I have some good news from my second meeting this morning: I’m down another 1.8 pounds! I’ve lost 5.8 pounds total since my traumatic experience on the scale two weeks ago.
My Weight Watchers leader made a great point today. This is the 30th week of the year (where has this year gone, by the way?). So, that means there are 22 weeks left. At an average of a pound a week, it’s possible to lose at least 22 pounds by the end of the year. Small, consistent losses can really add up. So, in the spirit of the video I posted yesterday, I’ll continue focusing on the small picture, knowing that the daily and weekly victories add up to something HUGE.
Overall, this hasn’t felt like a diet — it’s just made me more mindful about planning my meals for the day. Between Monday and Friday, this isn’t difficult. I go to work, eat similar things each day, get in a work out — sticking to this rhythm is easy during the week. It’s the weekends that can be my undoing, so I know I need to come up with a strategy for days that won’t be my usual routine. I had a friend in town over the weekend and instead of letting that derail my entire diet, I made sure to plan in a way that would allow me to make smart choices all weekend.
I got up super early to make it to an 8 a.m. Zumba class on Saturday morning (which surprised even me) in order to set the tone for our day. We went to the beach with a bunch of friends and — knowing I’d be imbibing in a couple of cocktails — I packed a cooler with fruit and healthy snacks to keep me full all day and to offset the points from drinking (One drink is 4 points! This certainly makes me aware of every.single.drink.). It took me about 10 minutes to pack all of my snacks and about 3 seconds to make a conscious choice with every sip I took and bite I ate throughout the day. I made a few small changes to my normal behavior and because of that I stayed on track.
In an upcoming post I’ll share examples of what I’ve been eating (I seriously don’t feel the least bit deprived) and some tips for portion control. Stay tuned!