Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope you all stay safe and enjoy being with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Over Did It!!!

Yesterday was weigh-in day.....and I knew it would be ugly!  I went in and no one, I mean no one was there.  I stepped up on the scale and bingo...3lbs UP!!!!! I knew it!  I knew it!!!! I just knew it!!!  Those darn Christmas cookies and treats!!!!  Gotta stay away from that stuff.  Its ok though.  Its over, I have moved on and am now back on track.
Went to the gym this morning and worked out on the elliptical and the bike.  Had grilled chicken for lunch.  Have one more holiday (new year's day) to get through and then all should be ok again.
Until next time stay strong and eat healthy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just Didn't Feel Like It

With the Holidays upon us and all the hustle and bustle to get things done, I didn't go to my weigh-in last night.  To be honest, I just didn't feel like it.  I was exhausted by the time the work day was over and I just had so many other things on my mind.  I will go next week but I will make sure that I still stay on track.  I have been hitting the gym hard and I have been feeling good.
I am off to do some last minute shopping during my lunch break.  I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season.  I'll be back soon!
Until next time eat healthy and stay strong.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reaching Milestones

Weekly weigh-in was today.  I was confident going in because I really watched what I ate and the portion sizes this week.  I also exercised 5 out of 7 days and I made sure that I worked up a good sweat during those times.  I also was able to do some weight training circuits so I knew that would help me.  In to the Weight Watchers meeting I went.  Up on the scale I stepped......very good says the receptionist.  I look at her and she says you lost 5.2 lbs this week!!!!!!  EXCELLENT!!!!!  I wanted to jump up and down!!!  I was also given my ring for having lost 25 lbs.  Well, its actually 25.8 lbs that I have lost.  :-)  I reached the 25 lb marker!!!!!  YES YES YES!!!!!!  I am really liking this.
When I go to the gym at work, people are commenting on how I look and saying that I am really doing a great job with getting my workouts in.  The trainer even said that I am doing a great job.  The comments mean so much to me.  It just makes me want to work that much harder to get healthier.
My journey is continuing and I am really beginning to like this ride.  I hope everyone else is doing well too.  It is a long hard road for us to travel, but we can do it.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Happy Again....

I was able to go to weigh-in yesterday and I have good news to report...down another 2.6lbs!!!!  Yes!!!!  I was sooooo happy to say the least.  I was working hard all week to get that result.  I went to the Y and did the elliptical and the bike and then I also did the weight circuit.  I felt really good after the workout too.  This morning I went to the gym at work and did a walk/run interval on the treadmill and then rode the bike.  I was really sweating when I was done and let me tell you that the sweat made me feel proud...lol...crazy I know.

I really want to run a 5k in the Spring.  I am still doing the c25k program.  I am taking my time with it.  So, I figure by the Spring time I should be ready.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do to prepare for such a race?

Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ups and Downs

Ok, so right now I am on a rollercoaster ride.  I am up 2lbs and I really knew it was going to happen.  I am not worried because I was back in the gym this morning hitting it hard. I am determined to get this thing done.  My clothes are fitting better and so I know I am still making progress.  Also, people on my job have commented about the fact that I look great. 
I'm ready for the holidays.  I will keep my eating under control and continue to concentrate on the portion sizes.  Weight Watchers has this new Points Plus program, but for now i am going to stick to the old system. Hey, change is hard for me so I have to take baby steps.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Has Come and Gone

Well, I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.  It was fun to have a house full of family and friends.  I was concious of what I ate and made sure to enjoy without over indulging.  We will see how I did when I go to weigh-in this week.  I fully expect to have gained a little.  I am not going to get upset because it is over and done with.  I am back on schedule and I even went to the gym this morning in order to keep up with my routine.  When I go to the gym tomorrow, I will have made it to the gym everyday this month that I was at work!!!  That was my goal and I intend to meet it.  Now I just have to think of another goal for next month.
Does anyone have any ideas?  I hope you holiday was great.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I think I am Finally Getting There

This is going to be short and quick because I've gotta run.

