Challenge Day One

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So….Here we go. Now if you didn’t see my post from yesterday until today or tomorrow feel free to jump right in the challenge whenever you want!

Tracked everything?  Check

Exercise? Check

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I had my normal breakfast of yogurt, pb2 and blueberries, but this time I did something I haven’t done since the advent of Freestyle.  I measured it.  Before I always had a cup of yogurt.  Once it was “free” I figured I’d just guess, and after measuring again after so long I realized that my portions are WAY out of control.

This inspired me to weigh my chicken for my salad I ate for lunch, and I was eating way more than the 4 ounces I used to eat.

Now I know Freestyle is supposed to free us up a bit, but I have to be honest – if portion control were my thing I never would have had to go to weight watchers in the first place.

So even if things are free, I’m still going to weigh or measure.  I was never hungry PF – Pre-Freestyle.  I felt awesome, and my weight seemed to plateau out about five pounds under goal.

I had my pizza I make with Joseph’s pita bread for dinner (1 point a pita!) and if you learn anything from this post know this:  Cauliflower is freakin’ awesome on Pizza!  Try it!

How’d you all do?

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Throwing Down the Gauntlet

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So my crazy busy work schedule is hopefully behind me for awhile, so I’m back, and not a moment to soon.  I actually missed my monthly weigh-in for June, something I swore would never happen.

That’s not real life though.  Real life is messy and unpredictable.  Real life seldom presents you with the best possible circumstances to maintain your health, and you have to learn to roll with it.

One month will not make or break me.  I’m going to admit to you all, I was nervous as hell when I stepped on that scale.  Sure there are habits that are ingrained now, but the habit, the most important one, had disappeared since the advent of the Freestyle program.

Tracking.

For over a year and a half I religiously tracked my food.  Even if I had to guess I still guessed and put it in my Weight Watcher app.  I started out with the best intentions.  So many of the now free foods were my daily staples.  Tracking all those zeros seemed like a big waste of time, so I started to relax with it until tracking was non-existent.

How could I go from being so disciplined to a free for all in such a short amount of time is truly terrifying.  I was pleasantly surprised when I hit my goal number on the nose when I stepped on that scale a couple of weeks ago.  Obviously some of those habits still do a body good.

The problem is at one time I was five pounds under that number.  It may not seem like much, but I know that it starts as a little snowball and grows bigger as it rolls down the hill.  Maybe it’s silly, but I felt better, stronger with those five pounds gone.

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A 25 Point Day – At the Movies!

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I love the movies.  I don’t go near as much as I used to, but there are certain movies that just must been seen at the theater.

The Avengers being one of them.

There are certain things that when I see the Smartpoint values I say no way.

Movie popcorn is not one of them.  It is my ultimate guilty treat.  At least I don’t do the buttery topping, so there’s that.  A medium popcorn without the topping is a whopping 15 Smartpoints.

So what’s a Weight Watcher to do?

PLAN.

Breakfast:  2 Smartpoints

2 Hard Boiled Eggs:  0 Smartpoints
Premier Protein drink (for coffee):  2 Smartpoints

Snack: 1 Smartpointsnack

Apple:  0 Smartpoints

Mini Babybell Light Cheese Round:  1 Smartpoint

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Costco, Trader Joe’s and Other Various Food Finds

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I’m still busy as hell but thought I’d drop a quick post with some new food finds!  You can click here to see all my posts about various food finds I’ve had

Costco Food Finds:

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All yogurt is not created equal in my eyes, and Fage is the BEST.  It is also EXPENSIVE. Costco has a 3 LB tub for $5.99 which really puts the price in line with regular yogurt you find at the regular grocery store! Score!

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I love these things on salad!  15 are 3 Smartpoints but totally worth it for me.  They also have these at Trader Joe’s, but Costco is much closer to me and I only do Trader Joe runs every other month or so.  It is nice to have another place where I can get these!

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Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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I love me some Blueberry and Lemon, and when I’m craving something sweet this is it for me!  You can make this in the oven or the Instant Pot and it’s super easy!  It is dense and very filling.

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 1/2 Cup Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I use Aldi’s zero calorie)
1 1/2 Frozen Blueberries

Optional (for oven preparation) 1 beaten egg for egg wash

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MIA

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So I have received a lot of very sweet messages asking about my whereabouts.  Some wanted to know if I was okay, some wanted to know if I fell off the wagon, and some wanted to know if I fell off the Earth.

