We’ve all been there. We read the serving size or assume we know what it is, scoop out what we think is an accurate serving size, and call it a day. If you’re tracking what you’re eating, you enter the serving into the tracker and assume your tracker is accurate.
I won’t lie, as important as it is to measure the foods I eat, I am not good about measuring consistently. Out of habit, and laziness, I tend to eye-ball my measurements and what slapped me in the face this past week was that my portions are far too large. My eyes are bigger than reality! What I think is 2 tablespoons is actually 4 tablespoons. What I think is 1/2 cup is actually a cup. And it all adds up. Despite knowing how important measuring what we eat is for weight loss, I just don’t do the best job of logging what I eat accurately.
One of my goals for my second week on Weight Watchers was to track what I was planning to eat before actually eating it. I did a pretty good job of tracking everything before I ate, until the weekend. When we were out and about or in a rush, I just didn’t take the time to track everything beforehand. It isn’t hard to track beforehand, but I now know that I have to allow myself a little extra time to track while I am preparing meals. I learned quickly during my first week on Weight Watchers that foods have more SmartPoints value than I realize, so I have to calculate and track before committing to/eating the food.
Tracking everything before I eat is still a goal I am working on, but the second level to this goal is making sure that I measure what I’m eating so that I’m tracking accurately. Both are easy goals, but they are habits I need to form. I realize now that these goals can have a great impact on weight loss because they directly impact the number of calories you are consuming within a day. I learned last week that I can’t just eyeball the dressing I’m putting on my salad. I can’t just eat the hummus out of the tub. Both have serving sizes of 2 tablespoons and let me tell y’all, when you measure out 2 tablespoons, you’re not getting a whole lot. Eating an actual serving size made me realize that my eyes are definitely bigger than reality!
This week I used all of my Points each day (42 Points) and I also used all of my Weekly Smart Points (42 additional Points). I used to avoid those extra Points, but I’m so glad I ate them! I also earned 137 activity Points, which I do not eat back. I had some awesome workouts last week and was really happy!
The highlights of week 2 were that I….
-Worked out at OrangeTheory twice
-Went on two really long walks
-Worked out at my work gym once
-Tracked everything I ate (not 100% accurately due to lack of measurements)
-Tracked before I ate most of the week
This week I lost 1.7 pounds and I’m feeling confident about the groove I am getting into. I’m still learning how to navigate the SmartPoints System (I’ll share more about it in another blog post) and don’t feel much of a change in my body just yet.
Starting weight: 254 pounds
Week 2 weight: 248.9 pounds
Week 2 results: -1.7 pounds
Total weight loss: 5.1 pounds
Moving into week 3, I want to focus on measuring everything I eat, tracking before I eat, and staying motivated/positive. Today and Friday I am out of town (anyone is State College?), this weekend we’re eating out twice with family, and Monday I’m at an all day work event. There are definitely obstacles in the next 6 days, but I want to stick to the plan and track everything.
I am really happy to be out of the 250’s and have my eye on the 230’s now!