Time to Regroup

One of the key takeaways from BLS was that we are all members first, then employees. No matter how far we’ve come or how far we have to go, it will always take hard work and dedication to stay on track. It does get a bit easier over time, but it also gets easier to think that I know what I’m doing and don’t have to pay attention to what I’m eating.

That is not the case.

After getting back from BLS, I took a cab to my apartment, threw on a dress, and immediately went out to catch the end of one of my best friends’ engagement parties. I stayed out too late celebrating, then slept too late on Sunday and had to unpack upon waking up and head out the door for another Weight Watchers commitment where we met as a whole territory. I feel like I’ve barely had a second to breathe lately!

While I was sitting in the meeting listening to the exciting things we’ve done in the area over the last year and what we have to look forward to for the next year – it dawned on me. I’ve been so caught up in being a Weight Watchers employee and haven’t been focusing on myself as a member. I had stepped on the scale before the meeting and after the whirlwind of the last few weeks and saw a number I was not happy with, and quite frankly isn’t acceptable since I now work for Weight Watchers.

It’s time to stop that.

I decided to make a stop at Trader Joe’s on my way home from the meeting, invest some time menu planning and cook for the week for the first time in a while. It felt really good to refocus and spend an hour getting some food ready for the week so I can stay on track/get back to my goal weight even though I do have another busy week ahead.

In terms of prep, I cooked a huge spaghetti squash (1 hr at 400 degrees), made 3 servings of steel cut oats, and defrosted half a batch of those amazing black beans that was leftover from the last time I made them. Here’s what I came up with for a meal plan:

Breakfast Lunch Snack Dinner
Monday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese and sliced banana Spaghetti Squash, Kale, Feta, Poached Egg (Recipe coming!) Greek Yogurt w/Apple Brown Rice bowl w/black beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips
Tuesday English Muffin w/Sunbutter + banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Reader Get Together at Sweet Green
Wednesday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Black Bean Taco Salad (Spinach, bbs, corn, salsa, chips, cheese) Greek yogurt, defrosted berries, vanilla Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan
Thursday Pumpkin Oatmeal with cottage cheese, banana Leftover Spaghetti Squash with garlic, evoo, egg, parmesan Greek yogurt, Veggie Fried Rice w/tofu
Friday Toasted Waffles w/Sunbutter + banana Leftover veggie fried rice w/tofu Cottage Cheese w/defrosted berries Dinner at Jaleo with Jen and Alexa

It feels so good to have a meal plan for the first time in AGES. I used to post them every Monday along with groceries, and while I don’t want to get back into the habit of doing that every week, I think I need to start doing it semi-regularly for my sake!

And while I was at it, I’ve also been slacking a bit in the workout department. Here’s my plan on that front for this week:

    • Monday: 45 min Total Body Conditioning class, 15 min stairmaster
    • Tuesday: 45 min Spin Class
    • Wednesday: rest
    • Thursday: Outdoor Run (~ 4 miles)
    • Friday: Weights + Cardio – tbd

Mini goals for this week include:

    • Drink at least 64 oz of water at work every day this week (check for yesterday!)
    • Bring breakfast/lunch to work every day
    • Stick to 29 pts+/day all week
    • Workout 4x
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

What is one thing you want to or need to focus on this week?

PS: Tonight is the reader get together at 6pm at Sweet Green in Dupont. I hope to see you there if you’re local!!

35 Comments on Time to Regroup

  1. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    October 25, 2011 at 8:33 am (9 years ago)

    I’m focusing on eating up to 9 servings of fruits and/or veggies. It really hard to do, but it totally changes my meals as I’m striving to eat more fruits and veggies.

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

      Yeah I too notice a big change when I focus on fruits and veggies as the center of meals. I eat so many servings a day though that it’s never really an issue for me. Giving up meat was a huge factor with that!

  2. Amy
    October 25, 2011 at 8:36 am (9 years ago)

    I’m focusing on my horrible carb addiction. It is far to easy to design meals around carbs, even when I love meat and veggies! Lots of water for me this week, too. Just out of curiousity, how many calories is 29 points? And how is your little nephew?

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 9:47 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Amy! PointsPlus don’t translate exactly to calories, because Pts+ are based on how your body processes those calories. I did a post on a full day of eats with points+ v. calories that you can find here:

      And, my nephew is doing a lot better. Thanks for asking!

    • Liz
      October 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

      @Amy, I hear you! I have the carb queen lately, the only saving grace is that I’m marathon training, 2 more weeks to go until the big day, which means a major diet overhaul after Nov 6th!

