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Week 12 Weigh-In

I had a great week–I’m down 4.4 pounds!!!

Weight: 213.6

BMI: 36.7

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

This week went really well.  I had a lot of successes throughout the week–I made a lot of good choices because I wanted to and I was rewarded for those choices.  I was faced with some challenging decisions over the last week.  Since I am now on Weight Watchers, I can technically eat anything as long as I track in and stay within my points.  To the old me, that meant that I could have a Steak, Egg, & Cheese Bagel from McDonalds as long as I tracked it.  I could have Doritos, as long as I accounted for them.  I could have a much too large side of mashed potatoes made with full fat butter, sour cream, or milk–as long as I counted those points or exercised for the points.  This week, the new me, knows better.  Sure, I was faced with the freedom to choose any one of those things (or things much worse), but I also had the freedom to choose things that were healthy for me and in the right portions.  I chose health this week and was rewarded for it.  I feel like I finally have the control over my eating habits and desire to keep that control.

Hopefully next week goes as well as this week!

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Hello Everyone!  You may have wondered why I haven’t been posting this week and there are a couple of reasons for that.

1. I have been really busy (and will continue to be really busy for a while).

2. I have been reflecting on my journey and considering what direction I want to go.

3. I have been experimenting.

For any of you who are looking at the above and thinking OMG she’s giving up! please don’t think that–that is the furthest thing from the truth.  I will explain shortly–but first, my numbers for the week:

Weight: 218.0

BMI: 37.4

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

Another great week! I’m down another 0.8lbs.  Which I have decided I am 100% happy with.

So this new direction I was talking about…

I am so very happy to have taken part in the Take Shape for Life program.  It gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to make healthy food choices and to make them without feeling deprived.  Because of Take Shape for Life, I know how to make those decisions for myself and I want to make those decisions for myself.

That being said, I want to do what I have learned to do in the program.  I want the control in my life to decide how to eat throughout my day without having to purchase food from one source (though I highly recommend the Medifast food and Take Shape for Life program for those who are like I was and need the strict plan and strict list of food).  Because of this, I have decided to go back on to the Weight Watcher’s program.

Some of you know that I have not had success on the program before and are probably confused or worried for me.  Don’t be.  Take Shape for Life has given me some things I didn’t have before confidence in myself and knowledge that I CAN make healthy decisions for myself.  It also gave me more knowledge about how often and how much to eat at once (I will still be eating 5 small meals and 1 Lean & Green, I will just not be ordering the Medifast meals anymore).   The only reasons I want to be on the Weight Watcher’s program, is there are a wide variety of tools I can use to figure out just how healthy what I am eating is when I go out to eat, it offers a quick way for me to compare how healthy certain foods are (Points Plus), and my husband is also on this program (with great success btw 70+ pounds lost!!!)  Don’t think of this as me messing with a system that was working or giving up, think of it as me embracing a healthy lifestyle and having the knowledge and confidence to do it on my own.

Onward to a new life of health and happiness!!

Yesterday and today have been much better days for me–I have been able to relax and have some fun.

Thursday  my family went out to dinner with my mom for her birthday.  We all went to Eat n Park, where we all ate healthy.  I had the salad bar with my usual salad, a spoonful of cottage cheese, and I ordered a piece of grilled chicken with a slice of american cheese on top (it’s so simple but so yummy!).  I didn’t order any side veggies, because I wanted a larger salad.

Today, I was off and had a dentist appointment.  Right after I was done at the dentist, my husband and I went out for a breakfast date at Denny’s.  I had a western omelet (ham, peppers, onions, cheese) and a side of …broccoli!  Something else I had this morning was coffee–I haven’t had coffee in a long time and it tasted great/felt good.

I have been very good about getting in all of my Medifast meals and eating on time today.  It rained all day today, so I didn’t get to go for a walk with my husband like we wanted to.  Hopefully we can get one in tomorrow before I head in to work.

A day of work tomorrow and then 2 days off in a row!  Hopefully, after Monday, I will be refreshed and begin feeling better (I’m still pretty tired today)!!!

Thank you for the encouraging comments (on my blog and otherwise)!

Week 10 Weigh-In

Weight: 218.8

BMI: 37.6

Waist: 36

Hips: 47

I have had a VERY rough couple of days.  I just haven’t felt like myself and have had a lot of stress at work.  My post tonight will be brief, as I am beat from the past few days.

Yesterday, I ate the right foods, but ate two much of them.  I knew I was only that hungry because of how my day went, but I still went ahead and ate too much.  After dinner, I didn’t eat my last meal and I most definitely did not get in enough water.

Today, was about the same as yesterday–tired, ate too much, and didn’t get enough water.

