Sunday, December 24, 2017

Self Care is NOT Selfish!

I probably posted that headline before, but it's never more true than this time of year, especially for women and those of you who are mothers. Cooking, cleaning, errands, wrapping, entertaining, ugh! Sounds exhausting just typing it.

I just took time out to take a long soak in the tub with a Korean hydrogel sheet mask on my face. I'm going to do my nails and put my feet up as my knees have been sore lately. I think it's time to re-do the injections but I dread the process. I feel relaxed, and when I feel relaxed, my pain response is much lower. 

Tonight is Luminary Night in our hood. It's the first time they ever did it on Christmas Eve, it kept getting postponed due to weather and we're all looking forward to it. We will light them at 6pm, then Rob and I will take Tally on a stroll around the neighborhood before coming home to our coffee table picnic and annual viewing of A Christmas Carol, the Sir Patrick Stewart version, which is our favorite.

Whatever your holiday celebrations entail, please take a little time for self care. It's not selfish, it's necessary!

Tally Christmas y'all.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WW Freestyle

On Sunday, Weight Watchers introduced its latest plan called Freestyle. It rolled out in stages, each member getting the update in the app and all the new plan materials on their meeting day. Yesterday was that day for me.

I had an initial panic when I heard that I'd be dropping to 23 Smartpoints daily, but learning that many foods that had always had points were now going to be Zero eased my anxiety. The program rolled out in the UK about a month prior to the US and all the materials were available for reading online, so that helped. 

What are some of the new Zero Smartpoint foods? Eggs!!! Skinless chicken and turkey breast, all fish and shellfish, all beans, lentils, tofu, peas, corn, and nonfat plain yogurt. All fruits and vegetables remain zero, except avocados, olives, and all potatoes. I eat eggs almost every day, I also eat chicken many days of the week, and I do love my yogurt. Many of my favorite meals have just dropped significantly in points and on my first day, getting to have a big, honking chicken breast, and not  having to weigh my measly half cup of yogurt, I had greater satiety and was far less snacky, which for me is a huge deal. 

Some people are concerned with overeating, but WW specifically chose foods that are difficult to overeat. I'm still going to track and be sensible with my portions, but if you've ever seen 3 ounces of chicken breast sitting on a plate, it's pretty frikkin' sad. 

I'm making Nigella's Asian Spiced Kedgeree this weekend, which has both eggs and fish! I'm cutting back the butter and rice portions, and changing the servings to four, but keeping the fish and egg amounts the same. This gorgeous, filling dish is going to be 7 Smartpoints per serving! 

It seems like the new plan has greater flexibility and will encourage people to eat more nutritious food. You all know that I'm not a bean fan, but lentil soup will definitely be on the menu.

I'm going to give it my all and see how it goes.