I went to weigh-in this morning and I lost another 5.6 lbs!!!!!  Whooooo Hooooooo!!!!  I think I am finally on my way.  My exercising is finally kicking in and I am liking the results I am getting.  I am going to stick to what I am doing since its working.  You cannot believe how happy I am right now!!!!!  YES!!!!

Ok, gotta go, but until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Uno, Dos, Tres...and 5 minutes!!!

Last night was Wednesday Weigh-In.  I was confident going in because I knew I had been exercising and watching what I was eating.  I stepped up the scale and....3 pounds down!!!!!  Yippee!!!  Horay!!!  Amen!!!  Whew!!!!  I was so ecstatic!!!!  That makes a total of 17 pounds gone!!!!
So I did my normal routine of going to the gym this morning and guess what????  I ran for 5 minutes straight!!!!  I wanted to scream and holla, but I kept myself in check and finished my workout.  My co-workers have been commenting on my looks saying that I look good and they can tell I am losing weight.  It means so much to get compliments like that.  I am going to keep on track as best as I can this week and see what goals I can accomplish.
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

What Could I Be Doing Wrong?

I have worked out at the gym faithfully 4-5 times a week for about 6 weeks now. Yet I am still only seeing a 1 lb loss every week???  What gives???? Anyone have any advice?  I have been watching what I eat and the portion sizes and I have added some weight training to the mix as well.  I need to get this weight off and get it off NOW!!!!  UGH!!!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Looking For Noah's Ark

Back again after last night's weekly weigh-in.  I am down another pound.  I do not understand why I am only losing a pound a week.  It is very frustrating to say the least.  I would like to lose 2 lbs a week...you know 2 by 2 by 2 instead of 1 by 1 by 1....well, you get it.  I just want to have more of a loss that a measley one pound each time I weigh-in.
I have been going to the gym every morning!!!  I have been watching what I eat and still this happens.  Its discouraging to say the least.  I am going to try to hang in there and do my best.  Wish me luck....Until next time, stay strong ( I need to take my own advice here) and eat healthy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Getting It Done

Whew!  I have been to the gym 4 days this week!!!  I am shooting for 5 days in a row.  That would be classic for me.  I am still doing the Couch 2 5k program and have finished up week 2.  Let me tell ya, week two was hard for me.  I know I only added another 30 sec to each running interval but it seemed like murder!!!  I was really huffing and puffing toward the end of each set.  Well, I know it will take some time and I feel like I can do it so I am not about to give up now.
Went to get weighed in last night......down another pound!!!!!  Yes!!!  I really thought I would be down more with all of the exercising I have been doing but no such luck.  I am still being very mindful of my eating and so I really was a little disappointed by the one pound loss.  I am determined to hang in there though.  I am not quitting.  I have to get to a healthy weight because the weight I am carrying now is taking its toll.
I did manage to say no to the birthday cake that was being passed around at work.  And yesterday someone wanted me to taste some seasoned fries but I held my ground and said no thank you!  They kind of looked at me crazy because in the past I would have been all over those fries...lol.  Anyway, I am working on my will power and finding it easier and easier to say no to certain things.
That's all for now....until next time stay strong and eat healthy.  :-)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tracking Points

I took the day off yesterday from exercising so I have to think of a way to get to the Y tonight.  I want to at least get on the elliptical and maybe do some weights.  I am a little intimidated to do weights because I am not sure how to use some of the machines.  I know, I just need to suck it up and ask one of the staff members to show me some of the moves and routines.  Maybe tonight I will have the courage to ask.  Anyway, I was having some difficulties with remembering to track my points for Weight Watchers.  I think I have solved my problem.  I realized that I didn't feel like carrying the booklet with me wherever I went.  I now have a Droid X and I downloaded the points tracker app!!!  I LOVE it!!! It makes tracking so much easier for me.  I am sure this will give me more motivation and determination to stay the course.  Do you use technology to help you with your weight loss goals?  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Keeping The Ball Rolling

