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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not A Shining Star

I had a lot of trouble this week staying on track.  I couldn't get full and the temptations were winning over my will power.  I was not the shining star that I've been in the last 3 months!  I'm guessing that it's coming up to that time of the month (at least I hope that's the reason)... I gained back a lot of what I lost last week.

So what am I going to do about it?

I'm going to force myself to get back on track!  I had planned out all my meals this week and I did eat them... but I also ate a lot of things not in the plan and way more than I should have.

I'm going to get myself to the gym regardless of my back hurting... this has been a very bad back week.  I'm trying to foam roll it and put my icy hot tens unit all over it, but it's not working.  So I think I just need to "work it out."  If nothing else I will be back to just biking - not the treadmill and elliptical.

Whatever my problem is, I will beat it.  I have a goal in mind and I really want to meet it.  I need to break that goal down so it's more manageable because right now it's a January 2016 goal... and that goal is to finish losing everything I had gained back PLUS 10-15 lbs more.

So... what a better time than now to set my first goal.

My goal:  By the end of May I want to be down 8 lbs from where I'm at today.

I can't wait to be Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vacation Was Good To Me...

Vacation was good to me.

My husband and I went overseas to Europe to visit his daughter in Copenhagen, Denmark for a week and then we decided since we were already flying over there why not do another week and spend it in Rome.

We had an absolute blast in Denmark.  It was our favorite part of our trip.  While in Denmark we mostly walked everywhere.  We took very little public transportation... and when we did it was just to mark off that we tried every possible way of transportation they offered.

Train
Metro
Busses

My step daughter was the best tour guide I've ever had.  She met us each day (by biking in 40-45 minutes most days... only a few did she take the metro) and took us everywhere there was to go in the City.  We also took a day trip to Malmo, Sweden (we took the train for that... can't walk that one).

In the 6 days we spent with her, we walked a total of 65 miles.  It was a lot for me, but I planned on walking a ton.  Which is why three months ago I got myself back to the gym.

Once we left Denmark we went to Rome, Italy for another 6 days.  With the exception of the ride from the airport to our hotel (and to another hotel) as well as one train trip to north Rome... we walked everywhere there too!  Another 65 miles.

My feet, legs and knees hurt towards the end of the trip that's for sure.  We had to take more resting breaks, but my husband never complained about that (thankfully).

During the trip I had my coffee twice a day (capuccino's), ate what I wanted (but listened to my stomach when it was full - at least 95% of the time I listened) and had dessert in Rome every day.  I didn't want to spend my time focusing on what I was eating... so I just quit when I was full and ordered what I wanted.

I was plesantly surprised coming home.  By the time I got home I had lost 4 lbs on my vacation.  I got myself right back on track with eating and managed to lose another 1.6 since we got back last Friday.

I am extremely proud of that 5.6 lost (in three weeks).  I have zero regrets!  Honestly, even if I gained I wouldn't have regretted one choice we made.  My goal for this coming week is to get back to working out more again.  I needed a break.  I need to get my steps back up there... which obviously means more miles walked.

Have a great week everyone!

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I am worth it!

This past week has been interesting for me.  I've made a lot of good choices and some bad.  I can't help some of the bad sometimes and I'm not sure why!  Maybe because I'm human?

I know when going for that candy that I really shouldn't do it.  Not because I can't have it on Weight Watchers, but because I typically don't want to stop and it leads to other bad choices.

When I go to my Mom's house, she always has some kind of treat there and I always want it.  EVEN if it's nothing special.  If she tries to hide it (you can bet after reading this she will try to hide now), I WILL FIND IT.  I think it's the comfort of home feeling.  So Mom, PLEASE don't hide it, because it actually makes me want it more.

As you know, I've been working really hard lately to stay on track - meaning exercise and eating.  I'm really proud of myself because I feel like I've got the motivation AND the will power back.  That is really hard to get back when you've lost it for some time.  I literally lost it for a year.  Pretty much a whole year (2014) maybe more.

What got me back on track???

Honestly, I don't know.  Maybe it's because I gained a bunch, enough to make me have to buy more clothes, feel miserable and feel that the weight was making everything harder for me.  Maybe it was my dad's death last year (he was a very unhealthy person - eating and in general our genes are not the greatest).  Maybe it was knowing that my other family members are having issues and I can see myself in them.  I honestly don't know.

