Saturday, April 02, 2011
I decided to try WW's Simply Filling Technique this week as a personal challenge to myself to depend on Power Foods. It's been a little bit of a rocky start, with a headache one day due to eating too little fat and struggling a bit with balance. Plus, I was trying to save as many Weekly Points as possible for a party today.
Now, the party is over and luckily a lot of the people there were on various restrictive diets, so there was plenty to eat. Barbecued chicken breasts or plain chicken breasts, green beans and potatoes, and salad. I had small (1/4-1/2 cup) servings of broccoli cheese casserole and macaroni and cheese, and filled up on the power foods. I did have cake, because that's a must for me, but I slowed down and enjoyed it, and put my fork down between bites sometimes too. I came out with 17 WPs left for the next 3 days, plus 5 earned Activity Points (so far). Not too bad!
I'm not sure if SFT is something I could do for the long haul or not. I'm feeling a little restricted, so I don't think it's really for me, mentally. I know a lot of people find it freeing, but for some reason I'm having a hard time with it. It's the little things, like not wanting to use WPs to have cheese on my veggie burger. I prefer to use my WPs for treats, so I think it's a mental thing. I'll definitely be going back to PointsPlus after this week, but I'm interested to see what I will have lost at the end of the week.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Tonight was the first time I had been in the group exercise room at the Y, with its three walls of full length mirrors, in two weeks. The last few times I'd been there, I'd felt really fat with my muffin top hanging out over the top of even my stretchiest workout pants. Tonight I noticed I'm looking much better -- there's finally an appreciable visual difference to my 8.6 pound weight loss, which makes me feel good.
I think the Zumba class I went to was the best one I've ever been to. First I was surprised with it being my favorite instructor, even though this wasn't her week. Then we did several of my favorite dances, including two extras that earned me another AP! I was even able to do the "advanced" moves every time she did them, so I can tell I'm getting fitter. That class really made my night.
My lunch today was a splurge at a local pizza place with a dessert, and I could definitely feel it in my stomach during that class. The ham and cheese was probably not the best choice, but oh well, it was tasty, and I have plenty of weekly points/activity points for it.
I'm going out to lunch with a friend tomorrow, and I already have my meal planned out -- a yummy sounding veggie panini on multigrain bread with sundried tomato pesto and provolone. The side choices include fruit, so I should be able to make it out of there tomorrow on plan.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Tomorrow afternoon, I'll have my second weigh-in at the WW center. I'm hoping for a good loss, but I'm feeling a little "lost" not being able to have my daily check-in with the scale. It's going to take some getting used to, only having one weigh-in on the "official" scale. So far I haven't been able to bring myself to put the bathroom scale in the closet. I feel like it helps keep me on track. I don't obsess over small fluctuations and gains, but I guess it could be argued that even stepping on it so often is "obsessing," even if it doesn't come with negative self-talk.
I've struggled a bit with snacking this week, but have stayed within my weekly points and activity points, and have 6 weekly points left over for the week. I'm definitely not hungry, and it's 8:30 pm, so I doubt I'll be eating anything else today. (And if I do, it'll just be a piece of fruit.) I double tracked today's menu, for my points as well as my calories and other nutrients, and found that my 31 P+ came to 1315 calories. I was a lot more satisfied today than I have been in the last few days, and I think I found out why after I did my double tracking. My fat and protein were both spread out evenly throughout the day today, and I hit the target perfectly on every single nutrient, between my multivitamin and my food for the day. I'm pretty proud of that and hope to have more days like that in the future.
This week, I found a good way to handle my milkshake cravings -- Weight Watchers Smoothies. I doctor them up by making them in the blender with frozen fruit added, and they have a great texture and taste and are super filling. They definitely fulfill that craving for something cold, thick, and creamy. Chiller's, our local ice cream shop, has been open now for more than 5 weeks and I've only been there twice. Last year that number would have been at least 5, probably more. I haven't hit their drive through once for a shake, and I've tracked everything I've had there. Definitely a non-scale victory. :)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I've been thinking about it for a while, and finally decided today to go ahead and upgrade to the WW monthly pass so I can attend meetings. My primary reason is so that I can achieve "lifetime" status when I hit goal, and have the extra motivation to stay there once I get there, by being able to attend meetings for free and remain a member as long as I stay within 2 lbs of my goal weight.
I've been at my goal weight before, maintained it for a while, then slowly fell off the wagon as I broke my good habits one by one. I had no real motivation to keep going. (Somehow making sure my clothes continued to fit wasn't enough I guess.) I have been thinking about how I'm going to maintain it this time, and I think dangling that carrot in front of me will really help keep me motivated to stay where I need to be.
The only disappointing part is that I'm sure my progress will be "starting over" as of today -- resetting my 5% and 10% goals, etc. (And my 10% will only be 2 lbs away from my goal, assuming I decide to stick with 130 after talking to the leader today.)
I'm also having to give up all of my personal "fun money" in the budget every week to pay for this, but I think it will be worth it in the end.
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