Weight Watchers, Take 2: My 1st gain

Garfield’s got nothing on me when it comes to hating on Mondays. But I have a very good reason.

When I hopped on the scale Monday morning, it served up the one thing I didn’t want to see: my first gain.

Sure, it was only 0.2 pounds — but that’s 0.2 pounds too many. I’m paying to lose weight, not gain! The blip puts me at 220.2, and means I’ve lost 28.8 pounds since recommitting WW on Jan. 1.

Seeing that number solidified my decision to shake things up with Simply Filling. So that’s how I ate today.

The glass was full.

The glass was full.

Breakfast was a smoothie made with plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened almond milk and frozen peach, mango and pineapple chunks. It was so thick … and filling.

Armed with my Power Foods list for my planned trip to the store, I skipped working out so I could meet my friend at Starbucks for some quality writing time.

No outdoor workout for me!

No outdoor workout for me!

The weather would have made it tough to do my Best Body Bootcamp workout anyway, since I take my weights out to the deck. With three curious canines in the house, it’s impossible to do floor exercises indoors — and I didn’t want to stick the poor pups outside in the cold, icy weather, either.

An excuse? Perhaps. But two days off do not constitute complete failure. I will work out today, even if I have to do it inside, with dogs drooling all over the equipment.

And I probably will, because the weather only got worse. (Photo proof to come in a few paragraphs.)

At Starbucks, I warmed up with a hot drink — a skim milk latte with sugar-free caramel syrup counts as a power food (and a serving of dairy).



I went a little wild at the store, picking up a ton of veggies: broccolini, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage, jicama, cherry tomatoes and these adorable mini-cucumbers. They fulfilled Monday’s HealthysELF challenge, to try a new fruit or veggie.

Sure, I’ve eaten regular cucumbers before — but never mini ones. And actually, I prefer the little ones. They have a much milder flavor. Too bad they’re also much pricier.

Isn’t that the way it usually is, though? The better a food tastes, the more expensive it is.

I also got some refried beans, lean deli meat and a couple kinds of 2% milk cheese (though I couldn’t bring myself to buy that terrible fat-free cheese, which is a Power Food). Guess I’ll just have to save some of my weekly 49 Points for cheese.

And almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk is not a Power Food. Soy milk is, but I don’t drink soy milk. I like almond milk.

QuesadillaBack home with the groceries stashed, I whipped up an easy lunch: a veggie quesadilla on a low-carb whole wheat tortilla. In the mix were refried beans, sauteed peppers and onions left over from Sunday’s dinner, and cheese.

Not pretty, but pretty tasty.

Believe it or not, the weather got worse.

Believe it or not, the weather got worse.

By the time I left the house for work, it was snowing. Trust me, there are flakes in that photo.

Snow in April? Yeah. I was as unimpressed as you are. There’s a 50 percent chance of more snow today, and the high is only supposed to be 44.

Guess that means a walk on the treadmill and a bootcamp workout in the kitchen. Let’s hope it’s dry enough to put the dogs outside.

Work was … well, it was what it always is when I work alone on Mondays. And now it’s over for another week.

Afternoon snackAt about 5 p.m., I took a snack break. I had a hard-boiled egg, a mini cucumber, cherry tomatoes and 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt flavored with a clove of garlic and a teaspoon of chives. That makes a pretty good dip, actually — and it’s kosher on the plan. I also snacked on some deli ham.

When dinnertime rolled around at 7 p.m., I had 2/3 cup of the quinoa I cooked last night, topped with tomato sauce and some of Lindsay’s Meatless Black Bean Meatballs.

I haven’t quite figured out how, if the recipe is made of mostly Power Foods, it still ends up having 3 Points/serving … that’s the same number of Points it had when I was using the Tracking technique.

Quinoa, "meat" balls and tomato sauceAnyway … It  was a simple meal, but it tasted really good.

I’m amazed at how much better I feel after just one day. Even more amazing? I wasn’t ready to gnaw off my arm from hunger all day long.

Maybe Simply Filling is the way to go. It keeps my focus on real foods instead of low-Points junk.

I do wish oats were on the Power Foods list, though. Overnight Oats for breakfast sounds good. But, for some reason, COOKED oats are Power Foods, but uncooked ones have 2 Points in 1/4 cup.

What is that about?

WW Chocolate SmoothieAfter work, I did have a snack — but a small one … and a fairly healthy one. I whipped up a WW chocolate smoothie packet with about 10 ice cubes and water. It reminded me of a Wendy’s Frosty.


I still don’t have my new glasses. I’m getting anxious. I want to see if I’ll need reading glasses, too.


6 responses to “Weight Watchers, Take 2: My 1st gain

  1. You have done an amazing job with WW, well done and please don’t worry about such a tiny gain, you obviously lose some every week as a rule. I like the food inspiration thanks!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m not beating myself up too much, because I know it’s unrealistic to expect a loss every week.

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