Getting Back on Track Is Hard to Do

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 1/27/2010 1:51 PM | COMMENTS (5)

I’m trying to lose the last three pounds of the six I gained over the holidays. It’s turning out to be more difficult than I expected.

Last weekend my wife and I went to a party that our friends Erin and Pablo had. Pablo is from Argentina, so their get-togethers always feature great Argentine cuisine. This time was no exception.

Erin made her irresistibly delicious empanadas. They’re basically little meat pies that can be filled with meats like beef or chicken, or fruits like apples or pears. The only drawback is that each empanada has a POINTS value of 5, so they’re not very Plan-friendly.

Erin filled her empanadas with chicken, corn and cheese (for our vegetarian friends) and my personal favorite, ground beef with raisins. They were hearty and satisfying, but also sweet. I ate at least three, plus one each of the chicken and corn and cheese.

Then there were the alfajores, another staple of Argentine cuisine. An alfajore is basically a shortbread cookie sandwich filled with dulce de leche. When they’re done right, they’re out of this world—a sweet, creamy caramel filling surrounded by buttery cookie. Erin knows how to do them right. I must have had four of them. Then, to top it all off, I slugged back a few bottles of Hoegaarden, one of my favorite beers.

Had Erin and Pablo’s party not come on the heels of my holiday binge, I would have totally been fine. I could have dipped into my weekly POINTS Allowance to cover the food and drink from the party, and then gotten back on track the next day. Instead, I had to rationalize all that eating as my last (no, for real this time) holiday food hoorah. But to my surprise, I lost .6 pounds this past week. I’ll gladly take it.

-Justin Marks

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  • Post Image jagl1969 (jill)

    1/27/2010 8:02 PM
    I am never one to pass on good cuisine. Kudos to you for being able to indulge, because its good to indulge every now and again.. but the fact that you still lost weight is even better! Nice


  • Post Image drrickey (erica)

    2/2/2010 2:13 PM
    This is a troublesome issue for me. When I have indulged and then the scale doesn't show it then I think, "Oh wow, I guess I can indulge some more because the last one didn't show up at all." Then before I know it I'm really off track. Congrats on the loss.


  • Post Image sherry1501

    2/5/2010 8:08 PM
    I've been there the last few months and its no fun so we should just get back on to tracking what we eat and move on!


  • Post Image mke1952

    1/28/2010 5:50 AM
    One of the docs I work with had his Jan. x-mas party. I so overindulged, but I decided he did it for us and I wanted to enjoy it. Fortunately, I was able to get back on track Sunday, and my weigh in is on Sat. We all know it's okay to live once in awhile and enjoy yourself guilt-free. The WW way is to get right back on track. It works!


  • Post Image mrflute78415

    2/6/2010 12:11 PM
    The same thing happened to me last week. I didn't do everything right and I still lost 4.5 lbs...I too, took it. Then, this past week I gained 1 lb. doing everything right. Oh well, it's like it's been said...it never happens the same. We just gotta keep keppin' on! :-)




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