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Weekly Weigh-in: Week 6

Skipping two weeks of WW is never a good idea…

Gain/loss: + 1.0 pound

Total gain/loss: – 2.4 pounds

Things are clearly moving in the opposite direction I would like for them too, but I suppose only gaining one pound in three weeks of lackadaisical behavior isn’t the worst thing in the world. It isn’t the best either.

This week I’ve done really well with working out so I am definitely pleased with that. Yesterday morning I did what I call a Cardio-athlon — 20 minutes on the treadmill, the elliptical and the stairmaster for a total of 60 intense minutes of cardio.  Not gonna lie, I felt like a rock star.  Staying on each machine for only 20 minutes helps me to push myself for the entire time and keep my heart rate up. Sometimes when I get on the elliptical and set it for 45 minutes, I just don’t work that hard because it seems difficult to keep my intensity up on the elliptical for 45 long minutes. Changing things up works for my short workout attention span.

I also took my measurements yesterday morning.  I haven’t done this in a long time but I know that it is a great way to see changes in your body during a weight loss journey.  I made a new spreadsheet (my current obsession) for them and set calendar reminders every four weeks to re-measure.

Today’s meeting topic at WW was about tracking (i.e. writing down) what you eat. I suck at this. At best, I am a Mon-Wed tracker. Then I weigh-in Thursday morning and lose my mind completely until Sunday night. Not okay. I think I am crappy about tracking for two reasons: 1) Sheer laziness and 2) DENIAL.  If I track it, I have to admit how many points it really was and sometimes I just don’t want to know.  But not tracking is not working for me so my goal for the coming week is to track every day, even if I go over my allotted points by a million, I have to write it down.  I think tracking will help me be more honest with myself about what I’m actually consuming and why the scale isn’t going down right now.

How’s your week going? Any goals for the coming week?

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Crunch Time

Pre-Tour de Cure: Miss PR, Miss M & Me

Things have been a little crazy lately so I’ve been failing at blogging – typical.  I’ve been busy celebrating birthdays and going to the lake and playing with friends and winning kickball games and going on bike rides.  I have not been eating at home and I have not been working out as much as I would like/think I should.  And we leave for Miami in 30 days!

I can’t believe it. The trip will be here before I know it. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to make my 20 pounds before Miami goal at this point. But that doesn’t mean I am throwing in the towel.  After all, my weight loss journey is about long term results, right? Plus, even if I don’t lose 20 pounds pre-Miami, I can still lose some weight and feel stronger and healthier and glowier.  So yesterday, I made a crazy menu plan for the next two weeks and hit up the grocery store.  Normally, I only shop in one-week increments but since I am not a great budgeter and I haven’t been going to the store as regularly as I should, I figured it would be best to knock out two weeks (roughly) worth of meals so I had no excuses for not eating well.

June 6th: Mayo-less Tuna Salad; Grilled Portabello Wrap (I had the Tuna Salad last night too and it was SO easy and delicious!)

June 7th:  Grilled Portabello Wrap; Bun-less Turkey Burger with Baked Sweet Potato Chips

June 8th:  Turkey Burger Wrap w/ 100 calorie Guacamole pack; Book Club (I may make a smoothie before I go to curb hunger so I don’t overeat  like I usually do!)

June 9th: Potato Supreme; Club Wrap

June 10th:  Potato Supreme; TBD

June 11th:  Lunch with the Fam (guessing, at El Rio Verde!); Lake

June 12th:  Great-uncle’s 80th Birthday Party Luncheon; PW’s Chicken w/ Garlic and Tomatoes

June 13th:  Leftover Chicken; Baked Mahi Mahi w/ Spinach and Brussels Sprouts

June 14th:  Turkey Burger Wrap; Baked Tilapia w/ Broccoli and Sweet Potato

June 15th:  Leftover Chicken; Baked Mahi Mahi w/ Spinach

June 16th:  Turkey Burger Wrap; Leftover Chicken

I may have to hit up the grocery store at some point in the next two weeks to replenish my produce selection but other than that I am totally set up! It feels really, really nice to have a game plan.  Now, to get back into the gym routine too….

