Sunday, November 28, 2010
That means I'm only 1.6 pounds away from my NEW YEAR'S GOAL, which was 20 pounds lost.
I'll definitely be hitting that this week, barring unforeseen disaster, just because I know how my body fluctuates by now and I know that next week I'll probably see a bigger loss that this week. So, super exciting. I would love to see 25 pounds lost by the time my bestie gets here in late December, but we'll see. :)
Even more exciting to me, though, than the weight loss (and it's pretty exciting!) is that I realized this week I have a rudimentary idea of how food affects my body, and how to feed my body not just to satisfy my mouth but really to nourish the whole me. For instance, at one point this week I came back to the house absolutely starving. We'd gone black Friday shopping, I'd been up since 1:30, it was now 7, I was exhausted, had gotten less than 3 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours, and I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. Somewhere in the middle of this haze I realized very clearly, "My body wants carbs to burn for fast energy." I had a small serving of stuffing (I was about to go back to bed, so while I realize this wasn't the best thing in the world, lol, it worked) and then I realized, "If I had some protein with this, it would make me feel so much better later" so I had a piece of turkey and I fell into bed for a few hours and - guess what? - I was right! The combo did reset my brain so I didn't have the "eat everything in sight" syndrome all day. :)
I went shopping this afternoon to look for a few pieces of clothing that I badly need. None of my clothes fit quite right anymore; I can make some of them work, but more and more everything is starting to look dowdy/baggy/ridiculous and this, more than anything, more than gaining back that pound a few weeks ago, is demoralizing to me. And it's been frustrating because it seems like I can't quite fit into anything exactly right; everything one full size down is a bit snug, everything my old size is too big.
Well, apparently that last two pounds was all that stood behind me and the next size down. I found three skirts I loved (only got two, though) and a drapey cardigan that I can use. I'm still having a terrible time finding tops to fit, since my tummy area seems the least resistant to change, so I can't wear anything too fitted, but anything too baggy looks crazy on my shoulders and arms. Oh, well. At least I found skirts! This is super exciting because one of my fav skirts and a big wardrobe staple for me hit the dust today. I tried it on, it slid off my body. No amount of cinching, layering underneath, whatever will make it work anymore. :( I picked up a black denim skirt today to replace it - still hunting for a non-denim shorter, knee-length skirt, but in the meantime this will do. I also found a decent replacement for my favorite denim skirt, until I can get it altered. :)
Friday, November 26, 2010
Such a bad cat!
We had an absolutely stunning, Normal Rockwell-esque bird this year. Even I was impressed, and normally I could really care less for turkey. I guess this is part of my tastes changing, because somehow this year I can't get enough.
My Abster was there, also, but spent too much time running around shrieking in delight to be photographed. :)All in all, I am thankful for the holiday, and thankful that it's over and it'll be a year before I have to stress about it again. :)
The large tags.
We all went to bed at various times last night... it was kind of a stressful holiday for some of us due to some conflict/tension in the family, so some of us took more time to unwind than others, lol. I think I was actually pretty much in the middle - I went to bed around 10 PM and my alarm went off at 1:30. I got up, got dressed, and went out only to discover that my dad's alarm clock HADN'T gone off, so I ran around getting everyone up and dressed. Maggie got up and brewed a pot of coffee and made peppermint lattes for everyone in to-go cups, so armed with our coffee, we left around 2 PM.
We arrived at the Target parking lot at 2:20 for a 4AM opening. Now, this particular strip mall has Target one on end, then a largish Dress Barn, a Hallmark store, a Bath & Body Works, a Hair cuttery, a now-empty space (used to be a dentist, I think), and then a large Giant. We figured we'd be good getting there 1 1/2 hours ahead of schedule. We ended up joining the line in front of Giant. :) I was starting to feel famished by now - that's one of the things that has changed in the last few months along with my waistline; it used to be that I was not a breakfast person at all, now I have to fuel my body or else it complains, lol - so Maggie and I took the van and went to the nearby Wawa's to get breakfast. Our plan was to get a bunch of Sizzli's and some drinks and dart back to the line. Turns out there were only two employees working that night and the wait time for anything from the deli was running 20 minutes, and they were refusing to make Sizzli's because they simply didn't have the manpower to do so.
We took a tour of the store instead, picked up some hummus, granola bites, trail mix, protein bars, and fruit, along with some juice, and headed back to the line.