So, last night was Wednesday Weigh In.  I was confident going in because I have been working out at the gym hard and I have been mindful of my portions.  I have also done well with staying within my points.  Well, it all paid off because I am down another 1.6lbs!!!!  Yippee!!!  It makes for a total loss so far of 12.2 lbs.  I must keep the ball rolling int the right direction and continue to lose this excess weight.  I am now starting to realize that this will be a lifestyle change for me and not just a diet for some period of time.  I am ok with that because I know I am doing the right thing and doing it the right way.  Today is my scheduled off day from the gym, but I just might do the treadmill or the bike at home.  I feel like I need to keep moving.  I also have to remember to concentrate on my food intake.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Still Going Strong

Today I completed Day 4 of Week 1 in C25K training.  I got back to my desk and checked my workout schedule and realized that there is no Day 4 of week 1...ooops!!!  Oh well, and extra day surely won't kill me.  I need as much exercise as possible.  I was feeling strong as I was running on the treadmill.  I know I am only running one minute at a time, but hey, every little bit counts, right? After 20 minutes on the treadmill I went on the bike for 10 minutes.  30 minutes of exercise before 7am is progress in my book.  I have my weekly weigh-in tonight so I will let you know how I make out.  I am hoping for at least a 2lb loss this week.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.  Oh and GO PHILLIES!!!!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Exerciser In The Making?

The other night I was being bold and decided to try to do a plank.  Well, I was on the floor grunting to stay in position when I look over and notice that my 2yr old is doing the plank with me!!!  AND she is grunting just like me!!! That was enough to send me over the edge and I just fell to the floor!  Now mind you she was only doing it to the best of her ability so her butt was kinda up in the air, but I was so happy that she was even beside me trying to do it.  I love it!!!  I love her!!!!  That gave me motivation to keep on going.  If she sees me trying to get better and become healthy, I know she will follow in my footsteps.  I couldn't ask for more.
I was at the gym this morning at 6:20 am and I did the first installment of the Couch 2 5k Program.  It wasn't too bad but I was struggling a bit at the end.  I then did 10 minutes on the treadmill.  My Polar said I burned 306 calories.  I am happy with that.  I just hope I am strong throughout the day in the eating department.  Only time will tell.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crack of Dawn

I wanted to get in some exercise before work this morning.  I was at work before the crack of dawn and the gym was busy, busy, busy.  People running on the treadmill, working out on the elliptical machines, lifting weights with personal trainers, and riding the bikes.  I jumped on the treadmill for 10 minutes, then did the elliptical for another 10 minutes.  Since I still had a little bit of time, I rode the bike for 5 minutes.  All in all, I burned 300 calories during that 25 minutes.  I don't think that is too bad.  I made it to my desk with 5 minutes to spare!  I was dying of thirst so I drank a ton of water and then got down to work.  Until next time, be strong and eat healthy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

10-10-10

Yesterday I went to the most beautiful wedding.  My cousin got married outside at a beautiful farmhouse in the park.  I don't recall ever going to a wedding on a Sunday.  Apparently there were a lot of weddings yesterday because plenty of people wanted to get married on the date 10-10-10.  I was so happy for the young couple in love.
Anyway, I did good with the eating.  They had hors d'oeuvrs and for the meal they had different food stations with small portions of quiche, potato latkes, steak, crepes, and fresh fruit.  I sampled most of it and I felt very satisfied when I left.  I was just happy that I made it through the festivities without overdoing it.  Oh, and I didn't have any cake (well, actually they had cupcakes) because we left before they served it.  I can honestly say though, that I don't think I would have had any even if I was there when they served it.  I'm slowly making progress.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Welcome To The Real World

