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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Night Regret

Hope you all had a wonderful and healthy weekend! Unfortunately, I am suffering from "Sunday Night Regret".

I had an AMAZING weekend with amazing people.  We always have so much fun together! But, as I was worried about, food got the best of me.  I lost control.

Friday night I met Kelli at the gym.  We did a mile run (I am so close to running the whole time) and then did a mini boot camp with circut training! Kelli has been writing down what she does with her trainer and we did those together! It was awesome and I felt great! After the workout I headed over to Michael's and waited for friends to arrive! Once they were there, the part began.  Beer, Todd's shots, and beer pong.  It was a good time for all.  There were too many pointsplus consumed but I didn't seem to care-I was having a blast.

The next morning Lindsey and I headed back to the gym.  It was really busy so we stuck to the circuits that Kelli had for us! It was good but I felt like I really missed out on the cardio least we got there though! We then headed to the "hotel-motel" for a little relaxation while the boys (and emily) were out at Afton Alps Snow Boarding! We stopped at Ruby Tuesday's for lunch on the way.  They had a wonderful salad bar! I ended up getting the Mini Turkey Burgers with the Endless Salad bar! To my surprise, it came with a small serving of fries too. My weakness.
My Salad-Lettuce, Onions, Artichoke, Jalapenos, Edamame, Spinach, Mushrooms, a few croutons, and a big side of grapes! I also added a half cup of cottage cheese!
Mini Turkey Burgers with Fries. I asked for NO mayo-They came out to about 10 pointsplus.

We were stuffed! I felt pretty good about the meal-I made good choices and was able to still indulge in some yummy fries.  Once we got to the hotel, it was time for a nap.  We ended up laying in bed all afternoon until everyone got back.  After that it was time for the hot tub, pool, and drinks.  

The guys ordered pizza and that is when I lost it.  It was delicious and I hadn't had pizza in forever.  I ate way too much and drank 21 points in beer...crap.

Today was better.  I tried to start the day off right.  Then I remember that we had cake testing for the wedding.  That was also amazing (and a must-do) so I didn't feel too bad about it.

Anyway, I think I over did it this weekend.  I feel good about hitting the gym though.  Weekend like this don't happen too often so I am not going to let myself get too bent out of shape about it.

Tomorrow starts a new week and I am ready to kick it in the butt!

PS: Mike's sister, Linds, and I went to get Emily's bridesmaid dress today.  I tried my dress on for them and had to get ONE SIZE SMALLER! I bought my dress in a 18 and it was huge! I tired on the 16 and it was perfect.  Luckily, I am able to send the dress back and get the smaller size! That was awesome :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Honestly, after my 6 pound loss this week, I feel SO motivated.  It amazes me everyday how EXCITED I get to make my lunch for work, grab the nutritional info at a restruant, and make good choices! 11 months ago, I put anything and everything in my mouth that I could.  Today, I really look forward to making good choices!

Not every day is easy, don't get me wrong.  I am anxiously awaiting the pressure and struggle of this upcoming weekend.  Michael's best friend Ty is coming to town with his fiance, Lindsey.  Also, groomsman Ethan and little sister Emily!  Friday night will be a little garage party with drinks, food, and all that.  Saturday, the boys (and Em) are going snowboarding and we will all have a hotel that night.  I find it really difficult to stay on plan when I am drinking.  I have avoided it most weekend because I don't like how it affects my weight. After a drink or two I seem to lose my fire with impulse control.  Food just seems to jump in my mouth! I am hoping to stay strong, enjoy a few cocktails, and NOT get carried away!

I got an e-mail from a friend this week about hitting a hurdle.  She says:

"If you bump into a hurdle, pick the hurdle up and kick that bitch off the track!"

So true...Hurdles are going to happen.  That is just part of life.  Once you are willing to admit that you are there, kick that bitch right off the track and GET BACK ON!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My delish Egg Sandwiches!

I was so excited about my big loss this week I almost forgot to tell you about my Egg Sandwiches! Thanks, Amy for calling and reminding me!

I woke up this morning and popped one in the microwave...not really sure what to expect! BUT, it was the best thing EVER! So easy and totally delicious! I highly recommend it for a healthy, hearty, breakfast on the go!

