Friday’s Weigh-in & a Really Good Dinner Recipe

Again, I didn’t have time to post on Friday after my official weigh-in.  This week the scale actually went down 2 pounds, which is an amazing thing, and I’m going to be happy about it, even though I didn’t even come close to getting to my goal of getting back to one-derland by March.  That’s really sad because I remember when I made that goal at the beginning of February, I actually thought it was a silly goal because it was so easy.  *sigh*

ANYWAY!  On to even better news!  A good WW recipe-find always makes me happy!

This one is from Emily Bites (my second favorite WW recipe site, after SkinnyTaste), and it’s called Spaghetti & Meatball Cups.  Look how cute they are:

ImageAs you can see, I served them with some steamed broccoli.  The plate of two meatball cups + veggies was 9PP+.  They were pretty filling and my whole family liked them.  Yay!  You should give ’em a try!

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Feeling Like a Broken Record

Weigh in was Friday, and it’s taken me two days to post here because, well, frankly I don’t feel like reporting another crappy weigh-in. But guess what.  This one was even crappier than the last two! 

Yup!  This week my body decided to actually GAIN TWO POUNDS!  So let’s recap:  I rejoined WW 3 weeks ago and am right back to the starting weight I was at when I joined.  I lost two and gained two.

Sigh.

Ah well.  Looking back over the week, here’s what I noticed: 1) my body is gearing up for TTOM and my weight fluctuates like a maniac during that time… and 2) I ate a ton of carbs.  I looked over my points tracker and noticed A LOT of carbs last week.  I think the big downfall came when I bought this giant bag of PopChips for our Presidents Day picnic on Monday. 

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I diligently divided the whole bag into 1-ounce portions so I wouldn’t overdo it, but even eating 1 ounce at a time, and tracking every point of it…. the fact remains that my body seems to hate carbs.  They stick to me like glue.  And really… there’s nothing nutritionally redeeming about these kinds of snacks, so why waste my points on them?  Stupid, stupid, stupid.  I knew it when I bought them!

Oh well… so I’m going to do my best this week to keep the carbs to whole foods, and at breakfast only (except veggies — they go into every meal).  It’s really not that hard to do, it’s just a matter of being diligent about it.  Who knows… maybe I’ll actually have a good weigh in this week!

Be glad you can’t see my eyes rolling right now.

1 PP+ Dessert!

Sometimes a girl’s gotta have dessert…but I don’t like to spend many points on dessert foods at all. So the other night I came up with this really low-point version of a strawberry shortcake.  It’s small, but yummy — and only ONE point+!

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What exactly is it?

1/2 of an Eggo Nutrigrain Whole Wheat, Low Fat Waffle — toasted.
3-4 strawberries, chopped (I also added a little sprinkle of Splenda)
3 TBS of fat free cool whip.

There ya go! 
Like I said…. it’s small, but it gives you that dessert fix when you really need something sweet.  Enjoy! 

Another Disappointing Weigh-in — and WW ActiveLink

Well, as the title says… another disappointing weigh-in today.  Down .5 lbs.  Which means that’s 2 lbs down in 2 weeks.  And yes, yes I know that’s NORMAL and HEALTHY and GOOD… but yeah… wish it would go faster.

So today’s official weigh in: 203.3 lbs (-2.0)

Anyway!  In today’s WW newsletter they had a little promo for ActiveLink.  So I used the 25 minutes of meeting time that is used up by all the old ladies interrupting our leader to talk about how they don’t follow the plan and don’t understand why they don’t lose weight… to look up some reviews on my phone.  And, well, it gets pretty mixed reviews.  Some people LOVE it and rave that it has changed their lives… while others say it’s a piece of trash that doesn’t even count activity correctly.

Do any of y’all use it?  I’d love to hear about your experience with it.  Was it motivating?  Accurate?  Worth the money?

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First weigh-in. Well, THAT’S annoying!

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So, yeah, I know WW says I’m not supposed to, but I’ve been looking at the scale every morning since re-joining and following the “Simple Start” plan for a week.  I was feeling really good because after gaining a random pound the first day, the number kept going down, down, down every day after.  By yesterday morning I was down 4 whole pounds!

I made sure I laid off the sodium yesterday.  No super salty foods, no diet soda …. lots and lots of water.  I followed the plan all day (as I have all week) and felt pretty good when I went to bed last night.  I was happy I’d wake up this morning and head into the meeting with a FOUR POUND loss.  WOOP!!!

But wouldn’t you know it.  This is SO typical for my body.  I woke up this morning almost 2 pounds up from yesterday.  Why?  WHO ON EARTH KNOWS!  It’s just what my body does.  All the time.  It’s really frustrating and annoying, and it’s actually the reason I weigh in daily instead of once a week (See more on that in this post I wrote a while back).  So at least when my weight pops up for no apparent reason, I don’t feel like I’ve been a complete failure all week.

