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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.
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! :(
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!
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?
My first day back on track went well! I tracked everything I ate and stayed perfectly on point. I got all my water, plus extra (!), in as well!
So, I’m feeling pretty good. Now, I would really appreciate it if the stress level in my life would simmer down a bit. I may or may not have had a minor panic attack tonight.
But as Miss Scarlett says, I can’t think about that today, I’ll think about it tomorrow.
Bed time for me folks….let’s hope tomorrow is a good one!
I’m SO glad to be back on/at Weight Watchers! Weigh in went better than I expected and I feel so motivated!
First, the numbers. I hadn’t stepped on a scale in exactly four weeks and I honestly thought I would gain at least ten pounds. So imagine my surprise when I saw that I “only” gained four pounds! Now, I’m not happy that I gained at all, but it sure felt great to see a lower number than I expected. This brings my total pounds lost back to 49.6. I’m definitely not happy that I went under the fifty pounds mark, but I know that I will lose it again.
My goal for this week it to get back to tracking. I talked in the meeting about my goal and our wonderful leader gave me seven bravo stickers to help encourage me to stick to my goal. So far, two meals in, I’m doing great!
My other goal for this week (a mini goal, if you will), is to focus on my water. Along with tracking food and points, I am going to be tracking my Good Healthy Guidelines as well and making sure that I get all my water requirements in each day. I feel SO much better when I drink lots of water, so I really want to get back to that.
This week should be interesting as it isn’t really an “easy” time to start tracking….but really, when is it a good time?? Life will always be there and I need to work on not letting it get in the way of getting healthy. Either way, I have a long weekend out of town and I’m going to really focus on tracking and water!
Hope you all are doing well and had better weigh ins than I did!
It’s been a minute….or a month and a half. But I’m still here. Alive and kicking. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND New Year! Mine was a whirlwind of parties and family.
So, let’s catch up! First, what I have been up to lately. Let’s do bullet points, shall we?
- Thanksgiving was lovely, we had a great time with family.
- A good family friend passed away and we definitely miss him.
- We attended a fun Christmas party with old friends.
- We celebrated my husband’s 32 birthday and had a delicious dinner with friends.
- I finally was able to attend my 15 year old brother’s band concert to see him play the trombone!
- Jeremiah was chrismated and converted to Greek Orthodoxy. It was a wonderful day at church with family and then we celebrated with a luncheon at Maggiano’s.
- Christmas was spent with my family in the suburbs and we had a great time celebrating with family and friends.
- The day after Christmas we bought a car! After months of shopping and researching, we bought a 2014 Honda CR-V! This was my first time buying a car and we had a great experience. I adore this car! I’m still working on a name, but I know it’s a she!
- We had a quick overnight out of town to visit some great friends visiting from Florida! It was fantastic to see them!
- Shortly thereafter I got a cold, so we spent New Years Eve on the couch with delivery pizza and a bottle of champagne. It actually was a pretty great start to the new year.
- The start of the new term at school was postponed two days when Chicago turned into Chiberia and we were debilitated with mountains of snow and ice.
- This past weekend was spent out of town again visiting my girl friends and having our annual Christmas party. We snuggled the new babies that have joined our group and exchanged our favorite things as Christmas presents.
Ok, I think that catches us back up! Life is still pretty busy, including another out of town trip this weekend to baptize our new God daughter! But the reason I write this blog is my weight loss journey, so let’s chat about that a bit.
Honestly, I’ve been a bad Weight Watcher. I haven’t tracked points in I don’t know how long. I was going to meetings, but with Christmas, New Years, and the start of classes falling on Wednesdays (my weigh in day) I haven’t been to a WI in about a month.
But that all changes tomorrow! Tomorrow I am going back. To the meetings and to counting points. I know that I have gained weight….probably about 10 pounds. And I’m definitely feeling it. I haven’t been eating well and I hate it. I hate how I feel and I hate how I look. And I’m just not ok with that. So tomorrow morning I will face the music and get back at it.
And that means that I will be weighing in on Wednesdays again along with posting food and recipes. I also plan on doing Mini Goal Mondays again. Most likely some of them will be similar to goals I had in the past, but I found that they really helped me focus on small changes. I also promised a giveaway a while back and haven’t forgotten! I will be doing that sometime in February or March.
So, to sum up a super long post……I’m back….and thank you all for the fantastic support you give me! I’ve appreciated the notes checking on me and asking where I am….they really meant a lot to me.
EDIT: And no, I’m not pregnant. I’ve gotten that question a couple times as well. That is a definite and resounding no!
A loss is a loss! I’m down 0.8 pounds this week for a total of 57.6 pounds lost. Considering I haven’t been tracking very well, I’m really happy with the scale result.
