I've been doing Weight Watchers Points for two years now and I'm still learning how it works. A quick recap. Two weeks ago I went over my total weekly points by at the very least three points and gained a pound. This past week I did really, really well with my points and exercise and lost 2.8 pounds with a weight of 204.
This past weekend I used all of my extra weekly points and skipped Zumba on Saturday morning and found out late on Sunday that the Sunday Zumba class was cancelled. I am currently 4.5 over on points for the week (which I will make up at Zumba tomorrow night). Still with me so far?
The thing is I was expecting to see a gain on the scale all weekend having eaten my extra points already (which is a normal pattern, followed by a loss showing up Tuesday morning) but I was surprised to see the scale go down and go down even more over the weekend. At one point on Sunday I was at 202.6. That's down 4.2 pounds in two weeks. I'm very sensitive to the scale right now being so closed to the hundreds, so I was a little stumped as to why the scale was showing these numbers. That was until I looked at my weekly points from last week.
I'm not sure why I didn't make the connect, because it's pretty obvious, but the reason I was still continuing to lose after my Friday morning weigh-in was because I had 48 surplus points left over last week. That's a lot of points.
This has been one of Jim's big questions with Weight Watchers. What happens to your leftover points. I usually don't have very many points left over at the end of the week so I was always ok with the answer of use them or lose them, but obviously there is some wiggle room here.
Jim and I have been talking about strategy for weight loss over the next couple of weeks. We have a big camping trip coming up and a romantic vacation and both of us would like to enjoy some of the foods we don't usually eat. I hadn't decided what I was going to do until this image above popped out at me. I will exercise as much as I can, save my points and eat strategically.
It's also important for me to make my 199 goal this month too so I have to be in the game mentally over the next few weeks and figure out exactly what I plan to do. I don't want to get to 199 before vacation and then come back with a five pound gain putting me back in the 200s.
Right this minute my plan is to shower and head to bed. Zumba kicked my butt tonight and I screwed up by eating granola and yogurt before class instead of my normal Kashi bar and I felt like I was going to lose my cookies the whole class. Time to put this day to bed and rock tomorrow.