Yep, there it is. Another 3 weeks have gone by without an update. I FINALLY hit goal on November 14th, and then proceeded to not do what I was “supposed” to do. I was given a new daily PointsPlus target for maintenance, and what did I do? I just stopped tracking, I stopped working out, and I pigged out. I know. I’m not a role model of how to do this plan perfectly. I’m just human. And after almost a year of fairly decent dedication to the program and finally reaching goal after being so close to it for months, I was just done! Not to mention, Thanksgiving was coming up too, and I just didn’t want to think about points and what to eat and what not to eat.
So there you have it. The week after I reached goal, I gained 3.2 lbs, and the following week, which included several days of Thanksgiving holiday indulgence, I (surprisingly only) gained 0.9 lbs. But still, in maintenance, you are supposed to stay within 2 lbs of your goal… and clearly, 4.1 lbs is not!
But I’m not gonna lie, folks. I enjoyed every minute of those two weeks. It was fun not to think about what I have been thinking about every day of my life for the last year! I had some amazing food and I rested. I did all this with a plan in mind that as soon as my parents went back home after visiting for the Thanksgiving holidays, I would get back on plan. And that I did. It was at the end of that second week, and probably part of why I only gained 0.9 lbs.
So when the new week started, instead of doing the maintenance thing, I switched my Weight Watchers PointsPlus Tracker back to weight loss mode. I clearly needed to lose, not maintain! Now one would think that I was completely perfect and ate no treats and sweets after a two week binge-fest. Umm, have you met me? Yeah, you see, I had to go see my Falcons beat the Saints with friends at a local sports bar and I grabbed a bag of special holiday Peppermint Pretzel Slims (don’t let the slim part fool you!) at Trader Joe’s. I have gotten through this program because I didn’t have to be perfect.
So here’s what I did do. I tracked everything I ate, every day, no matter what. I got back to running again, got in activity for 5 days, and tracked that too. And since it gets dark right after work, I even went to the library this past weekend to get the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD to try out, for when I don’t want to risk a night run! (Ok, so I have only done it once, and I’m not sure how I feel about it, but at least I made the effort!) I used some of my weekly PointsPlus allowance, but had 19 left. I pre-planned my meal for that night out at the sports bar (Turkey burger on a wheat bun, which I didn’t end up eating the bun!, with lettuce and tomato, no cheese, and bacon-mustard jam *yum* on the side with garlic spinach instead of fries… and Miller Lite… oh and one dirty martini!). I counted out every single Peppermint Pretzel Slim I ate this week. In fact, I always count out and measure everything I eat at home when I’m on plan. I could have probably eaten more lean protein and fruits and veggies instead of sweets and drinks, I could have avoided carbs all week, I could have worked out every single day, I could have met the healthy check guidelines every single day. But I didn’t. And I still lost weight.
Weight: 126.8 lbs
Change this week: -2.2 lbs
Total lost: -74.3 lbs
You can also check out my weight loss progress log
And if you’re wondering, it’s not actually week 51 on Weight Watchers, it’s just week 51 of giving weekly updates since re-committing myself to the program.