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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Holiday... Celebrate

So of course I went off track during a holiday weekend.  I was away from home and around amazing food, good drinks and fun company.  I knew I'd be off.  I drank more than I normally do.  I actually am not a big drinker (anymore, college did me in).  I don't think my food was all that bad, but sure it could have been better.

I am also "very" sick.  I've been dealing with a tooth issue for over two weeks now.  I deem myself very sick because i had a severe infection in my tooth.  I visited the dentist a few times now and we started a re-root canal process.  NOT FUN.  This tooth had a root canal done over 12 years ago and is now rearing its ugly head again.  Not uncommon for me (unfortunately).

So I was put on a couple different drugs, one being a steroid and another being a very aggressive antibiotic.  The antibiotic made me very sick and very uncomfortable.  The steroid was awesome... but also had it side effects on me.  So I'm up in weight for sure because of that too (not just food)...

I didn't get in any exercise last week due to not feeling well.  I helped garden (a huge mo-fo garden) but that's all I really could do.

Oh and I got my lady friend.

All strikes against me this week, for weigh in at least.  I am starting to feel better.  I'm off the antibiotic as of Monday (was getting delusional - was quite scary) and started feeling more myself yesterday.  Still have an infected tooth, but hopefully after Monday that will all be better.

So obviously I gained (a lot, but not as much as I had thought I would)... but For next week, I commit to be better.  Better with eating, better with moving (I don't care what it is) and better all around.

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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Much Better Week

Well I was able to stay on track most of this week.  There were a few days where I let get away from me, but overall I really kept track of what I was doing.

I was probably negative more than I know because the one day where I let go, I stopped tracking.  Wrong thing to do, but it happens.

I didn't exercise at all this week, which is not good for me.  Well I guess if you count planting my garden I got some sort of purposeful movement in, but it doesn't take more than an hour to plant my garden.  So I don't really count it.  However, I am super excited to get a million tomatoes, some peas, green beans, serrano and jalapeno peppers, basil, thyme, dill and some onions.  I hope it does well.

We (my husband) doggie proofed the garden this year.  We have a 3 year old german wirehaired pointer that loves to eat tomatoes and dig in my garden.  So last year I didn't plant because we hadn't doggie proofed it.  Now I'm all set!  I can't wait.

So this coming week will be hard for everyone.  The menu that I know I'm walking into isn't WW friendly... but the meals we are responsible for will have some better options for me.  We also only eat 2 meals a day up there, that doesn't work for me... and no one really gets that because it works for them.  So I'll have to bring some breakfast items for myself to tide me over until lunch.  Dinners are always so late, late for me is 7-8 pm.  We normally eat at 5 or 6.  So that becomes very hard for me.  I'll have to bring some healthy snacks (which I've been thinking about).

I don't want to go all crazy because I still have some weight to get off from gaining the week before (and in general).

I will also definitely get exercise.  My sister in law loves to go for walks, so I know we'll get a few of those in AND they have a huge garden that I help plant every year.  Their garden takes 2-3 hours to plant... with team work.  So I'm definitely looking forward to that!

Anyway I hope you all did well this week and enjoy your long weekend.  I know I need it!

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

Thursday, May 15, 2014


What is wrong with me?  Why do I do this to myself?

I did ok Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  I ate what I said I was going to eat AND I made sure I got my exercise in on Saturday and Sunday.  I allowed my self to be bad Sunday (as planned)... and I thought I could do just one day.  It spilled over into Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  So much so that I decided not to weigh in today.  I have never done that.

I know I put on a lot of weight.  I'm letting my work get to me.  I am totally stressed out, but trying not to be and when I try not to be - it turns into eating.  A lot.  I mean a lot a lot.

I know I can do this.

I will do this.

Today is a new day.  Today starts a new week.

I will keep myself in check this week.

I will not allow myself to relapse.

Not again.

I want this for myself.

I.  Am.  Worth.  It.

Stay tuned because next week's post will show you that I can do this.

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

Thursday, May 8, 2014


So during my WW meetings, I think a lot.  I reflect on  my previous week and think about what I need to do for the week to come.  I don't always implement what I say I'm going to do, but a lot of times I talk about it here... I didn't last week, except for what I am doing wrong and what I need to do this week.

What I didn't tell you is what / how I decided I'd try to help myself stay on track.  It's all about beauty, external beauty.  It's coming up on warmer weather time and last year I had decided not to spend money on a pedicure, because I was spending so much money on clothes.  Well, over the last year I have not really lost/gained any significant amount of weight... so everything I bought last spring / summer should still fit this year.  So... I told myself this "If, IF you can stay on plan for 1 week... you can spend the money on a pedicure."  My ability to get a pedicure is not based on a weight loss goal, the goal is to track, exercise and eat healthy this week.  I wanted to stay within my points as best as possible.

So what did I do to keep that fresh in my mind?  I setup a calendar notification to beep at me on the daily.  All it says is "Pedicure".  It beeps at me around 9 am every day.  The middle of my morning.  Happily, each day at that time I've been doing decently.  So every time is has chimed, I've smiled and reminded myself that I want (and seriously NEED) a pedicure.

This week was about a lot of reflecting.  On what I want, what I need to do and exercising a lot of will power!

