Weigh In and 2 Month Update!

So, it’s been awhile. Oops! Almost two months exactly in fact. Double oops! But, since I’ve last updated, this happened:

In fact, the 10% just happened this morning!  I received the 25lbs in October some time and the SAS charm last week!  So, I’m on a roll.   My total weight loss (from my highest weight) is 64.4 lbs.

I managed to make it 94 days of straight tracking before I broke my streak.  October was actually an interesting month for me.  I started tracking on July 1st and made it through October 2nd.  During the month of October, I didn’t track or was just so off-program that I didn’t count them for a total of 8 days.  I managed to still lose around 7 lbs in October.  I’ve been back OP since October 28 – today is Day 14.   I’ve been using an app called Goal Tracker (Android) to mark the days as they go by … what I like most is that I can see that for the last 133 days (since July 1st), I’ve tracked and been OP for 125 days.  That’s a 94% success rate, and you really can’t argue with that!

Exercise is still going well.  Doing 3 times a week at the gym and walking 2 times a week (mostly).  When I walk on Saturdays I do a 5K distance.

This week I’m on a business trip and food and exercise will be tough.  My goal is to walk on the treadmill every night for 2 miles at least.  That’ll at least get me some activity.   I’d like to at least come home on Friday with a maintain!  If I can do that, I’ll be quite happy!



Another Weigh In, a 5K and a Challenge!

Since tomorrow is Labor Day, and the WW Center is closed, I chose to go to WW today and do my weekly weigh in a day shy of one week.  It paid off big time.  Down 4.6 lbs for a total of 19 since July 1st.  That makes a grand total of 45 lbs from my highest weight.

I am just truckin’ right along and completely motivated.  It’s A.MAZING. I really don’t know how to describe what’s happening.  I don’t know why things are clicking for me right now, but they are.  Frankly, I’m not one to question it too much.   I did most things right this week – counted all my points, tracked my food and exercised.   Today is the last day of my official week and through today I’ve earned 55 APs.   I didn’t check all my healthy guidelines everyday.  I ate every single last WPA and 4 of my APs.  But, that’s part of the program and how it works.

I also have to say, I loved weighing in in the morning.  It was a 9am meeting.  If I didn’t love my Monday leader so much, I would switch most likely.  But I do love her.  So for now, I’ll keep going to the Monday meeting – which means I’m going to expect a maintain next week.  I know the scale gave me the benefit of not waiting 8 hours, eating 2 meals and drinking 40-50 oz of water this morning.  That benefit will be gone next week.

In other news, I completed my first 5K this weekend.  It was the Unleash your Inner Wonder Woman Virtual Race and I earned this medal:

 And these are my walk stats:

I got up early and headed out!  Was home by 9am.  It felt pretty good!

And lastly, a Challenge.   Ms. Brooke over at Brooke Not on a Diet is hosting a Weight Watcher Back to Basics Challenge.  You can read more about it here!   While the basics we’re talking about are centered around the Weight Watcher program, you don’t have to be a member to join!  Check it out and join us!  Brooke created a Facebook group to keep us all on track!

Brooke: Not on a Diet

That’s all I got for now!  Hope everyone has a great Labor Day Monday!

Weekly Recap – No weigh in!

Yesterday was my normal weigh in day, but as I’m on the road, that just didn’t happen.  I won’t be officially weighing in again until Monday August 26th, but I will know how I managed to do on this 13 day road trip next Saturday morning when I step on my scale.

Today is nearing the end of Day 7 of that trip.  Here are some facts:

  • Since last Sunday I’ve eaten 16 meals in restaurants. I’ll be eating approximately 18 more meals in restaurants before I get home next Friday night.
  • I’ve had Starbucks 6 times. (I limit this at home simply for budget reasons).
  • I’ve tracked every day.
  • I’ve gotten my water in.
  • I’m not completely successful on fruits and veggies, but trying.
  • I’ve earned 46 APs in those 7 days.  I’ve exercised 4 times.
  • My step count is at almost 42,000 for those 7 days (though today isn’t over).
  • My average point intake is 55.5 pts per day.  (My target is 51.  The high average can be attributed to dinner earlier this week with friends at a Tapas restaurant.  I very likely counted too high, but figured better safe than sorry).
  • My highest point day was 84 (again, Tapas and maybe a little high).
  • My lowest point day was 49 (3 times).

