Biting my tongue, but not chips

It's snowing outside, and as is my normal reaction to this situation, I'm holed up inside the house, staying warm.  We've finished watching all of the available Breaking Bad episodes (through season three) available via NetFlix streaming (a process we started during our holiday vacation), so I'm now turning to more productive pursuits, such as showering, changing out of sweats and writing the blog post I've been planning to do since Tuesday night.

Tuesday was our second Weight Watchers meeting, and things are going pretty well so far.  I've lost 3.8 pounds as of my official weigh-in at that meeting, and unofficially, I'm down roughly 7.  I'm still a little unconvinced about the meetings, though.  Maybe this is like fight club and I'm breaking the first rule by talking about it, but there was a comment made by someone at the meeting that I just have to share.  She was talking about how she prepared snacks in advance, so she has something healthy to munch on when she needs it.  She slices up her carrots and water chestnuts with a mandolin so it's "just like eating chips."

Um… no, it's not.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big supporter of planning ahead.  If I don't have a plan for dinner and have all the stuff on hand when I get home from work, I am much more likely to order a pizza or go out to eat and unfortunately, I can't trust myself to keep those times to a reasonable level.  Having healthy snacks ready to go is very helpful too, but I'm sorry, there's just no way that sliced carrots and water chestnuts, no matter how crispy and perfectly sliced they may be, is just like eating chips. 

Of course, I didn't say anything at the meeting and I'm even somewhat impressed that this person is able to feel satisfied by that, but it just isn't ever going to work for me.  I can't convince myself that one thing is just like another if it isn't.  Fortunately, this isn't about removing such things from your life, it's more about intention and trying to stay within a reasonable limit.  So for the most part, I haven't felt too deprived.  Amber and I even were able to splurge last night and celebrate the third anniversary of our first date at Eva in Seattle.  I burned through a lot of points, but I planned ahead for it and had the points.  I am craving a cheeseburger, but I'm willing to try to satisfy that sometime next week at home.

We also tried a new recipe this week: Asian Lettuce Wraps (via Kalyn's Kitchen).  It was quite tasty.  We used romaine lettuce so it was more like eating tacos than lettuce cups or wraps, but not just like tacos, of course.

This week's goal: start exercising.

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