WW introduced smart points in December of last year, and I was pretty resistant to it. I finally decided to give it a try.
I believe the new plan encourages healthier choices, but I’m worried it might feel too much like a “diet,” and less sustainable for the long term, since sweet treats are incredibly high in points. I have a feeling that when my head’s in the game, it will be awesome, and when it’s not, I’ll immediately feel like I’m screwing up big-time. (Not ideal.)
But like I said, I decided to give it a try. I need something to help lead me back to being healthier. So last week, I finally picked up the materials I got back in December. I’ve been following it since then — which is not saying much, since it’s only been about a week.
Here is day one with the new (to me) smart points plan.
I have a daily target of 30 smart points, the same as most people I’ve talked to, and 42 weekly smart points.
Like every day of the last 13 years, I started off with a cup of coffee. This hit me hard. I’ve been having my coffee with a tbsp of sugar and 1/2 cup of whole milk. It’s an indulgence. But it is so delicious and keeps me so happy all morning.
Except, a tbsp of sugar went from 1 point+ to 3 smart points. And, a cup of whole milk is 7 smart points. Yikes. I went with 1/2 cup of soy milk for 1 point and 2 tsp of sugar for 2 points. (I’m going to write “points” for the rest of the post. Just know that means smart points.)
I headed to the gym and cranked it out on the elliptical, and earned 6 extra points.
Came home feeling a little ravenous and cut up a bowl of strawberries to snack on before I fixed lunch. (All fruit is zero points.)
I strayed from my normal fare and decided to pull out a can of tuna. I don’t eat it very often, but on the new plan, protein is typically low in points, so I wanted to branch out and find a good protein-filled lunch.
I ended up eating an entire can of tuna (1 point), mixed with a chopped hard boiled egg (2), and 1/4 cup light mayo (5), on top of a toasted multigrain english muffin (3). I was originally going to have half, but I was super hungry, and it was delicious. Lunch was 11 points.
For dinner, I decided I could fit buffalo chicken wraps into the plan, which are one of our favorite easy dinners.
The tortillas I’m loving right now are Tumaro’s, and they are, amazingly, one point each. Again, I could have just had one wrap, but I had a ton of points left and they were so good, so I had two.
Over two wraps, I divided 1 oz cheddar cheese, 6 Morningstarm Farms buffalo chik’n wings, lettuce, and 1/4 cup Bolthouse Farms yogurt blue cheese dressing. Dinner was 17 points.
I wanted something sweet at the end of the day, and since I was still going strong staying on plan, I got creative (well, creative vs. grabbing a pint of ice cream out of the freezer).
I whipped up a frozen banana, a splash of almond milk, vanilla, cocoa powder, and chocolate protein powder in the food processor. Chocolate banana protein “ice cream”: 2 points!
And that’s day one with smart points! Normally I would eat much more often, and scale back portions. But today, this felt good. It definitely felt achievable. We’ll see how it plays out in the next few weeks. Felt like a pretty good day one.