Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weighing In even when I don't wanna

Last week wasn’t my finest as far as eating.  With feeling sorry for myself because my sister is so far away, my son being sick and feeling just miserable, missing work, and having so many errands and phone calls to make I felt like a Task-Master…it added up and I ate the way I normally do not.  I totally over-ate on food that I ususally don't eat much of.  In my state of "ugh-ness", I also did not bother to work out, I was too busy, I was sure of it.

Determined to “get back on track”, I got back in the groove of things (my normal eating, exersizing) on Monday.  I decided I was going to S-K-I-P my weigh in this week.  After all, I don’t want to get myself depressed, and if I had a bad weigh in, it would depress me.

BUT, I was worried about what damage had been done?  How much did I put on?  What if I go above 300 pounds at my Weigh In?  My mind has quite a skill when it comes to imagination.  I started thinking I put on 13 pounds?  8 pounds?  -- dread.

I decided to take away the power I was giving my imagination, so, I bit the bullet and went to weigh in.

To my shock and delight, I actually LOST weight:  2.4 lbs!!!

Perhaps last week I was holding onto a lot of fluids, so even though I actually gained, the water weight masked it? 

Maybe the hard exercise and on-point eating I did Monday & Tuesday was the key?  (doubt it)

Maybe that I had drank about a gallon of tea and 4 gallons(ish) of water had done it?

I felt so thankful, and knew, even before I had weighed in, that I want to keep losing weight and keeping that scale down (NOT UP).  Seeing the loss really gave me a boost and Moh-Tee-Vay-shun Baby! 

 

Do you ever get pleasantly surprised at your weigh in? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love this video.

 My aforementioned acupuncturer also suggested this, but I had forgotten it until I ran a cross this video tonight on YouTube. 

It's a great technique for re-setting our mind to be able to think of things in a different way - this one is for binge eating type of deals.  It helps if you are recalling a binge or in the midst of one. 

I don't own the rights, but may I suggest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxYy6LcssUY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Tea Time!


On my journey, I started drinking tea…something that I would NOT have done before.  I’ve never been a big tea fan.  I don’t like the taste of “tea”.  You know that flavor?  My only saving grace for tea back then was Chai tea.  I’d had it at Starbucks before, and did buy some of the bags for home.  In the beginning I didn’t make it often, but did try to remember to make a cup or two a week. 

Back then I was doing some acupuncture for help with womanly issues and such, as well as appetite control.  My acupuncturist told me that according to Chinese medicine, cold drinks are a no-go.  Something about dampness in the body.  I objected and said that many things I’ve read suggest that drinking ice water is ideal, because your body has to burn the calories to warm back up.  She said yes, but it slows your metabolism down.

DOH!

 
I don’t claim to know for sure, but she did recommend some tea that helps rid your body of excess fluids and encourages wt. loss.  It’s called “Bojenmi” (I pronounce it as Bow-Jeh-My).  First, I ordered some from Amazon.  I don’t buy everything I hear about, but I really respect my acupuncturist & she doesn’t give out recommendations lightly.  I think I paid around $6 per box of 20 bags.  Then, I found that there is a great Asian grocer in Boulder Colorado that sells it in the tin as loose leaf.  It was cheaper – I think $3 per tin!!  Still, it tastes like tea.  Yucky!  HA HA.  So, I started looking for ideas to make myself like tea, because I want to like it… I know green tea has amazing benefits, but have you tasted it?  J  My taste buds aren’t fans.  So, I started putting some of the bojenmi in with the Chai tea to mask it’s flavor.

 
Guess what else is in Colorado, between me and Boulder?   CELESTIAL SEASONINGS, BABY!  I took my mom there one day and we toured the plant.  The peppermint room *makes* the tour for me, I wish I could spend the whole tour in there…it’s free, and if you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it.

In any case, they have a sample bar for free drinks, and I tried some, and that day helped LAUNCH my love for tea. 

