Last weekend, it happened: I dropped into the 150s. 158.2, if we're being picky.
And while this is a cause for celebration, it's also a cause for mourning.
And what are we mourning, you might wonder, aside from the loss of additional chub?
The loss of two daily Weight Watcher's points.
For those of you unfamiliar with how Weight Watchers works, all food is ascribed a points value, based on its calorie, fat and fiber content. You are given a set number to shoot for each day, and if you stay within this range, in theory, weight will begin to drop because you will be entering into a calorie deficit.
For some reason, when I went from the 170s to the 160s, my points target didn't change. I had 22 glorious ones all to myself each day, and my challenge was to see just how much food I could fit into those parameters.
Sure, I went over my daily allotment with some frequency, especially lately with all the running and Zumba-ing I've been doing. Mama needs fuel for the workout train.
So I guess I sort of forgot that when you move into a new weight bracket you get fewer points with which to work.
For some reason, this is messing with my head this week. It could be hormones. It could just be garden variety neurotic tendencies that pepper much of my daily thought processes, but I am suddenly thinking about food a whole heck of a lot more than I have for the past four months.
And feeling very hungry.
I'm sure it's just an adjustment period, and to be honest with you, I think 20 is too few anyway, considering the workouts and what not, and I'm fully planning to go over most days, using my discretionary pool of extra pointage.
I really am focusing on the overall health picture here, and feeling stronger with each workout and each run.
But I am also having intense, obsessive cravings for a Mo's Bacon Bar, which has surprisingly fewer calories than one might think.
I'm just adjusting. And talking out loud. And wondering how those of you handle this when you move into the next weight bracket.
p.s. They sell a mini version of Mo's Bacon Bar and let me tell you this: worth every bite.