Friday, December 14, 2012

The House Guest Plan

Alright, since the Christmas Party Plan worked out so well for me, I'm going to try my hand at the House Guest Plan because I have TWO coming tomorrow.

My sister and her new husband will be staying with me until Monday night.  My sister, bless her heart, is one of those fortunate people who has never had the cruel hand of weight gain grasping at her throat.  In fact, she's had 5, YES FIVE, children and has never gained weight.  Wait, that's not true.  She gained like 50 pounds with the first one but lost it 3 weeks later.  When I asked her how she did it, she told me she just did aerobics a couple of times a week until it was gone.

Ugh.  Don't you just hate people like that.

Anyway, they are coming and I need to be prepared.  The last time my family was in town was 2 months ago and I gained 3 pounds that week.  I'd also like to note that the next week I lost that 3 pounds but it's not like I'm bragging or anything ;)

I have a few things on my side.  First, they are only here for about 56 hours.  Yes, it's a mighty quick trip.  Second, they don't have a huge budget as it's that time of year and as I mentioned before she has five children.

So with that in mind lets begin;


They get in at noon, that gives me time to have a low point, filling breakfast, go to the gym to earn some AP points, and then grab a nice sugar free latte on the way to the airport.

I'll probably have a smoothie.  The ones I've been making this week for breakfast have been keeping me full for a long time and they run about 4 points.  **sidebar:  coconut milk in your smoothie.  I recently bought some because the store was out of almond milk.  It's higher in fat but man does it keep you full - give it a try!**  A sugar free latte will run me 3-4 depending on where I go.

However, what will probably be more likely is that when I get up Saturday morning, I'll be running around my apartment like a mad woman doing some last minute cleaning, if things go as planned, I'll get to the gym, if not, I'll skip the gym AND breakfast but either way I'm grabbing that latte.

So, by the time I get them, I'll be out anywhere from 4-8 points.

They will most likely be hungry.  I'll take them somewhere cool and we'll have lunch.  I'll just make sure that it's someplace that has salad.  As I'm the one that knows where everything is, I get to have control over the choices I give them.  Score one for being the host!  That lunch will run me as much or as little I want.  I'll be charitable and give myself 8 points.  8 points is a lot for a lunch especially if I order the right way.  Hopefully I won't use them all.

Now I'm out 12-16 points total for the day.

Once I get thru lunch it's lots of running around being a tourist.  I won't be giving myself any APs for that but it's nice to know I'll at least be active.

Saturday night.  I can pretty much guarantee this will involve card playing and pizza.  How do I know this?  Because I just know.


Papa John's original crust Cheese pizza (4.5 ounces) = 7 points
Papa John's original crust BBQ chicken pizza (5.4 ounces) = 9 points
Papa John's original crust Veggie pizza (5.8 ounces) = 7
Papa John's original crust Pepperoni pizza (4.9 ounces) = 9

Ok, those are approximate weights for 1 slice of a large pizza.  I won't be ordering from Papa John's because we have local options that are great but I'll use this as a guide.  It seems as if ordering as many vegetables as possible is the best choice, but I'll make sure everyone gets something they will enjoy.

I also will order a garden salad from the place and use dressing from my fridge.  Now, with all that in mind, I plan on eating 2 slices of pizza, my big old salad and hopefully I can call it a night at 15-22 points for the evening.  Wow, that's a lot of points for pizza. 

The reality of the situation?  3 slices is possible because to be honest, pizza is awesome.  My PLAN is two slices.

