Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New Coping Mechanisms

Well, I have been doing weight watchers for almost a month now, and I have to say it hasn't gotten hugely easier. I've felt pretty starving some of the time, but I've fought through it and stuck to it. I knew my biggest challenge would be emotional eating, and so I thought of some alternate comforting things for myself that have to do with the senses OTHER THAN taste.

Smell: Lighting a Yankee or Salt City candle
Touch: Wearing velour or soft cotton clothing, lay on or hug a soft pillow
Sound: Listening to classical music, 80s alternative, dance music, or Enya type music
Sight: Turn on my light box. I linked to the brand I have, but I think most doctors would recommend a bigger one. 10,000 watts or higher.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Finally An Update & It's Good Progress! :)

First of all, as requested long ago, here is the chili to go with your corn bread:

6 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey (I used canned chicken)
2 cans (15.5 oz.) navy beans, drained
1 cup chicken broth (I put a lot more than this, just eyeballing it until it looked right)
1 large onion
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper (I deleted this and just added a can of diced green chilis)
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Basically, just chuck everything into a slow cooker and leave it there for 6 to 7 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high.

I have to say that I followed through with my goal of joining Weight Watchers by the end of October. Last week was my 2nd week and I lost 2.6 lbs. Yay! My plan is to take the weekends off to lift the stress from me a little bit. I'm hoping that I will lose more during the week than I will gain on the weekend, so it will all work out. I have had several friends have success with this. We'll give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes.

I can tell you that last weekend, when we were allowed to cheat, it was not as alluring, because it wasn't forbidden. And when we did eat sweets, they made us sick. I had some cake at my son's soccer party, and we had to take the extra home, since my husband is the coach. Well, we ended up throwing most of it out because it literally made me sick after I ate it. Our neighbor gave us some Entenmann's cupcakes frosted with thick orange frosting. It was basically gross and after my son had one we threw the whole box out. So I've gotten over some of that thinking: "It can't go to waste! There are starving people in Africa! Throwing food away is immoral!" No one should eat that crap. Not even starving Africans. All the HFCS and hydrogenated fat would just make them sick, sick, sick. It's ok to throw away candy and cake.

See? I told you. Progress!