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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Working towards that New Year goal!

I'm still chugging along... fell off track for Thanksgiving week, but pushing to get back on this wagon.  With that said, I'm up a bit.  I did get to the gym though.  Which makes me pretty happy.  I just need to get that food in check.

My goal is still to be down on the first of the year from pre-thanksgiving weight... I will make that happen!  I will.

I will be hitting the grocery store, we need some good veggies and fruit in this house STAT.
I will be getting to the gym 3 times / week.
I will track everything that goes into my mouth.

If I follow those things, I'm bound to lose weight.  I know it!

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Maintaining, Good Enough?

This week I was able to maintain the same weight.  I didn't track like I should have. I really only tracked Monday - Wednesday and not even all of Wednesday.  But what I did do was try to be "better" beginning Monday.  I had a bit of a fun eating weekend, without it being to terribly out of control.  More movie popcorn issue than real "food" issues.

I was able to get to the gym two times... but I need to do more.  I need to get there 3x a week for it to make a difference.

In today's WW meeting, we talked about our Thanksgiving meal and how we're going to handle the holiday (s) and what we really want out of it.  Honestly, I need to lose weight.  We are going on vacation January 10th to a warm place - so I really need to get to a better weight in order to feel comfortable.  So my goal is to actually lose weight over the holiday season.  I'd love it to be at least 10 lbs... so I really need to stay focused and make it happen.

It's not going to happen at the rate I'm going.  Even though I've done better since our move, I still need to do more.  More tracking, more exercising and being more concious of "is it really worth it?" thoughts.  Mantaining is really not good enough for me right now.  Need to actually lose!

So... there in lies my plan!

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

All Moved and Unpacked... time to get serious

Between the last time I posted and now I have been to New York for a week and packing up our old house and getting all prepped for our move - wow is that a lot of work.  It's been 9 years since we last moved, there's so much to organize and so many things to update with a new address.

We're all moved now.  We moved two and a half weeks ago and by  that first Wednesday we were 90% unpacked (not decorated... just unpacked).  We just have the annoying little things left now.  Like hanging pictures, organizing the storage room and garage... and I guess this isn't annoying, but it will be a chore - I still have my craft room to put together.

I'm thrilled to be in my new home and already feel settled and very happy.  We have our forever home, we will not move again until we are too old to live in this house.  It will be a bit much for me to keep up with the cleaning, but we actually have space now.  Space to move, space to put things and space to entertain.

My New York City trip was amazing.  It was half fun and half work conference.  The fun was FUN... the conferece was great.  I feel like it was definitely worth my time (and not a waste of money for my company).  I had to miss a weigh in while in New York, but weighed in the week after.  I had actually lost 2 lbs.  That was due in part to having to pack up as soon as I got home.  I wasn't counting points or trying to keep track of anything.

After that it was the weekend before the move and the move.  Again, didn't track and was moving around a lot.  But apparently I ate more than I moved and gained 1 lb last week.  We had company for the weekend that arrived on Friday.  I was able to make a few meals in my new kitchen (ONE of the main reasons I wanted this house).  It was great to have some company already especially when they are super good workers and helped us get the house more complete.

This week, while still moving around a lot getting things organized and changing up the placement of other items... I started counting points last Thursday.  This week I got myself back to the gym and was able to lose 2.4 lbs... don't let that fool you - I'm way up.  But this was the direction I wanted to go vs. up up and away!

I will be tracking again this coming week and getting even more exercise in.  YAY me!

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Happy happy October... this is a great month.  Next week - My birthday, my anniversary and off to New York and then we move!  BIG BIG things for me this month.  My posts will likely be short and sweet (and maybe sparatic) for the rest of this month.

With that said... I know I'm overwhelmed... I can feel it.  I can feel the constant stress... and it will be like this until we move and are settled.  It's not a good feeling for me, nor do I handle it well.

I didn't track that well this past week and I really wanted to.  I found myself going back a few days and trying to remember what I ate and when... guessing at the points.  I'm sure I missed things, but it did help put into perspective how bad I really do when I don't think about it.

I do want to do better this week... I really do.  But I think my goals have to be super tiny right now, because it just stresses me out more when I don't meet them.  So my tiny goal this next week is to get to the gym at  least 3 times.

I need to get my gym time in because soon I will be off to New York... and with that comes food and entertainment.  A lot of walking too, but I'm pretty sure not enough to work off all the stuff we will try while out there... and after I get back we will have two weeks before I move.

