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Update on Goals/Food Log

So, first of all, I want to thank everyone who responded to my post yesterday. All of your comments were wonderful and I just have to say that I feel so supported by everyone, and it is greatly, greatly appreciated. 🙂 You all are so fantastic. 😀

Now, since I am 110% committed to getting my butt back on track, I am back today with an update on my progress with the goals I set for myself yesterday. I am hitting this nonsense headfirst.

So, to recap, my plans for this week are:

Throw out all crappy food I bought (I’m looking at you, Salt and Vinegar potato chips).

The chips are in the trash, ladies and gents. Where they belong.

Go to store. Buy fruits and veggies, other healthy, ww-friendly foods I enjoy but don’t have in the house.

I went to Giant at 8:30 last night and stocked up – I bought apples, bananas, cherries, yogurt, morningstar farms chik patties, lowfat hot dogs, spankin’ new (to me at least) hot dog bun sandwich thins, regular sandwich thins, lettuce, strawberries, a spiffy-looking raspberry vinaigrette dressing, crumbled goat cheese, light tortillas, 2% milk shredded mexican cheese, light string cheese,  artichoke and spinach hummus, baby carrots, a few “fresh” WW meals for the days where I have shorter lunch breaks, and some club soda to have with my POM wonderful juice. There was a tense minute in the bakery when I saw some black and white cookies,  but, as my friend Kathy would say, I gave them the Heisman trophy arm and ran away, telling myself that my spinach and artichoke hummus would taste way better than a B&W cookie (snorts).

Run 3x/week; 1 day, 1 mile, 1 day, 2 miles, 1 day, 3 miles.

Start sit-up/crunch challenge.

Track everything, even if it’s not healthy food, I need to have it all written down. Actually, I’m going to track my food for a week on my blog, so I know other people will see what I’m eating. See Below.

BLOG MORE. Blogging helps me. Doin’ it now. 😀

Get back on the WW message boards. They are also helpful for me.

And, finally, my log of what I’ve eaten yesterday and today:

Wednesday

Breakfast – 1 egg, 1 slice of american cheese, sandwich thin.

2 cups cherries

Lunch – full English tea (best friend’s bridal shower). 4 tea sandwiches, 1 scone with clotted cream, taste of pineapple upside down cake, small brownie, macaroon, 3 cups of tea, 3 sugar cubes, 1 cupcake.

Blue Moon Beer (not at the tea shop…obv. 😀 )

Dinner – mama mary’s personal pizza crust, 1/4 c. mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup pizza sauce.

1/2 container of POM wonderful juice with club soda.

1 cup cherries.

How I feel about yesterday: Obviously the tea lunch was a splurge, but I ate really well for breakfast and dinner, and avoided the temptation to call the day a wash and get McDonald’s for dinner. So, I say Wednesday was a win.

Thursday:

Breakfast – Wallaby Down Under Organic Yogurt, apple, sandwich thin with 1 tbsp. grape jelly.

Snack – archer farms wild berry fruit strip

Lunch – 2 tbsp hummus and 1 serving of baby carrots, 1.5 tbsp light mayo, 1/2 cup tuna fish, 1 cup cherries, 1 string cheese.

Snack – Fiber One Granola bar

Dinner – low-fat hot dog, hot dog bun sandwich thin, tbsp goat cheese with 1 serving wheat thins, 2 servings bagel chips with cheese

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Post of Shame

This is the hardest post I think I’ve written in my short tenure as a blogger.

Since returning from England, I have been eating like a maniac. All sorts of things I would never have eaten earlier in my WW journey, and often, stuff I don’t even want. I just want to eat terrible food.

I don’t know what the difference is. Maybe it’s stress – I am currently in the process of applying for a student visa for my upcoming move to England. It’s majorly stressful as there are about a billion different forms, each with different information, and no one will answer your questions (Unless you pay 3.00/minute, that is). I’m trying to sell all of my worldly possessions, figure what to pack…Obviously, it would be stressful for anyone, and I tend to go way insane when I’m stressed.

Maybe, leading up to my trip, I was all gung-ho because I wanted to look and feel good during my time with DBF. Perhaps now that the trip is over and I had an amazing time with DBF,  I’m feeling less pressure to lose weight. We had a long conversation about my issues with food. He knew before – I’d mentioned it briefly – but I wanted him to know everything. All the dirty details. So, I laid it all out for him, explained my tendency to stress- and binge- eat, my yo-yoing weight, my fear that if I have children, I may never lose it for good. He was wonderful and understanding. He doesn’t want me to look like I’ve just fallen off of some magazine cover  – he told me he wanted me to be happy and healthy, which is great as that’s what I want for myself as well. I want to lead a long, happy, and active life with him. So I don’t know why I’m off track now.

I got on the scale Sunday and it showed that I was up 7 pounds. In a week. I honestly don’t think that’s accurate – I ran a lot and while I ate junk, I didn’t eat THAT much junk. I think a lot f it was water weight. However, seeing that number should have shocked me into being good. And it did, for a day.