The egg did change its consistany a was a tad more rubbery than normal :) But really, totally worth every bite!

What do you have for breakfast on the go?

6 pounds? Seriously?!?!

So, this week was....SUCCESS! I weight in at weight watchers today and was down 6 pounds from last Tuesday! I could hardly wait to get home and blog about it! I think all the extra support is really helping!

Today I am 37.8 pounds sexier! AND, am officially saying good bye to the 220's! I don't know if I have told you all but my goal is to be 199.9 pounds on my wedding day. I haven't weight below 200 pounds since....well, I don't even know! It is a big step for me to put my weight out on the net but heck, you all know where I am coming from!

Today our ww leader left us with this....

"If you KINDA do it, It KINDA works. If you REALLY do it, it REALLY works!"

Monday, February 21, 2011

Best. Idea. Ever.

So, I had to share this with you all. I got the idea from a fellow weight watcher at my meeting last week! She was talking about eating breakfast "on the go" and started pre-making her egg, cheese, and english muffin sandwiches and FREEZING them!!  This also happens to be my favorite breakfast (6 points) but is sometimes too much work in the morning when I am in a hurry! So, I have decided to give it a try! You just make your egg, toast your english muffin, add the cheese and freeze! Make sure to wrap them in a paper towel, put them in a zip lock and when you are ready for breakfast, pull one out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warm!
1. Cook your egg!
 2. Toast your muffin and make your sandwich!
3. Wrap and Freeze!
I will let you know tomorrow how they are when they are all heated up! She says freezing the egg and cheese WILL NOT change the texture or consistency. We'll see!

Post Workout!

This whole work-out thing made me GLOW!

The Gym


Finally, right? The gym is always such  struggle for me. Last night I posted in the blog that I would go today.  I was sure that someone would check up on me so I had to go! Mike and I had cereal for breakfast and then I was off! BTW, The new Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal is delish...4 points for the serving (add 2 points for milk). Here is my breakfast...

I got right on the treadmill and started running.  I was determined today to prove something to myself.  I wasn't sure what I was trying to prove but I wanted it. I started running at a 5.0 and didnt stop to walk until I hit 0.91 of a mile! I can honestly say that that is the farthest I have EVER run without stopping.  I know to some it sounds like nothing but it was a true accomplishent for me.  After it hit the one mile mark, I continued to run/walk the second mile.  I switched between a 5.0 run and a hearty 3.6 walk. It felt amazing.  This is why I need to go to the gym more.  I don't realize how good it feels until I am done!

Right as I hit mile 2 this young 18 year old beach body babe started up the treadmill next to me...That was my cue to hit the road :)

Goal for March 1-Run 1 mile at 5.0 without stopping!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

White Out!

Wow! It is sure crazy outside. Thanks, Minnesota for keeping us on our toes with the weather!

Anway, It's always hard in the winter for me to keep moving.  As you all know, I struggle with my gym membership and would way rather be outside.  Today, Michael and I did it! We bundled up, and walked in the snowstorm!  We both wanted to get some exercise and didnt want to drive.  It was hilarious! I fell twice.  Under all that snow was pure ice! We huffed and puffed through it all and I thought it was a pretty decent workout! The walk home was rough, that wind was chilly!  I am planning to get to the gym on my way home from Michael's tomorrow-as long as I am not snowed in! I also am REALLY thinking about purchasing the PS3 Move bundle...Does anyone have it? Or recommend it?

On another note, 6 months from today I will be a married woman! Wow, does time fly or what?!

I would love if more of you would comment and be open for discussion on the blog.  I am here to share my story with you and am looking to start discussion!

I am also looking for ways to reward myself.  How do you do it?  I don't have alot of extra money to throw around and I also can't reward with food. Any ideas?

Drive safe and have a wonderful Monday!

Much Love <3

Friday, February 18, 2011

Is that REALLY what fat looks like?!

Happy Friday Everyone!

I thought I would share with you this disgusting visual I came across on google today...I've dropped 34 of these bad boys! It makes to cringe...gross! This is supposed to resemble what 1 pound of fat looks like.

