So I’m just going to cut right to the chase. Last night, I weighed in after one week following the new PointsPlus system on Weight Watchers (you can see my impressions of the new program here and here), and I was so happy to see that I lost 5.6 pounds in the first week! The best part is, I didn’t change my eating very much from my normal habits, I just was more conscious about eating fruits and vegetables, drinking my water, and measuring out portions rather than eyeing them. In the last week, I had THREE Christmas parties, and I still managed to lose a good amount. I’m so happy. 🙂 Onwards… exactly 16 to go!
Last night I had a get together with three of my best girlfriends in DC, which is what I made the quinoa salad for. We had quite the spread but I only managed to snap a few photos.
Cheese (montery jack and cheddar) and crackers.
Plus homemade bruschetta.
We also had hummus and pita chips and a spinach artichoke dip for appetizers but those came out later. I think one of the biggest changes I’ve made with holiday gatherings is trying to focus more on the company and less on the food (which isn’t easy for me!). I tried to position myself away from the cheese because thats my downfall and I will just keep eating it until its gone, which worked really well. I had 3-4 pieces of the bruschetta, and some of each of the other apps.
For the main course, we had veggie lasagna and the quinoa salad (good combo, right?) and I had a small serving of each. I also had a few glasses of wine, and had an awesome time hanging out with my friends who I hadn’t seen in a while.
Lianne, Rachel, Jess, and Me.
I left feeling good, but not stuffed, and had a really nice time. I even tracked everything to the best of my knowledge when I got home (which was 40 points even though I was conscious of it!!) and was in bed before 12.
What are your best strategies for navigating holiday parties and not overdoing it? Recently, I’ve been trying to focus more on the company and less on the food, which is easier said than done. I also try to strategically sit myself away from the food so I can’t just mindlessly grab it. Also, I try to let myself have 2-3 of the things I really want, rather than try to only eat vegetables because I think I should, because I know I’ll crack if I don’t have what I really want!