Sunday, April 26, 2015

This and that

Everyday after work, I change my clothes into my exercise clothes and head down to my elliptical. I actually look forward to my 30 minutes. I put on re-runs of Bones and off I go. The other day I was excited when a Weight Watchers commercial came on.  I thought to myself, "how cool".  Until it was followed by a commercial for Breyers Gelato and then Subway.  I was like "really?"  Then I thought I would count food commercials but it was too hard to concentrate. I can try to tune out the bad food ads; look at the console, at the dog (who lays on the couch and watches me), even at the ceiling.  I could change the channel.  Heck, I could just listen to music. But, I look forward to my time with "the bone lady" and it makes those 30 minutes go fairly quickly. 

So last week was Admin Professional Week.  That meant a lot of baked goods all week.  I stayed out of the back room where they were placed.  It was hard. I knew what was back there and I knew who made it. And I wanted it all.  Thank goodness we got to pick lunch and I was able to pick WW friendly food.  I am very thankful for my very supportive co-workers.  They encourage me and cheer me on. They compliment me and recognize my efforts.  I need them on this journey.  I'm lucky to have them. 

Without my friends at work, my BFF (who is on this journey with me), my family and fabulous husband, this would be so much harder.  Down 1 pound last week! Yay me!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Tough Couple of Days

I can't believe my will-power.  Three of the last 4 days have been a bit brutal: 

Saturday it was an outing to a local winery.  I planned the food part (made some really yummy WW salsa roll-ups and brought fruit and veggies).  I made sure I had points for a glass of wine. It could have been MUCH worse.  

Sunday, a baby shower.  I suspected that, like most showers, the food would be fun and plentiful.  But, when I saw the spread, it was just "ok".  Nothing too exciting.  So I was safe there.  UNTIL...cake time.  OMG.  It was an ice cream cake with chocolate fudge on top and the outside was freaking HO HOs.  I am not lying when I thought I was going to die.  I love Ho Hos.  I have a method to eating them...the chocolate on the outside first and then the cake.  It was very, very hard to say no.  Truthfully, I did have a small bite. And it was good...really good.  The fat girl in me wanted it REAL bad.  The skinny girl fighting to get out knew better. And I felt so good when I left that party.  

Today.  Monthly work meeting. I knew it might be a problem so I ate my hard boiled egg and cheese before I left.  Thank God there was a lot of fruit because there were trays of doughnuts and muffins and croissants.  It all looked and smelled so good.  I filled my plate with fruit salad and tried to forget what was only about 10 feet away from me.  I am proud of myself.  I know my hubby is proud of me too.  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

While the Mouse Is Away...

...the cat behaves herself.  With hubby gone most of this week, I only had myself to be accountable for.  One time I thought about not working out and one time I thought I would just eat whatever I wanted because, after all, who would know?  Just me.  Right?  I kept myself in check and behaved like a responsible Weight Watcher.  And, the results for my good behaviors were reflected on the scale - down 2.8 pounds. I am so proud of myself.  

This week coming up, I am going to try a new vegetable (power food) suggested by this weeks meeting.  I plan to buy a butternut squash.  I like yellow squash and zucchini.  I hope you like butternut.  Not sure what hubby will think of it.  We shall see.  

Today is beautiful.  Going to winery with a friend. We are bringing smart, healthy food.  I made salsa roll ups (5 points) and we are bringing fruits and veggies.  I will have a glass of wine.  Planning for it.  Then, tonight I might get carry out from Applebee's. Their Have it All menu is WW friendly.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's in the "jeans"

So, this morning I thought for grins and giggles, I would try to put on a pair size 14P jeans that I have been hanging onto just to see and holy cow!! They fit!! Comfortably!!!! So I wore them all day today. As if that wasn't enough to send my mood soaring, I heard "hey there skinny butt" and several other positive comments from friends/co-workers! If that isn't an incentive to keep on keeping on, I don't know what is!! 

It's gonna be a great week!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Def...a state of intense hapiness and self-confidence.

That is how I have been feeling all weekend.  I was down 2.4 pounds for a total of 13.4 pounds. But wait!  There's more! I was ALSO able to comfortably put on a pair of jeans 1 size down!!  I am so excited!!  I know that not every week can or will be this wonderful but I'm certainly enjoying it. I have an extra spring in my step today. 

After going to DC this morning to see the Cherry Blossoms, I tried out the new "time crunch training" DVD that Weight Watchers has out and then got on the elliptical for my 25 minutes.  I usually take the weekend off but decided to just take Saturday off as it's errand and cleaning day so I am at least moving around.  Sundays are usually sluggish for me so I will feel better if I work out.  

Hubby is going out of town most of the week.  That means I can eat whatever I like!  Mushroom everyday!  Just kidding.  Though I will probably figure out a way to incorporate them in my meals but I just love them and Matt doesn't care for them.  Menu this week is easy and quick.  

I can't wait until the farmer markets open.  Need some fresh veggies and fruits!  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Love Affair With Food

I don't really know when it all started but I have a real love affair with food.  I know it wasn't in my early years - food was just something to sustain me.  My idea of the perfect breakfast on my way to high school was Hostess powdered donuts and a Dr. Pepper.  In college, it was chili dogs and Dr. Pepper from 7-Eleven.  Maybe all that bad eating helped me to get to where I am today - overweight.  

When my daughter was little, we would take weekly trips to the library where she would pick out 7 books and I would pick out 7 recipe books.  I would pour over those, make copies and stick them in a binder. Cook new stuff.  That was 20 years ago.  Maybe that's when the food affair really started.  Because that IS when the weight problem began.  It contributed to the demise of my first marriage.  I was a stay at home mom who worked part-time at the mall and I was happy.  I called it happy weight.  The ex didn't see it that way (jerk).  Over the next 7 years, I lost some of the weight, and then I met the man of my dreams who loved me for me and the rest is history.  Sort of. We've been married 12 years this year and over those years,  I gained a lot of weight. I never in my life weighed as much as I did.   I knew I needed to do something.  I didn't feel healthy.  I just couldn't get started.

My recent annual physical results were my wake up call.  "Pre-diabetic". That was it for me.  The weekend following I joined Weight Watchers with my BFF and began my journey.  Down 11 pounds so far, I am so proud of myself.  I feel better physically and mentally.  I use my WW app to track everything I put in my mouth.  I am exercising several times a week (setting new goals for myself each week).  The minute my feet hit the ground, I have my Fitbit on.  I am constantly checking my WW and Fitbit apps. 

I almost feel a bit obsessed with my journey.  Sometimes it feels like it's all I can talk about.  

The bottom line is that I love food. The question becomes how can I still love it and have it NOT be so important to me.