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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Hot One!

It is around 100 again today. It is really odd for Washington to have this type of weather. Yesterday it reached 105 at our house. We took a walk in the evening (it was around 90 degrees). Hubby was sweating and the daughter was laid out in her stroller because she was too pooped to walk (well, she would get out and walk, then get back in her stoller). It was a nice walk, but we were the only people walking on the path. I guess we are the crazy ones.

So, today we plan to walk again later in the evening once hubby comes home from work. This weekend the tempature should be back to around normal for the PNW (about 80). I'm actually looking forward to it.

Today is my lower point day on the Wendie plan. Hopefully, the scale will budge from doing this. I don't know if I like the Wendie plan, because it seems more like a "diet" than just having my points daily and weekly points, but I totally get the concept. I'll see how it goes at Saturday weigh-in.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Roasting and Posting

It is 100 degrees today, in the lovely PNW! It's crazy. Thank God for air conditioning.

I didn't get on the scale today. I just didn't want to deal with it and I felt better just not knowing. I'm definitely working on getting my water in, because it is so hot.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's not the scales fault

So, yesterday I got on the scale and was 244.2! I was excited and I thought the scale was finally starting to move in the right direction and that I finally busted my plateau. Got on it this morning and it says 247.2. WTH?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Photo Update

Me @245lbs.

I hadn't been on a swing in 25+ years.

Plateau Busting Techniques: What Will Work?

Researching "weight-loss plateaus" or "plateau busting" on the web and you end up with a gazillion articles on how to break through a plateau. Plateaus are supposedly a normal part of weight loss. Although, this may be the case, plateaus are frustrating and disappointing, especially when you are watching what you eat and exercising. Many people who are trying to lose weight will have a plateau, but eventually their bodies will adjust and continue on the weight loss path. I look forward to that day! ;-)

On the Weight Watchers forums, there is talk of the "Wendie Plan" which people have had a lot of success on. I have actually started doing calorie/point cycling this week, like the plan suggests, to see if it may help me get my body back into weight loss mode. I am willing to give it a try. Jillian Michaels even talks about calorie cycling as a way to break a plateau here.

I'm also focusing more on interval training in my walking/jogging program as suggested here at Runner's World. The body adapts to activity over time, so interval training keeps your body guessing during an activity. Since I want to eventually become a runner, and possibly run a half marathon or even a marathon in the future, I read a lot of tips for weight loss and training on the site.

Another suggestion, is limiting carb intake, especially processed carbs in chips, crackers, white flour, etc., etc. and increasing the amount of vegetables and fruits that you eat. From all the advice, there is commonality:

  1. Increase your activity. If you exercise for just 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Increase it to 40-45 minutes, 5 times a week. Upping the intensity of the activity is also suggested.
  2. Get in all your water. Not only does it hydrate you, but it helps cleanse your body and helps with the swelling caused by the increased activity.
  3. Have a cheat day. I am skeptical of this, but I keep reading about people who gave themselves a day to eat what they want. The Wendie Plan suggests a day where you go over your points 10 to 15 points. I'm nervous about that because I have the tendency to just go over board, but since I'm conscious of that, it may be a non-issue. My "cheat day" is tomorrow. I have no idea what to eat? I can eat something extra that I've been craving, but I haven't been craving anything lately.
  4. Journal your food - i.e. EVERYTHING that goes in the mouth. You are supposed to journal everything - every bite, lick, sip or taste. I try and save myself a couple of points during the day, because I'm a licker (gross, huh) and a sipper. Since joining WW, I'm even more consious of what I put in my mouth.
  5. Don't give up. Last time I did Weight Watchers, I was on a plateau for 4 months. It stunk and I gave in to that crazy fat girl mentality. You know what I'm talking about. The one where you say to yourself, well since I can't lose weight, I might as well eat X. X could be anything, a cookie (or a bag of cookies), ice cream (or the entire pint). Its usually something that you haven't been eating or eating in limited quantity since you've been on plan. My downfall was a Jack in the Box drive thru. I said screw it and had a bacon ultimate cheeseburger, large fries and a large milkshake. I also stopped going to Weight Watchers. That won't be me again. I won't give up, because this is for life. If it takes me years to lose the last 70 lbs, so be it.
  6. Lastly, get excited about your program again. I think, along with the physical part of weight loss, there is a mental element that is just as or more important. As I stated above, I have this crazy fat girl mentality that would try and sabatoge the progress I've made by throwing in the towel and turning to bad habits. I realize this time around that I am worth the effort and time I need to lose the weight.

With everything said and read, I deserve the success and a healthier life and body. I'm willing to do what is necessary to achieve my goal. I have my ammo! Watch out plateau!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wishful Thinking

Okay, I guess my body likes being around the 245 lb mark. I don't like it, but I'm not sure what I can do to break this plateau? If someone has some advice for Weight Watchers plateau busting, I would love to hear it.

