Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Wrap

My Short and Sweet November Wrap-up, bullet point style.

• I’m working hard to stay on plan, prior to them switching the plan, I was doing fantastic. For some reason the new plan is throwing me through a loop, I don’t know if I see all those points and get giddy or what!
• We will see what my weight loss on Saturday brings to give a final, I lost X pounds in November, but I’m thinking I will have made my November goal of ending up at 162 pounds, which is a 2 pound loss in two weeks, with Thanksgiving thrown in there, not to shabby, a pound a week, I will take it.
• Running, I’ve been doing good running, and since I restarted, I haven’t missed a run. However I’m dealing with a little bit of bronchitis (which I have meds for!), so I will be taking tonight off, I will just make up the run another night this week in order to give my body some rest.

Other than that nothing terribly new. I’m just trying to adjust to the new plan, as I said for some reason I’m having a hard time, it’s like I see all those points (and I’m aware there aren’t really more points, it just seems that way!), but I just go nuts, so I’m trying to be gentle and remind myself, sometimes change can take a few days to get the hang of.

Tomorrow, December goals!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Week # 2!

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.

I had a great one myself, We had dinner at my Mom’s house, and eventually trekked on over to the in laws house for a second dinner. But I did so good on my eating. In previous years, when I was on WW’s, I would often have a free for all when it came to food for the holidays, I ate everything that wasn’t tied down, and enjoyed every bite.

I don’t really know why this year was different. Maybe it was that we were busy and running, or maybe it’s cause I just started WW’s again seriously and didn’t want to get sidetracked that much, but whatever it was it sure helped. I went into the day with a very laid back attitude, if I wanted it, I was going to eat it, afterall it was Thanksgiving and it was once a year. But I also went into the day with a “don’t overstuff yourself” attitude, and that’s exactly what I did. In fact, yesterday mid day I even weighed myself and I was showing down just under a pound from my Wednesday Weigh In, so maybe a nice loss this week will be my reward for a well played Thanksgiving.

DH has also been doing WW’s, and needless to say, Thanksgiving wasn’t so hot for him. But lets back up. His cholesterol is a bit high, and he is a bit overweight (by about 5 to 10lbs) so after a recent trip to the doctors, I convinced him if he just lost 15 pounds his cholesterol would go down and he would feel better, so he agreed to do WW’s with me. Well it came time for him first weigh in, and he told me he would laugh when he didn’t lose anything, since he had been on plan all week. Well come to weigh in, and in less then a week he lost almost 4 pounds! Go DH! Well, he weighed yesterday, and he was back up about 6 pounds, so today he is back on the boat. We actually got him a subscription to WW’s online, since it changed so drastically as of today.

So about the new plan, what is everyones feelings on it? Seems like most people on the Message Boards either love it or hate it at this point in time, and there are a ton of posts about how peoples favorite low point treats have went *gasp* up in points.

Here’s my thoughts. WW’s is FINALLY trying to get the processed overly carb-loaded food out of our diets, and they are FINALLY trying to get people to eat more fruits and veggies by making them no points. Sure our Fiber.One Bars or Giant.Fudge Bars are now respectively higher in points, as are the Hostess.100 calorie packs, but who needs that stuff? And on top of that, it may be more points, but that Banana is now FREE! And you get more points! And more Weekly Points, so where really is there something to complain about? There isn’t, WW’s spends millions on research, and their goal is to make us lose weight, so don’t you think they would continue to want people to do that? If people stop losing weight they are going to stop making money! Plus, many of us who have been on weight loss programs before have cleaned up our eating already, and now WW’s is just reinforcing that was the right decision.

So my overall verdict, calm down, it’s a change….but change is good!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day, I’ll be back around later in the week!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weigh in #1

Well, I'm super busy today, but I wanted to stop by and post my weigh in results for week on of being back on track.

I lost 1.6 pounds this week.

I would have loved to see more, but being that I had a bad day on Monday with eating, and the fact that TOM is around the corner, I will definitely take it!

Have a great and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day #7 -Back on Track

I hope everyones weekends went well!

Mine did, and I even pretty much stayed OP. I’ll admit that my being OP has been a little more lax that it used to be, but I figure if I’m staying pretty close to plan for now, I’m doing LEAPS and BOUNDS better then I was, and I’m trying to improve on everything a little at a time. Nothing changes overnight.

However on a high note, I do feel like my clothes are fitting better, and are more comfortable, so even though the scale wasn’t showing anything when I spot checked (I think TOM is around the corner), I think my body is changing, and it feels great.

Little NSV this weekend. I didn’t want to run on Friday even though I had a scheduled run, since it was really windy, and I really hate running when it’s crazy windy, so I put off the run, and I ended up running on Saturday Morning instead. Well come yesterday, I didn’t feel like running again, one because I was tired from running the day before, and I knew Sundays run was longer, plus I was tired and feeling like I was getting a cold, but I ran anyways. As much as I tried to talk myself out of running, I kept saying no no I should run! So I’m hitting that point that I can’t talk myself out of it, and that’s a great thing.

And, I made two healthy recipes for the DH and I this weekend, and he liked them both, which is great. He’s pretty much your typically DH he doesn’t like me messing with his food, removing the fat, cheese and all the good stuff. But I made the Chiminchangas I told you about Friday and I make Turkey Meatloaf on Saturday and he loved them both…so score!

