Getting the Points

So I decided to incorporate this point counting concept into my diet to get a handle on my food intake. Because I haven’t enrolled officially in the program (read: I’m cheap!), I don’t have all the information I need to figure out how many points regular food is. This has resulted in eating the pre-prepared stuff with the points printed on the box. So far so good.

The amazing thing is, this food doesn’t taste bad at all. I expected it to taste awful and there was no way it was going to fill me up. But I was wrong on both counts. I did try the chicken parm the other day and that was pretty bad. The *alleged* chicken was anyway. I’m pretty sure they used the feet to make that little patty.

I don’t have a working scale at home so who knows if this is working. I’ve started a new pilates regimen, which is the greatest exercise ever created IMO, and my clothes have loosened ever so slightly. Good sign that.

If I keep this up I should be feeling really good by the time summer gets here. That’s the goal anyway. So don’t tell anyone that I’m slipping just a bit and having an Uno’s Deep Dish pizza for lunch today. It’s a craving and I’m only human. I’d rather give myself one day to indulge than overload everyday like I was.

Have you tried some big time fancy diet before? Did it work or did you hate it? Are you willing to pay big bucks to lose weight? And if you’re naturally thin, eat anything you want, and never exercise – feel free to comment but be prepared for some very hungry and cranky women to beat you senseless. *g*

29 thoughts on “Getting the Points”

  1. irisheyes says:

    “Please don’t hate me because I’m thin”! LOL Remember that stupid commercial in the 70’s or 80’s “Please don’t hate me because I’m beautiful!” I think it was Revlon or something like that. I feel just as stupid complaining about eating issues because I’m so thin. I don’t have weight issues, but health issues. Actually I do have weight issues – I can’t gain! But the DH has the opposite weight issues. I have to eat to gain and he has to eat to loose. And for a long time I believed my kids had food allergies. So, my whole household has been screwed up when it comes to food.

    My SIL and BIL do Jenny Craig and like it. I’ve had friends do Weight Watchers and love it. The DH did Seattle Sutton (may be just a midwestern thing) and he lost 15 pounds in about a month. It is all so expensive, though.

    As of a month ago we’re all back on the eating healthy and exercise kick. Usually when we do this we inevitably throw a back out or injure ourselves. This time is no different. My DH tore ligaments in his knee and has to have surgery when we get back from vacation! I tell ya, this getting fit is hazardous to your health!

    I’m walking on a treadmill and looking into getting a yoga DVD. I’ve come to realize that it’s just one of those things in life that you just can’t negotiate around. We have to start taking better care of ourselves because I’m watching the alternative play out before my eyes and it’s not pretty. I do believe the whole “it’s a lifestyle change”. It doesn’t make it any easier to do, though.

  2. terrio says:

    Irish – I remember that commercial. It was that Kelly LeBroc chick and the irony now is that she’s really heavy.

    I would like to hate you for being thin but you’re too sweet. LOL! I’ve never heard of Seattle Sutton, is it like the other systems you mentioned?

    That is the killer in all this. All these weight loss things are so expensive. There’s tons (no pun intended) of money to be made in the fitness industry. We so need to figure out how to tap into that. *g*

  3. irisheyes says:

    Seattle Sutton is a nurse I think or a dietician. She’s developed a meal plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner) to meet the dietary guidelines for either the American Heart Association or the American Diabetic Association. You can choose something like 1200 or 2000 calories a day. No meetings with anyone. Nothing to do just tell them which plan you want and you go pick up your week’s worth of food every week. Very simple, but expensive.

    Consider the both of us hate to cook I’m not seeing much of a potential for tapping into this market! LOL We could probably be really good at just telling everyone else what to do!!

  4. terrio says:

    Good point about that cooking bit. Maybe we could create a system that required no cooking at all? If nothing else, we’d be unique. LOL!

  5. MistyJo says:

    Bread is my downfall. If it’s good bread, like Sunbeam, I can eat it plain out of the package. I’ve tried diet pills, low carb, point diet, etc… The low carb worked well with the point diet. I alternated months the keep my metabolism clueless. In two months, I dropped 20 pounds. I need to do that again, but the low carb gets expensive with all the meats.

    Terrio, I can e-mail a point index on regular food that I found on the internet. I’m cheap, too. 🙂

    Irish, like Terrio said, “you’re too sweet to hate,” but if you were an enemy, I would have to get a voodoo doll. And I agree that exercise is hazardous to your health. LOL

  6. terrio says:

    Oh, Misty, if you emailed that, I’d wubb you even more than I do now! LOL!

    I love bread but oddly enough, I don’t eat it like I did when I was a kid. And I’ve gotten used to eating wheat bread now which is amazing to me.

    My entire diet is carbs. LOL! Have noodle, will eat!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’ve dropped weight by becoming a vegetarian. Oh and by being too busy to eat half the time.

    This totally reminds me of a scene from Devil Wears Prada: “I’m on this new diet. You see, I don’t eat anything, and when I feel like fainting I eat a cube of cheese.”

    Also, I’ve heard good things from the Master Cleanse. It’s supposed to be amazing. Evidently, you drink a “tea” of maple syrup (Grade B), Lemon juice, and a dash of cayenne pepper. And that’s all you drink for 10 days. No food. Nothing. Sounds intriguing…

    Diana

  8. terrio says:

    Di! That sounds unhealthy is what that sounds. And I could never do all veggies. I don’t even eat one veggie. LOL! Wait, does lettuce and cabbage in cole slaw count?

  9. MistyJo says:

    Terrio, I just e-mailed you the links. 🙂

    One thing that helps me when I diet is placing a printed off calendar of month on the frig. For every day that I stay true to my diet, I draw a smiley face. I know it’s lame, but it seems to help in keeping me motivated.

