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A motivational quote we love here at Fit Bottomed Girls.com

NO

Yesterday and today have not been good days for me. They’ve been great days. Just not food wise. I have said time and time again that I track all of my food. All of it. There have only been a small, very small, amount of days that I have not tracked. That amount just grew by 50% because I didn’t track yesterday or today.

Yesterday I picked out carpet for my new house (btw I owe you all an update on the house front) and then went to lunch with my sister. We ordered two dishes and shared. We practically attacked the food. It was so good though. Wish I would have taken a picture for you all.

Then last night we had a family dinner after my nephew’s soccer game. I had a big fat cheeseburger and lots of hand cut fries. It wasn’t even the best burger I have ever had. It was good. Just not the best. Either way it was still a lot of points. Or I assume since I haven’t tracked it.

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Ok, so I’m feeling a little down because of these two days where I have not made the best food decisions. Two weigh-ins ago I was .6 away from reaching the next 5 lb mark. Last weigh-in, there was no change. So I am still .6 away from that mark. I really want to hit it this weigh-in but do not feel this is going to happen after eating so poorly today and yesterday.

Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you that I ate like 10 snack size candy bars today at work. 10! I went to the candy bowl at work and got 1 of each kind of bar. Oh geez! Bad decision after bad decision.

After hearing all of that, hear this. I know that 2 days isn’t going to ruin me. I know that I’m not going to gain all of the weight back that I have lost. I know that I might not reach the next 5 lb mark this next weigh-in but I also know that I will reach it. If not this week, then next. I’ll get there.

Live happens. We aren’t going to stay within our daily points every day for the rest of our life. Weight Watchers is about teaching us to make good, healthy decisions the majority of the time, how to deal with those days that we don’t and how to stay or get back on track when we get off. They are training us for the rest of our lives. We will have days where we aren’t perfect. That’s ok. Just as long as we don’t let those days get out of control.

So yes, what I did yesterday and today is not helping me get closer to what I want tomorrow. But…

I AM!!!!

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WW Week 23 Recap

As of last week’s meeting I was down a total of 34.4 lbs. Only .6 more lbs until I receive my next 5 lb star. Yes, I love getting these stars and charms. lol This week I stayed within my daily points every day. I hardly touched my weekly points. AND I worked out 6 days this week due to my training for the race and the race itself. Surely with eating fewer calories and burning all the calories I did when working out, I would be down at least the .6 that I wanted so badly.

But no, I didn’t budge at all.

I’m proud of myself for maintaining my weight but disappointed at the same time. You hear all the time that there are 3500 calories in a lb. If you eat less or burn more and the total between the two equals more than 3500 calories, you’ll at least lose a lb a week. Hello! I’d say that I took in less or burned more than those 3500 calories last week. Why did I only maintain? Why didn’t I lose? Why didn’t I get that 5 lb star? Why am I not that much closer to my end goal??

It can be frustrating sometimes. A little discouraging too. I think I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Sometimes I feel when I work out, I don’t lose as much. I say this with absolute confidence, the majority of my weight loss is due to the change in my diet. It’s true what they say…the key to weight loss is

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I stand by it 100%. But I also want to be fit. I don’t just want to be skinny. Though, if I’m completely honest with myself, I do think I would be satisfied. If I didn’t want to run any races and actually feel like I was doing a good job. If I could fit in to all of the clothes that I want to wear. If I could stand next to someone and not think to myself I wish I was in as good of shape as they are. If I could do all of these things and not work out, I probably would. But I can’t. Some of them maybe, but not all. Therefore I don’t just want to be skinny, I want to be fit too. Not strength competition fit, just every day fit with a little “Oh, you wish you were as fit as me” thrown in.

This week’s topic went right along with my feelings this week. I love it when this happens. The topic of the week is to “Shift Your Thinking”. The leader of our group asked for some of the things that confuse us or frustrate us. I raised my hand and stated my dilemma for the week. You know, about staying within my points and working out but not moving up or down on the scale. One of the things I love about the meetings is everyone is so supportive. Immediately 3 or 4 women started saying things. I’m a note taker. I wish I could have gotten all of what they were saying. Sadly I did not. What I did get though was the following:

  • Working out is good for so many reasons – helps prevent Alzheimer’s, your brain in general, your heart, diabetes, preventing high blood pressure, your skin, mental and physical health in general, etc…
  • Working out helps you to be more flexible, sleep better and gives you more energy.
  • When working out a lot, after hardly working out for a period of time, there might be some inflammation and water retention.  (So I didn’t know anything about this and had to look it up. This is what I found.)
  • Working out improves your quality of life overall.