It's also a busy time for me at work.  So I need to stay focused on that as well.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Working to Feel In Control

Well this week I lost 1 lb. I'm a little surprised as I was a bit over on my points... but I tracked most days, worked out and was packing.  I could obviously lose move if I try to stay within my points.  But I'm still working with baby steps here, so my goal is to track all 7 days regardless of what I eat.

I was able to get to the gym 3 days this past week, so that is also a very good accomplishment.  I only have one more to go before I hit my goal for my healthcare insurance and get my $20 back.  I looked at how well I did this year and for the year my goal was to get my 8/month in each month so I'm not wasting my gym membership.  I can say since February, I've made it each month (I set the goal in mid-January) except for June.  The reason for June is that's the month we prepped to put our house on the market and I was getting plenty of work outs in at home.

I'm feeling a bit more in control and definitely better day to day by eating a bit healthier.  I haven't felt like this in a while, so I'm proud of myself for that.

We are still packing and going gang busters here, we want to be in a good place before our vacation so that we're not rushing that last week and a half.  So I feel very in control there too.

Things are coming together for me.  It will be harder as time goes by as we are trying to eat everything we have in the house before we move - so meals will get interesting :)

Either way...

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Making myself a priority!

Well, I lost what I gained last week.  So that's good.  I know I made some better choices and was trying to stay a little more concious of what I was doing for the week.  But I didn't track at all.  My goal for this week is to track a minimum of 4 days.  I know I can do that, hell I know I can do all 7 but lets start small so we can make ourselves feel better.

Unfortunately I feel like I'm getting sick... that may be a plus and help me lose weight though.  ha ha!

This past 7 days has been a whirl wind... we got an offer on our house (finally and it was decent AND we took it), we made an offer on a house (I knew the one I wanted and glad I didn't miss out on this one, but the people were very unreasonable OR their Realtor is just an idiot or doesn't know what he's doing yet -- very young, unprofessional and in my opinion lazy and "spoke" for his clients when he shouldn't have... my poor realtor)... we did finally come to an agreement.  Inspections have been done on both houses... both came out well.  Almost all my loan documentation is done (yay!)...

and now the packing begins... We close in a month and 10-ish days.  So we have time, but we have a lot of stuff and both have separate vacations we're going on.  So that's a week gone for both of us... so we basically have a month to pack and plan how we're going to move our stuff. (I'm working on that right now)

Anyway - I am less stressed (kind of) and should be able to pack, go to the gym and make myself a priority and eat healthier.  That is my goal for this week.

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shake it off!

I haven't blogged in a few weeks... one was because I wasn't around for weigh in and the other I just didn't have time last week.

I'm still not on track.  I am going to the gym (the minimal amount) but not doing well with food.  I'm not sure why I can't get myself back on track - I know I need to.  I'm taking a trip in one month and probably won't have anything to wear... and another trip in January.


I have to shake this off.  I have to focus on me.  This house selling stuff makes me so emotional and stressed out.  I don't want to cook much in case we get a showing request.  I can't have my house smelling weird.  We just went through a house yesterday that smelled bad and it totally turned me off, so I feel somewhat justified... but when we go out to eat, I make bad decisions when I could actually pick something decent.

I will figure this out!  I have to!

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

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lagging Behind, But NOT Giving Up

Sorry, I didn't have time to post last week... I had a work event on Thursday and then held a graduation party at my house for about 25 people (my house is not that big - we got creative as it was HOT AS HELL) and then we had the kids through Monday.

So, I'm not doing well.  Struggling a lot.  Not tracking my food.  Eating what I want.  Blah Blah Blah...

I'm like most overweight people... I'm an emotional eater and food makes me feel good while I eat it.  And then after, I feel all kinds of guilt and more unhappy.

I've gained over the last two weeks, no surprise.  I haven't made time for the gym (feel guilty about that).  I'm unhappy with the way our house is doing on the market.  All kinds of negativity in my life... and I do not do well with negativity.

We are going away for the weekend to my in-laws place... where there's always good food and some drinking.  Drinking I can "manage" usually... I'd rather eat.  I'm going to try and at least be concious of what I'm eating, but the menu is not weight watcher friendly.  It never is.

For the rest of the time, I'm going to track.  I'll probably try and track there too, but it may get discouraging for the rest of the week... so that'll be a game time call for me.

