Monday, August 25, 2014

Three Weeks In

As I knew it would, my weight loss slooooooowed down this week and I was only down 0.4 pounds. Which is actually fine since I was out Thursdat, Friday, Saturday, and finished up Sunday with wine at my BFs house. My loss thus far is 11.8 pounds in 3 weeks, which is a great start.

And then there was today. My daughter starts 7th Grade tomorrow, and we historically have a day of fun on the last day of summer vacation. This year she chose lunch at The Cheesecake Factory because she is currently obsessed with Oreo cookie cheesecake. I decided that I wanted to eat cheesecake, too, so I skipped breakfast (which I never do) and ordered what I wanted at lunch. The Skinnylicious Chopped Salad was delicious, as was the slice of Dulce de Leche Caramel cheesecake. Truth be told, though, I started to feel unwell by the time I was finishing the slice. I am not used to all of that sugar and fat, and I felt pretty gross and needed a nap after it.

That meal alone was 5 points over my daily point target. Wow. And this so will be having tea for dinner lol.

I love the fact that I could turn to counting points instead of Simply Filling for the day, which I did, and that I could make that food decision today with no guilt.

It's time for me to step it up on the exercise front now, so that is my goal for next week.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Didn't Even Realize It

After my WW Meeting on Saturday, I became a grumpy human being. I was irked because my boyfriend 'disinvited' me to the Arlington Million in favor of his buddy since the only other woman in the group bowed out. I felt alone because my soon-to-be teenager chose to hang out in her room by herself and text with her friends after their afternoon gathering in the park.  I was disappointed because my planned outing to Greektown was cancelled. Everything rubbed me the wrong way, all day long.

I was crabby all the way into the next day, until mid afternoon Sunday.  Mopey and sullen. Short-tempered.  Not a place I like to be.

I didn't realize 'it' until Monday evening, though.  I didn't realize that I never once thought of my usual soothing mechanism.  That I never felt compelled to eat 'bad' food or drink copious amounts of wine.  It just never entered my sphere of possibilities.  I did, however, go for a brief run outside for the first time in, well, I don't even know. 

I didn't realize that I broke out of my stern until my mood had lifted, and then I was even happier to find the mood gone with no setback on my goals.  

Good change.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Consistency

Another successful week on Simply Filling... down an additional 3.6 pounds, for a total of 11.4 pounds since rejoining! And I can feel it in my body. I still want to lose 30 to 40 more pounds and get into the middle of my Weight Watchers weight range, but at least there has been progress and it is making me excited to stay on plan.

One big thing that I have been working on is my 'perfectionism' mindset. I am allowing myself some unplanned deviations, and also saving my weekly allowance for the evenings that I spend with my boyfriend because I know that is when I will indulge in shared meals and wine.

As for exercise, I have been walking for 30 minutes at lunch each day and then eating lunch while I work. The company parking lot is my friend now, and I have a route that I take each day. I play music and think and get some stress out, and I can't wait to get out there each day. When it was raining one day last week, I forged a path in the covered parking area and did my 30 minutes there... I am not interested in making excuses for why I cannot walk.

Simply Filling is the right choice for me now. I am staying away from sweets except for fruit because I know that is a trigger for me, but am eating some reduced fat bread which feels like a treat to me after staying away from it for so long.  My diet is mainly whole, real foods, and I love my fresh fruit snacks each day. A good balance for me.

One of the reasons that I decided to join WW almost two weeks ago was because I started birth control pills for the first time in 25 years (the mini-pill, since I have a genetic disorder that makes me hypercoagulable and thus cannot take anything with estrogen due to clotting issues), and I refused to be one of those people I was reading about who gained ten pounds when they started on the pill. Enough is enough.  The fact that this loss of 11+ pounds coincided with starting that medication makes me extra happy, and also shows me that nothing predestines us to gain weight. After taking upwards of 90mg of Prednisone each day for five years, I know that one can overcome any gain that medicine (and Cushings Disease) might bring.

The challenge for me becomes consistency once the losses slow down . Consistency during the plateaus, and even through weeks where I may gain. One thing that I like about our WW leader, Ann, is that she always asks " Do you feel like you can keep doing this?"when someone has a milestone or good loss.  And that really is the key to long term success.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Courtesy Weigh-In

I attended a Saturday morning Weight Watchers meeting with my friend today but, since my first meeting was last Sunday and this still technically part of the same WW week, my weigh-in could not be logged into my account and was considered a 'courtesy' to see how I was doing this week since I cannot make tomorrow morning's meeting. Fine by me, since it showed a 7.8 pound loss since last weekend! 