In other words, there are lots of benefits other than losing weight to exercising. We all know this. Maybe not every single thing listed above and of course there is much more out there. But still, we know that exercise is good for you for many reasons.

A couple of other things that I heard were “You’ll probably see a big loss next week.” and “It is frustrating because we are told to exercise and eat right and you’ll lose weight. So when you do both and you don’t lose, it’s like why?”. The first was very encouraging and the second was reassuring that I’m not the only who was feeling what I was feeling at that moment.

After listening to the ladies in my group and after doing a little research on my own I do feel that this particular week’s lack of change at the scale was probably do to the inflammation. I hardly ever work out. You guys know this. I pretty much tell you all what I do from week to week. In the past 2 1/2 months, I’ve had a few good weeks but I’m not consistent. Not in the least. Prior to last week’s huge increase in exercise I hadn’t done anything for 2 weeks and then I only went running once. I love the feeling after I finish working out but I don’t keep it up regularly. Maybe if I can make exercise more of a habit rather than a means to an end (preparing for a race), I will see more of an impact at the scale.

I’m still learning all of the this but I’ll get there. =)

KC Zoo Run

As you know, I’ve been training for a race. Training makes it sound like weeks or months have gone by and I’m running a marathon or something. It wasn’t a marathon and I only “trained” for 5 days. But still running in a race is not something I do on a weekly basis and when you make a plan on how to prepare yourself for when you do, well that’s training.

In this instance my training paid off! I set a goal to finish this 4-mile race in less than 55 minutes and that is exactly what I did. Woohoo!

The race was the KC Zoo Run. I’ve ran this race twice before. The first time was several years ago and was also a successful race for me. The second time was not so much. I had feared that my last minute attempt at training would not be enough for to accomplish my goal. But I was wrong.

 

The first mile was mostly down hill. This helped tremendously. It’s hard to stop and rest when you’re going down hill. Why not use the momentum to keep going? You can rest when you get to the bottom.

The second mile was the easiest mile for me. Yes, in a way, even easier than the 1st mile. I started counting. Well technically I started counting toward the end of the first mile. At the gym, I run .25 – .3 miles then I walk .1 mile. I keep this pace pretty much the entire time. When I’m running outside though, I don’t have a screen in front of me telling me how far I’ve gone. This morning I decided, during the race, that I would count for a period of time in place of having the screen. I decided I would count to 200 when running, count to 60 when walking and repeat as many times as necessary until I crossed the finish line.

This sort of worked.

The first time I counted for the running part, I hit another down hill portion (the portion heading across the bridge in to Africa) and wasn’t about to stop running when going down hill just because I hit 200. So I added on another 100. Then another 50. I really pushed myself. I continued this pattern throughout Africa until I encountered the hill leaving. This I walked. But I tried my best to power walk.

This was also the third mile. Unfortunately, there was a lot of up hill during the 3rd mile. Therefore, there was a lot of walking. I’m not going to lie, I usually always walk when there is a hill. I do. I tried to tell myself that walking, up hill was going to hurt my time. But the motivation was not strong enough. I walked as fast as I could but I walked.

Once I got to the 4th mile, you were in the section of the race where it’s tight quarters. The trails aren’t very wide and it gets congested. It’s hard to run when others are walking and you can’t get around them. As I was getting closer to the end of the race, I heard someone say there was only half a mile left. I thought to myself I could run the rest of the way. And I could have. But I didn’t.

I was starting to get tired. I didn’t have the drive in me to push myself. I walked twice (or was it three times?) in that last half mile. Nonetheless, I did cross the finish line and I did make my goal. My official time was 52:50! My pace was 13:13 per mile. One of these days I’ll increase my time so that it is less than 13 minutes. For now, I’m glad that I’ve increased it to close to 13. I used to run closer to 14 minutes. True.

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All of my hard work this last week has paid off. My next race isn’t until the end of October. I don’t want to lose all that I’ve worked hard for though. I think I might continue running at the gym. Maybe stick to 3 miles, since the remaining races this year are all 5K’s, and work on increasing my time. Yes, that’s my plan.

Some pictures from the race and our visit with the penguins after.

