Truth Tuesday: What Am I Doing?

I weighed in at my Weight Watchers meeting today and the scale said I lost 2.4 pounds. I was happy that I lost but I am not happy about this:

On May 8th I weighed in at my meeting at 167.8

The following week I weighed in at 169.8

The week after that, 169.8 again

Last week no weigh in, I was home sick

Today my meeting weight was 167.4

So, in a month of meetings I have lost 0.4 pounds

Am I happy that it is a negative and not a positive? Of course

Am I happy that my weight keeps bouncing back and forth? Absolutely not

Some days I feel my WLJ is like being on a treadmill- I’m running and running but I’m not going anywhere.

I know this lack of progression falls solely on my shoulders. I have a good week and then I follow it up with a not so good week. Why is it so easy to gain and so freaking hard to lose?

Why can’t I have a good week and then follow it up with another good week? Why does that seem to be so hard lately?

I don’t have any answers to share with you. This is something I have to look into a little deeper and see what is going on.

What I do have is a goal. Well two goals actually.

The first is a little challenge between me and my friend Roni 😉 to see if we can both lose two weeks in a row. If you are also having the same problems I am please feel free to join us in our two week challenge. I set it as my goal so now I just need a plan that will help me achieve it. I’ll check back in with you next Tuesday to let you know how it went.

My other goal came from my Weight Watchers meeting. Today we talked about our goal for the summer and how we are going to achieve it. If you read this blog frequently then you’ll know that I already set a goal to reach my goal weight by Labor Day. So, when we were asked in the meeting what our goal was for the summer I already knew.

Our leader talked about how if we followed the six principles of Weight Watchers for the next 14 weeks we could lose between 7 and 28 pounds. My goal is smack in the middle of those numbers at 17.4 pounds by Labor Day. This is a totally reasonable amount, just a little more than a pound a week.

Our weekly handout had a summer calendar in it and we were told to mark on it any events that may disrupt our routine. She asked us to take some time today and fill it out but to also bring it with us to every meeting so we can discuss them with our group.

We also set goals for three different areas; weight, activity, and lifestyle.
These are mine:

My weight today: 167.4

What I hope to weigh by Labor Day: 150

Activities I’ll be doing: running, cycling, yoga

Something new I’ll try: crossfit (I can hear you laughing, Monica)

How often and how long I’ll plan to be active: 5-6 days a week, minimum 45 minutes a day

Something I’ve long wanted to do/learn/try: ziplining

How I’ll make it happen: call and make the dang reservation already, dummy! (Ok, I didn’t write dummy in my weekly handout but maybe I should have)

So that’s my plan for the summer. I know it won’t be easy; there will be numerous disruptions popping up here and there but if I just plan for them and around them I know I can be successful.

How about you? What is your summer time goal? Where do you want to be by Labor Day and do you have a plan on how to get there?

Thanks for reading!

June 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 1 comment.

Bad Habits Come Creeping Back In

It’s been about six weeks since I reached my lowest weight of 173 pounds. That was before I left for vacation. Since then I have bounced between 173.2 all the way up to 178 and it has been nothing short of frustrating.

Yes, I knew that vacation would bring forth a gain- which it did. And that it wouldn’t take long to lose the weight, which it didn’t. But then I got sick. I fell out of routine. And bad habits started creeping back in.

So, I bounced. That weight jumped back and forth and the more that 173 evaded me the harder I found it to make good choices.

Ok, that’s not entirely true. I was making good choices. They were just surrounded by bad choices.

Like I would kill it at the gym and then later go crazy with my eating and not track.

Or I would make good food choices but I wasn’t getting in any activity.

So I wasn’t shocked that my weight kept fluctuating.

I was, however, shocked by the habits that started to come back as the frustration increased.

My worst habit by far- eating when I am not hungry.

Perfect example was last Saturday. I woke up, got in a great workout. Had a healthy breakfast and lunch and made great decisions to set me up for a successful evening at a friend’s house where I would be drinking lots of home-brewed beer and eating foods not prepared by me.

