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).