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Friends Who Understand, A Great Workout and A Plan

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.



My New Meeting

I love my Weight Watchers group in New York. The meeting is filled with people who are wonderful and supportive and accept me just as I am. And I have no doubt that the meetings I have attended every Thursday since April of 2009 have played a significant role in my success so far.

All week I’ve been telling myself to find a new group, and today I did it. I looked online around noon and found a meeting that started at 12:30. It was only about a mile away so I knew I had to go. I dropped what I was doing and headed straight over. And I’m SO GLAD I did!

My monthly pass doesn’t work at this meeting so I had to pay $40 dollars plus $12 per week, but I’ll do it because I absolutely loved the group. Now instead of paying $40 a month for unlimited meetings and e-tools, I’ll be paying $61 dollars a month. The program has been life-changing so while it’s not fair, I’ll do it.

When I arrived I sat down next to two ladies who were there for the first week (one of whom weighs exactly what I weighed when I started!) And after the meeting, I stayed to meet the leader and go over their group’s information, etc. And the lady who started where I started was totally encouraged. I shared my before photos, my story, etc. And a few of us exchanged phone numbers, etc. It will be so nice to have a few friends in this new city! I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to meet my long time blog friend, Rhonda, Monday too!

Life is good today. And while I’m aggravated about my monthly pass situation, I know that this is the meeting I want to attend here so I’ll just suck it up and do it! 🙂 They don’t use the same kind of scale either, but I don’t think that matters. I just need to weigh on the same one consistently.

Wish me luck as I do my best to make this week a successful one. I know that my choices will define my success, and I’m happy to be forming this new groove…

They Don’t Love Me Back

I was supposed to fly home this morning, but that didn’t happen. I chose to stay a few days longer because time just moves too quickly when I’m here. I’ll miss my family when I leave, but I’m so thankful for the extra time with them now.

I haven’t posted much since I’ve been here because my mind has been focused on one thing, and it’s difficult to write about anything else. But I do need to shift my focus long enough to talk about cashews. Are they evil? No. Do I need them? No. Do I want them? Yes!

Earlier this week someone (who shall remain nameless) discovered cashews on Mom’s counter. And it’s not a regular can of cashews..it’s jumbo! I cannot imagine why anyone would need such a giant container of nuts, but we have them. And they’re not going anywhere…ha

See? This can is gigantic! The note says “Will you be happy that you ate these on Thursday? Just saying.”

I ate 3 or 4 one night with Sean that nameless guy then ate a few more after he was sleeping. For the record, a small handful is easily worth 4 WW points. The following day I found myself grabbing a couple each time I walked by them on the counter, and it hit me…I love cashews, but they don’t love me back! And hey, these things add up! I need to stop now.

When I struggle with something I write myself notes to keep myself focused on what I really want. So I grabbed a post-it and a pen and wrote a note to myself reminding me that I will not be happy that I grazed on cashews when I step on the scale next Thursday. And it worked.

I did not touch the cashews yesterday, and today I allowed myself to eat 3 cashews and nothing more. Obviously, it’s okay to eat more than 3 little nuts, but it’s not worth it to me. I prefer to get more ‘bang for my buck’ in the WW points department.

I don’t need cashews, but that’s not really the issue. This weight-loss journey is just the beginning of a lifetime of healthy habits. And my goal is simply to weigh my options and to make healthy choices from day to day. Am I perfect? Of course not. But I’m in a much better place than I was, and it feels good.

My mind is free, and my body is getting stronger day by day. These changes have not occurred overnight, and they’re far from complete. But I won’t give up because I value myself and my life far too much to do that. And I take pride in being a person who doesn’t give up.

Now I think it’s time to workout. Take that cashews!!!!


Today is weigh-in day. And it’s also my 100-pound party with my WW friends, but there’s a cloud looming in my sky. And I don’t think I’ll feel better until I get it off my chest.

I’ve been more honest in the last year of my life than I’ve ever been – with myself and others. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be exactly who I am today. People like me, and I like myself. And I don’t know if I’m happier about the weight I’ve lost so far or the self-acceptance I’ve found. But I’m utterly grateful for both. So it’s time to share the results from yesterday and my plan of attack for today and the rest of the week. Because as much as I’d like to forget it happened, I can’t – I shouldn’t.

Most of you know that I decided I’d weigh-in on Wednesdays and see how I liked it. Let’s just say it’s not happening again. Sure, the leader and receptionist were friendly enough (if you don’t mind a little condescension with your weigh-in.) But it was not my group. It was my not my leader or my receptionist who have shown the utmost respect and belief in me since day one. I’ve said before that I’m so thankful that I found the group that I found because if I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have gone back.

Anyway, I didn’t like being there yesterday morning. And sadly, that’s not the worst part. When I weighed in, the receptionist recorded that I was up 5.4 pounds. Yes, up! Can you imagine? Now…I don’t spend a lot of time making excuses, but I do like to know where I went wrong or how I can resolve it. And I have a couple of theories.

