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WW Week 30 Recap

Today was an exciting day! I tried out my new Weight Watchers group today. No, I’m not going to stop going to my other group. Those are my WW Peeps and I’ll stay with them until I reach Lifetime then will probably visit every once in a while to say hi after. But I did move 30 minutes away and well, who wants to drive there and back to go to a 30-45 minutes meeting? Not me. Not every Sunday at least.

There was a lot that I wanted to get done this morning and it just made sense for me to stay closer to home. So I thought why not give it a try. I’m glad that I did. I liked them. I was worried because I have gone to some other meetings and they just didn’t compare to my Sunday crew. I feel that this one did for the most part. I was pleased. Thank goodness!

Ok, so I went to two meetings this weekend. One yesterday to make up for not going last Sunday and one today to get back on track. I’m just going to say it, I gained again this week. I knew that I would though. As much as I had hoped to get back on track last week, it just didn’t happen. I’m an accountant and we were working on Month End. I stayed late multiple times and didn’t have meals planned, therefore I ended up picking up fast food on the way home. I was stressed while at work and ate chocolate like crazy. So I knew I was going to gain. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though. Whew! I gained 2 pounds. This now puts me at 15 lbs away from goal. Yikes!

I weighed in again this morning and was already down a pound. Yay! But then I went to a family gathering and all bets were off. You don’t even want to know all of the sweets that I ate. Oh boy!

After the meeting, I went to the gym. This was also a first for me since I was transferring locations. Same company, different location. Some of their equipment was different and the gym itself was a little smaller. Overall, it felt good. I was very proud of myself for running a mile straight through after having not worked out for a while. Woohoo! The 5K I have coming up is going to be a breeze! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

  • WW meeting ✔
  • Gym ✔

Next up, grocery shopping so that I can meal prep this week. I’ve decided to bring out a couple of my favorite dishes – Turkey Chili and Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash. I could have sworn I had already posted recipes for both on here but it appears I have not. I will try to do both this week for you. Each are split in to 5 servings which is perfect for the work week. Turkey Chili is 8 points a serving and the Enchilada Spaghetti Squash is 5 points a serving. I also picked up some turkey sausage patties for breakfast as well as lots of fruit.

This week is going to be a positive week. Yes it is!

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WW Week 26 Recap

Hola! This week was really good. That makes two good weeks in a row. Woohoo! If I can keep it up, I’ll be at goal in no time.

Last week’s weight loss was 2.4 lbs. This week’s weight loss was 1.6 lbs. Anything over 1.5 and I’m happy but after everything I ate yesterday, wait until you hear what all I ate, I’m ecstatic with seeing this.

So yesterday one of my friends and I went to Ren Fest. I was planning on sharing my free turkey leg, Thank You Sis!, with her and her son. Turns out her son didn’t want to go and she wasn’t in the mood for a turkey leg. So I had it all for myself. I started off only going to eat part of it. I even told her this. Soon though I realized this was not happening and that I was in fact going to eat the whole thing myself.

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Oh yeah, it sprinkled on and off for a while hence the shirt on my head. lol

She chose to go with the Duke Dog which was mac and cheese on a hot dog. Oh my, did it look yummy! I’ve seen them on TV but never in person. I might have to make some at home in the near future.

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Doesn’t that look good? It sure did to me.

For dessert we shared some fried Oreos. Yumm! I decided that today was the last festival of the year, for me. That Ren Fest only comes around once a year. Therefore, all bets were off and I was having a cheat day. Yay!

What is one of my favorite drinks but that I have not had since starting Weight Watchers because it is so high in points? Hard Cider! I had one yesterday. =)

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Actually I had two.

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It was a cheat day after all. 😉

I love Ren Fest. I don’t go every year but do try to go most years. My friend Tara and I went last year as well as this year. We might just make this an annual get together. =)

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One of the great things about Ren Fest is all of the characters that you see. I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I normally do but I did get a few in. As well as a video.

Toward the end of our visit that sprinkle from earlier turned in to a storm. Not just a little rain but an actual storm. It was a little crazy!

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We had been getting ready to watch the “Mud Show” when the rain started coming down. Fortunately we were close to a beer garden and was able to stand under their tent to watch the show. They were troopers for continuing on with it.

After the show, we stayed in the tent for a while longer before deciding to take a run for it. We were soaked when we got back to Tara’s vehicle. Worth it though for the memories!

