After great weight loss results during my second week on Weight Watchers, I knew I needed a plan going into my third week. This week I was heading to Penn State for two days, have meals out planned with family for Saturday and Sunday, and will be at an all day work even on Monday and a half day event on Tuesday. With no routine days during my third week on Weight Watchers, I knew I had to figure out a way to make my Weight Watchers Points works.
Tonight I got back from two days at Penn State, two days of eating out, and I just feel gross. I went into my trip with a plan to choose wisely when eating out, to track everything I ate, and to drink as much water as possible. I started Thursday out on a good note. I made breakfast at home before leaving for Pennsylvania, egg whites (1sp) and bacon (3sp). It wasn’t a huge breakfast, but I wanted to save my SmartPoints for later in the day since we’d be eating out.
Around 1PM we reached the halfway point in our road trip and I was super hungry! We stopped at a gas station with a Subway, so I ordered a 6 inch turkey on wheat (8sp) with no cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickles, banana peppers, and 1 squirt of light mayo (2sp). I felt good after eating my sandwich and drank water the rest of the way to Penn State.
We ran around Penn State most of the afternoon and stopped by the Creamery around 5PM. I hesitated on whether or not to get some ice cream, but holy moly did everything look good. I ordered a cup of ice cream and ate it all. Looking back, could I have split the cup with my mom or sister? Yes! I tracked the ice cream as 10sp, but honestly have no idea how many Points it actually was.
Thursday night is where things went haywire. We ate dinner at Otto’s Pub and Brewery. I ordered a beer to start and then had about 1/2 cup of macaroni and cheese, 1/4 of an individual pizza, a second beer, and 2 bites of my sister’s burger. I have no idea how many Points were in what I ate and I definitely struggled. It’s funny because going into the dinner I was like, “Ok, I’ll have a beer and a salad”. Then I got to the restaurant and it was “OMG, how good does everything sound?!?”. I struggled to stick to my original plan and definitely ate more Points than I had left for the day and started to dip too far into my extra weekly Points.
Friday, late morning, we had breakfast out. I went into the breakfast with the plan to order an egg based meal. I figured I’d order a veggie packed omelet or something egg based. Well, I ordered the pecan pancakes as I just wasn’t hungry for eggs. One thing I learned this past year is to order what I want and to not feel bad about it, as this is important for normalizing food. I didn’t feel bad about ordering pancakes, but given my meals on Thursday, I started to feel like my 3rd week was getting out of control.
We traveled around State College the rest of the day and then late afternoon I had 1/2 a roast beef sandwich from Wegmans and 3 pieces of kale brown rice sushi before hitting the road to head back to DC. I passed on dinner and have just been drinking lots of water.
I’ll confess that I’m not really sure where to go from here. We have lunch plans tomorrow in DC with family who are in town and then breakfast plans Sunday morning with my parents. With the goal to make life long changes, not just temporary changes through dieting, I’ve got to figure out how to make this work. Being on the road was tough, but it’s only going to prepare me for my business trip to Dallas during my 4th week on Weight Watchers next week.
I haven’t really known what to do about my Points, since I ate so many these past two days, but all I can do is start fresh tomorrow. I can make smart choices when eating out tomorrow and Sunday and stick to my allotted Points throughout the day. I know I can make this work and no matter the outcome this week, I’m learning. In the end, I haven’t figured it out and I know some days will be better than others. My ultimate goal is to look forward and to be consistent over time.