There are some positives and some negatives to take from the experience.
First of all the negatives:
- I didn’t really think things through very well before I went
- I didn’t stick to the plans that I did make
- I ate way more than I really needed to overall
I know going out for a meal shouldn’t really need that much thinking through, but when you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important. Next time I go somewhere similar, I’ll try to keep the number of dishes to a minimum, as that will make it much easier to calculate before and afterwards. Picking little bits of loads of different dishes makes things very hard to work out.
One thing that I had identified beforehand was that a particular danger area for me is around the starters. They tend to be fried, battered, coated in god knows what and I absolutely adore them. I’d decided that to get me off to a good start, I would pick out a few low point starters and then concentrate on the main courses, where I could make some more sensible choices. I was still planning to do exactly that as I approached the starters section with my big Alan Partridge style plate in my hand. I can’t really explain what happened, but I ended up with a plate full of unhealthy high-pointed crap, and very delicious it was too.
I’ve only been eating in this more sensible fashion for just over a month, but in that time I’ve gotten out of the habit of feeling totally stuffed. I hadn’t really noticed that before, but it really hit home last night, and it didn’t feel nice at all. I felt heavy, and bloated and physically uncomfortable, and I really didn’t enjoy feeling like that.
And now the positives:
- I did my best to point everything that I’d eaten when I got home
- As I knew that I couldn’t calculate or even remember everything, I added on a whole load of points just to be safe
- Having gone overboard on the starter, I was a lot more careful over what I chose for my main courses
- I did it all within a combination of my allocated, saved and earned points
- While I ate more than I needed, I stopped when I’d noticed I was really full
- I ate a sensible pudding at the end of the meal, despite the rows of rather delicious desserts lined up for the taking
- Lastly, and probably most importantly, I carried on eating sensibly the next day
It would have been easy to just write yesterday off and not even bother to try and work out how many points I’d eaten, but I’m fairly certain that would be a recipe for disaster. One of the cornerstones of the whole WW thing is that you point everything. Good or bad. It’s the truth and avoiding it will help nobody. I think there are a few real positives that came from deciding to point it all when I got home, the main one being that I was able to see that even though I’d had a bit of a blow out, it was actually all within my allowed points.
Again, it would have been really, really easy to underestimate what I’d eaten, and there’s no way to be sure that I haven’t, but the decision to add on a whole load of points just to make sure was the right thing to do, and I feel quite proud of myself for doing it. I was sitting with people who have some experience of the WW thing, and they all felt I’d over-estimated the total point count, so I’m kind of happy with that.
There was a rational decision making process going on after the starter debacle. I consciously chose dishes that were low in points, and that’s what it’s all about – compensating for poor decisions with better ones.
It’s not a major event either way really, but I feel that it was an important day in terms of my learning, and I can tick a couple of boxes that show that I’m making progress.
Quite what the scales will say on Sunday remains to be seen. I’ve done things within my points, but I’ve used my saved and earned (exercise) points to do it, and that’s not something I’ve done before, so I have to be prepared for there to be an impact. Having said that, I think there’s every chance that I’ll still lose weight this week.
I will now go and worry about that for the next 36 hours or so 🙂
The Shrinking Man