I am off for an overnight/24 hour shift at the group home tonight.  These can be hard for me...there is not much time to fit much movement in and sometimes there are treats around for the ressies to indulge in! This weekend I am determined NOT to get into them.  I will stick to my points and not go over.

I want to also send a SHOUT-OUT to a very, very dear person to me that has jumped on the weight watchers wagon....I won't say names but you know who you are and I am SO proud of you :)

I need your advice...

I am paying for a Gym Membership that I haven't been using.  I WANT to go...I just find excuses NOT to go.  What do you do to get yourself to the gym? How can I get my motivation back up and running? PLEASE share your thoughts!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I licked a zillion envelopes tonight....are there calories in that?!

Just kidding.  I spend most of my night writing addresses and licking envelopes. gross. I would like to throw up now.

Anyway. Today rocked! I jumped back on the bus and kicked some butt! I currently sit at +0 points...and I'm totally OK with that. 

I started off my morning with 2oz of "Monavie",  If you aren't familiar with this I can tell you a little bit about it. It's a Acai fruit health drink.  MonaVie juice is made up of a mixture of some of the most health beneficial berries, like the Acai fruit, harvested from the four corners of the earth.  All in all, it is just a combination of all the "good stuff" in fruit combined into a juice.  You only take 2oz and have all your vitamins and stuff for the day! I am not promoting this at friend Mary gave me a bottle and I thought I would give it a try.  

Lunch was a yummy turkey sandwich, and apple, yogurt, and string cheese.  It was very satisfying! 

I didn't have time to snack today. When I got home, in between all the envelope licking, I made my FAVORITE dinner...Homemade Fried Rice! 12 points for the WHOLE serving!
Here is the recipe!
Saute onions and green peas in 1 tbsp olive oil
Add 1 cup cooked brown rice with 1/4 cup light soy sauce
Scramble 1 egg and add into rice in the last 2 minutes of cooking
Add some garlic salt...and wa-lah! delish.
-I also add broccoli and carrots sometimes too-

I also want to talk a little bit about commitment.  Why do I sometimes feel SO committed to this weight loss and sometimes I want to just give up.  I think it just scares me.  It scares me to know that I will have to do this the rest of my life.  I know it is not a "diet" for me but a total 100% lifelong journey.  Talk about SCARY! Can I do it? Can I stay committed? Does it get easier?

I sure hope so.  I am learning to LOVE food in a totally different way.  I used to just LOVE to EAT. Anything and everything. Pizza, bread sticks, noodles, butter, pizza, chips, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries...the whole 9! Now, I am loving food because it makes me feel good. All that processed crap did not make me feel good. I LOVE to eat yummy fresh fruit AND I feel great about it after!

A friend reminded me once to stop and think before you make a poor food choice...ask yourself how you will feel 10 minutes AFTER you eat it.  It is so helpful to remember that.  
Have a good night! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weigh In Day...

Today was weigh in day at my favorite weight watchers spot! I dont know what I would do without my Tuesdays...I love them! All the girls there are so amazing and encouraging! 

It ended up not being the best weigh in though.  I gained 0.6 pounds this week.  BUT, I will say...I was wearing my blue jeans.  I NEVER weigh in in jeans but I forgot my normal weigh in pants at home.  SO, with that, It really could have come out even..right?

That 0.6 pounds I gained this week was totally worth it.  It was the end result of a much needed get way to Iowa and that is just part of life.  I will not stop living.

This upcoming week will be SUCCESS.  There is no going out this weekend...I will be working an overnight this weekend at the group home.  That always keeps me on track!

What do you do to get yourself back on track? I find that I start doing so well, get comfortable, and fall off the bus. 

Any suggestions? Please comment, I would love to hear from you!

Ill leave you with this...

"Rule your mind or it will rule you."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! I hope yours was filled with lots of love <3

Today was fun.  The kiddos at school were all sugared up and running wild! Days like today are super fun at school!

Only downside...Chocolate and Candy! Yum! I did OK today by only indulging in 2 mini chocolates I got from a student.  I passed up the huge chocolate cake in the lounge. Thank goodness!

Tomorrow is weigh in.  I am not so sure how it will go this week.  I feel confident in the weekdays but the weekend really through me off.  It has been a long day and I need some rest. Tomorrow's post will be more interesting!

