Spring Came Early!

I live in central Pennsylvania, so I’m normally buried under snow drifts and shivering in sub-zero temperatures this time of the year. This year? No way, Jose! The last few days have been absolutely gorgeous, hitting nearly 70 degrees at times. Is it likely to last? No. BUT I think that makes it even sweeter, and I’m enjoying it while it’s here.

The biggest impact of this weather (other than on my mood) is that it makes me want to be outside to soak it in. I’ve been going for walks with the baby (who is also loving the nicer weather), trying to get those steps in. My daily goal is 5000 steps, but I’ve been aiming for 7000, and I’ve been doing pretty alright! These walks have taken the place of my time on the recumbent bike.

All’s been well on the diet front since Friday. I had a pretty big binge on Thursday that included 2 dinners, but I bounced back. I’ve been journaling to try to nail down my triggers, and honestly… I can’t figure this one out. I was fine, had recently had a snack along with plenty of water that day when all of a sudden, I was pulling into a drive-thru. And later, I pulled into another drive-thru even though I was still full from the first time.

It’s silly of me to hope that I will never binge again, but it doesn’t change the extreme disappointment and shame every time it happens. During the first year of my “rebirth,” I didn’t binge — at all. But as soon as I did it once, it was like my body remembered how  wonderful it felt and never wanted to go without it again. I haven’t been able to get it under control for more than a few weeks at a time since then.

My next doctor’s appointment is on Wednesday, and I’m nervous about how she’ll react when I tell her about the past 3 weeks since she was so pumped up, positive and encouraged at my last visit when I’d lost 12 pounds. I hate disappointing people. I also need to prove to her that I am dedicated to making a change if I ever do decide that I want to move in the direction of a weight loss surgery.

I’m not sure that I’ve explained the way I’ve been doing my meal planning this time around. I don’t have all the time that I had before the kiddo came along to spend so much time prepping meals on Sunday, so I created an Excel template that allows me to 1. Plan my lunches/dinners for the week, 2. Create my shopping list as I go, and 3. Save these plans so I can easily go back through for inspiration. The usual plan is to make enough at dinner to provide leftovers for lunch the following day. I also periodically compile and freeze a few meals to make life easier (oven, crock pot, and skillet meals). Here is my dinner meal plan for the week:

  • Saturday: Skinny Beef Casserole
  • Sunday: (amended) Turkey sandwich
  • Monday: Ground pork and cabbage
  • Tuesday: Ritz cracker chicken with steamed asparagus
  • Wednesday: Meat loaf (freezer meal) served with sweet potatoes and green beans
  • Friday: Eat out/leftovers

Reviews:

  • Skinny Beef Casserole was pretty good, but could have used Worcestershire sauce, though I did use crushed tomatoes from our garden that I canned after a harvest last summer instead of tomato sauce like it called for.
  • Ground pork and cabbage was phenomenal just as written. Could maybe have used a touch more turmeric. I also divided into 4 servings instead of 3.

How’s your week??

Weeks 30 and 31 Weigh-Ins

So, I’ve been a busy girl and forgot to post last week’s results!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Week 29: 264.4 lbs
  • Week 30: 263.2 lbs
  • Week 31: 258.6 lbs
  • Two-week change: -5.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -94.8 lbs

I am super excited. I’m in the 250’s!!! I walked 3 miles today! Up 3 giant hills!

In other news, my Fitbit Flex won’t charge anymore. I definitely will not be buying another one, and I’m glad that I used Sears points to pay for much of it. My issues with FitBit Flex, in a nutshell?

