Monday, February 28, 2011

Gained a half a pound

I needed a cute picture up here to brighten my day. So here is a cute puppy that looks really bored or maybe giving someone those cute puppy eyes that say PLEASE can I have what I want.

So I did my weigh in this morning and I was a half a pound up. I had an idea the was coming. I ate like crap Saturday and some of Sunday. I didn't go over my weekly points but I didn't do any real working out either.

So today I still have like 6 daily points left and I have 6 activity points. I walked the dog myself for an hour today and then with my hubby we went out again for almost anther hour. Plus I played a few minutes of Your Shape we got in from Gamefly. I wanted to try it before we buy it and already it works much better than the other game.

 I plan to play that tomorrow before or after my shift tomorrow. It depends on how I feel when I get up and what the weather is like. If I am really tired when I get up then I will wait until after my shift. I only work from 11-2 so I can fit it in. If the weather is  pretty good again I need to take the dog for another walk without the hubby. She has decided since I have not walked her all winter she is the boss. She is not behaving for me at all when we are out so It is back to a training collar of some sort so she can learn to listen to me again. I can't be dragged around by a German Shepherd it makes for a difficult walk.

This week I am prepared for the days at the end of the week when my fresh veggies and fruit might go bad. I got plenty of fresh for most of the week but if they don't last I also got a bunch of frozen. I went to Sams and saw they had giant bags of the few veggies I like and of fruit like strawberries, blueberries and a mix with papaya, mangoes and pineapple with no sugar added. If they are not super sweet I can add a tiny bit of sugar but I shouldn't need to. I can also make my favorite syrup and pancakes where I just put my choice of fruit in my food processor and then pour it into a pan with 1tablespoon of sugar and heat and serve. I have a whole wheat pancake mix that needs used.

So this week is off to a great start. I work a lot of short shifts and even twice in one day but I think I can get a work out in a few days this week and if it stays above freezing I can take a lot of walks with my hubby and Asuka the German Shepherd who wants to pull my arm off so she can go swim in all the giant puddles. I should have some weight loss this week if I keep on task with my eating and working out.

The has been one thing that has really been bothering me and I think I may have solved the problem last night. I can't seem to fall asleep no matter what time I go to bed I have not been able to fall asleep for at least an hour. I took a night time cold medicine pill to see if it would help. It did I was out in about 20 minutes. So next time I go to the store I will get something for sleep. I don't want to keep taking cold pills but I need the sleep. So I am going to try to go to bed around the same time every-night and get up around the same time everyday. Hopefully once I develop a pattern I won't need to take anything. If I still can't fall asleep right away I will go to my doctor and make sure it is safe to take the over the counter stuff for long periods.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Work, Work and More Work.

My week has been a little strange this week with all the extra shifts I picked up. I had trouble organizing my time around my shifts. I work at home so I should have done better. It was my first week without an overnight shift. My 12.5 hour shift is a day shift now. I liked it much better and I have been sleeping better.

This week went well except that I didn't organize my free time as well as I should have. I had plenty of time to work out and get blogs posted and clean but I just didn't.  On a typical day I only work 3-4 hours so if I were to organize my time I could get a lot more done. 

Lets move on from my first mistake this week to the second one. I did very well on my eating plan until yesterday. As I said I was home working a 12.5 hour shift and the phones were ringing a lot more than my overnight shift. I got hungry and I had nothing planned for dinner and not much healthy left for the week. My back up Smart Ones pizza was not going to be enough and I was all out of lunch meat and veggies to snack on. I was not prepared and I let myself get so hungry that I ate 5 pieces of the pizza I ordered. I ordered thing crust but I am kind of sure that was a mistake this time. I might have felt full faster if I had ordered regular crust. 

For God only knows what reason I still didn't feel full. I didn't eat anymore because I knew I was being ridiculous as it was. I finished a little over half a medium pizza and I am have no idea how many points that is but I am just going to say it is all my weekly points and maybe then some. I ordered pizza because it could all be done online between calls. I didn't have to put any calls on hold and my hubby would be up by the time the pizza guy came to the door. I should have ordered Chinese but every time I tried to do something for myself a call came in and I value my job over my growling stomach.

