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WW Week 31 Recap

This week was a success! You are probably thinking I had a big weight loss. Am I right? Well you’d be wrong because I didn’t. In fact, my weight loss was .4 lbs.

So, why was it so successful?

I’m back on track. Woohoo! I tracked my food the majority of the week and I went to the gym 5 days. That’s right people…I’m back!

If I’m being completely honest, I was a little disappointed when I saw such a low weight loss. I just knew that it was going to be big. 2-3 lbs big. Yet it wasn’t even a lb. I’m not letting this get me down though because I know that I did better than I had the previous 3-ish weeks. Plus, getting back in the gym probably didn’t help. Don’t get me wrong, working out and being active in general is always a good thing. But when you go from not exercising to exercising excessively, you don’t usually see a large weight loss such as you might hope. At least not in the beginning. Not for me.

I’ve decided to try an experiment though. I typically work out the week leading up to a race and I’m lucky if I get in to the gym in between. This time I got in the gym about a week and a half before race day. Therefore, I’m still in the gym. I went today and plan on going tomorrow and Tuesday, taking Wednesday off and will run at the race Thursday. After which, I am hoping to get in the pattern of going Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday moving forward.

My problem is taking a day off. I don’t want to go to the gym every single day but when I take a day off, even just one day, it’s hard to go back the following day. I’m hoping if I can get in a routine of going on these days, it will help keep me disciplined. We’ll see.

Back to the experiment…I’m curious to see if I see a huge impact at the scale after continuing to exercise 2 weeks in a row and 3 weeks in a row. Do you think I will? I hope so. But I’m not sure. I know that being active is good for your health in general. However, it’s not necessarily the key to losing weight. Food is the key to losing weight; what you eat and how much you eat. The majority of my weight loss has happened in the kitchen and not in the gym. But will going to the gym 4 days a week help? Fingers crossed that it does!

This week was a little sad for me. More than likely next week will be too. Not sad as in I cried. Believe me, I cry a lot. But sad that I am seeing so many people losing such large amounts and making Lifetime and I’m not. Ok, let me back it up a little bit. I’m happy for these people. I am. But had I not fallen off the wagon, I would be oh so close to Lifetime myself. I honestly think I would have made it today if not, then next Sunday. Seeing others make Lifetime and/or have weight losses of 75, 90 and 125 lbs stings a little. I’m not wanting to lose quite that much but if I were at Lifetime, my weight loss total would be in the mid 40’s. Still a significant number. I’ll get there. I know I will. But to think I could be there now…

Having said that, you would think I would be drinking up all of the good advice WW is dishing out at the meetings this week and last. I am but I’m not. I don’t plan on switching out any of the dishes. In fact, I plan on taking Pumpkin Cake Balls. Not healthy at all! lol I plan on having my pecan pie and my pumpkin pie. I’m going to eat fried turkey, my Dad’s garlic potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. Most of these foods I get 3 times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. That’s it. So I’m going to treasure them while I can. Not to mention, I love it all!

I do plan on eating smaller portions. I don’t plan on taking any left overs with me. I will be running a 5K the morning of Thanksgiving and going to the gym 4 out of the 5 days leading up to the big day. I am also going to make a Detox Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup to eat the days before. Pretty much it’s a chicken noodle soup minus the noodles and amped up with veggies. It’s not like I’m ignoring everyone’s advice. Because I’m not. But I am going to enjoy Thanksgiving and not have any regrets because I passed on something that I might not see for another year.

So here’s to being back on track, staying in the gym and hoping all goes well Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

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Turkey Chili

I have been in the mood for chili for a few weeks now. But with the transition between homes, I haven’t done much cooking. I guess I’m getting a little more settled because I made Turkey Chili this morning.

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You read that right. This. Morning. I didn’t get to it last night and needed something to eat for lunch. So, I prepared it before going to work. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I’m made this recipe several times now. It’s full of veggies, good for you beans and ground turkey instead of beef. Veggie wise, it has your typical onions and tomatoes. But it also has red bell pepper and corn. I’ve thought of trying to sneak in some other veggies without turning it in to a stew. I still want the essential flavor to be chili since that’s what it is. I’m sure you can easily add mushrooms and maybe even a carrot. I’ve seen several veggie chili’s have zucchini and yellow squash in them. I’m sure that would work but I’m not quite on board yet. I’ll let you know if I ever give it a try. 😉

Beans are an excellent way to stretch a meal. They’re good for you too. Most people think of meat, eggs and dairy when thinking of protein. But there are a lot of non-animal sources of protein out there as well. Beans are one of those. 1 cup of dark red kidney beans will provide 16 grams of protein; whereas 1 cup of black beans has 15 grams.

