Monday, August 27, 2012

The Donut Shop (and a weigh in)

Have I ever shared with you how much I LOVE the donut shop. Oh how I love the donut shop.  We only go on special occasions and every single thing about the experience sings joy.  The sheer fact that you can walk in with bed head and pajama bottoms on says a lot right there. 

You open the door and see that steaming pot of coffee on the burner keeping warm only for your eyes to be diverted to the rows and rows of sweet cakes. 

Which leads me to my current weight loss. 

Today I am officially at 10 pounds gone.

One thing that drives me nuts is when someone has lost weight and you ask what they've done.  They act like its no big deal that they've, ya know, dropped 30 pounds and just say, "Well, I've been eating some fruits and vegetables and I don't know."  It is not a casual, flippant, accidental thing to drop the pounds.

I joined Weight Watchers because I needed some help.  Today I want to share some changes I've been making because apparently it is working.  Did I tell you that I never, ever loose weight?  I am amazed that this is really working.

So for starters I cut out my coffee and cream.  It's not something I had to do, it is something I chose to do.  Each day I get 28 WW Points.  Every morning I was using up around 8 of those points on coffee.  Then I wouldn't be hungry for breakfast, then around 10:00am I'd head to the kitchen starving and would grab the first thing (usually some chips, stellar choice, I know).

It was an entire meal I was using in calories on coffee and cream.  I'm pretty much a go big or go home kind of girl so having a little coffee everyday was not an option for me.  If I made a pot I was having 2-3 cups.  Maybe you have more self-control than that and can handle a little serving.

One of my goals 5 weeks ago when I started was to try new things every week at the grocery store.  So far we've tried almond milk, liquid egg whites, eggplant, spaghetti squash and this week I bought a rutabaga and organic beets.  (recipes to come because I know you're dying for them, lol)

For someone who used to hate sandwiches, I've pretty much settled on a bowl of cereal and skim milk topped with sliced strawberries or bananas for breakfast.  Some days we whip up some fruit and yogurt smoothies.  Snacks are fruit like an apple, orange, cantaloupe or watermelon. 

Lunch most days is a sandwich on toasted bread.  I put on Oscar Meyer rotisserie chicken, ham or turkey and WW sliced cheese.  Then I add lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, salt and pepper.  You know those good pickles in the refrigerated section?  One or two of those.  Some days I'll have a cup of soup on the side (like tomato or vegetable).  Other days I'll have some Baked Lays.

I save most of my points for dinner.  Some things we've had for dinner are baked potatoes topped with chili and cheese and a salad, chicken, rice and broccoli, stir-fry, lasagna, spaghetti, BBQ, and chili-relleno bake.

One big thing I've noticed about my plate and snacks are the lack of bread.  You can have bread, but it's a big point sucker upper.  One dinner roll is 4 points.  Most days, like every day so far, that has not been worth it for me.  But spending 4 points on chips, totally worth it for me.

Now let's talk about Starbucks.  Tall Skinny Caramel Macchiato.  3 points and my new best friend.  And since I'm not having coffee in the mornings it tastes soooooo gooooooood. 

And for the record, one donut is 14 points.  So, for the meantime I am kissing them good-bye.

Today I held a 10 pound bag of potatoes.  In the last 5 weeks, these little different choices have added up to 10 pounds of weight loss for me.

I'd like to thank Jared, Subway and the Academy.


Anonymous said...


You are so exactly right. It's choices and deciding what is really worth it. And what's really worth it can change from day to day.

Isn't it something to look at that bag of potatoes? lug it around a while to remember how that extra 10 lbs felt? yikes - that is a HUGE difference.

And you're right about folks 'fudging' on how they shed their excess ..... NOT NICE!! If I've found a way that works I'm gonna help everyone who cares! Just like you're doing :)

Love Ya


The Merediths said...

I am so unbelievably proud of you!!! Losing 10 pounds is a MILESTONE, sista! You deserve something for that. Maybe a free afternoon off for a new skirt or a pedi. I think that is in store for you.

Someone told me once that it is 6 pounds lost or gained to make you go up or down a size. Not sure how true that is, but I sometimes think like that, too. I like my clothes feeling a little baggy. So much more comfy!

How on earth did you go into a donut shop and not eat one?? The smell itself is just heartwarming...

Anonymous said...

SO proud of you and so happy for you! I am going to try the lasagna. Sounds delish! Kelley T.

New Every Morning said...

WAY to GOOOO!!!! So proud of you! It is hard work and I need to bite the bullet, throw out the Klondike bars and do it. You've inspired me!!