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WW Week 43 Recap

I’m going to try my best to keep this short. I know that’s hard for me. lol If you read my posts on a regular basis, you know that I like to talk err…write. You know what I mean!

This week was a very successful week. I’ll take it after the previous two weeks. Also, it feels good after making healthy food choices and exercising every day to see it pay off when you weigh in.

So two weeks ago I had a gain of 2 lbs. The week after that, last week, I had another gain but this time only 1.4 lbs. This week, I had a loss of 4.4 lbs!

Awesome!!

My nice weight loss followed up what was already a good weekend. Saturday was my second race of the year. This was sort of a redemption race for me. I’ve had a couple really. I need to do what I want to do rather than succumbing to those around me. I’m not sure that’s fair. I’m not really pressured. I make the choice myself but then regret it later.

You see, I did this same race last year. I was terrible at it. I don’t know why but I hurt, I walked more than I ran and was flat out embarrassed it took me as long as it did. This area of town is know as the flattest courses there are. Flat should mean that you’ll have a good time. There are no hills to climb slowing you down or tiring you out. (Although hills can sometimes be good because usually you also get to run down them. Anywho.)

I had a similar race in the same neighborhood, but not necessarily the same course, last December. That race was supposed to be my redemption race. It was my 5th race in 5 months. I had just had one of my best times to date the month before. I was ready. I was going to prove that I could do it.

I didn’t prove anything.

I ended up walking the race because everyone else I was there with walked it. There were several reasons we all chose to walk, mostly medical. Mine was that I didn’t want to run it alone. I didn’t want to miss out on what might have been said in my absence. I wanted to stay with my friends.

My choice. No one pressured me.

It’s all good though. I just signed up for the same race I did so poorly at last year, Cupid Run, and gave it a go again. This was really my redemption race. And I did fantastic!

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I had been preparing for this race since February 1st. I ran every single day, except for one, getting myself ready. To date my fastest 5K was 36 minutes and 51 seconds. Yesterday, my time was drum roll please………35 minutes and 57 seconds! Almost a full minute faster!!!

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A new personal record!!!!!

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Can you tell that I’m happy?!

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To have such an amazing time on Saturday and to follow it up with a 4.4 lb loss this morning, this weekend has been fantastic!!

 

I won’t be having another race next weekend and I doubt I can pull off another high loss two weeks in a row. But here’s hoping for another wonderful week!!

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WW Week 41-42 Recap

Do you ever get mad at yourself for not doing what you know you should be doing?

Yeah?

I do.

Did recently too.

The end of January was it for me. I was doing so good on my Blue Dot Challenge. So good! I got a blue dot the first 25 days of the month.

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And then I failed. Yes, that’s how I look at it. I failed. It was one of my coworkers last day and everyone brought in goodies to munch on. There were some healthy choices and some not so healthy choices.

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I started my day off knowing that her farewell table would be set up at work and I chose not to eat my normal breakfast. I could have easily enjoyed some of the fruits and veggies care free as well as had a couple of the other items and still stayed within my daily points.

Did I though?

Hell no!

Excuse my language but I went crazy. Look at all that I ate.

My actions here set me up for a poor next few days. Later that night I went to a family gathering where I ate 2 huge plates of food and not one, not two, but three desserts.

The next day was one of my dear friends daughters first birthday. Her husband is such a good cook and prepared pork shoulder and brisket for sandwiches. He also made two kinds of cupcakes for us adults to eat while the baby got the smash cake.

I didn’t have just one sandwich but two and went back for a second cupcake. There were two kinds and both were so good! I was going to have a third but fortunately someone took the last cupcake just as I was going for it. Thank goodness!

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However, that night I ate half a box of chocolate. I think there were 14 pieces on each level, 2 levels. I obviously didn’t track but I imagine each piece was roughly 4 points. 4 x 14. You do the math. Not good!

