Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 57

So…I screwed up this week. Here me out.

I started out strong and even on the girls’ paint night that I hosted I snacked on healthy snacks. I walked on the treadmill but on Monday I started something new. A friend is selling a popular vitamin weight loss shake and I thought what harm could it do?

For three days I followed the recommendations and restrictions to a T. It was convenient to have just a couple of shakes to make and boiled eggs to pack for the day. Drinking my shake at the office made me feel fuller longer rather than waking up early and eating before 6 AM only to need a snack at 8 AM. I love boiled eggs and the deli meat-lettuce roll-ups were awesome (I think I’ll add this to my regular snack schedule. During this time I ate sensible dinners and low-fat/carb EVERYTHING and drank so much water that I spent most of my time in the bathroom.

I weighed myself the day of starting my diet (again, Monday) and right on track with what I weighed the week before 178lbs. This morning…I gained. Basically, I gained a pound a day! I was mortified. What else could I add to my already stressful life!

Here’s to a week of working to get the weight off and goals.

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: Cheating

I have no one to blame but myself. I lost all motivation this week. It started with Ostar feast with the kindred. NOM NOM NOM. I don’t regret that one bit. What I do regret is the lack of preparation after that. I refuse to drive anywhere exhausted or with alcohol in my system. It doesn’t matter how many hours have passed since my last beer (4). I didn’t prepare for the next morning. I wasn’t going to raid the fridge of my host. Instead, we went out for breakfast. NOM NOM NOM. The Girl Scout cookies were another mistake. NOM NOM NOM. I couldn’t say no to the birthday treats at work either. NOM NOM NOM.

Compound all of this my body trying to heal from the overwhelming anxiety and not being active. Today I’m back on the wagon outside of walking on the treadmill. It’ll be late by the time I get home from my interview but I’ll make it up with a morning working workout and an extra long walk in the evening.

Happy Thursday Y’all!

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 37

I really REALLY wanted this week to be different but I have no one to blame but myself…and a little of mother nature. This past weekend I REALLY enjoyed food and mead and more food and a Bloody Mary with the kindred. Then it’s that time of the month for me to have the skin of a pubescent teen and the appetite for salty and sweet foods. I can accept the pound I gained because I’m the one in semi-control of my body (I can’t help what mother nature is doing this week) so I started planning my meals last night. Here’s to a better week. Happy Thursday Y’all.

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: Week 33

I’m a little happier with the scale’s number this morning. Mind you, I drank more water this week, made sure I hit my 30 points for activity and ATE. I ate more than I normally when it came to points. I was restricting myself A LOT and before that, it was the holidays so I was a little goosey-loosey with all the YUMMY YUMMY pies and cornbread dressing and mead and I need to stop with the food list.  I did also vary some of the foods that I eat but let me tell you…beans with eggs in the morning is surprisingly awesome!

My sample breakfast:

1/2 cup of black beans (or red kidney but pintos are my favorite)
2 eggs cooked how you like (I prefer scrambled)
Fat-free cheddar cheese (I know sounds awful but it’s not so bad)
Bacon (one slice crushed)
Mrs. Dash Chipolte Seasoning

OPTIONAL: green onions or salsa

Heat the beans of your choice (you can mash them a little if you like), scramble your eggs with 1/8 cup of cheese and fry and crumble bacon. I layer my beans sprinkled with a little Mrs. Dash and 1/8 cup of cheese then top with eggs and crumbled bacon. Depending on my time restraints sometimes I’ll add green onion and sometimes I’ll add a couple of tablespoons of salsa. If I’m doing this for dinner I’ll add a little bit of guacamole.

Happy Thursday guys. Oh speaking of which, has anyone noticed that Canada readers aren’t showing up on the stats? Is it just me?

 

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 32

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it seems that I have maintained the same weight for two weeks now. The last time this happened I ate more food and continued to walk almost two miles a day. Now that it’s winter I use the treadmill for 20 minutes but not almost every day. I could get more active and eat more so I’ll start there. But at least I didn’t gain any weight.

For something different I took the quick 3 bean chili and added a can of pumpkin and beef. This made it 3 points but it was SO good. I also have been enjoying my 1 point pita bread. I think I’ll change certain items that are my normal go-to foods. Here’s to another week of trying. Happy Thursday everyone!

Productive 1st Week

I can’t begin to say how proud of myself that I am with the first week of the year. Unfortunately, I may not be able to keep to the schedule today due to outside obligations. This morning, I got up early and read the book that the kindred is covering for the book club meeting. Heroes of Asgard is a short book and easy read because I’ve heard these stories and variations from different sources. The Kindred is also supporting each other in their healthy choice of lifestyle. I’ve already been working with Weight Watchers and decided to participate to help lose the pesky 20lbs that just can’t be dropped. For this week I’ve participated in and accomplished the necessary goals with the kindred and learning journey not to mention my own personal (not daily) study of the Havamal. Oh, I even did my time on the treadmill.