I'm not giving up.  I'm not letting go.  I'm still down 50 lbs from when I originally started... I've just hit a huge speed bump.  I will get back on track... I'll try to control my emotions.  I'm not giving up!

I can't wait to be Healthfully Ever After.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Still Plugging Away

I'm still here, I'm still semi-focusing.  I'm not back 100% yet.  I did make it to the gym 1 time this week and I went Stand Up Paddleboarding, where I sat most of the time... but hey I went!

What I'm most proud of this week is that I turned down going to brunch with my family.  I responded with, I would really like to go but I probably shouldn't... and they responded with I'm proud of you.

I did not count my points most of the week, but I did a few days.  Not enough.  I lost this week, in spite of having my period.  So here's to still plugging away and must try harder!  What do I want more????

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fun Fun Fun

This last week was jam packed with fun.  We had our daughter here for 4 days... we did a ton of fun stuff but most of it involved some hefty meals... which in turn makes that darn scale go up.  So weight wise, a terrible week.

But all the activity we got in was incredible...
1) kayaking and paddleboarding
2) hiking in the minneapolis park system
3) walking around in st. paul
4) party where there was a ton of moving around to do

Ok, well maybe it doesn't sound like a lot, but one day alone I got 8 activity points... walked almost 15,000 steps, climbed over 30 flights of stairs all while sweating in the hot humid weather.  It was fabulous.

However... I know I keep saying this, but I really need to get on track.  I must.  I cannot go back to where I was startng out in January (my re-start) and I'm half way back there.  I've gained a lot of weight in the last 3 weeks.  Time to get it back off.

Will be getting back to the gym!

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

p.s. the house hasn't sold yet... not even a showing in the last week.  fingers crossed that the open house this weekend brings in some potential buyers!  Stressful, depressing and hard to stay motivated!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'm Emotional!

This week was yet again, not my best week.  I'm getting really stressed out about selling the house.  There's no activity on it at all.  It makes me really sad because it's a great house with a lot of great qualities.  In addition to that, the ONLY house that I wanted (that's on the market right now) accepted an offer.  It was perfect for us.  So needless to say, I'm a bit depressed right now.

Everyone offers the same advice (which I don't want to hear) it'll all work out.  Maybe it's not the right time for you to sell.  The right one will come along... they have to be the right buyer. That house must not have been the right one for you... Blah blah blah.

What does that do for me?  Nothing... except make me want to eat.  Because I'm an emotional eater.  It doesn't make me want to eat good things though, as you can imagine.

Sooo.. not a good weigh in week for me at all.

However, the positives for the week.  I got to the gym 4 times this week.  I went to an outdoor concert... and while it was supposed to be miserably hot, it was not.  It was a beautiful night!

I don't have a lot of wisdom to share right now as I'm in a rut.  I'm hoping to get out of it by forcing myself to work out... but I need to get that food in control.  I have a lot of rotting good veggies in my refrigerator that I never touched this week... well they aren't rotting yet but if I don't start eating them they will!

Anyway - my plan for this week is to continue exercise and try to get that food in check... and get out of this funk.

None of that changes the fact that I can't wait to be Healthfully Ever After!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ZERO Control: what does that do for a person?

Most definitely not my best week.  I wanted to eat (and did) everything in sight.  I also didn't really track this week, which is never good.  I gained a bunch...  a lot of hard work out the window.  I'm not upset about it though, because I knew what I was doing when I was doing it.  Just had ZERO control last week.

I can say though that I finally got myself back to the gym.  I went 3 times this week.  Monday - Water Aerobics, Wednesday/Thursday - biked for 6 miles each time (30 minutes).  THAT my friends is progress and makes me feel so much better than just saying I need to get myself back there.

I am determined to meet my 8 times this month so I can get my reimbursement.

I started tracking again today... I know I need to do that.  I had zero awareness of how much I was eating last week... I just knew I wasn't making good choices and doing that often.  I also felt like crap ALL WEEK.

So, I won't repeat that this week.  I'll have a couple of challenging days coming up, but if I just let those days be and focus on the rest, I will see progress next week!  So that's what I'll do, THAT is my plan.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Holiday get you down?

Did the holiday get you down?  Me too!  But honestly, I had a great weekend/week so I'm a happy girl... plus I got my period this week so if you're a woman - you know that control is tough when that is happening.

