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WW Week 19 Recap

I weighed in back to back this week. Interesting but I did show a loss each day. Woohoo! Of course it wasn’t a huge loss and I did not meet my own personal goal of losing 2 lbs to put me at a total loss of 30 lbs. But a loss is a loss and I’ll take it!

I thought it would be so easy too. But no.

I think this is why…One, I allowed myself a cheat meal. Last Thursday was my nephew’s first soccer game of the season. My sister and her boyfriend are both coaches on his team and my brother and myself went to cheer them all on. Afterwards, we decided to do a family dinner and went out for Chinese. Apparently my nephew loves sushi. Who knew?!

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I was feeling quite happy to be around everyone and to be at a Chinese buffet that I declared to myself and everyone that I wasn’t going to count points. This is only the second time that I have done this since starting the program with the other time being my birthday. So this was a big deal for me. I didn’t go all crazy and pile up my plate. I toned it down quite a bit from what I normally would have eaten.

I usually fill my bowl up with Egg Drop Soup but this time only filled it about half way. In the past I would have piled up my plate and made a second trip with a not so full plate but still a second trip. This time I only ate the one plate and didn’t pile it up high. I even passed on the rice and noodles. What? Yes! Crazy talk I know! For dessert I had to get a doughnut (you don’t even know how much I love these things) but filled the rest of my plate up with fruit. Oh and I shared my doughnut with my nephew.

This is big actually!

 

Ok the story behind these doughnuts. One time in my early 20’s my sister, myself and a couple others were at a Chinese buffet. I was on guard waiting for fresh “sugar puffs” err…doughnuts to be brought out. When they did I filled up an entire plate. Yes I did. I even put my arms around the plate so that others couldn’t get to them. My fork was ready to stab and may have once or twice if someone tried to steal some. This was a one time thing. I was being silly. But still I do love them. For me to share one, especially when I was only allowing myself one, is huge!

So there was this night of not counting points and not knowing if I went over or not that probably didn’t help me reach goal. And then with it being Labor Day weekend…and eating this huge ass breakfast with one of my best friends.

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Yikes!

But I did lose 1.8 lbs between the two weigh-ins and only need to lose .2 more to be down a total of 30 lbs. Yay!

I’ll get there. =)

In Saturday’s meeting, I met a leader that I had heard about but had never met. She is full of energy! Let me tell you. Wow! I liked her though. I may have to pop back in every once in a while for a burst of energetic motivation. So each leader does their own special little things. My leader does the perky pencils. This lady passes out charms for each time you walk or run a 5K. Now she doesn’t make or purchase the charms, at least I don’t believe so. They each have the legendary WW imprinted on them. But prior to Saturday I had never heard or seen them before. I feel that 5K’s had been mentioned in my normal meetings but perhaps they hadn’t.

Anyways last week the topic was “Get Happy”. Kim, I think her name was Kim, asked for a few people to share 3 things that made them happy the previous week. A couple people mentioned 1 but not 2 or 3. So I raised my hand and decided to share 3 as she had requested. Always the teacher’s pet. lol I started with saying that I ran a 5K last Sunday. The entire room, and it was a rather full room, was in awe and I think I even heard a few wow’s. I was taken back. I really was. But what really floored me was “Kim” ran out of the room hollering as she went “Keep going. Talk louder. I still want to hear you.”. I didn’t know what she was doing, these were not my normal peeps. I felt a little awkward. But I gave it a go and said 2) I reconnected with an old friend and 3) I went to my nephew’s 1st soccer game.  She even had me repeat the last one because she didn’t hear it. This made me feel like she was really listening, which I liked.

When she came back to the room, she offered me 1 of 2 charms for completing a 5K. The first was a running man and the second was literally a 5 and a K. I chose the running man but now wish I would have chosen the 5K since that is why i was receiving the charm.