As you can probably guess, I was pretty disappointed with my weight loss this week.  I lost 0.6 lbs, but lost 2 more inches off of my waist and 1 more inch off of my hips.  That indicates to me that my week was still successful (and that I either gained some muscle (all of my muscles have been sore the past few days since I have been using them more) or am holding onto water or something); I can’t help but be disappointed with the number on the scale though.  I knew this would happen at some point, I just hoped that it wouldn’t.

Looking forward to a better week next Wednesday…

(picture to be attached whenever I  get a chance–too much to do tonight)

Week 10 – Monday

Today was a very inactive and boring day in the world of weight loss.  It was just your average day, doing things right and doing them with ease.  I guess that counts as a success?

I got in all of my water and Medifast meals and got them in on time today.  For dinner we had pork chops.  With one set, I poured a can of baked beans over them and baked for 50 minutes at 325 –these were for my brother and husband.  The other set I made with classico light alfredo sauce, pace medium salsa, yellow mustard, garlic, and ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning–also at 325 for 50 minutes.  50 minutes was too long for both, they came out really dry :-(.  I’m not sure how my sauce worked out with the pork since most of it was gone when I took the pork chops out of the oven.  For the green, I microwaved some green beans with salt and pepper.

I didn’t do much in the way of activity today, but I did some more future planning, which makes me really happy.  I also have my husband back after a weekend of testing so it was nice to spend some time with him today after work :-).

Only one more day and then a weight in.  I have been trying to take better care of myself all around this week and develop morning and night routines.  I hope it goes well this week!

Week 10 – Sunday

I slept in again today (I actually didn’t mean to, the first (and only) time I got up this morning it was already 11:15).  Because of that I had to eat some of my Medifast meals together in order to get in all of my nutrition.   I also struggled with my water today since I got up so late.  Tomorrow is another day I suppose…

Early in the day I spent some time thinking about definitions, robots, and consciousness (my husband and I talk about this a lot–I studied philosophy in school and he is a grad student in psychology so we both enjoy these kinds of discussions).  Later I played a little N64.  Around 2 we went to Hoss’s for lunch.  I got a piece of grilled chicken, broccoli, and the salad bar.  I made a my usual salad–lettuce, egg, green pepper, bacon bits, cheese, and light ranch.  I also had a little bit of low fat cottage cheese and a pickled egg.  The weather when we got back suggested rain, so I didn’t go for my bike ride or play basketball at that time.  I came in and browsed the web for a bit.  I got bored around 6 and decided to go shoot hoops and play around the world with my brother.  Since I decided not to go for a bike ride, we made sure we played longer.  We were at the park shooting around for about an hour and we were sweating when we were done.  We didn’t play one on one or anything, we just did a lot of chasing after the ball (no fence at this park) because we are both terrible (I used to be decent (really!) but I haven’t played in years) at this time.

Overall today was okay.  I got in some activity and did a good job of sticking to my plan.  I hope I can get my water in tomorrow!  Off to thaw our pork chops for tomorrow so we don’t have to go out to eat again!

 

Week 10 – Saturday

Today was a busy day.  I slept in a little bit (9:30 am) and had breakfast.  I had the Medifast Cinnamon and Brown Sugar cereal with Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk which was quite yummy!  I love having cereal in the morning, it makes me feel like I’m eating like everyone else.  I spent the morning doing some educational research.  I graduated with a BA last spring and I still want to further my education, so I did a little browsing and made a few plans to help me get to where I want to be.  I’ve become very fickle lately over what I want to end up doing with my life–I guess because I just haven’t found the right thing yet.  I’m taking my time and looking around.  While I look, I’m going to prepare myself to be a better applicant when I finally get the chance to apply.

Around 11 I made whole wheat pierogies for my husband and brother and I ate a smores Medifast bar.  After lunch, I went to the grocery store and got in a little NEAT.  It wasn’t our weekly trip, so I didn’t get a lot in, but it was some (and I parked really far away)!  While I was there I decided to pick up a few things to help me take care of myself a little better, and to make me feel better about myself.  Among other things, I bought some hair dye.  I dyed my hair a couple years ago and really enjoyed the change so I decided to do it again.  I thought it was fitting too, since I am changing so much lately.  I bought a more subtle color than I did the last time (for those of you who remember), but I think the next time I do it, I will buy the one I used before.  The dye I bought this time just doesn’t seem like as much of a change (though I do like it).

