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POINTS & Calorie Counting ...

I am a numbers kind of girl, (clue #1 as to why my sorority linename was "Madame Queen") ... but I'm legit though ... lol ... so keeping track of my calories and now WeightWatcher's POINTS allows me the dexterity to slip up, but still hold myself accountable.

Yesterday, I ate 2 Krispy Kreme donuts (yep, I did ... lol) but instead of me forfeiting the rest of day to binge out of frustration and mild shame, I simply logged my POINTS on the site, and kept an independent tally of the calories on my own formula-filled Excel spreadsheet <--- (I told y'all I have been dieting for years, I make up my own stuff... lol). I then saw what I had left to work with, and kept it moving ... making better choices for the remainder of the day. The beauty in this, is that after a while, behavioral modification begins to set in. Once I recognize when smarter decisions could have benefited me, greatly, it's up to me to conform.

For example, I ate the donuts, which consumed nearly 1/3 of my daily POINTS and caloric intake goals. Not too long after, (as the trend for carbs/sugars plays out) I was back hungry again within an hour ... ready to devour my next snack. But if I would have chosen a more "filling food" (high in fiber & water) to begin with (such as Fruits, Veggies, Whole Grain Snack, Yogurt, etc.) ... I would have stayed satisfied longer ... avoiding the empty calories, sugar high, and newfound cravings for some more sugar, in the meantime!!!

So, when I start over tomorrow, I won't be so quick to grab a donut. Heck, if I'm going to use 33% of my POINTS & Cals on one item, it better be good and filling! While it's not the end of the world, that I ate off-plan (I do have an allowance of additional room for the occasional off-plan food) those dounuts weren't even worth it.

This was probably a bunch a rubbish ... lol ... but bottom line, tracking ... keeps me focused!

Happy last day of 1Q 2009!!! ... whew!!!

~PC


POINTS Formulas
(It's Supposedly Top Secret, But ummm ... Not So Much Anymore ... lol). I found these on PeerTrainer.com, and when compared to my WW Online provided numbers, turns out to be accurate.
POINTS For Food Items = [Calories/50] + [grams of fat/12] – [grams of fiber*/5]
Daily Allowance POINTS =
1. Are you
Female? - score 2
Male? - score 8
A nursing mom? - score 12
2. How old are you?
17-26 - score 4
27-37 - score 3
38-47 - score 2
48-58 - score 1
over 58 - score 0
3.What do you weigh?
Enter the first two digits of your weight in pounds.
(for example, if you weight 199, you will add 19 to your score)
4. How tall are you?
Under 5’1 - score 0
5’1-5’10 - score 1
Over 5’10 - score 2
5. How do you spend most of your day?
Sitting down? score 0
Occasionally sitting? score 2
Walking most of the time? score 4
Doing physically hard work most of the time? score 6
Now add them all together and that’s your daily total.
You get 35 weekly allowance points. You can use 5 a day, all at once, none at all or any combination of the points