I’m almost back to my pre-falling-off-the-wagon weight. Next week I’ll get there for sure. Yay!
It only took 2 weeks to gain the weight but is taking 3 weeks to lose. Yep, it is definitely easier to gain than to lose. You’d think I’d know this by now. Ok, ok of course I know this. But I still fall off track every once in a while.
I probably sound like a broken record. It happens. Sometimes more often than I might like. What is most important is that I don’t keep spiraling out of control. I get back on track. I don’t give up.
I’m not sure I can say that I have learned my lesson…yet. But I am learning.
One of the topics of discussion in and after today’s meeting was the struggle of Freestyle. Some people, me sometimes as well, are having difficulty dealing with extra points and/or eating extra of the zero point foods. Here’s an example of each.
Extra Points: Some of my meals are so low that I may have 10 points at the end of the day. This is ok. I know this because it’s within my healthy point range. Remember my daily points is 23 therefore my healthy point zone is 13-28. So 10 below, is just fine. However, I see that I have those points available and I like my sweets so I have 2 or 3 pieces of chocolate. To have this every once in a while is not a bad thing but on a daily basis and it can be.
Eating Extra: I made my Turkey Chili last week. When beans counted as points, I only put 2 cans of beans in to try to keep the points low. Now that beans are zero, I thought why not put in an extra can of beans. It’s not going to change the point count. But even though that bowl of chili was the same number of points, it wasn’t the same number of calories. In addition to the beans, I didn’t measure how much corn when adding it to my pan. Again, 2 cups vs 1 cup is the same number of points, but it’s not the same number of calories.
I’ve said this before and I’ll probably keep saying this, I think the best way to maneuver around this Freestyle change is to keep doing what I was doing. It was working for me. I can still have my turkey chili, it will just be less points. I don’t need to make any changes to it. I ate it just fine the way it was before. It didn’t need that extra can of beans or the extra corn. Don’t fix what’s not broken, right?
Besides Turkey Chili, I made a Shrimp, Sausage, Veggie Skillet. It was pretty good. Not one of my bests but not terrible either.
Pretty much it was 2 kids of chicken sausage – apple and Italian, shrimp, zucchini and yellow squash. It filled me up more than I thought it would and it was only 3 points. It sort of reminded me of those Foil Packets I first made about a year ago. Guess what, those were 11 points but are now 7. Yay! I might have to add them to the menu here soon.
What’s on the menu this week? Good question. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple days now and nothing yet everything was sounding good. I decided on Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup (thanks to someone in my WW meeting talking about lentils) and Turkey Meatloaf with Veggie Mac & Cheese and Asparagus (thanks to another saying they were having meatloaf). Inspiration from my WW people at work. =)
The Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup used to be 8 pts but is now only 5 and the Turkey Meatloaf is 6 pts. The veggie mac & cheese will be 2-3 pts and the asparagus, of course, 0 pts. It should make for another winning week.
Oh yeah, I just realized that I told you I am close to my pre-falling-off-the-wagon weight but I didn’t actually tell you about my weight loss. I came in at down 1.4 lbs this week. Not as much as I was hoping but still a loss so I will take it!
My Blue Dot Challenge is going great! I have received a blue dot each day this month. Yay!!
Remember, I need to update the app on my phone because the Healthy Eating Zone is inaccurate. It keeps track appropriately but doesn’t say the correct range on this page. Weird. If I ever empty all the pictures off my phone, I will update the app and see if it fixes itself. One of these days. lol
Anyways, I am so proud of myself for sticking with this challenge. I’m half way there and am so excited to see a whole month of blue. I’m not going to lie, I almost didn’t get a blue dot one day last week. I was having dinner with a friend before she left the country for the DR. She and her family spends half the year down there (they’re missionaries) and half the year here in the States.
We met up at Applebee’s where we both had the Thai Shrimp Salad (7 pts) and a couple drinks. I ordered a glass of white zin. One of my go to drinks. I was surprised when the server asked if I wanted 6 or 8 oz. I’ve heard of a single or a double but have never been offered various sizes of wine. I debated with myself but decided to go with the 8 oz. After awhile, and checking out my WW app, I decided to have another glass. This time I ordered 6 oz. Another 8 oz was going to put me over my 28 pts in order to stay within my Healthy Eating Zone. When the server brought me my 2nd glass of wine, he told me that the bartender poured it a little heavy and gave me 8 oz. Normally, I would be thrilled at this. Who wouldn’t like extra alcohol for FREE?! However, I struggled with the blue dot aspect of it. Those extra 2 oz was going to put me over my limit. I could have lied and only counted the 6 oz. No one but me, and my friend, would know. The extra 2 oz wasn’t going to hurt me. It wasn’t like I was going to gain 10 lbs for drinking them. But it would bother me. I try to be honest. You fudge a little this time and you might fudge a little more next time. Slippery slope people. So I did my best to estimate what would be 2 oz and I stopped drinking. I even asked the server to take my glass away in case I was tempted or even accidentally drank them. Bye Bye wine!! =(
I try to be honest with myself the best I can. And I got my blue dot! Wooho!! Call me crazy but I say it’s FOCUS and DEDICATION at work!!
Maybe I am learning after all! 😉