2014—Six Points

I’m not talking football here. This salad counts as 6 points on the Weight Watchers PointsPLus System and it was my lunch on Wednesday. This is my take on a Salad Niçoise with mixed greens, Feta cheese, tuna, Kalamata olives and assorted veggies that I had on hand.

In an effort to return my body to its less flabby state, I have rejoined Weight Watchers. I originally joined in 1971 when no added fat of any kind was allowed, when liver had to be consumed once a week, and when all alcohol was verboten. The WW points system is a dream come true for this life long weight struggler. Since we closed Famous Mo’s Coffeehouse & Theater a little more than a year ago, I have managed to stack on 18 unwanted pounds. I realized that I needed some help to get rid of it despite my success at dumping 80 pounds on my own almost 30 years ago and keeping most of that weight off. At that time, to do it, I didn’t rejoin Weight Watchers because of what I felt were unreasonable restrictions. But WW was my jumping off point and I modified it to make it a reasonable life style change for me, one at which I was very successful…until now. The WW points system is exactly what I needed to nudge me in the right direction and I can eat and enjoy anything that I want, including a glass or two of wine. I just have to count the points. In my case, I get 26 a day, with an additional 49 per week to use as I wish, and with additional points added for my efforts at the gym. So far, it’s working for me and in the first two weeks, I’ve lost 6.2 pounds (yes, we watchers of every pound take credit for every ounce lost).

I took this shot with my 50mm 1.4 lens, hand holding it, in natural window light. I used my Expodisc to set the white balance which I think is perfect. I also set the D800 to Aperture Priority, because I’m trying to get used to using this mode as I have noticed an improvement in exposure when I use Aperture or Shutter priority over Manual despite having used Manual Mode almost exclusively as my primary mode for the past 4 years. I’ll see how I like it.

Focal Length 50mm, ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/100


One thought on “2014—Six Points

  1. Congrats on the weight loss!!! And on stepping out of your comfort zone with your settings! I go back and forth between manual and AP- almost never use shutter priority. Guess I should try that one.

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