The 365-Day project has been awesome and shitty all at the same time. I can take an awesome picture one minute and WTH was that photo the next. The Skillshare class helped a great deal and I have a couple more that I want to watch. The best part is that they are all short and cut right to the chase so I can learn, try, and grow through a swift transition. Trying to remember all the tips and tricks is what I need to try harder at. Maybe making my own notes or flashcards to carry will help like little-reminding nods. I think my favorite photo is from day 4. The puddle experiment was scary to try but I’m glad I did. I’m glad I stepped out of the car. I have a horrible feeling that today’s photo won’t be all that great because of the events I have happening today.

The short story that I wrote made me feel good. It was great to write something other than the journal entries, weighing-in, or Havamal study. I already have an idea for the next one and hope that I can keep it short.

My comic…Oh my! All I can say is that the app I found took longer for me to draw with than doing it by hand. My goal was a simple stick figure comic to bring a little chuckle but it was lacking. I can either watch the tutorials or go balls deep and do it by hand. If I’m going to do that I need to stop by the store and either get a small sketchbook or a grid composition. I did find my Wacom tablet and pen in the garage so I’ll try my next one with that.

How did your first week of working towards goals pan out for you?  I’m going to work damn hard on making sure I get a photo for my 365-Day project. Happy Sunday everyone.

 

New Years *Realistic* Planning

WOW! 2019 already around the corner! I was looking through some of my posts from last year and I set the bar really high for myself throughout the ENTIRE year. I started A LOT of projects and FAILED at almost all of them. I analyzed what I did wrong. It was basically me reaching for the stars while working a 40-hour job and a full-time second job as wife and mother. I’m going to try and keep it simple. I want to be as successful as possible and ran across this article that suggests ‘why’ people are not successful with their resolutions.

First I needed to do some ‘house cleaning’ for my blog. My poor Fenton project didn’t really go anywhere but I didn’t delete the project altogether. I also removed ‘I Survived the A to Z 2018’ image from my sidebar. That was a brutal task but I proud of myself for completing it. I might participate again this year but that could be a no-no from the no-no resolution list. After the ‘house cleaning’ I read through the list again and need to make sure I do these things:

  1. Make goals specific and to include a time frame.
  2. Do not be overly ambitious (more than I can handle-umm…I’m notorious for that as Y’all well know)
  3. Believe that I can complete my goal
  4. Have some with instant gratification and/or results
  5. Have a record of progress (blog)
  6. Make the list

My goal list started out as basically every run of the mill resolution. I want to be happier, lose weight, reduce stress and be more creative. Sounds like a basic list that I would BOMB within a month. I already quit smoking and I’m currently working on losing weight. I decided to break things down a bit more:

  • Work on being happy
    -Unplug (no phone after 5pm)
    -Do something that makes ME happy
  • Meet my goal weight this year
    -I have 22lbs to lose
    -Eating healthy falls in this category (this isn’t a goal)
    -Being more active also falls into this category (this isn’t a goal)
  • Write More
    -Produce one story 50 words or more a week
    -Have deadline
    -Could be about anything
  • Continue learning Asatru and Heathenism
    -Continue reading and participating in my kindred’s book club meetings
    -Study the Havamal
    -Be mindful of Asatru dates of importance
    -Participate more with Kindred events.
  • Draw more
    -Create a simple comic character
    -Produce one comic weekly
    -Keep it simple
  • 365 Day Project
    -Still, need to decide on a subject (HELP! I don’t know which one: create my own color pallets OR cell photography with the use of extra lenses. Opinions and thoughts are greatly appreciated!)
  • Express me more…be more social-ish
    -Express my feelings and speak more

This seems like a lot but when I break it down, it really isn’t. Instant gratification comes from the daily project which also serves as another objective-portfolio 365-day project that I need. Writing more is something that I have slacked on A LOT! I have a deadline and a minimum word count. Drawing more will fall under last years goal of creating my own little comic. The difference is that I have a deadline and some criteria such as KEEP IT SIMPLE! Nothing to elaborate and I’ve already started simple sketching planning my character. Finding my happiness is through ALL these goals. Continuing my Asatru Heathen path brings me peace and helps me work on mindfulness. Unplugging is something that is greatly needed and will help me unwind at night. All of this ALSO needs a schedule. Without one I’m surely going to fail.

What are your resolutions this year? How are you tackling them to achieve some level of success?

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