Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday weigh-in: Back to reality



This week I am very glad that I'm a meeting member and not just doing Weight Watchers online.  In the meeting, the leader talked about overcoming setbacks: "We're all human. No one is 100% perfect all of the time," and I mentioned my relief at turning the page onto a brand-new week. When I got back from my meeting and went to log my dinner, the message above was waiting for me on my iPad screen.

I had my sports medicine check-in today -- the hamstring is almost back to 100%. Everything does seem to indicate a hamstring problem, not a joint one.  The doctor cleared me for a gentle "return-to-run" program, but I'm going to wait until there is no pain at all to try that -- I am traveling next week and I don't want to be hobbling around the airport.  I went for a swim this afternoon instead.  I was wondering if kicking off the wall would hurt -- it didn't until about a half-hour in.  I decided to call it a day because my feet were also starting to cramp up. 

I knew I wouldn't do well this week -- I was way over my points.  This morning on my home scale, it looked even worse.  In the past I have let a gain derail me, but I just made today a good, on-program day. I had a good breakfast, lunch, and snack.  I put chicken in the slow cooker for dinner so that would all be set for tonight. Having a good workout in helped me to feel more positive too.

Tonight's meeting topic was the Good Health Guidelines, so I got official Weight Watchers doctrine on the fruit and vegetable question: At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables for everyone, more for nursing moms and those weighing over 350 pounds, that "Weight Watchers doesn't encourage you to stuff yourself with any food, even healthy ones," but there is no limit, even on fruit.  They hedge it with "let your own weight loss be your guide."  I know that fruit was not the problem for me this week.

There actually was a suggestion to limit meat to 6 oz. per day, which surprised me.  That's the first time I ever heard that at Weight Watchers, though I was told the same thing years ago by a nutritionist.  I rarely go over that myself, but it still surprised me.

I like the whole Good Health Guidelines emphasis -- it answers the problem of people thinking it's okay to use all their points on junk food. You can lose weight that way, but it's not exactly healthy, and isn't that the whole point?



5 comments:

  1. While there is no limit on fruit (that is you don't have to count points if you go above it) starting with the program this year (this changed late in 2013 I believe), the good health guidelines online clearly now say "5 servings a day are recommended" They suggest 9 for nursing mother and those over 350 pounds. So, yes, it isn't a limit, but it is a recommendation to keep it at 5.

    I've never heard the 6 oz. for meat either and I've been going to WW off and on for 25 years. I don't eat red meat, but I do eat poultry and fish. I don't think I usually eat more than 6 ounces in a day.

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    1. I'm just sharing what I heard in the meeting. She was reading it off the topic of the week materials. The online topic of the week also says "at least 5," though it does not suggest a limit on protein.

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  2. There is also a <a href="http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=108831&sc=3002>Weight Watchers</a> FAQ on the topic.

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  3. What do you think was the root of the "way over points" this week?

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    1. I'm still getting used to counting points again and figuring out what fits into the program and keeps me satisfied. Once I got over, I got discouraged -- I need to get better at staying focused anyway. At least I kept tracking.

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