Weigh In 11-18-17: Gobble till ya Wobble

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So I had an awesome weigh in and that two pounds from my Vegas vacation is history!

What did I do?

I just got right back on my program when I got home.  Actually I got back on program the day I left Vegas, and haven’t looked back.

It gets me to thinking about the upcoming food holiday to end all food holidays – Thanksgiving.  There were a lot of questions floating around our meeting this week, and the big one was:

Are you going to track?

Oh of course I am.

At least as best as I can.  Will I stay within my Smartpoint range?  All signs point to no…but I’m okay with that just like I was okay with packing on two pounds during my two week vacation.

I’ve been at the weight loss thing for years.  YEARS.  After being around the block a time or 20 I’ve learned something:

One day/vacation does not make or break you.

What will break you my friends is not returning to your regularly scheduled program.

I made a deal with myself when I was in Vegas.  If I wanted a Sprinkles Cupcake, I was going to have a Sprinkles Cupcake.  If I wanted Crepes with hazel nut and homemade whipped cream, I was having it.

If I wanted a margarita the size of my head, I was going to drink it.

That was only the first part of the deal though.  The second part was I would track it.

I didn’t just take a vacation from Weight Watchers.  Oh some of those days have over 120 Smartpoints.

But I tracked it as best as I could.  Tracking is a part of my life now, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

The third part of the deal is that vacation would not slide into the next week and next week and week after that.

You see it isn’t a holiday or vacation or a birthday that kills us.  It’s the day after those things that kill us.

It’s the “Well I was bad so I might as well enjoy myself for a few more days” mentality that is going to kill your progress.

So this Thanksgiving I’m going to have mac n cheese.  I’m going to have one of my fabulous pecan pie cupcakes (24 smartpoints alone!).  I’m sure my tracker will go into convulsions but I will track everything.  Every. Single. Thing.

Trust me, I won’t do near the damage I would do it I wasn’t tracking.  It makes you stop and think, even if you have given yourself permission to go over your Smartpoints for the day.

Come Black Friday, it’s back to my 30 (36) Point Life.

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A 36 Point Day – Right Back at It

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So when I got back from vacation did I severely restrict my calories?  Nope.  I went right back to my maintenance points and the 2 pounds I gained on vacation are naturally falling off.


Breakfast:  9 Smartpoints


1/2 cup egg beaters, veggies, 2 tsp oil oil, and 3 turkey sausage links, diced.  2 Smartpoints worth of creamer for my coffee.

Snack:  2 Smartpoints


Sea Salt Roasted Broad Beans

Lunch:  5 Smartpoints


Taco salad with 4 ounce 96% lean ground beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, and light sour cream mixed with salsa for the “dressing”.  Delicious!

Snack:  0 Smartpoints

1 Orange

Dinner:  13 Smartpoints


It’s been cold and this is perfect! I had 1 1/2 servings.  My Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie Soup.

Snack:  7 Smartpoints

Skinny Cow No Sugar Added Ice Cream Sandwich and Individual Bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn.

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Weigh In 11-4-17: Vacation Aftershock!

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So I know this is a bit late.  I’ve had a hard time catching back up with life after I got back from vacation, not leaving a lot of time for my blog.

The verdict is:  I gained 2 pounds while on vacation, leaving me 3 pounds under goal.

I am ecstatic with these results.

I tracked everything while I was on vacation.  Well, I did the best I could for sure.  There were somethings that were a big guessing game, but the point was I didn’t want to get out of the habit of tracking just because I was on vacation.

The decision was made that I might gain.  I knew there were things I would eat (and drink) that I normally wouldn’t or couldn’t.

Like a delicious marshmallow Sprinkles cupcake.

Probably the best piece of advice I could give anyone who’s trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight is this:  Do not do anything that you cannot do for the rest of your life.

Am I going to never ever eat a cupcake again?  No.  Am I going to never ever indulge while on vacation again – like never?  No.

So I had to find a way to fit it to my plan.  To put it into perspective, when I went to Vegas last year at this time I gained 6 pounds.

6 pounds that I never lost until recommitting to WW in February.

By my at home scale I’ve already lost 1 of the two pounds that I gained, because the minute, and I mean the minute I was back I went right back to my 36 Smartpoints.

It was tempting to just do a few like 20 point days and see if I’d lose it real quick, but that was old Kelly thinking.  I was still losing at 36 Smartpoints, ever so slowly, so if I returned to that these pesky few pounds should naturally drop off without me doing anything drastic.

This is how “naturally thin” people do it.  I really put a lot of thought into this before heading out.  I mean I was curvy in my 20’s, but I didn’t feel like I needed to lose any weight.

I would go visit my parents during holidays and I’d always gain weight.  I never did anything special to lose it – it would just come off as I went back to my routine.

It is losing that all-or-nothing attitude that has made me successful, and will keep me successful.


Weigh In 10-17-21: Vacation Mode!

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So I’m still here peeps!  I’ve been meaning to write this since weigh in last week but I’ve been busy.

I also lost another half a pound at weigh in, but I’m chalking that up to the normal fluctuations in weight that everybody has.  I think I’m finally leveling off. There has also been another new development:


Now for those of you who don’t know me personally I work more than most.  Like I probably put in the hours two average people work each week, so when I do finally have some time off I have a lot of things to get done.

