Monday, November 29, 2010
New again... What I want for myself from the new PointsPlus program.
Our new program: Taking Weight Watchers to the Next Level
Therefore, rather than provide yet more official love for this rocktacular new program, I thought I would use the time instead to reflect on the role I want it to play in my own life.
I'm still within five pounds of my goal weight, even after the debacle of Thanksgiving weekend. I think knowing that there was a new program launching on Monday gave me license to indulge. I swear I ate about 7 pounds of cashews and almonds. In additional full disclosure, I had leftovers every day of the long weekend.
Emerging from my holiday binge, I went to a meeting in Stamford, CT on Sunday morning to get the new Getting Started Session for the PointsPlus program launch. It was a big, busy meeting with about 20 more people than usual. It was amazing to watch the atmosphere in the room change over the course of 60 minutes, going from fear-stricken to excited and optimistic. For me personally, I've been involved with this new plan for close to four years in it's various incarnations of development. There wasn't anything new in the delivery for me, yet I wanted an official kick-off anyway.
Our Leaders and Receptionists have been doing the PointsPlus plan for the past two months. They have soldiered without the benefit of electronic tools, most notably eTools and the iPhone app. They are now new veterans of the plan. Was I right there with them? Errr. No. I just couldn't make myself track on paper.
Therefore, I am officially announcing that as of today, I am now doing PointsPlus all-in. I just tracked my breakfast and morning workout. I found out that I have an insane Daily Target of 43 (!) (it's a tall man thing). I am learning about the new values for all the things I normally eat.
So what do I hope to get out of the new program? Two big things:
1) A reconnection with Points
I have been "doing" Weight Watchers for over 10 years now. I was an early POINTS person. Yet, if I am being completely honest, I have not been regularly tracking for quite some time. These days, I only track POINTS when I'm sure that I am falling off the program in spectacular fashion. For the most part, I have been happily eye-balling foods and staying generally aware of their POINTS value, but I have been far from rigorous in actual tracking.
Is this a problem? It hasn't been a huge problem as I've been at or close to goal for over two years now. However, I cannot help but feel that I'm really starting the fudge my estimations and therefore my choices. Funny how my eye-balling seems to be perpetually favoring the lower end of the estimation range. It must be a special form of astigmatism. As a result, I have this feeling that some non-awesome habits have been creeping back into my daily routine.
2) Cleaning my diet and snacking habits
One of my long term objectives is to continue shifting my food choices toward more non-processed food and to increasingly cut out junk foods. As many of you know from my earlier posts, one of my ghostly habits is grazing. I almost always graze on foods like baked chips, dips, etc. I now do this with less caloric and lower fat versions of them, but I know intuitively that I would be better served if I replaced those choices with more use of fruits, vegetables and their derivative products.
For me, what I like about this new program is that it makes the following kinds of foods a great deal: vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and low fat dairy. It makes high carb and high fat foods much less of a good deal. In my own case, I think knowing this will get me to start nudging my regular choices, particularly snacking, toward the foods which are a great deal. This will then result in more of my total caloric intake coming from foods that are loaded with nature-fed nutrition as being better at keeping me feeling full. That seems like a good outcome.
People who are extremely healthy and active often talk about "eating clean". They seem to use most of their calories on vegetables, fruit, fish, white meats, whole grains and low fat dairy. They seem to eat a lot of it, and they seem happier and healthier for it. Getting to this place is my aspiration. PointsPlus will be my path for getting there.
As I look over the coming months, I feel like I get to be a new member again. Of course, there is the nervousness of being a new member, but there is also the feeling of constant discovery as I learn this new plan. I'm already learning how to ball-park grams of carbs into PointsPlus Values. For me, this is the fun part of doing a new program. I am a Lifetime Member, so I want to make sure that I avoid falling into a rut. Therefore, bring on the new stuff!!
How will you use PointsPlus to take your own efforts to the next level?