Also, DH has been trying to follow WW’s. It’s kinda cute to watch him. The first day he had points left over and was bragging how he wasn’t hungry and this was way easy, anyone could do it. Well by yesterday he was singing a different tune. He was saying how he just simply needed more food then this and he couldn’t live on this. The most suprising for him was we went to Max and Ermas for lunch, and I got my normal, but his normal wasn’t on their healthy menu, so he got the Caribbean chicken. Well that Chicken was 12 points, he couldn’t believe that chicken was 12 points. I told him, well you can only imagine how much your normal meal is then! So needless to say he went over his points yesterday. It’s a learning curve and he’ll get it. He only has about 15 pounds to lose, so it shouldn’t take him long, but hopefully we can clean up his eating habits in the process.

How is today going OP? Well it could be better, it could be a whole lot worse. So we’ll see how the rest of the day goes!

Running Stats for last week, 4 runs, 11.31 miles almost 2 and a half hours of activity and 987 Calories burned….go me!

Anyways, hope you guys have a great week, I’ll be back before Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day #5- Week #1

Well I am at the start of Day #5 of being back on Weight Watchers, and really I’ve been doing quite well. This morning I did have some candy I shouldn’t have had, but That’s what Flex Points are for right?

In my previous weight loss stint, I didn’t use Flex Points, I guess I figured if I didn’t use them, or activity points, I would lose quicker. I don’t know that is necessarily true now that I think back on it. Of course I don’t have any proof.
My first weight loss journey that time took me a LONG time, in fact it took 19 months to lose 27 pounds. Now there was stints where I wasn’t following, wasn’t trying, ect. But on average that is 1.7lbs per month, now when I was actually losing weight, I was losing at a rate of about 1.2 pounds per week.

But I often look at the Flex Points now and think, would I have adhered to the plan better if I spent those points? Would I have not had bad days, where I felt like I ate everything I wasn’t suppose to if I used those points? Would I actually have lost weight faster, or maybe more consistently over time?

I often wonder about these things. As hard as it is for me, I’m going to try to use them. It’s sad, whenever I go beyond my “22 points” per day limit (even if I have all 35 flexies left), I feel like I’ve somehow cheated, and I’m not OP anymore! So I’m trying to get into this mindset, I’m going to try to use most, if not all of my Flex Points and see where that takes me. Maybe I will lose, Maybe I won’t, but I can always readjust, and what really is the race to the finish? It’s a life long journey anyways.

On that note, I’ve been doing pretty good. I have stayed OP for four whole days, and besides the Reese Peanut Butter cup/Flex Point debacle earlier, I think today will be OP also. It’s so hard to get back into the swing of things when I’ve been out of the game for so long.

Also, my running has been going good. I’ve done 3 of my 4 runs this week, with the 4th one being tonight. I’m slow, and I’m out of shape, but I will get there. I’m excited to be running again, and I’m already getting the “disease” where I feel guilty if I don’t run, and want to run on days I have scheduled aside for rest. That’s a good thing though!

Tonight I am making Turkey and Cheese Enchiladas for dinner and praying that the hubby likes. He really could spare about 10-15lbs, so I’m hoping to be able to get him on board with the Weight Watchers mentality. Even if he’s not counting points, just getting him into the mindset of eating healthier and watching his portions would help immensely I’m sure.

No real plans here for the weekend, mainly just getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, shopping so I can avoid the stores come Tuesday or Wednesday when they are nuts.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Where the heck have I been?

Where the heck have I been, well that’s probably a good question. There is no good excuse for not blogging, there is no good excuse for letting my health and my weight go, but any way you cut it, I’ve been busy. Been busy planning a wedding, then adjusting to life as a married woman.

I’ve pretty much gained back most of my weight, as you can see, I’m at 164, which 168 is where I started in 2007. So I guess the good thing is that I didn’t gain it ALL back, the bad part is that I’m basically starting over again. But I’m happy and looking forward to taking control of my life and my weight. I don’t feel good when I don’t eat properly, and well, I haven’t been, so I haven’t been feeling good.

When I lost weight I was confident, felt super sexy and slim, and more importantly I was crazy happy and fit. With the weight gain, I’ve seen myself slide into feeling fat, unconfident and a lot of self loathing. I don’t just have myself to worry about anymore, I have the hubby, the step son and two dogs that deserve me being happy and healthy.

So, in the last 6 months or so, things have been busy. In May the hubby moved in, which was quite a change being that I went from being alone to having hubby and a 3 year old there all the time! Crazy! Then in September, we got married , and proceeded to go on a cruise for the honeymoon. It’s been two months, and I’m honestly not sure what we’ve done in the past two months, but it sure has seemed busy. Below are a few wedding pictures.



So where does this leave me? I’ve been on Weight Watchers again for two whole days (it starts one day at a time) and I’m doing pretty good far. I’m a little nervous about the upcoming changes to the weight watchers program, but I’m excited about it too. I’ve long thought that they don’t put enough emphasis on the healthy food, and just look at Calories, Fat and Fiber, and it looks like they are getting away from that. So nervous and excited.

I’ve been running again, unfortunately I’m so out of shape, and heavier then I was before, so my mileage is really low, and I intend to keep it that way for at least a few weeks again to get a little back in shape again before I jump into more miles.

So my goals for the rest of November are pretty simple. Follow Weight Watchers, allowing a day of moderate eating for thanksgiving, lose 2 pounds and do all my planned runs (which is 4 days a week). Seems pretty simple right? Well when your first getting back into the swing of things, things aren’t as simple as they seem.

So here’s to one step at a time, and one day at a time!

Is anyone still around?

**Sticks head out from around the corner**

Does anyone even still have me on their readers? Well if they do, I'm back, and look for an update post soon...with wedding pictures!