The Road to One-derland!!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Gains make me GROUCHY

Since I didn't weigh in yesterday, today was the day.  Well, I had a 1 lb gain.  ARRRRGGHHHH!!!! (and 1.6 lbs for two weeks in a row of gains). Of course I'm not happy about it, but know I need to look at the possible reasons.  Why was last week different?

  • I know for a fact there were some days I did not get all my water in.  Two days in particular, I'd actually had a diet soda, which I don't usually have
  • I have had some foods higher in sodium
  • In past weeks, I had eaten veggie rich soups....not so much last week
  • I haven't "gone" in 3 days.
  • AF is coming
  • I didn't track all my BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) .  I honestly doubt I went over my points (activity, extra weekly), but if you quit tracking you can easily get complacent.
  • I didn't eat many salads last week
That's a pretty lengthy list.  Some things I obviously cannot change, but other things I can.  It's going to be a busy week this week, so I need to make sure I've got a plan for each day.    I will do my darnedest to get a nice loss this week. 

not feeling the workout tonight....

I almost skipped exercising today.  It would have been only the 2nd time doing so since heading down this path to healthier eating.  I talked myself out of it and decided to do a lil Wii Fit Plus just to get me moving.  I'm glad I did.  That Hula Hooping really does a number on me. 

I am honestly surprised I 've exercised so much these last 6 weeks.  I'm a night exerciser.  I like to do my workout after the boys are in bed....sometimes close to midnight even.  I then shower and go to bed.  It's easy to decide you're too tired to workout when you leave it to be last on your "to do" list.  Not a good habit that's for sure.   I really wish I could be one of those people who gets up early, slams out their workout and then proceeds with their fabulous day, but I'm not.  I'm a night owl....and once I'm asleep, I turn into the biggest grouch who cherishes pillow time.   Last I heard, it was best to exercise in the a.m. before consuming anything....and your metabolism would get a nice boost.  Is that still true?  I know any exercise is better than none....maybe one of these days I will actually convince myself I need to.  Hubby gets up before everyone else and does some Wii workouts....god love him..

Oh a footnote...in case you're wondering, I did not weigh in today.  A likes go to early mass, and this was my week to go.  Soooo, I was up and out before 8a.m. (yes that's just wrong on a weekend...remember I'm a grouchy, non-morning person).  Then sucked down coffee and ate before I got a chance to hit the scale.  Soooo tomorrow is the day.  I may just switch the weigh in to Mondays since weekends can be difficult with travel and early morning church bells ringing in my ears. 

I will definitely be posting an update. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

New With Tags.....

Every time I walk into my closet I'm greeted by pieces of clothes that I've never worn; pieces of clothing that never fit; pieces of clothing still with the store tags on them..  Wishful thinking I suppose???  I know I probably figured, why buy new clothes in my current size when I'm "almost" a 16 or "almost" a 14.  Ugh!!!  It's hard for me to not get into the clothes shopping frenzy once weight starts coming off.  I've lost weight before.....it seems to happen all the time.  I'm trying super hard to not do it this time.  From what I see, I have quite the selection of smaller sized clothing waiting for me to get my body in, buttoned, zippered and ready to go.  :) 

So I ask myself, why?  Why did I not get down to that size? Did I lose motivation?  Was it self-sabotage?   I see a dress I bought before my honeymoon nearly 9 years ago.  I thought for sure I'd wear it on our cruise.  I probably could have pulled it off, but I didn't feel confident in it. Enjoyed a 2 week honeymoon, gained like 10+ lbs while gone and lost the motivation to continue losing.  I see another dress I bought nearly 4 years ago for a special event.  I had started weight watchers after a miscarriage (hubby and I did it together as sort of a healing process) and lost 33 lbs.  We got the go-ahead to do injected fertility meds that aided in my gain of 10 lbs early on and well...a baby 9+ mos later.   While the baby was a great reason to fall off the weight loss wagon, uh...it would have been okay to get back on while he was an infant.....or even a toddler. But I kept pushing it out. 

Well, I'm here now and I plan on cutting those damn tags off and wear those clothes.  Don't worry, they aren't that outrageously outdated. 

Jillian's Shred

So, I've had Jillian's 30 Day Shred for a while now, so why not give it a try.  I had done it twice before and thought it was a great work  out.  Let me tell you ladies, if you want to try The Shred, make sure you've got a great sports bra on protecting your girls.   While  I had remembered that the workout tousled things about (I put on two of my workout bras), I had forgotten about all the jumping jacks and jogging segments.  So be warned.  

I did finish the workout and it kicked my butt.  I was a sweaty mess after the nearly 30 min was said and done.  This seems like a great program as it has 3 phases that you are supposed to work through over the course of a month.   Now I'm not one to really do the same routine each day, nor do I see myself going thru Phase 2 and Phase 3 very quickly, but I will continue with Phase 1 and see how I progress.  My Abs sent me a message for a few days post-workout....."hi, we're here, under your fat....thanks for using us".

I have place the workout on the back burner for just a bit.  A friend of mine recommended a heavy duty workout bra  and I should have it by late next week.  I'm hoping this baby does the trick so I can continue with these workouts. 

