My Weight Loss Progress

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pedi for Pounds

So, yesterday I treated myself to a pedicure for 40 pounds lost! :) It felt great to relax and indulge in a good pampering. I am still trying to figure out how to treat myself for 50 pounds. I am feeling a little guilty though. This week has been hard for me. I have been tired, PMSy, I am still injured, and a little stressed. I think I have taught 8 CPR classes in the past two weeks and we have been working on several home improvement projects. While we didn't really do the work (we hired a handy man), it still made the house in disarray and caused more stress.

I have been good and don't feel like I have fallen off the wagon, yet I haven't been able to exercise as hard due to my knee and I did use some of my food flex points this week. I am feeling a plateau. I'm scared to weigh tomorrow...then next week Trav's family comes to visit June 2-9. I need to plan meals and try to come up with a game plan so I don't get screwed and end up eating way too many calories. I know that it will also be harder to exercise. We have a pretty busy schedule planned and our treadmill is in the guest room so I won't have as much access. We are planning a hike one day, that should be fun. I am trying to get all of our meals planned today so I can go to the grocery store Monday and be well prepared. I think that will help and create my success.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eye on the Prize

Despite my battle wounds and my inability to walk very fast due to an injury I have been determined to workout. Over an hour on the treadmill yesterday and 80 minutes on the treadmill tonight; didn't get off till almost 10:30PM. I did a 5K! It took me a lot longer than usual because I had to do it a lot slower than usual but 3.3 miles is 3.3 miles. I also went on a short walk with my friend Teri today. It was blazing hot and I pushed both of my kids in the stroller up a big hill; I could feel the burn in my calves. It was so hot that we didn't walk for long but it was still more activity than I used to get. I really should take pictures of my legs. My left leg has the biggest bruise on it and my right leg is bruised from the ankle to the knee. Not really quite sure how I bit the dust so hard playing a game at a baby shower. I am the biggest dufus sometimes. I guess it was my determination to win; the funny thing is...there wasn't even a prize. Haha. I know that with this lifestyle change (diet and exercise) there is a huge prize to be won. It will help create health, confidence, better relationships, wealth, mental stability, happiness, endurance and the ability to live life to the fullist...It will help me win so much I can't even name them all. I AM DETERMINED TO WIN THE PRIZE! THE PRIZE IS GETTING MY LIFE BACK!!

Eating Out

I can only reiterate how hard it is to eat out and to eat healthy. They just built a new Olive Garden near our house and Travis loves the OG. It has been packed ever since it has opened and we have avoided it. Yesterday however, Trav came home and said "I've ate left overs for the last three nights and I wanna take you out to dinner, wanna go to the OG?". I thought about it and knew that I had ate a very light breakfast and lunch so agreed that I could go. On the way there I scoured the net for low point items at the Olive Garden and decided to not eat any bread. Here is how my points added up:
1 small serving of salad with dressing: 9 points
1 lunch portion of eggplant parmesean: 14 points
1 bite of Trav's breadstick: .5 point

So 23.5 points for one meal. I only get 27 points a day. So I had to borrow some points from my Flex Bank. Thankfully I had started working out again yesterday. My knee is still hurting so only able to walk at 2.5 but walked for 75 minutes and earned 3 activity points. I figure it is better than nothing. I totalled up Travis's meal, a meal that I could of easily ate in the past...1 beer (3 points), 2 servings of salad (18 points), seafood alfredo (24 points) and 3 breadsticks (6 points). He ate 52 points in one meal!!! That is almost 2 whole days of points; and we wonder why people are obese in America.

It still was nice to eat out and I don't regret it. We have only been out to dinner three times in the past 6 weeks which may be a record for us. This is a lifestyle change and I know that I will have to eat out occasionally so glad to learn how to incorporate it into life. It also helps to treat yourself occasionally because then you don't feel too deprived and it helps you to keep going. I think when you diet super strict, you give up because you feel like you can't eat anything you love. I don't feel that way at all. That is what I love about weight watchers. You can eat what you want, you just have to be aware and watch portions. I really think that logging/journaling your food is absolutely a good tool for success. Someone told me recently, "if you bite it, write it"!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


So Sunday the weather was beautiful and we wanted to get outside. My knee was still bothering me so I knew I couldn't do lots of yard work but wanted to get some flowers planted in my containers. Some of Trav's family will be here visiting soon and we are trying to get the place ready for them. Travis power washed the drive way and trimmed the hedges. We were so busy that we never really sat down to eat meals. We kind of just snacked all day long. I hadn't really felt like I had ate much because I never had at one sitting. Just kind of grazed thru out the day. Mostly healthy snacks although I did sneak in two small chocolate chip cookies of Hudsons. At the end of the day I was still a little hungry and knew for sure that I would be way under on my points. I wanted to eat something but I thought I better sit down and tally them up to see how many I had left. To my surprise...I had ZERO left. Actually I had went 6 over into my bank. WHAT???

I realized just how a few snacks here and there can totally screw you, especially if you are still eating your three meals and still sneaking in lots of extra snacks. Needless to say, I went to bed hungry and over on my points. I had made poor choices for the day and without being able to exercise it isn't like I was able to just go burn off 6 points. I will be more careful in the future.

My knee is getting better. Not good enough for Zumba today but I do plan to get on the treadmill. I figure I can always walk slower for longer and burn the same amount of points. A little worried about this week. While I am trying hard to stay on track I just hope to lose again. I guess we will see.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weight Watcher results: Week 6

212.8. Not quite the two pounds I was looking for, but I am still happy for the loss. I probably need to step up my exercise. I haven't really cheated at all on my diet. Wish I hadn't hurt my knee. This week I am going to focus on drinking water. I am so bad about getting all my water in.