So now I know that I need to have something that is super easy for dinner on Saturdays. I was up at 6am and I am hungry for dinner much earlier than usual. So if need be I should run to the store midweek for some extra veggies to snack on (some of mine went bad by then) and something for dinner. I either need to find something healthy that can be thrown in the microwave or something I don't have to cook at all. 

Aside from the two big mistakes this week things were great. I earned extra money and before yesterday I was doing great on the diet. I have not weighed much this week so Monday will tell if I made a huge mess of things or not. I would be happy to have maintained my first weeks weight loss after what I did yesterday.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weight Watchers Working With my Lifestyle

Well things are looking good here. I have been working this morning on a survey for a side project I am working on with my mentor and another nice woman.

I just thought I would stop in and post an update. I have been doing very well on my diet. I was really hungry and yesterday and I felt like I ate a ton but because I made good food choices I stayed with in my daily points.

I have picked up a quite a few extra day shifts now that my 12 hour shift is a day shift. I had a very stressful and busy day on Monday. We had an ice storm and many people with power out. I had a lot of calls from people needing somewhere to stay. It was one of those days that was super rewarding because I really did get to help people. I don't mind the stress when the results are great. I say this to say now that I am getting good sleep I like my job again. I am going to pick up more shifts and may not be able to update this site daily.

I am still trying to organize my time so that I get a work out in 3-5 days a week but I this is the area I have the most trouble with. I have been doing well planning my weekly meals and buying healthy snacks but now I really have to get on the ball and get the activity in. Once the weather breaks most days I go for an hour walk with the hubby and dog. There were a few nice days last week that I went out but after the ice storm I have not been outdoors much.

I think I am going to start looking at it as some activity is better than none. I might start with a 20-30 minute workout most days then work my way up to a longer workout. I am still loosing weight without a lot of working out and I am thinking once I get closer to healthy weight exercise won't be as hard on my knees and my bad hip. I weighed in on Mondays and was down 4.5 pounds and I am trying not to weigh everyday again. The first week it felt good to weight everyday because I was down a good .5 pound a day. I know from experience the first week sometimes two I loose a bunch and then I get discouraged the next weeks because I only loose maybe 1.5-2.5 pounds or sometimes less. So I am really trying not to get obsessed with the scale.

I do want to say when I first started the new program I thought they were just changing the plan to make people buy new stuff. I was mad that my old cookbooks were worthless and everything else I bought less that two years ago was worthless. I thought they did it to get more money and I am sure it helps with revenues. I also was not sure the plan would work for me because my success on it the last time was minimal.  I was wrong. On the old plan I could eat a lot of high sugar, low fat stuff and now they have a higher emphasis on the sugar or carbohydrates. So sugary and starchy things which I tend to gravitate towards are much higher in points.

It is working and I am very happy about it.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Applebees and Weight Watchers

Yesterday I am searching around  the Weight Watchers website and I see someone talking about Applebees. They said they have a complete list of nutritional information for all there food. So I go there and find a few meals with very low points value but what I really wanted was a steak. I found an entire steak meal for 10 points and one for 13 points. I decided it was time to break out the gift card we received for Christmas and head out to dinner.

The 13 point meal also had veggies, potatoes and a few shrimp. It was amazing and I didn't go over my daily points. Here is what I ate yesterday:
1 banana
1 cup 2% milk (in my coffee because I need calcium but don't love milk)

2 oz. ham
2 pieces of Pepridge Farm very thing whole wheat bread
1/4 oz of Cheese
16  Ranch multigrain chips

Yo Crunch parfait
Weight Watchers oatmeal raisin cookie

7 oz steak with garlic sauce and shrimp
Steamed Potatoes
Steamed mixed veggies

At the end of the day I used 29 points. I went to the grocery store yesterday and got fat free milk and a ton of veggies and fruit and some Weight Watchers 1 point cheese slices. Lunch meat seems to be the way to go for lunch so I picked another lean meat so my points would remain low.

I want to stay in my daily points range as often as possible and stay away from using my weekly points. I have been working it so that I eat something like a yogurt for breakfast and then if I am still hungry I have some fruit. So if I eat my daily points and I am still hungry I know it is better for me to use my weekly points than to feel like giving up on my diet. If I am not hungry there really is no need to eat something else. Knowing that I have days when I am not really hungry and days when I am ravenous and want to devour all the contents of the refrigerator I realize it is better just to play it by ear.

