Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 56

It’s been over a year and I feel like a failure. I’ve gained this week but I understand that it’s because I’m my overtime at work and being tired. This week hasn’t been any better as you can see from my lack of posting. I have tons of pictures to edit and post plus what I would like to think awesome news but I just need to get through this week in one piece.

I pre-packed my lunch this morning and already refused a donut. Here goes nothing.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 55

I know, I know. I haven’t been posting but believe me, there will be a bunch of my 365-day images posted and what I would think to be an awesome recap. I’ve been working overtime this week as Easter is this weekend. This means that my schedule is MORE than screwed up to the point that it has affected my eating habits. I haven’t even had a chance to be active. The ONLY thing I managed was to eat semi-healthy and not do much anything else but work and sleep. Oh, and the pizza.

 

Bear with me guys…I’m hoping to catch up this weekend.

Happy Friday!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 44

After this past weekend camping event with the kindred, I thought that I would have gained. There were junk food and all sorts of mead not to mention some stressful situations. According to my fitbit, I wasn’t as active as I should have been but in reality, I was more active. I have a lot to catch up on but we’re going to start with this week’s weigh-in.

I would’ve been happy with being the same weight. Hell, I would have been happy with even gaining a pound but to my surprise, I lost a pound. I’m home with my son as he had dental work done yesterday so more writing and possible painting will appear. Not to mention my 365-day project will be one photo purge once I get to editing.

Down a pound and hopefully more than one next week.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 43

Yesterday, as you may have read, I completely failed and had a turtle sundae. Oh my was it DELICIOUS! This week I did try buckling down. I didn’t indulge in too much at girls night last weekend and I’m going to work SUPER hard on packing a cooler full of healthy stuff that I can have while camping with fellow heathens.

This week I ate more fish and cooked chicken instead of processed lunch meat for sandwiches and my quick chili. This is late because I was late cooking fish for my lunch and now I’m quick writing here at work. I’m officially back down 25lbs! OK…23 more pounds to go.

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 42-Technical Difficulties

I got up this morning and noticed immediately my rings were tight on my finger. I shouldn’t have enjoyed the popcorn last night. I go to weigh in and a quick flash of the 178lbs bounced to the letters ‘LO’. UGh! It needs a new battery and don’t you know I don’t keep the D or C or whatever the odd rectangle battery is on hand.

What this tells me that I didn’t gain but I didn’t lose either. I’ve been doing a 10-minute workout in the mornings (my abs are screaming at me right now) and stayed within points. Things I’m going to try to get me out of this slump eating more fat enriched foods (the good kind). I think that would help my body a great deal and not feel like it’s starving. I’m also going to try a 15-minute workout but also more sleep.

I enjoyed tilapia tacos, street tacos, and crab salad. Yesterday, I had pancakes! I parted with 5 points for breakfast and made Kodiak Cakes protein packed pancake mix with the addition of blueberries. YUM!

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Photo Credit: Kodiak

Weighing In on Weighing In: 41

Again, weight gain. I’m not sure what’s going on but I did do something about it this morning. I did my first ever 10-minute workout. I know that doesn’t seem like much but for a morning, when you’re depressed, and really not doing so hot all around 10 minutes is a HUGE accomplishment. So day one of Daily Burn, complete. Next, treadmill this afternoon. I’m not giving up, not yet.

I made my own fish tacos again. YUM. I need to figure out how to reheat my corn tortillas so as they don’t break while trying to eat.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 40

I’ve been at this for 40 weeks? I don’t know whether to be upset or happy about how dedicated I am. Can I do this another 40 weeks to lose the last 20? Ugh, I really don’t want to think about it. However, I am down 2lbs. A little happy dance for a bit then it’s time to hit the ground running.  I still didn’t eat all that great but I reigned it in a bit. I added an extra 10-15 minute walk to my day. I can’t WAIT for summer to get here! I was able to wake early walk for an hour in the morning, write, and prepare for the day. Now, it’s a chore to get on the treadmill.

