Not feeling it.

I could be all like ‘I started this blog on weight loss and I’m sooo good at it, all the time’. But I’m not. First of all, I only started seven weeks ago. Second of all, I lost weight the first five weeks, but then it stagnated! Aahhh!! So the sixth week was such a disappointment: the scale showed the same weight as the week before. At least I didn’t gain! But still. I didn’t lose either!

Luckily, I didn’t quit. But yes, it was tempting! I’m sure many of you have done it, I have done it in the past and yes, probably I will do it once or twice in the future. Don’t beat yourself up about it too much. I guess it’s ok to let it happen for a day or maybe two, but get back on track in the end!

The biggest reason why I didn’t lose any is probably that I’m not working out as much as I did. I ran two to three times a week, and now it’s down to one time a week or even not at all. The reason (or excuse) is that it’s getting dark earlier now, and I don’t like to run in the dark in my neighborhood. But since I’m off at Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, it should still be possible to run in the daytime… So yeah, I should work on that and I started again this week! Well done me!

Food wise, I lost it a little bit as well. It was going so well that I figured I could cheat a little bit (worst logic ever haha). I had a bit more chocolate, a little more cookies and definitely quite a lot of beer and wine. Oh well… At least I realized it on time so…

I’m back in the game! Are you?!

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Portion control!

I know. A pizza on a blog about weight loss? Yes. And let me help you snap out of the dream immediately, it isn’t some miraculous healthy alternative. It’s just an unhealthy, fatty pizza. So, how come it ended up in my fridge? Honestly, I was just desperately craving a pizza last week. I figured the one I chose wouldn’t be too unhealthy (mozzarella, pesto butter and cherry tomatoes). No pepperoni, not loads and loads of cheese, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad. I put the nutrition values in the Weight Watchers calculator and guess what. The whole pizza was 20 points. Yes, 20! My daily total is 31. Even though I’m six weeks into eating healthy and knowing my points, I was shocked. If you’re not doing Weight Watchers, 20 points just means it’s a very unhealthy dinner option if you hadn’t figured that out already.

I didn’t want to throw it out and I was still craving that pizza. So, I decided to cut the pizza in half and split it over two days. Tonight I ate half the pizza as dinner and made a side salad of three tomatoes and half an avocado. Tomatoes do not count in Weight Watchers, but avocado’s do, due to the relatively high amount of fat. The salad was 6 points in total. Instead of spending 20 points, I managed to have pizza in a dinner of 16 points. Also, I had my vegetables for the day.

Many dieters and diets claim that should do a ‘no-limit’ day each week or every two weeks, when you can eat everything you want. That might work for some, but it won’t work for me. I just need a pizza sometimes, or a beer, or some chocolate. I rather not have it all at the same time but just divide it in small portions throughout the week. Regarding Weight Watchers, these treats sometimes go off my weekly extra, but usually I manage to leave three points at the end of the day, that I can use for three cookies, some chocolate or a handful of crisps.

I’ll be showing you more portion control examples in the future. It might seem obvious and not worthy a whole article, but it took me quite awhile to get used to smaller portions and not just eating everything that I bought at once. When you’re seriously overweight, portion control is a really important part of weight loss and achieving a healthier diet. Especially when you want it to become a lifestyle, rather than some three week crash diet.

Do not get me wrong, I know this is not a healthy dinner. What I am trying to say though, is that you can allow yourself to have your cravings every once in a while, but do it in moderation. Control and enjoy your portions!!

Weight Watchers #1

Yay! I’m so thrilled! Today I officially lost my first 4 kgs (8.8 pounds). I’m so proud of myself! I looked at myself in the mirror and said: “This might actually be happening!”

I started losing weight with Weight Watchers Online six weeks ago, which means I lost about 1.5 pounds per week. I was very skeptic of Weight Watchers in the beginning, since it’s this paid online service and I was going to have to count points. It sounded silly, but I heard some very positive stories and decided to give it a go. Well, I LOVE it. It suits me so well, and has helped me a whole lot so far.

I’m planning to do a lot of posts (maybe even videos) on my progress, my tips, my failures, etc.

Last but not least, I’ll give you some facts and figures so you know where I come from and why I’m trying to lose:

  • I’m a 22 year old student
  • I weighed 84 kgs on my heaviest point (185 pounds)
  • I’m 176 cm tall (69.3 inches)
  • I LOVE food so much. I love to cook. I love sweets, I love snacks, I love big pieces of meat, I love cheeses, I love pasta dishes (especially lasagna) and I love wine and beer. Not your typical weight loss candidate ;)
  • I started to gain most of the weight when I just started at university by not paying attention to what I was eating. I wasn’t eating fries and burgers everyday, but in general I ate too much and drank too much beer as well.

Hopefully this post will motivate you guys! Let’s do this!!

Welcome :)

So, before I start chatting away on the most randomn things, a little introduction would be in place! My name is Madeline, I’m 23 years old and I am a university student in the Netherlands. I love the internet, from youtube to online shopping to blogs, and I really like make-up. Lately, I’ve been into eating healthy and losing weight as well. I use Weight Watchers online to achieve my goals, and that’s going pretty well. I’m planning to talk about books, healthy lifestyle, make up, the interwebs and everything else I feel like chatting about. I love comments, so please do leave them and I will reply! I had a beauty blog before this, but there is a lot more that I would like to chat about, and I’m not the biggest make-up guru out there (understaaaatement) so I figured I should leave actual beauty blogging to someone else.

As you might understand, my native language is Dutch. My English might not be perfect! Please correct me when I make mistakes, but be nice as well pretty please! Also, misschattishnl.wordpress.com is my other blog that will only be in Dutch!

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