Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Weight Watchers - Week 3 Update

So I am starting week 3 of Weight Watchers and I have lost a few pounds but have gained a ton in knowledge.  My original reason for taking this online challenge was to learn more about what I put into my body more so than wanting to loose weight. And by gosh I am learning a ton!!!!

To be honest I have been pretty shocked at the items I thought were healthy or the actual serving sizes vs my usual portions.  I eat pretty healthy overall... No soda, very little processed foods, lots of whole grains, fruits and little red meat.  What I didn't realize was how much of various "good" foods I was eating.  I was so used to filling myself up with lots of whole grains and cheeses that I didn't see the amount of calories I was ingesting.  Growing up in a big italian family I naturally turn to grains and cheeses for ways to fill up quickly (and cheaply). 

It is a hard pill to swallow when you realize that what you thought you were doing so well at is actually not the right path....

The easiest change has been replacing fruits and veggies where I would normally grab for bread, cheese  and grains in my day to day life. Small changes like packing lots of veggies and H2O with me during the day are really making a big difference!  You would be surprised at how filling one Ziploc bag filled with carrots, peppers, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes can be! 

I also realized that I was drinking a lot of calories.  I always say, I would rather drink my dessert than to chow down on cake or ice cream at night.  What I didn't factor in was that my love for dark ales has about the same point value as my entire lunch! 

Sooo what does all this rambling come down too?  Weight watchers is teaching me how to balance my daily intake without giving up on the things I love or feel like I am dieting.  I am not going to lie and say that it has been simple or without its struggles. Last weekend I was faced with the a Pub Crawl and an Italian Family Luncheon.   It was a constant struggle not to go for the second helping of uber delicious lasagna or chow down on late night munchies while out with friends.  This process is a journey and I am taking the ups and downs.  Did I have a sub last night that wasn't super healthy last night?  Yes, but instead of beating myself up about it I am moving forward with a healthy breakfast lots of water and my trusty bag-o-veggies to get me back on track.

Anyone else feel this way or having trouble balancing social eating/drinking and still feel like you are making healthy choices?