After I got home I started prepping for our lean & green…well the lean portion anyway.  I knew it was going to take some time so I started it early.  I have really missed breaded chicken and have seen multiple websites with ways to use different Medifast products as breading.  I crushed up a bag of the new parmesan cheese puffs, added some extra parmesan/romano/asiago grated cheese blend and Ortega reduced sodium taco seasoning, and used that as my breading.  In another recipe that I LOVE but can’t have until I’m back in maintenance, melted butter is used to make the breading stick to chicken.  I rolled my chicken in light margarine instead and then rolled it in my breading mixture.  After I placed it into a glass baking dish, I put it in the over for 50 minutes at 350 degrees.  It isn’t my favorite recipe, but it was definitely good.  It was nice to have some texture on my chicken too.  The recipe card for this will be posted on my recipe page as soon as I finish it.  If you aren’t on the Medifast program, I’m sure you could substitute your favorite cheese puff instead–just be sure it isn’t loaded with fat or carbs (the Medifast puffs have 3 grams of fat and 14 grams of carbs, (plus lots of nutrients that you would never find in standard cheese puffs) so you could use that as a comparison).  We decided to make our green portion later in the day, since I felt like I had not done anything for myself yet at that point.

I got to play a little bit of N64 today.  I did not get any EAT in, but tomorrow I am going for another bike ride and heading over to the park to shoot some hoops (we have some leftovers from tonight so hopefully I won’t have to cook tomorrow).

Our green tonight were a variety of veggies.  We didn’t have enough of one type for anyone so we made few different kinds.  I roasted cauliflower with oil, salt, pepper, and just a touch a parmesan cheese, sautéd green beans with light margarine, garlic, salt and pepper, and heated up some peas for my husband with light margarine, salt, and pepper.  I love cauliflower, so that is mostly what I had, but I also had the green beans which were quite good–thanks to my sister-in-law for that recipe!

Something else that made my day was a short conversation with a friend.  I don’t get to talk to her much anymore, but its always nice when we get to catch up.  Little things like that brighten my day :-).  I need to start checking in on my friends more often, as I’m sure it would brighten their days too.

219.4lbs

Weight: 219.4

BMI: 37.7

Waist: 38″

Hips: 48″

This week’s weigh in was both a success and confusing.  Somehow, I managed to gain 1.4 lbs from they day when I weight 218 (and I know I was much stricter with myself after I saw that number on the scale).  However, I am still down 2.6lbs from last week, which is a big number (and still under 220)!!!!.  This week I lost 2 inches off of my waist and 1 inch off of my hips which is something I haven’t seen in a couple weeks so that makes me feel better about the difference in weight.  One thing I have been doing differently in the past few days is exercising–maybe my body was doing a little redistributing and I gained some muscle?–or maybe my scale is old and inconsistent…I’m happy to see 219.4 regardless.

I had a very strange day.  Early in the day, I couldn’t hear out of the left side of my ear for 10-15 minutes (thats what it felt like so as someone who has worked in retail I know it probably didn’t last near that long).  Shortly after I began hearing normally I started to feel strange.  Just sitting there felt like work and if I moved at all my head hurt and I felt off balance==I was really warm most of the day.  I made it through work and am feeling better now, I just don’t know why I felt the way I did.  I ate all of my meals and got them in on time; I also drank all of my water today (88 ounces–since it is a new week I am adding another 8 ounces to my goal), so I really don’t know what would have caused this.  A friend had mentioned it could be blood pressure related (I forget if she said low or high.  Odd as it may sound, I have never had a problem with high blood pressure).  Hopefully I won’t feel like this tomorrow, I really do not want to have to go to the doctor.

We didn’t cook today.  Instead we made a trip to our local Subway.  I ordered a steak salad with cheese, green pepper, mild pepper rings, and some light mayo (I opted for a small amount of fat today even though steak doesn’t require an additional healthy fat because Subway’s dressings are loaded with carbs).

Tonight I played 2 songs on Just Dance 3 on the Kinect.  After the second song I just couldn’t do any more because our house was so hot (We only have air conditioning in our bedroom and computer room).  I wanted to play for 45 minutes to an hour because it usually flies by when I play that game, but I just couldn’t bear the heat.  Tonight will be one of my days to relax and I will plan an outdoor activity for tomorrow.

I had another fantastic day today.  I got up early, spent some time with my husband, got in all of my Medifast meals on time, drank more than my daily water goal and even got a bit of NEAT and EAT today.

Today we decided that we couldn’t put off grocery shopping any longer, so we made a list and went shopping.  I always like making a list before we go because I know what we actually need and want before we even leave the house.  When I have a list, I don’t have to spend forever at the store because I am just walking through the aisles picking up whatever looks good.  Instead I have made that plan ahead of time and am choosing the right foods and just enough of them.  I also move with purpose, I move around faster at the store because I’m just trying to get what I need and get out.  We have been really consistent with our grocery bill when we do this too, it has been the same +-$5.00 the last few times we have gone.  It really helps ease our anxiety when we go because we know what to expect money wise and that we will have enough to take care of ourselves for the week.