Last week, and again this week, we talked about our plans for Thanksgiving. A lot of people get really worried/stressed about the holiday meals. But honestly, it doesn’t freak me out too much.
One, I don’t really track. I enjoy the day and meal but refuse to get so stuffed that I’m in pain. Two, I try to only use one plate at dinner. If I realllllly want seconds I will get a small portion of only what I really want. Three, I take a picture of my plate. That way I know exactly what I ate and can track later if I decide to. And fourth, I enjoy the day! I love being around my family and friends and I thoroughly enjoy visiting and spending time with them.
Lastly, it is just one day. I don’t bring home leftovers and start back at WW again the next day. One day will not ruin me….so I will enjoy it and move on.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Well, I’m alive.
But let’s go back to the beginning.
So, almost three weeks ago (Saturday the 2nd) I was super excited that my husband was home from two weeks in Hawaii. The cleaning lady came, I had chili on the stove and we had friends coming for dinner. The dinner was delish and right after we finished I started feeling crappy. Shivering like crazy. Turns out I had a fever.
Well that stupid fever hung around for far too long. Occasionally it got pretty high (102.8) but most of the time it just hung around between 99.5-100.8….just enough to be annoying. And no other symptoms! Other than the stupid fever, I felt totally fine. It was off and on for a week when I went to the doctor the first time. She told me to come back after I had had it for 10 days. So, the next Wednesday I went in and they decided to do a full blood workup, chest x ray and some other tests.
To make a terribly long story very short….they tested for a whole slew of things…some scary, some not so scary. Things that were mentioned included: pneumonia, UTI, HIV, Hep A, B and C, mono, toxoplasmosis, etc. And me, with the super overactive imagination, mentally went a bit bonkers. Jeremiah did a great job of talking me off the ledge while waiting for the test results. The doctors were really strongly leaning towards mono because of my liver enzymes were so elevated, but when we ran more tests, they came back negative. Basically, they decided that I have a virus in my liver and I just had to wait for it to go away.
So, here I am, on Day 19, and finally feeling almost back to normal. I haven’t had a fever since yesterday morning (knock on wood) and I’m slowly getting my energy back. My eating has been terrible. I was not tracking points and was not eating well. I couldn’t grocery shop, let along cook, so we really relied on delivery. I was also getting barely any activity in. I still went to work for the most part (because I wasn’t contagious) but I was not moving much once I got there.
I did weigh in the first week and was up 2.2 pounds. I didn’t go to Weight Watchers the second week because I had a doctors appointment at the same time. But I weighed myself and home and I was up even higher (probably another 2 pounds).
Well, today I got myself back to the meetings and I was pleasantly surprised to see a 2.4 pound loss on the scale! I really was expecting it to be higher since I have been eating so poorly. I was really happy to have lost the weight I had (officially) gained the first week and (unofficially) gained the second week! My current total is 56.8 pounds lost!
So, what is coming up? I have a follow up doctors appointment with more blood work on Thursday to check on my liver enzymes….fingers crossed they are bette! Also, I’m getting back to tracking. I need to go grocery shopping and start cooking again. My goal is to meal plan next week since I’m eating at school a lot this week.
Also, how adorable is the get well soon card I received from my niece?! It totally made my day!
Blackened Cajun Tilapia with a Spinach Salad
Last nights dinner was an adventure for me! I cooked fish! Like, from scratch! I have baked pre packaged fish before, but nothing more difficult than opening a package and plopping it on a baking sheet.
I am new to liking fish. I used to hate it because all I ever had was salmon. Turns out I don’t hate fish, I just hate salmon! A revolution! Working at a culinary school has really helped introduce me to the large variety of fish that I actually DO like. Some of my faves include tilapia, whitefish, and cod.
A while ago I bought some frozen tilapia from Trader Joe’s at my friends suggestion. It has been hanging out in my freezer for a couple months since Jeremiah still doesn’t like fish (I’m working on him!). But with him away on a work trip I took the opportunity to try my hand at cooking it.
I decided to try making blackened tilapia and did some googling for recipes. Basically I found out you just cover the fillet in seasonings and pan fry it. Easy enough.
I made sure to defrost my fillets in the fridge all day and came home to mostly defrosted fish. I finished it off in the microwave for a few minutes. Then I patted the fish dry with a paper towel and liberally sprinkled both sides with no sodium Cajun seasoning.
While I was working on that, I also had a medium skillet warming up to medium-high with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. When it was nice and hot I added the fillets. The recipes I had found said to cook it for three minutes per side but mine ended up needing about 5-6 minutes.
