Lisa Accountability Post – Week 4 of New Life!

I can’t believe I’ve been here almost a month. This week, things got a little tougher. I did lose 1.4 pounds, so that’s good. However, I’ve had cravings this week and finally gave in yesterday and had an overload of terrible-for-me food (after I weighed in). I think it is fascinating how quickly things go from strong to weak. I blame this week on female troubles (the women get what I mean). Also, while having such strong cravings, it hard to say no over and over again when you just want to let go. So, I felt my resolve weaken throughout the week and last night just gave in.

That said, I felt sick today as a result of yesterday and am ready to jump back in to lose more. I always find that I don’t feel well after indulging, but I’ve learned to not hate myself so much after having nights like last night. I have the tools to recover from such days. And, I’m glad that my body responds the way that it does. I don’t eat a lot of sugar or fat. So, when I do over-indulge, my body responds with pain. That’s how it should be. My body is used to healthier food and knows when it is being fed bad food.

So, on to next week. I’ve spent the day prepping meals for next week based on zero-point foods. I’ve made black-bean chili, barbeque beans/corn/chicken, and salsa beans/corn/chicken. I like to take basic ingredients, put them in a pan, and then add flavor. That way, most of my meals are based on zero-point foods.

I also wanted to note that one of things that I think has helped me the past few weeks is a find that I discovered when I was on Simply Filling for a little while: Cheerios. Cheerios meets the Simply Filling criteria because it has such a low sugar count (1g) but with 3g of fiber – which meets the threshold for cereal on Simply Filling. It also has 3g of protein. This is all in 1 cup. Now that I’m back on Freestyle, 1 cup of Cheerios is only 3 points. That’s pretty darn good. So, it has turned into a treat I can have frequently and not ruin my diet. When I feel like having carbs – I have a bowl on Cheerios. When I don’t want to prepare food, I have a bowl of Cheerios. When I want something lighter – I have Cheerios.

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Anyway, on to next week. Hopefully the cravings will subside.

And, in case you need a cute picture, here is Kitty, who supports my efforts in her own way.

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I can’t believe I’ve been here almost a month. This week, things got a little tougher. I did lose 1.4 pounds, so that's good. However, I’ve had cravings this week and finally gave in yesterday and had an overload of terrible-for-me food (after I weighed in). I think it is fascinating how quickly things go … Continue reading Lisa Accountability Post – Week 4 of New Life!

Lisa Accountability Post – Week 3 of New Life!

First of all, Happy Easter! I am very grateful for the sacrifice that Christ made for us and can’t post on Easter without acknowledging His role in my life.

Now, onto my weekly report. What a week! I hit 50 pounds lost on WW! I was so surprised because I have been a few pounds away from that for a few weeks (actually for longer than that), but for some reason my body was having a hard time getting there. Finally, I weighed in on Saturday hoping for any movement and I had lost nearly 3 pounds! Looking back over the past few weeks, I think a few things have helped me get down these last few pounds. For the first time in over a year, I did not buy any cheese or Velveeta. I discovered Velveeta early in my WW journey, realizing it is only 1 point per slice. And, it sure makes broccoli go down more easily. But, I realized that by having it in the fridge, I was regularly snacking on it whenever I happened to walk by my kitchen. It was adding to my points each day, even if only by a few points. And, it was regularly a food I would eat when I wasn’t hungry, which meant it had to go. The second thing I changed was I’ve tried to drink more water and less soda. That doesn’t mean I don’t drink any soda (I mean, let’s not get ridiculous!), but I have tried to emphasize water and drink more. Third, I have been making food every Saturday and then eating it throughout the week. I’ve emphasized zero-point foods like veggies, beans, and chicken breast. I really think having pre-made and tasty choices available, I feel more satisfied and I don’t desire other foods as much.

This past week, I stayed within plan each day, staying within my daily and weekly points. I also had some low-point ice-cream this week which I have to say is something I’ll probably buy a little more often. It didn’t effect my weight loss and was quite yummy:

I was actually impressed at how yummy the mint chip Halo Top was. I tried Halo Top in the past and didn’t love it like I know a lot of others seem to. But the mint chip was really good and surprisingly didn’t have the artificial taste that the other Halo Tops have. The Enlightened was pretty good, too, in a pinch.

