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Monday, June 30, 2014

Weight Watchers is Totally for Gamers

So, this is almost entirely, but not totally an aside from my normal hobby content.

#1 I've started Weight Watchers.

#2 Weight Watchers is almost perfectly designed for Tabletop Gamers.

Ok, so here's the deal.  I need to lose about 30-40 lbs.  I'm not too terribly overweight...  for an American average.  In most of the world, I'd be a free range land cow.  I decided to give Weight Watchers a shot.

Here's how it works.  Given your current weight, gender, average activity level, etc., you are assigned a daily points value.  Then, each item of food is also given a points value.  You then eat literally whatever you want, so long as you stay within your points.  Oh, and exercise gives you bonus points.

So, let me get this straight.  I'm building an army list for myself using Codex: Food?  And claiming objectives let's me summon additional units?  This is awesome!  This totally appeals to the gamer in me.

Let me throw down some numbers.  They're not 100% accurate for those of you who will actually look into the system, but they'll get the idea across.

Daily Allowance: 36 points

Cocoa Pebbles w/Almond Milk (regular milk can't be trusted!) - 5.9 pts

2x Small Turkey Wraps w/cheese and honey mustard - 9.6 pts
1 cup apple sauce - 1 pt
1 peach - 1 pt
2 cups of raw spinach (I love this stuff!) - 0 pts
4 pickle spears - 0 pts
water - 0 pts

Late Afternoon Snack
Granola Bar - 3.9 pts

Go For a 1 hour long walk - 3 bonus points (these add to my daily allowance)

Total = 18.4

That leaves me 17.6 points to use for dinner.  See how this works?  It's basically just army list building with a couple of tweaks.  I work a sort of standard 9 to 5 schedule and I've started bringing my lunch into work.  I just "write out my list" the night before and make lunch for the next day.  Then sticking to it since the food is ready for me is super easy.

I know this was a rambling post, but give it a shot.  It's surprisingly effective.  I've lost about 8 lbs so far out of the 30-40 I need to lose.