So, last week was tough.  I couldn't exercise because of this darn ankle pain.  I tried to rest it like the doc told me to, but I just knew I needed to be doing some sort of movement.  For some reason I equated rest with eating and made some horrible choices.  I snacked on stuff that I shouldn't have and I ate when I wasn't hungry.  I know better!  I knew it was wrong!!!  With that being said, I knew that when I went to weigh in last night, it wouldn't be good.  And, yep, I was right.  I went up 1.2lbs......oops!!!!  Welcome to the real world.  I have to get back on track. I cannot and will not let this slip up derail me from my journey.  I have already been to the gym twice this week.  And let me tell you, my ankle has been PAINFUL....ugh!!!!!  I struggled through though.  I guess if there is a positive to this, it is that my ankle doesn't hurt when I am actually working out.  I can make it through the workouts.  It hurts when I am done and continues to hurt throughout the day when I move around.  I'm thinking that maybe I should switch to swimming for my activity until I can get this thing under control.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I don't want the pain to discourage me from working out.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Down Wednesdays

This has been one loooonnnnggg week!!!  I have my weigh -ins on Wednesday as you probably know by now.  Let me just say that this was another victorious week for me.  I am down another 2.4 lbs for a total loss of 11.6 so far!!!!  I cannot express how happy and excited I am right now.  I am going to keep on track with my exercising (although I haven't been able to do much this week because of my darn ankle) and I am going to keep mindful of my portion sizes.  I am not the best food tracker but I am always aware of points and what I am eating. Its funny how now before I eat something I question whether or not its worth the points.  Maybe I am actually beginning to learn something. :-)  So, until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Made It Through

Sunday was the big 5k/2k fun run and walk.  I wasn't feeling well all weekend, but I knew I ust had to go through with the race.  I signed up for the walk and was determined to participate.  My girlfriend and I planned to run\walk the 2k since we hadn't properly trained for the 5k.  It was tough but we made it through.  I was so excited.  We are now encouraged to officially train and sign-up for a 5k.  The only problem I have is that my ankle hurts.  It has been giving metrouble, but it usually doesn't last long.  This time, however, is different.  It is swollen and really painful.  I will probably have to call the doctor to get an xray.  On another note, I have been eating really well and have been watching my portion sizes.  I can't wait to weigh-in this week.  Last week I lost 2.2 lbs so we will see what happens.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Did It Again

Yes!!!  I had my weekly weigh in on Wednesday and guess what???!!!  I lost another 2.2 lbs!!!  Yippee!!!  I was so excited because I had been trying hard all week to concentrate on portion sizes and exercising.  Looks like it worked for me.  I am almost at a 10 lb loss.  That is big for me because I was usually only losing 1 or 2 lbs and then gaining it back.  I think the accountability of Weight Watchers is helping me tremendously!  On Sunday I am doing a 2k fun walk but my plan is to run the whole thing.  I was going to sign up for the 5k but I just didn't have the time to train the way that I knew I should so the 2k will have to do for now.  I am looking forward to signing up for a 5k in the near future though.  Has anyone recentlys signed up for their first 5k?  Well, that's all for now.  Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Surviving the Party

Somehow I made it through.  We had my little girl's 2nd birthday party on Saturday and there was food everywhere.  I had a cupcake, a slice of pizza, and some fruit and veggies.  I made sure to make the fruit and veggies a priority.  Later that day I had a soft pretzel.  I thought for sure I would have had some more cupcakes and cake, but I practiced some self control and it worked.  YES!!! I was really proud of myself.  My goal for this week is to exercise at least three times.  We'll see how I do.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday's Weigh-In