These are the teas that I love, that don’t taste like “tea” to me.  I really WANTED to incorporate tea into my life because of several reasons, including:

·         Tea has virtually 0 calories

·         It  is warm and comforting

·         I believe it speeds up my metabolism

·         I lose more weight whenever I have had at least one cup of tea per day. (LOVE THIS)

 

My favorite teas, currently:

Celestial Seasonings:


Chai:  This one has caffine.  It tastes like a true chai, but doesn’t have any of the peppery kick.  If you like that, add a dash of white pepper into it. 

Bengal Spice:  This is like chai, but contains no caffeine.  It’s heavy on the cinnamon but I don’t mind that. 

Sweet Harvest Pumpkin:  It’s a fall dream!  J  Pumpkiny, yummy, totally makes me stop missing Starbucks Pumpkin lattes (Thank you C.S!)

Cinnamon Apple Spice : I was thrilled when I saw this, and even happier when I tasted it…it’s like having warm cider, with none of the calories.

Jammin’ Lemon Ginger:  This was my biggest surprise, since I’m not a gung ho ginger fan. This is light & fruity, honestly reminds me of the smell of Fruity Pebbles cereal. 

Candy Cane Lane:   This sweet, minty tea is soothing, and great for a tummy ache too.  It’s like peppermint with a touch of vanilla.  It’s seasonal, but luckily, this is the season it’s out!

I love adding some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to my tea, along with some liquid stevia. 

I could give you a longer list of tea’s that I have disliked, but I don’t think that is as helpful.  All of the teas I listed above are sweet, and happen to taste yummy to me. 

I’ve also visited a couple tea houses, and found a great Chocolate Mint tea at Ku Cha on Pearl Steet in Boulder.   It’s nice there because they will serve you anything they sell right there from their tea bar, so you can taste it before you buy. 

What are your favorite teas?  Any twists on how you prepare your tea?

 

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Update & FMM

When I went to post this, I realized I haven't posted since last Monday....  Sorry!  It's been an unusually rough week with Sinus infections running rampant in our house...and other reasons I may blog about later. 
 
Side note, this is my sister's birthday.  We skyped so I could watch her open her gifts that I shipped her.  I love her and miss her terribly.  I couldn't help but cry a little watching her through the camera...the first birthday of her's that I haven't been there for...in decades. 
I do want my sister to be happy and have life experiences, and I want to be supportive..but there are times I feel like I would give nearly anything for her to be back. 
My sister...my garage sale buddy, my pamper night friend, my shoulder to cry on, the one person who can give me advice that doesn't make me want to backhand the giver.  (grin)  she was always 2 minutes away and now she's over 20 hours away, and sometimes that distance hits me more than others.  Today was one of those days.

 
For now, here's another Friend Makin Monday (Other than that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1. What is your favorite thing about Fall?  The beautiful colors the leaves turn, the crisp air, the opening of the Pumpkin patches.

2. It’s not Fall until…The leaves are crunching under my feet, and I’m craving a pumpkin coffee J

3. Apple cider or hot chocolate? I like both, will usually go with hot chocolate if I want a treat, because Celestial Seasonings makes a GREAT apple tea that is about 0 calories J

4. Share a happy Fall memory. Get-togethers outdoors, with a fire going, football, hikes, and good company.

5. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they? I definitely tend to be more crafty in the colder weather.  Being “forced” to be inside does that to me.  I am getting ready to start sewing some blankets with some adorable winter flannel fabric I picked up at the day-after-thanksgiving-sale at JoAnns.com

6. What do you miss most about Summer now that it’s officially over? The DAYLIGHT!!! I love the longer days.

7. Do you prefer pumpkin pie or pecan pie? Easy!  Pecan for sure!

8. Do you suffer from allergies? Some here and there but I never know what is setting it off – mostly in spring.

9. How do you celebrate Halloween? Yes, I “celebrate” by taking our son Trick-Or-Treating, decorating the house (we love window clings J ), making snacks, and I always go to the school to be there for the Halloween parade & class celebration.