To help survive the smorgasbord that would be there I prepared a healthy, nutrient dense wheat berry and chickpea salad. I knew if I could eat this and limit the portions on the other foods I would be ok.

But that’s not what happened. I ate and ate and ate. Even when I was no longer hungry. All because the foods were new and oh so yummy and because I easily revert back to bad habits when alcohol is involved and that is not a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s ok to have a night of fun like that (with slightly less indulgence) as long as the next day I go back to eating like a normal person.

But I don’t. That’s where my struggle lies. Saturday was fun. We had a fabulous time with friends. I didn’t make the best decisions but that’s life. It happens. I move on.

But Sunday found me making the same mistakes- having a big, hearty brunch and then eating samosas just an hour or so later (not even slightly hungry) because they looked yummy and were in front of my face. I regretted eating them not because of the points, which I tracked, but because I felt like I was losing control of my mindful eating practice. I was letting the food control me, not the other way around.

I told Paul about how pissed I was that after a year I am still making bad decisions and he said that I need to look at it differently. I’ve had that habit for a very long time, far longer than a year, so it should come as no surprise when that habit comes through and causes me to make bad decisions.

I guess that’s true.

Although I don’t want it to be. I like to think I’m different now. I like to think those habits are gone.

Maybe we are both right. Maybe that urge will always be there, that temptation from food which leads me to overindulge. But maybe it’s lessened.

Or maybe I just have the tools now to help me make better decisions that allow me to keep that temptation at bay.

Most of the time, at least 😉

Thanks for reading!

March 15, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 8 comments.

How it all Started: Guest Post by Kelley

I’m so excited to welcome Kelley (@KelleylovesMark) to my blog. As you know, I’ve been on my WLJ for close to a year now. One thing that I found very helpful in staying on track is knowing where I started and why I chose to change. I am thrilled that Kelley chose to share with us her story, how it all started.

How it all started…

Looking back at my wedding photos and pictures from my honeymoon I was ashamed of what I saw. I was unhappy with how heavy I looked in my wedding dress and how unhappy I looked. This was supposed to be the best day of my life and I was supposed to be happy, but I wasn’t because I didn’t look the way I had dreamed I always wanted to look. From then on I knew I needed a change.

I had always thrown around the idea of starting Weight Watchers, but I had never taken the steps to join. From the beginning I knew that Weight Watchers online was the best opinion for me because I could do it all from home and it was quick and easy to stick to. On January 9, 2012 I talked over my idea with my husband and he thought it was a great idea because he knew how unhappy I was with my weight. That was the day my new life began and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve been on the program from 4 weeks and so far I’ve lost 5.1 lbs. It’s been slow loss, but right away I noticed that my clothes were fitting better. I’m so happy with the program and I’ve been support by so many amazing ladies on Twitter. My journey has even inspired one of my coworkers to restart her Weight Watchers journey. I’m so happy with how everything is going and excited to see all of the changes to come!

– Thanks again to Kelley for sharing her story. Make sure to give her some love in the comments or on Twitter! Thanks for reading!

February 14, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 1 comment.

Finding Her Muchness: a Guest Post by Yerttle

What’s up, Shipmates! I’m Yerttle from over at BloggingMolly. Dacia asked me to write a guest post for her and since I love her and her blog, I agreed wholeheartedly.

And now this guest blog entry is late…because life happens.

I’m an Army Wife, FRG Leader, a Girls on the Run coach, a Religious Education teacher, have three kids, classes, a dog, a couple of blogs and a camera. …I’m busy. 🙂

During the Spring of 2011, I was just as busy as I am now, only I was carrying an extra 25 pounds. I was grumpy, hated looking in the mirror, and complained about the effort it took to convert oxygen to carbon dioxide. I’d been Blog Stalking (don’t act like you don’t do that, too…) over at Ginger Couturier and saw a comment by “Dacia”. Being an effective Blog Stalker, I clicked on over to her blog and quickly fell into cyber love with the positive tone. I found recipes, information about Weight Watchers, and other bloggers who were looking to improve themselves, as well.

