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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bread vs. Activity

Look!  More activity!  Also, more weight.
Oops
If you're friends with me on Facebook you've likely seen me comment about how my half marathon training has begun, again.  I'm not sure why I didn't mention this on other social media channels.  Ooops.  Anyway, I went to my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday and stepped on the scale and my heart sank.  After last week's loss I was excited to be back on track.  However, the scale had other ideas and registered a gain this week.  At first I attributed it to the two amazing oatmeal raisin date cookies that I ate on Sunday.  Or the chips and hummus.  Or the pizza that I ate on Saturday.  And it may very well have been related to these things but I also realized that it could be related to the increase in activity.  Or *gasp* the fact that I, practically single handedly, ate an entire loaf of bread in less than week.

One of the reason that I really like Weight Watchers is that no food is off limits.  So while I dislike saying that I'm going to avoid any particular item, I do perhaps need to scale back the amount that I am eating.  I don't know that I'm removing bread from my diet forever but for now while I'm dealing with these stubborn pounds I will.  I think I also need to go back to tracking how much protein I'm getting in per day.  As I was nearing my goal weight that was one of the things I was tracking consistently but I've really gotten away from it.  The final change that I know I need to make is to reign in the amount of fruit that I'm eating.  I've been using fruit as both a snack and treat but I know that the quantity that I'm eating is WAY over the recommended daily allowance.  That's my plan and while it seems like a lot, I am going to try to implement all of these as smaller changes so that I can make them my healthy routines, again.

Have you made any realizations lately?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Healthy Snacks

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Last month we talked about slowing down and sipping water between bites.  I have a hard time with that routine but will continue to work on it this month.  I feel like I have extra time to continue working on this routine because I already have the December routine perfected.

The other day I ended up taking my car to the shop because the check engine light was flashing.  I'd packed a couple of things to take with me and I was certainly glad that I did.  What I hoped would only be an hour or so of work ended up being more than three hours.  I know that had I been sitting there without a snack I would have either gotten something out of the vending machine or tried to eat nothing until I got home at which point I would eat everything.

This has become my routine.  Whenever I leave the house I think about how long I will be gone and where I'll be going.  Depending on the amount of time I might just take water.  Yes, water can be a snack because sometimes dehydration will fool us into think we're hungry.  If I know I'll be out awhile I'll usually take water and a snack.  Generally, my snack will be an apple because they are one of the more durable fruits that I can toss in my bag.  If I know I'll be out for a significant amount of time I'll either pack a couple of snacks, including some protein.

How do you deal with being out and about and realizing that you're hungry?  Do you pack a healthy snack before you leave the house?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Your inner voice

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When I began my weight loss journey I thought that it was a competition.  A competition between my friends or the other members of my meeting group.  Then I realized it wasn't a competition with others, but rather a competition with myself.  At various times throughout this journey (and on long runs during half marathon training) there is voice inside me that tells me to quit.  

When things get hard and I just want to binge eat the voice tells me to go ahead.  

When I'm at mile 9 and my toes hurt the voice tells me to stop running and walk awhile.  

Except, I know that there is more inside me than that voice.  I know that I want more from myself and that means that I have to ignore that little voice.  I have to push past the craving and the painful toes and just keep going.

As it turns out this week is no exception.  I'm not sure what happened but when I stepped on the scale yesterday I was MORTIFIED.  I gained EIGHT POINT SIX (yes, yelling for emphasis cause it's 8.6 freaking pounds!) pounds in one week!  I'm hoping it's some strange hormonal thing or that I'm retaining every ounce of water I've been drinking to rehydrate since my half marathon.

Either way I have changed the voice inside my head.  I know that the effort it will take to lose that weight will be hard but I also know that it'll be worth it.  So... I'm back on track.  Back to tracking every single bite, lick and taste.