I'm back to "no more excuses."  Honestly, I hate excuses and always have.  No one can do this for me and there's no magic pill that's going to help.  There are things that enhance weight loss but eventually they don't work and most of them can make you pretty miserable during the process.  And if they don't, it's not something that you will likely continue for a lifetime.

I need to remain responsible for my weight loss/gain, the choices I make and the effort I put in.  I am committed.  Totally committed.

I did lose this week.  I didn't work out as much as I did the previous week and my activity points weren't as high as they have been... but I balanced out my points accordingly (or at least made a good attempt at it).  My loss this week is 2.6 lbs.  A great weight loss (I think some of this should have been last week LOL so it's make up and proof that the scale doesn't always show your progress right away).

With that said, I'm about to embark on a two week vacation, where I want to do and try everything.  When I get back, I'm going to read this post so that it reminds me that I can get myself back on track.  It is possible!  I love myself and care about myself enough to make it happen!  I am worth it (so are you)!

You won't hear from me for a few weeks.  So enjoy your break!

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Must Meal Plan

Well, I had another successful week.  Not as successful as last week, but I was still successful.

So if you're wondering why I've been so successful, I'll tell you it's because I'm planning my meals (so I know how many points I am using and what I can "play" with), tracking my points (making an effort to only use my activity points not my weekly - I used both this week, hence the .6 loss) and I'm working out about 5 days a week.  Still only walking or biking (more biking).

This coming week is going to be extremely stressful for me.  We are preparing for a long vacation and it's to a place I'm completely unfamiliar with.  So I'm super stressed.

I need to follow through with my meal planning until we leave.  It will be challenging because I need to keep grocery shopping to a minimum so we don't have anything go to waste.  That will be my challenge for the week :)

Anyway - after next week you won't hear from me for a few weeks.  But, I'll pick up where I left off when I get back.  Vacation will be vacation.  I'm not stressing about food.  We won't have a car and will be walking and taking public transportation everywhere so I'm sure I'll get in a ton of exercise.

Have a great week!

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nailed it!

I have been feeling AWESOME while staying on track.  I have more energy by eating foods I should eat as well as getting my exercise in.  I will admit I'm bored with my exercise routine, but really trying to hold myself back from doing what I always do... get obsessed and burn myself out.

So for now it's still walking and biking - more biking than walking and most of it's all indoors.

I was a little nervous for this past weekend.  We had company.  My sister and brother in law.  I always want to please them and make foods that they would like.  This weekend was no different.

Friday night we had pizza from Papa Murphy's.  I bought three pizza's and we really only needed 2.  I wanted to make sure that I could eat with them so I bought myself my own veggie thin crust pizza.  Man is their veggie pizza the bomb... and I had enough points to eat half the pizza (I hope I was doing the math right).  Volume is a big deal to me.  I probably could have had 1 maybe 2 pieces of their pizza versus 4 of the veggie.  I made sure I went to the gym before they got here so I cleaned my house Thursday night and a bit here and there through out the day on Friday.  I beat Friday!!!

Saturday was probably the most nerve wracking day for me.  We didn't really know what we were going to eat at all.  We went out to breakfast - I picked what I wanted.  Thankfully it wasn't that good so I didn't eat the whole thing, but I ate most of it.  We didn't eat lunch - I snacked on a piece of licorice and maybe had some fruit.  My sister in law and I went for a 3 mile walk outside (OMG was that awesome) - so I was able to get in some exercise.  Then came dinner.  We were literally up in the air for dinner until about 3:00.  We decided to go to a brazillian BBQ... all you can eat hot / salad bar and as much meat as you can eat.  I did what I wanted... I left full.  Very full.  Uncomfortably full.  I also ate three bars that night - two lemon and one brownie.  I could have eaten more... but I didn't.  I was still uncomfortable when I went to bed.

Then came Sunday.  I got myself completely back on track... for the rest of the week.  I was so proud of myself and feel like I made some huge progress.   I could have done what I did the previous weekend and let the badness spill into Sunday... but I didn't.  I wouldn't allow myself to.  While they ate eggs, english muffin bread, sausage, bacon and cheese... I ate a protein shake, fruit and one piece of bacon.  I didn't even feel deprived (because I let myself have a slice of bacon).

This week was a total win for me.  I feel like I nailed it!  I don't even care if I lose this week (I did, but I don't care really... I was a good healthy eater 90% of my week!).

The results for the week are (drum roll please)... I lost 2.4 lbs.  I am well on my way to feeling better and making our upcoming trip a success.  We are going away for two weeks - Denmark and Italy.  Can't wait.  Am not going to go overboard there, but will eat what I want.  We will be walking everywhere so I will definitely get all my exercise in while there.

