So, here it goes. I’m about to embark on a weight loss endeavor that will have me, hopefully, fitting into my fat jeans again in no time. Hopefully. (Here’s a link to the other McFatty posts if you need encouragement!)
I weighed myself this morning and it wasn’t pretty. 193 lbs. That’s what I weighed the day I went in for my first prenatal appointment at a whopping four weeks pregnant.
To monitor how and what I’m eating, I’ll be doing Weight Watchers. For those of you not familiar with this program, every food is assigned a “point” value based on how many calories, grams of fat, and grams of fiber the food contains. The idea is to eat low calorie, low fat, high fiber foods and to round out your meals with fresh veggies and some fruits. And water. You have to drink your water. I’ve been really, really bad about this lately.
I’ll be doing the Flex plan (which I think Weight Watchers has done away with, or revamped into something new). With the flex plan, I get a certain number of points per day (I’ll get 27) and then 35 additional points per week to use at my discretion. When I was in college I saved up the 35 points to use on the weekends. I think those points will be a little more evenly distributed now that I’m also feeding Dan.
I did weight watchers during my senior year of college and I was really successful with it. Part of my success, however, is due to the fact that I was a broke college student! Protein was a luxury for me. Oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch from the amazing cafeteria salad bar at the school where I did my student teaching, and then a handful of pasta and some sauce with a side of veggies for dinner. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Occasionally I’d throw a piece of chicken into the toaster oven to have with my pasta.
Now, I have Dan to think about in my meal-planning. He is not going to be okay with eating pasta and sauce five nights a week. At all.
And eating healthy gets expensive when you’re trying to make actual meals and menu plans. Our goal for this year is to spend less than $100/week in groceries for all of our meals. That might seem like an astronomically high figure for some of you, but we prefer to eat fresh or frozen vegetables. And we also like protein. I’m clipping coupons and shopping as thriftily as possible, but I’m suffering from a bit of sticker shock at the supermarket. I know I’ll figure this out eventually, but getting to that point is going to take me a few weeks.
While I’m figuring out our budget, I’ll be weighing myself weekly and attempting to Wii Fit four times a week. I’ll also be upping my water intake and ::sigh:: lowering my coffee intake. Until I channel enough of my mother to be able to drink my coffee like a trucker. Don’t count your chickens on that one, though. I love some Vanilla Caramel creamer enough to sacrifice a point or two for it. It’s all about balance, right?