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.
- 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!!
PS – the winner of the Three Sisters Cereal giveaway is #69. Anna, congrats!! Please email me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!