  10. terrio says:

    MistyJo – THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU! LOL! That is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for.

    Now, if I can just resist walking into that break room and grabbing that Hershey bar with caramel that is screaming out my name….

  11. MistyJo says:

    LOL! Glad to be of help. 🙂

  12. That cleanse does wonders… and you aren’t hungry because you are still taking in about 1200 calories a day. I know people that dropped a lot of teh water weight they were carrying.

    My dad paid big bucks to lose weight…bernstein? think that’s how it’s spelt… a metabolism booster done with shots and other pills and a monitored diet and portion size count.

  13. terrio says:

    Tiff – don’t leave us hanging. Did it work?!

  14. oh which one?

    bernstein? yes, BUT if you don’t do the maintence diet afterwards… you gain ALL the weight back! My dad has been on it three times. Lost hundreds of pounds (actually 140 I think) but it’s uber-expensive… like 200$ or 300$ a week!

    The cleanse also works, but you only get rid of about 10-15 lbs in ten days, the nasty thing about that one… you need to take a uh….laxative with it…to clean the pipes out every morning–or was that the drink that acted as a pipe cleaner? can’t remember, but it worked. and it was totally visible in the less in the stomach area kinda thing on my friends…

  15. terrio says:

    I meant the one your dad paid all kinds of money for. LOL! See, that’s why I don’t want to do some fad thing. I don’t want to gain it all back. As Irish says, it has to be a lifestyle change. That’s the only way to keep it off and stay healthy.

    And I have to vent a bit and say I bought 60 candy bars for my office break room on Tuesday. Several employees from our sister company started working out of our offices this week because their building burned on Monday. There are four candy bars left. FOUR!

    They’ve eaten 56 candy bars in less than three days. That’s got to be a record!

    The worst part, they’ve left the one candy bar that I love. Oh, the humanity….

  16. Well Bernstein works at losing weight fast. It’s about the person following a healthy lifestyle afterwards… I think it’s just better to follow the healthy lifestyle…losing weight really fast, can’t be good for anyone… and I have a fear of needles.

  17. terrio says:

    *droll look* You have tattoos. LOL!

    I’m a big believer in “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.” And most any program you can really do on your own for free. It just takes commitment. Which I don’t have. *g*

  18. good point… I do have tatts… hmmmm… I’m still frightened of needles… lol… especially when they do blood work, I want to faint.

  19. terrio says:

    You fear needles, I fear brussel sprouts. LOL! I’m not about to pass judgement over here.

  20. MsHellion says:

    I nearly gagged reading: maple syrup grade B, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. You must be joking.

    The cleanser one Tiff is going on only gets you to lose water weight. Bloat. That’s why you notice it in your stomach first. You’d also lose it if you a) drank more water and b) consumed less sodium!

    I’ve only done Weight Watchers with any success. (I think I did Slim Fast for one day–and by noon I wanted to club someone to death. Seriously.) When I was attentive to WW, I lost 35 pounds, putting me back to my high school weight. I felt good. I was yoga-jazzed. Good times. Oh, and I fit into a pair of size 10 jeans. I hadn’t fit into a size 10 since high school–so that was a big deal.

    I fell off the wagon and have been laying in the road like road kill ever since.

    Oh, and Terri: I told you so.

  21. Hey Ter, I’m on Weight Watchers now and if you ever need to know somethings point value just tell me it’s Fat grams, calories and fiber. You put it in a point calculator and it spits out the number. But the WW food is good. Have you tried the ice cream?

  22. Now I wanna know what Fran is saying I told you so too…

    Fran… I know you lose water weight, didn’t I say that… hard to tell when at work, cause I write while screen is minimized. 🙂

    you can forgo the cheyenne…

  23. terrio says:

    Kelly – That calculator is one of the things MistyJo sent me today. I’m so excited! LOL!

    Tiff – I sent Fran an email saying my Monday pirate blog was going to crack her up and she’d get to say I told you so. Either she thinks I meant this one or she’s saying I told you so because I actually like this food. I was sure I’d hate it. LOL!

    Either way, the I told you so applies to both. *g*

  24. When I’m not happy I lose weight. Damn it, I’m happy most of the time. I did lose about twenty-five pounds just cutting back on crap,no alcohol whatsoever, but have more to go. No fancy diet. I love bread, rolls, pie, muffins, etc. If I’m busy writing I don’t get too hungry, so it’s obvious I have to get back to the WIP.

  25. terrio says:

    Maggie – I’m the other way around. When I’m happy I lose weight. I eat when I’m bored or depressed. You’d think the way I stay busy, I wouldn’t have time to eat. Unfortunately, I make the time. LOL!

    Food should be harder to get. That would help me.

  26. MsHellion says:

    When I’m bored or stressed, I eat. If I’m *really* happy I don’t eat (because I’m too busy being happy), but I lose the most weight if I’m grieving. If I’m truly sad or depressed, I don’t eat at all.

  27. Quantum says:

    *g*
    I have a little sister who is now grown up and married and I recognise these symptoms!

    A new diet invariably correlated with the appearance of a new boy, often in the spring.
    I always assured her that most men like women to be plump…..more to hold on to I think *g*

    I can still feel my cheek stinging from the responses so I won’t say it here!

    So do you have something you would like to share with us Terri? *g*

    Yeah, OK just ignore me. I guess I’m naturally nosey…..but I care! *smile*

  28. MsHellion says:

    You found her out, Q. There is a boy! *LOL*

  29. terrio says:

    Yes, Q is too intuitive for me to get one past him. But the *boy* has nothing to do with the diet. I promised myself at the first of the year I’d be 20lbs lighter before Nationals in August. At this rate, I’m in serious trouble. How many weeks is that?

    *counts*

    *passes out*

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