Now, I’m back to old habits. I’m snacking all the time, and not on good foods. I’m not tracking. I’m still running, but with the humidity, it might be a mile a day instead of my normal 2 or 3.

For the first time since starting this WLJ, I feel completely out of control. It’s a very scary feeling. I’ve lost 60+ pounds and the scariest thing in the world is thinking that I may gain it all back. And then some. Because, let’s be honest, with me, I never just gain back what I lost.

I need a plan. Who knows if it will work, but at least I will have one laid out.

So, ladies and gentlemen…here is my plan and my little list of short-term goals.

Plan for this week:

Throw out all crappy food I bought (I’m looking at you, Salt and Vinegar potato chips).

Go to store. Buy fruits and veggies, other healthy, ww-friendly foods I enjoy but don’t have in the house.

Run 3x/week; 1 day, 1 mile, 1 day, 2 miles, 1 day, 3 miles.

Start sit-up/crunch challenge.

Track everything, even if it’s not healthy food, I need to have it all written down. Actually, I’m going to track my food for a week on my blog, so I know other people will see what I’m eating.

BLOG MORE. Blogging helps me.

Get back on the WW message boards. They are also helpful for me.

Short-term goals:

Get down to 199.9 (or less) before moving to England on Sept 10th. This is do-able, I think.

Run next 5K (in Dewey Beach, DE, Aug 21) in less time than my first 5K (47:42).

Track every day.

5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. I’ll work on the rest of the GHGs later.

OK. So there is my plan for the week and my list of short-term goals.

If anyone has any words of wisdom, I could definitely use them. Have you stalled or lost motivation in your WLJ? How did you get back on track?

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I think I’ve witnessed a weight loss miracle…

…I weighed in on Friday, because of advice from Grandma who told me to face the music and get back on track (thanks Grandma!)

I truly was expecting the worst – a gain, the scale groaning under the added weight, maybe instead of numbers flashing, I’d read “Get off! GET OFFFFFFF! You’re killing me!!!!”

I had a 2.2 pound loss at my WI on Friday.  This is fabulous and terrible all at the same time; it’s fabulous because I reached another milestone – 20% of my starting body weight, GONE! *happy dance.*

It’s terrible because honestly, I had no business losing any weight after the week I had. I ate all of this:

Fishers popcorn, Thrashers french fries, homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. PLUS saltwater taffy, Mexican food, McDonalds, Chik-Fil-A, pizza, cheese….all in copious amounts, with no tracking, and practically no exercise. I ran once. ONCE!

I was all geared up for a gain. I was kind of hoping for a gain. I figured with a gain, it would be the kick in the butt I needed to get back on track and stop eating all this junk.

However, I have been fairly OP since Wednesday. This weekend hasn’t been terrible, so perhaps I’m getting back on track. Slowly but surely…

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Rah Rah Rah!

I consider myself to be a very, very lucky girl. I have a wonderful support network in this little journey I’m on, and I know that not everyone does. This is why I count my blessings every single day.

Honestly, without these people, I definitely wouldn’t be having the success with WW and running that I am. Not only are they my biggest cheerleaders, they are also people I feel accountable to. Sure, they’ll still love me if I eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in the middle of the night, and many will even empathize and share their own ice cream shame spiral tales. If I gain a pound, I won’t be off the Christmas card list, but they also push me to get back on track and LOSE that pound again!

So, in no particular order, the people who make this journey possible (and even fun!) are:

…my mom. We started doing WW together, and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten started without her. We planned menus, cooked, shopped, walked around the neighborhood, shared WIs….you name it. When I did WW the first time around, I was living on my own and eating lots of prepackaged crap, because I didn’t have anyone to cook with. If I made a big meal, it often went to waste. (My roommates weren’t doing WW). This time around, I’ve noticed such a huge difference in the way I feel and the choices I’m making, and I know I owe that to my mom. Without her, I’d have been eating microwave meals and other junk from a box, and starving the whole time. I honestly think I’ll be able to sustain my weight loss this time because I’m picking up good habits and making good choices. So, thanks mom!

…my brother. He started WW in january and has lost something like 70 pounds. And is keeping it off! (seemingly effortlessly! you punk! :p)

…my friends Kathy and Kelly, who are on their own weight loss journeys. We share recipes, talk blogs, discuss new food finds. It’s fabulous! We can do it girls!

…my family. My grandma is one of my biggest cheerleaders! Whenever I call her she asks how my running is going or how my last WI went. When I called her a few hours ago with some good news, she asked how WI went (It was supposed to be this morning). I sheepishly admitted that I hadn’t weighed in since I’d had a totally off-week, and she told me I should just weigh in and get back on track, and that I’d show a great loss next week. And she’s right. Even if I *don’t* show a great loss next week, I’ll feel better just seeing where I stand and knowing I’m back on track. But the point is, my family, and especially my grandma, supports and encourages me 110% in this, and it makes all the difference in the world. And of course everyone else in my family is fabulous as well.

…my friend Haley, who is getting married in August and has made me a bridesmaid. I totally can’t wait, and I refuse to be uncomfortable in my cute dress on the biggest day of my best friend’s life!!! So there. 😀 And she always tells me how good I look every time I see her. She’s such an ego boost!

