Weight Watchers Day 8 - Stress and Rushing

Weight Watchers Day 8 - Stress and Rushing

Today's Weight Watchers Tips:

* A Weight Watchers mentor is like an AA sponsor. They can keep you from going off the deep end.
* Having a go-to stress release activity can mean the difference between serenity and a chocolate binge.

And now, here are the details of my 8th day on WW...

 What I Weighed Today: 210 lbs. (8am)

If Plan A fails you go to Plan B, not Plan A recycled. –Andre Drazen, 24

Planning for a Stressful Day

The word "plan" is huge in WW and I have a planning handicap.  I am culturally wired to be running late all the time, which throws a huge wrench into the whole idea of planning my food intake. For instance...

Today when I flew out of the house I knew that I had a crazy day ahead of me. I grabbed a Zone bar, an ostrich stick, and some cantaloupe (don’t knock my haphazard approach—I just packed protein, carbs, and a serving of fruit into one lazy handful).  The most important part was to eat the cantaloupe because it’s got healthy, filling fiber.  It was going to help me get through dinner at one of my favorite sushi joints.  Unfortunately, I was so late when I left my client at 2 p.m. that I forgot the cantaloupe I’d planned to munch in the car. 

By the time I got home I was starving. I overspent my lunch points and when I indulged a bit at dinner I overspent there, too. No, no, no! My carryover pride from yesterday is fading fast. 

So now I have identified my three biggest challenges to success on the program: weekends, planning my food in the shadow of my persistent tardiness, and stress.  Note that none of these things are directly WW plan-related.  They are all challenges within ME.

Can it be a mistake that STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backward? –Anonymous 

What I Ate:
 Breakfast:  3 mini pretzels, 1 Zone bar, 4 tablespoons Hazelnut Creamer(in 4 cups of coffee) – 6.5 points
Lunch: 1 tablespoons Hazelnut Creamer(in 2 cups of coffee), ¼ cup of hummus, ¼ cup of tabouli, 1 ostrich stick, 1 Weight Watchers Cheddar Pretzel packets,  – 9 points
Dinner: 1 Spicy Tuna roll w/avocado (sushi), 1 Yellowtail roll w/avocado (sushi), Black Cod filet (baked) – 13 points
Snack(s): 0  – 0 points

Points Target: 26
Activity Points earned: 0 

Stress! I still haven't heard about the life-changing, happiness-granting job I interviewed for on Thursday. So I want to eat—nay, I want to swan dive into something delicious and comforting. And the longer I wait for news about the job the more I can hear the fat little angel sitting on my shoulder, yelling, “Eat until you pop!”

My friend Shar told me that after following WW for a while the need to stuff yourself with bad foods does go away.  I want to fast-forward to that milestone ASAP.  As easy as this plan is, I want it to be easier.  But there’s no way around the willpower component. AARGH!

The WW eTool department sent me an email today titled “How to Stay Satisfied on the Plan.” They had some awesome recipes for whole wheat pasta that I think I will try this weekend.  I want to make the pesto which has very little oil and a base of chicken broth (Chicken broth in pesto sauce? Who knew!), I am a pesto freak so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this recipe can give me the same satisfaction as the high-fat version. The last thing I need is an impromptu Olive Garden Endless Pasta Bowl binge. 

Product Reviews:
* Weight Watchers Cheddar Pretzel packets – 2 points
Ya know, I think when these are gone I won’t be buying them again.  I will see if I can find the pretzels with no covering or a different covering.  They suit the immediate purpose so I won’t toss them.  But they are just not good enough for me to keep buying.  

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