Friday, July 31, 2009

Gold Star for Good Goals.

I completed my July goals! I managed to get the last 3 miles in today with a run around Lake Harriet, AFTER I was accosted at my mom's house and dragged to pilates with my sister. The only reason I was at my mom's house was because I had just finished strength training and stair climbing at the gym and I wanted her to look at my shoulder because it was sore.

So... lots of activity this morning, and all before NOON!

I'm extremely happy with the way my month went. I just finished making up my goal chart for August.
(click for larger view)
Walking around Lake Harriet inspired me today. We have such a beautiful lake system here in Minneapolis, (and MN, the land of 10,000 lakes) and I rarely venture to them. They're usually so congested with people - most of which are real athletes, running like the wind while I putter around the lake once to their 5 laps. Walking around the lake today reminded me that I don't really get out and do new things. I'll try something new here and there, and if I like it, it's my new "thing," and if I don't... I won't try anything new for a while.
Well that's a stupid way to live.
So I'm going to try to put myself out there more this month, but specific to fitness I will be walking and/or running around my 5 favorite Minneapolis Lakes.
In other news, my girlfriend Nicole is getting married in Colorado in 3 weeks. The original plan was to drive me, Eli and Justin there for the wedding since none of us have been to Colorado. However, as the date crept closer we had to admit the car is just not going to make it and we really can't afford it anyway. My heart was broken thinking about missing the wedding. I helped her shop for a wedding dress for god's sake.
Just yesterday I decided it's not an option for me to miss this wedding and brought it up to Justin. It means too much for me to miss. At first he was offended, thinking I just didn't want him to come or to go as a family, until I explained the tally I made of how much it would cost for us to either rent a car, drive there, hole up in a hotel and eat out for 4 days and/or fly there, etc etc etc. It was over $1,500.
I found myself a ticket for $178, and I'll be flying out on Friday August 14th. I have not been on a plane alone in more than 8 years. I'm very excited to spend time with my new friends and explore a state I've never seen.
In the mean time, I've got to get to work on losing at least 1lb this week so I can get my eyebrows waxed. They are driving me NUTS and that's my next reward. Eyebrows and a pedicure thanks to my wonderful friend Jessi and her fabulous salon gift certificate that has been anxiously awaiting to be redeemed for almost 2 months.
COME ON POUNDS, get off me!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rambling on.

I spent a lot of time last night staring at the ceiling above my bed going over a discussion we had in my Weight Watcher's meeting last night. See, my meeting is very verbal. We tend to have a hard time actually discussing the topic and focus more on the people in the group and what they may or may not be going through.

One of the gentlemen in our group (of which there are few) brought up his extreme frustration with bouncing around the same 10 pounds for months. I can empathize, as I have been going through this for a year now and only recently have really been in loss mode again. There are a handful of people in our group who have been at WW for 3 or more years. These ladies had some positive things to say - mostly along the lines of "I set a goal, and I'm not going to quit."

While that's all fine and good, I didn't think that really offered a lot of tangible or mind-striking advice for him, and I can tell that he and I are a lot alike.

I voiced up, stating that whenever I get extremely frustrated - I go back to basics - because you simply can't quit something you aren't doing. When I'm bouncing around the same few pounds, chances are I'm not following the program. I'm going to meetings, I'm blogging, I'm [sometimes] tracking, but definitely not doing *what I'm supposed to do.*

I think this struck him, at least I hope so.

So many of us pretend to follow the program. We track, but leave things off. We eat well all week, binge on weekends. We move more, but overestimate calories burned. We don't measure portions, we estimate points.

The only way to seriously lose weight is to seriously try.

So I'm thankful that he brought this up, because it reminds me to get back to basics... yet again.

I think the death of my USB ports and the inability to use my camera as a tool in weight loss, which I've been so successful doing, has really put me in a weird state. My blog feels boring and lifeless without pictures, and I feel less accountable. If you can't see the oversized portions I'm eating, then I'm probably not really doing it, right?

It's time to get back on track with more than just this. I obviously need a new computer. I've been bitching about this one for 2 years. My computer is my brain. I organize everything here. If I were to lose it, I would feel lost, so I need to transfer all of this before it's gone forever. Besides, I can justify it since I work from home and my level of productivity and efficiency is way down due to the super slow factor.

New computer. New outlook.

It's time to make too big of a purchase for the better of my overall sense of well being.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Maintaining Never Felt So Sweet.

I stayed exactly the same. A whole weekend of birthday overindulgence, and I stayed the same.

The scale gods were smiling on me.

However, I'm disappointed in myself. NOT AT ALL for this lovely and fantastic weigh in, but because I drove to the meeting.

Stop.