I’m completely happy with where I’m at so far.  I’ve NEVER done this well when travelling in the past.  I’m meeting my co-worker tomorrow and I’ll be with her for the week.  Luckily she’ll keep my on track for this week so I’m really hoping to come home with a LOSS!

And finally, I updated my WW membership to a Monthly Pass today.  Got a GREAT deal – first month for only $29.95 and $6.00 cash rebates from ebates!!  Hooray for me!


Travel, Hotels, Food and Exercise

I’m on the road this week and next week for work.  I was nervous.  As of Saturday I had completed 42 straight days OP (counting points, drinking water, exercising – generally making good and healthy choices).  I’ve never made a real effort to eat healthy when I travel, which is often enough.  So, yeah, I was nervous.

I have to say, so far, so good.  Today is Day 45 and since I’m 2 points under my target points, and going to bed shortly, I’d say things are looking good for a completion of 45 days.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I had strung 45 days together.  It feels good.

I thought the hardest part would be eating my meals out – but the actual hardest part is lunch.  I had my meals planned out –  I knew, for the most part, what my plan was going to be.   However, the place I’m working is bringing lunch in everyday.  Which is great and convenient, it just takes the choice out of things.  To say my lunches have been high point is an understatement.  But that’s OK.  I can work around that.

And then I ran into a Tapas restaurant last night.  I met some friends who live in the area for dinner last night and we had a great time.  I’ve never eaten Tapas before.  Needless to say, it was delicious.  Luckily for me, I had a lot of points left for dinner and hadn’t touched my WPAs for the week.

White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding and fresh Churros with Chocolate sauce.

Dinner with great friends!

I stopped at Target on Monday and bought some healthy snacks for the hotel (bananas, almonds, fiber one bars).  Snacking in the room is always my downfall.

Monday I worked out in my room.  I did a warm up and cool down of the WATP moves – it worked out well.  The in between was a series of circuit type work outs that I’ve learned from the gym, plus a resistance band that I had brought with me.

Today I used the hotel gym.  I walked/ran (4 minutes in 1 minute intervals) on the treadmill for 22 minutes.  Then did my circuit type exercises for another 20 minutes.  The hotel had a machine I could use for resistance, free weights and a big ball so I was set.   My plan is to do the same thing tomorrow after work as well.

Me looking super awesome after working out!

I’m pretty thrilled that I’ve been doing so well this week.  Next week I’ll be with a co-worker who I know will keep me motivated and on track – in fact, we’re joining a local gym with a one week membership to get our workouts in.  There’s a rumor of a spin class.  That frankly makes me want to vomit at just the thought of it, but I’ll make it through!!

Two more days left this week then off to Nashville for the weekend!

And just because I miss my puppies:

Jack and Benny – on their way to Grandma’s for babysitting!

When does it get better?

That, my friends, is a damn lie.  At least for right now it is.  Last week I actually looked forward to going to the gym.  As I did on Monday.  That changed about 3 minutes after I arrived.

This week it just seems so hard.  I’m always glad I went, and feel great about myself that I did, but during, I feel like I might die.  Sweat pouring off me, legs and arms rubbery.  I’m just exhausted, which means I’m sleeping more too.  Which isn’t a bad thing.  All that really means is that I’m now actually getting a solid 8 hours of sleep a night  instead of 6.  And if I’m being honest, I really feel better with 9 hours of sleep a night.

I have been wondering if my pre-workout snack is the right thing or not.  We got to the gym around 3:45pm, so around 3:00pm I’ve been eating a string cheese and some beef jerky.  I figured the protein would be exactly what I needed.   But, I found this article and starting on Friday (my next workout) I’m going to change it up a little.  I’m going to try a banana with some peanut butter.  I think I’m not getting the right mix of nutrients pre-workout and maybe that’s my problem.

I have post-workout covered.  Last Friday I started drinking 6oz of chocolate milk when I get home from the gym.  I’m not an overly huge chocolate fan, but for some reason chocolate milk seems like a treat.  It’s so rich and creamy and yummy.  The bad thing about it is it’s so high in points (3 pts for those 6 oz) but it’s totally worth it!  Plus I’ve been averaging 12 AP’s earned each time I go to the gym.  I got the chocolate milk covered!