Total for the day:  27 - 38 (I get 26/day)


Whatever sight-seeing we don't get to Saturday will be gotten to Sunday.  If I wake up early enough, I'm going to see if I can squeeze in a super quick workout while they are taking their showers.  As for eating, I'm going to suggest brunch at a cheap local diner.  Of course, since it's local they don't have calorie counts so I'm going to go with Denny's as a reference:

-Veggie-Cheese Omelette (3 eggs, cheese, veggies):  13 points
And don't be fooled, the sides that automatically come with the omelette are not included in those points
 -Fit and Fare Omelette w/ turkey bacon (egg whites, cheese, veggies):  10 points

Components of Meal:
-Bacon Strips:  2 points
-Turkey Bacon:  2 points
-Buttermilk Biscuit:  5 points
-2 eggs:  7 points
-egg whites:  1 point
-English Muffin (no butter):  3 points
-Hash Browns:  6 points
-2 Pancakes (no syrup/butter): 9 points
- Sausage Links:  5 points

 Ok, that's enough to make an informed decision.  We're looking at egg whites, bacon, fruit, maybe an english muffin and coffee.  Er, lets say about 7-8 points for breakfast.

More sight-seeing.

Dinner will be Cheesecake Factory.  How do I know we're eating at Cheesecake Factory?  Because we're going to see The Hobbit Sunday night and the restaurant is right beside the theater!

I already know I'm getting something off of their new light menu.  I've had one thing off of it, it still came in at around 14 points for the meal but I only ate half of it and I was STUFFED.  SO -- I probably will order it again because it was delicious.  It was shrimp creole or something like that.

Hopefully I can say no to the bread basket, have maybe one cocktail (they also have a skinny menu for cocktails!!  the sangria isn't half bad in case you're wondering)

So dinner:  7-11 points

Let's see:  so far, I'm out 14-19 points.  Wow, that's not too bad at all.  That definitely leaves room for the inevitable...

Krispy Kreme.  My sister has an obsession with my local Krispy Kreme.  We will undoubtedly go there at least twice.

Original glazed donut:  5 points (2 for 11 points)
Chocolate iced custard filled:  9 points
Raspberry filled: 8

Wow, the clear winner is the original glazed.  Done and done.

Krispy Kreme:  5 - 11 points

Sunday total:  19 - 30

I know that's quite the spread but if I stick to the lower end of the plan I can probably dodge some bullets.  You know, like the bread basket ;)



Honestly, I have no idea.  I'll try to get an idea Saturday or Sunday how they want Monday to go. 

This is exhausting.

Ok, first, if we can squeeze in a workout then we will but I'm not going to stress it. 

I wish I could just leave this up to chance but I'm on a streak here and I really want to stay in line.

Ok, so I'll pick up stuff for breakfast (4 -6 points), we'll go out for lunch at either a local Mexican place or this Hamburger joint.  Hopefully they'll pick the Mexican place because it has this great salad that is just chicken with tons of vegetables.  It's really good too.  They use rotisserie chicken that you can see roasting in the kitchen.  Mexican points:  8 points

Hamburger points:  Good lord.

Outback Hamburgers (just the burger w/ lettuce/tomato/onion):  18 points
Outback Bloomin Burger (burger w/ cheese, bloomin onions, bloomin onion sauce, and veggies): 28 points

I'm going to go with a plain hamburger, no cheese, no mayo, and keep the veggies and mustard.  I'm sure it'll still be great.

As for sides:
Outback fries:  11 points.

So, I'll eat half:  5 points.

So Hamburger points:  14  (for 1/2 of everything)

Dinner will be something, quick, easy and cheap.  And I don't have to eat it if I don't want because while they have to get on a flight to go back home,  I get to go back to my house where there are plenty of options.

Dinner points:  Whatever I have left - anywhere from 7 - 14 points.  That's so easy I can't even begin to explain.

As long as we can avoid another trip to Krispy Kreme .... 

I can totally do this.

Sorry for the long post but this REALLY helped me wrap my head around what's to come.  I actually feel pretty good.  And don't be fooled.  This email was 6 hours in the making.  Trying to figure out where to go, finding points, making decisions.

In any case, I'm glad I did it.

Oh wait, I just realized I didn't account for Krispy Kreme on Saturday.  And yes, she WILL want to go that many times.

Ok, I'll going to declare this here and now.  No matter how many times she chooses to go to Krispy Kreme, I will not eat every time.  I will follow my guide.  If I don't eat them on Saturday, I'll know that on Sunday I can enjoy them.

There, that was easy.

