Friday, April 30, 2010

Weigh In #21

This is week 21 for me and this whole process and I weighed in at 189.4 lbs!!!! I lost 2 lbs since last week! That means I'm only 1 lb away from my previous low weight before I gained. Hopefully next week will bring a new low weight. I'm definitely feeling confident in my decision to do weight watchers and it's only been a couple days. I'm planning to do some grocery shopping this weekend, so maybe I'll actually write out a menu for the coming week. I've always been bad about meal planning. I'm more of a throw things together last minute girl, but that doesn't work. I'm looking forward to this weekend. Lots to do, but Steve and I are both on the same page for staying on track. Have a wonderful weekend!

**Edited** I just wanted to mention that I usually do measurements the last weigh in of the month, but since this month I'm actually a pound more than I was last month I'm going to skip it. I'll definitely be doing measurements at the end of May, though!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who's a Weight Watcher?

About halfway through the day yesterday I made a decision. I decided I was going to follow weight watchers. It's what I did in '08 when I went from 204 lbs to 176.5 lbs. I stopped doing it because I got tired of counting points and used that as an excuse to basically stop doing anything. No more excuses. This worked for me before and since I've been struggling on the food front I figured why not give it another go. Plus I have all the tools, so I don't need to pay for a membership or anything. I told Steve last night that I was going to do weight watchers again and he actually said he wanted to do it too! Since he's crazy busy with school I have to help him out by prepping his food and making lunches for him, but I don't mind cause I'm just happy he's willing to do it with me.

I really feel like this is the right path for me. A number of the blogs I read where I see people making major progress are people that are doing weight watchers. And obviously I had success on it as well. I did it for about 14 weeks in '08 and lost a total of 27.5 lbs which is almost 2 lbs a week every week. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing that kind of progress again. Anyway, that's what's going on with me. I'm excited about this and excited to see how it works for me this time around.

I had another good night of exercise last night and will be working out again tonight. I'm hoping to get at least a small loss this week. I just started tracking my points yesterday, but I did track calories before that and have been eating lots of fruits and veggies the past few days. I think that's all for now. I'll be back tomorrow with a weigh in!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

And I'm Back In The Game!!!

Has anybody seen 10 Things I Hate About You a zillion times? No? Just me? Well if you have then you might understand my title. Lol. Let me start off by saying thank you to Emily and Lisa for your wonderful comments on yesterdays post. Sometimes it's hard when you feel like you're letting everyone down, but your comments have given me a new resolve and for that I truly thank you. They really mean the world to me.

Yesterday was a great food day. I did have a soda, which obviously is not great, but I also had all of my servings of fruits and vegetables. And what's even better is that I didn't even try. It wasn't like I thought "I better eat an apple, so I can hit my daily recommended servings of fruit", I just ate apple slices because I wanted to.

Then for dinner I wanted something a bit light, so I just decided to do a veggie stir fry and it was SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD! It was pretty simple. I have a couple sauces I like to use. The first is called Asia Specialties Sweet Soy & Garlic Sauce. I tossed 2 tbsp of that in my wok. Then I added 2 cups of mushrooms. While those started cooking down I chopped up half of a yellow onion and tossed that in. There's a second sauce I like that adds a bit of a kick to dishes and it's called Taste of Asia Medium Chili Garlic Sauce. I added 1 tbsp of that in with the mushrooms and onions. Then I chopped up a cup of broccoli into bite sized pieces and added 2 more tablespoons of the Sweet Soy & Garlic Sauce. Since it was all veggies I allowed myself a few more calories with the sauces. The total dish was 255 calories and extremely satisfying. The flavor was off the charts. I had to make Steve try it (he had already eaten), because I knew he'd ask me to make it again if he tasted it. He asked for a second bite and asked if I had made enough for his lunch the following day! Unfortunately for him I hadn't, but I'm glad to know we both really enjoyed it. I ended the day with just under 1300 calories. Here's a pic of my dinner for your viewing pleasure. :-)

I also got in a great workout last night. It wasn't super long, I did 45 minutes on the bike, but I did my best to rock it. In the end I was left sweaty and happy. Overall it was a great day.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Friday's Weigh In

I did weigh in on Friday morning, even though I haven't posted. I contemplated lying to you all. I'm embarrassed that my weight went up yet again. I weighed in at 191.4 lbs. I figured I'd be back down by this Friday, so it wouldn't matter, but the fact is I want to be honest on here. I don't want to feel like any part of what I'm posting here is a lie. I want it to be an honest representation of what I'm going through.

