Darn you, Water!

I admitted my starting weight to y’all a few days ago and yesterday morning, I was absolutely confused.

264 lbs.

Huh?? How did I go from 272 to 264? I know, I know, water weight, but REALLY? I’ve NEVER lost that much so quickly before! It’spretty solid there too…I was 264.6 this morning.

Odd indeed. I mean, 8 lbs. I promise you I’m not starving myself or working out Biggest Loser style either. I can’t complain though. I’m back to my pre-wedding-diet weight.

Have you ever had such a huge fluctuation in weight when starting a diet/healthier lifestyle?

Out of Control…

…is a gross understatement.

I tipped the scales at a hefty 272 lbs. as of this morning. (My heaviest before the wedding was 264 lbs.) After holiday baking and holiday cooking, I went way overboard. I was still working out 1-2 times/week, but I never watched my diet.

It needs to change. I feel super lousy, constantly tired and just miserable.My pants are tight, too tight in fact, to where it’s painful to sit in the morning (I wear stretch style pants).

So, I’m not setting monthly goals, weight wise. I’m not setting up rewards. I just want to get healthy and feel better about myself day to day.

I’ll give you guys weekly updates with weight and measurements, though. If I happen to lose a lot of weight on this journey, yay for me! If not, at least I’m trying and at this point, I think an honest effort is definitely in order.

Wish me luck!

I Cheat Sometimes!

Everytime I vow to lose this weight, there is a temptation coming. Sometimes, I do it before my birthday, when there are ever-flowing frozen margaritas and delicious cakes to attack. Sometimes, I do it before Mardi Gras (which happens to be around new years)…hello, KING CAKE?

Right now, I’m doing it before the holidays. God forbid I start a diet before the holidays! I mean there’s sweet potato pie, eggnog, potatoes with gravy…ooo, GRAVY!

I feel like I’m a disservice to everyone else around me when I start my diet.

Two things typically happen in social events. I’m sure I’m not alone here!

  1. You go for that one tiny sliver of pizza and your friend sees you. They say, “That’s all you’re having?” You say, “Yes, I just wanted to TRY this…” They say, “Well, you already cheated today, might as well eat some more.” Ugh…
  2. You’re at a nice dinner with family and you fill your plate halfway. Still considered a normal portion by dieticians (and is still cheating because of the 4 sticks of butter they put in the dish). However, this half plate isn’t good enough..you were known to eat two plates FULL of this stuff before.  So, you’re asked if there is something wrong with the dish or if you didn’t like it. GREAT…now the host’s feelings are hurt. Seriously…ugh!

Yes, I cheat. It happens, but don’t force me to blow my day or my week, because your food is some sort of amazing. I can have two bites of the amazingness and it’s still FINE! Erg…portion control all the way!

It just peeves me so hard when I do slip that people surrounding me do not support my efforts. It’s impossible to be perfect, and if I try to be perfect, I’m just going to fall off that wagon even harder when I finally do.

This holiday season, I will be the picky one barely eating at my plate until I’m satisfied. No more unbuttoning pants, unable to move after eating. This time, it will be different…and I hope I don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

Here’s some portion control tips I will be keeping in mind for the upcoming holidays…I will not gain this holiday season!

Does anyone else feel this way around the holidays with your diet plan?

It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!!

Back in June, after losing 20 lbs. for the wedding, I thought I was in control enough to quit the YMCA and do it on my own at home. Boy, was I wrong. 5 months later, I hate to admit that not only did I stop working out, but I gained all the weight back.

Enough was enough. As you can tell, I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a while, but I still wasn’t working out, so weight loss has been slow. So, my husband and I rejoined the YMCA yesterday.

Back before the wedding, circuits weren’t too bad. It was hard to do the push-ups and weights, but it wasn’t anything unbearable. However, yesterday, I found myself unable to complete half of most of the exercises. It was really saddening to see my fitness go back down to what it originally was back in January, but it was encouraging to get back to the level that I was back in May.

This morning, I felt all of my muscles slowly waking up (i.e. getting sore) to tell me that they still exist. It was the best feeling ever. I’m so happy to be back!

If you are striving for fitness, when did it hit you that you needed to change your life in a more healthy way? What inspires you?

GHG: More cow!

I haven’t been diligent with posting about my goals with the Good Health Guidelines. For that, I apologize! However, I have some great news! I’ve been having 4-5 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!

How am I accomplishing this? Well, the produce stand near our house is a huge help! I diligently pack 1 satsuma and 1 banana in my lunch bag at work. Every week, I also buy a pineapple and when it’s ripe enough, I bring some of that to work as well. That right there is a potential for 3 servings of fruits in one day! With dinner, I usually cook two sides, both with vegetables being involved. I haven’t brought salads into my diet yet, but I’m slowly getting there. Baby steps, right?

Now that the fruits/veggies goal is almost fully incorporated, it’s time to make a goal for a new one: incorporating dairy into my diet!