I drove because I was desperately in need of groceries. We're talking mustard sandwich needy, that would be if we even had bread. So, in lieu of my walking goal, I drove because I needed to shop. Activity isn't generally a problem for me, but food will be if I don't keep the kitchen stocked.

I'm comfortable with my decision, but realize that I just cut an entire day out of the month to help with this goal. I have 2 days to get in 5+ miles. I know that doesn't sound like much, but let me repeat again that I hate walking.

Tomorrow, when I'm at the gym killing myself on the StepMill for my Mt. Rainer project with Jessica, I will make an effort to run, but I do promise myself, at least 2 of these last 5 are going to be walking miles. I need to learn to like this. I do it all the time, it's how I get places. I appreciate it, now I need to enjoy it.

Gearing up.

SO.

Last night pushed me over on 2 of my July Goals. I finished up the biking miles AND the Activity Points. Between riding to the studios, cleaning nonstop, taking Power Pole about 4 minutes after I drained the mop water and then riding directly home - I burned more than 1,400 calories.

I rewarded myself when I got home with a Crispin Light. If you don't know about Crispin, it's delicious. The Light variety is only 2 points per bottle. It's all natural hard apple cider that's more dry than sweet so it's more like a very apple-y Chardonnay. YUM.

I had a leftover sloppy joe for dinner and some yogurt with banana and granola for dessert.

I'm extremely satisfied with the way my day went yesterday because it could have been a disaster. I was out of the house for nearly 13 hours.

Tonight is my Weight Watchers meeting, and as I mentioned yesterday, I plan to walk there. Normally, I ride my bike, but I still need walking miles to complete my goal and I'm really (really) trying to like walking. I've just never enjoyed walking recreationally. It's boring and I like to get places faster than that.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Checking In.

It's nearing the end of the month, so I figured I'd better check in on where I am for the monthly goals I set for July.






Forgive the crapiness of this picture, but if you click on it, you can see that I'm very close to completing almost everything I set out to do. I plan to bike to work tomorrow morning, which quickly takes care of the biking miles, meaning I will exceed my goal when I also head to the studios for Power Pole (my favorite class) tomorrow evening - taking care of the 7 APs I have left to earn.

I am thinking Wednesday night, which is forecasted to be beautiful, will be a good night to walk to the YWCA for my Weight Watchers meeting, and then over to my friend Jessi's to see the work they did on their house over the weekend. The walk home from their house should put me at just over 5 miles total.

All in all, I'm pretty proud of my month. Even though it was my birthday and I overindulged, that's more than fine. I set goals, stayed on top of them all month, and I'm going to reach them! That, in and of itself, is quite an accomplishment for me. Not only that, but I have lost 4 out of the last 5 weeks! That is something I didn't notice until last Wednesdays weigh-in. Only one gain all month. FANTASTIC!

I'm feeling extra motivated tonight. I am planning to make a grocery list at work tomorrow and head to the store in the afternoon.

I hope everyone else is doing well on the goals they set this month!

At a Loss for Words.

So, my birthday weekend is all wrapped up.

Friday was fantastic. Saturday (the actual birthday) was pretty much the worst day of my year so far. Genuinely, I am still recovering from some emotional damage. Sunday was the turnaround day and I had a great time moving around the city - shopping yard sales, a new vintage store and a craft fair.

I feel as though I did ok on the food front, though I will admit I stopped tracking on Friday afternoon. It wasn't my intention, I was just very busy socially and moving around a lot. I started tracking again on Saturday morning, despite the fact that I had mostly forgotten everything I had the night before. I made great attempts to round up the dinner at Cafe Maude and estimate (highly) the few drinks I had.

I started Saturday out horribly with a big starchy breakfast at the Triple Rock with my friends. Biscuits and Gravy, my favorite thing in the world. I only get to eat it about once or twice per year now (with weight watchers) because the plate contains more points than I get in a day. The rest of Saturday was mainly foodless and painful, but I did muster up the energy to get some sushi for dinner.

Sunday I started the day right with 0% Green Yogurt mixed with Puffins, had an Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie with extra black beans for lunch and some more greek yogurt with blue berries as a snack. I never actually ate dinner because I just wasn't hungry.

Today I've got a million errands to run, cleaning at the studios and then I'm making Sloppy Joes for dinner.

I'll hopefully have a more entertaining post at some point.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Whoopsie.

Well, yesterday's weigh in was a fantastic one. I lost an even 2 lbs, and I'm very happy about that. However, I managed to have a giant lapse last night (pizza and chocolate fro-yo) while thinking about my plan for the week, because it's going to be a tough one.

