Weight Watchers Day 21 - Eating Healthier

Weight Watchers Day 21 - Eating Healthier

 Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* When in doubt, go back to the Weight Watchers online community. There’s an answer for everything on that site.

* If you can afford to move to Miami or Palm Springs, get yourself a plane ticket ASAP. Heat is a great appetite suppressant!

And now, here are the details of my 21st day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 208 lbs. (11am)

It was broiling today! And I was out and about, having to take care of some banking things for my job.  I started out the day by making my soy latte and had every intention of eating some fruit for breakfast but it just kept getting later and later.

I left the house and did the first part of the banking and some errands.  Next thing I knew it was 12:30 and I still hadn’t eaten anything.  I needed to meet my boss at the bank at 1 p.m. and I knew I would be there for a while with no way to run out to grab some food, so at 12:45 I ran into the sushi joint across the street and gobbled down two hand rolls. How I managed to be sitting in that bank at 1:05 p.m. is a miracle I can’t explain.

Pre-WW, I would have gone through a drive-thru, making the excuse that I just didn’t have time to eat anything healthier.  I am proud that I took the time to take care of myself properly.

The weather here is gorgeous. It's mild and feels like it's in the eighties. The hot dog vendors got confused because of the weather and thought it was spring, so they accidentally changed the hot dog water in their carts. —David Letterman

The heat actually killed my appetite today (if only they could capture sweltering weather in a diet pill).  I was completely uninterested in food and once I got to the office I decided I to keep working until sundown.

The salad that I had taken as my lunch became my dinner. By the way, I found out that a great way to stretch some salad dressings is lemon juice. I can only have 2 tablespoons of dressing, so in order to get all the leaves wet I added the juice of 1 lemon to the dressing in a small bowl, stirred it and then poured it over the salad. Voila! Pure deliciousness.

I actually like veggies with limited dressing these days.  My salad was simply baby Romaine lettuce and baked salmon (bought pre-cooked at the store).  I now make a habit of having some kind of chopped, naked vegetable like jicama or cucumbers in a feedbag to snack on throughout the day.  Because of this I had an epiphany yesterday: Vegetables don’t go bad in my house anymore.  It’s the first time in my life that I am choosing and eating vegetables first.  In my lifetime I have tossed enough vegetables to feed a small African nation.  This program has truly changed me.

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  Homemade Soy Sugar-Free Caramel Latte  – 2 points
Lunch: 1 spicy tuna hand roll, 1 yellowtail hand roll   – 7 points
Dinner: 1 large salmon salad w/Girard’s Light Champagne dressing – 6.5 points
Snack(s):  24 mini pretzels, 1 fruit cup, 2 apples, 10 roasted almonds, 3 prunes – 9.5 points

Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

I don't even butter my bread; I consider that cooking. —Katherine Cebrian

I do wish I had time to try some of the recipes I’m finding on the WW website.  They look really delicious.  There is even a cookbook at the center that I have my eye on.  It’s all about giving you recipes measured so you can cook a meal that you then split in two so you can eat it twice (a novel concept for overeaters).  So you save the time of cooking the second meal AND you know exactly how much you put in and how many points to use.

But here’s a cooking problem I haven't seen addressed in any Weight Watchers cookbook: How do I handle cooking when I’ve got a guest?  What if the other person isn’t interested in fish or chicken with veggies as a meal? I’ve yet to meet the guy that says, “Man, I could really go for some grilled tilapia with low-fat mango salsa. I guess there must be ways to also cook some potatoes or more decadent sides for the other person.  But what about tasting while I cook? Should I duct-tape my mouth shut so I don’t “sample” half the meal I’m cooking? I’m going to do some research and see what the WW devotees have to say about this one.

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