Friday, January 7, 2011

Blowing Through My Points

The only downside to losing 7 pounds this week is that my new Daily Points target is 29. For some reason, I really enjoyed having 30 points to play with =) Yesterday, and today apparently, I have blown through my points at lunch. Yesterday my lunch was 20 points and today it was 14 points, which is kind of messing me up, since I like to spend the majority of my points at dinner. Maybe you guys can offer me some suggestions?

Here's my menu thus far today:

B: 1 packet of oatmeal, banana, 1 tbsp RF peanut butter (6)

S: apple

L: Big salad from the grocery store salad bar--lettuce, cucumber, radishes, black olives, 1 hard boiled egg (2 points), some grilled chicken (roughly 3 points), a good sized spoonful of blue cheese (3 points), a spoonful of red beans (1 point) and a packet of ff dressing (2 points). I also had a heavenly piece of Godiva milk chocolate on the side (2 points). All together, 14 points. Yikes! (By the way, no I didn't weigh and measure my food at the salad bar, but I can't get too fanatic about this. I estimated the portions to the best of my ability, and I think that's good enough.)

Now I've only got 10 points for dinner and I'm going out for drinks tonight, so I'm most likely going to use some of my WPs. And yes, I know that using WPs is not a bad thing, I just hate not saving 12-13 points for dinner. I also have a gym "date" after work with my friend Kerrianne, so I'll be earning some APs. But still, I need to lighten up my pre-dinner food...

Anyway, enough food analysis. On to the good stuff, I lost 7 pounds this week. I'm so glad that the huge gain from last week was mostly water weight. I actually have been feeling more confident this week and I'm glad that my re-dedication to WW gave me a nice SV! And the other factor is that I changed my meeting time. I used to fast every Thursday morning and then weigh in. And I completely stopped that. Instead, I ate normally on Thursday (haha, actually a little bit more than normal yesterday) and weighed myself at the end of the day. So, while I am 4 pounds heavier than my lightest weight from a few weeks ago, I think, in reality, I'm only about 2 pounds heavier. Which is not so bad after two weeks filled with cookies, pizza, and booze.

At my WW meeting last night (and I'm sure at every WW meeting this week) my leader talked about how much progress someone can make in one year if you consistently lose one pound a week. In a year, that's 52 pounds, which is no chump change =) She told our group these words of advice--The year's going to go by anyway, probably faster than you expect. But think of how great it will be if this time next year you'll have lost X amount of weight?

Sometimes it can be daunting to think that if I lose weight at a reasonable pace (read 0.5 to 2 pounds a week), it will take me X weeks to get to goal. In my case, that's a little over 30 weeks. But those 30 weeks are going to go by anyway, and I might as well stick with the program and be smaller at the end of it, rather than starting from where I am now (or bigger, as is often the case).

So, I'm going to take things slow, follow the program, have a good time, and hopefully by this time next year, I'll have reached my goal. Anyway, I'm leaving work early to take care of some car issues--I hope that everyone has a great weekend!


  1. Katie, I'm so impressed with your weight loss this week! I bet you feel SO good.

    One suggestion I have to lower the pts+ of your salad is to use one egg white rather than a whole hard boiled egg, which will save you 2 points. Also, use the oil and vinegar - as much vinegar as you want and use 1 tsp of olive oil and salt and pepper, which will save you another point. That will bring the salad down to 11 pts, and give you 13 leftover for dinner.

  2. Perfect attitude. That attitude (losing slowly is okay) is how I lost 50 pounds in 2010. :-) I agree with Beth's salad recommendations, too.

    You are doing so well, and I'm so happy for you!

  3. You will also save a point if you try feta cheese instead of bleu cheese! I buy the stuff in bulk and have it on my salad every day.

  4. Congrats on the 7 pounds!

    I completely agree about taking it slow! Last week was my first week back and I lost 1 lb. Truthfully I was disappointed because I thought I could do better than that. Then I gave myself a reality check that if I lost a pound a week for 12 weeks I'd be halfway to goal. Slow and steady wins the race!