Friday, October 2, 2009

P90X - Week 4 - Friday

Core Synergistics today. I am very mixed on this workout. I don't feel like I enjoy it overall but I love the individual exercises. I do have a hard time remembering to keep my core engaged, but I think the moves are fun and challenging. I love banana roll and Superman/banana. The Dreya Roll is my favorite. I did struggle again today with the plank to chaturanga run, so I stayed in a plank run, but I nailed the ISO! And I love the push ups in this workout. I can't do all of them on my toes yet, though.

I also did 30 minutes on the Wii Fit (breaking 3 of my yoga records) to entertain my son.

I have decided, thanks to the patient guidance of my friend Melissa, that I am going to adopt the Weight Watchers lifestyle. I'm not going to join the program officially, but I am going to start thinking in terms of points. It hit me that this would be a good way for me to move away from being a compulsive calorie counter. I've always said that I don't want to track my calories forever. This feels like a good transition, and a lot of the nutritional philosophy of Weight Watchers matches my own. I'm not sure how I'll handle overeating, but that is a problem with any plan. I'll still be doing the same things I did (food-wise) over the summer, but with a little guidance rather than strict calorie counting. I'm optimistic.

I won't know for sure until Sunday morning, but assuming I weigh 130 pounds, my daily points allowance will be 21 points (and that's being generous with the "how do you spend most of your day?" question). Taking the middle of the road estimate (moderate) with my activity points, I get an extra 3 points on days I work out (Monday - Saturday). With my 35 weekly Flex points, that all works out to about 28 points per day, if I've done my math right.

So starting Monday, I'll begin my transition to counting points instead of calories. By the time I finish this round of P0X, I'd like to be off the calorie counting, and not logging my food in SparkPeople anymore. Gah, that is such a pain, even after all this time, especially with my new computer (which is a netbook and slow as hell - it takes forever to do anything on the Spark web site).

7:55 AM - apple & cottage cheese [3 pts]

10:40 AM - turkey bacon, whole wheat toast, scrambled eggs w/ onion, green pepper & picante sauce [11 pts]

12:55 PM - almonds, banana [5 pts]

3:00 PM - chicken breast & green pepper slices [4 pts]

6:15 PM - catfish on bun w/ ketchup [4 pts]

Four cups of coffee [2 pt] and 80 ounces of water.

Calories - 1553
Carbs - 154 (25 fiber)
Protein - 137
Fat - 48
C/P/F Ratio - 38.5/34.3/27.2

Manually calculating and adding the points for the day gave me 27 points, but using this recipe calculator (it's an XLS file), I get 30 points. I'm not sure which to go by - this one seems more precise because it allows for decimals. But it's a 3 point difference. That's quite a bit.


Maine Girl said...

Haha! Aren't you and I opposite! I have followed WW for years (no meetings, just track points.) I have just switched to Sparkpeople because I felt like I wasn't being obsessive enough about WHERE my calories were coming from.
WW is great though, I lost 60 lbs doing it about 3 years ago and have kept it off (and still struggling to lose that last 10 or so). I have TONS of recipes if you are interested, and my favorite WW tool of all time is Plus she gives point values for everything. AWESOME!

Jess said...

Yay! I love WW! If you're ever unsure, you're welcome to use my on-line calculator. I think it's more accurate than even the points slider.

Another great website is Dottie's Weight Loss Zone or She has your regular foods (fruits, veggies, meat, etc.) and then she has a place for restaurants on there (which I love since I eat out more than the average person). I just check that out before I go out to eat so I know what to order before I even get there.

GL! I hope you like it as much as I do! :D

Becky said...

Thanks for the web sites, ladies! I'm really excited about this. It's going to be so nice not to obsess over freaking calories!

Mel said...

I use too. Very informative. Becky, don't type all your food into the recipe calculator to get a total for the day. You should be doing each food at a time.

