The Difference

In hindsight this was sort of stupid, but when I signed up for Weight Watchers, I didn’t weigh myself.  I had been to the doctor (side note: I don’t know how much having a baby costs, but NOT having one is going to cost me about $1300 and that’s with insurance covering a large chunk of it.  Lovely.  Serious salt in the wound, right?)  a few days earlier and I just used that weight.  That was dumb because I was weighed in the middle of the day with my clothes, including shoes, on.  I think I rationalized that number being higher because of those reasons and I didn’t want to step on my home scale and see that same number.  So, I don’t know how much weight I’ve actually lost in the past almost two weeks.  I’m estimating that the number that I saw at the doctor was about 2 lbs higher than normal, maybe 3 and I am down 2 lbs from that, 5 lbs from the original number.  See, dumb, right?

I’ve really made an effort to count every single thing that I’ve eaten and whereas my meals have basically stayed the same as they were before, I’ve made a huge cut back in my snacking.  Seeing how it added up was a major wake up call for me.  I was always pretty frustrated because I felt like I ate pretty healthy and I couldn’t lose weight but now I totally see why.  I thought it would be interesting to compare everything that I’ve been eating since joining Weight Watchers with what I would have eaten before.

Breakfast:

Breakfast burrito

This was a breakfast burrito and a cup of coffee.  It’s pretty much exactly what I would have eaten before.

Morning snack:

Grapefruit

Grapefruit.  Before, I would have had something carby, like some sort of granola bar probably, maybe yogurt.

Lunch:

Barley salad

Jelly beans

Looks ugly, I know.  This was this barley salad that I’d make earlier in the week (recipe came from the PDQ vegetarian cookbook) over some spinach with a tiny bit of Annie’s Green Goddess dressing.  Afterward, I had a small amount of jelly beans.   Like breakfast, this is very similar to a lunch I would have had before.

Afternoon snack:

Fage cherry

I know the container says it’s pronouced “fay-eh” but I still say fage like rhymes with age in my head.  Again, similar to what I would have eaten before.

So that was the work day.  Really the only big difference is that I had fruit in the morning instead of a more carby snack.  The real changes begin when I get home from work.  I got into the habit of snacking either as soon as I got home or while I was making dinner.  I would eat maybe some spoonfuls of leftovers or some crackers or something like that.  It didn’t seem like a lot but I was probably adding a good 200+ calories to my meal, maybe more.

Dinner:

Fish dinner

This is an awful picture, but this is Trader Joe’s frozen Hake en Papillote with roasted broccoli and about 1/3 of a russet potato, also roasted.  This was the first time that I bought this particular fish and was unimpressed with how little fish was actually in the package.  It was mostly veggies and a sauce, both of which were good but the piece of fish was tiny.

I would have made a similar dinner before.  However, I probably would have gone back for seconds.  It’s really true that your body doesn’t register fullness for a while.  I am always still hungry when I finish eating, but lately, I’ve been ignoring the feeling and it goes away after a while.  I did, however, have a dessert.

Frozen yogurt wheels

Don’t let the “greek frozen yogurt” label trick you into thinking these are any different than Skinny Cows.  Again, a similar dessert that I would have had before.  After dessert, I played on the computer, talked to my brother and watched tv for a few hours before I went to bed.  In the past, I definitely would have been munching again, maybe on some cereal, but I fought the urge.

This was a total of 28 points, by the way.  I actually only get 26, but I’ve been fine going over by a few points each day.  They give you extra weekly points that you can use like that or you can kind of bank for a special meal.  I’ve been doing a combination of both.

It’s been very eye-opening to see that the incessant snacking was what was holding me back.  Now, I guess I could just not do that and not pay for Weight Watchers, but it’s been helpful in keeping me accountable for everything.  I think this program is going to work.  I am hoping to be back in my skinny jeans (which fit, but they are a little snug) in about a month.  Then hopefully we’ll try the baby thing again and they’ll be too small for a different reason.

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13 Responses to The Difference

  1. I’m so glad WW is working for you! I always do better wine I have “rules” to follow. Like it gives your mind a reason to say no.

  2. I think my favorite part about WW is that it gives you the structure to realize where you can make some “Easy” changes. I’m glad to hear it’s going well – I’m cheering for you!

  3. I think accountability is huge and that is the best outcome of this program for you I think. I would caution, from personal experience, weighing yourself often will just be discouraging…if you CAN, try to not weigh yourself weekly…maybe monthly? That might help you feel less discouraged? My two cents, but of course, what works for me may not work for you. You are doing great, good luck!!! :)

  4. Yay!! Glad to hear it is going well!! :)

  5. I am ALWAYS heavier in the afternoon!

    It’s great that you are adjusting to the Weight Watchers plan. It’s deceiving how easily snacking (ok and wine!) can add up to empty calories. It’s good that you are still able to eat what you want AND fit in some treats!

  6. I’m really trying to get back on the tracking wagon. I took off Thursday through Tuesday (which is my weight in day) for the holiday and Tom’s birthday dinner. I’m already negative points for the week due to two Christmas meals, but I’m sticking to my daily points the rest of the week! Except for maybe tomorrow.
    Dammit.
    Good job being so aware, that is definitely the biggest step!

  7. I’m in the same boat as you…losing some lbs before hopefully putting them on for other reasons. Good luck to both of us!!

  8. Snacking always gets me too. I think now that I’m working more outside the house, as opposed to doing my online teaching at home, I’m not snacking as much, which is good.

    Good for you for sticking with it! I have so many friends who love WW. And Jessica Simpson, of course. ;-)

  9. It IS eye opening once you start making even small changes to how you eat — the little things you noticed about snacking and mindless picking after dinner, that stuff all adds up, scarily so. I’m proud of you for sticking with it and being accountable — you are doing great!!

  10. Glad its going well! I am a snacker too (as I said before) and the small changes totally make a huge difference. Happy almost New Years!

  11. Glad it’s going well for you! I just signed my Jason up and he is very hesitant but I keep telling him it will work if he follows it. L)

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