First Week & Three Pounds Down

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I finished my first week of Weight Watchers and weighed myself on Wednesday. To my delight, I lost three pounds! Now I know in the grand scheme of things three pounds is a drop in a lake, but it’s a start!

In the first week I didn’t cheat, use all of my extra weekly allowed points or forget to track a single item. Although not everything I ate was healthy for me, I still kept to the overall guidelines of eating just 39 Weight Watchers points worth of food per day … Or 39 plus a few of the weekly allowance if necessary. So by definition of the rules of the program, I succeeded. Future mini goals will incorporate using the Fit Bit I purchased and incorporating exercise. Slow down me! One step at a time.

My goal for this week is simple: use fewer of my weekly extra allowance. Yes, yes my overall goal is to lose a couple of pounds this week as well, but in an effort to achieve that my mini goal is to adhere even closer to that strict daily allowance.

The usually most difficult part of any person’s week for dieting is right around the corner: the weekend. For me, however, it shouldn’t be to rough because I work all day Saturday and can easily plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks without having access to any extras. I’m hoping to spend some time playing outside at the playground or park with my daughter as well this weekend. Each time we go I try to be more involved than the last time which helps me burn calories while we both have a great time. Thank goodness for the weather in the Southwest and being able to spend time outside when other parts of the country are still struggling with winter weather.

Alright, well there are only a couple of hours remaining until my daughter and husband get home and I still have several chores to tackle. I’m happy to be home early today because I can actually spend some time making dinner for us. On the menu for dinner: garlic and basil orzo with chicken. Not only do both my husband and I enjoy it, but my daughter devours it like chocolate! I seriously can’t wait for dinner.

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Shit … This Is Hard

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Today was my first full day on Weight Watchers. Not only that, but it was my first day back at work after 11 days out of the office for a Caribbean vacation. What a torturous combo!

Today I drank Coca-Cola (gasp!) and ate pizza (oh the horror!) for dinner. And guess what? I kept entirely within my allowed points. On top of that, I feel satisfied without feeling stuffed and I haven’t felt all the shitty stomach stuff that has seemed to plague me day-in and day-out in recent history.

However, that being said, work was hard and eye-opening. I knew I snacked a fair amount each day at work, but not being able to snack the same way today made me realize just how awful I was eating. I was thinking of comparing a normal snack day to today, but stopped myself thinking “wow, how pathetic will that make my habits look.” And then another immediate thought, “isn’t sharing that exact information what writing this is all about?” YES!

So, after my inner-self finished debating, I decided that the best way to illustrate just how awful and wacky my eating habits were (let’s be honest, still are since only time will tell), I would describe a day in eating on a normal work day and compare that to today. To top it off, I’ll put add the Weight Watchers points for both days as well. Here goes nothing …

Standard Work Day
Breakfast: plain bagel (toasted & buttered) with an egg, cheese & ham, glass of apple juice, banana. Points: 17
Snacks at Work: goldfish crackers, cup-o-noodles, chocolate, coke. Points: 21
Lunch: healthy choice cafe steamers meal, coke, cheese stick, Reece’s peanut butter cup. Points: 19
Dinner: McDonalds Big Mac, medium fries and a coke. Points: 26
TOTAL: 83 (mind you my allowance is 38 points w/a weekly extra bank of 49 points)

Total
Breakfast: Special K Red Berries w/soy milk and fresh raspberries. Points: 6
Snacks: Fiber One granola bar, pretzels. Points: 7
Lunch: healthy choice meal, cheese stick, coke. Points: 12
Dinner: pepperoni pizza, coke, banana. Points: 23
TOTAL: 38

That comparison is horrifying. I would cry over that evidence of my ignorance if I wasn’t so damned determined to fix myself. How much do you think you’re eating each day? Write it down just once; the results may be alarming.

The Ailments

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It dawned on me about 6 months ago that the weight gain has become an issue far beyond cosmetics and slowing me down with daily activities. I’ve been keeping track of all the health-related issues that have been plaguing me (aside from the flu/common cold) recently and I’m pretty sure All of them are related to my unhealthy weight.

My ailments (so to speak):
1. Back problems – far too many to name.
2. Poor skin quality
3. Brittle/breaking nails
4. Acid reflux/heartburn
5. Sore/aching feet/ankles/calves/knees
6. Chest pains
7. Headaches/migraines
8. Trouble sleeping
9. Exhaustion
10. Dizziness/fainting
11. Gastrointestinal problems
12. Muscle cramps
13. Irregular menstrual cycles

… And others that have slipped my mind. To clarify, none of those symptoms have been common in my life when not directly related with a sports injury, accident or pregnancy.

That’s a lot of issues popping up here and there. That’s a lot of feeling like shit day in and day out. I simply refuse to have to continue living this way. I don’t have to feel awful all of the time or be concerned about whether the seat belt will buckle the next time I fly. But if I don’t take the necessary steps to change then those ailments and my physical appearance will only get worse. So as I get ready to fall asleep on my last night before the change in habits commences, I hope I dream about a healthy lifestyle free of frivolous aches and pains.

Cheers to change … And if you’re struggling to sleep, instead of counting sheep, count my pounds, there’s enough to help you through a night of insomnia.