Monthly Munchies

Today has not been a very good day. I rushed out of the house without eating breakfast, found myself at school getting a headache and experiencing those deadly ‘monthly munchies’, as I like to call them. So, all of the sudden I find myself in front of the vending machine and I’m looking through the various options, which I have done in the past:

Pretzels: These are a filling option, but there are about 3-4 servings in the bag. Since I am starved, I eat the whole thing and before I know it I’ve consumed 9+ PP on a stupid snack.

Gummy Bears: Okay, I am not going to lie. When I saw the “Fat Free” label I thought I was doing great. It wasn’t until after I ate the whole bag did I realize I ate about 16+ PP because, duh, they are filled with sugar.

Beef Jerky: These are okay. Made with turkey and beef, they came to only 1-2 PP for the serving and are filled with protein. The problem is there isn’t nearly enough to satisfy my hunger and they are $1.75 for a tiny handful of plastic beef.

Needless to say, today I didn’t make any of those choices. No, I did worse! I picked out the T.G.I. Friday’s Cheddar and Bacon Potato Skins (7 PP) because I wanted something crunchy and salty to satisfy those monthly munchies that crept on me today. Oh, and because I had something salty, my mouth craved something sweet afterward…so I bought the gummy bears. UGH. I have no willpower sometimes.

I just don’t know how to deal with my munchie problems. I bought caramel rice cakes and white cheddar rice cakes, so those should tide me over while I’m at home…I just have no self-control when I am at school. Looks like I am headed to the gym to work off some of these useless points!!

WW Weigh-In 2/25

I did a lot of new things this week. I tracked every point I put in my mouth — which is made soooo easy with the Weight Watchers scanner, and I exercised Monday through Friday with an exercise regimen I found on Pinterest. I earned my first #7daychip by completing both of these and I felt great each day knowing I was staying on track. At weigh-in yesterday, I lost 0.4 pounds, but I really want to say I ONLY lost that…it’s honestly not that exciting to lose slightly less than half a pound.

I have a few reflections about this last week:

  • I need to have more fruit in the house. I found myself getting hungry between meals, and I only bought one bunch of bananas last week at the store. This translates to me running out of fruit by Wednesday, and as I exercised and stayed on points I found myself getting hungry and I didn’t want to use meal points to have a snack. This week I bought bananas, celery and cuties to have between meals
  • I did daily exercises. They aren’t fancy or require special equipment, but each day has different exercises targeting certain muscle groups of the body. The list for each day helped me stay focused, on track and kept me realistic. So many times I try to overdo it or make up for lost time, and I become burnt out or sore the next day…only to quit
  • I was prepared for a gain. While I have made progress on WW, I still struggle with the thought of a gain. To me, a gain is bad — no matter what. Whether I am bloated because it’s that time of the month (and I have no control over that) or I ate fast food the entire week and made bad choices, I look at a gain as I did something bad — regardless of what caused it. I knew going in that exercising might put me up a little on the scale, and that scared me.

In the past, the minute I see the gain I quit my exercises and never give it the chance to start toning me up or dropping pounds. I had so much support this week from my Twitter friends, who all said to keep going because it will drop. Knowing they have dealt with it before me helped me feel better!!

I am on track this week and will continue to do my cardio each day and simple strength training exercises with my 2 pound weights. Once I feel that it is no longer a challenge, I will bump up the weight to 5 pounds and go a little longer on the treadmill or elliptical machine.

I joined an awesome challenge yesterday, called Lose W8 in 8  and that will keep me on track with weekly challenges and knowing I could win a prize if I do well enough. There are 30+ people now involved and I am excited to see the changes to my physique and stamina in a short 8 weeks.

Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

The last two weeks have really helped me get back on track in my journey on Weight Watchers. I really looked forward to the support of my weekly meetings, but the one-day-a-week was not enough sometimes to get me through. My friend, Kipp, who writes for My Nibbles and Scribbles, created a Twitter account and blog to track her own journey — and I thought it was a wonderful idea. Now, I have my new blog and Twitter account, and have filled it with inspiring people that help me on a daily basis.

There are some pretty amazing women I follow on Twitter. Their daily victories and struggles keep me motivated and on track each and every day! Many of these women have also completed inspiring goals in just a short period of time — and it helps me strive to do better because I know that if I work hard my goals will be met in a shorter span of time than if I kept on the path I was.

There is a website, which I am sure everyone has heard about, called Pinterest. I love this site, and use it to find many inspirational quotes, exercise plans and Weight Watchers recipes — or just delicious food ideas! If you belong to Pinterest, I would love to add you! Click the icon to be directed to my page so I can follow you back!

