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First Weekend of Football!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm a huge NFL fan - the Atlanta Falcons being my favorite team and the Pittsburgh Steelers a close second (fortunately they're in different divisions and rarely play each other - my dream is a Falcon/Steeler Super Bowl!).

I digress - this was the first week of "real" football! I watched a couple of college games on Saturday while cleaning, etc. I'm not that big on college football, but am a Georgia Bulldog fan. I was busy finally getting a Saturday to clean (the grass already cut) and driving kids around, so my eating was pretty good on Saturday. I did incorporate some good carbs back in and had an apple for a snack.

Saturday afternoon, DH, DD#2 and I ran at the indoor track (it was hot & humid Saturday with a chance of thunderstorms). I really struggled with 2 miles and everything was hurting. I rode bikes 3 days last week and I think that might have bothered my knees a little because they were hurting during the run. DD#2 was really proud because she did 2.5 miles. DH ran 1.5 miles outside on the hills and then came back in to cool off. He checked out a basketball and made DD#2 shoot for about 20 mins. She wasn't too happy because she was tired from a late Friday - volleyball practice, selling donuts at the football game for basketball, a sleepover, and just running 2.5 miles. She complained a few minutes, but actually looked pretty good. She's a little concerned because the basketball program started up with fall training/league and she can't participate (except for fundraising!) until volleyball is over (in 2 1/2 weeks). I helped rebound and then we had to leave because the gym was closing. Since it was already after 6:00, we stopped by Subway for dinner (DD#3 was calling that she was hungry!). I went ahead and got my turkey sub on wheat - loaded with vegetables. So I had another "good carb" that evening.

Sunday was a beautiful morning - it was 60 degrees and no humidity! We had a meeting at church for DD#2's confirmation class, I had to pick up DD#1 from a sleepover and then it was time for football!

So, I didn't exercise yesterday, but I had a good breakfast & lunch and no game snacking (until later!). I had to take DD#1 to work @ 4 (the Falcons were way ahead, so I didn't mind missing the last couple of minutes of the game) and then DD#2 & 3 and I went to church (DH had to work until 7).

DD#2 stayed for youth group and DD#3 and I went to Publix. We picked up chicken for dinner (I swear I'm going to start sprouting feathers & clucking!) and I had a great dinner. The Steelers were playing at night and I was trying to stay awake and getting nervous about the score (they ended up loosing), so I had the urge to snack. I ended up eating 1/2 bag of rice cakes!

So, I still have to try to curb those late night (anything after 9 is late for me!) snacking cravings!

All in all it wasn't too bad. I didn't weigh this morning to see see if there was any damage (I weighed on Saturday and was maintaining my 4.2 lb. loss).

I've got another insanely busy week ahead. I loaded up with healthy stuff last night at the grocery store, so now I just need to squeeze in some exercise this week!

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

I had my official weigh in this morning and I lost 4.2 lbs! Now I know the first week of changing up your plan is usually a high loss, but I was pleased. I'm now back in the "healthy" range and 2 lbs. away from my WW goal. I still want to loose 4 more lbs. to give me some wiggle room.

I set my September goal to loose 6 lbs., so I'll work on loosing at least 2 more lbs. before the end of the month. I also set a goal of "No Sweets September". I'll still have my sugar free fudgsicle & jello/pudding, but no processed sweets & snacks (DD#3's birthday cake looked really good on Tuesday!). I'm thinking of incorporating 1 serving of fruit back in this weekend and then I'll incorporate some healthy grains next Thursday.

I really feel good taking back control and I now have my "screaming" weight (I think this is what another SP blogger called it) that if I creep back up to this weight, I need to tighten the reigns (actually what I weigh right now!).

I'm doing ok on the exercise front. My sister and I rode bikes on Monday and again last night. We rode for almost an hour and about 6 miles. My gears aren't working right (or I don't know how to use them), so I stayed in mostly one gear. It was a work out! DD#2 has a short volleyball practice today and said she wants to run after practice, so we'll see how that goes. I managed to also cut most of the grass last night too. I still have an area in the back, but it's raining again, so it might be too wet this evening.

All in all pretty good! I still need to do the strength training and stop using the excuses to avoid that - I hate the DVD I have and I don't have time in the mornings. But so far, so good in September!

