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We’ve hit the time in the summer that is both a blessing and a curse for me.  A blessing because celebrating special events with friends and family is always fun.  A curse because these memory-making events always come with indulgent foods and drinks. Still, I feel lucky to have so much to celebrate over the course of these two weeks:

  • Italian Heritage Night at the SF Giants (Tuesday night)
  • My dad’s birthday (Wednesday night)
  • A Silpada party (last night)
  • Impromptu BBQ w/ my parents (tonight)
  • SJ Giants baseball game (tomorrow night)
  • Dinner out with a friend for my birthday (Tuesday)
  • My birthday (next Wednesday)
  • 4th of July
  • My friend’s annual 5th of July party

At each of these events, I’m going to make the best choices possible.  For example, Wednesday night at my dad’s birthday dinner, which we had at a local bocce court and restaurant, I ordered steamed clams and mussels in a white wine/tomato/garlic broth.  Healthy and very delicious, but we also had red wine. Which is fine, and wouldn’t affect my weight loss, except that I had a beer at the Giants game the night before, and I had cucumber sangria at my party last night.  See what I mean?  None of these choices alone are bad; but together they make it hard to lose weight.

Which is honestly why I didn’t weigh in on Wednesday.  I’d had an Italian sausage (no bun), beer, and a bit of kettle corn the night before at the game, and I knew it would put me up on the scale, even if it is just water weight.

Now I’m not saying that during this next week and a half I’m going to throw everything out the window and eat with wild abandon while lazing around at home inactive. That’s just not me anymore.  I’m still making good choices, I’m still eating small portions, and I’m still working out as much as ever.  But at this point in my weight loss journey, indulging a bit and working out equals maintaining my weight, not losing. 

Which I’m fine with – until July 6th.  I’ve decided that I’m perfectly happy to maintain my weight loss for the next week or so.  I’m actually really happy with the way I look and feel right now.  I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished and enjoy seeing the person who looks back at me in the mirror.  But I still weigh more than I’d like to, so I’m not quite ready to call this my goal weight.  Not just yet.

So beginning on July 6th I’m going to get back to my weight loss mode.  I want to drop another 30 pounds, and while I know it’s going to be a lot harder to do it now that I’m at this weight, I know I can do anything I put my mind to.  Those 30 pounds aren’t going to come off in just one summer, but I can lose 1/3 – 1/2 of them if I get back to being a bit stricter with my food choices.

Which is not to say that I can’t have fun this summer, but I want to keep my ultimate goal in mind. My journey isn’t over just yet, and I’m excited to continue on with it after this brief rest stop.

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In my WW meeting yesterday, the subject was how to make Summertime Parties healthier.  I thought it was a strange topic, because to me summertime is the easiest time to eat well – all the fresh, homegrown fruits and veggies available.  Plus, when the weather gets warmer, I know I don’t feel like eating as much or as heavily.  But I was surprised by many people in the meeting saying they found it difficult to eat healthy at BBQs.  We started talking about healthier BBQ options, and then our leader mentioned this:

Baja Bob’s Sugar Free Mixers

The mixers are sugar free, calorie free and best of all, guilty free!  I can’t tell you how long I’ve avoided favorite cocktails like cosmos, mojitos, or margaritas because I knew how fattening they were.  This mix makes those drinks point-friendly and available again!

Apparently, the mixers are only sold at one store in our area, and in the liquid version.  Online you can order both liquid or individual powder packets, which are almost like the Crystal Light packets you can mix in your water.  How easy would it be to bring those little packets on vacation or to a party?  All you need is a cup of ice, some vodka/rum/tequila (or whatever alcohol is appropriate) and a packet of Baja Bob’s.

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With all of the parties and BBQs coming up this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July here in the U.S., I thought this new product would be right on time.  I can see this being used all summer long for many a fun night.

I’m going to order some today, and once they arrive, I’ll let you know.  I can’t wait to make my own Skinny-Girl Cocktails!!!

