Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Not good Tuesday....

Work has gotten really stressful again so I have gone back to not weighing myself daily, which isn't good.

Also, I have determined that during ovulation I have almost PMS symptoms. No fun on the food front (or the emotions!)

I owed a friend lunch and literally at the last second, as I was waiting in line to pay, I switched my water for a can of coke. I haven't had coke in like a month or more. I have been sleeping so awfully lately (mainly due to the work stress) that I was so tired.

Snack at home was yeah.....chocolate syrup and almonds - not together. Not proud of that moment.

Dinner was made by my husband....including the ice cream dessert. No reason to have ice cream on a Tuesday night except that it was there.

It is cold, cold, cold here in MA so no running outside. And I just don't have it in my heart to run on the treadmill. My warm bed is way more comfortable.

Monday, January 18, 2016

January is more than 1/2 over!!!

I've decided to celebrate each weekend in January (not with food!) instead of waiting until February to arrive. Yes, I hate January THAT much! Today is MLK day and my husband has a holiday and the kids are off from school and I am working. But I am working from home because it is snowing - Not terribly hard, but I am a wimp with driving in the snow and so many of the people on my team work remotely and my client has a holiday, so here I am while the rest of my family still sleeps.

I worked from home on Friday as well - with my full Sundays spent at my mom's house clearing stuff out, and Saturdays being so busy, I just needed to get laundry and the such done. It felt fantastic to go into the weekend like that. When the kids were infants I worked from home every Friday. I do miss that!

My daytime eating this weekend was spot on.

I went to WW Saturday morning - .4 gain. But I went!

Dinners both days weren't so hot.
I make Chili and Stew each January during the playoffs to remind us of when we used to have Patriots season tickets and I would make those for tailgating.
My chili is awesome, but not particularly healthy. And I made cornbread as well. And we had a ton of jalepenos left over from New Years so my husband made stuffed jalapenos.
I didn't drink beer during the game because I was planning on running Sunday.
Running didn't happen. At the last minute my partner called to say she wanted to sleep in. I was partly annoyed because we were only going early because of her - if I had planned on 8 like I would have liked to, I would have gone out. But instead I went back to bed for 2 hours which I really needed because I haven't been sleeping well.

I ate well all day at my mom's (no cookies this week!), but came home starving and had another meal of chili and cornbread and this time with a beer. AND I had chocolate ice cream for dessert.
But unfortunately the chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce kept me up way too late. So I am tired. But I am going to try my hardest to eat normal even though I am home.

I unfortunately haven't menu planned at all for this week. But I will make sure I don't buy my lunch at all this week (except I do owe my work-BFF lunch, so maybe once).

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Failing but trying.....

I am trying to think about Tuesday. How did Tuesday go.....

I know I did end up buying lunch - this whole no-kitchen-nearby thing at work continued to throw me for a loop, so while I had packed my Lean Cuisine Deluxe pizza, I chose to go downstairs and buy lunch - which my fallback is chicken salad on a wheat rollup with a ton of veggies, but at some point someone introduced me to the spicy ranch. And I always get a side - the pasta salad looked fabulous, but I chose chips instead. But I didn't get a Coke - a win in my book!

I can't remember if I munched at home in the afternoon - I am thinking not. But I really can't remember. Instead of just making pasta on our crazy Tuesday night, I did make a huge salad and a frozen pizza and I had more salad than pizza. Though I did share my daughter's mac & cheese after she came home from Ski Club.

Wednesday we had our post-Holiday Lunch with my work group at a new relatively-authentic Mexican restaurant. Chips and salsa and guacamole galore. Along with shrimp fajitas.

And this morning I RAN!!!! For the first time since December 10th I got up at 4:30 am and ran.  I was nervous if it would be slippery (and it was cold - 18 degrees!) but it wasn't too bad. I had laid out my clothes, set me alarm. And then around 11:30 I decided to turn off my alarm (I had been trying to sleep since 10:00). But I woke up at 4:20 and decided I really had not excuses not to get up. I needed to go out. So I did. Only 3 miles, but it felt fantastic!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Another afternoon, another fail....

I arrived at work and found they had dismantled our kitchen, but I found a spoon, found the quiet nook they had hidden the fridge, on with my day. Had my breakfast, later in the morning had my snack of a fruit cup (drained) and a Weight Watchers cheese stick.

Around 12:30 I stopped and talked to my manager and before I knew it, it was 1:00. Instead of shlepping around to find a microwave, I decided to go home to eat lunch because I had a 2:00 and 3:00 meeting. I got home at 1:30, heated up my Lean Cuisine pizza and ate my carrots. At work I would have been fine. But then rice cakes (a full bag, 400 calories worth) called me name. Then the rest of a bag a prunes. Yes, prunes! I told you I didn't have much food in my house.

I didn't have another snack. But still - I didn't need those foods at that time of day. I could easily have done without. I wasn't hungry. I was stressed, anxious, bored, procrastinating.....

It was Taco night. I felt like I made wise choices.
I had 2 flax tortillas instead of the hard ones the rest of the family had
I had fat-free cheese instead of full fat
I had low fat sour cream (I just can't do fat-free for sour cream)
I made "rice" out of sweet potatoes and cooked it with peppers and onions instead of our usual bagged Spanish rice
I didn't have any of the chicken meat - it was perfectly healthy, I just was having other stuff
I had bought fire-roasted corn and cooked that up with black beans
I had salsa
I had 90 calories of guacamole (the single serving packs) split between my 2 tacos.