My birthday is on Saturday, which basically means that I will be wined and dined all weekend. Not that I'm complaining, I love that, I just also want to stay at least a little bit on track. I did manage to devise a plan for meals up until Friday night - first birthday dinner - to Saturday morning. I'm focusing more on finding opportunities for additional activity this weekend to sort of... help counteract the overindulging I know is going to happen.

The plan so far is to get my butt to Zumba at the Y tonight, hit the Y again in the morning for a spin class, take Jack to the dog park for a big long hike, walk the MOA in my search for "the perfect red lipstick," and then make it to Body Booty Camp at Flex Appeal on Saturday morning at 9:30am before the gang shoves off for a day of relaxing in the sun on the Cannon River.

I have a plan for dinner tomorrow night because I know where we're going, but the problem is the drinks. They have such delicious and sugary house-made juice and nectar drinks. I MUST HAVE THEM. (All of them.)

Ohhhh... please give me strength to survive this weekend and put in extra work next week to lose this last pound and make it to my THIRD TEN PERCENT goal. I just need ONE milestone to keep me going. Just one. I haven't gotten a 5lb star in 6 months. Give me a damn break.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Phew.

I think I have caught up on everyone else's successful blogging! WAY TO GO y'all. I'm genuinely motivated by the serious losses going on in the blogs I follow. Keep it up.

As far as my journey is concerned, I'm dealing with a bit of lady trouble this week (TOM) and I'm drinking water like crazy to try to counteract that. I'm absolutely amazed that I've stuck to my meal plan throughout this, because generally it is when I fall off the wagon most often. I'm irritable and I just say "Whatever," and eat what I want.

Not this week, my friends.

I'm proud of the meal plan I ended up with. I took all of the GHGs into careful consideration and made sure to rearrange and plan for desserts as soon as TOM came around. Having a planned dessert to stick to has made it entirely manageable.

I've had a relatively active weekend. Yesterday, the boys and I went hiking in Wisconsin at the Willow River. We climbed rock walls and ducked underneath a waterfall. It was glorious. According to my pedometer (accounting for my stride) we hiked about 8.3 miles. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but I have no point of measure otherwise so I'll trust it. It certainly was a lot of walking up some steep inclines. I burned a zillion calories.

I think a big reason the weekend was especially successful was the fact that we stayed home and had friends over each night. It's been amazingly chilly here in MN for summer and I am loving it. We've had fires in the backyard all weekend, amazing conversations with great friends.

I've been tracking like a maniac, both online and off - which I think is a big key for me. My 3 month WW journal is with me all the time, but the online tracker helps me immensely as well.

I'm excited to see what ends up on the scale this week. I also hope to have my computer fixed and/or dump my pictures elsewhere and upload them.

Overwhelmed.

It's been another busy weekend, and I haven't blogged - but for once that actually means that although I was busy, I'm still on track.

I'm very grateful I took the time to come up with my meal plan, grocery shop and actually cook - because I have only veered from the plan twice so far, and both were actually for better and healthier options.

I don't have too much time, but I do PROMISE to sit down and write a dedicated entry tomorrow evening, which is when my foreseeable immediate future dies down just a bit.

I hope all you ladies and gents are doing well this week.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Planning. Preparation. Peace.

Yesterday I completed a meal plan for the week, and grocery shopped based on the things I intended to cook and a few other staples. I feel incredibly prepared and ready to go.

My recent loss of the ability to upload photos is driving me batty. I can't show you the food I've been making, I can't hold myself accountable to my meal plan, and my blog is boring. My mission for the weekend is to find a reasonable deal on a new computer, because it truly is time.

I have a pretty busy and active weekend coming up, so I'm hoping to really rack in the activity points. I planned simple lunches that can be carried in my little lunch cooler so I will be able to stay on track wherever we end up.

These 2.6lbs are TOAST.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

WWWWI 7/15/2009

Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In : 7/15/09


Last week's weight: 148.4lbs

This week's weight: 151.0lbs

Ouch. 2.6lbs worth of bachelorette celebrations. To be honest, I genuinely expected it to be worse - there are quite a few things working against me here.

a) two Bachelorette parties, a fundraiser, and all day retreat with pastries

b) serious weight lifting workout on Tuesday

c) TOM in about 2 days

I'm not making excuses, oh no. I definitely deserved a gain. I ate 2 bagels with cream cheese this weekend, and it was awesome. They were not good choices, but who passes up bacon and scallion cream cheese? Not me. (apparently)

SO! The back on track train has left the station and is starting to speed up. I had a fantastic day yesterday, I'd love to show you all what I ate but apparently technology is against me this week. Webs.com, where I store my progress pictures, weight log, and goal tracking - changed their editting feature. Basically they made it stop working, which isn't as effective as when it used to work.

