Week 4

Weight lost: .8lbs  Hey! That’s better than last week!

Wow. Can’t believe I’ve been doing this for almost a month. I should have kept track of how many pineapples, bell peppers, and quarts of strawberries I’ve gone through.

Making brownies while working out isn’t necessarily the best choice. Even if those brownies are earmarked for the local police station in honor of National Police Week. Especially if those brownies are the best fudgey gooey brownies I’ve ever had. I mean, I had to taste one a few. Just the broken ones, of course. Couldn’t give those to anyone. Unfortunately (for you) I can’t share this recipe as it was given to me under threat of death if I were share it further. And even though I probably have described these brownies as “to die for” I’m not quite willing to back that statement up. So if you want some… well… you’ll have to come over.

I slipped on the stairs one morning this week and pulled something in my quad muscle. The whole thing didn’t hurt but a localized spot in the center felt like someone was stabbing me with a hot poker. So, needless to say, I skipped my workout that day but I made it up the next day! Pretty proud of myself that I haven’t skipped a day since I started working out except for the one, but I made that up. I haven’t always done wonderfully with my food choices but at least I’m working out!

I literally haven’t counted points at all this week. I have NO idea how that’s going to work out for me. I’ve tried still eating well but with all the leftovers from Mother’s Day it was really hard to count. And I don’t even want to know what the point count is for Fresh Strawberry Pie. Because it’s SOOOOOO good. That was my Mother’s Day present to me.

Back on the plan!

After Brother Bear was born, I lost the (mumble mumble) pounds I had gained in the first 6 weeks. That was probably partly due to stress and the fact that I practically lived in the hospital. After Bitty was born… well… those pounds plus the extra 10 pounds I had gained this time around didn’t fall off quite so quickly. In fact here I am 11 months later and I’m still holding onto a hefty 15 pounds. I think I had been pretending I was eating healthy and doing well and then was somehow shocked when my pants still didn’t fit. I kept saying I was going to do better, eat better, etc and then would make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and snack on the dough all day long then eat 4 cookies for dessert. Yeah. Workin’ hard there, huh?

So now I’m back on Weight Watchers. I lost a bunch of weight on it a few years ago and I have to have something to hold me accountable. I can’t just “eat right”. I need something to follow that still allows me to eat a brownie every now and then but helps me put things in perspective. Such as the mug brownies I was eating for dessert every night. A single serve brownie can’t be all bad, right?? Well, they aren’t ALL bad – they’re pretty tasty! – but considering one of those is approximately 80% of my daily points value… that makes them mostly bad.

If you don’t know how Weight Watchers works, you get a certain amount of points per day to use on whatever you want. The points are calculated by fat, fiber, carbs, and protein. If you want to eat a mug brownie and have a glass of chocolate milk and then eat nothing else but fruits and veggies (most of those are “free”) that’s your prerogative. And by the way, I’m not affiliated with WW or getting anything special for my posts – they don’t even know me. I’m just letting y’all know how it works for me.

So last week was the first week. I can’t say I did super well on the plan; I had quite a few mishaps, but I did end up losing 4.6lbs. Which is the first weight I have lost in 7 or 8 months. Just goes to show how incredibly bad I was eating before. So each week I plan to post how I did and a few tidbits from my week.

Week 1 (4/20-4/26)

Weight lost: 4.6lbs (whoo!)

The first two days are the hardest. I’m pretty sure my body thought it was starving to death.

Unsweetened almond milk tastes like dirt. Seriously, I might as well go dig dirt out of the yard and add to my coffee.

Somehow 30 minutes of “laundry” gets you 2 activity points. I feel like I could only justify that if I was going up and down the stairs for each piece of laundry to put away.

2oz of noodles(serving size) is not a lot of noodles. It’s a serving size but I’m not sure for who. I know portion control is a big problem to overcome but I swear there were only 5 noodles in my bowl. That could also have been starvation talking. So instead of adding more noodles I got a veggie spiralizer (see my amazon review here) and made “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and mixed them into my spaghetti noodles. Texture was a bit odd but I have to say the addition of the zoodles helped me feel like I was getting a full meal. Plus I got extra veggies. Win-win!

All in all I felt pretty good about the week. I lost more weight than I was expecting, especially with the “cheats”. But I did make better choices during my cheats than I normally would have, I think. There were very few instances I wish I had made different choices which is a pretty good improvement over what I had been doing. And gives me a bit of hope that I can continue this without hiding in the closet eating a whle pan of brownies.