Sunday, June 30, 2013

Unfortunately the cold gave me no appetite and then a big appetite and I had a slight gain this week - blah!

But I'm still less than the starting weight and this is a new week.  My goals are:

1.  Drink more water.
I had been doing good with this but got off track.

2.  Drink less diet soda.
I know this is a big one for me.

3.  Get to the gym.
I am so ready to go back.

So that gives me some ambition.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another Day....

So CC gave me one of these looks:



And ended up with the pink Beijo bag!!  LOL!!
She's been eternally grateful.


I think my cold is finally going away and I can hardly wait to get back to the gym.
Gee, never thought those words would come out of my mouth!

I'm really getting sick of the weight loss groups at FB - those Skinny Fiber pill people are EVERYWHERE and constantly promising life long results with absolutely no ailments.  Please people go away and leave us normal dieters alone.  We get it okay - say  no more.

Heading to my niece's baby shower on Sunday (it's a girl) and she's due the same time my next grandson is due (August).  Then my other niece is having a boy in November!  Babies, babies everywhere!






Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ho-Hum

I haven't had a good 2 weeks with food.  I finally broke down and went to the doctor's and am on 3 meds to help with the cold/flu thingy I have.  On top of that, my allergies are all over the place AND the air conditioning at work is broke AND we're in the middle of a heat wave.

So regular eating has been out the window and it's become whenever and whatever.  Hoping this storm cools things down and so wish my nasal spray would get here from Express Scripts - I NEED IT!!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sometimes You Just Have A Good Day!

It's been a rough week.  I've been dealing with a bad cold/sore throat/flu type thingy for over a week.  By Thursday I was feeling 100% better, but still not 100%.  So my eating habits have been all over the place, from no appetite, to wanting to eat, to somewhere in-between.  My bet is a gain tomorrow morning from all of this.

I've been looking for cat to name Tobias preferably a black or black/white one.  One of the local shelters just happened to have a black/white one named Tobias!  What are the chances, right?  I stopped in but Tobias just didn't seem to be the fit I was looking for, HOWEVER, I came across a calico that I clicked with.  Waited a day or two then decided to go ahead.  Though female, I decided to name her Maebee (yes, I'm an Arrested Development fan - you should be too!)....I called Kim at the shelter to check to make sure she was still available.  She was, filled out the online application and 10 minutes later got a call telling me another application had beaten me!  Yep, that quickly!  Stopped in again after work, but didn't have a "click" with any other cat.

Today I stopped by the shelter in my hometown to have a look.  I immediately started looking at all the calico's figuring I'd find a Maebee.  Some beautiful cats....but still undecided.  I did "click" with one but it said he'd be better off in a home with no other cats, so that became a no-go.  But no rush...

But today was a very good day!  I got up and decided to go to some yard sales.  I was heading across town to a "community" one (that was a totally flop since 95% of the community didn't participate) when I noticed a yard sale/craft show set up at the Y.  After the disastrous community one, and the trip to the Humane Society, I stopped at the Y.

I'm walking down past some of the tables, when a little further down...something caught my eye!  There in the midst of children's clothes was a pile of handbags (I have a weakness for pocketbooks)...but it wasn't just handbags that caught my eye, it was that one was a very shiny dark brown and I knew from a distance it was a Beijo.

Beijo Bags are FABULOUS.  They come in all shapes and sizes and no matter which size you get they are very roomy and I can't praise them enough!!  I own The Diva in chocolate and can't sing its praises enough.  Beijo's are going to run you about $100 plus - but they are worth it and so much cheaper than a Coach bag (and better quality IMO).  These bags are sold in the same way that Longaberger, 31 Bags, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc.. are sold - home parties and/or craft shows.

