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Weigh-in Wednesday, Week 4: Measurement Success

I was not looking forward to weighing myself this morning.  Then, when I stepped on the scale… ugh, utter disappointment.  I knew it was coming though.  I had a crazy week with my grandma being in the hospital and then passing away (not to mention the half a bag of tortilla chips I’ve eaten over the past few days).  Then, I was even more down on myself because this was my excuse two weeks ago – I had a crazy week that was totally unusual when I got engaged. 

But, after I measured myself I realized I was being too hard on myself.  I’ve had a lot of success with my measurements, which is something I always overlook (to the point where I never even take them when I’m trying to lose weight).  I’ve lost three inches from my waist and almost five inches from my hips!  I know some of this is from bloating (and possibly measurement errors on the hips), but even losing bloat weight means I’m eating healthier overall and the workouts are working.  So, enough talking about them… here are my stats:

 

I was about 145-150 pounds and a size 10 when I graduated from college.  Today, I am 141 pounds and a size 6 (or 4 at some stores!  gotta love those stores that cater to my self esteem).  That isn’t a big difference in weight, but it is a big difference in size.  So, I know it isn’t all about weight but sometimes I don’t remember that it isn’t all about weight.  I still think weight is a good indicator of success, but this is a good reminder that it isn’t the only indicator. 

My success of the week:

  • I worked out at least every-other day, including running in the Get Lucky 7k.
  • I completed the Tough Mudder training after my treadmill intervals on Monday.  I was so sweaty that I was sliding all over my yoga mat and will need to break out my mat towel when I do the circuit tonight.  I don’t remember it being this intense when I did it last week!  By the time I got to the decline push-up, I couldn’t do them.  I had to do the girly knee push-ups and even those were pushing it for me.  The best thing about this workout is you can do it at home! The only equipment required are dumbbells and a pull-up bar.  We don’t use our pull-up bar up anymore so I skip those and do them at the gym (I say “them” like I can do multiple pull-ups… ha!).
  • Other than the half bag of tortilla chips, I ate healthy about 70% of the time.  It helps a lot that the salad bar at my work actually looks appealing this time of year and they’ve really stepped up the sandwich section.  We haven’t been able to grocery shop much the past week so I’ve been buying lunch at work the past few days.  I really need to get to 80%+ to lose weight so expect to also see something about this in the “what didn’t go well” section of this post. 

What didn’t go so well:

  • My 30% was mindless snacking.  I really didn’t need those tortilla chips, but they were there so I ate them.  We also gobbled up the rest of our Girl Scout cookies (if you saw how we inhaled them, you’d know gobbled is the right term).  We decided that next year we’ll buy one box (because we can’t completely deprive ourself!) and donate money to the Girl Scouts. 
  • I didn’t start my BODYPUMP routine that I wrote about in last week’s post.  I was at the hospital three nights last week and on Sunday so I am ok with this one.  I created a workout schedule that includes BODYPUMP every Friday night until Tough Mudder and stuck it on my fridge.  I know that doesn’t sound like an exciting thing to do at 6:30 on a Friday night, but it will keep me away from happy hour for a while and is the least stressful night of the week to fit it in. 
  • I’ve pretty much abandoned my WW points tracking.  There is seriously no good excuse for this.  I have an app and know the points of most of my food so I should just write it down!  Next week, you will read that I tracked my points every day.  I promise. 

Ok, so there it is… four weeks into my journey!  How do I feel about it?  Ok.  I’ve made decent progress.  I know it could be better.  Normally, I would have gotten frustrated and quit by now.  I give myself props for that, but I also don’t believe in getting points for just showing up.  It’s not enough to show up to the gym or sort-of eat healthy, you have to work hard and make it a priority to make progress.  I know what I need to do.  Now I just need to be consistent about following through. 

What is your advice for me after reading this week’s post (or all of them, if you’ve been following since the beginning)?  Be honest!

Oh yeah, HAPPY HUMP DAY!

