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My Plan for September

I could burden you with all my excuses why I’ve taken such a long hiatus. I don’t even know what I weigh anymore and I’m seriously scared to pull one out and find out.

Like, terrified…

Ok I turned on Wii Fit, (which is the only “scale” I have)

deep breath…. .

and the results are….

Not so bad….Huh, I’m way weirded out currently. Well at least there hasn’t been much of a change in weight and I’m not 250. After a summer of not trying very hard to lose weight I’m happy to see I didn’t gain very much.

After living with my in laws so I could buy a house, I am now living in my own house that I am very excited about. All boxes are unpacked and my house has a lot less projects to accomplish. I will have time to exercise more and more freedom to eat what I want.

So, September is a good a month as any to try to change. I’m planning on doing a two week south beach diet so that I can reset my metabolism. I’m hoping that after the initial two weeks when I go back to more like a weight watchers diet that it will work better for me then the utter disappointment that my last diet ended up being.  By the way, I’m on day four of phase one of south beach. This diet is not for sissies. I have never been so not excited to eat before in my entire life.  If you don’t know what this diet is, it’s basically giving up all carbs for two weeks. Milk, bread, yougurt, fruit, corn, oatmeal, potatoes, all big no nos. You can have 90 ish calories a day from artificial sweetener type products. Here comes a lot of salads in my future.

September will also be the month that I will take the time to exercise. Hopefully I can make the most of my curves groupon one month long workout membership.

Here’s to lots of success this September. I can make this huge push this month and hopefully I will have formed some awesome habits out of all the work I will put into it. Oh and hopefully I can lose some wieght in the process.

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A Dose of My Own Medicine

Well, I’ve somehow made it through another week. It’s been a long week, and I wasn’t good with my goals. I didn’t go walking with my neighbors once. Bry was in the hospital until Saturday afternoon and this week has been chalk full of Dr appointments.Intercaranial hypertension is the diagnosis he was finally given {after 7 months who would have thought a neuro ophthalmologist would be the one to diagnose him?} . Basically too much spinal fluid that’s causing him problems. So, a spinal tap and a shunt should take care of that!

While I’ve been going through all of these medical problems with my husband I realized how I have not been taking care of myself. I have been sleeping fewer hours than a human should. I’ve been grabbing food that was convenient, and there is no one to blame but me. So I woke up this morning and decided enough was enough. I grabbed my favorite yogurt from the fridge {Kroger Carbsmart– 60 calories 8 grams of protein and like 3 grams of sugar! Vanilla Chai is to die for!}, a string cheese, and headed out to work. For lunch I went to Chipotle and had a burrito bowl sans the rice and added lettuce. For dinner, homemade chili. All great choices! When I logged my calories {the Lose It app is AMAZING} I stayed within my caloric intake {actually 200 calories below it!} and  I feel satisfied. It’s amazing how easy it is to get off the wagon, but how much better you feel when you get back on.

I’m making just one goal tonight. I want to register for a 5k by next week. I want to ultimately do the breast cancer 3 day, but one step at a time, right? So a 5k it is.

Oh, I totally forgot!!!! I weighed today….btw, working where there is a scale is not easy. At all. Anyways, I weighed… and I maintained. I’m not going to lie, my emotions were mixed. I was a tad relieved that I didn’t gain because it would just tempt me not to post tonight. But I was disappointed in myself that I didn’t even lose an ounce. Like, I was EXACTLY where I was last week. I wish I could blame it on hormones, or something but honestly, it was all my decisions that I made that effected my weight. So, as I was giving myself a guilt trip a patient came into my office and weighed. She had maintained… you know what I told her? “That’s great! It’s better than gaining, right?!” and I truly believed that for her. So, now I have to take a big, fat dose of my own medicine and remind myself “that’s great! It’s better than gaining, right?!” One day, I’ll believe that for myself.;)

BTW, my hubs just said the funniest thing about me blogging on here.. “it’s like your own personal weight watchers without paying for it. You blog once a week, and weigh in once a week” Kinda true though, so thank you, ladies {I’m assuming the other 6 who blog are the only ones reading my posts lol} for being my support! Have a great week!!

xoxo,

Autumn

MIA

Sorry I was missing in action last week. Our computer had issues with charging and then my husband took it out of town all week. But everything is well and good now.

