Weight Watchers Update

It is getting progressively harder to find time for Thursday night Weight Watchers meetings. Work has really ramped up; I already have to leave by 5:15 on Mondays and Tuesdays to be on Emerson Detail since my husband teaches those evenings. I end up staying late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and many Fridays to catch up. Also it seems every blogger event and concert I want to attend is on a Thursday night.

I want to look for a meeting at a different time… but I don’t know of any time that would be better. Life is just so darn crazy right now. I am typing this at 8:30am while Emerson eats oatmeal and watches a movie; I have the dishwasher, dryer, and washing machine going, have already cleaned a bathroom and the kitchen. We’re leaving in three hours for a cousin’s son’s 6th birthday in Towson. As soon as we get home, my husband is heading to a concert. Tomorrow I am hosting a CAbi party and between the end of this birthday party and 2pm tomorrow I need to clean my house, go to the grocery store, figure out food for the party and write an article. This is my life in a nutshell, and I am not sure there is any time better than Thursday nights for Weight Watchers.

I rant and I whine, and then this was the quote posted at this week’s meeting:

You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make time.
-Charles Bruxton

Work won’t always be this hectic, I just need to plug through. And I need to make time for Weight Watchers, and my health.

In this week’s meeting we were to write down our typical day. What time we get up, go to work, eat lunch, etc.

  • 5:30 – Hit snooze a couple times, put in contacts, floss, brush, take shower
  • 6:00 – Go downstairs, let out dogs, eat oatmeal and a piece of fruit, drink 22oz. water while checking email and possibly watching something on the DVR. Sometimes I get inspired and do an exercise video, crunches, or sun salutations. More often than not I don’t.
  • 7:00 – Head back upstairs – do hair and makeup
  • 7:30 – Get Emerson dressed if my husband hasn’t already
  • 7:45 – Get Emerson in the car, take outfit photos
  • 8:00 – Get to Metro, use commute to read The Express or a book
  • 8:45 – Arrive at office. Fill water bottle, get cup of coffee, begin checking email
  • 9:00 – 5:15 – The day varies. Sometimes I get a lunch, more often than not I eat at my desk during a conference call or webinar (or while updating my blog).
  • 5:20 – Get to the Metro to head home. Use commute to read
  • 6:00 – Husband picks me up from the Metro
  • 6:10 – Husband goes and takes a shower, I get Emerson’s dinner ready and feed her dinner while checking the mail, doing laundry, washing dishes or some other task
  • 6:45 – Hang out with Emerson. If it’s nice out, we go outside to play, if not we’ll hang out in the living room. Sometimes I have so much to do, it ends up being Emerson plays alone while I get chores done.
  • 7:45 – Bath and bedtime for Emerson
  • 8:15 – Begin making dinner
  • 9:00 – Eat dinner with husband, more often than not at the coffee table while watching TV
  • 10:00 – Go upstairs to get ready for bed
  • 11:00 – Lights out

We’re supposed to look at our schedule and see times where we can exercise or be more healthy. I can see right away that I can use my hour in the morning to actually exercise rather than watch TV (I can also stop hitting snooze and have more time). Many in the meeting said they use their lunch hour to walk, but I really don’t get lunch hours but just a couple times a month (and then I have to use it for errands). I have gotten better and bought a bunch of frozen meals and stocked the work freezer so I don’t grab a cup-a-noodles or Au Bon Pain when rushed for time. I also have healthy snacks in my desk for that same purpose.

As Emerson gets older, and as this new work project settles in, I will have more space in my schedule, more opportunities to make time. But for now, I am trying to do my best with what I have.

And this week I removed 1.2 pounds. So since my last Weight Watchers update, I can now fit my wedding band, wore a pair of size 10 jeans, and now officially weigh less than I did before I got pregnant!

It’s funny, before I got pregnant I was doing yoga twice a week, kigong twice a week, and hitting the gym from time to time. I was in far better shape, but wore the same size and was the same weight. I just think, if I MAKE the time for more exercise… imagine how much slimmer I would look and how much better clothes would fit me!

So the goal is to figure out how to make more time for me, my health, and my future. I feel I have the food under control (not really tracking on a daily basis, but creating systems so that I have easy access to WW-friendly meals and snacks), now it’s time for the exercise.

And for those who don’t attend Weight Watchers meetings, there was a fabulous recipe in this week’s Weekly I wanted to share. We’re totally making it this week!

