Weekly Weigh In- Phase2 Week4

Weigh In Results Time:

Week: 4

Date: 2-25-15

Weigh In Location: Home- Due to early meetings NO EXCUSES not to weigh in!!

Weight Loss/Gain  -4.4

Phase 2Total Loss 14.2

Grand Total Loss 45.4

How I am feeling physically: Physically I feel totally fine right now. This means two things- 1. I am improving and 2. I am not working out hard enough. I should at least have some sore calves or abs or something- come on! So note to self- step up those workouts!!! I also recently got an app that gives you a blood pressure reading (its crazy what phones can do- do I sound 100 years old??) Anyway, I am a little higher than where I should be. Nothing crazy but I would like to get myself down into the “normal range”. Workouts alone have already impacted my resting heart rate. I now rest between 64-74 bpm and that was DEFINITELY not the case before. So, here is to health progress and not just cosmetic progress!

How I am feeling emotionally: Well,obviously I am excited for a good loss this week. However, just as I was honest with myself last week- I had to bust out that truth bomb again today. While this is great it doesn’t define me. I need to work just as hard or harder to keep my momentum going. Also, a solid loss like that is not permission to “celebrate” with food. I read a quote recently that said “Dont reward yourself with food- you aren’t a dog.” How telling that is to a disordered way of thinking about food. There was a time when I was still failing learning about this that I probably would have thought I have another week until I hit the scales so why not have that slice or have that ice cream or extra glass of wine. And now I KNOW that you don’t let up. It is all day everyday. Stick to your plan, plan your indulgences ahead of time so you have plenty of good choices all around them, and YOU be in control. It feels good to get that and even better to finally be putting it into practice.

Photo from the week:

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Once Upon A Snow Storm

Happy Monday!!!! Did you have as much trouble as I did getting back into the work week groove today??? Thank goodness for coffee is all I can say!

IMG_3096 (400x400)I think this crazy weather is partly to blame for my Monday blues. Like I mentioned last week it has been snow, snow, and more snow here in Virginia. We were pretty much snowed in for several days straight. That can start to drive a girl crazy…. Exhibit A-

snow5Luckily on Saturday morning I got a bit of a reprieve. Even though there was another big snow on the way we made the slow icy trip to Target (lame I know) just to get out of the house for a bit. Have you ever wondered what the Target parking lot looks like in snow storm?? Well wonder no more. ;)

snow7After being stuck indoors for days on end this seriously felt like Christmas morning. I was way too happy to be buying tape, DVDs and juice. I needed nothing and yet managed to spend $60.00. I am pretty sure Target is a witch.

Since we were already out and about the hubs and I headed downtown for an early lunch and human contact. There are loads of people who live downtown so it was actually pretty busy Saturday and nice to be social.

snow10 snow12 snow11I got to bust out my knitted UGGs which is always a good time. I don’t care how much that trend dies down- I will always have a special place in my heart for UGGs. #Basic ;) And speaking of UGGs I had a little NSV- Non Scale Victory this weekend. My boots slipped up over my calves like a champ and stayed put! No jerking them up every five minutes because they had no choice but to buckle under the pressure of my chubby calves. It was a nice feeling- one of many to come I hope!

snow8After lunch we really had no choice but to go home. Ice was on the way and we didn’t want to risk being safe for a few minutes out. We may have hit a wine store downtown to stock up before the journey home though. And remember that cabin fever I was talking about? It causes a serious case of the sillies which means laughing like fools at your “wine chilling system” in the yard.

snow9Our neighbors invited us over for game night and we spent hours and hours laughing and playing cards. It was definitely nice to slow down the pace for a weekend.

snow4 snow3Sunday the hubs and I decided to be productive on our last “snow day”. We cleaned our little house tippy top to bottom and I made a hearty and healthy dinner of apricot chicken, green beans, and brown rice. Not a bad way to end the weekend!

snow6I made it a point to track every bite this weekend and stay within my allotted Points Plus range. While my workouts have been a bit on the sad side I am looking forward to this week’s weigh in and really really looking forward to getting back to regular workouts!

As for tonight I am off to create a new Black Bean and Corn Fritter Recipe! Until Next Time!!

 

Perspective Is Kind Of A Sneaky Bitch

Brrrr… Is anyone else buried under a massive pile of blankets tonight??? It is super cold here and the forecast is calling for….more cold, snow, and ice. Luckily, I have managed to slide out of my neighborhood for some work meetings and errands. Normally when we see snow here it is melted and all but gone in a day or so. It is crazy to see piles of snow and ice everywhere I go! To keep it in perspective it is also kind of beautiful. But you know what else is beautiful??? Sunshine and blue skies. ;)

winter2 winterAnd speaking of perspective- I am starting to learn what an important role that plays in weight loss. As you might remember last spring I had a medical scare that led to a pretty big turning point in my life.  The end game was changing a lot of things in my life for the better. I got a handle on my health and dove into a weight loss and fitness routine. In fact, I lost around 45 pounds that summer and I felt great. I felt strong, happy, healthy, and pretty (just being honest).

IMG_2473 (400x400)At that time my perspective was that I had crossed over to a good place and I was “fine”. I actually felt so great that I got sloppy with my regimen. I was back to trying with a little t- not really giving my all. Sure I never went back to my “old ways” of doing/eating/drink whatever I felt like but I gradually let some bad habits sneak back in (skipping workouts, too much coffee, too much stress) and that led to gaining back 12 or so pounds. That may not seem like much but when you have SO FAR to go you really cant afford setbacks.

voice-head-liarAnyway, I didn’t beat myself up because kindness is something I try to practice with everyone, including myself, but I knew that permanent changes needed to be made. My health and well being means more to me than being ruled by stress, laziness, and weird food issues. So, I put my grown up pants on and got back to work.

In a couple of weeks back on plan I have “re-lost” those 12 pounds and I am sitting just exactly where I was this summer weight wise when I felt soooo great that I gave myself too much slack.

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boiled egg 5And you know what is weird? My perspective has TOTALLY shifted. Do I feel strong, happy, healthy, and beautiful at this weight now? Ummm no. I feel like a hot mess. Don’t get me wrong- I am certainly glad to be back on track and working toward better health and fitness but I had no business stopping at this weight and saying “Yeah this will do”- no business at all.

cat3That is the funny thing about weight loss- When things start to feel better- when WE start to feel better we start thinking, “Yeah I could live here” because it is so much better than where I was living before. And wow do I get that. I get it 100%. However, the place I am headed (we are heading) is so much better. Why should we ever settle for anything less?? There are a lot of things about this process that suck but there are a lot of wonderful things too. You get to be a little better every single day… that is pretty amazing.

thanks3I have set myself a series of goals with an actual “end zone” in mind. I have never done this before because it seems so huge and so far but I know now how important it is to keep my eye on that prize. I wont let my perspective trick me into complacency ever again. I am really looking forward to feeling happy, healthy, strong, and beautiful and then reminding myself there is still so much more to come.

Happy Friday!!!!