I am loving this program though as long as I plan well I can have just about anything I want. I only cook dinner for my hubby because we live on different shifts. For him the meal I cook is lunch. I can plan meals for him if he wants something really bad and eat a Smart Ones pizza or something. I can also plan higher point dinners if I plan the rest of my day around low points. Tonight we are having omelets I will be having mine with 1 egg and 2 egg whites, mushrooms, onions, WW cheese, with a tsp of olive oil to cook it in. My hubby chose his own filling and he will use regular cheese and full eggs.

So things are looking good as long as I can stay organized and keep my meals planned. I am fed up with how overweight I am. Healthy weight range for me is 106-132 and I am in a hurry to get to the 132 mark as I know I will feel much better then. That is about 20 pounds away so I am hoping for a good 2 pounds a week of weight loss. That would be 10 weeks from now putting me at my first goal (Healthy Weight) by the end of April. My ultimate goal is to stay between 115-120 all the time this way I never go over my goal weight and if I do I know I have to get back on track.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Encouraging News From the Scale Today

I know I said I was not going to weigh in everyday but I tend to like to the first few weeks of any diet plan. So I started Monday at about 155 maybe a half pound lighter and today I weight 151.5.  Even if I didn't loose a full 3.5 pounds because of daily fluctuations I did loose some weight. That means the workouts and the diet are working. My official Weight Watchers weigh in is Monday. I have like 30 of my weekly points left and a bunch of activity points.

The new WW plan does seem to frown on a lot of sugary carbs. I think the plan is better than what I was on before as it helps make healthier choices without sacrificing many of the foods I love. I was extremely aggravated at first that my favorite yogurt was 6 points. I found one for 4 points and just ate fruit with it since that is 0 points.  I have a yogurt to try today with a low amount of suclarose in it that is only two points. I don't know if I can eat because I get migraines when I have any of those sweeteners. I figure since it is one of the last ingredients I might be okay. Splenda or suclarose are the only sweeteners other than sugar that I seem to be able to tolerate in low amounts.

For some reason today I am not super hungry. I had a banana for breakfast with a cup of milk that I put in my coffee. I don't love milk but I need the calcium so I put it in coffee. I plan to have the 2 pt yogurt for a snack soon and that will add up to only 5 points for today.

Lunch will be a sandwich on very thin whole wheat bread with 2 oz of ham and a tiny bit of cheese served with 16 ranch flavored multi-grain Pringles. That meal is 8 points. I have fruit to snack on and I hope to go somewhere for dinner tonight. I am thinking Applebees as they have WW meals....well at least they did last time I went there.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The scale was not my enemy today.

I was down another half a pound making it 153.5 today. I don't want to make a habit of getting on the scale everyday but some days I just feel like I could be pleasantly surprised.

I am meeting a friend for lunch today so I have not had a lot of points because I am not sure what I can eat when I get there. I did however pop in the step video Kim Kardashian: Fit In Your Jeans by Friday: Butt Blasting Cardio Step and it made me realize how horribly out of shape I am. It looks easy and I am pretty sure to anyone who works out on a regular basis that it is. I did a little over half the video and I was dripping buckets of sweat and felt like I might pass out.

So I got about 30 minutes in and I am hoping to get a walk with the dog and hubby in this evening since the weather is starting to cooperate. I still can not believe that I am this out of shape maybe I will have to do the video again with out a step and just pretend it is there until I get all the moves down and can do them without passing out.

So after lunch with one friend I get to hang out with another friend and then I have to make it home in time to walk with my hubby. I have such a great day planned for today. Hope you all have a great days as well.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Off to bed

Well I am off to bed here in a minute hopefully going to bed by 11 I will be asleep before midnight and able to get up by 8. I need to get up early because I have lunch with one friend and then I am going to another friends house to hang out for a bit.

I had a great work out today and I really want to get one in before I go tomorrow. I did an hour on the elliptical and I really kept my heart rate up most of the time. Sadly I just barely made it through the hour without passing out and I only got 3.1 miles in. I have not been pushing myself hard enough. I need to work harder during my workouts.

My food plan was not derailed today. We had veggies to munch on at the meeting I had today and I have even been able to use up some of the not so good food in the house by planning it with my points. I want to get to the store either tomorrow or Saturday because I need much more fruit and veggies. I want them to snack on because most don't cost points. I know this means I will probably have to go to the store several times a week until late spring but I will just have to suck it up and do it.

