Thursday, March 22, 2018

No Snow! More Workouts!

I know my friends further south got pummeled by this storm, but thankfully we got spared. Over the last couple of days they kept changing to forecast from 10-12" to a coating. Thankfully the latter ended up being true. Some towns had early releases yesterday and some towns (including Boston) cancelled school for today yesterday. I went to bed not knowing what today would bring. I woke up at 5:30 am at it was snowing but it had barely started. It was actually fairly pretty, but now it all had melted (I wish the feet and feet of snow that still exist would melt!).

Tuesday ToM finally did arrive but I still did my Upper Fix. I didn't get it in until after dinner. I waited 90 minutes but still felt like I was going to throw up while trying to do push ups and planks.

Yesterday I worked from home because I wasn't sure what the snow would do, plus I was pretty crampy and did not feel like putting on real clothes. My nice husband brought my son to piano so I able to fit in Lower Fix (which I had never done before). Today will be on to Pilates Fix! This weekend I definitely need to buy a more plush pad to do work on my knees. I have re-configured the order of the work outs to fit in a run on Sunday and do Yoga Fix on Mondays (ie start my Fix week on Tuesday).

Even though I felt like crap yesterday morning, less than 48 hours into ToM, I feel like a million dollars. And will feel this way for 2 weeks. I've really got to figure out a way to work through this second half of the month and actually get the scale to register a loss within a 4 week period of time. I know I will be stressed leading up to vacation, but I am really going to try! I know I will feel so much better in my clothing if I continue this healthy living for the next 4 weeks until we leave (and try to be mindful on vacation and continue it after!)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Horrible eating, a workout, and more snow!

Short and not very sweet.

After last week's 2 snow days and not doing enough food prep and a weekend full of celebrating my son's 9th birthday and a friend's birthday, the eating has been horrible, horrible, horrible (but oh so good!) but we've purged everything a moved on.

Actually the party we went to on Sunday started at 1:30 so I didn't expect them to serve a meal. There were snacks and then chicken fingers and Mac and Cheese, but I passed on it all, but did have ice cream and cake (and more ice cream and cake when we got home to finish off from my son's birthday!).

I did go to WW on Saturday but didn't weigh in.
I weighed myself on Sunday - 229.8.
I am on Day 30, so waiting for ToM to arrive -crabby and ravenous!

But yesterday I did do the 1st day of 21 Day Fix (Total Cardio Body Fix I think). I am determined to do all 7 days this week, even with ANOTHER freaking snow storm coming Wednesday into Thursday. I am going to push through and not let it get me down.

Less than 4 weeks until vacation. I need to get moving!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The lazy weekend....and more snow to come.....

A week ago yesterday I was gloriously running outside, excited about continuing the pattern, excited about the spring.

This morning was 24 degrees, with a foot of cold hard snow on the ground with another 15" coming tomorrow. Yep. Tomorrow will be snow day #6 for the kids. This is getting ridiculous.

Saturday I went to WW. I was up by .2 (.4 by my scale at home) and as always I am glad I went but on week #7 and the scale really hasn't budged at all.

Saturday I had every intention of being "good" - We had my son's Pinewood Derby in the morning from 9-11. I had 1 small bag of popcorn. When we got home we all got in the car to go clothes shopping. What a fun outing - not! I had a protein bar before I left to try to curb any hunger (seeing that we didn't leave until 11:30). But after more than an hour in Kohls, we were all starving so went to On the Border for lunch. I had a burrito, which I hadn't had in a long time - I ate too much of it.

After shopping the family for a while I dropped them at home and went to Target by myself (always a good thing!) - I got all the kids' Easter candy (because they are at the age where all they get is candy) and I had had a major craving for M&Ms so did get myself a bag. But I didn't have much dinner.

Sunday was kind of a weird day - I am not sure why. I did round 2 of grocery shopping (when I had gone on Friday the shelves were still fairly bare from storm #2) and my family was in and out during the day, so I did get some time to myself (during which I did our taxes - fun!). Eating was so-so during the day. For dinner I made PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps (though I made them with a combo of chicken and pork, and i served it over rice, not wrapped up). But I had 2 servings.

Did you see any mention of exercise? Nope, haven't done any since Tuesday :(

Now it is Monday and tomorrow will be another snow day. I am feeling very weak - I was so close to buying breakfast this morning. I am seriously contemplating buying lunch today. I have made it 10 weeks without buying lunch at work.

But I can't let the whole week go to crap. ToM will be coming next weekend and it will be my son's birthday next weekend, so I am going to TRY to eat reasonably this week, but snow days really throw my for a loop.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Snowday = horrible eating and no exercise

Wednesday I was going to do Day 3 of 21 Day Fix, but due to a variety of reasons, it never happened even though I tried THREE times. Finally I gave up.

My husband brought home pizza - I had 2 slices and a lot of homemade Greek salad.

The snow finally started at 8:30 pm and we had 9-12" of heavy wet snow. But thankfully we had power. We lost it for 30 minutes in the middle of the night - I was woken up at 12:30 by the power coming back ON. We had a few downed limbs in our driveway, so my husband had a lot of work to do in order to get the driveway snowblowed.

