Weekend Recap & Weigh-In

I’m sitting here eating a bowl (4 oz) of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 T of freshly made strawberry jam, trying to will myself into believing it tastes like the custard in the freezer.

It’s not that far off, actually. And the jam is delicious.

Next to me is a big bunch of grapes, because I’ve decided I can eat as many of them as I want tonight, as long as I don’t eat the custard.

Ah, the games we must play to resist the allure of salt, sugar, and fat. But this is supposed to be a weekend recap.

All things considered, I had a great weekend, weight-loss-wise. There was one minor setback, which thankfully did not show up on the scale.


On Friday, I worked from home. And thanks to being super busy with work, I didn’t have time to eat my way through the pantry. I also was able to squeeze a lunch run in. I thought that if it was less than 70 degrees, 92% humidity wouldn’t feel too bad. WRONG! I cut the run short at a little over 2 miles … but I got out there.

June 20 Run Photo

Then I went to visit my parents. Mom and Dad cooked a healthy meal.

June 20 DinnerAfterwards I took my mom to the Cherry Berry (her first fro-yo experience). We both diligently weighed our yogurt prior to adding toppings to make sure we had a 4 oz serving, and then only used fresh fruit. We had a tasty treat for 3 PPV. Here’s what Friday looked like:

Breakfast: Apple with 22g almond butter, string cheese
Snack: Carrots with black bean dip
Lunch: Green salad topped with roasted beets & 1 oz goat cheese, pumpernickel toast with butter
Snack: Grapes
Dinner: 3 oz beef (shishkabob), lots of roasted veggies, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup skim milk
Snack: 4 oz frozen yogurt with fresh fruit

PointsPlus: 28
Activity Points: 5


Saturday had the start of another great day. I had a healthy breakfast, avoided all but one tiny cheese sample at the farmers market, and got some activity in. My mom got a bike last year, and I haven’t ridden one in over a decade. I wanted to see if I still enjoyed it, so I took hers for a spin. I covered 4.75 miles in just under 30 minutes, and had a blast. I’ll now be searching for a bike on Craigslist.

June 21 Bike Photo

Then I made a healthy lunch, and headed out to meet up with some classmates to work on our dissertations. That’s where the derailment happened. I was working on the construction of my survey instrument, and realized I didn’t know the appropriate statistics to use to answer my research question using the types of data I’d be collecting. This is a big deal. To cope, I ate a bag of Gardetto’s and a Twix bar. Then, I put my head down and figured out that I need to do a crosstab analysis and use a nonparametric analysis of variance. I’m sure this is all very exciting for most of you 🙂

After almost 5 solid hours of work, we convened at a local restaurant. This was a planned splurge, so I felt good about my delicious meal. I had a Mezcal margarita, meat and cheese board (shared), asparagus summer salad, and a couple bites of a goat cheese cheesecake that I shared with my friends.

Meat & Cheese Board

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

If that was the end of the splurge, I would have been fine. But we adjourned to a friend’s house and she put out snacks. And I just kept eating them. For no reason. Cheetos Puffs (which seriously tasted like styrofoam, but I kept eating them), peanut M&M’s, Jr Mints. I’m not going to break it down, but I’m fairly certain I ate at least 96 points on Saturday. Might as well call it an even 100. And I earned 2 activity points.


Woke up and had breakfast with my brother and nephews. Scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and a heaping portion of fruit salad, with a glass of skim milk. After teaching the boys all about the herbs growing on Grandma’s porch, mom and I headed out for strawberry picking. We picked 52 pounds of strawberries!

52 pounds of strawberriesWe picked until about 1:30, and then I had to head home. I was very proud of myself because I chose to get a 6-inch ham sandwich (no cheese) from Subway, instead of a burger and fries.

I got home and got to work on the strawberries. Dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich and a salad topped with strawberries (of course), goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. After processing all these strawberries (they’re frozen, jammed, dehydrated, and soon to be turned into fruit leather), I also had a bowl of custard (maybe a cup) topped with strawberries. I didn’t weigh or track anything on Sunday. I’m guessing it was about a 45-50 point day. I was on my feet a lot of the time, but didn’t track the activity.


Although not technically the weekend, it seems to fit here. I had a normal 6-point breakfast of scrambled eggs and asparagus with cheese. Lunch was leftover quinoa and sauteed greens with fruit salad (probably about 10 points). Dinner was two types of pizza – asparagus & garlic scape and strawberry/basil/goat cheese. Didn’t figure out the points for these, but I’m guessing around 15. But … the custard bug hit me in the afternoon. Probably close to 15 points worth. Probably another 45-50 point day. I really need to weight and track.

Tuesday’s Weigh In

Weight Loss Ping Pong

Down 2.4 pounds! I’ll thank my lucky stars. Notice the ping-pong pattern of the last few weeks. It’s not doing anything to get me closer to my goal. I need to be on the ball this week, especially considering that I have another nice meal (with coworkers, this time) on Saturday, and I’ll be eating out Saturday – Wednesday because I’m traveling for work.

I’ve finished eating for the day (except for the 0 PPV bowl of grapes serving as my custard insurance plan), and I’m at 31 PPV. Not bad. No activity, though. There’s still time to rectify that if I get off my butt.

Update: I walked for an hour! 5 Activity Points 🙂

6 thoughts on “Weekend Recap & Weigh-In

  1. Nice work getting your walk in!
    Oh man I feel your pain with the custard. It would be best if it wasn’t in the house at all but why should my husband suffer? Good luck controlling the cravings!

    1. We HAD to buy it (I asked for it, actually), because it was the perfect vessel for our fresh strawberries. But Aaron bought a bigger container than I was expecting, so now I have to stay away until he finishes it.

  2. Nicely done! I find it’s always hard to nail both food an activity. One or the other? Sure! But both is so hard sometimes!

    1. Well, when I manage to nail both of them, that’s when I see my best weight loss success. I think it’s important to commit to at least one for maintenance, but to lose I need both.

  3. I’m betting being on your feet all day picking strawberries helped a lot to offset your “splurging”. It actually doesn’t sound like you did *too* badly! I’ve been suffering the same pain, only with ice cream. My husband buys it, and I try REALLY hard not to eat it.

    1. The 100-point day was what I was especially not proud of. Still on track to do well today. Can I actually do two on-plan days in a row? 🙂

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