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!

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