Anyway, I beeline right to the shiny dark object and sure enough, as expected, it's a Beijo!  I then noticed there are 4 more in various shapes and sizes.  So I asked the obvious - how much are your purses?  The answer - "Well those particular ones I want $2.00 each."  JACK POT!!  One was a diaper bag actually so I didn't get that one.  But I bought the other 4 - over $400 in purses for $8.00!!!  I did my little happy dance!!  Had to call CC immediately and tell her and she was all jealous because she had just been there and never saw them!!

Brought them home got out the rubbing alcohol to take off the scuff marks, then sprayed them with Windex and shined them up (yep, that's how you clean them), they look good as new:


The pink one is the "Sleek Transition" (though they don't sell it in this color anymore); the beige one "The Uptown", the green one is "Over The Moon" and the dark brown one that grabbed my attention must be a discontinued one as I can't find it on the website, but a good find none-the-less.

So it's been a good day!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I Need To Lose Weight FAST

No, I don't....but most people see it that way.

For like 4 days I belonged to a Weight Loss group on FaceBook.  It wasn't one particular diet, but they had a lot of good recipes and it seemed it was worth the join.  I met some Weight Watcher members there and just chose to ignore the people who were plucking everyone's nerves.

The person who this group belonged to, sells a weight loss product pill.  You don't have to be taking the pill to join the group nor does she push on you, however........

It was the posts regarding the product that began to bother me.  The pill itself is "all natural" and contains no stimulants.  You're supposed to take 2 a half hour before a meal with plenty of water and it expands in your stomach so you eat much less.  IMO, the price of these suckers are a shocker and though there is a money back guarantee, I don't know how anyone can afford them long term.

What was bothering me most wasn't the photos of headless people's before/after shots (why are they headless?  steal them from a site that has nothing to do with the pill?) but more of the fact that the woman was claiming they also CURE EVERYTHING!!  When she started posting about it, she listed a few ailments she had that went away after use of this pill (these particular ailments normally do go away with weight loss).  As others began to ask questions, most asking " I have <insert ailment, disease here>is it safe to use with that?"  She would always claim "yes" and mention that there have been reports of it helping people with that particular ailment, disease.  I then noticed her own list of ailments that were cured began to get larger.  Wow!  This woman suffered from EVERYTHING and it was all cured with an all natural diet pill.

That's when I left.  If it helps with weight loss fine; but don't give out medical advice and false hope.  It's the one bad thing about all natural products, they aren't regulated by the FDA so they can claim the product does whatever it wants.  Yes, I know the FDA approves a lot of things that aren't healthy, but at least those things do contain a warning label on them so you know what you are getting into.

I've done some research online on this pill, the reviews are about even: some love it, some lost weight, some got off meds, and some it did nothing for and felt it was a waste of money, etc....  Nothing consistent.

I say save your money; a half hour before a meal drink 2 glasses of water....trust me, you'll eat less.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Good Start For The Week

And the official Weigh In This morning was <<<drum roll please>>>

166.4

Now THAT I will accept.  Last week's weigh-in seemed like a waste.  I don't think I lost a whole 5 lbs. in one week, I think I lost more last week but what I ate on the day before weigh-in ruined it.  Anyway, I'm going to continue to stick to the plan.

When I did WW officially, the highest weight for my goal range was 141.  I could never get there.  The closest I got was like 144.  My doctor set my goal at 146 because I was stuck there for a long period of time; so 146 became my goal weight.  Once you reach goal and maintain for 6 weeks, you make Lifetime.  My problem happened almost immediately.  At that particular time 29 daily points was the lowest you could go.  Since I was there with losing, it was time to maintain which meant upping to 35 daily points; if I gained on that, I was to lower it to 34, and so on and so on...until I found my maintaining daily point target.  For me this process didn't work, I kept lowering and lowering my points, but gaining and gaining until I was back at 29, couldn't go any further and now was stuck.  Stuck meant stress, stress meant overeating and no one at my WW seemed to be able to offer any help.

