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Friday, April 19, 2013

Weigh In - April 17th, 2013 And A New Fitbit

I have been wanting one forever and finally decided to bite the $100 bullet (well...$108 with taxes) and bought myself a fitbit. I think that being able to see just how active you actually are during the day is a great motivator. Underestimating how active you are, I'm guessing, is probably pretty common in those trying to lose weight. I'm almost positive I do it, but now there is going to be no question. I just got it yesterday and set it up this morning and have been wearing it around the house and I love checking to see my flower growing (the bigger the flower, the more active you've been). It's actually quite cute. I can actually see myself going up and down the stairs before bed just so I hit my daily goals. I think it's going to be fun to meet these challenges.

Yesterday Chris and I had a very rare, child-free day off together, so we went down to the states to get groceries and pick up some stock for our aquarium. I can't believe just how cheap groceries are down there. Even most fruits and veggies are cheaper, but we're not allowed to bring most of them back across the border, which sucks, but we did manage to stock our pantry and fridge. I had already gotten our fruits and veggies for the week previously so we're stocked up and I am able to make healthy, nutritious meals for the next week or so.

On to weigh in. I weighed in, again, exactly 1lb down at 288.0lbs. It was tough to take that I only lost 1lb after struggling so much the night previous and not giving in, but after a day or so to let it absorb I've realize that there is no reason I should feel ashamed or down about losing 1lb...I've lots 10lbs in 3 weeks. That's amazing! I still have 1 more weigh in before the end of the month and hopefully I'll be able to lose the 3lbs to meet my monthly goal....but even if I don't, I'll still weigh less at the end of the month than I did at the beginning, which is something to be proud of.

Lets revisit the goals shall we?

1) Lose 5 more lbs - 1 more down, 3 to go!
2) Blog at least 3 times - Complete! I even blogged to get through a rough night, which I don't think I've ever done before.
3) Log calories every day - Done...although I was over my calories yesterday because of being out of town and eating at restaurants...and making some poor choices.
4) Exercise 3 days per week - Well...I did get in a LOT of exercise one day...for like 6 hours or more...does that count as 3 days? No? Shit.
5) Vegetarian 2 days per week - I didn't accomplish this this week. I ran out of fresh veggies half way through my work week and just didn't have time to get to the store so I ended up eating lean cuisines at work, all of which had meat in them. Going to make sure that doesn't happen this week.

Finally, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all of those affected by the two terrible events that took place in the states this week. Of course, I'm talking about the bombings at the Boston marathon, and the series of events following, and the explosion in West, Texas. Both such terrible and horrific things. I hope that the remaining suspect is found alive and that those affected by the acts that he took part in can get some answers and some closure.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Struggling


I'm having a rough day today. I don't know what it is but I just want to eat anything and everything I can get my hands on. I'm not feeling overly stressed, unhappy, anxious or anything, just a little tired (but who's not used to that!?). Weigh in is tomorrow and I don't want to sabotage it. HEEELP!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Altered Perceptions

Today while at work I had quite the interesting chat with a care aid in the lunch room. As I was munching away on my apple she proudly displayed her healthy lunch of a spinach salad with strawberry vinegarette...then proceeded to purchase a coke (the big ones that a equivalent to 2 cans, a bag of cheezies and a chocolate bar. In that one meal she managed to consume more calories than I'd eaten in my breakfast AND lunch. She justified that by saying that she hadn't eaten anything yet, and that for supper she would only have a small sandwich for dinner. I said that I stick to 1600 calories per day, and she said she would probably "land around there" too. My quick math says that there was about 1000 calories in that and even if she was to only consume 600 more calories...what kind of nutritional value was there? Society is so screwed up when it comes to diet and calories.

Now I'm not saying I will never eat a chocolate bar or cheezies or chips again, or that I will never drink pop again...probably not 3 in the same sitting, mind you...but what really bothered me was her attitude of "I'm still going to eat only 1600 calories and the weight will just fall off (she had previously told me she wants to lose 50lbs). Sure losing weight is part of my goal...but most importantly I want to be healthy. And to be healthy we need proper nutrition. I don't know, perhaps I'm being a little critical but I just wanted to shake my head and smack her in the head.

Do your co-workers/friends make shitty decisions with food then bitch about their weight? If so how do you stop yourself from going into full on lecture mode?

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Very, Very Busy Day

Oh my gosh I am so tired. Today was one of my days off but I definitely did not do much relaxing.

