19 Mar

Jamba Juice PointsPlus listings!

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I have a soft spot for drinks. Anyone that knows me knows that is true. I love beverages, especially those that are sweet and fruity. It’s just what I do, it’s the kind of guy I am.

I also have a hard time getting in all of my fruits and veggies in a day. I know I should, it does make staying within Points easier, since those help control hunger. Yet I still don’t do it.

One day I had an epiphany: smoothies = sweet drink + lotsa fruits! Knock two birds out with one stone! What could be better? Well, aside from adding an energy boost to the smoothie?

Of course, smoothies can be crazily full of calories/PointsPlus. One has to be careful, and make good choices with anything we eat/drink. Including smoothies.

Fortunately, Exercise

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4 Weight Loss has a great page with Jamba Juice nutritional information. They were even nice enough to list the PointsPlus values for all of JJ’s various smoothies and sizes!

Here’s to my 7-pt light Banana Berry smoothie in the morning! And to the benefits it shows on my weigh-in later today!
Weight Watchers Points – Jamba Juice Restaurant Nutrition Information.

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17 Mar

5 POUNDS!!! (Weigh-in for March 12th, 2013)

Current weight: 324.4
Difference from last week: -3.9
Difference this year: –

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So, you know, it seems that I forgot to post an entry here for my weigh-in on March 5th. Dunno how I did that. Chalk it up to a busy life. And having three kiddos. One kinda goes with the other,

I am down beneath the 325lb mark!!! For some reason, those 5lb increments are huge for me! Sure, I lost 5 pounds. Sure I lost 10lbs since the start of the year. None of that really matters, though. But getting underneath 325 lbs? That, for me, is huge! I am under the three-and-a-quarter hundred, and have that big 3-0-0 in my sights. YEAH!!!!

Of course, the question is: how did I lose so much weight over the last couple of weeks? And there are a couple of easy answers to this.  The first and most important is tracking what I eat. It is quite hard to get better control over what one is eating if one doesn’t know what one is eating. That is a big step one. Second step was being inspired yet again by my wife. I really started to fall off the wagon while Erin was out of town. Her being back inspired me to get back on track. Having her support helps me immensely. Even if we aren’t actively telling each other to do this or eat that.

Walk the Wight 2009

Walk the Wight 2009 (Photo credit: Auntie P)

Third, I got some walking in for the week. My life has become pretty sedentary. Hell, strike the “pretty”. I have allowed myself to become completely sedentary. Whether I am at work or home, I am sitting down or laying down. It’s computer, tv, chatting or sleeping for me. Exercise is non-existent. Activity is practically non-existent. It’s a miracle that I don’t have grass growing all over me, now that I think about it…

Anyway, the ActiveLink from Weight Watchers is challenging me to at least get up and move a little. Erin is challenging me to get up and move a lot. I ended up going with Erin to our local rec center. I walked around the walking track there for a mile and a half, then did 10 minutes on a recumbent bike. That was more exercise than I’ve had in forever. Nothing like giving one’s body a major shock! I’m sure that my heart was thinking what the fuck is happening here? I probably lost most of my weight just from the first few minutes of walking. 🙂

I am looking forward to the number on the scale going down more. I am looking forward to clothes fitting me just a bit better. And I am looking forward to my next minor goal: 314lbs (my 5% weight loss according to Weight Watchers).

Onward and downward!

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19 Feb

Two major bad days… (Weigh-in for February 19, 2013)

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Current weight: 329.4
Difference from last week: -0.8
Difference this year: -0.8*

First off, I know that the expectation of the first week on the Plan for WeightWatchers is to have a major weight loss. The first week is when you drink a ton of water, you’re super-honest when it comes to tracking, your food choices are great as you are learning what you should and shouldn’t eat. To steal a phrase from The Biggest Loser, we expect to pop a big number.

I didn’t.

However, I am not depressed about that. I knew that this was coming. I was actually a bit surprised that I lost at all. I had two very bad food days this week. I actually tracked everything I had those days. I was honest with myself, and thanks to tracking what I ate, I knew exactly how badly I had over-eaten, and was able to prepare.

Rum Display

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I had two problem days, and they were big ones. The first was Saturday night. I went to my home town for a going-away party. I tried to save myself ProPoints through the week so I could have some to splurge during the party. During the party, I was trying to make good choices food-wise. And I was mostly succeeding. Until the rum came out.

Rum isn’t the best beverage choice anyway – it’s around 2 Pts per shot (give or take). I ended up having about six shots. Plus a soda to mix it with. 18 points gone right there. The rum wasn’t done with me, though. After having that much alcohol, my inhibitions were lowered – almost non-existent. So when I saw the plate of raspberry cheesecake bars, eating four of them sounded like a great idea. I didn’t even stop to consider the 20 points that I was eating. 20 POINTS!!! In the end, I went over my points limit – including the weekly allowance and activity points – by those 20 points. HOLY F**ING SHIT!!!

I left myself with no room to maneuver.  I needed to have a perfect Sunday and Monday, since I didn’t have any weekly points left. I definitely didn’t need a day when I went over my Points limit by 10. Oopsie!

A week when one goes 34 Points over their total allotment is not going to get the job done. I’ve gotta do better this week! It’d be hard to do worse.

Ugh!

– M

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