Needless to say I woke up the next morning in a terrible mood. I ruined my blue dot streak and I ate so much that I was sure to have a gain. I did go to my WW meeting but showed up late which always stresses me out. Then I felt myself tearing up and wasn’t about to cry in front of them again so I weighed in (2 lb gain) and left.

I felt so bad. I went home and ate the other half of the box of chocolates. Because that was going to help. Insert eye roll here.

I had a whole bunch planned for the day and cancelled it all. I was so depressed. Mind you I was feeling bad long before I weighed in. 2 lbs is not that much. It can easily come off again. I think it was more that I had let myself down with that dang Blue Dot Challenge.

Sunday just got worse and worse. Since I didn’t go to the store after my WW meeting as I usually do, I didn’t have anything to eat. What do I do? I run through McDonald’s drive in and pick up my old stand by. I could never decide between the McDouble and the McChicken. So I would get both. Plus a small fry. I was also in the mood for some chicken nuggets. Yikes!

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I wasn’t doing myself any favors.

Later on in the week, I started to get back on track in certain respects. I decided to take the stairs every day at work as well as run in the gym after work. I’m fortunate that my work has a fitness center. I don’t utilize it as much as I should. Sometimes though I will walk over my lunch. More so in the Spring and Summer months. If it’s nice, I’ll walk outside. When it gets too hot, I start walking inside on the treadmill. Why I don’t continue this in to the Winter months, I don’t know. But this month, at least for the last 7 days and today, I have taken full advantage of having access to the fitness center.

So far this month I have ran 10 1/2 miles and walked 1 mile between going to the gym after work and going to Planet Fitness over the weekend. It’s helped me work toward my goal walking/running 365 miles this year. That’s for sure!

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Since Monday, I’ve also gotten a blue dot each day. I’m getting back on track in the food department too. Woohoo!

A lot of what has helped me is my WW People. I didn’t go to last Sunday’s meeting. After leaving early the week before and not showing up at all this last one, I had several people reach out to me wondering what was going on. It feels good to have the support. I don’t know how to tell them how much they mean to me. In such a short span of time that I’ve known them (remember I changed groups after I moved), we’ve gotten quite close. I’m glad I have my WW family and can’t wait to see them all this Sunday.

I was watching a show the other day. I really wish I could remember which show it was. I want to say Lethal Weapon but am not 100%. What I do remember is what was said. “Life is not over. You still have that choice every day.”

Let that sink in a little bit.

So what if I didn’t get 31 blue dots in the month of January. I got a total of 26 blue dots and that is pretty amazing. I didn’t have to let it affect me as much as I did. LIFE IS NOT OVER. My life certainly wasn’t.

Each day after the first day that I didn’t get that blue dot, I had a choice. I could have missed one day but gotten a blue dot the next. YOU STILL HAVE THAT CHOICE EVERY DAY. Instead, I was sour and continued to make poor decisions.

This journey that I’m on is taking much longer than I had expected it to. However, I have a lot to be proud of. I am nearly 40 lbs lighter than I was 10 1/2 months ago. I have had a few speed bumps where I’ve fallen off the wagon and gained a little back. But each time I have also gotten it back under control and lost the weight immediately. I may revert back to my old ways every now and again. But I only do so for a short period of time before I reign it in.

It’s taking longer than I thought it would but I’m still going.

I haven’t given up.

WW Week 40 Recap

It’s been a week. I don’t remember if I mentioned last week but I discovered a leak in my basement. Fun! Fun! Fortunately, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been and all is fixed. Well in regard to the leak. I still have a hole in one of my walls. Joys of being a homeowner I guess.

This week, my Mom and stepdad were also on vacation. Therefore, I have been staying at their house all week. Which meant I was driving back and forth between theirs and mine turning on and off the air blower so that my carpet would dry and meeting with various people to help me figure out what caused the leak and to fix it.