…the Global Losers. This is a group of girls I met early on, when I first started Weight Watchers. I joined the message boards because I had used them on my first WW go-round, and loooooved them. I found such a supportive group and was hoping to find the same thing this time. Lucky for me, I did! I started posting on the Global Losers thread, since I plan to be living in England come September, and I figured it would be nice to have the support of people living abroad who know all about the trials and tribulations of trying to stay healthy while overseas. (It was a total epic fail when I was in Korea….). We moved from the message boards to emailing every day. We have challenges, daily e-mail, and all-around awesomeness, really. They are *fabulous* and I hope to meet a lot of them when I’m in England!

…all the girls and guys on the WW message boards. You all are faboosh. I get so many good tips, and butt-kickings, when I need them.

…you guys! All of you blog readers and writers!! I started this blog thinking it would be something I abandoned quickly, as I have with like, 8 other blogs (may they rest in peace…) But once I kind of got into the whole blogging thing, I totally fell in love! I love reading your blogs, your comments, and commenting on your blogs! I ❤ blogs. And I ❤ you all!  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

So, tell me…who keeps you going in your WL journey?

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Mish Mash

1. England vs. USA on Saturday. After an extensive examination of each roster, I’ve decided to root for…USA. I know, right? I was shocked too. They have more hot players though, and I can’t mess with my system. Plus, I hate Wayne Rooney. Yes. I said it. I hate Wayne Rooney.

2. I am still steadily losing weight. HOWEVER, I am not tracking and not eating food I should be eating. I also haven’t been running once this week, and that’s no good. Last night, in an act of desperation, I wrote this on my arm:

It totally didn’t work. I worked all morning, no breaks, and by the time I had a break long enough for a run, it was hot out. *whine.* I know, I know. Excuses, excuses. Tomorrow, I am back on it. I don’t care if I have to run at high noon and it’s 125 degrees.

3. I am madly in love with Katy Perry’s new, inane song, California Gurls. Seriously, it’s just amazingly catchy and awesome. It’s been added to the running playlist.

4. I have registered for my next 5K: Race for the Paws, Dewey Beach, DE. I get to run and help animals in the process. What could be better?

5. If anyone out there is looking for a money-making opportunity, I’ve got one for you: taking photographs at 5ks and other assorted sporting/athletic events. I paid 12.00 PLUS 7.00 shipping for FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS from the Blue Hen 5K. *harrumph.*

Annnnnd…that’s about all I have today. 😀

Is anyone out there watching the world cup matches this weekend? Who are you rooting for? More importantly, in your opinion, who is the hottest player?

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Graduate!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a proud graduate of the C25K running program! *cue “Eye of the Tiger”*

I’m not going to lie – I got a little teary when I started the run and was about 5 minutes into it. For one, I honestly never thought I’d be able to finish C25K. I figured I’d start and be all gung-ho, but would let it fall by the wayside, a thousand different excuses at the ready. (I’m the queen of finding excuses for not exercising or eating right).

For another, I can’t even put into words how incredible it feels to actually be *using* my body for something. Before starting WW and C25K, the most exercise I ever got was going upstairs to get the charger for my iPod when iPpy McSkinny got low on juice. And I definitely wouldn’t go upstairs TWICE in a short period of time! Pshaw. I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. Mostly because I was depressed and didn’t know how to yank myself out of the situation.I didn’t see any *reason* to even make the attempt.

It is truly amazing how things can turn around in such a short amount of time. I, for one, am very grateful that I got the push I needed to start making myself as happy and healthy as I possibly can. Honestly, life is too short to spend even a single day miserable and sad. I spent the better part of a year in that state, and I refuse to go back to that.

OK. Now that I’ve gotten the mushy stuff out of the way….I  mapped my run on mapquest and here’s a screenshot of my final C25K route!

Mapquest tells me it was 1.02 miles. So, I did 2.04 miles in 30 minutes. I think I can probably do 5K in 50 minutes, which has been my goal all along for the Blue Hen 5K in a few weeks!!!

Eeek. I can’t believe it’s in like….2.5 weeks!!!! I’m really nervous and excited and just all around happy about it!

I still need to make my feathered tshirt though. I should go to Michael’s today and see what I can scrounge up in the way of supplies. 😀

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Closet Shopping!

Guess who went shopping? Guess who didn’t have to spent any money on said shopping trip?

That’s right. This girl.

I did the BEST kind of shopping ever – closet shopping! And boy, did I find some awesome stuff (none of which fit at all before!)

NY&Co Cami and Old Navy white shirt:

wahoo!

DKNY tank & same Old Navy shirt:

“Casualty of Love” t shirt. I bought this when I went to see “The Wedding Singer” on Broadway:

And last but certainly not least, the coolest hat in the world:

Ok. Admittedly, this fit before. I just had to show you. I know you’re jealous. This hat is guarded by a fierce guard dog, I’ll have you know. Lest any of you have any sneaky ideas about stealing it.

Guard dog:

Grrrrr.....

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