Basically I'm back to where I was a month and a half ago. I did do better last week. My food was a little better and I started exercising again, however, I still wasn't tracking calories. Clearly that didn't work for me. I am back to tracking my calories and will continue to do so. It's frustrating to have a few weeks where my weight has gone back up a bit, but at least it was only a few weeks.
I was actually pretty sick this weekend and it's still lingering. I've got a sore throat that is making sleeping a challenge. I'll be sleeping fine and then all of a sudden I'll be coughing like crazy. It's getting better though. I'm still planning to get in some cycling tonight. I've got training class for my puppy Dot, but after that I will be hopping right on that bike and getting down to business while watching The Biggest Loser. It always motivates me to watch that while I cycle. Seeing the obstacles they have overcome and the large amount of weight they've had to lose tells me that I am capable of way more than I give myself credit for.

There are a few changes I really want to make to my routine that I've basically been too lazy to do. I have two puppies that both still need work with walking on the leash. I should really be taking them each for walks around the neighborhood twice a day. That would amount to anywhere from an hour and twenty minutes to two hours of walking. Considering that I work from home I could definitely use the extra movement. And considering that I work from home there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to do this for them and for me. I enjoy walks, so why I don't take them is beyond me. It's laziness pure and simple.

I think I need to put together some sort of a calendar/planner thing. I should make boxes for am and pm walks, plus the other planned exercise for the day. Then as I do them I can check them off. The same thing for water consumption. Lately I've really not been drinking enough water, so if I have a place to track my water that would be great too. Finally is my calorie intake. Obviously I could put my calorie limit for the day and then I can check that off if I meet it and write in the exact number of calories consumed. I also feel like I should probably track my servings fruits and veggies. I love fruits and veggies, but I know I don't always eat enough and this could help me at least improve upon that. I've got a picture in my head now of how this should work, now I just need to implement it.

I'm sorry if I've been less than motivating to those of you that read my blog, but I'm working on it. I really want to have a much more active summer filled with fresh healthy food. Hopefully I can achieve the image in my head of what I'd like my summer (and my life really) to be like. Could this be me?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

60 Minute Challenge

Who else competed in The Anit-Jared and Prior Fat Girl 60 minute challenge yesterday? Because I did. In case you don't know what it is I'll give you a quick synopsis. Tony aka The Anti-Jared challenged Jen aka Prior Fat Girl to do 99 minutes on a stairmaster. Crazy, I know. Not only that, but he challenged her to get as many people as she could to participate as well, but instead of 99 minutes on the stairmaster they could do 60 minutes of any form of cardio. Getting our whole blogging community involved is a surefire way to get me to participate. It's great to feel like you're a part of something. Plus on top of that I needed a little kick start to get me to really kick my ass and get a good work out in and this was the ticket. I'm extremely happy that I participated and hope that they will have another challenge in the not too distant future. I'll leave you with a sweaty pic from last night. I hope you all are having a great week!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weigh In and the dog park

I did weigh in on Friday morning and intended to post, but since I had to get on the road and drive up to Milwaukee for my friend's bridal shower I just didn't have time. I weighed in at 190.6 lbs. Yep I'm back up into the 190's. Hopefully not for long though. My foot still hurts from time to time, but it's manageable. I really think I can get into the gym and starting running finally. Tonight I have training class with my dog, Dot, so I'm just going to ride on my stationary bike to save time. Tomorrow, though, it's on! I need to get my ass on that treadmill like nobody's business! I'm just going to focus on cardio for the rest of this week, but next week I'll start weight training again. It'll be interesting to see how much strength I've lost in my hiatus.

