Monday, March 26, 2007

time to straighten up and fly right

Back in December, I decided I was starting fresh with Weight Watchers -- I was going to act like a newbie and start following the program to the letter, exactly as it was designed. I had some serious success, too, until I started to slip back into old habits. Guesstimating portions too generously, going over my points, waiting to journal until the end of the day when it was too late to make adjustments. All the usual suspects.

So far, I've gotten away with it. I haven't had any serious gains. But I also saw my progress flatten out, until I went away to New York City and got out of my routine for a while. My routine seems to be a big part of the problem, because my routine is too much snacking and not enough meal planning. And takeout. I tend to be a United Nations of food -- some of my favorites include Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, even Bulgarian. Too bad there isn't such a thing as a food passport, because mine would be full of stamps.

So it's time to get back that beginner's mind and straighten up and fly right again. A course correction is in order. For today, I have a lunch packed, including one of those microwaveable soup containers -- I have never taken soup for lunch and am nervous I won't like it, but the ingredients all look good, and it's only 3 points for the whole thing. It's minestrone, how bad can it be?

I also bought a new crock pot cookbook, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook, which was on sale at Kroger's and has fabulous-looking bean, vegetable, and whole grain recipes. So I can be lazy and still eat well, if I take the time to do a little planning.

It's not a bad time to do a little spring cleaning for the routine. I'm going to be wearing shorts and bathing suits soon. Besides, it's healthier for my body and my wallet to eat at home more. Are any of the rest of you doing any course corrections to get ready for summer?


  1. The last 3 months have been hard - yo yoing between 169 and 173 pounds. I am looking forward to April 1st. It will be my big do-over month.

    I have that cookbook. I love using the crock pot in the summer, because it does not heat up the kitchen like the oven does.

    You have really been doing great.

  2. This past winter I made myself stick to healthy foods and portions Monday through Friday, then let loose on the weekends. It helped me from falling completely off the wagon and get through the winter without gaining weight (I even managed to lose a couple). Now with Spring here I'm trying to reduce my "free" days to once a week.

    As for the workouts, I was doing about 30 minutes a day on average, and now I'm bumping that minimum up to 60. I've got a race coming up in June (I haven't decided if I'll do the 5K or 10K walk yet) and I want to build up more endurance for it.

    I think Spring time is great for getting ourselves re-motivated and clearing out the cobwebs. Good for you for trying to get a fresh start!

  3. I love the idea of a food made me laugh.

    I haven't done anything to get motivated for Spring except gawk at my upper arms.

    But springtime/summertime will mean that the Farmer's Market will be open with more selections (along with the 10,000 bakers that come out of the woodwork, danger! danger!). The crockpot book looks really good -- the cover alone looks yummy.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07