An easy way to make your chili lighter is to switch out the ground beef for ground turkey. I’ll be honest, I hardly ever purchase beef anymore. Ground turkey is where it’s at people! It’s cheaper, lower in calories, lower in smart points and still tastes great. Protein wise, it appears 90/10 ground turkey and 80/20 ground beef has the same amount – 15 grams per 3 oz. Calorie wise though, the same amount of ground turkey has 120 calories where as ground beef has 216 calories. It’s a no brainer!

Chili is one of the easiest meals to put together. Other than chopping a few items, it’s pretty much a dump and wait sort of meal. This is what I use in mine

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While browning your ground turkey, add in chopped onion and garlic. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

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Then add your red bell pepper.

20171113_063520It doesn’t really matter the order you add the remaining items but I prefer to add the seasoning first, stir and then add everything else. You can purchase premade chili seasoning and it will work just fine. Or you can make your own. I do both…depending on my mood. Today I made my own with ground cumin, chili powder and paprika.

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You might not think this is enough seasoning. I didn’t. In fact, just about every time I make this, I question it. But I remember that I never add more and it turns out tasty. So I leave it be. If you want to increase the amounts of seasonings, have at it. Make it yours.

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Now add in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.

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It’s time for the fun stuff…uh it’s all fun!…but I’m talking about beans and corn. There’s dark red kidney beans in there. Promise. I just didn’t take a picture. Oops!

So colorful!

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Right now it’s a little on the thick side. I happen to like it thick but it can get too thick after sitting for a while. So while the flavors come together I like to put the lid on the pot. It does wonders.

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Yumm!

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It’s so good! Good for you too!!

Here’s the recipe:

Turkey Chili

  • Servings: 5
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8 points per serving

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz dark red kidney beans
  • 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn

Directions:

  1. Brown ground turkey, breaking up as it cooks.
  2. Add in chopped onion and chopped garlic.
  3. After turkey and veggies are cooked, add in cumin, chili powder and paprika. Feel free to increase the amount of each if you like.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. This is when it really starts to look like chili. =)
  5. Add in both beans and frozen corn. At this point, it’s pretty much done. You just want all of the flavors to come together.
  6. Cover and simmer for around 30 minutes.
  7. Serves 5 at 8 points each (about 1 1/4 – 1 1/3 cups). If only making 4 servings, it will be 10 points each.
  8. Enjoy!

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!

WW Week 27-29 Recap

The last couple of weeks have been interesting. I can say that I am officially in my house. Yay!

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It’s been exciting times to say the least. I closed a little over a week ago, moved yesterday and cleaned out my old apartment today. I’m a homeowner now. Yikes!

But we’re not here to talk about that. You probably want to know how I’m doing on my WW weight loss journey. Not too good to tell you the truth.

I know. =(

Let me take you back a couple of weeks. Week 27 was awesome! I weighed in but wasn’t able to go to the meeting. My Dad and I went to the races that weekend and I didn’t have time to attend. I did have time to go weigh in though. I don’t remember my exact weight loss for that week but I do remember that my total weight loss was 39.2 lbs making me 8.2 lbs away from goal. Awesome right?! I thought so!

I gave myself a pass that weekend so that I can drink and eat junk food at the races and not feel guilty. I figured I had been doing so good, Saturday and Sunday were part of two different WW weeks and you have to live a little. I’ve said this before but it’s true. You aren’t going to be perfect and stay within your allotted points every single day for the rest of your life. It’s ok to give in once in a while. Just as long as you are able to pull yourself back together.

I wasn’t.

Not this time at least. =(

So over this same weekend I hurt my back. It literally happened as I was getting out of my car and getting in to my Dad’s to cross the street to the race. I felt it. Not sure what I did but I sure did something. I told my Dad immediately. As the day went on, it began to hurt more and more. I still enjoyed the race though. Didn’t let it slow me down one bit. That may have been a mistake though. Not sure. When I got home that night and went to bed, I tried to sleep on my back, which I never do, and I tried to not move as much as possible. It must have worked because I woke up Sunday morning feeling a lot better.

