As I announced at the end of November, 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 still 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. I’ve actually found several online sites that help you calculate WW Point Values just by Googling for it, so double-checking myself has become even easier.
Here’s how it went from last Sunday to this previous Saturday.
Sunday, December 2nd – 29
Monday, December 3rd – 29
Tuesday, December 4th – 28
Wednesday, December 5th – 29
Thursday, December 6th – 29
Friday, December 7th – 33
Saturday, December 8th – 57
Total Used = 234 Points of 252 available (29 base points a day and 7 a day for splurging)
Yay! Let’s see how I keep doing. 😉
As for what I have been eating this past week, breakfast has been either a sausage and egg breakfast taco or a banana. Lunch is a Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones meal or sausage and egg breakfast tacos. I have really gotten into the Lean Cuisine Panini’s. And dinner has been hamburgers, soft tacos, steak, or turkey burgers with a variety of sides from sweet potatoes to green beans to pickle slices and a few chips.
I have been relying heavily on bananas, baby peeled carrots, pickles, and homemade smoothies as my snacks.
I’ve stayed away from all soda, even my favorite diet ones. So I am living on water and Kroger brand, no calorie, Fruit Punch.
For dinners, I am still taking larger portions of the low points stuff like veggies and less than usual portions of the meats and starches. Desserts have been just a couple of Oreos, or a bite-sized candy bar, or a Kroger brand low calorie icecream treat if I have any points left.
The hardest days were Friday and Saturday again since we had friends over for dinner Friday night and stayed up late and then we hosted a potluck Saturday and stayed up super late. Having all of that yummy food staring at me in the face on Saturday made it hard to take small portions and graze slowly. I know that was my highest point day but I actually held back a lot, lol. I used some of my weekly extra points as planned, but I am pretty happy with myself overall.
This is where I needed improvement. I made the goal last week was to walk for at least 30 minutes twice this week and do 40 crunches and 20 pushups.
I found a walking partner via Craigslist, yay! Then he walked once, rescheduled once, and then joined a gym and bid me bye-bye. Sad. But I did achieve my weekly goals, so poop on him.
Wednesday, December 5th – Walked 45 minutes with partner, did 5 pushups
Thursday, December 6th – Walked 30 minutes solo, did 5 crunches
Saturday, December 8th – Walked 20 minutes
Target hit for walking! But not for pushups and crunches. My new target for next week is to walk at least 3 times for 30 minutes, do 40 crunches, and 20 pushups.
All of that said, here’s the actual weight update (I’m just adding updates to the list so we can both see what I’ve done along the way).
- Started Tuesday night, November 27th at 169.8 pounds.
- Weighed in Sunday morning, December 2nd at 166.6 pounds.
- Weighed in Sunday morning, December 9th at 166 pounds even.
- Total Lost Thus Far: 3.8 pounds.
Only 1 pound to go. 🙂
Last week, I am aiming for the 165 or less mark early, so I didn’t hit that but at least I went in the correct direction. Now I am aiming to lose at least 1 more pound this coming week.
I have a Christmas dinner on December 16, December 24, and probably another one on December 25. Plus, we are hanging with friends out of town from December 21 through 23 and attending a board gaming convention from December 27 through December 30. Then one of my 30th birthday parties will be later on December 30th too.
So we won’t be able to eat at home most of that time. I better to lose now and try to maintain than try to lose during the chaotic weeks…
How are you doing so far with your goals?
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