So, I'm up 1.6 lbs this week. I swear I thought I was going to be down, but I guess that was just wishful thinking. My leader said that it could be stress (I've got a lot of that lately) or that I need to change up what I'm eating? She is not really sure and Weight Watchers really doesn't have any sanctioned plateau advice. I'm not binging and I'm exercising. I journal what I eat, so I don't know what I can do to move down from 245. I've come a long way, but I still have so far to go. I feel like I'm at a stand still.

I know that I need to focus on being healthier and not the scale, but that is such a hard thing to do when you want to lose weight. Right now, I'm just number focused because it is like a yo-yo right now. I'm not sure what to do.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Artisana Nut Butter Giveaway

I love nut butters, but because I'm in weight loss phase I try not to go overboard with nuts and nut butter (I could eat a whole jar of MaraNatha almond butter if given a spoon and seclusion).

I do love almond and peanut butter, but would love to try some different ones. That being said, the site Twirlit.com is having a giveaway for a variety of Artisana nut butters. I have never tried them, but have read that they are very good. So, if you are interested, go ahead check out the details. The giveaway ends today.

Just checking in

I have a dang on headache that started yesterday after 30 minutes on the treadmill. It is still here today. Hopefully, it will go away soon because I don't function well when my head is pounding. Maybe I wasn't hydrated enough yesterday? I'm not sure, but headaches are a pain all around! At least I don't feel hungry, just nauseous.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HYC Check-in

I've had a busy morning. I applied to a couple of jobs, I went to the grocery store, I picked up my new glasses (I will have to take a picture to show you all) and created play lists for my new ipod for all my walking/running/jogging. I got a new ipod for my birthday.

I got birthday money (I'm such a kid) from my mom, aunt and dad and I was going to save it, but my hubby said I should use it on something that I've wanted. I wanted a new ipod (mine was an old mini that couldn't hold a charge to save it's life), but since I've been out of work, it wasn't in our budget. So, I had enough to purchase a new classic from Costco. I love listening to music when doing exercise and even house work. I will plug it in and turn it on when I'm cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming or washing dishes. I shake my groove thing while doing those chores, hoping that I'm burning extra calories.

As for my weight loss, I think I'll be down this week. I've been really good with watching my points and exercising. I've only Shredded once, put I've walked/jogged twice this week (since Saturday weigh in) and Sunday, I put in 15,000 steps. Today, I will Shred and walk/jog at least for 30 minutes.

I'm also going to be more mindful of those 35 extra points this week. I'm going to try not to use them to see if that will help me see a big drop on Saturday? We shall see.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Musing and pushing plateaus through renewal

I lost 3 lbs this week, which is the 3 lbs from last week that I gained. I seem to be losing and gaining the same couple of pounds for about a month now. I'm maintaining, instead of gaining, so that is a plus. However, I want to see downward movement of the scale. I have about 70lbs to lose before I meet the higher end of the goal at Weight Watchers. I can do it, but this is a blimp that I'm working through. I'll make it, even if it takes me longer.

I had to attend a later meeting this morning. It was inspirational actually, because a woman in the meeting has lost 104 lbs since starting Weight Watchers in July 2008. One of the things that she said that resonated with me was that we may see the scale stay the same, go up or down - lose 6 lbs one week and for 3 weeks, lose nothing - but we can't give up. We have to stick with it and all the work that we put in, we will reap the benefits and for some, it may take longer and that is okay. She said that she probably has another year to reach goal (like me), but she plans to stick with it because she now believes that she can.

It is so true and it reminded me yet again, I'm not the only one struggling. I'm not the only one that gained an obscene (yes, I said it...) amount of weight and to now struggle to get it off. I could gain 100lbs in 6-months to a year, like it was nothing before. For example, right after I gave birth to my daughter, in 6 months, I gained 70 lbs. I was dealing with a lot of emotional (postpartum) issues during that time. I ate to deal with all the emotional and hormonal stuff I was feeling. Eating was what I did to deal with my emotions, happy or sad. Drive-thrus were my go to place, because I didn't have the energy or feel like cooking a meal and I didn't have to get out of my car. It freaked my husband out, because he didn't know what to think or how to make me "better." Being a man, he wants to fix stuff...and there was nothing he could do to "fix" me. It was something I had to do for myself.

Right now, I feel renewed. My leader, after the meeting today, said that she wanted to give me my 100lb charm and my certificate. When she looked at me, after giving the other woman her charm and certificate, she smiled. I knew what she was telling me, without saying a word. I can do it! I can reach my goal.