What have you been eating lately? Does having a menu plan help you stay on track?

PS – Just wanted to post a quick shout out to one of my favorites, Geoffersonspin — He not only completed his second Lake Tahoe Century for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society yesterday but also proposed to his lovely girlfriend, now fiancée! YAY! So happy/excited for him!

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Weekly Weigh-in: Week 3

So, I didn’t go to WW this morning. Fail.  But I did get to spend last night slumber partying with my love Cousin J, who just moved back to Oklahoma from Louisiana. Woo hoo! She’s moving to T-town this fall and I couldn’t be happier. Last night I showed her around town a bit and treated her to some delicious Elote.  So no weigh-in. Alas, sometimes, that’s life.

In exactly, 8 days I will put on a swimsuit for the first time this year. Eep. I think that is excellent motivation to continue to work hard and eat well for the next week and to definitely make my weigh-in next Thursday! But additional accountability is always a good thing so I bring you my workout plan for the next week-ish:

Friday (PM): 45+ min cardio, Lower Body Weights, Abs

Saturday (AM): 45+ min cardio, Abs

Sunday (PM): 45+min cardio, Abs, Yoga video

Monday: (AM) – Cardio warm up, Upper Body Weights; (PM) – 45 minute Spin class

Tuesday: (AM) – 45+ min Cardio; (PM) – Stair climbing

Wednesday: (AM) – Cardio warm up, Lower Body Weights; (PM) – 45 minute Spin class

Thursday: (PM) – Stair climbing, 45+ min Cardio

Friday: (AM) Cardio warm up, Upper Body Weights

I know it looks semi-intense, but the two-a-days are temporary.  Although, I may try to incorporate them a few days a week post-Memorial Day weekend to prep for Miami. (T-minus 48 days!!!) And to give myself even more accountability, you can follow me on twitter (@QtrLifeConfused) where I’ll be tweeting about all of my workouts! I’m really looking forward to a restful, sun-filled (fingers crossed) Memorial Day Weekend. Now, I’ve just got to find a Target with the swimsuit I want and I’ll be ready to go!

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What does your workout schedule look like pre-Memorial Day? Do you have any fun plans?

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 2

I can’t believe it has been a week since my last post.  I guess I haven’t been feeling very inspired lately. Thanks for hanging with me anyway. This week I worked on eating most of my points for breakfast/lunch/snacks and then having a much lighter dinner.  I think it went really well.  The results of this week’s WW weigh-in:

Weekly Gain/Loss:  – 1.6 pounds

Total Gain/Loss:  – 5.0 pounds

At WW, they like to recognize lots of milestones on the road to your goal weight — 5% of your weight lost, 10% of your weight lost, 16 weeks of membership, and every 5 pounds you lose.  For me these milestones make up mini-goals to aim for along the way. So today, I hit my first baby goal — 5 pounds down!

My 5 pound star! The picture was much better on my phone. Fail.

The topic at the WW meeting this week was people who support/don’t support your weight loss efforts.  The leader mentioned something about a lot people being closet WWers — i.e. they don’t tell their friends and/or family that they are on WW or trying to make healthy lifestyle changes.  I was in the closet for a really, really long time with my weight loss challenges so this really struck a chord with me.

I’ve been trying to lose weight off and on since I was 16.  I have tried almost everything you can try: WW, Body-for-Life, the Grapefruit Diet, simple calorie counting, weight loss pills, etc.  (For the record, my greatest success came while on WW in 2008 – I lost 25 pounds.)  I used to be really secretive about my attempts to lose weight.  I think there are several reasons for this including that when I was young I didn’t want anyone to know that I truly struggled with food.  As a 16/17-year-old athlete, you would like to think that worrying about what you were eating wouldn’t be a huge issue, but for me it was.  (Ah, what I wouldn’t give to go back to that 145-pound svelte volleyball player/cheerleader…) I felt embarrassed and I felt like if I admitted that I was trying to lose weight then I was also admitting that I was fat.