Dacia was generous enough to chat with me on the phone about Weight Watchers and I felt instantly at peace. Dacia is just as nice on the phone as she is in her blog. 🙂

Anyway, I joined WW as Monthly Pass member and I’ve never regretted a day of it. I’ve lost weight and dress sizes, to be sure, but I’ve gained so much more than that…

I’ve gained my Muchness back.

I remembered that I am strong, physically and emotionally. (three natural deliveries, deployments, a marathon, a happy marriage…) I forgot all that, you see. I forgot that I am worth taking care of. My husband is loving and supportive and wonderful, but I never believed anything nice he told me. I thought he was telling me those things because he had to. I forgot that I can run fast when I really want to, that I am good at helping my kids with their homework, that I have things to offer the world. Those 25 pounds weren’t just hiding my quads…I was allowing them to hide me.

Me and my Muchness.

So I’ve been wittling away the extra fat, slowly but surely. I now buy only food that is really Good for us: organic and/or sustainably grown produce, whole foods with ingredients that I can actually pronounce and NOTHING from outside the United States. I got back to running and those happy endorphins it brings. I go to Zumba twice a week and play it at home on the Wii. I drop and do push ups in the kitchen while I wait for dinner to cook. …the change has been slow and sometimes challenging, but I remembered…

I remembered finally that I’m worth a challenge.

I dropped from a size 16 to a size 10 (loose fitting now…). I dropped 10 inches off each thigh, two inches off each arm, and 8 inches off my waist. Sadly, my bra size has decreased, too…

…the fun stuff always goes first…

Dacia and WW helped me see light at the end of the tunnel, even gave me a leg up when I needed it. The thing is, though…my hard work belongs to me. Just me. I sweat. I run. I lift.

This year, I’ve signed up for the Bataan Memorial Death March 26.2, the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon, and will, on March 7, sign up for the Marine Corps Marathon. I’d have never had the guts to dream so big if I hadn’t been inspired to sweat my ass off. I’d have never thought I even deserved a chance at such great things. Now, though…with a little help from my friends, I have discovered the old me, the strong me, the me who really does deserve all the Sweet Nothings from my husband.

I found my Muchness again…hear me roar 🙂

Did this story make you cry? It did for me. Thank you Yerttle for sharing with us! Please stop by Blogging Molly and check out her amazing blog! Thanks for reading!

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February 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 2 comments.

Finding Your Motivation

Today I want to share with you this amazing post from Notes from a Skinny Chick about finding motivation. I read it last night and it just completely resonated with me. Yes, I am biased because I am in the post but even if I wasn’t I would still be sharing it with you today.

Reading Skinny Chick’s post made me think about the last straw; what it was that made me decide to take action in order to save my life. Luckily for me that breaking point is documented in the first post I ever wrote on this blog. I am thankful that post will always be there to remind me of that day. I will forever be able to look back and
revisit those thoughts and emotions and use that to keep me motivated.

I am also very thankful for you. You keep me motivated. Your constant love, support and encouragement is amazing and I can’t tell you enough how appreciative I am to have you in my life! You have no idea how much you have helped me; you have saved my life! I love you!

Now, head over to Notes from a Skinny Chick and check out her amazing post. Then if you are feeling nostalgic, like I was, go check out my very first post from February 20, 2011. Not even a year ago and yet it feels like another lifetime. I know I feel like a completely different person. So crazy!

What motivates you? I would love to hear your thoughts on Skinny Chick’s post!

Thanks for reading!

January 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , . inspiration, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 1 comment.

Defending Weight Watchers

Paul is so cute sometimes. Last night while I was working on my blog posts he came into the room to tell me that he saw someone on Twitter talking about how bad Weight Watchers was and he had to set them straight. How funny. Being around the program for so long, not as a participant but as my supporter, he really has learned the ins and outs of Weight Watchers. It was so cool to listen to him talk about what this person had written and how they were wrong and how he told them why. It’s nice to have him defending Weight Watchers.

