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!

 

 

Weekly Weigh In!

So, I’m back!  It seems like it’s been forever since I posted last … and it has been!  I arrived back home late Friday night.   I couldn’t wait to step on my home scale first thing Saturday morning.  I’d exercised 7 times while in hotels, counted all my points (and stayed within my daily PPV and WPAs) and was really hoping for a loss.

I was .2 HIGHER than the morning I left.   Talk about discouraging.  And it’s ridiculous, because honestly, in the past, I would have come home with a gain.  Folks, I’m not exaggerating when I saw I ate almost 35 meals in restaurants over the course of 13 days.  And while yes, I was within allowable guidelines on WW, if I’m being honest I didn’t get in all my Healthy Guidelines everyday (I did pretty good) and I made some choices that if I had been home I wouldn’t have made (lobster risotto anyone?).

When I texted Melissa she of course told me that because of the airplanes and driving and sodium this was a great outcome!  She assured me the weight loss would come.  I of course heard “blah blah blah” and wanted to eat.   But I listened to her.  I didn’t eat. Sunday the scale jumped down 1.6 lbs and Monday it was down another 2.0 lbs.  I will take that! And be completely pleased.  Melissa was, of course, right.  And I’m glad I didn’t comfort eat.

Monday was also the day that I moved weigh in days and started at the WW Center.  It’s a 5:30pm meeting … which I loathe.  But I like the leader, so that’s the meeting I chose.   When I weighed in that night I wasn’t sure what to expect – I’d eaten 2 meals plus a pre-workout snack, worked out for about 45 minutes right before weigh in and had drank at least 40 oz of water.   I was down 4.8 lbs in the 2 1/2 weeks since my last official weigh in. Hell yes!

That puts me down 14.4 lbs since July 1st and a total of 43.9 lbs from my highest weight ever.  Life is feeling pretty good right now for me!  I’m in a routine, I’m exercising (at the gym and walking on my own) and I feel strong.   I’m seriously thinking about switching to Simply Filling in the next couple of weeks.  I need to do more reading on it though and see if I think it’s realistic for the way I eat or not.  At the very least I’d like to start cutting out some of the processed foods I eat.

More on that, and how I managed to succeed while eating in restaurants and living in a hotel for two weeks next time!

50 Days!

Yesterday was a big day for me.  Yesterday was the 50th day I as OP.  I started really being serious about Weight Watchers and tracking all my food on July 1st.

Fifty days.  50.  That’s HUGE for me.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I strung together 10 days in a row, much less 5 times that many.

Have I been perfect?  Absolutely not.  But I’ve tracked every bite of food that I’ve put in my mouth in eTools and I’ve never gone through all my WPAs or APs earned.  And really, that’s about where I’m at here.

One of the popular quotes at FitBloggin 13′ was “Lose it like you’ll live it” (I’m sorry, I don’t remember who originally said it) and honestly, that’s my motto right now.  I’ve been on the road for 10 days, with 3 more before I get home.  To be able to say that I’ve tracked all my points since I left (25+ meals in restaurants so far), exercised 5 times in those 10 days (with at least one more work out to come) and managed to stay within my daily and WPAs (haven’t touched my AP’s) is A.MAZING.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to getting home.  I miss my pups for one, and I still feel like I have much better control at home.  Oddly enough, I thought if I made it through last week that this week would be a breeze with a coworker with me who is fairly health conscious and athletic, but I find I have less control actually and that’s a little frustrating.  I have 2 days left in my tracking week and only 3 WPAs left.  I did better than that last week, and that included a trip to a Tapas restaurant.

Oh well.  I had high hopes of coming home with a good loss.  And even though I don’t feel I’ve done badly, with as many restaurant trips as I’ve made this trip (unavoidable for the most part) I’m really just hoping to maintain and call that a win!

One good thing about this trip is a new (to me anyway) snack find.  We picked up some snacks at a Fresh Market and came across these The Real Deal Veggie Chips:

The pile there is 100 of those things.  They are 3 PPV and count as 1 1/2 servings of veggies.  The ingredient list (in order):  green peas, corn meal, rice flour, oil, sea salt. They are very tasty (surprisingly so in fact) and totally satisfy my crunchy/salty craving!  I also found a Food Coop at home I can buy them at, and of course you can order them from Amazon too!!  I highly recommend them if you can find them!

I probably won’t update until I get home again!  Two more work days and a travel day!  So looking forward to being home!

Till next time!

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!

 

Weekly Weigh In

Wow, it’s been a week since I checked in here. I don’t really have any excuse other than I’ve tried to be more productive in the evenings.  To some extent, I have been.  Plus I’ve been making an effort to go to bed earlier as well.

I am moving at the end of September, and while I’m only moving about 1 mile away from where I am now, it’s no less work than if I was moving across the state.

And to top it all off, I leave for a two week business trip on Sunday.  I’ll be heading to the Boston area, then Nashville and finally to Indiana for a few days.  To say that I’m nervous is an understatement.  Today is Day 41 of my OP streak.  I’m down almost 10 lbs (more on that in a bit).  I’ve never really made an effort to follow Weight Watchers while I’m travelling (for work or otherwise).  But this time will be different.  Efforts will be made.  I will likely be sick to death of Subway and Applebee’s by the time I come home, but that’s OK.  Depending on what other restaurants I come across, I’ll likely branch out more than that, but I know I can eat safely at both of those places.  The hardest part of travel is the mindless eating I tend to do in the hotel room at night.   To combat that I’m going to only buy a package of Fiber One bars (more than one of those in a day and my stomach isn’t happy) and probably a pack of 100 calorie Kettle Korn popcorn for that sweet/salty kick.  And maybe some almonds – my new favorite is Salt & Vinegar.  So, I’ve got a plan, and I like it.

