May 16th, 2013
First let me just start with, I lost 0.4lbs and I’m very proud of it. Why, you might wonder, it’s not even a whole pound.
Let me explain! I’m proud because although I had great intentions for last week, things didn’t always turn out the way I planned. I felt so tired most days, ate a little more than I wanted to admit, although I tracked it. With the tiredness, I felt like I didn’t do as much physical activity that I should have done for the week. With all of this weighing on my mind as I went to weigh in last Saturday, I didn’t know what to expect. So the fact that I lost anything felt like a victory. I’m very proud because it helped me feel that this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing situation. This taught me that sometimes I will need to allow myself to rest and sometimes I should go a little outside of the box to feel human and still be successful. It’s not a free pass to do whatever I want all the time but rather not feeling a failure when these times occur.
Last week, when I ate more than I wanted to eat, I was almost afraid to track it even though it doesn’t matter if I wrote it down or acknowledge the food still went into my body. Tracking gives power, knowledge and accountability. It’s like balancing your checkbook, whether you do it or not, sooner or later you will run out of money or maybe realize that you have more money than you thought. Either way, once you know, it gives you power to guide your decisions on what to do. In both cases, knowing will inform you whether you can do more or less safely.
So I hope that you don’t give up! I feel pretty good about this week so far! Stay tuned for the results!
May 8th, 2013
Sounds promising right? Well I will state a disclaimer, results may vary from each individual to individual. Like a true commercial. Seriously though, last week I applied what I know works and was very satisfied with the results.
First thing is that I became of everything I ate and monitored the amount and actually when I was hungry and when I had enough. I also worked hard to use many tools that are available to me. It started with my shiny new Weight Watcher’s tracker, I decided to write down everything -my workouts,the food I ate and plans and goals. I carried the tracker with me every where and felt great being in control. The next thing I did was used my measuring spoons again and also a very cute measuring cup that I got in my last Weight Watcher’s kit. I like it because it says 1/4 in the bottom, but it looks like a little bowl to me. I found this helpful, because I filled it up to the brim with the snack that I wanted and recorded it in my tracker. This helped me so much because it didn’t make me feel like I had “a little” food but rather a full bowl of something. It’s funny what visual tricks do for me when it comes to food.
I also decided to switch up my workouts to keep my body guessing, I added some weight training to my routine.
Needless to say, I felt pretty good about my week and felt comfortable going to my Weight Watchers meeting. Sure enough, I had lost weight!
So in a way, I feel like I do know the formula! I am human and every week is different, so stay tuned for how I complete this week, so far, it’s been pretty good!
April 30th, 2013
Ok… so it’s time for this blog post and I’ve put it off long enough! Why? Because I didn’t get the results I wanted! However, the worst of it is that I did it to myself! It was sooo frustrating after thinking I had my act together, I let the head games rule. So here are the mistakes I made.
- Got mad on Wednesday that when I weighed myself, that the scale was higher than I thought it should be. So what did I do, ate a half of bag of cookies!
- Then on Thursday I didn’t weigh myself, and didn’t track my food.
- Snacked and grazed all day, no tracking or working out.
So was I really surprised about gaining weight not really! But I was hoping for a miracle, that maybe my actions wouldn’t catch up with me. So I decided to put a plan into action. Here’s what I’m doing!
- Bought a new Weight Watchers Tracker and I’m committed to writing down all my food.
- Planned over the weekend my workouts and my eating plan.
- Decided to bring new things into my workout and snacking options.
This planning has made me feel back in control and ready to win this battle with my weight! I feel more determine to pick myself up and not let head games take over this week and I look forward to seeing the results from my work..
April 23rd, 2013
I’m happy to report that I felt good about the things that I did last week and I did manage to lose 0.2 lbs. I will admit at first I was disappointed because initially I had lost more when I weighed myself early Friday morning. So I figured out that I had let myself snack a little too much Friday night and that “ate” up my weight loss.
This taught me a lesson. Let me explain, each day I had been careful about what I ate and getting in great workouts. So when Friday came, I was excited that I had lost the amount weight that I was hoping for. But here’s the mistake I made, I let myself celebrate the wrong way and too early. At dinner that night, I let myself eat more for dinner figuring that my workout would compensate for my splurge. So this taught me that the foods that we choose can have a negative affect on our positive efforts. My splurge could have been better choice like a piece of fruit or something healthier. I would have preferred to have the lower number on the scale over the food I chose to splurge on.
Now I must address the fact that there are times when the number on the scale doesn’t matter and the splurge is worth it. I feel the splurge is worth it when it’s a food that I really enjoy or possibly don’t get that often. However, there are times when the splurge happens and it’s not worth it. This could come from mindless nibbling or a food that you don’t really like but just keep eating.
So to sum it all up… make a decision on what it’s actually worth to you! Achieving a goal or enjoying the treat! There is no right or wrong, just make sure it’s a decision you won’t regret!
April 15th, 2013
I am happy to report that I lost 1.8 pounds at my Saturday weigh-in. I must admit that it was a great feeling to see the results from my hard work. My hard work involved, measuring my food and counting every morsel that ate in my Weight Watchers point tracking system. I also worked out even when I didn’t want to . I must admit it was worth it.
