Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 285.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 283.6 lbs.
Weekly Change: –2.0 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 34.6 lbs.
I had another successful week! It feels so good to be able to tell you that. My mind is in a better place these days, you know? Today marks the start of week 14 of my journey, and since it’s December 12th, that also means that I attended my very first Weight Watchers meeting exactly 3 months ago! It’s strange to think that I’ve been doing this for that long already.
I managed to lose another 2 lbs. this week, which I am very happy about! I was a measly 0.4 lbs. away from hitting a total loss of 35 lbs. It would’ve been nice to hit that today because I do like to celebrate every 5 lbs. lost, but oh well. No big deal. I’ll get it next week for sure! 😀
Today at my Weight Watchers meeting, they unveiled the “new” 2015 program. Honestly, not much has changed. PointsPlus and Simply Filling are still the same as always. The changes, to me, mostly seem geared toward making it even easier to live on program. Monthly pass subscribers (which I am!) now have access to a 24/7 chatline. We can call or get online to chat with a Weight Watchers rep day or night if we have any questions or if we’re having a problem. There was a huge new poster in the meeting room today promoting it, and in big, bold letters it said, “Snack attack?” That gave us all a good laugh. I’ll make sure to take advantage of the chatline when I’m standing in front of my refrigerator at 2 AM! Maybe someone will finally be able to convince me to keep regular hours! 😉
In all seriousness, though, I think this is a great idea. Knowing that there’s support at all times is amazing. I love that Weight Watchers is going to do this for us! Also, if you pay a little extra each month, there’s now the option of having a one-on-one personal coach, too, so if you need extra help, you’ll get it! I’m not personally planning to take advantage of this new feature, but I still think it’s nice that the option is there!
Christmas is officially just 13 days away, and I feel confident about it. I made it through Halloween and Thanksgiving unscathed, so I know that Christmas is another holiday that I’ll be able to make it through. I know that some people host huge Christmas dinners, but we’ve never done that in my family. We always eat dinner out at a restaurant on Christmas Eve, though, but this year we’ll be doing that at Applebee’s, so I know that I’ll be able to go out and eat on plan.
My parents still do Christmas stockings, and there’s usually always a lot of sweets and other foods and restaurant gift cards in there, but I’ve asked them repeatedly to leave all of that out of the stocking they make for me this year, and I hope they’re planning to respect that request.
My 22nd birthday is in 16 days, and I’m more worried about that then I am about Christmas. My past birthdays have always involved a lot of food. My best friend always takes me out for breakfast the day of (and booze, too, now that we’re old enough) and it’s never the kind of breakfast you feel good about eating afterwards.
My family always takes me out for a big Italian dinner (my favorite) the day of, and the calories that I’ve consumed during birthday dinners in the past is shameful. Even for “normal” people it’s hard to go out and eat Italian food without going overboard because Italian food is essentially just one big carb overload, but I tend to go above and beyond what’s considered “normal.” I’ve tried to pre-plan this year, and in the process I looked up the nutritional value of my typical birthday dinner meal: 930 cal., 42 g. fat, 105 g. carbs, 6 g. fiber, 29 g. protein for the main dish (which works out to 24PP) + the spumoni that they always bring out because it’s my birthday: 180 cal., 9 g. fat, 21 g. carbs, 0 g. fiber, 3 g. protein (which is 5PP) + the Italian sodas and white wine I usually end up drinking, too, which I have no nutritional information for. However, even without knowing all of the nutritional information, together all of that food and those drinks adds up to well over 1,000 calories and 50 grams of fat in one meal.
After my birthday dinner, we typically always go back to a family member’s house to eat cake and drink coffee (yes, even after all of that food from dinner we still continue to eat). My dad makes this incredible pineapple upside down cake for my birthday every year, and he makes it using cherry juice in place of water. It’s my absolute favorite dessert. I have no idea what the nutritional content of that cake is, but you can bet that it’s terrible, too.
Mix all of that up with the sugar and booze-laden breakfast courtesy of my best friend plus whatever food I typically shoved down my throat for lunch and then the added 21 and over bonus of closing the night out at a pub with the rest of my friends where more drinks and food are consumed until well into the next morning, and you’ve got nothing more than a gigantic binge that’s usually written off by saying “but it’s my birthday!”
My dad is not supportive of me wanting to tone it down for my birthday this year. He thinks I’ve become obsessed with counting points and that I never allow myself any “indulgences” anymore. He thinks that eating poorly on your birthday is totally acceptable because it’s just one day a year.
I know this year is going to be a struggle for me because I don’t think anyone around me is going to try to be encouraging. I think everyone is going to do the complete opposite, actually, and I’m concerned that too much bating from my friends and family will have me falling off the wagon.
I have a game plan to try to avoid that, and I just have to hope that I can stay true to myself and get through the day without eating myself into a frenzy. My mind is in the right place and I totally know that I’m capable of eating on plan, but I also know how easy it is to give in to temptation when you’re surrounded by a bunch of enablers.
Maybe I should just celebrate my birthday by myself this year! It’d sure be easier that way. 😉
Anywho. That’s what’s going on. I’m sorry I bombarded you with so much today! My upcoming birthday festivities have just been weighing heavily on me and having an audience that will be supportive about my want to be healthy is a wonderful outlet in which to vent. 🙂
My goal for this week is to drink more water! I’ve been taking extra time to track my water intake lately, and I’m not saying hydrated well enough, so I’m really going to push myself to drink more this week. Other than that, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working!
I hope you all have a lovely week.
Eat well. Be well.