I have been terrible with my Weight Watchers updates.
Last week I was flat – didn’t gain, didn’t lose. I wasn’t too surprised and actually expected a gain. I was terrible. I didn’t exercise at all, I didn’t track a couple days, I ate things like cupcakes and Cheetos and such. It was bad, a week where I didn’t even want to go to my meeting but I did. I did because the reason I stopped Weight Watchers in the past was because I would fall off the wagon one time and not go to the meeting because I didn’t want to see the number on the scale. Next thing I knew, a month had gone by and I had gained back all I had removed.
So I went, and was actually happy to see no change on the scale. And I was motivated to get back on track.
This past week I was better, and it was hard. I had Labor Day weekend which was full of hot dogs, funnel cake and beer. And then four high-intensity days at work where I got in early, stayed late (we’re talking 12 hour and longer days), and felt overwhelmed, stressed, panicked. Days where I wouldn’t see Emerson at all, where I wasn’t home until like 9pm and was getting up the next day at 4:30. But I brought my lunch every day except yesterday, I stuck to drinking just water, coffee, and diet soda only when I HAD to have something “bad,” and though I didn’t have time to walk or do an exercise video, I did walk down the stairs at work, park far away from my destinations, and did a couple crunches.
And because of this crazy work week, I didn’t get off work in time for my Weight Watchers meeting. I didn’t even have time to call my mom and tell her I wasn’t going – she and our leader were worried about me. So I don’t know if I lost, gained, stayed flat. But I know for sure I will be going to my meeting this coming week!
So, as for food lately…
– Has anyone tried the Laughing Cow blue cheese? I didn’t even know it existed until I saw an ad for it in… Real Simple magazine? Somewhere. Anyway I am a blue cheese addict and wonder if it’s delish. Haven’t found it in any local grocery stores, may have to ask my local market to get me some!
– Speaking of blue cheese, I have been deviating from my daily breakfasts of either oatmeal or an Eggbeaters and Laughing Cow cheese sandwich on a Thomas Bagel Thin or light English Muffin. I have been taking Eggbeaters and adding onion and a bit of shredded cheese, or just blue cheese crumbles and adding before cooking. It ends up being sort of like an omelet but creamier and really fluffy. I have had that a couple times with coffee and a side of grapes and it feels really special, like a breakfast I would get at a cozy café.
– Blue cheese is surprisingly low in points, considering you don’t need much to get much impact. It’s pretty much a point per tablespoon, and only one tablespoon is needed in my morning omlet – that’s the same points as Laughing Cow but with a whole other flavor and feeling. Since realizing that, I haven’t been afraid to add blue cheese to some dishes for more pungent impact. The other night my husband cooked scallops, we had them with a big salad and small baked potatoes. The salad was just tons of veggies, so I added one tablespoon of blue cheese crumbles on top and it made it feel more decadent. I have also used blue cheese on a baked potato and added on a sandwich of very thin deli ham and crusty bread and field greens. Weight Watchers isn’t about depriving yourself, just having portion control and balance. I have been depriving myself of blue cheese because it’s a full fat cheese, but since so little is needed for impact, it really isn’t something I need to avoid.
– I tried the Lean Cuisine meals that are in the bag… and they are far better than the regular box meals. I have been sticking to sandwiches with Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers because I find the meals to be salty, sorta yucky, and they don’t fill me up or leave me satisfied. My coworker had one of the bags and said it was good. They are easy to cook – no stirring halfway through or cooking partially on a weird level on the microwave. Throw the bag in the microwave, cook like 6 minutes, open and pour on a plate or in a bowl. I had the Chicken Alfredo and the noodles weren’t gummy and the pieces of chicken were ginormous and tender. I will definitely try them again.
Note: for you Lean Cuisine eaters, click this link to get a coupon for $1 off Lean Cuisines! I found this when visiting the Lean Cuisine site 🙂
– I have been drinking more diet soda than I would like. I usually don’t drink soda at all unless it is a special occasion or it’s in a cocktail. I hate the artificial flavors, all the chemicals, the artificial sweetener. Well lately I have just wanted something sweet and bad, and diet soda is a point-free option. Occasionally I have stopped by 7-Eleven or on the way out of the grocery store have gotten a Diet Dr. Pepper. I sometimes snag a can of Diet Coke from the stash we have at the office for in-house lunch meetings. And this week when I went to the grocery store I bought a 6-pack of Diet Coke cans. Last night I wanted a beer, but instead went with a Diet Coke because it didn’t have points. I don’t love this habit, but think it’s something that fulfils a need now, and I will outgrow.
– I have been counting points from what I eat off Emerson’s plate. I realize more often than not, I am pretending or actually eating to encourage her, letting her feed me, taking a spoonful of something between feeding her. It’s hard to not do it, so I allot 3 points a day just from Emerson eating times. It’s a painful use of points, and is really encouraging me to not do that any more. I do find that I no longer nibble while cooking, I need to now stop nibbling when feeding Emerson.
– Wine is totally worth the points, and one glass of kick-ass wine tastes so much better than three glasses of mediocre wine. Weight Watchers is really teaching me how to enjoy the small things, and have what I enjoy be small.