Time to kick it into gear again…

May 13, 2012 4 comments

I can’t believe that my son’s first year of school is just a little over a week from wrapping up.  Can it really have been that long since he started Kindergarten – or was born for that matter?

My work on the project for his school is wrapping up and I can’t put off the reality anymore that I’ve been completely neglectful in my attempts to lose weight.  Too much night-time snacking…a little something here and a little something there…it all adds up.  I’ve been weighing in at 313-315 each week for so long now and I wish I could call it a plateau but the honest answer is that I really haven’t been trying all that hard.

So here I sit fully aware of the fact that I have to go out of town for a few days this week for a meeting and know that is one of the most awful times to try and “behave”!  I’m hoping that by starting to post here more regularly I will start to gain back some of that accountability that helped so much previously.

This week will not be easy to predict, so I’m going to do the best I can and mostly focus on portions.  And I’ll try to lay off the snacking 🙂  Staying in a hotel room is always the worst…I just nibble because I’m bored and lonely.  Which means I’m going to need to get my butt in gear and use the fitness room while I’m there!

I hope this post will lead to something new – a new phase in my journey to lose weight and get healthier.  My most immediate goal is to get down to 300.  When I do, DH and I are going to get bicycles so we can go our riding with our son.  I really want to make that happen this summer, so I’m going to start re-reading the South Beach Diet books.  Last time I read them it made SO much sense to me and was pretty motivating.  Even though I wasn’t able to fully commit to the program, so many of the principles helped get me going into the next phase.  It can only help again, right?

Tomorrow for breakfast I plan to have my usual Fiber One bar and my iced coffee (decaf, sugar-free).  Lunch will be the chicken Caesar salad from Panera, with just 1 of the dressing “cups” and a whole grain baguette.  The lunch typically comes with a cookie too, so that will be my big challenge.  They are DELISH, but absolutely gross in terms of calories, fat and carbs.  It will have to come home with me and maybe my son and I will share it for a treat sometime this week.  Dinner will be tacos (just 2), corn, and either apple slices or grapes.  It will be on the higher end of the carb spectrum with the taco shells and corn, but calorie-wise should be right on target.

Bicycle, here I come!


Categories: Weight Loss

Still here and plugging away!

March 19, 2012 1 comment

You know that you’ve neglected your blog when you have to take a look at the stats to remember the last time you posted anything!  The reason behind my extended absence is nothing more than my own preoccupation with a project I am working on for PTO at my son’s school.  So, while I’ve been on the Internet a lot (a LOT) these past weeks, the only blogs I’ve read have been technical in nature.  I can tell you, they certainly aren’t as fun and interesting as all of you guys 🙂

The weight loss is still going strong(?) and I actually lost a few pounds after a plateau around 316-317  for a while.  On Saturday the scale read 313 so if I want to achieve my goal of getting to 300 by May 1 I better get cracking.

Just a quick check-in post.  It’s funny, but I definitely feel better about my weight loss efforts when I post (and read other blogs) regularly.  My project should be done soon, so I’ll be able to get back to things in a few weeks!

Categories: Life

FMM: Travel

February 20, 2012 6 comments

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything and I’ve been purposefully staying away from my blog.  The reason?  I know I’ve been eating poorly and I haven’t wanted to be accountable for that.  Since today is Monday (Friend Makin’ Monday), I thought it would be a good way to get back on the horse (so to speak) and be more committed to sharing the good and the bad in my journey to lose weight.  That’s a topic for tomorrow though – tonight, it is on to this week’s topic: travel.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel

  1. Where did your most recent trip take you?  That depends if we’re talking about a weekend trip or an airplane trip!  The last weekend trip we took (other than this weekend’s trip back to my hometown, which we do regularly), was to Chicago.  The last airplane trip we took was to Philadelphia.
  2. Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet?  If so, where?  If I were more comfortable with long flights, I would love to go to Greece or Italy some day.
  3. Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible?  I tend to cram a lot – I just want to be prepared for anything you know?
  4. Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how?  Yeah, unfortunately they do.  When I travel I still try to exercise if at all possible.  Usually if traveling for work I’m so exhausted after a long day that I don’t, but if I can make my days a little shorter then I’ll use the recumbent bike at the hotel.  In terms of eating, I’m pretty awful.  I have big meals (to make up for the fact that I’m missing my family) and tend to “snack” a lot out of boredom and loneliness.
  5. Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to.  Niagara Falls was beautiful.  I’m sure it is a huge cliche to say that, but it really was!
  6. Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year?  I prefer traveling in the spring or the fall.  I don’t like winter because of the chances for ice/snow and don’t like summer because it can be too hot to be out and about.
  7. If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains?  Mountains.  Hands down.  Preferably in a cabin/house with an outdoor hot tub.
  8. Have you ever needed a passport to travel?  No.
  9. Do you collect anything in your travels? When we go to museums and things as a family we bring back a magnet for our refrigerator.
  10. Where do you plan to go next?  We’re going to Philadelphia this summer and hope to take a couple days to go out to Washington D.C.
Categories: Life

Two NSV’s in one day!