For instance
10:40 AM - turkey bacon, whole wheat toast, scrambled eggs w/ onion, green pepper & picante sauce [11 pts]

Turkey bacon - 2pts for three piece
Toast - can vary widely depending on what brand. Let's say 2 pts a slice.
Scrambled eggs - 2 pts per egg but 1 pt for three egg whites. Let's say you had 2 whole eggs. Onions are either 1 or 0 depending how much you used. green peppers 0, picante 0

So if you had 3 pieces of bacon, 1 piece of toast and 2 whole eggs, that's 8 pts. You don't want to add all those calories, fat and fiber up as a meal and calculate. You do each individual food.

Maine Girl - Having done WW for many years too...I have occasionally gone to Sparkpeople and logged there just to see how it looks with where my points are falling and I've found, as long as you are doing the program the way it's intended and following the guidelines, it's right where it should be.

Becky said...

My turkey bacon is 4 points for 5 pieces. The toast is 2 points per piece (4 pts). 1 large egg (1 pt) + 3/4 cup of egg substitute (1 pt) = 11 points. I was going by individual components.

Becky said...

My point with the different calculators was that I'm still consuming a certain amount of calories, fat and fiber in the day. It adds up. I did the calculation two different ways because "what if" everything I ate was ingredients to one meal - I get different numbers when I separate "ingredients" like that. I have a bag of mixed vegetables that is 0 points per serving, and if I ate one serving with each meal, it would be 0 points, right? But it's not. If I eat all 8 servings in the bag (which I could do in one day), that's 4 points that I ate but counted as 0 points. That's why I think about the big picture.

Mel said...

Yes, big picture is good.

The theory is if you had a serving of those veggies at three different times the same day, you always count them as zero. If you ate all three servings in one sitting, you'd count the points.

Depending on what kind of veggies they were, I personally would always count them as zero even if I had more than one serving. (corn I'd count, broccoli I wouldn't) Veggies (most) are suppose to always be zero because the type of food they are. But if it was another type of zero point food, like maybe ketchup, I'd start to count it.

The general rule is, after 5 zero point foods a day, you should start to count them. This is where personal experience comes into play. If you are eating 9 servings of zero point foods a day and still losing weight. Then by all means, continue. But if you find yourself not losing, them you should re-evaluate. I often eat more than 5 servings of 0 point veggies a day. I don't count them. But other foods I would. Cool whip, yes I would. Canned vegetable soup, yes I would.

Those are quality calories.

While I get your point about being all together or separately, all that was figured when they created the plan. Sometimes you get the most bang for your buck with a point and sometimes you don't. Over the course of a week, it isn't a factor in the big picture.

This is where you could start obessing it to death. I know I have.

Becky said...

You're right - the bread is 1 point per slice. I was confusng it with my buns yesterday. I spent most of the day making a cheat sheet to hang on the refrigerator. So, 9 points for breakfast, and 25 for the day. So the difference between manually calculating and putting them all in one "recipe" is 5 points. The recipe thing does calculate points per ingredient, then adds up the ingredient points. So it's still a big difference.

But yeah, it could get obsessive. I just calculated for the olive oil I used - 0 points for half a teaspoon. But if I used half a teaspoon four times, it's 1 point. Sure, 1 point won't make or break me, and 4 points worth of broccoli, cauliflower & carrots won't hurt me either.

So my problem is going to be to stop worrying about that crap. I'm switching to WW to make my life easier, not to focus even more on numbers.

Mel said...

1 tsp of oil is 1 point so 4 halves is two points. Three teaspoons (or 1 tbsp) is actually four points. That is something I would definately count no matter if I only used 1/2 at a time.

Becky said...

The calculator I'm using must be wrong. I have one that I downloaded, then I use the one here:

The one on the web site is matching what you said about the oil, but the other calculator gives me 0 points for half a tsp. I downloaded one from here:

What a pain in the ass.

But if I plug the numbers into the formula and do it myself, I get 0.6 points for 1/2 tsp :p

Mel said...

.6 sounds about right. You can count half points if you want. I normally don't.

I will have a points slider out to you on Monday. I'm going to include an activity point slider too.

I'd say, just use the WW website. That way you know you are getting the real deal. And they only deal in whole and half points. If they wanted you to be going down to tenths, then you might as well be counting calories.