Yesterday, I posted a photo of an empty plate. Minutes before I took the photo, it was covered in this yumminess. My favorite snack this week has been the jazzy little number above. A cameo apple plus a serving of galaxy vanilla almond munch granola topped with 1/2 Tbsp. of Mighty Maple peanut butter. Of course, you could use any kind of apple, low fat granola and peanut butter, but these are what I had on hand.
I like interactive food, and it’s fun to dip the apples in bits of peanut butter and then into the crunchy granola. The apples themselves are moist enough that the granola sticks to them even without the peanut butter. I like playing with my food, and this snack is perfect for that reason. Also, did I mention the peanut butter? Oh, and I like that it looks kind of like a flower. 🙂 FUN!
Here are this week’s digits:
Daily Points Target: 22
Weekly Points Remaining: 0/35
Activity Points Remaining: 10/30
After eating basically the same number of points the last few weeks, I decided to try to eat a few more this week. Sometimes it helps to shake things up. Other times, not so much. I still had a 10 point cushion left at the end of the week, and, goodness knows– it wasn’t a sacrifice to eat more peanut butter!
Saturday: 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
Sunday: 45 minutes of strength training, 40 minutes of cardio combo, 5 minutes of stretching
Monday: off, but walked for 20 minutes to a more distant metro station
Tuesday: 45 minutes of strength training, 40 minutes of 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 plus 35 minutes of cardio combo
In order to get to my target of 30 activity points (which equates to about 3000 calories burned), I had to add a few extra minutes here and there. It seems like that is getting to be the case lately.
Every precinct is reporting positive results this week. My eating was in line with my guidelines, and I worked out even more than usual. Every precinct, that is, except for the scale. It has steadily fluctuated upwards over the last three weeks, and today it went up by .2 to bring me to 159.8.
I actually pulled up one of the fancy progress charts that weight watchers provides on their site to take a look at a visual representation of my results. Since August, the graph shows what is, basically, a straight line. No real losses and no real gains (aside from a spike during the week of Christmas). That would be awesome if I was just trying to maintain, but that hasn’t been my goal. I’m going through some serious reevaluation about whether maintenance actually should be my goal and about my approach.
I’ve lost most of my weight (130 pounds) by counting points, but not all of it (50 pounds). I think it may be time to try something different rather than keep wallowing and obsessing in the same old game. I think it might be better for my general sense of well being. That’s why, this week, I’m having a “pointless” week.
I don’t have a lot of time to write this evening, so I’ll have to explain more later. Just know that I’ve tried not to count my points today. Since they are very much ingrained in my brain, it hasn’t been altogether possible not to keep track a bit. I have written down everything I’ve eaten, and I’ve also decided on some general guidelines for the week. I plan to tell you about them tomorrow. I’ll also explain why I think I need to break away from my points mentality for a bit. Don’t get me wrong. If the scale starts heading in the wrong direction, I will go running back to WW like a little lost child. I know that it works, and it provides a structure that is very useful for me. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but after four years of looking at every bite in terms of points, I think it’s time to try to live and eat “off the grid.” The worst that can happen is that I’ll gain a couple of pounds this week and jump right back into my points tracker, right? Unlike the past, I’m on top of the situation now. I know how to put out the fire before the house burns to the ground.
Have a great weekend, and wish me luck!