How do you push past that voice?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emotions

Tonight it became very clear to me that I have not even come close to figuring out how to not eat my emotions.  And I hate that.  Last week I saw my doctor and she gave me a new goal weight.  I was kind of excited about it - about being just 6.2 pounds away from goal.  I mean how cool is that?  So, I worked the plan like normal and tried to continue recovering from the half marathon.  I paid a lot of attention to drinking A LOT of water in order to re-hydrate and the multiple trips to the bathroom per night are proof of that!  I knew, without even stepping on the scale, that I gained because I was pretty sure that the only reason I lost last week was because I was still so dehydrated.

When I finally stepped on the scale before my meeting I was angry, frustrated and disappointed.  I gained 1.6 pounds.  When I got home I was HUNGRY and I ate/drank.  Everything was really delicious and I don't really regret going over my points.  I'm still frustrated that I am stuck at this weight.  Maybe it's my ending weight?  I'm not sure yet... I'm going to try eating more protein again since I lost weight when I really monitored how much protein I was eating per day.  Hopefully that'll either get me off this plateau ....

Any other suggestions?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another week....

A few weeks ago I proclaimed that I wouldn't "care" about weight loss during half marathon training.  I've been trying really hard to not "care" but I pretty much suck at that.  It certainly doesn't help when I see the scale creeping back up.  The only thing keeping me a little bit sane about this is that I've been not only enjoying my half marathon training but I feel like I've been putting in solid training sessions.  I know that with the increased mileage that my appetite will (likely) increase as well but I'm trying to keep that in check by eating healthy protein, both to keep me satisfied as well as to help with muscle recovery.

In fact, someone posted a link in one of my Weight Watchers forums to the Kashi protein calculator recently so I used to to figure a couple of different calculations and the highest amount of protein it told me I should be eating is 140 grams and the lowest is 128 grams so I decided to average it out for 132-133 grams.  I am going to try getting in that amount of protein for a couple of weeks to see how I feel and if it impacts my weight.  I will admit that getting in that amount of protein and staying within my daily points target has been difficult.  I've had to make a few changes, for example, something like greek yogurt or cottage cheese for dessert rather than a cookie or ice cream.  Seriously, I love cookies and ice cream, this is a major change.

So... what's been going on with you?  How do you mix things up to keep the scale moving in the right direction?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Planning or predicting?

Thank goodness that we didn't have a huge snowstorm yesterday because it was fabulous to see my Weight Watchers meeting friends.  In case you aren't aware we got hit with bad snowstorms on the last two Tuesdays and the meetings were cancelled.  I was super happy to meet yesterday because I missed all my friends!  I had baked these Snickerdoodle Blondie bars and took a few along.  I thought they were pretty good (though raisins or a cinnamon/sugar topping would make it better, in my opinion) and they got good reviews from the ladies too.

Anyway... the topic this month is about planning.  As in planning your next meal so you know how many PointsPlus you'll spend as well as planning your next activity.  I thought planning being the topic was slightly ironic given my last blog post because it's almost as though I planned on having a weight gain.  I gained 0.4 pounds which is disappointing I know it is not the end of the world.  

I credit my buoyed spirits to solid half marathon training, more sunlit hours each day and the fact that my clothes feel good.  While the scale may not be moving (or moving in the wrong direction) I have been really hitting the goals on my training plan.  Perhaps it is due to the fact that I've been able to run in all sorts of conditions, including sunny long runs, but whatever the reason I've felt good about my training.  Being a little over five weeks out from my goal race this is definitely a good thing.  So I guess I'll just put up with the scale for now...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

More about choices...

A few weeks ago I wrote about choosing what is hard.  The last couple of weeks have been a little out of sorts for me because the weather has caused my regular Tuesday meeting to be cancelled.  I still made it to a weigh-in (but not a meeting) each week and this week I gained 0.8 pounds.  When I saw it on the scale I kind of laughed at it and said awesome.  The receptionist told me she'd gained this week but she didn't say awesome when she saw the scale.