Adding the extra time and watching my points (not eating all of them) helped a great deal. I also mixed my diet up a bit having beans with my breakfast with salsa, added street tacos for dinner, I also ate flounder. I have to tell you, I’m not a fan. Today, I will be trying fish tacos with tilapia and see if they are worthy of a post. Nervousness is already setting in for the phone interview but I’m still working on notes and answers. I’m also being realistic.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Being Honest

Honestly, I failed this week but it’s been adding up from last week. I had a 2 lb gain this week. I honestly didn’t care about what I was putting in my body. After feeling like I’m not worthy for the past two weeks, I ate like I wasn’t worthy. I enjoyed a cheeseburger with truffle fries, red wine, and tiramisu having at our Anniversary (Celebrating 7 years marriage-not total years together. My husband celebrates both) dinner on Sunday. Let’s see, M&Ms, yogurt pops (those are so bad but I know of lower calorie alternatives), pastrami sandwich (need to find turkey pastrami), cake, and my husband bought me a cupcake last night. Why am I not blaming him? He didn’t make me eat it. I made the choice too. To be even more honest with the meltdown yesterday, I’m surprised I didn’t eat at McDonald’s!

What I have learned is that even though I’m active, Weight Watchers gives daily points AND a weekly budget, I need to NOT eat so much of my weekly budget. During the summer I was banking 2-mile walks and very much more active. With winter and the never-ending snowstorms, I’m lucky to get on the treadmill. I’m glad I have it or there is NO WAY I would be active. So, fewer weekly points (calorie intake) and more activity points. I also need to talk to my family doctor about the implant in my arm as it seems my body seems to want to have its time of the month every two weeks or so. Yup, I’m bloated and my rings are tight on my fingers. To much TMI? Maybe. But like this post title says-Honesty.

What I did enjoy this week that was low in points were my street tacos. What?! Tacos?! You fcking bet your butt! So this is what I used (it literally takes minutes):

Jo’s Street Tacos

White onion chopped (enough to your liking for each taco made)
Frozen seasoned beef (choose your serving size I did 1 ounce per taco)
Cilantro (to your taste)
Thin gluten-free corn tortillas (thin tortillas are less in points)
Taco seasoning (a couple of dashes)

Shake season on beef and warm in the microwave. Serving size is 3OZ I used 2OZ making it only 1 point. Warm tortillas up according to package (about 10 seconds in the microwave). Add beef, onion, and cilantro. Y’all! As a southern girl, this hit my TACO heart spot! I added 1/2 cup of pinto beans and my lunch was ONLY 3 points! This will be my go-to meal. If chicken breast is used that would bring it down to 2 points. I could add guacamole for 3 points which is a healthy fat and I think I’ll do that next time. You can customize how your heart wishes such as corn, jalapenos, red onion, radishes, the list can go on. The fresh vegetables are always zero points

It’s Thursday and I got on the treadmill this morning. I weighed in and was completely honest with myself about my eating and weight gain. I’m ok. I’m not going to let myself brood over it.

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 38

It feels like I’m never going to lose the last 20 pounds! UGH and GRR! Having this ulcer doesn’t help and I pretty much ate whatever my stomach could handle and even then it was a hit a miss. I didn’t gain but I didn’t lose. So, in short, I’m the same weight as I was last week. Here’s to another week hopefully with less stress and fewer stomach troubles.

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week I don’t Give a SH%$!

Yup, I’m thoroughly frustrated this morning with weigh in. Can you tell?  I didn’t gain this week but for the love of everything I didn’t lose and I was SUPER vigilant about tracking what I ate and made sure I hit my activity points. What do I do? Do I quit? Do I add more to my activity than just walking? I noticed that my calves are getting wider with muscle and I don’t care for that one bit and my treadmill isn’t on an incline. GRR!

Plan for this week is to find something other than walking to add to my exercise. Continue to watch what I eat. Continue to drink the water that I have been (I’ve really been working on that and I hate water). I will commit to one splurge day. Splurge as in absolute splurge. Usually, when I chose to splurge I stay within my points. This Saturday I have Disting and will enjoy my mead and food. So this morning I’m going to start with breakfast and go from there. One step at a time.

The recipe I adapted with the ingredients in my cupboard was Morrocan black-eyed pea acorn squash. YUM and so satisfying.

