July 10th was our third support group meeting. The check-in questions for the evening were:
- How have things been going for you these last two weeks in regards to eating healthier?
- What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have experienced?
- Are there any changes you would like to make in the next two weeks? If so, what would those be?
This week I weighed-in at 241lbs which means I lost another 4lbs. I will admit that these past two weeks have been challenging with the 4th of July bar-b-que, picnics and concerts in the park where they sold the biggest and best ice cream bars in the world. What really helped me was planning ahead when I knew an event or outing was coming up. I brought my own healthy fruits and veggies. That didn’t keep me from buying one of those awesome ice cream bars but I felt good about my overall choices and I didn’t beat myself up when I over-indulged. The goal for me is to be the healthiest person I can be – not to be perfect.
At this point, my biggest challenge is eating more vegetables. I am still relying on overly processed foods to make up the bulk of my diet. This is the middle of summer where fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful. There is no excuse for me to pick up a greasy, fast-food hamburger when I can grill some bar-b-qued chicken with a fresh tomato salad. I am working on changing my habits and patterns. I want to change the way I think about food as well as choose my food for it’s flavor, aroma, color, freshness – not for convenience. Food is more than fuel.
I am currently at 235 lbs. I lost 3 lbs since our last weigh-in. I have to say that the last two weeks have been okay in regards to eating healthier. I continue to try to get off the processed foods and more into healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables.
This leads me to one of my biggest challenges. Twice in the past two weeks I was invited over to a relative’s house for fresh homemade meals. While the meals were very healthy, I found myself counting Weight Watchers points on the fly. I am never very sure of my on-the-spot calculations so I tend to want to eat less and not enjoy the experience. Later in the evening, I do the calculations and cross my fingers that I haven’t gone over. On the flip side, my triumph for the week has been getting more walking in despite the warm temperatures. When a few months ago I would not think twice about staying inside with the AC blasting, now I brave the heat as I want to exercise, get my heart rate up and earn a few points in the process.
Over the next two weeks, I want to focus on getting happy faces on each of my daily Weight Watchers health checks. I am successful with water and exercise but I need to do better with fruits/vegetables, vitamins and healthy oils. I have never been a big fan of dairy and do not entirely agree with the two servings of dairy to earn a happy face but if I think about it as yogurt and a piece of cheese, the daily challenge is not that great.
It hasn’t been the best couple of weeks for me. I weighed-in at 195 which means that I gained 2 lbs since our last weigh-in. I feel like I have been eating out too much and eating too many frozen meals. The summer bar-b-ques and pizzas at the office have been tempting me as well. It’s been difficult.
My challenge has been trying not to skip meals. When I do, I end up getting very hungry and making bad choices like picking up fast food rather than making healthy meals.
I think my biggest success during these past couple weeks has been planning snacks. I always have pretzels, grapes, low-fat yogurt or strawberries on hand to nibble on between meals. It helps me keep my portion sizes under control. I have also discovered thin sliced bread that allows me to eat sandwiches that are a smaller portion size.
For the next couple weeks, I would like to focus on getting back to a routine. When I have my meals at a specific time, I always make better choices. It helps me plan ahead. I am also going to join Weight Watchers again. I think it’s a great tool for helping you determine healthy portion sizes.