What are the good things I did this week?  Well... we went away for the weekend and I went to the grocery store and while I bought hamburgers (80/20), regular buns and chips... I also bought fresh veggies (cut them up and brought them), yogurt ranch dip and strawberries.  I also ate that stuff along with the other food.  I was also pretty controlled on the bad foods too.

When I got back from the weekend I slipped more than when I was away... but still made and ate salads, thai basil chicken and taco's.  So there are definitely things I did well and for that I'm proud of myself.

Next week - more of the same.  I will need more fresh veggies and fruit and need to keep making dinners versus going out.

I still haven't gotten to the gym.  Although I think about it daily, I'm just not getting there.  I'm feeling a little OCD with keeping my house at tip top shape in case we get any requests for showings.  They have not been happening.  Anyway - I do plan on getting back to the gym.  I will get my 8 in for the month!  I will.

Results from the week?  I gained 1.4 (but guessing 1 of that, at least, is due to having my period).

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Good Choices

So this week, less activity as we were pretty much done prepping... like 1/2 the activity.  BUT with that said, I needed to be more aware of what I was eating.  We ate out quite a bit and while I didn't always make the best choices, I counted everything and made adjustments where I could...

Like I ordered grilled chicken, a burger with no bun, no fries, egg white delight vs. regular, etc.

So just like last week - progress is progress!!!

NOW, I need to get my butt to that gym.  A goal for next week perhaps?  Up until June, I earned my $20 back from our health provider.  June was total prep month and there just wasn't time for it all and to be honest with all the work we did around the house, I felt like that was plenty.

July is a new month and I'll be back to getting my 8 in... before all the "selling" activity happens. Man, I hope we sell fast!  We have a great home, but it's not for everyone.  We need a guy that needs a huge garage, but doesn't want the acreage that usually goes with it.  Less maintenance :)  Have I sold you on it, LOL I kid.

Anyway - I am almost down to the weight I was when we returned from our trip to Denmark and Italy.  That is a great thing!  I'm basically down 20 lbs since January.  It's not a lot, but at the rate I was gaining it is great progress.

I lost 1 lbs this week (6.5 over the last 3 weeks) and will continue my good choices through out the following weeks to come.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Progress Is Progress

Getting there...

So this week my activity points were more than doubled, my food intake was cut way down (still not perfect, but way better than last week) and I've felt much better.

I'm still craving the bad foods, but giving in much less than before.  Progress is progress, right?

I haven't been to the gym (except for 1 time) this month, but we've been working on getting our house ready to sell.  So definitely tons of activity points from that.  One day I earned 8 activity points and I never left my house.

I haven't been prepping food very much, which is a big down fall for me as I do much better (don't we all) when I am able to do that.  I did however get some fruit for the week - which I didn't have much of last week.  I enjoy fruit and most veggies, but it's hard to eat them when I don't prep them.  I should be able to do some of that this weekend - depending on what's left on our project list of course.  Regardless... going to try to make good decisions.

This week, like I said I moved more and ate less, I lost 2.8 lbs.  Feels good (I've actually lost almost 5 lbs the last two weeks - YAY).  Hope to keep up being this busy so that the downward trend keeps coming :)  I would love to get back to where I was even a year ago.  That's 18 lbs to get off (since last August).

Onward and upward... stay positive, keep moving and eat less.  That has to be my motto!

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's working...

Sorry for the late post... I have been extremely busy working on our house.  We've done so much to this house in the last year, it's crazy... but looking great!

Anyway - I did track the entire week.  I was negative 77 extra points and that's with using my 11 activity points.  Not my best week - but hey, I tracked.

I did end up losing this week - lost 2, which is way more than I thought I would.  I thought I'd be staying the same, which is an accomplishment in itself when you're negative that much.

I haven't gotten to the gym at all, I really hope in the next week that I can get myself back there as I only have 1 time in for the month and I need 7 more before the 30th (and it's the 22nd)... yikes.  But hopefully after today I can get there every day.

I will continue to track and work around the house... over the weekend I was able to earn 21 activity points so far and while I've used all of those (we haven't had time to focus on cooking / eating healthy food), I actually (for the first time in a long time) came out of the weekend with still having extra bonus points for the week (only 9, but that's better than negative 27 like I was last week).

Anyway, I hope you're all able to keep busy getting those activity points and eat healthy... I can't wait to get back to that!

