It all started last week with a mix of Trader Joe’s fruity fiber cereal and some pumpkin seeds…
This week, it picked up steam with a mix of Kashi Honey Sunshine and more pumpkin seeds….
This week’s favorite snack is something I like to call “desk mix.” I love trail mix. I love the mix of crunchy and chewy with sweet and salty. I love nibbling it a piece at a time, but I don’t love the amount of fat and calories some trail mixes contain. If I were on a trail getting some exercise, it might be completely appropriate. Sitting at my desk, however, doesn’t really merit such a hearty snack. As a way to avoid overdoing it on trail mix or getting sucked into the 100 empty calorie pack rut, while still getting a sweet and salty nibbly mix, I started tossing a little baggie of “desk mix” into my lunch bag in the mornings. I’m hooked.
Both of the cereals in the mixes above are 1 point per serving cereals. I add 1/2 a serving of pumpkin seeds, which adds up to a 1.5 point snack. Most 100 calorie packs come in around 2 points on weight watchers, and it seems that most of them offer little in the way of nutrition (although there are a few exceptions, of course). My desk mix has some whole grains, fiber and pumpkin seed goodness, and only takes a few seconds to toss into a baggie in the morning. The Trader Joe’s cereal is great because it has some dried fruit and nuts. The Kashi is awesome because… it reminds me of Cap’n Crunch for grown-ups! I plan to experiment with more mixes like this in the future. If I look a bit like a toddler with my baggie full of cereal– so be it. I think desk mix rocks!!
So– you’ve seen the snacks, now for the stats:
Daily Points Target: 22
Weekly Points Remaining: 0/35
Activity Points Remaining: 21.5/28.5
That’s about normal. I had an additional 21.5 points that I could have eaten, but I chose not too.
Saturday: 35 minutes of a cardio and core class with my trainer followed by 35 minutes of running outside in the lovely weather
Sunday: 45 minutes of strength training,35 minutes of cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Tuesday: 45 minutes of strength training, 35 minutes cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Wednesday: 65 minutes of cardio combo (elliptical, running and walking with incline on the treadmill, jump rope intervals and stairmaster) with 10 minutes of core exercise and stretching
Thursday: 60 minutes of kickboxing
I’m happy with my workouts this week. I didn’t quite make it to 30 activity points, but I think it will be easier when warmer weather arrives for good. I’m much more likely to take extra unnecessary walks when I’m not “battling the elements.” The Saturday class was a make up class that my trainer offered in place of a canceled class. It involved a core exercise, followed by a one minute cardio interval, followed by another core exercise… lather, rinse and repeat for 30 minutes. It kicked my butt, but in a good way. I’m glad that I got to do something different on Saturday. The running outside was a bonus!
I feel good about my eating this week too. I ate well, did a better job of listening to what I really wanted rather than spending my points just because I had them, and I really enjoyed my food. What more could I ask for??
I had a good week! How was it reflected on the scale? Well, as I said last night, I had a good idea of how today was going to go. I seem to have been in an upward fluctuation all week long. I’m not sure what the scale is doing, but I don’t care. I’ll tell you why in a minute. My official number this week is 159.6… with a 2.6 pound gain. Why don’t I care? I don’t care because I put on a pair of pants from last summer, when my weight was only a couple of pounds more than what it is now, and they were too big. They were big enough, in fact, that I spent the day a little bit nervous. Unbuttoning was not necessary. I’ve concluded that there is an inches game going on, and, given that I typically wear pants and not my scale out in public, I’m happy with that. Muscle tone? I’ll take it!
I’m also just trying to relax and not stress about it. If you are checking out my blog expecting to see pounds drop like flies, your expectations aren’t the same as mine. I’m just happy trying to lose a few more, while enjoying where I am now and working on my eating skills. I’m trying to develop the mindset where the scale takes a backseat. Goodness knows, the things I can do now that I wasn’t able to do 180 pounds ago are much more rewarding than seeing a certain number between my feet. I know that logically, now I just need to adjust my attitude to match it. I’m working on it, and I know I’ll get there.
I’ll leave you this evening with a photo of my dinner. It was a quick and good one, and I think it deserves a mention!
I sauteed some mushrooms (they are hiding underneath) in my small skillet and then topped it with some egg beaters. After the egg beaters started to set up, I topped it with some avocado, some Cabot 75% light cheddar and a little parmesan. I popped it under the broiler to brown, reheated the last of my roasted broccoli and got out my favorite chipotle salsa. This frittata was inspired by Heather’s awesome avocado eggs. Oh how I love blogspiration!! I also love frittatas. I think they are like little protein pizzas, and I treat them that way with my random choices of toppings.
Well, I’m off to a club for a friend’s birthday. I think I may be getting too old for the club scene. I’m probably going to spend the next hour trying to figure out what to wear. At least I can eliminate the previously mentioned pants!!
Question of the night: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever put in/on your eggs?
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! 🙂