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Wonderful Weight Watchers

Monday, October 08, 2012

I've been trying without much success now for weight loss. I decided in May to join Weight Watchers with a co-worker to see if they could help motivate me. Sparks (sadly) was not enough motivation, and TOPS was only causing my to stress eat (since I was their leader.)

It took joining WW to look at food in a different light. Veggies and Fruits were free...for the most part....so I took that thought an ran with it. I lost 6.4# the first week. I continued to lose week after week. I realized that I could incorporate the chocolate bar into my points system and still lose. It was amazing, I wasn't depriving myself any longer. I have always been the "all or nothing" type girl, and now I was really learning that I could have my yummy treats, in moderation. Portion control meant something completely new to me. I was OK going down and getting 8 malted milk balls and satisfying my craving with that....not needing the 30 other malted milk balls to relieve the craving.

The 180s have always been my troubled decade over the past three years. I would get down to about 185, and then start going back up. I knew that if I could get past the 180s and into the 170s, I would be able to get down to goal. I got into the mid 180s and then started psyching myself out and bounced around for a couple months between 186-188. I finally decided last week with the 8week challenge WW put on for Thanksgiving, that I needed to get back my motivational mojo. I started watching my portion control again and didn't allow the negative thoughts about not being able to push thru to keep me down. I lost 5# the first week. I know I will hit my goal of being 12# lighter by Thanksgiving...and in so doing, will be down in the 170's...having pushed my way out of the troubling 180's.

Sometimes, we just need to step back, re-evaluate how we are doing things and make some switch-ups every now and again. For me, it was an increase in exercise (which included finding an accountability partner here on SP) and trying something other than salads for lunch every day. I still get my veggies in....just not in salad form (for the moment.)

The biggest thing is to keep trying.....NEVER GIVE UP. Keep pushing thru and believe that you can lose the weight and get healthy.....and We will!
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Wonderful Weight Watchers

Monday, October 08, 2012

I've been trying without much success now for weight loss. I decided in May to join Weight Watchers with a co-worker to see if they could help motivate me. Sparks (sadly) was not enough motivation, and TOPS was only causing my to stress eat (since I was their leader.)

It took joining WW to look at food in a different light. Veggies and Fruits were free...for the most part....so I took that thought an ran with it. I lost 6.4# the first week. I continued to lose week after week. I realized that I could incorporate the chocolate bar into my points system and still lose. It was amazing, I wasn't depriving myself any longer. I have always been the "all or nothing" type girl, and now I was really learning that I could have my yummy treats, in moderation. Portion control meant something completely new to me. I was OK going down and getting 8 malted milk balls and satisfying my craving with that....not needing the 30 other malted milk balls to relieve the craving.

The 180s have always been my troubled decade over the past three years. I would get down to about 185, and then start going back up. I knew that if I could get past the 180s and into the 170s, I would be able to get down to goal. I got into the mid 180s and then started psyching myself out and bounced around for a couple months between 186-188. I finally decided last week with the 8week challenge WW put on for Thanksgiving, that I needed to get back my motivational mojo. I started watching my portion control again and didn't allow the negative thoughts about not being able to push thru to keep me down. I lost 5# the first week. I know I will hit my goal of being 12# lighter by Thanksgiving...and in so doing, will be down in the 170's...having pushed my way out of the troubling 180's.

Sometimes, we just need to step back, re-evaluate how we are doing things and make some switch-ups every now and again. For me, it was an increase in exercise (which included finding an accountability partner here on SP) and trying something other than salads for lunch every day. I still get my veggies in....just not in salad form (for the moment.)

The biggest thing is to keep trying.....NEVER GIVE UP. Keep pushing thru and believe that you can lose the weight and get healthy.....and We will!
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The Power of Positive Eating

Monday, February 27, 2012

When I started back on my "food plan," I wasn't sure if I'd be able to trim the portion size to what it should be when I started....or if I'd finally make it past the "just one more day" attitude about "needing" my chocolate/junk food fix. I managed to make it from Monday of last week (2/20) till Saturday (2/25) without pretzel M&Ms, Symphony chocolate bars, soda, eating out at Taco Bell or McD's. I managed to eat what I should eat, with my only concession being an International Coffee sugar free French Vanilla cappuccino. That was my treat for if the cravings hit. I had a protein filled breakfast to push me thru the mornings, with a 100cal kettle corn bag and cappuccino for a mid-morning snack, huge lunch time salads with all the veggies (and cottage cheese for my dressing...added protein). Dinner time rolled around and I wasn't terrible hungry, but I would usually fix myself a small meal (chicken, salad, etc)....I no longer required the afternoon snack of chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered carmel balls, malted milk balls, or Bob's Sweet Stripes.

