Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weighing In - 08/29/2013

I lost!

It wasn't a ton, but I've had a rough week.

Classes started back up on Tuesday and I had my schedule programmed into my calendar incorrectly and completely missed the first section of one of my classes. Humiliating. Stressful. I'm a week behind now, but slowly catching up.

I caught a cold. My throat is raw and my face is pouring.

My car fell apart, had to be towed, and is currently undergoing more than $1k worth of work. HAPPY LABOR DAY.

But, I nearly lost a pound, and I've been slightly controlling my snacky habits with frozen grapes and baby carrots. It has been ridiculous hot this week in Minneapolis, over 95 each day with heat indexes in the 100s. It's a really bad time to be sick.

We are supposed to go camping this weekend, an annual tradition with friends. With my car out of commission, I likely won't be able to go because Manpanion and Oro are heading down in the afternoon, and I don't get off of work until 8pm. I had planned to drive down after work and hang out with the adults around the fire for the evening and then play with the kiddos for the days to follow, but now I can't get myself there. My shift is going to keep me in the cities for the weekend while absolutely everyone I know is out of town. Hooray.

So, this week was not awesome, but hopefully things will start to turn around.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Back to School.

Today is my first day back to school. I'm completely excited for the structure of attending classes and having coursework and being in a routine again.

I've fallen off track. I've been tracking, but going wildly over each day.

I quit smoking in early July, I didn't want to mention it in case I failed at it again, but it's been over a month now, so I'm feeling pretty good about this stretch. I really want to make it forever. However, with quitting smoking, I've picked up quite a few extra pounds.

I didn't officially weigh in last Thursday because I TOTALLY FORGOT. It is Minnesota State Fair time, and I volunteer each year at the Kick Gas! Booth in the Eco Experience building helping people figure out how to commute and get around in general without being the sole person in the car. Public transit, bicycles, bike shares, car shares, etc. Anyhow, that shift was on Thursday and I went out to the fair fairly early after hitting the gym and it just skipped my mind completely.

Manpanion starts his day with ice cream.

I start my day with Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Our favorite honey sticks from the Agriculture building

Quick MN Craft Beer flight from Grumpy Gus

Paul's Pina Colada from Manny's

More Coffee for me

Comet Corn, new at the fair this year. Flash frozen puff corn with cheese powder and goldfish and questionable caramel flavor. I voted NO. Manpanion loved it.

Also new at the fair, the dough-sant, a cro-nut. Wasn't that great. 

Signed my name on the QuitPlan MN!!!

 Our booth

Dinner thief.

pig hug.

Every year I get a delicious organic pork brat before I visit the pig barns to give thanks to my favorite delicious animals and the farmers who love and raise them.

We love MN Trees!


My favorite water fountains that tell you how many plastic bottles have been avoided by using your refillable container. 

Manpanion charming folks into considering alternatives to driving. 

My unofficial weigh in, on Friday when I remembered (and after a day of sweets at the fair), was around 161. So I'm UP up up, but it's a decent sacrifice for being able to quit smoking. I've used food as a pacifier for a month now, so it's time to get my head back in the game and try to figure out life as a non-smoker.

I joined a soccer team, unexpectedly. Manpanion joined one for Fall with an old co-worker and apparently they needed more ladies, so he volunteered me. I've never played soccer, but I do play broomball and the rules are nearly the same, except there are no boards, you can't use your hands and the field is 3x bigger.

Our first game was this last Sunday. It was 98 degrees at 5pm, and we played from 5-7pm in direct sun with very very few subs (1). It was incredibly difficult and I'm not very good, but I'm very excited to figure it out.

Atletico Borracho sharing the only strip of shade from a light pole on a 100 degree day.

I grocery shopped last night, filling up on vegetables and fruit and some easy to grab protein like shrimp and pork. I still have about 5 frozen meals from an embarrassing 15-frozen-meal trip to Target a few weeks ago in an effort to get portions back under control, and I've been eating frozen grapes to try to curb my desire for sweets snacking.

Any tips on volume food while I'm still working on settling nerves from quitting smoking? I'm not much of a plain popcorn fan.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Weighing In - 08/15/2013

I've fallen off the face of the earth a little bit, but I've kept up with my weight tracker, both on this site and on Weight Watchers.

This week, I've apparently gained 3.6 pounds. I'm not buying it.

It is  2 says from TOM after all, and I know we love to use that excuse, but I've found it does actually affect my body weight.

If I behave, I'll likely drop some if not all of this by next week.

So, it's been a while. Since I last updated, I've been on a cabin trip, had a birthday, to a wedding, on a cooking night adventure wine date, and just generally worked a lot.

I haven't been eating very well, but I also haven't been eating MUCH, and that's part of the problem. I've been getting really wrapped up in things until I'm starving and then eating one big meal. It's a habit I'm trying to break this week, with little luck.

I'm hoping that after the wedding this weekend, and no more in the immediate future until late September, I'll be over events for a bit and back to a routine since school starts in TWO WEEKS. Sheesh.

More interesting things to come.