NSV- Planning

In the entire 4 months that I have been with WW, I have never planned out an entire day at once.  And last night, I planned exactly what I wanted to have today!  Reasoning, going to a concert a couple hours after work so going home between them would just be a waste of gas. 

B: Oatmeal & apple with water.
L: Lean Cuisine Pizza & 10 baby carrots with water.
D: Turkey burger on whole wheat bread, with Muensters natural cheese, ketchup, and a lovely salad with peppers, tomatoes, and pepper on it. Going to spray olive oil dressing on top of the salad. Diet coke to drink
S: Light Chocolate Silk Milk 8oz

All that and there is still 1.5 points left for the day… I may splurge and get a little treat to enjoy during the concert, like Mentos. Yum!  I like planning like this! Makes me feel a little bit more in control of everything.  Unfortunately, it’s not something I can do every day seeing as dinner with my family is usually a wild card until it happens.

If I didn’t have to work and homework, I would have scheduled a workout.  But I won’t have time, so I’ll just park across the street from the venue and walk farther. Not a bad planned day, right?

Getcha Head in the Game!

Last Weeks Weight ~ 152.2  
Todays Weight ~ 154.2
Difference ~ +2

Wow… Weigh in was not as enjoyable today.  Luckily, I know exactly what I did this week that led to this monumental gain.  Exercise was minimal this week.  These coming weeks aren’t going to be good for exercise either since finals are this week and next, keeping be busy with studying.  This is when I hate school.  Onto other factors… (I need to lay all these out for my own sanity and honesty)

After being away from soda for so long, the Diet Coke monster inside me got more than its fill.  I had much more soda than I ever need to have in one week again.  Truth be told, I don’t need it!  It may be diet and calorie free but that doesn’t stop the sugar and sodium in those babies.  Soda just isn’t good for me.  So, I’m not going to concern myself with drinking any of that anymore.  

Then there was the cakes.  My mom made the point-free carrot cake that I love earlier in the week and I had quite a bit of that.  And then last night, my step dad decided to make chocolate cake.  This is when I wish I lived on my own, so I can control my environment better.  People have said, “but only you can control what goes in your mouth.”  For me, that is not the problem.  I indulge myself on occasion, but when it sits on your counter (because it won’t fit anywhere else), I get the mindset that it needs to disappear in order for me to not eat it so I eat all at once just to be rid of it because no one else eats it fast enough!  Plus it tastes good, and it makes my stomach happy. It’s a huge problem. If I lived on my own, I could plan my grocery list and have an emergency stash of sweets to take care of my Sweettooth when I have the points and when I really want it I haven’t even touched my Twix stash in at least a month because my step-dad keeps on making desserts.  They don’t say, “Come have some” out loud but making it is basically screaming that!  It’s like he doesn’t care that I care very deeply about my WW journey and that he’s making it very difficult for me to stay on plan. I want out, but I can’t work enough to make enough money to move out.  Curse of being a student wanting independence. 

Last week at weigh in, my Leader told me “I’d have your goal weight at 155-160,” even though I was already at 152.  I think that also had an effect on this week.  It put me in the mindset that I could loosen up a little bit.  I know went way over my 35 extra points, and I am never that bad.  

I think I just need to remember that my goal with WeightWatchers was to eat healthier so my body can be at it’s peak form.  Going back to my old habits now won’t serve anything except the scale.  I’m paying for the monthly pass and go to meetings for a reason.  A better me.  

So for this week, I’m going to monitor what goes in my mouth more and only dip into my extra points if I absolutely need to.  On top of that, I need to track more diligently.  I learned that even though I didn’t track certain things (like my extra servings of cake) they still show up on the scale.  My self-control needs a reality check.  I’m going to go through and re-read all my little WW pamphlets to get my mind in the right place.  I’m even tempted to start writing daily notes on my eTools tracker to help each day be a little more evaluative of my efforts. 

Wish me luck!

Diet Coke!

Diet Coke was my brother’s first word, believe it or not.  My mom used to say, “Dear, get me a Diet Coke,” so often that he picked it up faster than all the other words that could have been his first. 

This week, I was exposed to something quite remarkable… Diet Coke is point-free!  When I was younger, I was a total soda junkie but for a new years resolution when I was 17, I decided to give up soda and kept to that for a couple years.  Now, soda goes into my body very sparingly.  But when we went to see 17 Again over the weekend, my mom wanted to buy those giant mugs that only cost a dollar to refill and when she asked what drink I wanted in it, I was in a dilemma!  I thought that all soda and lemonade would count against me point-wise, so I usually stuck with my water bottle.  I prefer to eat, not drink, my daily points.  But my mom said, “Diet Coke is free!” and I about flipped my lid!  I had no clue!  So I filled my mug with Diet Coke…

It’s probably not the best thing to drink regardless if it is point-free or not.  It’s soda, plus it has caffeine. I don’t like to consume caffeine drinks because caffeine has a strange tendency to make my energy levels DROP (I know it’s weird). 
I’m going to make a rule for myself: If I choose to have a Diet Coke or Sprite Zero (discovered that too!), I’m going to counter it by drinking an extra glass of water since soda can dehydrate you.  Seems fair enough, right?

