Today I am 62 years old. I feel great. I have lost almost 40 pounds this past year and physically I am getting fitter and fitter every day. I feel the best I have felt in a very, very long time. And it is going to be a great day. It started out perfect with a beautiful Vera Bradley bag that my husband, John, gave me. I have wanted a Vera Bradley carry all bag for a very long time. And when I came downstairs to have my coffee, a gift bag and card were waiting for me. What a great day to start my day. Now I have a beautiful bag to carry my work out clothes to work in.
He also said something that I loved hearing. He said “you have given yourself the best birthday present of all. You have lost a lot of weight”. Yes I have. Happy Birthday to me. And I do like my gift the best. I have given myself a new outlook on life and a healthier lifestyle.
I had my weigh in at Weight Watchers yesterday. I lost 3.4 pounds. I was very happy with that loss. I decided that I was going to count calories and count my Weight Watcher points and see how calories and points compared. My daughter, Maria, has been telling me for a long time that I have been eating too much fruit. But Weight Watchers told my that 5 fruits per day is worked into the plan. CONFUSION. Jillian Michaels says that I should be eating 1200 calories a day. My Fitness Pal says the same thing. So I tried not eating so much fruit this week. If I added 5 fruits to my Weight Watchers daily plan I would have been well over 2,000 calories. And I know that 2,000 calories is too many for me.
So this past week, I limited my intake of fruits to one to three a day.
Here is the breakdown – and I am being completely honest.
Tuesday – is my starting day of the week. Because that is my Weight Watcher weigh in day. 1153 Calories – 17 points – Exercise Run/Walk 36 minutes
Wednesday – 1071 Calories – 22 points – Exercise – Jillian Michaels 20 Minute workout
Thursday – 1464 Calories – 23 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 52 minutes
Friday – 1636 Calories – 30 points – Exercise (Day of rest – Jillian says you need one day of rest)
Saturday – 1183 Calories – 26 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 34 minutes
Sunday – 1362 Calories – 32 points – Exercise – Walk/Run 48 minutes
Monday – 1,472 Calories – 28 points – Exercise Jillian Michaels 20 minute workout and a 5 minute Tabata 5.5 run.
I am not sure of the correlation here of points to calories. But I am noticing that calories and points seem to be close. On my lower caloric days I was eating one cup of berries. And on the higher caloric days I was eating 1-2 cups of berries and 2-3 apples a day. I am going to try this again this week and see how the points/calories compare.
So today I am going to have a great rest of the day. I am playing hooky from work (the beauty of owning your own business). John is cooking up some bacon (3 slices is 120 calories and 4 WW points). I am going to go for my walk/run and a bike ride on the Katy Trail. And then off to the wineries in Augusta, MO and will be enjoying this most beautiful fall day.
And for todayI know I will be well over my 1200 calories and my 26 points – but after all IT IS MY BIRTHDAY!