Monday, December 06, 2010
It's weigh-in eve again
Back around 2000, when I started my first healthy-eating efforts, I was an avowed vegetable hater. I liked: salad, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and celery. I used to pick all the vegetables out of my Chinese food and only eat the meat, sauce, and rice. You can imagine how hard it was for me to eat well with that limited a veggie vocabulary. I started trying new veggies after watching "Cooking Thin," which is unfortunately no longer still on the air. When I started Weight Watchers, I got more into veggies.
Now, I don't rule any veggie out until I've had it cooked a couple of different ways. I even like Brussels sprouts (pictured at right), a veggie famous for being hated by almost everyone. I like them roasted with a tiny bit of olive oil (there's my healthy oil) and a splash of balsamic vinegar, maybe some garlic powder, salt and pepper. Very good. I saw these in the weird on-the-stalk formation at the grocery store and decided I had to buy them because I knew they'd be fresh. I can't really think of a veggie I don't like. I'm not crazy about beets, but I will eat them if they are roasted.
People always think of diets as restrictive. They can be. But since I started dieting, I have actually learned to like a lot more foods than I ever did before. My old "I don't like it" way of eating was much more restrictive than any diet I'd be willing to follow. This new plan, with most veggies and fruit being zero points, really encourages me to shop the produce aisle of the grocery store first. I think it's interesting to see how the different plans encourage different habits. I haven't bought an avocado since they lost their SetPoints value, but I've been buying lots of fruit.
I'm setting the over-under for tomorrow at 3 pounds. I told my husband 2, but I really think 3 would be cool, since it would put me at my first five pound star since my latest "restart."
Any other PointsPlusers out there want to share their weigh-ins? I am really curious to see how everyone does this week.
"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