On Weights, Watchers, and Percentages

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Sometimes I feel like I have a heavy weight on my shoulders. Did you know there are places out there that make sandwiches with donuts as the bread? With chocolate mascarpone cheese, bacon, sugar, carbs, and butter? (Tom+Chee, I’m lookin’ at you!). Because, right now, that sounds far more amazing than eating yogurt with apples, or oatmeal with blueberries. ^That is the reason why I can be fat.

I knew stepping on the scale at my Thursday meeting was going to be hard. I wasn’t keeping track of what I was eating, and pretty much ate whatever was pre-made out of a box. It’s incredibly easy to fall back into bad habits.

144.2 without shoes.

I was officially 4.2 over my goal weight, and nearly 10 lb. over my “happy weight” range. My weight can fluctuate 5 lb. each day, so 135 and under is a good spot for me to be (According to my  height with Weight Watchers, my healthy weight range is 117 to 146. Click to see your weight range if you’re interested.) 

A common misconception is that you have to exercise to lose weight. And if it were true, I’m pretty sure there’d be a lot less Weight Watchers members out there. I didn’t really start exercising until I lost 35 lb, which then made it a smidge easier.

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30% exercise, and 70% what you eat. Period.

Since Thursday, I’ve been strict with my points and tracking what I eat. Last night I ate at the infamous Shark Tank’s Tom+Chee, and had a turkey grilled cheese with blueberry compote on thick white bread WITH BUTTER.

And I didn’t go over my points. In fact, I was nearly half a pound lighter this morning. It’s all about budgeting.

It’s still hard for me, though. While I’m not hungry, I feel deprived in that I HAVE to limit myself. I’m jealous of those who know when they’re full and just stop eating. I see their half-eaten donut and alarms go off in my head—after all, to folks like me, it’s blasphemous to not finish a donut. Or a fancy grilled cheese donut with bacon (I managed to avoid eating this…. I deserve an award). 

I’m now 140.1, which is 4.1 lb. down since Thursday. The weight loss will be less rapid after this week (the first week of a plan, your body sort of “dumps” all the bad stuff it’s been holding on to. After that initial cleanse is done, losing 1-2 lb. a week is normal).

Since I’m close to my goal, I’ll have a harder time reaching it with just food alone. Because I’m a list maker, you guys shouldn’t be surprised that I’m motivated by nice, round start dates, too 😉

….so Wednesday, July 1 is as good a day as any to hop back to the gym.

It helps to have someone motivating in life to look up to with regards to your goals. I’ve got someone who runs every.single.day. and enjoys it. I’d love to look forward to the enjoyment in working out once again. Mini goal, maybe?

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On Weights, Watchers, and Percentages

On Sack Lunches, Fruit and Starting Somewhere

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Lately, I’ve been the type of person to grab a packet of flavored oatmeal or a frozen breakfast sandwich and coffee in the morning before work. Microwave. 1 Minute. Done.

But that hasn’t been a good practice because by mid-morning, I’m hungry. And I usually end up spending a ton of money, or eating junk food, while I’m at work.

Yesterday, I was the only person sitting in a Marriott conference room eating. Even the person leading the conference mentioned that it was “a treat” to be able to eat while working. (Really? I think it should be more commonplace to bring fruit or a snack. It’s not as if I’m frying up fish in the back of the room. It’s a PEACH! I’m a fruit fatty apparently.).  Two people had Starbucks cups. One had a Burger King cup. And two people had reusable water bottles. I was one.

Part of my List for the year included Eat better, and Lose 10 lb. And there’s no reason not to get started, even if I was in a seminar. Getting started is typically the HARDEST part for me. After a few days it’s nearly a routine to pick healthy items, prep them, count the Weight Watchers Points and take them with wherever I’m going. But the thought of doing all this work ahead of time? Ughhhhhh. My lazy, carb-loving self does not want to chop an apple, TYVM.

Yesterday, I woke up at 6:30 a.m. so I could get ready and prep food. The above photo is what I packed:

  • 1 water bottle (a mix of strawberry and tap water)
  • Coffee, 2 tbsp creamer
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 peach, cut
  • 3 c. grapes
  • 1 apple, cut
  • 1/2 c. Fage 0% Fat Yogurt
  • 1 Yoplait Yogurt
  • 1 Chocolate chip bar
  • 1 sandwich with 2 slices Sara Lee bread, 1 slice Provolone cheese, 4 slices Premium Deli ham

This was going to get me from breakfast to dinner. Turns out that by the time the conference ended, I didn’t eat the Yoplait yogurt. Which left me with more wiggle room for dinner. While I may have gone over my points for the day (two pieces of pizza and 3/4 of a decadent cookie for dinner), at least I got started.

It’s not easy for me. Probably for similar reasons why sticking to a budget can be difficult—you’re limiting yourself. You’ve one day woken up and said, “I can’t have everything.”

WHAT? I’m the boss of me. I could go to Taco Bell and order everything on the breakfast menu right now if I wanted to! (But, I’m really not. ‘Cause blerghhh)

No one likes to be told they can’t do something, or that they have limitations. Especially me.

Have you seen the NutriGrain bar commercial that says, “One good decision leads to another”? It’s another of my mottos for life these days.

I’ve got my fully charged Fitbit on. Coffee, fruit and oatmeal at my side. A sunny day and a dog that is looking at me pathetically as he sits next to his leash. Let’s see how far these good decisions go today.

On Sack Lunches, Fruit and Starting Somewhere