Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dinner and a movie

I went for a 1.5 mile walk this morning.  I have to get back on track with the exercise.  The dog was happy to go too.  It was a beautiful morning.

I had oatmeal for breakfast.  I haven't had that in a long time.  Lunch was cottage cheese and cantaloupe.  Dinner was 2 slices of stuffed crust cheese pizza and 1 bread stick.  I went to see "The Help" and I can't go to the movie without having popcorn.  Our local theater still has small popcorn not the HUGE bags you get at the big theaters. 

Now I'm tired and think I'll go to bed.  I plan on walking again in the morning and will probably do some weeding in the flower gardens in the afternoon.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Finally in the 150s

Well, I'm barely in them, but I'm taking it.  Today I weighed in at 159.8.  That was a .2 loss this week.  Much better than I thought I was going to do.  I really thought I would have a 2 pound gain.  I did my Leslie Sansone 4 Fast Miles this morning, so it must have really helped me have a loss.

So far, the eating has been very good.  I made my usual WW meeting smoothie and I took a Cascadian Farm organic Trail Mix bar with me to eat with the smoothie.  For lunch I mixed up some Good Season's salad dressing.  I used balsamic vinegar and olive oil to make it.  I put 1 tablespoon of the dressing on a cut up tomato and cucumber salad.  I also had a peach.  YUMMO!!  Stuff peppers are in the slow cooker and I got some Bob Evans mashed potatoes to have with it.  I'll also make some corn on the cob and I'll have a half ear if that.  Sounds like a good dinner.  I'm going to really try hard this week to be good and on point.  I am going to splurge on Wednesday and go out for steak.  It would have been my Dad's 90th birthday and we always go out to eat on his birthday even though he's no longer with us.  I won't get cupcakes like I usually do though.  No dessert this year.  I really want to have a good loss at next weeks meeting.  Wait.  Next week is Labor day so we will not have a meeting on Monday.  I might go to another meeting on Wednesday.  I hate to miss too many meetings.  It's a waste of good money and I like to see what they talk about at the meetings.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Missed last weeks WW meeting. ;-(

Last Sunday I was very sleepy and my neck hurt.  When I went to bed I had a small lump on my neck just under my ear.  I thought it was just a sinus condition and thought nothing of it.  I took 2 Ny-Quil and went to bed.  When I woke up in the morning, what a surprise.  My ear was double in size.  It was all swollen and my neck was also swollen and red.  I was very dizzy when I stood up and I had the chills.  My husband came home early from work and after looking at me he called the doctor.  She said I should go straight to the ER.  I am not one to even go to the doctor, so this ER thing was something I really didn't want to do, but I went.  They didn't really know what was the cause of my symptoms.  They said it might be from a nasty bug bite or from some kind of allergy.  As far as I know, I have no allergies.  They gave me 2 prescriptions and sent me home.  I had to have a follow up with my doctor which happened on Friday.  She also has no idea what had caused the symptoms.  Earlier in the week, my face also had a large red bump, as big around as a golf ball, on it right in front of my ear.  By the time I went to my doctor appointment my ear was back to normal, except for starting to peel and my neck was only a little swollen.  My face was still a little swollen and a little red.  Much better than the almost purple color that it had been.   Everything that had been swollen is now itching like crazy.  The doctor said she would like to give me a steroid shot.  Today, I feel very tired and I'm freezing again.  I sure hope I don't get up in the morning with last Monday's symptoms again.  I can't miss another WW meeting.

I was so disappoint to not be able to go to my meeting.  Of all meetings, I was looking forward to this one the most.  They were going to discuss Plateau.  The closer I get back to goal I now I'm going to need all the info I can get on this subject.  I sure hope they have extra "Weekly's" at the meeting tomorrow, so I can get a copy.  If my WW friend that always sits by me is there I'm hoping she was there last week and we can talk about what went on at last week's meeting.

I'm really not looking forward to getting on the scale this week.  I have not done anything that even resembles exercise all week.  I've spent a lot of time just laying or sitting around.  Plus don't you gain weight when you are on steroids?  I took 5 days worth, plus the shot and the antibiotics.  I'm not going to stress if I gained (which I'm VERY sure I did).  I will have to just work hard to get the weight back off.  This was not really my fault.  I have not been eating very much, because I'm never really hungry.  I've been drinking my water.  We have had frozen custard a couple times this week though.  I've had mine in a cup to avoid the cost of the extra calories in the cone.

Wish me luck that tomorrow isn't as bad as I think it will be.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Win It: a Month’s Supply of 3 points+ PopChips!

Friends For Weight Loss is having a give away for a month's supply of PopChips.  If you are on Weight Watchers you can eat a whole bag for only 3 points Plus.  Head on over before August 31st to enter to win like I did.

