Wednesday, January 30, 2013

First time in over three years...

Today was my Wednesday Weigh-in, and Estelle was just dying to see how I did this week:
That cat follows me everywhere. If I lock her out of the bathroom when I'm in there, she grips the door from the bottom (hard to describe, I'll have to get a picture) and shakes it back and forth so it makes a loud banging noise. She photo-bombed four scale pictures before I managed to get a decent one.
I was 131 today, the same that I was two weeks ago. Last week, I gained 1.5 for no reason at all, so it must have just been water retention or something. I'm going to continue with the 32 PointsPlus a day, and see what happens. If I lose more than another pound or two, then I'll try adding 2-3 PP a day.


The kids had a half day of school today, which means they were dismissed at 11:30. When I learned about their half-day last week, I promised them that I would take them to McDonald's for lunch. We haven't eaten a meal at McDonald's in three and a half years!

My kids go there with my parents sometimes, and I used to eat there all the time before I lost the weight, but the thought of eating there just brings back bad memories of guilt, so I haven't gone. I do get ice cream cones there a lot, because I never used to get them when I was fat, so I don't associate them with bad feelings. Anyway, I've been trying to let go of all that negativity, and live a more "normal" life--which includes taking the kids to McDonald's on a half-day of school.

Jerry was off work today, so he came along, too. He decided to try something he's never had before--a Big Mac! I used to LOVE Big Macs, and I couldn't believe he's never tried one. When we got there, we noticed the menu had changed SO much since the last time we ate there--the prices are nearly double what they used to be, and there are a lot of sandwiches I've never heard of.

I really didn't want to order greasy food, so I got a Southwest Salad with grilled chicken (8 PP). Jerry got the Big Mac value meal, and the kids got Happy Meals. My salad was pretty good--not completely amazing, but I would get it again in a pinch. Jerry loved the Big Mac--he kept saying he wished he knew how good it was when he was fat, because he would have eaten a lot of them ;)
I took a bite of Jerry's sandwich, and it was as good as I remembered. Then I took one of his fries, and I thought it was terrible! It was really dry and tasteless, not at all like I remembered. Jerry kept eating them and saying how much he missed them, but I would be perfectly content to never eat another in my life. I was surprised by that--I thought I would love the fries.

Will McDonald's become a regular thing? Heck no! But I'm glad we went, because it made me feel "normal" and not so strict about staying away from fast food. I really don't think their food is worth the amount of calories it contains, so I would much rather save those calories for something I really love--like cookies with frosting :)


Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my decision to get certified as a running coach! I honestly have no idea just yet what I plan on doing with the certification. There are lots of online running coaches, but I don't know that I'd want to go that route. When people ask me for running advice, it would be nice to not have to start with, "Well, I'm not really qualified to give advice, but..."  ;) So, I have no idea what I'm going to do with the certification, but it will be nice to have options!

22 comments:

  1. I just laughed out loud! My cat does the SAME thing!

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  2. Congrats on successfully navigating McDonalds. I'm not a fan, but my husband is. Usually we just stop there when we're on road trips and then it is usually for breakfast. I used to love the Sausage Egg McMuffins, but I've since gone to their oatmeal. It's not great, but it's better than most things on their menu.

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  3. My cat does that too! She even sits on my lap while I go to the bathroom! LOL She is very attached to me and when she's awake she pretty much has to be where I am. She sleeps right up against me or in the crook of my arm. I really like the southwest salad. When we go, I get that or one of those grilled chicken wraps. I also get the ice creams as a treat sometimes, and the one near my house actually has really good coffee, so my husband will pick me one up on his way home from work sometimes. :)

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  4. I had to chuckle about the McDonald' part. Before my lap-band surgery, I could eat two big Macs with a giant class of milk and fries (yes TWO BIG MACS) with no problem. Now, I look at them and can't even imagine that I used to eat two of them at a time (oh and added extra cheese). Now, I'll pick up McDonald's on occasion for my daughter on Wednesday nights as she as a class at the Y but for the most part, I stick with Arby's or Culver's so I can get her something a little healthier. Oh, and I agree with you on the fries! I think all of the fast food restaurant French Fries have gone completely tasteless.

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  5. I had my first big mac a couple years ago after my friend found out that I had never had one lol. It was good, but not really something I would crave or care to have again (unless maybe I was hungover ha!).

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  6. I think I can count on half a hand how many times we eat at a fast food restaurant per year and we used to eat it like 4x over a weekend! On occasion I'll get a quarter pounder with cheese and small fry but sadly it's so hard to get them fresh I end up throwing them out for being cold. Damn teenage kids. LOL Good on ya for being "normal!" :)

    Make sure you get insurance when you get certified. Trust me.

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  7. They changed the grease they use to fry the fries and now they aren't as good. Makes them easier to resist when I stop there for my son. I LOVE Big MAcs. LOVE! I can't believe Jerry had never tried one. OMG!

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  8. Ohmyword I almost named my second child Big Mac because that's what I craved the entire pregnancy! I agree with you; if we do eat out it's nice to have options that won't leave me feeling sick or starving two hours later.
    P.S. You can totally be my running coach! I'm not too far from you :)

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  9. I can't believe Jerry never had a Big Mac. Is there another fast food place he preferred over McD's? Burger King maybe?

