The 21 Day Challenge!

March 22, 2014

I’ve decided it’s time for a Challenge!

Okay, after talking about how great I feel and how healthy I feel, and how I’m not worried about the scale, but simply living healthy, I’ve decided that’s all great, but I need a challenge in addition to the 5K Training. I need a Food Challenge!

I am in a much better mood not worrying about the scale, but if you read my blog regularly, you know I get bored….easily. So I’ve decided it’s time for some sort of a challenge. A challenge that WILL make a difference on the scale, but without me worrying about looking at the scale.

I am eating healthy foods, but I am struggling with portions and snacking too much between meals. I know the best plan would be for me to eat three meals, and one to two planned snacks each day. 

My challenge is going to be to come up with three full weeks of meals and one to two snacks each day that total between 26 and 30 PointsPlus Value (PPV) per day.

Here is the Weight Watcher plan, which I include at the end of each blog post.

Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

I have found that if I eat my 26 PointsPlus per day, and only eat HALF of the 49 extra points allowance during the week, and eat NONE of my earned activity points, I will lose weight. I have tried before to eat ALL of the 49 extra points AND eating my activity points, but that is when I seem to maintain. I guess at least I know what I need to do to maintain??

In talking to other WW members, I think eating half (or less) of the 49 extra points, is fairly common, so I feel like I can come up with Three Weeks of Meals in that PointsPlus range. Hopefully, it can help some of you on your weekly meal plan too, and encourage all of us to eat a little more variety.

My meals are always fairly easy to make (I think) and usually include ingredients that we all are familiar with. I”m looking forward to the challenge and I’m looking forward to my new clothes from last summer fitting a little better than they fit now! If you remember, I gave away all of my size 12’s and have NO intentions of shopping for any Spring clothes in a size 12!

In Other New’s

Friday’s 5K Training session included a nonstop 22 minute run. I knew this because Tess had told me so. She is a couple of days ahead of me in the 5K training, and she had informed me of just how much sweat was dripping from her body when she completed the 22 minute run! I wasn’t so excited to hear about the sweat, but I was just so stinkin’ proud of her for continuing to train for the 5K that we are doing together, I was ecstatic!!

My 22 minute run was going really well yesterday. I was a bit nervous to try that outside, (hills scare me!) so I went with the treadmill. Well, at 22 minutes, I decided I could go one more minute, and then ONE MORE MINUTE after that! I ran for 24 minutes! I have never done that….in my life…..even as a youngster. I ran for 2 miles! It was pretty darn cool, I gotta tell ya. Who knows? Maybe this 5K thing in April is going to go real smooth? It’d be so cool to just do it, without any struggle. I’ll do my next session outside, (if it’s above freezing!!) unexpected hills and all.

I still can’t believe I ran 2 miles…..for 24 minutes!!

Okay….food. I met my dad and his friend, Dale, at a little bakery yesterday morning for coffee. When I got there, they had ordered a Breakfast Pizza! I didn’t even know this little shop had a Breakfast Pizza. I thought it was just all donuts, muffins and scones. First of all, going in at 7:00 am and hungry, smelling all of that fresh bread was difficult! I hadn’t really planned to have anything, but this really did look good!

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 They talked me into having a piece!

Breakfast

Pizza with Eggs, Canadian Bacon and Mushroom’s

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Snack

Un-pictured Nonfat Latte

Lunch

Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burger

on Light English Muffin, Red Onion, Kraft 2% Cheddar Cheese

Strawberries, Carrot Chips

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Dinner

Baked Coconut Shrimp, Veggie Pot Stickers

Salad, Brown Rice with Pineapple Salsa

Red Wine

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Weight Watcher’s Points Plus

I can eat 26 PPV a day.

I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.

I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.

I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s

 

Breakfast = Pizza (7)

Snack = Nonfat Latte (2)

Lunch = Veggie Burger, Carrots, Fruit (8)

Dinner = Coconut Shrimp, Potstickers, Rice, Salad (12)

Wine = (7)

Total = 36

Exercise = 5K Training…Ran for 24 minutes, Then Walked for 20 minutes

How many glasses of water I drank = 6

Activity Points Earned for the Day = 5

Activity Points Earned This Week = 5

Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 39

Alcohol Consumption = Red Wine

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2 responses to The 21 Day Challenge!

  1. julesfarm@yahoo.com March 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks! I still can’t believe I did that!
    🙂
    I’m sure I will make a lot of things that I have already made, but I promise not to make the exact same Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner for 21 days straight!! (I mean, unless it’s an accident.)

  2. So proud of you…24 minutes running! Makes me out of breath thinking about it. Looking forward to your menu plans…maybe some of it will work for me. Having a difficult time keeping points to 26.