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Sorry (again!) for the lack of posts. I have been tracking, counting points and attending my weigh ins and meetings. I just haven’t had a chance to really write much!
As far as weigh ins are concerned, they have been ok. I maintained the first week (well, had a .2 pound gain) and gained 2 pounds the second week. I’ve had pretty busy and food heavy weekends lately with some out of town trips to my family beach cottage so I wasn’t too surprised.
Sarcoidosis wise, I’ve been struggling a bit. My doctor tapered my dose of prednisone down to 5 mg about a week and a half ago, and I just haven’t been feeling great. It started off slow but over the past couple of days my breathing has been struggling. About 90% of the time I can’t get a full breath of air. It’s not nearly as bad as it was back in February, but it just isn’t pleasant or sustainable. I’ve also had quite a bit of fatigue and too many elevated temperatures.
Anyway, I finally called my pulmonologist today and he unfortunately raised my dosage. Ugh. I’m back up to 20 mg for 5 days, then down to 10mg for three weeks. I’m hoping that this jump will help but it worries me going back up so high. I really hate prednisone (I’m sure you are all sick of hearing me say that, but it’s true!) and I want to a point where I don’t need it.
Sooooo, that is what is up with me! I have a few posts lined up for the rest of this week with some fun happenings…so be sure to check back!
Well, that could have been better. Not only did I gain, but I gained the entire loss from the week before. Yep, I gained 3.4 pounds. Womp womp.
BUT, like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m super motivated to keep going. I won’t be on prednisone forever (God willing), shark week will arrive (again, God willing!), and I can learn from my mistakes.
I don’t have nearly as much going on this coming week so that should help. Jeremiah and I will be spending the night out in the suburbs this weekend to visit with family. I can’t WAIT to see my goddaughter!! YAY!! I also have one of my best friends coming into town! Double YAY!
I always love the first week back on plan because the weigh ins are usually awesome. I realize that most of the weight coming off is water weight as you adjust to eating healthy and drinking lots of water, but it still makes me happy.
Seeing a 3.4 pound loss was not surprising, because I had been keeping an eye on the scale, but it sure did make my day! I’m sure a lot of that is water weight, but it provided the motivation to keep going. This brings my total pounds lost to 28.8.
Last time I started WW on prednisone (back in April) I had a great first week followed by several crap weeks of gaining and maintaining. I’m hoping that since my dose is so much lower (I’m on 10mg currently instead of 40mg) I might actually be able to lose weight? The crazy intense hunger has calmed down but I’m sure my metabolism isn’t back to where it was pre-prednisone.
So yes, I’m happy, but very hesitantly. I’m not really sure what my future weigh ins will look like since I’m still taking prednisone, albeit a much lower dose, but I’m going to continue on plan and hope to keep the scale moving in the right direction!
I have been avoiding my blog. But while I have been avoiding writing, I haven’t been avoiding Weight Watchers. I’ve been doing WW (counting points, trying meet my ActiveLink goals, meal planning, cooking, etc.) but it hasn’t been working very well. I haven’t posted about my last three weigh in because I haven’t been happy with the results.
But let’s back up.
So, the last three weigh ins. My weight has gone up 1.2, 2.4 and then down 0.2. Not cool. And like I said, I have been tracking, staying within my points, etc.
I can’t even begin to describe how frustrated I have been over the past few weeks. I’ve been trying to eat healthy and make smart choices and it just isn’t doing anything.
I almost didn’t go to my weigh in today because I was sure I was going to be up about five pounds. I finally convinced myself to go and I just wouldn’t weigh in. Well, after a lot of back and forth in my head, I decided to just say screw it and face the music….and I was SHOCKED to see a 0.2 pound loss on the scale. I seriously have no idea how that happened.
Like I said, I stayed within my points this week, but my body has been so bloated its ridiculous. My pants are tight and they haven’t been tight in a LONG time. Several of my shirts that I normally wear are too small. To say my body image is at an all time low is a serious understatement.
The worst is the moonface I have developed. I had read about the prednisone moonface online and was hoping I could avoid it since I hopefully won’t be on the meds for a terribly long time. But over the last couple of weeks it has appeared. I looked in the mirror the other day and broke down crying. My face looks like it did 50 pounds ago. Ok, maybe not quite 50 pounds, but it definitely isn’t the face that I have grown used to over my weight loss journey. Logically I know that the puffiness in my face is just water weight and not fat, but it just scares me so much. I do not want to go back to the person who looked this way.