I have been shoveling through the shit that caused me to put on 200lbs in 10 years. I am starting to see that I actually deserve to have a healthier life. I deserve to not be obese or fat or whatever word you want to use. I deserve it to feel better about my health, about my body, about the activities that I can do, that I could not do before. Gosh! I feel like breaking out in tears. Renewal, its refreshing, but emotional, but I don't want to eat to deal with it. That's a good thing!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Give Away @ Prior Fat Girl!!

Prior Fat Girl is giving away a years subscription to Health Magazine. She also has a Water Challenge going on, as in drinking more of it. I know I need to up my water intake. Go check it out!

Kicking bootie!

(Me after Level 2 of the Shred....looks like I'm in shock! LOL!!)

I did Level 2 of the Shred today, as well as just 20 minutes on the treadmill. It was a good day! Tomorrow, it is supposed to be nice and warm. Outdoor activity???

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Motivation

I did Level 1 of the Shred today, along with a nice neighborhood stoll with my daughter and husband for about 45 minutes. It was nice and I feel good getting some activity, especially the Shred, in today.

Thanks for all the comments too! You guys are great! It is good to know that I'm not the only one who is struggling trying to become a healthier and more fit person.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Shred to the wayside

I haven't Shredded since Friday! Since Saturday was my birthday and I just didn't fit it in. Yesterday, I walked on the treadmill for 1/2 hour, but that was it. Today, I still didn't do it! I have to get back into it, but since TOM, I don't want to do any activity. I need to push myself. I will! I don't want to be overweight anymore.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Health Conscious Gifts

I was happy to get healthy gifts for my birthday. I wanted a new pedometer and was happy to see the hubby listening. I have the Weight Watchers one, but it would never stay clipped to my clothing and kept falling off, so I wanted something different. I got the Omron HJ-112 and the Hungry Girl Cookbook. I also got a gift card for a spa treatment of my choice. It feels good to take care of myself and to see others understand the choices that I've have made to get healthy.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Figured out 1 Reason

Well, I figured out one of the reasons for my gain this week. TOM snuck up on me today. What a birthday surprise!! LOL!!

Also, today is my birthday!

I'm trying not to think about being a year older (36). I realize this morning all the years I spent being so overweight, that there are lots of things that I missed not being at a healthy weight. Now that my 30's are dwindling away, I want to make sure that I don't have any regrets when I reach my 40's. At least I'm not 370+ lbs. anymore.

The Joy of Pom



Thanks to Janny at The POM Blogger, I received a POM Care Package this week. I love pomegranates to eat and pomegranate juice. It is high in Weight Watchers Points (3 points for 8 oz.), however the health benefits kind of out weigh the pointage factor. It taste great too and you can incorporate pomegranate juice in smoothies or other drinks and recipes.

My family is loving it too. The toddler finds it to be too tart but okay, but the husband tried it and loved it. Since it has been so warm here in Seattle, I've been adding it to mineral water on ice. It gives it an extra kick for a refreshing beverage, but with a lot more health benefits that are good for the body.

For example, included in the information I received, POM help to improve blood flow to the heart in a study and also helped to decrease arterial plaque. It is also very good for men to help with any problems "down below" ;-). I mentioned that to my hubby and he was like, well I guess he should continue to drink POM juice, so that he won't have any "issues". LOL!

All that said, go out and give it a try! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Weigh in and all that jazz

Up 3 lbs this week. Seriously? WTH? Well, the Shred is helping me feel good, but this week, it didn't do me any good in the weight loss department. My leader and I talked before the meeting and she asked me what I could be doing differently? I have been doing Weight Watchers for almost a year. Actually, next Saturday is my Weight Watchers 1 year anniversary, so yeah, maybe I do need to do something different. What? I'm not sure yet. She suggested the Wendy Plan, although it isn't WW sanctioned. However, it has helped many people jump back into losing weight when they've been stuck. Maybe I'll be one of the lucky ones. I hate not seeing the scale move in a downward progression, especially when I've been tracking and exercising. It's discouraging, but I know I have to keep at it.

My doctor asked me have I plateaued yet, because I've lost so much weight. It seems that my body is likes being between 245 and 250 lbs. I don't, so I have to figure this out.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Surprised the Doctor!

My doctor didn't have any clue who I was today. In the middle of my annual exam, she said "Oh my God! I just realized who you were! You look awesome!" She then proceeded to look through my chart and my weight the last time I had an exam(it was in April '08) I weighed 345 lbs and the time before that, which was 370 lbs. They weighed me in at 250 lbs, but at Weight Watchers, I'm 245 lbs (Why are Dr. Office scales 5 lbs off all the time??). Anyway, it felt good to surprise someone who hadn't seen me in over a year. She said next year, she probably won't recognize me again because she thinks that I can reach my goal of 170 lbs, way before my next appointment (she said that I should try for 150 lbs, but I don't know...I guess I'll reflect on that later).