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This week I have a lot of “events” to go to, which is unusual for me.  I guess I should be glad that I’m so popular (haha!), but three events in one week is becoming a small source of stress for me. 

pasta Last night my parents had BFF and I over for dinner, and we had Italian Mac ‘n Cheese (made with sausage, tomato sauce, crimini mushrooms, and 4 different cheeses, then baked in the oven) bread, and a salad.  Plus some really delicious Pinot Noir.  I tried to make healthy choices regarding the portions, but no matter what, it was more points than I would normally have for dinner on a Wednesday night.  Still, I tracked in all on WW eTools. 
sushi Tomorrow night, I’m going to sushi with a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while.  She and I used to work together about 5 years ago, but she moved out of state, and is now back.  (I’m embarrassed to say that she’s been back in the area for about a year and a half, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to get together).  Sushi is a fairly safe choice, as long as I don’t eat too many that are tempura style.  At first I was going to type “stay away from tempura style,” but if I’m honest,  I know that I love Spider Rolls, so I have to at least taste it.  The thing that seems to get me with going to sushi is the sodium in the soy sauce.  Even when I use low sodium, I retain a ton of water.  I guess I just have to make sure to drink lots of water (more than my normal 48-64 oz) on Friday and Saturday. 

Speaking of Saturday, DRMK and her husband have invited my parents and I over to their new condo for an appetizer party.  It’s going to be so fun, and I really can’t wait, but again, I know there is going to be a lot of food, and probably most of it won’t be too WW-friendly.  Which is why I decided that I’m going to bring an appetizer of my own to share. 

cheeseball In the December WW Magazine, they featured Mini Cheese Balls that are only 1 point each (depending on what you roll them in) and look so good.  {Look for a recipe post about them sometime this weekend}.  I know that I can make good choices and watch my portion size, but it does make me nervous that this party is the night before my Sunday morning weigh-in. 

Then again, this is real life.  I should be so happy that I have people who love me and want to spend time with me.  That should be the focus for me, my gratitude.  Not worrying about how this is going to affect my weight loss this week. 

But at the same time, this weight loss is at the forefront of my mind because I am so motivated to take this weight off for good. 

So, that’s the conundrum.  I’m so happy that I have these events to go to, but at the same time I’m nervous about how this increase in social engagements will affect my results on the scale.  I have been trying to get in some activity so that I can counteract the higher points foods. 

Tune in Sunday to find out how it all turned out.  (How’s that for a teaser!!)

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I’m so proud of myself! Yesterday we had a little celebration with my grad school class at a Mexican restaurant, and I didn’t eat anything!

Since it was a mandatory event, I had to go, but I was worried that I’d be tempted to break the fast. I’d heard that the food at this place wasn’t that good, so I decided it wouldn’t be worth it.

Even with my mindset ready, I was still worried that it was going to be hard to be around food and drinks without indulging.

You know what? It wasn’t at all. Sure, I would’ve loved to have a Corona, but I can wait for the party I’m hosting on May 16th to imbibe with friends. The food smelled great, but I just kept telling myself that weigh in day is today, and I don’t want to blow everything for food that’s not going to be worth it.

This showed me that even when I’m back to eating real food, I can make the decision not to indulge in unhealthy food if I don’t want to. No one asked me why I wasn’t eating or drinking, they just enjoyed my company. There are always going to be tons of celebrations in life, and in order to keep on track with my weight loss and eventual maintenance, I’m going to have to learn to pick and choose which events I fully partake in and which events I simply attend.

I can’t wait to see what my results are going to be this week. I’ll make sure to post it as soon as I get back, later tonight.

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I was looking around the SBD online website and found out a couple of things that I’m really happy about:

Beginning in Phase 2, we’re “allowed” to have up to 2 4-oz servings of wine a day! Not that I drink wine every day, but it is nice to know that if I have a hard day at work, I can come home and relax with a glass of wine. It also makes me happy about the upcoming holiday parties that I’ve been invited to.

In case you guys are interested:

Drink Up!
 


(Published 12/25/03) Planning on having a couple of drinks to celebrate the holidays? No problem. According to Dr. Agatston, one or two glasses a day of alcohol (except beer) is okay beginning in Phase 2. Just make sure you drink during or right after a meal, since a stomach full of food will slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream – and keep your blood sugar levels steadier. And, of course, you’ll want to avoid sugary mixers like fruit juices and regular tonic (opt for diet tonic instead).

Still, not all alcoholic beverages are created equal, since some contain more natural and added sugars than others. Here’s a look:

Enjoy, in moderation (limit 2 servings daily):

  • Red and white wine (one serving = 3-4 ounces)
  • Champagne (one serving = 3-4 ounces)
  • Vodka (one serving = 1 1/2 ounces)
  • Gin (one serving = 1 1/2 ounces)
  • Rum (one serving = 1 1/2 ounces)
  • Bourbon (one serving = 1 1/2 ounces)

Avoid:

  • Beer
  • Brandy
  • Port wine
  • Liqueurs (including Kahlua, Bailey’s, Amaretto, schnapps, etc.)
  • Sherry
  • Wine coolers (often contain a lot of added sugar)

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