10. What is the biggest change that you expect to experience during this season? My son joined wrestling & starting now has practice 2x a week & meets on Saturdays. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Friend Makin Monday!


 

 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

All about the Blog

1. How long have you been blogging? Not long!  I think I’m in month 2 now.  I’ve been dedicated to reading blogs for YEARS now though, if that helps any J

2. What is the overwhelming theme of your blog? This blog is mainly to document weight loss and the changes/observations that come along with it.

3. Have you connected with people in person after meeting them through blogging? No, I haven’t.  My closest type of thing would be that I connected with Diva Slims Down (Ruth) on Facebook, and am part of the Fit, Fierce and Fabulous group she hosts.  Love her.  (Her info is on my blogroll if you are interested)

4. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I have to admit that I find it a little intimidating to blog.  I try to push those feelings away.  I’m enjoying it for historic reasons, but my main hope is that someday maybe I can help someone that feels the same way I used to (hopeless).

5. How often do you blog? I am for a couple times a week; I like to keep it fresh. (So fresh & so clean)

6. Share one thing that you don’t like about blogging. I guess that because “normally” I am a pretty private person, it makes me feel exposed to put personal things on here.  However, after contemplation, it was something that I still wanted to do.

7. Do you talk about your blog in everyday life? No.  I haven’t shared this blog with my friends and family.  It’s more for me.  Maybe someday I will share it.

8. What is the coolest and most unexpected thing that has happened to you as a result of blogging? None yet, but I think that’s because I’m so new.

9. Are there topics that are off-limits on your blog? If so, name a few…I don’t have any off limits topics right now. 

10. If you could accomplish one thing through your blog before the end of this year, what would you want to accomplish? I’d love to grow my community of support; I have found cyber encouragement to be one of my best tools.  I hope I can give someone that support too. J

Friday, October 11, 2013

For Good Measure...


One thing that I’m really pleased that I did when I started my Weight Loss was take measurements of myself. 

When I was discussing it one time, a friend said that she didn’t think measurements were important, because there can be variances on how one person measures from another, etc, so measurements are not that accurate.

I’m glad that didn’t stop me, because while I’m in complete understanding of what she was saying, I had control because I was the one measuring myself.  And, I figured, once the tiny increments of a single inch gave way to multiple inches, it would not be a huge ordeal if a measurement was off 1/8” or so.  I just made it a point to always make sure the tape was fitted to my skin, but not indenting or anything. 

I took my measurements yesterday morning, and when I calculated my losses, I was shocked to see that I’ve lost a total of ELEVEN inches from around my biggest part, my “Gut 2 Butt”, as I call it.  I wasn’t sad to see a loss of over TEN inches from around my waist either.  I guess I could be traumatized that I’ve lost over EIGHT inches from my bust, but since I’m small breasted anyways, I think the majority of it came off of side fat. J


Below is my progress chart so far:


 

July 20th, 2012 (START)

Sept. 15 2012

Jan 29th, 2013

Oct 10th, 2013

Difference from 7/20/2012 to 10/10/2013

Neck

16  & 5/8"

16 & 1/8"

15 & 2/8"

14 & 6/8"

1 & 7/8" Lost

Upper Arm (Left side)

21 & 1/4"

20 & 1/2"

20"

19"

2 & 1/4" Lost

Forearm (Left side)

13 & 3/8"

13 & 6/8"

12 & 1/2"

12 & 2/8"

1 & 1/8" Lost

Wrist (Left side)

7  & 5/8"

7 & 2/8"

7"

7"

5/8" Lost

Bust

53"

51 & 7/8"

48 & 1/2"

44 & 1/2"

8 & 1/2" Lost

Belly Button

55 & 1/2"

52 & 3/8"

