Friday, March 25, 2011

Even Steven

Weigh-in was Wednesday and after last week's awesome 3 lb loss, I was disappointed not to lose this week.  But I didn't gain either.  I totally stuck to the plan, so I'm thinking I'll back off of bananas this week.  Bananas are free (no points+) on the new plan and I did hit them pretty hard this last week.  They're easy to stuff in my lunch bag, and easy to grab after work when I'm hungry and haven't made dinner yet.  But they are nature's candy bar!  So I'm backing off.

Flickr - ianqi

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gastric Mind Band Therapy + A Solid Plan = Success!

Flickr - Leo Reynolds
 Lost 3 more lbs this week for a total of 5.4 so far.  I was afraid the weekend did me in, I ate out a couple times and it can be so hard to estimate nutritional values when someone else is cooking.  But everything turned out fine.  And by the way, I think the reason the weight-loss is going so smoothly this time is the hypnosis, it really is helping me stay on-track.

FTC disclaimer: Since I am blogging about the experience, the Gastric Mind Band service was provided at no charge

Friday, March 11, 2011

It Seems to be Working

I lost 2.4 lbs last week.  Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure it was all from my boobs.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Starting to get it

Since I rejoined WW last Tuesday, I've been struggling to figure out the new points plus system.  I think I've got it.  Today is the first day I've planned out with the right number of points.  We'll see how it goes!

Breakfast: english muffin sandwich with cheese, egg and Canadian bacon,
Lunch: turkey sandwich with hummus, cheese, spinach and mushrooms, bowl of bananas and strawberries,
Snacks: chicken and mushrooms, 1 cup yogurt with Splenda and blueberries,
Dinner: homemade pizza: flatout pizza crust, lots of veggies, some turkey, 1/4 cup cheese,
Dessert: banana berry smoothie with spinach (you can't taste it, I swear!), yogurt, milk, flax seed and Splenda.
Add a couple coffee's with creamer (already figured the points plus for that) and I think we have our first planned and on-point day!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

denial. A state I am so familiar with that I don't need a map.

Yesterday I had the day off.  After a lazy morning, I went to the gym and then (wait for it) re-joined Weight-Watchers. 

I was really frustrated when I quit WW several months ago.  After becoming familiar enough with the point-system I was able to take a good guess at what points a food would have... it was about 50 calories for one point, with fiber reducing the number of points and fat increasing them.  And I came to the realization that it was a very low-calorie diet plan.  I thought "I don't need to pay someone to tell me I can't freaking eat anything!" 

But they changed their program recently.  Now points are figured using grams of fat, fiber, carb and protein.  Calories don't figure into the picture at all and the purpose of refiguring the point system was to help people make better choices, eat healthier foods. And  I realize I was oversimplifying before, and WW is so much more than what I was frustrated about.  And it still is.  They provide support and tools to help you rethink what you're doing and establish new healthier habits.

Today at lunch we were talking about WW.  The lunch group included two life-time members, who had achieved and maintained their goal weight for some time.  I talked about the thing that frustrated me the most, that WW was so low-calorie.  It wasn't until later that I thought about the fact that I was with two people who had used that low-calorie system and had great success.  It's not the system that failed me, I failed to utilize the system.  I criticized it for being inadequate, but I didn't follow it.... that's why it didn't work for me.

Basically, I was complaining about WW because I was in total denial.  A state I am so familiar with that I don't need a map.

So...... yesterday I went to the gym and then re-joined the new and improved WW.  Here's hoping I can master a new and improved attitude to match!