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WW Weigh-In #36

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Good morning! Another crazy week done and I am thankful for two days off. Why is it that short weeks after a holiday seem so long?

I am very happy to report that I had a nice loss this week! It was a stressful week indeed, but I did my best to manage that stress without running to food for comfort. I succeeded *most* of the time and doing the best I can when I can.

 

WW Weekly weigh-in Week 36

 

I am pretty proud of myself this week. Being prepared and being more mindful really do go a long way, and still enjoying a meal out. Balance…

 

Things I did right this week are:

  • I tracked 5 of 7 days. I am happy with my decision to switch back to eTools just for the ease of use.
  • I made yellow rice, black beans, and tomatoes for the week and enjoyed it 4 days in a row for lunch or as part of dinner. It is so good and filling. I’m definitely making it again for this week.
  • I ran 4 mornings, went to hot yoga, and cross training one day. I am feeling really good about my half marathon training.
  • Being the dessert girl that I am, and have to have something sweet after dinner, I made a pineapple cake this week and we also had WW Chocolate Cookies N Cream ice cream bars which are so yummy and hit the spot.

 

What I will focus on this week:

  • Tracking. The foundation of all that is WW.
  • Staying as active as I can. In addition to my half marathon training, I am also doing my own #dailycorework challenge.
  • I still think I need to change up my breakfast and have more than a banana with almond butter, so I may add in oatmeal. I had my share of it a few months back, but it sounds good again.
  • Being prepared, so I will make yellow rice and beans again for the week. It’s the perfect meal for lunch, easy to heat up

 

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I earned 38 activity points this week! I feel like it should have been a little more more, but it’s still much better than the 25 I was earning a couple weeks ago.

 

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Today is cross-training day and I will do that after we take Blue to the vet this morning. Tomorrow I have 4 miles to run! We won’t be able to do much this weekend outside the home with Blue still healing, he has to be watched pretty closely (devil child). I’m hoping for a good week! And then at next Saturday’s meeting, I’ve been asked to speak. Of course I said yes. If they want to hear me talk about my journey, I will gladly share.

 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

WW Weigh-In #35

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Stress be damned. That’s all I have to say. Finding out your 3 year dog has cancer is a sure fire way to push you over the edge. And what does this girl do? Some unnecessary emotional eating.

But, AGAIN!, in my quest to do the best when I can because I refuse to let this battle beat me, I went to my 6:45am meeting this morning and got on the scale. I have to face it. Not getting on the scale won’t get me anywhere.

 

WW Weekly weigh-in Week 35

 

And a real eye opener… At the meeting we talked about how 2014 is just 17 weeks away. I have 17.4 lbs. to go to reach my goal of 140. I will do it. Some weeks will be better than others, but I will start 2014 at my goal weight. I WILL.

 

Things I did right this week are:

  • The week started off pretty good as far as food. I went back to tracking in eTools and did that Saturday – Wednesday morning.
  • I made a yellow rice, black bean, and tomato recipe that Patti in my meeting shared. It was so good and it last much of the week. I am going to make it again this week.
  • Lots of activity points from getting all of my runs in.

 

What I will focus on this week:

  • Getting back on track. I cannot let stress and emotions determine my fate. This coming week will be just as stressful when Blue goes in for surgery and we find out more about his cancer. I have to decide now to not let that interfere with staying on track.
  • This is the start of a new month and that means setting a new monthly goal. I have it narrowed down to a few to decide from. Having monthly goals has been great and very attainable.
  • A strong Week 3 of half marathon training. Tomorrow’s run will be the end of week 2 and it has been good.
  • I am going to try to make some meals ahead this week. I will be less likely to make bad choices during the week when I have good choices ready and waiting for me.

 

As for my activity this week, it was stellar! I hit 42 points for the week. The more points I earn, the more I want to earn and I find myself pushing a little harder each day to get extra points in. I am aiming for 50!

 

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Since I got home from the meeting this morning, I’ve already walked 2.15 miles, did my upper body workout, and finished off the #AugustCoreFocus challenge with a forearm plank and boat pose. I am so happy it’s a long weekend and I will enjoy our time off with running, relaxing, reading, cooking for the week ahead, and hot yoga class on Monday.

I hope you all have a wonderful (and safe!) holiday weekend!

I want…

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I usually try to keep things very upbeat on my blog, but today I am just going to spit all this out for fear that if I don’t, it will explode. That just wouldn’t be pretty, would it? Here goes…

 

I want… To not be stressed. I stress about everything. It can’t be good for me, right?

I want… To be able to take a real vacation with hubby. Just the two of us. For more than one day. (note to self: buy winning lottery ticket tonight)

I want… For it to be fall. Seriously, I’m done with this awful heat and humidity.