Soon, very very soon!

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I think I can...

I'd say I've done a little better this week.  I'm not perfect (never am) but I'm doing much better than before.  I was, however, out of my extra points by early Sunday afternoon.  So I've still got some work to do there.

I got to the gym only twice this week, but I worked in my garden one day for over an hour and it was intense weed pulling... so I'm counting this.  I also got many other things marked off my weekend to-do list. I could be working out more, but sometimes I just don't feel like it or I end up doing other things around the house (hence garden weeding) and I don't get there.

I did end up falling way off the wagon Tuesday night... so the end result of this week was staying the same.  I know I need to do much better.

This week I will continue to work towards getting to the gym 3x.  Trying a yoga class (I keep saying that, I just don't like yoga).  I need to plan a little better with food this week - which I'll have to do Saturday because Sunday will be taken up by a graduation party.

Regardless, I'll have to keep telling myself (as always) "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I've done better

I've not been really that focused lately.  Yeah sure, I think about what I'm eating... and say to myself I shouldn't and then I go right ahead and eat it.  Even if it's not even worth it.  THAT is a true sign that one is out of control.

Oh how quickly one can go from being on track to being off track (so so so off track).

I know I'm not the only one struggling.  I heard from one of the ladies that weighs us in at WW that I am not the only one that has been struggling.  So comforting, but really it doesn't help me that others are in the same boat.  I feel bad for us all, I want to help us all... but I haven't even been able to help myself.

Cravings are hard to deny.  Especially when off plan in the slightest.

My goal this week is to focus on what I really want.  I am working from home full time for awhile and at least 3 days a week I will be going to the gym on my lunch hour.  I also want to try out either a yoga or pilates class.  I think I can commit to that - right?!?

Well you will know next week.

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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Been Awhile

It's been a few weeks since I've posted.  I've not had a lot to say and have had a really hard time (again) getting myself back on track.  Oh how quickly one can derail themselves.

I feel like I'm going to be setup well soon and since I found out this news I believe I've been using as an excuse to "be bad" for a little bit.  The new setup is that I'll be working from home full time for the summer (at least).  I've told myself that instead of sleeping in, I'm going to use the time that I normally drove in to make myself go to the gym in the morning.  I feel like if I do that, then I'll likely be better for the rest of the day.  That's how it usually works at least.

I've been going to the gym or working out consistently still... my eating has just not been on point.  I've gained a little and lost a little this month... but it's getting me nowhere (no surprise).  So I'm hoping that after this memorial day weekend - I'll be 100% back on track.

I'm going to try not to be terrible this holiday weekend, but also not deprive myself as that ALWAYS backfires on me.  I'm just going to be conscious.

Sound good to you?  Yeah, me too!

Have a successful holiday weekend and remember...

I can't wait to be Healthfully Ever After.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recommitting because I'm worth it!

This week... hmm?  Again not a great week.

I think it's the aftermath of a vacation where because there was so much activity and I could eat what I wanted and when, it's hard to adjust back.  Just my guess.

BUT still no excuse.

I didn't track most of my days (that WILL change this week).  Once I started de-railing, I just didn't have it in me to even want to know.  One thing I do know is that there's no way I can keep this up.  I'll be back to where I was in January in no time... and that's the last thing I want or need.

So, with that said, this week I vow to do better than last week.  

GYM:  I will be going to the gym more (new month - need to get my 8 in... I will get way more than that in, this I promise) and will be going for longer periods of time.  I only got 8 in April - which is enough to get my $20 refund (which was ultimately my goal, but I need more than that). 

FOOD:  I will do my food prep Sunday.  I will track ALL of my food, regardless of whether or not I want to.  I will make healthy meals for us, we both need it... and I want that energy back.  It's amazing how I feel when eating healthy vs. not... If I do that, I will have no problem getting the gym in because I'll want to more.

ATTITUDE:  Remind myself I am worth it and I want this!  I need this.

I know my week to week results are what people are very much interested in... so this week I actually lost 1 lb.  I know I made it sound terrible.  I'm not sure how I did it because on my scale at home I weighed the same as last week - and the WW scale has typically shown me as heavier than my home scale.  So either we need to get the WW scales looked at or the gods were with me today.

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

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.


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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My work is paying off... finally!

So as I mentioned last week my focus has been on both food and exercise.  I am a tracking and exercising maniac!  I feel like I'm doing everything I can to stay within my points.