Weight Watchers Weigh In: Week 13

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's weigh-in:  -1.4 lbs

 Woo-hoo!  I'm crazy excited for two weeks solid of losses.  Especially when it's this time of year.  What did I do this week to get these amazing results?  I have no idea.  But lets take a look anyways.

Weekly Goals:
1.  I earned 9 AP points.  Not my usual 20 but I'll take anything I can get.  This time of year is rough.  I know that's not an excuse but it is, however, a fact.  I also didn't eat all of my AP points.
2.  I ate 239 points total.  On 3 of the 7 days, I did NOT eat my entire 27 points that are allotted to me.  I know that's a no-no but it's just what happened.  On the flip side, I know for a fact that on some work days I did not log everything I ate.  We are getting lots of gift baskets at work and I've had a piece or 2 of chocolate that I never logged.
3.  Water.  eh.
4.  I didn't stress anything.  When someone came in with a Christmas gift, I had a piece of chocolate (why is it always chocolate?), said thank you and enjoyed it.  I just didn't take anymore.  When I couldn't workout, I didn't sweat it.  I went to 2 Christmas parties and was completely excited about both because I planned beforehand.
5.  Monday thru Friday only I cut down on my consumption of wheat.  I guess I shouldn't say cut down on, I basically eliminated it.  I'll explain more about that later.

And that's it.  Also keep in mind that I'm coming off of 4 straight weeks of gains (about 9 pounds total) including vacation weight gain.  I was HOPING that some of that would come off quickly.  I'm going to continue hoping that even more will come off before the new year.  And in case he's reading this:

Dear Santa,
I'd like to lose 10 pounds before New Year's Eve.
You're the best,

Now about that wheat thing.  My boyfriend and I recently watched a program on PBS.  Long story short, it was talking about nutrition and yadda yadda yadda.  He was intrigued with what the speaker had to say, as was I.  A certain way of eating was suggested and we were game enough to try it.  But after the new year.  One of the suggestions was to cut out gluten.  I know, gluten is the fad of the year but without going into too much detail what was said in that program made sense and made us curious enough to try it for a couple of weeks.  We have agreed to try it for 3 weeks.  Let me rephrase, we are going to try our hardest to get through 3 weeks because that crap is in everything!  SO, a little over a week ago, after we decided this, I decided to cut out wheat during my work days to see what it was like.  Also, I wanted to ease myself into cutting it out completely come January.  So, I decided that during the work week, I just wouldn't eat the obvious source of gluten:  wheat.  But in doing so, I found myself checking other items for gluten and realized MOST of everything else I eat is pretty safe.  Anyway, that's why I cut out the wheat.  I'm preparing for January.  Honestly, I'm not looking forward to it.  BUT, it'll be kind of fun to have a project/challenge and to have someone to do it with.

Today's Menu:
B:  Smoothie:  coconut milk/frozen fruit/hemp protein + coffee
S:  vegetable soup
L:  turkey/swiss lettuce rollups + apple
D:  italian

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Christmas Party Plan

I had my parties on Saturday.  The plan held.  Sort of ;)

I, somehow, mismanaged my time on Saturday getting ready before the parties.  I did not realize we had so much to do and that the first party started at 6pm and was half an hour (without traffic) away.  So I begrudgingly accepted the fact that my workout was not going to happen.

Yeah, that was a bummer.  I was counting on some of those AP points.  However, I accepted it and moved on and told myself to just stay aware all night long.

I also didn't eat what I planned beforehand.  However, I ate the same amount of points I had already planned.  Just switched it up a little.

The first party was super easy.  There was even LESS food on the menu than I was told.  I guess I wasn't the only one who ran out of time. Score one for me.  And I was having such a good time talking to people I didn't even really care about much else.  I left that party well within my allotted points.

Then came the second party.

By the time we got there, pretty much all the good treats and stuff were picked over.  And here's a little secret.  The host of this second party is not particularly known for their amazing cuisine.  I was also kind of counting on that and they did not fail!  I know that's a horrible thing to say but score another for me!!!  I had two rum and diet cokes and then spent the evening talking to friends I hadn't seen in awhile.  I left that party WELL under budget.

