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Weigh-in Wednesday, Week 3: Shock!

Happy Hump Day!  I know I’m later than usual with this post.  Somebody (me) decided a 7am meeting sounded like a good idea so my morning routine was a little hectic today.

Let’s start with the stats:

I promised a picture every five pounds so I will update the post tonight with a picture.

Yes, I am shocked.  Pleasantly shocked, but still shocked (and excited so I celebrated by wearing a skirt I haven’t fit into since late 2009, when I was 135 pounds for about 5 weeks).  I am shocked because I was 144 on Monday.  My Monday weight was most likely due to the sodium from the hibachi on Saturday, but I normally don’t fluctuate so much within a few days.  I think what really helped me was cross-training and more consistent exercise, but it was still a week of ups and downs.

This is what went well:

  • Cross-training.  I struggled through a weight circuit, used the elliptical, raced the lady next to me on the rowing machine, went for a run, and tackled the scary Stairmaster at the gym.  My normal routine is basically running, running, and more running so I’m sure my body didn’t know what to think.
  • Food.  I had to buy my lunch at work this week and I got a salad both times!  I also re-discovered a meal Colleen taught me last year – adding protein powder to Oatmeal.  I was in too much of a hurry to make a shake and needed something fast.  It was fast, but also delicious and I was satisfied until lunchtime!

    Before I mixed it together

  • Water.  I didn’t drink 3 Camelbak bottles every day, but I did at least five of the days.

This is what I struggled with:

  • Food.  Yes, this was a success but also a struggle.  Yesterday, my grandma went into the hospital because her lung cancer has spread rapidly and she is having heart problems.  I needed something comforting and that something was Doritos with my salad (not on it though, that would be taking my Doritos love one step too far):

    Cheesy goodness.

  • Dessert.  I ate way too many sweets this past week (which is weird, because I normally don’t struggle with dessert).  We still have a lot of Girl Scout cookies, I had more than a few slices of a Papa Murphy’s cinnamon wheel, and we received a free cake sampler at Bellagala last night (but we only ate the carrot cake and we split it!)
  • Points/food tracking.  I only tracked a few days this past week.  I listed this as a challenge last week too.  This is important for me to establish a consistent routine; otherwise I will eat too little one day and way too much the next.  I don’t have a good excuse for why I’m not consistently tracking since I have an app on my phone that makes it really easy.  My plan is to put a daily reminder on my iPhone to get my points down.

I’m excited about dipping below 140, but concerned it is more a factor of stress from my grandma’s situation than my habits over this past week.  I feel this way for a two reasons: my measurements didn’t change much (even went up in some cases) and my body can do strange things when I’m under stress.  The good news is the challenges over the next week are much more manageable than the past two weeks, so I’m going to fight like crazy to continue my success for Week 4.  This is a preview of what this next week will bring:

  • The weather is unseasonably warm for MN so I expect to go on a lot of walks and runs!
  • Get Lucky 7k is on Saturday.  I am completely underprepared but it will still be fun
  • We are getting together with friends on Saturday night to celebrate
  • I am going to start my weekly BODYPUMP routine (and this time, I’ll check the schedule first!)

How are you enjoying the warm weather that seems to be sweeping the nation?  What is your go-to comfort food when you are stressed?

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Weigh-In Wednesday, Week 2: FAIL.

Obviously I had a very exciting event happen last Thursday that was cause for a lot of celebration!  Unfortunately, it didn’t bode well for Weigh-In Wednesday.  I’ll accept it as a good excuse for this past week, but if I want to gain momentum I know it can’t be an excuse after this week.  Besides, now I have more motivation to move the butterfly (see right toolbar) – dress shopping!!!

What didn’t go well:

  • I didn’t track any points four of the days.  Even if I go over or have to use generic foods to estimate, I should track to maintain awareness of what is going into my body.  I am not at a point yet where I can abandon tracking, even if I feel like I know the healthiness of what I’m eating.
  • I ate a baggie of black licorice in one day!  My coworker found out I like black licorice and brought me in some that his wife ordered from Europe (you know, someplace where they have good black licorice).  It was so good that it was gone by the end of the day. 
At least I ate them one at a time and not by the fistful?
  • I had wine or beer Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday night.  I know there will be a lot of celebrating over the next month but I need to reign it in if I want to gain momentum.

