Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Plan

My last blog post was titled "6 Week Countdown" and it was all about how I was feeling fluffy and determined to get some weight off.

Well... that didn't happen.

I did hire a running coach to help me train and get through all the races I've registered and paid for through the end of the year. I still have not incorporated enough strength training into my workout schedule though. I cancelled my ClassPass membership because I just wasn't able to make it to the scheduled classes. I bought a 5 pack of Barre classes that I need to use by the end of the year. I still have my 9Round membership that I need to start using more often and a membership at the women's gym I never use but really should!

I cancelled my Weight Watchers membership effective October 22 (I was a couple of days too late to have it effective 9/22). I started going to WW meetings 10/23/15 and to date I have only lost 7.6 lbs. A few times I almost hit the 10 pounds lost milestone - but I just never quite got there. My weight has gone up and then down, up and then down at each weigh-in. I have struggled with Weight Watchers since they rolled out the new Smart Points plan last winter. I know the reason I struggle with it so much is because a lot of the "treats" I enjoyed in the past on the old plan now have a lot more points so then when I eat these foods I just stop tracking. Pretty counter productive on my part, huh? The actual WW meetings honestly have not been as useful for me either so I haven't made it a priority to go to them lately. Starting tomorrow the 23rd (my WW weigh-in and new points day) I am going to try to follow the WW Smart Points plan for the last 30 days that I am a WW member. After the 30 days I'll reevaluate if I want to join again as an on-line only member or if I want to go back to the old Points Plus plan using an app that I've downloaded.

Friday, August 19, 2016

6 Week Countdown

In less than 6 weeks I will be having another birthday. I'm creeping closer and closer to 50 years old. 

I'm feeling and looking a little fluffy so it's definitely time to start adding some strength training to my workouts and clean up my eating. I tend to lose focus with consistently tracking my foods with any app that I use so I'm going to try out photo documenting for awhile.  

Yesterday's breakfast at work

Snack

Lunch I brought from home - crockpot beef, couscous and Brussels sprouts

Afternoon chocolate treat - care of the office candy jar

Prepping dinner = 2 cheese sticks cut-up and a serving of pretzel crisps

And then this happened... I was starving while I was cooking and dipped into hubby's mini donuts

Dinner finally served - porkchop, tater tots and veggies

Late dinner = late workout


Workout complete!

It wasn't an ideal day, but it wasn't a terrible day either. It's done and it's tracked! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Working It Out

It's time to add variety back into my workouts again. All I seem to be doing is mostly walking to try to maintain my FitBit10Ksteps streak. I've hit 10K FitBit steps every day this year so today will make Day 203!

Lately I've done most of my walking on the treadmill at home in the evenings. For awhile one of the two treadmills at work was broken. How did this even happen? 


Occasionally I've done some Leslie Sansone and Jessica Smith walk at home dvds to help with getting in my steps.





I've been so dedicated to my FitBit I even upgraded to the new FitBit Blaze as a treat to myself.


I tried an introductory indoor surfing class. It was fun but tough because my balance really needs work. I'm a little scared to take an actual class but I should make it a goal to at least try it once.  


I've been kickboxing a couple of times but nearly as many times as I should considering they charge my bank account every month no matter how many times I do go.



Picture with the owners of the kickboxing gym

I had resumed outdoor running again for a few weeks between the few weeks that it was really cold and then before it got really hot. I need to start running regularly again - preferably outside - because hubby and I have quite a few races coming up in the next couple of months that we have already paid for. One of them I may have to defer until next year because it's a 12 miler at the beginning of September and I don't think I can be ready by then.



I tried a "Fitness Over 40" class with my ClassPass membership. It was a nice, small class. I'm not even sure why I haven't been back but I need to check out their schedule again. I've scaled my ClassPass membership back to just 3 classes per month until I can get motivated again to try new workouts.




I hit my 100 Days straight of working out goal back in April.


I am still continuing to workout but my "workouts" have gotten pretty lame. For the most part they're just late night walks on the treadmill. I need to explore some fun, new-to-me workouts to get back my motivation - like this Sproing class I took in May.


This past Monday I hit 200 days in a row of working out to include getting 10K steps. 


The most measurable things I've noticed from 200 days straight of physical activity are that my legs are more toned and my knees don't hurt after I run which is a very big deal for me.

The next 100+ days I definitely want to mix up my workouts more. I want to at least use my 3 ClassPass workouts each month, go boxing at least 2 times a week and start running again. 

There - I typed it so now hopefully I'll do it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Food, Food and Drink

Friday is my Weight Watchers weigh-in day.

This morning I stepped on the scale and I knew I would not be going to my Weight Watchers meeting to weigh in today. Last week I had finally hit 9 lbs lost and today I saw I would be getting a gain. Mentally I just wasn't in it this week. It was a very off week for me - I had commuting delays with my train and the teen's both had Dr's appointments and my mini me had soccer practice. I didn't meal prep this week, I didn't get the workouts in that I had planned - it was pretty much a train wreck of a week for me.

The thing I liked about the old Weight Watchers plan is that I didn't feel like I had to deprive myself of my favorite foods. I could eat them in moderation and still work them into my "points". I have been struggling with this new plan. I don't feel like I am "allowed" to eat the foods that I enjoy, even in moderation. I haven't tracked consistently in ages because I will inevitably end up eating one of the foods I used to be able to enjoy and end up using all of my points in one day and then I feel like I have somehow failed!

So during my non-tracking couple of weeks here's a look at some of the "good" and "bad" choices I made: 

Fro-yo

Chipotle chicken burrito bowl
Chips & salsa

Buffalo Wild Wings

Sooooo good!



Smoothies with my mini-me


Uno's deep dish pizza with my hubby on a date


His and hers drinks on our date


Just a little bit fro-yo



Snacking in the car


Yucky 0 point cosmo mix



Korean bbq meatballs from Noodles & Company




Chocolate swirl loaf from Starbucks


Humongous turkey Ruben from a sandwich shop near work


More fro-yo with the kids


More Chipotle with the kids




Hubby putting his zebra cake in my fruit bowl (I ate the banana - not the Zebra cake)


Edible Arrangement at work


His and her snack chocolate pretzel snack bars - guess which one is mine


Chicken quinoa chili from Protein Bar

Sunday morning breakfast scramble

Yogurt parfait in the making




Weekend breakfast at home



A trip to Olive Garden




Sooooo yummmmm!

Starbucks

Trader Joe's Steel Cut Oatmeal

Expensive salad I bought for lunch



More coffee

Joe's Crab Shack!


Banana and a breakfast bar on the way to work



More coffee!


Co-worker made banana bread!

This week I'm going to attempt to log everything I eat and drink into my Weight Watchers app. I feel with a little discipline this week I can hit the 10 pounds lost mark at next week's weigh-in!