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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week Twenty-Three

Well, I didn't go up this week, but I didn't go down either.  Yup...straight-up maintained the weight.

That's okay though.  We had a surprise retirement celebration for two of the guys in our department on Thursday, and we had mexican food.  For my part, I was really pleased with how well I did.  I opted not to eat breakfast that morning since we were going to be eating around 11.  Since I usually eat my breakfast around 10, I was okay...a touch hungry, but okay.  Yeah, I had two green chile/cheese tamales, but I didn't load up on chips or rice.  I had a proper portion of pasta salad (the no-mayo kind), and a proper portion of refriend beans.  I was really pretty well-behaved considering that I was hungry, and usually that's when I make my poor choices.  I sure wasn't hungry at all for the rest of the day....well, until dinner of course.  The walk in the park made me really hungry.

So, all the extra food that I normally wouldn't be eating probably didn't help with me actually showing a loss.  However, I did celebrate with my co-workers and we had a really great extended lunch outside.  Sometimes it's not completely about the food and being on your absolute best behavior with it.  Sometimes it's actually about enjoying yourself and savoring the food you are eating. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Week Twenty-Two

Up again.  I'm sick of this.

It's my own fault though.  I overindulged a couple times this week, and I got a little bit lazy with my tracking.  Plus, I got on this soda kick and that's really not a habit I care to continue.  So, when I went grocery shopping today, I loaded up on the fizzy water (carbonated, but NO sweetener) to help me get back on track.  I also got a little lazy with the vitamins too, and I think that also made a difference.  I've noticed that I get kinda tired and lethargic when I don't take them regularly.  Being tired is NOT a good thing for me with weight loss since I just want to eat.  And it's not eating the good stuff....oh no.  It's eating whatever crap food is available.  Nope....not going to happen this next week.

I think I'm done beating myself up for being lazy this past week, and I'm ready to move on.  Despite being lazy and tired this past week, I apparently had enough energy today to clean stuff in the house.  I now have nice clean grout in the kitchen and a nice clean bathroom, in addition to clean clothes.  Life is good.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Week Twenty-One


Grrrrr.  Yep, that's been my stomach this week.  I guess I called it last week, or perhaps I jinxed it. 

This week I have not only been hungry all the time, but I've been strangely tired too.  I get the feeling like I haven't been sleeping too terribly well and I have woken up a few days in pain (lower back pain).  Maybe I was sleeping funny or something.  I have no idea, really.  The combination of the two has just created this epic week of hunger for me though.  Although I did go up a pound this week, I have to admit that I think I still did a pretty good job this week, overall.

First, I came prepared.  Yep, I had carrots all prepped and cut into sticks, and these were packed up in containers so they were ready to go.  I also had the various fruits (mostly berries and cherries) packed up in containers as well, so I had those on hand too.  I'd pop one of each into my lunch bag in the morning and I just kept those in the fridge at work for when Epic Hunger would strike. 

Second, I planned ahead for eating out.  I know, this sounds reminiscent of a "like, duh" but I really had to up the thoughfulness on this one for the Week of Epic Hunger.  We usually go out to eat on Friday night, and I was just ravenous.  This is dangerous, as you guys well know, when you're eating out since EVERYTHING looks good.  So, I pulled up the nutrition facts for the restaurant we were going to, and I pulled up the WW points calculator online.  I calculated the points for about 4 different things that appealed to me and jotted those down.  I did the math and figured that I would have 9 daily points left over after I ate what I wanted to at dinner.  Okay....that's fine, until you figure in that I haven't eaten lunch yet and that's 6 points.  Oh.  So I made a quick call to Chris and asked him if he minded going for a walk after dinner at the park.  He didn't (such a sweetie), so that gave me 6 activity points I could use toward my day.  Woo hoo!  I have to admit, that I felt a lot better going on that walk after dinner because I just didn't feel all...."blargh".

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Week Twenty

This week brings a loss of 2.6 pounds on the scale as well as the end of me being sick!!!! Woo hoo!

I wish I could say that there has been some special "magic bullet" that's brought about the huge dumping of weight this week, but I really don't know what it is.  I've made an effort to stay within my daily points, and even with Memorial Day happening, I still tried hard not to overindulge.  The funny thing is though, I've noticed that I haven't been super hungry throughout the day.  I don't know if it's just better food choices, or some sort of funky appetite sluggishness from being sick, but although I'm eating much more normally now I just haven't been getting really hungry during the day.  Yeah, maybe next week will be the Week of Hunger, who knows?

I've been taking this as an opportunity to listen to my body and feed it accordingly.  Yes, I know that could have the potential to get me in a world of hurt....but hear me out.  I have been trying to incorporate less carbs and more protein in my diet already, but I've also been eating when my body says it's hungry and not necessarily eating when I think it's time to according to the clock.  I do make an effort to not eat dinner past 7 pm, but that's simply because it's an awful feeling to go to bed on a full stomach.  At least, it is for me.  I don't sleep well, and I feel like I have "food hangover" or something the next morning.  Blech.  I've also been trying to make sure that I stay properly hydrated as well.  I've been trying to drink green tea as well as the requisite morning coffee, in addition to the water that I normally consume.

With all this, I did have a tiny slack-off vitamins.  Sigh.  It's easier for me to remember to take them in the evening with dinner.  However, when I wasn't feeling well and was absolutely not hungry and nothing even tasted good....that got a little lax.  I've been trying to get back on track and form the habit again, since I know it's something that I truly do need to do and it will only help kick my immune system back to where it needs to be.  I guess that's my project for the next week.

In the meantime, I'm just happy that my clothes are fitting so much better.  I still am not able to get my wedding set back on the pudgy ol' ring finger....but I'm working on it.  Perhaps within the next few months, that will become a reality!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's June Already......

Insane.  I can't believe it's June already.  Where has the time gone? 

Seriously, it seems like not that long ago it was the beginning of May, and beyond that....I don't really remember January being so long ago.  This being said, I also can't believe that I've lost 28.8 pounds so far.  I had tried to lose the weight before my mom smacked some sense into me and talked me into going back to WW.  Believe me, I had tried....but it just didn't work.  Now is about the time where I'm sorta kicking myself for not going back sooner because I would have had LESS overall weight to lose.  Yeah, woulda coulda shoulda.

May was a great month full of a lot of celebrations.  I celebrated another year of marriage, another year on the planet, and there's been a lot of celebrations at work for the large number of people retiring.  The only cruddy thing about May this year was that I was sick for most of it.  Three weeks.  Three weeks!!!!!  That did not do wonders for my weight loss, but overall I did actually have a weight loss to report when it was all over with.  Yeah, I only lost 2.6 pounds over the course of the month, but at least I didn't maintain or (heaven forbid) gain anything.

Here's hoping that June shows more success on the scale than May did.  I'm feeling tons better healthwise; I have more energy, I sleep better, I don't have as much joint and foot pain.  I'm also feeling a lot better about myself as well.  While I will not ever be one of those chicks with a flat stomach and toned, hot body......I will be able to wear smaller sizes and I'll look at lot better without all the flab.  Plus, maybe I'll finally be able to put my wedding set back on my finger.