Monday, February 13, 2012

WW: Week 1

I am debating how honest I want to be in a very public way... do I post my starting weight?  Or just the pound movement?  Have to think on that a bit.

Monday through Thursday were great days.  I found that making good choices with food and activity meant being able to be a little loose when needed- like grabbing Taco Bell (where I could still make decent choices thanks to the Fresco menu) on a busy evening or while out running errands.

I was traveling Friday and meeting friends for dinner.  Fast food on the drive and Indian food over-consumption used up my bonus points.  Saturday was a big family dinner but it was a healthy dinner and I easily filled up on a variety of veggies.  That allowed me to go for pie... of the mom's homemade chocolate cream variety.  And I still stayed under my points on Saturday.

What I learned was that using points for bonuses is sometimes important and necessary but also that big meals, even when under points, isn't a good way to go.  When I was on track Monday through Thursday, I felt good.  I was satisfied with my food, full from my meals, and enjoyed fruit as snacks.  I made it to the gym each of those days.  My Friday regret was fast food.  Whopper Jr no cheese was no big deal but more points than I would have gone for if I had been paying attention.  Giving in to some fries was more of an emotional choice and not worth the points.  The dinner with friends was worth every bite simply because I enjoy Indian food but don't get to have it often.

The big meal on Saturday was under points but I overate.  Yes, I overate healthy food.  But I was stuffed and I over-indulged.  This was a family gathering and my family had gone to a lot of trouble to prepare the feast.  Emotionally, I would do it again.  My tummy might not agree, though.  The good news is that I didn't go on to eat another meal later in the day.

The weekend was more of a challenge and I did expect that.  Weekends have a lot less routine to them and the easy part of the early part of the week was fitting my healthy food choices into my routine. 

I have a favorite dinner.

Depending on how hungry I am and I do have some variations on this but basically:

1/2 c to 1 c of chicken (I use rotiserrie, no skin of course)
1/2 c of salsa (I use Wholly Salsa snack packs)
2 tb sour cream

I might have it with a serving of cilantro lime rice or maybe with baked lentil chips or maybe in a tortilla.  But it's easy and tasty and I love it.  It's a meal that's generally around 7-9 points depending on how it all comes together.

I've been sticking to cardio at the gym for the time being.  30 minutes on the treadmill- sometimes just walking, sometimes walking and jogging.  Or a circuit of 10 mins on treadmill, 10 mins on elliptical, 10 mins on bike.  I plan to stick with my cardio focus this coming week as well.  Once more weight is off, I'll focus more on adding in strength training.

1 week down...

Weight check: 


How about you?  Share a comment with your update.  If we have enough people who start participating in Monday check-ins, this could become a MrLinky thing!


Sandye said...

You're off to a great start--nothing like 8 lbs gone to keep you motivated! :) I'll join the weekly weigh in! For now I'll just say 4 lbs gone and stick with that. Maybe one day I'll post my actual weight for all of blogdom to see. :) Congrats on a great week!

Eternal Lizdom said...

I think I have a certain goal where I will feel like I'm ready to share what my starting weight was... But I've got about 25 lb to lose before I get there.

I do want to make sure I take pictures at some point, too.

Alison said...

Sounds like the point system will reassure you when you start panicking about bad choices--like, not so bad, you can still stay on track.

I was good during the week, not even close on the weekend. I went to the gym 3 days, yoga class a fourth. I generally shoot for 30 mins cardio plus a 10-15 min ab/back workout (crunches, reverse crunches, leg lifts, that kind of stuff). However, twice I fell short b/c my body said "quit." Weds. I was so busy at work I couldn't finish my 4:00 yogurt, and was shaking before I got halfway through my core workout.

I was traveling this weekend, too, and got zip for exercise and ate way too much. But I packed my gym bag last night, so am shooting to get back on track today. Last week I had lost 2 pounds since I started yoga classes. Slow, but at least in the right direction!

(I was thinking about this check-in as I drove to work this morning!)

Heather said...

Congrats on the 8 pound loss! Weekends are the hardest for me because I don't stay on track like I should and it annoys me and then has me frustrated by Sunday nights. I am really strict during the week (work routine helps with that) but weekends are my free for all time. I have gained quite a bit in the past 14 days due to being on steroids so I didn't even bother with the scale this week or today. I'll wait until this surgery swelling goes down a bit too.

Unknown said...

Way to go Liz!!! 8lbs is awesome. Keep it up. I can't wait to see what week 2 brings...

Katherine said...

Holy Cow! Awesome! 8 pounds is so impressive. My goal is to have enough of a weight loss to post it. Or at least to notice it myself.

Garret said...

Katherine said "holy cow"... just thought I'd point that out.

Michelle said...

Hey, Liz. Another easy way to fix your fave dinner is to plop several chicken breasts (or thighs) in a crock pot and add a jar of salsa. I use one jar per pound of chicken. Cook on low 8 hours and voila! You can freeze this in case others in your family aren't crazy about the meal. Add your sour cream and sides and dinner is done.

BTW, have you found a go-to rotiserrie? I've not seen any in Indy that look yummy.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I get my rotisserie chicken from Marsh- it's my fave but I also like that they have guaranteed hours that they will have chickens available.

I have a Target one right now and it just isn't as good.

I also have my own rotisserie so if I plan ahead, I could just do my own!