Well, today was my last WIW. Like I mentioned last week, our meeting time got cancelled due to low turnout. Super frustrating and really annoying. I love the group and the leader and really don’t like change.
I actually got to the meeting a bit early today so that I didn’t feel rushed. I weighed in one pound up from last week which is pretty good considering I haven’t been tracking. I’m starting to feel a bit better but my appetite is still funky and I’m just focusing on getting healthy. I will let you all know when I have some answers….I don’t want to keep posting speculations. But I had a cat scan yesterday so I’m hopeful that we will soon figure out what is up.
Back to the meeting….I’m so glad that one of the women in the group had the foresight to plan a little party. She bought cards for our leader and receptionist that we were all able to sign. She also bought little pots of tulips for each of them. How sweet is that?! And even better, she brought a whole bunch of fresh fruit, fat free yogurt and some mini muffins for us to have a little party. We were able to visit after the meeting and chat with everyone…..it was really nice. It seems a few members of the group will be switching to the same meeting as me (10a on Thursdays) so there will be some familiar faces next week.
Hi all, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m still here and alive.
I’m still not back to normal healthwise and we are still running tests and exploring different ideas. I haven’t had much of an appetite, so I’m eating what sounds good when I am hungry. No tracking, but I haven’t thrown WW by the wayside. And I’m really focusing on drinking lots of water.
Thank you all for sticking with me. I have my fingers crossed that my doctors and I will figure out what is going on very soon.
I was able to go to my Weight Watchers meeting today! And I even saw a loss on the scale! I’m down 1.2 pounds in two weeks (I missed last week’s WI) and I’m 100% happy with this. I haven’t been feeling well so a lot of food just hasn’t sounded great. I’ve stopped tracking about a week ago and have just been eating what sounds good at the time. Often I lose my appetite about halfway through the meal.
We got some sad news at our WW meeting today though. Our meeting time is being canceled and next week will be our last meeting! Apparently our attendance is not where they (the man, aka corporate WW) would like it and so they are just canceling. I love that it is a small group and I really like the people that are there every week. The leader is really fantastic as well. It’s going to be interesting to have to change meetings.
This also kinda throws off my weekly schedule. I’ve been going to this meeting for almost exactly two years and my work schedule has been built around working late on Wednesdays. I think I’m going to have to go the Thursday morning meetings just because it will work the best with my work schedule. It may be good for me to get used to using my points differently (due to the later weigh in). We shall see!
Long story short, next week will be my last Weigh in Wednesday. From then on it will be Weigh in Thursday. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it! :(
I went back to the doctor today because the z-pak wasn’t working like it should for walking pneumonia. We ran a bunch more tests to try and figure out what is wrong with me. I’m 110% over being sick. Like, for realsies. Hopefully we will get some results soon!
This was taken our last day in Greece. We had just hiked up a mountain across from our house. Our neighborhood is behind us but the sun washed it out.
I normally don’t mind winter all that much but this terrible weather is really just too much for me. I’ve really been missing the summer and the hot weather of Greece.
Just got back from the doctor and he diagnosed me with atypical/walking pneumonia. Super awesome. He prescribed me a z-pack to hopefully squash it. I’ve been feeling quite terrible the past few days so I’m looking forward to feeling better.
So, I didn’t go to weight watchers today to weigh in because I’m home sick. I’ve been home with a fever and terrible cough for the past two days. I was at the doctors last week and they gave me some cough medicine but then this fever started hanging around. SUPER annoying and I feel like crap. I have another appointment tomorrow morning to try and figure out what is up. I’m so done with feeling crappy! I have been sick more than I have been healthy for the past few months. Not cool!
I really didn’t like missing weigh in but there is always next week. Even though I’ve been feeling like junk, I’ve been tracking my food and staying within my points so I’m happy.
Hopefully I will start feeling better soon!
Today at lunch I grabbed an apple to bring to my office for an afternoon snack. (Excellent decision!) I was looking forward to that dang apple all afternoon! But when I bit into it, it was funky. :-( Mushy and tasted funny. Not cool.
