I've lost 15 pounds.
That feels like a real weight loss. Losing a pound or two or even five seemed like something that could fluctuate and not really mean anything. Losing a total of FIFTEEN pounds really gets me pumped up. And though I've stated before that this feels like magic, there really is a lot of science behind Weight Watchers.
And this week I really tried to eat as much as possible without gaining weight, because really... isn't that what everyone wants? I love to eat. I don't think there's anything wrong with it (We'll see what the elders say when our "Seven Deadly Sins" comes to the lesson on gluttony). And I'm pretty pleased that I was able to go to Texas Roadhouse this week and still lose two more pounds. Stay within the points and you still lose weight. I even went into using my activity points this week and the weight loss still happened. It's all about keeping up with points and measuring serving sizes. Take a few extra minutes to get everything set up and then the pounds start shedding.
Brandon has become increasingly more interested in the WW program. Not because he wants to lose weight, but he was interested if they had programs to gain weight. I told him he could probably just eat way too many points each day and see if that worked. Of course, his metabolism is so high we figured he would need to eat about 900 points each day to even have a shot at it (for comparison: I am allotted 40 points each day). With the amount of candy he eats all day he may have a shot at hitting that. One Starburst is one WW point, for example. It wouldn't take that long, considering he eats handfuls of candy during each class period while he lectures.
He also made some interesting observations while checking out our pantry the other day.
Brandon: Pop Tarts are expensive!
Me: No they're not.
Brandon: Look, you labeled them as 6 points. That's the Weight Watchers equivalent to expensive, right?
Yeah, I guess so, which is why Pop Tarts are not a typical snack of my choice.
All of this weight loss is really insignificant in light of what is going on in our country and world right now, but like my friend Jamin said, the best way to deal with terrorism is by refusing to be terrified. Sometimes we just need to continue with our lives and try to not let it affect us, if that's possible. This is why I've tried not to write anything political on Facebook this week: it's not worth it. It's better to just move forward. Life is hard, life is dangerous, and if we don't grab onto something that gives us a sliver of hope, we're not going to make it. So, I'm not going to dwell on it; I'm going to keep blogging, keep working out, keep losing weight, keep calm and carry on.