Saturday, January 29, 2011

Biggest Mistake of My LIfe

The biggest mistake of my life is that I quit going to Weight Watchers after I made lifetime 7 years ago.  Don't get me wrong.  I've made a lot of mistakes in my lifetime, but working so hard to get to goal and then quitting the one thing that helped me get there was the biggest mistake.  When (I was going to say if, but that would be a negative remark) I make goal this time I will continue going back no matter what happens on the scale.  I swore before that I would never get fat again and what happened.  I got fat again.  This is the last time I'm going to have to lose 50 pounds.  Why did I think that 5 pounds was the end of the world?  It would have so easy to get those 5 pounds off and work at keeping it off.  Now I'm back to working hard every week to just get a pound off and get a little back to goal.  This is one mistake I will not make again.  I've learned by my mistake.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hello, my name is Paula...

and I have a grocery shopping habit.  What is wrong with me?  I just can't go into a store without spending at least $100.00.  I had about 10 things on my list and walked into the store geared up to buy only those items.  As I walked around I found other things that I thought we needed.  Of course we didn't really "NEED" these items.  I bought dessert options for our evening snacks.  I got yogurt that wasn't on sale.  I did have a coupon for them.  I think I'll be doing the pantry challenge for the month of February too.  I still have plenty of food and I really need to cut the grocery bill.  If I can stay out of the store I can actually save the money.

My Wwi fit arrived.  I've heard so many good things about the wwi fit that I can;t wait to try it out.  I think I will try it after dinner and before Biggest Loser.  I already did my walking this morning so the extra exercise will be a bonus. 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Finally out of the 180s

Great weigh-in this morning.  I lost 1.8 pounds bring me to a total 7.2 pounds in 5 weeks.  My goal to lose 1 pound a week is working and better yet, I'm out of the 180s.  This just proves that Weight Watchers works.  I'm going a slow pace, but I don't mind as long as the scale is moving in the right direction.

I walked on the treadmill 5 times so that is good.  I ordered my Wwi fit over the weekend and it's suppose to be here tomorrow.  I've heard so many good things about it.  One of the lady's at WW this morning said she got the Michael Jackson game for Christmas and it really gives you a work out.  She lost over 5 pounds this week.  This weeks meeting was all about getting up and moving. 

I did go to the store this past week and got some fruits and some canned veggies.  I heard about dump soup at the WW meeting a couple weeks ago and looked it up.  I made some and that's what I've been eating every day for lunch.  Lots of veggies and low in points.

I've been busy sewing so I've been sitting a lot this past week.  I get my walking in first thing in the morning so I don't have any excuses about not doing it.  It's done and out of the way before my day really starts.

Wish me luck for another loss next week.

Monday, January 17, 2011

1 pound = 5.4 total gone

Today was my WW weigh-in.  I'm down another pounds.  That makes 5.4 total since I went back.  I'm feeling good that I'm still ahead of goal of losing a pound a week. 

I walked on the treadmill 3 times this week.  It snowed a lot on Tuesday, so I walked to my daughter's to pick up her dog.  The snow was deep and no one had shoveled their walks.  It was like walking on sand duns.  I am counting that as a work out, plus I shoveled my whole driveway.  I didn't do any other exercise this week.  If I had I would have probably lost more.  I will try harder to do more this week.  My weekly goal is to walk at least 4 times this week and try and do some other exercise the other 3 days.

The Pantry Challenge is still going OK.  I'm managing to eat healthy while still eating out of the pantry and freezer.  I did go shopping on Friday and bought some milk, eggs, english muffins and cheese.  I knew my grandson would be here part of the weekend so I also bought some chips for him.  I did not eat any of them and he took them home with him yesterday.  I ended up spending $44.19.  So far I've spent $54.00 on groceries this month.  I feel good about that.  A plus is that I still have a lot of food left in the house to work with for the rest of the month.

My challenge tonight is going out to eat at Tumbleweed.  I'm off to check their menu so I can make a wise choice before I get there tonight.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The mini goals are working

Last week I made a mini week goal to walk on the treadmill 4 days.  I ended up walking all 7 days. YEAH for me.  I continued to watch my portions and drank my water.  It was a good week.  This week I am going to make my mini goal to be to walk 4 days and do some other type of activity for 3 days.  I was planning on doing the celebrity workout on FitTV, but it looks like they took it off the morning programming and put it only in the evening.  I used to enjoy doing them because everyday it was a different style workout.  Now I think I might dig out the old Richard Simmon's tapes and do them 3 days.  It's too hard to do exercise in the evening after I've eaten dinner.

So now for the big news.  Today was my WW weigh-in.  I lost 2 pounds this week.  That's a total of 4.4 since I started back to meetings.  I feel good about that.  My long term goal is to lose 1 pound a week so I'm 1 pound ahead of goal.  I know the longer you go the harder it is to lose the weight so that's why I'm trying to mix up the weekly goals so I don't get too bored doing the same thing and to help trick my body into not knowing what's coming next.

The Pantry Cooking Challenge is going well.  I haven't been to the grocery store yet.  I did get some pistachios that were on sale for a good price, but that's it so far.  I am going to have to go tonight and get some cat food, so I might double check the sales and see if there's any real bargains in the fruits and veggies that I can't live without.   My pantry and freezer are still full so I think I can do this for the whole month.  The last week might be harder, but we will see.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Down a little bit at this week's meeting

My weigh-in wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.  At least I didn't gain.  I lost .6 pounds this week.  Not quite the pound I had on my goal.  I still have a 2.4 total loss since re-joining WW.  Now that the holidays are out of the way and the grandkids are back to school I can get my life back in order.  The exercise room will be back instead of it being the kids bedroom, I can concentrate  on eating healthier foods, and I can have more me time. 

I am going to try and save some grocery money this month by cleaning out the pantry and freezer when I'm creating our meals.  There's plenty of food to start me out with a pretty good menu.  Near the end of the month I might have to be more creative to serve a healthy meal.  I will try to only spend my grocery budget on fresh fruits, veggies and milk.  When I restock my pantry it will be with healthy foods so I'm not tempted to eat things that I shouldn't have.  Next month I am going to try to cook double meals so I can restock the freezer with healthy meals that I can pull out when I'm stuck on what to make. 

This week's mini goal is to walk on the treadmill 4 times this week.  I ended up walking on it a total of 4 times last week so I walked 1 extra day over my goal.  I walked today so only 3 more days to make goal this week.  I'm going to get the Wii out of the box and get it set up so I can maybe get a little exercise in by playing some of the games until I can get the Wii-Fit.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Survived New Years Weekend

I made it through the New Year food fest without doing too much damage.  I did make you veggie dip using low fat cream cheese and lite mayo.  I put it in my WW calculator and it comes up to 2 points a tablespoon.  I use 2 tablespoons and manage to  get a lot of veggies (green peppers and carrots) in.  I didn't eat a single potato chip or fried food.  I tried making some sauerkraut balls in the oven, but that's didn't turn out very well.  I did eat a couple cheese cubes (which I cut in smaller cubes). I had one drink on NYE and a glass of wine on New years day with dinner.  I made my usual New Years dinner consisting of meatballs, sauerkraut and cabbage.  I ate 2 meatballs and a little of the cabbage and sauerkraut.  I didn't have any rolls with dinner.  My lunch yesterday and today were veggies and dip.  We did go out to dinner tonight and I had one slice of a small pizza and a salad.  Since I didn't have much for dinner I thought I could afford it.

Tomorrow is weigh-in again.  I'm hoping for a pound or more.  To stay on track to get to goal by Dec 2011 I have to lose at least 1 pound a week.  I will post how I did tomorrow.