Since we went shopping (and lets face it–neither of us felt like cooking today), we stopped by Sheetz to pick up salads on the way home.  Today I got a steak salad with romaine lettuce, eggs, feta, green peppers, mild pepper rings, and bacon bits.  When I got home I added some fat free low carb Santa Fe dressing.  I normally love my Hidden Valley Light Butttermilk Ranch, but since I had steak on my salad, I didn’t want to add any extra fat–the steak had all I needed!

Something I have noticed about myself lately is that I have been eating a lot of salads–not because I have to, but because I want to.  It’s really nice to know that I am actually starting to enjoy and even prefer foods that are good for me.  That’s not to say a salad can’t be unhealthy, because many of them are.  I haven’t been eating salads like that though and I’m still enjoying them!  I think I have been liking them so much because it is such an easy way to get in a lot of veggies without a ton of cooking (if made at home) and you get to mix all the flavors together.

I was also happy with myself today because I actually wanted to go for a bike ride.  I didn’t go far or for very long but it was enough to make me sweat and feel like I got a good workout in.  I really enjoyed myself while I was out; I enjoyed being out of the house and doing something with my body.  I hope that I can continue to get better at it so that I can last longer and travel some more scenic routes than around the neighboring blocks.

The exercise portion of my program is something that I really need to begin focusing on.  I feel like I am good at making the right food choices; I just need to make sure that I am fully committing myself to health and getting in some movement.  I have found a couple things that I can do that are fun for me, so I should be able to start getting activity in on more days throughout the week.

What kinds of activities are fun for you and get you motivated to move your body?

 

The following link is a great post about curbing sugar cravings:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/07/nine-ways-to-curb-sugar-cravings-without-quitting-sugar/

I’m checking in late tonight since I worked the later shift today.

I had a great day!  I started my day by having a heart to heart with my husband about where I am, where I want to go, and how we can go about getting me there.  Always great to get those feelings off of my chest and know that I am loved and supported.  Communicating like that really makes me feel good about myself, which is always a great way to start the day!

After our heart to heart, we went out for a nice walk to get ourselves going and get some much needed activity (I’m sure you have noticed, I haven’t mentioned much activity this week).  It was difficult at first, I had some intense itching around my ankles, but I knew I really needed to get this activity in.  When I needed to, I took short breaks and I kept drinking my water.  I pushed on and made it through–I don’t always feel like I can, but today I could which also made my day better.

As expected, I got my food last night and it was easy to get in all of my Medifast meals and get them in on time today.  I was really happy at dinner when I was able to have a cookie; I haven’t had one of the cookies in probably 2 weeks (give or take a few days)!  I also got in all of my water for the day (at least my current goal of 80 ounces/day).

Before I went to work, I had my lean and green.  Today, I made omelets for everyone.  I used egg beaters, feta cheese (low fat, low carb, high awesome), scallions, and broccoli.  I love omelets because they cook quickly, leave little mess, taste great, and I can make them when I forget to thaw meat (as was the case today–I have been bad at that lately).  I cooked my veggies with light margarine, salt, and pepper.  And my cooking level increased today because they actually looked like omelets! When we were in Philly I carefully watched the person preparing our breakfast at the hotel and copied his technique of pulling the edges up and letting the uncooked egg get underneath so it can cook (which is probably standard I just didn’t realize that is how it is done because I always cooked them on a flat top when I worked in college).  Last time I cooked omelets I ended up making scrambled eggs because I couldn’t figure out how to make it work.  Hopefully next time I make them they will look even better!

I got some extra NEAT in today at work.  I ran the zamboni at work.  That is about 40 minutes of non-stop pushing a heavy piece of equipment around a large area.  I’m glad I ended up doing that since, as I mentioned earlier, I did not get in much activity this week.

Today was a significant day for me.  I had one of those moments today…one of those moments when you realize just how much your life has changed and how far you have come.  I am one of those people who no matter how much they tell you to only weigh yourself once per week while trying to lose weight I can’t help but get on daily (no worries my husband watches me carefully!).  I hopped on this morning fully dressed and weighed 218 and cried.  I was so emotional because the last time I saw a number like that was probably 4 years ago and here I am 218–down 27 pounds in 8 1/2 weeks.  Reaching a new set of 10 always makes me feel good, but crossing this threshold was special because it made me think about everything I’ve done to get here.  Sometimes I still can’t believe that I am doing this–me, not that person on TV, not the person down the street, not a family member, me.  I am actually doing it, it can be done.  I know I have a long way to go, but time just keeps flying by–I’m lighter and healthier everyday.  Seeing that number today was empowering and uplifting; it was truly a success.