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WW Week 45 Recap

Remember yesterday I had told you that this last week included long hours at work? This led to me making poor food choices. Yeah, it showed at the scale. I knew I was going to have a gain and I wasn’t too concerned. For once. I’ve done this yo yo thing more than a few times to know that the weight will turn around and come off. However, I wasn’t quite expecting the gain that I had. Are you ready for this? 6.2 lbs! In one week!

Wow!

It’s time to reign it in again. But not today. lol No, not today.

Today, I am meeting up with friends for some free bingo at Boulevard Brewing Company for a friend’s birthday. Food, drinks and lots of fun with good friends.

Like I said though, I’m not worried. I’ll get back on track, again, tomorrow. Expect to see a big weight loss next week. =)

Part of why I’m not worried is this.

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Look at that. This picture shows all the hard work that I’ve done in the past 10 months. I’m not quite where I want to be but I am so proud of how far I have come!

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With losing weight, there are obviously benefits along the way. One benefit was realized yesterday. My sister and I tried Beer Yoga. First off, it was so much fun!

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Back in July, I tried yoga at Nelson Atkins. Well, on the lawn in front of Nelson Atkins. It was ok. I liked part of it but haven’t done it since. This time around though, I loved it! So much that my sister and I have already signed up for next month’s session.

Part of why I loved it so much is because it was much easier. Of course, the instructor was not the same. I am not experienced enough to know if this session was not quite as difficult as the one back in July. But I do know that I am more flexible. Though I felt the various moves, I felt I was at least able to do them. I was able to follow along. I was able to hold the pose. For the most part. I definitely need to work on my balance. Those poses were more challenging for me.  Overall though, it was a great experience!

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Now I’m off to meet up with friends. Have a good week everyone!

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WW Week 44-ish Recap

Sorry about last week ya’ll!

I unexpectedly got invited to hang out with one of my dear friend’s and her husband. Free Bingo at Boulevard Brewing Company. Oh yeah! I then decided to continue hanging out with them the rest of the day. Good quality time but it meant that I got nothing done. lol

Oh well. It’s good to have days like that every once in a while.

I will admit that I did go for a short run (1 mile) around their neighborhood. Not bad. I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the gym as planned. I was already in my gym clothes so I said just do it. And I did!

So I’ve learned a few things about myself over the last few weeks. To say learn is a little of a stretch. I’ve already been aware of these things but they are hitting home a little more now.

The first thing is that I turn to sweets during two specific times of the month. The first one (sorry guys!) I’m sure you can guess without me going in to too much detail. The second is when we are closing our period or Month End at work. It’s a stressful time because there is a lot to be done in a short span of time. This Month End was even more so because we are short handed. I’ve been trying to step up as much as I can which has led to several late nights. I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed taking on new responsibilities and learning new things. There’s just been some long days.

How does this affect my weight? I turn to chocolate during the day. Not just a piece or two but more like 10. Yes. Yes, I do. Also, I don’t plan in advance and take my dinner in with me. Which means I’m eating late at night and making not so healthy choices.

These are both things that I can learn from and improve on.  I think next Month End I will prepare dinner on Sunday that I can take in on Monday. It will then be there for me all week. Fortunately, we have multiple fridges at work so this shouldn’t be an issue with my coworkers. This way I will have a healthy meal and still eat at a normal time. It might be nice to take a few minute break as well. Secondly, I’m going to make sure I have more fruit or at least healthier snack options to choose from during this time period. Maybe then I’ll stay away from the candy bowl.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that I haven’t been drinking as much water. I can literally go all day and not drink anything or drink less than 10 oz of water. I know! It’s terrible! I find that I drink more water when I’m tracking it in the habit tracker in my bullet journal. However, when I’m working late hours and have a busy weekend, I am not working in my bullet journal as much. In fact, I’ve hardly been in my bullet journal for the last couple weeks. I kinda miss it and am hoping I can work in it later today.

The last thing I’m becoming more and more aware of is how when I’m not tracking what I eat, I take full advantage of this and eat everything I can. I need to work on this one. But it’s not easy. Not for me at least.

I’m keeping this short because I wanted to get a post in while I was thinking about it. However, I must go. My sister and I are doing Beer Yoga today. Who knew there was such a thing! I want to get a work out in before hand. If I’m going to have time, I must go. Now!

I realize I didn’t put any numbers in here. That’s because I don’t weigh in until tomorrow. I’ll try my best to post again then.

Have a great Saturday everyone!!

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!!

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 39 Recap

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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!! =(

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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! 😉

 

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!