Well, it was time to see how much damage I had done during my vacation.  I had contemplated not going to the Weight Watcher's meeting at all because I just didn't have good vibes.  I completely had NO motivation to go at all!!  I just wanted to eat something instead of going to the meeting.  BUT something inside of me clicked and I talked myself into going.  I told myself that nothing good would come out of me not going.  I told myself that this was no time to give up.
So, after work, off to the weigh-in I went.  I stepped onto the scale and waited........Up 1 lb!!!!  Ok, ok, I had to breathe because it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated.  A 1 lb gain while being on vacation is not something to throw the towel in for.  I got myself together, stayed for the meeting, and went home and had a great dinner.  I had baked salmon and steamed broccoli. 
Today is a new day and I am ready to get back to tracking my eats and staying within my points.
Is anyone else out there having to constantly talk to themselves to stay motivated?  What other things do you do when you feel like calling it quits?
Until next time, stay strong and eat healthy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Now Its Over

No, not my weight loss.....summer!  I am back from vacation so summer is officially over for me now.  I had a blast on vacation at the beach.  I had a small victory the one night when everyone got ice cream and I decided not to have any.  Now anyone who knows me knows that ice cream is my weakness and I could eat it everyday.  I just didn't want to spoil my day of eating healthy so I passed on the ice cream.  I also did A LOT of walking so I am sure that I accumulated some activity points on some of those days.  I have weigh in on Wed so we'll see how I did.  I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Still Here

I'm still here.  I'm on vacation so its a little hard for me to get a connection and post.  I am trying to stay on track with eating.  I haven't weighed in this week becauase I cant find a Weight Watchers place.  I will get back to regular posts soon. 

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Quickie Lunch

Been busy running around doing errands today.  Just wanted to stop by to say that I had a 6" turkey and southwest chipotle sauce sandwich from Subway.  It was delish!!  Then I was at Target and saw that they had the Oikos organic greek yogurt with carmel.  I heard other people say that this was awesome so I wanted to give it a try.  Boy am I glad I did!!!  I had it for dessert after my lunch.  It was beyond fantastic!!  I loved every spoonful of it.  I topped it with some Galaxy vanilla almond granola that I had.  YUMMY!!!!  I am full now.  I will have to start taking pictures of what I eat just to show you how healthy I am trying to be.  Well, gotta go.  Be strong and stay healthy!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

One by One

Slowly but surely, I am losing weight.  Last night was my week 5 weigh-in.  I lost one pound!!!!  UGH!!! Well at least it was a loss, right???  I just wish it was coming off faster.  Now I know that it will take some time since I didn't just wake up one day with all of this weight on me.  I am trying to stay encouraged and keep it all in perspective.
Today I am going to focus on staying hydrated.  I am going to concentrate on whether I am truly hungry or if I am just thirsty.  I will see how this goes and let ou know.
What do you do to stay motivated?  How do you deal with losing one pound at a time?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

No Time To Sit

Yesterday when I woke up, I kept saying to myself that I would make it a day of healthy and mindful eating.  Before I left for work I had waffles topped with yogurt, almond butter, and strawberries (which seems to be a favorite of mine now).  I calculated the Weight Watchers points to be 3 for the waffles and 4 for the yogurt.  For lunch I had a turkey sandwich with arugula and asiago cheese.  Not sure how many points but at least I felt like I was eating healthy.  I brought a banana from home for my afternoon snack, but I didn't eat it because lunch made me full for the rest of the afternoon.  The plan for when I got home was to unwind a bit and then get dinner.  Wellm I walked into the house to my little girl saying, "Mommy, I wanna go swimming!"  She kept running through the house saying, "I'm going swimming, I'm going swimming!"  So, I couldn't disappoint.  I threw on the bathing suit, got her ready and out the door we went.   had to rush because there was onl a limited amount of time that the pool was available for "open" swim.  Since my little girl is still small, I have to hold her while we are in the pool.  I decided to get the most out of it and do some water jogging and lunges across the pool.  She loved it and I felt like I was getting a great workout.  Win-Win situation for us both.  Although I wanted to sit down and relax after work, I am glad my little girl made me take her swimming.  These activities have got to start paying off sometime, right?  I'll be going to the beach next week.  Any suggestions on what I can take for healthy snacks?  Weigh-In tomorrow night...EEK!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Busy Weekend

