This post was written by Crystal.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since I gave you a general rundown of my weight loss journey so far, but they were a bad two weeks. I didn’t keep up with my Weight Watchers points for most of July, so I did gain back a few pounds. When I weighed in at 150.6 on Sunday, July 31, I shocked myself back into the program. I never wanted to weigh above 150 again, so that was an eye opener. My new goal is to hit 140 pounds by September 25, 2011.
Getting Back into the Program
The first step was for me to log into Weight Watchers Online and start tracking my points again. I am assigned 29 points a day with an additional 49 points to use freely each week. For the first half of August, I will be using those 29 points a day and will try to ignore the weekly extra. I want to get back below 150 as soon as safely possible. Hopefully my next post here will contain great news.
When I had a day job, I walked around the parking lot two or three times a week to get the blood flowing, but I hardly exercised at all in July. Now that I am self-employed, I have no excuse for not scheduling in some exercise. I will start slowly since I do not want to burn out. I am going to attempt to walk around the neighborhood at least three times a week. Hopefully that will lead me to hit my 90 minute weekly goal that I set for myself in my Crystal Light Challenge. Again, I hope I have good news for you during my next update.
Snacks and Desserts
My downfall this past month was definitely the snacks I chose and desserts I indulged in. While I was working the plan, I learned how to eat smaller portions and ate mainly fruit and vegetables as snacks so I could use the majority of my points on my main meals and my evening dessert. In July, I started snacking on baked chips and Oreos again. For dessert, I also started getting 6-8 ounces of frozen yogurt instead of my normal 4-5 ounces. There was also a bunch of leftover birthday cake in the house that I helped polish off. In short, I killed my plan with empty calories. I am going back to fruit and vegetables again.
In order to follow through on my new plan to hit 140 pounds by September 25, I made a quick grocery store run. I made sure to buy bananas, apples, grapes, frozen green beans, and the main proteins for our dinners this week. We’ll also be using up some red potatoes and a few bags of mixed vegetables.
There are no more Oreos or cake in the house and I put away the sealed bags of chips for future potlucks. When I do go out to get some frozen yogurt, I will only take $3 in cash, so I will be limited to 5 ounces or less of my favorite flavors. I know that giving it up completely would help even more, but my cravings get worse if I tell myself I can’t have something. The trick for me is to get back into the balanced gear I was in before the super crazy month of July.
How have you been doing over the past couple of weeks? Feel free to set goals for yourself in the comments and check in every couple of weeks to update us all! It would be nice to have some more company.