I had a play date on Saturday morning with my niece.  She and I were going to play Just Dance on the Wii.  When I got there I showed her my Fitbit, which had 765 steps on it for the morning so far.  I told her it was my goal to get to 10,000 steps and asked her if she and I should try to get there.  She was all over that.  After each song, we'd pause and look at my steps.  Some songs were only 300 steps and some were over 600 steps.  She quickly got tired and wanted to quit at like 3600 steps.  I suggested we at least try to get to 5,000 steps... and it would be about 3 songs worth.  She paused the game quite a bit during our 5,000 steps but we made it.  Once we made it, she turns to me and says... how about we go on a walk.  We can get you your 10,000 steps by walking.  So we did.

Except, it was more like a "she rode her scooter" while I ran behind her kind of walk.  We both had to take breaks and she was so supportive... we walked through the wilderness (she drug her scooter behind) and along side an awesome path that is located not too far from their house.  It was amazing, I wish I had a nice path like that... that's not along-side a busy road like the one I often walk.  I could tell she was getting tired, we had just 1500 steps left and we were back at her house. I told her it was ok if she wanted to stop... she asked how many steps I had left and then said - "well...  I think we can keep going.  I think we can get you to that 10,000 steps."  We did... we had to walk in circles in their driveway at the end, but we did it.

I could see how proud she was.

It was the best 2 hours of my life with her.  She is an amazing little girl and such a good support system.  I love her to pieces.

Saturday I went to my sister's house.  Her husband grilled chicken (that I brought) and they made baked potatoes and steamed carrots.  OMG it was sooo good and I felt so good that they thought so much about what I can eat to make such healthy food.  They even cooked up turkey bacon for our potatoes.  I'm sure they eat like that a lot, but it felt special to me.

I am so grateful for my family and how supportive they are.  I also realize how lucky I am, because I know not every person that struggles with their weight has such good support.

The rest of my week was tremendous. I think a lot has to do with the weather.  It started clearing up and getting nicer on Friday.  That helps a lot.  There were tons of people out walking, riding bikes, playing in their yards, etc.  It was nice to see and nice to be a part of it.  My results this week is a loss of 4.4 lbs.  Yes, 4.4 lbs.  I didn't hardly even touch my weekly's and I got in plenty of exercise (20 points worth).  It feels good!  Life is great!

I'm going to continue that into the following week... Mother's Day will be tough, but I need to be tough.  I will be counting EVERYTHING.

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

Thursday, May 1, 2014

What doesn't make me successful!

I was not great at tracking this week and it showed on the scale.  I basically gained all my weight back from last week except .2 lbs.  A gain of 2.4 this week.  I'm honestly not upset about it because I know exactly why I gained.  I know what I ate, I didn't get my exercise in like I wanted to... I'm having some issues with that (I was in a car accident last week and need to be careful with exercising as I'm in some pain from the accident).

I didn't know what I was going to write about this week because I knew it wasn't going to be a good weigh in... I was so positive and happy last week and that dwindled off quickly by Friday because the pain from the accident set in (and then I got mad... seriously I'm supposed to be really healthy and getting really frustrated with my new found issues - between my foot and now my neck/back issues I'm just beside myself).  I am not willing to give up on Weight Watchers, healthy eating, exercise, taking care of myself, etc. I will not go back to where I was.

With that said, the topic for this week at Weight Watchers couldn't have been more perfect.  We made lists of what "it" looks like when we're doing well or staying on plan and then a list of what a plateau looks like.  While I don't feel like I've been on a plateau, I have definitely gained weight.  Which to me isn't the same.  There is definitely a reason for my weight gain.  These are the things I've been doing lately, to not make me successful:

  1. Exercise
    • My exercise has been spotty AND the cardio isn't there.  
    • I'm not getting in my steps, not even close.  
    • I'm rarely getting exercise points, where I used to get 20-24 a week.
  2. Food
    • I am tracking, but it's very spotty.
    • I'm consistently going over my points.
    • I'm consistently using more than my weekly extra points.
    • I'm consistently giving into temptation... craving burgers, ice cream, sugar, candy, etc.
  3. My Mind / Body
    • My head isn't in the game, I'm constantly telling myself not to do things and then I go right ahead and do them.
    • My mind is constantly thinking about my cravings.
    • By body isn't in great shape any more.  I have a lot of aches and pains and they are winning.
So, these are the things I need to do to get myself back on track.  If I don't, I'm not going to be successful!
  1. Exercise:  I'm going to choose exercises that work for me NOW.  It's probably going to have to be biking and walking for now.  Until I can get myself back in order.
  2. Food:  I'm going to have to figure this out.  I need to meal plan (only way to stick to points and stay within points).  I need to stop giving into my cravings for a while.  Lastly, I need to be strong.
  3. Mind / Body:  it's a slippery slope when you don't move as much, you have more aches and pains.  I'm going to get in some walking and biking like I said and hopefully by doing that my aches and pains will work themselves out.  Then I think the mind will get where it needs to be.
These are not things that I don't know how to do.  My mind needs to win!  My head needs to keep me in the game.  I know I'm not alone.

Have a good week... I'm going to work on staying positive because I can't wait until I'm Healthfully Ever After!