47 & 7/8"

44 & 6/8"

10 & 2/8" Lost

Gut 2 Butt

68ish*

63ish*

61"

57"

11" Lost

Upper Thigh (left)

42"

42 & 2/8"

40 & 1/2"

37 & 2/8"

4 & 6/8" Lost

Calf (left)

27 & 1/2"

25 & 6/8"

24 & 1/2"

23 & 1/8"

4 & 3/8" Lost

Belly Fat roll, sitting down

61 & 7/8"

59 & 1/8"

55"

51 & 2/8"

10 & 5/8" Lost

*I could not fit the measuring tape around me.  I held it in place, then marked it, then moved the tape, so it's possibly off a couple eights of an inch or so.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Weighing In & Feeling all kinds of Sassy


Weigh in was yesterday, and all my work paid off!  I lost 4.6 pounds, and will take that any week!

 Tracking my points, faithfully working out – it works. J 

Lately I’ve sure been feeling extra “girly”.  I have always loved to do makeup, and usually do my face up – at minimum put some cover up and mascara on.  It’s just how I’ve always been.  I like it.  I don’t have to put on makeup, some days I braid my hair and toss on a hat and leave my face bare, but as far as going to work, I’ve always got some kind of makeup going.

 However, having a limited wardrobe due to my size never made me feel really excited about clothes.  I turned into a “jeans and T-shirt” girl.  If the clothes I liked were in my size, then maybe it wouldn’t have been that way, but as it stands – that’s how it was, and, still is to a smaller point.   I don’t like a lot of plus sized clothes.  Either they look like they are made for 75 year olds which is fine and dandy unless you’re in your 20 & 30’s like I’ve been.  Also, explain to my why Lane Bryant and the such think that us bigger chicks want cursive writing and Eiffel towers and butterflies printed all over our shirts?  I can see them sewing on the sequins and laughing their butts off.

Good God…I should open a “plus sized” store that sells EXACTLY what is available for average sized people, just larger.  I’m sure it’d be a hit since the lack of style is a curse all larger ladies have to deal with and get creative with.

 
Anyways!  (See, I’m a rambler)
 

I’ve been painting my fingernails much more often, which I haven't done in a decade or so.  Pink, red, gold, and today they are blue, as you can see in my pic below.  In the past, maybe I'd  some polish here and there, but meh, not much.  Annnnd OMG I started curling my hair here and there.  OMG was added into that sentence because its been YEARS since I’ve curled my hair.   It looks really nice and girly.  I forget I’ve done it and then I see a glimpse of myself in a random mirror and even impress myself a bit.

I think I’ve been doing more of these feminine type of things because I’m feeling better about myself in general.  I do of course make myself have “pamper nights” but those are private, and at home.  It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve wanted cute earrings and accessories, but now those days have found me again.

It feels good, so I wanted to share.  J

If you are on a weight loss “journey”, what have you found yourself doing for YOU now that you didn’t do before?
 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Recap & Friend Makin Monday


This weekend blew by!  Since I work 2nd shift, I don’t usually get home until around 10:45 PM.  This last Friday our son was having a sleep over at his friends, so I didn’t need to rush home.

 I couldn’t have rushed anyways – both Thursday & Friday night I did the “Biggest Loser Cardio Max” workout.  I was sore when I woke up Friday morning, and continued to stay sore.  So, by the time I did it again on Friday, and then sat down for awhile, it’s an understatement to say that I was hurtin’. 

I stopped by Walgreens (shocker) and picked up my little Gizmo (shih tzu) his favorite treats – dried chicken breasts.   I also scored a package of Starbucks ground coffee for only $4.75 (that’s half off) and picked up a few snacks for Jason, since he had the whole night of work in front of him.  I stopped by his work, gave him his goodies, and got home about Midnight.  I snuggled up, and fell asleep soon after I was home.

