Thursday, May 29, 2008

On a trip to Costco…

I’ve been asked by several people in my class to list some of the things I buy at Costco and their points values, since I get most of my food from there. I buy the following on a pretty regular basis.

  • Kirkland Signature Roast Beef (canned)—only 4 points for the entire can
  • Kirkland Signature Chicken (canned)—six points for the entire can
  • Montana Wheat Bread—all the varieties that Costco carries are 1 point a slice and they are nice, big slices. I prefer the Oat and Honey variety.
  • Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop 94% fat-free popcorn—only 2 points for an entire popped bag
  • Laughing Cow Lite Cheese Wedges—1 point for a wedge
  • Jarlsberger Lite Swiss Cheese slices—1 point a slice
  • Foster Farms Deli Style Smoked Turkey and Roasted Turkey slices—1 point a slice and they’re nice, big slices
  • Healthy Choice Fudge Bars—1 point apiece
  • Skinny Cow Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream sandwiches—1 point apiece
  • Fiber One Oat and Chocolate Chewy Bars—2 points a bar
  • Zone Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Fudge Graham—4 points a bar
  • Cliff Bars—5 points apiece
  • Morton’s Steakhouse Tri-Tip—according to packaging 1 point an ounce, love to grill this up
  • Rader Farms Mixed Berries (frozen)—1point per cup
  • Fruit Spectrum Frozen Fruit Blend—1 point per cup
  • Cheerios—2 points per cup
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Crystal Light Lemonade Drink Mix—1 point per half gallon
  • Boca Burgers—1 point per patty
  • Foster Farms Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts—according to the package, 2 points per breast

Sunday, May 4, 2008

UTAH and Mental Rehearsing!!!

Woo-hoo!!! I had a wonderful week in Utah. I went down to visit with my family who is scattered around the Salt Lake area and had a wonderful time catching up with them and good friends from high school. I kept up with my exercise while there, walking a 5 mile loop in between 55-57 minutes at my brothers and then a four mile loop at my mom and other brothers place. I ate healthy too and found some great spots for healthy food in the Salt Lake area.

You know in Weight Watchers the idea of "Mental Rehearsing is often discussed in meetings and in book 5, Tools for Living. Last August I went to my 15 year reunion and by that time I had already lost 66 lbs. Not to noticeable from when I was in high school so I didn't look much different at that time. While at the reunion I had the opportunity to catch up with a good friend, Brandon. I was impressed with his physique, he has long lean muscles and doesn't look bulky or goofy like those guys at health clubs that walk out of the clubs with their chests inflated and then get into their cars and exhale and the belly pops out. So when I walked every morning during the first months of starting Weight Watchers I would often think that I'd like to have Brandon's physique of long, lean muscle and not bulky, but healthy and fit. That was the mental image I would rehearse over and over again in my mind as mile after mile would pass beneath my feet. It worked. I have a great lean body now with lean muscular arms that are defined and toned. Thanks Brandon, you're great inspiration. I'll have to give that P90X some serious thought now after talking with you over dinner.

I had the chance to go to a Tuesday Weight Watcher meeting in Sandy. I gained 3.4 lbs; which is good as my leader here in CDA recommended I gain a little weight. I had fun at the meeting and it is always good getting ideas from other members and hearing their inspirational stories. Good luck to all you ladies I had the opportunity to speak with!

Good luck also to the guy I met at my brother's kid's baseball game Monday evening. The one whose wife runs marathons and who was contemplating going to Weight Watchers even before I met you. I hope you went or will go this week. Have fun with it, stick to the plan and get out and walk Mondays through Fridays and you'll be fit and feel better before you know it.