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2021: WW Week 7

Another week down. I’ll be honest last week could’ve been better. In fact, I wasn’t going to step on the scale and weigh myself. Last week, had the end of Valentine’s Day. I don’t get all mushy typically. This year with Covid, we didn’t go out to eat or really celebrated much. However, I had ALOT of candy from the Valentine’s Day celebration at work. (side note: It was weird buying Valentines for work when my kids didn’t celebrate this year….But I digress). I had about 30 pieces of candy to eat. So, yeah. Typically, I don’t eat much candy. However, I was also stuck at home waiting on a Covid 19 test. So, yeah. I ate candy. I also didn’t feel great so, I didn’t exercise.

Remember, how I said last week, I was starting over on Monday. Yeah. I’m starting over on Monday. Again. Oops. But none-the-less. I will restart over tomorrow. Exercising, may not be too often. My knee is hurting. I think the weather is getting ready to change. Hoping it will back to normal soon and I can exercise without worrying about re-injuring it. If not, at least I will follow the diet plan.

Now, last week was not a complete waste. I did not weigh last week. So my combined weight loss for the last two weeks is 3.2 pounds. Last week, I am down 0.4 pounds. So, not great. But a loss is a loss at this point. So my goal is next week to lose approximately another 2 pounds and this will have me back to the weight-loss prior to my falling off the wagon. My wisdom tooth feels better and I’m eating most things now. So my plan is go back to eating my salad and breakfast of eggs and bananas. I am making chicken noodle soup, heavy on the vegies today. So I’ll probably take that to work tomorrow.

Despite this minor set-back. I am still moving forward. I am not giving up. I will get back on track. This one set-back will not make me completely fall off the wagon. I will again be working for myself and toward my goals.

My successes and goal
2020 weight loss: 13 pounds
2021 weight loss: 8.2 pounds
Weekly weight loss: -3.2 pounds (in the l
Total weight loss: 21.2 pounds
Pounds to goal: 34.8 pounds

2021 WW: Week 6

Hey all. Sorry for no update for week 4 and 5. I had a rough couple of weeks. My knee hurt during week 4 and I did not exercise. If you remember, well, I think, I shared, last year I was sidelined for pushing my knee to hard and too fast. So, once it started hurting, I stopped exercising. Well, now looking back, I’m sure it was because the weather was changing. We went from 20-30’s to below 0 as a high. I think I could’ve continued to exercise, but I was nervous and without knowing it was connected to the weather, I didn’t want to push it. Then one week ago Friday, I had one of my two remaining wisdom teeth pulled. I’ve been on the struggle bus right now. Right after the tooth being pulled, I was on soft foods. I just a few days ago, get back to eating firmer foods. I couldn’t even consider eating my lunch salad. It was tough.

With all that said, I’m up a few pounds. So, I took one more day, today. I will start off again tomorrow. My jaw still hurts some. So I’ll start with soups for lunch for a couple of days. I’m certain by the time Wednesday comes, I’ll be eating a salad again. My goal is simply to lose a portion of what I gained back or, at a minimal, not gain any additional. I was going to start today. However, with today being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to eat some of the chocolate that I got without worrying about points. Now, to be honest, if I’d not had a rough couple of days, I would’ve likely stayed on track.

So, the short end of this post is, tomorrow is a new day and a new week. I will get back on track. I’m not going to let this little blimp affect my overall success.

2021 WW: Week 3

Its hard to believe I am already in week 3. I’ve overall had a good week. Unfortunately, I did “cheat” some. I’m not sure I like the word cheat. Maybe deviated a bit. Is that better? Hmmm…..I’m not sure. At any rate, I ate a few some a lot, well, more than I should’ve have Starbursts this week. A patient was very kind and brought in a large jar of them for the staff. And well, it only took one for me then to eat a whole lot. I probably at 15 a day every day this week. To be completely honest, I went into weighing this week a bit concerned. But, that’s for later.

I did have wins this week. I planned better for Friday and ordered a Jimmy John’s lettuce wrap. This was good. I missed the bread. I love bread. But it was good. I also made my hardboiled eggs on Sunday for the week. This way, I just had to grab them in the morning. My breakfast are mostly consisting of a banana and a hard boiled eggs. I’m using Famous Dave’s powdered barb-b-que flavoring. This adds a nice change to the the plain boiled egg. I packed a salad every day for lunch. This isn’t hard because I do really enjoy salads.

I also exercised every other day last week skipping yesterday. I really do love the exercise programs on the WW app. I didn’t hit all my fit points and I’m not sure how to get the coveted blue dot. I did increase my weight. I’m struggling finding heavy enough weights. Thanks to Covid, I can’t walk into Walmart and grab weights anymore. I checked Amazon, but boy those are pricey! I have adjustable weights, so I can increase it. However, when you’re working through a program, there’s not much time to actually make the switch.