If anyone is out there, I would love to hear what in-home workouts you enjoy.   I love finding things on netflix to try before buying. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Totally off topic...but have to VENT

People are so irritating...especially uneducated, judgemental people.  Of course I've gotten myself all ramped up and pissed over a FB discussion.  Is that normal? Am I just a rager???  I typically don't like confrontation, but sometimes you just can't sit back and "listen" to the crap people spew.  I know online makes it easier to go head:head....is that a good thing?  I see responses trickle in and my pulse races....sometimes I'm scared to look.  :)  Perhaps I'm mental???

Better go workout while I'm keyed up a bit. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

A gain...

as expecteed.  But....it was only .2 !!!!  I got on/off the scale 3 times to make sure that was for sure that number was right.  Water and loading up on fruits and veggies is key in the next week.  I gotta  keep "going".  I think AF is coming this week and I refuse to let her give me a gain. 

A change in routine and I FAILED!!!

UGH!  I'm so mad at myself.  It scares me to think that I can have a change in my routine and make such bad choices....cookies and pizza.  Two faves.  For starters, I made the cookies.  WHY?  I wanted to bring a treat to share with MIL while we visited her.  Pizza...well we were getting take out from somewhere.  But why didn't I plan a salad?  We like to vacation and have several more short and longer treks on the calendar for the  year.  Am I going to suck at this "away from home" stuff again?    What could I have done differently??? 

There were a few positives that I'm just now remembering..... I did go out for a walk after the boys were in bed.  MIL lives in the older, quaint downtown area, so I headed out and enjoyed a bit of a walk.  It wasn't as long as I'd normally do, but better than nothing.  Also, I took my leftover Valentine chocolates and left them at her house....truffles and kisses went bye-bye!!! 

So now, I'm back on track.  My weigh in was this a.m., but since I was gone (and didn't bring my scale) I will weigh in the a.m.  I'm anticipating a gain, but we shall see what the master scale says. 

I earned 27 activity points this past week....so shooting to break that.  Gotta love a a fitness competition with yourself, right? 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Keep moving!!!

I'm still exercising EVERY DAY!  This is the longest I've ever gotten this much regular exercise since probably college when we walked everywhere.  I have to say it feels GREAT!!!  Even though I'm keeping my super late hours, I have rarely felt the need for my afternoon nap.

Most of my exercise has been on the stationary bike.  I love being able to ride and watch a program or movie.  This past week, I also started using an old Leslie Sansone walking .  I have done several of her workouts previously, but don't remember doing this one.  It's a walk/jog program.  Jogging is normally very painful for me. My knees and ankles don't handle it well, plus it's not all that comfortable on carpet.  But, this was very do-able.  It's basically a walking workout with 2-min segments of jogging interspersed appx 4 times (I don't remember).

Right now, I'm on a zumba hiatus.  I recently got a pedicure at a new salon and well the guy jacked up one of my toes.  I am pretty certain it is now ingrown.  It doesn't really bother me during regular walking movements, but the side movements and pivots necessary for zumba are a no-go.  Bummer.

The Mister just bought the EA sports Active 2 "game" for wii.  He has used it the last couple of mornings and really liked it.  I think I'll have to give it a try.  He's such a good boy, he works out early in the a.m.  I have to say I unfortunately missed his ZUMBA trial.....but ds #1 said "he's not very good" LMAO

I keep track of my workouts for WW and earn Activity Points.  I also have been using http://www.sparkpeople.com/ and tracking my minutes there.  Do check out that site.  It is awesome. Plus, you can join SPARK AMERICA and track your minutes for your city and state.  Who has the fittest city????   I guess it goes well with my competitive streak.

Keep moving, keep losing, keep feeling your best.

unknowing saboteurs

Twice this week I had friends drop by with treats for me.   Now these are people that 1) don't know I'm actively trying to lose weight and live healthier; 2) know how I love treats; and 3) should know that I don't need any of the lovely sweets they brought me.  UGH!

Now the Mister has much more will power than myself.  I think he really couldn't care less about sweets.  Now give him a plate of nachos and well that's another story.  So, he's not even going to help me out with these.  I  hate wasting food, but I guess its better than WAISTING it, right.  I wish I had handled the situation better....why did I even try one of those damn little truffles?  It led to a second and a third.  I will say, that as a faithful WWer, I did look up the nutritional info (I think they were from TJ's) and tracked the points.  Also, they were good, so at the very least, I didn't fritter away my points on some crappy candy like conversation hearts.  LOL

I have been reminded, I have no self control when candy is concerned.  Definitely a red-light food group for me. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weigh in Day!!!

Sunday's are my weigh in day.  I really am in love with the scale these days.  You wanna know why.....it says I've lost 15.6 lbs in the last 3 weeks.  Damn, with numbers like that, you'd think I was on The Biggest Loser.  LOLOL  I'm eating well, drinking water and MOVING MY BODY!!! 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weight loss milestones and rewards

Since my goal weight is such a long way off, I'm working on some goals for upcoming weight loss milestones.  It's fun to reward yourself and hopefully keeps you driven and motivated.  Meeting mini-goals Rocks!!!