On top of all that, it’s Restaurant Week here in KC. Yay! I first participated in Restaurant Week last year and absolutely loved it. In case you all don’t know what it is, many restaurants create a special menu, for lunch, dinner or both, for people to choose from. Lunches are usually 2 courses and will cost $15 whereas dinners are typically 3 courses and costs $33. This is a fabulous opportunity to try out a more expensive restaurant at a great price.

Last year, a friend of mine and I ate Trezo Mare where I had a potato soup like none I’ve ever had before (it was pureed), salmon with forbidden rice and the best chocolaty dessert ever!

This year I tried out two restaurants. One I had been to before but my sister hadn’t. She helped me from beginning to end with my leak so I treated her to lunch at Cafe Verona. We both enjoyed ourselves and have vowed to go back when it’s warm so that we can sit out on their patio. I wish I would have taken a picture but they let you add locks to their fence. We hope to add one of our own the next time we go.

For our appetizer, we both had bruschetta. The roasted tomatoes were so sweet (which is something coming from me since I am not a fan of tomatoes and these were rather big) and the whipped goat cheese was absolutely divine. For my entree I chose their pesto shrimp risotto which was delicious. So much so that my sister stole some of my food. She liked it better than her own. =)

The second restaurant I went to was Bristol Seafood Grill. I had been wanting to eat at this restaurant for the better part of a year now. Even now, I still want to try out their Sunday buffet. This will have to wait until after I make Lifetime though and allow myself a cheat day. I want to try it all!

The food was so good! I started off with a simple Cesar salad. Theirs came with a cheese crisp. Yumm! My entree was grilled salmon with lobster risotto and grilled asparagus. The risotto was somewhat disappointing not flavor wise but because I was hoping/expecting chunks of lobster and there were none. I think the lobster part of the dish was lobster broth. When you’re hoping for a couple bites of lobster and it’s not there, it can be a slight let down.

Oh yeah, they brought out these freshly baked, just out of the oven, still warm and smelling so so so good biscuits that I was not able to eat. You see I’m still on this Blue Dot Challenge and wasn’t going to ruin my streak for this biscuit. I wasn’t going to let it go to waste either. So I brought it home. In fact, I had it for breakfast this morning. It was delicious!

Speaking of my Blue Dot Challenge…3 weeks baby! I have gotten a blue dot each day this month. Oh yeah!

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At this point I have it in the bag. Nothing can get in my way except for myself. If I can eat the fabulous meals that I’ve eaten this week and still stay within my healthy point range, then I can do anything. Ok, maybe not anything. But you get what I mean. I have willpower and am amazing when I put my mind to do something. Right now my mind is on 2 things – Lifetime and Blue Dots!

How am I doing you might ask? I mean, this is a WW Recap and I’ve barely talked about Weight Watchers or my weight. Well, if I’m being honest, this week was somewhat rough for me.  I’m down another 1.2 lbs which is awesome! Except…I was expecting more.

I know. I know. Be happy for a loss no matter what it is. And I am. Really! I ate out at 2 fantastic restaurants and had rather larger meals at each and still was down this week. That’s wonderful! So what’s the problem? The problem is I was at my Mom’s house this week. I weighed myself on her scale and apparently it is not the same as the one at WW. I weighed myself right before leaving the house and maybe 15 minutes later was weighing in at my weekly meeting. There was a difference of almost 2 lbs. So, you see I had been expecting a greater loss than what I received. Hence, why it was somewhat of a rough week for me.

I’m trying to tell myself that I still went down. That when combined with my other two losses, I am down 8.6 lbs just since the New Year which is amazing! That I’m getting closer and closer to Lifetime with every ounce that I lose. I know all this and I’m better today than I was yesterday morning but if I didn’t tell you all what’s going through my mind then I’m not being honest.

