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: 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 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 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: 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!

Weighing In on Weighing In: It is What it is

I’m not a happy camper but I have no one to blame but myself. I’m ok because I lost the weight before and the holidays were a minor set back. With being sick, work stress, kids being sick, awesome Yule food and mead combined with little to no treadmill time I thought it would be worse. I’m just really hard on myself. This year I would like to reach my goal weight. So new year, new back on track. I have more than enough to keep me busy so I will start all over from here. I did, however, manage to make pea soup and with a little improvement, it could be one to keep in my freezer.

  • 1oz bag frozen peas (or whatever size you have one hand)
  • Chicken broth (I used at least 3 cups of fat-free)
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste (please do this after-I added too much)
    I topped mine with plain non-fat Greek yogurt but you could use sour cream

Boil everything together until the onions are tender. Blend and season to taste. My serving size was 1 cup and I had a pita sandwich on the side and it was SO yummy! If you try this let me know if there are any changes that you made and what you thought of it. Here’s to a more strict and productive week.

“If you trip down one stair, don’t throw yourself down the whole flight.”

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: 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: 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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