Keep It Simple!

After work tonight, I came home and fixed dinner (turkey tacos, yumm!) and then did what I always do. I sat on the couch and turned on the tv. I kept seeing that it was light outside and thought to myself why am I inside when I could be outside?

So, I put on my shoes, grabbed my phone (music and fitness tracker) and I went outside. Simple as that. You have to get up and go when you think about it. Otherwise, you’ll talk yourself out of it.

One lap around my neighborhood is just shy of a mile. In fact, it’s .86 miles.  I walked two laps. One of my neighbors even joined me on the second lap. It was nice talking with her. We both said that we’d like to walk more in the evenings. I’m hoping that we do!

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Stay Healthy, Have Fun!

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What can you do to stay healthy and have fun?

Lots of things!

Just to name a few:

  • Discover a new trail (I’m working on this one myself!)
  • Kayak
  • Go to the zoo
  • Garden
  • Lazy River (you stay cool and you’re exercising)
  • Cycling
  • Yoga

What will you do to stay active this summer?

WW Recap Week 59

This was a very good week. I decided to weigh in Saturday as I had mentioned I might in my last post. I had a loss of 3.2 lbs which combined with my 1.6 gain the week before makes my total loss for the week 4.8 lbs. Woohoo!

I haven’t had a big loss like that in quite a while. Not to say that there weren’t a few moments of possible weakness. We celebrated a co-workers birthday at work Friday. Fortunately, there was only birthday cake. I stayed clear. It was served and then put away. Saved me from caving in later on. Then, Saturday, my sister stopped for ice cream at Dairy Queen. Again, I resisted. This was not as easy because I love ice cream. In fact, I am proud to say that I have been at 2 Dairy Queens in the last couple weeks and both times I’ve eaten nothing. Not a burger, not a fry and no ice cream. =)

I’m feeling really good right now. I’m still 11 lbs higher than my lowest point since starting Weight Watchers but I feel strong. Today will be 6 Blue Dots in a row. First time I’ve seen that in a couple months. I’m hoping that I can keep this momentum up and finish this summer a Lifetimer. Summer Goals!

We’re supposed to be thinking of what our Summer Goals are. Obviously, I want to reach Lifetime. I’d like to reach it by my birthday but I’m not sure how likely that is. I have 7 weeks until my bday. I’m also 16 lbs away from goal. Let’s break this down weekly – just over 2 lbs a week is what I’d need to lose. It’s doable.

What can I do to achieve my goal?

Well, I can continue staying within my daily points. When I work the program, the program works for me. I can start exercising more. I haven’t been to the gym since April. Can you believe I went all of May without stepping foot in the gym even once? Crazy! I can also drink less. The summer months often lead to be drinking more alcohol. This is fine as long as I track it and are able to stay within my points. The problem is that I haven’t been. Plus, I’ve been drinking a lot of ciders. Ciders can easily be 8-9 points a serving.

I think that’s a good start. So, I’m going to try to maintain the following 3 things:

  1. Keep tracking
  2. Exercise
  3. Drink less alcohol

I’ve been doing good the last few weeks, better this last week than the previous two, and am feeling quite positive. Besides, I think the weather will work in my favor. I want to show more skin and I want what I show to look good. This is a huge motivator. Of course, I wait until summer is here to get motivated rather than preparing and being ready. Don’t we all though? lol

What are your summer goals? What are you doing to keep on track this summer?

WW Recap Week 58 1/2

So I didn’t make it to a meeting last Sunday. Completely my fault. I couldn’t make myself get out of bed. I knew that I should, but I didn’t. I did weigh myself at home though. I’ve found that my scale at home is quite close to that at Weight Watchers. Which is nice because I usually have an idea as to how my weigh in will go before I get there.

Last Sunday would have shown a gain had I made it official. I guess I’m making it official now, just not WW official. I gained 1.6 lbs last week. Not terrible since I knew I had broken down several days eating chocolate. Not just a piece of chocolate either. Though I am capable of just eating 1 or 2 pieces and staying within my points, I’m also capable of eating 10 or even 15 pieces. Seriously! I put one piece after another in my mouth without even thinking. Before I know it 5, 6, more are gone and I’m not satisfied. So, I eat some more. I have eaten so many before that I get a stomach ache. Yes, just like a child.

