Weight Watchers Day 6 - A Weekend Lapse

Weight Watchers Day 6 - A Weekend Lapse

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:
* Weekends can be a WW danger zone.
* Eating out with a non-dieting male is a surefire diet wrecker.
* If you anticipate eating the leftovers from your date more than the thought of another date, he’s probably not the guy for you.

  And now, here are the details of my 6th day on WW...

What I Weighed Today: 211 lbs. (8am, my scale)

Weight Watchers and Weekend Breakdowns

Nobody panic, but I think I just lost my mind.  Seriously, this weekend I was a hot mess.  I continued my Saturday binge on Sunday. 

Miranda went out with an overeater and he overate her. –Carrie, Sex and the City

I went on a lunch date and let him take me to a soul food joint (insert collective groan from dieters everywhere). I looked over the menu, my fingers twitching. I closed my eyes and with two words sealed my fate: “Ribs, please.” Like there was any way I could justify or rationalize that choice.

While there weren’t a lot of super-healthy choices on the menu, I could have had baked chicken or fish and still left satisfied and within my points. But nooooo, I throw caution to the wind and then convince myself that I’ll control myself the rest of the day and still be within my points range. Which I could have done if I’d drugged myself at 3 p.m. and slept until the next morning. 

What I Ate Today:
Breakfast:  2 tablespoons Vanilla Chai Creamer(in 3 cups of coffee) – 1.5 points
Lunch: 6 oz Beef Short Ribs, 2 cups cabbage, 2 cornbread muffins – 30 points
Dinner: 4 cups of cabbage, 2 cups of green beans – 2 points
Snack: 6 Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Mint Chocolate snack bars – 8.5 points

Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0

I went home and tried to stay busy, but by nightfall I was feeling the food junkie itch. I needed a fix—now. I ate some leftover vegetables from my lunch, and I was physically full but still was jonesing for something that would get my eyes rolling back in my head.  I stood up and my eyes ping-ponged back and forth between the refrigerator and the my kitchen "snack" cabinet as I wrestling with what to devour next.

I pounced on the Weight Watchers snack bars like I’d just been let out of prison. And I didn’t stop till I felt a little sick. When my little binge was over, I sat surrounded by wrapper carnage and felt more than a little defeated.

Those little bars are just sublime. Seriously, I think they are better than any full-strength snack I’ve bought in the last year.  Just thinking about them is making me a little nuts right now. Thank God they can only be purchased at WW centers during business hours. Otherwise, I would be at 7-11 at 3 a.m. in my jammies, hands trembling, trying to get a fix of mint chocolatey goodness.

The food in this place is really terrible. And such small portions. —Annie Hall

I suppose I should feel good that I binged on “diet” snacks as opposed to my usual Sour Patch Kids or Twix. But the truth of the matter is I feel ashamed that I was so out of control, especially after achieving such a great weight loss this week and really committing to the program.

I went to the website and plugged in “weekends” in the search window. I knew I couldn’t possibly be the only person struggling with this and I wasn’t. There was a long string of comments on the message boards about the perils of weekends. The first person asked, “Do you take weekends off Weight Watchers?”  After that there was a flood of answers, suggestions and horror stories.  There was a cautionary tale about someone who said they gained four pounds over Valentine’s weekend because they decided to go off plan. 

Some of the forum suggestions were to save up the Flex Points or to be a little more active on weekends (which gives you even more points to use).  Both of those ideas would definitely allow you some indulgences to get you through the weekend, although no matter how creatively I did the math, I wasn’t able to squeeze in a rack of short ribs. Still, I saw that I could polish off a box of WW snack bars and still not blow my weight loss for the week. The best comment was, “I don't ‘get’ people trying to cheat a system that is SO EASY.” I realized that trying to cheat on WW was like trying to cheat on an open-book test. Motivation renewed.

BTW: This was a second date for me and this guy I met on Match.com and it was great—he’s a really nice guy though physically not my type. I don’t think I’m as into him as I should be because I couldn’t wait to be home alone with my short ribs.  There will be another date with him for sure and hopefully he will grow on me so I can have something in my life that I am as passionate about as food…yeah, right!!

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