Saturday, November 24, 2012

Survival of the (not quite) fittest

I survived Thanksgiving! The morning of Thanksgiving I sat down with my sister to figure up PP of everything we thought would be at dinner and giving ourselves a rough estimate of what we would have. I ended up going over just a bit but still stayed in my weekly points so altogether wasn't that bad. Still, I felt bloated and kind of swollen and was worried about my weigh in. I went this morning to weigh in. Now, Saturdays are NOT my typical weigh in day. I normally go to the Friday noon meeting. I try to eat/drink as little as I can and I always wear a dress/leggings because I feel like I'm lightest that way. I don't know, it works somehow haha. Because of Black Friday, I couldn't go to my meeting yesterday and needed to go during drop in hours today. I was in my work clothes and had just drank a big mug of coffee cause I was dragging this morning. Still, I was down 0.2 lbs. Not bad for Thanksgiving week!

This week I'm determined to track everything that goes in my mouth! Often times at work, I'll have the remnants of the blender/pitcher or tiny cups of milk or a dollop of whipped cream and I rarely count it but I know they'll start to add up. Instead of eliminating them, I'm going to try and just cut back on them and track them to the best of my abilities. I figure most of the little servings I have are about a point each. I'm usually pretty good about tracking my regular Sbux beverages though. I've got a few "go to's" that I know are safe so I usually stick to those.

Also, it's my last week of blocking!!! I couldn't be more thrilled. It's been a rough semester but I know that  in the end it'll ultimately be worth it :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Survey - Friend Makin' Monday

I've decided that I need some blog friends to help keep my motivated to I decided to do All The Weigh's Friend Makin' Monday survey. This week's survey is about - what else? - Thanksgiving!

1. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? My family always eats together at my Grandma Ada's house. It's a pretty mellow with lots of food, football, and fun (most of the time). 
2. List at least three dishes that are on your family’s table every year. Turkey (duh), deviled eggs, homemade gravy
3. Do you prefer pumpkin pie or pecan pie?  Pecan for sure! I can totally pass on the pumpkin.
4. Will you watch football on Thanksgiving Day? Mehhh. I'll probably watch it with my family but I'm not that big of a football junkie.
5. Do you plan to exercise Thursday?  Hopefully we will try out the new Zumba DVD set my sister just got for her birthday!
6. Do you prefer ham or turkey?  Ham! But we never have ham on Thanksgiving, just on Christmas and Easter.
7. Will you shop on Black Friday?  I have a little bet with myself this year - if (and only if) I stay in my PP on Thanksgiving, I'm gonna let myself go to Ulta on Black Friday to reward myself with some makeup. Otherwise no because I have to be at work at Starbucks at 7 AM :)
8. Do you take a nap on Thanksgiving? I might this year! My goal though is to not be in a food coma.
9. Share one dish that probably won’t be on anyone else’s table. My family makes this wilted salad every year...although I'm not a big fan!
10. What are you thankful for today?  I’m thankful for my family - they are always there for me. I'm thankful for my boyfriend. We've been through so much and I'm pretty convinced that he's as close to the perfect guy as you can find. I'm also thankful that I have the day off of everything! No student teaching, school, or work! RARE!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

What a loser...

In a good way!

In a shocking twist of events, the scale was definitely my friend at WW weigh in this week! I had a not-so-great eating week and even went over my weekly allowance so I had my fingers crossed for a wash at the scale - anything was okay with me as long as I didn't gain. I held my breath as I stepped on the scale only to hear the receptionist say, "You're down three more pounds!" I couldn't believe it :)

This makes 15 pounds lost so far and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. I hope this gives me the extra push I need to make good choices on Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fingers Crossed

For the first time in a long time, this seems to be clicking. I've made going to Weight Watchers a priority and I've lost 12.2 lbs. I have hit my 5% and am hoping to hit my 10% by New Years. I'm hesitant to say that this time will be "it" but I honestly think that I can do it. I know that I have the power to succeed and all the right tools - it's just up to me to use them.

What's different this time? For one, my sister and one of my best friends are going with me. It's nice having that safety net there for days that I'm feeling week. I live with my sister and it's been really helpful to actually be in a house where nearly all the food is healthy. We have tried quite a few new recipes and have made eating more about preparing the food and really savoring it. We've tried South African style bulboti (a sweet meat pie), bacon-fried cabbage (OMG all the points come from the bacon so it's really not that bad - 3pp for a serving but it tastes like a treat), cinnamon rolls (kind of a flop - definitely tasted diet), Mexican pork tostadas with spiced sour cream (holy yum) and a garlicky white pizza with ricotta, bacon, and spinach. Next week I'm going to make a lightened up version of my favorite Indian dish - paneer masala.

Funny story - after weight in each Friday, my sister and I have been going for one cheat meal for the week. It's our way of normalizing this - no food it totally off limits, some just have to be enjoyed in moderation. But, we still ALWAYS track our cheat food. How else will we lose weight? For the most part, we both dip into our weekly points on those days but figure that's what there for. Last friday, my sister chose Red Robin for our cheat meal. I picked the A1 peppercorn burger which is what I always used to get with a diet freckled lemon. I ate my whole burger, half of my fries, and 1 1/2 lemonades. Afterwards when I was looking up the PPs, HOLY COW the burger by itself was 40 points!!! I only get 33 a day to begin with! Half the fries was 5 and each lemonade was 2 so 3 for the lemonade total. Yes folks, that is 48 points for one meal!

The bad part is that the meal was our lunch. I had to close at work that night and got hungry for lunch. My lunch break wasn't that long so running to Subway wasn't an option. I was feeling pretty crummy for my previous choices, so what do I do? Have a piece of pumpkin bread. Yep. I ate 66 points in one day. That's exactly double my daily allowance!

I'm weighing in today and this has honestly been one of the toughest weeks yet. On Tuesday, I knew I was going to be gone from 7:30 AM - 11 PM so I planned ahead and packed lunch, dinner, and snacks. I was feeling great and had eaten nearly all my packed food when a regular at works who owns a pizza shop called and said he was bringing us a pizza. His pizza is legit NY style deliciousness and I couldn't resist. I wasn't even hungry! The temptation was just too great and I ate two slices. Boom. Now I am officially over my weekly allowance. Let's hope that I at least stay the same on the scale this week!