 

Training

This week I have been training. Hard. Last month I ran my first real race of the year. I did good but not as good as I had hoped. Barely. I mean I was so close.

I also signed up for 4 other races. Well, technically 3 others, I still need to sign up for the 5th. But that will be happening any day now. The goal is to run a race every month for the rest of the year.

  • August – Run Like a Girl     3.19 miles in 41:12
  • September – KC Zoo Run    Tomorrow, goal is to run it in less than 55 minutes, we’ll see.
  • October – Screaming Banshee
  • November – Turkey Trot
  • December – Christmas Light Run

Part of the reason behind choosing a race every month is to help keep me active. Help me stay in shape. However, after the race in August, I stopped running. I ran once on Labor Day. But then nothing for 2 weeks.

Last week I told myself that I needed to start running. The KC Zoo Run was coming up and fast. Did I? No. =( I kept giving myself excuses. I am buying a house after all. It takes time. My nephew has soccer games every Thursday. I can make excuses for days.

Finally Sunday I said enough was enough. The race was officially less than a week away. If I didn’t start training I was going to have a terrible time. So Sunday I went to the gym. I had planned on running 2 miles but didn’t get around as early as I had hoped and my brother-in-law was on his way to my place. I was dog sitting for a couple days.  I still went to the gym but I cut my 2 miles down to 1 mile.

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I then made a plan to increase my distance each day working up to the 4 miles. Making a plan can be very successful and proved so this week. Dedication is also needed. Dedication keeps those pesky excuses away.

 

The plan was as follows:

  • Monday – 2 miles
  • Tuesday – 2.5 miles
  • Wednesday – 3 miles
  • Thursday – 3.5 miles
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – RACE DAY

Today is Friday and the training part of my plan is done. There’s not much more I could have done in the short period I left for myself. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished though. Last night I ran 3.5 miles in 45:24. Just shy of 13 minutes a mile! That last day I increased my speed just a little bit and it paid off.

I’ve been doing 5 minutes on an elliptical machine as a warm up before running. When I get home, after running, I’ve been doing the 14 Day Ab Challenge. Remember that?

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I’ve completed the first 5 days. So far I’m on track. =) Those Jackknife Crunches are killer. The Russian Twists are getting easier and easier. I have a 6 lb weight ball. I’ve been thinking of using it when doing these. In fact, I might just do that tonight. The Plank is not easy but I haven’t gotten to the really hard part yet. 90 seconds? Eek!

Today, today is rest day. Much needed after this week of training. I am going to enjoy it. Yes, I am!

14 Day Ab Challenge

Have you seen those 30 day challenges on Pinterest? Oh I’m sure you have. They pop up all the time. At least on my home page they do.

I keep meaning to do one. In fact one of the things I wanted to do this year was a different fitness challenge each month. How many do you think I have done? Zero? Right!

So when I came across this 14 day challenge I was like “that might just be something I can handle”. Still I haven’t done it. I’m sure I pinned it a couple months ago. Maybe even a little longer.

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Who wants to do this with me? Please oh please don’t make me do it alone. Someone tell me that they’ll join in.

It’s perfect timing too because there are exactly 14 days left of the month. That is if you start today. Yes, you can start whenever. But I’m one of those people that starts things at the beginning of the year, month, week, etc. In this case, even though it’s the middle of the month, it fits in just right to end right on the last day of the month. So I’m ok with it. Silly I know.

I completed Day 1 today. Yay! Now to follow through on the remaining 13 days. I’ll keep ya posted!

WW Week 21 Recap

This week has been a great week! Yes it has! Last week I set myself up with 3 mini goals working toward the main goal of reaching Lifetime by the end of November. I am well on my way. I weighed in today with a weight loss of 3.8 lbs. Woohoo! I think that is the largest weight loss I have had in a week’s time. It far makes up for the last few weeks which have all been on the lower end. I was ecstatic when I saw the print out. =)

Part 1 of Goal #1 was to lose 4.6 lbs by the end of September, Sept 30th to be exact. As of today I am .8 lbs from reaching that goal. It is very much doable and I am going to do whatever I can to pass this amount by as much as I can.

One of the things I was concerned about with Fall was attending Fall festivals and events. Often at these social gatherings there is food. I love food. Many of us do. Hence why we may get in to the situation where we need to lose weight to begin with. But we can’t just avoid going to events because of the food. Life would be so depressing if we did that. We need to learn how to manage our food intake so that we don’t feel deprived and are still able to be satisfied.