I took my puppies to the dog park for the first time yesterday! Friends of ours have been trying to get us to go for a while, but I was dragging my feet because of money stuff and not wanting to spend $150 on the passes. Let me rephrase that, I wanted to spend the money because I knew they'd love it, I just didn't feel like we had the money to spend. Well, she invited me to go with her yesterday so I could check it out and then I could decide if I wanted to get them passes. Of course they absolutely LOVED it!!! I had a blast too. I love animals, so just seeing the other dogs was a blast. But seeing how happy my dogs were...that's just priceless. At the edge of the dog park there was this dip where water from rain collected and well I'm sure you can guess what happened. All of the dogs just had a great time running through the water. Dot and Duke had so much fun. See for yourself. Those are two happy puppies. :-)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Survey About My Man

I stole this survey from Mama Laughlin's blog, because I thought it was funny. With no further ado here's a survey about my man. :-)

Who is your man? Steve. He's been in a number of pics on here.

How long have you been together? 4 1/2 years.

How long did you date? Ummm...4 1/2 years, but we plan to get married around the 6 year mark.

How old is your man? 35

Who eats more? Definitely him. He can put it away like nobody's business.

Who said "I love you" first? That would be me.

Who is taller? We're about the same, but he might be slightly taller.

Who sings better? Me. He says I should try out for American Idol. Haha.

Who is smarter? I think I'm pretty damn smart, but I'd definitely have to say him. He is the smartest person I know.

Whose temper is worse? Definitely him. He's working on it though.

Who does the laundry? Both, but more often me because he's busy working on his PhD.

Who takes out the garbage? Both of us.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? If you're laying down in it, I do.

Who pays the bills? I do. I'm the number cruncher in the family.

Who is better with the computer? He is.

Who mows the lawn? Either him or the neighbor kid down the street.

Who cooks dinner? Me. Often times he's not even home in time for dinner with being busy with school stuff.

Who drives when you are together? Mostly him.

Who pays when you go out? Usually he does, but it all comes from the same place anyway.

Who is most stubborn? Hmmm...that might be a toss up. We're both pretty damn stubborn.

Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Probably him. I tend to be a bit more defensive, so it might take me a bit longer to admit I'm wrong. Although he's never there's that. Haha.

Whose parents do you see the most? Mine only because we live closer to them now. When we lived in CA it was definitely his parents that we saw the most.

Who asked who out? He asked me out. He found me on myspace and sent me a message that said "I dig the flower." I had a flower in my hair in my profile pic. Lol, yeah that's how it all began.

Who proposed? He hopefully will soon. :-)

Who wears the pants in the family? I love him to death, but I'd have to say me. Lol. Being the money person kind of gives me a bit more control over different decisions.

Did You Miss Me?

Wow, so I think this is the longest I've gone without posting. Let me tell you what's been going on with me. Basically, I've kind of fallen off the wagon. It all started with me hurting my foot. I was all gung ho to get into the gym and start running on the treadmill and then WHAM! something happens (my foot) and that had to be put on hold. Even though it sucked I figured it was ok and that I'd just have to make good food choices.

We installed a new operating system on my computer which wiped out all saved passwords and bookmarks and whatnot. When I went to log into FitDay (the website I use to track my food) I realized I didn't know my log in and password. I tried a million different things and couldn't figure it out. I even emailed them to try and get help, because when I tried the "Forgot Password" dealio I never got the email that was supposed to come with my password (now I know I was using the wrong log in name, so some other person was probably wondering why the heck they kept getting emails from FitDay). I never got a response from the email I sent.

I allowed these two issues to derail me. Now I didn't go completely haywire. Basically I'd make good choices for breakfast and lunch and then come dinner time I'd make a really bad choice. I've had fast food for dinner three days in a row! Since I began this whole thing I've probably gone a month or two at a time without having fast food (not including starbucks :-P). I'm frustrated with myself that I've basically thrown away a few weeks with bad decisions when I could have been making more progress. The good thing, though, is that so far I haven't really gained much. I've basically been maintaining, so it could be worse. I haven't weighed myself since last weigh in and I don't intend to until Friday morning, so hopefully I can at least maintain for this week too.

This weekend I'm going away to Milwaukee, WI for my best friend's bridal shower that I'm throwing. I'm going to go have a good time and come back and get down to business. I'm hoping that when I return my foot will be good enough to get back into the cardio. I'm hoping I can run, but if not I should still be able to ride on my stationary bike and I can definitely handle weight training. Today and tomorrow I'm really going to focus on my food so that hopefully my weigh in Friday morning isn't too atrocious. I finally tried a combination on Fit Day today that worked! No more excuses. I need to track my food on Fit Day and get back into working out when I return from my weekend away so I can start seeing some progress again.

