Friday, December 20, 2013

Quick drop by....

Woops, I didn't even realize I never posted last week - I hate not being able to post from work.

Here I am on a Friday night - I am not 100% sure if I am going to WW tomorrow morning. I really should.

I did got last week - I was 195.8 at the time. So a loss of -.8. But I've been majorly feasting since then.

I ended up getting sick Friday night (sore throat) but we still went to an all-day holiday party. Eating as so-so there. Sunday I was sick and even with a sore throat, grazed all day. Monday I was diagnosed with strep and Tuesday I was home for a sick/snow day (but working).

Wednesday evening my kids went to my parents, so my husband and I went out to a dinner - a fairly nice one. 2 glasses of red wine,  onion soup, spinach salad, a side of lobster mac and cheese and some ice cream pie for dessert. Yummy!

Since I didn't get to do much holiday stuff last weekend, I have a ton planned for this weekend, which includes lots of cookies and cheese (not together!), topped off with a Chinese Buffet Sunday night.

The eating will just continue through Christmas Day, but then I am DONE! No waiting until New Year's Day. Get it all done now!

Me and I friend were talking today about maybe doing a New Year's Day 5k, which means I need to get on the treadmill! But my cold (which was a head cold in addition to strep) is moving down to my lungs.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Weekly Weigh-in #2

Starting Weight (12/1/2012): 232.2
Last Week: 196.6
Current Weight: 196.6
Change Since Last Week: -0.0
Total Change: -35.6
Height: 5'6"
Goal: 149

Okay, one week after my 1 year anniversary of WW and I already blew of the meeting :(

Honestly, I was completely surprised by the maintain (but I'll take it!). The scale was high on Friday morning and a stressful day (and stressful week) resulted in a lot of Chex Mix being consumed at lunch time.

The weather forecast for this morning was ice and snow and we've got a long day of activities planned, coupled with the predicted gain and the real need to catch up on sleep, had me turning off my alarm at 3 am.

The beginning of the work week started off well, to compensate for the less than stellar start to the weekend. But per normal, once my routine gets thrown off, I cave. My daughter was home Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday I took her to the doctor (strep), and I had tons of work to do, then we went to see Holiday lights, but not before a stop at The 99. I hadn't had my snack so I overate at the restaurant. *sigh*

I am hoping this coming week should be better. Originally we were going to go out to dinner tonight but we have a kid's birthday party from 4-6 so my husband thinks the kids will get fed pizza there. Tuesday we were going to go to the Cheesecake Factory before seeing Santa, but there was an impromptu meeting with Santa on Wednesday so we don't need to go to the Mall. Sunday could be an indulgent day - making some cookies and decorating the house, so dinner is just going to be a bunch of appetizers I thrown in the oven.

I am going to try to fit in run tomorrow morning. There just was too much to do today to fit it in. I DID get up on Tuesday morning and ran a 5K on the Treadmill! Mentally it was tough, but I got through it. If I can make myself run 5 miles on the treadmill, that would be great!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Week

I didn't want my previous post to get too long....

I am so glad it is December - I love Christmas time! And I am always so glad when Thanksgiving is over.

To me, Thanksgiving isn't a big deal. We host, so I do all the cooking, but I don't love the food - We eat at 2:00 so I don't even provide appetizers, it is one meal and it is over....though I did have quite a bit of leftovers on Saturday :)  I don't really like the colors and I am so sick of Fall by that time, so I am just ready to bring on Christmas. That is why I love it when Thanksgiving is the latest it can be like this year, when December comes even before the long weekend is over. I hate, hate it when it is as early as it can be like last year when December is 8 days away.

We don't go overboard early. While it was early last year, we did put up our lights over Thanksgiving weekend because we were excited for the new house. This year we did the same, but mainly because it was so late. We never, ever get our tree Thanksgiving weekend - we'll get it next weekend, and the years Thanksgiving is really early, it may be 2 weeks after Thanksgiving before we get it.