This morning when I woke up my mind was racing with thoughts about our discussion the previous night. Why does Weight Watchers get such a bad rap? Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of whether or not I agree with them. The idea behind this post is not to ‘prove someone wrong’ but instead to show you my side, give you my opinion, and let you know why I think Weight Watchers is a great program.

When I started with Weight Watchers I weighed 280 pounds. WW provided me with the one thing I needed more than anything else- to learn moderation. By the time I joined WW I had already learned accountability (which WW strongly reinforces) so the next big step for me was portion control and moderation. With the point system, WW is set up so you track what you eat which in order to do so you need to measure and portion your food. By understanding portion sizes it helped me learn moderation. To this day I am still in awe as to what a true, single portion size looks like.

Weight Watchers is also a great program because it works with whatever you eat. There is no restriction as to what you can or can’t eat which allowed me to be adventurous with my food choices without ever feeling deprived. WW never tells you what you can’t eat however they do offer healthy guidelines to help you track water, fruits and veg, vitamins, dairy, healthy oils and exercise daily. Getting these in daily is not required and it does not impact your points on the program it’s just a really good (and healthy) suggestion. I check most of them (obviously no dairy for me) daily and it always makes me feel good knowing I am putting a lot of good things into my body.

The program encourages us to get active. Really the slogan for WW could be ‘eat less, move more’ but I guess that’s not very catchy. WW suggests that we get moving and to help us get motivated they feature at least one story in every weekly handout about a member that has incorporated movement into their daily life. There are also numerous fitness challenges posted online by WW members ranging from walking challenges to triathlon training and everything in between. I even started up a group for SA WW members and met during the summer to go on different walks/hikes. During meetings, especially the ones the past few months, we talked about what type of activity we were getting in, different ideas for trying new things, increasing our activity when we knew we would be indulging on holiday treats and a whole slew of other fitness related topics.

During meetings, as well as on the WW website, we also discuss recipes and trying out different food items. My leader, Sally, loves to talk about finding/substituting/adding in filling foods; foods that are high in protein and/or fiber. For example; using Greek yogurt in place or sour cream or taking pasta (whole wheat) and instead of just piling on plain spaghetti sauce add in some veggies and some lean protein for a more well-balanced and well-rounded meals. Since my meeting is during lunch Sally is always looking at what I am eating (which is vegan) and asks me for recipes. She loves adding legumes (which are packed with fiber) into recipes and when she sees my food she gets ideas for her own meals and how she can tweak them to fit her tastes. Experimenting with new foods and trying to find better, healthier ways to eat are key ideas in the program and are continually reinforced which really helps members progress throughout their journey.

Not only have I found support through meetings (we have a great leader and members here at work) but I have found so much support, much more than I ever imagined, through the WW website, FB WW groups, this blog, and on Twitter. I think half the people I follow on Twitter are WW members. This support team has been with me along this journey, encouraging me every step of the way and because of them I have been able to grow and change and lose and become healthier. Weight loss, especially from my starting point of needing to lose 50% of my weight, is not a journey you can take alone. I know this now. I rely on my friends to help keep me accountable but also to help me up when I fall. There have been so many times when it got really hard, when I felt like a failure, when I wanted to quit but at each hurdle I have had others there with me to help guide me through it. If nothing else, Weight Watchers works because it offers us that support, guidance, love and care we need to be successful.

For me Weight Watchers is not a fad (um, hello it’s been around since 1963 and I doubt it’s going to end anytime soon) and it’s not a diet (we eat whatever we want and we all eat different things so I don’t consider that a diet) but instead it is a tool to help me build a strong foundation of healthy living. WW is a tool that helped me learn portion control and moderation, it got me eating more fruits and vegetables (heck, WW led me to follow a vegan diet), it made me reevaluate my food choices and look for more nutritious and filling options and it has helped me to get moving and make fitness a big part of my life. WW has given me all of these things plus the best friends and mentors a girl could ask for. Now tell me, is Weight Watchers really that bad?

