Monday, October 09, 2006

Is it Monday again already?? Geez...time is flying. My meeting is tonight but I have the time - so I figure I'd update now. According to my WW homescale I'm 157.6 lbs. That's 1.6 lbs down! My homescale is usually pretty accurate. In fact- I usually weigh slightly less when I weigh in at the meeting. So we'll see.....

This week was good but busy. I went to church yesterday and 3, yes THREE, people did not recognize me. I ran into a friend that I hadn't seen since Amelia was about 2 months old. She was talking to Ed and I walked up and said hi. She said hi kinda oddly and then started talking to Ed again. Then she looked back and her eyes widened and she said: "Oh my God! Look at you!" She totally didn't even know it was me when I first said hello. How's that for a non-scale victory? It makes it all worth it... I feel so good about myself lately. It makes it easier and easier to stay OP.

Yesterday didn't come without it's challenges though. Ed and I went to the first church service at 9:30am. Then we served in the nursery for the 11am service. I was STARVING and ate a bagel with cream cheese. It was good but 7 points. Dang. Then after that we got lunch at Subway. I was able to control my points there but then we headed to a baby shower after that. Talk about challenging. I had 4 deviled eggs and some pasta salad. By the time we got home it was 4pm and I had 2, yes 2, points left for the day. But, I was determined to stay OP. Luckily I was full from the day's grazing and I decided to go on a walk around 5pm. I put my handy WW pedometer on that can calculate activity points earned for a given activity. I walked until I earned 1 AP. So that left me with 3 points to work with. Better than 2 right? So I took advantage of Weight Watchers infamous No Point Soup I made the day before. I ate a huge bowl of that and downed two glasses of water. I was definitely full. (Now I know why so many people say that soup is the secret to their success). Ed and I got the kids to bed and I sat down with a Smart Ones Mississippi Mud Pie (3 pts) and watched some TV. I did it! I conquered the "it's 4pm and I only have 2 pts" dilema!!

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It gets easier and easier to stay OP when you do it day after day. Things that seem impossible really aren't all that impossible. Before I would have thought staying OP with only 2 pts left for the day was impossible. Not so!

I'll post my official weight after my meeting...

Here's the soup recipe:

No POINTS® Value Vegetable Soup


2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 medium onion(s), diced
2 medium carrot(s), diced
1 medium sweet red pepper(s), diced
1 medium stalk celery, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
2 cup green cabbage, shredded
2 cup Swiss chard, chopped
2 cup cauliflower, small florets
2 cup broccoli, small florets
2 tsp thyme, chopped
6 cup vegetable broth
2 Tbsp parsley, or chives, fresh, chopped
1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, optional


Put garlic, vegetables, thyme and broth into a large soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in parsley or chives; season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

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