Challenging myself

A few posts ago, I said that I had anticipated walking in a 5k in November. Well, I’ve bumped that up a few months. On May 22, Weight Watchers is holding the Walk It Challenge. This morning, I found out that one of our center leaders is trying to put together a walk at a local park. On the Weight Watchers site for the Walk It Challenge, the closest event was in like Cincinnati or some place like that, so to have an event here in Lexington is pretty awesome. I made the decision: I’m going to walk in that 5k and I am beyond excited.

May 22 is 4 days before my 24th birthday. It is 3 days before I plan to complete a Zumba class with Emily and Krissie at the Lexington Athletic Club, where Emily is a member. It’s going to be an amazing week to have a birthday, to say the least.

I went to the gym this morning before my Weight Watchers meeting and it didn’t adversely affect my weigh-in like I was afraid it would. In fact, I was .4 pounds lighter at my meeting. Anyhoo, today made up for my horrible weigh-in last week.

Today’s Weigh-in: -11.4 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -22.8 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -54.4 pounds

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Setting goals

I’ve decided that I’d like for my total weight loss on Weight Watchers to be 24 pounds by May 26. That’s my 24th birthday. As of 4/30, I’d lost 21 pounds, but the recent gain has set that back a bit. My total loss on Weight Watchers is now 15 and change. While I think that some of that may have been due to my increased sodium intake from the week prior and can be easily fixed with drinking more water, there might be some legitimate poundage that I’ll need to lose. Since I’m back on track with going to the gym and tracking, I think that in sixteen days I can accomplish my goal and maybe even bust through it.

I have several pairs of jeans which are goals as well. They are jeans that I wore in high school, but by college could no longer wear. I also look for the fitted shirt that I posted awhile back to completely button. Right now, I have to wear it open with a tank underneath. The ultimate goal, of course, is my health. Being able to fit into clothes that I normally would never have been able to wear is just a perk.

My fabulous Weight Watchers leader Jen, is being relocated to Boulder, Colorado for her job. It’s only temporary – through mid-September – but she’s asked us to think of a goal that we’d like to have accomplished by the time she comes back. One woman said that her first thought of a goal is not disappointing Jen. While I do not want to disappoint her, this woman is awesome y’all, the first person that I do not want to disappoint is myself. So, I am going to think of a goal that I can hit. The next milestone with Weight Watchers is my 10% and if I keep on track, I can hit that sometime in June. There are roughly 20 weeks until September 15. If I lose 2 pounds a week, that’s a 40 pound loss. I am going to set my goal of losing 50 pounds. This will be in addition to the weight I’ve already lost on Weight Watchers which would bring my total to around 70 pounds. Let’s do this.

Satisfaction

A few weeks ago I wrote about my goals of being able to wear certain pieces of clothing from my wardrobe. It’s been several years since I was able to wear a few pairs of jeans and khakis as well as most of my fitted dress shirts and some sweaters. On Sunday afternoon, I decided to check out a sale at Avenue. Sadly, their supply of jeans was limited, but I was able to find a new pair of jeans! They’re also skinny jeans, a style that I’ve never worn before. I’m very pleased with the purchase and I hope they get some more jeans in soon.

My friend Kendra invited me to a Girl’s Night Out at Lane Bryant last night. Everything in the store was 30% so I bought a new pair of jeans there too! Denim can be incredibly hard to shop for. I find that it’s easier to buy a pair of jeans if they’ve got the spandex in them, but I was happy to report that the Lane Bryant jeans are purely denim and still fit! I’m so excited that I am able to shop at regular plus size stores. For awhile, I was afraid that I wouldn’t even be able to find things at stores that go beyond regular plus sizes.