Boy am I exhausted!  Woke up early Saturday to take my little girl to a birthday party.  It was at a huge playground in the park.  It was sooo much fun!  I wasn't sure what they were going to serve for food so I made sure that I at least had a healthy breakfast before leaving the house.  I had waffles topped with almond butter, yogurt, and strawberries.  It ends up that I didn't eat at the party aferall.  I only had a tast of the cupcake that my little girl coulnd't finish.  So, that was a big victory for me.  Once back home we played and then went for a walk around the neighborhood.  Although we walked at a slow pace, it was still considered exercise by me.  I was just glad to be moving around.  Yesterday I was up before 7am and got to the Y @ 715am.  For some reason I felt like swimming.  Let me just say that I could only do 2 laps and I was tired!!!  Exhausted!!!  Done!!! That little bit of swimming let me know how out of shape I am.  But, I felt like I still needed to workout some more.  So, I got on the elliptical for 20 minutes and then did some strength training for my shoulders and upper arms.  The I came home, showered and it was off to Maryland to visit some family.  It was fun, but there was so much traffic.  When I got home, I just wanted to crash but my little girl wanted to play and I had to get stuff ready for the week.  I did slip up yesterday and have McDonald's for lunch while we were on the road.  But I ate a decent dinner of baked tilapia and some corn.  My eating wasn't too great, but I don't feel like a failure!  We are into a new week and I am ready for great things to take place.  Here's to haqving a week of healthy eats and great exercise.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Staying the Same

Last night was weigh in.  I wasn't really feeling like I lost anything.  I just felt kinda blah.  I went in with my head held high though in hopes for good results.  And, you know what happened???  Nothing!!!  I stayed the same...didn't lose or gain.  Oh well.  I am not stressing though because I know what happened.  I didn't track my points for a couple of days and didn't write anything down.  I just tried to keep count in my head.  Obviously that is not a good thing and not a habit I want to get into.  I also wasn't able to get to the gym. So, I am making goals to get to the gym this week and to write down everything!  Wish my luck and pray that I stay strong.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Giving Into Temptation And Not Feeling Guilty

Whew!!!  Can't believe the weekend is over and its Tuesday already!!!  So much to do.  I made it through te weekend by being prepared with my eats.  I knew we were taking my daughter to the Aquarium and i didn't want to eat any junk food while there.  I packed a peanut butter sandwich for me and made sure that I had some fruit and cereal before we left the house,  Then on Sunday, I was really, really really craving ice cream.  Ice cream is my weakness so, I gave into temptation and had a single serving.  That in itself is a victory for me because I would normally have two or maybe even three times that amount.  When I was finished, I was satisfied and happy.  I am glad I gave in because if I didn't I would have obsessed over ice cream the entire day and probably even the entire weekend until I had some.
I have heard that on this weight loss journey, you are not (or should not) supposed to deprive yourself.  As long as you don't make it a habit, all should be ok.  Tomorrow is weigh in so I will be back to let you know how I made out.  Hope all is well with you guys.  Keep up the fight!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Exercise - Get Moving

So we all know that in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off we need to move our bodies.  I have always been into sports but as life goes on, things change and it seems that I have become a somewhat sedentary person.  I joined the Y so that I can work out and also go to some of their classes.  I was doing fantastic with getting in work on the elliptical machine, the stationary bike, and Spin classes in the beginning.  Then for some reason, I started to let life get in the way.  Seemed like there was no more "extra" time to get over to the gym.  I was going two or three times a week and it has since dwindled down to maybe once a week.  That, to me, is unexceptable.  So, I am trying to get a schedule together where I can get back to going to the gym 2-3 times a week.  I need it and my body deserves it.