I think mentally walking through both parties really helped me.  It made me feel like I already knew what was going to happen.  When I walked into the first party and the prosecco was on the table, I grabbed a glass and without thinking poured myself half a flute.  When it was time to eat, I got my plate and I didn't even think about it.  I just took the amounts I had already mentally planned.  At the second party, I went to the bar and automatically grabbed the rum and diet coke.  Things like that.  And the cherry on top was that I had a great time at both parties.

That's definitely a trick I'm going to use again.

Today's Menu:
B:  smoothie:  coconut milk + hemp protein + frozen pineapple/mango
S:  vegetable soup
L:  turkey and provolone lettuce wrap + apple
D:  probably cod + ratatouille + wild rice

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weight Watchers Weigh In: Week 12

Yup week 12.

You know what that means?  When I joined in September I bought 3 months so that means it will be renewing in a week.

Time really flew.

I lost 3 pounds this week.  I'm shocked and amazingly pleased.  Shocked because I was sick for the first half of the week.  I didn't eat crazy or anything, I just didn't get to work out at all.  I was super tired all week long, but it was actually a nice little break.  I'm pretty sure I'm all good to go back to the gym but honestly, it's HARD to get back into the swing of things after a break.  Especially this time of year.  There are so many things going on it makes my head spin.

I have 2 Christmas parties on Saturday.  Yes, that's TWO on the same day.  I'm already tired just thinking about it.  The first is a sit down dinner and the second is a cocktail party.  I'm doing my best to prepare for the day.  I've decided to eat as many power foods as I can leading up to the events.   I will DEFINITELY be eating before the dinner because the less hungry I am leading into a sit down dinner the better.  It's a German Christmas Dinner.  I've seen the menu and it is amazing.  It's got dumplings, turkey, stuffing, red cabbage, and other wonderfully rich things.  I know the host and I know how much butter will be going into each of those dishes.  She always makes an amazing meal and if it was the only party of the evening I wouldn't have to be so stringent but alas, it is not.  Once I maneuver that meal, I've got alcohol and even more food to worry about.  Alcohol has crazy points.  You're looking at around 4 points minimum for one beverage.  That can add up pretty quickly.  In addition, the host of the cocktail party has informed me there will be a table full of wonderful goodies and treats.  Now, when you have a cocktail, or two, what comes next?  Mindless eating.  Oh yeah, it's going to be a tough night.

So what to do?  Have a plan.  Here's mine:

Leading up to the party:
1.  Eat a good breakfast with as many zero point items as I can.  I'm going to do an egg white omelet with lots of veggies and then add turkey to up the protein.   This is what I've been eating this week for breakfast and it's been keeping me nice and full til lunch.  I think I can swing it one more before I get completely sick of it ;)  Once I add coffee, I'm looking at 3 points for breakfast.  Not bad.
2.  Workout!  Get in a good workout.  Since I've been off for a week I should be good for a nice long workout.  However, I've learned to not push it too hard.  When I workout too much, I get crazy hungry.  Balance baby!  Whatever AP I earn, I'm planning on using this evening.
3.  Snack on fruit and vegetables post workout. I already have a bag of cut of veggies, apples and kiwi in the fridge ready to snack on.  Add 1 TB of lite ranch and it's a 1 point snack.
4.  Eat a good lunch.  We have some errands to run so I'm thinking we'll hit a Panera Bread for lunch.  I've already gone online to their calculator and figured out lunch.  I'll get the You Pick Two:  Classic Salad (0 points) with dressing on the side and only use half (1 point for half dressing) and then the Broccoli Cheddar soup and choose the apple for the side.  Total points for lunch:  6 points.
5.  Before we leave, have a small snack if I'm hungry.  Raw veggies with dip.  Apple with some cheese.  Something like that.  The goal:  keep points low but filling.  Around 2 points if any.

