Celebrate Small Victories

Time to be honest. Time to ‘fess up. You’ve not seen any Weight Watchers posts from me in while and maybe you’re wondering what is happening? Well, nothing is happening. In the midst of marathon training, which took over my life for training and the race, and then the holidays, I stopped going. I missed a couple meetings because it became more important to not get up early on Saturday’s since I was up so early on Sunday mornings to run. Maybe I could have gone to a different meeting, but in my mind, if I couldn’t go to my beloved meeting, I wasn’t going to go. 

My eating became all about fueling my body for marathon training. I ate to keep up the energy I needed to run all the miles. I grew tired of certain foods that were a staple for me, such a bananas and peanut butter. And amongst all of this, I quit tracking. 

Back in September, I stopped going to meetings and cancelled my membership. If I wasn’t following the plan, I didn’t want to pay for it. I was focused on marathon training. When I got past the marathon, it really took several weeks for my body to get over the fact that I was no longer seriously training and did not need all the food. 

Then the holidays came. Always a busy time of year, we had a lot going on between work, parties, family get-togethers, and taking time off. 

Are these all excuses? Maybe. But, I did what I had to do at that time. But now, I am working towards getting back on track. To finding my way back to healthier eating and less indulging. I know I gained weight during marathon training – it is an evil twist in a plan to run 26.2 miles. It seems like you would lose weight, but you don’t. I gave myself a pass because I could only focus on one HUGE goal at once. 

I have not been on a scale since my last Weight Watchers meeting. I have no idea what my weight is. This scares me a little bit because I can feel that I’ve put on weight, but I also feel incredibly strong. 

In an effort to get back on track, I’ve been making small changes the last couple of weeks. Getting back to habits that have always been important – and successful – in my weight loss. As part of this, I am taking time on Saturdays or Sundays to celebrate small victories from my week. These are from the last two weeks:

 

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I start off my week with several small goals in mind. I really had to nix the Starbucks habit that took over the holidays (although it was a delicious habit) and I’m really trying to get back to taking snacks and lunch, even when I feel too busy to do so. Meal planning is very helpful in this. All of these will become a habit over time again.

Will I go back to Weight Watchers? For now, the answer is no. I love Weight Watchers and I will always credit it for teaching me how to live healthy and make lifestyle changes for weight loss success without depriving myself of foods that I love. I might one day. There are so many things I love about it. But, right now it’s not an expense I cannot justify. I know the plan inside and out, I need to make it work on my own. 

I will continue to work on making small changes that will eventually add up to big results. In addition to focusing on balance this year, I am also working on all things in moderation. Eat healthy, workout, enjoy indulgences from time to time, and take care of myself. I can also help hubby with this as he starts a weight loss challenge of his own. Taking care of myself will carry over to taking care of us. 

 

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At some point, I will get on a scale. But for now, I am focusing on how I feel rather than what the scale says. 

 

Would you like to join me? Share your small victories on Instagram and use the hashtag #celebratesmallvictories – comment on this post and leave me your Instagram name so I can follow you if I’m not already. 

Get your ‘ish together!

2015 is in full swing now, before we know it January will be over and we will be welcoming in February. If you started the year with goals, hopefully you are staying focused on them and working towards them. They say that most people give up on New Year’s resolutions on January 10. I don’t like the word “resolutions” for this very reason – to me it’s just something you say you’re going to do and then you don’t. I like the word “goals” much better. It’s something to work towards.

 

goalsthe object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

 

If you need a little help keeping focused on your goals, whether it’s fitness or nutrition related, I’d love for you to take part in a 5-day challenge group we are putting together. 

 

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 We will focus on:

  • Water intake
  • Healthy food options
  • Fitness – including a couple of workout videos!

There will also be point system and a prize at the end! 

Join us for accountability and for support over 5 days. You never know, you might learn something new to help you reach your goals. The group will start on Monday, January 26th.

If you are interested in joining us, leave a comment on this post.

 

What not to have in the house…

I decided to do this post after getting home yesterday afternoon and eating WAY more than I should have, stuff that I didn’t need to eat. I am not really sure how it happened, but it did. It was a major slip-up. All this after doing so well for breakfast and lunch. I have to make myself accountable for it. It’s so simple. There are certain foods that I should not have at home. At all. So consider this post as a note to self for future reference.

This slip-up got me thinking about trigger foods and drinks. Foods and drinks that I should not have in the house because it’s hard to stay away from them.  I am probably missing a few, but these are the main ones.

 

  • Chips and salsa.  This is absolutely at the top of my list. I have no self-control over chips and salsa. If they are in my house, I will eat them like they are going out of style. I typically have salsa in the fridge because I have it on fish or baked potatoes or with a Wasa cracker. So really, salsa is not the problem. It’s the chips. Rarely do I by tortilla chips and on Sunday I did. They were Baked Tostitos, but still… If you eat enough of them it doesn’t matter.

 

  • Popcorn.  The best thing about popcorn is that it’s salty. And buttery. And Sunday afternoon when hubby and I walked into Publix and the delicious aroma of fresh-popped popcorn met us at the door, it was hard to resist. They have that darn popcorn machine in the deli and they sell it by the bag. So we bought a bag. Evil popcorn.

 

  • Cheese crackers.  Again with the salt. Do you sense a pattern here? It’s hard to stick to a serving size when eating these so they just need to not be around me.

 

  • Beer.  Beer girl that I am, I love – LOVE – an ice cold beer. It’s so refreshing. But do I need to have it at home? The answer is a very firm NO. The problem is I likely don’t have just one and it is usually accompanied by something salty. Sadly, I think there should not be adult beverages on a school night, certainly not at home. I think it needs to be saved for the couple of Tuesday night baseball games we go to each month, and when we eat out on Saturdays. It’s just empty calories and wasted points unless I have planned for them when we go out.