I haven’t stepped on the scale all week.  I’ve been tempted a couple of times.  I’ll be honest, I feel like I’m eating too much food.  I get 52 points a day.  If done right, that’s a ton of food.  And I’m doing much better in the fruits and veggie department so those don’t count.  But, I know that WW works, and I’m going to put faith in my tracking and my exercise and hope that I’m rewarded Friday on the scale.

It’s interesting, I don’t really tell people how many points a get a day (at work anyway). Most of them are in the high 20′s, or low 30′s.  One of my other coworkers gets 53 points (a male) and they kinda laugh and say “he’s not even on a diet”.  Ugh.  I get that the points difference is huge, and 26 is obviously more difficult to manage your points than 52 or 53. But it’s still about making changes.   Eating better, moving more.  Tracking.

Tracking is huge for me.  It makes me accountable for my food.  I mentioned my Grandpa’s Birthday was last Saturday in my last post.  I ate 84 points that day.  But I tracked them.  It was one day.  A good day, and I wasn’t going to worry about every little bite I took.  I decided to count everything I ate and move on.   Did I eat too much food that day?  Of course I did, but I’ve been at 52 or lower since then.  And sadly, 84 points would have been a drop in the bucket not very long ago.

But things change.  I’m changing.  Do I think I’m going to be 100% perfect this time around?  No, that’s not even my goal.  My goal is to live my life.   Eat less, move more.  Be healthier.

My answer is YES.  What about you?

I joined a gym. For real!

Me wanting to die after my first workout!

It wasn’t planned.  It was a spur of the moment, rash, fueled by peer pressure decision.  I second guessed myself almost immediately.   I joined on Tuesday with 2 co-workers at the local gym just a couple of blocks from work.  They had come to our work last year and done a presentation and several other coworkers had joined at that time I guess (I was still travelling extensively so missed that meeting).

It’s not a chain gym.  It’s not a gym where you go and get on a treadmill for 30 minutes and call it good.  It’s a circuit gym.  We do a 3-5 minute warm up on a cardio machine, then do 24 circuits.  One minute each, 15 second break in between.  Then a 3-5 minute cardio cool down.  So, right around 40 minutes total.

We went for the first time on Wednesday, and it was OK.  I learned that I cannot do a burpee to save my life – not even a segmented one.  Those suck.  And there was only one other station that I didn’t attempt – it relied heavily on you having a ton of faith in the machine holding your weight, and frankly, it freaked me out a bit.  Maybe when I’m stronger I’ll attempt it.

I drove home that night feeling pretty good that I made it out alive.  Now, I live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, no elevator.  This isn’t a big deal – I’ve lived here almost 3 years, I can do stairs.  As I start to climb the 32 stairs up, I notice it’s a little uncomfortable.  Ok, maybe more than a little.   I really want to cry like a little girl, but I made it.  The sad thing here folks … I have 2 dogs.  They need to go outside anywhere several times a day.  So, I leash them up, and off we go.  The first step DOWN … well, let’s just say if I could have crawled down those steps I would have.  I literally cried out.  Jack and Benny didn’t care, they were on a mission and giving Mom no consideration.   I took 3 ibuprofen and was in bed around 9:15 that night.

I woke up Thursday and did feel slightly better than the night before.  Stairs still weren’t my friend though, and I climb/descend a lot of stairs during the course of a day.   Friday I woke up feeling about the same.   But Friday was gym day again.  Oh, I was not looking forward to going, simply because I was afraid I would be spending today in the fetal position all day because of my efforts.

The workout yesterday was so much better!  I felt better, more confident at it, burpees still suck ass, and I still ignored the one machine.  But I didn’t feel stiff when I left.  And in fact, this morning I feel GREAT. I’m a little apprehensive about tomorrow, as they say Day 2 after a workout is worse, but I’ll be positive about the whole thing and assume I’ll be fine!

Two days of rest before I have to do it again!   So happy about that!  But oddly, looking forward to going anyway!  My, how things change.

Jack and Benny doing what they do best!