Wow, it’s been a week since I checked in here. I don’t really have any excuse other than I’ve tried to be more productive in the evenings. To some extent, I have been. Plus I’ve been making an effort to go to bed earlier as well.
I am moving at the end of September, and while I’m only moving about 1 mile away from where I am now, it’s no less work than if I was moving across the state.
And to top it all off, I leave for a two week business trip on Sunday. I’ll be heading to the Boston area, then Nashville and finally to Indiana for a few days. To say that I’m nervous is an understatement. Today is Day 41 of my OP streak. I’m down almost 10 lbs (more on that in a bit). I’ve never really made an effort to follow Weight Watchers while I’m travelling (for work or otherwise). But this time will be different. Efforts will be made. I will likely be sick to death of Subway and Applebee’s by the time I come home, but that’s OK. Depending on what other restaurants I come across, I’ll likely branch out more than that, but I know I can eat safely at both of those places. The hardest part of travel is the mindless eating I tend to do in the hotel room at night. To combat that I’m going to only buy a package of Fiber One bars (more than one of those in a day and my stomach isn’t happy) and probably a pack of 100 calorie Kettle Korn popcorn for that sweet/salty kick. And maybe some almonds – my new favorite is Salt & Vinegar. So, I’ve got a plan, and I like it.
Back to the scale. I stayed off my home scale all week. I can’t decide if I like not having the pressure of knowing the number daily, or if it sets me up for bad expectations on the scale at WW. My hands were extremely swollen Thursday, and still somewhat so on Friday. Water intake is not an issue. I drink a minimum of 100 oz a day, if not more. I just knew, that despite tracking all my points this last week, earning 40+ AP’s and generally feeling good about my week, that I was going to gain this week.
The scale showed me down 1 lb even. And I’m happy. And then I’m not. Which is the stupidest reaction E.V.E.R. I set myself up for a gain the past two days and when I lose a pound I immediately am disappointed. I’ve shifted my mood of course since then, but the first thought through my mind was “I’m working so hard for this?”. And the answer is Yes, of course I am.
I’ve lost 9.6 lbs since July 1st. I am down 35.6 lbs from my highest weight ever. Things are moving in the right direction and that’s all that matters.
Since I’m going to be gone for two weeks, I obviously will be sticking to my “no stepping on the scale at home” promise. However, I am going to step on the scale in the morning before I leave. Since I’m going to be gone for two weeks, I’m going to want to know where I am before I leave according to my scale so that on the 24th I can step on my scale in the morning and see my progress for the two weeks I was gone. And then the scale goes back away!
I also will be purchasing a Monthly Pass before next Sunday. The three month online pass I purchased expires on Saturday. The last At Work meeting is Friday. I’m going to need access to eTools. Even though I won’t use the Monthly Pass that week, I’ll buy it anyway so I have access and I’ll then hit my first center meeting on Monday the 26th. I had kind of thought about finding a meeting in Indiana, but they are all evening meetings – and with making the transition from At Work to the Center, it might not be that simple as my weight hasn’t been recorded like normal.
Today is cleaning, packing and some baking. I already made Chocolate/Pumpkin muffins. This post by Kelly reminded me that I had a can of pumpkin and a chocolate cake mix in my cupboard and I’ve been meaning to make these for awhile! Spice Cake mix is usually my favorite, and after seeing Kelly’s Red Velvet version, I was tempted to go buy one of those, but stuck with the Milk Chocolate mix I had. It seemed silly to make the whole batch, but my Mom is watching my dogs while I’m away so they’ll be a nice treat for her. (PS – I get 18 servings from my batch, making them 2 PPV each, or 5 PPV for 2).
I also am trying a new crockpot recipe for dinner. If it turns out well, I’ll post the recipe later this week!
Have a great weekend everyone!