Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The week started out fine...: Weigh-in report
I was down 0.2 this week -- not much, but I'll take it. I almost weighed in with my sweater until the receptionist reminded me. If I had kept it on, I would not have seen a loss and I might have gained.
I took my leader's suggestion to heart and used Power Foods as the basis for my meals and snacks for the first few days this week. I had great results -- not only did I keep my points more under control, but I felt more satisfied and just generally better. The weekend, as usual, was where things unraveled. This week's topic of using the weekly points sensibly is really relevant to me: Plan ahead, check points values first, control portions, add power foods to help fill you up. We were all given a rubber band to remind us of the concept of flexible restraint. (I tried to put it on my wrist as an anchor, but it irritated my skin.) The flexible is not a problem for me, it's the restraint part. Others in my meeting seemed worried at the idea of using those "extras," which is harder for me to understand. Why make this program harder than it has to be?
One woman in my group is doing amazingly well. She has probably dropped two sizes since I rejoined, while I still have been bouncing around but mostly staying the same weight. I decided to use one of her suggestions this week -- have a fruit and a vegetable with each meal and snack. I didn't have either with breakfast, but with my lunch I had 4 veggie servings and a fruit (I bought a chicken and hummus wrap, which had veggies in it, and also bought the veggies and dip (minus the dip), almost two cups of veggies), which makes up for breakfast. In the spirit of flexible restraint, I think I will shoot for 5 veggies and 3 fruits a day and allow myself to be flexible about when to have them, though I will have at least one serving of produce with each meal or snack. I just can't see myself having carrots with breakfast, and though a veggie omlette would be okay, I wouldn't want to have to fix eggs every morning.
I was thinking about it today -- I was so excited about that zero-points fruit, and yet I haven't been having more fruit than usual. Why not take advantage of that change and have a little more of it? I hear pineapples are on sale at one of the local grocery stores, and when I got a skin treatment the esthetician said that eating pineapple reduces inflammation and can help with breakouts. Eat more fruit, feel satisfied, and look better? That's an all-around win.
"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