February 10, 2012 3 comments

This week has been another rough one.  I continue to have sleep disturbances due to the new medicine I’m on and it is really starting to affect me physically.  Last night was the first night in many that I actually was able to stay in bed all night.  I still woke up plenty, but at least it wasn’t the wide awake, staring at the ceiling, not wanting to leave the comfy-warm-snuggly that is the bed.  So, here’s hoping that tonight will be even better.

This shouldn’t be an excuse to eat poorly, but I let it become one this week.  And it is a lesson for sure that even though you eat salad for lunch, if it is a salad from a restaurant it doesn’t come cheap in the calorie department!  Panera chicken Caesar salad and a Quiznos cobb salad were in store for 3 meetings this week.  And of course I can’t just eat half of one, so it ends up being a 500 calorie lunch.  Not completely awful, except when you add the Panera cookie…ugh!

Of course this all means that I’m not looking forward to my weigh-in this weekend.  Just going to chalk it up to a bad week and work harder next week.

Regardless of what the scale reads, I had two non-scale victories today!  First, I exercised just over an hour today.  Usually I do 30 minutes and call it good.  But tonight, I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes and walked (to my favorite Wii game, Walk It Out) for 45 minutes.  YAY!  My DH and I take turns putting our son to bed, so on my “off” nights, I have a little more time to exercise.  If it gets past 8:00, I try not to because it leads to poor sleep, but before then is fair game.  So, let’s see if I can make this a regular thing.

The other NSV is the fact that when I put on my jeans this morning, they were loose.  They’re normally a little tight (though lately have been fitting “well”) until they loosen up a bit, but this morning they were literally loose from the start.  So, for shits and giggles, I figured I’d try on a pair that I had bought a few years ago that were a size smaller.  AND THEY FIT!  They are a little tight in the waist, so I’m going to wait another 5, maybe 10 pounds before putting them into the rotation, but it felt realllllllllllly good!

Gotta love progress, right? 🙂

Categories: Exercise, Weight Loss

FMM: Habits

February 6, 2012 4 comments

I look forward to Friend Makin’ Mondays as a way to get my mind out of the negative places that it sometimes goes.  And that’s exactly what I need today!  If you haven’t done this before, the idea is that you answer these questions on your own blog, then visit Kenlie’s blog All The Weigh and link up in the comments.  It is a neat way to meet other bloggers with similar interests!  And now, my answers…

FMM: Habits

  1. Are you proactive, or do you procrastinate?  It really depends on the task at hand.  If it is something that I really want to do (like going on vacation with the family), I’m way proactive.  I can definitely plan things many, many months in advance!  Other things (like making doctors appointments) I definitely procrastinate.
  2. Do you eat breakfast everyday? If so, what’s a typical meal like? I eat breakfast every morning and it is almost always the same – a Fiber One bar (chocolate or peanut butter) and a coffee sweetened with sugar-free syrup and fat free half and half.  Occasionally on a weekend, I might have an Egg McMuffin (no canadian bacon) or a whole grain bagel from Panera (yum!)
  3. How much time do you spend watching TV on an average day?  Oh gosh – maybe 2-3 hours or so?  I definitely have several shows that I love watching and they help me relax.  Lately my DH and I have been watching an episode or two of Big Bang Theory on DVD before bed.  Funny show!
  4. Do you talk on the phone, or do you prefer e-mail and/or text messages?  I really dislike email, because I have to deal with so much of it at work.  So I’d much rather talk on the phone.  I’m not a big talker, so it’s all good!
  5. Do you exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening? Always in the evening.  I really wish I could force myself to get up early in the morning and exercise but it just isn’t me.
  6. Do you take time for yourself regularly? Oh definitely.  I have a really sweet DH that helps me make sure that I have time for myself to take a bath or do some crafting or things like that.  Watching the awful TV shows I watch is my guilty alone time pleasure.
  7. How often do you make your bed? Right before bed.
  8. Do you plan meals? If so, how far in advance? I plan the upcoming week’s meals on Friday night or Saturday sometime.  I use this cool website called Plan to Eat.  It stores recipes, lets me plan out a week (or more) and then makes a shopping list.  Pretty cool.
  9. Do you wake up at the same time everyday? Usually 7:00am during the week and 8:00am on Sunday.  On Saturday, anything goes – from 8:00-9:30ish!
  10. How often do you brush your teeth?  In the morning and before bed.
Categories: Life

Lazy Day Sunday!