      • Beth
        October 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm (9 years ago)

        Are you running NYC?? I have a bunch of friends running it – how exciting! Is it your first?

        • Amy
          October 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm (9 years ago)

          I ran NYC last year. Even when marathon training, I over carb it. Sigh. Have you ever run it before? It’s awwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome!

          • Liz
            October 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm (9 years ago)

            This is my first and I’m super excited! Ahhh!

  3. Willa
    October 25, 2011 at 8:51 am (9 years ago)

    Great meal plan! I always feel at ease and confident when I have a plan in place. This week I am going to focus on drinking plenty of water and eating more vegetables.

  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 25, 2011 at 9:41 am (9 years ago)

    I NEED to focus on cutting the sugar a little more this week. And unlike most weeks, I really mean it!

    I’m a bit above the weight range I feel comfy in and am not overly excited about it.

  5. Laura
    October 25, 2011 at 9:55 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for the motivation this morning! I am desperately trying to get back on PointsPlus and have more off weeks than on. I really like the idea of the weekly meal and workout plan. My problem is when I have one meal (or week) “off” I can never get back “on.” I just end up making the rest of the day or week a free-for-all. And then everything is just a downward spiral from there … 🙂

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

      As cheesy at it sounds, I love the WW mantra “it’s a new day.” It helps me get back on track quickly and focus on one day/one meal at a time. I still struggle with it sometimes but I’m a lot better at getting back on track sooner now that I’m this far into the journey.

  6. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 25, 2011 at 10:21 am (9 years ago)

    I would really love to make a weekly meal plan and stick to it- it makes grocery shopping so much easier (and saves money)! But, I have to say- I had a much easier time doing this when I was single and always just cooking for me. I think that losing weight in general was a lot easier before I met my husband. Does that make sense?
    Do you find that it’s any easier (or harder) when you’re single?

    Oh- and have fun tonight- wish I could make it!

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 10:34 am (9 years ago)

      Hey Lauren-

      That’s actually a post I’m planning on doing soon! In general, it is easier to eat healthier for me, BUT, there’s also so much more drinking/socializing/going out involved than when I was in a relationship, and that makes it harder to get up in the mornings to workout and stick with a healthy eating plan. So i’m honestly not sure which is easier!

  7. Liz
    October 25, 2011 at 10:28 am (9 years ago)

    Meal planning makes a world of difference in how healthy I am for the week. Also, an exercise plan helps me stay focused.

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

      Meal Plans definitely help me a lot, but exercise plans sometimes don’t because if I miss a workout I feel like a failure. If I mess up a meal, it doesn’t have the same effect for some reason!

  8. Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso
    October 25, 2011 at 10:37 am (9 years ago)

    This week I would like to make more of an effort to MAKE dinner. Lately, I’ve been getting home so late or have had to rush off to things that I haven’t had time to actually spend in the kitchen other then to make a sandwich or heat up some soup.

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 10:41 am (9 years ago)

      I find that putting just a little time in on Sunday/one night during the week so that I can throw together quick meals (ie making black beans, or a big casserole or soup/stew of some sort that has several servings) makes it so much easier to feel like I’m having real home cooked meals, but it takes the same amount of time as heating up soup or making a sandwich!

      • Mel
        October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm (9 years ago)

        That’s an excellent point. I’ve done it before and it’s been great (like when I chop my veggies), I just need to make more of a habit of it.

  9. Doran
    October 25, 2011 at 10:47 am (9 years ago)

    It is so funny, every time I am needing a bit of a boost or motivation in my own healthy living efforts, you seem to post something that helps me! I guess it just proves that we are all pretty much going through the same struggles in this journey. I was oh so very close to my goal weight and then WAM, I gain 3 lbs. in a week! I don’t want to beat myself up and I am not making excuses, I know that I just need to keep going! I have always done this weight loss journey very realistically, but I do think I have been letting myself over indulge the past couple weeks.

    I have also been putting a lot of pressure on myself to let go of all the emotional baggage I have carried around all these years. Working hard to be happy can be exhausting! I love WW, but weighing myself every week and focusing so hard on reaching goal is very exhausting also! I put a lot of pressure on myself! I just need to chill and believe in myself. I also need to find other activities to turn to when I am stressed besides eating, I thought I was over this but I fear that I am not! I am sure you posted something about this one time, I need to search through your archive 🙂 Any advice? Thanks, lady!

