Hi wwlurker - I'm glad to hear you made it through the weekend alright and are working towards another good week
I'm sure some of the sweet and salty things I eat contribute to my urge to overeat. But I think what's contributing the most to the urge is emotional issues. I always dealt with them by eating - so that I didn't really have to deal with them Now I have to feel them all and I can't push them away with food, so that's the main thing I need to work on. I could also do without so much junk food, maybe after the holidays I'll try to work on limiting them even more than I do now.
I've been struggling a bit the past couple of days. I'm still largely on plan (I may have tasted my homemade caramels this morning - had to see if they were overcooked!), but my lack of planning has caught up with me.
I've been eating at odd times and going off the set meal plan but staying within the guidelines as much as possible.
The recipes I have left to eat in this week's plan are all ones that require ingredients I have to go to a special store to get, or which take a long time to put together, so I've been "winging it" a bit too much.
Tomorrow is WI (so excited) and the last day of this meal plan. Then I get a new plan and work with that. I'm going to try to be a bit more on the ball with this one.
As for Xmas, I will have company from Xmas eve to boxing day (morning). So, it will really only be 2 days or so that I will be a bit off the meal plan. I plan to be reasonable during that time.
Hi wwlurker - sorry to hear you've been struggling. Good luck with your weigh-in tomorrow, I'm excited to hear how you do too! And hopefully the new plan for the coming week will be less struggle. Sounds like you are making smart plans for the holiday foods/meal too
Stopping by for my daily check-in. I've gotten in lots of activity today and planned to use 2 of my Activity Points for some Christmas candy. I normally don't use the Activity Points, but I think it's good that I tell myself I can have the treat, but I have to put in the effort to fit it into my day. I'm also still working on my food plan for the week, making sure to fit in the holiday foods I want but still stay within my points.
I officially lost 0.4 on my first week OP. But, I had my breakfast (coffee, Ezekiel eng muffin w/ natural pb, 2c water) before weighing in and I think that had a big impact - that's heavy stuff! On my home scale, I am lower.
My meeting with my consultant was great. I let her know that I'm going out to dinner today at a new local place and she gave me suggestions. We talked about xmas this week and how to navigate that. She also told me to stay away from the sugar (hello caramels!) and try harder with the water, both of which I knew I could have been doing better. I was happy to see that because the program is so restrictive, she was reasonable about xmas - it's not like they expect you to follow the set meal plan to a T on xmas day - just make good choices and try to follow the general guidelines.
Overall, I am very happy so far. I generally have more energy. I feel like I'm nourishing my body and giving it what it needs as opposed to what it wants.
I'm going to try to incorporate more exercise in the coming weeks because I'm feeling so much better.
cj59 - I think that staying on track for the time leading up to and following xmas is the best plan - keeping the holiday indulgences to the actual holiday as much as possible but making sure that you do get to enjoy yourself as well.
I had a great meal out with friends last night. I followed the suggestions from my consultant (with an added glass of wine) and was completely satisfied (maybe even a little too full).
Today is the first day of my new week. I didn't end up getting a new meal plan; this one continues for three weeks. I need to check for more recipes to avoid boredom if I'm going to be on this plan for two more weeks! I'm back on the plan as best I can today. This will keep up until my company arrives on xmas eve, when I'll start my own, try my best and be reasonable plan until they leave on the 26th.
I'm checking in to stay on track and be accountable. I've gotten lots of exercise in today and I'm staying on my food plan. I keep telling myself to stick to my plan and make sure I can fit in the treats I want. I sure hope I can stick with that the next few days.
I'm going to make some fudge tonight and hope it doesn't taste too good so I won't want to eat too much I have a favorite recipe I usually make each year - the Fantasy Fudge on the marshmallow creme jar - but I know it's not safe for me to have that in the house, so I'm trying another recipe. I'm hoping that by next year when I'll have maintained my weight loss for awhile I can make my normal fudge again for the holidays
I did make the fudge and it didn't taste nearly as good as the Fantasy Fudge I usually make, so I was able to avoid eating too much of it. It was O.K. though.
I made it through my family party today alright too and used about 14 points (had to estimate) on some foods that I don't get to eat too often and I enjoyed them.
When I weighed myself this morning I was up a few pounds (I've been up and down the same 2-3 pounds all week), so that motivated me to stay on track today and keep up my exercise and water. I'll be glad to stop the daily weigh-in and go back to weekly. The scale going up and down drives me a little crazy, even though I've been on plan and I know it's just fluid retention or something else with my body. Weekly weigh-ins work better for me, but I do think the daily weigh-ins helped keep me on track this week.
Hope everyone else is doing well and enjoying the holidays
Checking in and glad this holiday week is almost over It was tough trying to fit in things I wanted to eat and stay within my plan. Also, all the extra exercise was just too much! I'll be glad to get back to normal this coming week.
I'm back to normal here too. I haven't weighed in (my official WI is tomorrow anyway), but I must be up a little bit.
I went off the rails a bit and didn't track at all for the three days that we had company. I also did not just limit it to the time that they were here (they left yesterday morning and I still didn't get back on track until this morning).
Overall, I had a great Christmas, so I'm trying not to beat myself up over it. I knew going in that I was choosing a difficult time of year to join. Also, I'm amazed at how much the sugar affected me. The more I eat, the more I want. The plan for today is to drink plenty of water and avoid salt so that tomorrow is an accurate weigh-in.
I'm back to work today and trying to get back to my routine.
Hi wwlurker - I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday and you sound really strong and focused on what you need to do to get back on track. Good luck
I'm staying on track and feeling strong. I need to spend some time working on a meal plan, at least a rough outline, so I can keep within my points. My freezer is stuffed full of food and I really need to start eating some of that instead of the easier quick meals I tend to make
I WI today and I gained back the 0.4 I lost last week. Can't really say that I'm surprised, but I'm wondering if it's a true gain, or whether it was more temporary. I am disappointed, because I was actually down a few pounds on my scale at my last WI, but I had a heavy breakfast before WI so the results were skewed. So I was hoping for a loss this week even though I wasn't on plan.
I'm back on track and plan to stay that way. I'm going out for lunch with friends, but will try to stick to the guidelines as much as possible.
Hi wwlurker - It does sound like that isn't a true gain. It could easily be fluid retention from foods eaten during the week. Glad to hear that you're back on track and dedicated to sticking with the plan. Good luck
I'm doing alright, although when I was grocery shopping today I was really feeling frustrated that everything I would have liked to buy has so many points and I can't fit those foods into my plan. It was just a little depressing to remember foods I really enjoyed eating and knowing that I can probably never, or very rarely, have them again. But I know being healthy is more important. Still doesn't make me miss those foods any less