Wednesday Madness

The scale was not my friend today; but I dealt with it. Here’s how:

So, todays meeting was all about Power Foods. These are foods that are super good for you; i.e. all those foods included in the food plate Michelle Obama supported that is replacing the food pyramid we all remember from middle school health classes.

The cool thing about these Power Foods is that they are all very good for you and aids in the fight against a plethora of ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease, poor complexion, and arguably cancer. Technically, the fact that these are termed “Power Foods” and that they happen to do all these amazing things, isn’t really a new concept because, hello, it’s food–it’s healthy food that everyone knows about.

But the bonus for partaking of these Power Foods? NO TRACKING! What? Yup, you heard that right, folks. If you eat these Power Foods throughout the day, you do not have to track. You just have to gauge your fullness.

What the heck does that mean? It means that when you are satisfied and not so stuffed you are unable to function the rest of the night, you stop eating. We can do that. Yes, we can.

Back to how I ended up coping with my gain this week. We were in dire need of groceries so I went to Smith’s.

To backtrack, we had a bad night that consisted of going to sleep at one am, Jason waking up numerous times because the cats were having a wonderful time playing up and down the hall wrestling with each other, and culminating in an 8 am wake up call of city trucks and jack hammers ripping up the curbs and sidewalks right outside our window. Needless to say, Jason chose sleep over weight watchers, and I can’t say as I blame him.

I went to Smith’s alone, starting at the produce, and I picked up SO many Power Foods; cabbage, grapes, apples, bananas, corn, broccoli, pears, snow peas. Before leaving the weight watchers I picked up their Power Foods cookbook. We are ready to roll. Bring on the fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. BRING IT.

Of course, we still have to decide which recipes to try and which to avoid. Perhaps we can make our way through it a la Julie Powell.

**Question: How do you deal with set-backs?**

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The Good Kind of Thinspiration: Newton’s First Law of Weight Loss

And by “Good Kind” I mean that I’m not referring to the skeletal waifs that really, really weight-obsessed individuals turn to for inspiration while they push through one more day of not eating. I’ve checked out these images on various websites, and because I feel that I would rather not even link to descriptors of such sites, shielding you, my readers, I will refrain. Needless to say, people find inspiration in just about anything.

No, by “Good Kind” I mean me. Let me explain so I don’t sound completely self-absorbed.

Today was weigh-in day at Weight Watchers. All week, I’ve been busting my a$$ to track my points, drink my water, and take my vitamins. I did a nearly hour-long walk with Jamie and Victoria on Saturday, yard work with Jason on Monday, and yoga with Bob on Tuesday.

After last week’s gain, I would be damned if I was going to gain AGAIN. In fact, I gained weight each week since November 30th.

But, today I stepped onto the scale with confidence, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Now, before I reveal my number for this week, I need to express how stupid I feel. I mean, really. Duh. Of course WW works IF you track, drink water, and exercise. I know that pretty much since we moved into the new house, I’ve been a HUGE slacker. How silly do I feel after doing what I SHOULD have been doing and seeing results? Pretty dang silly.

In essence, I defer to Newton’s First Law of Motion whereby if you don’t make a change, no change will happen. In doing nothing (not sticking to my program) nothing was happening (I wasn’t losing weight; I was in fact gaining the weight I had already lost when I was doing something, which is reminiscent of Newton’s 3rd law about equal and opposite reactions).

So, our take away physics lesson for the day is: Do not stand still, MOVE. By MOVING, you may come away with a weekly weight loss number of 4.2 pounds. By moving, you might just see results.

**Question: What moves, motivates, or inspires you?**

The Monday Munchies

In light of the fact that my Weight Watchers weigh-in day is Wednesday, and I don’t want to focus too much on food right after I have weighed in, I’ve decided to turn my WIAW into a MM (see above).

So here it is:

Breakfast was a delicious pairing of Folgers Classic Roast with a dash of sugar-free vanilla syrup and milk and a homemade-by-me scone featuring chia. Now, I’ve been making these scones since I was in Korea with a slight modification. Instead of buttermilk, which was hard to come by in Seoul, I combined equal parts milk and yogurt. Depending on what your plan is, you can use plain or flavored yogurt. Of course for those of you who are looking for a healthy alternative, you can use skim milk and fat-free yogurt, which I’ve done on MANY occasions with the same yummy result. You can also mix and knead in fresh fruit, chocolate, or as I did this time, chia, for an added tasty bonus.

