My featured snack this week involves a pairing of 2 organic medjool dates and 14 grams of cinnamon toasted almonds. If someone asked me to list the sweetest foods I know, dates would be on that list. When I was a kid, we sometimes had date balls at Christmas. Making date balls involved forming chopped dates mixed with some other things into balls and then rolling the balls in powdered sugar. I liked them, but never really noticed the dates very much. The first time I ate one on its own, I have to say that I was shocked! It was like a dense, amber colored, honey like nugget of sugary goodness. Just remember to watch out for the pit in the center! By the way, each date is .5 point.
As for the almonds, I love nuts, but I do my best to be careful with the portion sizes. You’ve probably seen plenty of articles touting the health benefits of different types of nuts, and almonds always come out as superstars. The bag suggests eating an ounce (28g) as a serving, but I’m typically unwilling to spend 3-4 points on a little handful of nuts. I’m not, however, opposed at all to spending 1.5 points for 14 g of these. They go so well with the dates, and they are truly one of the most satisfying treats I can think of. The almonds in the photo are from Trader Joe’s, but you can see that I have cocoa dusted almonds and vanilla bean flavored ones in my stash as well.
Ok. Enough procrastinating. It’s time to get on with the stats portion of this post. First, the numbers.
Weekly Points Remaining:0/35
Activity Points Remaining:31/31
I ate all of my weekly points this week, but didn’t touch my activity points. That’s the goal I shoot for most weeks, so I’m happy that I managed to stay within that range. I ate out less this week than the last, although I did have a salad from Chop’t on Friday night and sushi with some friends on Sunday evening. Those meals both involved foods that are pretty basic and easy to plug into the tracker.
How did I earn my 31 activity points?
Saturday: 65 minutes of cardio combo (elliptical, running and walking with incline on the treadmill, and stairmaster) with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching
Sunday: 60 minutes of kickboxing
Tuesday: 45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Wednesday: 65 minutes of cardio combo with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching
Thursday: 45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
This week’s workout schedule was finally back to normal. My trainer had been out of town the previous week, and I was left to my own devices with regard to last week’s strength training. She was back in full force this week, and she kicked my behind! I’m pretty convinced that I’ve been more sore than usual this week in part due to her attempts to get me to improve my form. As I mentioned yesterday, I know from experience that the more soreness I am experiencing, the more water I’m retaining and, yep, the more I’m going to weigh.
That brings me to the results of this week’s weigh-in. It went much as I suspected. This is my third weigh-in post, and I think that it is only fitting that I show you all three possible outcomes. The first week, I gained .2 pounds. Last week I lost 1.6. This week… I stayed exactly the same. Last week I was at 161.8 and this week I am at 161.8.
When I first started this process, I would lose consistently every week unless I had gotten off plan somehow. My progress with the number on the scale has gotten slower and slower as I’ve gotten closer to my goal. I try to periodically increase my workout intensity and that sort of thing, but some weeks I just don’t get the results on the scale that I would like. As I’ve mentioned before, during those weeks, I try to look back at my week and see the positive things that I did. I ate well within my points this week (I could have eaten all of those activity points as well and still been on plan), and I earned a respectable number of activity points. Would I take back the workouts that kicked my behind? Absolutely not! Honestly, I’d take a week of staying the same over a week with a gain most any day, and I know that I did what I needed to do this week to take good care of myself and work toward my goal.
When I have a week like this, I just try to remember that my hard work from this week is an investment in a future weigh-in. I’m a firm believer that it will be reflected on the scale eventually.
Now I’m off to the gym and then I’m going to put a big pot of beans on to soak overnight. More on that tomorrow!