Finally Done!

The semester is finally over and I can focus back on weight loss and life in general. The last few weeks have been exhausting and I’m so happy they’re done with. I really have to find a better way to end the semester (for the next two I have to endure). But anyways, I have still lost a little weight. It has been hard though. I’m done a total of 15 pounds from my start on March 21. I am so happy I can step it up now and exercise again. I love that little extra lee-way with the points credits that Weight Watchers give you.

I also have had two really bad eating days. The first was a week ago at an out-of-town wedding. The appetizers were out-of-this-world delicious. And relatively healthy. Nevertheless, I ate probably 7 points worth. Dinner was not so healthy unfortunately, a Cuban arepa with fried plantain chips. I chose a chicken one and tried to eat as few of the chips as possible. But, oh so hard. So, not so bad all together. The real points problem was the Fat Tire beer. Alcoholic beverages were limited, no light ones available. I struggle in social situations and alcohol is always my friend at these types of gatherings. I have been very strong in this area since starting my weight loss journey. The problem this time was my exhaustion left me with no strength to resist. Not to mention, it was an unusually hot day and I had only brought one outfit along which was a sweater. And the wedding was at a gorgeous park overlooking the Mississippi. Do you see the math? It all adds up to great beer drinking. (tongue in cheek)  Lesson learned, don’t get so exhausted to not have the emotional strength to control your eating and drinking.

The second day was yesterday. My first day free from school and I took that literally- free from everything including watching my eating. It was oh-so-nice to eat the most delicious burger (half of one) in the world. I really have to figure out how to not feel so deprived with this dieting. I know it’s possible, just have been too busy to figure it out. I’m looking forward to having the time now to do so. I really have enjoyed reading everyone’s blogs while not being able to post. Thank you all for your inspiration!

Venus over the Mississippi

Eggplant

I found some me-time today! I used it to grocery shop. It’s weird how much better I feel knowing there are healthy options in the kitchen to eat. I got eggplant and broccoli and bok choy and organic sweet potatoes and little baby red potatoes and okra and green beans. I love variety! In the organic freezer section, which I haven’t visited for awhile, I found they have new things. My grocery store is very small and lacking in variety usually. They now have Ezekiel bread. They even had the organic waffles that Jillian Michaels eats. I grabbed a few things, but something that caught my eye was organic french fries. Now, I’m not a big french fry fan, but when you’re not “allowed” to eat them… Looking at the label, they seemed reasonable as far as points might go and I realized they’d go really well with our dinner. Turned out that baked they are only 1 point per ounce.

For dinner we had seared, teriyaki Ahi tuna garnished with sauteed onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms. I make my teriyaki without sugar because I prefer it not sweet and who needs the extra calories. With the baked french fries we had roasted cauliflower with garlic. Everything was delicious and I was able to get full for 6 points (3 oz tuna, 2 oz fries, 1 t. olive oil). I forgot how delicious seared tuna is. Nothing like canned tuna at all. It feels really good to not be hungry and to eat something besides chicken or salad.

Rough days

It’s been a rough couple days. I went over points the last two days. This is the first time I’ve struggled this hard. Contributing factors are stress, exhaustion and lack of fruit and vegetables in the house to keep me full. I had a total breakdown last night. We had turkey burgers for dinner. No vegetable (besides pickles, lettuce and tomato on the burger). As soon as I laid that hamburger bun on the scale, I freaked out. Too many points for a bun. So I only used half. This is where I lost it. Looking at that puny turkey burger, knowing that as starving as I was, I was not going to get full from eating it.

But the real problem is sheer exhaustion and end of semester stress. I don’t have time to grocery shop or prepare food, so I have to deal with what I’m given. I am grateful to have my husband do those things for me right now while I can’t. Even if he doesn’t always get it right, he really is trying! And it sure beats going totally off the program.

I don’t have time to exercise either. It’s frustrating! That would help so much with the stress. Maybe next semester I can find a way that everything isn’t so much work at the end of the semester. But I think there’s not much I can do about that, since it’s just the way the work falls. Not like I was slacking all semester or anything.

Wednesday weigh-in was 177. Still progressing fine.