Last week I didn’t really want to post anyway. I’ve had three weeks of .5ish pound increases to my weight and I get so frustrated. This week I’ve lost 3 pounds. It’s like taking three steps back ward and five steps forward. It’s a little backwards but I guess I’m still glad it’s going forward a bit. Come on you can’t tell me you wouldn’t be frustrated too if this was happening to you. Especially if you write for a weekly blog for weight loss and you keep putting some on and then have one week of accomplishment. I swear I don’t do anything to terribly different from one week to the next. I feel a little weird about the whole you aren’t supposed to lose more than two pounds a week. The weight watchers ap lectures me every time I put in my results and I’ve lost more than two. Apparently no one has told my body the rules.

On a more fun note, I am ADDICTED to pinterest. If you need an invite just let me now. I’d be happy to share with you. I love it because I’m a crafter and DIY cuz we don’t have tons of money and I like being able to say I made it. Anyway. It isn’t just for crafters. I’ve found some very yummy recipes, some inspiration and some cool workout things on there. I’ll share a few with you.

Pinned Image

This workout kicks my trash. I’ll do it and then some weight lifting and then do it again if I can. Gets me three to four activity points and I like how it boosts your metabolism for so long.

Pinned Image

Yeah that’s right. I love this. I need to think about it like this more often. Because when I’m sweating I think I’m the one closer to tears.

Vacation

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I took a little holiday from certain rules. I stayed out late black friday shopping. I ate way too much stuffing and had two thanksgiving dinners, one thursday one sunday. I also ate chinese food and didn’t really keep track of what I ate and ate til I was full. However, I had one piece of pie and no mashed potatoes the whole weekend. I drank water quite a lot.

Needless to say I was pretty scared to step on the scale last weekend. I told myself that I didn’t blog last week because family was in town and we were busy all weekend. And while it was pushing midnight when I finally had a moment to myself, I really didn’t want to get on the scale and see what I was sure to be a horrible number. I finally got up the courage to get one the scale Tuesday and I had only gained .7 lbs. Not so bad. I wont let it ruin my month. Keep going, Keep going, Keep going. Small differences are going to happen.

I gotta say it’s been nice to be in a routine with food. I only go over points for weekend dates of holidays. Most days are pretty regular for eating. Something that I really like is my breakfast shake. It gets all the foods I have a hard time working into snacks and stuff into my diet.

Breakfast Shake 3 wwp+

1/2 c almond milk (lower glycemic index then milk)

1/2 c strawberry yogurt

8 strawberries

1 banana

1 c fresh spinach

ice to taste

 

Weighing In

Gosh the holidays are a crazy time. I’m finally feeling better and man have the errands and cleaning pile up while I wasn’t feeling well. Like I said last week, I’ve been relying on easy meals and haven’t been exercising tons. I don’t really want to weigh in but I need to know what I’m dealing with. You know what damage I’ve done. So, here is the moment of truth.

I am weighing in at…

WHAT!?! I want to be sick all the time! (not really, that’s the real cheater way to lose weight, there is no win to that kind of weight loss)  Seems like my body might be finally adjusting to my diet and losing weight. I am now at 238 lbs. which according to wiifit is almost a 5 pound loss this week.  Oh my gosh it just feels so good. I was getting so frustrated! I’m sure you all know what that is like. Please keep going! It took my body since September 6th to do anything very impressive. I don’t really want to do the math but that’s like 11 weeks.

I would have so been kicked off the biggest loser by now. Thanks for not kicking me off the blog. Hopefully this weight loss shows that I have been trying.

Now to get through Thanksgiving and black Friday this week. Oh and ribs tomorrow night at the  in-laws… Time to start chanting. “Skipping stuff will make a difference, little portions is all I need.”

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Random Weightloss and a Kid and Weight Friendly Cookie Recipe

I feel like I lose weight randomly and without reason. I have lost another two pounds. I am now 243. Did I do anything terribly different from last week when there was the slightest negative movement? Nope not really. I was sick this week and wanted to eat everything I saw. Oh man did chocolate sound good on my throat. I ate my points, went over my points rarely and had horrible dinners like chicken nuggets and sweet potato fries and pigs in a blanket (although I did use fat free hotdogs so I was kind of good) and for vegetables I had a lot of v8 fusion. Didn’t exercise  because when I barely moved because my head would swim. I guess the moral of my story is just stick with it. Make the healthy changes that you can. Get eight hours of sleep. Eat less calories. Include six serving of fruits and vegetables in your diet.  Drink your eight glasses of water. Balance your carbs and proteins. Exercise 30 minutes a day.  Make sure you get enough healthy fat so that your body doesn’t go into starvation mode and store everything you eat.  At least those are the steps to living weight watchers correctly. Luckily the calories, carbs and protein are included in the points system to make it easy for you.