Coffee & Scone (8 pps)

Lunch was a little less homemade. Here I have a Smart Dog on a slice of whole wheat bread which was spread with Laughing Cow Swiss and sprinkled with blackening spices. WW Dijon pretzels and a Fig Newton bar finish out the plate. On the side, I have a hearty black bean soup from Amy’s.

Smart Dog & Amy's (13 pps)

And finally, dinner. Jason was craving Chinese, so we hit up a local place called Heaven Dragon. I ordered the chicken teriyaki and Jason got the Hunan style chicken. It would have been great if they had included our hot & sour soup instead of the lo mein we ended up with. Them’s the breaks, kids. All in all the food wasn’t too bad, and they actually deliver–a novelty for anything other than pizza in Albuquerque.

Chicken Teriyaki (10 pps)

And for desert, what Chinese dinner would be complete without a fortune cookie? I think this cookie might be referring to Duke City, how about you?

Fortune Cookie (1 pps)

**Question: What did you munch on today?**

It Takes A Village

When I first joined Weight Watchers, I did it wrong. Instead of learning to control my portions and “eating my activity points,” I eliminated most food altogether. I let myself get out of control. I hurt my body, and I didn’t learn anything—especially not the right way to eat. In less than a year I had lost nearly 100lbs. But, it slowly (and surely) crept back up.

Ever since high school, I’ve fluctuated. I’ve been as high as 254 and as low as 152. When I moved back home from Korea this summer, I was shocked that I had gained about 40lbs in the two years I was there. I’m not at my highest, thankfully, and I definitely DON’T want to get back there. So, I dragged Jason to a meeting.

We joined in September, and it’s been a bit of a struggle. I know that it works, and really it’s just me standing in my own way.

However…

I think it really does take a village—a village to raise a child, and a village to support one another in our self-improvement quests. Heck, four of my closest friends (two of which can be read here and here), in addition to Jason, do Weight Watchers, and another one is considering it.

So, today Jason and I went to our WW meeting, begrudgingly. I am proud to report that HE had a loss. I, on the other hand, didn’t fair quite as well: a nearly 3lb gain. I haven’t had a loss in a month, officially, and I blame the holidays. I blame myself.

It’s time to turn over a new leaf…

We are cracking down, Jason and I that is. Holding each other accountable, however excruciating that is likely to be. I am great at helping others, bad at helping myself…accepting help. So again, I defer to the village, which consists of individuals, some of whom I know and love, and others I have never met, but whose words resonate in me. I need it, even if it doesn’t need me as much. Even if it can hold its own—I need it.

A Few Resolutions

Hooray! The new year is here. Last night Jason and I celebrated with home-made potato soup, two of the LOTR movies, and the game Life.

We almost missed midnight, as we were both exhausted. Jason spent the day working on his man cave, while I watched reruns on On Demand and made the soup:

4-6 pounds of peeled and roughly chopped russet (or your choice) potatoes
1 medium (on the smaller side of medium if you like) yellow onion, chopped into small pieces
1 ham bone with some ham still on it
1/2 – 1 cup of diced ham (or rough chopped if you prefer)
6 cups water (low sodium chicken broth would be really good too)
1.5 cups half and half (1 cup cream or 1.5 cups whole milk)
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheese, optional

Combine all the ingredients in your crock pot for 4 hours on low heat then 1-2 on high, or 6-8 hours on low. Occasionally mash potatoes after hour 4. Once the potatoes are thoroughly mashed and the ham is well incorporated, take out the bones (be mindful that some bits may have fallen off and depending on your bone there may be some bits of cartilage), and add your half&half.
*I added a bit of salt and a bit more pepper before adding the cream. You can add it before or after, but the ham is pretty salty, so not much salt is needed.
**I topped our bowls with about two tbsp of shredded cheese.
YUM

And on to the basis for my title: Resolutions.
I would imagine that a lot of people are posting about this today…great! I’m all for self-improvement. Here’s what I am planning.
1. I mentioned that I wanted to get back into writing, and I had started last year with a goal to blog once a week. So, I am re-committing to that goal.
2. I have a wedding coming up! I have been doing Weight Watchers with Jason since September, and I have kinda fallen off the tracking wagon. My goal for this is to be more honest and vigilant with my tracking and record keeping.
3. Exercise. This related to number 2, but I really do want to be more regular with my activity. With the help of my brother (my pseudo trainer) and my friends (with whom I am starting to train for a half marathon) I think this one is totally doable.
4. MARATHON. I have run a few marathons (well, half marathons) in the past. Some were official (Steamworks and Duke City) and others not (super long runs!).
5. Be more flexible. This means incorporating more resolutions as they present themselves.

**QUESTION: What is/are your resolution(s) for 2012?**