The bit that gets me out of sorts is not only missing my meeting (and thus all of the friends/inspiration I get from my meeting-mates) but the fact that last week was such a huge loss at 4.6 pounds.  Maybe I gained the 0.8 this week because last week was such a huge loss?  Maybe not.  Maybe the increase in my mileage is driving me to eat more?  I feel like I am eating more food but I am trying to make healthy choices.  I suppose that's why I'm not really surprised or upset by a gain this week.  I'm not sure how I would have done things differently or whether this is just how my body is going to be.

The other thought, besides the food choices, that rumbles around in my head at least once a day is that maybe this is all the weight that I will lose.  I'm going to keep trying and see what happens but I'm not going to get all worked up about not hitting my next goal.

Have you lost weight during half marathon training?  Would you expect to or would you expect to gain?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How much is enough?

Top Left:  July 2010
Bottom Left: December 2012
Right:  December 2012
Last week I blogged about the ups and downs of the past few weeks.  At my weigh-in yesterday I had another up, literally, when the scale showed I'd gained 1.4 pounds.  I was disappointed, obviously, since no one on a weight loss journey ever wants to see a gain but now I am perplexed.  I was chatting with one of my friends, Melany (who is a nurse), when she asked me when I was going to declare goal.  I hadn't really thought about declaring that I'd reached my goal since I was, ideally, trying to be within my healthy weight range for my height -- I'd said 148 before but have been leaning towards 150 pounds which is the absolute top of my healthy range.  This would mean I'd have about 25 more pounds to lose ... At this point Melany looked at me and asked me where on my body I'd lose that weight?  She pointed to my fingers and wrists - which honestly have never been as small as they are now.

So, I am perplexed.  I don't know whether to keep trying to lose weight or declare victory at ~205 pounds lost?  Even if I was able to hang on and lose the weight to get to 150 pounds would it be sustainable?  How do you know when enough is enough?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Good, Bad and...

Happy New Year!!

The tagline on my blog says I'll tell you about the good, the bad and everything in between.  Well, if you like that kind of thing you're going to love this post!  So buckle up because here we go:

  1. BAD:  Two weeks ago I gained 5.4 pounds, last week I lost 5.4 pounds and yesterday when I weighed in I gained 6.6 pounds.
  2. GOOD:  Over New Years we fat biked for miles and miles - and it is way harder than I thought it'd be but it is also so much more fun.
  3. BAD:  I was mostly on plan with my eating but on New Years Eve and New Years Day I went a little crazy with food/drinks.  (Trader Joe's chocolate dipped peppermint jo-jo cookies are delicious and they pair really well with a Brandy Old Fashion Sweet!)  It was a delicious but stupid way to celebrate so now I'm back on plan.
  4. GOOD:  Last week I ran several days in a row for longish (5+ miles) distances and then we biked so I took nearly a week off from running.  Today, I laced up my Adrenaline's and went out for a run.  During the first mile I felt like crap and considered cutting the run short (3 miles) but as the miles ticked away, and parts of me started to go numb, I felt better so I kept running.  For 5+ miles!
I think that's all I have for today... I'm determined to get back on track and lose these same 6 pounds that I've been battling for a few weeks.

How was your New Year?  Did you celebrate in a major way?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Random Thoughts

Normally after a weigh-in, especially when I gain, I will think and analyze to try to figure out what I've done wrong.  When I stepped on the scale this week I knew that I gained and I was disappointed but I wasn't overly concerned.  It's not that I don't care about the gain because I do but I'm also aware that these things happen.  Ironically I usually end up with a gain right after I reach a milestone.  This is not meant to be an excuse even though it sounds like it.  I did, however, notice something while looking at my tracker (here's another example of why tracking really does help) and I realized that the week before last was the week I was sick and I only got in 38 activity points vs. the almost 70 that I log most other weeks.  So, I suppose that has something to do with it!  So I'm hoping this week will be better.