Losing weight isn’t easy. It’s a struggle to take it off and it’s going to be a struggle to keep it off. A lot of it is mind games. I’m sure that the thoughts I’m having are very similar to ones that you all are having or may have depending on where you are in your journey. So hopefully by me sharing what’s going through my mind, it will help you. That’s why I do this. Plus it helps me when I put it in writing. 😉

Other than eating out, I stuck to my planned meals this week. I made one of my new favorite soups – Spicy Sausage and Lentil Soup – as well as Turkey Meatloaf with roasted asparagus and veggie mac & cheese. Both meals were 5 points each. There were a couple times when the meatloaf wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I then would eat a banana or some cantaloupe to help fill me up. Normally, I make it 4 servings but accidentally made it 5 servings this time. So they were rather small. You can probably tell by all by all the white space on the plate that there wasn’t enough there. It was yummy though!

For this week, I’m making roasted chicken breast with roasted veggies and sweet potatoes for one meal and turkey tacos for my other. Yumm! Yumm! Can’t wait for dinner tomorrow!

WW Week 38 Recap

This week was fantastic! I was focused all week and it paid off. If you remember last week, I had a gain of 6.2 lbs. (Ok I think I told you guys around 4 lbs because I was wearing heavy clothing and normally wear exercise clothes. Thus I was estimating that 2 of the 6.2 was due to the heavy clothing.) This week was the exact opposite with a loss of 6 lbs. You read that right, 6 lbs!!!

What was different this week?

Well, do you remember how last week I said I had gotten 3 ideas from one of my WW meeting’s? One was to change my attitude, set a goal and I would see success. I did just that. Part of changing my attitude was working in my Bullet Journal last Monday. I was setting up my new 2018 journal and in doing so needed a new Word of the Year. Each year I have a different one. For 2018, I decided on FOCUS. Working on my Word of the Year page did wonders for working on my attitude. I was feeling more positive and began letting go of being hard on myself. You can’t change the past. You can only work on the present and plan for the future.

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Part of my planning was setting some goals for myself for the next week and month. Obviously, I wanted to track everything I ate but I also wanted to drink at least 64 oz of water. I came up with my meals on Monday and even cooked two of them – Ham and Cheese Quiche (8 pts) and Detox Immune Boosting Chicken Soup (1 pt). Recipes to come for both.

 

After changing my attitude and setting a goal, I surely did see success! So happy!! It was just what I needed. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the new year. BTW I’ve been drinking at least 70 if not 80 oz of water each day.

Another idea was to purchase perky pencil stickers as encouragement for tracking each day. I haven’t purchased the stickers but I did track all my meals including my non-meals. Tracking was the important part of this.

The week was a stressful one at work. I tend to lean toward chocolate and other sweets when I’m stressed. I did this on Thursday, 12 points worth to be honest. Yes, over half of my daily points. But my meals were low enough, I had my Detox Immune Boosting Chicken soup for both lunch and dinner that day, 1 point each, so I was had a little wiggle room left for the chocolate. Woohoo!

I even made sure to track any drinks that I had. My sister’s birthday was Friday. We met up for a movie and had a drink while doing so. A couple more the next day after our Freezin’ for a Reason drive. Crown and Diet warms you up real nice!

 

If you are going to track, you have to track everything. Otherwise, it isn’t going to do you much good. When I’m tracking, I take it very seriously.

The third idea was my own personal Blue Dot Challenge. I can say that week 1 was a huge success. I received a blue dot every day!

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I was a little nervous on Saturday night. After the 8 point quiche for breakfast, chili for lunch and 2 Crown and Diet’s, I only had 1 point left for the day. To receive a blue dot, technically that meant I had 6 available. My sister and I, after having hung out all day, decided on Mexican for dinner. I wasn’t 100% what I was going to do but I knew I’d come up with something. My first thought was fajitas but decided to go with a Fajita Taco Salad. This way I would also have some lettuce to help fill me up. Chicken, peppers, onion, lettuce…all zero points. I can definitely work with that. I figure they cooked everything in oil. Of course I don’t know how much oil but estimated a tablespoon and counted the dish as 4 points.

