As I announced last week, I am aiming to lose about 5 pounds by the end of 2012. That would be me weighing in at 165 or less. As I am using you all to keep me accountable, so here is my weekly update. 🙂
On the food side of my weight loss, I am tracking everything I eat and assigning it Weight Watcher Points Plus values. I’m trying to stick to 29 points a day and use a minimal amount from the 49 allowed weekly extra. Since I was a member for about 8 months, I seem to remember nearly everything so far. I’ve Googled four items Friday to check myself, but I was dead on about them too. 🙂 Here’s how it went since I started last week. In the weeks to come, it will show Sunday through Saturday since I do have to write these a day in advance for them to go live in the morning.
Wednesday, November 28th – 29
Thursday, November 29th – 30
Friday, November 30th – 29
Saturday, December 1st – 29
Total Used = 117 Points of 144 available (29 base points a day and 7 a day for splurging)
Yay! I always start strong, lol. Let’s see how I keep doing. 😉
As for what I am eating, I have been relying heavily on bananas, sugar free Jello, homemade smoothies (new “recipe” below), and popcorn as my snacks. Breakfast has been an egg and some toast, Honey Nut Cheerios, or a banana (I was on the run Friday and Saturday morning). Lunch is a Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones meal or a peanut butter and jam sandwich depending on my mood. And dinner is whatever hubby wants to cook.
I sort of weened myself off of soda and diet soda in general about 3 months ago without noticing it (just forgot to buy it a couple of weeks in a row), so I’ve been drinking water and Kroger brand, no calorie, Fruit Punch. If I do drink soda, my favorites are Diet A&W Rootbeer and Diet Dr. Pepper. Mr. BFS drinks a bunch of unsweetened iced tea. I’m not there yet…too bitter.
For dinners, I am taking larger portions of the low points stuff like veggies and less than usual portions of the meats and starches. But I’ve still been able to enjoy really tender steaks and sweet potatoes. I’m just eating more grilled zucchini, squash, and boiled carrots than I would normally throw on my plate. Desserts have been really small portions of my normal stuff like the yummy Sunday Pie that my mother-in-law and hubby made, or I grab a Weight Watcher’s icecream treat if I have any points left.
The hardest day was Saturday since we were eating out with friends at Denny’s for dinner. But I just had a small breakfast (banana), a small lunch (frozen dinner with low points), and half a smoothie so I could use most of my points on dinner. I ended up having the Fit Slam, which was actually a let down. The egg whites with spinach had zero flavor added to them, plus they were watery. So I finished off the good parts like the English muffin and turkey bacon and then ordered two pancakes, lol. That finished off my points for Saturday at 7pm, but it was totally worth it, hahaha.
This is where I generally suck. I sit down at my computer and just go until something pops up. So I’m either out and about doing errands or hanging with friends, or I completely lose track of time in front of the computer. Either way, I’m not exercising.
All I did from Wednesday through Saturday was 15 pushups and 20 crunches.
I’m attempting to find a walking partner right now to get my butt moving 2-3 times a week minimum. If you would like to have a phone walking buddy, please email me so we can get started. 🙂 If there are several of us, we can pair up or even rotate, lol.
My plan is to walk 2-3 times a week with a buddy for 30-60 minutes. I’m going to stretch beforehand and fit it pushups and crunches there too. Hopefully all of that will help my body tone up a little while I drop fat from the food diet part. Plus, muscle burns calories, so the more I create muscle, hopefully the faster I lose fat weight. 😀
My target for this coming week is to walk (with a partner or not…) at least twice for 30-45 minutes. I will also do at least 40 crunches and 20 pushups.
All of that said, here’s the actual weight update.
- Started Tuesday night, November 27th at 169.8 pounds.
- Weighed in Sunday morning, December 2nd at 166.6 pounds.
- Total Lost Thus Far: 3.2 pounds.
All of my future weigh-ins will be around the same time Sunday mornings so there will be a clear line on what was weight loss and what was just the difference between morning and night weights. But I am super happy to see a great drop like this, so I am totally doing a happy dance even if it is just half water weight. 😀
Next week, I am aiming for the 165 or less mark early. If I lose two pounds a week now, I have a greater ability to keep it off during the Christmas feasting times. I have a Christmas dinner on December 16, December 24, and probably another one on December 25. Plus, we are attending a board gaming convention from December 27 through December 30 and we won’t be able to eat at home most of that time. Better to lose now and try to maintain than try to lose during the chaotic days…
And as promised:
Crystal’s Low Calorie Smoothie
– Half Cup frozen strawberries
– One small banana or half of a large banana
– One or two packets of Splenda depending on my mood
– One cup whole milk
Blend until smooth and enjoy. My version is worth 4 points and I sip on it over a couple of hours. The milk is the only thing worth points, so you can lower the calories by using 2% or skim. 🙂
How are you doing so far with your goals?
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