I most definitely got a workout. Something about spring makes me want to have my house be clean and fresh and light. Well I dusted, scrubbed, vacuumed, folded, put away, sorted and mopped for the better part of the day. I definitely worked up quite a sweat (especially when vacuuming the stairs). I would have loved to have a fitbit or something of the sort to see exactly how active I was today.

There is actually still a lot to do. Our basement needs to be cleaned and organized and hopefully some shelving built. Our spare bedroom needs to be cleaned out and emptied of its contents in the event that it becomes an actual bedroom in the future. I need to get my current dining room set photographed and ads placed online so that when my new dining room set arrives we can just have it set up. We currently have 3 filing boxes that need to become 1, and don't even get me started on Chris's half of the closet. Still sooo much work to do. But I did get a large portion of it done today. And then I cooked supper!!!!

I am feeling amazing these days. I'm inching ever closer to being back at my lowest weight that I have been at, I have mor energy, counting calories is still a pain but I do it and I am making healthier choices. I may never be able to eat instinctively and I'll never be like "normal" people who don't have to be very conscious of what they eat, but this is my new normal...and it's not so bad.

We are still over 2 months out from the wedding, and I'm hoping I will be at least another 20lbs down. If that's the case we may be making an emergency run to the bridal store to reorder my dress in a smaller size. But likely it will just need to be tailored. It was going to need to be anyways.

How is your spring cleaning going? What projects do you have on the go?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Weigh In - April 9th, 2013

Well this post is ONLY 2 days late...not too bad for my crazy life. This past week was nuts. I was so so so sick. It's been a while since I was so sick that I literally could not get out of bed to pee. It took me until about 11am to get up, and I only did then because the dog was crying because he had to pee and I was about 5 seconds away from peeing the bed. I spent the rest of the day with my ass planted firmly on the couch...and making not so wise food choices. I was hungry, but I had absolutely no energy so I grabbed easy things, and some what comforting foods. I did eat some fruits and veggies and tracked my calories for part of the day before I just gave up because I was grumpy and whiney.

The next day, I was feeling about 200 times better than the day before and actually made it to work, I still sounded like Kermit the Frog and was very low on energy but the calorie counting began again. Now, I know only 1 day of poor eating isn't the end of the world but it really sucks when you've been doing so well and were seeing results, and as a nurse I know that during illness your body uses up more calories trying to fight that illness (still no excuse to eat an entire box of mac and cheese...which I didn't!...but I still did eat more calories than I should have). Oh well! The real victory was getting back on track the very next day.

So on to weigh in. I knew going in to this week that I wouldn't see a huge loss on the scale seeing as how I saw an 8lb loss last week. I would have been happy with any amount of loss. I always think back to The Biggest Loser and week 2 is infamously tough on the contestants. Same thing here, but I'm on with it. A loss is a loss and a step in the right direction. I was down exactly 1lb this week, weighing in at 289.0lbs. 

Let's revisit the monthly goals shall we!?

1) Lose at least 5 more lbs (13 lbs total) - 1 down, 4 to go!
2) Blog at least 3 times per week - Complete! I blogged exactly 3 times.
3) Log calories daily for the whole month - Craaaaap...I missed the day when I was sick...and a day where I forgot my phone...OOPS! Ok...no more missing from today on!
4) Exercise at least 3 times per week - This did not happen. Even though I was feeling better, I still was quite low on energy and have spent a good portion of the week sleeping when I wasn't at work or doing things I HAD to do. I did take the child and the dog for a walk the other day...and that was more work mentally than anything. The dog was going nuts, the child wanted to walk the dog but he was pulling her everywhere and there were a few times that she almost bailed because she was running behind the dog in the rain boots she absolutely insisted on wearing...and the questions...my god the questions...I don't think she stopped talking the entire time haha.
5) Vegetarian days at least 2 times per week - Complete! I did 2 consecutive days on my evening shifts at work. It's easier when I don't have the meat loving man to feed. Apparently vegetables are what food its and he must have animal protein at least once per day...MEN haha.


How was your week? What are your goals/plans for this week?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Wrench In My Plans

I had such a wonderful plan for today. I had planned to go to Zumba and clean my house top to bottom along with staying on track food wise. Well lets just say thank goodness I prepped my lunch yesterday because late last night I got the familiar scratch in my throat that immediately precedes a cold. I didn't feel too horrible last night and even very early this morning (4:45am), but when I woke up at 8 I felt as though I'd been hit by a truck of death. I have absolutely NO energy and all I want to do is go to sleep. However, because I must sleep tonight to make it to work tomorrow, I'm going to be forcing myself to stay awake. I have done a few things around the house. Walking downstairs to switch the laundry over leaves me breathless - and I haven't even tried to carry a basket of laundry upstairs yet! I also sliced up a container of strawberries to dry in the oven for snacks, but other than that I haven't really moved off the couch. I do have to figure out what I'm going to make for supper, although I'd really just love to order a pizza or something. But we won't be doing that at all!

