My blog notifications told me that someone “liked” one of my posts yesterday, which made me check my stats. I found that there have been days when NO ONE VISITED ME! This is horrible, just horrible! Then I realized that I have been so stinking busy that I haven’t had time (or inclination) to blog in a while. So, here’s an update on what’s been going on:
Diet Week 10 (or whatever the hell it is) – I’ve lost 15 lbs! It is really hard, particularly when I’m doing fun stuff like baking apple pies (which I managed not to eat whole, thankyouverymuch…I left that to the Hubster. He didn’t mind.) It’s really awesome to have to wear a belt to hold up my pants. Pretty soon, I’ll have to go shopping! Woot!
Death and Illness – Keeping up with tracking WW points has been rough this past week. Sadly, the kids’ grandmother passed away on Wednesday, which led to a quickie visit to PA for the funeral on Friday. This is just six months after their dad died, so it’s been a rough year for the kiddos. On top of that, my uncle has not been well and it’s been touch and go for a couple of weeks. I said at one point that it seems everyone I know is either unemployed or sick. Your odds are not good if you know me. If you just read my blog, you’ll probably escape with a mild cold and missing a day of work. Lucky you.
Employment – Speaking of unemployment, after quitting my job in a very dramatic fashion, last week I started temping for an agency while I keep looking for regular work. My first temp job is sorting and tracking campaign contributions for the Romney campaign! I think my mother summed this up really well when she simply said “karma”. I’m so anti-Romney, I think I’d rather see Mickey Mouse in the White House than elect Romney. Wait, that’s pretty much the same thing, isn’t it? (Which reminds me…I haven’t posted a political rant in a while. Keep your eyes peeled for one soon. I’ve got one simmering and if I don’t get it out soon, it’s going to stink like rotten eggs.)
Squirrels – And on a completely random and unrelated note, THEY’RE BACK! It seems that the dry summer has seriously put a dent in the squirrel population and there have been far too few of the little critters to keep me sufficiently amused for quite a while. However, the cooler weather has brought them out, looking for their winter nutty goodness, to my unconcealable delight. Yesterday, I sat for MINUTES watching one sneak attack a group of band students, darting between trees and running up the backside as to remain virtually invisible. (They are sneaky little critters, those squirrels). I was utterly entertained and I’m sure I appeared quite mad as I sat giggling to myself for no apparent reason. I guess the squirrels aren’t’ the only ones who are a little nuts. 😀
I DID IT! I LOST TEN POUNDS!
It was hard. It was really really hard. REALLY HARD! A tub of potato salad that was left over from the band pool party tortured me aaaallll week! I ate some every damn day too. I counted the points, but still. NO one needs to eat potato salad every day! On Thursday, before my weigh in, I tried to throw it away. I tried. I didn’t. I finished it instead. 😦 Bad me!! I couldn’t even blame it on the Easter Bunny this time.
But I did it and I gave myself a nice little reward – I bought new sneaks for zumba class and downloaded some new walking music. 🙂 Okay, maybe they weren’t all for 10 lbs, but I got them this week too, so it’s kinda relevant.
In any case, I can see 145 just over the horizon….GO ME!!
(edited to add: this is my 69th post! I had a special one planned, but now I’ve gone and blown it! lmao!)
Down 7 lbs!
I am so excited! Clothes are starting to fit a little better and I can feel a little difference.
I decided to join a challenge group on Weight Watchers Online to lose 25 lbs by Christmas. I just realized that doesn’t include the 7 I already lost. This is gonna be tough! LOL
The keys have been to eat more fruit/veggies, drink lots of water, cut out soda, cut down on portion size at home, started packing lunches with frozen entrees so I can determine exactly how many points I want to have at that meal, and stocking my desk with better snack options than hitting 7-Eleven for a soda and candy bar.
That may seem like a lot of changes, but really it’s not so hard. It does take a lot of thinking and planning though.
Next step is to increase my activity. I enjoyed zumba, but want to start walking regularly too.
I can do this!