The outside lights are up, our Elf on the Shelf arrives on December 1st every year, the 2 advent calendars are out, but that is it. But next weekend our house will be throwing up Christmas!

But back to last week. I felt pretty out of control over last weekend and into the beginning of the week. Work was stressful and I found myself eating cafeteria food both days even though I had packed my lunch. But I was more calm once I could work from home on Wednesday and got a lot of the food prep done.

Thankgiving I had my normal breakfast, and I always have a cup of eggnog to welcome Santa during the Macy's Day Parade - but I measured out the 1/2 cup (5 points!) which didn't even fill 1/2 of our smallest cups. I had one normal size plate of food and a small helping of dessert (after a walk) and 1 glass of wine. Knowing I had to run in the morning and had WW on Saturday kept me sane. I had a PB&J sandwich for dinner for fuel for the race.

It was chilly! 30 degrees maybe? It was hard to run in the cold, but I still PRed! I don't know my exact time - I double hit my Garmin so I didn't stop as I finished the line, and the official results had my Gun Time and my Chip Time the same. I could have been as little as 33:20 or as much as 34:05, but since my previous PR was 34:28, I PRed no matter what. It was the first time that me and my running friend actually raced against each other. I knew she would be faster (she ran a 1/2 marathon back in October), but I don't care.

I ate pretty well the rest of the day - again, knowing I had WW the next day. And I only had run 3.14 miles so I didn't need to re-fuel. But after WW I did go a little overboard. I spent a bundle at Target (made sure to eat well before I went) and when I came back I was starving even though it was only 11:30 and I had the house to myself so I had enjoyed lots of leftovers (including dessert) before heading back out for more shopping.

Today was a pajama day, so there was some grazing going on, but the Thanksgiving food is gone (a lot thrown away) and the pantry and freezer and fridge full of good foods). I've planned menus for the rest of the month - trying to minimize the number of days I could do real damage (and tried to plan as most of them for Saturdays - in the past I've done cheese fondue on New Year's Eve - this year we will do it December 28th as a final "hurrah" for Christmas, and we'll just do a pasta meal on NYE since I will most likely be running the next morning).

Happy December!

One Year Weight Watchers Anniversary

I have been meaning to come post since yesterday morning, but the long weekend has been crazy.

Here are the stats, one year out:

Starting Weight (12/1/2012): 232.2
Last Week: 198.4
Current Weight: 196.6
Change Since Last Week: -1.8
Total Change: -35.6
Height: 5'6"
Goal: 149

I never post pictures, so here are some:

11/5/2012 - The picture that got me back to WW

11/5/2013 - One year later - 35 lbs down

Thanksgiving 2013

So how do I feel 1 year out? I really didn't know how much I would lose in a year, so I can't say if I am disappointed or not. I knew this journey would take 2 - 2 1/2 years, and I am still on track for that. I am thrilled I am under 200. I feel SO much better about myself than I did a year ago!

BUT Friday night I decided to play around with my weekly weigh-ins (I am an analyst so data is my life) and I found out that I haven't lose 35.6 lbs this year, I have lost over 70 and I have GAINED 35 lbs! I was reminded that I had 14 weeks of gains, 9 of which were 2+ lbs, 5 of which were 4+ lbs.  I can gain weight an an incredibly rapid rate, thus the 50 lb gain in 21 months.

So what will the next year bring?
--I can't estimate how many pounds I will lose
--I want to make it to more WW meetings (I missed 15 this year!)
--No more rapid gains. If I lose 40 lbs in a year, I want to think I've lost 50 and gained 10 or such. No gains would be even better!

I will be as successful or better in the next year by:
--More WW meetings
--Tracking - not necessarily being strict with my points, by accountable for what I eat in non-working hours/ in the 5 pm - 7 pm where I do so much damage
--Less eating out (we need to do this also because we really need to rein in the budget next year)
--Move my body more- not exactly sure how this is going to look since all I've been doing is running once a week the last month or so.