April, 2011- just a couple weeks after joining Weight Watchers

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December 31, 2011 – a little over nine months on Weight Watchers

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I BELIEVE- because it works!

Thanks for reading!

January 4, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 18 comments.

December Monthly Update

As you may remember back in September I had set a goal to lose 7 pounds a month, each month from September through December. That was my weight loss goal. Then in late November I decided I was going to set some additional goals to help me get through the holidays focused and on plan and that would ensure I had a little fun too. So let’s see how I did with my December, 2011 goals.

Lose seven pounds: my starting weight December 1st was 193.0 pounds, my weight January 1st was 179.4 for a total loss of 13.6 pounds! Not only did I hit my goal, I almost doubled it.

-Hit 186 pounds by the end of the year. See above 🙂

 -Complete the Sisterhood’s 25 days of fitness challenge: not only did I exercise all 25 days of the 25 day challenge, I finished the month out strong and exercised every day in December. 31 for 31, baby!

Plan out workouts while my parents are in town: it wasn’t always easy but I somehow managed to pull myself out of bed every day at 4am so I could go to the gym before work. I am pretty sure the only reason I was able to do it was because I had everything planned out.

– Plan out some fun things to do while my parents are in town: I had so much fun with my parents while they were here. We did get to do some of the things planned but not all of them. My dad is still having complications from the surgery he had in August that limited what he was able to do. All in all everyone had a great time. It was a fabulous and very relaxing Christmas!

– Hit the gym at least once a week with Paul: I went to the gym at least once a week (sometimes even 3 or 4 times) with Paul and it was awesome.

 – Blog three times a week: on average I blogged 3 times I week, I think I had 17 posts for the month, but there was a week in there where I only got two posts in.

 – Donate to charity: It took me until the end of the month but I was able to get a few (small) donations made before the end of the year 🙂

– Try a new recipe every week: Although I couldn’t name every recipe I tried off the top of my head I for certain tried at least one a week.

Bake Paul’s very belated birthday cookies: this is so sad. I still never made Paul’s birthday cookies. I did, however, make him three other types of cookies so I am thinking I am off the hook. Hopefully 😉

I didn’t set any new goals for January (aside from my resolutions) and I haven’t set a weight loss goal for the month. I am not sure I will either. I was updating my weight loss goals page on the blog the other day and I added my final two goals; reach a healthy weight and maintain it. That’s it. Those are my last two goals as far as my weight goes. I am just under thirty pounds from being at a healthy weight and normal BMI and I am ok with not setting any goals for how quickly I can get there. I am putting my health first and every decision I make is to help get me healthier so I know I will get there. That’s about all I have to say about that.

I hope you were able to read my post from Friday about the New You Challenge. If you are interested in participating you can start at any time. This is a personal challenge, not a competition, so please feel free to start up whenever you can.

One last thing before I go. I just have to point out that December was a crazy month for me weight loss wise. It was my largest monthly loss and percentage. I follow the Weight Watchers plan. I use all my daily points. I eat some of my weekly points too. I am not starving myself or doing anything in an unhealthy manner to create a big loss. Yes, I did workout every day in December but I am pretty sure I did every day in November too, that’s not anything new. I did however learn that after 12 weeks of following a plant-based/vegan diet your body reaches its full potential. December 31st marked 12 weeks for me eating vegan and I am pretty sure that is a very big reason I had such high numbers this month. Who knows. I just don’t want you to read this and feel discouraged because you didn’t lose the same amount I did this month. We are all different, our bodies are different. Even if you and I weighed the same and were the same height and ate the same foods there is no guarantee we would lose the same. Embrace the journey you are on and know that making your health your priority will get you to where you need to be.

Thanks for reading!

January 2, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Fitness, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 7 comments.

