Week 16: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m up 0.4 lbs this week.

No big deal. Although I was kind of hoping to hit my official WW 20-pound loss since it was also my 16th meeting (yes, I did get a key chain).

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Now that the holiday season is upon is, it’s easy to get completely off track. I’ve always treated this time of year as a wash regardless of what diet I was on at the time. But my WW leader made a good point this week (she is full of good points) — how many days during the holidays are actually that difficult to navigate? It’s really just Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and maybe a holiday party or two. There’s no reason to let yourself binge for two months straight when there are only a handful of days you’ll be surrounded by food. And if you have countless social engagements coming up? It’s OK to not say “yes” to every invitation. It’s also OK to eat before a party and skip the food.

Speaking of which, my office has been full of food lately. We do a huge fundraiser for a local food bank and part of that involves us doing fundraisers in the office, most of which include bake sales, catered lunches, and snack carts coming around in the afternoon. I’ve done a pretty good job getting through it so far. And I’m helping out with a healthy fundraiser this week — a juice and smoothie bar. Normally I would be baking up a storm and bringing in unhealthy treats for something like this, so I’m glad I have a healthy way to contribute. Needless to say it’s been a little hard to keep saying no to all of this food when “it’s for charity”! I have no problem being Scrooge for the sake of my waistline.

In other news…

My Jawbone UP activity tracker has been amazing for motivation. I took 65,500 steps in a week which is around 26 miles. I’ll be writing a post about it soon.

I also replaced coffee with green juice for a week. Yes, I can’t believe I was able to function.

Do you usually gain weight this time of year? What is your strategy for staying on track during the holidays?

Week 15: Weight Watchers Weigh In

2 lbs down this week. What?!

I always lose the most when I least expect it. Last week I attended two gluttonous food events and had several meals out. I ate pumpkin pie ice cream, mac and cheese, alligator fritters (delicious, I promise), and more.

Now I think I know what all those weight loss commercials mean when they say “results may vary.” Don’t try this at home, kids. Although maybe I AM on to something here…

I’ve been around the Weight Watchers block before. While I never stuck to WW this long previously, I did do my fair share of research (anyone who diets frequently is probably an encyclopedia on health – we just struggle with the practical application of our knowledge!). The concept of a “cheat day” to help with weight loss is pretty widely known. So it’s really not THAT surprising that the weeks that I’m losing the most are the ones that I have one significantly higher WW point day. (And well, as was the case this week, sometimes it’s more than one day.) My point is, I’m not eating the exact same amount every day. And according to some that has a positive metabolic effect since you keep your body guessing.  That may be a crock, but if anything I think allowing for one day with more indulgence is keeping me on track all the other days of the week.

In other news, I’ve acquired two health-related gadgets: a juicer and a Jawbone UP activity monitor. So far I love both! More to come once I use them for a while.

Next week is my 16th weigh in, which is considered a milestone in the Weight Watchers world. I think I get a key chain. Yippee. It should say “I lost 20 pounds and all I got was this stupid key chain.” (I may be in a positive mindset these days but the snark will never die.)

Loaded Bell Pepper Nachos

Mexican food is my favorite. Mostly because it’s usually smothered in cheese. Unfortunately most things smothered in cheese are a zillion Weight Watchers points. But not these nachos…

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I recently saw someone on Instagram post nachos made with bell peppers instead of tortillas. That same day I was at the store grabbing ingredients to make my own. I’d seen baby bell peppers before but could never think of a way to use them. Until now.  [Read more…]

Week 14: Weight Watchers Weigh In

After a week off, I was only down 0.2 lbs this week.

I survived Halloween. I purposely bought candy I don’t like (plus, it was on sale). But one of my friends brought over some candy — peanut butter Snickers! — so I did enjoy a few of those on Halloween. Other than that, no candy meltdowns to report. All of my candy was gone by the end of the night thanks to a steady stream of trick or treaters. If I didn’t get rid of all of it, I was going to send it home with friends.

I did some shopping the weekend before and got a lot of new clothes. I don’t think I’ve had this much fun shopping in a long time — everything fit! I was snapping a photo of one of my new outfits and finally I could really see a difference in my size (even though I FEEL a difference, since I see myself every day it’s not as easy to see). So I put the photo next to that hideous picture of me from before I committed to Weight Watchers. Here’s a 20-pound before and after shot…

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According to my mom, I never actually looked like the picture on the left and it’s just an extremely unflattering photo. So, this side-by-side comparison may be a little exaggerated. I can tell you the shorts and top I’m wearing on the left which were uncomfortable then now hang on me.

I’m committing to less drinking this week since last week was full of wine. Do you have any goals for the week? Hope you have a great week!

Week 13: Weight Watchers Weigh In

Down 1.8 lbs!

This puts me at 16 lbs lost “officially” since joining WW and 20 lbs (!!!) down total since the beginning of July. I skipped my weigh in last week since I was out of town to enjoy a day of tailgating in Gainesville (despite the many beers I drank while tailgating, I still had a significant loss on the scale). So really, this has been 14 weeks on Weight Watchers, but my 13th weigh in.

Twenty pounds is a milestone I’ve anxiously been waiting to hit. Sure, it’s just a number, but to me it’s a number that signals real progress and confirmation that I’m on the right path. I gained this amount of weight since the beginning of the year and I plan on leaving it in 2014 and never seeing it again. It’s funny because the weight I’m at now used to be the weight that would freak me out if I saw it on the scale. Now I’m happy to see this number! I still have about another 20 pounds to lose to hit my goal weight, so this also marks the halfway point to my goal. I don’t expect to get there any time soon, but I know if I keep doing what I’m doing I’ll get there eventually.

The downside to losing weight is I also lose points! As you lose weight your daily WW points total decreases, too, since it corresponds to how much you weigh. It definitely seems harder to stay within my points for the day, thankfully I have 49 extra for the week to use however I wish (wine!!).

I’m still not back into a solid exercise routine. Now that the weather’s getting nice, I plan on walking a lot more. Since I’ve been gifted a dog (don’t ask), I’ve been taking her on walks most days after work and on the weekends. I also went on a long walk along Bayshore, a beautiful pedestrian trail in Tampa that runs along the water.  Definitely not a bad view!

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I’ll be missing yet another weigh in this weekend since I’ll be out of town again. I’ll be with my family — so food will be a central activity. Wish me luck!

P.S. As I write this I’m eating zucchini noodles, aka zoodles. I bought a veggie spiralizer a few weeks ago (the Vegetti, you can find it in Bed, Bath & Beyond). I’ll try to put together a post about how I’ve been using it.

 

Trader Joe’s Weight Watchers Shopping List

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are obsessed with Trader Joe’s and those who don’t get the hype.

I fall into the first camp, obviously. We finally got a Trader Joe’s in Tampa earlier this year. Before that, I would occasionally make an hour drive to the nearest store in Sarasota and before they were in Florida it was a huge deal getting to visit a TJs when I was out of town.

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I think of Trader Joe’s as a hybrid between a normal chain grocery store and a Whole Foods/Fresh Market (but without the crazy prices). Personally, I love going to TJ’s because every visit feels like a scavenger hunt — they’re big on adding new items and always put out seasonal items, so you really never know what you’ll come across. On the downside, sometimes a favorite product disappears, at least seasonally (where have you gone, edamame hummus???). If you don’t go to Trader Joe’s expecting the typical grocery store experience, you will probably end up joining its cult of followers.  [Read more…]