A slight gain!

I’ll take it! I went up 2 lbs. BUT in my defense, had I been up to my old habits it could have been worse. I weighed in 4 weeks ago, and a lot has happened! Let’s see I spent 6 day in a hotel, a weekend in Lake Arrowhead, Disneyland, and 4 days in Denver. Yes, I’ve been busy and refocusing as much as I could with every meal. I tracked half the time with the intent of tracking everyday, but that’s okay.  I’m reconnected and recommitted to myself and WW. Time to get (a lil) deep, I was in a remote area for a few days without internet, this allowed me to get in touch with what I AM doing and not checking in on others successes. Makes sense? Okay, I’ll explain, I find myself on Instagram ALOT, really just checking in on weight transformations and I can’t help but compare myself to others. Especially when there is a few months of work in between their before and after photos. I’ve been on WW for almost 6 years and of course I joke about taking the scenic route, but secretly, WHY HAS THIS TAKEN ME SO LONG TO REACH GOAL? Oh yes, because I haven’t wanted it bad enough, or….??? Who knows. However, after talking to a fellow WW we vowed that we would check in with each other this week to make sure we are tracking. So is it wasn’t bad enough to be held accountable to a scale, now I need to be held accountable to my friend. Am I making any sense? I just want to be proud of myself and post a before and after picture and credit WW. I just want to get into those Banana Republic (fitted) size 10 capri jeans. I was there once and gave myself every excuse in the book to either not get to goal or worse put some lbs back on, UGH! So once again, I am ready to refocus on what I NEED to do, not wallow and feel bad for where I am no longer. I CAN get there!! WE can get there!

Need to go for a walk now….

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Where am I today? Where I am today.

Does it really matter? YES! Since my last post I finished the 7 day Shaun T Week! it was great  – I posted everyday after my workout so I became accountable to my followers. Who I am kidding, to myself.  Shaun’s workout program is awesome and the great thing about it was that it moved fast! Seriously by the time I wanted to quit it was on to the next move. And I was never too sore to do the next day’s workout. I felt great and looked forward to my morning workouts. That was a first! I saw my mother in law after the first week and she made a comment that I looked like I was shrinking – SCORE! So yes, I could see that my body was changing, but more importantly I was feeling different. Like a good different! So different that I went shopping for dresses and had the confidence to even wear them 🙂 See my NSV – now that’s confidence! For those of you who know me – I have a hate-hate relationship with my legs. Um ok I just realized how short the white one is. YIKES!  I think half of my confidence came from my mystic tan because we can all agree that fat looks better tanned. LOL!

Elsame

So, now lets talk about my WW program…WEELLLLL…the week I was doing Shaun T, I rocked it, however, then I had to spend 5 nights at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles for a big Wella Trendvision hair show.  We ate and drank EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.  Confession; I didn’t weigh in today. I just couldn’t, I couldn’t face the fact that I had 1 really great week and then a bad one. Plus, I’m still on a high about wearing dresses. So now I’m back on track and starting Shaun T week AGAIN! Details to come…

rediscovering old feelings

I just got back from a 2-day vacay in Las Vegas and had some eye-opening feelings that I once had a LOOOOONNNNGGGGG time ago. I’ll probably be all over the place with this post so like always…try to keep up! I was in LA from Sunday to Wed for work. Most out-of-town business trips have alcohol involved. Yup that again..alcohol; it’s a great way to unwind after having a stressful few days. What I need to remember is that working our has the same great benefits 🙂   I was determined that when I got home I’d go grocery shopping for all the right foods.  So I went to Trader Joe’s stocked up of veggies and fruits and was looking forward to getting back on track. THEN, the husband called and said we need to get away for the weekend, let’s go to Vegas.  “Ok” I said, and that night we were on our way. So far, so good, right? Got to Vegas around 3 am and slept until 10 am Saturday. Then we headed to the pool. Ahh yes that dreaded pool… water…bathing suit. I’m not one to feel insecure, however, I did feel that way when I looked around and saw women who were bigger than me sporting 2-piece bathing suits. I’m the last one to judge anyone, but there were a few women that probably should not be wearing a 2 -piece, however, I found myself jealous and admiring them for having the confidence to be so comfortable in their bodies. Who knows, maybe these women work out and just feel so good about themselves? Maybe they just don’t give a crap? We all have our own inner struggles, but these women…not a care in the world. Just loving life showing their appreciation to their Creator for giving them the body they were given. Secondly, throughout the weekend I couldn’t help but think of the time in my mid-20’s when OPI was about to go on a cruise, I knew of all the eating that would be involved, so I made sure I had a plan when I got back. I brought WW to OPI; it was my safe haven.  I also remembered that when I use to weigh 180 people thought I was about 150 because all I did was 20 min of cardio and lifted weights everyday. I felt smaller and great all the time! Why did I forget that? How did I forget how great I feel after a good sweat? How was I motivation for others? I like to look at before and after pics on Instagram and that got me thinking…IT IS TIME!!!!!!!! It’s time to take the now pictures and (re)start my journey to in progress pictures. I don’t like to use the word “after” in pics because I will always be a work in progress. My life is a winding road and I just hope that I can get back on track. I want to feel better about myself and I know that I need to make myself first. I’ll be traveling quite a bit this month, and every hotel does have a fitness center – READ – NO EXCUSES! I also need to remember that this change will not happen overnight, BUT I know that it will happen every minute that I keep track of my WW points and exercise. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to take a picture and workout.  Have a great week! Muah!

