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Monday, April 25, 2016

Still Motivated... don't worry

It's been a while since I've written.  We had yet another family emergency since the last time I wrote. It's a very sad time for my family and extended family.  So of course when stuff like that happens I get completely off track and stop paying attention to what I'm eating... whether it's becauseI don't have time at the moment or because I'm too sad to care.

Then I went off to our scrapbook retreat and for some reason I can NEVER keep my will power going while there. It's frustrating, but it's all me. No one elses fault.  I know what I'm doing wrong even when I'm doing it... but just don't control myself.

Either way, I went backwards and gained the weight that I had recently lost. Last week I weighed in and I'm back on the downward spiral (in the good way).

I'm trying to make mostly good decisions and I'm tracking regardless of whether or not I'm within my points.  This does help me make some better choices.  But of course, there's always room for improvement.

Anyway.. hopefully I can get back to providing updates on a more frequent basis.  I'm praying for no more tragedy around me!!!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Good Motivation Week

I did it again last week, I kept mostly on track and it paid off.  I lost another 2.6 lbs.  That's quite a good accomplishment after last week's large weight loss.

What did I do?
- Worked out
- Tracked my food (there was a day or two where I blew it big time and quit tracking... but picked right back up the next day)
- added more veggies

What was my result?
As I said, I had a nice weight loss.  But more importantly I felt really good 99% of the time, except for the day I blew.  I felt like crap that night and into the next day.

What did I learn?
Well, what I always learn.  I feel better when I eat healthy.  I sleep better when I eat healthy (mostly, I have sleeping issues in general).  I am able to fit in treats when I increase my fruit/vegetable intake to the recommended 3-5 a day.  I can do this!

This was a good motivation week!  I am glad I'm pushing myself to refocus.  I'm not gonna lie, it's not easy.  I have moments of weekness... I'm trying to do a lot of self talk to stop it... it doesn't always work.  BUT if I just move on instead of saying "eff it" and blow the rest of the week, I can redeem myself.

I can't wait until I'm healthfully ever after!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Plugging Away

I was able to weigh last week, but was was WAY up... and didn't have time to blog because I've been so busy.

I'm still busy so this will be short and sweet!

I rocked it this past week.  Tracked almost everything I ate - to the best of my ability and my memory would allow.  Really tried to not go tooo far over my points.  Which I always use the extra weeklys and usually plus some.

I'm still struggling with the new points system - and what it means for my "regular" foods... but overall I'm doing OK.  I decided last week while talking to a friend that I am going to allow myself to go over my weekly points - I'm just going to set that number and slowly work down from there.

The WW points are guideline, but really it's up to us to make the plan work for us.  Obviously I won't be able to do that for long, so I need to decrease that amount each week and after last week's success - I prob's have to decrease more than I wanted to :)

I lost 5.4 lbs this past week.  I am proud of that AND it proves that I can still lose weight if I really want to.  I do really want to.  But of course stuggle with my inner voice when I'm about to eat something I really want, but know that I really shouldn't indulge.

So... with that said - that's what I'm working on.  Decreasing those indulgences!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Setting Goals

So I haven't blogged in two weeks.  I couldn't make it to my WW meeting last week because of meetings I had at work.  I knew I was up from the week before as I had gone away for the weekend and that's always tough to manage.  So I ate what they did and tried to get myself in check once we got back.  Constant struggle and I usually don't do well with getting myself back on... but I tried.

I did start getting serious again on Thursday.  There's something about weigh in day that has some sort of control on me where I can reset.  I did ok this week (I gained but not a ton), but those sweets are still not in check.  I wanted to try to cut sugar, but I can't.  I just crave it.  So for now, trying to phase it out slowly.  That probably won't happen until the end of the month (fingers crossed and a goal I am setting).

We are going away for a mini-fishing vacation this weekend (again).  This is our annual trip and always full of food and shenanigans.  Not making any promises to myself except "hey there, try to keep your portions somewhat in check".  It's hard being on the ice with all kinds of snack, mostly if fishing is tough.  Then one gets bored and wants to eat.  So... here's to attempting to at least keep my meals in check.

My goal for next week's weigh in is "stay the same."  Looking forward to meeting that goal.  That's not too agressive so will be more realistic than goals I've set in the past.

Either way...