However, I did indulge Saturday evening at my G'ma's birthday party (planned into my day's food) with chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. I was regretting my decision after the last bite when my belly started flip flopping. I should have learned from that....but then......we went to some church members' house for lunch Sunday. I took a veggie loaded salad, and they grilled boneless skinless chicken breast w/ BBQ sauce. However, tempting yummy apply cinnamon scones were made. I planned to only help myself to one as dessert, as they were rather large scones....but alas, I caved in and had two.

I believe these weekend indulges have been why I was so tired going into work today, and why the last couple days of walking the dogs have been so arduous. It's like the sugar and fat in the foods harvested all my energy and left me with nothing.

I am realizing more and more how important the types of food we put in our mouth is, not only to our weight, but to our mental alertness, energy, and emotional well-being. Think about the "negative foods" you may be putting in your body: fats, simple carbs, etc...that come from the processed food we eat (usually out of convenience)....and how it effects your mental, physical, and emotional self.

I will GUARANTEE you, that if you choose the fruits, veggies (lots of them), lean protein, whole grains, and good fats (think olive oil, avocado, omega3 stuff)....you will feel better both mentally, physically, and emotionally. The more whole/raw food you are able to consume, the better. And don't use "it's too expensive" as an excuse to not buy the fruits and veggies. Don't substitute juices. You end up consuming more when it's not whole. You'll be surprised at how little you really need and want when you are eating healthy whole foods. Make one meal every day a salad. This will boost your energy while shrinking your waste line (but don't load it up with calorie laden extras...stick to veggies for toppings.) Take the weekend (or one night of the week) to prepare most of you meals for the following week. Cut up your veggies and put them in ziplock bags....not only are they quick and easy snacks, but makes putting that salad together much faster than cutting the veggies each time you make a salad. I make two to three salads in my to-go containers for the start of the week.

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PS: some people (like me) don't do well when there is a lot of sodium in the food. Here is you're warning when it comes quick "healthy" meals, like SmartOnes and LeanCuisines....they are packed with sodium (and water weight)....and other chemicals that are not good for your body either.

  


Learning to Eat Again.....AGAIN!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

After my July 2011 experiment with eating as much healthy whole food stuff as possible, leaving the white flour, white sugar, processed junk behind.....I felt so much better: mentally, physically, and spiritually. I had made the decision to go thru the end of July eating this way. While there were a few bumps along the road (invite to Pizza Hut after church....had mostly salad..only a one slice of pizza and one breadstick)....for the most part, I stuck with my plan. My mom even helped when I went down to see my parents over a couple of the weekends. We used less refined sugars....like agave and succanat. The real power of what I was doing came when I went to Jr High Church camp as a counselor to five girls, teacher, assistant nurse, and campfire leader...on top of being in charge of one of the night time activities. emoticon This was the most responsibility I had ever had at a camp. With temperatures normally in the 90-100s with little breeze and living on less that 6hr of good sleep every night....one would have thought I'd have been completely exhausted halfway thru the week. I found the Lord lifting me up to accomplish the things I needed to do....but then, He does that every year I help out at the camp. This year was different though.....because of one thing....my food choices. Instead of opting for the often carb loaded, heavy, hot foods that normal get served, I stuck with making myself salads for lunch and supper and having a boiled egg, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit (my go-to) for breakfast. I had so much energy and mental positivity. For two of the meals, the Monk's meal at lunch (when we all have to be quiet and us counselors get to use our imagination and the craziest utensils we can find from the kitchen to eat our food, since we are not allowed utensils...and the kids have to clap to get the "enforcers" to come take away the utensils we hide) and the Friday night banquet (where the Mess Hall is transformed the the leadership camp into a whole new setting- space age this past year)...I wanted to participate, so I had the food they made from the kitchen. The Monk's meal was mac & cheese, carrots, chicken nuggets, etc....and the Friday banquet was Chinese.. Guess which two meals I felt bloated, tired, and lousy after?! Yes...it was better to have the salads, and because of the temperatures....eating cooler foods was more refreshing.