However, by the end of Sunday, my back was worse than it had been the day before. I thought to myself, ok sleep the same way you did last night and all will be good tomorrow morning. Boy was I wrong. I woke up Monday in so much pain. I got out of bed and couldn’t take a single step. Not. A. Single. One. The pain was unbearable. Somehow I got back in to bed and I called my Mom. She and my sister both came over and took care of me for the day. I obviously did not go in to work that day. My sister gave me a muscle relaxer and my Mom brought me a heating pad and cooling packs. She also brought breakfast and junk food. Of course I ate everything. It was a sick day but not a stomach sick day so that I couldn’t eat. Sick days are freebie days didn’t you know. That also meant this was Day 3 of me not tracking or making good decisions in the food department.

This led to Tuesday and Wednesday not being good and Thursday was my closing day on the house. So of course there was celebrating with both food and alcohol. So many points! Before I knew it the weekend pass I had given myself turned in to a week long pass. So I told myself ok, take the week, get back on track Sunday. But I still had lots of leftovers from Friday and Saturday that I didn’t want to go to waste. So I ate them.

Monday. I’ll get back on track Monday.

Sunday was the start of WW Week 28. Remember I didn’t attend Week 27’s meeting because of the race. Week 28 I completely forgot about. This is the first time since starting Weight Watchers that I forgot about a meeting. I remember looking at my phone seeing the time say 9:10 and then remember that hey, my meeting started 10 minutes ago. Damn! I could have at least went and weighed in. But I wasn’t in the mood. So I didn’t. I told myself I would go the following Saturday. It was the last day of Week 28 but it would still count.

I also told myself to track this next week. Monday I did well. Tuesday too…up until the evening. Tuesday night I ended up eating two dinners, yes 2 and a bunch of candy. It was Halloween! I had hoped to pass out all of the candy that I bought, which was only one bag. It was my first time being able to pass out candy from my own home. I wasn’t going to pass it up. My plan was to eat 2 pieces of candy. I had enough points to do so. I had been very good most of the day. Any remaining candy was going to work the next day so that others can eat it. This did not happen. Oh no, it did not. The rest of the week didn’t turn out so well either.

Week 27 and Week 28 were not good weeks for me. Remember I had gone the entire two weeks of eating poorly. I made bad decision after bad decision. Freedom is not always a good thing. Not for people who don’t know how to eat healthy. I know what to do but when I do not follow structure, I don’t do as I should. I really don’t want to track anything, calories, points, anything for the rest of my life but the more that I do and especially when I don’t, the more that I realize I may need to. I’m the type of person who likes to follow rules, guidelines. Without, well, I go a little crazy. Between Week 27’s weigh in and Week 28’s weight in, I gained 4.8 lbs. Wowza!

I went in the opposite direction and in a big way.

To top it off, I was unable to again attend the meeting. This day was moving day in to my house. There just wasn’t time. I told myself that I would get back on track the next day, today, the first day of Week 29. I would attend a meeting and get back on track. Did I? No. =(

I have two alarms that go off every day. The first one is at 6am and the second is at 7am. I turned them both off and stayed in bed. I didn’t wake up until 8:30. The Sunday meeting starts at 9 and I now live 30 minutes away. There was no way I was going to make it in time.

I had bought donuts and pizza for those that helped me moved the previous day. Both of which I have leftovers. I ate the last of the donuts for breakfast this morning, had Sonic for lunch, Mexican with my parents for dinner and lots of Halloween candy as well as a large, thick cookie in between. So many points!

Dinner was too much. Too, too much. I have leftovers for probably 3 more meals. I should throw it all away because I’m sure it’s high in points. But that would be so wasteful. Besides I haven’t done in grocery shopping since being in the house and am not quite sure what I have that I can fix for lunch or dinner tomorrow. I can at least track the Mexican food. That I can do and should do. I have got to get back on track.