Our wait passed really quickly - everyone was friendly and several of us had brought iPods and extra headphones. The only bad thing was that we were sandwiched between two smokers who insisted on blowing the smoke right in our faces. At one point my very non-confrontational-dad pulled out a sales flyer and began exaggeratedly fanning the smoke back to them. We were a little concerned about Ruthie getting set off in an asthma attack, so we kept sending her to stand away from us in the fresh(er) air, but all was well. It was a beautiful night, temperatures touching 60, so we didn't have to freeze.
While we were standing in line we had an organizational meeting where I shared my carefully crafted plan (lol): Maggie and Allen were one team - Maggie's job was to locate the items they were assigned, and Allen's job was to carry them or, if they ended up being too big or bulky to carry, to guard them until one of us could come help; Lizzie, Ruth, and I were making a run to another section to locate three more items (all pretty small in comparison), and Dad was making a run straight to electronics for his Christmas gift, a Garmin Nuvi GPS system, and, if possible, a Blueray player. Everyone was armed with a cell phone, and our plan was to meet up in front of the baby cribs. :)
We hit the store running like mad people and twenty minutes later had managed to snag EVERYTHING on our list. We rock, folks! I don't think I've ever managed to get everything on the list before! The folks at Target were totally on the ball - they were sufficiently staffed and the employees were very helpful and went out of their way to make it a pleasant experience for everyone. Even after we joined a checkout line that snaked all the way from the back of the store to the front, we were out of the store within an hour of coming in. Go Target! I have traditionally been a Wal-Mart Black Friday-er, but this has now changed. :)
We drove to the next shopping center so that Maggie, Allen, and Dad could go to Best Buy (which had a line just to get into the store, since they were over their occupancy limit) while Lizzie, Ruth, and I ducked into the peace and calm of Panera Bread to sit in the peace and get something to drink.
Our last trip was to Walmart. Totally different atmosphere - the employees were unhelpful, unpleasant, and generally looked like they hoped we'd all go away really, really soon. :) We toured the deals - of which there were many, amazingly, left - and ended up getting nothing but cat food we found on sale. :)
We met Anna, who was on her way to JoAnn Fabrics, out in the parking lot, and gave her Lizzie for company. The rest of us headed home to go back to sleep. :)
I got back to bed around 7:30 and got the best three hours of sleep in my life. :) I got up, wrapped some of my finds from that morning, and puttered around until Maggie woke up, and then we headed back out. :)
We stopped in at Gamestop and Best Buy again to see if we could locate a Wii game for one of the kids (no luck) then I went to the bank to deposit a check. We stopped in at Fashion Bug so I could try to find some clothes to round out my changing-body wardrobe (again, no luck - this is the dark side of weight loss, people! You don't know how to dress your body anymore, and not all parts of said body change the same way at the same rate. Very frustrating). By this time we were both hungry, so we ducked into our fav mexican restaurant for a late lunch/early dinnerish meal.
After dinner we both wanted a cup of kiwi green tea from our fav asian cafe, a few stores down, so we walked down, got tea, and walked back up to hit Marshalls. I picked up several gifts and finally found a gift for my new cousin. :)
We ran into the nearby dollar store to pick up gift bags and another roll of wrapping paper, then made one last trip to WalMart for a few oddly-sized gift bags and one. last. gift.
We came home, and I jumped on the computer to order my best friend's Christmas gift - I wish I could share, I'm super-excited about it!!! - and with that, folks, I am done shopping. I still have several packaged that have yet to arrive, but every gift is ordered and shipped, and at least 75% of them are already wrapped (go me!), and I'm actually excited. :) I can't wait to get into the non-shopping Christmas rituals, lol, like cookie baking and tree trimming and checking out the community events, and, of course, planning for my BFF's visit. :)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Just to clarify, I did not pay for any next day or quick shipping (I mean, the whole point of shopping online is to SAVE money, not blow it on instant gratification shipping, lol). So, kudos to the postal service.