Back to the scale.  I stayed off my home scale all week.  I can’t decide if I like not having the pressure of knowing the number daily, or if it sets me up for bad expectations on the scale at WW.   My hands were extremely swollen Thursday, and still somewhat so on Friday.  Water intake is not an issue.  I drink a minimum of 100 oz a day, if not more.  I just knew, that despite tracking all my points this last week, earning 40+ AP’s and generally feeling good about my week, that I was going to gain this week.

The scale showed me down 1 lb even.  And I’m happy.  And then I’m not.  Which is the stupidest reaction E.V.E.R.   I set myself up for a gain the past two days and when I lose a pound I immediately am disappointed.  I’ve shifted my mood of course since then, but the first thought through my mind was “I’m working so hard for this?”.   And the answer is Yes, of course I am.

I’ve lost 9.6 lbs since July 1st.  I am down 35.6 lbs from my highest weight ever.  Things are moving in the right direction and that’s all that matters.

Since I’m going to be gone for two weeks, I obviously will be sticking to my “no stepping on the scale at home” promise.  However, I am going to step on the scale in the morning before I leave.  Since I’m going to be gone for two weeks, I’m going to want to know where I am before I leave according to my scale so that on the 24th I can step on my scale in the morning and see my progress for the two weeks I was gone.  And then the scale goes back away!

I also will be purchasing a Monthly Pass before next Sunday.  The three month online pass I purchased expires on Saturday.  The last At Work meeting is Friday.  I’m going to need access to eTools.  Even though I won’t use the Monthly Pass that week, I’ll buy it anyway so I have access and I’ll then hit my first center meeting on Monday the 26th.   I had kind of thought about finding a meeting in Indiana, but they are all evening meetings – and with making the transition from At Work to the Center, it might not be that simple as my weight hasn’t been recorded like normal.

Today is cleaning, packing and some baking.  I already made Chocolate/Pumpkin muffins. This post by Kelly reminded me that I had a can of pumpkin and a chocolate cake mix in my cupboard and I’ve been meaning to make these for awhile!  Spice Cake mix is usually my favorite, and after seeing Kelly’s Red Velvet version, I was tempted to go buy one of those, but stuck with the Milk Chocolate mix I had.   It seemed silly to make the whole batch, but my Mom is watching my dogs while I’m away so they’ll be a nice treat for her.  (PS – I get 18 servings from my batch, making them 2 PPV each, or 5 PPV for 2).

I also am trying a new crockpot recipe for dinner.  If it turns out well, I’ll post the recipe later this week!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Weigh In

Ahh, another weigh in!

I stayed true to myself (and the deal I made with Melissa)  and stayed off the scale this week.  That makes 10 days straight that I have not stepped on my scale at home.  Other than when I travel, that must be some kind of record.

I was VERY tempted to step on the scale last night.  I had been feeling really good about things.  Eating in control? Check.  Exercise in control? Check.  Clothes feeling good? Check, Check, Check!  So, what was the harm? Then I began to think how I would feel if it didn’t validate my behavior.  Oh, that damn scale validation.  I didn’t drag it out.  I waited for today.  I figured if it was bad news on the scale it could wait 12 more hours.

For those of you on Weight Watchers I’m not sure what your weigh in day routine is but I’m a little, shall we say, neurotic.  Ideally I like to weigh in first thing in the morning.  When I’ve done WW in the past I’ve always gone to the early AM weekend meeting so I can roll out of bed, go to the bathroom and weigh in.   Having an At Work meeting really messes that up. I’m a firm believer in breakfast.  I don’t eat as soon as I get up because food is usually the last thing I want, but I do eat within an hour or two of getting up.   I *hate* eating/drinking before weigh in.  So I don’t.  We can weigh in at 11:30.  Sometimes it’s OK, sometimes I’m hungry.  Today wasn’t a bad day.  The other part of my routine is going to Starbucks at 11:15 to get my drink of choice.  That way, as soon as I weigh in I can have my lovely, lovely drink.  (In an unrelated story, I have cut my Starbucks addiction trips down to once a week – and I chose weigh in day as a treat!).

Anyway, weigh in.  I was the first one there and got on the scale and held my breath! Down 2.8 lbs!  A sigh of relief could be heard!  Our leader asked what I had done different this week and I could honestly say NOTHING.  I counted my points, as I did last week (hell, I even had 12 pts of Birthday cake last Saturday for crying out loud).  I exercised, as I did last week.  The scale owed me this weigh in!!!  And it delivered!

But, I’m still keeping the scale in my closet.  I think it’s just smart.  I get too crazy if I’m weighing often.  I’m neurotic enough as it is, I need no help from the scale. Melissa pointed me towards this blog tonight, and I have to tell you, the post by Mrs. Wong from yesterday has me written all over it. I can so relate.   When I’m on my program, I am ON MY PROGRAM.  Don’t get in my way, don’t preach at me about paleo or low carb, don’t tell me what is wrong about the exercise I’m doing and don’t judge the food I eat – I don’t want to hear it.  I might not know everything, but I’ve been a professional “dieter” (mainly Weight Watchers) for the past 13 years.  I know a lot.  My problem isn’t implementing, but staying the course.   Well,  I’ve implemented and I’ve stayed the course for 33 days now.

I’m on my program, so get out of my way!

 

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?