Thursday, January 31, 2013

Goodbye January

This is the last day of January 2013.  My start of the new year hasn't been too bad.  I am down 1 pound from my first January weigh-in, but I've had a couple bad weeks of eating.  This week I started tracking my WW points with dinner, so I know how many I have left for the rest of the day.  This has really helped me stay within my allotted points. My unofficial weight this morning was 129.5.  Now if I can only keep this weight over the weekend so my WW weigh-in on Monday will be bring a loss.

I managed to get in exercise everyday this month and managed to get in 2 some days.  Here's a look at my exercise calendar.

I have my February calendar on my refrigerator just waiting for tomorrow's sticker.  This has really helped me stay on track with the activity.  I look forward to putting a sticker on the calendar everyday.  The routine we will be covering in our WW meetings in February is activity so I look forward to attending the meeting and discuss this subject.  I'm taking my past calendars to share.

This past Monday I was down .2.  Not real happy with that, but at least it was a loss.  Of course, I was up .8 the week before so I'm still behind.  I have to step it up if I want to see 125 by my birthday in April. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013


Here we are at the weekend again.  Time is just flying by.  It was so nice out last weekend.  We were wearing light weight coats and I actually walked around the backyard to see what was going on with the flower gardens.  This weekend it is COLD and gloomy out.  No snow, so I guess that's a good thing.  Winter depresses me somewhat.  I have never liked the cold weather.  The hotter the better for me.  I just can't seem to get warm in the winter.  In the past I've had my thermostat turned down, but this year I said I wasn't going to be uncomfortable and I've turned it up a little.  I'm still cold a lot of the time.

This week eating has gone is pretty well.  I've tracked everyday.  I've gone over in points some days, but not a lot and I still have weeklies left.  I've been getting 2 workouts in everyday.  I don't know if I will see a loss on Monday, but I feel good about how the weeks gone.

I'm still following Flylady.  This week we worked in the bathroom.  It is all sparkly clean.  Actually the whole house isn't terrible.  My bedroom and the dining room are the worst.  It won't take much work to get the bedroom whipped into shape and next week is master bedroom week, so I will get it done then.  The dining room is a different matter.  It's not terrible, but it is the dumping place.  My table always has something on it and my desk is usually ready to walk away.  This is where my "office" is.  This is where I spend most of my time.  My goal is to get rid of a lot more stuff that I don't really need to help make it more manageable.  Right now my table has all the things on it that I want to file in the file cabinet that I just brought up from the basement.  I have gardening and home decorating pages I've torn out of magazines that I want to keep and lot of exercise tips and a lot recipes that I have to go through and decide if I still think they look good enough to make. 

Now I have to get ready to go to Zumba.  This is how I start each and everyday. I either go to Jazzercise or to Zumba.  What a great way to start a day!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Weigh-in Monday

This morning was my Weight Watchers weigh-in.  Remember I gained 2.4 last week.  This week I am down 1.6.  Still not back to 130, but pretty darn close.  My hopes is to be in the 120s next week.  My new goal is to be at 125 by my birthday in April.  This is totally doable if I lose .4 pounds every week from now till April 4th.  There is no major holiday to get in the way.  I am going to continue working out and plan to step it up and actually do the 2 workouts a day instead of just saying I'm going to.  Today I changed my WW goal weight from 145 to 135.  I didn't want to go too low and be discouraged if I got up a little and had to pay.  135 is a good goal and we will see how good I am at staying even lower.

This weeks WW meeting was about making your refrigerator more WW friendly.  They had so good ideas I plan to do.  I really don't prepare my fruits and veggies so they are easy to grab and enjoy.  I'm going to make up a weeks worth of salads and they will be ready all but the dressing so I can have one at lunch everyday.

Here's a picture of my refrigerator. It doesn't look too bad, but there is room for improvement to make it more WW friendly.

This is the outside of my refrigerator.  I have my January exercise calendar up so I can add stickers after each workout.  So far everyday has at least 1 sticker.  I just made a weigh in chart showing what I should weigh each week if I want to make you 125 by April goal.  I also have a couple encouraging poems.  

