okqueenbee: OMG do we have the same brain?! You hit the nail on the head with the cycle I go through that ends up sabatoging my weight loss! Why try so hard if I am not seeing any change?! is what would sabatoge me in the past. However, that’s NOT true. I would definitely notice a difference in my clothes, but not necessarily on the scale. So when I gave up, my clothes would get tight again. So clearly there was a difference, just not the one I wanted to see (on the scale). So I’m trying to be less scale dependent. I weighed myself today and I’m back down 4 pounds overall (which is what I origially lost the first week!!). But considering I am almost at the end of my 3rd week, that’s about a pound a week overall which is healthy and not bad. So now I’m feeling better again 🙂
PLUS even though it’s only 4 lbs, I went shopping last night and fit in smaller sizes! And things looked so great on me! That was a great moment of validation and this is worth it! I usually wear a M/L, but most the things I bought yesterday were Small with a few Mediums. I was thrilled! And I even looked skinnier in the mirrors which are the enemy 😉
So I’m feeling pretty motivated again. It’s also been easier saying no to ‘bad’ foods and finding things I like even at restaurants with lots of ‘bad’ choices. Last night for dinner I wanted a half caeser salad and they were out of dressing. So I got half a sandwich but instead of fries (OK I had a couple fries :-)), I had a side of fruit. It was so easy/natural to do that and I didn’t feel deprived. I also got to have my Ben & Jerry’s fro yo (but instead of half of it, I only took the 1/2 cup serving size) yesterday guilt-free! I feel like I’ve got momentum and motivation. And I feel like the longer I go, the easier it will be. They say it takes about 30 days for habits to form, and I’m almost there!
How are things going with you??
Future_MrsE: Welcome! Yay, another member 🙂
The meals so far I just calculate the Points Plus using this calculator: http://www.calculatorcat.com/free_calculators/weight_watchers_calculator.phtml
A go to meal for me is boneless, skinless chicken thighs (varies on points, but since they’re smaller than breasts usually 3-5points), fresh green beans (0 points), and I make steak fries from fresh potatoes (2-4 points depending on the size of the potatoe). I love the steak frie recipe because it’s essentially a baked potato but you are getting the satisfaction of a “fry”. I make then by slicing a potatoe into wedges and tossing in a bowl with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake them in the oven at 450 for 35 minutes (flipping once in the middle) and voila. Love them!!
For snacks, I usually reach for fruit because it’s 0 points especially during the day. After work, I like to have a snack of substance and find myself reaching for Skinny Pop (1 point per cup so sometimes I’ll have 2 or 4 cups depending on how many points I have that day). Sometimes I’ll add peanut butter or nutella to fruit (or pretzels if I have lots of points left). Yesterday I had half a cup of Ben & Jerry Fro Yo Half Baked and it was 5 points.
My typical day has been looking like this:
Yoplait Greek Yogurt – Vanilla 2 points<br />Bare Naked Honey Granola 4 points
Total 6 points
Clementine 0 points
half of a turkey sandwich using one piece of bread, thin slice of cheese, and fresh deli turkey 5 points<br />apple 0 points<br />half a serving of baked low fat ruffles 2 points<br />Total 7 points<br /><br />
Banana (0 points)
Then I do a dinner around 10 points with 3-ish points leftover for a snack. If I’m still hungry, I’ll snack on fruit before or after dinner.
I have gone over my points by a point or two, but try not to use my splurge points at all so those techincally would be out of those extra points.