I did another round of online shopping yesterday (I am finding great deals and it's KILLING me to not be able to share, lol... be on the lookout for a big post-Christmas post) and today when I checked my email, two of the five items I'd ordered have already shipped. I have one more round of online shopping to do, and some stuff that I'm hoping to score on Black Friday (yeah, I'm one of those) and then I'm DONE. It's astounding to me that it's not even December yet and I'm using the word "done" in conjunction with Christmas shopping. I'm the one who picks up gifts on Christmas Eve! But actually, I'm kind of glad. I must be turning into a stuffy adult. :(
As for my WW update: down 1.6 pounds this week! I'm glad since I think this coming week is going to be a wash with Thanksgiving. I have been dreaming for weeks about two things: stuffing (or dressing, if you will, lol) and pecan pie. :)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So, basically... yeah. Just one of those days. At least I am still maintaining a sense of humor, albeit an extremely dry, British sort. :)
I indulged in a little online shopping this week for Christmas! I've always been the person who likes shopping in brick and mortar stores, bringing things home, smuggling them into the house, hiding them in my room, etc. But this year the idea of comparing prices online, pressing a button, and having them delivered to the house sounds GREAT! I've actually done most of my "shopping" and now I'm just spreading out the actual buying over a few paychecks. :) It's killing me to not be able to share my finds with you guys, but it seems like EVERYONE reads my blog these days. :)
But I can definitely share MY wishlist for Christmas... Yeah, can you tell I'm totally doing retail therapy today? :)
- A subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine. I love this magazine! It's part of what inspired me to start WW. I've been picking it up on the newsstands but it would be awesome not to have to hunt it down every month.
- A 1 liter Camelbak water bottle - This would make the PERFECT workout/walk water bottle... I drink a lot and most water bottles are too small, so a big huge one would be great. Plus it has a place for a carabine (read: I don't have to carry it!) and a built-in straw (LOVE it!). The only sad thing is that the 1 liter size doesn't come in orange. How lame is that?!?
- I'm way behind my Sanctuary watching, and the price of season one and two has suddenly made it high on my list. :)
- I just discovered the TimeRiders series by Alex Scarrow and LOVE IT! I'm stoked about reading the second book in the series!
What's on your Christmas wish lift or gift list this year?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- 1 pound = 4 sticks of butter
- 5 pounds = 1 sack of potatoes
- 10 pounds = (this one REALLY blows my mind!) 8 medium cantaloupes
- 25 pounds = 3 gallons of milk
Whenever I start to feel a little down, I remind myself that I've lost roughly 56 sticks of butter, 3 sacks of potatoes, or 12 cantaloupes. :)
Anyway... moving along... :)
I went shopping yesterday - hooray! So much easier to eat well when you have groceries. :) I picked up some of my favs, but also found some new stuff.
This is my old fav... Love my Just For One packs. The cauliflower is obviously usually my first choice since it's 0 points, but I love the broccoli ones too. Last week I tried a WW suggestion and dumped one of these packs over a baked potato and a tablespoon of bacon bits. Love it!
The produce aisle is always my first stop... Today I found inexpensive kiwis and a pricey but totally worth it starfruit.
I got these light store-brand yogurts but I think I'll probably go back to Dannon brand and save the point rather than the cents. :)
My BFF turned me back on to Progresso light soup. Love it, and soup makes a great meal - super filling. They weren't on sale, tho, so I only got three cans. I'm really looking forward to the chicken and dumplings flavor.
I'm normally a Lean Cuisine gal, but these Healthy Choice meals were on sale and after pulling out my slider I realized that they actually have less points and more food than the LC OR Smart Choice (WW branded) items. So I got a few. Haven't tried them yet but they look super yummy!
Monday, November 15, 2010
We lost the Internet at the house until the 23rd... Grr! So obviously I didn't blog a lot last week. I also couldn't track through the Weight Watchers site, so I had a four-day period when I was pretty much off-plan, the first time I've been off plan in more than ten weeks. It definitely showed in the scale this Sunday. My first gain (even though it was slight). :( In a way, though, I'm glad this happened. It was motivating in a way, and definitely confirmed to me that I'm on the right path. I'm completely back on plan now and looking forward to a good week.
We had a baby shower for my Aunt Leslie, Uncle Mike, and new cousin Kathryn Rose Rene! This was my first time meeting Kat, but she was every bit as cute as I'd thought she'd be
There was only the slightest bit of fighting over the baby. Most of the time my grandma won. :)
Aunt Leslie opens my gift... I spent a ton of time last week practicing/perfecting two new patterns, one for a cap and one for booties. The finished products were adorable, in my humble opinion!
Monday, November 8, 2010
I was pretty sure it was going to be a good weight loss week, and I was right! When I weighed in Sunday morning, my grand total is up to 16.6 pounds!
