Healthy and Sane

All of it

December 20th, 2010 · 21 Comments · body talk, weigh-in recaps

Thank you to all of those who voted in my poll this weekend (it’s still open if you’d like to make your input). Last time I checked, most of you voted that posts about weight loss and body image were your favorite (with healthy recipes in second place).

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised with these results because I get so many comments about how much my honesty and openness is appreciated. With that said, I must admit that I felt a little selfish talking about my weight loss ups and downs and occasional binge eating struggles. I always appreciated your encouraging comments but thought few of you could relate or want to hear about it time after time.

What I realized this weekend is that not only do you care but that’s why most of you keep coming back to Healthy and Sane!! I’m extremely excited about this because I really want to share my weight loss journey here with you. All of it, not just the occasional highlights. How many people can say they have that big of a support system?!! I’m a lucky girl. Thank you!!!

So with that said, I’m going to dive into how it’s going. Unsurprisingly, it’s been a rocky ride even since my last weigh-in update. Seriously, why can’t it ever be easy? I feel like I have enough fire in me. But let me quickly backtrack and tell you my ideal plan. You already know I’m trying to follow the Weight Watchers new PointsPlus program but I do have to make some modifications to make it my own.

  • I get 29 PointsPlus per day on the new program. Exercise can earn you additional PointsPlus, and every member gets 49 PointsPlus per week in addition to their daily allowance and exercise bonus points.
  • On days that I have no plans of eating out, I’d like to stay within my 29 points. On days that I lift heavy weights, I will also eat back my exercise bonus points. To build muscle you need extra calories. I will happily oblige. Smile
  • When I eat out at a nice restaurant or go to a party or a family gathering, I will enjoy my food – any food, whatever I am craving at that time! – and I will not try to count points for that. The experience of truly enjoying a meal at a nice restaurant (the way it was intended to be served, not a dry piece of fish with steamed veggies on the side!) is important for me to retain (same goes to sharing a meal with my family/friends). Because of these meals I would like to not dip into my weekly 49 PointsPlus during the rest of the week. I figured this way these more indulgent meals will sort of fit into the plan.
  • I will continue to work towards more mindful eating. For example, if I’m not counting points at a dinner out, that does not mean that I will give myself a carte blanche to order several sugary cocktails, an appetizer, entrée and dessert. My body doesn’t need that and I can definitely enjoy my meal with less. My usual trade-off is wine instead of cocktail or a cocktail but no dessert. Parties are the hardest for me.

So those are “the rules.” Here was the reality this past week.

  • I ate a bunch of leftover almond macaroon cookies. They were addictive and made me insanely happy but I still dream of them and want more. That was not good for my waistline (I gained 2lbs last week!!). I will not make more unless a special occasion presents itself and I plan on giving most of them away (will only save a couple for myself).
  • I ate out almost every day during my trip to NY. I only exercised once. That was not good for my waistline and it was really hard to go back to counting points when I was back home.
  • I purchased almond butter with roasted flaxseeds from Trader Joe’s. I now see what all the fuss was about. It’s addictive. Do I need to spell it out?
  • I ate well balanced, delicious meals on Friday. I stayed within my 29 PointsPlus… and then I continued eating. Just because I wanted the taste of some foods. Like the aforementioned Trader Joe’s almond butter. Straight out of the jar.
  • I went to a holiday party on Saturday night and ate way too much of the cheesy dip I brought (recipe to be posted on Russian Bites) and way too many homemade peanut butter cups my friend Tiffany made. I knew I was overdoing it but I told myself I’ll just follow the rules to the T the next day and it will be okay. I am not proud of that.
  • Despite all the things that did not go according to plan, I still know in my heart that I will be able to do this. I have you (and Adam, who is also trying to lose some weight!) to support me and I want it more than ever. But NOT at all costs. I WILL allow for indulgences which I will enjoy. This blog is called Healthy and Sane for a reason. It’s about finding that balance.

Note: I will continue to also post about all the other topics previously seen on Healthy and Sane. That means there will still be healthy and sane recipes but they will be presented in the context of my weight loss journey (because they are). I will also continue to review products, share most memorable meals out and cover any other topic that I am passionate about. I have to stay true to myself. Thank you again for reading and letting me be me!! :mrgreen:

PS – the winner of the Three Sisters Cereal giveaway is #69. Anna, congrats!! Please email me your address to

PPS – If you’ve had enough weight loss talk for today and are looking for a delicious recipe from me, head over to Russian Bites and check out my post on garlicky tvorog with walnuts and herbs. It was a big hit at Saturday’s holiday party!

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    i feel like the holiday season is the most challenging time to keep up with the healthy eating, especially since there are so many different good foods to try! travelling is extra hard, also. just acknowledging all of the challenges is a step in the right direction!

  • #2 - Michelle

    Whenever I fall off track – whether it is going on vacation or having lots of holiday parties – I find it SO difficult to get back on track. I’ve been getting back into working out in the mornings and this morning my after-work schedule is surprisingly clear and I’m heading to the gym most nights this week. Thanks for constantly being an inspiration with your honesty and vulnerability.

