Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Good Health Guidelines update

This week I am committed to getting in all of the GHGs every day, no matter what. I'm learning as I go along. What strikes me is how much planning it takes to get these things in and not get too much other stuff that will raise your points total. The following is not intended as a good example or a cry for help, but as an example of how much juggling it takes and how easy it is for high-points stuff to creep in and raise the day's points total. I was lactose intolerant in the days when milk was a mandatory food for kids at school. This means that I developed a strong aversion to drinking milk that I have never gotten over. I can tolerate some cheese and yogurt, or even small amounts of ice cream, but that's about it. That means that getting my dairy in requires some points expenditure.

Tuesday, weigh-in day, I made this decision at my meeting at noon, which meant I had already had breakfast. At breakfast I had already had a fruit serving, some water and coffee, and a whole grain waffle. That meant I started off with a few checks. I also did what I call my "Last Chance Workout" -- a strength training class (activity) -- and then showered (and carefully dried my hair) and went to the meeting. So that meant I got the activity in. I went to a grocery store to pick up lunch, and grabbed a sushi roll and some salad from the salad bar -- lean protein and veggies. I had some cottage cheese with my salad, but of course, I did not have 2 cups, which is the ridiculous portion required to meet the dairy serving requirement. I figured it was a partial serving. I drank water throughout the day. I had a serving of Kashi pizza (more cheese, veggies, and whole grains) and a salad with fresh mozzerella and homemade olive oil dressing (healthy oils, dairy, veggies). Obviously I got my dairy from the highest-point sources on this day, plus a few extras snuck in that were not GHGs (peanut butter on my waffle, a Dove promise, pumpkin seeds on my salad). I dipped into my weekly points.

Yesterday I had planned to go out for Chinese food for dinner, which meant I was going to dip further into those points. I had an egg and whole wheat toast for breakfast with water and coffee (lean protein, whole grains, liquids). I did a Pilates/Yoga class (activity). I had a version of my lunch wrap (olive oil, veggies, dairy) and some raw veggies and hummus (more veggies) and an apple for lunch (fruit). Someone brought cookies to a meeting and I indulged, which was an unnecessary addition to my points, especially with a high-points dinner coming up. I got an extra portion of steamed broccoli with dinner and added that to my regular entree, and took less rice than usual (veggies are good, plus shrimp is lean protein). There might have been an egg roll and a fortune cookie involved (both high-points non-GHG stuff). It was an early dinner and I still had not gotten my second dairy serving and my second healthy oil. I decided to improvise a snack: I took a 100% whole wheat Arnold Sandwich Thin and drizzled my 1 teaspoon of oil on it, sprinkled it with garlic powder and added a slice of provolone (split between the two halves). I put this under the broiler for a little garlic toast snack (healthy oil, whole grain, dairy). The snack killed the remainder of my weekly points, so for the rest of the week, serious thinking ahead (and no Chinese food) will be required.

Today I decided to get my first GHGs in early by having yogurt with a peach for breakfast (dairy, fruit). I'm thinking about what kind of lunch and dinner will help me get GHGs in without taking too many points. I'm also going for a run today to earn some more activity points to help get me through the rest of the week.

The good news is that I'm feeling energized and healthy so far, maybe because I'm actually remembering to take my vitamins every day in addition to all of these healthy foods. I am not, believe it or not, doing that much worse than my usual beginning-of-the-week. Now you understand my lackluster weight loss. I'm taking this week as a learning experience to see how best to fit these things into my life. Next week the focus will be on bringing the points total down so that I'm not killing my entire weekly points allowance in the first few days.

1 comment:

  1. WAY TO GO! Sounds like you're doing well.

    In order for me to be successful losing with WW (as opposed to maintaining) I have to make a plan.

    I sit down every Wednesday night, create my meal plan (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert) for 19 points. I get 21 per day, but I like to leave a tiny bit of leeway.

    I also keep the GHGs next to me when I'm making the plan so I ensure they're there, all of them, every day of the week.

    It's the only thing that works for me.


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