Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday December 30, 2012

Saturday December 29, 2012

Well, that didn't go as well as I had planned.

There was those damned cookies that Vern brought home!! There are 4 on that plate in the photo. I did that twice. 20 PointsPlus in cookies alone...yikes!! Oh well, it's done. I used a boatload of my weekly points allowance. I tracked it. And I am moving on.

I made bean soup from the leftover ham bone. I want to begin cooking more. Part of my problem is that I like my cooking, so portion control becomes an issue. But the reality is that I need to learn to really practice self control at some point. It might as well be sooner rather than later, right?

I heard something in my Weight Watcher meeting on Friday that is making more and more sense as I think on it. Our substitute leader said, "Sometimes the first thing you need to do is to STOP THE BLEEDING." .....meaning that sometimes the first thing you need to do is stop gaining....then you can think about losing.

So (I am typing this on Sunday morning) I really am going to go for a walk (in about 10 minutes). My back is still pretty painful.

I'm going to track my points and look forward. Onward...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Back at it...

Friday December 28, 2012

Friday morning Weight Watcher meeting, up 4 pounds, for a total gain of 5.2 pounds in the month of December.

The holiday season is drawing to a close, Weight Watchers rolled out the plan for 2013, and I'm ready.

My kitchen is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm tired of the junk food. I made a pot of zero point soup. Lets do this!

One minor complication. I tweaked my back a couple of days ago and it's pretty spasmy. I'm doubtful that I can run with it like this. But I can!

Day one back on plan!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday December 18, 2012

Tuesday December 18, 2012

I just threw a bunch of junk food in the trash while my coffee was brewing. I have been completely and totally out of control ..... to a degree that I haven't been faced with in a long time.

I could talk about the feelings and the reasons and the triggers ..... and how difficult this time if year is. Or I could just decide that today is a very good day to start to rein it in. Today is a good day to eat healthy and to track my points. I'll start there...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday December 10, 2012

In the interest of complete honesty and transparency in the journey....I bring you this update. I am so stinkin busy!! This is our busiest season of the year at our shop. We are working long days and we worked this weekend.

So the reality is this....I am exercising when I can. I am eating on plan some days and eating crap on other days. I am going to the grocery store this morning so that I have some good food at work. I'll get through this next two weeks....somehow.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Catching Up...Whew, I'm BUSY!!

Monday & Tuesday 12/3-4/2012

Such a busy, busy season!! It's hard to find time to fit everything in! So there will probably be a few of these "hit the highlights" posts over the course of the next month.

I'm trying to be more intentional about getting my activity points each day, rather than only hitting my activity goals on the days when I run. So one thing I've done is set my iPhone alarm to go off every hour at work to remind me to get up and move. On Monday I was able to take a quick walk around the outside of our building each time. Tuesday was more chaotic but I did at least get up and stretch and walk laps around the shop. I also left early for work on Monday and walked the long way to get there. On Tuesday I interval ran 3.5 miles

On Minday I had a cheeseburger from In-n-Out for lunch. I had it "protein style" (wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun) it was 9 PointsPlus. I am pretty stinkin happy about THAT!!

Here are my stats for both days:

39 Total PointsPlus
Weekly Points used 13
Weekly remaining 32
ActiveLink earned 5
ActiveLink remaining 16
Under 33 PointsPlus-no
At least 2-4 ActiveLink Pts-yes

28 PointsPlus total
Weekly used 2
Weekly Remaining 30
ActiveLink earned 7
ActiveLink remaining 23
Under 33 PointsPlus-yes
At least 2-4 ActiveLink Pts-yes

The photo collage is a from both days. Just the meals I had. There are some frozen entrees in the mix. I add stuff to them and "doctor them up" to make them healthier and more satisfying....they are a life saver for me when I am busy!!

Okay...that's it...onward!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday December 2, 2012

Sunday December 2, 2012

Another on plan day under my belt!

This was a non-run day. I went for a walk in the afternoon but I should have walked a little farther. I fell short on my activity points. I am learning that I am going to need to be very intentional about getting those points! My plan today is to walk to work and to try and get some movement in for 5 minutes each hour.

So anyway...

