Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lean Cuisine

I typically buy Smart Ones frozen foods because the WW points are clearly printed on the cover of the box. However, Lean Cuisine also offers WW points on the sides of their boxes as well. Here are a few of my favorite meals from them. Check out the Lean Cuisine Weight Watcher's Points Finder.

Chicken in Peanut Sauce - 5 points

Traditional Pepperoni Pizza - 7 points

Vegetable Spring Roll - 6 points

Baked Chicken - 5 points

Monday, September 14, 2009

Week 4

Weekly weigh-in/update: I lost 1 lb last week, which brings my total weight loss to 8.8 lbs since I started Weight Watchers exactly a month ago. I haven't reached my 10 lb goal yet, but I'm still soo excited to have lost so much in such a short time!

On the snack front, I found a treasure trove of 100 calorie candies at Super Target this week. I got 3 Musketeers, Swedish Fish and super yummy York Peppermint Patty crisp bars. Each individually wrapped serving is 2 points, so I can have a treat without the side of guilt.

Still no exercise yet, but I have been trying to include more walking in my every day routine. I park farther away from places than usual and take extra laps around the store when I'm shopping.

Only a little over a pound to go!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Week 4

My usual meeting day is Monday, but it was Labor Day this week so I went on Tuesday instead. I lost 2.6 lbs since last week for a total of 7.8 lbs since I started. I was hoping for a bit more, but I'll take what I can get.

I still haven't started any exercise yet, but I have been eating more fruits & veggies. My faves are apple slices & baby carrots.

Only 2.2 lbs til I reach my first weight loss goal!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Week 3

Today was my weekly weigh-in. I ate out twice last week and had waaay too many points those days (thank God for those weeklies!) I lost .6 lbs. Not exactly a great success, but I'll take it. I'm more than half way to my first goal of 10 lbs!

I still haven't incorporated exercise into my weight loss plan because the elliptical machine I bought is refusing to fit together. Hopefully I can get that sorted out this week and start doing some cardio every day.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Welcome To Moe's!

If you've never heard of Moe's Southwest Grill before, it's like Chipotle. If you've never heard of Chipotle, it's a casual dine-in/take-out restaurant featuring delicious Tex Mex fare. And who doesn't like that??

My usual Moe's meal consists of a Joey Junior burrito with chicken, rice, lettuce and cheese accompanyied by a basket of tortilla chips and a side of queso. Thinking this meal would be a 100 points, I decided to consult their very thorough & interactive nutrition menu and calculate the info.

To my surprise, the burrito only comes to 8 points! Not too bad. The queso is an extra 4, so I add that, but the chips are a whopping 18 so I skip them.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Week 2: Update

I lost 4.6 lbs last week!!! I stayed within my points everyday (for the most part) and used up all of my weekly allowance points. I cheated last night and today before my weigh-in and still lost! I'm so excited to have made a little progress! I'm almost halfway to my first personal goal of 10 lbs!

Last night I caved at McDonalds and today I cheated again at Applebees - even though they have a WW menu! I felt so gross afterwards because my body was getting used to not having greasy foods, so I'm not going to waste any more points on crappy food anymore.

This week I'm excited to try some new WW-friendly foods I picked up at the store today:

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Favorite Way To Enjoy 9 Points!

Smart Ones Calzone Italiano - 6 Points
A refreshing Vitamin Water - 3 Points

MMMM... Delicioso!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Week 1: Diet

WW-friendly foods that I'm loving this week:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Watch Valerie Lose It!

Welcome to my weight loss blog, Valerie Loses It! Here I will post updates, pictures & videos about my weight loss endeavors!

For those of you who don't know me from my beauty blog/YouTube channel, I am a 25 year old mother of one who loves shopping, traveling and spending time with my fiance, Jason, and our son, Nikki. My weaknesses include reality TV, eBay and carbs. I'm getting married next October and am determined to be a hott bride!

I struggle with losing weight because I simply don't put any effort into it. I'm what you might call...lazy. I was always the girl who skipped gym class and now I'm paying for it. I decided to start Weight Watchers today (for the third time) and am prepared to lose some serious "LBs" and get into shape for the wedding. I also bought an elliptical machine/stationary bike and will, slowly but surely, be integrating exercise into my daily routine.

As I stated earlier, this is the third time I've started Weight Watchers. I love the program because you can eat whatever you want as long as you don't go over a set amount of points every day. I don't mind the weekly weigh-ins because no one sees your weight except for the person working there and all of their employees are success stories who've been in your position before. My problem with WW is that I always seem to stop tracking my points, which is the is the main theme of the program and also what makes it so successful. How can you expect to lose weight if you have no recollection of how many calories you consumed in a day/a week/a month? I will definitely be struggling with holding my self accountable for what I eat, but it needs to be done.

Last time around (about a year ago) my future mother-in-law and I started together. I quit a month into it and she's still doing it to this day. I've gained 10 lbs and she's lost 50. So, unlike other diet plans, I know this one works. I'm presently a size 22 and embrace my curvy figure, but I would love to lose 50 lbs like she did. I want to look less giggly and more toned. Ideally, I'd like to be a size 12.

Currently, I weigh about 4 lbs more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant 17 months ago. This is the most I've ever weighed in my life and I'm so over being this size! I'd love to walk into a store and know that I could fit into anything. Right now, I'm semi-limited to where I can shop for clothes and it really bothers me.

So, without further ado... join me on my journey from flab to fab as I transform my body for the big day! Positive comments, suggestions and personal stories are eagerly welcomed!

*At the top right of the page is a ticker which will track my progress to my next goal. Every time I reach a goal, I'll set a new one and update the ticker. It also shows my BMI (Body Mass Index) which is just awful at the moment.