  1. My steps NEVER correctly synced up to the challenges. Not once.
  2. Customer service is terrible. I contacted them about the problem above, and two different reps treated me as though I didn’t know what I was doing instead of actually trying to help.
  3. The idea of a wrist tracker is nice, but if you’re pushing a cart or carrying something, it’s not counting your steps.
  4. The battery life quickly deteriorated after the first month or two (I bought it in September 2014).
  5. For the past few months, I had to mess around with the charger to try to get it to charge. Finally today, no matter what, it wouldn’t charge.
  6. $100 for something that will only last for 6 months and doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.
  7. It’s really just a glorified pedometer. It doesn’t actually have any calorie burn information like a heart rate monitor would.

I will miss the silent alarm… but I think that’s it.

Disclaimer: above opinions based solely on personal experience.

Christmas Week and Seasonal Depression

Good morning!

My company gave us Christmas and the day after as company-paid holidays, but I figure I deserved more than those two days, so I took Monday-Wednesday as well! I didn’t have any big plans for this week. I would normally spend at least the weekend before Christmas baking several dozen cookies and making batches of fudge, but this year, I decided not to do that. Maybe I will pick it back up next year, but I didn’t feel like it was a good idea this time around. So, what am I doing with myself during this whole week off?

So far, I’ve been relaxing. I haven’t worked out in about 3 weeks. I’ve been feeling really tired a lot of the time, and I know it is due to stress and lack of working out, but do you see me getting my workouts in? My dad gave me a gift card for Amazon, so I am planning to find a new workout on there to mix things up a little. I get bored with workout routines very easily, since I am naturally lazy, so I am constantly needing to find ways to mix things up.

In addition to the relaxing, I’ve been cleaning. I didn’t get to my fall cleaning this year, so I am making up for it now! Is there anything better than a really clean house?

Annnnd I’ve been shopping. I started my Christmas shopping way back in August because (as you all know), I am a crazy, couponing cheapskate most of the time, and when I see an amazing deal, I can’t pass it up! Anyway, the shopping has kicked into overdrive over the past 2 weeks or so. Even little ol’ cheapskate me gets swept up into the holiday spirit! My company gave us $40 Visa gift cards for Christmas, so I was planning to maybe go find myself a pair of shoes today, but there has been freezing rain and ice throughout my area since yesterday evening, so I have been trying to wait it out. Ugh, winter in Pennsylvania.

I think the winter thing might also have something to do with my lack of motivation to work out lately too. I loathe winter! I don’t like that it’s dark all the time. I don’t like driving in snow and ice! There have been years in the past where I really succumbed to seasonal depression. I don’t want that to happen again this year! I know I need to stay active to keep my mind off how dark and dreary it is outside.

What are your tips for beating the winter blues? And how are you handling the holidays?

Week 16 Weigh-In

I was really worried that I was going to keep up my trend of gaining every other week, but I broke that streak!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 292.6 lbs
  • Current Week: 291.8 lbs
  • This week’s change: -0.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -61.6 lbs

With the exception of my weigh-in posts, I have really been slacking on my blogging lately. I have a few posts floating around in my head that I just need to sit down and write, including at least 2 recipes and probably about 3 other posts that require actual thinking to write out.

I have been cooking a lot lately. I made this Buffalo Chicken Lasagna recipe yesterday, and it was a hit with the husband and even the little brother! I can’t think of a thing I would change about it (though I poached and shredded the chicken instead of cubing it because I am lazy and also didn’t like the idea of chicken chunks in my lasagna).

I can tell that my body is changing, and I am feeling much better overall. With these changes has come much dancing to oldies while cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning, and even while typing this post! I seriously just took a dance break when “Do You Love Me” by The Contours came on. It is a very rare occasion that I listen to music from this century. Some day, I will go into my love of all things vintage and mod at length… including the fashion that is one of my biggest motivators for getting healthy.

This afternoon I got to thinking about all that dancing and thought that maybe a few months from now, I would like to take dancing lessons. I always wanted to learn swing dancing (I love both playing and listening to big band music! I think I should learn to dance to it too!), but I was always too self-conscious and out-of-shape to give it a shot.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

What things are you thinking of doing now that you’re not allowing yourself to be limited by your fear?