Pineapple Banana Oatmeal
Cooked in Almond/Coconut milk
Coffee with half and half
7 PointsPlus

Late Lunch/Early Dinner
Kale Salad sautéed in olive oil
Baked yam
Rotisserie chicken breast
10 PointsPlus

Sliced apple
Popcorn with olive oil
Pineapple Coconut smoothie
made with Weight Watchers
Smoothie mix and frozen pineapple

Total 29
Weekly used 3
Weekly remaining 45
ActiveLink earned 1
ActiveLink remaining 11

Stay under 33 Points-yes
2-4 Activity Points-no

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday December 1, 2012

Saturday December 1, 2012

This was a good day. I started the day with a seven mile interval run. I'm nursing a sore foot, and breaking in new running shoes, but it was a pretty good run. I walked more than usual but I got some miles in.

We're super busy with holiday orders at the shop. So, after my run I showered and headed to the shop to get some things done. I worked for a few hours. I have supplies at the shop to be able to fix simple meals there and that is very helpful. I had breakfast and lunch while I was there.

A while back I mentioned that I was going to try and eliminate a lot of the artificial sweeteners from my diet and try to use mainly "real" foods. I haven't had a diet soda in about 4 days, I think. It may be longer but I'm not sure. I switched to half and half in my coffee, rather than sugar free French vanilla Coffee-Mate, about a week ago. I'm still using some stevia but have cut most of the sucralose and aspartame from my diet. The aching in my legs is significantly reduced so I really think I am on to something here.

I'm excited to hear what the changes to the Weight Watchers plan will be. The new plan rolls out today in meeting rooms. I'll hear about it on Friday when I go to my meeting. I've poked around on line and it looks like the changes are mainly with the tools and not so much with the plan itself. It will be interesting to find out. I'm almost tempted to go to an early meeting but I'm going to wait until Friday to hear it from my leader.'s my menu for Saturday.

Smart Ones Waffles &
Turkey Sausage
Coffee with half and half
8 PointsPlus

Roasted Turkey Breast Sandwich
On 2 slices of Roman Meal Bread
Fat Free Cheddar Cheese Slice
Tomatoes & Spinach
Carrot Chips
5 PointsPlus

Sliced Apple

Rotisserie Chicken Breast
Kale Salad sautéed in
1tsp olive oil
7 PointsPlus

Pumpkin Spice "Sherbet"
3/4 cup frozen canned pumpkin
1 small frozen banana
1/2 cup almond/coconut milk
Pumpkin pie spice
Blend together until it's the consistency of soft serve and fluffy
1 PointsPlus if you count the fruit as zero.
5 PointsPlus if you count the points for the fruit.

Total 21
(25 if I count the sherbet as 5)
Weekly used 0
Weekly remaining 48
ActiveLink earned 10
ActiveLink Remaining 10

Under 33 PointsPlus-yes
At least 2-4 ActiveLink Points-yes

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday November 30, 2012

Anyone who reads this has probably already figured out that when I'm not doing so well I tend to avoid my blog. This past week was not so good. I seem to start the week determined to do better than the week before, only to fall right back into old habits within days!

Once again I am staring a new week determined to make healthy choices. The holiday season is tough. It seems like the perfect storm of circumstances comes together during the holidays to make it more difficult to stay the course.

I have a plan. I'm going to make one healthy choice at a time. I'm going to do my best and be kind to myself. I am continuing with my goal of staying under 30-33 PointsPlus per day and earning 2-4 ActiveLink points per day.

My Weight Watcher meeting is on Friday morning. I gained 1.6 pounds.

I stayed on plan yesterday. :)

PB2 and Banana Sandwich
Coffee with half and half
6 PointsPlus

Veggie Burger on a sandwich thin
With FF cheese, tomato, and
Sliced Apple
6 PointsPlus

Rotisserie chicken breast
With BBQ sauce
Mixed Vegetables with olive oil
10 PointsPlus

Pumpkin Spice Yogurt
(Nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with canned pumpkin, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice)
5 PointsPlus

Total 27
Weekly used 1
Weekly remaining 48
ActiveLink Earned 0

Under 33 points---yes
2-4 Active Link Points earned--no