I want… To enjoy the beaches that we live so close too. Other than my Sunday morning run over the causeway bridge, the closest I’ve gotten to the beach was a survey I did for work the other day . It looked so awesome. I want to feel the sand between my toes. How sad is it that we live 7 minutes from the beach and never go?

I want… To live in a drama-free world. Drama is not  necessary and doesn’t get anyone anywhere.

I want… To not have to work quite so hard, maybe just for a little bit. It’s not in my genes to NOT work, but it sure would be nice to just sit back and not worry about how everything will get done for a bit.

I want… To sleep a full 8 hours. Please, Blue and Ozzie, can you maybe just let that happen every once in awhile? Mommy loves you, but she needs her sleep.

I want… To find the off-switch for my brain. It does not need to always be on, especially at night.

I want… To not worry. I worry about everything. Somehow things still work out, but the energy I exert worrying is exhausting.

I want… To feel like all the hard work we are doing will pay off one day. And I’m talking work, not weight loss. We bust our butts at work, please tell me one day we will reap the rewards of it.

I want… To wake up in the morning without anxiety. I had anxiety a several years ago and finally got it under control. I feel like it’s slowly creeping back in… I know stress brings it on, so I need to control that stress to get rid of the anxiety. The thought of anxiety makes me more anxious.
That’s better… Seriously, I’m not sure why everything has to seem so hard sometimes. This is why I so strongly focus on myself when I’m not working. I NEED to run, otherwise it’s likely I would need an anti-depressant. I NEED to take care of myself. I NEED to do things that I enjoy on my off-time. I NEED to not be negative because that won’t get me anywhere.

 

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Thank you for listening to my rambling… What would you like to get off your chest today? I am all ears since you listened to me!

WW Weigh-In #24

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These weeks are just flying by, aren’t they? Saturday again… I’ve went to my 6:45 meeting this morning, grabbed a latte on the way home, made my grocery list, and went for a 2 mile run. So far, a very productive day!

This week was a challenge and very stressful. There seems to be so much out of my control and I don’t do well with that. When I face challenges like that, the things I can control seem to suffer. And they really suffered this week. I went WAY over my points, didn’t track for two days, and ate awful. I made bad choices that were momentarily comforting and in no way helped my stress. That kind of emotional eating is what got me to 178 pounds and I do not need to end up there again.

I’ve said it a hundred times, so here it is a hundred and one… I am all for going out and having fun and living my life and indulging in foods from time to time. I’m not going to eat perfectly all the time. I love too many foods and beverages to not have the things I enjoy. But I make adjustments and account for it. It’s the careless eating at lunch and not planning ahead that can quickly spiral into eating that way all the time. And that I cannot do. I wrote a post on it Thursday in an effort to hold my self accountable, appropriately titled Because I am human. I was determined to get back to tracking and I did. Thursday and Friday I tracked 100% of what I ate, so I feel better.

I was positive I had gained and I even thought momentarily about using my no weigh-in pass this morning, but I did not. I needed to weigh-in, regardless of what my weight might be, that way I could face it, be accountable, and move on. And I’m glad I did, because I managed to pull off a loss.

 

WW Weekly weigh-in Week 24

 

Whew! I got lucky. So does that mean I can hit those drive-thrus during the week and eat bad? NO!!! This was pure luck. I also chopped 7 inches off my hair yesterday so I’m sure that has something to do with it….

 

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Things I did right this week are:

  • In an effort to find the positive in everything, I am proud of myself for snapping out of my no tracking funk after 2 days and getting back to it.
  • I am proud of myself for recognizing the potential downfall that could happen if I didn’t face it head on. It’s too easy to fall back into old ways, no matter how long you’ve been doing your best.
  • I still drank a lot of water. That is always a constant.
  • I ran 3 mornings this week.

 

What I will focus on this week:

  • TRACKING!!!! Today starts a new week (in WW world) and I have a clean slate to work with.
  • More activity… Even running 3 mornings, my activity points were the lowest they’ve been in a long time.
  • We talked about hard boiled eggs at the meeting this morning so I’m going to make a bunch and keep them in the refrigerator, They are great for snacks, on salad, and more. I was making them weekly but I haven’t in a few. Time to add them back in, great for protein.
  • Remembering that I human. I will have setbacks and there will be stressful, challenging days. Remembering that I am strong enough to face them is hard sometimes and I have to remind myself that food is not the answer.

 

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Just 21 activity points… I know I can do better than that!

Now I’m headed to the store to get ready for the week ahead! How are you spending your Saturday? Over here, there will be reading and cleaning. Never a shortage of things that need to be done around the house!

 

Have a great weekend!

Because I am human… {eating}

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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?

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