Healthy Habits and Routine

September 1, 2012

Today’s WW Meeting Topic was all about Routine and Healthy Habits. Sometimes the meetings can really make me reflect on the changes I have made, the need I have for a Routine (which I have talked a lot about lately), the healthy habits I have adapted, and the unhealthy habits I have eliminated.

Healthy Habits I have adapted that have helped me eliminate some of the Unhealthy Habits I had.

1. Journal and Photograph my food.

I take most of my pictures with my Ipad, so they are nothing fancy, but the photos force me to put a little more planning into my meals so they appear attractive and tasteful, and I have more variety.

2. Blogging.

Sometimes I am honest to a fault. Knowing that I will tell it all has made me stop a few times when I wanted to over eat. Wanting an interesting blog to read has helped me to be more creative with my food when I felt lazy about planning and preparing the same meals over and over again.

3. Planned exercise with friends.

It is so much easier to keep plans with a friend than it is to keep plans with myself. I loved the 8 week Bootcamp and went because someone else was counting on me to be there. My Tuesday and Thursday morning walking club in the neighborhood has gotten me out the door on many mornings I would have slept in and procrastinated exercising for the entire day!

4. Meal Planning.

Planning and shopping for meals has helped me to eat lower point meals because we are at home and I am in control of my portion size. I also feel guilty eating out at the last minute knowing I will let food spoil and have to throw it out. It’s also help cut back on dining out expenses!

5. Drink Water

I try to drink two 8 oz glasses of water before each meal, and I drink a lot of water throughout the day. Drinking water before a meal helps me to feel full quicker, and drinking water throughout the day helps keep me away from the Diet Coke, which I still enjoy on occasion.

6. No more fast food.

I can’t say never, but I can say hardly ever. When I am out and about, and meal time unexpectedly comes around, I opt for a grocery store salad bar. It cost a little more, but it is completely worth it to me.

Today’s Weigh In went REALLY, REALLY well. I have never had a one week loss like that before. I feel last weeks gain was a lot of water weight due to the Birthday Celebration…….But I felt like I was 21 too!

I just wanted to have fun with The Birthday Princess……


Anyhow…….serious work this week with the 5K, lots of exercise, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of planning, lots of water, and even dealing with a couple of unexpected sleepovers in the hospital.

I lost 6.8! (had to be some water weight there)
Today’s weight = 165.8

So I am back at my lowest weight and moving forward in my three month journey to finish this weight loss thing up! The increase in exercise and the “no drinking” will help things move along much quicker. I am certain of it!

Since I skipped dinner Thursday night due to my sleep fest, I woke up starving! But I was so eager to have a Kick Ass weigh in, I didn’t eat or even take a sip of water before my meeting. I did cook an egg sandwich and wrap it up “to go”.

Egg white Sandwich, coffee with Steamed Milk
5 PPV

Lunchtime!

THIS…..1/2 the bag is 6 PPV.

PLUS THIS……One burger is 3 PPV


EQUALS…….

I dumped the entire bag of greens into a big bowl, then I added half of all the other things that come in the bag of salad.

1/2 of the dressing
1/2 of the chips
1/2 of the cheese
And none of the sour cream.
Then I topped it with a veggie burger chopped into pieces and gave it all a big stir.

9 PPV

Super satisfying in taste and filling too!

More coffee on a rainy afternoon with steamed milk.
1 PPV

After my treadmill workout, a smoothie was in order.
WW Vanilla smoothie with 1 cup frozen blueberries.
2 PPV

Tess came in town for the weekend, so we all went to dinner. She was so excited to order her first beer at Sunset Grill!

She was a little disappointed that Mike and I both ordered …….water. 🙂


I went with my safe plate of Hawain skewers…..Chicken, pineapple, bell peppers and onions….with a side of potatoes and a side of broccoli.
11 PPV

Refresh…I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it’s PPV.

Breakfast = 5
Lunch = 9
Snack = 3
Dinner = 11

Total = 28

Activity Points Earned Today = 2
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 47
How many glasses of water I drank today = 8

Excited to see what the week brings!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

julesfarm@yahoo.com

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7 responses to Healthy Habits and Routine

  1. Congratulations on the 165.8!!!! That is so awesome. It must feel good to have all that hard work pay off with positive results on the scale. You’ll do great this Friday, too. You can do it. Think how great it’s going to feel to get to your goal weight!! Wow! You inspire me to keep on track, Jules!!

  2. I am pretty sure you can apply during maintenance. Ask your leader, or go the website and check it out. Not sure if you are ready for that or not, but if you are, I think it is an option?

  3. I am still going to meetings, I learn so much. I sure wish that they had some meeting for maintenance..like the ones they do after the meeting. I think that I learn so much from hearing about how others handle things. I have not applied yet. I am getting excitied about getting through maintenance and free WW! and I KNOW that working for WW would be such a good good thing for keeping it off and I believe in the program. Thank you so much for listening to me. It is so good to know that someone else understands!

  4. I can relate to everything you said! Are you still going to meetings? Did you apply for the WW Leader position? I know when I get to goal, that is my first priority, just to keep me at goal. I am sure the mind set of being at goal is an adjustment, but you are right about using the WW tools. You will be fine. I feel it! 🙂

  5. I still don’t feel “good” about maintenance. Maybe it’s me making too much out of it. I would love to hear how those others are doing. It is very hard to find info about maintenance. I know I have to keep up all the good things that I have learned at WW (and I so thankful for WW) I started out thinking I HAD to use the new points that they give you. I just didnt feel right with it. Going from 26 to 32 just made me think of overeating when I wasnt hungry. I cut my points back but am doing some things differently. I love a breakfast sandwich but didnt eat one while losing weight because I usually have a sandwich thin for lunch and didnt want extra carbs. Now, I eat an egg sandwich and feel great about it! I dont freak out if I have another thin for lunch. I also make sure that I eat a snack after I run. While losing, I was bad about skipping it. I plan on working in an afternoon snack too but havent got that one down all the way. I really think that I am “overthinking” and just need to use the tools that I have learned on WW. Have a great weekend!

  6. I know, right? Craziest weigh in ever! Has me a nervouse wreck for next week. I am going to be soooo careful and freaked out all week! 🙂 how is maintenance going? I know three people that reached goal the same week as you! You are an inspiration and motivation for me! Have a great weekend, Libby!

  7. WOW!!! Good for YOU!! What a week! I hope that you have an awesome long weekend! I can already see you at goal!