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  10. I used to be a big Mickey D's eater too, until I found out whats in the food. Not a fan anymore. Be super proud of your self-control and smart choice. You're going places, girl!

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  11. I used to eat big macs all the time too, but after a while they started giving me belly aches. I usually just get chicken nuggets when I am there. I dont get there burgers anymore unless its the kids meal cheeseburger. :)

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  12. Yay for normalcy! Normal is whatever feels normal to you. ;-) Sounds like you are there!

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  13. The only times I have Mcdonalds are those desperate stops on the turnpike because we have to eat something. But a year or so ago I had a grilled chicken sandwich that I could only describe as tasting like a public bathroom. And I haven't gone back.

    I do love their hash browns though!

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  14. My cat does the exact same thing with the bathroom door, even if noone is in the bathroom he has to have the bathroom door open for some reason. Cats are so funny!

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  15. So funny about the Big Mac & Jerry! I don't recall ever having a McD's hamburger ever! I told a cashier that a few months ago when I thought about trying one of their new ones, and she was shocked. In the end I still couldn't bring myself to try their burger.
    *Chicken nuggets for me - not that those are HEALTHY at ALL! ;)

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  16. When Big Macs first came out (I'm showing my age here), Duane & I were just married and one of the only two McDonalds in Lincoln (now there must be 15 or so) was located close to where we lived. He worked part-time at the local newspaper while we were both in college (we got married at the ripe old ages of 18 and 19!) and he got paid every Friday. We would cash his check and get a Big Mac every Friday. For a gal who doesn't like yellow cheese much, and never ever gets cheeseburgers, I used to snarf down those Big Macs! Delicious! But like you, I haven't had one in forever.

    Monday, Duane called me from work and had decided to take half a day of vacation because there was nothing to print (he runs a printing press). He wanted to pick something up for lunch on his way home. We do not get fast food anymore, so I was stumped. I said, "Well get me a salad at Burger King or McDonald's then." He came home with Long John Silver's, a fried fish place. He got his fish and chips, but got me two small pieces of fish with NO coating, and a side of green beans (delicious and only 26 calories!), and cole slaw (also delicious, but 200 calories). It wasn't too bad and like you, I would eat it again in a pinch.

    I do take my granddaughters to McDonald's every Thursday night after dance. All I eat is a few of the apples they get with their Happy Meals. They are so good--McDonald's (or the company they get them from) peels them and everything. They must be treated with some powerful chemicals, because I brought home an opened bag last week and didn't eat them for a day or so, and they were still perfect, not brown at all! Oh, I sneak a french fry here and there from the girls, and Iike Jerry, I LOVE THEM! Before I started this journey, I had gotten pretty burnt out on fast food fries, well most french fries really, and hardly ever ate them. But NOW, they taste so good again. Of course all food tastes super good to me now. Funny how your tastes change when you allow yourself to actually get hungry once in a while.

    Congrats on the coaching certification. I know your family (i.e., you Mom) is very proud of you, is it okay if I am too??!!! Cause I am!!!

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  17. Your cat sounds very loved and very spoiled, hey I can relate. :-)

    My goodness I haven't been to a fast food restaurant in years! The last time I went in one they didn't have on hair nets and I was like, "See ya later." I haven't been in one since.

    It really hit home with me when you wrote about how it felt good to go out and just feel normal. I'm in the process right now where I have streamlined my diet big time to try to fight off a middle-age muffin-top spread. I try not to be anal about every little thing I put in my mouth, but I do want to keep it healthy and it can feel a bit extreme at times.

    Great article.

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  18. I used to love Big Macs too! Whoppers with Cheese were also a big favorite. Even after I lost weight, I'd still have a Whopper with cheese every now and then, probably 2-3 times per year. The last time I had one, it was cold and horrible. They were super busy and I had a feeling that it was my Whopper that was just sitting there forever but I didn't say anything. It was horrible and I have not had any desire to have one since then! My daughter was, I think, 10 at the time and is now 21 so it's been a long time! Now, I'm so glad that I just let the thing sit there and get cold and gross and not ask for a fresh one!
    I will eat the chicken wraps at McDonald's or Wendy's if I'm starving and not able to get home. I think that Wendy's grilled wrap is 9 points.

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  19. The only McD's I've had in almost a year is breakfast. Usually not because I was picking where we were going either.

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  20. Ok, dumb question, is that a tatoo on your toe or a mole? Sorry, I know it's not very tactful to ask, but you always show the scale picture and it's hard not to notice. By the way, congrats on losing that 1.5 lbs from last week.

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  21. I've actually never had a Big Mac and now I don't eat meat so I'm not sure when/if I will ever have one!

    Oh and my dog is similar to your cat but she can actually open most doors. Even our bedroom where I might be changing when company is over. Thanks for that doggy!

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  22. Don't let the rotten apples spoil your WW experience. Those women shouldn't have that control over you, to make you skip something you've earned, could potentially be helpful to you, etc. I say talk to the leader and keep going to your meeting.

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