I think I need to start calling this my weekend Weight Watchers update, since I have been a Friday slacker. Fridays have been busier than expected lately.
So this week I gained weight. A hair over a pound. This is the first time I have gained during the Weight Watchers process. And I am not surprised.
1. I missed two meetings
2. I haven’t been tracking every day
3. I fell off the wagon
Falling off the wagon for me is eating foods that aren’t worth it. I’m talking having a crappy day, come home, and throw some regular tortilla chips in a Tupperware container, sprinkle a ton of regular shredded cheddar on top, a bit of Frank’s Red Hot, microwave for 60 seconds and eat in front of the TV.
On Weight Watchers, eating less fat, more fiber, more vegetables caused me to stop craving so much of the heavy, filthy foods. I would come home, look in the fridge, and desire a pickle, or maybe some Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow and tomato. If I was starving while cooking dinner, I would munch on celery sticks dipped into my homemade super low-point ranch dressing (Hidden Valley ranch packet with 1 cup skim milk, one cup reduced fat mayo). I stopped wanting the pasta, the homemade crappy nachos. But then you try it once, maybe it’s PMS, maybe it’s not going to the grocery store for fresh produce… next thing you’re back to craving things like salt and vinegar potato chips and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
So I know what I did, and what I need to do to get back on track.
Weight Watchers tip – did you know you can attend any meeting for free? Even if you aren’t a member, you can attend. You can’t weigh in, can’t get the materials, but you can sit for the seminar. And I find the seminars so darn helpful. It’s as though Weight Watchers knew I would gain this week, and made the meeting tailored for me.
This week was about positive self-talk, being your own cheerleader on the road to weight removal success. It’s about dealing with the gains, the plateaus, the tiny removals that feel like nothing (did you know 0.8 pounds is the weight of a coffee mug? Doesn’t that seem like a lot more weight to remove when you can compare it to something?).
This week my leader said, “You are going to gain weight at some point during Weight Watchers, so get mad now.” Her point was, it’s so easy to have a week of gaining get you off track. You’re mad, this doesn’t work, this plan is stupid. You just can’t lose weight, you’re a failure. You punish yourself, and you veer even farther off the plan. Instead of saying, “I was bad,” say, “This is the choice I made.” Because it’s true, every bite you ate, every minute of exercise you did or did not do, it was a choice.
We can make excuses until the cows come home about no time and our lack of control in our weight loss situation. The boss kept you late, the husband didn’t go to the grocery store, it was your birthday, your friend’s bachelorette party, they brought donuts into the office, the kids got up early/went to bed late. And let’s not forget about that metabolism you got from your mom, your thyroid, your bad knee. But if you have time to be on the Internet checking blogs, you have time to eat properly and move your body, at least a little.
So you can’t run a 5K, or you have a bad back. You work 12 hour days and come home to three kids. You can’t afford a gym, let alone farmer’s market fresh produce. You can hardly boil water, let alone make recipes from Weight Watchers cookbooks. Do what you can with what you have, where you are in life. It’s better than nothing. It’s better to lose the weight of a coffee mug, than no coffee mug at all. And it’s better that I gained less than two pounds this week than dropping Weight Watchers all together and probably gaining far more.
This Saturday, our friend had a festival for a type of alcohol at a nearby bar. We went, and ate bar food. I had a Bloody Mary, a Miller Lite, a couple sips of this liquor that tastes more like lighter fluid. I ate Buffalo wings and crab dip and French fries. I knew I would have a day like this. Soo for breakfast, I made my Eggbeaters, and I cooked it with chopped up wedge of Laughing Cow and a couple slivers of red onion and some thin 98% fat free deli ham. I put it on top of one half of a Thomas multigrain Bagel Thin. I drank a ton of water all day. Before I went to the bar, I ate half of a banana so I wasn’t ravenous. When I came home, I drank more water to help flush out my system. A couple hours later I was hungry so I had some leftover grilled fish from the previous night’s dinner on a ginormous salad of just vegetables and had it with tea. I didn’t go to bed hungry, I didn’t feel deprived, I planned accordingly for day’s event. And this is how I plan to handle this week so I can again remove what I gained and push forward with this Weight Watchers journey!
And for those starting just now, here are my previous posts about Weight Watchers…