What is it about a snow day that makes me eat like crap? I attribute it mainly to the stress of trying to balance the Mom hat and the Worker hat. Both fail miserably on a snow day. I found myself eating PB Ritz crackers and protein bars around 11:00 and my daughter was bored so she made brownies. For dinner I made spaghetti - I tried not to eat too much. But the scale was WAY up this morning. I didn't even get 4,500 steps yesterday! I shoveled part of our walk way but not the stairs going down to the driveway. I kept saying to myself - It is March 8, it will melt quickly. But the temps are not going to rise much in the foreseeable future and we could have ANOTHER storm next week!!!

So I am TRYING to eat well today - the kids are in school but have a 1/2 day. And I am still trying to recover from some disasters at work. I just want the day to be over! I did go grocery shopping this morning and did pretty well. It's going to be a long, long day.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Here comes the snow (???)......

The weather people still can't quite get their acts together. Where I live, we are going to get anywhere from 3" to 18".

I am working from home because with the uncertainty of the storm, I didn't want to be stuck up here. But now I am sitting on my hands trying to prevent myself from eating anything more than I would normally if I were at work.

I didn't do as much food prep work on Sunday as I would have liked, but I had 4 hard boiled eggs to use so I made them into egg salad for Monday and Tuesday lunch. I pre-mixed my yogurt (right now i am doing 1/2 plain, 1/2 vanilla - next week I'd like to go back to all plain with just a small amount of vanilla). I also made up 2 days of celery/almond butter/raisins.

So this morning I had to make my chicken salad, more yogurt, more celery. I knew if I didn't do it, today would be a disaster! But at 12:30 I am getting itchy - I know the snow is coming (maybe), I know the kids may be home tomorrow (hoping not!), and for some reason those 2 things just make me want to eat myself out of house and home.

I have done Total Cardio Fix and Upper Fix of 21 Day Fix this week. And yesterday, I also ran/walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes to get to my 10,000 steps.

But pre-workout yesterday my eating was no very good. I found my way into a bag of chips my husband has brought home - seasoned homemade tortilla chips. Yum, yum, yum. I didn't really end up having much dinner though. After 3 nights of making dinner I called it quits! Everyone for himself, without my actually declaring that!

Tonight is supposed to be Lower Fix. Bring it on! But for now I just need to get through the next 5 hours!

Monday, March 5, 2018

I ran, so snow, snow go away!

March is definitely coming in like a lion.

Thursday was a beautiful day and I did get in a partial work-out before having to leave to get my haircut.

Friday was the storm and for the life of me I can't remember why I didn't work out. I had been home all day by myself listening to all the rain and wind and thanking God that the rain wasn't snow. And praying that we didn't lose power. I had a ton of work to do and my cozy spot in front of the fire was much better than working out (my daughter did do 1/2 of the leg workout - go her!)

Saturday I did make it to Weight Watchers (6 weeks in a row!) - I was down slightly, but still not down to the 227 I was on week 2. I didn't work out Saturday because I knew I wanted to run on Saturday. I need to get out of the mentality that I can't do anything on Saturday just because I want to be as fresh as possible on Sunday.

And Sunday I ran (well, ran/walked) 4 miles. It almost didn't happen. At 5:30 I did turn off my clock (set for 6:30) and said that I would see how I felt when I actually woke up. We didn't have any plans on Sunday, so I could have run whenever I woke up. I woke up at 7:00 so was on the rail trail by 8:00.

Saturday I have learned how to set my watch to Intervals. I decided to try 4:00 running and 1:00 walking. I had a slight mishap at the beginning where I thought I had started my watch and then I said that it must have been at least 4:00 minutes and when I looked down I realized it hadn't started. So I started it and continued running so I probably ran 9:00 minutes to begin with. Woops! Overall my time as 56 minutes, which is awful for 4:00, but it is just the beginning. Hopefully next weekend I can do 6:00 minutes running. And by hopefully, I mean.....I probably won't be able to go on the rail trail because it will be covered in snow. Yes, snow!! :( We are supposed to get a storm on Wednesday/Thursday and then one Sunday night. Come on people!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A now it is March....and no work out yesterday

It is another beautiful day here in Massachusetts. Tomorrow will be another story. But for today, we will enjoy the nice weather, because no nice weather is coming in the foreseeable future.

No, I did not work out last night without my daughter. I was sore! I know you can work out if you are sore - but I never have! This is definitely something I need to start doing.
Also, part of my excuse was that while downloading my book for Book Club, I saw a title for a chick lit Christmas book - I have bought plenty of them in the past, and I usually read them in the fall, but I was in the mood for something light before digging into something less unlifting. If I wasn't going to do my workout, I should have at least walked on the treadmill and read. Excuses, excuses.

But not looking back, just looking forward. Easter will be here in a month!! It needs to be a good month for me exercise and eating wise because our tropical vacation will be here before we know it!