Week 3 Review

4 Apr

Good morning, y’all! We have officially tackled week 3. I am going to be honest here and say this was probably the hardest week for me so far. Mainly because of my strong cravings for junky food & my serious lack of motivation to work out. In any case, here we are…

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week 3. You will notice that I did not count points on Easter. I have decided that for big events and holiday gatherings, I will not count points for 2 reasons. First, because it is difficult to calculate points when you are not the one preparing it & Secondly, because I think it is okay to enjoy special days without restrictions. With that being said, I still made conscious decisions to eat primarily healthy foods (larger portions of vegetables, avoiding breads, etc) but I did allow myself to enjoy some treats too. Since we already addressed last Thursday, I am going to go ahead and skip over that & pretend it isn’t there! 🙂

Date

 

WW+ Points

Bonus Points Used

27-Mar

34

5

28-Mar

53

24

29-Mar

29

0

30-Mar

32

3

31-Mar

Easter

Easter

1-Apr

23.5

0

2-Apr

20.5

0

Below is a recap of my exercise for week 3. Like I mentioned in my last post, I had an unscheduled day of “rest” and it decreased my weekly count to 4 days of exercise. Although it is still within my “plan”, I would like to work out more than that in one week. I will need to focus on it going into week 4 because if I continue on this pattern (week 1 – 6 times; week 2 – 5 times; week 3 – 4 times), I won’t be very successful!

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

27-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

28-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

29-Mar

55

E & T

421.6

4.01

4 x 12

30-Mar

40

Treadmill

265.5

2.59

N

31-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

1-Apr

30

Treadmill

191.8

1.96

4 x 12

2-Apr

45

E & T

293.3

3.05

N

And although I had a bad night on Thursday & didn’t count points on Sunday, God must have had mercy because I still managed to lose…

1 more pound this week!

Hey, with the kind of week I had, I am thrilled to have lost anything at all!

Total to date: 5 pounds lost

2. Thoughts

This week has been kind of “blah” in regards to this journey. I haven’t had much desire to work out. I have felt exhausted and I have had really strong cravings for unhealthy foods. I can’t tell you how many times I mumbled under my breath “I’m quitting my diet”…

BUT quit I did not. Maybe slip up a bit, but not quit. I am attributing all of that to my whacked out hormone levels and hoping for a great upcoming week!

I am excited to be entering week 4. I know the longer I stick to it, the more results I will have and I am looking forward to the day that I can feel the results instead of just seeing a number on the scale. I think that will help motivate me to work even harder!  Wish me luck (& good luck to all of you too)!

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One Drive-Thru, Two Dinners & Three (& a half) Melt-Downs

2 Apr

I may not be good at being healthy, but I am determined to be “good” at being honest about it. When you read the title of this post, I think you pretty much know where this is going…

 But first, let’s look back in time…to a time not-that-far away, when I was in college.

When I was in college I discovered what people meant when they claimed the “freshman 15”. & since my “freshman 15” was actually more like the “freshman 30”, I quickly realized that I had fully embraced a little thing called…emotional eating. Anyone else hear me on that?

 & as most of us know, the more you eat unhealthy, greasy, junk food – the more you want it. Every. single. day. I had to own this new found problem about my second year in and was able to get myself to a weight that I could be comfortable with & maintain. Now, this little trouble-maker (I’m talking emotional eating) ESPECIALLY crept in during a specific week of the month, if you’re following me here. Times that I wanted quick satisfaction for my cravings of either sweets or greasy grease (classic me, always trying to clog my arteries). Every once in a while, even now, this serious draw just hits me out of nowhere. Most of the time it is when I am:

  • Exhausted
  • Not feeling well
  • Feeling emotional or down
  • Have cravings on top of cravings
  • &, of course, am by myself.

 Now let’s fast forward to a time….a time much closer…a time some of us might call…last Thursday.

 Last Thursday wasn’t pretty. My hormone levels were turning me into a looney & my mood was swinging this way and that. If I had to sum it up, I would say I was exhausted, not feeling well, feeling emotional/down, having cravings on top of cravings, and, of course, I was by myself.