So what do I do instead? Visit the coffee shop in my building and buy myself a tall skinny latte. Good decision, Alexis. But then I see they have cupcakes. So I buy one. Decent decision, since I will track it and I have the points available. The final straw? The cupcakes were buy one get one free since it was after two pm. The bad decision here is that I didn’t say no to the free cupcake. I could have just said no, but instead I walked away with two delicious gourmet cupcakes and one latte.
I already ate the first cupcake (hence only having a photo of one of the cupcakes) and I haven’t decided if I’m going to eat the second one. I still have the points (I wasn’t feeling well this morning and skipped breakfast) but I know I don’t NEED two cupcakes in one day. I could give the cupcake away. Or even throw it away.
The moral of the story here? I need to keep healthy snacks on hand at work! I’m waiting anxiously for my next Graze box to arrive to help solve this very problem!
EDIT: I gave it away! That is a win for today in my books!
Well, not really what I wanted to see, but not completely surprising. I gained 1.4 pounds this week, bringing my total to 54 pounds lost.
I know that I ate a lot this weekend. We celebrated our anniversary on Friday with an epic meal at Morton’s. And although I did my best to track everything, we ate out a few other times so I guessed on a few meals. But I did track everything, so that is a win. I also know that shark week is coming and I’m retaining water like ca-razy. Ugh, I feel terrible!
My goal this week is to really focus on tracking and meeting my GHGs. That kind of fell by the wayside this week and I really need to pay more attention to it. Especially the water!
I also need to work on getting more sleep. I’m an 8+ hours of sleep a night kind of gal and if I get less than that I really suffer. I’ve been fighting a bad cough/cold (going to the doc tomorrow!) and I know more sleep will help me feel better. I’ve already started focusing on this and today I even woke up before my alarm!
Hello :) I am actually really interested in liking into the graze thing you get, and I was wondering how do you calculate the points? Do they put the nutrition on the site? Or is it scannable? Just wondering :)
Hi! So, all of the nutrition information for all of the snacks are available online. But even better, they print a card, along with the friend codes, with all the info for the four snacks in each box. Super handy! So right away I calculate the points and mark the packages. There is nothing worse than trying to find out points when I’m in a hangry rage! ;-)
Have you guys heard about this genius company yet? If not, please let me introduce you to Graze!
Long story, very short, Graze delivers boxes of four healthy snacks every other week or once a month. I started with once a month and then quickly moved to twice a month because it’s so awesome!
They have two options of boxes, Nibble boxes or Calorie Counter boxes. I went with the Calorie Counter which guarantees snacks with less that 150 calories. While they only offer 50 options for the calorie counter versus the 90 available to the nibble boxes, I much prefer the lower point options.
As you can see, I straight away calculated the Weight Watchers PointsPlus and marked the packages so I won’t have to look it up when I’m hungry. So far I have received two boxes and all but one snack was three points (the one other was four points).
I decided to have my boxes delivered straight to work so I wouldn’t have any excuse for not having a healthy snack option available. I’m SO glad I did this. (Also, the mail lady brings me something besides junk mail!)
One of my favorite parts is that the boxes are kind of customizable. For example, my friend signed up but she is gluten free. She was able to immediately mark all of the items containing gluten to never be sent to her. Cool! As for me, I really hate dried fruit, especially mango. So I was able to mark the ones with dried fruit to never come in my boxes. Then, after each box arrives you can rate each snack as either Trash, Try, Like or Love. I think is great that if I don’t like something, I never have to have it again!
Long story short, I’m hooked. And for only $6 a box! I’m just so happy to have fun, fresh, and interesting snacks delivered straight to my desk. It keeps my snacks from getting boring.
If you are interested in joining, I have an invitation code to hand out. I believe its still by invite only, so send me a message, either here on Tumblr or over on my Facebook page. I am more than happy to share!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that with the code you get your first and fifth box free! I love free stuff! (By using my code, I will get $1 off my next box….just FYI).
In related (to our anniversary) news, this morning I wanted to post a wedding photo over on Facebook in celebration. This year I really struggled to find one that I liked. Well, I found a lot that I liked, but mostly they were from super far away and you couldn’t tell who was who! I finally settled on the one above and I still just don’t like it.
I’ve talked about it before, and it just makes me really sad every time I think about it, but I really don’t like looking at our wedding photos. I think we have two small prints in our apartment, nothing large and nothing hanging on the walls. I just don’t like the way I look.