I do know that thru that process, I did maintain at 152 for quite a long time; so if I can maintain that at 29-35 points daily; perhaps that would be a better weight option for me.  I've told myself if the exercise doesn't give me what I want by the end of the summer, that I'm back to WW in September.  I guess that gives me time to come up with a plan.

Part of that plan is that when I reach my goal weight, is to not jump immediately to 35 points.  Instead of jumping up and moving backwards; I'm going to do the opposite-increase by a point until I find my range.  I think WW should do it that way too!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Let's Discuss Weight....

So I've probably been weighing myself way more than I should...but let's look at the stats since I re-started June 2nd:

Sunday, June 2:  172*
Wednesday, June 5:  168.6
Friday, June 7:  169.8
Sunday, June 9:  171.6*
Wednesday, June 12:  166.6
Friday, June 14:  167.2
Saturday, June 15: 165.4

Okay the ones marked with * are what I accept as "official" as I named Sunday morning my official weigh in day.  On Thursday, June 6 it was a Rutter's night and popcorn thus the increase for June 7; on Saturday June 8 it was Mexican at noon and a very very late Italian dinner thus the increase for Sunday's weigh-in.  We still see that increase on Friday, June 14th but again the night before involved dinner and a movie...but I am proud to say the food was healthier and I didn't eat all my popcorn!  I think today's low weight is attributed to the fact that I'm fighting a cold and thus have no appetite.

Though I don't agree with going overboard weighing myself (I'd never do it more than once a day)I do think that a daily weigh-in does help you catch your trouble spots..or at least you can see where a gain came from!





Sunday, June 9, 2013

Weight Loss

My scale this morning told me I had only lost 2 ounces since last week - Gee, seems a waste doesn't it?

I'm not too disappointed though.  Due to being in D.C. yesterday and eating 2 heavy meals probably accounted for that.  But that's the official weight and we'll see if I can do better this week!

There Were NO Dancing Cowboys!

No Dancing Cowboys - can you believe it????????

We were however honored with the presence of Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame - I swear she hasn't aged a bit:




Some group shots:




Some parade shots:







This year was the first we had to ever stand behind barricades; so as the people in the parade threw candy, beads and other things - a lot didn't make it to the crowds.  Fortunately their was a volunteer working in our area and he picked up a lot for us!

Of course you can't have an event such as this without some moron preaching at you.  I thought we should all go over and sing "Jesus Loves Me"...but couldn't get anyone to go with me!

For those wondering why I attend this event when I'm not gay...well one I do it in support of my friends and relatives that are; and two, well it's just so much fun!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ramblings.....

"When you feel like quitting,
Think about why you started."

Sometimes....dieting gets real hard.  So the quote above is another from my office.  You know those days: there's donuts, cupcakes and such around.  Makes it very hard.

I'm heading to D.C. today with CC, CC's son, CC's son's friend, and Polt for Pride Parade.  We'll be meeting up with two friends from NYC who went with us last years.  So far the weather seems to be accommodating.

Can't wait to see my Dancing Cowboys!!!  But here's a peak of them from the past:




It does kind of look like the same guys in the photos - they must all have a special place on the float!

Friday, June 7, 2013

This & That

So this mornings weigh-in was 169.8 - a 1.2 increase from Wednesdays.  I'm not overly concerned about it as I know Sundays are the "official weight" plus last night was a Rutter's and popcorn night so I expected as much.  CC and I may have to relook at that for right now.  But anyway Sunday will be the real measure of success.

Tomorrow me, CC and a few others are heading to DC.  This will be a food worry day as well.  We're meeting at Montezuma's for lunch.  It's a local Mexican Restaurant...food wise I normally get their "special" which consists of grilled chicken & onions, sided with refried beans and rice.  I'll forgo the tortillas that come with it.  It's those damn Nacho chips that are the killer....need to remember moderation.  I think we've decided on the Macaroni Grill for dinner on the way home.  I've been looking at their menu and even the healthier stuff has high point values!!!  Will be using up those weekly points for sure!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hmmmmmmm......

