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A Bit Off

9 Apr

I should’ve known better than to post about how great I was feeling after a bad splurge on fast food while on a road trip.  Things have been a bit off ever since.

I haven’t counted points on my Weight Watchers tracker in two weeks.  Awful.

I haven’t exercised in at least three weeks.  Awful.

While I’ve been mostly good with what I eat (just not tracking) – I did cave and had Burger King the other night.  Awful.

I’ve been under the weather since my last post and I’ve always sought comfort when I don’t feel good in eating food that isn’t good for me.  I’m surprised it took me so long to cave and eat BK, actually.

The insane thing is I lost 3 pounds two weeks ago and another 2.6 pounds this past week.  WHAT?

I’m not applauding my bad weight loss journey behavior … but how odd to still be losing.

If anything – it’s a reminder that I need to hop back on the wagon before my body figures out what’s going on and the numbers on the scale start going the other way.

One good thing I have taken away from this two week break is that unlike other times, this hasn’t stopped my journey.

We all fall off the wagon sometimes.  We all have bad days, bad weeks … heck, I’m sure I’ll have a bad month at some point.

But the important thing is we get back on the road.  We get back to the task at hand which is getting healthy.

So here’s to getting back on the road!

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Five Things I Can’t Live Without During My Weight Loss Journey

11 Mar

We all have things that we need to get through our weight loss journey.  Below are just a few of mine.  What are yours?

1. Apples

greenappleI absolutely love apples.  Some people love the the sweetness of red apples, but I’m a girl who loves the granny smith kind.  I eat them plain or with a small dab of peanut butter if I need a bit of a protein kick.  What’s great is it fills me up for a while and my dog usually gets a bite.  Win-win for all!

2. Salads

You know how they always ask what’s one food you could eat forever – maybe on a deserted island – and not get sick of it? My answer is always salad.  I make what I affectionately call my “big ass salad” which has:

Lots of lettuce
Cucumber
Chick peas (for protein!)
Egg
Shredded Cheese (very small amount)
Bacon bits (also a very small amount)
Fat free croutons
Red wine raspberry vinagrette dressing

In total my salad is 13 points.  It’s larger than what I normally do for lunch … but it’s a great meal that totally fills me up until dinner time (no mid-day snacks needed).  Probably 70% of the salad is lettuce (I love lettuce!).  🙂

nibblers3. Snyder’s Of Hanover Sourdough Pretzel Nibbles

Let’s talk snacks.  I’ve never been a sweets person … but I LOVE pretzels.  And I love that these nibbles are relatively low in points if I’m looking for a quick snack.  16 nibblers (which is a generous handful, although I actually count them out) is 3 points.  It satisfies my need for something salty and is a quick snack so I can get back to my day.  Love them!

4.  My Garmin Vivofit and Walking Shoes

Eating healthy is just one part of the weight loss journey.  The other part is of course exercise.  I’m not at a weight yet where I can run comfortably – but I do love to walk.  I’ve had the same walking shoes for over ten years and they are still more comfortable than the new pair I bought a few years ago.

My Garmin Vivofit is an important part of my exercise plan.  I’m going to write a separate post about their goals vs. my own – but my Vivofit really helps keep me accountable.  Especially if I’ve been sitting at my desk too long (a downside of working from home).  I see the red bar and realize it’s time to get up and get moving for a bit.

5.  The Support of My Family and Friends

One of the most important things I’ve learned from my weight loss journey is just how important your friends and family are.  They can help give you a gentle nudge, remind you of the importance of your journey, be an exercise buddy or just someone to lean on when you need support.  I’m so thankful  for each and every one of them for their love and support!

I’ve Missed You, Exercise

16 Feb

Today was my first day really getting back into the grind of exercising.  And oh how I missed it.

The first time I did Weight Watchers back in 2007, I loved walking.  I started off doing it 3 or 4 times a week and usually a mile each day.  By month three – I was pretty consistently walking (or more accurately speed walking) five times a week and doing 2 miles per day.  Not only did I have great success losing weight – but I felt GREAT.

When you have more than 100 pounds to lose, the weight comes off pretty quickly in the beginning.  If you’re doing the things you should – like eating healthy and exercising.  So benefit number one was definitely the weight loss.  The more weight I lost, the more I could do in terms of exercise.  It was a great feeling.  And of course having your clothes fit is a nice perk.

Even better than looking better?  I felt better.

But there’s one thing I had forgotten.  Getting out there and exercising is so incredible for your mind.  It just clears your head and helps put all your thoughts into perspective.  I had a bit of a rough weekend dealing with some things and as soon as I got out there this morning and walked … clarity!  It was wonderful.

Clearly not me, but someday! :)

Clearly not me, but someday! 🙂

I’m really happy to be a week in to Weight Watchers now and also back on an exercise plan.  They are all pieces of the puzzle that are going to make my weight loss journey a success.  It feels nice to be connecting these little pieces together.

I was only down 1 pound for the week – but that’s okay!  Progress.  It’s a slow climb not a quick sprint.  It’s going to take time and I’ve got all the time in the world.

Hope all is well with your weight loss journey!

I’m in Love … With My Garmin Vivofit

7 Jul

vivofitI’ve been looking into fitness bands for months.  I loved the idea of something permanently stuck on my wrist that could help keep me motivated.  I heard a great deal about the fitbit and a few others, but after extensive research I went ahead with the Garmin Vivofit.  I own one of their sports GPS units and had always been impressed by their product.  The Vivofit is no different.

What I Love

  • It motivates me.  I run a business out of my home, so I don’t get out much.  If I’ve been sitting on my tush too long, I make a point to get up and move.  If I’m taking the dogs out, I’ll do some laps outside to get some steps in.
  • If I’m not moving, a red line appears at the top telling me to get moving.  I *hate* that red line – another motivator!
  • It tracks my sleep.  It has been fascinating to see what a restless sleeper I am.  Need to figure out how to sleep better!
  • Their mobile app is incredibly easy to use.  And it syncs via bluetooth in just a minute or two.
  • They’ve just teamed up with MyFitnessPal so that you can track your calories in the Vivofit.  Love it!

What I Dislike

  • I am not a person who typically wears a watch, bracelet, etc.  So having something permanently stuck on my arm sometimes makes me want to rip it off and never wear it.  Luckily that discomfort doesn’t last long.
  • Sometimes the counter seemingly stops.  I’ve noticed this in stores, especially.  Maybe a Wifi connection blocks the tracking?
  • It doesn’t track when I’m cutting the grass.  Which is a huge disappointment!  I assume the swinging motion of your arms when you walk is how this tracks steps.  Right?  When you’re cutting the grass, you have both hands firmly placed on the mower.  I’ve got a big yard, so the lack of tracking leaves me at least 1500 steps low for the day.

Do you have a fitness band?  What do you think of yours?

If you’d like to learn more about the Garmin Vivofit, here’s their site.

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