I wrote yesterday about why I joined Weight Watchers. To sum up, I want to be healthier. That’s it. Nothing fancy, desperate, or shocking just me gettin' healthy.
What are you doing? Because
misery loves company I’d love to have you getting healthier right along with me!
So, here’s my word for the first week: Eye-opening
There were apparently a lot of crossed wires between what I thought I was eating and what I was actually eating. And the wires were not crossed in my favor. I also probably owe Stress an apology. I’ve been blaming a lot of weight gain on him and it turns out that maybe I should have spread some of that blame over to Dire Lack of Vegetables and Excessive Intake of Salty Crunchy Snacks. Because, wow.
The hardest part food wise was definitely realizing that I’m hardly eating any vegetables (I’m chalking that up to winter time and not enough prep time) and that I really like my snacks in the evening. I’m also at a bit of a loss in the morning. I do not like breakfast food. Never have. I’m not sure what to eat. Milk and cereal is not something that I usually buy because it’s expensive and not really appealing. Eggs skeeve me out, but I’ve developed a salsa scrambled egg that the kids and I both like a couple times a week. I despise oatmeal, but I make it frequently for the kids.
Dinner has been okay. I think it will be better this week. I joined spur of the moment which means that it was after I did grocery shopping so I was kinda at the mercy of what I had bought when I wasn’t planning on losing weight. This week I was able to plan ahead. I did not find the site particularly easy to use to help me plan, but I got it worked out. But, I usually fix fairly healthy dinners and so that wasn’t too bad last week. Again, I need to up the veggies as side dishes too. I’ve been eating leftovers at lunch or a can of Progresso Soup. I love Progresso Soup and it’s super easy with the points printed right on the label!
Let’s talk about being active. I know this is going to be my downfall. Aside from I do during the day: taking care of the kids, some cleaning, daily life. I’m not active. I know I need to be. I want to be. I just don’t do it. I hate it. It’s hard to fit it in. So I don’t. This is going to be a life-skill and I need to learn it. This will be my challenge.
What have I liked the most so far? I like the way the point system is set up. I thought it was going to be restrictive, but what it does is make me think. I’m not just mindlessly following or rebelling something that someone else set up. I’m looking at the data and making my own choices. It’s empowering…even if I wish I didn’t have to decide myself! It’s a really flexible system and I think definitely something that can be sustained over the long haul. I love the emphasis on being healthy. It’s not about eating the same bowl of cereal for two meals a day for two weeks, or eating something tiny and pre-portioned just to meat a goal, or buying a million things that I don’t usually eat. It’s really about real life and making this life that I’m living right now move me farther along toward my goals.
My first week I lost 1.4 pounds. I’m happy enough with that. I would have liked to see just a little bit more because I felt like I was working hard and who doesn’t want to get started with a bang? On the other hand, with my increased awareness of my eating habits, I’m very happy that I lost that much.
So who has some tips for me? Something that’s not nasty for breakfast? Salty snacks that stop short of being 3/4 of a bag of lime tortilla chips? An easy lunch that I can throw together? And how in the world do you find time to exercise?