Saturday, February 28, 2009

Keeping the Momentum Going

This week I was looking for some weight loss inspiration. Everyone is telling me how great I look and how I look like a different person. I guess with over 100lbs lost, I would look different. I feel different too, not only physically but emotionally. I am learning to deal with my emotions, by not turning to food, which is new for me. I am trying to do other things to deal with my emotions: talk them out, read, exercise, or just sit and meditate. Instead of reaching for the Cheetos and Ho-Ho’s, I’m reaching for my 30 Day Shred DVD. Instead of letting emotional things fester where I start eating through some Ben & Jerry, I talk with my hubby or friends about. Sometimes, I would eat out of boredom, but I have been busy to where I am not really bored…more like exhausted, but I would rather sleep than eat. So, yesterday I was in Barnes and Noble, looking for something to read while at the gym. I came across this book by Kim Bensen.

Oh man, this is definitely the boost that I needed. It isn’t a diet, just a recollection of her weight loss experience – going from morbidly obese, to “normal” (I have issues with that word, because what may be normal according to some chart, may not be normal for people to achieve…anyway). I recommend picking it up and checking out her site. I just started Chapter 3, but I see so much of myself in her experience. It was the inspiration that I need. I can do this! I can lose 195-200lbs! I am doing it!
My WW meeting was good today. My leader mentioned something that I hadn’t thought about. She said that we should focus on our weight today and not think about how much we lost or how much we have to lose. Today’s weight is our starting weight. We should take it from there and not focus on the past or the future. We need to focus on our present self and how we can make that person better.
I too find myself not trying to focus on the weight that I have lost or the weight that I have to lose. When I do, I feel overwhelmed. It is tough road to go down, but I need to take the path to have a healthier me.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Win a Book

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Amy's Kitchen - Breaking Free from Lean Cuisine

Okay, I usually don't do product reviews or anything, but I had to say something about the lunch I had today. I used to (when I was a vegetarian back in college) eat Amy's Kitchen products when I had money, which wasn't very often as a poor college student and the products can be some what pricey. So, when I strayed from vegetarianism (which I sometimes regret - but that is a whole other post), I stopped eating the products.

This weekend, I was doing some grocery shopping and was trying to figure out what I should eat for my lunches. I wanted some variety and I wanted to get away with eating Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones all the time and they have a tendacy to be high in sodium. So, I saw that there were some Amy's products available and I checked out the WW points on them and realized OMG, its almost the same as Lean Cuisine or even Smart Ones. I was surprised and happy for the variety. So, I grabbed a couple of boxes ($4.79 is kind of pricey, but still cheaper than eating out though).

I had the Cheese Enchilada Whole Meal for lunch today. It was delish...such yummy goodness and only 7 WW points. Another thing I liked is all the ingredients....are actually real food and not chocked full some of some funky preservatives I couldn't pronounce. It tasted so much better than the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones that I have been eating almost everyday.

I will continue to eat the Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones (for budget reasons), but I know that I will be tossing some more Amy's products in the cart during my next shopping trip.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's about me, for once

Well, I had weigh in yesterday and was down 8.6 lbs, which I know is pretty much water weight from the sickness. I am hoping that my increased activity had something to do with it too....I guess I will find out next week.

I am feeling much, much better. Today I am spending cleaning up my house. It is something how, when mom is sick, the house goes to heck. Oh well, I'm slowly getting it done.

The WW meeting yesterday was helpful. We talked about focus on "you" and that coming to meetings was your time to focus on you and what you need to be healthy. It is true. I see the meetings as a time just for me, once a week. I know that has been a problem for me in the past, focus on others and leaving me in the dust. I never thought that taking time for me was important. Now I know better.

Anyway, I better get to the laundry. It's just 3 of us, but laundry can sure pile up. More again later...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stomach Bugs....

OMG! I am trying to survive the stomach flu. It's horrible and I would never wish this on my worst enemy. This past weekend, my daughter woke up early Saturday morning with a tummy ache. The ache turned into other things (won't go into all the details), but she was much better the next day. Sunday night and Monday, it was the husbands turn. So, yesterdary morning it was my turn. Today I am still feeling it and I'm trying to keep down fluids. I am home from work, because I don't want to pass it on to my coworkers. I heard the stomach flu is going around right now in schools and workplaces. It just sucks.

The effect of all the stomach issues has caused the scale to go down. I know it is just water weight and because I couldn't keep any food down, but it is still a wow moment. I know it will probably all come back once I can keep food down. I did have some toast this morning, and it seems to be going okay. Hopefully, this will all be a bad memory soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Win a Bracelet....and other happenings

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Today, I went to the gym again. I did a hour of elliptical and I worked on my upper body on the weight machines. It was really good. I know I will be sore tomorrow. My friend and I will be going again tomorrow, but taking a break until Thursday. It will give me a chance to do other things (treadmill, DVDs, etc).

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day, the gym and weigh in

I went to the gym today and it was a good experience. I now know I have to start going to the gym at least 2 times a week. I got to use the elliptical (which was a climber, stepper, elliptical combo machine by Precor called the Adaptive Motion Trainer). I wish I was rich, because I would totally purchase one. It was awesome and didn't hurt my knees at all. I got on and in about 10 minutes I was sweating all over everything! I did it for an hour and I felt really good afterwards. I know that this is the extra push I need to get out of this slump my body is in right now. Oh yes, let me explain...