First, I ate a cupcake and 17 pretzel M&M’s on Monday, but I counted the points. That’s not enough to cause a 5 pound gain (or any gain for that matter.) I also ate a few cups of Pad See Yew late Monday night. It is only 4 WW points per serving, but it’s loaded with sodium! I know my body, and I know it takes time to release the added sodium so I try to stay away from it most days, but Monday I relished in it.

My second theory is that I should not weigh-in early morning (unless I do it every week) because I eat dinner so late. Tuesday night I finished dinner around 10:45. Yes, I know that’s late. But I have a late schedule. I don’t usually sleep before 2 am, and some evenings (like last night) you’ll find me working out at midnight! I’ve tried to change my schedule, but the thought of sleeping before 1 or 2 am just depresses me. That being said, maybe it’s better that I weigh-in late afternoon instead. (For the record, I know that it doesn’t matter how I do it as long as I do it consistently. I’m just referring to why I could show such a massive gain from last week to this week.)

And my last theory is just that I’m a girl. There are certain weeks in which I’ve had gains of 5 lbs, 3 lbs, etc. And the following week, I weigh 7 pounds less. So, it happens…if you’re a woman or just a smart guy, you probably know that women retain water during certain times of the month. Enough said.

So these are the reasons floating around my head. I know that I could have eaten better foods so perhaps that’s the real reason. All I can say is that I will eat well this week because nothing that trivial will keep me from continuing on toward my goal.

And because I have the best leader ever, she’s going to arrive a few minutes early to weigh me today. She does not, nor does Weight Watchers condone weighing more than once a week. She’s just going to let me do it because I think I’d rather continue weighing in at our meeting. The nice thing about Weight Watchers is that everyone – the leaders, the receptionists, even our beloved CEO, is that we’re all familiar with the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off.

I’ll let you know what happens on the scale today, and I’ll also fill you in on the party and the late night party with The Amish Outlaws. 🙂 It’s going to be a fantastic day because the cloud has lifted. I am proud of who I am today and confident in whom I can become.

Back In The Groove

Today is my first day back in New York after an outstanding week with my family in Colorado. Everything about my trip was awesome. And though my eating habits certainly could have been better – though I considered each choice as I made it – I exercised several times while I was there. We were also active everyday so I hope the scale reflects the work I did to burn off the calories I ate while I was away.

We don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York so I ate Chick-fil-A sandwiches for lunch almost everyday. (Yeah..not joking.) Their “Original” is worth 10 WW points so I skipped the fries and ate fruit instead. I also ate sushi twice, but I do that at home too. What can I say? I know what I like. 😉 I ate other things that I wouldn’t normally eat like chips and queso at the Mexican restaurant and one cup of Chicken Alfredo (16 WW points per cup. Yikes!) and ice cream.

On the flip side, I ate so much Fiber One Key Lime yogurt that I’m surprised I haven’t turned green. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I ate it once a day. I’ve mentioned it before, but that stuff is incredible! I wish I didn’t have to travel all the way to New Jersey to find it! I also ate grapes daily and ate more than the recommended amount of fiber each day. And I drank so. much. water. I always drink water, but there were some days in which I drank a gallon.

Even eating some unhealthy foods each day, I burned more calories than I took in. I mentioned in my last post that I ate “controlled amounts of garbage,” and it’s true. But I can honestly say that I feel better today eating healthy foods- lighter on my feet, more energized and ready to workout – than I did staying within my WW points eating unhealthy foods. On a side note, weeks like this definitely prove why Weight Watchers works long-term.

Since returning last night I’ve already been to the supermarket. I’ve stocked up on fruits, veggies, lean meats and milk. And while vacation was great, I’m excited to be back in my routine of healthy eating and exercise. I worked out at the gym earlier today, and now I’m heading out to do some cardio.

I’ll face the scale tomorrow, and I hope I see a loss. But whatever happens, I’ll remember that I made choices that weren’t as healthy as usual. And I’ll remind myself that I’ve already jumped back into my regular, healthy mode, full of good food and healthy choices. Next week will reflect that, and today is a new day. I choose to make it a healthy one.

How’s your week going? What kind of choices are you making?

Bacon Makes Everything Taste Better…

I like bacon. No, I love bacon, but I don’t eat it often because it’s totally not good for me, and I prefer to get to most out of my  WW points. 😉  So you can imagine how excited I was when I found Low Sodium, Reduced Fat Center Cut Bacon by Oscar Mayer.  It’s fantastic, and while it’s obviously still not as healthy as a cucumber or spinach, it’s tolerable.  