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I've just entered a fabulous giveaway.  Follow this link above and you can also enter to win.  Be sure to do it before September 2nd though.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Total loss = 26 pounds

At my meeting this week my weigh in was great.  I lost 2.2 pounds for a total of 26 pounds.  I received my 25 pounds anchor.  This must have been the week for losses.   There were 3 other 25 pounds losers and a guy that lost 100 pounds total.  It's a little disappointing to know that he lost 100 pounds in the same time it took me to lose my 25.  He did have a lot more to lose than I did and he still has a lot to go.  My new total to lose to get to goal is 15.6 pounds.  I want to be at goal by Christmas so I will continue on my journey to hopefully lose my 1-2 pounds a week. Slow and steady is the name of the game.

I've been reading my Fiber 35 Diet book.  I like the idea of getting more fiber in, but you also have to count calories on that diet.  I have a hard enough time counting points.  They do have some good sounding recipes in the book that I might enter into the WW calculator and see how many points they are and go from there.  I'm going to go back and reread my free online copy of The Full Plate Diet and remind myself what they say about counting calories.  Once again you eat a lot of fiber, but I can't remember if they have you also count calories or not.

I went to the farmers market and got some good veggies on Sunday, so we are eating those for dinner.  I had a taco salad yesterday with a fresh out of my garden tomato.  Oh, how I've missed them.  Tonight we will have green beans and corn on the cob.  I'm going to make a grocery run and get some meat to go with them. 

The weather had cooled off this week so I also have to get more walking in.  The weeds in the flower gardens are doing just great.  If only the flowers would do as well.  I guess I should also get some weeding in before they start choking out all the new "real" plants we bought. It's just been so wet this year that the mosquitoes try to eat you alive when you get out there.

I'm off to enjoy a low fat blueberry banana muffin and then a shower.  Off the store to buy some healthy food for me and some junk food for my grandson.  I will make sure I buy stuff I don't like so I won't be tempted to eat his food too.  Then maybe I'll take a walk around the neighborhood with the dog.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

No Longer Obese

I just calculated my BMI and I am no longer obese.  I am now just over weight.  If I lose my target of 2 pounds per week I will make my goal on my 1 year Weight Watchers anniversary.  That would be awesome.  My anniversary date is November 11th.  I lost last year during the holidays, but that was when I first started which is much easier to do than at the end of your journey.  I will be very happy if I make my goal weight by the end of the year.  This is very doable.  I am reading the Fiber35 Book.  I would like to incorporate this into my WW diet.  I love the idea of eating more fiber and cutting out all the bad things.  I think I will try it and see how it goes.  I will continue to track my points and see how the two diets work together.

I went to the farmers market today and got some good fresh veggies and fruit.  I got green beans, tomatoes, corn and blueberries.  Everything is cleaned and ready to go.  I went to grocery store and got some peaches and bagged lettuce that was on sale for 89 cents.  While I was there I looked at the discound rack.  They had asparagus for 98 cents and bundle.  They were the thin kind, which I love.  I grilled all 3 bunches and saved some for my omelets and salad next week.  The peaches are really good too.  I think I'll go back before the sale ends and get some more.  I love peaches and at that price I can afford to get several.  If they start to get to ripe I can always put them in my smoothies.

The walking is going OK.  It's been hot still, but I've managed to walk all but 2 days this week.  Next week it's suppose to cool off and only be in the 70s so I will enjoy walking then much better.

We went to Steak & Shake for dinner tonight.  I'm so proud of myself.  I always get a milkshake and some kind of burger.  Tonight I got sweet tea and a bowl of vegetable beef soup.  The soup was very salty, so I am going to have drink a lot of water to help wash it all out of my system.

Here's to hoping for a loss this week.  We will see how it goes on Monday.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's Been A While

I've been going to WW meetings and I've been doing the program pretty well.  I am at a 23.8 loss.  The last 2 weeks I have had a .4 gain each week.  Birthdays and hot weather have played with me.  I hope to show a loss next Monday.  This weeks meeting topic was snacking.  I am not going to snack unless I'm hungry.  It's not wise to eat when I'm bored or it's just "snack" time.

I've joined a walking challenge.  The goal is to walk 1000 miles over the next year.  The challenge started today.  I did a 4 minute Leslie Sansone tape before weigh in.  It's been so hot and humid it's hard to get out and walk.  I think I'm going to have to start walking on the treadmill if it's too hot to walk outside.  I have to get moving.  I'm gardening and weeding on the weekends.

The vegetable garden is suffering this year.  We had so much rain in the beginning of the growing season and then it turned super hot.  My favorite tomatoes are doing awful.  Something seems to be eating the leaves off the pepper plants even though we have a fence around the garden.  I planted some burpless cukes this year.  Usually the bush cukes have not done well.  This year I've gotten 3 nice size cuke off the plants so far and they are yummy.  I made some macaroni salad with 2 of them last week and tonight I just cut one up for a side dish with the grilled pork loin chop and green beans.