I often hear people say “I don’t want to count points all my life” “I hate working out’ . Well I understand and feel that way at times but I must say the absolute worst thing I hate is being FAT. Fat for me is not just a number on a scale but it’s when I don’t feel comfortable in my clothes or don’t feel energized as I know I could feel. The number on thee scale is just the confirmation or adding a number to it. So I decided that I have to make a choice of either being “free” of tracking and exercising and just let life happen which ultimately means gaining weight for me or feeling out of shape. Or make the choice to get with the program do what works. It’s not to say that Weight Watchers is the only way, it’s really about knowledge and control. The knowledge is about knowing the nutritional value of the food that I’m eating and being in control of positive actions like eating sensibly and being active.
So this week my goal is to repeat my actions because it works! If it aint broke don’t fix it!
Since April 1st down 2.6 and striving for more!
April 8th, 2013
Do you measure your food? I’m sure everyone owns the measuring cups and spoons that can even be found at the dollar store. But ask yourself when is the last time you used them? Well I go through phases of when I use them and when I don’t. So today, I dusted off my box of measuring spoons from Weight Watchers and decided to measure my food to see how much I’m actually eating.
I was HAPPILY surprised! Why, well I did not realize how much an actual half of cup of food holds. I always figured that it wasn’t that much food. But when I measured my yellow corn and some black eyed peas that my mom made, I was shocked. I didn’t realize that I could be so satisfied from the amount of food that was on my plate. I assumed that I was eating 1 cup portions but I wasn’t really doing so. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure if I measured an 1/2 cup of ice cream, I would definitely want more, but who knows next time I’m going to try it! So I recommend measuring your food to get to know how much you’re really eating or if you need as much as you think!
April 7th, 2013
So it’s Sunday night and I’m already thinking about what results I want next Saturday at my Weight Watcher’s Weigh In. So I’ve decided that this week I’m going to add more protein throughout my day with my breakfast and lunch. This will hopefully keep me fuller throughout the day and not turn into a food maniac at night. I’m also going to aim to workout again all 5 days and track all my food throughout the day and night!
I’m also thinking of some other things that might help me, like chewing gum after dinner or preparing some delicious fruit to snack on when I feel the need. I hope these strategies work! Post your ideas if you like! Let’s get it! I hope everyone plans to succeed this week!
*Here’s another goal I have doing 100 crunches each day! Will I do it? Well I did 100 today, let’s see how this week go!
April 6th, 2013
Well it’s Saturday night and I decided to post about this week’s overall results. First I started off blogging the first couple of days but then, I slacked off the rest of the week.. boo me!
However, things I am proud of, I worked out all five days this week! I did awesome Turbo Fire workouts and 1 day of Zumba Core for Wii, felt totally amazing. These workouts involve great music as well as a great calorie burn for around an hour. Friday, was a challenging day for me to go ahead and the get workout done, but I felt amazing after I did it.
Some slip-ups that occurred! – Snacking on the WRONG foods. I have the healthy food here but did not choose them some days. Also my trip Walgreens on Tuesday and picking up clearance Easter Candy almost derailed me for the week. One bag of Cotton Candy, a row of 5 peeps, and half a bag of jelly beans had me hanging my head in shame!
How I recovered! Getting on the scale after the slip-up and then pushing myself to fire up my workouts.
So at the end of the week I can say that I managed to lose 0.8 lbs at my Weight Weigh In this morning.
So today, I decided to keep going and now view today as a free for all with my eating and I made a homemade healthier Turkey Italian Sausage and Cheese Pizza. I also made some homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels(out of a can). So I saved money and calories and in my case Weight Watchers Points. So I’m determined to work hard and try to lose weight again this week. Hopefully I will blog regularly as well!
Feel free to post what worked for you this week!
April 2nd, 2013
Yes I said exercise can be fun! Most people will not put the 2 words together but it is possible! Today I enjoyed all my activities. I did Zumba Core Wii in my living room and worked up a sweat to some music. Then this afternoon I walked outside with a friend and it felt great. Tonight I finished it with a very lively Tennis game on my Wii. Why?? Well I wear a Weight Watchers Activity monitor and I was 2% a way from my goal so I did a quick and injured my hand in the process but I ended up with 103% activity. I feel great! And how did I injure my hand…. Lets just just I thought I was Serena in Wimbledon and forgot how small my living room and scored the winning point while hitting the bookshelf… Well at least there were no witnesses! Share your activity!
April 1st, 2013
Today is April 1st and no fooling, I’m back on track AGAIN! I decided over the weekend to stop feeling sorry for myself and gaining weight. I know the things that work but had stopped doing them. So I figured with today being Monday, first day of the week and the first of the month, is a great starting point to get back focused! Since I’m already in Weight Watchers I’m going to focus on tracking my food and making healthier food choices.
I’ve also decided to really focus on planning y workouts, it gives me something to look forward to and also gives me a sense of commitment to do the workout. My passion is still Turbo Kick so I’m going to do the home version Turbo Fire with Chalene Johnson. I get the classroom feel right in my living room.
So please join me if you like over the next 30 days and feel free to comment and share your strategy and workouts , recipes and etc, all things relating to healthy living!