This snack isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but it is an award winner for reasons that go beyond looks. I made up a batch of sugar-free fat-free vanilla pudding yesterday and divided it into four little containers. I’ve heard people on the Weight Watcher boards mention mixing canned pumpkin with pudding, and I’ve made something similar– its cousin, pumpkin fluff– which involves pumpkin, pudding mix and fat free cool whip. I added 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin to my serving of vanilla pudding along with a bit of pumpkin pie spice and stirred it well. What I ended up with looks a bit like baby food, but tastes pretty good. It doesn’t hurt that it has 1/2 cup of milk in it as well as 1/2 cup of a veggie. It also doesn’t hurt that, when I calculated the combo together using the magic gadget on the WW site, it informed me that this was a mere 1 point. I mixed up a little container to have for a snack this afternoon, and topped it with a serving of fat free Cool Whip. If I have the points to spare when snacktime rolls around today, I’m going to have a few low-fat graham crackers along with it!
Now, on to the stats. As I mentioned last Friday, this week was going to be a challenge. I had a birthday happy hour on Friday evening, and I did a pretty good job of keeping the caloric beverages to a minimum. I also ate beforehand so that I wouldn’t be tempted by nachos, wings and other bar food that, typically, isn’t worth the points. Despite those efforts, I still ended up using 6 of my weekly points.
On Saturday, I had a birthday dinner at The Inn at Little Washington. I earned 7 activity points (APs) on Saturday and ate lightly during the day to save as many points as possible for dinner. If I’m going out to eat at any old run of the mill kind of place, I will try to order things that are on the healthier side. The Inn is not just any old place, and I had every intention of enjoying it to the fullest. That is exactly what I did. I could have ordered fish, but I got the lamb. I could have had sorbet, but I got the dessert sampler. I was struck by the novelty of ordering what I really wanted rather than what looked like the least fattening option. I attempted to log the points when I got home, but it seemed like an impossible task. Even if I did spend a lot of time trying to figure out how many ounces of foie gras I ate and how many points it would be and how much butter was used to sear it and… well, you get the point. I had ZERO faith that I would be rewarded with any sort of accurate estimate. Instead of going through that painful exercise, I decided to employ another mitigation tactic.
I typically eat my daily points target plus whatever points I earn through exercise. I shoot for around 30 APs each week. I decided that I would limit myself to my daily points target of 22 for the rest of the week, and continue earning APs to help “pay off” my birthday dinner. Sometimes a big meal like that doesn’t keep me from losing. I am convinced, at times, that it even helps me lose. Other times, the more obvious result occurs and it makes me gain. Unfortunately, that’s the case this week. To be completely honest, I find each week to be pretty unpredictable. Back when I had more to lose, my losses were pretty consistent and steady. These days? I feel like it is a roll of the dice no matter what I do (or don’t do). Here are my numbers:
Daily Points Target: 22
Weekly Points Remaining: 0/35
Activity Points Remaining: 0/33.5
Most likely I was in the negative points realm, but since I was unable to calculate it in any accurate fashion, we will just leave it at that. I did earn more than the usual amount of activity points this week, and I also ran my fastest treadmill mile ever at 9 minutes and 46 seconds!! Here’s the breakdown:
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 (ran my fastest mile during this workout!!)
Sunday: 45 minutes of strength training,35 minutes of cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Monday: off, but took a bonus 20 minute walk to a distant metro station
Tuesday: 45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching, 20 minutes of bonus walking to the metro
Wednesday: 65 minutes of cardio combo with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching, 20 minutes of bonus walking to the metro
Thursday: 60 minutes of kickboxing
So, really, aside from my celebratory dinner and a couple of drinks at the happy hour, I spent my week on the wagon and even got in more exercise than usual thanks to some unseasonably warm weather that inspired me to go walking. Last week I was excited to have lost 2.6 pounds and to be in the 150s at 159. This week… the “6” has returned. I weighed in this morning at 161.4 with a 2.4 pound gain. This makes the third time since last September that I’ve seen the “5” only to lose it the next week.
If I sound a little bit more negative than usual, I will admit that I’m frustrated. If you look back at my Friday posts, you’ll see that I generally live within my points each week and work out quite a bit. I feel like I try so hard 99% of the time that I should be able to treat myself this way on occasion without racking up such a big gain. It makes me afraid of how quickly all the weight I’ve lost could come back if I just decided to stop counting every point and working out like a mad woman. It kind of makes me want to hide out at home with my jump rope, edamame and carrot sticks despite the fact that I know how impractical that is. I also know that… it would not be any fun. I like fun.
Am I surprised about the gain? I guess I’m not surprised that I had a gain, but I am surprised that it was so much.
Am I frustrated at how easily I seem to gain weight and how hard it is to balance having a social life with making progress? Absolutely. Very frustrated.
Did I enjoy my birthday dinner? I enjoyed my dinner immensely, and was happy to spend some time with my friend.
Am I going to give up and declare myself to be done at 160 pounds, which seems to be the number I’ve had a hard time shaking since last fall? Nope.
If nothing else, I stuck to the mitigation plan I came up with for the week, earned lots of APs and improved my running speed. I met the goals I set, and at least I had that success. Now, I’m going to set out to do my best this week, and hope that the scale will be a bit friendlier next Friday. I hope you have a great weekend!!
One more thing: If you are a fan of all things Quaker, they are giving away free samples of a new (and tasty sounding) bar: Quaker True Delights. These bars come in flavors like “Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut” and “Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry.” I haven’t tried them, but they sound pretty tasty and the nutritionals I saw on-line looked pretty good. I just requested my free sample, and I thought I’d post the link in case you wanted to take advantage of a freebie as well: http://www.quakertruedelights.com/