Also, my computer stopped reading my camera, as well as an discs or anything that would plug into the USB ports. The fact that I can even use this computer for anything other than a giant paperweight is pretty impressive considering it was new in 2000. That makes it vintage in computer years, antique even. It is worthless and I'm going to get a new one.

Because I'm constantly fascinated by how hard it is to peel off the pounds and how simple it can be to pack them right back on, I'm going to be 100% OP this week. GHGs, Activity, everything - everyday. If an event comes up, too bad, I'm prepared.

I need to get my butt to the grocery store.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Exploring Negative Self Talk.

Thank you all so much for the lovely compliments on my picture yesterday. By the way, the pants are from Ann Taylor, but I don't know when because I scored them at a high-end 2nd hand shop for $15.

It's a funny thing really, because at the same time I was "tagged" in that picture on Facebook, I was looking at a picture sent to me via my office email. We had a photo shoot with a volunteer group, as well as one of just me and my staff after a major renovation project in our space. I was sweaty, tired and crabby from directing people all day. When I saw the picture I thought, "Wow, I look ugly."

It's odd the destructive things we will say to ourselves. I can't imagine saying outloud to others in the picture "Wow, YOU look ugly." So why do I feel it's perfectly normal to express this to myself? (and then obsess over it for the next 9 hours, trying to convince our marketing person to use other pictures that look far more "professional" and coincidentally don't have me in them.)

It's so much easier to default to the negatives in a situation. If you drink half my beer, I'm going to say the glass is half empty - and you better fill it up, Buster. I'd love to be a "half-full" kind of girl, but I didn't grow up in those kind of situations. There is plenty of information out there about strategies for reversing negative self talk. I keep this in my mind, but believe me when I say that trying to fight your mind with your own mind is by far the longest battle known to man.

So I decided to just set one goal. One simple goal that will help in reversing negative self talk.

Learn to accept a compliment.

Really accept it. Listen to it, absorb it, apply it.

I so often brush them off with a negative statement.

For example, at the picnic I went to Monday night, someone I had not seen in almost a year commented that I had lost a significant amount of weight, and wanted to know how much. My answer: "Ohh... I've lost about 50 pounds, but I still have like 15 more to go... so...."

This person didn't need to know how much more I need to lose, and I also didn't say "Thank You" which is incredibly rude. I was too focused on how to get the attention off of me, off a journey I haven't yet finished.

So my mission this week, along with the standards (Tracking EVERYTHING, exercising, and sticking to my meal plan), I intend to politely accept any compliments that come my way.

This is actually very challenging for me, so if it sounds like a stupid challenge to you, too bad.

Weigh In tonight! Nervous for the scale but I'll be back to update.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

PDQ.

please. don't. quit.

Just a speedy check in to let you know that even though I'm insanely busy today, I am back on track. I've got 11 points left for dinner and I just earned 4 APs lifting at the gym plus a relatively quick 2 miles around the track.

I'm feel pretty good, but wholeheartedly realize I need to come up with a meal plan for the week as we are running out of food that constructs actual meals - and that's how things get dangerous.

I'll be back to regular posts soon.

BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBQs,

Ok gang,

A few of you actually went out of your way - on this blog and off - to get details on how I did this weekend. a) I'm touched you cared. b) By now you know, with the trend of not updating when I get busy, and I've been busy for 4 days.

I blew it.

Friday I actually had a plan, sort of. My plan was to have a beginning drink, and then drink water at every bar we "hopped" to with Bachelorette Party #1 (BP1), until we landed somewhere with something I had either never had, or when we were settled up for dancing.

That plan sort of failed from the very beginning when the first place we met brought me 2 mojitos when I only ordered one. 2-4-1s... always a danger zone. There was also champagne, and creme brulee, and then more sugary cocktails. It was just too late, and I love my girlfriend and wanted to celebrate and have fun with her.

However, the positive spin is that I rode my bike even though I was wearing giant high heels and giant stovepipe high waisted trousers that I pulled all the way up over my thighs to my crotch, and we did end up going dancing and I danced my little heart out for over an hour.