The other random bit I have to offer this week has to do with Halloween.  Given that I'm trying to be healthy I don't like to buy Halloween candy because I don't need the temptation in the house.  Plus, have you calculated the PointsPlus values on candy?  I'm also a little surprised to admit that most candy is just too sweet for me anymore.  Clearly this is a surprise to me considering that I love junk food but whatev.... Anyway, this leaves a big question about what to do about Halloween?  This year I've ordered a whole lot of glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and a novelty assortment.  So these are the things I'll be handing out on Halloween as my alternative to candy.  The trick-or-treating hours in my town go from 3-7 pm (I think) so I'm hoping that most parents will be thankful that my house is one less house giving out sugary treats.  I guess we'll see, won't we?! 

What do you give away for Halloween?  If it's candy, how do you manage to keep your consumption of it under control?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Oh look, another gain... awesome (insert sarcasm)

Tuesday afternoon I go to my meeting and yuck it up with the ladies.  Then I hit the grocery stores (yes, two, one for produce and one for everything else) and go home.  My patient (and usually hungry) husband waits for me and we make dinner together with the bounty I've scored at the grocery store.  After dinner I usually can't wait to blog.  Some weeks I struggle finding a topic while other weeks the topic just slaps me in the face.  The fact that I'm posting this on Wednesday is not because I couldn't find a topic but rather because I feel like a failure, again.

I weighed myself at home yesterday morning and my scale showed me up 5 pounds.  Given that we celebrated Oktoberfest over the weekend I wasn't surprised but I was disappointed.  When I got to my meeting I sort of dreaded getting on the scale because as long as I didn't weigh-in I could still hope that I'd pulled off some sort of miracle and lost weight.  However, no.  Though the WW scale was a little more forgiving than my scale registering only a 1.4 pound gain.  Instant disappointment and frustration set in.  The other thing that set in was determination.  I will NOT let this derail the work I've done.  I know that I can get past this and I will.

It is 8 weeks until Thanksgiving (not to sound like the comic strip Cathy ... ack!) and our meeting topic was about setting goals we want to achieve before Thanksgiving.  I was apparently not listening to the instructions because I set four goals and apparently all you had to do was set one.

  1. Run my 15K on Nov 5 (this will be my longest race to date and I'm super excited about it)
  2. Hit 200 pounds lost (might be a stretch because it's about 11 pounds)
  3. Stay within my daily points target
  4. Include more strength training (this is actually kind of fun for me yet I only do it once a week)
So, my bestie Jen and I are going to really buckle down and focus.  Not necessarily go crazy because we know that won't be long term but I also know that I've tweaked the program slightly and maybe I tweaked it a little too much (see: #3).  I am hoping to be able to report back better results next week and naturally have an instant topic built in!

On a completely unrelated note ... in case you missed my last post I am hosting a give away!  All you have to do is donate to my fundraising campaign for your chance to win a SPIBelt (see the original post for more deets/photo).  Every $5 will get you one entry to the raffle and since I am going to have more than one raffle you'll want to donate early so that you're entered in all of them!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It's about the long term... right?

So the weigh-in this week was ... eh ... not so good.  I gained 3.4 pounds but it's not about what happens week to week but what happens in the long term, right?  Maybe over the course of a month, two months, six months or a year?  That's what I'm telling myself now at least!

My week was good but seemed to fly by.  My training went well this week as I logged a couple of really good runs including a shiny new PR at the Bucktown 5K.  I also spent some time in the gym working on my strength training.  This is still a little odd to me since I'm pretty new to it but I definitely feel good once I do it.    Overall I know that the increased mileage and strength training is going to help me in my running.

My coach has also given me some new stretches to do because I've been battling a slightly angry IT band.  There is one pose that she wants me to do that has me convinced she thinks that I'm a grasshopper!  Oh well... the stretches (or the version that I am able to do) seem to be helping because my IT band doesn't seem quite as angry even though I'm upping my mileage.  This is quite a big relief!

