Zero Point Foods

I got home late tonight and was HUNGRY. My stomach was not so gently telling me to feed it. Fortunately, I had a chicken breast in my freezer and had moved it to the fridge that morning. But what to eat with it?

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10 Week Workout Plan

Last week I started a 10 Week Workout Plan. I have yet to even finish a 30 day plan or even a 14 day plan. What makes me think I’m going to finish 10 whole weeks??

Nothing.

There is absolutely nothing that guarantees I will complete this. I’m telling myself that even if I don’t, something is better than nothing. Fingers crossed I get as far as I can.

Ok, ready for the workout plan?

10WEEKLEAN

Looking at it and you might think, that doesn’t look so bad. Yeah, I thought so too. I’ve seen other challenges that continually progress to more and more and more each day. this one doesn’t. This is the same HIIT work out each week. I’m hoping it will get easier and easier.

The first week, I only got through the first 2 days.

It was the lunges that killed me. My legs hurt hurt HURT! I probably should have continued with the daily exercises and just not do the lunges or not as many lunges. I decided to give myself a break though and start fresh week 2.

I might have to do this a few weeks, gradually getting further each day and week. But as long as I keep at it, I’m winning. =)

WW Recap Week 62

So, I missed Week 60’s usual weigh-in on Sunday. I had gone to the drive-in with my sister the night before and didn’t get home until very late. The meeting literally started less than 4 hours from the time I went to bed. Needless to say, I didn’t want to wake up and go. I did weigh in the following Saturday though.

I had a gain of 4.8 lbs. Ouch!

My work had me working in different locations helping with some deliveries of our product. This is not a normal thing. In fact, it only happens once a year. It is very labor intensive and tiring. At each of these deliveries, donuts and pizza are provided depending on the time of the delivery. I had 2 donuts 2 separate days and 3 pieces of pizza on 4 days. You heard that right. I was carbing it up. Hence the 4.8 lb gain. Yes, I burned extra calories. Yes, I was outside sweating. But, I did not burn enough to cover the hundreds, possibly thousands, of calories I was taking in.

I then went to my normal meeting the very next day, no gain or loss, and was back on track both with my meetings and with tracking and no more carb loading.

Week 62 was successful and I lost the 4.8 lbs gained in Week 60-1. Great!

Because of my yo-yo, I only lost 3 lbs during the month of June putting me closer to goal but not by much. It’s great to know that when you gain, you can correct your mistakes and lose the weight again, hopefully relatively quick. But, it puts you back at least a couple weeks, maybe more.

Had I continued to make healthy choices and not succumbed to the free food being offered, I could have had an awesome week. Not only because I was tracking but because I was burning extra calories on top of eating healthy. I made poor decision after poor decision and it showed at the end of the week.

Those donuts and pizza sure tasted good though. And it was FREE!

Free. That’s a hard one for me. It is difficult for me to turn down free sometimes. Free anything really but especially free food. I pointed this out in my meeting and the leader said something that just wow’d me. She said it’s not free. I was about to respond to her with something like yes, I know, I took in extra calories, and I’m paying for it in my weight so therefore, it’s not free. But she beat me by saying, “Every time you choose to eat something that is going to put you over on your points, or choose not to track and make poor eating decisions, you are paying for an extra week of the Weight Watcher program.”

Wow! That really hit home for me. How many times have I said I was supposed to hit Goal last November? I’m so sick of paying $45 a month? I should be Lifetime by now and not paying any longer? Many, many times. Probably too many to count. Every time I make a poor decision, even if it’s free food, it is costing me in more ways than one. It’s never truly free.

I can’t say that I’m not going to mess up again because I probably will. But, I’m hoping I can keep her words at the front of my mind and continue to track and lose weight all the way to GOAL.

Who’s with me?!

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. 😉