A WEIGHT WATCHERS JOURNEY IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPY KNEES AND INNER PEAS
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The very active week
I had a very active week last week. On Thursday, June 3, we had a small Weight Watchers 5K group. My sons came to Manhattan to cheer me on and were recruited into walking with us. The weather was great and it turned out to be a wonderful walk. My meeting leader Melanie was there and well as our walk organizer Tamra. I was able to meet some members from other meetings. We all walked and talked the whole time. After walking we went to California Pizza Kitchen ( my first time there) where I had a caesar salad with grilled shrimp on top. I feel very accomplished having completed the walk. I have been walking 30 city blocks several days a week to build up to the walk so I felt like I could do it and it was a piece of cake (sorry that just fits).
On Saturday my youngest son and I went on a field trip with his afterschool program to Sesame Place where I was forced to walk around in my bathing suit- something I would never have done in the past. I think that being in Weight Watchers, losing weight and working out has given me some bravado that I did not have before. So there I was in my tankini walking around a water amusement park for six hours. I was prepared to have a hectic eating day but with a little preparation, I think I handled it really well. For starters, I had a good breakfast before 6:30am so that I wouldn't just grab anything to eat. Then I packed snacks for my son and I to eat on the bus(there can be a small boredom factor that makes you want to eat on the bus). At the park, we were so busy having a good time being active that we did not eat lunch until 2:30pm. Before we knew it was time to board the bus for thr ride home. Here's what I ate;
Breakfast: 2 egg whites, fat free cheese slice on a light whole wheat english muffin with coffee(non-dairy & splenda)
Snack: 1 orange, 1 honey roasted peanut butter and sugar free grape jam on whole wheat bread
Lunch: Kids meal of french fries, hot dog on bun and I ate a small side salad first. I also gave half my fries to my son.
Snack: A couple of bites of a very smushed pb&j sandwhich and a half cup of strawberries
Dinner: one and a half cups whole wheat spaghetti with ground turkey sauce and a 12 ounce light beer
Snack: okay so I went for the swedish fish
EXERCISE: I did not wear my pedometer because I didn't want to lose it so I have no idea what walking around and amusement park for six hours can do but it has to be good.
Last night I had my weigh in. I was thinking about the swedish fish and the pb&j sandwiches but it turned out well for me. I lost 2.8 pounds. The best thing I think was all of the extra activity so I recommend that to everyone. Every chance that you get to be a little active , do it. Do I ache afterwards? Yes I do. I told my old man one night that every time I lay down at night, I feel every ache and pain that I have accumulated all along. But then I just laugh and say, apparently I earned it. Aches and pains are a part of life people. And yes, you do get more of them the older you get. But take it from a 43 year old who is trying her best to get in better shape, it is all worth it.