I can say that this one will be pretty hard for me. I’m very picky with yogurts, hate the taste of plain milk yet have a love for ice cream and cheeses, which aren’t the healthiest options. :(

The guideline says to incorporate 2 servings of low fat or fat free servings of dairy each day. A serving is considered as one milk serving include 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1 1/2 ounces of many cheeses. The reason/importance of dairy? Check out this article from Weight Watchers.

Some ideas I have to get my dairy servings in include:

  • A cube of low-fat cheese. I’ll eat 1.5 oz. of cheese easily. :)
  • Putting yogurt in a fruit smoothie…win/win…get fruit serving and dairy serving!
  • Making a milkshake with low-fat ice cream and low-fat milk for a treat!
  • Trying cottage cheese…I’m scared of it, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good. So, I need to find a good recipe for it, or just mix it with a LOT of fruit. :)

Do you have any ideas for me to make my daily dairy servings a habit?

 

An awakening alarm..

I’ve been lucky all of my life. For my size, I’ve never had health problems outside of one broken ankle, which still causes my ankle to pop at random times.

I know people my size can tend to be overwhelmed with a pandora’s box full of problems, and last week, I got hit with a slight one.

I have borderline high cholesterol.

Last week, I went in for my first full check-up with a physician in years. I should have expected something to come of this after the bloodwork was done.

In the bloodwork results, the doctor asked me to exercise 150-200 minutes/week. With that, he wants me to lose 27 lbs. by next year. It’s completely doable, and I actually hope to have lost more than that by this time next year.

So, I now sit here researching low cholesterol foods and recipes, so I can properly educate myself on this. I know it’s just borderline, but I don’t like the idea of that at all. It’s actually pretty scary to me, because I don’t like it when something is wrong with me.

I’m in two weight loss challenges right now, and I’m hoping that you all can hold me accountable here too. This isn’t just for me to fit in cute, regular size clothes anymore; this is now for me to lead a healthier life than the one I’m leading right now.

Good Health Guidelines

I’m currently on Weight Watchers, and besides counting points, there are the Good Health Guidelines that help you to stay healthy and get your body in optimum shape for weight loss.

  • Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day.
  • Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.
  • Include two servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day.
  • Have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed) each day.
  • Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of lean meats, skinless poultry, fish, beans, soy products, and lentils.
  • Limit added sugar and alcohol.
  • Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day. The best choice is water.
  • Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.
  • Get in at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.

For me, it’s really becoming hard to remember these guidelines. I do follow a few of them, like avoiding alcohol, getting my water in, and incorporating whole grains when I can. However, I want to follow all of them, so I’ll be incorporating the ones I have trouble with, one per week. (My Weight Watcher weeks are Thursday – Wednesday, since I attend Wednesday meetings.)

First, I’m going to aim to eat my fruits and veggies, since I usually have 2-3 servings a day, and it would probably be easiest for me to incorporate into my diet. Here’s what Weight Watchers considers a fruit/veggie serving.

Fruits, vegetables and leafy greens
Serving sizes are 1 cup for leafy greens and 1/2 cup for all other vegetables and fruits. The lettuce alone in a large salad may well count for 2 or more vegetable servings. The default portion for most fruits and vegetables is 1 cup.

Sound too hard? Well, here are some great ways and ideas to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet.

  • Add fruit to your cereal, oatmeal, waffles or pancakes at breakfast.
  • Create your own yogurt flavors with plain yogurt and different combinations of fruit.
  • Snack on raw vegetables or fruits instead of chips or pretzels. Keep sugar snap peas, raisins or carrot sticks in your car, your office or your backpack.
  • Use chunky salsa instead of thick, creamy snack dips.
  • Drink 100% juice instead of addictive coffee, tea, or soda.
  • Going out to lunch? Take a trip to the grocery salad bar. Use lots of dark green leaves and other vegetables instead of piling on all of the extras like eggs, bacon, or croutons.
  • Add frozen veggies to any pasta dish.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables in line of sight. Grapes, oranges, bananas, and apples make a colorful bowl arrangement on the table. If you see them, you will eat them.
  • Dried fruit is just as portable as potato chips — and less messy. Plus, it’s an easy way to increase your iron consumption.
  • When cooking vegetables, makes 2-3 times more than you need and immediately store the extra away for tomorrow. It will save you time later on when you might not feel up to the task of cooking.
  • Dried fruit tastes especially good when added to a basic trail mix.
  • Add your own beans and vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, peppers, cabbage) to canned and quick-serve soups. The beans will add protein while the veggies will pack in some extra vitamins.
  • If you must have pizza, load on extra veggies and pineapple.
  • Try berries, melons or dates for a naturally sweet dessert rather than the usual candy bar, cookie, or ice cream sandwich.
  • Frozen fruit and veggies are nearly as healthy as the fresh stuff, and only take minutes to prepare.
  • Combine fruit with your main meal courses. Raisins, apples and tangerine slices add sweet, crunchy variety to a salad. Apples complement pork and orange slices are perfect with chicken.

Source: SparkPeople

Anyone want to jump on the fruit/veggie bandwagon with me? I can’t wait to take a trip to the produce stand and have some fun!