That way I'm heading into the night of a thousand parties eating 10-12 points which leaves me with:

-15-17 daily points left
-however many APs I earned (hopefully around 5-8)
-And Weekly Points

I've told myself I want to use no more than 10 weekly points for Saturday.  We'll see.  I'll have all 49 points because I just rolled over today but I don't want to have a free for all and then struggle the rest of the week.

So roughly 30 - 35 points for the evening

At Party #1:

1.  Have a glass of prosecco (she always serves it) - already looked it up, 4 ounces (1/2 cup) is 3 points.  Here's a fun fact for you:  a classic champagne flute holds around 6-7 ounces of liquid so when they pour mine, I'll just stop them around the 4 ounce mark which should be around the halfway point.  Or better yet, I'll pour my own.  Total points: 3 points (note:  3 points for 4 ounces, 7 points for 8 ounces darn you Weight Watchers!!)

2.  Take minimal amounts of each food.  I'm a master of eyeballing portion sizes.  Years of measuring with cups and spoons will do that.  I'm going to take about a 1/4 cup of everything that appeals to me and try to get around 4-5 ounces of white meat turkey to fill up on protein.  I'd say I'd fill up on veggies, but I'm pretty sure they will be deliciously covered in butter.  I've researched each dish I know will be on the menu and if I stick to my 1/4 cup portion sizes I'm looking at 13-16 points for food.  One good thing about her dinner parties:  it's always just enough food for everyone to have a small portion of everything.  There is usually never enough to go around for lots of seconds.  This will work in my favor ;)
3.  Leave party #1 down as much as 13-19 points

At Party #2:

1.  Arrive hopefully with no desire to eat!  At least not right away ;)
2.  Cocktails like rum and diet coke run 4 points a pop.  That's not so bad.  I'm going to stick to just a couple of drinks and choose diet mixers.  2 rum and diet cokes = 8 points
3.  While I have my cocktails, keep moving around the party and stay away from the food tables.  It's too easy to grab and eat without paying attention.  Besides, I'm there to mingle not eat dinner cause I already did that!
4.  If I do get hungry, stick to protein.  At this party, the host is known for smoking all sorts of meats.  If I must eat, I'll stay away from the cookies and treat myself to some delicious meat.  When I do eat, I'll grab a plate (no grab and eat!) and make myself aware of how much I'm putting on the plate.  Best guess:  3 ounce meat = 4 points (add additional 3 points for condiments or additional food)
5.  Leave Party #2 down around 15 points.

This is my plan.  I'm going to do my best to stick to it and remind myself, it's not about the food, it's about spending time with these people and celebrating.

Today's Menu:

B:  turkey + cheese + veggies + egg + egg white + coffee
S:  carrot + broccoli + celery + grape tomato + light ranch + kiwi + apple
L:  chili
D:  ??

Monday, December 3, 2012

New Weight Watchers Program

I'm sick.  Nothing too major (knock on wood) but I spent my weekend on the couch with cold medicine.  I did, however, manage to help decorate the Christmas tree. 

I love my Christmas tree.

I didn't do any workouts in an effort to help conquer whatever bug I have and hopefully the worst is over.  Today, my hope is to feel well enough to go do a walk on my lunch break but I'm not going to push it.  I usually push it and a 2-3 day bug turns into a week or two event.

It figures I would get sick as I made my goal this week to not eat any AP points.  I mean, what kind of goal is that if you don't earn any points?

Moving on.

Weight Watchers changed their program.  It feels like they do this once a year now.  It honestly doesn't bug me any but what they changed was not the points system or counting or any core thing like that.  They changed what I guess you could call the strategies.  I haven't really had a chance to look at it that much but from what I have seen it's nothing too innovative.  But it's nice to get some new information.  Maybe something they put in there will speak to me and make all of this seem like a cake-walk.

Wishful thinking.

My weigh-in is in 4 days.  I feel bloated.  I'm also cranky - can you tell?

I hope today gets better ;)

Today's menu:
B:  breakfast club sandwich (basically a turkey sandwich with an egg white)
S:  carrots/broccoli/celery/cherry tomato + dip + apple + string cheese
L:  cod + ratatouille
D:  chili + sweet potato

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