Week One on SmartPoints

So you guys, I have to say, I’m really proud of myself. Something I’ve seriously struggled with in the past is how to balance losing weight with keeping up with my life. If I’m being “good” and recommitting to weight loss, I tend to shut myself away, avoid social situations, and honestly, get scared and overthink any hurdle that might come my way. I avoid going to happy hour or going out to dinner, and try to suggest doing something healthy like a workout for my social time, rather than making time for a workout earlier in the day, and letting my social time be, well, social.

This time around, I’m trying to be more reasonable and think long-term. Am I going to avoid going out to happy hour with friends forever? No. Am I only going to see my friends if I can convince them to join me for a workout? No. (Especially because my best girlfriends have fallen in love with SoulCycle and while I tried it once and liked it fine, I cannot bring myself to pay $33 per class without feeling sick at the thought.) Am I going to eat a small, well-portioned meal at home before meeting friends out for dinner and just order seltzer at the restaurant and seat myself as far away from the bread basket as possible? Nope.


So, this last week, I took a looser approach to following SmartPoints and did the best I could, while still having a wonderful time with my friends, going out to eat much more than normal, and even taking a work trip to Boston. Last Thursday, one of my best friends from college who lives in NYC, Leah, came down to DC to visit for the weekend. Thursday night she came over and we ordered Mexican food. I ordered a healthy meal – chicken fajitas – for my main course, and even got queso and guac to share for starters. And I had chips and queso and guac, but I tried to be mindful while I was eating it. I made myself slow down a bit and stop before I overdid it, and even saved part of my fajitas for another day. In my past life, I would have fixated on avoiding the queso so bad that I am sure the stress alone would have added on several pounds.

Leah was around for the rest of the weekend, which included girls night Friday with wine at a friend’s place and dinner out at the Homestead (omg so good if you are local to DC) and brunch at The Republic on Saturday followed by some day drinking and snacking.


We called it an early night Saturday and then I got back on track on Sunday. I went grocery shopping, planned out a few meals for the week (including Skinnytaste’s Banh Mi Rice Bowls which I hiiiiiiiighly recommend) and took my dog for a long walk.

Then, Monday I took a trip to Boston for the night for work and got back late Tuesday night, and again, normally this work trip would stress the hell out of me when I was first getting back on track. In my past weight loss attempts, I would have figured out how to fit in a workout, located a grocery store that I could get to easily once I got there, called my hotel ahead of time to ask for a refrigerator, overthought the meal options, and overly stressed myself out for a work trip I would have to take regardless of how it affected my weight loss efforts. Instead, I just took it for what it was and tried to be as healthy as I could with the options I had, drank plenty of water, and stayed on my feet a lot. I even met another best friend from college, Lindsay, for dinner on Monday night at Lincoln (SO GOOD!) and had a lobster roll for lunch during the work event on Tuesday.

Lobstah Roll

I hadn’t weighed myself at home once during the week since last week’s weight in, and with all the friend time, meals out, and travel, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to weigh in this morning. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I stepped back on the scale today and was down 3.4 pounds from last week! I honestly got giddy on the scale even though I still have a ways to go, and it made me feel confident that I can do this. Again.

21 Comments on Week One on SmartPoints

  1. Cristina
    August 3, 2016 at 11:13 am (4 years ago)

    Your post from last week inspired me to re join. I have my first weigh in on Saturday! Congrats on your loss!

    • Beth
      August 3, 2016 at 11:15 am (4 years ago)

      That makes me so happy to hear, Cristina! Thanks for the congrats, and good luck to you on Saturday! Sending skinny vibes your way. 🙂

  2. Victoria(Tori) G
    August 3, 2016 at 11:50 am (4 years ago)

    OMG! Amazing girl! Congrats!! It sounds like you lived your life and just did as best as you could, and that is so great. You had an amazing loss, and I bet that’ll motivate you to push forward this next week and rock it out again.