What went well:

  • My measurements didn’t move, despite my one pound gain!
  • I incorporated weights into my workout on Sunday (thanks to Matt!).  I have been feeling it in my legs ever since.
  • I did 25 minutes of a great treadmill interval workout that Peanut Butter Fingers posted on her blog yesterday.  It kicked my butt!
  • I made a few food tradeoff decisions I wouldn’t have previously made.  I had a big salad for lunch on Thursday was balsamic vinaigrette in anticipation of going out to dinner that night to celebrate Matt’s new job (which turned out to be an engagement celebration!).  I had a protein shake for breakfast instead of pancakes.

Said no to these!

... and yes to this!

I know I will have my ups and downs throughout this process.  I didn’t expect it to happen the second week, but reflecting on what went well and didn’t go well will help me adjust my habits this next week.  My challenges this next week will be:

  • Fitting in workouts on top of looking at wedding venues and going out of town.
  • Cutting back on the celebration alcohol.
  • Making good choices when we are out of town this weekend.  We will be helping Matt’s dad move so I expect we will be eating out a lot.  Portion control, portion control, and more portion control!

Sunny wanted to have a body shot this week since Macy had one two weeks ago:

"I'm not fat, I'm just fluffy."

How do you manage through times when eating healthy isn’t convenient?  How do you balance alcohol into your diet?  I bet I sound like a complete lush asking that question!

Chipotle Faux-rito

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Ok, it’s a real burrito and it is from random stuff in my kitchen, not Chipotle. But, it tastes great and is only five points so it doesn’t seem real. It has the basic ingredients of a burrito but I’ll give you the rundown anyway:

• Multigrain Wrap (2 points). Brand: Tumaros
• Black beans with jalapeños (1 point for 1/4 cup). Brand: S&W.
• Greek yogurt as a sub for sour cream (1 point for 1/8 cup). Brand: Yoplait.
• Brown rice (1 point for 1/4 cup)
• Lettuce
• Red onions
• Cilantro

The best part of this burrito is it was completely thrown together at the last minute (and it is just as good as the quesadilla that was my very first post!). Yay for having pre-cooked brown rice and extra cans of black beans at the ready. 🙂

ps, part of the reason I am doing this short, random post about dinner is so I can see what a blog post from my phone looks like :).

Weigh-In Wednesday, Week 1!

I’ve been waiting all week to see if I could make the butterfly on the right toolbar move!  The results are in (picture to be included every 5 pounds)…

I was sick last week and retaining a lot of water so I expected a 2 lb loss, but 3-1/2 feels even better!  I know I might have some measuring issues to work through with my right thigh but I think this week’s measurement is more accurate 🙂

Yesterday, we had to get physicals for life insurance and the guy weighed me in at 139 (which is definitely NOT what my scale says!) but he rounded down to 135.  I wish that actually worked in real life!  Overall, it was a good week and, luckily, I didn’t face too many obstacles.  We have guests this weekend and I’m going to a Gopher hockey game on Friday night so the next week will be more of a challenge.

Even before my quest, we’ve been trying to cook more often and eat healthier.  We’ve found a lot of new foods that we really like.  Last night, we revisited a favorite of ours from our gluten elimination last March – Udi’s pizza crust!

(I did an elimination to see if gluten could be causing some of my intestinal issues.  You can read more about gluten-free living in a previous post of mine)

The pizza crust is 4 points for half (which is plenty if you pair it with a salad), the veggies are 0 points, the cheese is 1 point, and the canned tomato is 1 point (but you could get rid of that point by using fresh tomatoes).  We simmer the tomatoes in a pot, drain some of the excess juice, put it on the pizza, add the toppings and bake per the instructions on the Udi’s wrapper.

Yesterday and today were both weird days for my points consumption.  After dinner, I still had 10 points left for the day!!!  So, I ate 6 thin mints.  Ugh.  I had the points for it, but I could definitely feel those on my run.  When I got off the treadmill, I still had a few points left and was craving something salty.   I spread 1 point of peanut butter onto a rice cake, which was the perfect post-workout treat (total points = 2).

I usually snack on fruits and vegetables during the day so I’ll need to find heartier snacks so I don’t end up with so many points at the end of the day.  I want to make sure I end this challenge with healthy, sustainable habits and part of that is figuring out my pacing of meals throughout the day.

How do you spread your meals throughout the day?  Aren’t you happy it’s “hump” day?!  We’re halfway through the work week!