February 5, 2012 6 comments

I’m having a lazy day today.  Yesterday’s weigh-in was 316, which is pretty good considering I didn’t eat all that well last week.  DH celebrated his birthday, so we had Coldstone Creamery cake.  Oh dear.  My exercise routine last week was pretty awful as well.

I also stayed off the computer for a good bit last week.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with increasing anxiety about my health.  Everything is just fine and I’ve had tests to prove it and multiple doctors have told me so.  However, I just have had a hard time letting go of that one doc that misread a test and wanted to put a pacemaker in ASAP.  If I hadn’t requested a second opinion from an actual specialist, I would probably be sitting here with one right now!  Needless to say, I had a couple of panic attacks the other week within just a few days, so I went to see my general doc for help.  He put me on a med to help me regain the balance that I’ve been missing.  I just want to go for a couple of months feeling “normal” and not scared.  Hopefully it will help.

Of course a side effect of this new med is sleep disruptions and boy did I ever experience them last week.  During a 3 day stretch I had only had about 13 hours of sleep and I’m one of those people that usually needs 8-9 per night.  So, all that translated into a bad week for exercise, and with DH working late a few nights and my preparations for his birthday, there were several nights of not eating well to boot!

This week will definitely be better.  I’m focusing on taking things one day at a time and taking care of myself emotionally.  Before, that translated into eating Cheetos or copious amounts of chocolate 🙂  Now I want it to be about doing things that I enjoy – papercrafting, reading, taking a bath, etc.  The DVD I had ordered about beginning Tai Chi also arrived last week and that seems to be helpful for calming my inner turmoil as well.

What non-food strategies do you use for dealing with stress?

Categories: Weight Loss

FMM: Makeup Favorites

January 30, 2012 4 comments

Today is Friend Makin’ Monday (FMM) and since I’m way behind on my blog reading, I’m just going to do this quick post and then go do some reading!  (Plus, I got The Help from Redbox last night and I have to finish it up to return tonight!)  Want to play along?  Just copy the questions below to your own blog and give your answers.  Then visit www.alltheweigh.com and link up in the comments.  Easy peasy!

FMM: Makeup Favorites

1.  Do you wear makeup everyday? I wear the basics to work every day.  On the weekend if I’m just running errands I usually don’t.

2.  Does your routine change if you’re going out with friends/on a date/to a party? It depends on what we’re doing.  If I’m going out to dinner with my husband, then I add mascara, sometimes a little eyeliner, and lip gloss.

3.  Are you loyal to one brand, or do you use different brands for different things? For makeup I’m pretty loyal to one brand (Bare Escentuals), simply because I found it works for me and I can’t be bothered to mess around with trying other brands!  I never really learned how to apply makeup so having to pick it out is more of a nightmare than a fun experience.

4.  Do you wear primer/concealer? If so, what’s your favorite kind?  Well, I use the Bare Escentuals foundation as concealer.  Plus there is this eye brightening stuff I use under my eyes a lot of days.  See how much I know about makeup?  I refer to “eye brightening stuff”.

5.  What’s your favorite brand of foundation? Bare Escentuals

6.  Do you use blush and/or bronzer?  Not on a regular basis.  If I do, then it is….Bare Escentuals.  I apply it with an extremely light hand because I don’t look right with a lot of makeup.

7.  Do you wear eye shadow/eye liner?  I usually wear eye shadow just to brighten my lids.  It is BE…one is some sort of eye primer and the other is an actual eye shadow.  I don’t know names or colors without looking at them.

8.  What’s your favorite kind of mascara?  Right now it is Clinique because I got it as a sample last time I bought my moisturizer.  I don’t typically wear mascara so a sample lasts me a while.

9.  Lipstick? Lip gloss? Both? Favorite? If I want to do something a little special for date night or something, I use lip gloss.  My favorite is one of the Buxoms by – you guessed it – Bare Escentuals.  Otherwise, Carmex.

10.  Do you wear nail polish regularly?  If so, share a few of your favorite brands/colors.  No.  I love looking at nail polish colors, but I am so bad at applying it that I wear it maybe once or twice a year.

11.  How do you remove your makeup at the end of the day?  Clinique liquid soap.

12.  Do you feel prettier when you’re wearing makeup?  To a certain point, yes.  The makeup I wear every day, plus the extra I add for special occasions makes me feel pretty.  But when I try to go all out, I feel more self-conscious than anything because I don’t look like me.  One time, I went to a Bare Escentuals store and they did the full treatment – fully made up for a night out…and my DH looked at me and even though he said I looked pretty, I could tell he wasn’t really into it!  Maybe it was the dichotomy of being in jeans/tshirt and yet fully made up…but I just don’t look right with a lot of makeup.  I prefer a more natural look.

13.  Do you have any beauty tips that you could pass along?  Well, I’m not the best one to ask!  The only thing I can think of is don’t smoke, drink plenty of water, and moisturize 🙂

Categories: Life