I know the meds are necessary….and more importantly, they are working. I just want this whole ordeal to be over. I hate having to take medicine every day. I’m only 30 for crying out loud!
Most days I feel really good. I almost forget about the sarcoidosis sometimes. But then I have a day where I cough a few more times that I would like to or the fatigue is really bad and I start to worry that I’m relapsing. I take my temperature more times than I would like to admit. (During the sarcoidosis flare ups I get an elevated temperature so whenever I get hot I’m worried its a temp……so far I haven’t had any fevers since being on prednisone.)
I’ve had a few sarcoidosis ‘firsts’ the past couple of weeks. Last week I met someone with the disease! She is actually a coworker of mine! She has pulmonary sarcoidosis and has been in remission for over 10 years. It sounds like my symptoms are very similar to hers. It was great to meet someone who has the disease and really understands what I’m feeling. It also was great to hear that it doesn’t affect her day to day life.
The other first that I experienced was not as positive. Most people that I tell about my diagnosis have never even heard of sarcoidosis. I don’t blame them at all…I hadn’t heard of it either. Well, this past week I met someone who had heard of it…because she had a friend who died from it. The look that she gave me when I told her is one that I won’t soon forget. It was kind of a combination of pity and fear. I know that my diagnosis is not a fatal one, but it still makes me sad knowing that people do die from this disease.
I’m sorry if this post was rambling and random. I’ve been processing life as best a possible lately and needed to get some thoughts down. I don’t mean to complain or whine but just needed to write. Oh, have I mentioned the ridiculous mood swings the prednisone has brought on? No? Well, they are bad, and I hate them. Add in the constant hunger, joint pains and dry eyes and I’m just a ball full of fun.
On that note….let’s get on with the week! I hope you all have been having great weigh ins and are kicking butt!
I really didn’t know what the scale would show when I went into today’s weigh in. I knew I wouldn’t see a major loss but there is always a chance of a gain these days. But the scale was kind and showed a .4 pound loss! I will 100% take it. It brings my total to 52 pounds lost.
This week’s meeting topic was about plateaus. We discussed about ways to bust through a plateau but also about times plateaus can be a good thing. Interestingly enough, I’m in the middle of a plateau that I’m ok with. Well, I’m not thrilled about it, but it’s better than gaining. I told myself that while I’m on this super high dose of prednisone for 2.5 months, I’m ok with maintaining. The meds make me hungry all the time and I’m doing my best to eat lots of fruits and veggies when I snack as well as upping my activity levels. But I have to face the fact that I’m on a medicine that makes me hungry and lowers my metabolism…so if I maintain, I’m happy.
In another related note, check out my ActiveLink week! Last week I earned 9 APs so 12 is a definite improvement! And while I didn’t make it to 100% every day, my average for the week was 105%. Boom! I need to focus on moving more on the weekends. I’m so exhausted during the week that by the time Saturday rolls around I just want to bum.
This Saturday will be a different story as I’m coordinating a wedding. I will be moving a LOT. I can’t wait to see how it reflects in my ActiveLink and APs. Also, I’m just SUPER excited for a wedding weekend! They are my favorite! This is my first official client since starting my wedding coordinating business so I’m extra pumped. Wish me luck!
Non Scale Victory
Since I am not looking for major losses on the scale at the moment, I wanted to start focusing each week on at least one non scale victory (or NSV). While the scale is important in a weight loss journey, there are so many other extremely important factors that people tend to push by the wayside. Sometimes we focus completely on the numbers and don’t pay attention to all the smaller ways we are changing our lives for the better!
So, my NSV victory for the week was getting my engagement ring sized!
Long story very very short….my engagement ring broke (like the band cracked all the way through) while we were on vacation last month. I had it repaired and two weeks later it broke again. So we found a new jeweler and filed an insurance claim and we are getting the ring melted down and rebuilt with the same stones in an almost identical setting.
When I started losing weight and my ring size changed I knew that I would have to get my ring rebuilt at some point. The plan was to do it after I reached goal. But if insurance is going to pay for it now rather than me paying for it out of pocket in a few years….I’m going to let insurance cover it.
Soooo, the exciting news is my new ring size! When we got engaged four years ago my ring was a size 8.5. I had a hard time when we were shopping for rings because I couldn’t try on any of the sample rings in stores. Most of them only came to my first knuckle.