I’ve already prepared meals for next week. I’ve made a yummy chicken and broccoli dish:

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I also made a yummy egg/corn/bean/mushroom dish with salsa.

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I look forward to diving into these dishes for lunches this week.

So, another great week and I excitedly move onto losing the next 50!

Have a great week!

First of all, Happy Easter! I am very grateful for the sacrifice that Christ made for us and can't post on Easter without acknowledging His role in my life. Now, onto my weekly report. What a week! I hit 50 pounds lost on WW! I was so surprised because I have been a few pounds … Continue reading Lisa Accountability Post – Week 3 of New Life!

Lisa Accountability Post – Week 2 of New Life!

Hi folks!

I’m happy to report about week two since I moved back to Virginia. It has been an amazing week and I’m happy to report that my health efforts were pretty successful.

I had three days of training this week at different locations so the challenge was choosing foods that were on plan even though I was eating out a lot. I did a pretty good job – mostly choosing Chick Fil A (my favorite fast food place), Subway and Wendy’s. But, I did overeat one day at Wendy’s when I was out of points and still wanted a frosty.

But, other than that, I had a great week. I ate the foods that I had planned to. I even exercised (though only once 🙂 ). Having healthy foods already made up was a huge help. I had a lot of the bean chili I had made last week. I had a snow day this week where I was stuck at home all day, and having only healthy foods at home helped a lot because I wasn’t tempted.

I made the decision this past week to not buy cheese. I have posted in the past about how much I love Velveeta. I have it all the time, but I’ve realized that it promotes overeating because even when I’m not hungry, I’ll go to the fridge and eat a piece (or two or three). So, I didn’t purchase it this past week and it really cut down on late-night snacking.

Also, in my commitment to include whole grains in my diet, I’ve started adding rolled oats to my Chobani. It is good, the oats add texture to the yogurt, add fiber, and make the dish last a little longer. It is also more filling than yogurt alone.

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For next week, I’ve already done some cooking and prepped two dishes: teriyaki broccoli and chicken and barbecue beans and corn. If I do say so myself, I am very proud of the bbq beans and corn dish because I was seeking something a little different and came up with this idea without a recipe.

Here’s the broccoli and chicken teriyaki – emphasis is on the broccoli:

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And, here’s the yummy bbq bean and corn dish:

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So, that’s my update. Oh, I forgot to say – I lost all the weight I’ve gained the past few months (6 pounds) since I moved here, so going forward, I’m in new territory. On to week 3!!!

Hi folks! I'm happy to report about week two since I moved back to Virginia. It has been an amazing week and I'm happy to report that my health efforts were pretty successful. I had three days of training this week at different locations so the challenge was choosing foods that were on plan even … Continue reading Lisa Accountability Post – Week 2 of New Life!

Lisa Accountability Post – Week 1 of New Life!

Ok folks, on our soon-to-be-posted podcast, you will hear that I’ve just uprooted myself and returned to the East Coast with a new job and new apartment. I miss my family in TX, but am excited to be settled after looking for where I was going to land for so long. So, Kitty and I are here, ready to start fresh.

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As I mentioned in the podcast, I intend to post a weekly accountability post to give me a chance to review and reflect on the previous week and plan for next week. So here goes:

This past week: Was AWESOME! I started an incredible job which I love. And, having my own place again has helped a lot in controlling the what I eat. I wasn’t as prepared as I wanted to be since last week, I moved up here and didn’t have time to do food prep, so I ate out a lot more than I wanted. But, I feel good about the choices I made (Chick Fil A mostly) and only had one meal that was unhealthy all week.

I’ve had to choose which plan I’ll be on with WW (since I officially switched to Simply Filling a few weeks ago). I have been enjoying the freedom in SF which includes not having to write down most of what you eat as long as it is on the list, and I think it helped break me through my plateau. However, I’ve notice that as time has gone on, I’ve continued to make exceptions for what I can eat and haven’t been recording my off-plan points. For that reason, I’ve decided to go back to Freestyle. I’m going to approach Freestyle with a new attitude and try to really focus on the zero-point foods and making them the staples in my diet, which is not the same approach I had with SmartPoints.

