30-Day Plan: Day Seventeen

Okay guys, so I am going to come out right and admit right now that I’ve kind of let this little “holiday” get the better of me and have somewhat fallen off track.  I say “somewhat” because it hasn’t been totally bad – for one thing, I am still writing absolutely everything I eat in my food journal and counting my Weight Watchers points.  I’ve also been trying to do some sort of exercise every day (although haven’t worked out at all yet today).  But other than that, little indulgences every day are starting to add up, and unfortunately today was no better.  Here’s how Day 17 has shaped up:

First of all, since I was up late last night visiting with girlfriends, Mom didn’t wake me for the 7 a.m walk this morning.  It was kind of nice to sleep in though and I was still out of bed just after 8 a.m (Mom had not only myself, but my cousin and his wife and three kids, and my three nieces all staying here last night so it was a little noisy around the house pretty early this morning as all the little humans came to life!)

Breakfast:  Since we had so much company, Mom whipped up some of her amazing pancakes this morning.  I couldn’t say no.  Instead, I had one small one and was careful about how much butter and syrup I put on it.  All in all, I figure it came out to about 7-8 WW points and although the meal wasn’t exactly filling or healthy, it certainly was quite delicious!

After breakfast, most of the gang here headed out on a day trip to Quebec while I agreed to stay home and watch my two oldest nieces (7 and 4 years old).  Shortly after breakfast, I lathered the girls in sunscreen and we headed out to the first of three parks we’d hit today!image

Lunch: After playing at two different parks, I brought the girls home to grab a quick lunch.  Mom’s fridge was packed with leftovers so I had some leftover chicken breast and treated myself to some leftover macaroni salad that Mom had served a couple nights earlier (macaroni noodles, diced veggies, diced cheddar cheese, light mayonnaise).  I probably shouldn’t have eaten as much as I did but I decided to just finish up what was left in the fridge, which ended up being about a serving and a half.

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After lunch, I brought my nieces to a nearby town where they have a movie theatre. Before hitting the movies, the girls wanted to play in the “big park” by the lake. After a little stroll on the boardwalk and checking out the water, I let the girls play for a bit before we packed up again and headed to the movie theatre.

My sweeties by the lake near the park.

My sweeties by the lake near the park.

Selfies at the park.

Selfies at the park.

Snack:  Since I hadn’t planned a healthier snack to sneak into the movies (who hasn’t done that?!), I decided to just go ahead and have some popcorn and diet pop at the theatre.  It ended up that there was way too much butter and salt on the popcorn (even for my liking) so if I’m being honest, I really didn’t enjoy the popcorn all that much. But I ate it anyway, mindlessly munching away while we watched the movie. About half way through the bag though, I stopped myself.  Eating an unhealthy food that’s not absolutely delicious is just not worth it for me. Instead, I shared a box of Smarties chocolates with my niece and gave her the rest of my popcorn.  I also had a Diet Coke – all in all my movie snacks came to about 13 points – eek!

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This popcorn wasn't the best but I half of it anyway.

This popcorn wasn’t the best but I ate half of it anyway.

By the time the movie ended and the girls were loaded up, it was getting close to dinner time.  Sure enough, as McDonalds came into view my little niece piped up from the backseat, “I’m hungry!”  I knew the rest of the family wasn’t going to be home for dinner and the girls and I were having such a fun day together, that I decided to treat them and pulled into McDonalds.

Dinner:  I’m not going to lie.  At this point, that “might as well go all out now” mentality came into effect a little bit as I contemplated what to have at McDonald’s.  I knew I’d already made quite a few unhealthy choices between the pancake, the macaroni salad, the popcorn, and  the chocolate.  To make things just a teensy bit better, I decided to order a kids meal (smaller portion).  I chose the chicken nuggets Kids Meal which came with a mini order of fries and a small Diet Coke for a total of only 9 WW points (not too bad for a fast food meal!)

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It’s now early evening and I am already at 46 points for the day.  If I am hungry later, I will be sure to have a healthy snack (most likely yogurt and almonds or some rice cakes) since I’m already out of “bonus” points for the week.  I’m also heading home tomorrow morning so I plan to get right back on track and start sticking to my 30 daily points again starting first thing tomorrow morning!

17 days down, 13 to go!

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10 thoughts on “30-Day Plan: Day Seventeen

  1. It’s so hard to get your head around the idea that a few indulges don’t have to ‘ruin’ the rest of your day. But even still, you are making mindful choices. Not eating all the popcorn? A good choice. Ordering a kids meal at McDonalds? A good choice (and I have to respect you. That shows so much restraint lol) There are SO many ways to truly ruin an “already bad day”, and I don’t think you did that. Some days are going to be over (in points or calories), and that’s just the way it is. Keep on keepin’ on! You are doing great!

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    • Thank you so much! I am really trying to find that balance between indulging andstayingbon track – it’s so tricky especially on holiday! But overall I pretty happy with most of my choices. Your kind words and feed back are so encouraging! Thank you! Are you enjoying doing your blog? And yes, that Boardwalk and whole lakefront is beautiful! The pictures don’t even do it justice! May I ask where you are from?

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      • I’m from the Peterborough area but originally from northern Ontario. I have the feeling we are from the same small town based on the photos from your stay at your parents!
        Little town with the big heart?

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      • Oh my goodness, yes! That is VERY strange…. We must know each other then? I am assuming we are close in age… I am 35. Small world! Also, my husband is going to work in Peterborough area next week – I was going to go with him but plans have changed and I am staying home!

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      • Not sure exactly where but I think he is staying in Peterborough. Do you mind me asking your name since we are from the same small town, chances are we know each other if we are close in age! That makes sense that you found my blog through mutual friends too then 🙂

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