I've used many tools in my quest to lose 130 pounds and then maintain that loss. Some of them were provided by Weight Watchers, some were found online, and others were of my own design. I thought it might be helpful to mention a few of them here in case they might help someone else.
I've used several different spreadsheets since I started losing weight. Two of the most helpful have been from On My Weigh. The Weight Loss Progress Chart and now the Maintenance Progress Chart have both helped me track my progress during both phases of my weight loss.
Another was a spreadsheet of my own design which calculates the Weight Watchers POINTS value for a food when you supply the calories, fat and fiber of that food. The POINTS formula is patented by WW, which means that the patent can be found and read online by anyone who searches for it. And before you ask, because the formula belongs to WW I will not be sharing the formula or my spreadsheet, so please don't make me turn you down.
Besides all the great blogs in the weight loss community I've found on the Internet, there have been several web sites that have been gold mines of information and support for me.
The official Weight Watchers site has all kinds of great information, and the support on their Guys On A Diet message board has a great (mostly) no nonsense approach to weight loss.
Living The Core Life is a site I found when checking out the Core plan and helped my make the decision to switch.
Nutrition Data is another site that provides complete nutritional information for just about any food or recipe.
In The Kitchen
The following items have made it much easier to prepare good, healthy meals:
- Good knives (and a good sharpener)
- Digital food scale
- Multiple sets of measuring cups/spoons
- Hot Air popcorn popper
- Good blender
- Extra Large lunch box, to accommodate nice, healthy lunches (Skinny Guy Seal of Approval©)
- Plenty of food storage containers
- Crock pot
The Count: Snooze = +13, Push-Ups = +17