It was bound to happen. I’ve been eating junk and continuing to lose weight, and I knew that wouldn’t last forever. This morning I got on the scale and was up .8 pounds. Looking back at my diet the last week, it’s pretty clear why this was. I ate all my weekly points, 37 activity points, and went in the red by 28 points.
I skipped a run, didn’t track some meals until a day or two later (which is bound to ruin my estimates), had takeout pizza AGAIN, ate a bunch of Twix bars, miscalculated the point value of the bread and cheese I had on hand (didn’t notice that until today)…. In an odd way, I’m glad I gained. I couldn’t go on eating all that junk forever. I could quickly get in a weekend XL pizza habit (instead of a sensible serving of Papa Murphy’s DeLite pizza), a daily Twix habit, and who knows what else.
So, I’ve undone one week’s worth of weight loss. Not too bad. I can be on track (or better) by next week. I’ve made some changes to my diet already this week. At the suggestion of a few readers, I’ve added more protein to my breakfast. I hard boiled a dozen eggs on Sunday night, and I have two for breakfast each morning along with a piece of fruit and nonfat yogurt sweetened with jam.
I haven’t shared a food log since Thursday, and I promised to do that publicly to hold myself accountable. So, let’s play catch up! I’m just going to warn you; the weekend was pretty ugly. I get 26 Weight Watchers Points per day, 49 weeklies, and earn about 35 activity points a week. If I were to eat all of those evenly throughout the week, I’d eat about 38 points per day.
Friday Food Log
Breakfast: Morning glory muffin, low-fat string cheese, unsweetened apple sauce, ginger tea
Lunch: Chickpea salad with greens, 1/2 cup ff yogurt with apple butter
Dinner: Dinner out at a nice restaurant with a friend. I had 2 glasses of red wine, a few bites of a fish & chips appetizer, half of each of the plates pictured below (pickled beet salad, arctic char in potato cups, squash pasta, cornmeal cake with rhubarb), and half of another dessert not pictured.
Activity: 30-minute brisk lunchtime walk
64 Weight Watchers Points
Brunch: Homemade chicken salad on a piece of wheat toast topped with micro greens, 4 mandarin oranges
Snack: 40g raisins (this was long run fuel)
Dinner: 1/4 of a 16″ pizza with pepperoni and pineapple
Activity: 8 mile run with warm up & cool down walks
30 Weight Watchers Points, earned 24 Activity Points
Sunday Food Log
Breakfast: 1/4 of a 16″ pizza with pepperoni and pineapple (I know, this was dumb)
Lunch: Homemade chicken salad on wheat toast topped with micro greens
Snack: Shredded mini wheats (didn’t measure, approximately 1.5 cups), 1/2 cup skim milk, 20g raisins
Dinner: Chickpea tomato soup with pesto, half a grilled cheese sandwich
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie, apple, low-fat string cheese
49 Weight Watchers Points
I made the chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe from the Runner’s World cookbook in an attempt to replace my 7-point Twix habit with a 4-point cookie made with healthier ingredients. The only problem is that they’re so good, I want to eat more than one per day!
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, 4 mandarin oranges, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt w/ 1 T apple butter
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks & 2 T hummus, chocolate oatmeal cookie
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Snack 2: 1 oz lentil chips & approximately 2 T hummus (this was a surprise snack at staff meeting that I didn’t turn down)
Dinner: Asparagus ravioli with peas & tomatoes topped with parmesan cheese, beet & goat cheese salad
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie (the second one was calling my name!)
Activity: 30 minute lunchtime walk
38 Weight Watchers Points
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1 T peach jam
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks & 2T hummus
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: Chickpea tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich
39 Weight Watchers Points
Those cookies are calling my name, but if I publish this post without writing it down I should be able to resist!