Weekly Weigh-In 3/1/09

I posted earlier this week that I was super frustrated because the new digital scale I have at home was showing me up at around 268–269 on Thursday. I hated seeing those numbers and it almost made me give up on following the food plan for the week and go gorge myself on some Popeye’s spicy fried chicken. But instead, I stepped back and took stock of what I was really doing. Was I really following my meal plan for the week?

Well, no, not exactly. I wasn’t always eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, and then I would just put off eating until lunchtime, since I wasn’t getting up most mornings until after 9 a.m. anyway (usually closer to 10). So, I wasn’t doing what I’ve always preached (and had preached at me): eating breakfast to get my metabolism fired up first thing in the morning.

Was I getting in my five servings of fruits and vegetables? No.

Was I drinking at least 48 ounces of fluids every day? No.

Was I getting my dairy in? No, not once the remainder of the gallon of milk I had in the fridge went past its “good by” date.

Was I eating enough? No.

So, Friday, I ate all three meals that I had on my plan. Saturday, instead of starving myself as I’d thought about doing when I saw that highest number on Thursday, I went ahead and had the 13-Point “souffle” dish at Panera—and I had a latte as well (12-oz, made with whole milk, with a couple of shots of full-sugar flavoring syrup) . . . because I knew I was still well under my 35 extra weekly Points.

And I put the scale in the closet. No need in frustrating myself further.

I woke up feeling pretty good about weigh-in today. Did what I usually do in the mornings. Made up my meal plan and grocery list before heading out to WW at 2 p.m.

mpw-4421I was down 3.6 pounds today!. That’s a total of 37.4 pounds lost on WW and 57.4 pounds lost overall! And better than that, it moves me that much closer to my goal of hitting 250 on the March 29th weigh-in, or an average of 1.85 lbs to lose each week between now and then.

Then, I decided to make the drive down to Publix to do my shopping (about six miles away instead of less than a mile to get to one of two Kroger stores in my neighborhood). While there, I ran into a lovely lady who was studying the different boxes of popcorn. I walked up and grabbed the cheapest box of the 94% fat-free kind, and she struck up a conversation. Turns out, she’s recently joined Weight Watchers (in addition to recently moving to Nashville), and we spent a very encouraging twenty or so minutes chatting about the program and other stuff. (Hi, Bridgett!) It was so nice to be able to encourage someone else from a point of “I know where you are and what you’re about to go through, but the journey is SO worth it” and truly believing in what I was saying. I also have someone I know to whom I can take the three or four bags of clothes that have been sitting in my bedroom so she can go through them, see if there’s anything she likes that will either fit her now or will fit her a few pounds from now. I know that they go to people who need them when I take them to Goodwill, but it’s nice to see someone I’m actually acquainted with get some benefit and pleasure from them.

So that’s how my week went. How are you doing? Anything to report? Any problems you’re having? Successes?

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About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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6 Responses to Weekly Weigh-In 3/1/09

  1. COngratulations!! You are an inspirations. And look so good.

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  2. Ruth says:

    Woo-hoo! Congrats! I had a feeling you were doing better than you thought…sounds like that new scale is out of whack.

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  3. Kaye, you’re looking awesome!! I haven’t checked in here for so long, it’s such a wonderful change. Keep up the great discipline!

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  4. Mary says:

    Way to go, girl! I’ve had a tough week, just struggling to keep motivated. I’ve never eaten all my extra points but I have this week. I’ve put in quite a few miles, so at least I’m moving. We’ll see what happens as I weigh in on Thursday. You have a great attitude, Kaye and your week gives me hope. Thanks so much.

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  5. Mary says:

    OK, I weighed in. I’m down .4 lbs., down is good! I noticed you eat a lot of soup. Is it homemade or something you buy? Thanks for the ideas of what to eat.

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  6. Kaye Dacus says:

    Mary, while I prefer to eat home-made soup, I can’t get through it fast enough—and prefer a wider variety—so making a huge pot of one kind of soup doesn’t really work for me. I get the Campbell’s Healthy Request (lower fat/lower sodium—the most important part for me) condensed soups like vegetable beef, tomato (my favorite), and several of the other ones that don’t have pasta/rice added to them—but that’s because my plan calls for avoiding white-flour carbs where possible. (Though recently, I’ve been on a Chicken Noodle kick, so I just count the Points for it.) It also calls for avoiding the cream-based soups. Though I have been known on occasion to dip into my extra 35 Points in the week and “make” Cheesy Chicken-Broccoli soup: a can of the 98% fat free cream of chicken, a can of chicken meat (on the tuna aisle at the grocery store), chicken broth (to dilute the soup instead of milk), broccoli pieces (steamed, from frozen), and fat-free cheddar cheese. This makes at least three servings of soup, and is great on a really cold day!

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