Thursday, October 08, 2009

Back down a bit

I finally weighed in and was back down 1.2 pounds, down a total of 4.2 since I started. This is still 0.6 above my low three weeks ago, but going in the right direction. If I can manage to lose a pound this week, I can finally get a 5-pound star. The receptionist told me I made my 10%, and I said there was no way. I will actually hit goal before I get to 10%. She just got confused or missed a decimal point or something. I still need almost 4 pounds to get to 5%.

I was reflecting this morning on how hard this is. I get 22 points a day, plus my weekly 35 points, plus any activity points I earn. That means that most days, if I spread my weekly points evenly throughout the week, I would get between 27 and 31 points, with normal (not training for a half marathon) exercise. Last week, the week that contained a half marathon, I was still over 100 points for the week, even factoring in 22 or so points for the race. Sure, I did the typical high-carb prerace meal and didn't watch things as well as I should have, but it really boggles the mind. I'm impressed that I still lost.

To those of you who are able to consistently stay under your points, I applaud you. I made a real effort to eat good food yesterday and still used 35 points. Obviously I need to try some new meal options. Actually, our meeting topic was trying new foods and snacks, so obviously someone at WW Online is reading my food journals.

What did I eat?

2 cup(s) black coffee (0)
2 Tbsp half-and-half cream (1)
1 small banana(s) (1.5)
2 slice(s) multigrain bread (4)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (4.5)
Subtotal: 11

2 Tbsp scallion(s) (0)
1/4 medium avocado (2)
1 serving(s) Fresh mozzerella (2)
1 small tomato(es) (0)
1 whole wheat pita (2)
1 tsp olive oil (1)
1/3 serving(s) Dove Promises (1.5)
16 item(s) tortilla chips (4)
Subtotal: 12.5

1 serving Chicken Pad Thai (8)
1 small apple(s) (1)
Subtotal: 9

carrots and celery (0)
1/2 pita bread (1.5)
2 Tbsp hummus (1)

Subtotal: 2.5

Food POINTS values used: 35
Food POINTS values Balance: -13

40 min Pilates (2)
Activity POINTS values earned: 2

I'm not going to make a habit of posting my daily food, but you can see, it wasn't like I spent the day with my head in the Cheetos bag. I could have skipped the tortilla chips and the chocolate and saved myself 4.5 points, and had a salad or some fruit instead. The Pad Thai was also a bit of a splurge, but we needed something quick, and my recipe is loaded up with veggies: Bell peppers, green onions, and broccoli. I don't want to give up my half-and-half in my coffee, and that's only 1 point anyway. If I drink it black, it upsets my stomach, and regular milk turns coffee gray.

I think it's easier for people who don't mind eating packaged diet foods, artificial sweeteners, and fat-free cheese. I want to eat real food, I just have to work on eating less of it.


  1. I think you're doing fine, you just might need a little tweaking - shaving a point here and there can make a big difference.

    I am on WW, and I don't eat any packaged, "diet" food. In looking at your day, the first thing that springs to mind is that your breakfast points are pretty high. Quality food, for sure - but trimming back to a single piece of toast with PB would save you almost 3 points right there (looking at your day, you had bread in the morning, bread at lunch, bread with your snack, and pasta with dinner...that's one place where your points may be getting away from you). Better yet, something like oatmeal with the banana would be just as filling (maybe more so!), for much fewer points.

    At lunch, if I were having your pita, I would add either the avocado OR the mozzarella - not both. 2 points saved. If I was using the avocado, I don't know that I'd use the olive oil - avocado adds enough fat to be satisfying. That could be another point saved there. For the snack, I would just add more veggies with the hummus, and eliminate the extra pita another 1.5 points.

    Even just those small changes would put you in a range where you aren't over your points for the day, but you're also essentially eating the same foods.

  2. Those are good suggestions. You're right, I do like my bread... I think I also need to step outside my comfort zone and try more new things.

    I apologize to those reading this on RSS -- it took a few tries to get that food journal entry right.

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  4. It may not be easier for people who ingest artificial sweeteners because artificial sweeteners may help them gain weight.


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