(BP1 - that's me in the middle)
The next day, at Bachelorette Party #2 (BP2) [which began approximately 5 hours after BP1 ended], I got up and ran. On 4 hours of sleep. That deserves applause people.
Then, my girlfriend Jessi and I headed to the co-op beforehand to collect some healthy snacks. I picked up the almonds that I love, as well as bananas and a non-fat yogurt for breakfast. We drove out to Lake Minnetonka feeling pretty confident.
And actually, I was very good while on the boat, until another friend showed up late and we docked to get her. She had basically brought a gourmet bar with her (she's a mixologist) and started making me all these delicious juice concoctions... which I drank. At least they were straight up MADE from fruit - that morning - in her kitchen.
I was also good at the BBQ attached to BP2, having a chicken breast and some low-fat potato salad that another weight conscious friend made, in addition to a ton of watermelon.
I ended up getting so sunburned on the boat that I fell asleep almost as soon as I got home, skipping the fundraiser I was worried about for Saturday night. Though I did wake up around midnight and eat a Lean Cuisine pizza and a bunch of ice cream (and peanut butter).
It really all fell apart on Sunday though.
I had an all day retreat for the Board of Directors that I sit on. People brought breakfast. People's idea of breakfast is delicious sugary elephant ears. I brought yogurt! But I ate elephant ears. ... AND yogurt! and more elephant ears. AND actually some more yogurt.
We ate Thai for lunch, and I was not the one ordering.
And then I had a few beers, which is highly unlike me, but everyone else was doing it... so...
I did actually share the beer with the girl sitting next to me, and I drank out of a really tiny coffee/tea cup, so I think I probably had one whole beer in total when you add up my tiny cup.
Either way, because I ate so poorly on Sunday and didn't have a chance to exercise, I also did poorly on Monday. I started with a solid breakfast of yogurt and banana with my coffee, and I ate a salad for lunch, but I had completely forgotten about another BBQ, this one for Justin's workplace.
I did fill my plate with 1/2 grilled veggies before anything else went on it, but I definitely didn't make very smart choices.
I'm a little terrified to step on the scale, but despite the fact that it was ultra-stressful, I really did have a great time.
I AM back on track, I just might not see it on the scale this week.

Friday, July 10, 2009

DANGER.

Ok Ladies, I'm slipping. For the last 2 nights, I've been sneaking, going off the meal plan, "treating myself." I HAVE, however, been tracking it.

Which is why I know I'm down to 10 flex points and only 7 APs as I walk into this weekend's TWO bachelorette parties, a fundraiser and an all day Board of Directors retreat.

This crazy weekend schedule leaves limited time for gathering extra activity, and at the same time fosters a toxic environment for over-indulging.

....and I don't have a plan to conquer it.

My PLAN was to be super duper OP on Wednesday and Thursday, so by the time TODAY rolled around I'd be sitting pretty with my APs and my Flex points. But that is not the case, so that can not be the plan.

I redesigned my meal plan to be mostly filling foods today with lots of lean protein to keep me full. I have allotted myself a certain number of points for drinks (c'mon! My girlfriend is getting MARRIED) and fully intend to dance my heart out like I need the exercise [because I kind of do].

Tomorrow's bachelorette party is a lot more chill. The bride-to-be is also 5 months pregnant, so I won't be too tempted by sugary cocktails. We'll be on a boat, so I've decided I am going to pack a cooler for myself with fruit, a sandwich, and some yogurt as well as a portion of almonds to grab when the snacks start getting passed around.

THEN, tomorrow night I'm attending a fundraiser, Bowling in Ball Gowns, to help my friend reach her goal for walking the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Her teams name is "Tanks for the Mammaries." I'll be decked out in a prom-dress, hopefully bowling well. I don't intend to drink at this event, and I will have a few hours at home before it to prepare a healthy and filling dinner.

Sunday is, as of yet, unplanned. No escape route, sitting in a board room from 9a-4p on a beautiful weekend day. However, the "party" moves to my backyard around 4:30p where we will grill. That I CAN control. I also intend to make sangria to have on hand, and push it on all the others so I only get my one glass.

Any tips for this schedule? I feel very nervous, and of course - guilty that I disregarded my original plan (which was a good one) and am now facing the consequences.

I want to take this seriously!

Seriously.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

WWWWI 7/8/09

Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In : 7/8/09

Last week's weight: 149.2lbs

This week's weight: 148.4lbs


I lost .8lbs!!! It's a miraculous thing, really. After 2 really large (to me) losses in the last two weigh ins, I still managed to pull out a really decent one! AND, now I only need to lose 1/2 a pound next week to meet my next milestone!

I can totally do this.

When I got to my meeting last night, my Leader wasn't there. It was some other lady, some lady I don't know, some lady who looked... boring. I know that's rude, I'm completely aware I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, so I took my regular seat and observed as meeting-go-ers came and went, leaving when they saw Diane was not present. Then, she spoke to a lady sitting near me, and I don't know if it was the shock of how different from Diane she was, or if I was just soured on the whole thing, but I couldn't stay for the meeting.

Justin had dropped me off, so I walked to our friends Jessi and Lucas' house where he had the car and the dog. It was nice to be able to get that measly mile in for my Run/Walk/Hike goal, which is sadly suffering in the face of total domination over all my other goals.

