Well, the weekends were always the hardest for me when starting a new diet. I would find myself sitting on the couch eating whatever I could find in the cupboards. It wasn’t that I was hungry – I was bored. Eating was something I could do with my hands. If I wasn’t sitting on my ass on the couch, I was out with friends or family which always consisted of good food or lots of snacks. Rather than just having a few things and being satisfied, I would eat whatever was there and try everything. I would eat until I was full or miserable and than I just felt like crap. So far, this weekend has had a much more positive outcome. Yesterday, I couldn’t fulfill my points allowance for the day. Even after spending the evening with friends playing Sequence and Wii, I found I had 5 points I hadn’t used! I was even able to snack on some Cheez-It’s (1 serving), Sun Chips (1 serving) and Twizzlers (3 pieces) while enjoying the company of my friends and staying within my points allowance. It was a great feeling and a fun night!
I just got back from the fitness center and did a mile on the elliptical (in about a minute and half less than it took me yesterday) and two miles on the stationary bike at a level 5 resistance. I then walked slowly on the treadmill as a cool down. It felt great. I hate to say it but I think I actually like working out?? I never thought I would say that but I actually look forward to being active. I feel so good afterward. As Elle Woods says (in another of my favorite movies – Legally Blonde), “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.” Now in my case, replace husband with mother – LOL!! For those that don’t know me, I live with my mother and we tend to drive each other crazy or she tends to drive me crazy anyway! J Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom but as you can imagine, sometimes we drive each other crazy! So, I have found I have more energy, seem happier and have a more positive outlook on everything after exercising.
In fact, I received an email from my former employer – the one who went out of business last year and did not pay me my last paycheck. His friend has a job opening and he thought of me. Well, normally I would have been bitter and angry about this (and I did have a little bit of that, I won’t lie) but I replied with a cordial response explaining I was in the process of finishing school and wouldn’t be looking for a job until closer to graduation. I felt like I was able to forgive and let go of the bitter feelings and anger that I had toward this family and I think a lot of it has to do with my new outlook on life! I just feel so good about my new path and where I am going.
Today, my friend from school is taking me to dinner for my birthday. I used to say I didn’t care where we went. Now I have decided to speak up and chose a restaurant that I know has healthy options. So, I told her I would like to go to Applebee’s. Applebee’s has some really great dinners under 550 calories and the one that I really like (Parmesan Peppercorn Steak) is only 10 points for the whole meal! I have only used 8 points today and have 51 total to use in a day. So, I still have a lot to use!! The new Weight Watchers system should not leave anyone hungry – that’s for sure!!
Well, I am doing well, feeling great and looking forward to weigh in next week (never thought I’d say that either)!!
Have a Healthy Day!