You don’t have to tell me. I know that I have a problem. Without going in to much detail, there is always a certain time that I tend to turn to chocolate more. It never seems to dawn on me until it’s too late that is what I’m doing. I suppose if those few days were the only days that I was bad, I’d be ok. Unfortunately it isn’t.

However, once I got past those days I’ve been good. I’ve tracked and stayed within my points since Monday. From my calculation, I am currently down 2.4 from my last WW weigh in. Hence, I’m down the 1.6 that I gained last week and another 2.4 this week. If I can keep it together until Sunday”s weigh in, I think it’ll be a good one.  =)

Two. More. Days.

Honestly, I’ve been considering weighing in on Saturday since I didn’t make it to last Sunday’s meeting. Then again on my usual Sunday. I realize there won’t be a huge difference between Saturday’s and Sunday’s weigh in but it might relieve some of the pressure that I’m feeling right now to not mess up. Something to consider.

On the exercise front, one of my closest friends motivated me to get up this morning and run before work. I’ve told myself that I wanted to get in the habit of running 3 miles each day and have yet to even attempt. Then, yesterday, she told me that she and her husband are trying to work out more and she was going to run 20 minutes each day, certain days, something along those lines. But she hasn’t followed through quite yet. I took this as an opportunity to help support her and also motivate myself and offered to also run 20 minutes. We could help keep each other accountable. At least for this one time. There was no discussion beyond that. lol

We were both going to run after work but something came up on her end and she backed out. Nothing bad. All is good. I was about to give her a hard time about it but something came up on my end as well so I let it go. I know! I’m just as bad as her. It’s 20 minutes. We  both could have did our short exercise and our other respective plans. But no. We used them as excuses to not work out.

I woke up the next morning determined to get my 20 minute run in. I couldn’t wait to tell her “I did mine, your turn.”. I did too! After I was done with my run (mostly run, some walking), I took a screenshot of my phone and sent her the picture. I was so proud of myself! I realize 20 minutes is not much but it’s more than I’ve done in almost 2 months, not counting just walking, and it was first thing in the morning. A huge accomplishment in my books. =)

What does she come back with? She did hers too! WTH lol Seriously though, I’m proud of her. I can only hope that I helped motivate her as much as she helped motivate me. Now, to make it 2 days in a row. 😉

WW Recap Week 57

As I’ve told you before, I have been struggling lately with this ever lasting weight loss journey. To be so close to Goal and now so far away as really messed with my head. The week before last I posted on my WW group’s Facebook page, (Yes! We have a closed group FB page. It’s awesome! We can post openly about struggles, recipes, successes and continue to be supportive of each other outside of our 30 minutes meeting time each week.) I’ve been thinking about quitting. Not that I was ok with gaining all of my lost weight back, but that I’m tired of paying $45 each month to continue using the program when I’m not actually using it.

Immediately, I got a huge response and all were so supportive with various suggestions on what I can do to kick start my motivation or changes things up. Some even offered to try various exercises with me. They really are awesome!

Then when I was at my meeting, our leader, Janalee, was the person who weighed me in. She said to just try tracking 3 days. Don’t worry if it’s not all week. Just 3 days. You know, I thought of her saying that all week long.

I told her straight up that I wouldn’t be tracking that day. You see, I had a family gathering that afternoon. I’m weak when it comes to our family gatherings. I always have been. I don’t know what it is about certain people. Some, I can stand my ground and others, I just can’t. When I’m doing good, like the first 6 months I was on WW, I’m strong. But since I’ve been rocky the last 7 months, I’m not nearly as strong. When I’m strong, I can resist more. I can stay within my points better. When I’m weak, yes, weak, I’m more likely to make poor choices. I have plenty of times.

Since I’ve not been on track the last couple of months, I knew I was not going to be able to be good around my family. I know myself and it wasn’t happening. But I also knew that the same wouldn’t be for Monday. So, come Monday I decided to track. I tracked everything I ate or drank, except for water, for most of the week, Monday – Friday’s lunch, to be exact. I shared everything on our FB page.

Friday night my parents came over for dinner. I had just the night before bought a new grill and they joined me as I broke it in. Our dinner wasn’t all that high in points. Not really. Bacon wrapped chicken that was yes, stuffed with cheese, but most of the cheese melted out while on the grill, bacon wrapped asparagus and salad. I didn’t track but would estimate 7-8 points. What did me in was the ciders I was drinking. Those things are not low in points. Not at all!