That's big, but my first week always tends to be a largish loss. Results Not Typical, I know, and there was definitely some water weight there since AF started  this week. But it was still motivating to see the drop and know that the Simply Filling plan is both a good fit with my food habits AND showing results for my body.

I am going to stick with it for another week because this one felt good.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Return

I seem to be in a down-up-down pattern, with little progress after the initial 6 pounds I lost. Not that I am surprised by this since I have very regimented 'diet' days followed by a veritable four day weekend (Thursday is the new Friday for me) where I overindulge in wine and meals out. And often sweets when I arrive home. All the walking and exercise at lunch that I have been doing just can't counterbalance that!

So back to Weight Watchers meeting I go, starting tomorrow morning. I know it works for me, and so could use the anchoring right now.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Healthy Relationships

I love Sunday mornings when the weather is nice. Why? Because my BF and I (along with DD on weekends that she is with me) take ourselves out to a park near his house with a great 1+ mile per lap walking/biking path. 

Today we started the morning with a 5.11 mile walk. Not only does it keep us active, but we have over an hour and a half to talk and catch up.  He is the first BF I have had that is interested in doing active things like this with me, and I really enjoy this healthy part of our relationship.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

63

63 minutes on the Arc Trainer today made these two things happen:




I wanted to slack off and skip the gym today after a late night out, but knew I would feel better after I finished a workout.  I was right!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekly Weigh In

After a solid week of daily workouts (minimum 25 minutes/maximum 60 minutes), I was down 4.8 pounds this morning. A kick start that gives me incentive to make it another solid week.

I went out with friends last night for a delicious dinner, complete with wine, and still had a great loss.  I can make it all work when I focus. I know that my big down fall is sugar. When I eat it I want more and more, and the downward spiral begins, often leading to a binge. Now that I have stayed away from it for almost three weeks, it is so much easier for me to just say no beforehand and walk away.

Off to my typical Greek yogurt and berries, hard boiled eggs, and salad with grilled chicken day. Tonight is date night with the BF, so I'll be saving up some calories and squeezing in a lunchtime workout at the Fitness Center in my office to prepare for it

Here's to another great week!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Molasses

As in "slow as".  That is what it feels like watching the scale decline.  Granted, I weighed in for the first time in a looooooooooooooooooooong time just last Friday, but it feels like I should have lost at LEAST ten pounds by now!!!

Of course I am joking about that kind of unrealistic expectation, but I am working very hard to build better habits.  I have exercised 12 of the last 17 days for at least 20 minutes, and I have worked out hard as in a big, sweaty mess.  I have also increased all of the weights in my weight training during that period.  I am generally more active, taking the stairs at work and walking to and from the store while DD is at tutoring.

So why am I not at my goal weight yet?!?

It's the old truism, that the weight comes on so quickly yet leaves so slowly.  I think it is even worse now that I am in my mid 40s and staring peri-menopause in the face.  Now I am doing the hard work of just sticking to it, knowing that I am making the changes that will bring me a healthier weight and lifestyle, and having faith that my body will soon start to reflect those changes in a way that is visible to me.

Tick-Tock, let's get this transformation started already!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wahoo!

It's a beautiful Saturday morning. I just returned from the gym where I did 45 minutes of cardio and tested out my new Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor. So far Iove it! After I put it on, it automatically synced up with my iPhone via Bluetooth, and off I went.

It includes a Burn and Burst feature that tracks the time you spend in the fat burning range (Burn) and also in the short term range best for increasing cardio capacity (Burst). It determined my specific levels based on a quick test of my resting heart rate that I performed the night I received it.

During my 25 minute Arc Trainer workout, I tried to stay in the Burn fat burning range.


It felt much easier pace-wise than I am used to, and I could have sustained the pace for hours.

Then I did a 20 minute workout on the Elliptical (with moving arm handles) at a more typical pace.


It seems that I spend most of my typical workouts somewhere between the Burn and Burst ranges.  Definitely fun to try this feature.

The best part to me was the personalized calorie burn calculation. I never trust the numbers on the machines or even in apps like MFP. The Wahoo app not only tracks my workouts but, with the push of a button, uploads them automatically to MFP for me!  And that is just what I want.


So far, I am thrilled with the a Wahoo TICKR. It appears that they have a TICKR X coming out soon that will include some additional features like tracking while swimming and enchanced running analysis which I love to try, but this is where my money went so you will have to look elsewhere for reviews of that one when it is available.

Off to a BBQ to further this great day!