This is just a quick update so I could get my WI info up.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gold Star. Why This Week Rocked Even When It Was Rocky...



My Weight Watchers meeting is tonight and I couldn't be more excited. My fingers are crossed that I reach my 148lb goal, which would earn me the reward of having lost my THIRD 10% goal.

Thinking in those terms, I have really come a very very long way. I've made massive improvements in my health, fitness, stamina, and of course, as a bonus, in the way I rock a bathing suit.

Checking in on my goals this morning, I have either been overly ambitious in this first week of July, or perhaps set the bar too low. I haven't decided, but I'm not going to change my goals for the month because they are really inspiring me and driving me right now. Attaining them will feel great. Speaking of which, I completed one last night. I have tried 2 new classes at Flex Appeal this month. The first, a class called "Femme Fatale Fitness" which was really more of a modern dance class. Not really being into modern dance, I participated, but giggled my way through most of it. Last night, I made it to Pole Ballet. This class rocked my ass - quite literally. My butt hurts. My thighs hurt. My arms kind of hurt, and I had fun the entire hour.

Two years ago I would have been complaining that my muscles hurt. (I guess I'm sort of doing that now) It felt SO fantastic to engage muscles that aren't a part of my everyday routine. I was also surprised at how graceful I can be, which was not only encouraging, but pretty empowering.

On to the "Things I Did Right This Week."
  • Tracked EVERYTHING. Literally. From the tiny finger dip in the Greek yogurt to the full on drunk feast at White Castle. No underestimating. No erasing things from my tracker to pretend they didn't exist. I ate them. It happened. I've moved on.
  • Worked toward my goals! I've always been more of a "big picture" person, working around a bigger goal and not really setting smaller ones. You've seen in this blog the number of times I set goals or challenges for a week, mention them one more time and then they disappear. This week, I diligently kept track of where I was on each of my monthly goals and have been constantly thinking of ways to sneak in "extra credit."
  • Had fun in a healthy way! I didn't ruin my holiday weekend by eating tasteless "diet" food. I planned my meals well, chose suitable [read: delicious] replacements for full-fat items and I was active. I lived!

While I hope to see 148 pop up on the scale tonight, I'm not holding my breath. (or maybe I should? Do you think that would make me lighter?) I did use a lot of points on Thursday night. I tracked them all, and I'll just let you know that it took me 2 days of activity to get out of the red on that one. My body is very sensitive to binges and it's very easy for me to gain large amounts at once - even from one bad day.

If I gain tonight, I will still feel amazing that I survived 4th of July in a way that I am proud of and I will keep on trucking toward my goals.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.


I'm crabby, tired and sore. I've come here to spill this so that I might possibly have some excuse to turn the day around. How can a day possibly be ruined before 6:00am?


Yesterday was a fantastic day for motivation. I was able to meet up with my friend Kelly for our weekly check-in and go over the run down of the long holiday weekend. Sadly, the rest of my day was completely consumed by Flex Appeal.


I went to my cleaning shift there at 1:30pm, finished up around 3:45pm, did some extra work around the studios because I noticed it and was pretty positive no one else was going to handle it and then took off for a river run before the new "Femme Fatale" class started at 5:30pm. I ran about 2.8 miles in just a hair under 30 minutes, which is a much faster pace than my 5k on Saturday. Granted I was only cleaning before hand, not biking 8 miles, but I did get in plenty of stairs toward my Mt. Rainier goal at the studio yesterday. Between the bike ride there, cleaning, running, the class and the bike ride home, I managed to burn 1,233 calories. AWESOME!



Speaking of goals, we're almost a week into July, so let's check in with them. (click the picture for full view)



I think I'm doing really really well for only being one week into the month. I do know that I am going to have to step it up to meet my Run/Walk/Hike goal, but that's great - because those are things I don't enjoy as much as the others.


I plan to complete the Flex Appeal goal tonight when I try out the "Strip Bar" class. I have absolutely no idea what it is, there was no description, but I know who's teaching it and it's bound to be a good workout.


I'm feeling pretty excellent about this week as it grows closer and closer to Wednesday. I only wish I wasn't feeling so terrible about today in general. I'm dreading heading out the door to work.


What's your favorite way to turn around a sour mood?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Support Systems.

After weekends like this one, it's so easy for me to remember what fantastic friends and family I have surrounding me. I'm so incredibly lucky to know people who so readily support me in my quest for a healthier lifestyle - even when they may not be.




I found an envelope in my mailbox the other morning that simply said, "Nicole." I figured it was something from my Mom who works at the hospital 4 blocks away and will often stop over on her way home from work to see if I'm around to chat on the porch. I turned it over and found a message....