As you all know, I’m on the Weight Watcher’s diet plan. I have found that taking the little “SmartOnes” or “Budget Gourmet” entrees for lunch really helps. That way, I’m not tempted to eat in three bits a sandwich that a truck-driver couldn’t finish. (I can totally do that, btw).
So, I went to the grocery store and bought a week’s worth of frozen lunches. Instead of bothering to take one per day, I took all 6 or 7 and threw them in the freezer at work.
We are a small company, only about 25 people total and only about a third actually use the break room. Which is exactly why I was so shocked when I went to get my lunch on Friday and discovered someone had eaten my lunch!
What in the name of all things holy makes someone go into a shared refrigerator and take food that they know damn well they have not purchased?? Not only that, but it isn’t even like a whole bunch of us eat the things. There’s only one other person and myself and she was out sick on the days in question.
After reading numerous “break room fridge guidelines” articles. I realize that it is *my* fault for the following reasons:
- I did not label my food. I thought that putting them in a plastic bag that clearly did not come from someone else’s house was sufficient. I was wrong.
- I brought in more than that day’s food at one time. I fixed that. I bought a lunch tote large enough for my meal and will not use the break room fridge any longer
- I clean out the fridge regularly (for the entire staff), so there are no science experiments to fall back on when someone is really hungry.
- I did not put a sign on the refrigerator, informing people that taking someone else’s food is stealing and stealing is wrong.
- I did not lace my meals with arsenic.
Today, I’m putting a note on the fridge:
Thank you for stealing my Budget Gourmet lunches and half a Lean Pocket. I hope you enjoyed them. Next time, choose the ones I didn’t spit on.
That’s no excuse!
Overall, it was a good week. I lost 5 lbs and didn’t stuff my face despite being under a huge amount of stress. I’m learning how to substitute fruit for munchies and not to eat when I’m just craving something to chew on. Water has been my friend. I’ve also been eating the Smart Ones meals for lunch at work, which is not only cheaper than going out, it keeps me from overeating due to large takeout portions and helps me balance what I have for lunch with what I have for dinner. The best part – I’m really not hungry.
I can do this! 🙂
I weighed in this morning and lost 5 lbs! I honesty can’t believe it. I got myself a haircut at my favorite salon here in Pittsburgh to celebrate! Then, I did something I shouldn’t and saved most of my daily points for my dad’s amazing dinner – haddock fillets (fried) and homemade potato chips. I’m sorry…but it was just too good to pass up! I had basil tomato salad as a side, so at least that was healthy! 🙂
Tomorrow night – ball game. Ooooohhh…ball park dogs and beer are going to be a toughie. Especially with box seats and waitresses that serve! 🙂
Managed to travel while still maintaining my diet. Yay, me! Dad made a delicious dinner of pork fajitas with lots of veggies (recipe later…gotta con it out of Dad…haha). Very few points. Three pounds lost so far and I haven’t weighed in yet today. I’m stoked! Can’t wait to start zumba next week!
The trick tonight will be going to the ballpark tomorrow night for a Washington Wild Things game without eating a week’s worth of fattening crap! I must have at least one beer though. It’s not a ball game without beer.
Still motivated! W00t!! Got on the scale this morning and I lost a pound and a half. I would have to say it’s definitely due to the increase in water consumption. I’ve been really good at drinking a lot and I probably peed 5 times yesterday just during the workday. Hubster and I weren’t hungry without the kids around this evening, so I borrowed a quick “sandwich” idea from Liz. I made a Virginia ham and Muenster cheese roll-up with mustard. Even nice and thick, it was only 8 points without the bread. I had some baby carrots and water and I’m good to go! 🙂
Hopefully with my new-found weight loss, I won’t have to worry about having a wardrobe malfunction while re-enacting my favorite moments from the Olympics.
LOL! I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. 😉
Diet: Day 1. I swear the scale laughed at me this morning. It even added on an extra pound for good measure. I’ll show you who’s boss, you stupid scale! Hahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!