Category Archives: Weekly Weigh-in

Weigh-in Day: Decisions

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For the past several weeks (since before we left for Florida, actually), I’ve been hovering at the same weight, give or take 0.4 pounds. At this weight, I’m still 5 lbs above my ultimate goal, but I’m at a perfectly healthy weight. In fact, I’m squarely in the middle of my healthy weight range for my age/height. After having several conversations with the woman who weighs me in every week, I’ve decided to think about changing my goal. Am I happy at this weight? No, not entirely. But I think that might have more to do with the condition of my body than it is the actual number on the scale. That’s really the reason I’ve started this Active August challenge.

I’m living in a world of instant gratification. I don’t have to look through the TV guide to figure out what’s on TV (or even flip through the channels). If I feel like shopping, I don’t have to go to the mall if I really don’t want to. I can use the internet anywhere. The most waiting I ever have to do is for the laundry to be done, for dinner to cook, or for the mail to come. So, I kind of understand how it’s been frustrating to wait for my body to change. It’s not something I’m going to see after one workout. The cycle has been: workout for a week, get frustrated at the lack of results, quit. Start over two or three weeks later, etc. etc. It’s especially frustrating when it comes to running. I would really like to be a runner. I lie to myself all the time by saying I hate running. The truth is that I like running, but I don’t like going running because I have no endurance and I can’t run. Every time I start Couch to 5k, I end up giving up halfway through. Then, I have to start over the next time. Ugh! A coworker ran a 5k today in well under 30 minutes and said she had just started running a couple months ago. My first reaction was not to be happy for her, but to think to myself, “What the hell?! Why can’t I do that?” I know that it takes time and practice, but I just have no patience. Anyway, to keep myself motivated, I’ve made a list of 5k races I’m going to register for in the next few months.

Wow, lost my point somewhere in there. What I’m trying to get at is that I’m going to see how this whole “working out” thing goes, and the effects it has on my body (and self esteem) before I make any decisions about my goal weight.

Thanks for reading. I know that was rambley (and maybe full of typos…I’m not wearing my glasses…).

Weigh-in Day: Post-vacation Update

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Well, today was my first weigh-in after vacation. I’ll admit…I was a little obsessed with keeping tabs on my weight all week, so I pretty much knew what was coming. I was up 0.2, but considering I didn’t track my points for ~2 weeks, and was surviving mostly on processed foods and theme park fare for a week and a half, I’d call that a win.

This Week’s Weight Loss: +0.2

Total Weight Loss: -6.6

My body is starting to forgive me for the junk that I fed it on vacation, but it’s really not back to normal yet. I never really thought about how few processed foods we eat in this house until I noticed the difference in how I felt over vacation. Makes me very grateful for fresh fruits and veggies and home-cooked meals.

Weigh-in Day: S-U-C-C-E-S-S

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That’s the way you spell success!

Had another good weigh in today. I was down 1.4, which was a bit of a shock. I had a few splurges this week, but I guess I managed to splurge in moderation. And I think I usually estimated unknown PointsPlus values a little higher than they actually were.

This Week’s Weight Loss: -1.4

Total Weight Loss: -6.8

I’m also finally starting to notice the loss. I remember that when I was originally starting to lose weight, I started noticing it around 7 pounds, too. Feels good to have my pants fit loosely. Feels great to be able to put on a size 4 at the store again. Feels GREAT to have dropped out of the weight decade I’d been stuck in. Goal #1: Met. 🙂 Next goal will be to maintain the loss while in FLORIDA for a week.

Mom came up Thursday-Friday for “Mom’s Weekend.” Lots and lots of shopping (Huntley Outlet Mall and Gap end-of-season sale, how I love you). We both found some excellent deals ($50 skirt for $8? Yes, please), and spent some nice quality time together.

Right now, all I can think about is leaving for vacation on Thursday morning. Can’t wait. Hope I can maintain this week’s loss while surrounded by lots of deliciousness!

Weigh-in Day: Two Weeks’ Worth

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Sorry for the lack of updates over the past couple of weeks. The end of the school year did not leave me in a blogging mood. So much to take care of.