It satisfies my craving, and 2 slices is worth 2 points which is a little better than 2 slices of regular bacon which is 3 points.  I also love that it has half the sodium of regular bacon which means I can wear sundresses and adorable shoes because my ankles won’t be swollen. 😉 
One of my favorite meals is bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches.  I use reduced fat swiss, egg whites and high fiber bread so they’re filling and really tasty. 🙂 It is a fantastic feeling to know that I can enjoy some of the foods I’ve always liked while losing weight.  

More Than Just A Weight Loss

I lost 2.2 pounds this week bringing me to a total loss of over 36 pounds.  I am pleased with the progress I’ve made in the last 16 weeks, and I’m looking forward to seeing my progress over the next 16 weeks.  

When you have as much to lose as I do, 36 pounds doesn’t always seem like much.  But I’d like to share a few things that are noticeably different now:
  1. I look in the mirror now without feeling bad because I know it’s only getting better.
  2. I have lost 17 inches, and I will measure again next week. 
  3. My jeans used to hug my body tightly, and now I can pull them off or on without unbuttoning them.  (TMI? If so, sorry. hehe)
  4. People have commented that I have “more pep in my step” which I’ve noticed myself.  I walked a mile up a steep hill from the train station a few weeks ago which I would not have even attempted a few months ago.
  5. I can ride my recumbent bike for over an hour without feeling exhausted though when I started it took all I had to ride for 30 minutes. 
  6. I can buckle the seatbelt in the Jaguar now! (This is a big deal because I had to place the belt behind my back to buckle it last year!)
  7. I don’t get winded as quickly walking up the stairs to my place — even when I’m carrying my gym bag or groceries. 
  8. Walking my dog is a much more pleasurable experience.  We walk farther and longer. 
  9. I don’t mind sweating. For the first time in my life I am enjoying the fun Summer has to offer.  It has been very mild in NY so far, but even on days that it’s hot I’m happy to be sweating.  Big deal…I’ll just take another shower.
  10. When I got home tonight I tried on my winter coats.  I have a few adorable, double-breasted wool coats neither of which would fully close in January.  The bottom button on each coat left a gap (of a few inches or more) whereas now they fit just as they should…no gaps and perfectly wearable.  
  11. I enjoy cooking more.  I’ve learned to make very tasty and very healthy meals. So now, when I have company, I don’t have to serve fried chicken (though it’s very good.)  I have a full range of options from which I can choose. Eating has become a lot more interesting and rewarding.
  12. I have become a human calculator…okay, that’s a stretch, but nothing enters my mouth before I’ve considered its point value, amount of calories, fat, dietary fiber, etc. 
  13. I’m aware of the vitamins I’m taking in…as well as the fact that we should all eat at least 25 grams of fiber per day, keep the sodium to less than 2400 mg per day, etc. 
  14. I feel confidence within myself.  I’ve lost enough to know I can lose what I need to lose, and it feels incredible to believe I can do it
  15. When my boyfriend hugs me he can tell I’ve lost inches because his arms wrap around my further.  I love it when his arms are wrapped around me..aahhhh xoxo
  16. I’ve met some incredible people with whom I have formed friendships that I hope to keep forever. If I want to call a friend to go to a movie, I can.  If I want to go out on a Thursday night, I can.  In fact, it’s a regular thing now. 🙂 
See?  These are just some of the reasons that losing weight has helped me gain so much!  I am so thankful for the support I have from caring and inspiring people.  And I can’t wait to look back, a year from now then two years from now, remembering where I started. 

Shrimp Pomodoro

This is one of my favorite recipes because it’s easy to make, and I usually have all of the ingredients handy. Each serving has 440 calories and 5.5 WW points. This recipe is based on a similar recipe I found on one of my favorite sites, Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes. If you’re hungry, and you’re not sure what to cook she’ll have an answer for you.

(Sorry for the lousy pic! I took it with my phone because I was too hungry to look for my SLR.)

Servings: 3 • Time: 20 minutes • Calories: 440 • Points: 5.5 ww points
1 lb shrimp, shelled and deviened
6 oz uncooked whole grain pasta
1 zucchini, cubed
1 can of italian diced tomatoes 
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
cooking spray

Cook pasta according to package instructions.

While pasta cooks, add shrimp to hot skillet. Saute for about 1 minute, until almost cooked through and remove from heat. Set shrimp aside.

Add olive oil to the pan, lower heat to medium, add garlic and saute until golden, about 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and season with a little more garlic, and cook about 1 minute. Add zucchini, saute another minute. Add chicken broth, and mix well. Return shrimp to the pan and simmer 30 seconds.

When pasta is cooked to al dente, drain and add pasta to sauce. Mix well with the saucer. Add chopped parsley and serve. Top with parmesan cheese.

Yields a little over 1 1/2 cups per serving.

This was so easy to make that I make it regularly now. Sometimes I add scallops, and I usually serve green beans or asparagus on the side. Either way, the aroma will make you seem like a pro in the kitchen!