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: 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 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: 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: 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 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 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!

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?

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: Wk 29

29 weeks and 29lbs gone. It seems like it’s taking FOREVER! I know it’s going to be difficult with the holidays approaching. I’ll do my best. This week I didn’t get on the treadmill as much since the activity point system has changed. I’m wondering if I should go ahead an up my activity and see if I can possibly lose more than 1 pound a week.

The one thing I did enjoy was some warm butternut squash soup. It’s SOUPER (haha get it) easy. You’ll need:

2 frozen packages of butternut squash
1 yellow onion diced
4 cups fat free vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
(I added minced garlic and later red pepper flakes)
Bring everything to a boil and when the onions and squash are done blend together. That’s it. Serving size is 3/4 cups but I doubled that because I’m a soup kind of girl.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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: Wk 20

I woke up this morning not all that optimistic but it was also combined with my mood from yesterday. The only bright side that I can see in today’s weigh in is the fact I didn’t gain. I really wanted to lose some more but what person on a diet doesn’t? I know what my problem was with this week. Maybe a few things that I haven’t been doing that I’m supposed to. I haven’t been drinking water like I should. I haven’t been walking as much as I should. I haven’t demonstrated the willpower to refuse treats.

This upcoming week: drink water, walk more, say no more, and take more time for me…more.

I didn’t experiment with any more soup recipes as I still have my curry lentil, Tuscan pumpkin, and rustic ratatouille soup in the freezer that I have been enjoying. I may be absent for a while but that has to do with finding time for myself to write if my family allows me that time. Here’s to another week. Happy Thursday everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 17

This has been a much better week both work and family wise. I have stopped worrying about my daughter’s decision about moving to be closer to her biological father. That is her choice, she is an adult, and I don’t have to have anything to do with her right now. I’m no longer responsible for her well being. So, I let go of all of those feelings.

I haven’t been meeting my activity points by 10 but I’m staying active. The treadmill walks in the morning seem more intense but it helps me get the stress from work out of my system. I haven’t experimented much with recipes and stuck to what I know. That Tuscan pumpkin soup is my new fav right now and fills me up.

I did it, I lost the two pounds I gained and hope this coming week I can lose more. Here’s to another week, everyone!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Wk 14

I was extremely naughty this week with my dieting. My son had cake and pizza at his party and I partook in both. I had 2 bloody marys over the weekend which was also a big no-no. I met my activity points but barely. This is partly my fault and weather. The rain and storms were relentless and I was able to get the bulk of my exercising in before they hit but that’s about it. I gained a pound as of yesterday and as off this morning (weighed in at the same time and place) and the pound was gone.

kodiak pancake mixSo, today is a new day and new beginning week to my diet and I can correct my mistakes. I haven’t lost ALL motivation so I’m not slipping that far back. I’m human and will make mistakes. I mean…it was PIZZA! So, more exercising and be more mindful of my food choices. A great find that I was finally able to get my hands on is Kodiak pancake mix. This stuff is AMAZING and packed full of protein. 1/2 cup is only 5 points! I have heard about the elusive product and my local Wal-Mart finally started stocking it. I just hope it’s not a temporary product.

I can leave you with what I learned about myself this week. Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 13

Writing this post, I can’t believe how much can happen during a week. Last week I went to a Freyrfaxi with my husband to see and learn what Asatru was about. I have never felt so much at home. I saved all my weekly points for that night. Those people were so hospitable and there was so much food. I made my cheese and bread and brought thinking I can at least eat what I brought just in case. I worried WAY too much. Since the group asked to bring food that was personally hunted or grown or a person knew the source there was so much I could eat. It’s the mead that I didn’t know how to account for. I figure since it’s made like wine I would just double those points. I feasted on pork, fresh fruits, and vegetables, and I even indulged on a cookie. I felt a peace that I haven’t felt before.

I dreaded today…I felt like I hadn’t lost and could have possibly gained. I didn’t lose as much and I think that there are a couple of reasons why. 1- I wasn’t as active. I met my 70 activity points but one I met those I didn’t put any effort forward to go over and 2- I don’t think I ate enough of my weeklies. The problem is that a lot of the food that I ate at the gathering I had to guess about. If I was under then I wasn’t going to drop the weight like I had started doing 3 weeks ago. My weekend isn’t as active just the grocery pick up, some errands, oh! And my son’s birthday party. Yup, he’s getting older and so am I. Luckily, the bowling alley will be doing the clean up so I will be enjoying more time with my son.

This week, I lost a pound making it a total of 22 lbs. I’ll try harder next week.

What I LOVED:

I had a BUNCH of tomatoes from my garden that needed to be cooked. I threw that with some onion and garlic making a quick and chunky tomato sauce. I added tomato paste to add a little umph to the sauce which added my point. The butternut squash noodles serve as the bed of noodles that I would use for the sauce. It was so GOOD! Totally underestimated the whole veggie noodle trend. I was going to use a little parmesan but unfortunately someone in the house at it. Guys-TRY THE VEGGIE NOODLES!

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 12

Week 12 – bringing in a total of 3 months and 21lbs gone. I really don’t see it but my husband assured me that he could tell.

I was nervous this morning getting on the scale after I indulged in the homemade bread and cheese and that was AFTER I had teeth pulled and eating/drinking soft (high) point foods. But I was SUPER excited to see that I lost another pound. It wasn’t 2 or 3 like the week before but I’ll take it. I’m hoping by the end of the year to lose at least 20 more but worried about winter. I HATE the cold and walking outside will have to stop. I do have a fear of falling on the ice as well and now need to come up with plan B and quick.

I did, however, get to try something new and will be buying in bulk and freezing for a treat during the winter. I’m a huge popcorn fan-HUGE. I love crunchy almost ANYTHING and found a recipe for roasted whole kernel code. You will need:

  • Corn on the cob (I used to whole cobs)
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • couple sprays of cooking spray
  • seasoning (use what you prefer and like or experiment with seasonings and lemon or lime juice)
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet with sides

Preheat oven to 325°. Cut the corn from the cob and place on sheet. Add olive oil, couple sprays of cooking spray, seasoning, and mix. Bake until crisp, shaking pan occasionally, about 45 minutes.

Notes
Check after 25 minutes making sure corn isn’t burning.

Also, thin corn tortillas- One is 1 point but I like to lightly spray both sides, add a little salt, and bake until crisp. These are a great alternative to tortilla chips that are high in points.

Weighing In on Weighing In: Week 11

One thing I definitely learned is that A LOT can happen in a week…even a few days. I went in and had a tooth pulled on a Friday afternoon, a couple days later stitches thrown in. Finally able to return to work and still feeling pain the extraction caused. This, of course, made me adjust my eating habits.

Things I learned:

Weight Watchers has a zero point list for fruits, vegetables, and proteins for the freestyle program that I am doing. Blending zero point fruits adds points! My two point smoothie ended up being 13points! GRR. Mashed taters was also a higher point food that I only indulge in when out at a restaurant but needed to this past week. I also opted for cream of wheat which was nice and easy to eat along with being filling. Not walking as much and not filling full I was worried about what the scale would read. Sincerely…I almost skipped the weigh-in day. But here it goes, 182lbs is what the scale read this morning!


I’m officially 20lbs down! No, I can’t see it or notice it and that’s because it’s happening slowly. Then I remind myself that just because it’s slow doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I’m hoping this upcoming week will be better all around. Not wasting my weekly points on stupid smoothies and being able to actually eat would be great. I don’t have a unique recipe to share but I will be experimenting with butternut squash noodles and that will be posted next week (if it’s good).

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