Balsamic Chicken with Mixed Peppers

Now that I am trying to get healthier, I am making it a personal goal to start making many of the recipes in the Weight Watchers Magazine for a change. The first recipe I tried was the Balsamic chicken with mixed peppers in the March/April 2012 issue. It was easy to make, tasted delicious and husband-approved! Here is the recipe:

Sprinkle 4 (1/2-lb) bone-in chicken breasts ( I used skinless AND boneless) with 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 4-5 minutes per side. With tongs, transfer to a plate

Add 3 thinly sliced garlic cloves to the skillet and cook, stirring until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp dry white wine, and 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary ( I used a dash of dried); cook, stirring up any browned bits, until mixture thickens, 3-4 minutes

Remove skillet from heat, transfer 2 tbsp mixture to a cup to use later as a glaze. Return the skillet to the heat, and stir in 1-1/2 cup frozen sweet onion strips; top with chicken. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes

Stir in 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen mixed pepper strips; increase heat and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through and peppers are hot, 5 minutes. Top with glaze

1 chicken breast with about 3/4 cup vegetables and 1-1/2 tsp glaze is 7 PP

I could not find the sweet onion strips, so I used a bag of fajita vegetables, which contained the three peppers and onions. Works for me! I will definitely be using this recipe again, it was really good!

Source: Weight Watchers Magazine March/April 2012, pg. 106

Fresh Start

This entire week has been about starting fresh with my journey on Weight Watchers. I have been on it since February 2011, and made good, not great, progress because of my lack of exercise. The past couple months I have not dedicated myself 100% to the program. I avoid the scale when I think it’s not going to be very good, I haven’t tracked as much, I don’t get my exercise in — and it has shown. The last two weeks have shown gains, so much so that I’ve added 4 pounds back on.

I usually do that to myself. Sabotage. I was 3 pounds away from a mini goal, one that I have been counting down to pretty much since I started the program. However, like many times before, I get so close and then I stop. I stop with everything! No watching what I eat, no tracking, nothing. Now, instead of moving on and losing those stubborn 3 pounds, I have to lose the 4 I just gained AGAIN before I tackle the remaining 3.

This week, I started this blog, created a new Twitter account and followed lots of fellow Weight Watchers, and I really think it’s helped me. I created a week long goal for myself for the #7daychipprogram: Just track everything I eat. I’m starting out small so I can gradually build on my victories. I am partaking in the #100ouncechallenge so I track my water intake each day. I am more aware of the choices I am making, so I feel that I am heading in the right direction.

I have been battling a cold all week, which makes me want to do nothing but curl up on the couch and drink hot tea, so I am hoping for even more progress once this cold is done bothering me!

How did I get here?

2003

2009

UGGHHH. It really takes alot for me to post these pictures. I’m actually cringing right now knowing that other people are going to look at them and see how bad it got. See that ‘after’ picture? That’s what happens when you eat nothing but fast food and don’t exercise. The worst part is that picture was 10 pounds less than what I was when I finally walked into Weight Watchers.

When I see that picture, I don’t feel inside that I look that overweight. In my mind, I am still the 19 year old girl who can be as active as she wants and wear anything when she goes to the store. The reality of it is I hated shopping (kinda still do), got tired at the thought of actually exercising and literally hid from old friends. All my old friends saw me when I looked my best and I couldn’t even fathom them seeing me 50, 60, 70 pounds overweight.

I saw on another blog the question: How did I get so big? I’ve asked myself that same question so many times. How could I do this to myself? How could I abuse my body and organs with terrible food and chemicals? Who wants to go through life hating shopping, never finding anything to wear that looks flattering, or feeling self-conscious because when you talk to someone you don’t think they are looking at you, but all of the fat you carry on your body? These are all things I have felt as a result of my lack of self-control when it comes to saying NO to fast food.

While I still struggle with choosing fast food over homemade dishes (I’m working on it!) the good news is Weight Watchers has helped me tremendously. Sure, I still have my ‘off’ days, but with new friends and supporters I am taking each day at a time to make the right decisions. In the year I have been on Weight Watchers, my confidence has grown, I wear clothes in the closet that still had tags on them when I couldn’t fit into my jeans and I am learning how to manage what I eat — not take half of the food groups out of my diet.

I know we all struggle with why we got to the weight we are at. It didn’t add up overnight. I’m just going to stick to this journey until I have a great new ‘after AFTER’ picture to show off!

Quitting

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across this picture. I read it and thought, 4 weeks for me to notice an improvement? Awesome. Only 8 weeks for others to notice the positive changes? Great! 12 weeks to look and feel better? That’s it? That is less time to go than my graduation.

Then I read the last sentence: Don’t Quit. You know what? I have always quit in the past. I never get to the point where I see a difference, then complain that exercising never makes a difference. Now that I am surrounded by plenty of fellow Weight Watchers I see what sticking to exercise can do for you. I mean, obviously exercise helps you lose weight, but I never stick to it long enough. I overdo the first couple of days, and then stop going because I am so out of shape and exhausted, or sore.

I’ll be honest. I could find a million things to do beside exercise, but I have heard from almost every person I have talked to (including WW leaders) that you soon grow to love getting active. Since I have never gotten to that point, I simply have to trust that what they say is true. Since I am starting this blog to get honest with myself and start getting healthier, I am going to start heading to the gym starting tomorrow morning.

I’ll take it day by day, not overdo it. Just 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill, since it’s been so cold this week. I’m not going to strive for a certain distance, certain speed or incline. I’m simply going to walk at 3.0 speed for 30 minutes, five days this week. I’ll be checking in here to stay accountable!