4 points? I know, you’re thinking I’m conveniently forgetting about the toppings. I asked for no cheese and I don’t like sour cream though that would have been zero too. Ok, what about the shell part of the taco salad you ask? I didn’t touch it. Look, here’s proof of both the no cheese and the no shell.

 

I did add salsa but salsa is zero points. So 4 points for my meal and I get my blue dot. Yay!!

Sometimes you have to think outside the box but it’s doable. I didn’t feel deprived and I was able to enjoy my sister’s company. Win Win

After this morning’s meeting, I ran my first race of the year. Let me set this up for you a bit. It’s been cold here. The race, The Hangover Race, was supposed to take place last Monday on New Year’s Day. However, it was postponed due to the very low temperature’s we had. I believe that day we went negative. The temp today was around the low to mid 30’s. Not bad. I’ve ran a few races in that temp range and survived. However, it started raining on my way to the race. Fear set in that the sidewalks would be icy plus I surely didn’t want to be rained on in that temperature. I was beginning to think I’d pick up my packet and just head home. Fortunately, the rain turned to a drizzle. I decided I can do this. I hadn’t been in the gym all week. Remember, the stressful week at work? That also meant long hours. I tend to not go to the gym if I have to work late. So I wasn’t prepared physically, it was cold and there was a drizzle. I didn’t have high hopes with a good time. In fact, my goal was to finish in 45 minutes. That is 9 minutes slower than the last race I ran on Thanksgiving.

I did it! My official time was 42 minutes and 2 seconds!! I did quite well the first mile running faster than I do when on the treadmill at the gym. But then I slowed down a lot. Oh well! It’s done. I finished! It just means the next race will be easier to improve my time. =)

 

I came home and made myself a healthy treat – Banana Split with Yogurt. Banana (0 pts), Strawberry Cheesecake flavored Light & Fit Yogurt (2 pts), strawberries & pineapple (0 pts) and 1/2 a granola bar crushed up (3 pts) = 5 pts. It was yummy!

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Honestly, I think this would even be good for breakfast. I might have to give it a try sometime.

As you can tell, it was a good week. I’m planning on making this next one good as well. On the menu is Turkey Chili (now only 5 pts) and Cajun Shrimp & Sausage (Chicken Sausage) Veggie Skillet. I haven’t figured out the points on this one yet but the only thing that will count is the chicken sausage so I’m estimating it to be low.

Lifetime here I come!

WW Week 35 Recap

It’s the holiday season. We can say oh well, give up, eat all that we want and pick up again after the start of the new year. Or we can still allow ourselves to enjoy the holidays with our friends and family and maintain or even, get this, still loose weight.

Which would you rather choose?

Gain weight and have to work hard to get back off the pounds you worked hard to loose the first time or make smarter choices and plan for those big holiday meals accordingly. I’d rather choose the second. That’s just me though. There isn’t a wrong choice. You have to do what is going to work for you.

This week I knew that my work was having a Christmas party and so I planned my meals around that. I didn’t want to eat anything heavy so I stayed away from pasta. But I still wanted to be satisfied. You’ll just end up eating more if you aren’t satisfied.

I ate the same thing most every day. I make that sound like this week is different from other weeks. It’s not. At least in that sense.

It’s just me so when I make a meal it lasts all week long. Means I am able to cook less but it does mean I tend to eat the same thing every day.

For breakfast I ate 2 eggs (0 pts), 2 turkey sausage patties (3 pts) and a banana. This has been my breakfast most days for the last several months. Sometimes I’ll have a glass of milk (fat free – 3 pts) and sometimes not.

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You would think I’d get bored with it but I haven’t yet. However, it is nice to eat something different every once in a while. Thanks to my nephew who insisted on wanting waffles when he stayed the night a couple weeks ago, I now have a box of waffles in my freezer. Fortunately, I got wheat and he couldn’t tell the difference. 2 waffles are 5 points, no butter, 2 tbsp’s of sugar free syrup (1 pt) and a banana. Yumm!