How was your week?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fishing + Food + Hiking + Beer + Biking + Cookies = woah

Hiking the Harding Ice Trail - Seward, AK
Oh my gosh!  I can't believe my vacation is already over.  Before I start babbling about things let me thank my guest posters: Abby, Mercedes and Stephanie.  I hope that you enjoyed their posts as much as I did when I read them not to mention that they are each amazing women who have been an inspiration as well as friends.  Now... let's talk about vacation and eating and working out....


Fat Bikes Mountain Biking - Cooper Landing, AK
Our vacation was two weeks long driving lots of miles (nearly 1800) through Alaska and it was the most amazing vacation.  While we weren't always active we were always busy!  Some days we spent 8-10 hours fishing, we biked a few days and hiked a few days but some days were just spent in transit.  Seriously, the drive from Homer to Healy takes FOREVER.  Add this to the fact that early on in the trip I decided it was vacation and I was going to eat what I wanted while on vacation but when we got home that I'd get back into my routine.  I still tried to make healthier choices, grilled or broiled fish vs. batter fried, but I definitely treated myself.  Knowing everything I ate and drank I wasn't surprised yesterday when the scale said I gained and it's just a little more motivation to get back on track before training for my half marathon starts.

What do you do when you go on vacation?  How do you stay active or on plan?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Family + google

This past weekend was spent in my home town in Wisconsin.  Every two years my extended family gathers for a family reunion.  Some of these people I've seen and keep in touch with on a semi-regular to regular basis.  Others I haven't seen since the last reunion but love catching up with.  Add lots of family (and a few new babies I hadn't yet met) and good food to the fact that I was excited to show off a little (they'd seen me on The Dr. Oz Show but c'mon, I've lost 180+ pounds and that screams showing off!) and catch up.  A few people me chuckle a little.  One such interaction:
Him:  Who are you?
Me:  I'm Jen
Him:  No you're not!
Me:  Yes I am
Him:  Roger's daughter?
Me:  Yes!
Others were more convinced about who I was and I got some great big bear hugs!  A few family members actually lifted me off the ground (seriously that was awesome and odd all at the same time) as they hugged me but regardless it was amazing to see family again.  Aside from the hugs Saturday was all about the food - between food prep, eating and clean-up there was food all around.  Since it is basically a pot luck event I cut up a mess load of vegetables and made my favorite vegetable dip.  While I'd planned to go out for a run that day it didn't happen but we did go for a walk with some family members and that was fun too.  

It was sad to come home (cause my whole family is all kinds of awesome) but then I started to look at some blog stuff and I know that there are a number of things that have brought people to here.  Some are family, friends, friends of friends or family, etc... some get here by a search on the world wide web.  I thought we'd take a minute to find out how/why people got here.  This is information that I tend to look at but haven't shared, until now.  The search term they used to get here is in italics and my comments are following them.

  1. Color Run Racine - Where ever you are if you can run a color run - DO IT!  It's the race that doesn't feel at all like a race.  Some people walked and some ran so it's open to all fitness levels.
  2. Humorous things that you're thankful for - I'm thankful for things that aren't even funny but I'm glad you're here!
  3. Naked weigh-ins - if you find a center that does these, let me know cause some weeks I know that's the only way I'd lose weight!
  4. Anna Devlantes - I'm not actually her but she was super nice and so am I so I guess we could be twins?
  5. Broiled Mushrooms - These are awesome and if you're making them I do still expect an invite!
So what'd you guys do this weekend?  Spend time with family?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's a struggle

Based on the success that I've had with weight loss I feel like I should always lose weight.  For some reason I also feel like people expect me to lose weight.  Weeks when I have a gain are disappointing and I feel like I let people down.  It should come as no surprise when I say that this weigh-in this week did not go well.  I have a scale at home and it has been up and down over the past week, at one point it said I lost 2 pounds and the next day that I gained 5 pounds.  Basically I have no idea what is going on but I knew it didn't "really" matter until I went to the official weigh-in at the meeting last night.  That scale said I gained 2 pounds.  Naturally I was disappointed but I had kind of expected it.

