Saturday, May 31, 2008

Well, well...

Had my week 2 meeting this morning and apparently my body is taking tips from Russell--I'm down exactly 2 pounds. I would have thought it would be more, I was a little disappointed it wasn't more until I realized that I'd been steadily gaining weight and this is the first real loss I've had since I don't know when.

So, it's working. :-) And I'm down a point, which should help as I try to eat my points this week.

I got my little bookmark and I am very proud of myself. :-) Now to get in extra activity...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Here's How I KNOW He's On Board

Michael came home tonight and said, "Susan, do you realize it has been exactly one week since I've eaten any french fries?"

Anyone who knows him knows that's saying something!

I'm doing worse with using up the points. Tonight I left 8 on the table. I made some popcorn tonight to enjoy with LOST and I thought when I calculated it, it would come up at least a point, but no, it came up zero. Fitting, since it had zero flavor really.

So screw it. For now, as long as I don't go over, I'm not going to worry too much about falling short. 8 is a lot of points to leave behind, the most I've left behind previously is 2.5. It's just been one of those days. And my dinner was relatively light--I was delighted to discover that Hebrew Nationals 97% fat free hot dogs are only a point each. Unless you double up, in which case they are 2.5. So I did, but no buns. Looking back, maybe I should have eaten some buns. I dunno. I got a LOT of water in today. I probably drank 3 times the water as any other day this week.

Anyway, I didn't exercise tonight, I'm not feeling very well, so that makes up for it. Or so I tell myself.

Tomorrow is my last day before the big weigh in. I'm a bit nervous and hopeful. If I don't see some sort of a loss on the scale, I'll be devastated. But I think I probably will--my shorts are already slightly more comfortable. :-)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I Think I've Killed Him

My poor husband, that is!

We decided that we might as well hit the ground running with the exercising even though I don't have to worry about it until next week, technically. So I've been back to sweating with the oldies for the past 3 days and Michael's been on the treadmill while I've been dancing around the living room.

Tonight, we had a bigger than normal dinner--or heavier anyway. And so I finished "sweatin'" and he finished "treadin'" and now he's snoring away on the couch.

Poor little angel. I wuvs him.

He's doing really great too. He isn't yet joining WW, following Talmadge's idea of "I'll just do what you're doing, honey, and not pay for it." He's cut his food consumption in half. It's amazing. We're both excited and hopeful. It definitely helps to have right next to me! :)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Nothing Would Surprise Me Today Except for This

So, I went to bed last night leaving 1.5 points on my plate. I was trying to eat a snack at 10pm last night and I was like "This is just freakin' ridiculous. Uncle!"

I'm sure I'll look back on these days and think, "Yeah, remember the days I could eat anything?"

But anyway, something has come up that I did not expect.

I am having a hard time with whole grain or multigrain foods.

This morning I made frozen multigrain waffles and strawberries and about a halfway through breakfast, it got to be too much and I threw up. I didn't feel ill or anything, I guess it just felt too dense in my mouth or something, and I wound up losing it.

Tonight for dinner, I made the WW recipe of mushroom quesadillas, substituting a multigrain tortilla for my usual flour tortilla. While I didn't throw up, I had that same heavy feeling in my mouth of just not wanting to swallow. Fortunately I kept my meal down, but I wonder if anyone else had this problem when starting? Does this heaviness go away? Or maybe it's density? I don't know, but I don't like it.

Dinner is done and I still have 5 points left--Michael and I were laughing that I could eat 50 cups of 94% fat free popcorn after dinner--but I had some trail mix that was 5 points for 3 Tbsp, which is RIDICULOUS. Time was I would eat that entire bag. So that got me down to 5. I am going to have some dessert after Michael and I do our exercising, but I'm speculating I'll be leaving 2 points behind. We had a CRAZY afternoon here, which I'll blog about back on my main blog, but even so, I managed to sneak in a fudge bar. Those WW fudge bars are SO GOOD. Holy crap. I had no idea they would taste so good.

I am going strictly by the points on the website now, and so far, this is what 35 points have bought me for today:

2 multigrain waffles with reduced calorie syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened fresh strawberries
1 c. cran raspberry juice

Turkey burger on multi grain roll
Lettuce, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice onion
Just for One: Broccoli, Carrots, and Italian Seasoning

Fudge Bar
10 grape tomatoes with 1 T fat free ranch dressing

2 Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas
1 c. lemonade
3T trail mix

That is a lot of damned food and I'm STILL behind. But as I pointed out to Michael, time was, I would sit and eat a bag of chips and not think about it. So now, I'm just having to think about it. I guess it seems like more because of it.

I also took some time today to plug my fave drink at Starbucks into the WW Points Calculator. A grande chai creme frappucino with whip weighs in at a cool 10 points. OUCH. Fortunately, I think they do have a light cream base and I could get a tall without the whip. Sadly for me, this is the only caffeinated beverage that really wakes me up and gets me going. So I'm going to have to work on that.

Food craving of the day: Brownies and a Coke. I plugged Ghirardelli Brownies into the counter just for the hell of it and it came up at 4 points--not too bad for a 2 inch brownie. Still, I'm not going to make them. All that crap is going up to my sister's. I cleaned out our meager pantry today and will drop it all off up north this week sometime.

I also found 2 more friends today who are active in WW. Nancy in Colorado is doing the core plan and Emily is, I think, doing the flex plan. And Emily is local, so I'm excited to hear back from her!

That's it from here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Well, here's where I plan to track my progress on Weight Watchers, including weight lost, exercise, food choices, and all the rest of it.

Why did I join Weight Watchers?

Well, like many people, I've tried dieting on and off for years. A couple of years ago when I was living in NoVa, my sister and I invented something called "The Plan" which actually worked well for me. But we both quit doing it, and that was that. Looking at it, I think it was Weight Watchers.

However, ultimately, it comes down to this: I don't like to waste money. And I just paid 40 dollars to these people. And by God, I'm not wasting that 40 dollars.

Plus, I have seen the success Annette has had with following Weight Watchers, and Russell and Amy have started in on it, so I figured "WTH?" This is like the Universe telling me it's time to grow up, quit making excuses, and get my life together. Because I am not happy about feeling bad.

I can live with looking the way I do, hell, I've been overweight most of my life. But I don't really feel all that great any more. My back hurts. My ta ta's hurt. I get out of breath sometimes running up the stairs. And I know in terms of health, my skin, hair, and nails aren't healthy.

It all just sucks.

So, I'm working on it. Starting today. Annette started in May 2006, and I'm a little late to the party, but whatever. I'm here and that's what counts.

I like Annette's idea of giving herself gifts when she reaches a certain point, so my goal is every 20 pounds, I'll get a little reward to myself as well. I have a wish list of over 90 books I want, and so each 20 pounds, I'll pick up the one I want the most. First goal: Getting my hands on 1001 Books To Read Before You Die.