I am now in my ninth week of WW, and I finally feel like I'm completely comfortable with the system. It's exciting now to see how the first eight weeks have gone and think about how the next eight weeks will go... and the next eight weeks after that... and what I'm going to look/feel/be like next year.
On a sidenote, I had class today, and somebody asked my professor during class how he was doing on his weight-loss journey. He responded, "I thought I was doing really well until I read HER journal," and pointed at me. :) Good moment!
Friday, November 5, 2010
I'm okay with this - it makes life easier, lol - but this week Maggie and I decided to go a little crazy and go to the midnight showing of Megamind. Both of us are huge children's movie fans and the previews for it looked great, so we bought tickets. We figured that instead of going out that night for dinner and shopping (our usual date), we'd snack around dinnertime, take a nap, and then go for a very late dinner and the movie.
Yesterday ended up being a crazy day - our faithful old doggie, Oliver, woke up very sick, so Maggie called the vet who got him an emergency appointment, and Abby and I ran there to meet Maggie after gymnastics. The vet was great and quickly located the problem - the new flea/tick meds we'd put him on after our last supply of Frontline was used up. Turns out we accidentally poisoned him. :( Poor baby! She prescribed him some meds and a very thorough bath and so getting him cleaned up and feeling better ate away most of the morning and early afternoon. Abby loved it - she got to run around with her cousins and saw the fish tank at the vet's office! But she was very concerned about Oliver... kept asking, "Doggie sick?" and I had to reassure her that doggie was feeling sick, but that he had some medicine to feel better. At one point a man with a Yorkie dog walked by, and she immediately started comparing them. "Little dog... BIIIIG dog!"
I did get a nap in the evening, but Maggie was only able to rest for awhile before we headed out. We went to Applebees for dinner and enjoyed people-watching the late-night crowd (it was about 10 PM by the time we got to the restaurant). We swung into Wal-Mart for a quick errand run, then went on to the theater.
In short - we loved it!!! It's definitely not an original storyline - afterwards we kept trying to describe it to our family by saying "It's mostly like Meet The Robinsons... Well, with a little bit of Despicable Me thrown in there..." But that doesn't really wreck it because it still feels fun. :)
Anyways... After our busy Thursday, I took advantage of Friday to just chill. :) I spent the morning crocheting another baby cap, this time in pink, cream, and sage, for a friend of a friend. :) I have one more to go with this yarn, then I'm gonna try some different yarn to see if I can play with the stretchiness a bit.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I cut the apple in half, saved the other half for later, then munched on the slices that wouldn't fit on the waffles.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I read this recipe over the weekend that I was excited to try this morning: 2 low-fat waffles with a beaten egg poured over them, toasted til the egg cooked, with a sprinkle of fat free cheese, and stuck together like a sandwich. I tried and tried to make it work... and I never got it right! I couldn't get the eggs to cook without burning the waffles, the egg was gross, the waffles were soggy in the middle... in short, a mess. I think I'll move on to waffles with reduced-fat peanut butter and banana, but this morning I ended up resorting to another mug scramble.
An egg, a veggie sausage patty, and a little fat free cheese. Yummy! 5 points.
Monday, November 1, 2010
So anyway, here's today:
I have this giant covered mug that I pack breakfast in on work mornings. It's usually oatmeal or low-point cereal, but yesterday I was reading this thread on the messageboards about microwaving eggs, and that inspired me to try it today. This morning when I got up I packed three whole eggs into my mug - my dad was watching and I think he thought I was a little nuts, but he knows better than to ask, lol! When I got to work and wanted breakfast, I sprayed the inside of the mug with a little Pam, cracked one whole egg and two whites into my mug, added a couple slices of roast beef lunchmeat I chopped up and a tablespoon of mozzarella cheese.
I microwaved it for twenty seconds at a time, stirring each time. It was sooo yummy! 5 points.
For lunch, I was sooo hungry. I couldn't think of anything to eat, so while I was looking around I started nuking a box of steamed veggies. I've become dependent on these Green Giant steamer packs... I like the "Just For One" products but they didn't have them this last time around so I picked up these 2-serving boxes instead. This whole box is only 1 point! And it's nice and filling. Sometimes if I'm feeling starved before dinner I'll nuke one of these and eat it before fixing dinner to keep everything together.