My first milestone was 10 pounds.  For my reward, I got myself some "retired" Bath and Body Works shower gels from Ebay.  They arrived right after I hit the 10 lb mark.

My next milestone is 25lbs.  20 is also a milestone and in Weight Watchers, losing 10% of your weight is a milestone...All of these are going to occur so close together,  I think I'll make the  25 pound  reward  a doozy....  I will get a massage.  .  I have to, I just have to. It has been a while since I have had one and my body has been working so hard.

Right now, my motivation is very strong and I'm amped up.  I probably don't need incentives other than feeling good and looking BETTER.  But it's fun. And, I'm doing WW....this is something they do in their meetings.  So why not? LOL

Do you treat yourself with things when you reach a goal?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

ARRRGGHHHH

I've got a cold.....or is it allergies??? I don't know, but my head feels like it is about to explode and I want to scratch my eyeballs out.  I think tea is definitely in order right at this very moment. 

Aside from that, things are going well.  I have been super busy today.  I guess busy is good, but  I do enjoy my down time.  I've gotten creative about fitting in my exercise time....before meetings and other obligations.  I have to say I'm proud of myself.  My thighs and calves feel tighter/firmer from all the stat. bike riding.  My arms feel a bit more firm, too.  I've been using these weighted balls a bit after riding as well as stretchy bands while doing the walking workouts.  It's funny, at the time I don't feel like I'm really doing anything.  But, I guess over time, it all adds up and IS doing something.  AWESOME!!!

I'm glad I have some soup in the frig that I can enjoy tomorrow.  That will be a nice treat.  I made this broccoli and cauliflower with cheese recipe I had from when on WW eons ago.  It's just chicken stock, two 1 lb bags of veggies (I did the winter combo of brocc and cauliflower) and 10 oz of light Velveeta, and a can of rotel tomatoes with chiles. .  When it was all cooked, I used my immersion blender to whirl it up in into a pot of creamy goodness.  Here's a link to the recipe.  http://www.food.com/recipe/weight-watchers-broccoli-cheese-soup-2-pts-per-cup-210757   I, of course, don't mind soup with chunks of veggies, but I wanted to see how creamy it would be this way.  Also, my youngest just had to try it.  He loved it!!!

Now I hope whatever this is will just go away.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So many temptations....

So sorry for not blogging in nearly a week.  Last week was busy-busy.  My oldest son's birthday was on Saturday.  This meant pulling together his party for Friday night as well as treats for his class on Friday, errands, shopping, cleaning.  You know what this means....lots of TREATS!!!   A wanted me to bake cookies for his class treat.  I love, love, love the chocolate chip cookies that I make and so does he. So that was what I made.  I happily can say I ate no dough and none of the cookies.  As a matter of fact, there are still a few in the cookie jar.  For his friend party at our home, I made cupcakes....lots of them.  Welp, I didn't eat one.  YES!!!  Sweets are just my downfall, once I start I just can't stop.  So I have to say I am more than a little tickled with my restraint.  :) 

We did have other party food around....namely tons of pizza.  You know what?  I ate it....I wrote it down ....I counted the points.  It was delicious and I stayed within the proper points range.  I did not feel like I was going without.  I also enjoyed some Swedish Fish......I wrote it down, counted the points, and loved them.  I think it's easy to try and hide what one would think was a "bad" choice.....but then you'd probably have the tendency to over eat other foods or continue into a full-on binge.  I love that I can have what I want, but need to own the choice. 

Today marks my third week of healthier living and of the my first week on Weight Watchers.  I actually have my weigh in day as Sunday (even though I didn't start tracking points til Tuesday).  Since this all began 3 short weeks ago, I have lost 13.4 lbs.  Woohoo!!!  I have also exercised every day but one (a busy party prep baking day).  I'm loving  the daily challenge and feel great. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'ma Weight Watcher!!!

I did it, I signed up yesterday!!!  Today is my first official day, although I did enter my food into the online tracker for yesterday. 

I am a lifetime member....not in the official WW use of the term, but in the whole....I've been a member for most of my lifetime.  LOL  I first joined Halloween of 1990.  Yes, over 20 years ago.  While I haven't been a member the whole entire time, I have joined probably 10 times over the course of those 20 years.  I think it's a great plan that encourages healthy, balanced eating and regular exercise.  That's precisely what I'm wanting.  The program has changed since I last did it....but I can't tell how.  LOL I'll have to snoop around on the site more and see what I'm missing.  I love, love, love that fruits and veggies are unlimited.  How it should be!!!

It was a bit startling to see what my goal weight range is:  125-155  !!! Yikes,  that's a long waaaaay down the scale for me.  I can't think of that though.  My first goal is 10% of my starting weight.  .  My 10% goal is over 25 lbs, so not only will that be a big WW goal for me, it will also be a big, noticeable loss.  I can't wait! 

Oh and in case you're wondering....I've exercised EVERY DAY for the past two weeks, sometimes twice in one day.  My legs and arms feel firmer.   I'm looking forward to looser jeans,  YAHOOO!!!!