Ill leave you a quote from Vince Lombardi...

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Only in Iowa

So, my wonderful fiance and I spend the weekend in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa.  We always have so much fun! But, I will say that Mason is not so "weight watchers friendly" when we are there for a weekend get-away!

I tried to make the best decisions I could but it was tough! We stayed at Michael's best friend's parents place and boy do they know how to eat! Meat and potatoes all the way! Whenever we walked in the door, there was food ready...the whole 9. Plus, the fridge was full of Moscato and Keystone! Food+Beer=Weakness. For me anyway.

I haven't tracked my points since Friday.  I's not sure what this week will bring as far as weight loss. That is why weight watchers is so cool though, you can still live your life and be successful.  I know for a fact that I made better choices this weekend than I would have a year ago.  That in itself is successful.

Anyway, I got an e-mail from a friend this weekend.  The e-mail was titled "Courage".  Courage is something that we lack sometimes especially with food.  Food sometimes just wins over me. Courage is something we need to overcome though, and this friend really made that clear to me. 

She says "Losing weight isn't just losing weight, it is the courage to show up every week and get on that scale.  Sometimes eager to see the number that pops up and sometimes loathing the experience and wishing it could be avoided while knowing avoiding it is what got us to WW in the first place."

True that, girl. You inspire ME.

What do you do to gain courage? How do you fight the urge?

It seems as if the weather is starting to look up...It help me find the "courage" to get outside and MOVE.  I am looking forward to lots of walking this spring. Stay warm, Minnesota. Stay warm!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Staying strong when you feel weak,,,

So, today sucked.  That's it.

Woke up to a dead car battery...too dang cold out! Sarah had to drive me to work and Mom picked me up.  On the way to work, i grabbed a quick thing of yogurt and a banana for breakfast...did NOT do it for me! I was STARVING up until lunch at noon (and didn't get time for a break).  The kids were crazy today and I had to restrain...that made my day that much worse! I had a yummy lunch from home and enjoyed it!

Well, after work, Mom took me to get a new battery.  Having a "car guy" as a fiance is awesome BUT i guess i just assume he will take care of it asap...which, he will but i have to remind myself not to take that for granted.  He is busy too. Anyway, he is coming over tonight to take care of it. Thank God for him! Don't know what I would do without him.

After all of the stressful event today and getting home at 7:30pm just makes me want to EAT! It would have been nice to stop at the drive through but today I chose NOT to.

Today I choose to STAY STRONG when I FEEL WEAK.  Food is something I CAN control in my life and work/car issues I CAN'T. 

I just made myself a yummy sandwich for dinner...oat bread, turkey, cheese, lettuce, onion, light mayo, and pickles! Delish and only 7 points! This blog thing is doing exactly what I hoped it would do...I am excited to share with you my good choices and not the bad!

Stay warm friends!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A little bit about me-Who I am today and who I was then...

I started my weight loss journey about 9 months ago.  I was heavy, miserable, and drained.  I was not happy.  I had an amazing man in my life who loved me for all that I was and I am lucky enough today to call him my fiance! I thought I had it all...until I saw that picture.  The picture of me that made me cringe.  The picture that saved my life.  I looked at it and cried.  It was time to make a change.  I called my mom and decided it was time to try weight watchers (again!). I went that tuesday night and fell in love with the people there...they are awesome! I thank God for that day...the day that changed my life. 

Today, I am 34.8 pounds lighter than I was the day I saw that picture.  It has come off slow but that is ok! The weight did not come on overnight so it cant come off overnight either!

I have learned to LOVE my fruits and veggies! I still indulge in pizza and beer but totally in moderation.  I make mistakes and I gain weight some weeks...But its ok. It's called life!

So, here I am, putting it all out there for you to share with me.

Ill post tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

Well, here goes nothing!!

Hi Everyone!

So, I have decided to start a blog here so I can stop annoying my non-weight watching friends on facebook! For some reason, letting my friends and family know about my ups and downs of weight loss is encouraging for me.  It hold me accountable knowing that they will be checking in to see how I am doing.

I am new to blogging so bear with me! I am hoping to post pictures, recipes, rants, and raves often. Please keep checking in with me! 

Entry #1=Success! I hope to make this a habit.