I hope the scale gives me better news next time I weigh in but that remains to be seen.

Not Cool!

Well today I got on the scale to see how bad things were. I was at 154 after a few crazy days. Two weeks ago I was down to 152 the last time I weighed. Then I had a week of eating poorly because I didn't plan and I started this week off well but I that was like two days of good eating then I was thrown off track by my weirdo schedule.

So today I am going to try to get back on track. I have had an excellent morning as I am trying to get back to a day shift schedule. I went to bed at 1am and was not asleep till closer to 2am but I did get up at 10 am and I hope to push it up an hour until I am getting up at 6:30am everyday. That is just before my hubby gets home. I hope working out more will help me get to sleep faster too. I usually have to go to bed about an hour earlier so I have time to fall asleep.

I just have to remember that my setback is temporary. I have a new and improved schedule and I will be able to manage healthy eating and working out much better. I just need to organize my time daily and fit things in.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

20 Hour Days Do a Number on the Diet

I had enough activity points and extra weekly points to get through my overnight shift. Sadly I used more of them than I wished too. Just means no giant ice cream or half a pizza on the weekend.

I am SOOOO glad that I will not have to do another overnight shift again! Well maybe if there is some sort of emergency but for the most part I am on days again. Life will be so much simpler so I really don't care that I am giving up my Saturdays. It is not forever just until I find a better job. I might even find a position within the company I work for if I continue on there.

Now that things are looking up there I am able to pick up day shifts there and other projects that other people might have for me during the week. I am feeling good about this job again and while I continually want to improve myself and look for a better job I don't feel like there is a rush. I have normal hours and when I do work extra shifts they will be during the hours I would normally be awake.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thanks to an awesome co-worker

Today I went in for my monthly meeting with my supervisor. I ran into the co-worker who picked up the Saturday day shift and we talked and she decided to switch shifts with me. I am so happy and thankful I could just jump for joy.

I just wanted to thank God for the circumstances that made this possible and give a huge thanks to the wonderful woman who made this possible.

I will now have an easier time picking up extra day shifts and I will be able to get on a reasonable sleep schedule. I won't be tired all the time. So that is a huge stress off my shoulders plus it takes away my fear of not getting enough hours.

I will continue my search for that awesome job that no one can refuse but it doesn't feel so urgent. I will also be able to get into a good workout and healthy eating groove. I am just super excited!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Did great on the diet today

Well today is relative in this case by the time I finish this post is will be tomorrow. I plan to go to bed no later than 2am. I will have a busy day tomorrow so I don't know if I will get to post.

So I get 29 Weight Watchers points a day plus 49 extra points a week. I used 27 today and I am not hungry. I am sure that won't happen everyday but it was reasonably easy to track. I am sure as I loose weight that will change.

The thing that gets me is I went for a 45 minute walk with my hubby and the dog and spend 45 minutes on the  elliptical and I am not hungry. I am tired but not hungry. I have a mountain of laundry to fold and put away so that will take me some time. Other than that I don't know what I will do to stay awake for 2 more hours.

I have a meeting with my supervisor tomorrow and I work overnight so I am not sure if I will get a good work out in but I am going to try. I really need to get to working out more regularly. I seem to be stuck with the idea that if I can't do at least an hour at a time that it is not worth doing it at all. I don't know for sure where that came from but I think a the personal trainer I went to see said something like that.

So I am hoping to remember to weight in in the morning I just guessed for the start of my plan. I think it was last week or so when I weighed in at 152 one day but I have been really bad with my eating. So I guessed 155 and that is so heavy for me. I have 35 pounds to loose and I really need to tone up. I am really motivated today to take charge of this.

It felt good to fit into smaller clothes when I went shopping and I know it will feel really good for those same clothes to be a little big on me. I can work with clothes that are too big but I just have to buy new ones when they are too small.

Weight Watchers Online


I get a lot of cards in the mail for joining Weight Watchers again for free. I don't like going to meetings as I am not one to make friends with strangers just because we share a weight loss goal. It isn't that I don't like to talk with people that share my goals it is that when you meet face to face with people like that they start to share other things. I don't share deep dark secrets here so why would I do it in a meeting.