Ok, time for the actual breakdown of the numbers. As I mentioned before, I was a bit nervous to step on the scale. Last week I gained slightly and this week, I indulged in Starbursts. I didn’t exercise yesterday so that I wouldn’t retain water before weighing. I know, this may seem silly. But I really wanted a weight loss. I was so very excited to see a weight-loss! And, a pretty good loss too! It makes up for the slight gain last week. I am now down 20 pounds.

I still have a long ways to go, but boy does it feel good to be making progress.

How’s your weight-loss going this year? What are your successes? Areas for growth/improvement? I would love to hear from you. So, comment below.

My successes and goal
2020 weight loss: 13 pounds
2021 weight loss: 7.8 pounds
Weekly weight loss: -3.2 pounds
Total weight loss: 20.8 pounds
Pounds to goal: 35.2 pounds

2021 WW: Week 2

Its hard to believe I’m starting week 3. Overall, I have felt good. I’ve not felt deprived or hungry which is great! I don’t feel like I’m “on a diet”. I do eat things my family wants to eat. I just adjust portion size and I make sure and bulk up my meals with some fruits and vegetables. I’m also increasing my water intake and decreasing my soda intake.

Two ingredient bagel

This week, I tried out a couple different recipes. One of those new recipes was two ingredient bagels. A friend shared on Facebook she made it and that it was WW friendly. Sure enough, on the Blue Plan its on 3 points. That’s half of points of my regular bagels! Plus, two ingredients, who can mess that up? It was super easy to make and turned out great. Even my 10 year-old wants to eat them. The recipe only makes 4 which is the down fall. But, since they area easy to make, I can make them frequently.

White Chile Soup

This was a great crockpot soup. I made it on Saturday. However, if you do some prep the night before, you could easily throw this in the crockpot before work and have dinner waiting on you. It was 4 points with 4 points for the bread. The bread was a bit pricey I feel. Pictured above if 1/2 a serving, which one could make due with. However, I had the points that day and decided to give it a go. I’m sure you could decrease the points but changing out the heavy whipping cream and sour cream. However, my goal with WW is, I have to be able to maintain it with a family. So, I’m trying very hard to alter the recipes as little as possible. Instead, my focus is on serving size. Regardless, I didn’t feel 4 points was too much.

Now down to the actual numbers. I gained .4 of a pound this week. I honestly believe its due to having higher salt content yesterday, I ate pizza and the soup (soup has chicken broth and canned beans). I did not drink much water yesterday. I was on call the night before and was super tired from interrupted sleep. However, I have to take the gain. So there you have it. I had a slight gain. I’m not upset about it. I know I exercised every other day last week and stayed (mostly) in my daily points. It happens sometimes. I’m staying focused on my goal and will start it up again today. Today is a not only a new day but a new week. I am positive this next week will be a great week!

Did you try out a new recipe last week? What were your successes? I’d love to hear how your weight-loss journey is going.

My successes and goal
2020 weight loss: 13 pounds
2021 weight loss: 4.6 pounds
Weekly weight loss: +.4
Total weight loss: 17.6 pounds
Pounds to goal: 38.4 pounds

Snow Day, Time with the Kids

Today it snowed. It snowed a lot. Its not uncommon. I mean, after all, its winter in the midwest. The roads this morning were a mess. Well at least that’s what I was told. I had taken the day off to go to an appointment and run some errands. But, the kids had a snow day. School was cancelled.

One rumor floating around was that snow days were going to be a thing of the past. Covid last spring and this fall forced many kids to learn virtually from home. This taught the teachers, kids, and parents that we can do this. So, when the snow comes, schools can move online. And they did. Well, luckily not my school. But many schools opted to move classes virtually and cancel snow days.

This is horrible. I hate it. And here’s why.

Quite simply. They are kids, not adults. Soon enough, they will be grown-up working jobs which will more than likely, not give snow days. They will spend the 1/3 of their adult lives working. These same adults, will look back at their childhood and remember the snow day. The joy of a little extra sleep and a day hanging out at home. A doing whatever they wanted. But most importantly, they will remember getting that little, unexpected break.

Our snow day today, including time playing. The kids got some non-structured time. Time where they could decide what they wanted to do. They spent time on electronics and chatting with friends. Then, the three of us played a board game and laughed so much today. It was so very nice. I even took a few minutes to sort through a box of stuff that needed put away. And, I made rice crispy treats. I didn’t get my errands ran, but I got so much more from today.

Taking the snow day away, is forcing the kids into the adult mold, the adult world. Its taking away the magic of snow. The wishful thinking every time it snows that something magical is going to happen. Kids need this sense of magic. They need an expected break. And, most importantly, they are not little adults. We need to start recognizing and accepting that the kids, everyone really, needs an occasional break from reality.