The particular event I am discussing wasn’t one where I actually think of food as the main part of the day though many events are surrounded around a food or the intent of eating. Yesterday’s even was a Chick Event for shopping. But there were food trucks and these pumpkin donuts that my sister and I both found to be quite tempting. Our solution was to share. We each got a pumpkin donut, we shared a chicken gyro and shared an apple cider slushy. I think her favorite was the gyro whereas mine was the donut and the slushy. I love apple cider!

I tracked all of it. Of course, I had to make a best guess since I was not cooking the food myself. But I still tracked it. I ate 3 eggs at breakfast knowing that I would want to eat a higher point lunch and had a salad for dinner. I only went over my daily by 3 points, 3 points! Not bad if I say so myself. I was able to indulge but not go crazy. I enjoyed being with family and didn’t feel left out of anything. And I still lost 3.8 lbs this week!

I really do believe that tracking is one of the most important features to losing weight with Weight Watchers. But it doesn’t have to be just with Weight Watchers. Yes, with WW we track points. But the same is true if you are counting calories or even keeping a food journal. Tracking helps! It helps to keep you accountable. It helps you make smarter, more informed decisions. It helps!

This week’s focal point at our meetings was “Make Your Meetings Matter”. I go to every week’s meeting and haven’t missed a single one since starting the WW program. I do think that they are very important. In fact, one of the main reasons I decided to join WW’s was because of their meetings. As I have said several times before, I have lost weight multiple times throughout my adult life. Large amounts, 30-40 lbs, each time. However, I am unable to keep the weight off. This is where I am hoping that WW will help me the most. I think the meetings will prove to be their most useful when you think you can handle it all on your own. That is the hard part. And when you find that you can’t, should you find that you can’t, the meetings are there to help you get back on track.

One of the ladies in today’s meeting said that “as long as you’re going to the meetings you aren’t failing”. I disagree with this statement. You can attend a meeting every single week and still gain weight. As helpful as the meetings are, it’s tracking your food, making smart decisions and putting in the effort that keeps you from failing. Going to a meeting doesn’t do that. It’s like saying as long as you go to class every day, you will pass the class. We all know that is not true. Studying and practice is what helps you pass the class. Simply showing up does not do the trick.

I will continue doing both, going to meetings and tracking everything I eat. Each person has their own way of reaching their end goal. For me, both attending the meetings and tracking what I eat works. I am 13 lbs away from goal. 13 lbs! Yay!

The Second Hurdle

Yesterday was the second hurdle in this house buying process. First, put an offer on a house. Second, you get that house inspected.

Today I am terribly emotional though. I know your first thought is that the inspection went terribly bad. Actually it was quite the opposite. The house is 40 years old so obviously it wasn’t perfect. The inspector pointed out a few things here and there. A lot of which he said wouldn’t need to be done for a few years. Yes! Nothing needs to be done right away. That’s a relief. It costs a lot of money to buy a house you know. But there was nothing major. Thank goodness!

So what’s wrong with me? Why am I emotional?

I’m nervous. I’m scared. I don’t want to make a mistake. This is a big deal. This is a huge commitment. I’m not the biggest on commitments. Hell, I’ve never even been in a committed relationship. Never! In a way this house will be my first in more ways than one.

And there is absolutely no way for me to know undoubtedly that this is the right decision. I know, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t make sure this was the house prior to putting an offer on it. I did. At least I thought I did.

This house has pretty much everything I have been looking for in a house. I got everything I asked for when putting an offer on it. The inspection went great. So far the process has been very smooth. I really couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Maybe that’s the sign that I’m looking for. It’s not like I have hit a wall at every turn. I’m not having to fight for anything. Maybe that means that this house was meant for me. The first people’s financing fell through. They weren’t the right people. I am. This house wanted me. Well that might be taking it a little too far. But I think you see where I’m going. lol

I’m sure that I will get excited again. But today I’m not. I guess that’s what I want to share with you all. As happy and exciting as an experience this is, there will be ups and downs. There will be moments where you doubt yourself. But those times and those moments will pass. I’m sure of this. Today, right now, I’m scared. But tomorrow I will probably be excited again. Especially since I really need to get the new carpet lined up. Who wouldn’t think looking at new carpet was exciting?!