A few days ago I took my measurements (I take them every 4-5 weeks) and I had lost an inch here and there so I was happy with that.  I also know that in the past two weeks my activity has really increased to the point where I'm earning 40+ activity points per week and usually eating less than half of those.  My "inquisitive" brain (aka anal retentive) wanted to know how I gained?  I've got 3 theories:

  1. I went overboard with the free fruit last week (I did eat almost a whole watermelon by myself)
  2. I gained some muscle when increasing my activity level
  3. I am actually dehydrated due to extra running but thought I was hungry so I ate rather than hydrate
I'm going to really try to keep an eye on these things for the next couple of weeks.  I also know that since I've had such great success that I sort of felt like "I know what I'm doing" and got a little lax with tracking.  I always track but would do so AFTER I ate something and then it's too late.  I need to be better about tracking BEFORE I eat it so I can look at the PP value and really decide if it's worth it.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Finding your anchor

Ever since the meeting last week I've "known" that the weigh-in today wasn't going to be good.  In the last month I've lost a lot of weight so I knew there would come a week where I'd bounce (so to speak).  That happened today and even though I knew it was coming it still sucks.  That said let's move on.

The meeting topic was about anchors and not the boat kind!  Your anchor is what helps remind you to stay on plan and make healthy choices rather than unhealthy choices.  I thought for a minute and decided my anchor is being active, and racing to be specific.  Over the weekend my friend, Jen, came over and we went for a run together.  I realize how trivial this may sound but normally when planning a get together with someone it was about what restaurant we would meet at or something that had to do with food/drink.  This was not at all the intention of this get together and I had the best time.  Seriously, an awesome time working out.  I'm not sure where this came from but it felt awesome.

Having someone else to not only be silly with (cause let's face it, we are) but also to share the struggles (e.g. chaffing) and the successes (e.g. an upcoming spa day when I hit 175 pounds) of trying to be active with is awesome.  Who'd have guessed that?

So what or who is your anchor?  One member in our weekly brochure got the WW logo tattooed on her wrist so she would constantly see that.  Do you have a token that you look at to remind you to be healthy?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cooking Lessons - Butternut Squash

I realize this post is coming a couple of days later than normal but what can I say?  Things have been busy!  The weekend was spent scrapbooking with Sheri, Marianne, Anita, Sami, Judy and some other very funny ladies.  I am very lucky because prior to the crop Sheri, the hostess of the crop, sent a survey and one of the questions was about the type of snacks you like.  I checked the fruit box and she provided a ton of delicious fruit that I happily munched away on.  I tried to keep to the WW plan and I was pretty successful in keeping to my daily points target, even with the temptation of birthday cake.  I had a small piece so I wouldn't feel deprived but would have loved a much bigger piece!  Anyway, I knew when I went to weigh-in that it wasn't going to be a great scale day (though I don't think that was because of the cake).  I gained 2.2 pounds but it is more likely because I haven't worked out since I injured my finger.  This is both because of frankenfinger (which is healing nicely if you're curious) and because of the nasty sinus infection/cold that I have and didn't want to make worse.  Anyway, I'm really hoping to get my butt out of bed tomorrow morning for a nice long walk with Tucker.

In other news... let's talk about cooking butternut squash (actually now that I think about it this is how I prepare most squash).  My friend Jen discovered butternut squash this week but mentioned that she bought the frozen/cubed kind and that she wasn't sure what to do with an actual butternut squash.  So, here you go Jen...

