that I would also fridge/or freeze to have for backup.
Afternoon Snack/Small Meal:
I usually get hungry again around 3:30 so for my afternoon snack, my friend introduced me to cottage cheese and almonds. 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese and 10 almonds would set me back 6 Points Plus.
If I'm not in the mood for cottage cheese, I got the new Special K cracker chips, which probably isn't the optimal choice, Kumquats, and avocados.
Dinner would be a bit more tricky since I have to cook for the Mo also. The meal would consist of 4 oz of chicken or fish and raw baby spinach with a half cup of rice. Estimate for dinner would be 6 Points Plus Value
|Bagged Salad and Ken's Dressing|
(The salads are also on sale at Stop and Shop this week for 2/$3.00)
|also on Sale at Stop and Shop at a low $ 1.69/ lbs|
(I used today to calculate the points, but it wasn't actual, just for calculation purposes)
To be used for alcohol, dessert and bigger weekend meals or splurges, but of course, everything in moderation, not binge drinking or gorging on sweets!
I strive for 4 activity points per a day or 28 per a week. The goal is to keep my activity points and not use them, unless its for a special occasion. I don't want to focus on an extreme exercise regimen right now so I will continue with the Zumba and Body Pump classes at the gym and use the machines and free weights regularly.