About a year ago we had small beads added to my engagement ring and wedding band to keep them from falling off my hands. And now, my new ring will be a size 6.75!! Almost two whole ring sizes! I’m really excited to have a “normal” ring size! Yay!
I would love for you to share a Non Scale Victory from your week in the comments below!
Crock Pot Kalua Pork
I’ve made this recipe many times before but it is so fantastic I feel the need to post about it every time I make it! It literally is the easiest recipe to make and gets the best compliments! I’ve made it for guests a few times and even took it to a new mom and all around it has received rave reviews.
But to save you some time (and encourage you to make this recipe ASAP!), the ingredients are pork roast, salt, and liquid smoke. That. Is. It! Seriously!
Just add the pork to the crockpot, stab it with a knife a few times, rub it with salt, pour the liquid smoke over it all, and cook it for 8 hours on high. If you have the time you can do 16 hours on low but I haven’t noticed any major difference in the final product.
I usually serve the pork with hamburger buns (and I did last night for my guests) but this time I decided to make mine with lettuce wraps. I’ve been trying to cut back on gluten so this was a great alternative. I love butter lettuce for lettuce wraps! So much better than iceberg or romaine! I also added some matchstick carrots to bulk the wraps up a bit. I have to say, the lettuce wraps turned out great! The meat is so flavorful that I didn’t miss the bread! You don’t even really need the BBQ sauce!
As a side dish I served Alexia spicy sweet potato fries. These are my favorite and I hadn’t made them in a while. Definitely a nice addition to the meal.
PointsPlus wise, this whole meal is just fantastic. The pork comes out to 4 PointsPlus per 4 ounce serving. I was able to make the two pictures wraps plus another smaller one with just four ounces of meat! I added 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce total for another Point and then had 3 ounces of fries for 5 PointsPlus. That brought my whole meal to 10 PointsPlus! And it got a serving of veggies!
Another thing that I love about this recipe is how great the leftovers are. The pork reheats really well! I’ve even frozen it in the past and it does really well. It is a pretty large amount of food if it’s just me and my husband. I try to make it for guests but even then I get leftovers. I couldn’t resist it this morning so I had a non traditional breakfast!
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Sometimes breakfast doesn’t always have to look like”breakfast.” It just has to be delicious!!
This morning I had leftover kalua pork (more info to come this afternoon!) and some sautéed spinach with garlic and olive oil. I got two servings of oil and toe servings of veggies just from one meal! Boom! And the whole thing came to just 6 PointsPlus! So yummy and so filling!
WIT and ActiveLink Update
Let’s back up to last night (because it relates to my weigh in today. So, last night was the faculty and staff appreciation dinner where I work. It turned out to be a really fun event and I got to hang out with some of my awesome co-workers and make friends with some new ones!
Food wise I think I did okay. The only thing they had for appetizers was gourmet popcorn which I always avoid because they use truffles on one of the three varieties and I get nervous about cross contamination. (mushroom allergy suuuucks when you work at a culinary school!) The main course options were chicken with mushrooms and salmon with cream sauce. I hate salmon so both entrees were out of the question. That left me with the salads and sides. And boy, did I hit the jackpot! I had a huge plate of spinach salad with goat cheese, walnuts and dried cranberries, one slice of bread, roasted brussels sprouts and some roasted potatoes. It was filling and delicious. I counted all the points and did pretty well.
The downside came in the form of wine. We were each given two drink tickets so over the course of the dinner I had two glasses of wine. Unfortunately, wine and I do not do well the day before weigh in! I knew that I would retain water the next morning, but I just wanted to enjoy the dinner. So I did.
Oh, and I also splurged on a fantastic brownie. I counted it and it actually sent me into the negative for the week. But I counted it and faced the truth.
So, that brings us to weigh in the morning. I went back to the 10a meeting and the sub was back again. It was the same sub from two weeks ago which was good, but I still wish I could get into a regular routine with a new leader. If this continues I’m thinking of going to the other location that has a 10a on Thursday meeting.
Annnnnyway, I weighed in and was up 3 pounds. Laaaaame. Like I said yesterday, my goal is to maintain while on prednisone, and a 3 pound gain is NOT maintaining. I don’t know how much of that is from the wine and food from last night or how much of it is an actual gain. I guess we will see next week.
