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What I Eat in a Day: Weight Watchers Freestyle

What I Eat in a Day: Weight Watchers Freestyle

Background 

As you may know.. Ya girl has been killing the Weight Watchers game lately (humble brag), so I thought it would be fun to do this post! I like to call my weight loss journey a lifestyle change instead of a diet because that D-word just turns me into a monster for some reason. I heard recently that your journey should be something you can see yourself doing for the next 5, 10, 15 years and I totally agree with that.

Pretty much, what I'm trying to say is that I am definitely not on a restrictive diet. That's why Weight Watchers is perfect for me! It's not realistic for me to say that I'm neverrrr gonna eat a burger and fries again, or a burrito or a piece of cake. If I'm really, truly craving something that's not necessarily "healthy", I'll have it, but I'll be much more conscious of how much I'm eating. 

I mean don't get me wrong, I do have to tell myself no sometimes because there are some things that just don't fit into my points. But, I've been following WW for 10 weeks now and I have not felt deprived yet. 

If you don't know how WW works, you get a certain amount of points per day and you log the food you eat into the WW app and it'll tell you how many points you've used. On the new Freestyle plan, over 200 food are ZERO points! For example; fruits, veggies, boneless skinless chicken/turkey breast, fish, beans, and eggs which is AMAZING! When I first signed up for WW I was allowed 26 points a day, since I've lost over 15 pounds since then, that number has gone down to 24. 

Okay.. SO! Did I cover everything? Should we get into what I eat now?!

Breakfast

This has been my breakfast for the past 3 weeks now. I make them all on my meal prep Sunday, wrap them in tinfoil, leave one out for Monday, and stick the rest in the freezer. I microwave it for a minute when I get to work and we're good to go. Super easy, low in points, and convenient.

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Ham and egg on sandwich thin bread - 4sp

1 egg: 0sp

2 oz Hilshire Farm Thin Slices Honey Ham:  1sp

1 Arnold Sandwich Thins, Multi-Grain: 3sp

Couple splashes of Tobasco & a sprinkle of salt & pepper: 0sp

I go back and forth with my coffee. Some days I have it black with 1 sweetener and sometimes when I'm feeling fancy I'll throw some creamer in it. It has been a REAL struggle finding a low point creamer that actually tastes good. BUT.. thanks to the #wwcommunity on instagram, I found the Premier Protein shakes that are perrrrrfect as a creamer. 

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Iced Coffee - 0sp/1sp

8 oz. Cafe Bustelo Iced Coffee - 0sp

1 Stevia packet - 0sp

or..

8 oz. Cafe Bustelo Iced Coffee - 0sp

1/2 carton of Premier Protein Caramel Shake - 1sp

Lunch

I am soooooo obsessed with this Beef Stir-fry recipe. I've had it, no lie, at least once a week since I started WW (not including leftovers). When we (my mum & I) have it for dinner, we usually have it with a side of jasmine rice. Since we made a big batch to have for lunches, we passed on the rice and added extra veggies. You can either make this in a pan or for big batches we just throw everything in the crock pot.

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Spicy Beef Stir-Fry - 4sp

22 oz Top Round Beef - 23sp

1 1/2 cups Kikoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce - 5sp

1-2 tbsp minced garlic - 0sp

2 tbsp sriracha - 0sp

2-3 tbsp Huy Fong Sauce, Chili Garlic - 0sp

Any veggies you like (I use the frozen stir-fry blend from Wegmans and add extra broccoli, carrots, green beans and corn) - 0sp

(adjust sriracha/chili garlic sauce to your liking, I like mine spiiiiicy)

Now I know you're probably thinking daaaaayum, 22 oz of beef?! But this is for 8 servings, so don't think I'm crazy. Each serving comes out to be 4sp with about 3oz of beef in each. Having it with a 1/2 cup of jasmine rice would add 3sp making it 7sp total which is still doable for me but I like to save as many points as I can for dinner. I think next time I make this for dinner, I'll have it over some lo mean noodles! It's liiiiiiit.

Dinner

For the most part, we have homemade dinners during the week but luckily, this new Freestyle plan makes it really easy to find something within points at almost every restaurant if we do want to treat ourselves. I feel like when I've been on other diets, I end up either canceling dinner plans or saying "eff this diet" and eating whatever I want because there's usually nothing "healthy" on the menu. With WW I can pretty much eat anything and just modify it to be less points. 

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Salmon Piccata - 16 sp

I always round way up when I eat out because you never know if the kitchen uses butter/oil/high point things in sauces and stuff. With my 4sp breakfast and 4sp lunch, I was left with 16sp for the day so I just tracked them all for dinner. Maybe it's high but I'd rather round up than round down. 

*this is all a guess, sometimes ya never know*

Salmon - 0sp 

Piccata Sauce (with mushrooms, capers & spinach) - 5sp 

Rice - 6sp (for the portion I had)

Stuffed artichoke - 5sp (not pictured, but I couldn't resist)

*PS- The WW app has a section where you can browse restaurant menus (mostly chain places) and see how many points things are. This is sooooo helpful! You may not find the menu for the exact place that you're at but you can assume it's probably in the same ballpark as another restaurant*

Although I love sharing recipes with you all, I wanted to use a restaurant meal for this post to show you guys that it's doable to stay within your points while out to dinner. It's definitely more difficult than having dinner at home with all the appetizers and bread but all you have to remember is moderation. If you can fit a piece of Italian bread into your points, do it! But 2, 3, 4 pieces of bread, ehhhhh maybe not.

Snacks

If I get hungry in-between meals, I make sure I keep a bunch of 0 point snacks around. My go-to's are usually fruit. I've been loving Cara Cara oranges which taste like a grapefruit and a regular orange had a baby. Like, yes.... THANK YOU UNIVERSE. I've also been munching on some delishhh honey crisp apples, and unsweetened apple sauce lately. There are those times in the after noon that I'm just craving something crunchy and salty, and for that I have some honey wheat pretzels. 

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Snacks - 0sp

Cara Cara Oranges - 0sp

Honeycrisp Apples - 0sp

Wegmans Unsweetened Apple Sauce - 0sp

*sometimes* Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels - 3sp for 8 pretzels

So I finish my day at 24sp/24sp. I can't tell you guys how much I've been loving following this new WW plan. It is sooooo easy, if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! I really love cooking so meal prepping every week and having homemade food is really enjoyable for me. If you're not as crazy about cooking as I am, start out easy (like crockpot meals). There are so many recipes on Pinterest if you don't know where to start. 

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day. I'm really, really proud of myself for getting this far. I've started and stopped and restarted and stopped this healthy lifestyle soon many times but it really seems to be clicking this time. I can already see some changes in my body but honestly that's not even the best feeling. The best feeling more comfortable in my own body! Now I still have a long way to go but I'm ready for the journey. I reaaaaalllly hope I've sold at least one of you on this WW Freestyle. Let's do it together! I want some WW buddies! Thanks for reading guys, until next time!

Noted, Nina

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What I Eat in a Day: Weight Watchers Freestyle Part 2

What I Eat in a Day: Weight Watchers Freestyle Part 2

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