Week 15 Weigh-In

So, this was a pretty phenomenal week on the scale.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 297.2 lbs
  • Current Week: 292.6 lbs
  • This week’s change: -4.6 lbs
  • Change overall: -60.8 lbs

Honestly, I didn’t really work out last week, so I likely just lost muscle. And let’s not forget my haircut! I’ll chalk 0.5 up to the loss of many inches of hair!

I also have gotten much better about meeting my daily PointsPlus target. Oh! And I made a very delicious pork chop recipe yesterday that I will need to share later, in addition to a chicken roll-up recipe that I created a few weeks back and haven’t gotten around to posting yet.

NSV of the week: I no long have to unbutton my pants to pull them on or off.

Tell me about your week and your NSVs!

Week 13 Weigh-In

I know I had a gain last week (I knew it was all water!), but I did not expect results like this. I honestly cried on the scale this morning.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 304.4 lbs
  • Current Week: 297.0 lbs
  • This week’s change: -7.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -56.4 lbs

297.0!! 2!!! 2!!!!!! Though my results from week to week have been spectacular, I don’t think I really thought I would make it out of the 3’s. Even though my 15% goal was 300.4, that really wasn’t the goal that I was really excited about hitting (even though I set it as my haircut reward goal!). This is such an emotional milestone for me. For some reason, everything seems so much more attainable now that I have broken through that invisible wall.

Do you know the other major significance in losing 7.4 pounds this week? That’s 0.2 more than I lost in the entire MONTH of October.  Continue reading

21 Day Fix

I just finished day 2, round 1 of the 21 Day Fix workout.

“Sore” is an understatement!

I find that I’m able to keep up with the workouts (following some of the modifications). Instead of feeling discouraged that I have to do modifications, I’m feeling impressed by how far I’ve come since August! I would NOT have been able to do this program 3 months ago. My body feels stronger in spite of the fact that I am currently unable to bend over to tie my shoes and have to brace myself to sit on the toilet.

It’s a good hurt.

I’m feeling optimistic about following through on this workout regime. My sister-in-law is doing it too (she’s following the full 21 Day Fix program), and having someone to talk to about the workouts as I do them is really motivating.

As for my measurements, I’ve decided to wait until 10/31 to record them… both to capture a full month and hoping for an extra few inches in 3 days!

How are your workouts going? Are you trying anything new? How do you beat those sore muscles?

Week 12 Weigh-In

I knew this day would come! Since I’m 12 weeks in, it’s not a surprise that I would have a gain. I’m taking it in stride. Instead of pouting, I went grocery shopping and spent today cooking and cleaning the house (I took off Friday and today for some “me” time).

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 303.0 lbs
  • Current Week: 304.4 lbs
  • This week’s change: +1.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -49.0 lbs
  • Month 3 change: -7.2

In spite of a gain this week, I still have lost 7.2 pounds in the month of October. Check out my weight tracker for an overall picture of my progress. I also measured today, but I’m saving that for a post later this week!

I know that I wasn’t perfect this week, but I did stay in my daily/weekly Points allowances. I drank on Friday night (yes, I measured and tracked it!), and the drunkenness wasn’t as satisfying as I had thought it would be. I guess I will wait another 3 months to drink again and see if it’s any better next time!

My sister-in-law somehow finagled getting a second 21-Day Fix for free and gave me a set of the workout DVDs. I’m going to try it out after I finish writing up this post.

Goals for November:

  1. Work out 3-4 times per week
  2. Plank challenge
  3. No pizza!

What are your goals for November?

Week 11 Weigh-In

So, I had a good week weight-loss-wise, but a not-so-good week in terms of choices. I’ll get to that after the numbers.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 306.0 lbs
  • Current Week: 303.0 lbs
  • This week’s change: -3.0 lbs
  • Change overall: -50.4 lbs

I hit 50 pounds! But I didn’t deserve it.  Continue reading