  • #3 - MelissaNibbles

    It sounds like you’re being very realistic about it. I think this will work out well for you. Good luck!

  • #4 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Your plan actually sounds very healthy and sane :) Good luck Elina! I’m looking forward to reading more!

  • #5 - Heather

    Sounds like a sane plan to me! It’s also how I tend to maneuver with mine. The first couple weeks, I only used 5 of my weeklies, then last week used less than half. This week I actually TRIED to use more on a meal out but still barely dipped into them! In reality, it’s a lot of extras & with the increased dailies, I hardly need them.

    Cheers to keeping on track & becoming our inner skinny girls 😉 lol

    Merry Christmas!

  • #6 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    I think people really enjoy your discussions of the ups and downs of the weight loss journey because you don’t over-simplify or worry about how it sounds…you tell it like it is and often admit that you are frustrated, confused, etc., which is the reality of losing weight or working toward any other major health-related goal!
    I really like how you articulate your thought process at the time when you know you are over eating (i.e. “I knew I was overdoing it but I told myself I’ll just follow the rules to the T the next day and it will be okay.”) I think it’s important to get insight into that first before being able to change the thought process (and therefore the behavior) next time. I’m working on changing my thought processes around food, too.
    I think your new plan sounds great – especially the realistic perspective on eating out and committing to enjoying your company and your food.

  • #7 - Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle

    It’s a struggle everyday (I have the same struggles) but you have a very healthy outlook about it and I know you will do well, good luck!

  • #8 - Katie D.

    Hi Elina, I relate so much to your struggles with sugar, occasional binge eating, mindful eating, and wanting “more” even when you’re full. I really enjoy your posts where you openly talk about these issues – both challenges and successes! I feel like we’re in the journey together. Thanks for the honesty and keep it coming! all the best, Katie

  • #9 - Blond Duck

    I love how honest you are. I’m working for a balance too.. I’m the type of person that restricts everything or inhales everything…

  • #10 - Kelly

    Doing the program myself, though I have to admit it’s been a bit of a soft launch as I haven’t been following it as closely in the past. I agree with you that you have to make it your own.

    For me it’s kind of a blend of intuitive eating and WW points. For the most part I stick to my daily points + exercise and leave the weeklies for weekend splurges since those can be hard to count. This worked for me EXTREMELY well in the past.

    But, I also give myself a little freedom. If I’m really craving something or genuinely hungry I give myself permission to dip into those weeklies.

  • #13 - Tracy

    I definitely agree with the eating out bit, mindful eating should not have to equal mediocre taste .. and that what health mags and diet gurus seem to prescribe when they advise cutting restaurant calories by making a gazillion substitutions! Thanks again for continuing to keep it real and being an inspiration!

  • #14 - Hallie

    I’ve said this before, but I really appreciate your posts like these. They make me feel more “sane” 😉 (which is um…not always my strong suit). You’ve also inspired me to sign up for WW Online (you and other bloggers who’ve reviewed it). No loss yet but if I can make it through the next two weeks and gain I will consider it a success. So far, so good!

  • #15 - Carly

    I always appreciate your weight loss journey posts. It makes me feel like I”m not alone when I have a “bad day”. Too many blogs that I read make me feel like a bad person because I don’t have the same self control. Like seriously, how do people split a cookie 4 ways!?!? It helps me to read more “sane” posts about daily struggles of a REAL person!

  • #16 - Allison

    I can so totally relate to your story about sticking to your points on Friday and then….just kept eating. I do that and I know I am doing it…just eating to taste the food and I hate it when it is over but I manage to justify it along the way. I think people read your blog because they can really relate to what you are going through and because you are so honest about it.

  • #17 - Rachael

    You’ve verbalized a lot of the thoughts I’ve had in my own head the past few weeks, especially the being “good” tomorrow bit. I’m in feast or famine mode, and have been feeling pretty down about it, but as always, your honesty is a powerful reminder that other folks go through this too. Thanks!

  • #18 - Elina

    Thank you all for the wonderfully supportive comments! :)

  • #19 - Kim (Imperfectly Perfect)

    You can do this, girly! I face the same struggles as you. I seem to go in stages with it. Currently, I’m in a rough stage, but I know that I’ll pull myself out. Besides your honesty, what I like about you is that you never give up. I’m the same way. One day we’ll defeat this!

    I’m also doing the PointsPlus program. Your approach to it sounds great! I especially like your idea for eating out. I have missed out on WAY too many great meals b/c of my issues.

  • #20 - Car

    I think you have a great plan regarding sticking to the minimum pts on non-workout days, eating a little more when lifting, and keeping everything in check most of the time so that you can really enjoy those special meals – without overdoing it either! (These are pretty much my personal rules – that’s why I like them!) Parties are hard, but they happen, and like you said, the best we can do is get back to making better decisions the next day. You are not alone, it’s an especially hard time of year. Obviously I’m not the first to tell you that. But just wanted to say it again. :)

  • #21 - Sarah

    Sounds like a smart plan. I try to do the all or nothing which usally fails! Thanks for sharing :) Great inspiration to keep me on track but now to beat myself up if I overeat or don’t exercise one day…