Coconut Curry Shrimp
8 PointsPlus per serving
Prep – 10 minutes, cook – 8 minutes
Serves 4

2 sprays cooking spray
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp mild (or hot) curry powder, to taste
½ tsp table salt
3 medium scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
½ cup light coconut milk
1 lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
3 cups cooked brown rice

Coat a medium to large skillet with cooking spray; add oil and set over medium heat.  When heated, add curry powder and salt; cook, stirring constantly, until curry is fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add white parts of scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes more. Add coconut milk, stir to blend. Add shrimp; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp turn pink, about 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green parts of scallions; serve. Yields about about 5 to 6 shrimp, ¾ cup rice, and 1 to 2 tablespoons sauce per serving.

Notes: Add cilantro, hot peppers, or tomatoes for a completely different twist. Service this recipe with fresh pineapple, mango or papaya to cut the spice (will affect PointsPlus value).

Interesting fact: ½ cup of light coconut milk is 2 PointsPlus, while ½ cup of regular coconut milk is 7 PointsPlus.

How have you all been doing? What have been your setbacks, and what are your recent accomplishments?

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23 Comments

  1. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Finding time for exercise is the worst! I know I should do it, but I honestly don’t want to, so I convince myself it’s too much of a hassle. And I cannot bring myself to get up early. Maybe I can force myself to do 15 minutes on the elliptical in the basement if I can get Netflix streaming on my phone to work down there!

  2. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    I always think that – I have 13 stairs in my house and weekends I must run up and down them a dozen times! I also use my pedometer and it reminds me to keep moving when I am being a slug 🙂

  3. kathy
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    I joined WW about 3 weeks ago. Fortunately, I really like my leader. Just wanted to chime in and say that running up and down the stairs and yard work counts alot! Raking alone for an hour can burn 300 calories. So keep up the exercise.

  4. kathy
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Wow, I’m exhausted looking at your schedule. But I have two boys (now ages 12 and 15) so I know how busy days can be with working full time and with kids. How you stay up till 11 pm and get up at 5:30 is beyond me though. I am surprised that you get up so early in the morning. Are you naturally an early bird? If so, you could try and exercise twice a week in the morning and once on weekends. That’ts 3x a week which is very good as far as I’m concerned. Also, do you take on too much generally? For instance, hosting the CABi party. Did you do it because you wanted to, or because you felt you should? And the birthday party…was it a close friend or an acquaintance? Maybe you need to start saying “no” more. I don’t know, I’m just trying to figure out where you can get some time for yourself.

  5. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    I do really love the meetings, they make me feel more accountable. Even if I on;y attend once a month, they seem to help. 🙂

  6. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Can you switch to doing WW online, or do you find the meetings
    worthwhile?  I knew I would not have the time to go to meetings so I
    signed up for the online plan right away.  I find the blogs on there
    really helpful – people share tips and recipes.  I’ve never been to a
    meeting so I can’t compare, but I’m tracking my weight online and doing
    fine so far.

    You’re obviously doing great as you are though, you look awesome and
    you’ve achieved so many goals like fitting into your size 10 jeans,
    getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight etc.

  7. Linusknits
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    As far as setbacks go, I just returned from vacation, where lack of schedule didn’t help. I did manage a work out and a bike ride in the Grand Canyon, with the kids in a trailer.  Thanks, Allie for posting your WW progress. It’s inspiring and helps me realize we all have set backs.

  8. Kristin Hodnett
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    You’re not alone, this crazy schedule and time for self care is something that so many women struggle with. I, like you, have been whining and complaining about it lately, so thanks for sharing. I really needed that quote too!

  9. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    I cook this a ton, and i add fresh string beans to it. and some shredded carrots then again Curry is a staple in this house #westindians 🙂 good luck i’m doing weights watchers as well and struggling a ton with it. I have to organize my meals a bit better, and get over the fact that my family isnt on board with me. It’s gets tiring to make the food and then thy pour salt over it, hot sauce, all kinds of crap, it’s like if you wanted crap you could have brought  a tv dinner. It epseically bothers me when i took a while to cook it, and nobody offered to help. Perhaps i just look cooking that much, and i spend a ton of money on spices, and herbs since i can’t use salt and then to watch the taste be drowned out by hot sauce lol.

  10. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Thanks Grace! It has been pretty hectic lately, but the longer I have this schedule, the better I master it and find time to get things like exercise done!

