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Let’s recap this week, shall we?

I went out of town last weekend, and managed to eat basically all of my WPA in one day. Just like that poster they have in the meetings!) My new record for points plus used in one day is now 93.

Tuesday, I managed to convince my husband that I needed sushi for dinner. Implications of my impending death were I not to have sushi may have been a factor. I ate too much sushi and took care of the rest of my WPA this day (and 2 Activity Points).

However, I managed to go to the gym and workout 4 days in a row this week. On Tuesday, I went to the gym around 10a, but the rest of the week I went at about 630a. I got my sister to join me at the gym on Thursday and Friday. She said she hadn’t been to the gym more than 1/week since December. Having a support system really works in getting motivated, doesn’t it?

I worked out really hard this week, and like I mentioned before, I really enjoyed it! I’m taking a recovery/rest day today, and I feel like I am slacking now. Oh well, I’m looking forward to going tomorrow. I may try out a yoga class they have at my gym.

I almost forgot to add – I tracked EVERY DAY this week again! Woohoo!

Evidence of Tracking

 

Now on to the good part – the weigh-in!

Yes, I said the good part. After all that eating, I had a loss this week of 2.6 lbs. So this means 2 things for me:

  1. I only need to lose 1.8 more lbs to fix the gain of 4.4 lbs that I had last week.
  2. I only need to lose 2.2 more lbs to reach my 10%!

I think 2 is the most exciting for me. So hopefully, sometime in the next few weeks I will attain both of these goals! Ideally, I’d like to achieve them next Saturday, but my body doesn’t always cooperate. I think it’s important to realize this if you’re going to be successful in the long run. This isn’t a race for me, but if it were, I’d rather be the tortoise than the hare.


So all of the lovely plans I had to control my eating while I was traveling did not happen. I’ve moved on, but I was really disappointed in myself.

On Saturday, the food served was barbecue. I was actually surprised that I didn’t need to dip into my WPA this day. I even had two glasses of wine! I managed to keep it under control, and this was the meal I was most worried about.

Sunday was a WPA massacre. Between the 5 glasses of sparkling wine I had and the stupid tiny slice of wedding cake (14 P+!) as well as the buffet, I decimated all of my daily points AND almost all of my WPA. If you thought the 77 point day from last week was bad, I used 93 points plus on Sunday. NINETY-THREE! I tried to follow my plan, but all I could manage to eat for breakfast was a greek yogurt parfait from Starbucks which turned out to be 9 points plus by itself. Also, my husband and I stopped at this gas station on the way home that has a kolache bakery inside. I feel lucky that they are only 5 points plus each. All in all, I should have planned better. I know better, but it all fell apart. Am I allowed to blame the alcohol a la Glee?

Anyway, like I was saying, I’ve moved on. I’ve been to the gym both yesterday and today, and I will go Thursday and Friday. I need to atone for my Weight Watchers‘ sins. To motivate me for a 5k I want to compete in later, I’ve started the Couch-to-5K training program. I think I may spend more than one week on their week one, though. I’m really enjoying the activity! I love the running/jogging/walking on the treadmill, and my body feels awesome and strong afterward.

On an unrelated note, ideally I’d like to update this blog every day(if I have something to update about), but I’m a student and  I get busy. This is one of those weeks. I’ve had several assignments due, and I have a midterm on Monday. But I’ll do my best to keep it up! I’d like to think the two posts on Monday will forgive my absence on Tuesday.

Weigh-in 2/19/11


As I was expecting, I showed a gain this week, and it was a big one. I had not weighed-in the previous week, so it was 2 weeks worth of gaining. I ate like garbage, and I reaped what I sowed. It may just be excuses talking, but I feel like some of the gain is water retention, albeit a small portion.

Anyway, I’m back on track now. I wrote down everything I ate this weekend while traveling, and now I just need to add it to my e-tools.

Results: +4.4 lbs


So here is my first recipe. I came up with this one on my own, and it is amazingly delicious.

It tastes like a chocolate cream cheese frosting, but it is fluffy like normal frosting.

The serving size is roughly 2 tablespoons and comes out to 3 Points Plus as prepared. This snack stays with you for a LONG time, and I’ve even used it as my protein at breakfast.

I don't normally use Skippy, but I'm not going to turn down free peanut butter.

Ingredients:

1/4 c. Peanut Butter (The more natural the better!)
1/4 c. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Tbsp Sugar-Free Vanilla Flavored Drink Syrup

Directions:

For best results, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and well-mixed. I’ve also successfully used an immersion blender. Makes 4 servings that are about 40 g each.