 Yes, last Thursday, much to my demise… this happened. There I was, having been shopping in Target for two hours trying to find something…ANYTHING…for my husband’s Easter basket when it happened. Out of nowhere, as if I got hit by a bus, there it was. A craving so strong that it was all I could think about. My stomach was growling. I felt like I could burst into tears at any moment. My body was aching. Every aisle I perused was filled with delicious forms of Easter candy, cookies, chips, the works.

 & then I remembered what waited for me outside of Target. That’s right. Arby’s. And what is so great about Arby’s you might ask? A milkshake. & what about the milkshake? Jamocha. They have a Jamocha milkshake. It is delicious. It is wonderful. It is the perfect blend of really cheap coffee and chocolate flavoring & ice-cream. It is one dollar – a true value.

So, I practically sprinted to my car… zoomed across the parking lot… and bam. In a matter of seconds I had a value Jamocha shake with two greasy counterparts. I parked my car under the shade and I enjoyed every. single. bite. Or sip as the case may be.

Satisfied, I began my quest home. The further I drove, the worse I felt. I mean – really? Did that just happen? & as I got home and walked in the front door, it happened. Meltdown number one. Don’t worry – it was short & I quickly recovered. I sat for a few minutes thinking about all the unhealthy food I had just consumed and in a sort of “aww, man” way, began stomping up stairs to put on my tennis shoes to go try to work it off. That’s when I felt the tears coming on again – my face crouching up in that less-then-attractive way to prepare for what was sure to be an ‘ugly cry’. But before it could reach full form, I got a text message asking if I had dinner plans. I mean… no. I didn’t have plans. To eat dinner…tonight…or ever again, really. BUT, I mean, why not have some company?

So I tossed my tennis shoes away & off I went to join family. Have I mentioned that I love Mexican food? Yes. I do. I love Mexican food. & in case it isn’t obvious…. we went to a Mexican restaurant. By the time we were ready to order, it had been 2 and a half hours since my drive-thru incident and I started to feel a little hungry. & by hungry, I mean that I started to really, really want some Mexican food.

At the end of my fingertips waited queso, guacamole, salsa & sour cream – the perfect combination to shovel into my mouth by way of chip. & then out came the dinner that I had ordered. Right… my second dinner. Luckily, I split this with Matt who had met us at the restaurant. But still, I didn’t even stop to think as I enjoyed my chicken enchilada covered in, well, queso. With beans & rice on the side. Oh my dear. Delicious, I tell you.

On the ride home, however, it came. Meltdown number two. It was one of those times where you have a huge lump in your throat and feel the tears swelling, but in an attempt to avoid it you stare out the window at a complete 90 degree angle so no one will notice (no one being Matt as he was the only other person in the car). Once the question is asked, however, there is no going back. “Are you okay?” he asked as he put his hand on my shoulder… & at that moment I filled the car with my wailing, shortness of breath, & tears. Why? No apparent reason. It just happened. I’m not proud but let’s all move on.

So into the house we went, I was feeling much better. So good, in fact, that I remembered the Snickers Easter egg I had slipped into my basket while at Target earlier…before my drive-thru incident. I quickly shuffled through the bags to find it, ripped it open and took a bite. Oh my dearness – the perfect combination of chocolate, peanuts & caramel that filled my mouth. “Here! Take a bite!” I exclaimed as I held the chocolate egg out to Matt. “No thanks”, he said, as he politely declined & then offered me a reminder of my health goals and results – you know… the accountability that I have been asking for. And then, there it was. Meltdown number 3 – a sort of angry meltdown. The kind you get when you feel embarrassed and “called out”. “Fine!” I said, as I chucked the remaining egg in the trashcan and ran up the stairs sobbing. Yikes.

I knew how silly I was acting. & you know what I mean when I say “silly”. That night, after a good hug from my hubby, I toppled into bed feeling both physically & emotionally exhausted.

Although I had a healthy morning & afternoon, my whacked out evening landed me at 53 points for the day (my daily allotment being 29). & since I skipped the gym, I only worked out 4 times this week (even though this is still within my “plan”, I would prefer to work out more than that in one week).