There is no way I'm going to break my two week streak at counting and being at my calorie levels. Even though my appetite is non-existent right now, there is something about being sick that makes you want comfort food...like a warm hug in a bowl. But calorie counting makes you accountable. You can absolutely have a bowl of mac and cheese...as long as you account for it and make it fit within your day. That's something I'm not willing to do at this point though, because I know that feeling as shitty as I do, I would be able to just have 1 serving of KD.

So basically, my plan for the day is to get the things I need to get done done and to relax and hopefully allow myself to get a little bit better so that I can make it through my work day tomorrow. I do NOT want to call in sick tomorrow at all. But if I just can't...I need to listen to my body. We shall see.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

First Crack At Quinoa

I took an extra shift at work tonight so today's not a typical day for me. I got up at a decent time. I was awake and out of bed by 9am - I don't think that's too bad for a "day off" - and stepped on the scale as per my daily routine, and I was excited to see that the scales are still heading in the right direction even after a big loss. After showering I came downstairs for a nice healthy but satisfying breakfast of peanut butter on an english muffin and cantaloupe (my current favorite fruit - I had SUCH a craving for it!). Lunch was a salad with chicken, which is another weird craving. I definitely find that I'm craving healthier food these days...and I think that's because my brain has finally realized that the healthier I eat, the more I get to eat.

After I had lunch I chopped up and started roasting some veggies - carrots, cauliflower, onion, bell peppers, and celery to have for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. That's when I decided to try something I never had before. Yesterday at the grocery store I decided, on a whim, to buy quinoa. It's super easy to cook, cooks quickly and I tasted a little spoonful of it and it tastes pretty good too. I'll see what it's like with the veggies later tonight though.

Tomorrow is day 14 of counting calories and I have yet to go over my 1600 calorie/day budget. I have also found that the best way for me to stay under budget is to plan out what I'm going to eat for the day. Once it's all put into my phone, it's too much of a pain in the ass to take it out and put different things in. In this case, lazy is good. Is that terrible to admit!?

You've all seen my weight loss goal for April (13lbs - I've already lost 8lbs)...What are your goals?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Weigh In - April 1st, 2013

Well, it was that time of the week yesterday. Weigh in day. Previously I would dread stepping on the scale for that "official" number that I must report on my blog but this week I was excited. I knew there would be a substantial loss because I'd stayed on track and either at or slightly under my calorie budget for the day. Even the cookie that I impulsively ate (gotta work on that!) fit in...and I logged it so I don't feel all that horribly about it. What did make me feel shitty was the fact that when faced with it, I couldn't say no. I had one, and only one and to my credit I turned down ice cream later that night instead of thinking "ah well I already ate a cookie I may as well...". I by no means think that I'm going to be perfect, but I do want to be able to have control. I am a bit of a control freak when I'm determined to do something.

So yesterday started early for me when I felt the fingertips of a wide awake 4-year old tickling my back at 7am (I had worked until 11pm the night before and ended up not getting into bed until after 1 because I had to hide the Easter treats and wind down from work), but after the treats were found and breakfast was served, I headed up to face the scale. I stepped on and waited for the number to show...290.0. I'd lost exactly 8lbs in 8 days simply by counting calories and being accountable. Not bad If I do say so myself.

Now, I do know that I'm not going to lose 8lbs every week and that a large portion of this loss was water weight and my body going "holy shit woman what the hell!?", but it is definitely the motivator that I needed to keep going.

Also being the beginning of the month, I feel as though it's a perfect time to lay out some monthly goals!

1) Lose at least 5 more lbs (13 lbs total)
2) Blog at least 3 times per week
3) Log calories daily for the whole month
4) Exercise at least 3 times per week
5) Vegetarian days at least 2 times per week

I will visit these goals each weigh day and then of course, come the beginning of May, I will evaluate and then write goals for the next month.

Here's to spring (the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous! Yesterday my weather station said 27*C/84*F)! Spring always feels so clean and fresh and new and energizing. Slightly metaphorical to how I'm feeling with this whole weight loss journey.