But later in the evening my stomach was going crazy - not sure if it was the prunes :) Horrible, horrible gas. I felt awful :( I couldn't sleep, so I stayed up way too late, and thus didn't get up at 4:30 this morning to run :(

Today is another day. Another day of trying.

Monday, January 11, 2016

1 week down, 3 to go!

January is by far my least favorite month of the year - I hate, hate, hate it. I love Ground Hog day because I can celebrate winter being 1/2 over, but last year we were in for a rude awakening. We celebrated, but the snow and the cold just kept coming in February. And the cold lasted into mid-April. But this year I will still celebrate even if February and March are god-awful weather.

Another reason to celebrate, especially for us morning runners, even though the shortest day of the year was 3 weeks ago, the sunrise has not been getting earlier until now!!!!

Friday I ate fairly well even though I was home. I went grocery shopping and bought healthy food. I had a flaxseed wrap with coleslaw (no dressing), chicken, buffalo sauce and blue cheese for dinner.

Saturday -
I went to Weight Watchers. 209.8.
I came home and started figuring out the new SmartPoints for all my favorite foods
I ate well all day until date night where I had 3 large beers and a ton of yummy, bad-for-you appetizers

I continued with figuring out WW points before going to my mom's to work on cleaning out the house.
I had to bring my own lunch and I had healthy foods, though my mom did have some chocolate chip cookies - I needed the sugar with all the work we were doing.
I make Chicken A La King for dinner and only had 1 Pillsbury biscuit, with no butter

I didn't get a run in over the weekend - it was pouring rain on Sunday and I will no longer run on Saturdays over going to WW. I haven't run in a week and I am itching. I am extremely tired today because I couldn't fall asleep until 1:00 and still slept awfully, but I may get up early and run in the morning. Yesterday was almost 60, the next 10 days will be in the 30s. Hello Winter.

Here is to having a good week!!!!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Very unsuccessful week

For so long I've been saying that all my weight-gain has been between 5 pm and 7 pm, but this week was clearly a demonstration that since my new schedule change in September, my weight gain has been mid-afternoon. I am supposed to leave work around 3:00 to get the kids off the bus at 3:30, but I've found that it is easier to leave around 1:30 and then get some work done at home before the bus instead of being stressed about leaving work on time and potential traffic.

But I find myself eating a ton in the afternoon, when really I am not hungry because I did just eat lunch, but now I have access to food I didn't used to in the afternoon. And this week, because I had done a fairly good job of cleaning out the pantry last weekend, I was eating even weirder foods - PB2, marshmallows (the rest of them have been tossed!), tabbouleh and crackers, lots and lots of string cheese.

So while I was very good at not buying my lunch this week (well, I did work from home 2 days), I need to do MUCH better with the afternoon eating. I know tracking would help this....I am horrible at tracking.

But I am going to my WW meeting tomorrow regardless of how this week went.

On to next week!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Good and the Bad

My work buddy wanted to have lunch (usually she works from home on Mondays, or at least she used to) and I was good and brought down my lunch from home. The problem is when she wants to have lunch, she wants to eat at noon, so I was kind of starving later, but had my normal snack at home.


My son had swimming so he and my husband were gone from 4:30 - 6:00 and I found myself chowing on snacky type food (weird food since I had purged most stuff from the house) while helping my daughter with school stuff.

I've always said I gain weight between 5-7 pm - before dinner, while making dinner, and eating too much for dinner.

So it is definitely something I need to work on!

I am sticking to my plan to only run 2x a week (at least for a while) which made Monday so much easier knowing I didn't have to get up at 4:30 on Tuesday (especially since it was 7 degrees this morning!).

100 days from today we leave on vacation!!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Back to work and back to school. The school nurse called about my son before the school bell had even rung! He had fallen on the stairs on his way to his classroom - he must have been excited because he was running on the stairs!

It feels good to be back in the routine, though I could have used another week myself :)

I worked from home last Wednesday and Thursday. We had house guests from Wednesday until Saturday. We had fun staying in on Thursday night and then I ran my annual New Year's Day 5K on Friday. My time was slowest (35:00) in a long time, but I hadn't run in 3 weeks and I ate lots of crap on Thursday night. And me and my daughter had the house to ourselves after the race, so I took down the rest of the Christmas decorations. The only thing left to put away are the kid's actual Christmas gifts.

I went to Weight Watchers on Saturday. I even weighed in - I've decided I am going to weigh in each time, even if it is ugly, and it was. But I can own it, even if I continued to eat badly on Saturday and Sunday. But now all the junk is gone (no, I didn't eat it all! I did throw quite a bit away.)

Saturday I was an organizing machine. I wish I could have kept up that momentum on Sunday, but after running 5 miles in the morning, I was pretty much a slug on the couch for the rest of the day and it felt great!

So not everything is done that I wanted to get done, but what I needed to do in order for all of us to be ready for school and work were done. And back we go. Only 101 days until we leave for vacation!!!!