January 06, 2009

Holidaze

So maybe it wasn't the brightest idea to start Weight Watchers a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Between that, and Christmas, and New Years, it's been a tough opening stretch. To add to that, the weather has been totally crazy where I live, and we were snowed in for two weeks. My car is still stuck in our garage, because the lumps of snow still haven't melted. So no meetings for about 3 weeks now.

But enough about the excuses - I laid off the plan for several weeks, but always with the intention that I would get back on track after the holidays. Well, it's officially after the holidays, and yesterday I stepped on the scale, expecting to be horrified.

Yet I wasn't totally horrified. In fact, I was thrilled to see that I had only put back about 1 lbs. And I hadn't been tracking. And I hasn't been exercising. So what was it? I think it was not having "bad" foods in the house. While I did enjoy more Weight Watchers 1-point Giant Fudge popsicles in one sitting than any one FAMILY should consume in a week, they were only 1 point each. And I had pleasurable meals, but often they were REAL meals... not takeout or burritos or ice cream, but chicken, and turkey chili, and home-made black bean tacos made with all-light fixins.

Also, my last Christmas gift came yesterday (all our Xmas presents came really late this year, because of the weather holding up all shipments): Dance Dance Revolution for the XBOX 360. I had asked my boyfriend for this back when I was first starting Weight Watchers... you know, in those first "ideal" days. After time passed I became less-enthused about it. But my boyfriend went and bought it for me anyways, and even when we hooked it up last night, I was worried that it would be too difficult for me. I looked at the dance pad and thought, "How the hell are my legs gonna move from one direction to the other?"

It wasn't until my boyfriend got on it and ran through the beginner levels that I got a real taste for it, and soon after I was on there, beating his scores. :)

So last night I worked up a good sweat on it in about 20 minutes. And today I unlocked the "master" game mode, where I was able to turn on "workout mode". With the workout mode, you enter your weight, and as you play the game, it logs how many steps you've taken, and how many calories you've burned in a day - and logs it for future reference. Now I'm super-excited about it. I'm kind of an Xbox achievement-whore, so the idea of a) working out, and b) getting gamerscore for it is AWESOME.

So yeah, I'm back. And I'm not mad at myself for taking this "time off", because this isn't really a "diet", this is a lifestyle change - and I know that to make it work this time, I need to be flexible, roll with the punches, allow myself to go off track every once in awhile, and soon enough the new lifestyle will be a habit.
So I'm eager to get back to my WW meetings this Saturday.

Posted by weezgrrl at January 6, 2009 06:59 PM