  3. Ruth
    August 3, 2016 at 11:52 am (4 years ago)

    Awesome! That was so inspiring to hear that real life can happen and still lose weight! I swear relaxing about the food and making the best of it lets our bodies deal with it so much better. Good for you!

  4. Char
    August 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

    I agree, relaxing about it is key. Love reading your blog.

  5. Heather
    August 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so so glad you are blogging again! You are one of my favorites! Great job this week! My weight loss finally clicked when I stopped stressing out so much and finally just incorporated it into my daily life.

  6. Lisa
    August 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Congratulations! You make a great point about over thinking the process.

  7. megan w.
    August 3, 2016 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

    i am so glad you are blogging again too! you were the first blog I found when I started WW about 6 years ago I guess. After I have my baby this fall, I want to rejoin b/c its the only plan that has ever worked for me!

  8. Stephanie
    August 4, 2016 at 10:44 am (4 years ago)

    I love how you are living life and taking care of yourself, all at the same time. Hardly anyone can sustain a health spa vacation type of lifestyle and still be social and enjoy holidays, etc. Finding that balance is key and we see all of ourselves in your posts so thanks for keeping it real!!

  9. Tegan
    August 4, 2016 at 8:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Get it, girl!

  10. babs
    August 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Congrats! Can TOTALLY relate to you, esp. the weird sense of anxiety/dread that would be the precursor of any social activity involving food. That is so messed up. Though I’d had success with WW in the past, it wasn’t working for me this last go-around, so I switched to counting calories using MyFitness Pal… and I’ve found it easier to incorporate restaurant meals. With WW, there was always that sense of being “off plan” — that may be old-school thinking, I know they’ve tried to get away from that — and then the floodgates would open and I’d eat everything in sight before resetting the next day. With counting calories, it’s just a matter of accounting for the calories and adjusting the rest of the day to accommodate. I’m glad you’re able to make WW work, just wanted to add another perspective, and thank you for expressing so well how being TOO wrapped up in one’s diet can backfire.

  11. Kate @KateMovingForward
    August 10, 2016 at 10:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Congrats girl! It’s awesome to see your good choices paying off! So glad you are back to blogging too!

  12. Ryann
    August 14, 2016 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    Beth, I’ve read your blogs for years (back to my law school days…) and, for some reason, decided to check it last night to see if you have posted lately. I’m so glad to see you are back! I’m also working to get back to a more comfortable weight, while still enjoying my life, and am so inspired by your posts and willingness to put yourself out there.

  13. Deep Web
    August 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s wonderful to hear from you Liz and I am glad to hear that you are enjoying life. The struggle is a difficult one, but it does not define you. Your love for God, your family and friends is what defines you. That said, I’m glad to know that te scales are tipping in your favor. All the best!

  14. Patti Gasper
    August 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Beth, I am also a weight watcher. I have read some of your blogs and I will continue to glean inspiration from your journey. Congrats on your many successes and I look forward to reading more.

  15. Alexa
    August 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Way to go!!

  16. DAvid
    October 12, 2016 at 4:02 am (4 years ago)

    I am just looking a little inspiration to lose wieght , this blog post helped thanks!

  17. Tabitha
    November 1, 2016 at 10:44 am (4 years ago)

    What an journey you have been on. Great job on completing your goals and sticking with it no matter what happens. I find reassurance that even though it may come back on the weight can always come back off. Working towards weight loss is always and uphill and most times uplifting battle. Congrats!

  18. Sally Joseph
    November 2, 2016 at 6:36 am (4 years ago)

    Congrats !!! this is amazing… all you have to do is believe in yourself.

  19. Robin
    December 5, 2016 at 2:31 am (4 years ago)

    So now it’s been 4 months and you keep your blog up but leave it once more, DONE! Have a great life,geze just remove it already!!!!

  20. Punit Kumar
    May 19, 2017 at 7:25 am (3 years ago)

    Have a great life dear.


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