One last fun thing to leave you with. My puppies have been digging up the yard and chewing all of their outdoor toys to pieces, so we decided to get them some big bones to keep them busy while they're outside. Let me tell you, watching them carry those huge bones around is HILARIOUS!!! The picture's a little blurry because I took it through our patio door. Aren't they cute?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Weigh In

I weighed in this morning at 189.2 lbs. Basically, I maintained. I'm down 0.2 lbs. It's better than going up, though. I really need to get my head in the game this week. I'm hoping that by Monday my foot will be back to normal and I'll be able to run on the treadmill. I'd to have a killer week and just work my ass off on the treadmill. My foot is already feeling much better today. Early afternoon yesterday it was super swollen. I asked Steve what you're supposed to do with a swollen foot and he said ice it and elevate it. Then he asked if I had iced it the night before, but I hadn't. I don't usually get hurt so it never crossed my mind to do anything more than just take it easy. I made up for it last night, though. I elevated my foot and iced it and all that fun stuff. It definitely seems to have helped. Hopefully, soon I'll be back to normal. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Random Sorta Recipe Post

I was feeling kind of snacky this afternoon and made something I just had to share with you. I was craving something sweet and sort of dessert like. I thought about a weight watchers ice cream bar, but that just wasn't what I wanted. I'm going to call it a Mixed Berry Yogurt Dessert. Here's what I made:

Mixed Berry Yogurt Dessert

- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt

1. Put raspberries and blueberries in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Stir occasionally to ensure it is heated throughout.
2. Stir in vanilla yogurt and Enjoy for just 100 calories!

Talk about easy. I had the idea to heat up the frozen berries, since that reminded me of like a mixed berry pie or something. Then I wanted to mix something in there so it wasn't just berries and the yogurt popped in my head which made it all nice and creamy. Now that the wheels are turning adding some nuts to it might have been good. Hmmm...nuts...maybe I'll get a small handful of nuts to snack on too. And if you like ice cream maybe try freezing it once everything's all mixed together. Anyway, random post, but I just wanted to share this because I think it's really yummy.

Falling Down The Stairs and Fast Food

I woke up yesterday morning completely out of it. I had to put the puppies outside, so they could take care of business if you know what I mean. As we're walking downstairs I totally tripped, heard my big toe crack and then slid down a few stairs on my shins and eventually caught the railing, so I didn't fall down the whole way. My toe hurt quite a bit, but not so much I felt I needed to go to the doctor. I know they don't do much for toes anyway and I didn't think it was broken, just sprained or something.

I was going to go to the gym, but after the toe business running on the treadmill just didn't sound very appealing. I can barely limp around the house let alone think about putting on tennis shoes and running. I did have to go to the eye doctor though, so I got ready and hopped in the car. I'm driving and I realize I'm a little tentative on the brake, since my foot hurts, but luckily the eye doctor was close and I got over that initial tentativeness pretty quick.

Then at the eye doctor they put in those drops that make your vision all blurry. The doctor asks if I had sunglasses with me and I told him I didn't, so he gave me those cheapo plastic things to slip in behind your glasses to shade your eyes from the sun. I'm limping out to my car with those crappy sunglass things on to shield my eyes which are all of a sudden uber sensitive to the light. I hadn't eaten yet because of all the commotion of the morning. So what do I do...that's right I get fast food. I know I can't work out that evening, so fast food is exactly what I should be eating isn't it? I didn't just get fast food I went all out. I got a greasy cheeseburger with fried onions...and chili cheese fries. God this is embarrassing.

So I get home, work for a few hours (with my blurry vision and throbbing foot). Then Steve comes home and suggests we take a nap. I was all about it. I set my alarm, so I don't end up sleeping for an eternity when I needed to work after the nap. I lay down and I just can't get comfortable. My foot just felt so unsupported and like it was getting turned in ways that just didn't feel good given the morning's fiasco. So I get up and get an ace bandage. I strap that puppy on there over my sock and take some ibuprofen. I finally fall asleep. Then my alarm goes off, my foot felt like it was all constricted and I just had to get that ace bandage and sock off. I take it off, all is well and I get back to work.