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So turkey leg, fried Oreos and 2 hard ciders. Not terrible right? Oh but that was nothing compared to what I ate at my Mom’s that night. I ate my Mom’s leftovers from her dinner – steak, baked potato and corn then had a bowl of chocolate ice cram with chocolate swirl for dessert with a side of chocolate brownie and a chocolate square she always has on hand in her freezer. But it doesn’t end there. I then looked in her pantry and found some chocolate donuts and chips. I then went back for some chex mix. I went crazy!

So crazy that I actually had a stomach ache that night.

The sad thing is that I used to eat like this all of the time. Every day was a cheat day and my Mom always has junk food on hand. Where I don’t keep much in my house for this exact reason. She has it all of the time. And not just one or two items but such a variety that it can be dangerous.

This morning when I weighed in I was a little worried that my good week had been ruined after my weakness the night before. I was shocked to see that I had still lost 1.6 lbs. Woohoo! I’ll take it!

I am so close. So close! I have officially lost 37 lbs and am now 10.4 lbs away from my goal. 10 lbs people! I am doing this!!

Ok let’s take it back a minute. This week’s meeting was about cholesterol. I’m going to be completely honest here, I know nothing about cholesterol. I know that you don’t want to have high cholesterol but that’s about it. I don’t know what causes it. The terms that are related to it. How you can control it. None of it.

I still knew very little after coming out of today’s meeting. In fact, the meeting brought up more questions than answers. I did learn that foods high in saturated fats lead to high cholesterol. Also that there are foods that do not affect your cholesterol such as shrimp, eggs and I think salmon. But not much more. So I decided to do a little bit of research on my own.

I’m going to pass on some of what I have learned to you all now. I remind you that I know nothing of the subject. I am also forewarning you that I am getting all of my information from the internet. I’m saying this for two reasons. The first is if it’s wrong or inaccurate in any way, don’t blame me. Please look things up for yourself just to be on the safe side. And two, if I am wrong and you know the truth, please let me know. I don’t want to be wrong and make food decisions based off of inaccurate information I believed to be true.

First things first, what in the heck is cholesterol?

According to Heart.org, cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells. We get cholesterol from two sources, what are body makes and from foods we eat from animals. It sounds like our body, our liver, makes all that we need. Anything else, comes from what we eat. Certain foods that contain cholesterol are high in saturated and trans fats. This causes our liver to produce more cholesterol than we need. This can become very unhealthy for some.

During our meeting the acronyms LDL and HDL were mentioned a lot. I still do not know what these stand for or what they mean. Just that one is good and one is bad, I think. So I looked it up. 

Apparently there are two types of cholesterol, good and bad. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is bad for you while HDL, high-density lipoprotein, is good. LDL contributes to fatty build ups in your arteries whereas HDL carries the LDL away from your arteries and back to your liver. Here it can be broken down and passed from the body.

Ok so what causes high cholesterol?

This seems simple enough. Our body produces all the LDL that we need. Therefore the cause of high cholesterol is from lack of exercise and/or eating unhealthy foods.

What foods are high in saturated or trans fats?

Some foods that are high in saturated or trans fats are red meat, dairy products made with whole milk, fried foods, sugar and even baked goods.

How can I lower my saturated fat intake?

Eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts will help lower your saturated fat in take. Some easy swaps would be ground turkey for ground beef, greek yogurt for sour cream or fish instead of steak.

What is a good rule of thumb for how much saturated fat one should eat?

For those that count calories, no more than 5-6% of your daily calorie intake should come from saturated fats. For a person on a 2,000 calorie diet, this would mean no more than 13 grams of fat per day.

Ok, so how much saturated fats are in the foods that we eat?

This was a little trickier to find. I don’t necessarily know the size of the foods but here are some examples of numbers. Please look them up more on your own.

  • Steak – 21g
  • Chicken breast without skin – .9 g
  • Chicken thigh without skin – 3 g
  • Salmon – 1.7 g
  • Pork – 4.4g
  • Ground beef 70/30 – 51 g
  • Ground beef 80/20 – 7g
  • Ground beef 90/10 – 3.4 g
  • Ground turkey – 2.2 g
  • Whole milk – 4.6g
  • 2% milk – 3.1 g
  • 1% milk – 1.5 g
  • 1 slice American cheese – 5g
  • 1 oz goat cheese – 6g
  • Cottage cheese – 3.9g
  • Large egg – 1.6g
  • 1 oz dark chocolate – 5g

I could go on and on but this gives you an idea. It gave me an idea at least.

I hope this helps you guys understand cholesterol a little more. It has certainly helped me. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert because I’m not even close. But at least I have a better idea as to what it is, what causes it and how I can lower it if need be.

 

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.

Take the 14-Day Abs Challenge

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?!