Weight Watchers Day 17 - Small Changes Add Up

Weight Watchers Day 17 - Small Changes Add Up

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* Little things like measuring teaspoons accurately, instead of using "rounded" teaspoons, make a difference.

* Taking time to notice the positive changes that come with a healthier lifestyle can fuel motivation.

* If you don’t blow your points on unfulfilling things like creamer, you’ll have more points for things that actually address hunger.

And now, here are the details of my 17th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 209 lbs. (10am)

Small changes add up.

The changes in my diet that I have made already and found that I enjoy are amazing.  The fact that I have found time to accommodate those changes is even more incredible.  I took the time to pack my lunch yesterday even though I was, as usual, running a bit behind (my mornings are just short of a white rabbit chasing me and screaming about how late I am).

Smart Point Swaps

Two days ago, I actually took the time to peel and chop cucumbers to take with me.  Thank God I did because when I got stuck working late I was able to snack on these instead of microwave popcorn, which, despite being 90-something-percent air, is five times the points of veggies.

Understanding that soy milk and full-fat creamer in my coffee are cool but those extra couple of points I save by having nonfat can add up to a yummy snack at night when I really need it.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: 
Homemade Soy Sugar-Free Caramel Latte, 3 prunes – 4 points
Lunch: 1 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Tuna Noodle Gratin frozen entrée, 1.5 cups baby carrots , Venti Starbucks ‘Skinny’ Caramel Latte  – 6.5 points
Dinner: 2 Tilapia filets , 2 cups asparagus tips (2 tablespoons of I-Can’t-Believe-It’s- Not-Butter split between the fish & veggies to cook) – 10.5 points
Snack(s):  1 medium apple, 1 fruit cup – 3 points

TOTAL POINTS: 24
Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

To be successful in life, there are many hurdles you have to overcome. For me, the biggest hurdle to success has always been failure. –Christopher Titus

By the way, I found out that all of that ‘delicious creaminess’ that I thought was a must-have in my coffee was not necessary.  I LIKE the taste of coffee. I still like a little sweet creaminess but I was putting close to a ½ - ¾ cup of full-fat creamer in four cups of coffee before.  No wonder my espressos looked like vanilla milkshakes.

I was once watching this documentary on Discovery channel. They had this Asian family cooking scorpions. The reporter asked one of the family members: 'what does it taste like?' The family member responded: 'tastes like penguin. —Octane

Before I busted out my Julia Child skills I went online to see just how much I could eat and what I could use to cook it (keeping in mind that I was home early, which meant I would probably want something else before bedtime).

I couldn’t believe that I actually measured a tablespoon of I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter into each pan before I cooked my asparagus and fish last night.  And the miracle of miracles is that I didn’t round the tablespoon—I measured it like a stingy coke dealer.  And in spite of this, the meal was superb, buttery, and satisfying. Remember this for next time, Heidi!!

Because my energy was better, I came home and did some cleaning to keep busy.  By the time I started to wind down my fruit cup was the perfect finishing touch for the night—the cherry on the sundae (hmm…maybe not the best analogy for a diet).

Today was such a good day!  Small, subtle changes seem to be the key.

It was so nice to see that number on the scale this morning, even though I know my cycle will send it bouncing around for at least another few days.

My energy is starting to pick up and some of my cravings seem to be diminishing (previous snarky comment about the odds of cravings mellowing is officially revoked).

I am going to weigh-in on Saturday again to see if their scale is as affectionate as mine.  At the rate I’m going I am actually on target to meet my goal of being within my 200 to 205-pound window by the end of this journal.  But will I have the stamina to keep going after that?

Product Reviews: 
* 1 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Tuna Noodle Gratin frozen entrée – 5 points

 I’m on the fence with this one.  It tastes kind of like mom’s tuna casserole but there is something a little too “gluey” about it.  The noodles melded together (probably because they weren’t boiled in butter like mommy used to do). Next time I buy it I’m going to try stopping it in the middle of cooking to stir it (even though the directions don’t give you that hint).  Also, because this is cooked in a microwave the topping doesn’t get crispy which is a huge part of this childhood favorite.  There are conventional oven directions but the idea of a chubster waiting 30 minutes for their food to cook is laughable.  I will try this 1 more time but some classics should never be messed with. 
 

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