My question is: How do you make time for yourself to get to the gym when you have such a busy schedule?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Week 2 Weigh In

This is going to be a quick post because I am exhausted and need sleep!!!  Just wanted to let ya'll know that I am down 2 more points for a total of 7.6 lost!!!!!  Yippee!!!  I'm excited to say the least.  Gotta go for now but will be back soon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Listening To My Body

Funny how something so simple as listening to my body is such a major thing in my journey.
I was at work wondering what I was going to eat for breakfast.  I had a protein shake a couple of hours earlier upon rising.  I was hungry but not starving.  I went to the cafeteria where I noticed they had an egg white omelette with cheddar cheese and grilled chicken.  Now prior to last week, I would have jumped on that as a healthy option.
I stood there, looked at the cook, (luckily I know him or he might have thought I was crazy) and decided not to order anything.  I instead opted for 1/2 of a bagel and topped it with some peanut butter and honey.  When I was finished eating, I truly felt satisfied and was proud of myself for not caving into something that I didn't need.
Hopefully I will continue to listen to and learn from my body.  This is only the beginning......

Monday, August 16, 2010

Raining Food

Ok, so by the title of this post, you should know this isn't going to be too good.  UGH!!
On Saturday I had a baby shower to attend.  I knew there would be lots of food and lots of snacks.  I made sure to eat healthy on Friday and Saturday morning.  As a matter of fact, I ate very light.  When I got to the shower, they had the snacks out.  I had some pretzels, some carrots, a couple of tortilla chips with some dip, and a few chocoloate covered pretzels (my weakness).  Then after playing some games, the main course started coming out.  They had cooked ham, turkey, string beans, pasta salad, and deviled eggs.  It seemed like the food just kept coming.  I decided to have a little of each.  I even used a small dessert plate (so what if they didn't realize that they had forgotten to put out the dinner sized plates until later) so that I could better control my portions. :-)  Although I went back for seconds, I don't feel like I overdid it.  I don't know how many points I used because I didn't even track that day.  We left before they served cake so I didn't have to worry about that.  Later on that evening I did have a couple of slices of pizza. 
So, even though I didn't do well that day, I don't feel bad because I am completely back on track.  And, I know that one day of poor eating is not going to sabotage my plan.....I WILL NOT LET IT.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Steps In The Right Direction

Ok, so I survived week one of the weight loss battle.  Went to my Weight Watchers meeting, jumped on the scale and it said...277!!!  That is a 5.8 lb loss in the first week!!!  I can take that.  I am so proud right now.  I want to keep this going in the right direction.  I hope that I continue to be strong and make the right choices.  It helps to have a support system in place.  So with family, friends, and meetings, I should be okay.  Stay tuned as this saga continues.  Also, I want to wish luck to those who are on this same journey with me.  It won't be easy but we will make it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Here Is Where It All Begins...For The Last Time

Last week I made this weight loss thing official.  By that I mean that I started Weight Watchers.  I had been eating healthy and trying to do it on my own, but the weight just wasn't coming off.  I've been tracking my food since January.  I have been eating healthy, but I think I was eating WAY too much.  Then I would also "cheat" so that wasn't good either.  I would eat great all week only to turn around and eat junk on the weekends.  I would see the scale move a couple of pounds, I'd get excited, and then I'd eat.  No wonder nothing was happening!
So, no matter how cheap I was trying to be by not joining Weight Watchers, I finally had enough and broke down and signed up.  I had my initial weigh-in last week and the number frightened me, shocked me, and pissed me off...282.8!!!!  What???!!!!  Ok, this is RIDICULOUS!!!  I have NEVER weighed that much in my life.  I do not want to be 300 lbs!!!! I stayed for the meeting and left with a brand new attitude.....TODAY IS THE DAY THAT I BEGIN TO GET HEALTHY AND FIT.  I will NOT let life pass me by because I am overweight.
I have my 1 week weigh-in tonight and I will let you know how I did!  Wish me luck. (who am I talking to? I'm just starting this blog, so I'm sure no one is reading.....yet).