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WW Update!

Somehow, I have not posted my weekly WW weigh-in since March 9! It’s been crazy around here… Work always keeps me busy, I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon and ElectroDash in March, squeezed in a few T25 workouts, my aunt was in town, we went to Las Vegas, I went to Orlando for my first Super Saturday event, and Iron Girl last weekend – my 10th half marathon. Whew!

Since my last WW post on March 9, I have been to 4 meetings, including yesterday. Yesterday was my first week back after missing 2 meetings. I always love the meetings, but when I return from missing a couple in a row, it’s a reminder of how much I miss them when I don’t make it. And how much I need them not for my accountability.

So catching back up,  here’s where I’ve been…..







Ironically, my last check-in here was the exact same weight as yesterday. Clearly, there has been a lot of fluctuation in my weight this last few weeks. I also may have eaten my way through Las Vegas, but I enjoyed every minute of it. And at the end of the day, I am still WAY below my highest of 178.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 63



It’s been a bit of a challenge getting back into the swing of things since getting home. I may still be in vacation mode. But I am determined to get my mind back in the game and get to my goal.

Where I need the most work is getting back to tracking. I need to make that a habit again. We went grocery shopping on Friday and being prepared will help with that as well. It really all boils down to a healthy mindset.

In addition to the eating part, I need to get back to running regularly. Hubby and I went out to the causeway this morning and ran 3 miles. It felt great. I have missed going out there weekly and I hope we can make it a routine. I am also setting a goal to run 2-3 times during the week. I need to build my base back up for when marathon training starts in July.


happy easter run 2014


I will say, though, despite the ups and downs on the scale, I am still having fun with buying new clothes. I have probably bought more new clothes in the last 6 months than I have in the last 3 years. I used to hate it. HATE it. There is nothing worse than shopping for clothes when nothing fits right. And now I am stepping out of my comfort zone and buying clothes in colors and patterns I would not normally buy. But I certainly don’t want to wear the same thing I’ve always worn. What fun is there in that?

Yesterday, I scored 8 cute new tops from JC Penney, all for $67. I saved a whopping $120. One thing I don’t’ want to do when clothes shopping is break the bank, so I have to get the most for my money.



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As soon as I have more rewards built up and a more coupons, my next purchase will be more shorts! This girl is absolutely wearing shorts this summer.


How do you handle setbacks in your weight loss?

WW Weigh-In #59

What a crazy few weeks it has been… After my last WW Weigh-In post on 02/15, I missed the next two weekly weigh-ins and meetings due to races. Looking back, I could have – should have – attended a different meeting during those weeks to weigh-in and try to stay on board. Unfortunately, in my tunnel vision mind, I don’t think like that and I just knew that I was going to be busy during my regular meeting time.

Yesterday, I finally made it back. I was very excited to go and see everyone. I cannot explain how much I love that meeting and the people there. It’s such a great feeling to be a part of something like that. It also doesn’t hurt to be cheered on and made to feel very special about my running… During the meeting, Beverly mentioned that I was finally back and asked me to step to the front and tell everyone what I had been up to the last two weeks. And, much to my surprise, she gave me a cool little Thumbs Up! award. This is just one of the many reasons I love my meeting…


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Of course, I knew going into the meeting that I was going to be up on the scale. Besides missing two meetings and running three races, we had a busy couple of weeks where we ate out 4 times just for dinner. Outback Steakhouse, Molly Goodheads, Mellow Mushroom, and The Thirsty Marlin. Everyone of those dinners was a great time with great company and in my world, part of the good time is enjoying food and beverages that I love. I believe that will never change. I work hard and MOST of the time, I am mindful of what I eat and the points. However, it is a rare occasion to eat out 4 times in such a short time.

I briefly thought about not weighing in until next week, but I reminded myself that I have yet to back down from the scale since January 1, 2013. So, I went in knowing that whatever it was, I could deal with it and move on from there. The scale told me that I had gained 5.4 lbs…. Happy? No. Frustrated? No. Holding myself accountable Yes.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 59



I didn’t really want to see the 150’s again, but I know it’s not permanent. What I have decided, though, is that after doing the Simply Filling / Simple Start since the beginning of December, I think it’s time to get back to tracking my daily points. I still eat many power foods, but I think I need the added accountability of tracking every single point that I eat, as well as getting back to weighing and measuring portions.