I just joined WW online last weekend, I'm so hoping that I didn't just waste my money.  I don't know why, but I just can't seem to be okay with just 26 pts.  I eat really well and hit about 35-40 a day - and I'm still really hungry.  Fruits and veggies are free...so last night I had a bowl of pineapple..lol I'm still eating 1800 calories a day.  I don't really know what to do...might have to accept being 20 lbs over weight cuz this being hungry to the point of not being able to function is for the birds.
 
I suggested to this person that they really needed to re-read the program materials and build her menus around the Good Health Guidelines.  "I eat really well" - I'm assuming she's meaning she eats really healthy, but if that were the case the daily point value would not be so high.  "Fruits and veggies are free"- Everyone repeat after me:  "WEIGHT WATCHERS DOES NOT SAY THAT ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES ARE FREE".

For one thing not all veggies are 0 points on Weight Watchers.  Starchy veggies (potatoes, peas, corn for example) have a point value.  Fruits are not free - you are allowed to count them as 0 pts only because WW says you can; they do not give you permission to go into fruit overload.

Good Health Guidelines:   Mulit-vitamin each day; 6 cups of water (liquid) daily; 3-5 serving of fruits/veggies daily; 2 dairy daily; 2 tsp of a healthy oil daily.  Start your menus with these and fill in the extras.  Those little green triangles next to items online or in the books?  Those are your filling foods - those foods will make you feel fuller for a longer period.

The problem with the word "FREE" is that it gives people the impression that they can eat as much of this as they want...look at those guidelines again: 3-5 servings of fruits and/or veggies daily.  If your weight is stalled and/or your gaining...you may want to limit those servings to the requested 3-5; count points for any over that.  What?  You can't find those point values?  Easiest thing to do is count 1 point for veggies and 2 points for the fruits.  But if check some of the free calorie counting sites (sparkpeople, myfitnesspal, etc..) you will find the nutritional info in their database and calculate from that.

And that is my Weight Watcher advice for the day!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Happy Scale Moment

I made the decision to start my weeks on Sunday, thus making my start date back in focus June 2, 2013.  I am ashamed to admit that when I weighed myself Sunday morning it said 172!!  Totally unacceptable.  I decided to do weigh-ins on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.  Every day would just freak me out but I can't wait a whole week...I want to catch any trouble spots early.  Anyway I got up this morning, got on the scale and weighed 168.6!  A 3.4 pound loss.  I know Sunday will be the "real" weight test...but that loss keeps me motivated!

"I pledge to never see my highest 
weight on a scale again."

That saying is hanging at my desk and every time I think about walking back the hallway to the office where a container of pretzels and chocolate candy exist - I look up and read that quote.  I also look at it when I hear someone in the office say "I'm running over to <<insert name of fast food or any restaurant here>> to pick up lunch, anyone want something?"  I have some other quotes hanging around too:

"If you kind of do it, it kind of works.  
If you really do it, it really works."

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

So there you have it - my moments of inspiration.

Today's Menu:
Chobani Blood Orange Fat Free Yogurt
Banana
Baby Carrots
Beef Pot Roast 3 oz.
1/2 medium potato
fresh cherries
grapes
Before Workout Protein Shake:  Atkins Advantage French Vanilla shake blended with ice and banana
Not sure about dinner yet - yeah that should be planned, but I don't know if I want leftover Chili Mac or want to have an egg sandwich.  Last night's dinner ended up being Chicken Legs!  I'll have the leftovers tomorrow for lunch.

I've been trying to decide how many points I'm earning for working out.  I remember one time walking a 5K and my WW pedometer only gave me 2 points!  Seemed like a whole lot of walking for such a small amount.  But it goes to show that you have to do quite a lot to earn any.  I remember in a meeting that someone said they earned 24 pts. in one day per their WW ActiveLink - I don't care what you do at the gym; but unless you are in the gym from morning to night, there is no way you could earn that much!  I've decided to high ball it and give myself 1 point for every 500 calories I burn.  If I gain; I'll move it up to 1 point for every 1000 calories.  I tried goggling this but everyone had a different way of doing it...some give themselves a point for every 50 or 100 calories they burn.  I guess what ever works for you.

