Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First Weigh-In

Oh my goodness! The scales at WW are not very forgiving! My starting weight is 212.2 and my initial reaction is to beat myself up. But this time I am going to try something different. I'm going to accept the reality and fix the problem.

Here we go! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Time Has Come, The Time is Now...

I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning when I get all signed up for Weight Watchers again. I also made up a 9 day meal plan for myself and my family. The trick is to finding meals that are good for me point-wise and still be something that my picky children will eat. I plan on going to the meeting tomorrow morning and then stocking up on healthy groceries. Here is my meal plan...

1) Pizza made with whole wheat pita bread, veggies, pizza sauce and feta cheese. For the kids, I use just pizza sauce and cheddar cheese. And a garden salad.
2) Roast chicken, with potatoes, carrots, corn and gravy.
3) Chicken and vegetable soup made from the left overs, homemade whole grain bread.
4) Meatless chicken nuggets, brown rice, cauliflower (and cheese sauce on the side for the kids), and garden salad
5) White Vegetable Lasagna, salad
6) Spaghetti, salad
7) Flatbread with tatziki sauce, feta and grilled vegetables. Grilled flatbread with just cheese for the kids.
8) Chicken legs, baked potatoes, mushroom and onions, beets, and salad
9) Stir Fried Vegetables (with only vegetables that the kids like), brown rice, meatless chicken nugget pieces.

I also have my lunches and snacks mapped out. And I have my water bottle washed and ready to go. I downloaded an app on my iPhone that takes 4 pictures every week, and tracks my weight as I go. I can then flip through the pictures and compare the before, during, and after pictures. I feel very prepared to start this journey!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Planning For Success

Ok, so I am in the planning stages of weight loss. I read somewhere that most people jump in unprepared, go gung-ho and then promptly fall off the wagon for lack of planning. So here are some things that I am trying to do before my big diet launch! :)

1) Rid the house of my red-light foods. These are foods that I think I can only have one of, and before I know it, I am head first into the bottom of the bag. These foods satisfy the temporary craving, but leave me feeling gross and guilty afterwards.

2) Make a meal plan that I know is convenient and that I can easily stick to. Including things that make me feel like I'm treating myself, but are still healthy, like making pizza from a whole wheat pita, veggies and a bit of feta. Yum!

3) Getting into the habit of drinking my two large water bottles a day. I love water, but never seem to drink enough when I am not in full diet mode. I know, lifestyle not diet right!?

4) Start a pintrest board of things that motivate me. Something that I can refer to when the fridge is calling out to me in a pleading voice!

5) Make a firm commitment to walk every day. (Right now is hunting season, and I am afraid of getting shot. But I do have a treadmill!)

So, there you have it! Once I have all of this in place, I will begin my weight loss journey... again!

On a personal note, we just had our family photos taken! I love the colours! This is one of my favorites.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Updated before picture!

Ok, I woke up this morning and had the bright idea to start a weight loss blog. I researched it and whoops, found out I already had one that I'd forgotten about! LOL! I love it! I can just pick right up where I left off! (Plus a few pounds!)

I decided that at 34 years old I was not ready to "let myself go". My life in my thirties had been a constant before picture and it's time to change that! I've got too many things to do still and I need a healthy and strong body to do it!

I know, I know, you want updated pictures right?!?! Argh! I don't want to! But I will. Or not. Ok, I will. I'm might not. But I will. Maybe. If I can figure out how! I forget how to do half the stuff I used to do on this blog! :)
In June of this year, I convinced my friend to do a Mud Run with me. It was 6k with 15 obstacles. I had a blast. It wasn't really that hard. It was a lot of flat running in the woods. (I did a fast walk for most of it!) And the obstacles were not that difficult. I had success at that so I decided to go bigger and more challenging. So...

I did the Prison Break Run in Ottawa. It was SO HARD but very fun! Let me paint a picture for those of you who don't know what that is. We were at a ski hill in Quebec. You are given three flag football flags to attach around your waist. The run is 5K's and there are 16 obstacles. At different stages during the run, you are chased by prison guards who are trying to steal your flags. If you can make it to the end with at least one flag, you have had a successful prison break. The obstacles included wading through a swamp and swimming under barrels, climbing the ski hill, ice water plunge, scaling walls, over/under walls, army crawl under barbed wire, jumping fires etc. I barely made it to the end of the race. I tell you, I was SPENT. There were people vomitting at the end of the race. It was very eveident to me that I maybe should have a least done a couple of sit ups, maybe a few push ups, perhaps even walk a few km's before attempting such a challenging race! LOL! Perhaps it wouldn't have been such torture if I wasn't also lugging around an extra 45 pounds!

If I am going to continue to do these races, I need to lose the weight and get into better shape before I seriously injure or kill myself. (Passing out or barfing was not out of the question during the Prison Break Run!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Post-WI Wednesday

I am so happy I could just spit. :) After a vacation of being careful but not too, too, careful and another week of giving my appitite free reign, I was quite excited to only be up half a pound! I was expecting to be up atleast 3 or 4 pounds. It was the kick in the pants I needed. So, it's back to counting points today.

My girlfriend and I had a huge walk lastnight. Well, I say walk, but I tell ya, she hoofs along a quite a clip! I was puffing and trying to keep up with the conversation. Whew! My rear muscles are sore today!

So with Thanksgiving coming up I have a game plan to survive the weekend. Our leader told us some tricks we could use. In your mind, make a 1 cm ring around all the portions of your food. Make sure you can see the plate between your potatoes, meat, vegetables etc... It will help with portion control. Also, to gobble up the conversations and the family time instead of all the snacks and treats. And when it just gets too much, go outside for a walk until the craving passes. And drink half of your water before the big meal.

Easy right? Riiiiiight. LOL! We'll see. We will be away from Friday until Monday. That's a long time for me to be good. But I am determined to try!

Have a great Turkey Time everyone! There are lots of things to be thankful for! :)


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

San Fran Photos

I thought I'd post some pictures from our San Fran trip. One is a picture of the Crookedest Street. One is of me looking like a goof on a Segway tour. (SO fun!) And the last one is of me at the north beach by Fisherman's Wharf. I spent the day there relaxing with my sketch pad and pencil.

Sorry this post is not WW related! :) Oh wait, I will add one more picture... The food picture is my attempt at eating healthy while on vacation. HA! I'll bet there's 15 points or more on that plate! It was nearly impossible to eat out and stay on plan for a whole week. Anyway, I am back at it here at home where it is much easier to say on track!

Cheers everyone! Have a good night!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Night

I have WI tonight! Fingers crossed! Actually, it's a bit of a scheduling mess. I forgot that I had ww on Tuesdays and I invited 3 friends over for a spaghetti dinner. Whoops. It takes me 15 mins to get to and from WW and the meeting is at 5:30. Argh. Anyway, these friends are pretty laid back, so I will invite the ladies to come with for the ride and we will eat when we get back.

Ok, I have some very exciting news! We are going to Tokyo, Japan for two weeks in November! YAHOOOO! We are taking my Mom along to help out with the children and to keep me company while DH is working over there. They sent pictures of the hotel we are staying at in central Tokyo and it looks really fancy. I've been to Italy, France, Austria, Germany and the UK, but they all are somewhat similar to our culture. But JAPAN?!?! Now this will be different and fun! I am happy to be taking the kids. Two weeks is just too long to leave them behind! My sons teacher asked him to do a video diary and bring back some things to share with the class. He is really thrilled to be put in charge of such a task. :)

Anyway, I had better get going before our guests get here!