Saturday was a busy day, just doing regular stuff like Laundry, grocery shopping, and clean up around the house.  Jason also made a big pot of chili, which was perfect for the chilly fall day. 
 
 
I did sneak in a quick run to Goodwill since they were having their 50% off day.  I ended up scoring a nice leather purse for $4.00 – imagine my surprise when I noticed it’s a Prada.  I’m no name brand snob, but even I was impressed (ha ha ha)! 




Sunday we celebrated my Mother In Law’s 73rd birthday.  We found a beautiful orchid for her – it’s about 3 ½ feet tall, and it’s loaded with flowers that are a brick red & yellow color.  She loved it as much as we loved giving it to her.  Her special request for the day was crepes, and that is exactly what she got.  Crepes, fresh fruit, bacon, eggs.  It was all delicious – my husband cooked.  He was previously a chef, and he just has a knack for making food delicious.  I didn’t go too overboard, but I did enjoy all of the above and a bloody mary.  J





Now, for FMM: 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 

First Date Questions

1. Share the details of your dream date. Right now, I’d love to go up into the mountains and see the beautiful colors of all the trees.  Take a nice hike, stop & have a picnic, and soak in some of the magic that is in the mountains.  Then, go home, relax, get cleaned up, and be taken out for sushi.

2. Do you tend to make the first move when you want to kiss someone, or do you prefer that someone else does it?  Though I’m married, when I reflect on how I’d want things to go if I wasn’t, I’d prefer that THEY make the first move.  With my husband, I don’t give it any thought; when I want a kiss I take it! J

3. Sex on the first date: Yes or no? It just depends what you’re after…if you want a hookup, then so be it.  If you like the person and hope that they like you too, and you’d like to have more dates, etc, then it’s best to say NO.  You’re worth waiting for, and it also builds the excitement for both of you rather than just smashing and dealing with feelings of regret, etc.

4. Share the details of the worst date ever. I went on a blind date.  The entire time he kept bringing up his “best friend”, who it turned out was a female stripper.  While we were eating, he stopped the waitress & asked her to prepare a “To-Go” meal.  I didn’t even have to ask why – he promptly let me know that it was his best friends favorite meal & she’d be expecting him to bring it to her to tell her all about our date.  (Ooooh Lord, LOL). 

5. What is your biggest turn-off on a first date? I think someone paying attention to their phone the whole date, texting, checking Facebook, etc.  Otherwise, see the answer to the question above! :P

6. Are you a dog person, a cat person or neither? I really love both.  My Gizmo gives me the best of both; he’s loyal, fun, doesn’t shed, sleeps all the time, and hilarious.

7. Do you like spontaneity or routine? I am a creature of habit, and definitely find comfort in routines.  With that said, I do get bored and occasionally like to do things at a moments notice when I have the free time.

8. What matters more to you – how much money your partner makes or how much they love their job? Money is important to me, but more so is my husband.  His happiness means more to me than him being miserable and stressed out because of work.

9. Friends first? Yes or no? Some situations allow for friends first, and that’s great.  Other times, the chemistry is right there and there’s no friends first about it.

10. How do you know if someone is interested in you? They’d have to about beat me over the head basically, because I’m not looking for anyone’s interest so I’d be oblivious to it.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments, and say hi to someone new! Happy Monday, friends!

 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Walgreens Bargains & my personal "Come to Jesus"


I love Walgreens.  In my decently modest sized town, we have four Walgreens.  All of them use these bright orange “Last Chance” clearance tags.  Not sure the rhyme and rhythm of it all, but I’ve noticed that each store has different things on clearance – even if I go to more than one Walgreens on the same day. 

I am a bargain shopper, so am always happy to find good deals there.