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For lunch I was in the mood for tuna salad. Well honestly, I was craving some sort of chip action and this was my way of satisfying that since I eat the tuna on crackers. One can of tuna is 2 servings for me. I add in 2 eggs, 2 sweet pickles that I chop up and 2 tbsp of light mayo. It ends up being 2 pts a serving. Not bad.

I ate it with 9 Triscuit crackers (5 pts), baby carrots (0 pts) and some applesauce (0 pts). I go through phases where I love applesauce and want it all the time or I can not touch it for months. Weird. But this week it hit the spot.

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For dinner I made a healthier version of Chicken Parm. Oh my, was it good! I posted the recipe yesterday. Check it out here. =)

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The Chicken Parm itself was only 4 pts, green beans (0 pts), salad mix (0 pts) and my favorite dressing, Ken’s Lite Italian Dressing (1 pt for 1 tbsp). So good!

Wednesday was my company’s Christmas party and I wanted to be free to eat what I wanted while there. So…I ate as few points during the day as possible. Guess what? I didn’t starve myself doing so. Thanks to the recent changes in the program, my breakfast of 3 eggs was zero points. For lunch I had baby carrots, applesauce and a salad totaling 1 point. I was good to go come dinner. =)

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This is what I mean by living life, being flexible, still enjoying events whatever those events might be but not giving up. I made smarter choices during the day and then enjoyed myself that evening and yes, I ate whatever and however much I wanted. I did not count. I do this from time to time. I think it’s ok. I just don’t go crazy and I start tracking the very next day.

Friday turned out to be a curve ball for me. This will happen! I had a half day at work and needed to run some errands. One of the errands was up North near my sister. I asked her if she wanted to join me for a late lunch. She did. I love it when we can get together. =)

That lunch turned in to hanging out with her the rest of the day including going to a birthday party at Olive Garden (Olive Garden!) and a Christmas party after. I did not plan for this. In fact I ate a somewhat unhealthy lunch, buffalo chicken flat bread pizza with alfredo ranch sauce, because I had had a lighter breakfast and knew how many points my dinner was going to be.

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That all went out the window with Olive Garden though. Or did it?

My sister knew that I’ve been working hard to loose weight for about 8 months now. She suggested that we each just have a bowl of soup or share a dish. We ended up sharing a bowl of soup and an entree. She remembered that I had told her salmon was now zero points under the new program and suggested we eat that for dinner. So we split a bowl of Zuppa Toscana, our favorite, and a salmon entree with a veggie side dish. It was just right. I didn’t feel hungry nor stuffed. I even avoided the bread sticks, which is hard to do let me tell you!, but did enjoy a glass of wine. My original dinner for 4 points turned in to a 16 point dinner but it was all right. It could have been much, much worse!

The Christmas party was actually more difficult than dinner. There were so many goodies – chips, dips and the sweets! I wanted all of it. But I resisted. Though it wasn’t easy. I even had to leave the room in order to keep temptation at bay.

It was worth it though. I weighed in this morning and guess what? I’m down another 2 lbs this week, I received another 5 lb star (finally after more than 2 months since receiving my last one) and I’m 7 lbs away from goal. Lifetime is so within reach! I’m getting excited!!

I wouldn’t be this close to Lifetime if I had decided to give myself a pass for the entire holiday season. I would be getting farther and farther away and honestly, it would make it that much more difficult to get back on track after the new year. Once you fall off, it’s not easy getting back on. That’s why I give myself free passes every once in a while, more often now then when I first started, but then I immediately start tracking the next day. Life is all about balance. You can’t avoid certain situations and who would want to but you can’t give in all the time either.

So make smarter choices this holiday season, do what is going to be best for you and get back on track right after! Happy holidays!!

WW Week 33 Recap

I don’t know about you guys but I’m ready to start something new! No more WW Recaps. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing my progress with you and I hope that some of what I say is beneficial. But 33 weeks is a long time. I want to reach LIFETIME already!