1 Acorn squash
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 can black-eyed peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 teaspoons chopped raisins
Cinnamon (to taste)
Salt (to taste)
Cumin (to taste)
1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon toasted almonds finely chopped
Chopped cilantro (add as much or omit all together – this is a personal choice but I LOVED it)

On a sheet pan, cover parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Cut your squash in half, scoop out seeds and roast your squash for 40-45 minutes face down. While your squash is roasting sautee onion in olive oil until brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add garlic, raisins, peas, seasoning, and water. Cook on low heat until warm and the raisins have soaked up the water. When squash is tender pull out of the oven and split the black-eyed pea mixture between the two. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon of almonds and chopped cilantro.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 35

WTF! I’ve been good ALL week, meet and went beyond my activity points, ate different things and gained 2lbs! I know I’m super bloated because mother nature decided that it’s the week to be a completely bloated and emotional mess but COME ON!!! I’m ready to give up. My husband has encouraged me to give it another month. I want to tear up a bag of tortilla chips and queso dip. I’m going to reevaluate what I had this week and see if I didn’t calculate my servings and points correctly.

However, I did try something new. Edamame. I opted for a healthy version and omitted the olive oil and WOW! Guys! Boil these little guys up and toss with a seasoning of your choice. YUM. I think the favorite that I tried were the cajun seasoned edamame. I did a taco one that was good but I may venture to roast them with seasoning and see if I can get a crunch.  I’m going to vent

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 34

So…this morning I woke up telling myself I was wrong about weighing in that the scale would at least go down. Then my anxiety cat (a new comic I’ve been working on; another goal of mine) helped me out with overthinking. I thought about all the little bites I didn’t track (the oh so good dark chocolate Hershey kisses is an example) and how I gained at least 4 pounds. Got on the scale and in bright red numerals the screen lit up 177lbs! What in the actual FU%$!

After throwing an adult version of a toddler meltdown I realized that my ring was tight on my finger. Oh, wait…water weight! I was SUPER naughty last night and had a bloody mary (earned it after dealing with snow) and a taco salad (it counts…it had lettuce). Both will cause me to blow up like a Macy Parade float! I guzzled water while running around trying to get ready for work. I checked the scale again and it said 173lbs. OK, I can live with that. I’ll be stricter this week with my points because I KNOW I went over with all my nibbles not to mention stress from my mother. I might just get on the scale after work and see what it say so their may be an update. If not, you’ll know that it didn’t change in my favor.

Light egg salad with pita bread, bananas, oatmeal, and sugar snap peas are on my menu today. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing in on Weighing in Post Stomach Bug

I accept it. I accept it. This is my mantra after standing on the scale this morning. After having the stomach bug and only being able to sustain myself with toast, water, mashed taters, and anything else that was soft and starchy-I’m ok with that. I accept the 2lb gain as I couldn’t get on the treadmill and do my 20 minutes, didn’t meet my activity points; I accept the 2lb gain. What I will not accept is the continuation of not using the treadmill and introducing clean foods back into my diet. I’m slowly getting there but my stomach wasn’t quite ready for the sugar snap peas from yesterday.

On the home front, on the other hand, the stomach bug plague is making its way through the family. My husband is just now getting over it and my oldest daughter started sometime in the middle of the night. My youngest son had stomach cramps but my youngest daughter has taken a vow of quarantine until the coast is clear. I will be heading after work for Lysol and Clorox wipes and BOMB the house with chemicals.

Happy Thursday guys!

Weighing In on Weighing in With Another Gain

I could write about what a failure I am about not losing all the pounds I gained over Thanksgiving. I could write about giving up and go ahead and eat whatever I want. I did one of those, ‘look at the scale’ shrugged my shoulders and made some coffee. This is because I’m surprised it wasn’t a ‘gain’. I at things…forbidden things that weren’t easily measured in points. The cookies and cupcakes for my birthday were yummy as hell. Then I realized something else…my hands are puffy. Maybe a little bit too much TMI but it’s that time of the month coming up. I have been able to control my cravings before but when it’s my birthday I’m leaving no cookie left behind.

All this means is that it’s going to take a bit longer to reach my goal weight. I’m not fully giving up and have already packed my lunch and breakfast menu planned. Today my points rollover and I plan on making the best of them (even though I dined on meatloaf and mashed taters…hell even a biscuit). Another huge change with the program I’m doing, is apparently, I don’t need as many activity points? They changed how they calculate that so I need to read the article more thoroughly.