  11. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    We do go to the park many evenings, which is me walking there and back (little less than a mile in total). It’s hard to have a family dinner because my husband teaches 2 weeknights and shoots 1-2 other nights, and then Thursdays I have Weight Watchers. The nights he doesn’t shoot or teach, I usually don’t get home from work until 7:15. I have really forced myself to not graze during her meal – I usually slice up an apple or peach to nibble on while she eats her dinner. I wish we could have a family dinner but we only accomplish it a couple nights a week with our schedules. 🙁 Still figuring it all out!

  12. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    It’s so hard to find time, but I have to remember that 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes!

  13. Ginger
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    You’re cooking two dinners. One for Emerson and one for you & husband.  How’re you not grazing through Emerson’s dinner? 

    I think I’d focus on planning dinners and having all of you eat together by 7 each night.  There is no shame in having a meal plan and repeating it week after week. It simplifies shopping and cooking.   On nights your husband doesn’t work you could be going out to Yoga or some other exercise activity.  Until it gets dark, which will be soon, you can be taking Emerson to the park before bedtime.

  14. Grace
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Wow, just reading your schedule makes me tired! It sounds to me like you are doing great with the time you have.

  15. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Yay for pre-pregnancy weight! I’ve been thinking the same thing about trying to find time to exercise… think about my whole day and just find a time to fit it in. I’m thinking waking up before the baby is the only way! Anyway, great job!

  16. December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    If you feel meetings may help, see if there is a different one with a different leader near you. I have been to meetings like you describe and it sucks. My leader jokes about activity points for cocktails, encourages friendships between members, is quite crazy & makes the meeting fun (though I hate the pushing of WW products).

  17. Karinaninap
    December 6, 2011 / 12:47 am

    Thanks for the recipe.  I joined WW a couple of months ago because of you and Jennifer Hudson.  Wow you look better and better every week and Jennifer Hudson is really an inspiration.  I went to meetings for 2 weeks and they were like being in first grade.  They spent 20-30 min passing out stickers for everything and talking to us like we were children.  I’m still on it, but don’t go to the meetings.  I wish they had an “adult” class where they give tips, recipes, etc. – things that would be useful.  I seem to have hit a plateau and like you, stay busy from 5:30 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. with no time to exercise.  I’m hoping yard work and running up and down stairs all day counts for something.  Thanks for keeping it real!

  18. December 6, 2011 / 12:46 am

    if only you could work out or have a meeting ON the metro! heh
    im lucky, since im not a mom, i can set aside the extra time for meetings and exercise. but it seems that you have had quite a bit of success on the program. maybe its not overnight, but personally, i think its more sustainable when it happens slowly.

    unrelated, are you going to the blogger meetup tuesday night? (guessing not, based on your schedule!)

  19. December 6, 2011 / 12:41 am

    I like this idea. We were talking about utilizing the crock pot more often and this would be perfect. Thanks for following up!

  20. Shannon
    December 6, 2011 / 12:41 am

    I was thinking more about this this morning – perhaps two nights a week your husband could prepare dinner earlier in the day that could be reheated when you are ready to sit down together?  That way, you could get in some exericse after putting Emerson down for the night but still get time with your husband.  My DH works late and when our girls were little we were on the same schedule as you.  I ended up eating two dinners and hence my return to WW!!! 

  21. Shannon
    December 6, 2011 / 12:41 am

    Allie ~ keep up the good work.  Whatever you are doing is working!!  Any chance you’d do a post on your food strategies?  I find when our calendar is busy (and its ramping back up since I’m heading back to work) that is when eating well falls completely to the wayside.  As for exercise, can you do a video or something after Emerson is in bed?  Walk Away The Pounds has a great series that includes a 15, 30 & 45 minute “walk” that are easy to do at home w/o a lot of space.

  22. December 6, 2011 / 12:40 am

    Thank you Kathy for your suggestions! I did the CAbi because I have been putting it off for months and the company contacted me, gave me some spending money if I would have it. I chose it this weekend because I am giving my husband a birthday party next weekend and it encouraged me to get the place clean in time. 🙂 The birthday party is for a close cousin’s son, and family we haven’t seen lately (keep saying no to small events but say yes to the birthdays). I do need to use my mornings better – I get up early because it’s the only time of day when I am left completely alone (except for 3 needy dogs), and really is the perfect time for exercise (did just that this morning!).

  23. Martha
    September 25, 2011 / 10:49 pm

    IF you ever have time, I go to a WW meeting at noon on Wednesdays at Vermont and K. They have a lot of meetings — maybe a work locale would be easier?

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