This picture is from a very important part of the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. We are taking our first steps as husband and wife, led by the priests and followed by our sponsor, all while the mothers threw flowers on us. It’s such a beautiful moment.
But I don’t look like that anymore. And neither does Jeremiah! But this is such motivation to never go back. Even though I have maintained for too long, I didn’t gain it all back….so that is a win.
And for you folks who are new around here, that dress is also one of my two ‘before’ outfits. I started Weight Watchers just a few months after our wedding and never had my dress preserved. Every once in a while, when I’m feeling particularly low about my weight loss, I will pull out the dress and try it on. It is getting to be HUGE on me! I can’t wait to try it on and it just swim on me!
I almost started this post exactly the same way I started my last post…but then I looked down and realized that I didn’t want to be redundant. But I can’t help if that is how I feel! So, I’m going with it…….
Will you look at that?! This program really works! Shocker!
Another week on program and another THREE POINT FOUR POUNDS lost! Hey-oh!! That brings my total back to 55.4 pounds lost! Yes!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that today’s meeting was really fantastic! We talked about non scale victories and boy do I have a list of those! I was talking about how proud I was of my blood work and the leader asked me to share how much weight I had lost. I said 55.4 and people started clapping! One women even asked if she could give me a hug! And she said how proud she was of me. It was so sweet and such a special moment. This is exactly what makes going to the meetings so meaningful. I thoroughly appreciated the love and support!
Sorry for the quiet last week. Nothing major was going on, minus Chicago returning to Chiberia which meant I went into hibernation mode.
I did do some basic cooking, so that is a bonus! I made this version of healthy French Toast, one cold day for breakfast. I also bought stuff for sandwiches so I had turkey, avocado and provolone paninis, some grilled cheese, and some regular cold sandwiches. I also found some yummy chocolate chili that I had frozen for just such occasions. We did order out a few times, but I planned ahead and tracked everything. I also focused on water and snacking well (cuties to the rescue!).
In other news, today is my (and my husband’s!) three year wedding anniversary! We never give anniversary presents, but instead decided that we would take ourselves out to a super delicious dinner every year to celebrate. Year one was at Morton’s and year two was at The Publican. This year Jeremiah planned a surprise night out for us this Friday! I have no clue where we are going! But I know that I will be saving up my weekly points for a delicious dinner. Oh, and my fifteen year old brother is coming to stay at our house on Saturday into Sunday so we are planning to take him for some Chicago style pizza! Yum (and more planning for points!).
I think that’s all for now! Hope you all had great weigh ins as well!
Will you look at that?! Tracking and eating better DOES lead to weight loss! Who knew?!?!
You may have guessed, but I’ll tell you anyway, that I had a great weigh in! The scale showed a 2.4 pound lost! Hey-oh! That brings my total pounds lost back to 52!
This loss definitely motivated me to keep going. Sometimes a good loss makes me feel like I can slack off for a couple of days, but right now I’m going strong and I want to keep it that way!
A couple things to note about this past week…..I kept my promise, to my leader and myself, that I would track every single day! She gave me seven bravo stickers last week to help motivate me. I definitely felt like I had to earn those darn stickers! I was really happy that I was able to track even though I was out of town for a long weekend. We ate seven meals out at restaurants (I had breakfast at the hotel) and I still was able to stay on plan. I used all of my activity points (only seven) and all but seven of my weekly points. I usually like to have about 14 WPs leftover for miscalculations, but eating out can be quite high in points. Either way, I’m
happy ecstatic with a 2.4 pound loss!
How did you all do on your weigh ins this week?
I just wanted to catch you all up on how my first week back on WW is going. So far, so good! I’ve tracked every day and am also tracking my GHGs. I’ve been meeting my water goal every day but am still working on the fruits, veggies, dairy, oil, and exercise. But one thing at a time!
This weekend my husband and I were out of town for a long weekend (Friday after work until Monday evening) and that always provides some challenges while trying to eat healthy. We were staying at a hotel so we ate out almost every meal. The hotel did provide a (free) breakfast that had a few healthy options. I’m pretty proud of myself that I was able to research each restaurant and pre plan what I would be having. And I actually stuck to it and tracked! I did eat more points than I would have liked, but I’m still within my weeklies, so its all good!
Weigh in day tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a loss!