Weighing in on Weighing: Week 1

Week 1

Today is weigh in day. It’s been a week and wanted to see the average 2.5lbs drop off. I’ve been working really hard on making sure I walk each day and count my points. This has been difficult since I have to basically cook two different meals. One for my family and one for myself. Mashing taters and adding all the butter and milk last night-I almost drooled right in the pot! I didn’t taste-test, I didn’t steal a bite although I was naughty. My daughter was grabbing a handful of those amazing Classic Lay’s potato chips and I scanned the bag. 5 points for 15 chips! I ate 3 and counted a point. I couldn’t help it. But this morning, weighing myself I learned that I dropped 7lbs.

The Week (from Thursday to Thursday)

The changes I’ve made; I have NOT been happy with! Turkey bacon is a mockery of the real deal http://www.hark.com/clips/tsvyrktkwq-how-do-you-like-your-goannabut I had to do it. The crispy fried pork strips from the heavens had to be omitted from my diet. Sure, I could have had a piece but the point value of one strip could be the value of an entire meal! I also learned that I was drinking a lot of unnecessary points with creamers, sodas, and coffee drinks. No, I haven’t given up coffee (that would be dangerous for all involved). I just made changes to what all I added. I tried a SmartOnes dinner. In the words of Crocodile Dundee, ‘Well, you can live on it, but it tastes like shit.’ I have one more in the freezer for emergency purposes but I’ve been preparing and cooking a lot of my own foods. I have found it easier to prep the night before and sometimes it could take up to an hour trying to figure out measurement and points. When I get really frustrated I’ll just throw a salad together and call it a day.

The Sceptic and Critic

My art room partner said, ‘The first 10lbs drop off really fast but after that it’s hard.’ WTF does she mean ‘it’s hard?’ THE WHOLE THING IS HARD! It’s easy to grab a bag of snacks and go or sit down at a restaurant and eat WHATEVER you like. I have to be conscious of what I eat to how it’s prepared! Add me having to cook dinner for my family on top of that! I want to slap her with my banana peel! Then one innocent bystander stepped in with, ‘Try the grapefruit diet. It worked for me.’ No offense EWW. I have a difficult time even smelling that fruit let alone ingesting it. Plus, I don’t care about what worked for you, this is something I’m doing for me and I’ll choose my type of punishment. Then I hear, ‘Are you sure you can eat that?’ as I dip my pretend chip (cauliflower) in my greek yogurt and ranch seasoning dip. You damn right I can! It’s the first taste of creaminess since I started this diet and I’m pleased to say that it reminds me of sour cream without the points! So, YES I’m going to eat it. Then I discovered food rage! This is where I didn’t prepare ahead of time and needed to marinate mushrooms for an hour, it was late in the evening, and I was HUNGRY. Everyone suffered my starving wrath and damn it I wanted pizza. In the end, it was OK.  For portion sizing just reference the regular handheld pizza cutter next to the pizza. Yeah. NOTE TO SELF: It doesn’t reheat well the next day.

In the end, I just need to believe that I can do it. I’m doing my walks but I realize I will need to add more but that’s when I’m ready. That’s a social anxiety I need to prepare for and is why I walk EARLY in the mornings.  I’ve also decided, my ‘Weighing in On Weighing In’ will be on Thursdays but times will be different from today since I had to take off work to watch my son. Schools out but not for the older ones yet and he’ll be bearhugging by last nerve most of the day. Also, when on a diet, ALL YOU DO IS THINK ABOUT FOOD. Well not all the time for me, I have some doodling, painting, writing, and emails to complete.



It’s All in the Details

This morning I was up and going for my walk before 5am. I was actually excited about that. But I was even more excited that I have points from yesterday (WW Freestyle does that) but was soon more angry than anything that it only rolls over 4, not 11! Coming from a chick that loves to cook southern food and eat it, I felt so cheated! But I will take my 4 thank you and make the best out of them.

The app allows me to scan foods and see what points they add up too. This includes meals, single ingredients, and even alcohol. My morning began with a morning walk and coffee afterward. I scoured their recipe app and found pancakes that I wanted to make. I didn’t have all the ingredients that were on the list but found substitutions that even lowered the meal points. In doing so I indulge in 1 point each of sugar-free syrup and no salt butter with olive oil. I add blueberries and let me tell you-YUM!!! It took me almost 30 minutes to figure out ingredients, substitutions, and calculating measurements but in the end, I had a great indulging breakfast and leftovers for me to just heat up in the morning.

After breakfast, I started researching on my idea, got bored, and completed my art challenges. I was relaxed and in the zone and the time just got away from me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary but know that there isn’t a bartender in my neck of the woods that would make one the way I needed (specific to my diet) let alone have the ingredients. With my husband in tow (it’s a holiday weekend and the liquor store was going to be busy), armed with my app, I was able to find a vodka that was only 2 points a serving. The mix was the difficult part. What I usually put in these drinks I couldn’t have but learned that Zing Zang mix was 1 point but that was only for 3 Fl Oz so I I doubled that using a total of 2 points. I added regular tomato juice to it (not a full serving) which was another point. In the end, my drink ended up being 5 freaking delicious points that I do not regret! I made myself some egg salad ( and again I didn’t have all the right ingredients and used substitutions) and after some searching and calcualtions, I had a filling 2 point lunch. Still not the same as what I usually make but I’ll take it.

After lunch, I thought I would try my hand at painting outside. It was up to 100° and the water was just drying the minute it hit the page. I did the next best thing and found a reference photo and went to town. I’m tickled at how well this turned out. I realized that today consisted mostly of me paying attention to the little things. All in all, a good day but what I would kill for a loaded baked tater with all the fixin’s! If you would like the recipe that includes the substitutions for what I did just let me know. Have a great night everyone!

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