Despite this weight gain, I went shopping afterwards and bought 3 new bikinis for our upcoming Vegas trip. Hubby is going for work and we are very thankful we could make it work so that I could go with him. I look forward to pool and sun time while he’s at his meetings during the day and I knew that I needed a new bathing suit. The last time I bought one was back on 2006 and it’s too big on me now and I wanted something new. When I couldn’t decide on just one, I bought all three. I’ve worked hard to be able to wear them and I deserve them!


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My activity was way down this last week. After running 3 races over the course of 8 days, I was exhausted and my legs were tired. My back was also bothering me and I knew it would be best – and very smart – to take the week off from working out hard. That will change tomorrow when I get back to it again. And, I have half marathon #9 coming up next Sunday, the Sarasota Half Marathon.

I am breaking from my regular WW post and skipping what I did right and what I will focus on this week. I know what I need to do and I know how to do it. And, I will.


How do you handle weigh-ins after missing a couple? What changes do you make to get back on track?

WW Weigh-In #58

Happy day after Valentine’s Day! Another week has passed, another great meeting this morning… I had to get my fill of WW today since I will miss the next two Saturday morning meetings because of races I am doing.

This week, I went into the meeting knowing that I would have a gain. Hubby and I went out to eat Thursday night for Valentine’s Day (a night early, of course). And we went to Hooter’s for wings and beer. Anyone who knows me knows that I love wings and beer. WW or not, I still enjoy wings and beer. And we did just that. It was a nice evening out. I thought momentarily about how it wasn’t the smartest thing to eat just two nights before a weigh-in, but then I realized I couldn’t think that way.

My weight loss journey is not a set time, one that has a deadline. It is ongoing and I will face it the rest of my life. It’s part of who I am. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet. I use to eat bad all the time, every day. The healthy lifestyle that I have learned from following WW allows me to enjoy foods I love in moderation while eating healthy most of the time. If I had to go without my favorite food indulgences, I would walk away from WW. I cannot live in that world.

So, I accept the ups and downs that I have along the way. Being able to go out and accept a gain means I am living life and enjoying it. And dinner out with hubby is a treat.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 58


Things I did right this week are:

  • I had a great long run last Sunday, 9 miles over the bridges to the beach.
  • I was flexible with my workout schedule this week. It’s easy to give up if the workouts don’t happen as planned, but I just rearranged the schedule. Flexibility is important. (Here’s a recap of my my first full week on T25)
  • Lots of water!
  • I had a Shakeology for breakfast every morning and I am loving it. So many ways to enjoy it, but my favorite is the chocolate with almond milk, banana, and peanut butter – all for 5 points. And it is very filling.
  • I made a delicious Simple Start meal last Sunday and had it during the week for lunch. It was really good – ground beef, diced tomatoes, onion, zucchini, squash, and brown rice. I’ll share the recipe here this week.


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What I will focus on this week:

  • Since I will miss my regular Saturday morning meetings the next two weeks, I will have to weigh-in on Friday mornings. This will mess with my schedule a bit, but like I just reminded myself – flexibility is important.
  • Being prepared for the week ahead. I am going to go through the freezer and see what meals I can make from what’s in there because it’s getting a bit out of control.
  • I hope to run tomorrow, as well as catch up on the one T25 workout I still have to do from yesterday. Then a new week of workouts starts again on Monday. I am absolutely loving the T25 program.
  • The excitement of races the next two weeks. It never gets old!


Activity points for the week…. A total of 40! This makes me happy since I didn’t run two extra days like I had hoped.




I am super excited about today! I am registering for my first FULL marathon and then I am going with hubby to cheer him on while he runs the Spartan Special Ops race in Tampa. I am super proud of him for running it, especially since he’s also joining me the next two weeks for Gasparilla and Best Damn Race!


Have a great weekend!

WW Weigh-In #57

Technically, today should have been weigh-in #58. But since I was running my seventh half marathon last Saturday, I didn’t make the meeting. I was so happy to get back to my meeting this morning. It’s so amazing how you get used to do something, it becomes a routine, and then when you miss it , it throws everything off.

Following any big run, such as a half marathon, I tend to eat like a mad woman for a couple days. I expect it. I let it happen, and then I get back to what I know I should be doing. I let myself enjoy the extra indulgences since I burned crazy calories and earned equally crazy activity points. It was also my birthday last weekend, which meant that those indulgences included birthday cake.

I went into the meeting this morning not really sure what the scale would say and would not have been surprised either way. I didn’t feel like I had gained much, if at all, but I also didn’t feel like I had a loss. When I got on the scale and saw a tiny gain of 0.6 lb., I was absolutely fine with that.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 57


I posted a picture of my weigh-in graph on Instagram about this small gain and someone actually commented that it is more of a “fluctuation”. I like that…. Sounds better than “gain”.