 

  • Soda. We rarely buy soda for home, maybe a couple times a month. And when we do, we buy it because of something we’re having for dinner that I want to have soda with. If we do buy it, we just buy a two-liter. It doesn’t need to be in the house.

 

  • Cereal.  Cereal talks to me from atop the refrigerator and I will eat it like there’s no tomorrow. Even if it’s supposed to be good for me, I’ll eat too much of it. This fortunately doesn’t apply to hubby’s cereal that he buys, I don’t seem to bother that.

 

  • Chocolate.  M&M’s, Hershey Kisses, Hershey Bars….. While I would like to believe my mom when she says chocolate is Vitamin C, I do not need it and I rarely if ever buy it to have at home. If I did, it would be gone in minutes.

 

  • Cookies. I am not that person that can keep cookies in the cupboard to have from time to time. No sir. If a box or bag of cookies make it into the house, they also talk to me from the kitchen. The only way to shut them up is to eat them. Too much pressure…

 

What’s frustrating about this? I can eat or drink whatever I want IN MODERATION. I have 26 points a day, 49 weekly points to use, and I earn anywhere from 25 – 35 activity points per week. It’s all about making choices. Sadly, most of what happened yesterday is brought on by that-time-of-the-month, but still. If I didn’t have it in the house, I wouldn’t have gone for it. And to add to it, I have 0 point snacks available. I just blew right past them as I was reaching for the stuff I didn’t need.

Making healthy choices most of the time is – and will be – a lifelong lesson. I’m not perfect and not every choice will be healthy. I’m all for splurging from time to time. But yesterday was just ridiculous. It was a big slip-up. Splurging when we go out is much more fun and enjoyable.

After this HUGE moment of weakness, I re-grouped and decided that beating myself up over it was not going to help. Instead I started writing this post and I immediately tracked everything. Then for dinner I was back on track. At the end of the day, when all was said and done. I was over by 23 points. Over and done with, moving on.

Today is a new day. I have 26 points to work with. I will use them wisely. Lesson learned.

 

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What are your trigger foods? How do you come back from a bad day of eating?

Because I am human… {eating}

Because I am human, I have been eating AWFUL this week. Just awful. No one forced me to eat the things I have… I chose to. No one twisted my arm to do so… I chose to. And now I have to own it.

Six months into the year of weight loss and this week I have reverted back to my old eating habits this week. I have not prepared this week, and I have been slacking on the snacking.

I *know* what I need to do, and I need to do it. Stress cannot lead me to eat so bad. I should NOT go through a drive-thru just because I am stressed. That is what the old me did. The new me cannot do that.

Because I am human, I will pick up from here – today – and move forward. I know what I need to do to be successful. Twenty pounds down does not mean I can eat what I want all the time. I will splurge on occasion and live my life. I will go to a baseball game and enjoy what I want. Or out to dinner and indulge in a treat. But I do not need to eat so carelessly for lunch several days a week when I am stressed and when things aren’t going right. Eating French fries will not solve problems.

 

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I have also not tracked in two days. TWO DAYS. There goes my June #goalgetter2013 goal. I need to snap out of this and fast. Again, not tracking will not solve problems. They are still there regardless. Today, I will get back to tracking. Today is a new day.

Because I am human, this will be a lesson. I know I am stronger than this. I know what I need to do and I can do it. I have to do it. I’ve come to far and I still have a ways to go. I cannot fail. I will not fail.

 

Are you an emotional eater? What sets you off on eating? How do you snap out of it?

Yelp Fits The Bill at Fitlife Foods!

It has been too long since I’ve been to a Yelp Elite event so I was happy to make it this one. Hubby tagged along with me, he’s my favorite +1 to take along. Fitlife Foods has been on my list of places to try for awhile. There are plenty to choose from in the area – St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa, all easy to get to. The Elite event was at the South Tampa location.

 

 

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If you are not familiar with Fitlife Foods, they provide freshly prepared meals and snacks, all made in house with fresh ingredients. There are different size options (small, medium, large, or one size). They also have customized wellness solutions to fit your goals and time schedule, designed to best suit your needs.

 

 

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I was very impressed by this location and the kitchen and food prep area. We were spoiled with an assortment of foods to sample and tempt our taste buds. From Sicilian Chicken Meatballs to their Signature Nacho Cheese Queso Dip, a Chili Lime Dip, and an AMAZING Snickerdoodle Cookie…. It was all delicious and extremely fresh.

 

 

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I was also impressed to learn that they cut their meats and fish IN the cooler. We met “Polar Bear” Mike who works in there all day! They have large walk-in refrigerators and freezers and a very clean kitchen area. All of this means that the meals we purchase will be very fresh and full of flavor. Served in recyclable plastic containers, each meal is labeled with nutritional info and the “Best By” date, no more than 3 days out.

 

 

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Since I follow Weight Watchers, I was calculating the points of a couple meals using the nutritional info. They made my day when they offered me a list of their meals with “points” calculated! It couldn’t be any easier! From breakfast to burgers, full meals with sides, sauces, and desserts, it is all very well planned out. I look forward to trying the meals we brought home and can’t wait to go back!

 

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As with the other Yelp events I’ve had the pleasure of attending, there was plenty of Yelp Swag and we were once again treated well with Fitlife samples and goodies to bring home. My blogging friends Katrina, Grace, and Caroline were there, but I was a bad blogger and didn’t get any photos of us! I also met new Yelp Elite member, Dianna. it’s always fun to meet new people at this events.

Thank you Fitlife Foods and Yelp for a nice evening and delicious foods!

 

Have you been to Fitlife Foods or a similar type service? What is your favorite meal? Let me know!