Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Well, yesterday was okay. I could have made some better choices and used my calories for actual food instead of Gluten Free cookies. But, I tracked it and found myself starving last night. Well, duh Kristi! Cookies are not food! I did eat some carrots with PB and an ounce of mozzarella. I did try to eat an apple first, but cut into 3 of them and they were all icky inside. Had to throw them out.
Last night I set my alarm for 5am. Well, I snoozed until 530a, but I did get up and put on my workout clothes.
I was going to go to the gym in my complex, but decided...I am just going to go for a walk around my neighborhood. So I did...I was planning on walking 15 minutes out then turning around and coming back for a total of 30 minutes. Well, I walked an hour! I also did a little more than a 5k. I didn't realize I lived in such a hilly place, but I do! This was the first time I walked in my neighborhood....I moved about one month ago or so.
What else is really nice about walking outside? It was really peaceful, despite the traffic, I loved smelling all the different scents from jasmine to fresh coffee to roses, but most of all, I feel happier! It sounds strange, but it was a great way to start my day!
I already know that I will be sore, but oh well!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Yesterday was actually pretty good! I had a healthy breakfast and a very light lunch on accident. However, it worked out good because we ended up going out to dinner. I had 2 chicken soft tacos, no refried beans, rice and a salad. I only ate one taco and 1/2 of my rice, which was about 1/4 c. I did have chips with guacamole, but counted it and even made myself stop eating once I hit my serving.
I was at a total of 1542 for yesterday! I didn't get my exercise in and it is becoming more and more apparent that I am going to have to do my exercise in the morning because my schedule changes so frequently!
Here is to another great day!
Monday, September 12, 2011
So...yesterday. I did really well, finally got out of my depression funk (for a little while at least) and did some grocery shopping. But, was a bum the rest of the day. I did well the whole day, but then started feeling down again. I am in a job that I dislike very much, I work with family, but given the economy right now (I'm in L.A. and we are at 12% unemployment), it makes everything a little difficult because I can't really move right now. The financial stress is driving me to eat and so is the stress of being in a job I dislike so much.
However, yesterday...I was feeling this way. I acknowledged it about 4 times. I didn't eat those 4 times. I did end up opening the pint of Haagen-Dazs. I ate just half of it. Well, three hours later, I ate the other half. Now, I am not writing this to publicly punish myself, I know I messed up. But, I need to be honest with myself and I was. I tracked even one of the overwhelming 1250 calories for that one stinking little pint of ice cream. And, I counted it out of my Weekly Point Plus Allowance. If you haven't guessed yet, it did take up all but one of my WPPA.
So...what was nice is that when I woke up this morning...I said...here is my chance to start fresh! I get another shot at this! Yay! I am so glad that I decided to do this. Normally, I would have not tracked the ice cream and would have just kept eating cause I would have it that I already blew it. But, I didn't. I tracked instead and then decided...it is really time to go to bed.
Like I mentioned before, I know this will not be without mistakes. I have a lot of stress on my shoulders right now. I need to learn a new way of dealing with it. And, I may have. Last night, after tracking, I made myself go to my room and write in my journal. That helped a lot. I felt a little better this morning...despite my internet and phone being out (I'm using my hotspot card right now).
So, I am going to focus just on today and make today a great day!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I was reflecting on my week this week and noticed a commonality in all my weight loss attempts over the years. This commonality is that I re-start over and over again. The problem is that I let days lapse in-between those re-starting sessions. If I could just close that gap and re-start EVERY DAY consistantly, I would probably lose weight CONSISTENTLY! What a revelation! So...my new self challenge is this...For the next 112 days, I am going to wake up and declare each day my first day as a Weight Watcher! I am going to renew my motivation by collecting my thoughts, accomplishments, setbacks and such here on this blog.
Interesting though...the picture above can be seen many ways. If we set it to scary, creepy music, we might think the pic looks daunting and intimidating. If we set the pic to birds chirping, peaceful instrumental music with an upbeat tone, we may find this pic very inviting and even heart warming, a getting back to nature feel. What is the difference here? Perception and belief. This is the same with weight loss. We can look at our bodies in the mirror and play a negative track in our heads (I'm never going to lose this weight, I'm doomed to be fat, I should just accept myself this way because that's how I am going to be forever, etc., etc.) or we can play a positive track (This is just my starting point, I will do this, I know I can do this, you have it in you to lose this weight once and for all, carpe diem!). Our self talk is so important in weight loss, that I know starting new everyday will make things a little easier, it doesn't mean I won't make mistakes. But, it does give me a chance every 24 hours to get it right!
So..today is Day 112! Yes, I am starting backwards because counting down is more encouraging to me that starting at #1 and going up. It might be a mind thing, but I am going to keep a positive perception!
Things I have done right so far:
* Got up early and went to the gym - Did 30 mins on the Elliptical and made it 2.4 miles
* Went to my WW meeting - Meeting topic was re-starting!
* Started this new challenge to put myself as a priority #1 and not everyone first, BUT me!
* Had my indulgence breakfast at Starbucks, but still healthy. Skinny Hazelnut Latte with Oatmeal (Brown sugar and dried fruit, skipped the nut packet - Ha!).
* Going grocery shopping after I make my grocery list
Things I need to be mindful of today:
* Eating over my calories or points for the day
* Being a slug later in the afternoon, best to go for a walk instead since I have no money to do anything that cost more than $0.25!
* Don't become a couch slug!
Friday, September 09, 2011
Okay, so all of this week, I have been evaluating each day to see what I am doing and why I am not going down. I think I am getting a good picture of what is going on here. I do follow WW, but I have also been tracking my calories because of my Celiacs...Well, in looking back at the week, here is what I found...
* I have been over my calories every single day this week, but still under 2000...that is not a WL plan
* I have been over my WW points, but am still not over plan due to my activity points and my weekly points allowance
* I have not been consistent with activity
* I am not getting in my 8 healthy guidelines everyday, missing my dairy and oil
* I have not taken my vitamins everyday
* I have not had my 8 glasses of water everyday
On the positive side...
* I have made some really good decisions throughout the week, given all the special occasions that have arisen
* I have eaten 6+ servings of fruit and vegetables every single day this week
* I have turned down going out to eat 3 times this week so that I could eat healthier foods
Tomorrow is my WW weigh in day. I really don't want to go up. I just weighed myself and if my weight stays the same, I will have gained about a pound. I am going to make the most of today and do the best that I can.
My goals for this week:
1) Stick to my calories/points each day
2) Drink my 8 glasses of water
3) Exercise every day, my body needs it
4) Get in all my 8 healthy guidelines, especially dairy and vitamins
5) Do a daily evaluation like I did this week because it helps!
Wow! It's just surprising to me because I thought I was doing well. Taking a step back and looking at the week each day AND overall really opened my eyes to what I am doing right and what needs improvement. It's hard because we make so many food decisions everyday that when you have made three really hard decisions the right way, and think that you were just a little over calories/points for the day, you...well, me, I thought I was doing well. That's probably how I gained a lot of this weight.
My mantra for the week: "Little changes create big results."
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