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Challenge presented, accepted and (mostly) met!

So this past week went fine.  I went out of town for 1 night (yes 1 night) with my college friends.  We rented a hotel room, got hockey tickets and headed down for a day/night on the town.  I was a little nervous on how to handle it because I have been so incredibly good lately and I didn't want it to get all messed up because of one little trip with friends.

I set out with some goals this week:

  1. I was only going to be bad Saturday, I was not worry about counting points or what I was eating or drinking, I just wanted to have a good time.
  2. I would be totally on track for the 6 other days.
  3. I was going to work out Saturday morning before I met my girlfriend.
  4. I was not going to puke.
  5. I was going to stay the same.

I met goal 1, 3 & 4... with goal 2 I came very close... but I was so hung over that I splurged on Sunday too.  However I was very good for the rest of the 5 days.

What I'm most  shocked about was goal 5.  I was way up on Monday morning (like 6 pounds) and a little discourage.  But I fought that feeling and stayed on track... as the days went on the pounds from the weekend were dropping off.  I was about the same as I was last week.  But by the time I weighed in today, I was actually down .6 lbs... so I exceeded my #5 goal.  I'm proud of that because I do feel that I worked hard this week even with the two binge days.

This week's challenge is that I'm having company all weekend.  Where there's usually a lot of eating out, munching on snacks and drinking.  I know the drinking will be in check, I don't NEED to do that.  I'm not going to buy a bunch of snacks to have on hand... but the meal planning is going to be a challenge.  I've looked up a bunch of recipes and want to make healthier food - so I'm going to try that and see how it goes (and that is if we don't go out to eat... if we go out to eat - LORD help me because I'm not as good at being good at restaurants).

I hope you have a plan for any upcoming challenges you may have.  My weight goal this week is to continue to lose (I'm on a 4 week weight lost streak) and not just stay the same... so wish me luck!

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Triggity Track!

I am ON FIRE right now.  I don't even care what the scale says this week!  I feel great and will continue to do what I'm doing (well, except for Saturday/Sunday this weekend... a little college reunion going on).

So, let me tell you about my week.

Food.  On point.  Literally so on point that I didn't even use any extra points this week and only ONE of my 27 activity points I earned.  Now, to be fair, I didn't eat out at all this past week and that totally helps.  I had nothing going on with friends (other than one lunch out, where I ordered a plain 'ol chicken salad) and we didn't really do anything or go anywhere over the weekend.  Other than to the gym.

Which leads me to the gym.  I am attempting to mix it up between the bike and the treadmill like I did the week before.  I like the bike because all I have to do is sit there and watch my show (I'm onto season 4 of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" -- terrible show if you don't like slap-stick comedy).  The treadmill is much harder to do that because there's only two treadmills in the gym where they are setup well enough for my phone to be at a normal eye level for watching the screen.  Otherwise, I just listen and look down every once and a while.

The most exciting thing for me this week is that I branched out and went over to the weight machines.  Now, you must know - I dislike weight lifting (at first).  Part of that is that I'm scared because I don't remember how all the machines work (I know that free weights are the way to go but shit if I can't even do them on machines, you think I have any clue how to do things with free weights???) and the people on that side are intimidating... and they stare at you.  Or maybe it's me staring at them... trying to see how this all works.

Regardless... THIS is a huge non-scale victory for me.

The hard part though is that when I do weights, I don't want to do cardio too (meaning on the same night).  Therefore my "steps" suffer as do my activity points earned from my ActiveLink.  So, that's a bit stressful to me as I like to see things quantified.  I like earning those points, it's very much a motivator for me.  With my Fitbit and the steps I get from that... also very much a motivator as I can compare my steps to others... and prior to this renewed sense of "take care of me" I was down in the bottom 20+ people and now I've been #1 or #2.  I like being up there.  I am a super competitive person.  Like terribly competitive (you know that if you know me personally).

Anyway - I feel like a rock star.

The scale was good to me as well.  Of course it's hard to follow up a week where you lost 3.2 lbs... so I'm very happy with my 2 lb loss.  I am going in the right direction.  Lets just hope I don't go too hog wild while I'm away this weekend and that I can pick myself back up and get right back on that horse as soon as I walk in the door on Sunday.  I hope that you too have found a way to either stay on track (if you have been) or get yourself a renewed sense of "take care of you" time!

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