I had weigh in today and gained (again!) .4 lbs, which is just Grrrrrr!!! So, in 2 weeks, I have gain 2.4lbs. I'm still trying to figure out what the heck is going on here? Seriously? I know some people are probably thinking that I am cheating or not exercising or something. If that was the case, I wouldn't feel bummed because I would know why it's creeping on. However, since I am totally OP and have been getting over 20 APs a week (22 APs last week), the scale should be going down (that is supposed to be what happens, anyway :-)) At the meeting, a member that has been coming for awhile talked about how she just got of her 2 month plateau. She has been running and exercising and has been OP, but the scale would not bulge...or if it did, she would lose but gain it back. That went on for 2 months, but she broke it today. That was inspirational for me. It's frustrating, but I know that I will break out of this! It's like my body doesn't want to go over the 100 lbs lost mark. Maybe it is mental? I don't know, but I will get through it.

So, the gym today. It's sort of small, but they have quite a few machines. However, the $15 bucks a month comes at a price...a joining fee and a processing fee? WTH? This is hard economic times people, can't you cut me some slack? Well, I asked just that. They could take $100 off...but it is still a ridiculous price to join, compared to what I would pay going back to Bally. I may just have to join Bally again. I would just have to pay $99 for the whole year ($8.25 a month) and no additional fees. Yeah, its a bit further away...but I had forgotten that there is one right near work that I pass on my way home. Duh! I rather pay $99 for the whole year, than a joining fee, processing fee and then $15 per month (oh yeah, and $30 additional upfront for 2 months prepay). I just shook my head and said just give me the 2 week pass. I'll use the pass, but I think I will just go elsewhere. I need to check out Bally on my way home next week.

The thing that I will miss is having my friend for support. :-( Maybe we can find something else to do together? Walking or exercise DVD's (we did that too today...Jillian is just killer! I love it.). We'll figure it out.

Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

When the going gets tough...

I have to add some additional exercise to my plan. I have thought about joining a gym and a good friend recommend a gym that is close to my house that she wants to join too. So, on Saturday after my WW meeting, we are going to check it out. The gym gives out a 2 week pass and she was quoted $15 a month (which will work for me). I could join Bally's for half that amount, but it isn't close to my house and I know I wouldn't want to go that far. So, I shall see how it goes and how I like the gym. I think that it would be good to get in some serious weight training.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wishing and Hoping!

Well, I still haven't heard anything about the job, which is frustrating. I just want to know yeh or neh? That's all. However, I have a feeling that it may get cut because of all the layoffs that have been happening. :-( We shall see. I have my fingers, toes, legs, etc. crossed and have been praying that it all works out. Even if the job doesn't go through, then it was meant to be and there are better opportunities out there for me.

As for how the plan is going, I am doing really good. My weight is still hovering where it was when I had weigh-in on Saturday, but I have been getting more activity in with my new DVDs and drinking more fluids (i.e. water). I'm sore this morning from the Biggest Loser Cardio DVD I got in the mail yesterday. I love packages!! Whoo Hoo! I did the video, but now I am paying for it. I love the achy feeling though because I am pushing my body and it is responding by getting stronger. I notice it in my arms, even though I have the bat wings going on. I feel it in my stomach, even though I have double rolls. I know that there is a stronger, healthier me under all the layers of fat. I'm doing everything I can to help her get free.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Spicing up the Activity

I haven't joined a gym yet, but I have have been using my treadmill and my Shred DVD. I however made some new exercise video purchase recently and should get them Monday or Tuesday - Whoo Hoo! The first one is The Biggest Loser Workout: Cardio Max and Power Sculpt. I'm so looking forward to doing something different. I thought about getting the Yoga DVD, but I think that will be my next purchase.

I am putting some cash aside for an elliptical machine, but I really just need to go to a gym. It is so hard because of the time - with work and family, its just hard. At least I can exercise at home, but be able to keep an eye out on my daughter. Being a working mom is just tough. I really need to make the time for me.

Dust yourself off and try, try again

Okay, so I had weigh-in this week. I knew that I had gained. I checked earlier this week and saw that I was up 4 lbs on Wednesday. Why? I had no idea. I didn't freak out. I knew something was up...probably that time of month? I have given up trying to figure out what these weight fluxes are all about. I was exercising and got 22 APs for the week. I stayed within my points, got my fluids, but still I gained. I cannot analyze why, because it is what it is.

So, today we talked about getting in fluids which I don't have a problem doing. I like water, tea, coffee, diet soda, sparkling water, etc. I'm good in that department. After the meeting I got the Momentum Cookbook. Some of the recipes looked good and I just love trying new things. There are 200 recipes in the book and if I find a few that I like, I think that it would be worth the purchase.

Anyway, I have tried before - tried to figure out why I would gain when I bust my ass through the week. I would look over everything I ate during the week and try to figure out where I went wrong. Maybe I didn't do anything wrong? I can control what I put into my body and control the exercise that I do to my body, but my body's response to that, I can't really control. I can do what I can and do things that will bring about weight loss. However, sometimes that won't happen. It sucks, but it is what it is. I just have to keep trying.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Possibilities and keeping on track

Well, there is a possiblity that I can move to a different department, which I am extremely excited about. I think that it would be a good move and would open up a door of great opportunities. I really hope that it works out. I have my fingers, toes, (and anything else that I can) crossed.

Also, I've been keeping on track this week. I have been getting in exercise (4 mile walk yesterday and 2 today during the day today) and doing my DVD. I plan to do that tonight. Eating has been good. I did have teriyaki last night, which makes me so bloated the next day. I knew it. The husband bought it. Silly me thinking that he was going to make dinner. Oh well! It's done and it was good. The sodium in that stuff is ridiculous though. I try not to eat it often, but I do have some every now and then.

We had such a beautiful day today and it was nice to get back out and take a walk. I hope to see more days like this. It's hard living in the Pacific Northwest sometimes. All the dang clouds!