A few weeks ago, there were full sized Pantene Shampoo & Conditioners on clearance for $1.50 each.  I grabbed 3 of them – one shampoo & two conditioners since I always use more conditioner than shampoo since my hair is long.  That in itself would have been a great deal, but then as I was walking through the shampoo isle, I found that they had taped coupons to some of the Pantene bottles that were for $3.00 off any purchase of 3 Pantene products.  Yep, I got 3 full sized bottles for $1.50 total.

 Right now, through tomorrow, if you put in “MINIBOOK” as a coupon code, you can have them make a “Brag Book” for only 99 cents.  The brag book is a hard cover – the front cover is a photo of your choice, and I love that, I think it makes the book look awesome.  You get to fill 20 pages total.  There’s an assortment of background choices, you can add text, and also, you can choose if you want to have anywhere from 1-4 (maybe 5?) pictures per page…there’s several different layouts.  I was skeptical, and wondered if the gouge would be when the shipping prices hit, so I was very pleased when I made a book and found that shipping wasn’t too bad.  It’s $2.99 for the first book, and an additional 1.99 for each book.  For example, I ordered 4 brag books at 99 cents each, for a total of $3.96.   The shipping came to $8.96, so my grand total for 4 was $13.86.  Without this deal, it would have cost me $37.86 (Brag books are usually $6.99 each for what I described above).

Walgreens is NOT promoting this post,(how do I get them to anyways?! :P ).  I just think this is a great deal, and will make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts for the grandparents and close relatives.  I put the focus primarily on photos of my son, and pictures of the family members that will receive a book with him.  It’s pretty cute, and I’m excited to get them in the mail.    I did end up making two separate books, so I ordered a total of 7 total yesterday. 

As for my eating/dieting/working out:

At my weigh in last week, I was up 3 pounds.  I think some had to do with the time of the month, but I straight up gained some of that weight by over using my mouth.  I had to stop and have a “come to Jesus” with myself………

I’ve been doing a great job working out.  Both yesterday & today I did the Biggest Loser Cardio Max workout.  My butt cheeks were killing me all day today – it’s a good workout!  There’s a lot of squats and squatty type moves, which challenge me because I am so bottom heavy.

As I mentioned before, I went to the Dr. to temporarily get on some appetite suppressant pills.   I took them for a month.  I reflected that in the beginning of my weight loss “journey”, I committed that I would only do things that I will stick with long term.  A pill doesn’t go hand in hand with that.  Don’t get me wrong, I did go to the Dr. seeking a temporary assistance.  I thought maybe 3 months…...but being honest with myself I found that the idea of not having the pills around made me feel anxious.   I have to be careful too because I have an addictive personality – not that I was physically addicted, but MENTALLY dependant.

 Not that I think taking a little help here and there is BAD per say, but for me, I decided it’s not the best idea.  The pills so rapidly reduced my appetite that I found that I was not eating enough.  I’m thinking I would average around 900 calories on a given day.  That isn’t something that I would even want to keep up with in the future…  I love eating food, and I think eating plenty of healthy calories is important.  I didn’t want to set a mental expectation to myself that I would eat continued tiny amounts when off the pills.  It just won’t happen.

So, I went back to my basics and started to actually track my Weight Watchers points online.  I hadn’t done that for months.  Months.  I don’t know why I strayed for sure…I guess I thought that I had a better handle on my eating and didn’t need to constant monitoring anymore.  I was feeling strong.

 Right now though,  I’m in a phase where I feel lost and somewhat confused, and need someone’s hand to hold…Weight Watchers is that hand for me.  Losing my weight has been such a journey of my mind and right now my mind feels confused and scattered.

I know that I don’t want to give up, even though I’ve had brief moments when I thought I did.  I want to get this extra weight off my body and feel awesome all the time, but I have moments where I would rather gain 2 pounds and eat, and feel awesome for the minutes that I’m eating. 

 
It’s those mental demons and weaknesses, I’m tellin ya. 

 
I’m strong, and I’m strong enough to admit when I am weak.  I needed to be okay with that, and now that I have faced it, I feel confident that success is to follow.