At this point, I had boiled it down to 1 of 3 people I know who can write in legible cursive. When I opened it up, I found a $45 gift certificate to The Refinery from my friend Jessi. I instantly started crying. I know that's kind of a lame response. It wasn't because I was sad or anything weird, but just totally elated. I spend a lot of time doing little things for people to make them feel special, and a lot of time helping them out of tough situations. I definitely get a lot back in return in the way of friendships, but I don't often get little surprises.

I was crying because I felt so special, so supported and so motivated that people believe I can do this. I also felt important, because the gift certificate was for the reward I had set for myself for getting under 150lbs again, which meant that someone was paying attention to where I am, where I'm going, and what I want in the meantime.

Having other people invested in your weight loss journey can push you so much further. Not because you don't want to disappoint them, but because they wouldn't want you to disappoint yourself.

Who knows about your goals? How can the people you love help you push yourself to the next level?

Will you let them?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day.


Happy 4th of July, y'all.
I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, and I haven't stopped doing my menu dissection either, but I did conveniently forget to take a bunch of pictures of the mistakes I made at a birthday party on Thursday night, though I tracked it (used ALL of my flex points and 8 APs)
Yesterday, I was feeling a little ill due to said mistakes, and I mostly could be found splayed out in bed watching What Not To Wear. Usually, on lounge days, I tend to snack all day. Yesterday, I came in WAY below my daily points target - which normally is not healthy, but I never felt hungry and I did eat, just mostly filling foods. Hopefully, it makes up for a little bit of Thursdays mistakes.
Today is the 4th of July and I am headed out to my dad's annual BBQ and Pool Party soon. I do NOT have a plan for today. This is purposeful. I have made arrangements, however, so that I have healthy options. I picked up some ground buffalo to make burgers and also some Apple Chicken brats. I am bringing both because it will totally depend on what else is there for me to decide which I want to eat. I am prepared.
This morning I had pledged to run a "personal 5k," which basically means 3.2 miles, not an official race. I rode my bike to Lake Nokomis, jogged around it at an average 12 mph and then biked home. The entire excursion took me about an hour and 15 minutes, and I'm so proud of myself for actually doing it. I only wish I had run a REAL 5k so I would have a funky t-shirt to prove it. It was actually a really nice route, both bike and run, so I think I'll probably add it to my routine once per week. This will help me get prepared for the "real" 5k I plan to run in August.
Either way, I burned a really awesome amount of calories in a short amount of time and I feel confident going in to the day.
I'll be back tomorrow with Meal Plan Dissection and an update on how well I stayed on track today.
Happy Holiday!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Recipe Relay : Chicken Marengo = Chicken Asparagus Risotto

I did end up eating yogurt and strawberries for dessert last night. It tasted amazing, I got in that last dairy, and it was the only dessert I had. When I eat late in the evening, like I did last night, I will typically decide on a dessert and eat it, and then go back and have about 3 more of something.

Just the one.

As promised, here are the recipes to the last couple nights dinners. Make your tweaks where you see fit. Weight Watchers uses a lot of shortcuts, which - as a busy person - I tend to use and appreciate. However, I know a LOT of people would rather cook more natural and "real" food, so use fresh produce in place of some of the canned or packaged stuff - you'll be a better person for it. Also, if you live in a college dorm, the Risotto is made entirely in the microwave, which I've never done before, so dorm-dwellers - this is your recipe!


Chicken Marengo

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 45 min

Serves: 6 (plus leftovers for next recipe)

Ingredients
  • 1 3.5lb chicken, skinned and cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 10oz packaged sliced mushrooms
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (I always use double the garlic they call for, just FYI)
  • 1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 green olives, pitted and halved

Instructions

Sprinkle the chicken with the salt. Heat the oil in a large skillet*** over medium/high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned (6-8 minutes). Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened (5 minutes). Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through (about 25-35 minutes)

Transfer 1 of the chicken breasts and 1 of the thighs to a container and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days for later use in Chicken Asparagus Risotto (below). Serve the remaining 6 pieces of chicken with the sauce.

1 serving = 1 piece chicken + 1/2 cup sauce = 5 points

[241 cal, 10g fat, 2g fiber, 30g protein]

***if I could do this all over, I would have made it in a crock pot. I don't know what kind of large skillet they're talking about, because I used my largest one (which is pretty huge) and it was crowded and piling. Take this into consideration.

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Chicken Asparagus Risotto

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 25 min

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 32oz carton low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 reserved chicken breast and thigh from Chicken Marengo
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Mix the onion and oil in a medium microwavable bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until the onion is softened (2 min). Stir in the broth, rice, vermouth, salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap; prick a few holes in the plastic and microwave on high for 15 minutes - stirring once halfway through cook time. Uncover and microwave on high until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed (5-6 min).

