Day Fifty-Nine…

Happy Halloween! Today’s featured image was both spooky and unexpected. An enormous flock of birds was my view when I bought my morning coffee.  A perfect Halloween image looking just like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

I went to 5:15 Spin Class and I suppose that could be a horror story to some, but for me, it was another mini-goal accomplished! It was a great class, it was totally full and I’m so glad I was one of them:

We didn’t get that many Trick or Treaters and that is too bad – I have a lot of candy left over, but I plan on taking that to work and leaving it in the faculty room. I don’t really want everyone here eating it and while I’m not tempted at the moment, you never know.

I have many fond memories of Halloween, don’t we all?  One family tradition, since I was a kid, is that we have a big Chinese food dinner. Part of being successful on plan means finding ways to eat the foods you love. This is how it worked out 16sp in total:

  •  2/3 cup of white rice – 4sp
  • Chinese egg roll, restaurant type – 7sp
  • Egg Foo yung pork (1 item) – 5sp

It was the best Chinese food I’ve eaten in a while. I got takeout from Golden China in Northport Village. About half-way through dinner, I thought to myself, “Wow, this is so good, I wish I had more.”  Then I had a flash of dread, “What if this is a trigger?”  Then I thought again, “Just enjoy this and when you’re done, you’re done.” That worked, I did enjoy it and I froze the two other pieces I had leftover.

Now that Halloween is coming to an end, and we are starting the turn towards the holiday season, I want to remember that that staying on plan, getting in my workouts, and taking time for self-care is a gift that I deserve. Plus, the more healthy I am the better it will be for my family. This is true for me and it’s also true for you.

Tomorrow is day 60, let’s see what it brings…

Day Fifty-Eight…

I believe in the power of words. If I believe that then the words I choose will bring me strength. I call this a weight loss journey because a journey implies action and an exploration. That is what it has been for me since I began this blog:

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I realize day 60 is right around the corner. I celebrated a milestone today I am wearing my jeans again. That is a special kind of joy that “civilians” (as my Weight Watcher leader Bonnie calls non-Weight Watcher members) just don’t understand. As I round this next bend I am down:

-16.6 POUNDS
This picture is like a collage of all the actions I’ve taken to get to this point in the journey.

As I look back over the past weeks, I am thinking about how numbers tell a story, but that story is colored by perspective. Here is my story from a positive stance:

Or, I could look at my efforts from a negative stance:

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I am twenty pounds heavier than I was about a year ago.

Numbers don’t lie, and all these stories I’ve told about them are true. It’s all a matter of perspective. I am dealing with my personal journey for weight loss and, literally,  my ups and downs. The most important lesson I’m taking from them is that when I take action, I can get control and be successful.

Tomorrow is Halloween, and I wouldn’t trade places with where I was a year ago. Last year, I was starting a downward spiral. Why did that happen? I don’t know because I was not practicing daily reflections as I am now. When I look back on my posts, I can pick out days that could have ignited disengagement if I was not self-aware.

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This is true for all of us.

Actually, that brings me to my final words for this post. Self-awareness combined with self-care is a potent combination, and that is just one of the important lessons I’m learning along the way. I am happy right now where I am and that is a great feeling.

 

Day Fifty-Seven…

It is beyond rainy, and the wind is supposed to pick up tonight.  We are in the midst of a big storm. I couldn’t be happier because I wanted a day where I could just hang out inside and futz around:

Rainy Day
Have I mentioned I love Super Tramp? I was a middle schooler when this song came out. Makes me remember home and good times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZUE4_PtOk0

Well, the day didn’t start that way. First thing this morning, I had a Google Hangout (GHO) meeting, and then I went to Spin.  I’m pretty proud of myself for doing both because the timing was very tight, and it would have been easy to stay in.

Crow
My family has a thing for crows. Fun fact: “Crows have the biggest brain to body ratio of all bird species. Evolved with a highly developed forebrain, where intelligence is regulated, the anatomy of the crow brain is much similar to humans’.” Read more at http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/amazing-facts-about-crow.html#HOARSsXF4yW7Rsdz.99

This could have easily been a day long, full out, snack fest. A day complete with movies, or good books.  Instead, I made a delicious breakfast, which I enjoyed immensely:

Breakfast 8sp
One egg 2 egg whites/2oz ham/ 1 Ultra Thin Slice Swiss/Cooked cherry tomatoes/ Wholey Guacamole/Joseph Pita 8sp

I prepped my vegetables for the week, made my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. I am ready to take on another week. I hope by reading my posts it’s inspiring you to take control over your weight loss goals. We can all get there if we understand why it’s so worth it, then it becomes easier to avoid temptation and make helpful choices::

Thank you for reading, and I hope you had a relaxing Sunday. If you have not seen this it’s hysterical Jimmy Kimmel’s I ate all your Halloween Candy:

Day Fifty-Six…

Today was my Meeting Day. Here is my week in review in memories and numbers….

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We talked about emotional eating. I was rewarded with a BRAVO because I shared a moment where I might have engaged in some emotional eating the other night. I was cooking dinner after a, particularly stressful day. I was hungry (internal) but I was also aggravated (external) but in that moment if I ate the forkful of potatoes it would have been to try to soothe the feeling rather than satisfy the hunger.

I know it seems like a small thing, a forkful of mashed potatoes would not have changed my weight loss results this week. However, learning not to turn to food as an emotional response is a very big deal for me. Daily reflection, taking care of myself, eating a variety of foods, exercising gratitude and looking for beauty a are all prongs of my strategy to lose weight.

