When I stepped on the scale yesterday, I was nervous. The previous 2 weeks I had seen a gain on the scale BUT I had also not reliably been tracking food or drinking water. I had not been exercising and I had a couple of binges. Saturday morning when I woke up, I made my way to the bathroom to pee, trying to push every last ounce out of myself and then I stepped on the scale. I had dropped a whopping 5 pounds from the week before.
Thinking back on my previous 2 weeks, I know this loss was so big because I had been over eating and under drinking. I was bloated big time. By stepping up my game in the water department as well as being more conscious of what I eat, I dropped that weight. A key part for me is to eat more vegetables. The weight from the previous 2 weeks apparently were not pounds that were going to stick with me but pounds waiting to be shed when I got back on track again.
As I have mentioned before, I am on Weight Watchers. On Weight Watchers I get 30 smart points worth of food per day. This is my goal. However, Weight Watchers understands that life happens, so I earn a blue dot on my monthly calendar if I hit anywhere between 27 smart points and 37 smart points per day. In other words, Weight Watchers gives you a 10 point window.
Yesterday I went to a birthday party. There was pasta and meatballs and sausage and rolls and butter and cheese and cake and brownies. I ate it all. I had a drink. Plus I had avocado toast for breakfast. I tracked everything out and while I was way over my points goal for the day, meaning I did not earn my blue dot, I was still within my weekly range. Weekly points are an extra amount of smart points, for me 42, that you can use whenever you want throughout the week. I obviously chose to use a chunk for this party. In the past I have allotted myself one day per week that I don’t count points at all, and the rest of the week I stay within my 30 points per day, pretending the weeklies don’t exist any more because I have assuringly used them on my no track day. Some weeks I know there will be a couple of days I’ll be a little outside the blue dot range so I chose to count the points, and calculate out the weeklies.
Today, I went out for lunch with my aunt for Chinese food. I had shrimp and veggies in garlic sauce with brown rice. I had a small bowl of wonton soup plus half a spring roll (I actually cut it in half and took the rest home, this is a huge NSV for me), and 2 slices of scallion pancake. Could I have stuck to 1 piece of scallion pancake or none at all? Sure thing. But I wanted it and I tracked it. Moving on. Then we went on a long walk around a botanical garden and spent the afternoon gazing at flowers and trees and birds. We talked and laughed and enjoyed the sunshine. On the way home, I declined stopping for ice cream. We stopped at my mom’s house and she was making cheeseburgers and tortellini salad for dinner, with corn on the cob. I had my burger without a bun. I passed on the corn. I did take her up on the offer of having some wine though. I finished my day tapping into weeklies again and while I am at -3 weekly points, I had a lot of non scale victories this weekend that I am choosing to celebrate.
Along with only eating half the spring roll today, I didn’t finish my cake at the birthday party yesterday, I only had one drink at the party, I said no to ice cream, I ordered brown rice with lunch instead of fried, I didn’t eat until my stomach hurt, I got shrimp and veggies instead of fried General Tso’s chicken, I passed on a burger bun, I tracked it all, I was active on Saturday and Sunday, I drank my water. This is progress. This is a journey. This is finding balance.