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She said that anyone who walked or ran a 5K and told her would receive one. She said that it is a big accomplishment and she wants to recognize it. Love it! Love it even more that when I told her this was my first of the year but that I was planning on doing 1 each month for the rest of the year, she said she would give me a charm for each race. What?! I told her I might have to take her up on her offer so that I can at least get the other charm but that I didn’t need that many of the same charm. How cool is that though? So neat!

I’ve made a deal with myself that once I have completed the remaining 4 5K’s that I have planned this year, I will go back and get the other charm. It will act as a reward for having completed 5 in 5 months. =)

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Oh and when she told everyone that doing a 5K was a huge accomplishment, she looked at me and said, “Well maybe not for you.”. At first I was like what?? But then I took it as a compliment that I must have looked “skinny”, “fit” or “athletic” enough for her to say it. Oh yeah!

Sunday’s meeting was all about setting Fall Goals. We talked about the importance of setting seasonal goals. How the holidays are right around the corner and it can be so tempting to give up and say that you will start back up in the new year. How Fall and Winter may lead to you being less active due to the shorter days. And most importantly what we can do to help with both of these.

Prior to leaving the meeting, our leader wanted us to write down at least 1 goal that we wanted to work toward this Fall. I have two.

Goal 1: To make it to my Lifetime Goal by the holidays.

This is completely doable. As of today, I am 17.6 lbs away from Lifetime. That’s right, I’m a little over 2/3 the way there. Woot! Woot! Since it’s the beginning of Sept, I essentially have 3 full months to lose this. It can be done. It isn’t going to be easy because I’m slowing down. In the first month, I lost a total of 8 lbs. The second month was 6.6 lbs. And the third month, 6.4 lbs. Last month though was only 4.2 lbs. I have 1 more week until I officially complete 5 months. We’ll see what my total weight loss for this month will be but right now I am at a total of 4.6 lbs. So far a little better than last month. Thank goodness!

 

For me to lose 17.6 lbs in 3 months I would need to average 5.87 lbs each month. Can it be done? Yes. Will it be easy? Not necessarily.

Hopefully my second goal will help me with this.

Goal 2: To create and maintain a regular fitness routine.

Yes, I go to the gym. But not on a regular basis. I’d like to go at least 3 times a week. Right now I might go 5 or so times a week for a couple weeks and then nothing for a week or so. This is not regular and will not help me in the long run.

I’ve seen this Pin on Pinterest many, many times and am using it as my inspiration for this.

I needed this!

So there you have it. Week 19 and week 20 are in the books!

Here’s to making goal by Week 31. Though technically I’m ok with Week 32 because the weigh in for Week 31 will be the beginning of the last week before the holidays hit. And if I can somehow not make it Week 31 but do make it Week 32 with Thanksgiving in between…I mean that deserves a High 5!!

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WW Week 18 Recap

I wasn’t able to make it to this week’s meeting. I had a good excuse though. I promise! Remember that race that I was training for? Well it took place at 8am this morning and my meetings are at 9am. Yeah, there was no way I was going to make it in time. I just don’t run that fast. lol

One of my old college friends, Heather, and I met up for dinner last month. The first time we had seen each other in more than 10 years. It was a really good time. While we were there she was telling me about a race that her and one of her friends was thinking of doing. They needed a team of 4 people so my friend, Becky, and I joined her. 4-Nados!

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I’ve been in the gym for the last 2-3 training for this race. You see my friend is a runner. Oh yes she is. She did 2 races this weekend, including the race we both ran this morning. Well technically all of my teammates ran 2 races this weekend. They crazy! Just kidding. lol

Heather ran yesterday’s race in 28 minutes. 28 minutes! I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with her. I’m not kidding myself. But I didn’t want her to have to wait for me long. So I trained.

It wasn’t all for her though. I wanted to do well. This was MY first race of the year and I wanted to do be proud of my time. So I trained for me too.

At the gym I had been running a mile in 13 minutes 20 seconds. I figured 3 miles I could finish in 40 minutes. So that was my goal. I wanted to finish this mornings race in 40 minutes.