One thing I will say is that in *mostly* following Simple Start and power foods, I am still not tracking with the exception of the running tally I have in my head when I have indulgences. I am happy with how that is going and as long I continue to work towards my goal, I am going to stick with it and not track every thing I eat.


Things I did right this week are:

  • I burned 1502 calories running my half marathon. Crazy.
  • For most of the week, I stuck to Simple Start. I made my chicken & broccoli casserole, as well as black & red chili last Sunday and enjoyed both dishes during the week. I also had power foods for lunch and snacks when I could. One day for lunch, I had the most simple meal but it was so good! Albacore tune (in water not oil) and diced tomato with pepper.


tuna and tomato lunch


  • Besides running the half marathon, I ran two additional days during the week, did my plank-a-day all week, and five days of Focus T25 as part of a new challenge I am doing. It was a very active week!
  • As you can imagine, all this activity means I drank A LOT of water.


What I will focus on this week:

  • Sticking to Simple Start as much as I can this week. I will say that we are going out for pizza tonight and I am going to enjoy the heck out of it. But, during the week, my focus will be on power foods.
  • As part of the T25 challenge I am doing, I have switched to a Shakeology shake for breakfast, 4 points if I use unsweetened almond milk and fruit in it. It’s very filling and delicious. This also makes for an easy breakfast to take with me on the go.
  • Three days of running…. I have a long run tomorrow (hoping for 9 miles) and then 2 more during the week in addition to the 5 days of T25 and planking. I am determined!


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As for my activity points this week, I had 56 for the week! 28 of those alone were from the half marathon. It’s no wonder I am so hungry after running that far!




I love seeing all this activity and it just makes me feel strong!


Have a great weekend whatever your plans may be!

WW Weigh-In #56

When I first started back on this weight loss journey in January 2013, I was all about the numbers, what the scale would say every Saturday when I walked into my meeting. As I now get closer to my goal, I have found that I am more focused on the non-scale victories and how I feel more than what the scale says. This week I had a slight gain but I wasn’t bothered by it at all.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 56


It’s such a small gain, it could be water. But there are several reasons I wasn’t phased by this gain…

  • It was the first gain I’ve had in 4 weeks since switching from tracking to Simple Start so I was certainly due for one.
  • I recently bought some new running clothes in a smaller size and feel very confident in them.
  • I feel incredibly strong and tall and all around confident.

It just seems silly to be upset about a 0.4 lb. gain in the grand scheme of things. This morning I wore one of my new running tops to the meeting. I love how it fits and how it looks on me – and it’s certainly not a top I would have attempted to wear a year ago. I worked hard for this. Wearing this shirt was a reminder than despite that small gain on the scale, I have come so far on this journey and I can thank WW and running for it.


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I feel like Simple Start is still really working for me. I haven’t really tracked in 4 weeks now but the foods I’m eating make a huge difference. I plan on doing a blog post about it and it will more than likely be a vlog. I have so much to say about it!


Things I did right this week are:

  • Power foods are my friend. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, lean protein, eggs, almond or soy milk…. For snacks and as part of my meals. For me it really is simple.
  • I actually feel like I’m snacking a little more during the day, but it’s smaller portions and just fresh fruit or veggies rather than pre-packaged processed foods. I still have them from time to time but it’s mostly fresh foods.
  • Water.
  • I ran 3 times this last week and did my plank-a-day every day. I am very excited to add a new workout challenge in starting Feb. 3 and I’ll be blogging about that as well. My longest plank to date is just over 5 minutes which is no joke. My whole body shakes when I do it, but I feel it in my core and arms so I know it’s working.


What I will focus on this week:

  • I am sticking with Simple Start because it’s working for me.
  • I am hoping to run 4 times this week. Tomorrow’s run will be a 5K, a shorter distance than I would normally run on a Sunday so I’d like to get an extra day in this week. My seventh half marathon is next weekend so it will be good to run a few times leading up to that. I am very excited about it!
  • I plan on making two meals this week that will last a few days. Both are power foods / Simple Start and will be good for both a full meal or snacking in smaller portions.
  • Keep up with my plank-a-day for the last week of January. I’ve had a few people ask me if I plan to continue it after January is over and I would like to. They are awesome.


My activity this week definitely seems on the downside. I love to get 40-50 activity points, but I only had 27 this week. Still, I got out there and ran and stayed active when I could.




All in all a good week. I am excited to run The Color Run tomorrow with hubby and friends. It is more of a fun run, not really timed, but being active should be fun!


Have a fabulous week!