I'm still on my blood pressure med, but if I start to notice that I'm feeling light headed or that when I check my BP and it is lower than normal, she may need to start taking me slowly off. That would be so awesome!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Free Food!

Feed me I'm Cranky is giving away a $40 Whole Foods gift certificate. Who couldn't use this? (Well, unless you don't have a Whole Foods near you, then you could pass it on as a gift to a friend?)


Go check it out!

Day 4 & 5 Shred Challenge

I did Level 1 yesterday and today, along with a 20 minute treadmill walk/jog combo for 2 minute intervals. I wish I could have done the treadmill longer, but 20 minutes was all I had. Squeezing in exercise through out the day in small chunks seem to work better.


Mizfit talked about getting in chunks of activity, especially for moms who have kids at home during the summer. Since I've been home, I have been getting in activity but it isn't an hour or longer, but more like 15 minutes here or 20 minutes there. It is better than no activity though, so I give myself a pat on the back for making the effort. That is why I like the Shred video. It's 20 minutes. Even though my daughter likes to crawl over me and under me when I'm doing it, I somehow get it done.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 3 - Shred Challenge & HYC

I did Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred and I'm freaking sore from yesterday, from Level 1. I can't lift my arms above my head. It's pitiful, but I'm doing it.

As for weight updates, I'm still the same. No changes....just staying constant, which I guess is good. I just want to see the scale going down.

I was doing lots of outdoor walking on trails near my house, but the weather has done a 180 from Saturday and Sunday. It has rained both today and yesterday, and the temp has dropped about 20 degrees. Getting out in the rain with the toddler is a struggle, so my activity has been indoors.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Day 2 - Shred Challenge

I did Level 1 of 30 Day Shred today. I did Level 2 yesterday, but decided that I should mix it up. Level 1 seems the hardest for me for some reason. I also did 45 minutes of jogging/walking on the treadmill, doing 2 minute intervals. I feel good.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I gotta move it, move it!

I keep saying it, but I really do need to "nip it in the bud" and get my ass in gear to be more active. Today I walked 12,010 steps and started my own 30 Day Shred Challenge, vowing to shred everyday this month. So, I'm shredding people! That dang video kicks my ass, no matter how many times I do it. It's crazy!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

I hope that everyone (in the US) :-) has a great day! I get to spend the day navigating my food choices, but I feel in control and have some healthy food choices. My hubby and I went to Costco yesterday and he saw the hot dogs that they serve at Safco Field for Mariners baseball games. One dog is 6 points and add a bun and condiments and you got yourself a 10 point hot dog. I remember the days where I would go to a game, have a hot dog, a pretzel w/ cheese dipping sauce, popcorn and beer. He had to have them. I won't be eating one of those dogs.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Older Crowd

I went to a new Weight Watchers meeting today, because my regular meeting is on Saturday and since it is a holiday, I had to find another place to weigh in. Lets just say that it was an older crowd where my friend, her son and I were the only people there under 65-years-old. Not my kind of meeting.

They had great ideas for products in the market and brought examples to the meeting, but it just wasn't for me. The leader was a very funny older man, who runs marathons. He said he and his wife both participate in marthons and they did the Rock-and-Roll Marathon in Seattle last week. They used to go down to San Diego to do the Rock-and-Roll there, but now Seattle has one. I think that is so awesome. I want to be running marathons at 65. He has been a lifetime member since 1984, so he really loves Weight Watchers.

I actually lost .8 this week. I was surprised because I didn't expect to lose anything. Now, if I can keep the eating under control tomorrow, I should be fine. :-) Hopefully, I won't have the problem I did last week where I couldn't get satisfied.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two days before the 4th

It is so beautiful here in Seattle this week. I walked with my friend, who I used to work with, on Monday. We went to a path that is near where we both live. We both brought our kids (her son is almost a year old) and my toddler and did a 4 mile walk. It was great and we had a lot of catching up to do. She is also doing Weight Watchers and I am going to meet with her tomorrow morning at her regular meeting. It will be nice to have a friend to go with and try a different meeting.

This week, my eating has kind of been off and on plan. The beginning of the week (Monday and Tuesday), I felt like I couldn't get satisfied eating wise. It was crazy. However, Wednesday, I got it under control. The scale went up, but now it is back down. I don't think I was drinking a lot of water. I don't know why my eating was so out of control. Stress? Usually when it is really warm, I don't eat as much because I'm just too hot. I usually will drink a smoothie or eat a salad. I may have a salad tonight, because I decided to eat a big lunch with some leftovers in the fridge. I had a Meatloaf Muffin, Cauliflower Mash and Brussels Sprouts. The Meatloaf Muffin is about 3 pts each (12 servings) and doing meatloaf in a muffin pan helps with portion control (which is my down fall).

I don't expect to lose this week. If I maintain, that is fine too. I guess I'll find out tomorrow!