Thursday, April 28, 2011

You never know what you'll find in the desk drawers

I have found many things useful and ridiculous in the drawers at work. Useful? Scrap paper, magazines, medical dictionary, scissors. Ridiculous? The used chapstick comes to mind. (we don't have designated desks, we switch every day. So leaving your chapstick for someone else is gross.)
But something ridiculously useful? (okay, so I only used that phrase to tie in my first paragraph.)
A weight!

10 lbs is more than I usually do, I'm more of a five pound girl at this point. But the tens felt really good, I just did less and had to go a lot slower. Makes me think I might need to purchase something bigger than my fivers for home.

Does anybody want tickets to the gun show? Pow pow!

Big smiles and sunshine to everyone today! I'm going to try to be back tomorrow with my weekly weigh-in.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

The incredible edible egg...

Part of a well balanced diet you know... I need to stock up tomorrow before they take them away! Cadbury mini eggs are my favorite candy in the WHOLE WORLD. 5 pointsPlus for 12 eggs is sooo worth it.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Week 13 & 14 and a broken pattern

First, a picture of my snack at work today. I am obsessed with mandarin oranges. Yum-o. I got these from Trader Joe's. TJ is such a hard store to go into because I want to buy EVERYTHING. And hiding behind the mandarins is a little Hershey's special dark. It keeps me sane.

(sidenote: you will probably be seeing many more cellphone photos because a. I got a new phone, b. I am too lazy to pull out the DSLR, and c. my brother has my point and shoot. So basically it's all my brother's fault. But hopefully the cell pictures won't be as awful as before. Newer phone=better camera? We can hope.)

Week 13:
Weight: 180.8
+/-: -.6
I zeroed out my gain from last week and I like that. It felt good to get that taken care of so I can move on.
Also this week? I bought my first (2) pair(s) of size 14 jeans in like, oh I don't know, 15 years!! (I don't really know if it's been that long, but it's been a looooong time.) I almost screamed in the dressing room when I buttoned them up. I decided to try on some jeans just to see where I was, and was going to try the 16's, but at the Gap outlet the ankle (short) sizes only go up to 14. So I thought, what the heck, I'll see how close I am. When I started WW I was in size 18/20, so it was fun to see the concrete evidence of my last few months work.

Week 14:
Weight: 179.2
+/-: -1.6

This week was a huge week for so many reasons:
-I hit the 25lb mark and got my medal. (it goes on my sweet 10% keychain.)

-I'm in the 170s. I've been so focused on pounds lost that I haven't really paid attention to what the actual numbers of my weight are, but in the 170's is so exciting! I think my next mini-goal will be in the 160's, because it sounds so small to me. Making the small goals is really helping to keep me motivated. I know that sounds cliche, but getting to do a mini celebration every once in awhile helps keep me going.
-I ate all but 2 of my weekly points. While I really try to eat all of my daily points, I mostly shy away from my weekly points, just because I want everything to happen faster. This week held a lot of temptations and I decided I would give in. (if it was still within the weekly points) I think what helped me come out on top was the fact that I was still getting activity in almost every day.
-I broke my lose/gain/lose/gain pattern!
Two losses in a row, can she go for a third?

Monday, April 11, 2011

shopping in my own closet

Last year I was shopping with my mom and she bought me a jacket at the Columbia outlet.  I really needed a rain jacket, and this one was so cute that I couldn't pass it up, even though I could barely zip it up.  I've actually only wore it a few times because everytime I put it on I just felt gross, knowing I couldn't even wear it zipped up because it was too tight.  (and if it's the type of weather you need a rain jacket for, do you really want to be walking around in a jacket that's not zipped? I think not.)
Today I came across it and decided to try it on...


Sunday, April 10, 2011

I heart my wii

Excuse me while I dork out a little.
Can I be honest? I am in love with my wii. Okay, so it's not the most intense workout in the world. Sometimes I'm all about being serious and pumping out a couch to 5k workout, or shredding myself up with a Jillian Michaels video, but then other times, I know I need to work out and I just want to have fun. That was definitely me yesterday. After my week long sicky break from exercising I was ready to get back into it, but anything to do with Jillian Michaels did not seem appealing (cue whiny voice: it's so hard!) and my honey was sleeping so the treadmill was out. (It's in another room, but it's old and LOUD.) And I just really wanted to play my wii.  Some of the kids in my mom's daycare showed me how to unlock new paths in the Basic Run on Wii Fit Plus. (Kids these days- so smart!) I liked Basic Run already, (all it is is running in place) but I was getting bored with it because it's only 3 minutes long, and it's the same every time... Or so I thought. 
With my new found knowledge I unlocked all of the short and long runs and one of the Island Runs (I think there's two). I haven't run the Island lap one yet, I'm saving the excitement for another day. :)

basic run finish line

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Wow, I totally am a dork. But you guys like it, right?
What do you like to do for a lazy-ish workout day?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's a great day to be alive...

Have you ever heard that Travis Tritt song? It came on the radio this morning as I was driving to work and I was BELTING it out. (Later I switched to Casting Crowns, which I was also belting out. I'm such a superstar in my car.  anywhoo...)
I am definitely feeling great today. I woke up early last night and was unable to fall back to sleep, so I decided to just get up early. I'm finally feeling almost back to my normal self after about a week of bleh, so I was excited to work out. (I only worked out twice last week.) I'm still amazed at how energized I feel even after a simple workout. Our bodies are so amazing. I was telling a friend the other day, sometimes when I'm on the treadmill I just praise God for the things my body can do. Granted, 3 minutes of running is not much to some people, but to me? AH-MAZE-ING. Slowly but surely I'm finding small changes in my strength, endurance, and energy level.  A lot of times it's not as fast as I'd like, but I keep trying to focus on how far I've come, not how far I have to go. (boy do I have a long way to go...)
Anyway, on to the weekly updates.
Someday, when I grow up, weekly updates will actually be weekly, as opposed to bi weekly, monthly or quarterly. :)

Week 11:
Weight: 180.8
+/-: -1.8
Yay! I was a little nervous that after last week's big loss my body would freak and try to hold onto weight. I really tried to wise up this week about food, making my snacks more whole foods (mostly fruit) than processed. In the beginning I did okay with this, but the last few weeks have been a lot of not-so-bad-but-not-so-great foods. I am still not a perfect eater by any means, I still have a lot of changes to make, but I like that I am being much more healthy than I was before. Feels like progress! :)

Week 12:
Weight: 181.4
+/-: +.6
Well, apparently I'm trying to start a pattern, lose one week, gain one week, lather, rinse, repeat.  This last week I was "out sick" from working out most of the week, between a tooth getting pulled, a nasty cold and whatever else came my way, I just took a break from working out some days. I did get two days in, but it didn't hold up to the weeks before where I was getting activity in 5-6 times a week. The cool thing about this (cool being a very relative term here, okay?) is that I got to see very clearly how much working out is beneficial to my weight loss goals. I think sometimes, when I'm tired, I just wonder if it's even worth it to work out, and this week shows very clearly that yes, it is worth it.

Here's a picture of me at my mom's last week, after 30 day shred. I'll say it, I'm loving the red-faced, sweaty, crazy hair, just-worked-out look. That's the face of ACCOMPLISHMENT BABY! This was one of the 2 days I worked out last week and it felt GOOD! :)


Do you guys have a contingency plan for sicky weeks? I'm trying to figure out what I should do the next time this situation comes around.
Hope everyone else had a good week!!

a pressing question

Do I need to calculate the PointsPlus value of cough drops?I'm eating these things like candy today.