2 successful weeks in a row! I’m loving it!
So…remember that race I had on Thanksgiving day? The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot?? I totally rocked it! The race was a 5K. 5K’s are supposed to be 3.1 miles but it seems the last few that I have run have been closer to 3.2 miles. What’s up with that?
Anyways, I’ve been running 12 minute miles at the gym. I figured 12 minutes x 3 miles is 36 plus a little more for the .1+. Therefore, I set a goal to finish the race in 38-39 minutes. I finished in 36 minutes and 51 seconds!!
Now that the race was over, it was time for the main event of the day…Thanksgiving! I had told myself that I wasn’t going to count points on Thanksgiving. However, I did make a few changes. For one, I didn’t fill my plate. Normally, there wouldn’t be any available space and some things may be sitting on others because I wanted every single item the first time thru. This year though, I remembered what one of my WW meetings said and I left a hole on my plate. Granted, the plate was larger than normal but still there was an empty spot.
This even meant that I didn’t get everything there was to offer. For instance, corn casserole. I love corn casserole. But in order to leave an empty space, I didn’t have room for everything. Unfortunately, corn casserole didn’t make the cut.
Secondly, I didn’t go back for seconds. Nor did I take home any left overs. I’m proud of myself for both but man I sure did miss having leftover turkey sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls the next few days. =(
When it came to dessert, I wanted both pumpkin pie and pecan pie. I love them both and didn’t want to deprive myself. I did, however, take a smaller piece of each. I also had a sliver of my Dad’s cheesecake. So good! Also, one each of my brother-in-laws oreo balls. Yummy!
It was more than I planned on eating, but not as much as I would have in the past. Not to mention, all of the leftovers I would have taken home. Kudos to me!
The next day, I immediately started tracking again. After Black Friday shopping, my parents wanted to stop at Denny’s. Woah, this proved to be challenging. Unless you order a la carte, most of their meals are very high in points. Fortunately I did find one that didn’t sound too bad – Fit Fare Veggie Skillet. Lot of veggies – mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli, egg whites and fried potatoes. The potatoes took up the bulk of the points. I love that there are so many restaurants on the WW app and I was able to find Denny’s in order to pick out a healthier meal option for me. BTW – it was 11 points.
I was confident that I had gained this week. With not counting on Thanksgiving as well as the 2 days prior. Oops! Did I forget to mention that? Yeah, on Tuesday, we had a going away party for my manager and there was tons of food involved. Needless to say, I did not stay away. It was terrible! The next day wasn’t the greatest for me either. At least I got back on track on Friday. Whew!
So back to this week’s weigh-in…I just knew that I had gained but was hoping that it wouldn’t be more than a pound. It was a pound but it wasn’t a gain. That’s right, I lost a pound this week. For me to lose the week of Thanksgiving is huge for me. So unexpected but oh so satisfying.
I’m still 12.6 lbs away from goal but I’m getting closer with each week. This brings me to this week’s topic – what are our expectations of the remaining of the holiday season? Our leader asked us to think about what our goal is. Are we ok with gaining as long as it’s not more than so many pounds? Do we just want to maintain our weight? Do we want to continue aiming to lose? If yes, how much do we think we can lose over the next 6 weeks?
I’d love to say that my goal is to lose all 12.6 lbs by the end of the year but I realize that isn’t very realistic. Technically, it would only be 2.1 lbs a week which is doable. However, I was averaging 1.5 lbs most weeks and with the holiday meals that are sure to come, it’s unlikely I will those weeks.
So I’ve given this some thought. If I lose 1.5 lbs per week for the remaining 6 weeks of the year, I will have lost 9 lbs. I’d love this. To be less than 5 lbs from goal starting the new year. That will be awesome! I’m not trying to make it easy on myself but a little more realistic. My work is having a Christmas party, with booze, here in a few weeks. My Mom’s side of the family gets together on Christmas Eve whereas my Dad does on Christmas Day. That is 3 meals, over 2 weeks, where I will allow myself freedom and not count. I do not think I will lose the 1.5 lbs those weeks. If I do, great. But I’m not going to set myself up for failure. Since I lost a lb over Thanksgiving, I’m going to say a lb for those weeks as well. That will still have me losing 8 lbs between now and the New Year as well as still being just shy of 5 lbs from goal. So, this is my goal for the next 6 weeks.
I think I can do it. I believe I can do it. I will do it!