Well, I am happy to report that I had no difficulty at all getting right back on track today after yesterday’s challenges! We arrived at my Mom & Dad’s this afternoon and are here for the week to visit with family and friends. Just as I was concerned about the camping trip, I know that this week may also be challenging as food is often so central to many gatherings. I did, however, bring along a lot of my own groceries and will make my own meals when necessary in order to stay on track. Here’s how Day Thirteen has gone:
Breakfast: Guys, this morning when I woke up, I was craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so bad. I’m not sure what that was all about – I chalk it up to all the sugar I consumed last night making my body crave more sugar (hence the jelly). That, and PB&J sandwiches have been one of my favourites since I was a kid! I don’t have any jam in the house right now though (in an effort to cut back on sugar) so fried up my egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon instead. After breakfast, I lounged while watching morning talk shows and sipping on my coffee (6 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream – this cream is just so good – it’s been really hard for me to give up because I just enjoy it so much!)
After breakfast, I made a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on a few of my healthy staples for our trip to Mom & Dad’s. In my cart, I added things like salmon, turkey burgers, turkey bacon, frozen yogurt, mini rice cakes, rice, watermelon, and an assortment of veggies.
Lunch: I quickly grilled up my ol’ favourite – turkey burger, feta cheese, and sautéed vegetables so that I wouldn’t be hungry on the hour-and-a-half trip. I filled my water bottle with ice cold water for the ride, loaded up the car, and off we went.
Halfway to Mom & Dad’s, I got a message from them saying they had stopped for lunch nearby on their way home from a camping trip. My son and I decided to stop in to say hi and travel with them the rest of the way. When we got into the restaurant, everyone was eating the most delicious-looking home-made French fries. You know those kind that you can usually only get in little privately owned diner’s where the meals are like Mama’s home cooking? Or at the best kind of chip huts? Yum. But guess what? When my family members kindly offered to share, I said no. I was so tempted to steal a few fries off my niece’s plate (even her homemade grilled cheese sandwich was looking divine!) but I resisted. Definitely a win for me! Instead, when my son and I got back into the car, I grabbed a bag of Quaker’s Mini Rice Cakes from the back and we snacked on those during the next leg of the drive (with me mentally counting how many I ate so I would know how many points I had – which was 4 by the way). Oh, one thing I almost forgot! On the way out of town today, my son wanted to stop for a snack at Tim Horton’s. If you are familiar with this franchise (hello fellow Canadians!) you likely know that there are not very many healthy options here! One of my favourites is the iced cappuccino but it’s loaded with sugar and therefore high in points. Instead, while we waited in the drive-thru line, I quickly checked the Weight Watchers app to see what I could have for a low amount of points (which, by the way, there were very few options!) I ended up deciding to try an iced coffee with chocolate milk (4 points). It was okay, but after a few sips I decided I really didn’t like it enough to use 4 points on it. So on the next pit stop, I tossed it in the garbage.
Dinner: By the time we arrived at Mom & Dad’s, it was nearing dinner time and I was pretty hungry! I had my husband barbecue some boneless skinless chicken breasts (with a little bit of Montreal chicken spice for flavouring) and I whipped up my version of a taco salad (romaine lettuce, green/red/yellow peppers, red onions, shredded cheddar cheese, broken tortilla strips, and light Italian dressing. I had a pretty big portion of the salad and half a chicken breast for 6 points.
A little after dinner, I had dessert which was 1/2 cup of Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt. I love this yogurt because it tastes just like ice cream – smooth, creamy and delicious! And surprisingly, half a cup is use the right amount to satisfy my sweet craving!
Workout: After dinner, Mom & I went for an hour walk. Okay, okay, about fifteen of those minutes were me stopping to capture Pokemons (don’t judge me – the game is actually really fun, and I am so not an iPhone game player!) So altogether we walked about 45 minutes for a total of 4 activity points earned. The best part of this workout? Spending quality time with my mama!
Snack: A little after our walk, I was starting to feel hungry again so I carefully counted out 13 almonds and 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt – yum! Now I am going to brush my teeth (this always seems to trick my brain into believing “eating time is over”) which tops me off at 32 points for the day (2 points over but considering I earned 4 activity points, I am technically still within my points!)
Altogether, I have to say I am quite pleased with myself for not letting yesterday’s derailment pull me completely off track. I got right back on today, followed my plan, and had another successful day! I have to give a shout out to those of you who are following along and leaving sweet comments. Your kind words are very encouraging and truly part of what is keeping me going!
13 days down, 17 to go!