Last week, I mentioned that I was diving back into the Weight Watchers thing, as well as joining up with the folks over at The Shrinking Jeans for their December Challenge. I’m still not sure if this was a smart idea, or an insane one. But, you know what?
It’s going okay so far.
I’m not being nearly as strict as I was last year when I had 20+ pounds of post-pregnancy flab to lose. This time, I only really have about 5-10 pounds I’d like to lose. This time, it’s more about getting rid of the bad habits I’ve developed over the past few months and getting back to eating healthy… or really, just eating LESS. I’ve been a pig lately. OINK.
I have always been very into food. I love food. No, really- I LOVE IT. I have been known to eat burritos bigger than my head (Dan and any of the Burgh Moms can attest to that!) and still have room for a pile of chips and salsa, plus possibly a cookie or two for dessert. Doing that every once in a while is fine- it’s good to treat yourself sometimes. But I tend to start down a slippery slope and CANNOT STOP SHOVELING THE FOOD IN. It’s not really sweets that get me either. It’s the actual lunch or dinner part. That second helping of pasta, when the first one was already enough for 2 people. That third (FOURTH?) slice of pizza. That extra handful of peanuts/chips/whatever.
October was a crappy month for me. I had to deal with some issues involving my business- my First Baby, if you will- and it was kind of rough on me. I don’t think I realized how upset I was by everything that happened until I got further away from it. I hate to dramatize it TOO much (who, ME??! ha!) because everything is totally fine now, lessons learned, and all that stuff. But at the time, I was hurt and disappointed and basically just pissed off at People. And I think I let that drive my eating (Emotional Eating, Party Of One) and hello, Five Extra Pounds I Totally Didn’t Need!
So! Weight Watchers has me limited to 21 points a day. Well, actually, it said 19 points a day, to which I said ARE YOU INSANE? because if you know anything about WW points, you’d know that is like EATING AIR and DRINKING A GLASS OF WATER and hi, you’re done eating for the day! And 21 points is what I did last time, and while I only actually stayed under that limit a few times (thank goodness for those 35 weekly points you can borrow from!) it worked for me and I lost 20lbs in 3 months.
Last Wednesday, I weighed 131 pounds. Monday morning (my WW weigh day) I weighed- GET THIS!- 127 pounds. I nearly fell over when I saw that number. Srsly. I didn’t believe it, so I thought I’d weigh myself Tuesday as well, and today… both yesterday and today the number was 128, which I guess I have to go with as my Official Progress. Which is great, considering last Thursday was Thanksgiving and I didn’t track points (well, that’s not entirely true- I started to, then the Points Tracker began laughing at me when I was already to 25 points and I hadn’t even added the stuffing yet.) and I also made stuffed shells on Saturday night and while they were absolutely DELICIOUS, those suckers are like 3 or 4 points EACH- and I had 5 of them. Whoops.
But it obviously all evened out, and at the very least, I was able to kick my metabolism into gear by cutting out my snacking, and also drinking a BUTTLOAD of water. I usually drink a lot of water anyway, but at night when I’m hungry, instead of having pretzels or chips or cookies, I drink water. And then I wake up 6,728 times to pee at night.
Another big thing I did today: yoga (well technically ‘yogilates’). I hadn’t been to class since July, and wow, I missed it. I forgot how great it feels to stretch and work my muscles and how much energy I have when I’m done. And thankfully, my knee held up great! It was a little tired-feeling at the end, but I took some ibuprofen when I got home (the dr recommended doing that before and/or after any activity for the next few weeks) and it was fine the rest of the day. I’m going to go at least once each week, possibly twice if I can, and work in some BowFlex workouts here and there (as much as I don’t really like it, BowFlex/weight training IS beneficial. It’s just so booooring.)
So Week 1 is considered a success. I’m also feeling like my body might be adjusting a little bit to eating smaller portions at meals, because I still feel pretty full from the 4 leftover stuffed shells I ate for dinner 4 hours ago.
I suppose I could have only eaten three… but I did yoga this morning for 60 minutes, so I get an extra shell, dammit.