STOP: I'm not even going to dwell on the fact that those STUPID 3 pounds came back this week. Perhaps it was my lead-lined workout pants, maybe it was water retention, muscle weight gain, perhaps it was the random things that found their way into my mouth (I'm guessing that).
All I know is I need to figure this out and fast.
LOOK: So I did a little detective work, peering into my Withings scale readings and online food journals. I hunted down the time I was at my lowest current weight (this past March) to see a pattern in my eating. Here's what I found:
- A smoothie just about every morning that included protein, healthy fats and a serving of fruit.
- A big salad at lunch, with protein, a couple servings of healthy fats and some fruit alongside it.
- Snacks of around 150-200 calories in the afternoon and in the mid morning.
- Dinners that included protein, a small starchy serving and vegetables.
- And no evening snacking.
Now, who the hell knows whether I was writing everything down. All I know is I weighed 9 pounds less than I do now, so I'm going to go back to those meals because, obviously, something was working then.
LISTEN: About 5 minutes after I got back from Weight Watchers, I got a phone call.
"I'm going to rejoin Weight Watchers," my sister said.
That was completely unexpected. She's had a lot going on, with her recent condo purchase, moving and fixing up said condo. Not to mention working a job and a half and being a divorced mom of two teenagers. I decided I was going to work on my own ish before sticking my fingers in anyone else's business, so I haven't been talking to her about weight or going to the gym or anything like that. I didn't even ask what prompted her to rejoin Weight Watchers. All I said was "Cool!"
We (OK, I) used to be very competitive about weight with her, but this time around, I think that instead of making it a contest, I'm going to make it all about mutual support. I go on Wednesday mornings and she's planning on going Sunday mornings, and since I have a monthly pass I can go as many times a week as I want, so I'll be joining her at Our Lady of Perpetual Kale Chips for Sunday morning services.
Strength in numbers and all that.