But let’s chat about the ActiveLink! This was my first full week after the assessment period. And I’m really pleased with how I did! Saturday I had a lazy day because my foot was hurting really bad. But I made up for it the rest of the week and was able to get to 104% for my weekly average! I’m really happy with that! Aside from Saturday I hit 100% every day! I think I’m going to continue posting this graph each week to help keep me accountable.
Oh, and my foot is slowly feeling better. I haven’t had to take painkillers in a couple days, so that is good. I hate how many pills I have to take each day so the less the better! I’m still wrapping it and elevating it when I can. I’m not limping as much as I was earlier in the week but it definitely is still sore. By the end of the day I’m definitely ready to get off it. Fingers crossed it continues to improve!
Well, that was a random post! I hope you all had better weigh ins than I did! I am planning a grocery shopping trip in the next couple days and some meal planning as well. My work schedule should calm down in two weeks and I can get back to cooking dinners!
Well today has been a whirlwind of craziness at work. But my giant win for the day was that I made time for a quick weigh in. I stopped at a different WW store location and made sure to weigh in first thing. I maintained, which honestly, I’m happy with. After a large five pound loss last week, and the stupid prednisone making me so hungry, I’m just happy I didn’t gain!
Today I had lunch in our fine dining room which is always a point heavy meal. I tried my best to track everything! I’m starting off the week dipping into my weekly points for dinner, but I’m happy that I tracked. Previously I would have just called the day a wash and not even tried. So…..yay?
This crazy week has completely wiped me out. I need to remember that even though I’m feeling better, I’m still sick. The meds are slowly working, but they also have some pretty severe side effects. Lately my joints have gotten really achy. Today my knees and elbows are just killing me.
And I’m just really exhausted. I’ve been feeling so much better, but my lungs aren’t back to normal. I need to remember that the meds are masking some of the issues and I can’t overdo it. I really don’t want to push too hard and get worse.
So there you go. On to another week! We have Easter this weekend and I will be celebrating with my family in the suburbs. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone and spending the day with my Greek family. I’m sure I’ll post some pics of the yummy Greek food we will be enjoying!
Hope your week is going well and you had great weigh ins!
What happens when you sauté too many veggies to fold your omelette in half?
Why you make a modified frittata, of course!!
Yesterday I sautéed 2 ounces of teeny tiny potatoes, half a zucchini, and some chopped onion in a teaspoon of olive oil. I topped that with an ounce of goat cheese and added one egg and two egg whites. There was no way I could fold everything into a pretty omelette so I covered the pan and let the eggs cook all the way through without flipping.
The results? Absolutely wonderful! And the whole breakfast came in at 7 PointsPlus and got me a serving of oil and a serving of veggies!
I have been so busy with my current work schedule that I haven’t had a chance to update much. But have no fear, things are still going well! I’ve continued to feel super motivated and have been really paying attention to my food. The prednisone continues to make me crazy hungry but I’ve been really focusing on fruits and vegetables. Each day I pack up a whole bunch of prepped apples, carrots, pickles, olives, etc to snack on throughout the day.
I don’t know what the scale will show. I’m eating quite a lot, but tracking everything and staying within my points. But I still feel like I’m eating SO. MUCH. FOOD. I know that I’m feeling better because I’m eating clean and healthy things, but I don’t know if the scale will cooperate. Either way, my body is feeling better, and that is what matters. I’ve also been drinking water like crazy! My skin is gorgeous right now!
I finished the ActiveLink 8 day assessment period! Even with wearing it during a busy week my current goals are much lower than they were even 6 months ago. But I started a new three month challenge and have been hitting 100% pretty regularly! (Minus Saturday and Sunday when I was a bum) I’m looking forward to this coming week which will be the first full week of the challenge (the assessment ended on Friday so my goals and points are wonky for this current week).
I’ll check back in tomorrow after my weigh in. Unfortunately I don’t have time for the meeting because I have to be at work early for an important meeting. I also have to go to another store location since my store isn’t open earlier enough. I’m curious to check out another location…I may have to explore other meeting times for some variety!
Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
I love a good one pot dinner. Unfortunately I don’t have a wok, so I had to cook this in a large skillet. And guess what? It turned out just fine. :-) And sure it was all in one pot, but I did use quite a few other dishes and utensils, mostly because I’m anal and like things super orderly.