As I said before – last Thursday wasn’t pretty. Especially the mascara that was repeatedly smeared all over my face. BUT I woke up the next morning, focused on healthy eating & got in a really great work out that night. It doesn’t quite erase my Thursday but it did make me feel a teensy bit better about it. In any case, I am exhausted just thinking about it & I can tell this is going to be a lonnnng journey!

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Week 2 Review

28 Mar

*I meant to post this yesterday but time got away from me…so here you go!*

I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks! As much as week 1 dragged by, week 2 didn’t seem nearly as dreadful…I mean, long.  See below for my tracking & thoughts on week 2.

 1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week two. We already addressed the 16.5 bonus points I used in my “Weekend Oops” post, so just pretend like those aren’t there. No need to live in the past – shoo, shoo!

Date

WW+ Points

Bonus Points Used

20-Mar

23

0

21-Mar

19

0

22-Mar

36

7

23-Mar

33

4

24-Mar

34.5

5.5

25-Mar

27

0

26-Mar

29

0

& below is my recap of exercise for week 2. I am continuing to alternate days of straight cardio and days of weightlifting and cardio combined (on those days I usually do less cardio). Although I only worked out 5 days this week instead of 6 like last week, I still feel like that is great progress & is still within my “plan” to go a minimum of 4 times a week and maximum of 6. I think 5 is more realistic from week-to-week but I know that the more I work out, the better results I will get!

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

Reps

20-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

21-Mar

35

Treadmill

225

2.21

Y

4 x 12

22-Mar

50

E & T

352.3

3.4

N

N

23-Mar

30

Elliptical

225

2.18

Y

4 x 12

24-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

25-Mar

25

Treadmill

157.7

1.6

Y

4 x 12

26-Mar

50

Elliptical

403

3.78

N

N

So with all of that being said, I did lose…

1 more pound this week!

I know – it’s not a lot. I am trying not to be a Debbie Downer about it BUT I know this is a process and it will take time so I will take what I can get.

Total to Date: 4 pounds lost

2. Thoughts

So last week I talked about how I was just CONSTANTLY in pain after utilizing muscles my body didn’t even know existed. This week it is MUCH better. Mostly noticeable on the days I do weights but if I stretch really well, it helps to relieve the tightness (if you work out all the time & already know this, please pretend like this is brand new information).

As far as my body goes, I feel like I can tell that I am starting to slim up a little. I know, I know – none of y’all can & it’s probably just all in my head.

But let me tell you how my pants are organized by size: Awesome pants. Big girl pants. Fat pants. Right now I am in limbo between my fat pants and my big girl pants – meaning my fat pants are getting loose but my big girl pants are still too tight. SO, although one belt has already given its life for this cause (may she rest in peace), I am tightening my belts the tightest they will go until I can officially move down a size. I know I still have a ways to go since it’s really only 2 pairs of pants that are STARTING to feel a teensy bit loose BUT that’s still good news and, again, I’ll take what I can get.

Good luck during week 3 to all of you joining me! & if you said you were going to join me but are really eating bacon-cheeseburgers for dinner and avoiding the gym like the plague…then, c’mon – don’t leave me out here to die alone! Get going – chop, chop!

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Weekend Oops

26 Mar

Okay, you guys. I know one of the purposes of this blog is to keep me accountable. So, that means I get to post about how well I am doing…but that I also have to share when I’m not doing so well

Let’s just go ahead and say it.

This weekend was a bust.

I “tried” but at the end of the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) I had successfully gone over my point allowance EVERY day. In total, I used 16.5 extra points. Now, I know you have your weekly “bonus” points and all…for days you want indulge a little but I know you are all thinking it (and so am I)…YIKES!

You see what happened was….

We ate out a lot.

So for lunch on Friday, Matt & I were craving one of our favorite little pizza places for lunch near work. It was Friday…it was payday…Why not? I knew it would be high in points but I chose healthy snacks and planned to eat a low-point dinner. So off for pizza we went – We didn’t order our usual garlic knots & I took about 3 sips of my soda before deciding it wasn’t really worth it (it comes with the lunch special). Still, with those cautious choices, pizza is not “cheap” (I talk about WW+ points like they are money – get on board). In any case, I chose to eat it. It was delicious. It was worth it… until dinner came around.