So anyway…. I just got back from my official weigh-in and according to the WW scale, I lost a whopping 1.2 pounds this week.  *sigh*

Yes, yes, I know, I know…. I don’t need the lecture about how 1-2 pounds is the recommended weight loss, and that 1 pound of fat is like that big scary lump of yellow stuff they show you in the meetings.  I know.  It’s just really frustrating when I know there is no way on earth I actually, legitimately, gained 2 pounds overnight and it’s like the Weight Loss Gods like to play a little joke on me every weigh-in day just to get a laugh. Well I don’t think it’s funny!

But ok we’ll go with it.  As I promised myself I would do every Friday… here is my official WW weigh-in for 2/7/14: 204.8 lbs.
Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.

Here’s to week 2 of Simply Filling!

Day 5 – Weight Watchers ‘Simple Start’

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Well, as I mentioned the other day… I rejoined Weight Watchers last week.  So far the only change to the plan I’ve noticed is the new “Simple Start,” which is basically just 2 weeks of following the Simply Filling plan before diving into the regular WW Points Plus plan (or choosing to stay with Simply Filling if you wish). 

It’s probably a good idea, as it helps you focus on eating whole foods instead of the processed weight-loss junk WW has a bad reputation of pushing.  But I have to say — I’m a bit skeptical about it.  Only because with Simply Filling you don’t have to track or measure anything except for foods that are not on the list of “Power Foods.”  That worries me a bit because a big part of the reason I’m here is that I’m not good with portion control (obviously).

But so far, so good, I think.  I already eat a very whole-foods-based diet, so it hasn’t been much of a challenge for me… and I’m kinda loving that I get 7 points a day to eat chocolate or peanut butter or whatever other “cheats” I want.  That’s kind of nice.

Oh and I peeked at the scale this morning and it was looking pretty good.  So I’m  just going to keep plugging along and hope Friday morning’s weigh-in makes me a believer!  I’ll keep you posted!

Back to being a full-fledged member

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I really hoped this day would never come, but Friday I took the walk of shame back through the doors of my local Weight Watchers center.  I couldn’t believe when I signed back in to my eTools account, it had been a year, almost exactly, since I quit doing the program as an official member. Wow.  And here I am again!

So let’s recap what’s been going on the past few years:

  • I joined Weight Watchers in October of 2011 with an official starting weight of 237 and an official goal weight of 160.
  • Over the following year, I lost almost 50 pounds and got down to the lowest weight I have ever been as an adult: 188.
  • Over the holidays of 2012 I managed to gain back 10 pounds, bringing me back up to 198. That was the start of a really hard year for me.
  • At the beginning of 2013, due to work and income changes, I ended up quitting Weight Watchers and trying to do it on my own — still following WW guidelines, and keeping to a very dedicated fitness plan throughout the year (You can check out my fitness log here.)
  • I struggled all through 2013 to lose weight – desperately wanting to get back to 188 (not even dreaming about getting to goal weight!)… but if you followed my blog at all, you know…. my weight would not budge.
  • Throughout the year I lost and gained the same 7 or 8 pounds but could never get back down to that elusive 188.  The closest I ever got was 191.
  • The holidays of 2013 struck, and my extreme frustration over my plateau… coupled with a really bad knee injury … sent me into a pretty bad funk diet-wise and although I didn’t completely go crazy, I didn’t do great either.
  • That brings me to January 31 of 2014.   I am ashamed and utterly humiliated to admit that my new starting weight as of Friday was 206.

I want to cry typing that horrible number out, but it is what it is.  I can wallow in shame and pity or I can get over it and move on.  I think I’ll choose the latter.  That’s why I’m here confessing it to everyone publicly, and that’s why I decided I needed to actually go to a meeting and join Weight Watchers again.

It felt like deja vu walking back through the doors on Friday.  I quickly remembered how much I dislike WW meetings.  Don’t get me wrong… I need the WW meetings (apparently), but I really hate them.  I hate the cheesy little stickers they hand out, I hate having to clap for everyone, I hate the scripted weekly messages the leaders give us.  But I need it.

I need the accountability.  I need to get in my car every week and drive somewhere and stand in front of someone and have them tell me if I lost or gained weight.  I need to listen to the messages (as cheesy as they are) and remind myself of the things I need to be doing.  Much like going to church each week, I need to be surrounded by people with my same vision and recommit every week to the things I know I need to do.

So there you go!  I’m back!  I have to say I’m a bit hesitant about the whole “Simple Start” thing they have us on for the first 2 weeks (more on that in future posts), but I’m doing it!  And as usual… I’ll be keeping everyone posted of the progress (or lack thereof) right here on my blog.  Wish me luck!  I really feel like I need it.