Chipotle Faux-rito

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Ok, it’s a real burrito and it is from random stuff in my kitchen, not Chipotle. But, it tastes great and is only five points so it doesn’t seem real. It has the basic ingredients of a burrito but I’ll give you the rundown anyway:

• Multigrain Wrap (2 points). Brand: Tumaros
• Black beans with jalapeños (1 point for 1/4 cup). Brand: S&W.
• Greek yogurt as a sub for sour cream (1 point for 1/8 cup). Brand: Yoplait.
• Brown rice (1 point for 1/4 cup)
• Lettuce
• Red onions
• Cilantro

The best part of this burrito is it was completely thrown together at the last minute (and it is just as good as the quesadilla that was my very first post!). Yay for having pre-cooked brown rice and extra cans of black beans at the ready. 🙂

ps, part of the reason I am doing this short, random post about dinner is so I can see what a blog post from my phone looks like :).

My day of maximizing points

I’ve been battling a cold for a few days so I decided to work from home today for quick access to a bed if I needed a nap to get through the day.  This meant I got to enjoy my breakfast and coffee while cruising through my work emails in the morning!  This is a relaxing part of my day that I’ve missed since I stopped eating breakfast at work last year.

BREAKFAST = 4 POINTS

I started my day with my former staple before I discovered protein shakes last year – Oatmeal.  It was three points for 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal, zero(!!!) points for the banana, and one point for 1-1/2 teaspoons of peanut butter.  This is a good example of where I eat healthy but have a problem with portion control.  Before Weight Watchers, I would have two tablespoons of peanut butter in my oatmeal.  Then, I discovered that was a bajillion points so I stopped adding peanut butter.  This morning, I had the bright idea that I could still have peanut butter if I just have LESS of it!  Genious!  (and, wouldn’t you know, it was still a good amount)

I switched to black coffee about six weeks ago so my coffee is now zero(!!!) points too.  It was only one point when I added skim milk, but somedays that one point can make all the difference in the world (or my day – I guess there is no need to get dramatic here).

LUNCH = 6 POINTS

I missed my morning protein shake so I had one of those for lunch 🙂  I can’t miss out on my 18g of fiber + 20g of protein in one delicious meal.  You can check out my love for my shake in a prior posting of mine.  My morning shake is six points – four for the protein powder, zero(!!!) for the berries, one point for 1/2 cup milk, and one point for the fiber powder. 

SNACK = 2 POINTS

Throughout the afternoon, I just munched on carrots.  A lot of carrots.  I love carrots AND I bought a gigantic bag at Sam’s Club on Friday.   Oh yeah, then I ate two thin mints for two points.  Yummm…. 

DINNER = 6 POINTS

By the time 5:15 rolled around, I had to kick it into high gear to get out of the house for my Blogging for Beginner’s class (being taught by Jen of Prior Fat Girl).  Luckily, we put our new rice cooker to use over the weekend so we had some leftover cooked brown rice.  I threw 1/2 cup of brown rice (2 points) into a bowl with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese (1 point), 1/4 cup raisins (3 points) and some cinnamon.

I mixed the ingredients together, microwaved it for 60 seconds (stirring halfway through) and quickly enjoyed my warm delicious dinner.  The cottage cheese melts a little so it ends up tasting like rice pudding.  YUM.

But, now I have 8 points left for the day!  That is a lot.  Most days are not like this because I tend to use 6 points at breakfast, 8 points for lunch and 12 points for dinner.

It looks like I can enjoy a few more thin mints and maybe some hot chocolate before I head to bed 🙂   

Did you have a healthy start to the work week?  What is a meal you can quickly throw together in 15 minutes? 

It is Monthly Bagel Date Day!

This morning we had our monthly bagel date!

 

In 2011, we let our love of bagels get a little too crazy (they were nearly an everyday occurence for a while!) so we decided to have them once a month in 2012 and have fun with it by making it a date.  This month, we chose Bruegger’s Bagels because I had this coupon:

(who doesn’t love a good exclamation mark on a coupon?!  It’s like the coupon is just as excited about the deal as I am!)