As I got older, pride started coming into play in a way as well.  I thought that if I pretended my size didn’t bother me and that if I didn’t act like I thought I looked bad, then no one else would be bothered or think that I looked overweight.  For a while, this seemed to work.  In the few times I did tell people how much I weighed they always seemed surprised and I prided myself on carrying my weight well.

But eventually, as I got bigger and bigger, these coping and defense mechanisms stopped working for me.  And somehow (although I honestly can’t recall how), I ended up here,  putting my weight loss struggle out there for the whole internet to see.  The funny thing is, it isn’t really the whole world who is aware of it because of this blog. It’s my friends.  It is the people who I hold the closest to my heart that I have hidden my struggle from for so long who now know how hard it is for me sometimes.

The beautiful part is that by telling people how much being overweight sucks and how much I want to feel better physically and emotionally, I gave my friends the opportunity to show me love and support.  By sharing some of my most secret feelings, I have deepened my relationships and learned to appreciate how much the people who love me actually love me.  My family has always supported my weight loss efforts but now I have an even broader network of people who are willing to openly celebrate my successes and share in my struggles and split a salad with me after spin class.  I think that some/most of my friends have probably known for a long time that I was unhappy with my weight on some level, but now we can talk about it.  Now, they can help me in ways that I wasn’t open to before because I didn’t want to talk about it.  Being closed-off about my weight shut out my potentially biggest support base.

If I could go back maybe I would have shared more sooner, but maybe I wouldn’t have.  It took me ten years to get to this place and as difficult as it has been, it was also an important part of my process.  So today, I want to thank my friends for their continued love, support and encouragement.  You guys rock my world every day.

Is it difficult for you to open up to people about your weight struggles?  Who do you turn to for support?

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Weekly Weigh-In: Week 1

Okay, I know technically this should be my week 2 but last week as a gigantic catastrophe which I will explain shortly. So this morning, I hit up my WW meeting for the first time since my April restart. And (drum roll please….) things went well!

Weekly Gain/Loss:  – 3.4 pounds

Total Gain/Loss:  – 3.4 pounds

Thank goodness! I’d love to say that this was the result of two weeks of diligence and hard work, but that would totally be a lie.  Last Tuesday Mom QLC took a spill in her parking garage at work and shattered both wrists.  No bueno.  So Tuesday night was spent at the hospital.  And while she was in surgery, I started feeling badly.  By Wednesday morning feeling badly was a full-blown stomach virus that took about five days to run its course. I was les miserables.  I spent the early parts of this week working to get back to normal and trying to not gain back all of the weight I lost from being sick. I think it went pretty well actually.

In other news:

1) I registered for the Tour de Cure with fellow bloggers, Fat Ass to Fit Ass and Miss PR.  Tour de Cure is an annual cycling event raising money for the American Diabetes Association.  The event is June 4th and I have signed up to ride 25 miles. If you’re interested in supporting me/Team Fat Ass, click here! (And thanks!)

2)  Due to Mom QLC’s significant injuries, she won’t be able to ride a bike for a while. As a result, the fam decided to forgo our planned Freewheel trip this year. I’m kind of bummed, but I felt ill-prepared at this point so maybe it will be for the best. I can get my cycling fill in during the Tour de Cure and the MS 150 (Team Red Lantern Cycling is back in action!).

Our hotel - The Marriott South Beach

3) Only 62 days until Miami! I seriously cannot wait for this trip. I have countdown calendars at work and at home.  I don’t think I’ve been on a real vacation (with a plane and a beach and more than a long weekend) since my post-bar Mexico trip with Miss Dubs.  So far the trip has served as excellent motivation for eating well and exercising.  I want to feel good while I am there. I don’t want to worry about feeling super self-conscious.  It will be really nice to just enjoy myself knowing that I worked hard to look and feel the best I possibly could while I am there.

My goals for the coming week are to finally get my life back, haha. Being sick and helping take care of my mom got me all kinds of off kilter.  I’m ready to make a menu and go to the grocery store and be a little bit normal.  Miss PoliSci and I are also discussing signing up for a Couch-to-5k program with a local running store for some additional accountability.  I’ve started the program twice but for a variety of reasons (cough, excuses, cough) haven’t kept up with it. I would like to get my running legs back under me since it is the easiest way for me to workout at the lake in the summer time.