Did anyone watch the golden Globes last night.  I didn't watch them, but I was flipping channels when they were giving Jodie Foster her award.  She is such a pretty woman.  She is always so natural.  She never seems fake and overly made up. 

My grandson called today and asked if I wanted to go to lunch.  Who can refuse a date with their, so of course, I said yes.  We ended up going to Pizza Hut for their buffet.  I had a large salad, 1 bread stick and sauce, 1 small scoop of pasta with alfredo sauce and 1 thin slice of pepperoni pizza.  My grandson had 2 cinnamon dessert sticks left, so I ate them.  I had water to drink.  Monday is my treat day, since it's weigh in day, so I don't feel too bad about my choices.

How is everyone else doing to start off the new week?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It's the weekend

 How do you like the new ticker?  This is based on me getting to 125.  We will see if I can make it.

Yes, another weekend.  My hubby is out of town so I have the whole house to myself.  I'm not sure I really like being alone.  There's no one here to see me go to the pantry to see what's inside.  This was me last night.  I wasn't hungry, but I just couldn't stay out of the pantry.  I ate the remaining bugles, some goldfish crackers, a slice of pumpkin bread and had some hot cocoa.  Granted this was over a long period of time after lunch.  I  had veggies and dip for dinner. The only good thing about this is I only went over my daily points bu 4 points and I had only used 1 earlier in the week.

I got my hair cut and my highlights touched upon Thursday.  I like it.  It was getting too long and my roots were getting out of control.  I'm sure my grey hair was showing up nicely.

This week has been a good week for tracking everyday and getting at least 1 workout in everyday.  I have incorporated power foods into all meals except for snacks.  I know I would be better off if I used power food for snacks instead of the junk I've been eating.  Once the junk is out of the cupboards I am not buying more.  I'm going to try and lead a cleaner lifestyle.  This is not going to be easy with my husband being here, but I am going to try.  I refuse to throw good food away, so I am going to finish what we have in the house but I plan to replace it with better options when I buy new.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Letter To Myself To Be Read In 2014.

 I just started following The Sisterhood of the shrinking jeans blog and there was a homework assignment posted last week to write a letter to myself reflecting what 2013 accomplishments I made as if I was writing it in 2014.  I am to link this blog post  here.   Here's my letter I wrote myself.

Dear Me,

  As I sit here I think back to a year ago and see all that I've accomplished.

* I continued going to Weight Watchers meeting every week no matter what.
* I continued to maintain my goal weight and actual lost more weight.  I look and feel great at 125.  Amazing what 5 more pounds can do.
* I started following a cleaner eating lifestyle.  I'm still not perfect, but I feel healthier.
* I continued to workout everyday and got to put a sticker on the calender everyday.
* I continued tracking my food in my journal and online.

* Since Ron's retirement I've enjoyed his company more.  He's much more fun to be around without the work stress.
* It was nice to be spontaneous with travel plans.
* It was a struggle in the beginning to get him on my eating schedule, but it finally happened.

Personal Life:
* I got to do a lot of gardening and made the yard look even better.
* The house is always so nice to walk into since I started following Fly Lady.
* I've kept up blogging even though it was hard to always find something to write about and no one but me was probably reading it anyway.

This has been a great year.   I'm sure next year will be even better.

Love, Me

Monday, January 7, 2013

Glad To Finally Be Back To Weight Watchers Meetings!!!

OK, the scale wasn't great to me, but I'm so glad to finally be able to get back to the meetings.  I gained 2.4 pounds over the Holiday.  This could have been so much worse and was.  I got myself back on track last week, sorta.  I am going to work hard to get the rest of the gain off this week.  At my meeting the topic was getting power food in with every meal and snack.  This was a topic a while back and I did it and I lost 3.4 pounds.  I'm hoping that this will happen again.  I am pre-planning my meals, so I can be sure I am within my points this week too.  Last week I ended up maxing out my daily and weeklies.  I don't use my activity points.

One draw back to using a crock pot when you are home is the great smell that comes from it and you have 2 more hours before dinner time.  That is what is happening here today.  My daughter sells Tastefully Simple and she had a freezer workshop a few weeks ago and I am having one of those meals tonight.  I'm having Brown Sugar Chicken with noodles and peas.  The chicken smells delicious.  I hope I remember to take a picture of it on my plate today.  I would really like to start a picture diary of what I eat.  I like reading bloggers pages that do that.