Like getting rid of all those clothes that don’t fit me anymore.

I mean even those “skinny” clothes from back in the day are way to big now.

My first week was slotted for doing all those pesky tasks that need completed, and the second week I’m headed to my annual Halloween trek to Vegas.  I worked really hard this week and need a vacation from my vacation!

I’ve made the decision to not stress to much about going over my Smartpoints and the possibility of gaining weight.

Wait, what?

Oh I plan on tracking it all – for sure.  That is part of my life now, but I’mnot going to stress over not eating this or not drinking that.

If I think back to a time in the distant past when I was a normal weight, I never thought about “oh, if I eat this I’m doomed!”  I would maybe indulge a bit and then when I got back home just go back to normal and whatever damage was done would naturally fall off.

I didn’t starve to lose the couple of pounds, hell sometimes I didn’t even gain any weight.  It’s when you start playing those games in your head that you sabotage that.

Will I just go hog wild?  No.  Will I drink a margarita the size of my head?  Probably.

Will I track it all?  You betcha!

That brings me to something else I wanted to ask you all.

And by you all I mean:


Yeah, those are some of the stats for my blog.  I blows me away at how many people actually read what I write, and from all over the world!

Anyway, all 138,000 and some change of you – I want to do a Q&A post when I get back next week.  If you have a question you’d like covered please include it in the comments.  I get tons of questions.

Some people message my Facebook Page or my personal one which is worse because it goes into some other folder that I forget to check all the time.  Some people ask in my Weight Watchers Tough Love group, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

It’s hard to keep track of it all, so if you want a question answered about my weight loss thus far please comment! Hey, just comment and say I read your blog.  It’d make my day 🙂

A 36 Point Day – Home Cooking Goodness!

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I love eating at home.  When I eat out I usually think “I could make this better.”  Not to be all braggy, but I can cook y’all.  I can remember standing on a chair cooking breakfast for my Father.

My Mom started me young, and I would rather eat something home cooked over greasy, over-salted crap you get from most places when you eat out.

Breakfast:  8 Smartpoints

Yes my favorite overnight oats that you see in almost all of my 30/36 point day posts.  I can’t help it, I love it and can prep 5 days at a time.  When you get up at 3 am for work it is important to have that breakfast ready to go!

I also always have a Premier Protein for my coffee creamer that’s 2 Smartpoints.

Snack: 1 Smartpoint

Apple + WW String Cheese

Lunch:  7 Smartpoints


I took my Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe and added Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles for a delicious 7 Smartpoint lunch!

Snack:  2 Points


Sririacha Enlightened Broad Beans

Dinner:  12 Smartpoints


I used the seasoning blend from Easy and Fast Veggie Stir Fry, with a cup of Jasmine Rice and an air fried chicken breast.  So good!

Snack:  5 Smartpoints


I had my own salty fix with 5 Smartpoints worth of chips while I watched TV.

Weigh In 10-14-17: Out of Town

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So I had my first weekend out of town since getting serious about my health last February.  I was gone Friday and most of Saturday, so I weighed myself Saturday night.

Stayed the same.  Yes!

I’ll admit I was nervous about eating everything out for a couple of days.  It’s so easy to let old habits just slip right back in.   I go to the Louisville KY Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular every year, and I wasn’t going to miss it this year due to Smartpoints.

It brought a question that I am asked over and over again to the forefront of my mind.

Do you really want to have to count points the rest of your life?

I mean do I seriously want to have to do this forever?  This weekend was just a warm up for my big vacation to Vegas in a couple of weeks.

Yeah, Vegas.  Land where the drinks flow and the food is plentiful and delicious.  Land where you revert to a 22 year old as soon as your plane lands.

So as I was faced with a buffet Friday night and wanted to have some adult beverages I found myself feeling a little weary about the whole deal.

Why should I have to always worry about this?

Then I snapped the hell out of feeling sorry for myself when I remembered going to this same deal last year.

I mean I didn’t have to pack a bunch of meds because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep without major acid reflux.  I mean it doesn’t even cross my mind anymore because it has completely went away.  This is amazing since all the health care professionals wanted to just throw me on medicine and my dietary changes fixed it without giving more money to the evil bastards in the pharmaceutical business.

This particular event also has long lines and you have to stand forever and a day.  Long walk from wherever you finally got to park – I mean it is really physical.  Last year my legs were killing me before we even got to the Pumpkin part and I couldn’t wait to get it over with so that I could freakin’ sit down.

I could have spent hours looking at the pumpkins this year, and I did.  Sitting down because my legs and knee were screaming at me didn’t even cross my mind.  I slept like a rock and didn’t have a jacked up knee for days after like last year.

So do I want to count Smartpoints the rest of my life?  Not really, but I’d much rather do that then miss out on experiences.  When you factor in the trade off there really is no other option.

Weigh In 10-7-17: How Important is Volume?

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We all want to hear it is not our fault.

It’s those damn carbs!

I ate to much dairy!

Gluten caused this!

People in my family are obese so I must be meant to be this way!

All the fat caused me to gain weight!

Low fat products are bad and I ate them!

It’s impossible to lose weight as you get older.

Now before you bring the pitchforks out know that I know some people really do have issues with  these things.  I know I myself have used several of these excuses over the year.  I wasn’t successful until I came to one solid conclusion:

I was fat and it was by my own doing.

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