What goals are you working on this week? How are you preparing for shorts/swimsuit weather and summer trips?

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Starting Over…Again…(aka Week 0)

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I ventured back to WW this morning for the first time since January. Eeep.  I went ahead and reset myself with today’s date and weight as my starting point.  I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve started and re-started WW in the last 6 years.  I am probably not the best endorsement for the program, but really, I believe WW works.  The problem arises when I don’t work.  I’m trying really hard to remedy that problem, for a myriad of reasons, including but not limited to:

1) Freewheel:  We leave in 7 weeks (holy crap) for our week-long bike trek across the State of Oklahoma.  I know I will have more fun and be able to ride longer and faster if I lose some weight between now and then. Must get it together. Oh, and get in some serious training rides!

2) Miami:  I leave in 76 days (whoop!) for a 4-day girls trip to South Beach. I could not be more excited to get out-of-town and feel the sand beneath my feet.  I think as we get older it is really important to have trips/events on the calendar so there are things to look forward to.  When all I can see for my future is the same thing day in and day out, I get completely freaked.

3) Class Reunion:  This is much farther off (a little more than a year), but makes for a great long-term goal.  While Miss PoliSci, Miss Rose, Mrs. Bookworm and I are still debating our attendance, I want to be prepared to attend should we decide to do so.  And I want to feel good about myself when I get there.

I’ve also been really inspired lately by my favorite contestant on this season of the Biggest Loser, Hannah.  For whatever reason, I really relate to her and she has become such a rock star on the show.  You can tell how much her personality has changed and how confident she feels now.  I totally want that.  So I am officially back on the wagon, where I’d really like to stay…for good.

In order to firm up my commitment and to gain some additional accountability, I decided to share my short-term goal here: 20 pounds before by Miami!  I think it is totally doable, if I am consistent, which is always my biggest struggle.

What goals are you currently working on? How do you stay consistent in your eating/exercise plans?

Coming Attractions: Photos of the vegetable garden planted by Mrs. BW and myself, 101 in 1001 and the clothes I want to wear in Miami!

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Springtime Eats

Springtime is (allegedly) upon us and the Farmers’ Market opens in a mere 10 days.  I’m ready for fresh spinach and carrots and strawberries.  And to plant my herb and vegetable garden with Mrs. BW (details and pictures forthcoming).  I love all the delicious produce that will soon be readily available to me, but I suck at warm-weather eating.  Tis the season of salads.  And well, that’s a problem for me.

I consider myself a meat-and-potatoes, cold-weather, hearty eater.  I’m not saying I spend the winter drowning in comfort foods laden with butter and cream (not every day, anyway), but I do love WW’s Skillet Beef and Beer Stew, Chili, my “famous” Italian Chicken, Black Bean Soup, meatloaf — seriously, I could go on forever here.  So menu planning for me during the colder weather months is usually a cinch.  And then comes spring, when fresh produce is plentiful and I am at a food loss.

I feel like I should confess that I have a love-hate relationship with salad.  I’m not talking about a side salad, I mean, a salad as my entrée salad.  I don’t want to say that I hate salad, because that isn’t entirely true.  There are salads that I love — the I.T.R., the Ultimate Salad at Big Al’s (seriously, order it), and Walt’s Champagne Chicken Salad from Charleston’s — but in general, I pretty much never think, I really want a salad for dinner.  That doesn’t mean I don’t eat them, but I definitely don’t make them for myself at home.  And really, of the salads I really like, most of them have ingredients/dressings that are less than healthy.

So in terms of planning meals for the spring/summer I struggle.  Salad is not ideal to me and it is too damn hot (or will be soon, I hope) to make the soups and hearty dishes that I love.  I do make a lot of egg/chicken/tuna salad in the spring/summer but really I can’t think of anything else that I like this time of year.  I do enjoy using my crock pot so I don’t eat up the kitchen but other than that I feel at a loss.

So I am asking for your help, dear readers.  What do you like to eat in the spring that’s fresh and light and healthy?  I am pretty much open to anything, except salad. 😉

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