 

For the most part though, I think I was ok. It was a good night and I had tracked the previous 4 days. One night wasn’t going to hurt me.

Then the next day, I had lunch with a friend at a favorite restaurant. My meal was low in points seeing as how it was salmon and veggies. I assume they use oil and there was a small amount of grated cheese on top of the salmon, but otherwise, it would was zero points. What put me way over the top was the bread dipped in oil and the two berry-tinis that I had. Oh my, they were delicious!

But I can assume they were also a lot of points. Drinks!

Later on that day I was on not-tracking mode for sure. I had 2 pieces of pizza at my Mom’s house for dinner. Ok, ok, not that bad. But I followed that up with Cold Stone ice cream. Oh so many points.

None the less, I was still down 3.6 lbs this week. It doesn’t wipe away all the weight that I gained but it’s a step. Plus, it’s the first loss that I’ve had in weeks. Hopefully, just hopefully, I’ll have a loss next week and the week after too. =)

 

 

WW Recap 1 Year!

Where has April gone? Seriously? It is going to be May next week.

This year is just flying by.

Too fast it seems. Although I am glad the weather is getting warmer. So glad!

Last weekend was my one year anniversary for Weight Watchers. One year! Wow! This is the longest I have stuck with any sort of weight loss method. As I’ve said more than once, I’ve rode this weight loss roller coaster quite a few times. Usually I lose the weight and then I go back to my normal routine. This of course means that I gain the weight back. Each and every time.

This time I have managed to keep the weight off…for the most part. As you all are well aware, I have been struggling with staying on the program and have not reached Lifetime. Yet! I could have long ago. The only thing stopping me is ME! I know this. Believe me, I do.

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What is keeping me going though is my WW family. Without the meetings, I probably would have given up by now and quite honestly may have gained all of the weight back. My peeps won’t let me do that. This I trust and believe. When you miss a meeting, they reach out and wonder if everything is ok. ❤ Accountability is key! Whether you keep yourself accountable (sometimes I’m very good at this, other times not so much) or you have support, either way we all need accountability.

I’ll get there. This I know. I’m hoping that the warm weather will help with this, as I get outside more.

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So what have I learned in the past year? In last Sunday’s meeting, I came up with a list of 5 things. I may expand upon that today. We’ll see.

My list:

  1. I’m addicted to food. I am! I love it. I turn to it in so many occasions…stressed, happy, bored, etc. I eat and eat and eat. I know that I should stop but I don’t necessarily do it. When I’m not tracking, I often don’t do it. Thus I overeat. Thus the problem. =(
  2. Get over poor decisions quickly and get back on track. This is easier said than done. I know. But it’s true. The longer you dwell on your mistake, bad choice, poor decision (whatever you want to call it) the greater the possibility of you making more of those same decisions. The more damage you are doing aka going in the wrong direction. Thus making it longer for you to reach goal. The quicker you can accept what you’ve done and move on, the better off you will be.
  3. I am my worst critic! I am harder on myself than most people can ever think of being. This often leads to more of #1 and #2. Truth! They all feed each other. You know how “they” say, what would you tell your friend, sister, brother, child, etc? That is what you should say to yourself. Yeah, it’s so true. I’m still working on this though. Sometimes, I will go past where I should be and then be too easy on myself. Yep, hot or cold. One extreme to the other. I need help with the middle ground.
  4. Stay the course. When I’m on track, on course and working the program, I succeed. There’s no if’s and’s or but’s about it. It works! The only time I have had a gain is when I have not followed the program. Simple as that.
  5. Track Track Track I’ve said this multiple times before as well. As much as the meetings and the support are important, so is tracking. You can go to every meeting, you can have great support but if you aren’t tracking and staying within your daily and weekly points, you are not likely going to see what you hope and want to see. Tracking works!

That’s my list. These are the things that I’ve learned this year. If I were to add two more quick things, they would be you can still eat a lot and feel full while staying within your daily and weekly points. It may be a shock at first, but there are lots of options on great foods and they aren’t all boring. lol

The second is that you can do this! We all can! We just have to set our minds to it, don’t swagger and get ‘er done! 😉

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WW Week 48-50

Hola!

Week 49 was a good week. A fantastic week! It was much needed too!

It was the first week since last October that I had finally gotten below the 7 lb mark. That meant I was officially less than 7 lbs away from goal. 5.2 lbs to be exact! That’s all I needed to lose and I’d be at Lifetime.

