Day Four…

Short post today. I went over my points because we ate dinner at a local Greek restaurant and it was really good.  I went into my “weeklies” but I think it will be ok. I tracked everything and used a total of 32 SmartPoints. Now, I’m still kind of full and sleepy.

I hopeè you had a good day too. I hope that you are getting the results that you wanted. Know that fast or slow, just taking time to plan out your meals, get active, or examine your emotions is the way to take care of YOU.

So make a promise that you will do something special for yourself tomorrow. I wonder, what will it be? I plan on going to spin and going to bed earlier tomorrow. I think I’m a little sleep deprived. How will you take care of yourself tomorrow? Say, it; jot it; do it.

Day Four Hundred-Ten…

Many of us have that pair of jeans we hold onto even though chances are slim that we will be wearing them again (no pun intended). Hello, 1987…

When I was a kid, I saved up $75 (a fortune from my job at the soft yogurt store) and went to Woodbury Commons to the very elite Guess Store and bought these fabulous jeans. I remember the recessed lighting that seemed to make everything look better. Opening the door and stepping inside the fitting room. Trying them on and looking at myself in the wide mirror. It felt so good to pay for them and leave the store with my Guess bag.  I was so happy driving back home to Northport in my friend Samantha’s Chevette. These jeans, I can fit into my vintage 1987 Guess jeans.

Know that losing this weight, and going on a journey to improve my health has been (and at times continues to be)  difficult.  It is a complex problem one that will always require my attention. I am the kind of person who has a tendency to turn to food when I am under stress. It’s just the way it is for me. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t do this, and it doesn’t mean this journey is absent of joy. There has been a lot of joy along the way.  I want to thank Kim for this beautiful and unexpected gift…

Notebook
Kim bought this for me because she knows I journal during my WW meetings. xo

Kim is part of my Saturday morning WW crew and I am touched by her generosity and thoughtfulness. I really love this notebook. xo

I am going to keep at this, so why not do this with me? Eventually, we will get there, it’s worth the effort. You are worth the effort and so am I. More tomorrow.

 

Day Three Hundred Ninety-Four…

This greeted me when I logged into Facebook:

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That is crazy, that was five years ago! I have been doing this for a long time. It’s strange to think about how much I’ve been able to change over the course of this year. I am now down 91.4 pounds. I don’t know if I will get to goal this week. I have one point left in my bank. Now, of course, I wish I had made that extra spin class or passed on dessert. Yet, the whole thing about my #WW journey is to integrate these habits into my life. So when my husband said, “Let’s go out to dinner, it’s Columbus Day weekend.”  I said, “Great idea!” I really want to get to goal but I also want to go out with my family and have a nice dinner. This is about long-lasting change and every day and every choice is a lesson in making it work.

I will let you know what happens on the scale tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Day Three Hundred Eighty-Nine…

I began the day at spin class and spent the rest of it working.

spin class

I went to the library and worked for hours. When I came home, I wanted to do something before making dinner. So I took Sadie for a walk. She loved it…

For dinner, we made Birdballs homemade tomato sauce and pasta. I had two slices of bread, it was really delicious ciabatta bread from my favorite bakery. Well worth the extra points. Also, the birdballs are very satisfying and are a nice change. I’m glad I took the time to make and enjoy dinner. It helps.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Tomorrow will be challenging because I did not get to go food shopping (too busy working). So, I’ll have to get up a little earlier to make a plan. Making a plan is the thing that keeps me on plan.

Day Three Hundred Eighty-Four…

Sometimes having quick and easy dinner options are a lifesaver. Maybe that’s a little too dramatic. Sometimes having quick and easy dinner options are a plan saver is more like it. We had turkey kielbasa, rice, and peppers and onions. Nothing fancy but it worked. My daughter cut up all the peppers and onions so by the time I got home all I had to do was to cook. I’m grateful for the help.

I prepacked, and tracked breakfast and lunch for tomorrow.  Just for fun, I’m setting a goal for tomorrow to roll over four points. Let’s see if I can do it. Have you been setting small goals? If not, think about setting one because they help.

 

Day Three Hundred Eighty-Five…

Today was a hungry day, some days just are, I can’t say why. Maybe it was cool weather,  or maybe it’s because I’m a pound away from goal. I do feel good about how I handled it, I made good choices all day long. Also, I am rolling over one point so I’d say that is a victory all things considered.

I took the advice of other members too. When I went food shopping I bought things that are helpful with food prep like cut up fruits and vegetables. I mixed up my menu and made some fall favorites. Tonight we had butternut squash with apples. It was so delicious. I made mashed potatoes with the skins that made prepping dinner go a bit faster too. I am truly grateful for the collective wisdom of my Saturday morning Weight Watchers group.

 

 

Day Three Hundred Eighty-Two…

I will be donating the food in my featured image towards the Weight Watchers Good campaign. I am glad to be part of something that makes a positive contribution. As I think about my weigh-in tomorrow I am hopeful.  I am ending this week -1 Smartpoint, The point is I know what I ate this week because I tracked weighed and measured everything. That’s good news and more good news? I went to spin class today and had a fantastic ride and a nice cup of coffee afterward.

Now I’m back with the books. I’ll be posting tomorrow, I’ll let you know what happens. But before I go, I want to take a moment to appreciate how far I have come. Both of these pictures were taken at a local festival, Cow Harbor Day. They are about six years apart. I am almost at goal. If I’m up tomorrow, I am just going to power through it. I can do this and (if you really want it) so can you.

Day Three Hundred Eighty-One…

I had a conversation with a friend today who is has lost so much weight. she shared her frustration about gaining .2 pounds and being stagnant.  It was privileged to be the voice that reminded her of all that she has achieved.  I quoted my Weight Watcher leader, “Don’t forget all the pounds you’re defending.” Narrowing the focus to numbers minimizes the accomplishment. If you’re on a weight loss journey and you feel stuck, it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Acknowledge the disappointment but keep going. Just because it isn’t happening quickly doesn’t mean it won’t happen. You can do this. Believe it.

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Seven…

It was a challenging week. The day before weigh-in is here again and I am dedicating myself to the plan. I am afraid my efforts won’t match my result in numbers because, although, there is so much within my control, I don’t control everything!

Words of Wisdom

So instead of focusing on these last 3 pounds to goal. I’m going to celebrate that I have radically changed my life for the better. By doing the work, and making the choices I’ve made I am doing something that remains elusive for many people.

Words of Wisdom Serendipity

If you are on this journey, keep at it. Sometimes you’ve got to keep your head down and keep working whatever program (I do love Weight Watchers) and stay positive inside. Be your own light and change your life.

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Six…

Lately, it’s a struggle to find balance in my life. I’m not concerned with falling back into bad habits, it’s just things are not working out the way I wish they would. I can console myself that, although I’ve been experiencing some complications lately, I have not turned to food for comfort. I have to be happy about that because my perspective has changed about my own life. That’s growth and it can be daunting to see myself honestly.

I did have an NSV I made my breakfast and lunch for tomorrow ahead of time and that will help so much in the morning. Tonight, this was an accomplishment. I hope you are doing well on the journey. Little changes add up and before you know it, you’ve rewired your whole life. Keep going you are worth it!