My goal was to be at my Lifetime goal by the end of November. As of the weekend of the 21-22nd of October I was 8.2 lbs away from this goal. The end was in sight. It was totally doable. Now that I have set myself back a few weeks, that goal is no longer attainable. This doesn’t mean that I won’t reach my Lifetime Goal because I will. It just won’t be by the end of November. I don’t see any reason why I can’t reach it by the end of December though. Before the year is over I should be at my Weight Goal or at least within a pound of it. I will!

So tomorrow I will get back on track. I will start making healthier choices again and tracking everything I eat or drink, no matter if it’s healthy or not. It won’t be easy since I’ve had the taste of freedom for so long. But I can do it. I have faith in myself.

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.

 

WW Week 24-25 Recap

Wow! I can’t believe it’s the 8th day of October and my first day posting this month. I’d love to say I’ve been busy but that would just be an excuse and an inaccurate one at that.

So I won’t lie to you.

I just haven’t been on here.

Sorry!

To quickly recap the couple weeks leading up to last week: I had an awesome week where I lost 3.8 lbs! Woohoo! Then the next week I did nothing. Nada. No loss. No gain. Good but not what I was looking for. Caught up to week 24 now? Good!

So last week I went rogue a couple of days. I didn’t track 2 whole days. Yikes! I honestly don’t remember what all I ate but I do know that one of the nights I had a big fat cheeseburger topped with fried jalapenos and a side of hand cut french fries. Oh my. I don’t even want to know how many points that was.

The next two days I was bad as well though I did make myself keep track of my points on the third day. I couldn’t let a week go by without getting my perky pencil sticker at my WW meeting.

Needless the say, being rogue did not pay off at the scale that week and I gained 1.4 lbs. Though it was nice to be free and eat whatever I wanted, it hurt me in the long run. One day is ok every now and then but 3 days? No. Everything in moderation.

This week I got back on track and counted every last point. I stayed within my healthy range even getting a blue dot every day. Yay!

20171008_210730With week being much more successful than last week, I lost the original .6 lbs that I was going after, the 1.4 lbs that I had gained the previous week and an additional .4 lbs. That’s right, I lost 2.4 lbs! My total weight loss is now 35.4 lbs earning me my 7th 5 lb star. Such a good feeling! I even celebrated with some pretty flowers.

 

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I came across this pin on Pinterest and thought it was very fitting for me right now. That week where I exercised 6 days, stayed within my daily points and didn’t budge at the scale was quite discouraging. It really was. In fact, it may have had more influence for my going rogue the next week than I originally thought. But, the following saying is so true.

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Had I stopped trying, not gotten back on track after making poor decisions, I wouldn’t be celebrating today. I wouldn’t be that much closer to the end goal. In fact, I would more than likely be farther away.

Let me just say this again real quick.

WE WILL GET THERE BUT ONLY IF WE KEEP GOING

This is true for most everything in life. Take a look at my life over the last couple months. I trained, for a brief period but still I did, for the 5K in August and the 4 mile race in September and was proud of my success at both. Had I only trained one day, or not at all, I wouldn’t have had the same results that I did. I told myself over 2 years ago that I wanted to buy a house. I knew that I wasn’t ready at that point. So I set a plan in to motion, paid off my credit card and saved money for the down payment. When I didn’t find a house as quickly as I thought I would, I could have given up. I almost did a couple of times. But I kept at it. I kept looking. And now I am moving in to a house that checks off just about everything on my list.

We can’t let ourselves get discouraged when we run in to speed bumps. We must keep going. We will get to wherever it is we are trying to get to. But only if we keep at it. If we give up, we are only setting ourselves up to fail.

In the weight department, we also have to live our lives. We can’t say no to everything just because we are trying to lose weight. I love Fall! I do. With Fall comes festivals. This weekend was Weston’s Apple Fest and my sister and I went today. Of course I had to get me some hot apple cider. It wasn’t exactly cold out today but hot apple cider is one of my favorites. Yumm! Then my sister and I shared an apple dumpling and a tenderloin sandwich. Double yumm!

Even with us sharing, we still didn’t eat all of it. Plus all of the walking around that we did, I’m sure helped burn off some of those extra calories that we took in. We can’t put life on hold until we get to our perfect weight. We have to keep on living. We just do!

Ok that is all for this week. I’m going to cuddle with my kitty now. My sweet, sweet Mr. Trixie. ❤

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Growth

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!!!!