Yep I am saying goodbye to Weight Watcher’s one last time.
I re-joined, after a year of successful maintenance, and then a few months of failure. I mainly blame this due to poor studying habits, actually. >.< I’ve never had to study as much as I do with Chemistry so I never knew how hungry it makes me and how munchie I get.
Now I know though, and have taken steps to combat it. (I.E. Study at a public place not at home!)
I also let my daily fitness fall to the wayside. While I was maintaining, I exercised at the very least 5 days a week. In the months leading up to my rejoining, I’d let excuses become a constant occurrence. I’m not worried about forgetting my active lifestyle now since I have found activities I really love to do (running, biking, swimming) and feel better doing them! I also love that I now have someone to share those activities with. <3 Having a workout buddy really does keep you going!
My re-joining of Weight Watcher’s has really reminded me of what my plate should look like. My meals were too small thus also enabled the snacking. Now, I will take the time to get a pretty (for photographing!) and filling meal together and sit down and eat it.
It’s also reminded me that even as a vegetarian, I need to keep my nut portions in check! You don’t actually need much to be satisfied. Also that there are some foods, like my favorite trail mix: Treasure Trove Trail Mix, that need to remain just an occasional special treat. Not a weekly splurge!
And of course, if you have a food problem, acknowledge it and get the help you need! There are some foods I need help with controlling myself. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Other re-found words of wisdom: If it’s not that great tasting, you don’t have to eat it! I had gotten really good at this while I was maintaining, and then one day I just threw it out the window! I hate wasting food (and money), but I just need to let that go.
Lastly, I love that Weight Watcher’s has gotten me to try new vegetables and fruits. I printed out their Power Foods List and will continue to cross things off as I try them. Variety is the spice of life after all. ~.^
Unlike the first time I quit Weight Watcher’s, I don’t think I’ll miss it or have trouble quitting it. I’ve grown past it and would rather listen to what my body is telling me it needs than some points numbers telling me what I need. I’m anal about points. I need to stop eating when I’m full and eat when I’m hungry instead of eating the points because the points are there.
So. Weight Watcher’s, thanks for all the things you’ve taught me but I need to get back to listening to my body more.
I woke up bright and early this Saturday morning because I had a date with my dad to head to our local Farmer’s Market! I hadn’t been to it in over a year, not due to lack of want! I bounced out of bed, excited for the adventure.
However, I first made sure to have breakfast, as always. ^_^
Sadly I wasn’t really looking forward to it. =/ I’m not a big cereal and milk person but I have this carton of milk that needs to be used up ASAP! So I had it with some Kashi Golean Crunch (which I don’t like in milk..), an apricot, a banana, and some chia seeds.
It wasn’t very satisfying, but it did the job for a few hours.
Then we were on our way to the Farmer’s Market! Unfortunately, it was a really drab morning so the photos aren’t that great, but I did what I could.
On arrival, my dad informed me that the first stop, was coffee!
I decided to go with a cup of Earl Grey, however.
I was surprised by how many delectables they had for sale! When I was a little girl and came to this market there was probably only one bakery stall. Now they have over a dozen! There were so many delicious looking samples and sweets. Luckily, I wasn’t hungry at all due to breakfast so I wasn’t tempted to splurge.
Down the road from the Farmer’s Market, is the Clark Fork Market where they have more food vendors and meats for sale. My dad and I have decided that next time we come, we’re coming hungry so we can try some delicious new things! You’ve got to live every once in awhile right?
With our produce in hand, we stopped by The Good Food Store for a few things. Again, Dad offered to buy me lunch (at one of my favorite places!) but I still wasn’t hungry.
My purchases: Annie’s Homegrown Cereal: Fruity Bunnies (so I have something to use that milk with!), Lemon Pepper Tempeh, a vegetable brush, some plum wine (still trying to find one as good as the one I loved in Japan), and…my favorite trail mix! >.< It was on sale and only had a little bit left so we took it all.
Farmer’s Market Goodies: A bunch of foods I’ve been wanting to try: rhubarb, mustard greens, and Swiss chard. We also purchased some plants to attempt to grow! Cherry tomatoes, Japanese eggplant and cilantro. I really hope they work out. >.<
Once home, I was finally feeling hungry. And the trail mix looked so good…
Then to follow the wise words of Danica, I also had an apple to mask the taste of trail mix in my mouth so I wouldn’t keep snacking on it.
I used my new produce scrubber and it worked! After eating this apple I didn’t have any stomach pains or bloating! I’m trying to do better at cleaning all my produce for this very reason.
And then it was Chemistry time.
This is Chem Bear. He holds all my lab reports.
After working for awhile (not very successfully), I was ready for lunch.
Wheat Berry Salad with half a Quorn Naked Chic’n cutlet on a bed of mixed salad. It was actually really decent and I devoured it.
My babies wish they could see the world…
And then decided their wish was stupid when a sudden downpour started.
After the rain, things got bad. Chemistry bad. I was so frustrated and upset when I hit a snag in my lab report all I could think about was eating more trail mix to make myself feel better.
I tried to ignore it and ate a banana with peanut butter instead.
But chemistry just ticked me off more and more and I ended up giving in. I haven’t angrily ate in a long time, so I was surprised by this action. Half way through this cup I decided enough was enough and decided I needed to sweat this anger out.
I slipped on my workout clothes and jumped on my stationary bike. 30 minutes of biking followed by 20 minutes 30 Day Shred. I am on day 1 of Stage 3 so omg it kicked my butt! It was the perfect thing to do to get my mind off of my chemistry problem.
After showering and putting on pajamas (Hell I wasn’t going anywhere else today!), I decided I would finish the report tomorrow. Instead, I would do something that makes me happy. I would cook!
I made Strawberry Rhubarb Compote! It was nice and easy and it tastes great. I knew I was having this for dinner..
After I had some greens of course.
Mustard greens steamed and drizzled with maple syrup, salt and Garlic Gold.
They aren’t my favorite greens..but they were edible!
Next was my main course:
Low-fat plain yogurt topped with Kashi Golean Crunch, strawberry rhubarb compote, dried cherries and toasted almonds!