 

This week I did make some yummy cookies with my daughter when she was starting to feel better and I had kept the tv on for her all day. I felt bad so I rallied and did something fun with her. This recipe was awesomely yummy and so easy my two year old could be involved in lots of it.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

1 Can Pumpkin 15 oz

1 Chocolate cake mix (do not add the water oil and egg. it’s just the powder)

combine in bowl and spoon onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Yeilds about 27 ish cookies. One cookie has 88 calories: 3 g of fat: 15 g of carbs: 1 g of dietary fiber: 8 g of sugar: 1 g of protein

1 cookie is three points and 2 cookies is 5 points! Yay!

We enjoyed them I hope you do too!

Chili

I wrote this Saturday but couldn’t get it to post. I’m posting now cuz Rae asked me to…

I’ve not been losing weight. I wont talk about it much. There isn’t mush to say. I’ve been tracking my points. I didn’t exercise as much as I should have but still more than I used to. The scale just doesn’t move. I’ve almost been on weight watchers for two months! I’ve only lost five pounds. I’m just trying to breathe, stay motivated and somehow not go too overboard with candy this week…Although a funsize most things is only 2 points thus far.

I saw that Ab was struggling with fast dinners. I have a hard time with wanting to just go out to eat because it is so much faster than trying to make something. Tacos used to be my go to meal for when I didn’t have much time because it doesn’t take too long to brown meat, add seasoning and chop tomatoes. They aren’t really that healthy though. So now my answer to the fast meal situation is my slow cooker. I usually have a lot more time in the morning. My daughter doesn’t seem as needy as she does when the five o’clock hour hits. So, next week I am going to throw a bunch of chicken in the slow cooker with chicken broth and water and let it cook and dice it up. Then when I need a quick meal I can put together chicken fajitas, chicken quesidillas, Hawaiian haystacks, or chicken teriyaki easy. I also love this chilli recipe. It makes plenty for us for leftovers so I will throw this  on salad for taco salad.  MMM… Chili

Chili (5 Points+)

Combine in crockpot and cook for six hours on low and four hours on high.

30 oz canned diced tomatoes
30 oz canned pinto beans
30 oz canned black beans
1 large raw onion
1 large green pepper(s)
1 tsp ground cumin
2/3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
15 oz canned tomatoes with green chilis

Cravings

I’ll admit that I was naughty this week in that I didn’t track every single day every single thing I ate. A weight watchers no no. However, I’m pretty sure that I didn’t eat more than my points allowance for a day. I am that familiar with the program. And even if I wasn’t sure how many points I was eating I was cutting my portions down quite considerably from what I would have eaten before I started weight watchers, so I consider it a success.

This week was hard craving wise. I can’t handle open bowls of candy right in front of me. We went over to my in-laws and made gingerbread haunted houses. Oh my torture! Especially after cream and cheese soups and rolls. (I may need to figure out what to do about eating there. I don’t want to blow all my weekly points by eating Sunday dinner there. Any recommendations would be nice.)  I ate a few sixlets and luckily candy corn offers no temptation to me at all.  Those were the closest bowls to me. I said no to the ice cream and had one pumpkin cookie. I was proud of myself.  But ever since then I’m like craving little candys. Did you know half a bag of peanut butter M&M’s is only 3 points? I find more and more three points used for candy, when they should be used for dressing and croutons on a salad. I heard once that your body craves what it needs. There is no nutritional benefit from candy. So why am I craving them?

I don’t know if any of you use Pinterest, but I am hooked being the crafty DIY girl that I am. (Have I mentioned monday is my two-year olds birthday and I’m making everything including party hats with mickey mouse ears, cupcake wrappers, and decorations to name a few?).  Back to my point. I was on pinterest the other day when I saw someone post this awesome chart about what you are craving, what it means your body is lacking, and a healthy alternative to eat.  I thought it was awesome so I’m posting it here. . 

It  originates here.  So according to this chart, I need to find some nuts, legumes or fruits. Awesome, because fruits are 0 points on weight watchers.  What do you crave? What can you try to replace it with?

