Progress and Recommitment

Apparently, my Weight Watchers leader has taken a bit of an interest in seeing me succeed. Which is cool, except for when I come into a weigh-in knowing that I haven’t been applying myself for the past week, and I end up stepping on the scale feeling like I came to class without my homework.

This week wasn’t such a raging success — I gained two pounds in one week, from succumbing to doughnuts during training and from failing to track my late-evening “snacks.” The sub-par tracking I did over the weekend might have had something to do with it, too, although we ate fairly healthily: Korean, Mediterranean, our usual dim sum Sunday brunch.

During today’s meeting, I accepted Linda’s challenge to follow all of the daily Good Health Guidelines, including:

  • six 8-oz glasses of fluids (anything except alcohol)
  • five 1/2-cup servings of fruits and veggies
  • two 1-tsp servings of healthy oils
  • two servings of dairy
  • one daily multivitamin
  • 30 minutes of daily activity
  • two 3-oz servings of lean protein
  • whole grains

I didn’t get my exercise in today, but I’m doing great otherwise. Committing to following the Good Health Guidelines means a decent amount of planning will have to go into my meals, and that’s a good thing. I can’t just go throwing frozen meals and sugar-free puddings into my lunch and call it done. I also need to plan dinner around what I need: veggies? protein? grains?

So, the good news is that I continue to be 15 pounds lighter than when I started WW about a year and a half ago. The better news is that I haven’t quit after a year-long plateau. The best news? I know I can break through this plateau if I can just stick to program for more than a couple weeks at a time.