Now...the sad realization. After the month of July was over and August started, I did not renew my vigor to continue to eat that healthy, and so I fell into a 6month slump or poor food choices, depression and frustration, and not exercising. I went from 185.5# in the beginning of August up to 213....my highest every, but the end of January. I couldn't even fit in my "big" jeans very well anymore.

I started the new year by walking the dogs (I got them back in May/June)....and decided I would try and walk them every day for January.....weather permitting. The weather here in MO has been so mild this winter, that I was able to walk the dogs every day in January. The difference this time....I kept walking them every day as February started. Today, when I take them out for a walk...will be our 56 consecutive day of walking.

Now, even though I have been walking the dogs since the new year got started, I had not made the decision to give up my pretzel M&Ms, ice cream, pizza, chinese, or other junk food. I kept saying...next week.....tomorrow....and then I would binge and get ready to start my healthy eating...only to decide I needed "just one more day" to eat unhealthy. It finally came to ENOUGH IS ENOUGH when I was feeling so lousy mentally and physically, that I just couldn't take it anymore. I felt too fat to go to church. My knees were hurting from the added 40#, and I was taking too many "mental days" at work. I knew I needed to stop...and I knew this time it would be so much harder than in July....because I had tried many times since that first fall in August...but never seemed to manage. I decided not to "cold turkey" it per se. I decided no more chocolate candy bars, no more bad food choices when eating out....and no more 'just one last time"s.

I decided I needed to also increase my exercise routine. Walking the dogs for one mile everyday was just not enough. So I decided that while I would start eating better, I would add Wii to the plan. The plan was to use the Wii everyday as my "weigh in" and also on most days, as a way of getting 30 extra minutes of exercise, on top of the 18-20 minutes I was getting from walking the dogs (and the road I live on is not flat...so it's a pretty good workout). I also have taken up using kettle bells I bought awhile ago that have only been collecting dust. I'm not doing my normal "0-60 in 3sec" attitude....cause after 6 months of sitting on my butt most of the day....there was no way I was going to go out in a week and run a 5K. I knew I needed to work up to that and not psych myself out with overdoing it and making myself really sore and not wanting to work out the next day....so slow and steady wins the race.

So....this "AGAIN" has been going on for only a week now....started Monday 2.20.12, but I have already lost 4.1# (per the Wii), more mentally positive, and definitely more energy. I know that this is not something I can continue on my own....and so I rely on my support group, SP, and my Lord, Jesus Christ, to help me thru the trials and temptations.....and I WILL come out on the other side, healthier, lighter, and happier. emoticon

  


Learning To Eat Again!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

So....the past few months have been filled with reckless eating habits, no exercise, and weight gains. I gained 5 pounds in two weeks. NOT GOOD! So I decided July 1st, I would stick as close to a particular food plan as I could (knowing it won't be perfect, but I'm kinda an all or nothing gal.) I decided to eliminate all white flour/white sugar from my intake, no more candy (the M&M's weep when they see me walk by now), no more pop (that gave me headaches for three days straight), and intake as much organic produce as possible.

My results thus far, are 6 pounds of weight off (since my June 30 weigh in at TOPS)....more energy....and fewer and fewer cravings for the junk food I was eating like it was going to become a rationed substance. These past 7 days have been no picnic, by any means, but the results have kept me pushing thru. I hope to be down to 180 by the end of the month.

I have started back to exercising (though not everyday like I used to.) I went on an hour long bike ride emoticon with some friends and had such an endorphin boost. I will go for a walk tonight after our TOPS picnic around the nice track at Macken Park.

I cannot wait to weigh emoticon in next week to see how much I have really lost....since I go by the TOPS weigh scale. My scale at home is very cruel and the one here at work tends to weigh me heavier also (which means the 189# I just put down for weight this week could be more like 187#) so I'm looking for a nice weight loss next week!

emoticonWith my garden really starting to produce, I've been having nice big salads at lunch time that include: lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, peas, turnips, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, etc. I have been cooking up zucchini and have a yellow squash yet to plan a menu around. I love fresh organic produce...so I love my garden! Great food and a good workout....two for one!

Lighter Later!

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