If you are a Weight Watcher like me, or if you are someone who is interested in self-care, I hope this post finds you well. More tomorrow…

Day Fifty-Five…

Did you know that happier people are more successful? It’s true! Shawn Archer’s research shows us that happiness inspires productivity. I am pretty happy with my progress on the eve yet another weigh-in day.  I do feel like my efforts are productive. My countdown clock is slowly turning one month into the next, and I am making progress.

More to come tomorrow…

 

Day Fifty-Four

Today is my son’s 15th birthday. I went to the best bakery, in my opinion, in Northport.

They are very skilled bakers and everything they make is delicious and beautiful. As I waited for my son’s cake, I walked around snapping pictures. As I did this I was thinking about writing this post, and it just occurred to me, in the past, I would have been thinking about which cookie I would buy myself.  That thought didn’t even enter my mind. That is really weird.

I also hosted Learning Communities at work today. I use the word “hosted” because part of providing professional learning for teachers has to include offering them “snacks”. On a recent Twitter chat, someone posted that “snacks” were the best part of professional development. Well, I hope that’s not true for my teachers, although it certainly might be. Again, I was not tempted at all:

I will have a piece of David’s cake later to celebrate turning 15 with my family. I used the chat feature on my WW app we decided it will be, probably, 12sp for a half slice. It is a guess, and back in the day that would have freaked me out too. A script in my head would have gone something like this…

“So now you’re just making up points. You’re not really following the plan… If you eat cake, you’re going to want to just eat more of it. You’ll get your taste back for sugary foods. There is only one right way to do this…”

Does any of this resonate with you? I think the difference really is writing these posts as a way to be mindful about my choices.  Also, my leader Bonnie, she is fabulous by the way she encourages me every week, tells me that these post may be helping others. So really it’s a win any way I look at it.

Thank you for reading – I am very grateful for my Weight Watchers tribe. More tomorrow…

 

Day Fifty-Three…

I think that a variety of foods is essential when taking on weight loss.  Each day I pack something a little different than the day before. I packed a raspberry yogurt for breakfast tomorrow with a banana but today I packed an hard boiled egg and an apple. One day may be mixed berries the next may be a banana. Each night I plan for a different protein. I am making an effort to try a variety of recipes.

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http://www.skinnytaste.com/smart-points/

All of these little choices and tweaks are making a difference. I don’t even feel like I’m on a weight loss plan. I guess that is because I know I can anything I want. Another part of the process is becoming more clear to me. I notice that I am more sensitive to my hunger cues. I can distinguish between internal and external hunger and I think that is something to celebrate.

Celebrate each little victory

I am so happy that I have made a conscious decision to capture beauty throughout the day. Collecting beautiful images connects me to that energy and gives me a sense of wellbeing:

I hope you took some time out today to reflect on where you are in the journey. More tomorrow…

 

 

 

Day Fifty-Two…

I went to 5:15 AM Spin and accomplishing that feels really good. It was a better day than yesterday (thank goodness). I am very busy but I feel like I’m keeping up (barely) with everything that I need to do. I had a good day on plan, take a look:

I still have five additional points to use in order to be in blue dot territory.  I think I might have a rice pudding (2sp) some fat-free whipped cream (()sp – yes I weight that too) and some caramel almonds  (3sp).  My lunch and breakfast are packed for tomorrow – I am in the WW zone.  Well, that’s my story for today anyhow – tomorrow could be totally different.  I think that is true for many of us.

I hope you had a great day, and if you didn’t do one thing that is one plan like, drink a glass of water, or pack your lunch for tomorrow, or go back and track your food for the day.  I believe in you. I believe we can all get to goal.

P.S. I just noticed my countdown clock flipped to 7 months – the pressure is on LOL

 

 

 

Day Fifty-One…

When reading a piece of literature, it’s common that natural phenomena, like rain or snow, have some sort of foreboding. Rain means rebirth or sadness, snow means death, well fog means isolation. If my life were a story, this morning would make perfect sense. The fog covered everything and took a really long time to burn off. In the end, it was an omen for the rest of my day.

FEAR

Ever have one of those days when you feel small and unsure of yourself? You feel like you’re on your own, and it’s going to be rough. As I write this, I hear The Shirelles singing “Mama Said” and I have to say that cheers me up a little. The truth is, Mama was right, there will be days like this, so when I was unconsciously going to take a fork full of mashed potatoes out of the pot, I had to take a beat. I had to ask, why am I doing this? I realized that at that moment, the reach for potatoes was really a reach for some comfort. So the good news here is that I am learning.

Dreaming

I am scheduled for 5:15 Spin Class, I packed my lunch, and tomorrow is a new day. I want to end this post with a little slide show of all the positive things I’ve done for myself lately. I hope that you are doing positive things too, things that build you up.

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Day Fifty…

Sometimes, I like to read lyrics of songs and think about what they mean to me. Today I’ve been thinking about Katy Perry‘s song Firework. I think this song ought to be a Weight Watchers anthem because it’s all about taking action to be empowered. That is who Weight Watcher members are – we are the fireworks that light up a dark sky. We are daring to change our lives, to take on something really difficult, and keep at until we get to goal.
So on day fifty of my blog, I want to remind myself that I have the power to change my life.I invite you to feel empowered too – be the “firework” of your own weight loss journey, “Come on show ’em what you’re worth. Make ’em go ‘Oh, oh, oh!'” 
Firework
Katy Perry
“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in
Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what your worth
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y
Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gonna leave ’em fallin’ down down down
You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you
I wonder, if you were to pick out a Weight Watchers anthem, what would it be? If we were to collect all those songs, it would make an awesome playlist…