Next week: To that end, I’ve been prepping today (Saturday) for the next week. I went shopping for lots of fruits. I have lots of veggies in the freezer (I like to buy them frozen so they don’t go bad if I don’t eat them within a few days of purchase). And, I’ve prepped some yummy zero-point bean chili to munch on this week.

So, on to week 2! My goal is to eat out less (should be once or twice a week max) and eat what I prep from home. I think that will make a big difference. Also, for the first time in weeks, I’m planning on tracking my foods in the WW app.

Ok folks, on our soon-to-be-posted podcast, you will hear that I've just uprooted myself and returned to the East Coast with a new job and new apartment. I miss my family in TX, but am excited to be settled after looking for where I was going to land for so long. So, Kitty and I … Continue reading Lisa Accountability Post – Week 1 of New Life!

Plateau-Busting!

Alright y’all, I have been living in the same weight decade for the past few months, demonstrating a full-fledged plateau. I had been gaining and losing the same few pounds for a while. I decided I wanted to bust out of that pattern.

First, I had to set the goals for my challenge. I had 3 rules:

  1. Move more
  2. Track every bite
  3. Be kind to yourself

I followed these rules diligently for 3 weeks. I knew 1-2 weeks was too short as my body would have to adjust. 3 weeks worked great.

Move More

To move more, I started a couch to 5K program, took a zumba class, and tried to just move more throughout the day. This included taking ramps in parking garages and the long way around places. I haven’t really worked out much while on Weight Watchers. This experience reminded me how strong exercise helps me to feel. I really do love it.

Track Every Bite

I noticed that I had become a little more complacent with recording food. I’ve been more specific and made sure that I included even the most minor of things that could influence points.

Be Kind To Yourself

I felt like this was the most important one. I realized I needed to think kind things about myself. I had been thinking frustrating things about myself and my body as I kept gaining and losing. I’ve been changing the internal conversation. Some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking have been:

  • I’m so proud of myself and my body.
  • I can do hard things.
  • My body is so strong and has carried me through tough times.
  • I’m powerful!

So, after three weeks, I ended up losing 6 pounds, which got me into a different decade. To avoid a new plateau, I plan on keeping these things up. I hope this will help with continued progress.

What do you all do to bust those plateaus? Tell us your experience! The biggest lesson I have learned: just keep trying. I won’t give up. I got this!

Alright y'all, I have been living in the same weight decade for the past few months, demonstrating a full-fledged plateau. I had been gaining and losing the same few pounds for a while. I decided I wanted to bust out of that pattern. First, I had to set the goals for my challenge. I had … Continue reading Plateau-Busting!

Need Help, I Think I Am At My Body’s Set Point

I’ve been having a very hard time getting through this particular 10 pounds. Losing forty pounds to get to this weight was not a picnic, but I worked towards it and it happened. However, starting in late October and until just a week ago, I’ve been gaining and losing the same 8 or so pounds. I switched to Simply Filling last week and finally busted through it, though only by a couple of pounds so far so I’m not ready to declare victory.

I think my body is seriously clinging to this particular weight. Every time I make a little progress, I do something to sabotage myself. I don’t want to sabotage myself, but for some reason I get strong cravings whenever I get at or below this weight range. I find myself gaining a couple of pounds, getting frustrated, losing a couple of pounds, and getting cravings, and the process starts again. I thought I was just hitting a wall, but now I’ve realized that this is the weight that I was for a long time before I had my gain a few years ago. I think my body got comfortable at this weight and doesn’t want to go further.

When I finally realized that I might be sabotaging my own efforts subconsciously, I started to wonder if I really believe in my gut that I can succeed. I’ve had a lot of hope over the past year having found Weight Watchers, having the support of my sisters, participating in this blog and podcasts, and so on. I really have everything I need to lose weight. But, I’ve really been struggling recently. All of this struggle is introducing doubt that only makes things more difficult.

I’ve also noticed that as I’ve lost weight, I’ve been able to see and accept myself at the new weight. In other words, it hasn’t been unbelievable to me that I was at a lower weight. But, the weight that I reached at my last weigh-in (where I got the lowest I’ve been in years by a few pounds) feels like it isn’t me.  I have noticed that I’m having a hard time associating myself with that weight. It “feels” lower than I really am, even though that is not true.

