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My first mistake was mixing it in water because I was out of almond milk. My second mistake was also mixing it with my chocolate stuff. It tasted like somebody melted some chocolate and vanilla Tootsie rolls together, but forgot to take the wrappers off first.

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Barf.

Edit: Apparently I need some lessons on updating my WordPress from my phone.

Small Victories

Posted: February 8, 2012 in Food, Goals, Stats

Two accomplishments to note!

  • Today marks the end of the first week of Weight Watchers with 3.2 pounds lost.
  • A shirt that previously took some tugging and the assistance of my husband to zip, because I had put on just enough weight to make it difficult to zip near the top, now fits properly! I got into it without any additional assistance, on the first try.

My first week of Weight Watchers was a little rough. I wasn’t really fully prepared for it and I had told myself I was going to give myself plenty of room for error since this is all new eating, but I ended up being determined to not go over my “point” allotment for the week. I was fairly hungry off and on the first few days, but near the end of the week I was feeling quite a bit more comfortable.

If absolutely nothing else, I will say this much – I have eaten more vegetables and fruit (mostly veggies) in the last week than I think I did in all of any one month in the last few years. I’ve also had a lot more water and notably less meat. Previously, I would eat more than one serving of meat in a meal, often times for two meals a day, pretty much every day. I mean, I know I need complete proteins in my diet, but that seems, I don’t know… excessive? I’ve been trying to get more beans, rice [and soon] quinoa in my diet and eating a max of one meat meal a day.

I’ve tried very hard to not set body weight goals for myself because what I want more than a stupid number is physical proof that my body is healthier and more efficient… but I admit, I’m really looking forward to having 10, 20 fewer pounds to have to carry around once I get back into rock climbing!

Of veggies and meat.

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Food

So, I started Weight Watchers. I know that some people find food programs “extreme” or gimmicky, but hear me out.

I am terrible at adding more to my diet. I can eat more mass, but when it comes to drinking more water and eating more vegetables, it doesn’t happen unless something else comes out. After doing a bit of reading, watching Forks Over Knives and doing a lot of thinking about my cholesterol, I had decided it was time to adapt a mostly whole-foods plant-based diet. Basically, less pre-made foods, more fruits and veggies. I had seen a lot of success with Weight Watchers in other people and after going to a meeting, I realized that their portions program would force me into eating more plant, since they are “zero” points.

I’m only on day three but already I can say it’s a success. I’ve eaten more fruits and veggies in the last few days than I probably did in all of January. A lot of water has been consumed as well (I have been peeing like mad!) and while I’ve experienced some hunger, I feel like that’s mostly because I had a really bad start. I think once I get the hang of what staple foods to keep in the house and have learned a few new recipes, I’ll settle in nicely and shouldn’t be hungry as often.  WW offers a lot of mass-produced pre-packaged foods but other than popcorn, I’m trying to avoid them as much as possible. I’m also attempting to cut out dairy due to lactose intolerance and knowing that dairy foods tend to cost more points, this has been fairly easy so far. I think the one thing I won’t leave out is greek yogurt.

So far my staples seem to be bananas, berries, celery, spinach, red/orange/yellow peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, eggs, almonds, cashews, and greek yogurt.  I’m open to any other fruits or veggies that would make a good part of a regular diet. I’m obviously still eating a little bit of everything else I used to eat, just in stricter moderation.

After a couple of weeks, I’m going to see how I feel. If I’m feeling weak or like muscle recovery has taken a hit, I’ll have to re-examine my diet and consider my caloric and protein intake and readjust accordingly. I’m excited to see how the next few weeks go!