Let our kids be kids. Let them have an unexpected break. Give them the snow day. Its important. Don’t take it away.

2021 WW: Week 1

Well, folks. Week one is in the books. It was nice to have week one also a slower week at work. It helped me to really focus on what I was working towards and to give me time in the evening to exercise. I really had a pretty good week. I overate in points and used weekly points twice last week. The rest of the time I was under my points. I felt satisfied with my food. These are all great. Especially since I’m on a diet.

For those that may not have read my previous posts, I am following the blue plan. So, I have free fruits and vegetables and some free meats. This has helped me stay in my point requirements. I do love fruits and vegetables. So this helps too. I am was allowed 28 daily points with 40 weekly points. Monday, Thursday, and Saturday I had points left over. I did tap into the 40 points and had 28 of my 40 remaining. I did earn points from exercising. Honestly, I’m still trying figure out where those are being added or IF they are being added. I suspect they are being added into the weekly points. But I need to watch that this week.

Exercise is the hard part for me. Being a primary provider, I often bring work home. This week was a bit slower and I brought minimal work home. This has been great to allow me to exercise. I managed to exercise every other day. I earned between 5-8 exercise points each time I exercised. It felt good to exercise and it felt good to have some muscle soreness. It was also great that my knee held up. I walked briskly on the treadmill for 12 minutes. This earned me 2 points. I also did the FITON exercises which earned me variable points depending on the difficulty.

Ok, so now my weight-loss. Now, remember my results will not be everyone’s results. I also don’t expect my results this week to be the same week after week. But I did have a very successful week and lost 5 pounds. I couldn’t believe it at first. I am very excited. Since I did keep my weight watchers account all last year. I am about 2 pounds away from 20 pounds lost. My goal this week is to lose those 2 pounds to be down 20 pounds. Since I was successful, I did lose 1 daily point. So this week, I’ll have 27 points daily.

How’s your weight loss going? Are you doing WW too? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how your week’s been going. Let’s do this together and support each other.

My successes and goal
2020 weight loss: 13 pounds
221 weight loss: 5 pounds
Weekly weight loss: 5 pounds
Total weight loss: 18 pounds
Pounds to goal: 37 pounds

Make it hurt so good

Make it hurt so good, sometimes (self) love don’t feel like it should

Sunday night I did one of the FITON exercises from WW. I admit, its been over 6 months since I’ve really exercised. I did physical therapy for my knee this fall. But let’s be honest, that’s not the same as a good work-out. Yesterday, going up and down stairs hurt. So. Much. Going from sitting to standing, hurt. And, yes, that horrible moment you realize sitting on the toilet is going to hurt. Yup. I worked my legs. Yes. They hurt.

But, its a good ache. Right?

Because (self) love sometimes hurts. Its good for me. Its good for my muscles. I can’t quit. But boy, with the achiness still lingering today, I sure do want to throw in the towel. I want say, well you had a good run (hahah) at it. But that’s ok. This doesn’t feel good. I don’t want to ache.

But you know what? I’m going to eat dinner tonight. Then I’m going to change into work-out clothes. And talk my butt into going downstairs and get back at it.

Because, you know what?

Sometimes (self) love don’t feel like it should.

I would love to have you join me. Get out there. Grab some tennis shoes. Maybe some weights. Get sweaty. Gain an ache tomorrow and know, your self-love is doing amazing things for you.

Let’s see what we can do. Come on and make it hurt so good

Song lyrics: Hurt so good by John Mellencamp (I don’t own them in anyway or shape)

The Night Before

Tomorrow is the big day. Day 1 of WW. Technically, day 4 of the year. However, I decided to start on a Monday since its my weight-in day. It also allowed me to take my last long weekend with the family without overly worrying about what I’m eating. Now, I still watched what I ate, but I did splurge some this weekend knowing tomorrow I will be much more strict.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail- Benjamin Franklin

Today, I took a a few steps to prepare for the week. I hard boiled eggs. This I will add to my salads to give me some protein or to eat in the morning for breakfast. I also put together my salad for tomorrow. I went to the grocery store and purchased a few items for next week.

I bought the following items for the week:

  1. Large bag of salad
  2. Mini peppers
  3. Bananas
  4. Strawberries
  5. Almond Milk
  6. Yogurt- Greek, unflavored
  7. Eggs
  8. Chicken breast

I know there is more I could’ve done today. I know I will learn this week what I should do next weekend.

Tomorrow, I will….

  1. Give myself some grace- Day 1 is always hard!
  2. Drink water- Goal of 64 oz
  3. Track all my food

I’m going to keep it simple tomorrow with those goals. These very well may be my goals all week.

