Got Perspective?

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per·spec·tive:  a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Perspective was a very important word while I was losing weight, and I think it is even more important now.

I had a little perspective wake up call this weekend, and thought I’d share it with you all.  It was a lesson I’ll never forget, but sometimes gets pushed to the back of my mind until a reminder brings it to the surface.

We have to go in the way-back machine for this one folks.  It was back in 2002, the first time I joined Weight Watchers.  I was a losing machine, but hungry all the time.  You are only going to get so far that way, and thankfully Weight Watchers and myself have come a long way since 2002.

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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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