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Monday, January 14, 2008

How I Cope. . . .

Earlier today, I was talking to my dad about weight loss. I have lost a considerable amount of weight since last May. I don't know how much, because I haven't stepped on a scale since (probably) October. I need to. I don't have one.

So, when people ask me how much weight I've lost, I give a "good faith estimate," but I'm really not sure.

But, as Dad and I talked today, I admitted that the bulk of my weight loss has not been due to any increased exercise on my part (to my shame). It has been the result of a pretty disciplined approach to food. I am counting Weight Watchers points.

Have I sacrificed some of the things I love? Shoot, yes. I haven't had pizza but one or two times -- where I've actually eaten pizza. I've had 1 piece when the family has had pizza. I've eaten Lean Cuisine pizza while the family ate "regular" pizza. And, I've eaten salad while the family has eaten pizza. But, for the most part, I have sacrificed pizza.

I haven't had a Big Mac in almost a year. I like Big Macs.

I haven't had chinese food in ages. I had some wonton soup and shrimp lo mein when I was sick. But, considering that was the only thing I ate that day, it balanced out.

I don't feel like I've deprived myself of much. That is partly because WW lets you count REAL food. They give you point values for takeout food. They give you point values for Starbucks, Sonic, Burger King, Quiznos, etc. And, if you're willing to "spend" the points on something extravagant, you can have just about anything.

Currently, I am allowed 34 points per day. (This could change once I find a scale and weigh myself) I am given 35 points per week to spend however I choose to. So far, I haven't taken advantage of those points. On rare occasions when I exercise, I can have extra points, too.

But, for some reason. . .this time. . .I have been very disciplined about counting points, not taking extras, or borrowing from tomorrow's points. Do I know why? Heavens, no. What I do know is this. . .if it weren't for 100-calorie packs of snacks, fresh fruit, Diet Coke and Yoplait Light (THICK) yogurt, I wouldn't make it.

Having a coping mechanism is a good thing. Mine are all on the "okay" list. . . and most are less than 4 points each. That's blog-worthy.


Anonymous Jules said...

This is great. I have been contemplating WW...I know it is time to be intentional about weight loss...

5:33 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Most definitely blog worthy! We all need our coping foods, don't we? If it weren't for Kashi cereals and trail mix bars, I'd be lost! :) And 100 calorie packs of just about ANYTHING are right up there on the list too!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Yummers! said...

Doesn't your doctor weigh you?? Mine is weight crazy. If you just stop at the desk to ask a question they say, "Get on the scale first"!

That is a darling picture of Caroline and a really cute layout.

Hugs from Packerland,

6:46 PM  
Blogger 20Birds said...

I am not sure the scale is so important, you know your clothes are changing, keep on keeping on... and you know how proud i am of you , and that i feel like like some sort of self appointed something to you since last May, but here is what i say, celebrate with a short wlak every day!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried the sugar free Swiss Miss hot cocoa? Very good for my chocolate cravings! Keep on keeping on. Maybe not getting on the scale keeps you motivated, because you don't see the little setbacks, that way. -sheila

9:15 PM  
Blogger MamaChef's Ramblings said...

Way to go my friend!!! And by the way, I have noticed a change in you, I thought to myself on Tuesday night that you looked thinner!!! You are welcome to call here anytime you need a boost...I know how hard it is to go it w/out the meetings! Not easy!

10:36 PM  
Blogger MDA said...

I'm proud of you, dear. Now, how do I cope?

10:59 PM  
Blogger That Chick Over There said...

I loooooooove WW. I completely agree that it's easier than anything else I've tried. I haven't had a Big Mac in forever and I don't even want one anymore. Every now and then I have pizza, but I don't want much. It's really nice. :)

You know what else I like? Those Hostess 100 calorie packs. I think the chocolate cupcakes with the white crap in the middle are only 1 point! I can't remember but it's something obscenely low. They are really tasty.

Get thee to Wal-Mart and purchase a scale! I got a Weight Watchers digital scale there for cheap and it works great.


8:27 AM  
Blogger Helen Hancock said...

Definitely blog worthy....coming from the Aussie gal who is currently counting her kilojoules (calories) - you go girl! All I do (as I detest exercising as well) is clip on my pedometer and count my steps. It works you know once I lost 10 kilos just doing that! Keep at it are doing great!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

It's blog worthy to me.
Good for you Angie, keep it going. You are an inspiration to me.

9:55 PM  

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