I went to the gym Sunday night, but haven’t been any more this week. I’ve been doing laundry and cleaning my apartment like a mad woman in preparation for my mom and grandma’s visit on May 3 and 4. My ultimate goal is to create a schedule where I can block out time for all of my daily tasks whether it be working out, cleaning, or whatever. I’ve stuck to my no-soda rule, but made the mistake of not ordering unsweetened tea at Buffalo Wild Wings the other night. I definitely learned my lesson there. I’m not sure how my weigh-in will turn out on Saturday, but I’m still riding my high from last week.

While I’m satisfied with my progress thus far, I know that I still have a long way to go. Even with 49 pounds lost, I still want to lose at least 150 more. I’m just 2 pounds shy of my 15% goal on Weight Watchers, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that this week. I’m also just 3 weeks away from my 16 week Stay and Succeed award. It gives me a sincere sense of accomplishment that I’ve stuck with things this long. I know that this isn’t an easy road, but I am prepared to face it head on and I have a strong support system.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: The Grocery Store

Friend Makin’ Mondays is a meme from Kenz at All The Weigh.

“Now it’s time for Friend Makin’ Mondays! 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 of this post so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. 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!”


FMM: The Grocery Store

1. Do you make a list when you go grocery shopping? Do you stick to it?  Because of my limited budget, I HAVE to make lists and stick to them. It is a rare occasion when I go to the store and splurge on something.

2. Do you buy more groceries when you’re hungry?  I’ve made the mistake of going to the grocery store hungry. It’s not a pretty sight. And yes, I have bought more groceries when I’ve gone to the store hungry.

3. Coupons. Use ’em?  I like the coupons that Kroger sends me in the mail for free items as well as clipping coupons from the newspaper. I do not usually buy a newspaper for coupons though.

4. Have you ever complained to the manager of your grocery store?  Nope.

5. Do you like to buy groceries at huge chain stores like Wal-Mart and Target? Or do you shop exclusively at food stores?  Like I said before, I have a very limited budget. I find myself buying more groceries at Walmart now, though Kroger is close enough to my apartment than I can walk there with ease. (Well, before, I couldn’t have walked there with ease, but I can now!) Walmart is generally cheaper, but I shop at Kroger if there are good sales or I absolutely do not want to drive to Walmart.

6. How much time do you spend reading labels in the grocery store?  I use my Weight Watchers iPhone app like crazy.

7. Do you push your own grocery cart to the car and return it? If my order is small, then I’ll carry a basket, otherwise I use one of the little basket carts at Kroger.

8. What is the one food item you always buy at the grocery store that you must have in the kitchen? I like having grapes and bananas in stock. Now that I have discovered them, I cannot get enough of Sandwich Thins.

9. Do you enjoy grocery shopping? I didn’t before, but I do now. I like trying new things.

10. How often do you shop for groceries? I tend to shop every few days. I’ve decided, though, to premake a lot of food for convenience and just go out for things like eggs, milk, etc.

My Moment of Zen

Today’s meeting was all about finding time for yourself. I live by myself, I have “me time” almost constantly, but I am finding that my true me time is when I’m at the gym. I love going with my best friend, but even then we’re doing our own things. She’s developed a love for the bicycle while I prefer the treadmill. Our fitness plans are different and that’s okay. That’s why, I’ve decided that when I am on the treadmill or doing my weight training, I am centering myself. All of the outside influences just fade away and it’s just me. I become one with myself and the music that I’m listening to. I find my focus. I quite literally go to my happy place.

Last week, I had a bad weigh-in. The scale said that I’d gained nearly 6 pounds. I had lost my focus. I started drinking sodas and, admittedly, I drank a lot. I didn’t eat as healthily as I could have and ditched the diet in favor of chips and queso and McDonald’s. Oh, and there was definitely some alcohol thrown into the mix last Friday night. So, when I stepped on the scale on Saturday morning, it read that I’d gained 5.8 pounds. I was a tad shocked, but then everything made sense. My focus began to shift back to where it needed to be: my ultimate goal of this healthy lifestyle. That’s not to say that I can’t have a couple of drinks with friends and have a good time, but I know that I’m going to have to track any alcohol just like I would food. It’s liquid fat, for real.

