- Diet & Weight Loss
Weight Watchers - Day 2 - These Points are Tricky!
Monday morning, woke up starving! Not just hungry, but tummy grumbling, ravenously famished. Started the day with a green tea and headed out at 6:30 with my mother-in-law to go walking. She and I briskly walked 5 miles, chatting away happily as we watched the sunrise and felt the temperature climb. By mile 4 you could hear my stomach complaining "feed me, feed me", as perspiration ran into my eyes, nearly blinding me.
This is where I thought I would fail on Day 2 of Weight Watchers. Our return path takes us right past Einstein Bagels, home of my favorite breakfast delight, a toasted everything bagel with butter. Fortunately I had planned ahead and I already knew that a toasted everything bagel with butter was 12 points, nearly half of my daily allotment. This gave me the willpower to pass it up and return home.
Geared up for success, I had already planned out my meals for the day. Having this roadmap served two purposes. First, I had meals to look forward to and second, less room for missteps. I scooped 1/3 of a cup of precooked kidney beans from their container, 1 cup of precooked brussel sprouts from their container and put them on a paper plate, in the microwave for 1 minute. While they were heating, I peeled and sliced a pre-boiled hard boiled egg and tossed 1/4 blueberries into my plain Greek Yogurt container. Breakfast was filling and delicious and for the first time in 24 hours, I wasn't hungry!
Staying on Track With Tricky Points!
I can't tell you how much it helped to have preplanned my meals this day. I work from home, a quick stroll to the refrigerator. Every time I thought about food, I looked at my plan and decided what from the plan I would eat. Lunch was a tuna pita pocket and it was delicious. I only used 1 tsp of real mayo because that was 1 point. I could have had more fat free mayo, but I figured "What's the point in that?" I did bulk it up by adding cucumbers, celery and onion, and slipped a tomato slice and romaine lettuce slice into the pita with the tuna mixture.
The tricky part of the points, in case you are wondering, relates to snacking. I decided on some almonds for a snack. I had always read that a serving size of almonds was 10 almonds so I got 10 almonds and thought nothing of it. They were so yummy I figured, "How bad can they be, I'll just have 10 more." When I went to go log my almond binge, using the term "binge" loosely, I was appalled to find that my 20 almonds amounted to 6 points! What further disgusted me was finding that my 75 minutes of sweaty, brisk walking that morning, were also only worth 6 points. How, in heaven's name, can 20 paltry almonds equal 75 minutes of walking? This little misstep cost me 4 of my weekly splurge points, because of 20 tiny, hardly filling almonds.
I forgave myself, and vowed not to let anything pass my lips that hadn't already been accurately logged to avoid incidental point squandering.
Work kept me busy all day and kept my mind off of food, thankfully. A late afternoon snack of 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean Cereal and 1/2 cup of almond milk with 1/4 raspberries kept me out of the fridge till dinner. Dinner was 3 oz of chicken breast, with 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta, 1 cup of broccoli and 5 oz of cabernet sauvignon. Total day's points = 30 and I didn't gnaw through my arm!
To better prepare for tomorrow, I decided on my meals before I went to sleep and logged them in the tracker so I could stick to the plan. I'm sort of worried for the fine folks at Einstein Bagels however; however will they live without me? Stay tuned for the journey!
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