If you read back through the archives of this blog, you would see an incredible difference between Kenlie who attends weekly WW meetings (regardless of rain, snow, etc) and Kenlie who’s trying to do it on her own. You’d also see a stark difference in the amount of weight I lose when attending meetings versus not attending meetings. And you stick around, you’re going to see that extraordinary shift again in the coming months.
After attending a new meeting Thursday night, I’ve found myself excited to cook food again and to get the most bang for my buck (in p+ values) though this time there’s an added layer. I’m challenging myself to eat vegetables as the majority of my points. You might be thinking “What is she babbling about? Veggies are free!” But hear me out…
When you combine zero p+ foods in the recipe builder they’re no longer zero points because the value actually changes when the points for each item are calculated together. In short, I’ve been tracking incorrectly. I already knew that PointsPlus values could change when I combine two servings of something, but I’ve never tracked fruits and vegetables that way until now. And it seems that most people don’t do it that way, but if I’m eating fresh fruit salads or meals that are vegetable dense, I need to track properly to reach my goal.
For lunch today, I ate a giant salad then logged it in the recipe builder before I tracked it. Check out the details:
1 c baby spinach (o)
1/4 carrot (o)
1/4 large zucchini (o)
1 small apple (o)
1/4 c red onion (o)
1/4 cucumber (o)
1/2 c tomato (o)
1/2 c broccoli (o)
When these zero p+ foods were added up together, they totaled 4 p+ as opposed to zero because when foods are prepared and consumed together, they’re calculated in totals rather than separately. It makes sense, but am I the only one who didn’t realize this until recently?
And here are some details on the smoothie that I made today. I don’t regret utilizing my PointsPlus to eat it, but it does make me keenly aware of the fact that fruits are not always free. Check out these details:
1 c strawberries (o)
1 large banana (0)
1/2 c skim milk (1)
When consumed separately, these fruits and this milk are only worth 1 p+, but eat them together and they become 6 p+! That’s a big difference! And while it makes a lot more sense this way, it’s important to know that this is how it works because if I had eaten the smoothie (which was fantastic by the way) without calculating the points properly, I would have exceeded my points for the day.
And earlier this evening, I wanted a snack and needed some protein so I considered having peanut butter and banana on toast, but after adding the ingredients into the recipe builder I decided to make some adjustments because the points were so different than I thought they’d be. (I’m glad I checked!)
Last year, when Weight Watchers unrelieved the PointsPlus plan, I was frustrated because I had learned so much about what a proper portion looked like through Momentum. And I didn’t understand how fruits could be counted as zero p+, but now I think I understand! And knowing that while fruits when eaten alone can occasionally be zero p+, I’m much more comfortable with PointsPlus based on my new understanding. I had trouble wrapping my head around the fact that fruits and veggies were zero so I’m okay with this new knowledge. And in addition to working out hard, this new information helps me feel like I’m back on the right track.