Weighing In (Week 38)

I am not going to talk about the program changes discussed in my Weight Watchers meeting. The way I look at is if you are doing WW then you already know all of this and if you aren’t doing it then you probably don’t care to read about it. I will note that for whatever reason my points did not change; I was at 30 before the change and am still at 30. What I did want to discuss was my weight loss this week and the impact the change to my schedule had on my body. I lost 1.4 pounds this week, which is great – don’t get me wrong, but I had a really hard weekend and my weight was all over the place throughout the Nia White Belt Intensive. You see although I ate the same food Friday, Saturday and Sunday that I do Monday through Thursday (it was just easier to treat being gone all day at the WBI like I was going to work- breakfast at home and all other meals/snacks at the WBI) my body was not handling it the same. Why, you ask? Well there are a few reasons that come to mind. The big reason being every night I was there I was unable to eat dinner which meant I would eat dinner after we finished which was much, much later than I am used to. To make matters worse I would eat and then within an hour I would be in bed. Normally I eat around 4pm prior to working out and then maybe I will have a small snack with some Kombucha post-workout. Instead I found myself eating at 7/730p, at which point I would be ravenous and eat super fast not even paying attention to my body, and then go to bed feeling full and disgusting. You know me, I am a planner and a snacker, so you are probably wondering why I let myself get to that point where I was starving come dinner time. Well, I packed tons of snacks (I even brought extras for others just in case) and yet we just didn’t have any breaks where I could eat anything. It was definitely an unfamiliar situation for me.

In reality what I went through last weekend was not a big deal and it just goes to show me that I can prepare for anything and still things might not go as planned. My point of this whole rant is that even though I did great with my food choices, stayed OP, got in tons of activity (3-4 hours of dancing each day throughout the weekend) and maintained my water intake my weight went up every day I was off of my eating schedule. This weekend showed me that it’s not just about what I am eating it is also about how and when I am eating. It’s something I need to recognize going forward and pay more attention to it. I also acknowledge that there will be many times in life where I will be pushed off my schedule and I might even end up making bad food choices but that is part of life and I have to accept it. It does however reinforce the good habits I do have which is a definite plus.

Yesterday I posted a link to the boxing gym where I take classes at, the Club KO, where my photograph and testimonial are published. I asked if anyone would want to read the full testimonial I sent them and someone said yes so here it is, the unedited version:

In February 2011 I started my weight loss journey. Weighing in at 286 pounds I knew I had a long road ahead of me. By May, after a few months of exercising regularly and twenty pounds of weight loss, I was ready to try something new, something challenging, that would help keep me motivated in this process. I decided to give boxing a try. I was apprehensive at first since I was very overweight and pretty uncoordinated. I was even too nervous to call Club KO to find out about the pricing and whether or not I could participate in the classes at my current fitness level so I had my husband call. He was assured that although the classes were not easy they were structured in a way so we could work at our own pace and that I should be fine. He also found out that the first class is free so I had no reason not to give it a shot.

That first class was extremely hard and it took 100% of my efforts to make it to the end but I survived. It wasn’t a pretty picture; I had no idea about the proper form for punching, I didn’t know how to coordinate my breathing, my footwork was atrocious, I couldn’t hold a plank position or complete every rep in the abdominal work but I made it through the entire class which was all I was hoping for. I left that day with a huge sense of pride and accomplishment for what I had done. I pushed myself harder, for longer, than I ever had before and immediately I knew I wanted to do it again. Since then my technique and endurance has improved, in each class I find I am able to more reps and hold positions longer, with every class my confidence grows and it is all because of the trainers at Club KO.

The best part about the trainers is that they expect 100% from you every minute of every class but they recognize that my 100% and another student’s 100% is different. They didn’t expect me to come into the gym and immediately become an expert boxer. They did however expect me to learn the correct technique, test my boundaries, and push hard the whole time. They always have encouraging words when they see you are giving it your all and when you aren’t they try to motivate you to give more. I never have felt that I was treated differently because of my size or my level of ability actually it was the opposite. I have felt included and accepted from day one which has made getting to this point in my journey a reality. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today, 90 pounds lost, if it weren’t for Club KO. I am excited to continue to work with them every week to help get me to my goal and to continue on with them after in maintaining it.

