Discouraged, discouraged, discouraged. That is all I have to say about this weeks weigh in. The 1.4 pounds I lost last week, found me this week. And the worst part is I can’t quite figure out why. If I had eaten McDonalds (my usual in my fat days was a Quarter Pounder With Cheese and extra large french fries) I would understand why I gained. If I ate a bowlful of spaghetti with meat sauce, laden with olive oil and several pieces of Italian Bread I would understand. If I ate a large Ted Drews concrete (abaca mocha-my favorite) I would understand. If I ate a Deluxe Pizza from Imo’s I would understand. If I ate my favorite fat meal from Kentucky Fried Chicken – fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cole slaw and a biscuit with butter and jelly I would understand. And my fat food list can continue. But I had none of those. Actually, I have not eaten any of these mouth watering meals in well over a year. So why the weight gain?
I even worked my butt off literally. I logged in 1 day of walking 3 miles, 2 days running 4 miles, and 2 days running 3 miles. That is a lot of activity in my eyes. Running is a hard activity for me. It makes me sweat. I love sweating. I am in training for my big 6 mile Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Day run tomorrow. I was not a slacker this week. So why the weight gain?
Weight Watchers allows you to eat 26 points a day. My daily points include lean protein, nuts, fruits, vegetables, greek yogurt, and some times a healthy 3 point Weight Watcher protein bar. I always include my olive oil as my fat. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which have a point value 0. My daughter says I eat way too much fruit. I eat three fruits a day. On some days I may have a fourth fruit. But fruits have a 0 point value. Weight Watchers allows you to eat an additional 49 points if needed. You can also eat into your exercise points (which I never do). Last week I earned 29 exercise points. I ate my daily 26 points and on two days I ate an additional 6 points. (Actually I drank wine for those extra points). Weight Watchers claims that you can eat anything. You can drink anything. Just as long as you stay within your allotted points. So according to Weight Watchers plan, I should have lost weight this week. But I didn’t. I gained.
Now a 1.5 weight gain is not the end of the world. But my world is much better when I lose weight. Or at least know why I gained weight. Yes I am a bit discouraged. But I will continue on my journey. I have to understand that the body just sometimes wants to take a break. And I think this week my body said “Lisa slow down. No weight loss for you!”
And yes my darling daughter, Maria, I will cut back on my fruit consumption.