Now if some of my friends wanted to go I might go with them because we could support each other. We could privatively discuss some of the major emotional issues that keep us from staying motivated. I share here many of the issues and setbacks that i have but  I am not an open book. I don't like to share issues that might bite me in the ass later.

So I decided to join online to kick-start my diet plan. I am not having any success staying on my low carb diet at all. So I know I had some success the last time I was on Weight Watchers and decided to give it a try again. They make it pretty easy to count the points with there online system so now I just have to do it everyday.

I am still not sure how to work my overnight shift. I can't go all night without eating but should I start counting any calories I eat after midnight as the next day? I usually am up on Tuesday-Wednesday about 20 hours and I have a hard time dividing my food on that day. Mainly because I am up again on Wednesday around 3pm to 2 or 3am. Sometimes I try just get a few hours sleep and then get up so I will be tired all day but be able to sleep around midnight or so. I really wish I could get used to this schedule. I sleep 5 or 6 hours one night and 10 the next to try to make up for it.

Anyway I am getting back on track with my eating. With this plan I can eat just about anything I want as long as I keep a balance. I still need to plan my food and maybe I will get better at it if I just keep plugging away at the different plans until I find something that works for me. I do like the results I get from not eating too many carbs so I will start to learn to plan meals that are low in carbs but I won't make myself crazy if I have a lazy night and end up having turkey dogs on whole wheat buns with some potatoes for a side. I just have to figure out how to balance it so I am not overeating any one food group.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Back to the store today.

I went on the safe side and got a lot of things I liked in large yesterday and a few in medium. I tried on all the large tops and they looked big but I was sure the mediums would be too small. I got tired of trying things on and picked up a few mediums. Khols clearance racks were amazing. When I came home to try things on with the clothes I already have I found that the mediums fit well and were actually much more flattering in most styles of clothes that I bought. So I have to go back and exchange some things. I also found one thing that didn't match like I thought it would so I have to take that back too. Other than that it was a great day. I didn't even spend a whole paycheck.

I only shop for clothes about once every two or three years so I think I did pretty well. The most I do between clothes shopping trips is buy some bras or underwear and if needed buy something one outfit for something. Hence the one outfit I have worn to interviews and to meetings at work. I am really excited to have some nice clothes that fit nicely.

I also got a pair of dress shoes and two pairs of boots. Everything I bought was on clearance and I am really excited to have more clothes to wear. As it was I was still wearing my work clothes from Daniels most of the time because I refused to buy more clothes as fat as I was.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Shopping Tomorrow

As you may know I have been looking for a second part time job or something that will work around my schedule. Also the perfect job would be know the one where I make 20 dollars an hour doing something I love. I doubt I have applied for anything like the dream job but I have applied for several jobs that would give me extra hours and maybe get my foot in the door somewhere where I have the potential to land a great position someday. I have even applied for other positions where I currently work.

The problem is that I had to borrow clothes the week I had training for my current job. I have exactly one jacket to wear and nothing really nice to wear underneath it. I have one pair of pants and a few skirts but almost nothing I can wear on top. I am sure going in a skirt and a bra is not a good plan. I am also pretty sure that they are on to me when I show up in the office in the same thing for every meeting.

Oh and lets not forget the pair of shoes I have. I have one pair of flats but they were cheap and they are starting to fall apart. I also have an awesome pair of heels but they are also falling apart and I think one of the heels will break soon. I get attached to my shoes and I just wear them out. I suppose it could be worse I could buy a pair of shoes for each outfit.

So I really hate shopping and I wanted to go by myself today. That didn't happen because of a last minute birthday party. I am going to go tomorrow by myself because I like to go to the store load my cart and head back to the dressing rooms. I like to try things on as fast as I can and move on. I don't like to browse I just like to find what I can quickly.

I would never buy new clothes and shoes if the old ones still fit I am not very fashionable. I try to buy very basic things and wear them until they can no longer be fixed. So this is not going to be fun for me especially since I have a bunch of size 5 and below dress clothes in the closed that I can even squeeze into.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I am a bad blogger

Well I am really having some trouble adjusting to my night shifts. I am not always a zombie like when I was trying to reverse my schedule just two days a week but I am not feeling like doing anything.