    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

      I’m glad this post was helpful for you! And I totally agree – – we all go through such similar struggles it’s no wonder so many people can relate!

      I honestly don’t know if I have a post like that. I have noticed over time I’ve turned to food less and less and been more dependent on exercise when I’m feeling blue, but I’m not “cured” by any means!

  10. Hilary
    October 25, 2011 at 11:00 am (9 years ago)

    Good for you …those are all great goals! And I appreciate you sharing your struggles even though you’re well on your way to being a leader. Personally, I’m not much of a meal planner, but it can be a great tool.

  11. ultrarunnergirl
    October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am (9 years ago)

    I have a huge appetite and my only successful strategy is to eat fruit/veg (and some protein, too) starting first thing in the morning. I try to get 8 or more servings in for the day and at least 6 before dinner. It really keeps me from getting too hungry and attacking a whole pizza, and the more I eat that way the more I like vegetables and fruits.
    Glad you are enjoying all the new things life is bringing your way. Remember to take some time just for you in the midst of all these adventures, and breathe. One more reason I go to Bikram yoga – it forces me to take the time to focus on myself, my body, my breathing.

  12. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    October 25, 2011 at 11:27 am (9 years ago)

    Good on ya for refocusing on you!

    Hmm, I suppose I should focus on doing my 3 minute stints on the treadmill more often throughout the day to keep from growing roots into the couch. One of the pitfalls of working from home.

  13. Cortney @ Nerd on the Run
    October 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m totally with you on the whole regrouping thing!!! Since I ran 2 half marathons in the last month, my eating and workout routine has totally changed. I went from eating to have enough energy to eating too much b/c I wasn’t burning it off. I think I have mentally fixed this, but now I have to implement it. No more eating crap and working out more and not just running for me! 🙂

  14. Lisa
    October 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I can relate! I went scale-free this summer and did not gain any weight, did a good job maintaining. Then I went on vacation this month and ate things I’d never normally eat. I KNOW I’ve gained. I haven’t weighed myself yet but my jeans are tight. I just KNOW. I need to get back on track. I’ve been better about my food and my workouts are normal again. I hope when I step on the scale in 2 weeks I see an ok number. I’m sure dreading it though.

  15. Roz
    October 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth. Like you, I love the feeling of control when menu planning. It’s great to have a “fresh start” sometimes and regroup. Congrats again on all the Weight Watchers leader training. It’ll be soooo great. This week, I really have to focus on drinking more water. I didn’t last week, and definitely feel it in my skin. Have a great Tuesday.

  16. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    October 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Great post! I’ve recently started a tumblr blog where I am taking photos of EVERYTHING I eat. It’s really, really helped me become more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth over the last week or so and knowing that other people might be looking at it too makes me less likely to pour that second glass of wine or second serving of dessert (neither of which I need!)

    I think being aware of what you’re putting in your mouth is huge, but it can be so hard when life gets really busy. Hope getting back on track goes well for you!

  17. Dani
    October 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    I love your meal plan posts! They’re so helpful and give me great ideas, too!

  18. Heather
    October 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm (9 years ago)

    This week I want to focus on bringing my lunch to work as well and cooking real dinners, no heating up soup or frozen dinners. I need to get my mojo back, October has been way too crazy!

  19. Tori
    October 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm (9 years ago)

    You are my WW hero! 🙂 I just found your blog last week and have been reading it and love it.

    Also…Pumpkin oatmeal?!??? Two of my favorites in one dish. Why didn’t I think of this??? Do you have a recipe?!

    Keep up the awesomeness!


    • Beth
      October 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Tori! Thanks so much for saying hi and I’m so glad you found me! There’s not really a recipe, I just stir pumpkin into oatmeal to bulk it up. Recently I’ve been adding some cottage cheese too, which probably sounds weird but it is SO good and adds a lot of staying power to the oats from the protein. I usually use 1 full can of pumpkin per four servings of oatmeal and that works well, but you can adjust it based on how pumpkin-y you like it!

  20. cindylu
    October 26, 2011 at 2:17 am (9 years ago)

    I tend to miss cooking when I have to travel or barely do it for some other reason (e.g., getting sick).

    As for regrouping, I really need to get back in to the swing of things with running. I’ve been resting way too much and have a few half marathons coming up.

  21. Erica @ A Healthy Habit
    October 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm (9 years ago)

    I am so grateful for your meal plan ideas! Thank you for creating and posting such amazing meal ideas!!

  22. Jill
    November 7, 2011 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    Communicating your goals and plans is very helpful motivation. Thanks a lot!!


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