My most favorite way to prepare this is to slice the squash in half length wise.  Use a big spoon to scoop out the seeds and stuff from the bulbous end of the squash.  I put them in a pan with about an inch or so of water, cover the pan with foil and bake until the squash is soft.  Usually 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven but that can change based on the size of the squash.  Just insert a knife in and if you get any resistance then it's not done yet.  Once it is finished, take it out of the oven and let it cool (though I usually don't) and then scoop it out of the shell into a bowl.  I like to top it with salt, pepper and a little bit of spray butter.  If it's not as sweet as you like add a little brown sugar or Splenda brown sugar blend for sweetness.

If you're careful with the mandolin you could also just peel a butternut squash and slice it thin and then pan fry them or bake them.  It's tasty like that too but I think the texture is kind of wrong for "fries" because mine ended up being really soft.

I also really enjoy eating this with potatoes or parsnips or a combo of the two.

Do you have favorite ways to prepare butternut squash or any kind of squash?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Naturally...

Yesterday when I went to weigh-in it was official that I gained weight.  I knew this was going to happen based on what the scale told me all week and I also kind of figured that after having 4 really good weeks of losses that my weight would bounce.  It did.  I gained 1.6 pounds which, I hope, will not be too much of a big deal to lose, again.

The good news is that while Dan was on vacation on Monday, we went for a walk and while I normally only do 2 miles a day during the week we decided to do almost 2.5 miles.  That day I set a PR on our walk and I was really excited.  Until I did the same route this morning and set another PR!  I cut my time by nearly 10 seconds this week!  My average mile was 16:44 this morning!! 

Then I stepped on the scale this morning and found out that I was down 1 pound.  Naturally that would happen AFTER my official weigh-in.

Does this happen to you too?  How do you handle it?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

And I bounced.

I knew when I left my meeting last week that losing 6 pounds was not like me.  I hadn't felt well for a couple of days and didn't even eat half of my daily points target.  So, I kind of knew/felt that the weigh in this week would be a gain.  So, when I stepped on the scale today at the meeting I wasn't surprised though I was disappointed.  I gained 4.4 pounds.  Ugh.

Luckily during the meeting we talked about ways to ensure that you're listening to your hunger signals.  One way, and I'd read this somewhere else recently, is by listening for the sigh.  You know when you're eating and you just sigh?  Well, that means you're satisfied.  Anything more than that and you'll very likely end up full.  Maybe too full!  I'm really going to listen for this while eating this week. 

Anyway, so today was a big day for a couple of friends of mine.  Gayle and Jen are two of my meeting friends and I adore them both.  Today, Gayle hit goal and starts her maintenance journey and Jen has lost 25 pounds.  I'm so beyond excited for them both! 

Congratulations Gayle and Jen!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New job + new schedule = blech weigh in

I started my new job this week which means I've been commuting into the loop every day.  I've been driving to Rosemont and hopping on the EL, one of my favorite modes of public transit.  This means I've got a pretty long commute and since my day ends somewhere between 5 and 5:30 I don't usually get back home until 7 pm or later.  So working out was not a high priority this week and that was pretty apparent when I got on the scale.  It was either that or the fact that we partied like rock stars last week to celebrate St. Patrick's Day/my last day at Allstate.  Either way, when the scale registered +1.4 pounds I wasn't surprised.  Disappointed, yes, but surprised no. 

My leader talked about this during the meeting and that when we gain it is an opportunity to learn what worked and what didn't work on our weight loss journey.  Clearly, the combination of eating/drinking/not working out is not working.  I know that for the next week or so the workouts will be fewer and farther between.  So I'll be much more vigilant about eating well.  I knew this transition period would be tough and I was kind of prepared for it.  I know that it won't be the last time the scale goes up rather than down it's just encouragement for me to work harder to get it to go back down.  This might not be as motivating as it should be but it's what I've got right now.  :)

When the scale registers a gain, do you:
1)  Get discouraged
2)  Get re-energized to work harder
3)  Give up

How about we all do #2 together?  What do you say?