Matt also had a coupon so we saved $3.58!  Needless to say, it has been a good start to our Sunday.  (Did you know that Bruegger’s has a unlimited refill mug club?  Abby describes it in a This Life in Motion post)

I have to admit that I debated this month’s date a little bit because the bagel and cream cheese is 12 of my 26 Weight Watchers points for the day.  I thought about dipping into my 49 weekly bonus points but I did plenty of that for my wine at Farkle night.

 

I plan to work out later today to gain activity points and rely a lot on hearty servings of fruits and vegetables to get me through the day.  I usually like to keep my breakfasts under 6 points, but the monthly bagel date is worth the splurge. 🙂 

Speaking of breakfast and Weight Watchers, this is the awesome breakfast that Matt and I made after we got home from the Juvenile Diabetes walk yesterday (5 total points and it even has cheese!):

The egg scramble serves 2 and is 3 points per serving:

  • 2/3 cup Egg Beaters Egg Whites
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

The Sara Lee Delightful bread is only 1 point per slice (most other breads are 2-3 points per slice)  and the apple butter is 1 point per tablespoon.

Where do you choose to splurge in your diet?  What is one of your favorite healthy meals?

Clean Eating: The Basics

Since my big declaration on Thursday included a guideline that I would eat two clean meals per day / 5 times per week, I thought it would be good to write about clean eating.  When I started researching the various opinions about clean eating for this post, I was surprised to see there are so many different opinions on the subject.  How can so many people differ on a topic that seems so simple?

What I actually found is the experts differ on strategy, but not on these basic principles:

  • Say no to:
    • Refined sugar
    • Added Sodium
    • Processed foods
  • Say yes to:
    • Lean Protein
    • Complex carbohydrates, like brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain pasta
    • Fresh fruits and veggies
    • Healthy Fats
  • Don’t go more than 4-5 hours without eating (some say 3 hours, some say 4-5 hours but none of them believe it is healthy to go beyond that)
  • Stay within your daily nutrition quota for fat, fiber, carbs, sugar, sodium and protein (thank you, Mayo Clinic!)
  • The benefits of clean eating are: more stable blood sugar (say good-bye to the afternoon crash!), healthier skin and teeth, increased energy, and healthy weight (with controlled portions, of course)

The most popular clean eating strategy seems to be The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.   The principles of this diet are:

  • Eat 5-6 small meals per day
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Lean protein plus complex carbohydrate at every meal
  • Eat enough healthy fats
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Carry a cooler packed with clean eats
  • Depend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for complex carbohydrates
  • Stick to proper portion sizes

Most of these rules are basic for anyone trying to lose weight or be healthy (especially water and breakfast!), but it is still overwhelming to start a lifestyle change with a set of rules.  The thought of carrying a cooler with me everywhere I went was a deal breaker for me when I bought this book last year (however, the book does have a lot of good information and meal recommendations).

The good news is what I mentioned earlier in my post is really what clean eating is about – focusing on unprocessed foods and getting your daily nutritional needs taken care of.  There are no strict guidelines on how often you have to eat or pairing certain foods together.   I am a person of moderation, which is why I try to eat most meals clean but not all of them.  Sometimes I will get into a pinch and need something quick or my travel schedule will restrict my options (or sometimes I just want a bagel or something nice and sugary).

When I first started learning about clean eating, it sounded like chicken and vegetables every night.  Thanks to the two cookbooks from Clean Eating magazine, that is not the case for me!  (no, they aren’t paying me to say that – I just love the cookbooks THAT much!).  The Gracious Pantry also has a very good menu plan.  If you check it out, you will see there are actually a lot of great foods you can eat!

Why am I relying on Weight Watchers to shed those last 15 pounds if clean eating is so wonderful?  Portion control is what I struggle with the most.  WW forces me to measure my portions.  If I simply relied on eating unprocessed foods, I would be polishing off a bunch of homemade tortilla chips with a bowl of guacamole every night.

Well, enough heavy topics for the weekend!  Have a great Saturday! I am headed to the Juvenile Diabetes walk at the Mall of America this morning.

What is your experience or opinion of clean eating?  Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

(disclaimer: I am not a doctor or nutritionist.  This post represents my interpretation of the information I’ve gathered.  You should consult with a doctor if you have health concerns).