Why am I talking in past tense? Yes, it was last weekend so it is technically in the past. But it’s also not true anymore. I swear, I am never going to get to Lifetime. Last week I didn’t track one bit and as usual when I don’t track, I made some very unhealthy choices.

It all started with my family’s birthday gathering. We were having breakfast items – biscuits and gravy, egg casserole and bacon. Yumm! Biscuits and gravy is seriously one of my favorite meals. I used to make it all the time. I love me some sausage gravy. On this side of the family, we also eat cocoa gravy. Oh so good! This day we were having both. Oh my!

I told myself to just eat one biscuit. I could have 1/4 cup of sausage gravy on one half and 1/4 cup of cocoa gravy on the other. I even took a measuring cup with me. I figured the biscuits and gravy part of the meal would be the highest in points. I started to pre-track. I was going to be good. I only had 5.2 lbs to go. I could do this!

And then I got there and there were 2 large plates/trays of already cooked bacon sitting out on the counter. All will power left me. My cousins fixed me a drink, a screwdriver, so many points but oh so good. I fixed myself a large plate of food and ate it all.

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Then I went back for seconds of each. So bad!

The next day I met up with a couple friends for dinner. We ate at an Italian restaurant and for the most part I was ok. I chose salmon with asparagus, zucchini and mushrooms for dinner. I did have a glass of wine and ate a couple pieces of bread but overall, it wasn’t terrible.

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But then I got home and wanted something sweet. I found some left over ice cream my nephew hadn’t eaten from a week or so prior and ate peanut butter out of the jar.

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Not good.

While at work Tuesday, I was so so tired. I turned to candy. A lot of candy.

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I did this pretty much every day for the remainder of the week.

Friday, my parents invited me over for dinner – steak and baked potato. Yumm! We usually also have corn on the cob. They didn’t have any so I offered to stop at the store and pick some up. Big mistake. I also picked up something to drink and something for dessert. The drink wasn’t so bad. But the dessert was chocolate chip cookies and vanilla bean ice cream. Can you say ice cream sandwiches?!

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I don’t even need to tell you how good this was. It was probably also close to 30 points. On top of eating a much too big steak, baked potato, corn on the cob and having 3 stronger than the average drinks (I point this out because that means more points).

The next morning I had another ice cream sandwich for breakfast. BREAKFAST! I have a problem.

I did follow it up with Beer Yoga which is a pretty good work out. I have only done it twice but man have I felt it on the next day both times. Insane!

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I’m not going to shame myself any more than I already have but I will say I continued to eat junk food the rest of the weekend. So much junk food!

Needless to say I am no longer only 5.2 lbs away from Lifetime. Last week alone I gained 7 lbs. That’s right, 7! This is the most I have ever gained in a single week before. The fact that I have gained and lost small amounts like this so many times now is hilarious. It no longer bothers me to have a gain like this, because I know that it will come right back off. I suppose this is a good thing. But I really do need to stop having weeks like this. To have a bad day every once in a while is one thing. But an entire week is not needed. And it is keeping me from my goal.

My goal. What exactly is my goal these days? That’s a good question. I recently saw this meme (is that what they’re called?) on FB.

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This really spoke to me. I think this is why I have been where I am these last few months. It’s simple, just as I said in my last post, I’m fine with where I am. My desire to change is not greater than my desire to stay the same. Hence, why I haven’t gotten to Lifetime yet. There is one reason and one reason only why I would want to reach Lifetime at this point and it has nothing to do with my weight.

I don’t want to pay anymore!!

I’ve mentioned this a few times. I’m not sure about on here but I have said it. I can’t quit WW because the weight would come back and fast. This I know. But I don’t have a strong desire to lose another 5-10 lbs either. You would think with summer right around the corner I would, but no. It’s just not there.

I did learn today that I can see a doctor about setting a new Lifetime goal. This is a possibility for me. It sort of feels like cheating to me. So I’ll think about it a little more. I’m glad it is an option though.

In the meantime, it’s time to be on track again. I have chicken and veggies about to go in the oven and chicken tortilla soup for the crockpot tomorrow. Both are low point dishes. Let’s lose this 7 lbs…again! lol

Just for fun, here’s a picture of my nephew and I with jello Easter eggs. =) This year my family changed up the food and I was not loving the idea. However, seeing the jello Easter eggs did make me feel better. Traditions are traditions for a reason people!

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