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)
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)
1 serving Chicken Pad Thai (8)
1 small apple(s) (1)
carrots and celery (0)
1/2 pita bread (1.5)
2 Tbsp hummus (1)
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.