No that I am realizing that a lot of my issues are because of my lack of a regular schedule I am really regretting not applying for the day shift on the weekend. At least then I would have been much closer to a regular schedule.

I wonder why I have so much trouble seeing things about myself when the right opportunity has passed my by. If I had applied and gotten that shift I would have been able to take a lot more day shift hours during the week as well. All I could think about was when my hubby does take a day off it is Saturday.

Now if my brain had been working right I would have realized my hubby would be sleeping about 8 of the 12 hours I would have been working. That would mean I would be tired but I would still have time to spend with him in the evening. Not only that if I worked on Saturdays I might have better luck finding a second part time job or for that matter I might be able to keep this job and work another full time job.

I really could use some extra money right now. My hubby is working 7 days a week and we are doing a good job saving. We have had a few setbacks on the savings front with an $1100 dollar vehicle repair and $1000 deductible for the duplex that had a tree fall on it and my hubby going to the emergency room for a nail in his foot. Good thing we had been saving because we had no problem paying for all that. This all happened in December and January well that is when the bills came in.

I really wanted to move from here before the spring but I don't see that happening. I am not in the mood for the loud people that seem to come out in droves when the weather gets nice. The houses are very close together here and even if someone next door to you is just talking in a normal voice you can hear them with you windows open. So add alcohol and a large group of people and you have loud drunk people who you can hear their entire conversation. Then you have fighting and sometimes music. Now if it only happened on weekends I would just deal with it but around here it is can happen all week long. I usually end up closing my windows and turning a fan or two on to block the noise or turning the air on well before its time.

To say the least I am not looking forward to the summer in this house. It is really getting to me and I am feeling desperate to make(and save) some more money so my hubby can feel comfortable moving. I really want to move out into the country with a few acres. I would like at least two with a good distance between houses. I don't want to be able to hear my neighbors unless they want me to hear them. I want a nice big garden with a bunch of veggies and some herbs. I also want berry bushes and strawberries everywhere I can fit them. Don't get me wrong I don't hate people I just want peace and quiet especially when I decide to sleep.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Nearly Killed Myself Shoveling Snow

So today I have had to rest some. I tried to shovel like a foot of snow from my drive way myself. My hubby did the walkway but not the driveway.We came home last night and couldn't park in the driveway and someone was parked in front of our house.  Now my arms and my back are sore. I feel better now than I did when I got up so hopefully that means tomorrow I will be back in good condition. I worked a few hours today and I am working a little at a time on light household chores. I didn't even get the drive way that well because it was too heavy at the bottom. I am such a wimp!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Plans Ruined by Snow Today

Well we got another blast of snow here. I was going to use one of my gift cards and go out to eat tonight with the hubby. As long as it isn't fast food I can usually find a good grilled chicken salad or something that is not too bad for me that tastes really good. Instead I had two pieces of a frozen pizza.  I still have only had 1205 calories today so I didn't do too bad. I am going to have a glass of milk after I work out again tonight or maybe a yogurt.

I did sort of a work out today. I didn't get my heart rate up really high but I did a lot of stretching and yoga stuff while watching television. I also kicked it up a little with some boxing moves at times but not too much I did that for almost an hour and a half. I am going do more later and get my heart rate up higher. I didn't do my workout yesterday so I felt like I had to do something.

Well tomorrow is another day.

Friday, February 4, 2011

No More Sweet Stuff in This House

Okay I was really bad last night I just couldn't stay away from the sweet cinnamon bread I made. No more sweet stuff in this house. I don't have a huge problem staying away from the salty stuff but the sweets are my downfall.

If it is not in the house I can't eat it. So we just won't be buying anymore sweet stuff. I have reasonably healthy sweet stuff like yogurt and oatmeal and that will have to do. I don't want to gain these pounds back.

I did stand for a good 3 hours yesterday while doing chores and computer stuff. I also did about 45 minutes of a good cardio workout on the Xbox. So that makes my activity level much higher. Right now I am standing at the kitchen counter typing. I am trying to get my body used to being more active and standing instead of sitting is just the first step.

I hate to admit it but most days I spend most of my waking hours sitting. I get up and watch something on netflix or get on the computer in my chair. Even if I work I sit at my desk and that has got to change. I can make simple changes and just stand while I work and while I do all the computer stuff I do.