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No Sweets September!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I decided last Wednesday to reign myself in and get back control by laying off the carbs (for 2 weeks) and jump start my weight loss to get back to my "wiggle room" goal (8 lbs.). I weighed yesterday and after 4 days, I've lost 4 lbs. The official weigh in is Thursday, so that doesn't count yet!

I had a challenging weekend, but I did ok. It was DD#3's 12th birthday (actually today), so we took her and 4 girls on Saturday (along with DD#2 and a friend) to a mountain resort where my sister works. I packed food and was able to abstain from the pizza, cake, chips, candy & donuts. We went to a small wildlife/petting zoo Sunday morning and by the time we left there and got back on the road, it was 2:00 and I still had to run all the girls' home. I did not want to take 5 tired kids to a restaurant, so we went through the Wendy's drive-thru. I got a small hamburger and tried not to eat the bun, but that was hard while driving!

So, that was my only "slip up". I'm a little hungry at times and don't have my go-to snack of fruit, but other than that it hasn't been too bad. Depending on how the weigh in goes on Thursday, I might start incorporating some fruit back in by the weekend. I just want to make sure I have control of this "carb binging" I've experienced the past couple of months.

I got in a lot of walking Saturday & Sunday and yesterday my sister and I rode bikes for an hour. Tonight is DD#3 actual birthday. DH has to work, but she wants turkey burgers for dinner, so he's going to make them before he leaves and I'm going to fix that and some side dishes. He also bought another cake, so I have avoiding that to look forward to! I really need to cut grass since we were gone most of the weekend and it's been raining (we're still getting "tropical moisture" from Isaac).

September kind of snuck up over the weekend, so I need to set some goals. I really want to pick back up the running and see if I can participate in some of the fall 5K's. Right now I'm struggling with running 2 miles. DD#3 ran yesterday with DH and she struggled with her 2 miles, so she wants to get back at it for basketball. So my goals for September:

Diet - Slowly incorporate the "good carbs" back in, but September will be a "No Sweets" month. I'll allow the sugar-free fudgesicle, jello & pudding, but no other processed sweet (ie, cookies, donuts, cake & snacks).

Weight Loss - 6 lbs. That's really aggressive for me, but it looks like my first week will be good (hopefully the 4 lbs.) and I can loose the additional 2 lbs. the following 3 weeks.

Exercise - this is a tough one with my schedule, but I'm going to go with 3 cardio days and force myself to work in 2 strength training days. I'll probably do mainly running, but a nice bike ride doesn't hurt!

So bring on September!


The bullet was bit!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I got some encouraging comments on my popped button blog yesterday. One comment was applauding my comment on going ahead and weighing despite the outcome or "biting the bullet". I bit the bullet this morning and weighed (after more than 2 weeks) and I did gain 2 lbs. That puts me back to 6 lbs. over my goal and 8.4 lbs. over my "wiggle room" goal. This is also where I was 4 months ago when I knew I needed to get back in control. So pretty much all summer I've been maintaining my earlier gain.

I'm not going to beat myself up. I still manage to exercise and live a pretty healthy lifestyle. I reign myself in when things are getting out of control. I like my new plan of laying off the carbs. That's been my downfall the past couple of months.

I downloaded the food plan yesterday and have made my grocery list and am going right after work. I had enough food on hand to make breakfast & lunch. I had a yummy omlet with peppers & spinach for breakfast and I packed some tuna on a bed of spinach and some peppers on the side. I have some cheese cubes and some almonds for a snack. The only thing I miss is no fruits for 2 weeks. I've always loaded them up in my lunch, but now I'll just have more veggies for a while.

Exercise has been a challenge this week. I ran on Monday, but didn't do anything Tuesday or yesterday. We've had a lot of rain from Isaac and today is drizzly & very humid. Last night we had to drop DD#1 off at work and go to DD#2's volleyball games. That was a long night! We were there from 5 - after 8 pm. I didn't eat my dinner until almost 9. I didn't want to eat the pizza or Chickfilet at the game, so I waited until I got home.

DD#2 did ok. She's catching on and really does well at practice, but her game time is limited, so she feels like she doesn't do well in the games. DH and I know absolutely nothing about volleyball, but it's a game where a mistake or error (not sure what it's called) almost always causes a point for the other team. Anyway, she says she's enjoying it, but that basketball is "still her game", so she's looking forward to October and trying out. This is going to be a very long fall/winter. They play a lot of games in high school sports (not to mention the practice). 9th grade volleyball plays 25+ games, JV 30+ and Varsity 40+. Granted with volleyball a lot of these are tournaments and multiple games played in 1 day, but that's a lot of games! Not sure yet about basketball. We are very proud of her, so we'll support her efforts. I'm learning though that I'm going to have to be even more organized with eating and exercise!