Progress

You might remember when I made a vow to myself. A very important vow…to get healthier and lose weight.

You might even wonder how I’m doing, well, it’s fairly going well, but could be better. I’ve lost about 5 lbs. in total so far. This is my fifth week on Weight Watchers, and I’ve averaged about 1 lb./week. It’s good, but at my weight, I feel like I could pull bigger numbers.

For this week, I’m re-introducing exercise. I will be doing Couch to 5K 3 days/week for now until my body is ready for more (aka The Shred for the other two days in a work week).

So, to reinvigorate the lifestyle change, I’ve joined this holiday challenge! I’m still doing the Healthy Train challenge, but since that’s a longer term goal where I could probably convince myself to not care as much during the holidays and try extra hard afterwards, I feel that this extra challenge will help me!

On the scale this morning, I was 258.4…is it possible to lose 18.5 lbs in 3 weeks to reach my Thanksgiving goal? Chances are slim to none, but I’m aiming for 10 lbs. and hoping for more!

For this challenge, I need to make two of these bullets my goals daily. I chose the bolded.

  • 80oz of water a day, every day – ONLY water counts!
  • 320 minutes of exercise per week – works out to be just over an hour a day, five days per week – you can DO this!
  • Journaling EVERY morsel that crosses your lips – including the chocolate chips you sneak when you make cookies (Please tell me this is NOT only me…?)
  • Trying something new every week – food or exercise counts but you must tell us what it is!!
  • Weighing in only once per week
  • Volunteer an hour a week at a local organization or to doing something good for someone else.
  • On December 1st, I will have to change one of the two goals to a new goal to meet. I’ll surprise you with that one later.

    I feel that this will really help me beat the holiday weight gain. I love a good challenge, especially one for prizes!!

    How are you avoiding the impending weight gain of the holiday season?

     

     

    The Real Bride

    This post on Weddingbee reminded me of the early stages of planning.

    The post is for brides to share the pictures of their dress on the model vs. on them. Seriously, real brides look WAY better in the dresses than the models do. I didn’t always feel that way though.

    I remember when I decided on my dress. I went in with a really open mind, but with a budget. I never saw the dress before in a catalog or magazine, but I was so drawn to it that it was a natural choice for THE DRESS. I remember asking the sales lady for the dress name, so I could stalk it endlessly on the Internet for the next few months before receiving mine.

    When I went on the Internet, I found the dress. Wow, did it ever look GOOD on her! I wanted to look like that…I told myself that I HAD to look like that on our big day.

    Original Dress Link

    Well, you know the rest of the story. I didn’t become a size 0. However, on my wedding day, I felt so beautiful and amazing, even at a size 22.

    dress2
    Image taken by Amanda Meyer

    Moral of the story? If you are about to be a bride, don’t push yourself to look like the model. Just be REAL!

    Eat that pint of Ben & Jerry’s when the invitations don’t go quite right and don’t beat yourself up if your florist appointment ran into your work-out time. You will still look and feel great in your dress on the big day! I promise!

    Another vow…this time to me!

    When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I got really gung-ho about losing weight and being healthy. I even told myself that I was going to keep this up, because I was on a roll. I lost about 20 lbs. since my college graduation! It was great!

    After the wedding, however, we started adjusting to our new lives together and things took a bad turn. I found myself feeling less and less guilty. I would eat WHOLE pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, crave Nawlins style snowballs everyday, and never have remorse for fast food! I also quit the YMCA to save money and swore I would get back into shredding. What was I thinking? :(

    I had to do SOMETHING. I had no motivation. So, I rejoined Weight Watchers. They are having a deal until October 17th that you can buy one monthly plan and get one free. So, two months of meetings and weigh-ins for $40. That should be enough for a jump start, right?

    Since September 30th, I’ve lost 5.2 pounds! To see the 250′s again on my scale feels very good. I haven’t gotten back into exercising quite yet, but that will be happening this week. With the beautiful Fall weather on my side, I’m restarting the Couch to 5K work-out plan! Maybe I can get a friend to do a 5K with me next Spring. Who knows.

    As for rewards, I remember writing this post about rewarding myself. I know, I should be in the 230s right now, but oh well, at least I’m back on the horse! No need to beat myself over it!

    Here’s my new reward ideas:

    By Thanksgiving, I WILL be in the 230s.
    By New Years, I WILL be in the 210s. 
    By my 26th birthday, I WILL be in ONEDERLAND! (that’s weight with a 1 in front of the two other numbers, not a 2)
    By summer 2010, I WILL be in the 180s.
    By Labor Day 2010, I WILL reach my GOAL! (170s)

    I will be giving myself some great rewards for reaching these goals too…

    Reaching Thanksgiving goal — Buying a dSLR after Christmas!
    Reaching 26th bday goal — A little ol’ shopping spree at VS. I’ve always wanted to shop there!
    Reaching Summer goal - A brand new swimsuit!
    Reaching GOAL — Big time shopping spree and a pat on the back!

    Is anyone else trying to lose weight since they gained some newlywed poundage?