Thanks for reading!

December 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 4 comments.

Weight Watchers Weigh In and Holiday Update

Well it’s been two weeks since my last Weight Watchers meeting and I was ready to get back on that scale. I am kind of weird like that. I worked my butt off through the long holiday weekend to keep my activity points high and staying on plan with my tracking and portion control so I was anxious to see if it paid off. It did. I weighed in at 195.2 pounds which was a loss of four pounds. Yay! That made me very happy and it is really encouraging to me that I will be able to do the same thing again come Christmas and New Year’s.

280/195.2/150

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During the meeting, our leader asked how we did this year compared to last year. Well, last year I was not a WW member and I wasn’t on this WLJ so it was a million times more successful for me. I remember one year waking up on Black Friday and eating pumpkin pie for breakfast. Which might not be too bad but then I followed that up by eating at the Cove for lunch and then the Salt Lick (all you can eat family style BBQ) for dinner. Yeah, I used to go a little crazy on holidays. This year was a complete 180 for me.

I started off my morning with a Green Monster smoothie and then went to a special Thanksgiving Nia class. Lunch was my normal meal of soup and salad and of course some fruit thrown in throughout the day for snacks. I made sure I wasn’t starving when it was time to eat dinner which was, for me, a vegan dinner for one from Whole Foods, which was effing fantastic, and of course some vegan pumpkin pie. I didn’t even eat all of my vegan dinner and took home some leftovers. The pie was a real challenge for me though. It was amazing. The best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had, hands down. I ate one slice and it was fantastic. I was full and I knew I shouldn’t eat more but it was just so tasty. I had an internal debate with my inner fat girl for a few minutes before deciding that if I wanted more pie I could have it another time. I was full so there was no reason to eat more. Instead I went for a walk and enjoyed the warm evening air. Thanksgiving was definitely a win for me.

The rest of the long weekend was pretty awesome, too. It was filled with workouts, Thai Yoga, reading, spending time with Paul, Black Friday shopping at Whole Foods (bought my first pair of Toms, yay!), watching movies and cooking tons of yummy foods. I tried out a couple new recipes, creamy avocado pasta and a mushroom polenta casserole, and both were a hit. Of course the weekend went by too quickly and now I am longing for Christmas to roll around so I can have another day off from work. Until then I will try to focus on my Nia White Belt Intensive, which starts Thursday, and my holiday goals.

Holiday goals; have you made any for yourself yet? I hadn’t really given it too much thought until yesterday when my friend Blogging Molly posted her Christmas goals and then when the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans put out their 25 days of fitness Christmas Challenge. That’s when I realized I should probably set some goals for myself too so here is what I have come up with.

– Hit 186 pounds by the end of the year. I had this goal in place and I don’t really have a specific goal to hit by 12/25 so my goal is to keep working towards 186.
– Complete the Sisterhood’s 25 days of fitness challenge.
– Plan out workouts while my parents are in town
– Plan out some fun things to do while my parents are in town
– Hit the gym at least once a week with Paul. It’s more fun when you do it together 😉
– Blog 3X a week
– Donate to charity
– Try a new recipe every week
– Bake Paul’s very belated birthday cookies

So, that’s what I’ve got going on for the next four-ish weeks. How about you? Any goals or plans you have in place to help you survive the holidays?

If you haven’t already entered please check out my post from yesterday and enter for my ‘pick your own prize’ giveaway! Thanks for reading!

November 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers. 9 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Progress Photos

Twice this week I had to email pictures of my progress so far on my weight loss journey, more on the reasons why later, and thought I would share them with you. It was crazy to look back on these photos and see how much I have changed over the past nine months. It made me happy and proud of the progress I have made, sad I ever neglected my body so much to get to that point and anxious and excited for what lies ahead in this joinery. So mixed emotions to say the least.

Here they are; pictures from my journey in chronological order from March to November.

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Thanks for reading!

November 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, wordless wednesday. 15 comments.

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