I passed my first two quizzes for my web development course so I’m going to focus on that.

Happy Thursday everyone…eat the cookie, it’ll be fine 😊

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Post Thanksgiving Scale Woes

I knew going into the holiday of yummy gut-busting food that I was going to partake and try EVERYTHING. It was a firm decision and I knew that there could be regrettable consequences. I fearlessly made a plate of turkey and ALL the fatty YUMMY trimmings. I had wine and both kinds of pie. Truth be told, my treadmill has seen my feet in days (cue Picture). Then there was the dinner at mom’s house. I wasn’t that hungry from the surrounding situation but I ate nonetheless. Then there was the shopping which included a fattening breakfast, REAL creamer, a bloody mary, and 3 stops at Starbucks. During the following week, I ate leftovers and some salad.

After 4 days of eating all the FORBIDDEN food (because apparently, I don’t know what moderation is), I reigned myself in foolishly thinking that if I stop eating like an unsupervised kid at the fried food on a stick stand that I could trick my body and not gain ANYTHING. WRONG. Your body KNOWS EVERYTHING! There isn’t a mind over matter (or girth), no will it and it will be, not even a prayer could save the pounds from reacquainting themselves with my thighs. Nope. I gained 2 pounds. I knew that my weigh-in day could possibly include a toddler-sized tantrum consisting of rolling around on the floor, ugly crying, and demanding to know why after seeing the scale. So, I made sure that I had everything I needed for a hot shower so I can relax and reflect on the gain and how to get back on track. It helped…ish.

Back on the wagon in full force is my goal for this week. I think my goal activity point is in the 40s and I’m not going to eat all my weeklies. I also discovered that adding higher point value foods throughout the day kept me fuller longer when I was trying to trick my body. Here’s to hoping that I lose SOMETHING this coming week.

I have also started my web developer course (needed to update my coding skills) and continued my writing course. I hope that keeping busy in the evenings along with getting on the treadmill I’m less likely to drag the diet wagon in the woods and set it on fire. PS-This post had to contain a little humor. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Thanksgiving Week

I was a little disappointed when I got on the scale this morning. I didn’t lose the pound that I gained but I didn’t gain any more. What happened to the 3lbs a week? What I like about using the WW app I am able to look back and see what I may have done differently or what my eating pattern is. From what I can see I wasn’t as active with only hitting between the 30-35 point range and that I enjoyed some fatty foods. I ate my daily points almost every day and even 1/2 of my weeklies. I know what I can go back and try.

I’m not going to lie…I’m afraid of what my weigh in will be next week. Today is gobble-gobble day. I’m going to gobble-gobble. I’m going to enjoy all the side event the mashed taters. I’m going to have a slice of pie WITH real whip cream. I will track the best I can but I’m not going to stress. You want to know why? I can lose the weight that I gain. Or, that’s what I’m telling myself. So my advice to everyone. The scale shows a number. It’s a tracker to help you keep to your goal. It doesn’t define you NOR does it run your life.

Gobble Gobble everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

Weighing In On Weighing In: 1lb FAIL

This week (wk 25) I enjoyed more sweets than I should have. I also didn’t track or accurately track my food. Compound all of that with an explosive argument a couple days ago with my husband I’m not surprised of the gain. With the focus this week more on trying to find a job that I would be happy and less on my diet made me realized I can’t just grab and go.

BALANCE! I need to find a happy medium balance. So, I’m writing, checking job boards, reading emails, and other computer stuff really early in the mornings. I am getting busy at work but I have made a point to check my blog, read other blogs, and comment during my breaks at work. I run errands and be a mom, cook dinner, and then get on the treadmill. I did manage to meet all my activity points for the week which is a goal I haven’t met in almost 3 weeks. I will work more on my balance of goals with my life.

NSV (non-scale victories) is something that I haven’t bragged about but this morning even though I gained a pound I was able to fit into a pair of jeans that I haven’t worn in a year! They were hiding in the back of my closet and the ONLY reason I tried them on was that all my other jeans are all getting too big. They slid on-COMFORTABLY! Meaning my butt didn’t look like two pigs fighting under a blanket (what movie is that quote from?).