Well, there’s the end of my discovery (and my lunch hour).  Ta-ta!

Feeling Good!

 

Last Weeks Weight ~ 153.2  
Todays Weight ~ 152.2
Difference ~ -1

Yay! Down a pound this week… I honestly had no idea what was in store for me this morning because of my Easter adventures with chocolate.  But I did have a great workout on Thursday, so maybe that helped make up for it!  All in all, despite being a little sore from the workout, I’m feeling great!  Certain family issues have gone away (if not disappeared) and now we’re cleaning out our closets (metaphorically and physically!).  

After my meeting this morning, I talked to my Leader and asked about goal weight and he made something clear that no one else had during my posts on the WW message boards yesterday. 

This is a lifetime deal. 

I always knew that WW was for life, but when it comes to the weight, I never thought of it that way.  My mindset had it more of a lifestyle.  So after a little discussion, he told me that I’m below what he would put my goal weight as (155-160).  Personally, I feel great where I am so I’m just going to push for a little bit more until 150.  That seems like a good weight for me and it shouldn’t be too hard to maintain for the rest of my life.  And hey, if I need to increase it, I can… and if I want to loose more after my maintenance period, I can do that too!  I’m still young and things can change.  But for now, I’m happy. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

A New Day

Last Weeks Weight ~ 153  
Todays Weight ~ 153.2
Difference ~ +.2

After being sick, this gain was expected.  The message boards are filled with people who get sick and gain a little back so I’m not surprised.  And it was only .2 so now I can work to get it off!  But I’m very proud of myself since I met my goal of getting 5 or more servings of veggies/fruit for more than 5 days this week. There was only one day where I only got 4 servings. :)

Easter was a trip though, let me tell you.  Lots of Reeses peanut butter cups and Cadbury Mini-Eggs made up my day.  It’s hard to stop eating those once you start.  Now I’m back to knuckling down!  The holiday is over!  A run tonight will help make up those points.

Just on lunch break, and feeling exhausted!  On the way to work today, I almost fell asleep at the wheel… Scary thing is, I have no idea why I’m so lethargic today!  Too much candy yesterday can’t have this affect on someone, can it? Plus I have a cold sore the size of Texas on my bottom lip that is throbbing and I have no ibuprofen.  Abreva needs to work faster to get rid of it.

Onto a better week!

Deceiving Dreams

Sitting at a nice restaurant with my mom and a couple of her friends reminds me of Sex and the City.  Our table is literally stacked with all kinds of cakes: vanilla, vanilla with chocolate frosting, and every variation of chocolate.  I debate whether I should have a bite… After all, my weigh in is tomorrow.  I give into myself and try the chocolate cake in front of me.  Hmmmm, what decadence!  I proceed to try every cake on our table only to come back and finish the mound of chocolate cake I initially tried.  

That is part of my dream from last night.  It scared me!  I was afraid it meant I had gained this week.  This morning, we head off to our WW meeting and my nerves were on end.  A few seconds after stepping on the scale, my leader says, “You are down 1.8 pounds!”  Pulling my fist down in triumph, he continued to say, “That makes your total loss so far 17.4.”  

Last Weeks Weight ~ 154.8  
Todays Weight ~ 153
Difference ~ -1.8

I didn’t even need to hear the .4 before I started cheering!  The 17 pound marker has been something I have been waiting for for weeks… all because that was my 10% goal!  My leader chuckled at my enthusiasm and gave me my 10% keychain.  My dream was just a ploy to get me nervous… I’m really excited!  It is such a joy to see all this hard work pay off.  

After recieving my award, my Leader and I talked about my goal.  Originally, I wanted it to be 140, but then I figured… That would be hard to maintain, so I upped it to 145.  Only 8 pounds away!

Ready or not, here I come… and out you go! :)

This Week’s Goal~
Eat all (or more) 5 servings of fruits and veggies for at least 5 days.

Pre-WI Check In

Sick is Un-bear-able by Obsidian-fox

Yay!  I met my goal of getting 15-20 activity points this week!  I actually have 17 as of last night… Running was supposed to be on the agenda tonight, but a stupid cold has hit me so hard that walking around gets me dizzy. 

This week hasn’t been bad as far as WW goes!  I indulged a little here and there, but for the most part, I have gotten all of my Good Health Guidelines, all my water, and dipped into my WPA just enough.  Let’s hope this mini-plateau is over! 

Earlier this week, I started thinking about strange ways to notice that weight is dropping off… If you want, post yours as a comment :)  I’m intrigued by this idea.
Mine is looking at my hands and wrists.  Wrapping my thumb and middle finger around my wrist used to have them barely touching, and now my fingers can rest on top of each other.  My hands look slimmer too… It’s weird! 

Now the jeans that I fit in after my first couple weeks of WW are about an inch loose too!  I’m running out of jeans!

WI is tomorrow morning… Wish me luck! :)