I’m still here y’all!  Sundays are blog days.  I write all my blog posts on Sunday and schedule them to post during the week.  I’ve been working a lot of Sundays lately, and the ones I haven’t have been filled with Birthdays and other special occasions.

It is also my meal prep day, so when I work or am busy that day something has to give – and unfortunately my choice has to be the blog, because if I don’t meal prep this weight is going to come back with a vengeance.  This much I know.

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It’s Not Working

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So your foray into (insert diet plan name here) is not working.  You aren’t losing, or aren’t losing as much as you used to lose when you did this before.

It’s frustrating.

I’m coming up to a year of being back on the wagon with Weight Watchers, and I found myself in the position just a few months after my restart, before I started this blog.  I mean when I did it in the past the weight just fell off me.  Like 3 or 4 pounds a week  (which isn’t healthy btw and probably why I didn’t keep it off).

This time is was more like a pound or two a week during the first couple of months, but then I started seeing losses that were like .2 pounds.  .4 pounds.  0 pounds.

So it’s human nature to try and find a reason why.  Surely it must be that something is different.  That something is preventing us from losing the weight like we used to lose it.

So I started paying attention.  I’m going to refer to what I found in calories for this post, because a lot of people that read me do not follow Weight Watchers.  I’m a cheerleader in doing what works for you, so I hope this can help anyone who is stuck.

I have a huge coffee addiction, one that I do not want to give up.  I get up at 3 AM!! to go to work.  If I don’t have my coffee, I will end up in prison.

I would not do well in prison.

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Thanks A Lot FACEBOOK

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It happens to us all I suppose.  You get tagged in that Pic on Facebook or Insta and you want to crawl into a hole.

Better yet, it resurfaces on Facebook year after year in memories (especially if a lot of others were tagged) and you get to live it all over again!

This picture is exactly a year old, next to one of me taken a couple of weeks ago:

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I remember like it was yesterday when it popped up on my Facebook feed.  I had to go to this event for work, and trust me I tried every stinkin’ thing I could think of to get out of it.

I was not a happy person, and I certainly wasn’t myself.

The evidence is in that picture.  Of course I had about 65 extra pounds on me, but you can just tell by my face that I was not happy, and I wasn’t.

Not long ago I would have been so excited to be going to a formal event.  Now it filled me with dread about what I was going to wear, how I would feel.  I mean that second picture is of me in my pajamas and I had done more to my hair and makeup then than for a formal event?

I had a lost a big part of who I was, and it was time that I found it.  I’ve shared with you all the picture that sent me running to Weight Watchers:

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And now I share with you the picture that actually made me do Weight Watchers:

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Yes when I saw that picture I knew I had to make some changes, big changes.  I didn’t want to be someone who just didn’t care about their self.

Even in the floral dress from hell pic I have my hair and make up done.  That’s kinda who I am.  My job doesn’t really allow for too much girly-girly stuff, so I usually go all out when not at work.

How does this happen?  How do we lose ourselves so quickly?  God knows I had some hard times before I got to this point, and I am thankful every single day that I was able to drag myself out of this….mess that had become my life.

What a difference a year makes, huh?  All of you that have pictures just like that girl in the formal dress who was wishing to GOD they wouldn’t take pictures, I want you to think about this girl:

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You can be that girl.  Maybe not in a month, hell maybe not even in a year, but you can do it.  It won’t be easy, and I’m sorry but there is no magic pill that will make it all melt away.

It is worth it though.  The picture says it all.

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A 25 Point Day – On the Nose!

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So I didn’t do a weigh in post this week, but the holiday grand total?

1.8 pound gain.

I will take it considering most folks gain at least 5 during the holidays.

I am curious to see how I will drift back with the new Freestyle program.  I was still losing tiny amounts with the old program, so we’ll see what happens!

Breakfast:  5 Smartpoints

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A 25 Point Day – Get Into the Groove

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So this whole #WeightWatchersFreestyle thing is taking some getting used to, but I’m digging it.  I still have to find my sweet spot – where I don’t gain or lose, but it’s an adventure.  Right now I get 25 Smartpoints on maintenance.

I really like healthy food.  Like if I had someone to prepare all my food for me probably 90% of the time I would ask for vegetables.  I LOVE THEM.  I realize this makes things easier for me, but I’m finding that with all the free food it is easy to overeat, and you can overeat on healthy stuff too.

I’m getting into the groove of it though, and I’ll figure it out!

Breakfast – 0 Smartpoints

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2 hard boiled eggs

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