Off for my second training session with Barry.....


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

So Far, So Good

Sunday wasn't the best food day Weight Watchers wise (Sunday dinners at Mom's never is)...so I had to use some weeklies.  Yesterday was much much better.  Saturday will be another killer due to heading to D.C.; but like I've said before....I just need to choose the better options at food places.

We've been dealing with Central Air issues at the house.  Naturally a heat wave happens overnight; we turn it on and it works FOREVER.  Sort of.....it came on, did it's job, blower shut off, but the outside unit continued to run and run and run continuously and the blower doesn't come back on.  Now it's getting hot inside.  You would have to shut the whole thing off, turn it back on and if you were lucky the blower came on.

Fortunately for us, CC's hubby "Sparky" does this for a living.  He stopped by one night, determined the problem, ordered the part and came by last night and fixed it, along with installing a new thermostat I had bought (we weren't sure but we thought the old one may of been part of the issue).  So the AC is fixed just in time for  - FALL weather to come upon us.  I have to say, the weather has been weird here - it's constantly changing day to day.

 Yesterday's Menu:
Mandarin Orange Refrigerator Oatmeal
Banana
Beef Pot Roast-3 oz.
1/2 Medium White Potato Cooked
1/4 cup corn
1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
Chili Mac
Coke Slurpee (1/2)

Today's Menu:
Chobani Nonfat Yogurt-Raspberry with 1/2 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
Banana
Chili Mac
Grapes
Fresh Cherries
(dinner and before workout snack are undecided as of now)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

NEW MONTH, NEW WEEK, NEW DAY, NEW DIET

Actually there will never be a "new" diet; but this is my starting point getting back on track with Weight Watchers.  I'm going to do it myself for the summer and then head back to meetings in September if necessary.  Right now my app of choice is the WWDiary App that I reviewed here.  Though I am counting points, I'm going to also try foods that would fall within their "Simply Filling" plan; just to see how I do.  But I need points right now to get me back on track.

I do know where my problem areas are:

1.  Lunches at work.  I need to stay in my office and not worry where everyone else is getting lunch from.  I need to pack and eat what I pack.

2.  Eating out.  I've gotten very lazy with this.  I need to stay away from fried things.  I know what to eat - I need to eat it!

3.  Popcorn!  I eat way too much of this.  Yes it can be a healthy snack...but in my case, it is not.

4.  Thursday nights at Rutter's.  This is a regular for CC and I.  I'm not saying stop it, however, I need to make better choices here - and there are some.  They have grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, fruit, rotisserie chicken, soups, etc..

To start the day off right I made some Mandarin Orange Refrigerator Oatmeal as I had all the ingredients available.  I've just started using honey in place of artificial sweetener in this.  Adds points but is healthier.  I've also been using Chobani nonfat vanilla greek yogurt.  I'm getting use to the taste of greek yogurt and I've discovered just taking a container and adding a few things in it makes a great quick breakfast as well!  I still can't do plain greek yogurt though-blah!

And then of course there is Planet Fitness.  Had my second appointment with the personal trainer last week and have another scheduled this week.  I'm assuming they'll be one more, than I'm off on my own.  In the meantime, I can always treadmill and I really have a huge interest in the ab area.  Though I know all my flab won't go away, it would be nice to have some of it go away!  I also want to try this weird type step machine they have (it probably has a name but I don't know it); I would like to start with trying to go for 5 minutes and then build on it.

So....NEW MONTH, NEW WEEK, NEW DAY, NEW DIET:

I CAN DO THIS!!

Wish me luck or better yet, JOIN ME!