Friday, February 23, 2007
That rhymes. :)
Anyway....I came home from Cancun yesterday and today I am feeling a lack of motivation. Thoughts of food of all kinds are filling my mind and my desire to jet over to the gym doesn't seem to exist.
But there is good news....for one, I'm back to entering everything I eat on the nutrition tracker, and I haven't exactly blown it yet although I've already reached 23 points - my daily target - and it's only 4:30 p.m.
Second, at least I'm willing to blog and think about this stuff, instead of ignoring it and just making some giant casserole (that's what I would have done in the past).
No, I am not going to blow it this time. I am going to ease myself back to the level I was at before I left....making healthy eating and exercising choices...and by next Thursday, at my next Weight Watchers meeting, I will show a loss. I don't care how big or small it is, as long as it's a loss........followed by many other losses over time.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Cancun was fantastic!! Warm, sunny, just what I needed. See my photo gallery for pics! I really missed SP but figured it was a good chance for me to learn more about using Weight Watchers in "real life." (yeah - I WISH that's what my real life's like!) Before I left, I made a promise that I would track my points and exercise at least an hour every day. I am very proud to say that I kept that promise. I brought my WW booklets to meals with me and ate mostly fruits, vegetables, fish, and chicken. I know my eating wasn't as healthy as it has been, but I did the best I could with the resources I had. On the plus side, I had a bunch of fresh seasonal fruits that I don't usually get to eat like papaya and kiwi, and healthy things like yogurt, high fiber cereal, and fresh salads were abundant. On the negative side, I had to really do a ton of estimating and I couldn't figure out all the nutrients I can here on SP. I'm sure I had way too much sodium, for example, but that was unavoidable - the fish and chicken were never PLAIN. Every day - every MEAL, there were things I gave up - desserts, alcohol, cheesey things, breads...... but I didn't want to think of it as a sacrifice. If I had eaten those things, I would have SACRIFICED my weight loss. I also pushed myself with exercise...in addition to walks and typical vacation activities (playing in the waves, snorkeling, etc.) I also RAN. It was not easy and I did not particularly like it, but I did feel very proud. I tried to run an hour on the beach the first day, but got tired after half an hour so I had to walk the rest of the way. During the rest of my 4+ day vacation I did 3 half hour runs on the sidewalk. It was fun to be in a new place and running past all the other tourists, but it wasn't easy! Oh, and I also went for a 60 minute brisk walk during my layover at the airport.
When I got home I weighed in at 157.2. My goal had been to be at 155-159, so I am in that, but considering I was at 156.something when I left, I have to admit I'm disappointed I didn't lose any weight. Tomorrow morning I will know for sure how much I weigh, but I haven't eaten that great today and haven't exercised, so I'm not psyched. I absolutely need to do something to motivate myself to continue post-vacation.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I had my third WW meeting today...weighed in at 159.2, which is down 2.6 lb from last week (162.8) and a total of 5.6 lb since I started. (I had already lost 5lb on my own the week before, though. Well.....not on my own....it was with sparkpeople!)
I'm tired but I have a lot to do tonight:
1. Make the chili for the engagement party.
2. Finish packing
3. Polish my toenails (hot pink)
4. Finish my sewing projects (a bikini top and a pair of shorts)
Tomorrow I'm not sure I'll have time to blog, and I know I won't have time on Saturday with a 7 a.m. flight! My trip is going to be amazing, I just know it, and I'm keeping that promise I made to myself:
*Track points, stay within points range, eat unprocessed foods
*Exercise at least an hour a day
*Weigh between 154 and 159 when I return!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
A healthy BMI is 24.9 or less....I am SO CLOSE!!! At my highest weight ever, which I think was about 183, I was only 3 pounds away from being obese. Ick, I didn't know that at the time! Right now, I am only 2 pounds away from A HEALTHY WEIGHT. I am almost there!!!
Today school was cancelled due to snow...so here's what I did:
*Cleared off Jess' car and mine (mine about 5 times throughout the day)
*Snuck a surprise valentine I'd made into Jess' car :)
*Packed a healthy lunch to bring on my shopping trip: green tea, a banana, fat free yogurt, 2 oz. unsalted mixed nuts, and water
*Went to Verizon and got a new phone
*Went to Dick's Sporting Goods and got a sports bra and sneakers
*Went to Old Navy to exchange my bikini top to a medium - HEY, the sports bra and the bikini were both mediums...I guess I'm not a large girl anymore! Woohoo!
*Went to Stop & Shop to return the light Cool Whip when I noticed hydrogenated oil in the ingredients...not sure if that means it has trans fats if it doesn't say "partially"...hmm...I think I'll ask on the nutrition board...but I didn't want it anyway. I got ingredients for the vegetarian chili I'm making for Bix's party, an engagement card for Bix and Anna, and sunscreen for Mexico
*Went to the gym and did 99 minutes on the gauntlet/stairmill, then stretching. Got MORE energy as the workout went on, rather than less like how it used to be.
My car was a little stuck at the gym but nothing a little rocking back and forth couldn't fix. Now I'm waiting for the new homeowner (Jess, of course - his closing was today at 2!) to get home...said it would be around 7...geez that's 15 minutes from now and I still need a shower! He's supposed to be taking me for Japanese food, but I've already eaten 27 points today. Target is 23, 5 Activity Points earned, so that's 28. I think we should either stay home, or if we go out I should just get some tea!
Just called him. We're not going out.
I'm trying to keep in mind what I wrote yesterday about my vision for cancun...I REALLY meant it...I am picturing myself in just my new sports bra and a pair of shorts, jogging on the beach....eating fruit that I'd never eat at home...it'll be great.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I am leaving for Cancun on Saturday, February 17, which is just four days away, and I'm staying for 5 days. In the past, I have dieted before a vacation and then blew it while on the vacation....and never got back on track. Not this time, because this time I have a vision.
First of all, I've already blogged a lot about my master plan for how to handle my weight loss program while on vacation. I am going to bring my WW book and track points. I will not have access to SP, which bums me out, but I will stay strong!!
Here's the vision...I'm going to treat this vacation like a trip to a health spa. There will be fresh fruit and vegetables galore, without me needing to do any preparation or worrying about them going bad. There will be fish and chicken and beans. Sure, there will be unhealthy choices, but I will treat those like exercises for my willpower.
Here is the attitude I will have: I am NOT missing out on absolutely anything by skipping the unhealthy choices. I've tasted it all before...and it's not going to be that great anyway. By making healthy choices and practicing portion control, I am providing myself opportunities:
*looking hotter as the week goes on
*coming home psyched about hopping up on the scale
*keeping the momentum going with fitness as well as weight
*feeling great due both to being properly nourished, and due to the sense of accomplishment this will give me
*in the long term, the choices I will make will help me reach and maintain my ultimate goals
Exercise-wise, I will take advantage of all opportunities to be active in ways that are unique to vacationing - like swimming, walking and jogging on the beach and to explore new places, snorkeling, dancing, and planned activities at the resort (like water volleyball, beach aerobics, etc.).
I swear to god I will follow through and do what I say I will.
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