Meanwhile, remove the chicken from the bone and chop.

Stir the chicken and asparagus into the rice mixture, cover with plastic wrap and prick a few holes in the plastic. Microwave on high until the chicken is heated through and the asparagus are tender (2-3 min). Stir in the cheese.

1 serving = 1.5 cups = 6 points

[306 cal, 5g fat, 2g fiber, 17g protein]

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Menu Disection : Day 2.

Breakfast:

What I planned: 1 cup Puffins (1) + 1/2 cup 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soy (.5) + banana (2) + coffee (0) + 1/2 cup soy (.5) = 4 [1 dairy, 2 fruit, whole grains]

What I ate:

1 cup Puffins (1)+ 1/2 cup 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soy (.5) with Coffee (0) + 1/2 cup soy (.5) = 2
I wasn't feeling hungry enough for the banana with breakfast thing, so I skipped it.
Snack:
What I planned: Skim Latte (3) = 3 [2 dairy]
What I ate:

Banana (2) = 2
There's that banana from breakfast, sneaking in as a snack instead. Morning coffee was enough coffee for today.
Lunch:
What I planned: Chicken Breast Sandwich (3) on Arnold Sandwich Thin (1) + Tomato + Spinach + Spicy Mayo (1) with Side Salad dressed with 1 tsp olive oil (1) Newman's Own spritzer (0) = 6 [2 veggie, 1 oil, lean protein]
What I ate:

Chicken Tenders (2) on Arnold Sandwich Thin (1) + Tomato (0) + Spinach (0) + Spicy Mayo (1)+ Mixed Greens and Carrots (o) + Newman's Own Spritzer (0) + 1 tsp olive oil (1) + 3 slices cantaloupe (1) = 6


Realized we didn't actually have chicken breasts anymore because I grilled them and cut them up for use in Lunch salads. Oops, no big deal. Ended up using tenders instead, which saved me a point to use on cantaloupe.

Dinner:

What I planned: Chicken Asparagus Risotto (6) = 6 [1 veggie, 1 oil, lean protein]

What I ate:

Chicken Asparagus Risotto (6) + Wilted Spinach (o) = 6

Wow. This was fantastic. It was the second part of a recipe from my Now and Later cookbook that I love and always rave about (the Chicken Marengo was the first part). Promise to share both tomorrow!

Again, I stayed VERY close to my menu, and I'm proud. I did lose out on a dairy serving, but on the off chance (because I'm STUFFED) that I opt for dessert tonight, I will make up for it with some yogurt and strawberries.

I had to play around a bit with tomorrow's meal plan - since I lost 2lbs (!!!) at WI tonight, I also lost a daily point. I'm down to 21, yeesh.

Wednesday's Meal Plan

B: Cran-ginger Oatmeal (3) + coffee (0) + 1/2 cup 8th Continent Light Vanilla Soy Milk (.5) = 3.5 [1 dairy ]

S: Carrots (0) + 2 tablespoons Roasted Red Pepper hummus (1) + Light String Cheese (1) = 2 [ 1 dairy, 1 veggie ]

L: Leftover Chicken Marengo (5) + 1/2 cup brown rice (2) = 7 [ 1 veggie, lean protein, whole grains ]

D: Mixed Greens (0) + Tomatoes (o) + Carrots (o) + Cucumbers (0) + 1/4 cup FF Cottage Cheese (.5) + 1/2 cup Black Beans (.5) + 1/2 Grilled Chicken Breast (2) = 3 [ 2 veggies, 1/2 dairy, lean protein ]

S: Broiled Grapefruit (2) + 1 teaspoon honey (.5) + sprinkle brown sugar (0) = 2.5 [ 2 fruits ]

Total Points = 18

WWWWI - 7/1/09

Weekly Weight Watchers Weigh In [WWWWI]

Last week's weight: 151.2lbs

This week's weight: 149.2lbs

I lost 2lbs! I'm so super proud. I am not taking it for granted at all, considering how horrible I really was over the weekend while not tracking. I managed to get it together, get active (as much as I could) and pull off a loss regardless.

I am 1.2lbs away from receiving my THIRD TEN PERCENT (based on my meetings start weight of 203). Can I pull it off this week?

Also, it's the first of the month, which usually means I plan out a bunch of goals and then never talk about them again.

Not this month, my friends.

I decided to just completely rip off my friend Jessica and steal most of her goals (only lowered them because she is a fitness ALL STAR) and set up a handy little tracking key which you can find on the menu to the right under "my monthly goals." What are you working on? Why not make your own? (or steal someone elses'...)