Yesterday I did some things that I don’t ususally do – some good things and some things that I wish I didn’t have to admit. Let’s start with the things that I wish I didn’t have to talk about…my weekly weigh-in. I skipped it. Yep, that’s right. For the first time since joining Weight Watchers in 2009, I skipped a weigh-in because I didn’t want to deal with the numbers on the scale.
As a monthly pass member, Weight Watchers allows me to attend unlimited meetings, and they don’t require a weigh-in to attend. I just didn’t do it, and this behavior is a slippery slope that I am not willing to slide down so I’m saying it now – I will NOT skip another regularly scheduled meeting because I don’t feel like facing the music. I just won’t do it so feel free to hold me to it. Over the last week, my choices became progressively worse until yesterday when I decided that enough was enough. Now I have to do it again tomorrow.
I also did something that made me feel good about myself. I took Anne’s advice, and set a challenging fitness goal for myself. I hit the gym and completed 10 miles on the bike, pedaling as fast as I could. It takes me 5 1/2 minutes to do a mile which added up to a great cardio workout followed by 100 crunches. I know I should feel good about being able to do 10 miles on a bike without much effort, and I do. But I thought I’d feel exhausted, but I didn’t. I think I’ll have to try 20 miles when I’m back at the gym Monday. Until then, I plan to do my favorite Richard Simmons workout, “Party Off the Pounds.”
I’m traveling again tomorrow which means that I’ll have the opportunity to prove to myself that I can make healthy choices even when I’m away from home. I’ll bring a gigantic English cucumber, grapes and bananas. And this time, Cal is coming with me, and I think we’ll spend some time ruminating over his ideas to change my palate. I think it’s okay to like sweets, but I don’t think it’s okay to let them consume my mind or control my actions as they sometimes do.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve come up with a plan that will (hopefully) help me stay in control of my cravings and food intake. Chubby McGee, one of my favorite blog friends (check out her blog here) spurred a thought for me that has turned into action, and it worked well yesterday so I’ll do it again tomorrow. She said that she loves cupcakes so she allows herself to have one every week. She budgets for it in her intake, and she walks to the bakery and back to get it. By the way, I’ve done that before, and I think it’s a brilliant plan.
And her comment made me think about something that I did during my first year of weight-loss. I ate fruits and veggies and lean proteins along with foods that were high in fiber. I exercised regularly, and I ate a piece of cake almost every night. Yep…I did it. I had a serving of cake (7 points at the time) for dessert almost every evening, and it took a lot of pressure off. I didn’t worry about skipping ice cream when my friends ate it, and driving past a bakery was no big deal because I told myself I’d enjoy something sweet later. And it worked. it allowed me to focus on everything I was trying to accomplish without the fear of eating too much later.
So that’s my new plan, kind of. I don’t plan to eat cake everyday, but I will allow myself to have something sweet everyday, at least for now. I have more than enough PointsPlus to eat nutritiously and stay satisfied while enjoying half of a cupcake or a Kit-Kat. I have me entire life to reform my nutritional intake and to figure out why I crave sweet treats, but I don’t want to spend my entire life trying to reach my weight-loss goal. I’d rather do what I can to reach that goal asap and worry about the rest along the way.
So in addition to working out hard, I’m going to eat healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients – and have something sweet everyday. That’s my plan, and I think it’s going to help me get through the holidays with success just as it did the first year. Obviously, I’m no pro. I’m just a girl who’s trying to figure it all out, and I have a feeling that while I might get a little flack for it, this plan is going to get me closer to where I want to be.