Four servings of pure deliciousness

**It is possible to mix this by hand, but I would not recommend it. If you mix by hand, combine the peanut butter and syrup first, then add the greek yogurt. Add the cocoa last, one teaspoon at a time.

Snack time!

Back on Track(ing)


Oops! I ended up having a pretty busy day today, and I didn’t have time to complete the posts I mentioned yesterday. I’ll try to put together that recipe post by Sunday. I think the goals post will have to wait until Monday though. I’ll be leaving to go out of town right after my meeting tomorrow, so I’ll have to do a weigh-in update from my phone. We’ll see how that goes.

Everyday is tracked!

Anyway, it’s time to throw confettis! I tracked every morsel of food that went into my mouth this week. By the way, I learned tonight that fortune cookies are 2 P+. TWO. They are so tiny that you’d think they have zero or one. My plan is to continue my tracking and not to take anymore weekends off.

In other exciting news, I just prepaid for a 3 year gym membership. It came with 3 personal training sessions. I scheduled my first PT for March 1 because I have a bunch of deadlines next week at school followed by my first wedding anniversary. I’m hoping to at least step foot in the gym a few times next week, but I’ll have to make sure the school stuff gets done first.

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One more day…


It feels really great to be successful with a goal. I have tracked dutifully this week, and I only have one more day left until I cross the imaginary finish line.

I was feeling very resentful at the start of this week. I hadn’t gained a zillion pounds from not tracking for over a month, and I didn’t really feel like tracking anymore, possibly ever. I skipped weighing in on Saturday, but I promised my mom at the meeting that I would track this week.

I tracked Saturday morning, but I didn’t track again until Monday. That’s the point I realized I’d gone to hell in a hand basket points-wise. I had inadvertently forced myself to track to avoid using up all of my WPA. My self-sabotage was a secret blessing. By Wednesday, I had visions of pre-tracking and menu-plans dancing in my head. Today, I feel like I am finally back in my routine. I feel like I have found an old friend again.

I know I will probably show a gain this week, but that’s from weeks of laziness where I was following my own version of WW. I have earned a gain. However, I know if I continue to follow the plan like I am supposed to that I will lose like I am supposed to lose.

Saturday and Sunday will hold some challenges for me. I’ll be traveling and attending a party Saturday and a wedding on Sunday. I’m setting a goal now to be mindful of everything I put in my mouth and to write every bit of it down. I know the party Saturday night will be serving pizza and barbecue. I am planning on dining out before the party so that I can have more control over my food. The wedding on Sunday will be serving brunch, but I will probably also skip this meal for different reasons. I’m allergic to eggs, and I choose not to eat pork. Do you know how difficult it is to find breakfast that doesn’t include eggs or pork? Nigh impossible, my friends.

I’m working on TWO posts for tomorrow. I came up with a short list of new goals to work towards, and I hope to share my first recipe! I’ve come up with a protein-packed spread that tastes like a chocolatey cream cheese frosting.


I have now tracked 4.5/7 days this week. Only today, Thursday, and Friday are left, which means I have reached the top of the mountain and I am on my way down.

As I was preparing my breakfast and lunch this morning, I opened my pantry and saw a bag of dried apples. Uh oh. I had one of those on Saturday, and I did not remember to track it. Saturday was the ~bad~ day of this week; that is to say, it is the day I ate the most points plus. I bit the bullet and added those stupid apples to my tracker. Another 2 WPA are gone. I ate approximately 77 points plus on Saturday, and it was not even that enjoyable.

As I was reflecting on that terrible, no good, very bad day, I was reminded of a story my WW leader told us two weeks ago. The meeting topic was “Stick with it.” So here is the story as best as I remember:

My leader (V.) told us she was making an egg white omelet for breakfast. She cooked her veggies and got two eggs out of the fridge. On her way to the stove, she dropped one of the eggs on the floor accidentally. The egg breaks and makes a mess. At this point, she knows her omelet is ruined, so she throws the other egg on the ground.

The ending of the story is ridiculous. I don’t know of anyone that would create double the mess and give up on breakfast because of one little mistake. However, we do this on a regular basis in the rest of our lives. “Oh I had a bad day. Everything is ruined forever!” I could have given up on tracking after my crazy weekend, but I didn’t. One mistake shouldn’t mean throwing in the towel. Persistence should always be valued over perfection.

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