Friday night we had a delicious dinner with family at Longhorn’s. Maybe I am just a looney, but I thought that the baked parmesan crusted chicken breast would be an okay choice (I was choosing blindly, y’all). Why, you ask? Because I know that when we make baked chicken breast at home and we use a Kraft Fresh Take packet (that ALSO includes bread crumbs & parmesan cheese), it “costs” me about 6 points. Well this little gem of a chicken breast (and I am not going to lie – it was AMAZING), took 13 points. THIRTEEN! & that wasn’t even the whole entrée because it came with not one but TWO chicken breasts. Fortunately, I cannot think of a single instance where I would need to eat two chicken breasts all to myself so I didn’t have to count 26 points for chicken. Luckily, I had veggies as my side & I peeled off the cheese topping… or I would have really been sorry. & thank goodness I only took a small taste of the dessert we ordered. It was truly calling my name but I knew it couldn’t be pretty. Did you know that their little dessert sampler (that is supposed to serve two but in our case it served about 3 each) “costs” 46 points? Wowweyy!

Then, we were out of town for the weekend so we ate out a lot…some more.

Between dinner & breakfast…and two unplanned and unfortunate trips to Taco Bell (where I did choose as wise as you could considering)… I just went overboard. Oh. And since we are being honest… did you know that a SMALL frosty from Wendy’s is 8 points? EIGHT! That’s, like, an entire meal! I did choose veggies as sides when I could and picked entrees I thought were healthier than what I would typically choose (i.e. an omelet over eggs benedict). HOWEVER, restaurants really know how to trick you into eating worse than you should have, am I right?

Oh, and did I mentioned that I only ate 1/4 of a biscuit? You know biscuits, the other love of my life –Yeah, those. One fourth. Half of a half. As I whined a bit over the biscuit I was so close to enjoying (but didn’t), Matt whispered “Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels” (gotta love Pinterest, am I right?). I promptly responded “That’s not true. This biscuit tastes as good. This biscuit tastes BETTER.”

So there you have it. I said it out loud. It’s out in the open.

& how do I feel about it, you ask?

First, gross. I know I didn’t go THAT crazy (I mean, it could have been worse, right?), but after calculating my points and knowing I wasn’t eating as healthy as I have been the last week & a half or so, I felt just…gross. Like, in a “did you notice how tight my pants are?” way.

& secondly, I feel like I just want to eat whatever I want again! How is that possible, right? That I simultaneously feel gross AND feel like I want to eat foods that make me feel gross. When we got home last night, it took serious self-control not revert to my old ways… and eat a small salad for dinner instead. And in case you were wondering if I have any desire to go to the gym (even though I have only had one day of rest this weekend & still managed to work out the other two), the answer would be a big, fat NOPE.

If it weren’t for the fact that the whole world is counting on me, I might would just eat ice-cream for dinner and go to sleep at 7:30 PM tonight. So thanks to you all for reading along as I share my eating habits from the weekend, as icky as they may be.

Here’s to never eating a frosty again! Kidding.

 

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Fitspiration: Reasons to Exercise

23 Mar

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Happy Weekend! I meant to post this yesterday as motivation to help get you through your weekend, but just think of it as being fashionably late! Someone shared this with me this week and I thought it was a great way to stay focused and motivated on what is important to you about reaching your goals!

I hope you all can stay focused on your health goals this weekend. I know they are difficult for me – & it will be especially this weekend as we will be in Orlando (which I am super excited for)! I am thankful that I managed to get my tooshy to the gym this morning before leaving because shortly after, I had myself a little meltdown about how “my clothes don’t fit and I have nothing to wear” (don’t worry, my monthly meltdown came right on time – if you know what I mean) and it would have surely been a discouragement. I am serious, y’all, the pathetic sobbing – my poor hubby.

BUT – after some encouragement from my hubby & after re-reading this list of reasons to work toward my goals, I am re-focused and am looking forward to the day that I have nothing to wear because everything is falling off!