My day of maximizing points

I’ve been battling a cold for a few days so I decided to work from home today for quick access to a bed if I needed a nap to get through the day.  This meant I got to enjoy my breakfast and coffee while cruising through my work emails in the morning!  This is a relaxing part of my day that I’ve missed since I stopped eating breakfast at work last year.

BREAKFAST = 4 POINTS

I started my day with my former staple before I discovered protein shakes last year – Oatmeal.  It was three points for 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal, zero(!!!) points for the banana, and one point for 1-1/2 teaspoons of peanut butter.  This is a good example of where I eat healthy but have a problem with portion control.  Before Weight Watchers, I would have two tablespoons of peanut butter in my oatmeal.  Then, I discovered that was a bajillion points so I stopped adding peanut butter.  This morning, I had the bright idea that I could still have peanut butter if I just have LESS of it!  Genious!  (and, wouldn’t you know, it was still a good amount)

I switched to black coffee about six weeks ago so my coffee is now zero(!!!) points too.  It was only one point when I added skim milk, but somedays that one point can make all the difference in the world (or my day – I guess there is no need to get dramatic here).

LUNCH = 6 POINTS

I missed my morning protein shake so I had one of those for lunch 🙂  I can’t miss out on my 18g of fiber + 20g of protein in one delicious meal.  You can check out my love for my shake in a prior posting of mine.  My morning shake is six points – four for the protein powder, zero(!!!) for the berries, one point for 1/2 cup milk, and one point for the fiber powder. 

SNACK = 2 POINTS

Throughout the afternoon, I just munched on carrots.  A lot of carrots.  I love carrots AND I bought a gigantic bag at Sam’s Club on Friday.   Oh yeah, then I ate two thin mints for two points.  Yummm…. 

DINNER = 6 POINTS

By the time 5:15 rolled around, I had to kick it into high gear to get out of the house for my Blogging for Beginner’s class (being taught by Jen of Prior Fat Girl).  Luckily, we put our new rice cooker to use over the weekend so we had some leftover cooked brown rice.  I threw 1/2 cup of brown rice (2 points) into a bowl with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese (1 point), 1/4 cup raisins (3 points) and some cinnamon.

I mixed the ingredients together, microwaved it for 60 seconds (stirring halfway through) and quickly enjoyed my warm delicious dinner.  The cottage cheese melts a little so it ends up tasting like rice pudding.  YUM.

But, now I have 8 points left for the day!  That is a lot.  Most days are not like this because I tend to use 6 points at breakfast, 8 points for lunch and 12 points for dinner.

It looks like I can enjoy a few more thin mints and maybe some hot chocolate before I head to bed 🙂   

Did you have a healthy start to the work week?  What is a meal you can quickly throw together in 15 minutes? 

It is Monthly Bagel Date Day!

This morning we had our monthly bagel date!

 

In 2011, we let our love of bagels get a little too crazy (they were nearly an everyday occurence for a while!) so we decided to have them once a month in 2012 and have fun with it by making it a date.  This month, we chose Bruegger’s Bagels because I had this coupon:

(who doesn’t love a good exclamation mark on a coupon?!  It’s like the coupon is just as excited about the deal as I am!)

Matt also had a coupon so we saved $3.58!  Needless to say, it has been a good start to our Sunday.  (Did you know that Bruegger’s has a unlimited refill mug club?  Abby describes it in a This Life in Motion post)

I have to admit that I debated this month’s date a little bit because the bagel and cream cheese is 12 of my 26 Weight Watchers points for the day.  I thought about dipping into my 49 weekly bonus points but I did plenty of that for my wine at Farkle night.

 

I plan to work out later today to gain activity points and rely a lot on hearty servings of fruits and vegetables to get me through the day.  I usually like to keep my breakfasts under 6 points, but the monthly bagel date is worth the splurge. 🙂 

Speaking of breakfast and Weight Watchers, this is the awesome breakfast that Matt and I made after we got home from the Juvenile Diabetes walk yesterday (5 total points and it even has cheese!):

The egg scramble serves 2 and is 3 points per serving:

  • 2/3 cup Egg Beaters Egg Whites
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

The Sara Lee Delightful bread is only 1 point per slice (most other breads are 2-3 points per slice)  and the apple butter is 1 point per tablespoon.

Where do you choose to splurge in your diet?  What is one of your favorite healthy meals?