I was close. So close! I started off strong with my first mile only taking me 11:37. It may have been a little too strong though because I got progressively slower as the race went on. My second mile was 12:40 seconds and my third mile was 13:15 seconds. Not bad though. Technically I ran 3 miles in 37 minutes and 32 seconds. Awesome, right?!

Except a 5K is not just 3 miles. It’s 3.1 miles and today’s was closer to 3.19 miles. That extra little bit killed me and my total time was 41:12. I’m happy though!

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BTW the distance and time on MapMyRun was inaccurate because I didn’t hit STOP right when I finished. Oops!

We all had a really good time and that’s all you can ask. =)

So no weigh in today but I feel good. Really good! I even got 10 Fitness Points in today due to the race. Woohoo!

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I’ll go next Saturday. It’s the next morning class. Then I’ll get back to my normal meeting time the very next day. =)

Last week I was down a total of 28 lbs. Surely in 2 weeks time…err, 1 week 6 days…I can lose 2 lbs and get past that 30 lb mark. Fingers crossed!

Dinner Tonight

I made a variation of an old dish tonight. I didn’t quite have all of the ingredients but was able to make do with what I had. It was just as good, if not better, than I remembered it. What is it you ask? Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Well I chose not to use any tortilla chips. Does this mean that it was just chicken soup? lol

Maybe it can be Chicken Fajita Soup. Call it whatever you want, it was freaking good!

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WW Week 11 Recap

Yes! I’m officially down 20+ lbs! 20.6 to be exact. =)

Tracking every thing you eat every single day really does help. I know that it can be a pain to some people. But it is so easy to not look something up or to not record something that you ate and before you know it you are way over your daily points. Fortunately there are the weekly points to fall back on. But things add up so fast.

I think I have mentioned this on here before but just in case… My group leader passes out “perky pencil” stickers to anyone who tracks to the best of their ability at least 5 days a week. I look forward to getting my “perky pencil” every Sunday. I put it right next to that day’s weigh-in information along with any Bravo stickers I might get for that week.

I have received one each week that I have been a part of Weight Watchers. It means a lot to me. It shows me that I’m following the program and I’m seeing the results. So far I haven’t really had a week where I gained weight. I think this is because I do track. But I have heard of others that go up and down. It would be interesting to see if the good weeks were weeks you tracked and maybe the weeks you didn’t always track were the ones where you didn’t lose.

Don’t think I will test my theory though. lol

Tracking takes dedication. It really does. But it doesn’t take that long. Not when you get used to it. And it can even be fun. I love scanning items at the grocery store or looking up foods from restaurants. Sure it might mean it takes me longer to decide what to eat, or to track what is on my plate but shouldn’t we pay better attention to what we are putting in our body anyway?

Plus it works!

One area I can really improve on is working out. I hardly ever do. Oh did you just hear that? I do NOT work out. Know what that means? I have lost my 20+ lbs entirely because I have changed my eating habits.

That doesn’t mean that working out isn’t also important though. I really should make it a part of my weekly, if not daily, routine. I have mentioned at least a couple times on here that I will get back in the gym. It hasn’t happened yet.

Motivation. Or lack of it.

I feel so good when I work out. I really do. But starting back up is always so difficult. I try to tell myself this week I’m going to go. Today I’m going to go. But I don’t. I just go home, sit on the couch, mess around online and watch Netflix.

The last couple of days I have gotten a couple I have earned some fitness points though. Saturday I went bike riding for the first time in 2 1/2 years  and yesterday I tried yoga for the first time. Both of them were unusual for me but both were still forms of exercise. In fact I think I got 4 fitness points for each day. Not bad.

It really is an awesome feeling to be where I am. 20+ lbs gone! I love it!

I’m not done though. Not even half way. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing. Maybe add in a little exercise here and there and I’ll get there.