So, last week’s weigh-in was not so good. I was down 0.2 and found myself rather discouraged yet again. Throughout the course of the week, I kept reminding myself that it was still a loss, and that it was okay that the weight was coming off slowly. I don’t have that much to lose, so it’s just fine that it’s taking a while, etc., etc…. But with all that in mind, I really wasn’t very motivated to stay on track this week. I dipped into my weekly points and really didn’t work out. The lack of working out was more due to the fact that it was 100 degrees and our a/c was (and still is) broken.

Thursday was the last day of school and we were having our end of the year celebration after work. I was prepared to indulge (in moderation, of course), but the fates intervened. I came down with a nasty cold or sinus infection or something on Wednesday around noon. At first I thought something had gotten stuck in the back of my throat and I couldn’t clear it. But the feeling got progressively worse and by the time I drove home at 3:15, I was feeling very loopy and kind of disoriented. Thursday morning, I woke up with a 101.2 degree fever. I took some meds and hauled my sick butt to work because, dammit, it was the last day and I HAD to go in because I had left some things until the last minute. I planned to reevaluate my health around lunch time and maybe go home early. I got in at 7:10, half-assed my way through the last bit of clean-up, and went to the staff meeting at 8:00. After the meeting, I went to talk to my assistant principal to ask if I could leave at lunch, and she encouraged me (or rather forced me) to leave at that moment (8:30). So, after a very abbreviated last day, I started my summer vacation on the couch. Rockin’.

Yesterday, Paul and I had planned a day of start-of-summer fun. We went to the library and got our library cards, walked around the mall, and then went to lunch at Pizza Hut (one of Paul’s childhood traditions). We also picked up some artwork for the kitchen at Home Goods. Our poor walls have been bare for so long. I’m excited to get something up!

Anyway, the point of this story is that I wasn’t expecting much of a loss today either, but it turns out I was down 1.0 pound. Woohoo. It’s about stinkin’ time!

Last Week’s Weight Loss: -0.2

Total Weight Loss: -4.4

This Week’s Weight Loss: -1.0

Total Weight Loss: -5.4

Weekend Updates

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Yesterday was weigh-in day. After last week’s disappointing weigh in, I tried to be careful this week. However…it’s the end of the school year, and there are tons of celebrations going on at school. Our instructional kids held a luncheon for the BOE and admins. I stuck with a salad (loaded with Caesar dressing…) and a small helping of the dessert (death by chocolate…I couldn’t resist). Then, later in the day, one of the teachers I co-teach with and I had an end-of-the-year celebration for our kids. This was easier, though, because we were in charge of what was brought. She likes to keep things healthy, too, so we stuck with fresh fruits with a light dip and Hungry Girl’s Upside Down Pineapple-Applesauce Cake. The cake, while tasty, was a mess. I blame myself. I didn’t wait for it to cool completely. Luckily, this group of kids was working on following directions…and I played it off as a teaching moment. 😉

Anyway, along with all of that nonsense, I peeked at the scale on Thursday and it had budged…but in the wrong direction. So yesterday, when I was down 0.8, I was quite surprised.

This Week’s Weight Loss: -0.8

Total Weight Loss: -4.2

Since I’m updating, and since it’s Sunday, here’s this week’s meal plan:

Sunday: Hamburgers on our new grill (!!!), corn on the cob (8 PP –4 for ground beef, 2 for light bun, 2 for corn); Attempt #2 at HG’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (5 PP)

Monday: Leftover burgers

Tuesday: Lemon-Chicken Oven Bake (lightened up with FF dressing) (8 PP)

Wednesday: Leftover chicken

Thursday: Probably a frozen dinner. But maybe some breakfast-for-dinner action…

Friday: Veggie burgers on the grill

I’m going to have to update you on last Thursday’s Paul-less meal. It was one of my favorite meals when I was vegetarian. Pictures and recipe will be coming.

Hope you’re having a lovely long weekend. Only 8 more days until summer break!