So today is a new day and I am working again on being more active and eating healthy.
For breakfast I had:
Hazelnut Latte oatmeal
A lot of coffee
Milk with my coffee about half a cup

I have my meals loosely planned for the rest of today but I should be able to stay at 1200 calories today with no problem.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Down 4 Pounds Now!

Yeah I weighed again this morning. I don't want to get addicted to weighing but I am seeing results like crazy. I don't even know why for sure. I am trying to stay more active during the day so even if I don't get a work out I am burning more calories. Like right now I am standing up at my kitchen counter typing this post.

I am trying to stand more and move more even if that means just walking around the house more. I can't wait until the weather gets better because in the few days I have tried to stay busier I have also wanted to go for a nice walk with the dog. I don't want to go now because of the massive amount of snow we had dumped on us Tuesday and Wednesday. I also don't like to go if there is still a lot of snow or ice on the ground. I don't like the cold but what I hate is that I always seem to fall on the ice. The fall results in pain and a few days of rest so it really isn't worth it.

I sort of cheated yesterday on my diet but since I am counting calories now I didn't do that bad. I had around 1500 calories yesterday only because I made a quick bread and had 3 pieces at over 200 each. I didn't eat them all at once but I just couldn't stay away.

I did have a piece for breakfast today but I have not touched it since. I am sure I will be able to keep my calories pretty low today even with the bread I just have to plan low calorie meals the rest of the day. I also plan to do a good 1/2 an hour or more of the boxing on my Xbox game tonight.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wasted Day

So I went to bed at 7:30am after my long overnight shift. The offices were closed today because of the snow storm so I worked 4-7. That gave me plenty of time for adequate sleep. Except that my hubby (not his fault) got a crazy case of the hiccups and woke me up. After going back and forth upstairs and downstairs he finally took a blanked downstairs and tried to sleep.

That was not the worst of it all the kids had school off too. I slept okay with snow shoveling and snowblowers it is kind of a constant noise. The kids that kept ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door were making me seriously angry. I know they just wanted to earn a few bucks but they would not stop. I didn't want to get up and put clothes on answer the door. My hubby was not dressed to answer the door either and the dog barked at them until they went away.

So I am living on like three good hours of sleep. I am trying to keep my calories between 1200-1400 a day and I don't think that will be difficult today because I will not really be awake that much. I usually don't weight daily but when I got up this morning afternoon I was hoping for some sort of good news. I lost another half a pound so I say that was great news. I am down 3.5 pounds now. That is pretty exciting.

I stood for five hours of my shift and I worked to stay busy before my shift last night. I know it isn't exercise but it is better than sitting and relaxing all the time. I am kind of lazy today but I plan to be up and about more tomorrow. I am on call tomorrow but only until 7pm so I should be able to get a good evening work out in.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I was scared...

When I stepped on the scale this morning after my week or so of not doing much in the way of working out and dieting. I was pleasantly surprised I lost another pound.

I am not sure how that happened but I will take what I can get. I did count calories yesterday but I am sure that didn't do the trick. I have still been eating a lot smaller portion sizes even when I ate bad for me stuff. I used to eat at least four pieces of pizza and some cheese bread now I am luck if I can eat three slices and no bread. Even that depends on the pizza if it is thin crust I eat three if it is regular I eat two.

I am back to calorie counting and trying to keep under 1600 calories a day on most days. I am still going to have days that I cheat but not entire weeks. I know the low carb diet works faster but I can't seem to stay on it. I have my Weight Watchers food tracking book that I am using to journal what food I have eaten and the calories. I have no intention of counting the points.

I work tonight for 12.5 hours and I am going to try to spend a few of those hours standing and maybe marching in front of my desk. It won't be good cardio but it will be more activity than I have had this past week. I realized how out of shape I am a while ago but I got a blinding slap in the face yesterday when I felt like I was going to die after cleaning the bathroom. Granted I had put it off for quite some time and it needed a lot of scrubbing but I shouldn't have had a huge back ache just from cleaning the tub.

So my goal is to get more active daily even if that means less computer time or even standing while on the computer instead of reclining in my comfy chair. If I make some simple changes and keep eating less and healthier I might just loose about a pound a week. I have at least 30 pounds to loose so I can hopefully loose it in less than a year. As soon as spring hits I am naturally more active and I love fresh fruits when the weather breaks.