Foil Packets w/ Chicken, Turkey Sausage and Veggies

I made this dish a few months back. It was so so good. In fact one of my friends saw me post about it on FB and inquired about how it was made. He then made it himself and absolutely loved it! What can be better than chicken, smoked sausage, corn on the cob (love corn on the cob!), potatoes and veggies all in a foil packet? Nothing! Nothing is better than this dish. It is that good!

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Week 6

Today was fantastic!

I’m down 3.4 lbs this week, making it a total of 11.4 lbs. Yeppers, I got another 5 lb star!

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I also got my 5% charm!!

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It was a big week for me! Big weeks call for flowers! Pretty pretty flowers!!!

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I’ve noticed a pattern in my weight loss. I believe I’ve mentioned this before. But I seem to alternate weeks where I lose 3-ish lbs and where I lose a lb or less. One of the things I focused on last week was drinking at least 64 oz of water a day. I feel this has been a common denominator each of the weeks that I’ve had a bigger weight loss.

But it seems I don’t continue to keep up the drinking habit for more than a week. This week I’m going to challenge myself to continue drinking at least 64 oz of water each day, to continue tracking everything I eat, to continue making healthy decisions and to add in a little bit more exercising. I really want to have two good weeks in a row. Fingers crossed!

A few things I forgot to share in my WW Week 5 Recap post were pictures of a few of the meals I ate last week. For breakfast I continue to eat pretty much the same thing every day – 2 pieces of toast, 1 egg, 1 banana, strawberries and a glass of milk.

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A couple days ago I thought I would try something a little different. The night before I had made zucchini boats (picture to come) for dinner. I used onion, red bell pepper and jalapeno in the boats but had some left over. So for breakfast I decided to make an omelet using the leftover diced/minced veggies. I also had some left over fat free cream cheese that I added to the omelet as well. I’ll admit I’m not the best omelet maker. Mine also turns out more brown than they should be. But it tasted really, really good.

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2 eggs at 2 points each + veggies at 0 points + 1 oz fat free cream cheese at 1 point = 5 points for the omelet. The glass of milk was 3 points and the banana 0. Total points for a tasty filling breakfast = 8 points. I’ll take it!

For my two meals last week that I would alternate between lunch and dinner I made foil packets with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, corn on the cob, baby red potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. So so good and all of it was only 10 points!

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I also made zucchini boats to go with a side salad. The zucchini boats had ground turkey, red bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, taco seasoning and fat free cream cheese (only 4 oz) stuffed in a hollowed out zucchini and topped with shredded Italian cheeses. The boats are only 4 points per half. Since one half is not enough for a complete meal, I served mine with a side salad with Italian dressing (only 1 point for 1 Tbsp). Not as much food as the foil packets but if eaten as a dinner it’s very filling and nice to eat a little lighter before going to bed.

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This was not my first time making either of these dishes. I posted about the zucchini boats awhile back. You can find the recipe here. I’ll try to post a recipe for the foil packets soon. Promise!

For this week I want to make another of my favorite meals – Roasted Veggie and Chicken Soup. This dish is a dish I first learned about oh 4-ish years ago. I went through a very short (3 week) kick of eating Paleo. This is a recipe I came across during that period. I have made it several times since and for several people. It is quite honestly one of my favorite soups and I’d love to share it with you all again.

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Roasted Veggie and Chicken Soup

You can find the recipe here. Please do give it a try. I really don’t think you will be disappointed. Oh and I estimate this dish to only be 5 points a bowl. How awesome is that?! Pretty dang awesome if you ask me. =)

I think for my other meal this week I’m going to have good, old-fashioned tacos. Ok there really isn’t any thing old-fashioned about them. Classic might be more like it. Real tacos is what I’m getting at. Ground beef not ground turkey and in taco shells, not a lettuce cup. They just sound so good right now and I estimate them to be 8 points for 3 tacos including the lettuce, cheese and salsa to top them. I can handle that.

So yummy soup, classic tacos, more water, continue tracking and exercise more. Here’s to a good week!