Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 10

Here it is, the first week of August and already I have to do a weigh in. I should be used to this by now but I hate seeing a possible failure on the scale. I know it’s just a number but it’s amazing how much anxiety a number can cause. The number on the scale surprised me with 184lbs! Last week I was at 187lbs. I’m hoping it’s the new ssprengel method I said I would (and am) trying. I really don’t feel deprived and even though I’m eating more ‘tasty’ food I’m still within a point range. I do realize how choices affect the daily food intake whereas before I just had whatever I wanted and didn’t care. Sure, I’ll take a venti salted caramel mocha with an extra shot of espresso but later I would also eat a couple of cookies with my lunch of leftovers. Now, I think before I eat and exchange items for others. I’ll take a skinny hazelnut latte so later I can have some pretzels with a salad. I enjoyed smoke chicken at the festival last weekend and INSTANTLY regretted it as it was high in points. Then I remembered the method I’m trying and even enjoyed a couple of chips and sour cream. It’s a balance that I’m going to continue to try.

It still feels like a long way to go but I remind myself it’s a journey. It’s going to take dedication and hard work. Then I tell myself that I’m worth it. Here is a quick and easy go-to recipe that I use for during the week when I don’t feel like doing anything:

Chickpea Egg Salad
2 Tbsps chives, fresh, chopped
1/2 Tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsps Chobani Plain Greek non-fat yogurt
1/2 Canned Chickpeas
1 Tbsp light mayo
Mash and mix everything together and serve.
* It’s an extra point for me to make a sandwich (foldover or toasted. 1 slice) but I like being a little naughty and count out my 53 Rold Gold thin pretzel rods. This is super filling for me and it’s because of the chickpeas!
Give this a try and let me know what you think.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 9

I can’t believe it’s been 9 weeks already. Some mornings it feels like it’s been 9 years to tell you the truth. I’m happy to say that I’m not on a plateau and lost again. I was 1 freaking ounce away from losing two pounds in a week but it gives me hope for next week. I’m down 15lbs total and gave the ssprengel method another week. I have to admit that I’m hooked because it seems to have helped me over my 3-week hump of not losing weight. I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on too much of the foods I like. My husband is taking me to a festival this Saturday and I’m hoping I don’t waste ALL my weekly points trying new foods.

To help me stay on track I’ve been enjoying sweet potato toast with toasted walnuts, warm sugar-free syrup, and banana. I’ve found that a sugar-free dark chocolate pudding snack cup with fresh chopped strawberries makes a sin feel a little less evil, and if I add 1-2 extra laps to my walk I can afford a day off from walking. Hope everyone has a great Thursday and here is a low point Margarita as promised:

Just mix and pour over ice or blend. This is a versatile recipe so diet cherry 7 Up would be great with a Crystal light flavoring. OR you can purchase ‘Skinny Girl’ margarita mix for an extra point. Don’t forget to salt your rims everyone. Enjoy.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 8

Last night began a frustrating time that encroached on my ‘me time’ and has extended itself until tomorrow. Some ‘once upon a time’ friends stopped by the house needing a place to crash. Normally, a good 7-day notice is required so I can work around the issue but last minute appearances are not appreciated. I now know my time is precious and want to spend it with the people I love and on things that I like to do. With that being said here is my weigh in experience (I try to keep the anxiety down but this morning frustrations all around).

Last week: 188lbs, This week: 188 lbs. I am trying the ssprengel plan (yes I’m a bit bloated right now for other reasons and I’m HOPING that’s the issue) and I felt SO guilty. So much so, I didn’t even eat all my weekly points for fear that I was going to go over somehow. I LOVED doing this. I got a ‘cheat’ day if you will but with discipline and moderation. The Whopper Jr I had was AMAZINGLY good. I enjoyed my usual foods but all in moderation. I also have to remind myself that the plan could take 6-8 days to show any loss and I’m praying to be a late bloomer. I will continue this for a month (3 more weigh-ins) to see if there is any more weight loss.

Great finds: Outshine bars (watermelon) are only 3 points and the Fudgsicles (no sugar added fudge pops) 2 for 3 points.

I will weigh myself tomorrow as it will be day 8 so this might be a part 1 and part 2.


