So my weird dream with Oprah weighing me in with a 4.5 gain was all for nothing! 

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I forgot my WW journal at home that has my weekly WI booklet.  Check that out – only .7 pounds from the 150s!  I am down 17.8 pounds since December 26.  I actually thought “maybe I’ll hit 20 pounds lost by the end of February! Until I realized that next Thursday is already March!  Oh well! 

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My goal now is to be 154 by our birthday, which is a month away – so another 6.6 to go until my next mini goal.  You may be wondering, why 154 pounds?

Well, when I did my six months of Insanity, it took me 6 months to lose 20 pounds.   And the lowest I got was 155.4 before I had to get a second job to make ends meet and gained it all back.  It’s weird, I just went back to that link and I posted it December 2, 2013 – who would have thought Tony would have died exactly a year later?!  So weird sometimes to think about.

But what is different about this time and last time?  I concentrated on getting the workouts in and “tried” to eat better.  “Tried” being the operative words.  Tony and I were still going out for beers on the weekends, which led to ordering onion rings, and then I’d try to work out more to work off what I ate.  Rinse and repeat.   That’s why it took me so long to lose the weight is because I wasn’t consistent with the food.  And when I think about it, while I had meals that were “Weight Watcher friendly” it was all the other crap that I never counted (coffee creamer, wine, beer, extra night snacks).  You get the drill.

But guess what happens when you actually track your food?

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February 9 was Cooking Club (counted points but was at 39 for the day) February 10 was the picky snack night (that was 46 points for the day).  Last Friday night I had two glasses of wine (that put me at 39 points for the day).  So even when I do go over, it’s no where near what I used to do, and no matter what, it goes in the tracker.

My sister also kicked but this week and lost 1.6!  Whoop!  

Had another super busy day at work.  Breakfast was steel cut oats and fruit with granola and a bit of brown sugar for 7 points.  I could literally eat this every day and never get sick of it.  Even when it wasn’t hot anymore, I still loved it. 

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I was able to break away at lunch to go back to WW for the meeting.  Our Leader Cheryl is hysterical – she makes us laugh so much.  Lots more people at the meeting too – I think every seat was filled!   Only one tiny problem.  When I walked from the train station to the WW office to weigh in before work, it was so warm I was sweating balls and I had my giant Eddie Bauer winter coat on.  So when I left to go back at lunch I just had my sweater on and was smacked in the face with cold air – wtf?!  I didn’t have time to go back up and get my coat, so suffered for the six block walk there.  Later in the afternoon I checked the weather – oh, only about a 25 degree drop in temps from the morning:

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Lunch was super quick to put together and was fine to eat room temp.  I used some more of my leftover grilled chicken breast to make a chicken sandwich on an English muffin, garlic hummus and red pepper and carrot for dipping.  Lunch was 7 smart points.

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I didn’t feel hungry until I started walking to the train station, so used some of my Starbuck’s gift card to pick up a banana and string cheese for a 3 smart point snack.  Even though I was eyeing the scones! Smile with tongue out

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I’ve had a crock pot Italian beef recipe on the menu all week, and Hannah assured me that she was going to put it together for the last few days, but so far that hasn’t happened yet Open-mouthed smileSo leftover night it was!   She was making a zesty chicken soup for her and Jacob.  I didn’t partake because swear to God that girl chopped up the biggest onion I’ve ever seen and proceeded to chop it all up and put it in the soup.  Gross.  But I did snag some chicken to make a deconstructed nacho supper for myself.  You know how I love my picky plates!  11 points for dinner – 2 for the chicken, 3 for the avocado, 2 for the black beans, and 4 for the tortilla chips.

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I can’t remember if I’ve shown this on Instagram before or not, and I am too lazy to look, but it’s worth sharing again!  First of all, if you haven’t completed your grocery list for the week, go out and buy Cabot whipped cream.  Hannah is actually my whipped cream aficionado and she has declared this the best whipped cream she’s ever tasted.  1 smart point for 2 tablespoons and 15 calories.  If you click that link you can put in your zip code to see where it’s sold near you.  I found mine at Trader Joe’s.

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This is my favorite after dinner treat – I usually eat it a couple hours after dinner, and while that’s not too long before I go to bed, it keeps me full, satisfied and feels like an actual dessert.  Apples and banana with 1 tablespoon sugar free syrup (1) 11 chopped peanuts (1) and 2 tablespoons of Cabot whipped cream (1).  3 points and delish!  And I haven’t been waking up with low blood sugars.

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I have no concrete plans for the weekend which I am loving.  I think Hannah and Jacob work all day Saturday so it will be nice to have the house to myself and cook and blare MY music Open-mouthed smile I am hoping the snow they think will hit us will go north (sorry Lynne, Jessica and Louise! ), but with temps back up in the 60s next week, I can’t complain too much.  I also officially quit the Y and my membership ends at the end of this month, so I’ll take advantage the last few days I have it. 

I have some goals lined up for March as far as exercise goes – stay tuned!   Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend!