Freestyling On to Week Three!

Well, after a weekend where I thought I may have indulged a bit too much on the Sauerkraut and Chicken—it wasn’t the meal—but I couldn’t stop picking at all day Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised.

Anyway, I got dressed in office attire that would lend itself well for a quick change at the end of the day.  I wore a button down shirt so that I wouldn’t shift my wig when I gently put my weigh-in clothing on!

Who know that the Isla wig would end up being the greatest head of weigh-in hair ever?  I was able to quickly change from this outfit into my cropped leggings and white tee. And I did bring flat shoes. I wasn’t going to weigh-in in a pair of heels!

Last night’s weigh-in had me at three pounds less!  When I tell you I was surprised, I’m not kidding.

Back to the 140’s just barely. These next nine pounds will be THE challenge! But I was so happy!

I have no idea what this gray line is but I cannot get rid of it.  I hate technology!But I thought about what I did that warranted a three-pounder of a loss over the week and it was simple.

I tracked what I ate every day.  It is to the point where that tracking journal is with me all day and all night.  The tracking journal is right up there with Saint Charles Borromeo, The Patron Saint of Dieting!

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I swear–leave it to the Catholics to come up with a Patron Saint of Dieting.  I wonder if he ate macaroni!!!!  There’s a Patron Saint of everything!!! I”m getting me one of these medals!


Another thing I did—I thought.  Trust me, I’m no deep thinker but I thought about what I ate.  When I got so hungry that I swear I could eat the bag of the Tostitos. I’m talking the cellophane bag!!  I don’t think there is any fat in the actual bag. I just diverted my attention to something else.

Yes. I THOUGHT!  And I did have an apple last week but I like the unsweetened apple sauce better!

Water. I drank lots of water.  I’m still drinking lots of water.  I have bottles of lemon-flavored water hidden in my cubicle at work.   And with that hidden water is a bag of those pre-peeled little carrots. I got the organic ones!

My big splurge at $1.99.  I’ve been drinking this like crazy.  And running to the bathroom like crazy!

There has been no dessert.  I can’t have the baked goods in the house right now. I’m giving it a rest. It won’t be forever, I just feel the need to do without for the time being.  I still have my bananas and unsweetened apple sauce!

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No souffles or tarts for a while. Oh to be a cartoon character and eat everything and not gain an ounce!

My new candy is…………the artichoke.  Wegmans had them on sale for four for a dollar last week.  I loaded up.  And when I went back this morning the artichokes were gone.  No big deal because I splurged on a dozen baby ones for $2.50!  Yum. Nature’s candy!

My new “candy”. The great thing about artichokes, both regular and baby is that it’s work to eat them. I’m sure eating artichokes counts as exercise!

I cooked up a batch tonight and they are now in the fridge so that I can snack on them.  I already had one and now have heartburn.

Weekend aperitifs continue to be enjoyed with my extra point allotment. I have 28 extra weekly points and a daily allotment of 4 rollover points if I go under my daily points goal of 23.  You can bet I’m eating under my daily points goal and saving those numbers for the weekend.

Funny story about this photo. It was the FIRST aperitif we enjoyed OUTSIDE in 2016 in April!  Ain’t gonna happen this freezing year.  But, I’m not giving this up!

It’s really about the portions and planning and just not eating the junk that I allowed myself all winter.  A plate laden with Tortilla chips, melted cheese and topped with jalapeño peppers is still heaven to me. But heaven can wait!

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Hey. I don’t need football season to want this. Take away the salsa (which happens to be the healthiest thing in this pic) and just give me the chips, cheese and peppers!  But not yet!

But I have to tell you what happened after the meeting last night.  Momcat, one of our Atypical60 friends, suggested a movie to me.

Her suggestion was based on the fact that I’m hooked on the Versailles series on Netflix. The movie is “A Little Chaos” and stars Kate Winslet as a “woman” gardener.  This takes place back in the day of Louis Quatorze and we all know there were no women gardeners.  The movie sounds great. Humor. A great cast.  A period costume movie.  And in France.

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Better than Winslet is Alan Rickman (RIP) as Louis Quatorze and Stanley Tucci as Philippe duc d’Orleans

I was so excited to get home after the meeting that all I had for dinner was an egg salad sandwich (rye bread 2 points a slice. Egg salad, 6 points).  I didn’t cook because I wanted to watch the movie.

So, I get my pajamas on, take my makeup off and my hair off and brush my teeth and get into bed and I’m pumped because we are going to watch “A Little Chaos”.  We did the search thing and it didn’t come up.

In my PJ’s but not asleep because I’m gonna watch a movie–or am I?

Now I’m upset.  Bonaparte is asking me if I’m sure the movie is on Netflix.  He thinks I’m a bit looney when I say in a very loud voice “Momcat saw it on Netflix”.  He didn’t even question it.

He saw that look before—most notably when my laptop turned me into a monster! He picked up the phone and called Netflix customer service.  It seems that our Canadian and European friends who have Netflix have better choices than those of us do in the USA.

I will have to look for the movie in Blue Ray form!  Just my luck!

Yeah.  This is how I felt after NOT being able to watch the movie I REALLY wanted to see!

We watched an episode of Marseille instead. And we figured out how to watch it in French with English subtitles so all was not lost.

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The good thing is that we have the undubbed version back!

And that was my weigh-in night!

I forgot to tell you. I’m also eating two-egg omelettes!  Cooking them in a non-stick pan sprayed with a bit of Pam.  Bonaparte is getting into it too!

Since I have nine more pounds to go, the rest of the loss will be more of a challenge.  I won’t have another week like this one.  But the meetings are the force that’ll drive me because it’s a great group of people and they are so nice. And Jackie, the leader is also great!

I’m going upstairs in a little while. Work has been crazy-busy. I swear from the time I sit at my desk till the time I leave, I’m busy. But it’s such a wonderful busy that I have to pinch myself!!

I leave you with a song from one of my favorite Beach Boys albums. Vegetables.  The song is so great and has always made me happy. It’s inspiring for those zero point veggies!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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23 Responses to Freestyling On to Week Three!

  1. Bec says:

    I’m so proud of you way to go! YAY!
    I used to love artichokes, haven’t had one in years though.
    If you have Amazon or Hulu check on them for your movie.
    Good luck with your weight loss I’m rooting for you.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bec! I will be perusing Amazon to order the movie! Oh…these baby artichokes are heavenly. They are an unusual vegetable because I never eat them on a regular basis and I should!! Thank you. I’m being very disciplined so we’ll see how I do this week!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  2. Christine D says:

    Hey congrats on ” surprise” weight loss!
    Chris d
    PS watching American idol……..there is a young redheaded girl with glasses. By today’s standards she may not be cool. She is SO authentic and sweet and in her own style……,she is a great example
    of a woman following her own path and not caring so much about what people think of her.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Christine. I love people who go against the grain! They march to the beat of their own drum in a very honest and straightforward way. I must check this girl out!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Momcat says:

    Aww man, I am so sorry about that!! Yes it’s on Canadian Netflix but I thought it was on American Netflix too:( my son informs me that usually the better choices are on American Netflix. I know that we have a lot more French selections and Canadian films&TV shows…. BUMMER!! Nothing is worse than having your face fixed ( as Ma would say) to watch something you are REALLY looking forward to and it’s not there Arrgggh! Well you did lose weight this week!! Maybe you’ll have to borrow a millennial to pirate CDN Netflix for you! It really is a nice movie and Alan Rickman is a very human Louis and that Matthias Schoenaerts is a bit of ( 0 points:) eye candy!

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Momcat! Your mom’s saying about having your face fixed is a riot!! Alan Rickman also directed the film but Tucci as Philippe duc d’Orleans is something I really have to see!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  4. Fiona says:

    Great result and well deserved, you put in the hard work unlike me who scoffed a whole (admittedly small) Easter egg yesterday because they were marked down to 25p!!
    Not sure about artichokes…aren’t they supposed to make you fart? Don’t tell Bonaparte I said that… he’ll think I’m a vulgar Brit! 😉xxx

    • Catherine says:

      Well, Fiona. I think artichokes to make you pass gas but in little spurts!!!!!! Trust me, if I wasn’t on WW, I would have been gorging on all the clearance Easter Chocolate!!! XOXOXOXOXO

  5. Miss Bougie says:

    Thanks for posting the number of points your egg salad sandwich is worth. So if there are two slices of bread that makes your sandwich 10 points. That doesn’t leave a lot of points for the rest of the day, does it? Bummer! How much is your Kir worth? I don’t dare imagine the points of a boeuf bourguignon or a daube! How many points for fish? I have never investigated Weight Watchers and it’s very interesting to read about it.
    I’m sure that with this counting system (and not eating between the meals) you’ll lose the pounds in no time.

    • Catherine says:

      Hey B! Most fish is now on the zero point list–such as my favorite Monkfish/Lotte!! I’m thrilled about this but that fish is hard to come by in my neck of the woods. The kir royales are 8 points each. That’s 16 points for two. I have two on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which is a total of 48 points. Now–I have a regular weekly allowance of 28 points AND I roll over 4 points each Monday, Tues, Wed, Thurs, which is 20 points and that 20 plus the 28 take care of my aperitif intake for the week. It’s the sugar in the cassis that does it but I’m not giving up those aperitifs!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Jilly says:

    Hi Cathe,
    Versailles is plummeting in the ratings here in the UK, people fed up of all the sex !


    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jilly, Yeah, I saw an interview with the two guys who play Louis and Philippe. It was for a British program and the hosts mentioned that. One of the actors said many people tuned in for the sex but ended up watching it more for the story. The sex part doesn’t bother me at all. I would much rather see nudity and sex than violence. I think violence should be banned but that’s just me. Other than the sex, it’s just a fun and juicy series!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  7. Congratulations!!! I was looking forward to hearing how you did this week (that’s the former WW leader in me – I get so freaking excited!!). Everything you are doing is right on track and those next nine pounds will be off before Summer. I just absolutely love that you can enjoy your wine and eat real food while losing weight. The Monday weigh in too is particularly brave and really shows how hard you’re working – good for you!!!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Kellyann! First I want to thank you! Your support as an ex-leader really is encouraging to me. But if the group I go to wasn’t so lively and filled with such fun people and if Jackie the leader wasn’t as great, I would have switched to later on in the week. I had to be crazy to do Mondays but now that I’m doing it, I think I’m even more disciplined on the weekends. I’m really getting into snacking on veg–but my job is just so busy that there’s no time to snack or eat all day. I’m hoping the nine drops by summer or sometime with the summer months! Thanks so much! XOXOXOXO

  8. The Lakewoman says:

    Cathe…good job on WW, keep it up. My dear sister is WWer, too.

    I prefer the lone wolf diet, not a group person, so I Atkins by myself.

    Stanley Tucci in a wig…got to see that!

    Happy hump day. Our Rite Aid stores have wet n wild buy one second 75% off. Stocked up on foundation.

    • Catherine says:

      Ohhhhh. Lakey, which foundation did you buy? Yeah–Tucci in a wig and playing a flambouyant character is greatness!!! Bonaparte did Atkins decades ago and loved it! Good luck to you on that. You can eat a ton of steak!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

      • The Lakewoman says:

        Photo Focus…what’s not to love?
        Just bought a sous vide machine and did marinated chicky, can’t wait to do a NY strip!

  9. Amelia says:

    Great job!!!! Keep it up, you are getting closer to your goal. There is a patron saint for dieting… Only you, Catherine will remember that one…:) I’m adopting Saint Borromeo. I need help with my fondness for that bad bad badass nachos and cheese from 7 Eleven. Extra cheese and lots of jalapenos. I know better than to do it too often, but when the cravings hit…Saint Borromeo HELP!!! I binged watch Marseille when it’s on, then go on withdrawl at the end of the series. Glad you and Bonaparte are able to watch it in French. XO Amelia

    • Catherine says:

      Amelia…OMG. Did you finish Season Two? We’re in the middle and it’s getting really good. The subplot with Taro’s whiney-ass wife bothers me–simply because she bothers me. But the subplot about his daughter and Driss and that Trumpesque blonde is getting good!!! Very good!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!!
      LOL. Glad you are a fan of St. Borromeo. I’m praying Borromeo, Borromeo. Where art thou forth Borromeo!!!!

  10. Amelia says:

    Hi Catherine, season 2 was on my watchlist for a couple of weeks. I’m now on episode 2. Agreed on Taro’s wife. Give her a better plot or relocate her to an university as a music professor. We’ll see less of her. Love Gerard Depardieu, my favorite French actor. He is like a bull under restraint. Also watch the show for the cameras long and outdoor shots of the city. Watching like a tourist, noting everything I’m seeing, if that makes any sense…:) XO

  11. Renee in Northern California says:

    Awesome….weight loss results!! I gained 2 pounds last weekend, bummer! I drank way too much at a bridal shower Saturday afternoon…then that evening had pizza/pasta and more wine in San Francisco’s North Beach. I did not deprive myself, lol!! Oh well, I’m back on track this week. I really enjoy Versailles, too…those beautiful actors, costumes the scenery, WOW!! Oh yeah, then there’s the story, lol!

  12. I’m with you on the nachos! Screw the sals (healthy part) just hand over the chips, sour cream and cheese! Lol

  13. Sals – salsa!

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