Thursday, March 13, 2014
I decided to "stick with it" and went to my Weight Watchers meeting last night. I'm glad I went because I got some much needed motivation! I lost 2 lbs.! So since I started back to Weight Watchers on 1/8, I've lost 5 lbs. I'm not going to dwell on the fact that it's taken me 9 weeks to loose 5 lbs. I'm going to celebrate the 5 lbs.!
WW is very good at recognition and celebrating and my leader is great. I really like her, she's got that "sarcastic wit" and she's enthusiastic, but not "fake". Anyway, I got my 5 lb. sticker! She also talked about the new Live Life Active Challenge (that I signed up for online yesterday) and how we'll get a "charm" if we participate in the program.
So the entire meeting was motivating and it didn't hurt to have a loss. In fact, even though it had gotten cold and really (really) windy, my sister and I decided to walk after the meeting. So I stuck with my first activity challenge. In fact, I went 10 mins. over since we took a brisk 40 min. walk. I actually had to run part of the walk because I was walking the puppy and she kept trying to keep up with DD#3 and the dog.
So the walking was a NSV and this morning I put on some pants that were too tight and they fit again! NSV #2. I also measured myself and I lost 3 inches. Since 2/4, I've lost 4.5 inches NSV #3!
I decided to go back and look at my measurements. Even though I've lost 4.5 inches (Bust, Waist, Hips & Thigh), I am 3.5 inches more than when I was at my goal weight. The biggest gain was in the waist/hip area (which is where my pants were too tight).
So, my 6 week goal is (4/23 weigh in):
Loose 5 lbs.
Loose 2 inches
WW Activity Plan
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I blogged yesterday about how I'm not "feeling it" and have been eating a lot of crap. I missed my Weight Watcher weigh in last week and have been afraid to get on the scale. After a good day yesterday of tracking and getting in a 40 min. brisk walk with puppy and pushing my great-nephew in his stroller, I decided to get on the scale this morning. Much to my surprise, it showed me down over 2 lbs.!
As I mentioned before, I have been eating a lot of crap, but I have been exercising a lot too. I tried to go back and "track" my crap consumption since last Wednesday and I really didn't go too far over my points. I guessed high on some things (and I'm sure I forgot others), but I still didn't use all of my weekly/activity points for last week.
However, nothing is "official" until my Weight Watchers weigh in tonight. I decided to stick with it and continue to weigh in weekly and go to the meetings (at least until the end of April - I'm paid through then).
I generally only use Weight Watchers online for tracking points and getting some recipe ideas, but they have a new activity plan & challenge that looks pretty good, so I "signed up" for it. It's a 6 week plan and I chose the "Advanced" plan. It starts out with 30 min. cardio activity (3 x a week) and a body sculpting workout (2 X a week). They also have 2 days of "extra" suggestions. So you're really supposed to be "active" all 7 days. Each week the activity increases and they have activity suggestions, etc.
I'm going to set a 6 Week goal instead of just a goal for March (since March is almost half over!). So, I'm going to participate in the 6 Week Activity Plan and my 6 week weight loss goal will be 5 lbs. (on 4/23 weigh in). I'll use tonight's weight as my starting weight.
I'm setting a goal (in my head) of getting back to my goal weight by Mother's Day! It's a little aggressive, especially since there will be some challenges - traveling during Spring Break and Easter party (and peanut butter eggs!), but I'm always the most active in the spring.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I'm having trouble getting in gear and staying motivated! I rejoined Weight Watchers almost 9 weeks ago in an attempt to loose the 12 lbs. I gained last October - January. I wasn't able to go last week, but at my last weigh in on 2/26, I only lost 3 lbs. in 7 weeks.
I've been eating so much crap and not tracking lately and I haven't been on the scale in over a week! Last night was another "crap fest" and I really didn't want to get on the scale this morning (so I didn't). I only hope I haven't gained back the 3 lbs.!
I'm not sure what is going on and why I am so lacking the motivation! I even discussed quitting WW with my oldest sister (who also made Lifetimer and is 10+ lbs. over goal!). She is also not "feeling it"!
I'm also not "feeling" the running. I'm staying pretty active and getting in a lot of walking with the puppy. I take a 10+ min. walk every morning and we usually take her to the park in the evenings when we can to walk/run (DD#2 & #3 run - I walk!). On the evenings we can't get to the park, I take another long walk with her. She loves running through the pasture and the leaves. We even went to a state park on Sunday and hiked up a waterfall trail (part of the Appalachian Trail) and my legs are feeling it!
I think part of my lack of motivation is I seem to be really busy and stressed! I've always been a working mother of 3, but this school year seems to be so busy (and stressful). I thought last year was bad! DH is also working a lot of "side jobs", so he's either working away from the house, doing projects at the house or really tired! He still does a lot with the girls and around the house, but their schedules, grades, activities, running around, etc. usually falls on me!
When I got home yesterday, I took the puppy out for a walk, went to the grocery store, picked up DD#2 from volleyball (working the junior camp), cooked dinner and worked with DD#1 on her college scholarship application. DH was home by that time and he also worked with DD#1.
DD#1 has already been accepted to her "college of choice" and we already have her dorm room. She got a case of "senioritis" and is letting the grades slip, etc. She also hasn't done what she needs for scholarships and there is a 3/15 deadline! So this is stressing me out. You get bombarded with so many sources for "help" (e-mails from college sources, from the high school, etc.), but all it does is stress you out more! She felt really bad last night and apologized for her procrastination. DH and I reminded her how proud and excited we are for her and what a great future she has and the last thing she needs to do is get "lazy" and blow a lot of opportunities.
