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Weighing In: Big Successes + Small Failures

If you're from pretty much anywhere in America and you have access to a thermometer and you read my post from yesterday, you'll understand why this is going to be another short one. It's hot, kiddos. Really flippin' hot. But I wanted to share a couple of fun tidbits with you in this, my first official journal entry from my new Weight Watchers journey. I've been both positively horrified and pleasantly surprised during my research on POINTS values for things that end up in my stomach.

Positively horrifying: Applebee's Boneless Buffalo Wings. I ate TWO. Hubs ate TEN. Total order = 45 WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

I cannot stress this enough.

45 POINTS. Let's put this into perspective. I am allotted 25 a DAY. And another 35 bonus weekly POINTS. One order of these monstrosities equals nearly two full days of food.

Still not getting it? In this case, 45 POINTS = 1724 calories and 132 grams of fat. There's not a typo there.

One hundred thirty-two grams of fat.

I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

And for the record, the 2 that I ate added up to about 8.5 POINTS. Totally not worth it. I'd rather have a Blizzard.

So now that horrifying is out of the weigh way, let's talk pleasantly surprising. Vegetarian refried beans (1 for 1/2 cup). Guacamole (2 for 1/4 cup). My beloved morning oatmeal (2 for 1 cup prepared).

One of my favorite things right now is a quick and easy bean burrito for 5 POINTS. It keeps me full for hours (and that is not an easy task for this noshing machine). I use one high-fiber tortilla and fill it with 1/2 cup vegetarian refried beans, 1/4 cup of guacamole, and a couple tablespoons of salsa.

Pure heaven. Pure genius. I have eaten this for lunch the past 4 days. Maybe 5. I really should take a picture, but my guac is turning brown and I couldn't bear to show that to you.

Now let's talk for a moment about a major fail. Dinner tonight.

You may be asking, "Jen, how can you possibly go wrong with this?"

4 oz of shrimp = 2 POINTS

Oh, but I did. I bought shrimp with the shells on (never again, not even to save $4) and then doused them with barbecue sauce before putting them on the grill. Big mistake. Result: slippery slimy shrimp that were utterly impossible to peel and eat.

But it got better worse. I thought I'd make a delicious lime cilantro rice as a side dish (2 POINTS for half the recipe). Added too much water, too much lime juice, used the wrong type of rice and ended up with a sticky, soupy ridiculous mess.

On a positive note, the grilled pineapple was a smashing success.

well, at least it looked pretty for the picture.

Sean, who is such a sweet encouragement, just laughed a little and said, "Nice try, babe. You can't hit a home run every time." Hahahaha. Nice. Thanks.

At one point, I saw him peeling a shrimp and said, "Well it must not be too awful if you're still eating it." And then he proceeded to use the shrimp to do this:

:: sigh ::

Anyway, the meal would have been 6 POINTS, if we had eaten all of it, and you get a really nice amount of food for that. I'm going to give it another shot, using peeled shrimp, and using the right kind of rice and the right amounts of everything else.

Well, other than today's meal failure, things are going great. Today's weigh-in brought me to my 5% mark, which is crazy awesome. And this is the first time in a long time that success has motivated me, instead of giving me the feeling of entitlement to go blow it. I am down 7.8 pounds so far.

Go me!

Now Sean wants to jump on board too. Bonus!

Alrighty, sorry for the quick and meh-quality post. I must get away from the heat of this computer before my liver shuts down.

Yours in health, Jen

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