I wonder if any one else has dealt with this. Do you “feel” that you should be a certain weight – not that you want to be that weight, but that your body seems to fight to stay at this weight? I need to figure out how to convince my subconscious that my weight is not too low, but too high.

This seems like an even more intense struggle than I’ve had so far, but until I can figure it out, I don’t know how I’m going to succeed further. I am trying to stick to Simply Filling as much as I can, which is something new for me, so maybe it will help. If anyone has any insight, please share.

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I’ve been having a very hard time getting through this particular 10 pounds. Losing forty pounds to get to this weight was not a picnic, but I worked towards it and it happened. However, starting in late October and until just a week ago, I’ve been gaining and losing the same 8 or so pounds. … Continue reading Need Help, I Think I Am At My Body’s Set Point

My First Week On Simply Filling

Last Friday, I decided to switch to Simply Filling. My primary reasons were that I haven’t been able to really acclimate to Freestyle and I’m someone who eats whole grains and found that my points were gone too quickly. The final straw was when I finally looked at the Simply Filling list of foods and saw that 94% fat free popcorn was on the list – which is one of my favorite snacks. So, I felt that Simply Filling might be fore me.

However, unfortunately, I switched over without really planning for it. So, this week has been a “do the best I can with the food I’ve already got in the house” type of week. Here’s some of the things I’ve noticed this week:

-It feels freeing. I didn’t use the app all week to track food, even though on Simply Filing you are supposed to track foods you consume not on the list. So, I definitely took it further than I’m supposed to, but I justified it by making the best decisions I could make with each meal. Getting to step back from writing everything down is a nice break. Even going forward, IF I decide to start writing down the foods not on the list (I’m still deciding if I want to do this), it will be easier than it used to be.

-The list may not be perfect for me. I know, when you hear that someone wants to “tweak” the list of foods, it sounds like a cop out. But hear me out. My first tweak is to add plain, almond milk which is not on the SF list, though fat-free milk is. I have been using almond milk for cereal for a long time and think it is healthy. The other addition to the list is Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel bread is sprouted grain bread that I think is very healthful. It is filling, and the sprouted grains are supposed to be healthier than flour-based bread. So, even though it isn’t on the list, I have no concerns that eating this bread will stifle my weight loss.

-I’m having to decide carefully how to use my weeklies. Even though I am not recording point-based food right now (for my mental break from that task), it doesn’t mean I’m not carefully considering foods that aren’t on the SF list. For instance, I have Chobani yogurt each day. It is 4 points and I love it. However, it isn’t on the SF list. But, non-fat, artificially-flavored yogurt is acceptable on SF. However, it tastes vastly inferior to the type of Chobani I usually get. And, it leaves a weird taste in my mouth. So, should I continue with the Chobani though it reduces my weeklies? I have to decide. The other decision is cheese. I love cheese and while fat-free cheese is on SF, we all know it doesn’t taste as good. I haven’t tried fat-free cheese yet, but before deciding what kind of cheese I’ll use, I’m going to try some of it out.

-I’ve had to really listen to my body this week to not overeat. This is tough because in the past (on the SmartPoints program), I let the number of points tell me how much to eat. On SF, I’m having to stop when I’m full. I recognize that under stressful times, emotional times, etc, I may not have the willpower to stop, but this week I believe I did pretty well. I focused on eating foods that are filling and then stopping when I was done.

So, if Freestyle isn’t your cup of tea or you need a break, I certainly recommend Simply Filling. You can always switch back. This week I lost three pounds and I am ecstatic about that. Here’s a great list of foods on SF:  http://www.weightwatchers.com/images/1033/dynamic/GCMSImages/FillingFoodList_US.pdf

Whatever you decide, good luck to all in our journey towards health!

Last Friday, I decided to switch to Simply Filling. My primary reasons were that I haven’t been able to really acclimate to Freestyle and I’m someone who eats whole grains and found that my points were gone too quickly. The final straw was when I finally looked at the Simply Filling list of foods and … Continue reading My First Week On Simply Filling