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Enough with the rain, already!

Posted May 02 2009 10:01pm

If I’m not mistaken, today is May 2nd.  Way past the time when we should be dealing with rain in my area of Northern California.  Ugh.

Don’t get me wrong, during the winter, I love the rain.  It makes me feel all comfy, cozy and gives the perfect excuse to stay inside and cuddle up with a good book, watch a movie marathon, or have a long phone conversation with a friend.  But it is no longer winter - we are officially in spring, and I’ve had it with this weird weather! Less than two weeks ago we were dying from the 98+ temps and now we’re dealing with rain?!!

One of the reasons I’m less than thrilled with this weather is that it means that I have to do my 20 minutes of the WW Walk-It Challenge at the gym on the treadmill.  So far, I’ve been able to avoid the treadmill because the weather has been nice.  I much prefer walking outside in the fresh air to the treadmill.  But, I guess I should consider myself lucky that I have the option and that a little rain isn’t going to stop me from getting in my daily walk.

All of this blathering on about the weather is supposed to distract you from the fact that I am not writing about my WW weigh-in today.  Did it work?

Ok, so ‘fess up time.  I didn’t go to my meeting today because: 1.) It’s raining.  2.) I got on the scale at home this morning and saw another slight gain.  I just can’t go to another meeting knowing I’m moving in the wrong direction.  I just can’t.

Here’s where I went wrong this week:

  • I didn’t take the time to pack my lunches the night before, thus throwing things into my lunch bag at the last minute in the morning.  Some of the things I grabbed weren’t measured as carefully as they should have been.
  • Other mornings I didn’t pack a lunch at all and bought it from Trader Joe’s.  I made good choices, on the surface, but I didn’t measure those Pita Chips as well as I should have.  I have such little control with certain snack foods that I simply have to pre-measure the portion and then bring only that amount - a whole bag spells trouble for me.
  • Those Subway $5 Footlongs are good, but they’re also a lot of points.  Even a turkey sandwich is 11 points - that’s too much for lunch.  Eating a huge lunch like this makes my dinner options much more limited, and on two different nights, I ate well into my flex points.  From here on out, I’ll buy the footlong, but definitely only eat half -  which is a big enough portion, to be sure - and save the other half for the next day (or for dinner that night).
  • Going to a wine tasting and then dinner with Ish instead of working out wasn’t such a good idea on Thursday night.  We had a great time, and I’m so glad we went, but I really should have made sure that I got a workout in.  Especially because I had eaten quite a bit of points for lunch and had no business eating out at dinner.
  • The WW Walk-It Challenge is great, and I enjoy it so much, but I’m realizing that I’m not earning enough Activity Points by only walking 20ish minutes 5 days a week.  I have to make sure to do some other workout at least 3 other days of the week.  Time for the Aqua class to make a comeback.

One thing I am proud about is that I did track every point I ate this week - ALL of them.  It was what helped me recognize where I went wrong.  I really can’t stress enough how important tracking points is to me.

So, there you have it.  I know what I did wrong this week, and while I should have gone to the WW meeting and faced the music, at least I’m being accountable to you guys.

This next week is going to be all about portion sizes, increased workouts, and seeing a loss on the scale!

Posted in walking, weight loss, Weight Watchers, WW Walk-It Challenge Tagged: bad choices, big portions, rain, tracking points, treadmill
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