Tonight will also be a challenge. I have to pick DD#3 up from the 6th Grade Dance and DD#2 up from volleyball practice (after I go to the grocery store). At least I'll have my healthy food for my dinner and I won't have to eat so late.

The bullet was bitten and it didn't taste too good! Time to journey on!


I popped a button!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I didn't really pop it, but it did come off! The pants I'm wearing are a little tight, although they were considered almost too big about 3 months ago. So, it got me thinking again about my out of whack eating. Most of my cravings and binges have been carbs & sweets. I was very successful with Weight Watchers and lost 46 lbs. and have kept most of it off for over a year. I'm currently about 6 lbs. over goal (hopefully!). I keep avoiding the scale and it's been 2 weeks again since I've weighed. The "popped" button got me concerned again.

I work better with a plan (hence the success at WW), but I think I'm going to go low carb (South Beach Diet Phase 1). I was also very successful about 8 years ago (when I was borderline Insulin Resistant) and lost about 40 lbs. doing low carb. I was about 17 lbs. from my goal weight, but managed to gain back about 20 (but fortunately my sugar levels have been fine since then).

I feel like I need to be a little drastic and reduce these cravings by eliminating the source for a while. I'll do Phase 1 for 2 weeks and then slowly incorporate all the healthy things I normally eat. This should jump start the weight loss and eliminate the cravings. I actually like the plan and the foods and find it easy to follow. I'm pretty simple and can eat the same things everyday without getting bored.

I have a lot of the things on hand and could start tomorrow. My concern is this weekend. Not only is it a long weekend, but we're going to be spending most of Saturday and the night away from home. It's DD#3's 12th birthday and we're spending the night at the resort where my sister works. We'll be swimming & hiking and then going to a wildlife zoo on Sunday morning. We'll have pizza & cake Saturday night and limited choices for breakfast on Sunday.

As I'm typing this, I realize this is just excuses. I can take other options for dinner & breakfast and avoid the cake.

So, that's my new plan. I'm going to bite the bullet and weight myself tomorrow so I'll have my starting point. I'll set my new weight and fitness goals tomorrow.

BTW, as I'm typing this blog, I get an e-mail from the "At Goal and Maintaining" team to update my information. Since I'm over my goal, I was feeling a little bogus about this, but then there's a P.S. (below)

"P.S. If you are struggling, please don’t disappear! The National Weight Control Registry considers it “successful maintenance” even if you keep only 10% of your original weight off. Their data also say that successful maintainers usually report several attempts at loss and maintenance before finally getting it “right.” So the struggle is worth it - you CAN get better at this"

This makes me feel better - I've certainly kept more than 10% of my original weight off, so I'm still considered a "successful maintainer". So thank you 4A-HEALTHY-BMI!

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GOING4MUSCLE 8/29/2012 9:03PM

    Yes, most definitely, you are a "successful maintainer"! Just cause we have a few stumbles, does NOT mean we are not deserving of that status. None of us, who have lost a significant amount of weight, are perfect with keeping the pounds off...100% of the time.

I'm glad to read you are gonna bite the bullet and hop on that scale, in the morning! Good for you!! The sooner the truth is exposed , the better! It might not even be as horrible as you're imagining it is.

I just loved how you kept right on making, mental corrections, the whole entire time you were typing this blog out. Sometimes WE are our own best teachers. emoticon

Hope to see you over on the At Goal and Maintaining team! emoticon

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PHEBESS 8/29/2012 4:53PM

    I like to wear those tight pants when I go out to dinner, or to a dinner party - or on Thanksgiving - because they remind me not to overeat!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/29/2012 3:59PM

    Isn't it wonderful when we receive a message we needed to hear at the right time?

Much better to stop and re-evaluate at a popped button than at several sizes larger. You just need to make some adjustments to find what is livable.

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TPETRIE 8/29/2012 2:21PM

  Good for you keeping off some of the weight. Take 1 day at a time and don't get discouraged if you have a bad day. We all make mistakes. emoticon

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