I'm close to being done with work for the day and I ask Steve what he wants for dinner and he says pizza. Little bells go off in my head reminding me what a crappy lunch I had and that pizza is the last thing I need...but I ignore them. I go online order us a large pizza and a chicken parmesan sandwich. Now I only had one slice of pizza and half the sandwich, so it probably wasn't that horrible. Oh well.

So that's everything. I'm embarrassed that I ate that much crap food in one day, but there it is. I didn't want to mention it, but what's the use of this blog if I'm not going to be honest about my choices good, bad or ugly (in this case VERY UGLY). I'm off to a better start today and intend to stay that way. My foot still hurts, but slightly less than it did yesterday. I still don't think I can really exercise since I'm still limping and walking on the side of my foot so as not to put pressure on the part that's hurt. I just have to keep my calories low for the day and we'll see what happens at weigh in tomorrow. Ugh, two crappy weigh in weeks in a row.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Belated Weigh In

Hey guys! I know I haven't posted in a few days. I took a little time off of work and was just enjoying being away from the computer. I did however weigh in on Friday at 189.4 lbs. Yep, I gained a pound. I was hoping to at least stay the same last week, but it'll be fine. I'll get back down this week. The main reason for the gain was some emotional eating. No major binges or anything, but yeah, I definitely know there were plenty of times where I was eating when I wasn't hungry. The sad thing was that every second I was doing it I knew exactly what I was doing. Oh well. All we can do is to try to learn from it and go forward.

I have an appointment with a trainer at the new gym for an assessment today. Lucky for me he's an uber attractive guy and will be weighing and measuring me and all that fun stuff. I am looking forward to the free training session, though. It should be good.

I also went grocery shopping yesterday and bought tons of fruit and veggies for the week. I'm looking forward to mostly clean eating this week and seeing how that reflects on the scale.

Other than that I guess I don't have too much going on. I have a friend's bridal shower in two weeks that I'm throwing along with other bridesmaids. I'm preparing the drink menu, so I have to go out and buy everything at some point before the party. It should be a good time, though. That's all for now. I'm looking forward to a good week!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My First Treadmill Workout!!!

I had my first treadmill workout, in what feels like forever, at the gym last night...and I rocked it! It felt soooo good to be back in a gym. When you watch others around working hard it always pushes you to work a little harder. At home there's no one around, so it's easier to slack and not really realize you're doing it. I have a little bit of a competitive nature, so when I'd see someone else running it'd push me to start running. Overall it was just awesome.

I spent a total of 90 minutes on the treadmill thanks to Mary. She wanted some motivation to get back into the gym, so she posted this saying that for every comment she got she'd spend 30 seconds on the treadmill and she ended up getting 180 comments! Some people said they'd do the same amount of time she had to do based on the number of comments and I was one of them, so that's where the 90 minutes came from.

I wanted to stop after about 70 minutes or so. I even thought, if I don't do the full 90 minutes no one will know. But I will know. And afterall, this whole thing is about keeping promises to ourselves. The reason so many of us struggle with our weight loss is because we don't keep the promises we make to ourselves. We should treat ourselves better than that! Why do we feel like it's ok to keep letting ourselves down? It's not ok and that's why I did the full 90 minutes even though I was tempted not to. And I was damn proud that I did it after I was done with the workout.

The first hour I was doing intervals of running/jogging and then fast walking. I'd get my heart rate up with the running and then give myself a break with the fast walking. I look forward to getting to the point where I can run for more than 5 minutes at a time, but for now I'll take what I can get. Considering it was my first time running in forever I think I did pretty good. There were times where I was running at 6mph! Overall in that first hour I went about 4 miles. Then in the last half hour I decided to keep it at a lower speed and use the incline to keep my heart rate up. For the most part I had the incline at 6.0 and I complete 1.5 miles for a total of 5.5 miles. I seriously kicked that treadmill's ass!! I had a sweaty picture for you, but sadly my phone is having issues and won't let me send pictures to my email which means I can't get them on my computer to share with you all.

Ok, I better get back to work. I hope you're all having a great week. Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?