Having said that, I’m getting closer. Since I’ve gotten back on track, I have almost lost everything that I gained during my 3 weeks of poor judgement. As of Sunday, I’m 10.2 lbs away from goal. Woohoo! In addition, remember how last week our leader asked us to think of what we want to accomplish by the end of the year? My goal was to lose 8 lbs. Well, last week I lost 2.4 of those ugly little bastards. Did that just come out of my mouth? Sorry, not so sorry! It felt so good to see a big weight loss. It’s truly been a while.

I’m hoping for another big week this week. Especially with the change in the program. What do you all think about Freestyle? I’m loving it so far! My breakfast this morning was only 3 points. In fact, so was my dinner. I wish I would have taken pictures of both. I’m always taking pictures and yet I didn’t even think of it this time. I’ll just tell you what I ate. lol For breakfast I had 2 eggs, 2 turkey sausage patties and a banana. The eggs and banana were both zero and the sausage is where my 3 points came in to play.

For dinner I had a chicken burrito. I made a big batch of chicken taco meat in the slow cooker Sunday night. 2 chicken breasts, taco seasoning, 1 cup salsa and about a cup and half each of black beans and corn. Technically the salsa amounted to 2 points when you use large portions. I don’t get it, but that’s what my WW app says, so I go with it. The taco seasoning is 1 point. So, the taco meat per serving is 1 point. I know a lot of people say that this combination is zero points. Maybe it’s the salsa and/or the taco seasoning they use. For me though, it’s 1 point. I can live with 1 point. I mean, come on!

Oh yeah, I do have a picture of the taco meat. =)

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Back to dinner…one of my fellow WW people told me about these flour tortillas that are only 1 point. The tortillas on the left are ones that I’ve used in the past. They are also only 1 point. I decided to give her option a try because they were so much larger. Plus, they cost just a smidge less. Bonus!

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They taste great! I think I may even like them better than what I used before. Be careful though, the bigger your tortilla is the more you can put in it. Just because the chicken, beans and corn are now zero points doesn’t mean we can eat as much of it as we like. We still have to practice portion control. The idea is, we are less likely to over eat with these items because they should fill us up faster. But we all know, that we can overeat just about anything. Hence, why we, at least me, needed to lose weight to begin with.

I feel like it’s taking me forever to get this burrito laid out on here. lol 1 tortilla (1 pt) + taco meat (1 pt) + shredded lettuce and salsa (both zero pts) and a smidge of cheese (1-2 pts depending on how big your smidge is) = 3-4 points for a huge burrito that is sure to fill you up. Yumm!!

I also made ham and beans this week. I have been wanting ham and beans for quite a while now but haven’t made any because of the points. I know I calculated it in the past but do not remember how many points it was. I’m guessing around 11 per serving. I mean, beans is the main ingredient. But now that beans are zero, yay beans for being the main ingredient! I put a full pound of cubed ham in mine. As well as an onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set it on low and go to work. Your house will be smelling oh so good when you arrive home.

Normally, I would add ham hocks to my beans for extra depth of flavor. I also like to have corn bread with honey as a side. All three of these are points and they add up. I weighed my options and decided to try my luck without the ham hocks so that I could have my corn bread. I also nixed the honey. My ham and beans came to 3 points a serving and the corn bread 7. 7?! Yikes!! It was worth it though. Yes, I miss the ham hocks but I do love corn bread. I may see if I can come up with my own recipe for corn bread that is lesser points. Jiffy’s recipe is high. =(

BTW, a couple years ago I posted my recipe for ham and beans. Here you go!

It’ll be interesting how the next several weeks play out with this change to the program. I’m hoping that it will help me really focus so that I can get to Lifetime. I’ve been working on this for so long and am so ready to be done losing weight. I’m ready for the next step, maintaining my weight!

WW Week 32 Recap

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!!

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20171123_094107Now 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.

20171123_122059This 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!

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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.

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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!