While the fish was cooking I put together a yummy salad. Baby spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper is by far my favorite salad combo. If you haven’t tried it, you really should. It’s so simple but the flavors are pretty fantastic. The lemon juice is amazing and the oil gets you a serving of healthy oils!
The only issue I had was not cooking the fish in a nonstick skillet. I made the mistake of using a different pan and the fish really stuck to the bottom. It still tasted great but the presentation was not up to par. Womp womp!
PointsPlus wise, this meal was amazing. The whole meal came in at 11 PointsPlus and was super filling. Three servings of vegetables, great lean protein, serving of oil and a half serving of dairy. Fantastic!
Guys, I’m kicking some butt lately! Today’s weigh in showed another 1.8 pounds lost! Hooray!! That brings my total to 58.8 pounds lost!
So far I have been sticking to my meal planning really well. (I will be posting last night’s dinner later today.) Tomorrow is a crock pot meal with friends that I’m really looking forward to trying!
This weekend I will be attending a baby shower and having some friends over for dinner. Not terribly busy but enough to keep me moving!
I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Do you do WIW? If so, how did you do?
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
OK, I have to admit to you all that I didn’t get up and run this morning. I know, I know….I suck! I just couldn’t pull myself from my warm bed! And when I did drag myself from the coziness, I made myself this tasty fall concoction.
I had some extra pumpkin in my fridge and while I was brainstorming ways to use it I remembered this delicious breakfast I made a couple times last year. So I searched through my site and found the original posts and links to the recipe.
Side note: did you all know you could do that? I tag all of my posts with keywords and the ingredients! So all you have to do is type ‘pumpkin’ into the search box on the right side of the page and all of my posts where I have used pumpkin will show up! It’s a whole lot quicker than browsing through the breakfast or food pages! Ok, back to the topic at hand!
Annnnnyway, I found this post and decided I had to make it immediately. The oatmeal bakes in the oven for 20 minutes and literally takes like 3 minutes to throw together. It is not only cody and delicious, but also really satisfying. The oatmeal kept me full all the way until lunch!
- Preheat the oven to 380 degrees and grease a small oven safe bowl or ramekin.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 packet of Splenda
- 1/8 teaspoon saltPour the ingredients into the prepped bowl and bake for 20 minutes, until firm.
I did not broil it like the original recipe suggests because I was hungry and it smelled delicious, but I’m sure that would be an awesome touch! I also used Splenda to sweeten it so that I could keep the PointsPlus low, but you could substitute your favorite sweetener.
Speaking of PointsPlus, let’s chat about that. Mine came to 4 PointsPlus which I was really happy with. In the past I had added some mini chocolate chips which were a nice addition but raised the PointsPlus more than I really wanted. And like I said, this kept me full for quite some time. I knew that I was going to have a latte later in the morning, so it was nice that this breakfast was filling but low in Points.
What is your favorite way to use pumpkin in the fall? I still have some left over and need more ideas!
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Yes! Now THIS is the kind of weigh in that I needed! Hooooooray!!!!
Ok…..now that that is out of my system, let’s chat numbers.
Today’s (epic) weigh in showed a loss of FOUR POINT FOUR POUNDS! Boom. That brings my total back to 57 pounds lost! Last weeks crazy gain (+3.8) had me suspicious of water weight leftover from my sister’s wedding, but I can never be 100% sure. I have been really on point with tracking this week so I’m sure that helped the situation. Either way, I’m happy.
Coming up this week….tomorrow is my first scheduled run! It has gotten mighty cold here in Chicago, especially in the mornings, so I’m thinking I may try a treadmill run. I haven’t ever run on the treadmill but we have one in the basement of our condo so I might as well give it a try. I really wanted to focus on running on the pavement because I heard it was so much harder than the treadmill. But at this point, I just need to get moving.
Also coming up this week is an overnight with friends out of town. It will be great to get out of the city and spend some quality time with my girlfriends. Can’t wait!
In not so great news (for me at least), Jeremiah leaves for Hawaii on Monday! Stinker! He’s going for work, so he actually won’t have tooooo much fun….but still! I am completely out of PTO so I won’t be able to join him. I’m really excited for him though as this is his 50th state! How cool is that?!?! I’m pretty far behind him in that race with only about 37 states.
Anyway, him being gone for 12 days means that I’ll be on my own for most meals. Historically, I don’t do very well with this. But I’m going to be taking advantage of my school’s dining room which should help a bit. I also plan to do a grocery shopping trip and plan out the meals that I’m going to eat ahead of time. I’m going to put my new WW Simply Solo cookbook to use as well!
Ok, I think that is enough rambling from me for now. Hope you all are having a fantastic week! And if you also do WIW, I hope it went well!