I have a goal for all my goals and we’ll see how next week goes. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In On Weighing In: Roller Coaster Recap

When I stepped back from my writing, art, and blogging I also stepped back posting my journey losing weight. During this time (still struggling to find time to write/post), I was still dieting and trying to find my magic number of activity points and food points. THIS IS NOT WHERE PEOPLE NEED TO STOP READING AND DIET SHAME. This is a roller coaster recap because I experienced a significant weight gain and made I was capable to examine that week for possible causes. Let’s start the next week following the point when I stopped posting which was Week 20 weigh-in was 177lbs.

  • WEEK 21 10/18: 176lbs
  • WEEK 22 10/25: 178lbs
  • WEEK 23 11/1: 175lbs
  • TODAY WEEK 24 11/8: 172lbs

Can you see wk 22? I gained 2lbs and the following week I lost the 2 that I gained plus another one. This is what I think happened. STRESS! I wasn’t intaking more calories and my exercise level even though it was less than normal, was still the same. The only difference that week was the stress at my job.  The run down. I was asked to complete a very large project. I started with a layout example that took 3 weeks to put together for a first draft. I sent the piece to my hiring supervisor and he said, ‘I don’t like it. It’s ugly.’ Instead of snapping back I told him ok, what would you like to see in edits. He gave me a list and before the conversation was over I asked him some questions to ask the other members of the team.  End conversation, begin my rant to my co-worker, layout #2 in beginning. The edits were easy enough just tedious and I received an email from the hiring supervisor that answered the questions I had concerning the informational copy. With the questions being answered, I realized it would change the layout AGAIN. I know this is long but follow me. I emailed a rough layout of what a page layout would look like-which is now different from the edits asked to be made (and now version 3).

I did something radical. Something SO unheard of that I should have been SHOT. Well, at least that’s what it felt like after my actions. I involved the OTHER team members. You would think doing an adult action such as this would be praised but it was the complete opposite. Other members involved caused my hiring supervisor to stomp his feet and QUIT the team! A week later, he took away my multimedia design project we were launching on Facebook. The reason he hired me he took away but without telling me. He just started doing everything. Heartbroken and probably the lowest I EVER felt with my career I was 2 seconds from quitting and applying at Walmart. Instead, I am now looking into other jobs and trying to figure out how to work from home.

Why the long explanation? Well, I’m afraid no one would understand the gravity and to lead into STRESS can wreak havoc on a diet. The next week I lost and still losing. He’ll be on site the week of Thanksgiving and need to figure out how to make myself scarce.

The Goodies

I have been changing things up to help with continual weight loss. I have tried a Buffalo Chicken salad. This is now my GO TO salad. Basically, you’re going to need mixed greens (iceberg is a must), finely chopped celery, chopped cucumber, chopped green onion, chopped carrots, chicken breast (3 ounces),  1 tablespoon of buffalo wing sauce (I found that Sweet Baby Ray’s brand is 1 point per tablespoon), and a couple of spoonfuls of my Ranch Greek Yogurt DipMix the dip and wing sauce together and pour over all your salad goodies and YUM! I wanted to add Bleu cheese but unfortunately, my store doesn’t carry it. Or at least it was out of stock when I went. If you do add the cheese and watching your waistline like I am, only a tablespoon. The Yogurt dip is only two ingredients: plain non-fat Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix.

I also enjoyed a BBQ chicken pizza using flat-out bread, chicken breast, sugar-free BBQ sauce, fat-free cheddar cheese, and red onion. The entire thing was only 3 points and I couldn’t even finish it. I was also adding pumpkin to my quick 0 point chili and cream of wheat. This was filling and added extra fiber and flavor. Also, a simple shrimp, cucumber, and dill salad. This was shrimp chopped, cucumber chopped, green onion chopped, dill chopped, a tablespoon of light mayo, 2 tablespoons of non-fat Greek yogurt. Mix and YUM! I usually have a slice of 45 calorie wheat bread.

Week to come goals: find another job prefer one to be online, be more active, and try to not stress. 30 pounds are gone and hoping to lose more this week. Happy Thursday everyone!

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