Happy happy Saturday! I have not checked in on here with my WW status since April 20th, so today is a good day to do that. Let’s recap, shall we?
This is the best I’ve been at attending meetings in the last couple of months due to our busy schedule. I missed last week and was anxious to get back to it this morning. Seeing a 3.6 pound loss on the scale this morning was a real pick-me-up!
I felt good going into the meeting. I made a conscious effort this week to do what I can to trim back points, when I could. This meant taking my lunch a few times a week, drinking a lot of water, fruits and veggies, and cutting out the ice cream for dessert which I think was getting a little out of hand. I went back to cake-in-a-cup for my nightly sweet cravings and enjoyed it.
I still splurged, though… We had PF Changs on Mother’s Day, which turned into leftovers for lunch on Monday. We also went to the Thresher’s game on Tuesday for Dollar Night, which translates into beer, hot dogs, and popcorn.
For activity, we ran Tuesday morning and walked the boys a couple times. We had plans to run Thursday morning but the weather nixed that, although it was short lived.
So, mostly, I was just more mindful this week of what I was doing. I find myself slipping from time to time when it comes to portion sizes, so I need to focus on that. They can easily creep back up to what would be considered 2 or 3 servings if you’re not careful.
I am still focusing more on power foods and perhaps a version of Simply Filling where I don’t track every single thing I eat. Not only are power foods good for you, but they are more filling, and you don’t have to track them. Anything that does not fall into the power foods category, counts against my weekly points.
This week’s meeting topic was the good health guidelines. These are so important in successful weight loss. Usually if I am feel like I’m struggling or at a plateau, going back to these will help get back on track. The recommended daily healthy guidelines are:
- At least 5 servings of fruits and veggies
- Whole-grain foods
- At least 2 servings of milk products
- 2 teaspoons of healthy oils
- 1 or 2 servings of lean protein
- At least six 8-ounce glasses of liquid
- Multi-vitamin / supplement
- Limit sodium, added sugar, alcohol.
All of these are a good foundation for a healthy lifestyle and they are all pretty doable. Many times by lunch, I’ve met my fruits and veggies requirement. I love olive oil and use it in many ways (salad, marinade. etc…). We eat a lot of chicken in our house, but fish and hard boiled eggs are good for lean protein. I drink A LOT of water every day and I always take my vitamin. Where I might have a tendency to fail is the milk requirements as my favorite almond milk does not count as dairy. I wish I could eat yogurt, but I just can’t stomach it. One other way to get my dairy in is cheese. All of these are very manageable.
I love Weight Watchers. I was thinking how crazy I am to get up so early on a Saturday, especially after a long stressful week. I could have easily skipped the meeting and just lay on the couch and let laziness set in. But, much like running, going to the meetings is all about ME. It’s MY time. It’s a wonderful investment in myself and it is worth getting up so early every single time.
I am still working towards my goal. There is no time frame for getting there – I’ve realized the added pressure of setting a date makes it a little harder. I am focusing on all the small achievements along the way, knowing that one day I will get to my goal.
Tomorrow, I plan to make my healthier mac n’ cheese recipe I first tried when I was doing Simple Start back in December. I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now and it will make great left-overs. We all know how much I love left-overs in my house.
Have a great week!
What is the first thing you do when you feel yourself slipping back into old habits?
When I feel like stopping all the “madness” (that is how I feel then), I just look at my before pictures.
I want to improve so much, but the truth is, I come a long way. That keeps me motivated.
Awesome job. My biggest guideline problem is that I probably eat 5 servings of fruit and only 2 of veggies. I am sure that should be reversed, but I just love fruit.
Thank you, Abby! I think those fruit servings are better than other things like chips, candy, etc… 🙂
Sweet! LOVE the new layout! (You know I’m partial to orange). 😉
Thank you, Steph!!! 🙂
I’d be doing better if I could learn to control my sweets. 🙂