So even though I had a great dinner (chicken fajita salad) and a long walk with puppy & dog and it was already pretty late in the evening, I still managed to consume a lot of crap last night. It almost bordered on a "binge". I stress eat, but last night it was almost a little out of control because it was all within about 30 mins.
Of course I feel really guilty this morning, but I ate my healthy breakfast and packed my lunch and I'm even going to attempt to go back and track everything. I'm paid with Weight Watchers through the end of April, so although I don't want to go tomorrow, I'm going to go. I at least need some accountability even though I'm not feeling it and am a little out of control!
The clocks have "sprung forward", the weather is getting warm and it's almost time to drag out the spring clothes.
I'm ready for a change and some motivation!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
led to a dinner of frozen yogurt!
Let me preface this with the fact that I have 3 great daughters - 18, 15 & 13. They are mostly respectful, smart and wonderful girls (and healthy - Blessed!). They all 3 do well in school and we are very proud of them. Of course they have their moments, and last night was one of them!
DD#2 had volleyball weight training after school so I picked her up at 5. I had to drive her friend home, so after dropping off friend, I started talking to her about a spring basketball & volleyball league and asking if she wanted to participate (just asking - needed to know to see if the timing worked and if we could afford it, etc.). She's played before in the basketball league, but didn't know of anyone from her school participating this year and the volleyball league would be "new" to her.
DD#2 is extremely shy and is very uncomfortable with "new" situations. She especially hates public speaking and going somewhere and "not knowing anyone". Despite all of the "negatives" about organized sports, etc. , it has been very beneficial in getting her out of her "shell". Long story short, she went "ballistic" in the car (I was apparently "pushing her") and by the time we got home, she was crying and copping a big ole attitude!
DD#3 is struggling in math (an accelerated program that is very hard) and had gone in early yesterday for a help session. Apparently she didn't complete all of her math homework and she had to have a "silent lunch" (some sort of middle school punishment). I had to sign something and of course I lectured her. She also went "ballistic" and started to cry and stormed off to her room.
At that point I was starving, so I ate a bowl of frozen yogurt and some other "crap" for dinner. I still tracked everything and actually only went 3 points over (still had all of my "weekly points").
The evening didn't get any better! We've been having major internet problems since we were forced into AT&T U-Verse (don't get me started on this). Our wireless printer has not worked with our laptops. DD#3 needed to print aforementioned math homework and I spent 3 hours working on the printer. I had to end up driving to work @ 9:30 pm (only 3 miles away) to print!
At that point I just got home and went to bed!
Tonight is my Weight Watchers weigh in, but DD#3 is an alter server for 5:30 Ash Wednesday Mass, so I won't be able to go. Despite my "crap fest" last night, I still think I lost a little. I'm going to check the WW hours and see if I can run over there tomorrow @ lunch to weigh. I can't make it at all today.
So, I'll see if I can get an "official" weight to see how my February went and maybe set some goals tomorrow for March.
Monday, March 03, 2014
that cause me to "loose control" with eating and not track?! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our Weight Watchers topic was how to "manage the weekends". There were several good suggestions (none of which I used) and the leader even gave an example of how a person that takes 7 steps instead of 5 will get to their "destination" quicker - meaning if you track 7 days a week instead of 5, you will loose weight quicker!
At least I was very active over the weekend! DD#1 had to pick me up at work and take me to get my car at the shop. As soon as we got home, I had to take out the puppy and then pick up DD#2 from volleyball weight training. She and a bunch of friends were going out to eat at a restaurant that one of their friends just got a job as a hostess. Since she still needed to shower before I picked up one of the girls and then took them to the restaurant, DD#3 and I decided to take the puppy and dog to the park so she could run - she's still keeping up with the running even though she didn't make track!
We don't usually take the dog, but the puppy does better on a leash when she has to keep up with another dog. DD#3 went to the track to run and then met us at the greenway. We probably got in a 1+ mile walk. We had Subway for dinner and I did pretty well on Friday.
I made pancakes again on Saturday morning and of course ate too many (and didn't track). DH wanted to get the yard raked over the weekend because it was supposed to rain Sunday night (making the leaves very heavy to rake). We have a very large "yard" - over 2 acres and it's mostly covered with trees (that are always dropping something!). We ended up raking/hauling leaves for over 4 hours on Saturday (I'm still sore!). We got it done and the yard looks great! You can finally see all the grass from the seeding & fertilizing we did in early fall. Since I was so tired - I really over ate on Saturday. I don't even know what I had, but pizza, chips and a big bowl of frozen yogurt was consumed!
Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day! It got up to the mid-70's! DD#2, DD#3 & friend, puppy and my sister and I went to a trail that is by a river to play on the rocks and get in some hiking. The puppy didn't really like the water yet, but she's young and it was really cold water (although the girls did wade in the water - brrr!). DD#2, sister, puppy and I hiked the trail that went up the "side of the mountain". I've done this trail before and I thought it was little over a mile. DD#3 and friend didn't want to go, so they were going to meet us back by the car in 40 mins. (figuring that would give us plenty of time!). It was a really hard trail and we did stop a few times to let puppy & DD#2 play, but it took us over an hour! We also ended up back at a different place than the last time I hiked it, so we must have taken a different trail. When I got back home I looked up the trail and it was 2.9 miles of pretty hilly terrain.
I did better with the eating Sunday night - we grilled out turkey burgers and fixings and I didn't snack the rest of the night (after my Weight Watchers ice cream bar).
So we'll see on Wednesday if my weekend did any damage again. I'm going to set some March goals after my weigh in on Wednesday.
After this weekend, I'm so looking forward to spring -- but it rained today and is bringing in a cold front!
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