So, who watched Biggest Loser last night?  Jillian is back for sure.  I really wish they would have considered the girl that walked out as the eliminated player since it was only the first week.  The guy that left really wanted to be there.  I decided to do some type of exercise during the commercial breaks.  I used to eat during the show, but think it's a much better idea to do an activity instead.

This week FlyLady is working on the kitchen.  All the kitchen drawers need to be cleaned out and a lot of stuff that I don't use need to be pitched.  This is what I'm working on this week and washing down the cupboard doors.  Everything else in the kitchen look pretty good.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Yesterday Seemed To Last Forever.

I don't know why, but the day just kept going and going.  My Hubby stayed home from work because our grandson's car was overheating had we needed to find out why, plus hubby was suppose to get his new car.  Even he said the day drug by.  I was so tired at the end of the day that I actually went to bed at 9:00 and went right to sleep. 

I didn't go to Zumba last night.  I just didn't feel up to it.  I did go to Jazzercise in the morning and I did get 100% on my Active Link, but only 1 sticker on my calendar for yesterday.

Looking back at this past weeks tracker I find that's I've gone over my daily points every single day.  At this weeks end I've used all my weeklies plus 1.  I can't wait to get to my Monday weigh-in and get back on schedule.  This has been the worst two weeks.  I hate not having the accountability of going to weigh in and attending my weekly meeting.

Today I'm going to run the sweeper and get back to my Fly Lady schedule.  Everything has been slacking this week.  I have to get back to it before everything gets too out of hand.  I'm off to get my shower and then get to it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Today I went to Jazzercise again.  I love that class.  There's a different instructor everyday so there's no getting bored with routines.  I walked on the treadmill last night for my second workout.  I did a programed walk.  In the past I wasn't able to walk the 4 mph section.  I always had to turn down the speed.  Last night I had no problem walking the 4 mph at all.  What a difference 56 pounds can make.  Since kick boxing has been canceled for tonight I will have to find something else to do for my second workout.  Depends on how Hubby is feeling and if he's stuck on the couch watching TV again on what I end up doing.

I took down all the Christmas decorations today and put back the normal stuff.  It's nice to have the house feel like it's getting back in order.  Tomorrow I'm going to tackle the many recipe magazines that are piled up and get them at least organized into titles.  I really want go through them and take out anything I think we will actually eat.  It seems silly to have a whole magazine sitting around and having only a few recipes I will actually make.  My long term goal is to file the recipes by what type of food it is.  Of course, I've been thinking about this goal for over a year now.  Time to take action.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Today is New Years Day.  I am ready too get back to eating healthy.  The holidays seemed to go on forever.  The junk if finally almost all gone and the refrigerator is stocked with veggies.

I want to list my 2013 Goals:

I will exercise at least once a day, but hope to work 2 in.
I will try and get a power food into each meal.
I will track my meals:
I will achieve 100% on my Active Link everyday.

I will plan mini trips with my husband when he retires in early summer.

I will continue to pay down my zero percent credit card so it is paid off before the interest kicks in.
I will pay off My discover card.
I will try to not use credit cards except the ones I know I will pay off in full each month.

I will continue following Fly lady and keep the house neat.
I will work in the gardens and plan more perennials.

I went to Jazzercise this morning so my calendar has one sticker on it so far.  By the end of the month my hope is to have a sticker on every day.  I had hoped to get all the Christmas things put away yesterday and then again today, but didn't get around to it.  That is my goal for tomorrow.  Fly lady is working on Zone 2 this week which is the living room, entryway and front porch.  The living room is in pretty good shape once I get the Christmas stuff put away.  The entryway needs some help, but it's cold in there.  Since we have a lot of snow and we only have a small porch in front of the door, I'm only going to see that the snow is swept from that area.

I want to get an extra workout in this evening.  Since my husband is watching TV I think I might go for a little walk on the treadmill.  I haven't used it in a very long time so I am going to take it easy.  No jogging, just a nice slow walk to help to get my Active Link to 100%.