Weighing In on Weighing In: WK 7

Yup, it’s Thursday meaning it’s that time of the week to weigh in. I’m super behind on EVERYTHING this morning including getting ready for work. The mushroom cheddar omelet was SO worth it! Before I go any further I would like to bring to light the subject of diet shaming. Diet shaming also goes hand in hand with fat shaming (this includes skinny individuals as well). Trust me, I already feel guilt and shame from gaining weight. I don’t need someone else to make me feel just as bad for the method of dieting I’m choosing. I know a lot of other people feel the same. Examples of diet shaming can be:

  • Should you be eating that?
  • Why don’t you eat something?
  • That diet doesn’t work…try blah blah blah diet
  • I thought you were on a diet?

The list goes on and it’s just as cruel as fat shaming. Believe me, I almost gave up on myself last week until I made a post on my personal FB page and found that there were a lot of ‘friends’ that welcomed the lengthy rant.

Instead of, ‘That diet doesn’t work, try this one,’ how about saying, ‘Keep up the great work,’ and offer support. Instead of belittling the dieter of their choice of weight loss, encourage them. My choice in the diet comes from a gastric bypass over a decade ago, medications that have a side effect of weight gain that is prescribed for my C-PTSD and attempted suicide, and my bad eating habits. I wasn’t active as I have a sit-down job and with growing kids in the house and homecooked southern meals, I needed a diet that works with me. Please be kind and supportive to individuals on their weight loss journey. Their choice of diet is personal to them just as the reason they gained weight. It’s personal.

Now with that being said and off my chest. Drum roll, please…….

For those that are just now tuning in, I’m down 2lbs! SUPER excited. It took 3 damn weeks but I lost some weight. What did I do differently? I introduced some more healthy fat into my diet. HELLO, yumminess! I maintained for 3 weeks but after some crying, feeling ashamed, questioning my diet choice (only encourage by diet shaming), almost coming to terms with accepting my weight, I stuck to my guns. I ate a little more of my weekly points, stopped (ok not completely but close) eating after 7pm and even allowed myself to enjoy a skinny margarita. Focused more on quality, not quantity allowing my meals to be a little higher in points. I earned all my fitness points and my body was allowed a day’s worth of rest.

What I’m going to do differently or not:

  • Try the ssprengel23plan or the Wendie plan
  • Have a Whopper Jr with cheese

Today, Thursday is/was my weigh in day, so it’s day 1 blue dot. Friday, day 2 blue dot. Saturday, day 3 red dot (Date night, comedy club and a burger that I haven’t had in a month!). Sunday and Monday, days 4 & 5 red dots. Tuesday and Wednesday, days 6 &7 blue dots.

I talked to a coach and some other people and said to try this because my body is used to the food and is bored. So, we’ll see. I’m also going to experiment with a margarita recipe that I know will make some people happy. Here’s to another week of trial and error. BUT, I’m more than the number that’s on the scale and I didn’t gain weight overnight so I’m not going to lose it overnight. Happy Thursday loveys…keep doing what you’re doing.

Weighing In On Weighing In: Week 6-More than a Number!

So…I officially hate the scale! Not because of the numbers it was showing. I have come to terms that those only represent data and not be as a person. I hope a lot of other people realize that too. It’s data for us to follow not to label us. I learned that through the connect group. No, I hate my scale because it can’t give the same number.

Experiment: Scale, Flooring, Tantrum

For the past couple of weeks, I have been questioning my weigh-ins, especially when it dropped 4lbs. Super excited and charged that I was making progress I still felt paranoid and uneasy. I got home and weighed myself on the carpet (the same as that morning) and it still gave me 186lbs. THEN I made the mistake or actually finding the truth (still wished I hadn’t) and it weighed me at 190lbs! WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FU&%! I checked the scale on the living room carpet, then the tile in the kitchen, then an area rug, then the back porch. The numbers that stayed consistent were the ones on the tile and wood floor at 190lbs! This is where I threw the equivalent of a toddler tantrum that just learned a new paragraph of profanity.

I calmed down and said well, I didn’t gain but didn’t lose and that’s ok because when I weighed myself before that I was on the tile. Accuracy! This morning, however, I was a little upset that I didn’t lose but didn’t gain, AGAIN! I just breathed for a few minutes and tried to figure out what is going on.

