Weight Watchers Day 19 - Cheat Day

Weight Watchers Day 19 - Cheat Day

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* Before you start your cheat day, make sure to have an eating plan for the following day, to ensure a smooth transition back to the Weight Watchers program.
* Every pound you lose is a big deal, so take pride and celebrate accordingly.

And now, here are the details of my 19th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 207.1 lbs. (10am)

First of all, let’s do the happy dance. WOOOO HOOO! That’s right, kids—8.2 pounds down!

Weight Watchers Stars

To reward me for losing the 8.2 pounds, the good folks at my WW meeting awarded me a star to put on my official WW bookmark. The stars are in five pound increments so each time you lose five pounds, your name is called and you get a star to put on your personal bookmark.  After you hit your first goal (either five or 10% of your current weight), you get a big yellow star to write your name on and put on the board—a board of triumph and joy! Okay, I'm getting a little carried away. It's not exactly like winning an Oscar. More like a scouting merit badge.

There are more milestones and things you get stickers and pins for but I don’t know them all.  There’s LOTS of stickers, though. As long as you lose anything at your weigh in, you walk away with something. I know this all sounds a little grade school but you would be surprised at how much you start to covet that little silver star that says "BRAVO."

You long to be the one to hear your name called and get the group’s applause.  Good Lord—I’m in a cult.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Venti Starbucks ‘Skinny’ Vanilla Latte – 1 point
Lunch: ¾ lbs of Cornmeal breaded fried Sole   – 22 points
Dinner: 3 Jack-in-the-Box Mini Sirloin burgers – 17 points
Snack(s):  None – 0 points

Points Target: 26 
Activity Points earned: 0

Weight Watchers promotes activity.

This week’s meeting was centered around activity (my least favorite subject these days) and the Walk-It challenge they are sponsoring. 

At the meeting there was an 85-year-old lady there that is exercising five days a week.  FYI: It’s not a good feeling to know that Gloris Leachman is kicking my sedentary butt. 

I used to have a great workout schedule that I started doing but then stopped a while back, way before I joined Weight Watchers. Way back in the Jurassic era. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I did my DVD workouts. My favorite is a workout called XFlowsion, which is a mixture of yoga, boxing, and zany dancing—think a mud-covered hippy at Woodstock trying to get fit between drug hits. Tuesdays and Thursdays was cardio at the gym.  Twenty minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. It made me feel like a million bucks.  So why did I stop? Good question. Wish I had a better answer than the truth, which is simply that I just got lazy and stopped doing it. I've never been a jock, or been in love with physical exertion that didn't involve dancing or sex.

Still, I'd love to find a way to get enjoy physical activity more than I do.

Tony Soprano: Want a pastry?
Janice Soprano: I need to watch my weight. I need to snag another husband.—The Sopranos

My Weight Watchers Cheat Day

So today was my “cheat day.”  But first I went to Trader Joe’s to make sure that I bought lots of veggies and salad greens so I could get right back on the wagon tomorrow.  Then, I went to Mel’s Fish Market and had them fry up a pound of sole for me.  I couldn’t wait to get home and methodically eat each bite.  I planned it carefully: I would enjoy the crispy saltiness of the first few pieces plain, then I would dip them into the bright, vinegary delight that is Louisiana hot sauce.  I knew it would be glorious, and it was…for about a half hour. 

Then a sluggish, slightly nauseous feeling came over me.  Not so bad that you want to truly throw up but where you can’t move and you really don’t want to eat anymore of anything.  Apparently, I can’t eat large amounts of fried food anymore.  Makes sense.  For the most part, my diet is now very low in fat.  Pouring a vat of grease in there can only serve to gum up the system.  With this in mind, I shamefully note that I did drive to Jack-in-the-Box around 8 p.m. because I wanted to try their mini sirloin burgers.  They were OK but not worth wasting Flex Points on this week. 

I was still a little out of sorts and would have enjoyed them more on a healthier, hungrier stomach. I should have saved them for the next cheat day.  I’m actually looking forward to going back to plan tomorrow. 

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