This week, I went to the gym three times and followed the fitness training plan that I got when I had my personal training session a few weeks ago. I increased my speed when I walked, I did all of the weight training machines that I was supposed to and even did some high intensity cardio to finish the session up. I even got a bit of hot tub and swimming time in mid-week. By Friday, I was feeling great and am still feeling great today I have completely given up soda once more and have chosen water and the occasional decaf unsweetened tea instead.

My efforts have paid off, most assuredly.

Today’s Weigh-in: -11.4 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -17.4 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -49 pounds

I’ve lost a first grader!

When I said that to my mom, she was like, “Say what?!” since I work with kids, but I said, “My weight! I’ve lost the equivalent of a first grader!”

I didn’t expect much going into today’s weigh-in. I’ve been tracking, but hadn’t exercised since Monday. I’ve been drinking water, but have had some soda too. I was thinking a pound, if that. I cautiously stepped on the scale and found that I’d lost 4 pounds! That took me to a total of 11.6 pounds lost on Weight Watchers! I got another 5 pound star and am so excited! I think I’ve definitely got momentum now.

That’s the only real news to report, but I did want to mention one thing. I think everyone who is on a weight loss journey has a piece of clothing that fitting into again would signify a huge milestone. I have a couple of pieces like that: a pair of jeans and a shirt. A lot of jeans that you can buy at Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, etc, have some Lycra or Spandex in them. Even with that, the pair of jeans that I desire to wear again just do not fit. I’m excited for the day that they do, however. The other piece is this blouse.

I haven’t worn it in a few years and I absolutely love it. It’s a fitted shirt, so there’s really not any give to it. I tried it on today and we’re almost there! My goal is for it to button completely, but being able to wear it comfortably with a tank underneath would be great too.

So, today’s weigh-in puts me at:
-11.6 pounds since February 12, 2011 (average 1.7 pounds weekly) — On Weight Watchers
-42.8 pounds since November 4, 2010 — Last doctor’s appointment

I think I’m definitely on a roll.

Finding my footing

I’m going in week 6 of my journey on Weight Watchers. I have had gains in the last two weeks. The gain I saw on the scale on Friday was much less than the one from the previous Saturday, but it was still a gain. I tracked it and I’m moving on. Is it disappointing? Sure, but I have no one to blame but myself. I was sort of tracking, I was sort of drinking water, I was sort of doing healthy things. If I don’t commit to something fully, I’ll never see results.

In the mean time, however, I joined a gym. Fitness 19 was running a St. Patrick’s Day special where it only cost $1 to become a member. I found it a good reason as ever to join. I’ve been twice now, but had a bit of pain in my left knee. My knee has given me trouble since my sophomore year of high school when I hurt it for the first time. Hopefully the pain will lessen as I lose weight, but for now I just need to tough it out.

I’m really happy that I made the decision to join. It helps that my best friend and her boyfriend joined as well. Having friends there with you can really motivate you. We went tonight after work and though my knee hurts now, knowing that I did something that will ultimately help makes me proud of myself.

Hmm… what else? I went to my hometown of Flatwoods this weekend. It was nice to get away for a couple of days and see the fam. I noticed something though. We all talk about portion control and changing your eating habits. I went to Giovanni’s Pizza which is an awesome restaurant at home. I ended up eating way more carbs in one sitting than I had eaten in a long long time. As a result, I got kind of sick. It’s just interesting to see changes like that. Sorry to be graphic.

Kroger has Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen meals on sale this week in their buy 10 get $5 off deal. I went and bought 10 meals tonight and ate the chicken quesadilla. It was actually pretty good. Next time, I might make some black beans. I did eat the quesadilla with some chips and salsa which was really tasty. I got a couple of the frozen breakfasts too so we’ll see how those taste.

I hope things are good for everyone. Love love love!

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