Annnnnnyway! I really enjoyed this dish. Check out the recipe HERE on Skinnytaste! The sauce was seriously amazing! I literally licked it out of the bowl! The lemon was fantastic with soy sauce. Time wise the dish came together quite quickly. The house smelled amazing and everything was ready before I knew it!
The only time I deviated from the recipe was to eliminate the ginger. I’m really not a fan of ginger in recipes so I just left it out completely. And I think it tasted fantastic.
I didn’t plan ahead and just made this for dinner. In hindsight I should have had something to go along with it. I think next time I will serve it with some brown rice to soak up all that yummy sauce! Since we didn’t have anything else, Jeremiah and I just had double servings. I love not having leftovers!
PointsPlus wise the meal is pretty great. One serving (a quarter of the recipe) comes in at 6 PointPlus. My meal came to 12 PointPlus but I would much rather have the regular portion plus a cup of rice for a total of 11 PointPlus. Not so much to save a point, but to add some variety!
Epic salad for lunch!!
I thought about this salad all morning and was so pleased when all the flavors came together to create a filling and tasty meal. For real, I’m obsessed. I’m not even hungry and I want another one!
Mega flavorful salad included: baby spinach, chopped hard boiled egg, cubed gala apple, crumbled chile lime chicken burger, goat cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
The balsamic really paired well with the apple and goat cheese. Man, it was delish! And super filling. The chicken, cheese and egg added some light protein and the apple and spinach bulked it up full of veggies. I was able to get three servings of fruit and veggies along with two servings of healthy oils out of one plate!
PointsPlus wise, it was also awesome. The whole meal came in at 9 PointsPlus. Perfect! Add in some lemon water (and my daily meds) and I’m set for lunch!
Another fantastic dinner courtesy of Trader Joe’s! I stocked up again the other day and was able to pull this meal together really easily.
I’ve been working the late shift this week so I don’t get home until about 7.45. This means I need a quick cooking dinner so I can eat dinner before bedtime! Last night’s dinner came together really quickly, was super flavorful and really filling.
For the main course I had two chile lime chicken burgers. I could have had one burger with a bun or two burgers without the bun. I’m trying to avoid gluten (another story for another post) so I opted for open face burgers. I topped each burger with some fat free salsa, TJ’s Reduced Guilt Guacamole, and TJs fat free sour cream. I am totally obsessed with the guacamole. It is made with Greek yogurt and is really fantastic. And TJs FF sour cream is so thick and creamy, it is hard to tell its fat free!
For the main course I chopped up four raw ounces of TJ’s teeny tiny potatoes, a half a zucchini and a handful of onion. I mixed 2 teaspoons olive oil with some crushed garlic (I’m OBSESSED!) and salt and pepper and tossed it all together. Then I wrapped it up in a foil packet and had Jeremiah toss it on the grill. The result was great. I got a serving of veggies, two servings of oil, and a whole ton of flavor.
The whole meal came together for 14 PointsPlus. I call that a win!
I have no words…..just exclamation points!
Ok, I guess I have some words. Guys, I love FIVE POUNDS! Let me say that one more time. FIVE POUNDS! My total is back to 54.6 pounds lost!
I realize that some of that is water weight, but I’m so happy that I lost the 4.6 pounds I gained on vacation! FIVE POUNDS!
This week was great. Really one of the best weeks I’ve had in a while. It was super busy with work because the term started again, but I was able to manage it well. I drank loads of water and ate really clean and I just feel really great!
I’m most proud of how I handled the hunger caused by the prednisone I’m taking. Every day I packed up a bag of fruits, veggies, and low PointsPlus snacks to bring to work with me. I really focused on spreading my meals and snacks throughout the day which helped keep the hunger at bay. I’ve started a nice little routine that I’m going to continue, as it seems to be working.
It also is helping me get all my fruits and veggies in! I can’t remember the last time that I hit that GHG almost every single day in a week. Seriously, I’m on a roll!
And eating all these healthy and filling things has really been helping my tracker. I have been eating a lot of food, but they more power foods/low points which leaves me with more daily and weekly points for fun! I’ve had wine, beer and a few “treats” this week so I didn’t feel deprived. Long story short, I’m really happy with how the program is working right now.
I know that its not likely I will see a 5 pound week again, but it was a great kickstarter back into Weight Watchers. It definitely kept me motivated for the coming week!
Hope you all had great weigh ins this week as well!