If you start a new eating plan/diet/lifestyle change, tell me about it. I would love to hear your goals for this week.

WW: Restart 2021

So, 2021 is finally here. As I wrote in my previous post, I set some resolutions. I’m going to try much harder this year to keep them. And to, of course, come back her write more. One of the biggest goals I have this year is to use a few Several, err, well, more than I would like pounds. The beginning of last year I lost about 15 pounds and did keep most of that weight off. But, stopped losing weight last spring. So, good news, I kept most of it off. But, I have been paying for WW since the start of 2020.

My ultimate goal is to lose 35 pounds. I’ve said that out loud. Well, sort of out loud. I’ll say it again. I want to lose an additional 35 pounds. Ugh. That feels incredibly daunting. If I can manage this. It will put me at my pre-graduate school weight. I really want that. I also really want to start jogging again. Which is why one of my 2021 goals is to complete a 5K this year. I may end of walking it (my knee hurts if I over do it. Likely, weight is not helping this). But I want to get to the point that my body doesn’t yell at me when I try to exercise.

So, back to WW. I am on the Blue plan. This means, I have a lot of free foods. These foods are mostly fruits and vegetables. But it also includes lean meat options such as chicken breast, eggs, fish, yogurt (some), and beans. I honestly choose this plan because I’m so busy, I didn’t want to track every little thing that goes into my mouth. This plan allows me to know there are foods I can eat that won’t require me to write it down. This is important to me because of my busy work life.

Another bonus to WW is integrated exercises in the APP. WW offers exercise classes through FITON. There is a decent variety in classes which varies in difficulty. The best part is if you do the exercise through the app, the points will get automatically get added to your day! No more having to go into the app and manually add in your exercise. Now, of course, this does require you to do their exercises and use the app. But honestly, being a busy person. This is a nice benefit. I like not having to do the extra step of adding in my exercise.

Curious minds want to know…. Are you following WW? If so, what plan are you on? Why did you choose that plan?

Here’s a couple of links if you’re interested:

2021 resolution post: https://talesoftheworkingmom.wordpress.com/2020/12/24/new-years-resolution-2021/

WW Blue plan free foods: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/blog/weight-loss/complete-zero-point-foods-list

New Years Resolution 2021

Its been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts. Well, to be honest, its been a while since I’ve posted regularly. I can’t make promises that I don’t know I can keep. So, I’m not promising I’ll post every week. Unfortunately work and family life are so variable. Especially, now with Covid 19. However, I do want to make resolutions and share those with you. I want to come back and update my progress.

Resolutions are set up to make oneself better. Whether its physical, spiritual, or emotional improvement. Resolutions are a way to set a goal and set steps to achieving that goal. I know going into it, there will be struggles. I won’t be perfect. I may not meet the my goals. But I will try and work toward being better. I want to end 2021 better than I start it.

A year Bible verse is something I’ve done in the past. I really like the idea of using a Bible verse to guide my thinking. To help keep me focus on a Biblical truth throughout the year. This year’s verse is: For we live by faith, not sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

2021 word is a relatively new idea for me. I’ve done it a handful of years. The word is used to refocus me on my goals. It is a one word to realign me when I stray from goals. Therefor, my word for 2021 is patience. I’ve struggled with this in 2020. Well, if I’m being honest, I’ve struggled with this my whole life. I want something and I want it now. I’m not good at waiting. This sometimes causes me to feel stressed because I try so hard to do everything and to get everything done right now. I often don’t relax because of my desire to get it done now. This year, I want to focus on take a breath and being patient.

Well, onto what you likely came to read. My resolutions.

Resolutions:

  1. Weight loss: Last year I lost and kept 15 pounds off. My goal this year is a bit loftier. I want to lose 30 pounds. I If I stay motivated, I can do this. I am a WeightWatchers member now. So I just need to focus on my points and start exercising. I was slightly derailed last year due to doing too much exercise too fast. This year, I will start of slower and focus on exercising wisely.
  2. 5K completion: Prior to starting grad school (almost 5 years ago), I was running. I was running a lot. I did several 5Ks and a couple of 1/2 marathons. I started jogging last year but a knee injury sidelined me. I need to go slower. I want to do a 5K by December 31st, 2021. Hopefully, I can do it by August. But, one thing I learned last year, I won’t be rushing it.
  3. More family time: One thing I learned in 2020, family time can be relaxing and can reset me. I need to make this a focus. I need to plan days were we do family things all day. My kids need it and I need it. We will spend time as a family.
  4. Prayer: I want to spend more purposeful time in prayer. I’ve not done as well the last few years being purposeful. Praying about my worries and concerns or even my joys. I feel better when I pray. I feel more focused and like I can do more when I pray.

So that’s it. Those are my resolutions. Did make resolutions this year? I’d love to hear yours. Please share.