Weight Watchers Day 27 - Replacement Foods

Weight Watchers Day 27 - Replacement Foods

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* You can find something Weight Watchers compatible at just about every eatery and coffee shop - if you look for it.

* Bring a healthy food you really enjoy to a social event when you want to avoid succumbing to what everyone else is eating. If you’re a nut for sushi, you won’t feel deprived eating it while your friends munch their fatty fare.

And now, here are the details of my 27th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 206.5 lbs. (8am)

Volunteering is for suckers. Did you know that so called volunteers don't even get paid?! —Homer, The Simpsons

Today I volunteered to help out at an event that was held by a former employer of mine. It’s a non-profit organization that helps homeless and economically disadvantaged people get the resources they need to find work. Today's event was in downtown Los Angeles, and involved paying hundreds of homeless people to work for several hours on a clean-up of the area streets.

The volunteers had to assure that everyone gets signed in and out for each of the shifts, and that everyone was prepared to go out and work and come back safely. It's very rewarding and from a purely selfish perspective, I always have an awesome time hanging with my fellow volunteers, some of whom are old friends.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: 1 Large Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf No-Sugar-Added Iced Vanilla Latte – 5 points
Lunch: 1 Spicy Tuna roll, 1 Avocado roll – 8 points
Dinner: 1 cup Macaroni & Cheese, 1 large Miso Soup – 6 points
Snack(s): 1 Large Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf No-Sugar-Added Iced Vanilla Latte , 1 fruit cup – 7 points

TOTAL POINTS: 26
Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

Weight Watchers Acceptable Drinks for Coffee Addicts

My friends and I have been volunteering for this event for several years, and a tradition has developed in which I treat all my friends who show up to sugary whipped up drinks from the Coffee Bean.

Everyone knows I am a coffee addict. No, not unfortunately not plain-black-coffee-hold-the-sugar drinks. More like creamy high-sugar specialty drinks. The Coffee Bean has been my “crack house” for years.

My drink of choice in my pre-Weight Watchers days was a "Black Forest" – ice, espresso, milk, chocolate-covered espresso beans and maraschino cherries blended into a giant delicious milkshake. I had at least one of these every day for three years…even after I looked it up online and found out that it was 740 calories.

This year's version of the buying-coffee-for-my-friends tradition will be a little different, in that I'll be going to “the Bean” to pick up my favorite deliciousness for everyone else, but not me. There's just no way I was going to go over my points, so I did some online research. I found an acceptable Coffee Bean drink that I could work into my day (Large Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf No-Sugar-Added Iced Vanilla Latte) and I budgeted for two of them -- one for early morning and the second would go into the fridge for later in the day. Each latte was five points so I would have to watch my food intake carefully.

I don't eat anything that a dog won't eat. Like sushi. Ever see a dog eat sushi? He just sniffs it and says, ‘I don't think so.’ And this is an animal that licks between its legs and sniffs fire hydrants.—Billiam Coronel

Weight Watchers Compatible Replacement Lunch

Around noon I was sent out to pick up the lunch that had been catered for the volunteers: fried chicken, baked chicken, Caesar salad and macaroni and cheese. Torture. I could smell it everywhere and it was killing me. So I stopped and grabbed a treat for myself. Sushi!!

I enjoyed my sushi and was able to watch everyone else eat the food that I normally would have binged on. I have a reputation amongst my friends down there for eating the fried chicken skin off their plate. Gross, I know, but more proof that my relationship with food is deep and quite complicated.

Later in the day I had my second coffee and after that I wanted something naughty so I had a controlled amount of Mac & Cheese.

When I got home, I had miso soup and a fruit cup, watched a little TV (Biggest Loser, of course) and went to bed. I will probably have a little water weight tomorrow but I feel proud about the control I held onto all day.

This was a huge test for me. Much of my past fun with this group of friends has involved eating, and lots of it. I managed to still have fun with them, and without spoiling their good time, managed to stay true to my desire to stick with the program.

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