Would you look at that.

Down 2.2 lbs! Happy? Yes. However, I need to not get cocky and think that I GOT THIS… well, do I know that tracking points leads to weight loss, then one must ask themselves – “why don’t I track more often?  Yeah, why don’t I? Maybe after eating 1 or more high point meals I choose not to be real with myself? Could I be lazy? Maybe not enough time? Well after much thought, I think I don’t want to face the truth or trust that one high point meal doesn’t have to derail my progress.  Food for thought.

Back to my week, started out great, no buts to insert. Met a girlfriend for a beer on Saturday, you know I’m so blessed to have friends who just want to catch up over a beer (which I tracked). My husband and I walked a 5k in Vista, strike that HE MADE ME RUN 2.5 miles!  I was so happy that he even wanted to go, so I ran for him!! My reward…I got his beer ticket (which I tracked).  Went out for lunch and then again for dinner. (tracking). I figure if i can make it through the weekend without using any of my weekly 35, then I’ve done good, which I did! 🙂 Now yes I’m happy with my weight loss this week, BUT I must say, I didn’t get to workout for 4 days because I was so sore from running. Monday, my girlfriend came over to enjoy some vino and snacks, I made sure I pre-counted what I was going to eat and drink. All low points foods too. THEN we decide to hit the local winery…again, I tracked a glass and a half. We did go out for dinner to a Mexican restaurant, OH BOY this is where my hand goes on automatic pilot into the chip basket, no fear I had my daily points available, and only had 4 shrimp wrapped in (crispy) bacon for my meal. SUCCESS! I stayed within my points all week and there you go!  So, I’m doing good so far and back on track!

Putting it out there.

This is hard. Not really sure what part is. Could be the lack of tracking this week; I do so good on Sat and Sun, wait no I do really good on Mon through Fri, but I still find myself celebrating on the weekends. REALLY like I deserve (read need) to celebrate for weighing in?  I did weigh-in last week and was up 2 lbs, I blamed it on my monthly visit and that I wasn’t wearing my weigh-in clothes. Then I was off to Los Angeles from Mon to Thur and not to blame hairdressers but lets just say they know how to party. In case you don’t know I work for OPI Nail products and we became sister partners with Wella hair (Sebastian, Nioxin, Kadus) which means our partying skills just went up a notch. We started the week off with a celebration of life on Monday, this is where I learned that I love patron and fresh lime juice with club soda NEW COCKTAIL! and same amount of points as my vodka soda! Then the rest of the week was consumed by more alcohol. I start the day off great with egg whites and fruit, I do great a lunch and then dinner comes! NOT to mention I didn’t do the most important thing – TRACK! AHHHH I knew I was missing something! So there you go in the end I still need to track to lose weight. My husband and I were suppose to walk a 5K then he grabbed me by the hand we ended up running 70% of it! Yes, I’m sore, he isn’t. We proceeded the day with going out to eat for lunch and dinner. Ok, enough already, if it’s one thing I will do the next 3 weeks is limited the amount of times I go out to eat. I literally gain weight the minute I walk out the door! who’s with me on that? New week…new time to start AGAIN!

Hee ho hum drum…

nothing earth-shattering to report. I tracked about 80% of the time. Of course, here I am on roll and then my auntie came to visit me this morning – CRAMPS and I feel super bloated. I’m going on my regular 5 mile walk, but I don’t plan on changing into my weigh-in clothes. I’ll be happy if I stay the same. I do have 1 NSV – the box of Reese’s Pieces I bought for my husband (to replace the one I ate last week) had been sitting on the counter all week, yes I thought about eating BUT I didn’t, I ate a banana and smeared Better n’ Butter on it. DONE.

Weekend gone

Today is Monday! I made it through the weekend without touching any of my extra points. I even worked out on Saturday and Sunday. I bought my husband a box (30 pts) Reese’s pieces to replace the box I ate last Saturday and it’s still sitting there on the kitchen counter, every time I pass by it I swear I can hear it calling my name, but no, I don’t listen and just give the box the middle finger 🙂 I’m on roll right now, I can’t remember the last time I lost weight 2 weeks in a row. Geez, I just read that, that’s sad. There really isn’t any reason why I can’t stay on track this week I’m not traveling anywhere until Sunday – I’ll be gone until Thursday. But really that’s not going to be an excuse either. I’m starting to find my groove and been working out in the mornings. I drink my coffee, let it do it’s thing, LOL, then off I go with that extra caffeine.