Thursday Weigh-In

I can’t think of anything relating to weight-loss that starts with a T, so I’m sticking with a boring title for this post for now… Thursday Torture? Tummy Be Gone Thursday? Thursday Things But Really Just Weight? Yeah, I give-up.

First of all, I want to thank all of the commentors on my first weight-loss post about how I joined Weight Watchers. You’re support means a lot–oh wait. I have like zero readers. Well…. thanks for the strangers who stopped by and said NOTHING. I appreciate it. No really, I do. This whole posting about my weight thing is kind of embarrassing, really. Especially when I think of the fact that people I know might google me and find this blog somehow. But whatever. I’m being ACCOUNTABLE.

Like this salad I just ate:

salad

Turkey: 1 point, Laughing Cow Cheese: 1 point, Egg Whites: 1 point, Romaine Lettuce: 0 points, Oil & Vinegar Dressing: 2 points TOTAL POINTS: 5 P+

Win. I was still a bit hungry, and considering that’s a lovely low point lunch, I grabbed a Picky Bar.

smoothcaffeinator_largeI’m pretty sure I heard about these bars from someone at Bar Method, but I could be wrong. Either way, I was housesitting near a fancy grocery store that carries them, so I figured I’d give them a go. And it was really good. And I’m full. So win-win! (5 Points Plus, ala WW calculator.)

So Weight Watchers. I last left you guys being afraid of going, and then I went, and it’s working. So what goes on in Weight Watcher meetings? That’s what you really want to know, right? Well, as someone said at today’s meeting, it’s kind of like AA. At first I thought this was a shameful thing. I mean, alcoholics have a serious problem. Do I have a serious problem? Definitely not in the same way. But that doesn’t mean a support group can’t help. And that’s what we are. The meetings keep you accountable, knowing all week that you’re going to go to a meeting and get weighed, and have a number to be faced with. Well I don’t know about you, but I don’t like disappointing people. So I want that number to be going down every week. It actually has helped me get through the week. I want to feel HAPPY getting off that scale. So I imagine myself happy, and I don’t eat the pint of ice cream, or slice of pizza.

Today we talked about how it’s really a lot of little steps that get you to your goal. And how it’s a marathon not a race, blah blah blah. The thing is, we all know these things. We have the tools. It’s really going every week, and staying on top of it, I think, that’s going to help me be successful. I mean, I’ve gone on wacky diets. I’ve given up before. I don’t want to give up this time. If I lose a pound every week, that will keep me going. If I lose half a pound, that will keep me going. I’m probably NOT going to lose every week. But making this about a healthy lifestyle, and not about a wacky trendy diet, that’s what’s going to make the difference.

I’m probably not going to always go to the meetings–it’s expensive, and time consuming. But it’s working for now, and if it works, it works. Confession: I just googled trying to find this quote from someone in today’s meeting and came up with a bunch of terrible articles on WW, and now I’m a bit spooked. Because SO many people gain it all back. But right now I don’t have to worry about that, and I’m not going to get ahead of myself, dammit. One week at a time. One pound at a time. And it really was one pound this week.

Starting Weight: 1766.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 171.0
This Weigh-in: 170 lbs
Difference: -1 lbs

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PB&J&Yum

photo 1-1I managed to take an afternoon Bar Method class last week, and stopped at Laughing Planet afterwords for a delicious delicious smoothie. I’m a creature of habit, and I usually get a spinach & black bean burrito at LP, but the smoothies were calling my name. No really, I heard them…Caaaarly Driiiiink Meeeee. Yeah ok. Anyway. Excuse me I haven’t had my coffee as I type this. So talking smoothies aside, I ordered a Peanut Butter & Jelly smoothie. Like WTF right? Are they just going to like blend up my sandwich? Whole wheat bread please! No no. It was delicious. (PB & J pictured on the left, next to my friends I Don’t Remember flavored smoothie).

I tried, with success, to recreate it this morning. And took a terrible picture of it for you guys. P.S. I love my Cuisinart Smoothie Blender Thing. It does good work. Ok it’s not that great, as there were some ice chunks, but it’s so easy to use and convenient. Except mine is yellow, not pink like the one on the website, and that makes me sad. I’ll survive.

pbjincup

So this morning I grabbed some strawberries from my CSA (yay! more on that later!) and my peanut butter, and blended up this lovely concoction. Next time I think I’ll use less apple juice, as it was a bit too appley for my liking. And the original at Laughing Planet didn’t have chia seeds, but I figured I needed some extra staying power. So here you go!

pbjrecipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

In the blender:

Strawberries (a handful. More? Lots of strawberries.)
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
Apple Juice (I used a tiny can of Motts Apple Juice, 8oz, but I’d recommend less. And fresh squeezed/no sugar added is always better)
1 banana (I like to freeze mine beforehand. TAKE THE PEEL OFF BEFORE FREEZING. Lesson learned by me. I now keep banana bits in ziplock bags in my freezer for future smoothie use.)
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
A few cubes of ice

Put all of the above in the blender and blend until smooth(ie). I’m thinking next time I’ll add some spinach and/or protein powder so that it’s a bit more filling. That’s the great thing about smoothies, they’re super customizable.