Join me for the ups and downs, won't you?
This morning was my weekly weigh-in. I try to only weigh once a week, before the meeting. Weighing on that scale feels a little different, I guess because you are paying for it. I was hoping to have lost 3 pounds or so, but since I hadn't exercised I wasn't sure what the scale would say. Speaking of a scale, that is one powerful tool isn't it? It holds a lot of power over my self-esteem and mood, even though I try not to give it that power. Anyway. The lady recorded my numbers, but didn't tell me the result. I didn't look at my booklet either because I wanted it to be a surprise when the awards are given. Imagine my COMPLETE GLEE when the meeting leader called out my name at the end of the meeting with the words "...five pound award for a total of 7 pounds overall." Somehow, just by watching my points and food choices, I managed to lose 6 pounds this week!! Pause for quick happy dance. I will ride the euphoria for a while, but I know it's mainly my body adjusting to this new change. Each week will be different, and probably a lot less. My goal is to stay positive whatever the scale reads. Ahem.
While I ended up having a successful week, I still don't feel like everything has come together completely. The first week included our trip to Savannah, otherwise known as Eat Til You Drop, and then last week I had the Seal Cough action going on and shallow lung capacity, so no running or other exercise. I am trying to follow my points fairly close and make better food choices/substitutions. Here are some things that are working for me:
~Kashi granola bars and crackers
~Dannon Light and Fit Smoothies and Activia yogurt
~Throwing out a starter of Amish Friendship Bread. I hated to do it, but I knew I would be terribly tempted to eat it all.
~Drinking a lot of water, often with Crystal Light Mix-Ins
~Lean Cuisines for lunch
~Sugar-Free Jello pudding snacks(While not a bowl of Blue Bell, it still helps tame my sweet tooth.)
~More fruit and salads
~Progresso Light Soup is smokin'! It's tasty and low in points. Somewhat redeeming after a splurge or heavier meal.
~Eating out less
~Dark chocolate in severe moderation
~Twizzlers have been fun because they are low in points and take a while to chew.
I still have not tried any WW recipes, but I plan to soon. I also hope to feel up to exercising this week, maybe even go for a run (gasp).
So...I start Week 3 with hopes of continuing weight loss, even if it is small. I need to prepare myself mentally for the fluctuations and plateaus that are sure to come, but I am trying to be committed and optimistic. That's the plan at least.
Have you tried WW? Any favorite recipes or tips? What is your favorite (healthier) treat?How do you feel about the SCALE?