Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Week that Was

Thanks to everyone who left the great, really positive and supportive comments to my last post on my first Weight Watchers meeting. They were really sweet and it was great to hear from everyone.

Unfortunately, I must admit that my first five days on Weight Watchers were a bust. I have not eaten this badly on a consistent basis in the past month and a half (excluding the night I "Fell off the Wagon". I had tortilla chips (evil!), I had McDonald's hamburgers (Sacrilege!), an Entenmanns' doughnut (!*@#!), I even had chili nachos (the shame!). What's more, I haven't been keeping track of it - not on and not in my Weight Watchers booklet.

It will come as no surprise that I've been crazy busy this week and that had a lot to do with the bad eating habits. I didn't have a lot of access to healthy foods and the one salad I bought to eat had a twig in it (!?!) and I had to return it. But in some ways the fact that I was busy was just an excuse. I could have made more of an effort. I didn't have to make the bad choices I did. I consider it self-sabotage.

Next week is going to be worse than last week (15 hour days Monday-Thursday). So, I am asking everyone for their advice and ideas. What do you do when you have a crazy schedule and you are running around and don't have the time or energy to cook? Do you prep and make food before hand? Do you cut yourself some slack and eat badly? What are your secrets?


Amazon Alanna said...

Hey Trixie, it takes time to change a routine. Dont' sweat it. If I know I'm going to have a busy week, when I cooke, I make enough so that there are leftovers to take as lunches. Lot of leftovers.

The first couple of week, I think the most important thing is the get all the water in, and eat more fruits and veggies. You'll get the hang of it.

Anonymous said...

hi trixie!
it really helps to take along little plastic baggies of celery sticks, carrots, raisins, apple slices, grapes, ... maybe broccoli and grab a container of hummus to dip it in. That way on loooong days you have healthy munchies to tide you over between meals, so when mealtime rolls around you aren't starving and prone to stuffing the first unhealthy thing you see into your mouth.

TrixieBelden said...

Amazon Alanna & Anonymous,

Thanks for the ideas! I made a casserole so I can eat leftovers for dinner Monday-Thursday with frozen vegetables. Then I packaged little baggies of Cherrios for breakfast.

Fingers crossed for a good week!



The Chocolate Bunny said...

Hi Trixie,

I do think you should cut yourself some slack. If you start beating yourself up about the way you are eating then it only makes it harder for you. Just accept that times like this will happen sometimes, but you'll get through it.

I don't like cooking at the best of times, and when I'm going through a really really crazy time, I buy healthy frozen meals. I dunno about the brands you have in the US but here we have WeightWatchers, Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice frozen meals that are good for you and are ready in a few minutes in the microwave. This is what saves me from going out for fast food.

Good luck! You can do it!

Kimberly said...

I hope the week is going okay so far. I was going to say what anonymous already said. Plastic baggies are a godsend when working long hours. Some of the things I pack mine with are: a hard boiled egg, pre-measured trail mix, cheese and crackers, a few almonds, pre-sliced apples, cherry tomatoes, mini bagel (pre-cream cheesed :), etc. I find that if I make sure to drink at least a cup of water with one of these things, they are filling enough to last til the next break at work.

I would suggest not to give yourself free license to eat poorly, but if it happens it happens.

After the week you had last week, just picking yourself up and dusting yourself off and hopping back on the wagon is the best thing to do.

Those nachos sound good though. Hm. :D

Cookie said...

Hi Trixie,
I would have to agree that you could cut yourself some slack right now. I can definitely sympathize with how hard it is to eat healthy with such a busy schedule.
Just like everyone else has mentioned here, I have found that carrying snacks and healthy foods with me has helped tremendously. When I go to work or am out for the day I keep one of those thermal lunch bags in my car filled with veggies, fruits and other snacks.