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Baby Steps - once again

I had a successful week on the scale, lost 3.2 lbs.  That is great and all, but I have a lot of room for improvement.  I was not perfect 4 out of the 7 days... so that tells you how bad I was previously eating.

I did get work-outs in, which is great.  I am doing a Jillian Michael 30 day work out - but not making myself do it every day as I still need to get to the gym (to get my discount) and need rest time too.  So I'm trying not to obsess like I normally do because then I get burnt out.  What I am doing is counting the days for the video - so that I move on each 10 days to the 'next' video in this series.  This is a huge change for me.

Food though, UGH.  This new WW plan is so hard for me and I'm not sure why.  It's just so challenging.  Seems like some people are having no problem, but not me.  I must really hate change that much (I don't but this change seems so extreme).  I'm going to sound like a broken record, but WW really should have eased into this sugar counting instead of going balls to the walls.  Treats feel like they are just not part of the plan and not allowed... whereas before they were manageable to fit in if you were careful.  Oh well, nothing I can do about it.

I will say, even though I wasn't perfect this week - I sure felt better than I have in a while.  So that's great and that helps me stay motivated.

This weekend/week will be a bit challenging for me as we're going away.  I am not bringing food so I'm really going to have to watch portion size.  Pretty sure I'm either going to fail or be starving... I've got a 50/50 chance.  I am going to have to be super diligent once we get back Sunday.  If I do that, I should be fine.

Next week, I will continue to work out and track.  I don't really have a choice if what I really want is to feel better.

Have a great week everyone!!!

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Working on Changing My Mind

Wow getting back on track is so much harder than I ever imagined it would be.  I need to get the negativity out of my mind... but it's so hard.  Over the last week I've been more than miserable and may have actually hit rock bottom.  I don't want to jinx it, but I feel like my mind may be changing.

I have been keeping up with getting my 8 times in at the gym this whole time, but was doing nothing more than that.  Wasn't tracking - well maybe a day or so I'd track and then I'd quit.

This week I went to the gym twice and I worked out at home.  I bought a new video to work out to.  It's a beginner video from Jillian Michaels.  It's same 30 day shred concept, but it's low impact.  You do three different work outs, each work out is done for 10 days and then you move to the next level (work out).  I can do this!  I've done her videos before.

Why am I doing this video?  Because I saw a picture of a woman who did this recently and there was a significant change in her body.  So I said, what the hell... these videos are under 30 minutes (the first 10 days is 22 minutes I think, then they increase each week but nothing is over 30).

The is definitely low impact and that makes me sad because that was even a bit challenging for me right now.  But hell, I haven't done anything strenuous in about a year.  So baby steps it is and I can't be sad, I need to be happy I'm doing something for myself.

I also have to continue to go to the gym.  I need to get my $20 a month back so I have to go 8 times.  I figure doing this video may get me back into cardio classes at the gym.  I used to love them, I need to love them again.

I'm also recommitting to tracking.  I need to see what I'm capable of.  When I'm focused on losing weight, I do not have a hard time doing it.  But keeping that focus is hard to do.  So here's to a challenging yet rewarding week!

I can do this.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Post Holiday Confession

I was out of control.  OUT OF CONTROL I say.  I did not meet my goal, in fact I gained 10 lbs over the holiday season.

I'm fighting to get it off now.

I am not fond of the new program at all and am really struggling to suck it up and move on.  Because without it, I know I'll continue to gain.  I keep saying I'm going to try it and then I start tracking and get discouraged that many of the things I used to eat have doubled in points.  What makes me upset is IF (I mean IF) I followed plan before, I totally lost weight.  So I don't understand why such a big change to the program.

Weight Watchers used to be about eating what you want and just making yourself accountable for them.  And I feel now, it's just really difficult because those indulgences are just outrageous now whereas before they were just where you had to think "ok is this really worth it."

I think that Weight Watchers should have eased into this big of a change over time instead of BAM! here's the new way.

Regardless, I need to figure out what my next moves are.  I'm not so sure I know what that is at the present moment, but I best figure it out soon.  I need to get my added weight off and it's now a significant amount I need to re-lose... so there's a lot I need to be doing right now.

Over the next week, I will be trying to figure out what it is I want, what I can handle and what I'm going to do to make this work for me.

On a good note, I went to an all inclusive week long getaway last week and came back with losing 2 lbs.  I ate and drank what I wanted to but we did move around quite a bit.

I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!