Week 1 Review

21 Mar

Okay, guys. I officially have 1 week of “getting healthy” under my belt. Whew!

I am going to share below 1. My tracking from this week for Weight Watchers as well as exercise & my results and 2. My thoughts on this new (& currently achey) lifestyle!

1. Tracking

Here is a recap of my WW points for week one. For those of you who do not know, you get an allotment of “bonus points” each week with the program. You can use them all at once or spread them out over the week. I am trying not to use them at all but it is nice to have them – I used about 6 of the bonus points my first week.

Date

WW Points

WW Bonus Points

13-Mar

19

0

14-Mar

19

0

15-Mar

31

2

16-Mar

24

0

17-Mar

27

0

18-Mar

31

2

19-Mar

31

2

 

& here is a recap of my exercise for week 1. I am a little impressed with myself for going 6 out of 7 days! My goal is to alternate days of straight cardio and days of weight lifting with less cardio.

Date

Cardio

Machine

Calories

Distance

Weights

Reps

Machine

13-Mar

35

Elliptical

278

2.63

N

N

N

14-Mar

40

Elliptical

257

2.52

Y

3 x 12

5 arm

15-Mar

45

Elliptical

340

3.28

N

N

N

16-Mar

20

Treadmill

110

1.25

Y

3 x 12

5 arm, 2 leg

17-Mar

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

Rest

18-Mar

45

Elliptical

340

3.28

N

N

N

19-Mar

20

Treadmill

115

1.28

Y

4 x 12

3 arm, 2 leg

& although this is only noticeable to my scale, I did manage to lose *drumroll please*…

3 pounds during my first week!

Not too shabby.

2. Thoughts

Okay, y’all… do you know that working out 6 days in one week HURTS? I mean, ouuuch! At first I was like “ohh yeah – this hurts so good!” but last night I slowly forced one foot in front of the other, plopped down next to Matt and wailed “when will this pain ennnnd?!!” I know – dramatic.

In all seriousness, it has made me so aware of my body. Go to give a high-five? Ouch. Type on the keyboard? Ouch. Reach for a plate out of the cabinet? Ouch. Bend over to pet the cutest kitty you’ve ever seen? Ouch. You get the idea. And don’t even talk to me about walking up the stairs.

Going into this first week I was excited and motivated to begin this “journey” (as I am calling it) – and much of that was thanks to y’all for all of the positive feedback and support!

BUT it didn’t take long before I was dreading the gym and fighting off a bad case of the munchies – especially carbs. How many of you would love to eat an ENTIRE loaf of French bread right now? I know, me too.

I joked that I would just do “yoga” in my pjs at home: take a little nap – stretchhhh – watch some TV – stretcchhhhh.

BUT – with the whole world counting on me, I fought off my munchies with healthier choices & I forced my little tooshy to go to the gym. & just so I am clear here, yes, it was ABSOLUTELY worth it!

I am bracing myself for week two! I know it takes time to create a habit so I have to stay focused! I hope you all start week 2 with this little motivational speech from my husband in mind: This is what separates the winners from the losers! Or in this case, the losers from the gainers….Yikes! 😉

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Healthy Eating: Fish Creations Mahi Mahi

18 Mar

Something I am learning about healthy eating is that it takes effort and planning. If you don’t plan ahead and stock the kitchen with the right ingredients, it makes it really easy to just heat up a frozen pizza or pick up dinner to-go.

Matt and I have some new recipes to try this week that I will share with you all (some healthy alternatives to family favorites), but for now I wanted to share an easy-to-prepare meal that we ate last week. We decided to try these because they were BOGO at Publix and it is nice to keep it on hand for nights when you can’t get to the grocery store or don’t have time to cook (or just don’t feel like it)!

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This brand offers other types of fish (we have salmon in our freezer to try soon) but based on the nutrition facts provided, one filet of the Mahi Mahi is only 3 WW+. It took about 25 minutes to cook in the oven (no thawing necessary). I thought it was tasty & we coupled ours with steamed green beans & a side salad.

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So there you have it – not ALL healthy meals require a lot of planning and prep work!

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