06 Apr

Selling myself short (weigh-in for April 2, 2013)

Easter egg time

Easter egg time (Photo credit: biffster)

Current weight: 320.2
Difference from last week: -2.4
Difference this year: -10.0

Do you ever have one of those times where you sell yourself short? Where you assumed that you had messed things up, that you failed at what you were attempting to do? I have a tendency to fall into that trap. Usually it’s about projects or articles or relationships. This time around, I sold myself short when it comes to staying on-program. I thought for certain that I had a horrible week, that I ate too much throughout the week and I had doomed myself to giving up some of the hard work I’ve done to lose the weight I’ve managed to lose.

So imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting this week and saw that I had lost 2.4 pounds. And that I hit my 10lb mark. It took me a second to realize exactly what the scale said, and then it took me a little while to not jump up and down with joy. Is there anything more fantastic than an unexpected weight loss? Ā šŸ™‚

Easter Surprise 2007

Easter Surprise 2007 (Photo credit: otzberg)

I expected to gain weight for a couple reasons. First, I craved hamburgers all last week, and I gave into those cravings a few times during the week. Fast food = weight gain, right? At least that’s what I was thinking. Second, we went to visit my Mom for Easter. She had made a batch of panocha, and I had more than a few bowlfuls while we were there. Sweetened wheat pudding has to mean weight gain, right? Third, it was Easter weekend. While I didn’t eat a lot of candy, I still had some. Candy = weight gain, right? Is there really any surprise that I assumed I was going to gain weight?

What I forgot is that I stayed on program almost all week. I tracked what I was eating in my food journal. I stayed within my daily Points every day that week, which left me almost all of my Weekly Points available. Panocha contains a lot of carbs, but not enough to take 40 Points. The candy I had wasn’t enough to screw that up. Earlier in the week I made the decision to put off dessert ’til the next day, since I was out of Points.

I made a lot of good choices that week. I worked hard to follow the program. If I had stopped to think about it, I would’ve expected to lose weight last week. Instead, I sold myself short. Again.

On the plus side, it was a very pleasant surprise!

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11 Jan

Battling eggnog

Eggnog Roasting by an Open Fire
Image by docksidepress via Flickr

I have mentioned here before – many times, actually – that one of my biggest trigger foods during the holidays isn’t actually food, it’s a drink: egg nog. I don’t know why I am as addicted to egg nog as I am. Sometimes I think that I don’t even really like it. I like the spices, and I like the creaminess. It’s a great flavor of yogurt. Or candy. Or ice cream. Or coffee.

But the drink by itself? Over the course of my lifetime, I haveĀ drunkenĀ gallons of egg nog. Did I ever really like it? Or is it just another bad habit I was inflicting on myself? Who can say for certain?

I’ve realized for the last couple of years that I need to control how much eggnog I have access to. I tried making sure I only had a little in the house, which helped a little bit (except for on Christmas Eve). Completely avoiding eggnog, though, led to deprivation. I wanted eggnog – or at least I thought I did – and denying myself was only making things work.

Those are two competing drives: I want some, but I have to limit how much I have. The solution turned out to be turning towards a massive corporation. (Don’t tell them or they’ll get big heads): Starbucks!

Starbucks Shinjuku Tokyo Japan, with NTT DoCoM...
Image via Wikipedia

Starbucks sells a rather amazing eggnog latte. I don’t even want to know how many Points it has in its original form (13 Points for a tall). Leaving off the whipped cream and using skim milk lowers that a lot: 10 points for a tall. A tall latte is 12 ounces. 12 ounces of eggnog is 16.

End result? 6 ProPoints saved, eggnog AND caffeine cravings satisfied.

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08 Jan

Starting out the new year! (And another weigh-in)

ļ»æThis week’s weight: 306.0
Difference from last week: -0.4
This year’s change:  — (new year)

So now tell the truth: you didn’t think you’d hear from me again, didja? Figured I had tossed in the towel and given up, maybe had a horrible holiday season? Never give up on me, Dear Reader! I mean, sure, I have disappeared in the past. But the past is the past, and now is now! And I am very ready for 2011!

The vile, evil Cupcake from hell!!!Not that I am starting out in the best of ways. I have been naughty this week, indulging in cupcakes and IHOP, of all things. What the hell is that, anyway? Cupcakes? Seriously? What am I, 10?

I actually have an explanation. It’s not an excuse, but it at least explains the cupcakes. This week both my wife and my daughter had a birthday party. One of the many naughty bits of food available were cupcakes. EVIL!!!! Do not fall under the spell of those wanton hussies! 

They tasted pretty damned good though!

Don’t even ask me about IHOP. I took my son and older daughter there after we went b’day present shopping. IHOP apparently is a major red-light food for me, ‘cuz once I started eating, I couldn’t stop ’til I had cleaned my plate. I almost never clean my plate anymore. That was very odd, and kinda unexpected.

That’s my long-winded way of saying I’m gonna gain a few pounds this week. I know it, and I know what the cause was, so I am not freaking out. But I don’t like that I’ll be starting 2011 on a negative note.

[le sigh]

-M