Guest post: Kim, part three

What has Weight Watchers taught me?
You don’t have to give up foods you love you just have control how much you eat or how you make it. I am a taste person. I’d love to eat a big ole heaping bowl of something that tastes great. I don’t like eating a big ole heaping bowl of something that tastes less than great. I can feel satisfied with eating a quarter of the portion I normally would.
So my challenge to you is to take your favorite food and try to only eat half as much as you usually would.
OR you can try to make that food in a healthier way.
Here is a family favorite recipe that we have loved! Talk about comfort food. When my dad and I started Weight Watchers together I asked if he thought we could sub out the potatoes for cauliflower without noticing. My dad made us two soups that weekend. The family favorite and the substitute version. We could not tell the difference! So here is our recipe for Clam Chowder. Perfect for the cold weather that is approaching.
(PS. If you work and need healthy lunches you can pour the soup into muffin tins, freeze, pop them out into ziplock bags and have perfectly portioned soup to warm up at work and enjoy)
Clam Chowder  Serves 6…weight watchers points + 4…Calories:146…Fat:4.5 g…Carbohydrates:18.7 g…Fiber: 3.2 g…Protein: 9 g

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) canned clams, juice reserved, clams added last
1 pound(s) cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
1 3/4 cup(s) canned chicken broth
2 cup(s) celery, bite sized
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
2 Tbsp regular butter
1/2 tsp table salt

Instructions

Combine in one pot
-juice from one can of  clams
-cauliflower
-chicken broth
-celery
-enough water to cover  ingredients
Boil until soft.
In another pot  combine
-flour
-milk
-butter
-salt
Bring to a boil and then  reduce temperature and stir until thick.
Combine the two pots contents into  one pot and add clams. Bring a boil and reduce until you reach your desired  consistency.

Guest Post: Kim, part one

I miss Kim. She recently moved a couple of states away from where I live, but thank heavens for social networking, blogs and email! She volunteered to post! You’ll hear from her today & Thursday this week. She’s a young mom of one little girl (whom I LOVE) and loves sitting in the back row of Sunday School (which is why we’re friends!) and we hope to make her a regular here at scalematters. MEET KIM:

250 lbs.
At least that’s what I told Weight Watchers I weighed when I signed up. Four weeks later I’m weighing in at two pounds less so I like to tell myself that I did lose those two pounds. Obviously something isn’t working for me on Weight Watchers. I am only doing the online version so I don’t have the pressure (the positive peer kind) of weekly meetings or weigh ins. I asked AB if I could be some sort of guest poster. I am learning a whole lot from the program and I think I could share some of that with you. I think it might also give me some accountability which may help me in the long run as well. Hopefully this relationship will be beneficial to the both of us.
A little about me.
  •  I love to laugh and smile. The world is sad enough without adding another frown to the mix.
  •  I like to think I have a good sense of humor.
  •  I love stories! I love good books, movies and tv shows. (notice the lack of activity in any of those things)
  •  I’m a creative person but also an impatient one. I can’t stand a sewing project that is going to take me longer than a week. I also have a two year old running around so my little scrap booking items haven’t been touched much since she was born.
  •  I’m a worrier. Just about anything could keep me up at night. I can think of the worst possible scenarios when my head hits the pillow. I like to plan for the worst and be surprised when it’s better that I thought, or at least prepared for what to do if the worst does happen. Luckily my husband is a talker when his head hits the pillow so that helps me think of other things.
Ten years ago (in high school) I was a size twelve.
When I got married five years ago, I was a size fourteen.
Before I got pregnant the first time I was a size sixteen. I miscarried and couldn’t be told why exactly just different factors that may have contributed to the problem.
When I got pregnant the second time I was a size eighteen.
And now two years later I’m a size twenty. Oh how I miss shopping at more than just three stores in the mall. I weigh basically the same amount I did two years ago but it’s my waist size that bothers me most.
My goal is to be a fourteen again.
A little more immediate goal is to lose weight so I don’t have as high of a chance of miscarrying again. What a painful experience that was.
My goals for this month, talk to a doctor about my weight watchers diet and workouts and see if there is some medical reason I’m not losing. I’m also going to try to live the weight watcher rule about exercise and water consumption better.
Your turn. Tell me your story. Are you on a quest to be healthy? Thinner? A certain weight? What do you want from reading this blog? Motivation? Healthy dinner ideas? A story you can relate to?
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