While we’re at it, how about one of those pizzas that is wrapped in like a football field of bacon?
Have I lost it? Has hunger made me go stark raving mad? Has the cheese slipped off my cracker? (mmmm…cheese)
Tonight I decided to make use of the 24/7 coaching from Weight Watchers to ask about my plateau. A very nice coach named Adrienne came on after a few seconds, and I described my weekly routine to her. I told her how much I eat, what I use for snacks (fruits and raw vegetables with occasional air-popped popcorn or an ounce of mixed nuts once in a while), and my workout routine. I told her where I was when I started, and where I am now.
She and I chatted for a few minutes and she discovered that I do not track my activity points. We did a quick calculation, and it turns out that in an average week I am earning about 56 activity points. Her first thought was that maybe I should eat some of my activity points. It was then that I told her I am usually under on my daily points by about 6 to 8 per day.
We talked more, and she is of the opinion that I am actually eating too little, and that my metabolism has slowed down. To get me started back losing weight, she wants me to ::GASP:: eat more!
As soon as I closed the chat window I called Papa John. I still had him on speed dial. He said he’d missed me, and that hanging out with Peyton Manning was a poor substitute for our once torrid relationship.
NO I DIDN’T! Fact it, I don’t even really like Papa John’s pizza, I am a Jets guy, but I digress.
She and I talked about how I can get myself up to the daily point level. I am going to add some to my morning routine, and add an extra slice of lunch meat on my sandwiches. Also, at dinner I will have a bit more of the healthy, lean protein, and I will mix in a little more air-popped popcorn.
I agreed to give this a try from now until my weigh-in next Friday. Wish me luck.
Before I reached out to Adrienne, I also did some research on other websites. One thing that popped out for me was the idea that my workouts are in a rut. I have been doing the same workout – 60 to 90 minutes on the treadmill at 3.8MPH – for several months. I think it is time to do something different. But, I don’t want to miss out on making my 150 miles for my boost. Yes, I know that commitment is mostly to myself, but trust me that it matters to me that I complete it.
What I am going to do, starting tomorrow, is substitute the last 15 to 20 minutes of my hour with work on the stationary bike. I will make up the miles with more walking outside or around inside my building. There is a natural break in my workout when an episode of 24 ends, so that will be when I switch to the bike.
I am interested to see what these two tweaks will do to my progress. I am hopeful that they will break me through the plateau, but if they don’t, I will just try something else.
This is not me abandoning my plan, and that is something I am adamant about. I am tweaking. I am making small changes to improve my results.
I’ll update you on the results as we go!