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Weigh-in for December 1: Recovering from a bad day

Current weight: 295
Difference from last entry: -2
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -40.5

So last week, I was rather proud of the fact that I managed to get through Thanksgiving with no huge problems. I went over my daily Points by quite a bit, but managed to stay well within my weekly Points allotment. I rightly gave myself a pat on the back. I did some major work to get through the holiday! I wanted to allow myself to feel proud about that.

But the night that I posted that journal entry turned out to be a problem. I took the kids over to my buddies house for a birthday party. My buddy had a ton of snacks/appetizers set out, and her husband cooked hot dogs and burgers. As much as I wanted not to, I nibbled on the snacks (Ranch Wheat Thins, tortilla chips with nacho cheese sauce, Goldfish) and had a cheeseburger. That used up all of my daily points, and a little more of my almost-depleted weekly points.

When I got home from the party, my Mom and Wife were sitting at the table for dinner. My Mom brought some of her famous yams, and I simply could not resist having some. Even though I had just had dinner at my buddy’s house! Needless to say, that used up the rest of my weekly Points. Which means that I had to be careful the next two days.

I wasn’t, though. On Sunday, we baptized our new daughter, and had a big party afterwards. I tried to be careful about points, and I managed to stay within 2/3rds of my daily point range. Which actually isn’t too horrible, when you add it all up. But the day wasn’t done. For dinner, I had more yams, more stuffing, more pie… All told, I used another 20 points or so above my daily allotment! Which put me 20 points or so above my weekly allotment. EEEEK!

I’ve spent the rest of the week trying to recover from such a bad weekend. And I think I have mostly done so. Scale-wise, I definitely have. I was down 1.6 pounds at WeightWatchers, and am down 2 pounds from last Saturday. I have been toning down the portion size that I eat, but I realize now that I need to allow myself to spend a few points for something that I really want… a serving of yams would’ve been fine, for 5 points. But I was trying to deny myself the yams to save points, and that backfired big-time.

Just like always, I’ll get right back on track. As I’ve said many times in the past, the key is in not giving up. As long as one keeps trying, keeps working at it, one will be successful. I’ve learned what happens when one continues to fight, and what happens when one gives up. I’ve done both. To remind myself of that, I have the following written on my bathroom mirror. I see this every morning and every night:

Don’t give up, and never forget.

I know that the road ahead will get bumpy. I’ve been there before. As long as I keep on fighting, and remember what happens when I stop being vigilant, I will be okay.

Exercise Holidays Weigh-in WeightWatchers

Weigh-in for November 25: One down…

Current weight: 297
Difference from last entry: -2
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -38.5

There’s one holiday down, two more to go! I was able to get through Thanksgiving without a lot of difficulties, though I did use up almost every single weekly point I get (for those who don’t know, I am following Weight Watchers FlexPlan). There were some excellent tips given in this week’s Weight Watchers at Work (WW@W) meeting this week. Some of the tips I followed are:

  • Don’t let any of the food touch. This forces one to have areas on the plate with no food, which means that one puts less food on one’s plate.
  • Have larger portions of the good stuff (e.g. turkey, salad, veggies) and smaller portions of the bad stuff (sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pie).
  • Don’t go to the table hungry! Have something healthy before-hand, something with a lot of protein. Being super-hungry leads directly to over-eating.
  • Take time between each bite, and drink a lot of water.

All in all, I ate a lot less than I normally would for Thanksgiving dinner. And I kept track of most everything. I didn’t actually want to enter it into my online PointsTracker (at Weight Watchers website), but I eventually did. And I didn’t do bad. I came up with 62 points, which is 18 over my daily limit. But I still had 32 weekly points at the time, so I was fine. And I still have 14 or so points that I can use through Tuesday. (Note: Not that I will… I like to have 25-30 points left at the end of the week. Just ‘cuz I know that maximizes weight loss. And 44 points is a hell of a lot of points per day. I don’t really need the extra 5.)

What I am still having problems with is exercise. I still haven’t done much at all. Which is eventually going to be a problem. I know that I need to get up and move more, not just for WW, not just for losing weight, not just for gaining muscle mass, but also to help manage my diabetes. But I am so lazy! And I am so adverse to exercise. Somehow I keep talking myself out of it. Which is not good, not good at all.

So I have something to work on over the next few weeks.