Surprise surprise this week was another 1 lb weight loss. But it was still a weight loss! For 6 weeks now I have gone down in weight every single week. I hope I can make it continue for the next 6 weeks and then some. If I keep doing what I’m doing then I know that I can. I can and I will.
The next two weeks are going to be a little different though. It’s going to take some planning but I am determined to keep going strong. You see the next two weekends I will be camping with my sister and her boyfriend. The first weekend, this coming weekend, we are going to Paddlepalooza. There will be camping, hiking and kayaking. I can’t wait!
Good thing this week’s topic was discussing this exact thing – taking vacations. It’s like they were reading my mind. In the meeting we discussed some of the various things that happen while on vacation such as overeating, stress, less sleep, drinking (alcoholic beverages), eating at restaurants where it’s difficult to track, etc.
But we also discussed how we can work around it. We can take healthy snacks with us when possible, we can still meal prep if able to, we can focus more on what we are doing and the attractions vs. the food. More of this to come.
For this week’s meals I plan on doing what was planned for last week – Chicken and Roasted Veggie Soup and Tacos. I still have all of the ingredients so why not.
I did decide to make one change though. I had planned on having tacos with ground beef. Except I’ve always purchased the cheapest form of ground beef which is 73% lean and 27% fat. However it’s also the highest in points.
73% lean 27% fat is roughly 45 points for 1 lb.
85% lean 15% fat is 28 points a lb.
The leanest of them all is 97% lean 7% fat and is only 15 points a lb.
Obviously the leanest option is the healthiest option but it’s also the most expensive at $5.57 a lb vs. the $2.87 a lb for the 73% option. I’m cheap! I admit it. I couldn’t bring myself to pay double for the same amount of beef just because it’s healthier. Not when there is another option…ground turkey.
Ground turkey at 90/10 is actually less points than ground beef at 93/7. Not much but 1 lb is 14 points vs 15. Nice!
As for next weekend, I want to try having my meals as planned as possible. Snacks and desserts too. I will be doing hiking and kayaking throughout the day which will be great exercise. So if I go a little over my daily points I’m not too worried. I will have my weekly points and the exercise on my side.
For breakfast I think breakfast burritos will be the easiest. We can make them ahead of time, wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them on the fire or grill to warm up.
- flour tortilla – 3 points
- 1 egg, scrambled – 2 points
- 1/8 cup, approximately 2 Tbsp shredded cheese – 2 pionts
- salsa – 0 points
Total for Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito – 7 points
If you want to add some meat:
- 1/4 cup turkey breakfast sausage – 2 points
- 1 slice of crisp cooked bacon – 2 points
I think I might make one of each for each morning. I plan on taking some cut fruit with me as well. Breakfast burrito – 9 points + cut fruit – 0 points = 9 points total for breakfast and a full belly to start the day.
Lunch will be a little different. One day we will be going to a winery and have the option of buying lunch there or we can take our own. Another day we are eating on the water. They are calling it a floating picnic. More than likely the second means it will be best to pack sandwiches.
- 2 slices bread (Pepperidge Farm) – 2 points
- 2 oz sliced peppered turkey – 1 point
- 1 Tbsp light mayo – 1 point
- 1 slice American cheese – 3 points
- lettuce, sliced tomato – 0 points
Total for Turkey Sandwich – 7 points
- baby carrots – 0 points
- celery – 0 points
- radishes – 0 pints
- chips – 5 points?
I haven’t yet decided on which kind of chips I would like to have next weekend but I know that roughly 12 chips of at least 2 varieties is 5 points.
Sandwich – 7 points + veggies – 0 points + chips – 5 points = 12 points
For the other lunch I can do a repeat or take my chances with the purchased lunch. I’ll probably have a sandwich ready just in case. Since lunch on this day is at a winery there will be at least a little wine drinking. How much is yet to be determined.
Last meal to plan – dinner. I’m not yet sure what the game plan for dinner is. I’ll let you know when I come up with it. Though I’m playing around with the idea of doing the foil packets again. They’re easy. I can prep them prior to leaving. They taste good. They’re meant for a grill anyways so I figure we can throw them on the fire and they’ll turn out just as good, maybe better. And they’re 10 points.
- Breakfast – 9 points
- Lunch – 7-12 points
- Dinner – ?? but aiming for 10 points or less
- Total – 26 – 31 (assuming a 10 point dinner)
Not bad for a camping trip. However, this doesn’t count any snacks, desserts or drinks. Those will have to come out of my weekly points. I do know that there will be S’mores. You can’t camp and not have S’mores.
- graham cracker – 2 points
- marshmallow – 1 point
- 1/2 Hershey’s chocolate bar – 6 points
Total for 1 S’more = 9 points
Next weekend isn’t all about food though. In fact it isn’t about food at all. Since I’m a lover of food and think about it pretty much non stop it is often a focal point. But the reason for the trip is really to use our kayaks. My sister and I recently purchased kayaks and this is a great opportunity to use them. There will also be hiking and swimming. All are great ways to burn calories.
If I stay smart with my food choices I should be able to also enjoy myself with a little treat and/or drink and still come out of the weekend without gaining too much or maybe nothing at all. Fingers crossed!
Something else that will be a little different this next week is I will not be able to attend my usual Sunday morning meeting. Since I will be out of town when the meeting takes place I have to make other arrangements. This morning I checked out the schedule for when meetings are offered. There is one at 10am every Friday. Since each week starts on Sunday and goes until Saturday, that means I will be going almost 2 full weeks between meetings. Kinda sucky but at least it’s doable.
This next weekend I won’t attend a meeting. The following Friday I will attend the 10am one before heading out of town. This will be the Week 8 meeting for me. For Week 9, going Friday won’t be an option as I’ll be at work. But there are 2 days where there are evening meetings. Unfortunately both are at 5:30 and I leave work at 5. I’m going to try my best to make it to one of the two meetings before returning to my normal time for Week 10.
It’s not going to be the easiest few weeks with the change in routine but it is doable. I am aware of what is going on and am able to plan for it in order to make the best of it. That is all one can do.
No matter what it’s going to be fun!