Confessions from a Fat Girl: I will be the first to admit that my eyes are bigger than my stomach so I’m more inclined to hoard points for the 53 pretzels and guacamole then to use them on a meal. I LOVE snacking! Popcorn is my kryptonite and found a brand that’s 3 points for 3 cups. Or the veggie straws that’s a satisfying 30 crunchy pieces for 3 points. Do you see where I’m going with this? I’m more focused on quantity than quality. Maybe I’m maintaining because of my snacking?  I should focus more on the quality of food and not so much on having enough point left over so I can snack. I don’t have to snack but it’s my mindset that it’s necessary. For the next week, I’m going to focus on the quality of points used and make my meals yummier. I do need to remember that I upped my duration time during my walks and could also possibly be gaining for muscle. We’ll see how next week goes.

A recipe I used a lot last week that was amazingly good:

Mock Cheesecake:

  • 1 Sugar-free vanilla pudding snack
  • 1/4 Non-fat plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Graham crackers crushed
  • Blueberries
    Mix yogurt and pudding together, add blueberries and top with crushed Grahams. YUM! And it was all for 3 points! The yogurt added the extra protein while the berries and crackers added texture and sweetness.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 4

Today is weigh in day. I made some changes and this morning a question. Now, I did a sneak peek at my progress (I have GOT to stop doing that) and seen that I was down to 189lbs. This morning I weighed before walking and it read 194lbs. Umm…wtf?! I noticed my fingers were swollen and thought maybe it was because I just woke up. I walked, got weirded out by a cop, came home, had some water and weighed in. 190lbs is what the scale gave me. Did I gain a pound? I’m not too sure because I took the scale in the bathroom and it told me 196lbs. Even bigger WTF thoughts. I will be getting a new scale as I’m beginning to think that the scale is in cahoots with my diet that tried to use my chopping skills against me earlier. No, but I will be purchasing a different scale.

PLUS side…I lost more weight! I added healthier fats back into my diet like a butter/olive oil spread (hello yummy!), found that I can snack on Rold Gold Pretzels (but now I dip in PB2 powder peanut butter adding the protein back into my snacks and yumminess), and I’m not starving myself by hoarding points. They’re there so why not eat them? I have turned down free pizza, cake, and even BBQ lunch here at the office and I’m not completely bitter just glad that I could pass it up. That means I’m learning self-control. I’ve also learned to enjoy my coffee without all the bells and whistles and drinking more water.

6/21/2018 High 5% Losing 5% of your weight is a big deal! It can improve your mood, give you better sleep, and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Woot!

The WW app asked if I wanted to up my activity point goal to 70 and I had to turn that down. I don’t think I’m ready for that because I have so much going on. Taking care of family/house, daily painting, daily doodle (not giving those up at the moment), the Friday Fenton project (update coming tomorrow), writing class I signed up for, and my blog. I’ll try to do it on my own without it counting first.

Totally happy with my results so far but cautiously aware that there will be bumps in the road. Here’s to hoping for another successful week leading up to weigh in day.

Happy Solstice everyone.



Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 3

This week has been a little stressful but a little more successful. As you know last week my progress was actually not that good. I actually gained a pound. I committed to some changes and was a little bit more happy with the results. I am down to 194lbs. I was a little upset because I took a sneak peek at my weight on Wednesday and see 192lb! Still trying to wrap my head around that one.

Eat the Dailys:  This was a suggestion as my body may think it’s starving. I did just that. I ate my daily points and at least 1 or two of my weekly points. I even learned to eat out and resist temptation. I’m getting better at not drink my points but I have mastered a 5 point Bloody Mary (recipe at the end). I learned to eat at two restaurants and didn’t leave feeling like I was missing out and felt full.

The Problem: I do LOVE a crunchy snack or my sweet tooth dances in my forehead and found point positive solutions but I would like to try something else. Just because I have the points to play with doesn’t mean that it has to be junk. An alternative that I am going to try next week is to add more good fats to my diet and see if that helps curb my snacking.

My Upcoming Goals: I’m going to try and cut back on my snacking (even point positive snacks) and try to add good fats back into my diet. This may also help to curb my appetite. The WW online program updated my fit points to 64. That means more work on my part. I have extended my walks a little longer but I am going to try and add more jogging into them.

I’m more of a whiskey drinker but find that here lately it doesn’t agree with me. I love a good dark beer but can’t afford the points for that. But if I am going to part with points I want a drink with substance (and edible garnishes…Bloody Mary’s need their veggies). Ok, the good part:

My 5 smart point Bloody Mary:


Here’s to hoping more weight loss next week.

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