Last week I was a little disappointed because I didn't lose as much as I had expected. My level of activity had been insane...  I had earned 34 points.  I used all of those points, my weekly extra's plus another 6.  In the past I haven't had a problem with that I could go probably 20+ negative and still lose.  But over the last year I haven't been able to go "as negative" as I had in the past.

I've thought about that a lot.  When I work out that much I get way more hungry and I feel like it's doing the opposite I need it to do.  So this week I was going to try and not use my extra's.  Well that is almost impossible for me because I don't like to deprive myself (because that ALWAYS backfires on me) and most of my extra's used are within 1-3 days of my week not literally spread out for the whole week.  Maybe that's why it was working for me.

This week I decided to cut down my activity a little.  I didn't work out 2 of the 7 days... and my work outs are really either just riding bike (for an hour) or walking on the treadmill (for 2 miles) and then the bike for another 8-10 miles (typically an hour regardless of what activity I'm doing).  Nothing taht is too terribly intense.  In the end, I had only earned 23 activity points... I used all of those plus 41 of my 49 weekly points.  So I had 8 points left over.  THIS, I see, is a success.

If you compare "extra" used from this week to last (including those that I earned and gained)... there's a difference of 11 points used... but the earned to used usage is a difference of 22 points...  I think I may have found my mid-ground.  I lost 3.2 this week.  I am beyond thrilled!  It's sad how much this motivates me, I hate being a slave to the scale.  But it's a true fact for most of us.  I don't think that will ever go away for me (sadly).

Either way I'm calling this week and extremely successful week!  I'm more motivated than ever.  I don't have any new goals to work towards other than just keep on doing what I'm doing.  Trying to keep that middle ground with my exercise and eating.  I know I won't lose big next week but If I continue down this path I will lose.  Period.  If I go back I won't and I will gain quickly... I've proven that already and don't need to prove that theory out any more than I have.

Good luck to you on your journey... I hope you can find your way back if you'be been lost.  You have to want it!  Period.  There's no way around it.  You also have to do something to change.  Easy for me to say right now because I feel in absolute control.  But one can be thrown off that thrown so easily and quickly... I'm praying for my continued strength!

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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Working HARD

In the last 5 weeks, with the exception of one because I was on vacation, I've turned over a new leaf.  I have been back to the gym at least 3 times a week if not more.  I have been tracking... and in the last two weeks have been really trying to stay within my allotted points (plus extras of course).  I'm much closer this week than I have been in the last 5.  And I'm feeling in control.


The scale is not my friend.  It has barely budged and this week, when I've been the best, I've only lost .8 lbs.  It's not an insignificant loss, but in my mind it should be a few lbs..  From what I was doing to what I am doing now, I should be down 5-8 lbs in these last 5 weeks.  In fact, I'm down 2 total.  It's just frustrating.


I vow to continue to track, exercise and not let this get me down.  I'm also going to try (TRY) not to use my exercise points.  This past week I had 33 exercise points and I used them all with my "extra" that WW allows.  In the past that has not been a problem from me... but here we are 3 1/2 - 4 years later and I'm in my 40's.  Maybe I just can't do that anymore... this will make it much harder for me though.

So please, if you're out there and reading this.  Please pray for me that next week will show some results on the scale.  THAT is what I need right now.

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I'm back to blogging

Welcome back, I hope that I didn't lose too many readers while I was gone.  I just needed a break.  Too many personal things going on to focus on blogging too.

For the last two and a half weeks I've been trying to do a lot better - with food, exercise, sleep, etc.  I've succeeded for the most part.  I did lose the previous week, but I had gained one pound back this week.  I was not happy about that and honestly - weighed myself yesterday and knew that I had gained so I let it bother me last night.  Well, lets be honest - last night and today!  I didn't eat well last night and skipped the gym.  I had promised myself I wouldn't do that, but I'm human.

Anyway - I vow to do better this week!  I am going out of town to a hotel so it'll be hard.  We do have a full kitchen, so I'll be able to bring some healthier stuff for myself... but meals will be mostly out of my control (we are going up with a few other people).  And the snacks that will be around will be really tempting and hard to stay away from.  BUT I will do my best and stay focused on those days that I actually do have full control over.  Which - is most of the rest of the week.

I'm glad to be back, I hope you're glad I'm back too!

I can't wait to be Healthfully Ever After!