Accountability=successful weight loss

At one point over the summer I realized I needed accountability with my food and drink intake. Even though I worked out almost every day I wasn’t monitoring my food intake and I wasn’t losing weight even though I wanted to get back to my goal weight.

I needed accountability with food tracking.

In the middle of June I rejoined Weight Watchers (just online) and started tracking my food again. I have had some downs–weeks where I wasn’t tracking or just didn’t want to track, weekends where I decided to be “off plan.”

At Week 2 I had to unexpectedly go to Tucson because my 90-year-old grandpa was going to have surgery. I decided because I knew I would likely be busy for the week that I would not worry about my caloric intake for that week.

Luckily all went well with my grandpa and his surgery. I spent a lot of time at the hospital. But I also was able to spend time with both of my parents, which included some eating out–drinking, Mexican food and other delicious stuff.

I recently hit my goal weight. I decided to lose 2 more pounds, which gives me a little wiggle room.

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Staying on track … or not

This past week I was in Tucson for a family matter: My 90-year-old grandpa had a tumor removed from his colon on Tuesday. Surgery is serious for everyone.

But for a 90-year old, well, that’s another story. I decided it was important for me to be home to visit with my grandpa and be there before, during and after the surgery for my grandpa, me, my dad and my family.

The week before I went out to Tucson I had started back on Weight Watchers Online. My first week on plan went well.

I debated on whether to try to continue on plan or to make it OK for myself to be off plan for the week. I decided to not worry about what I was eating and whether or not I was exercising (which I didn’t do once, unless you count taking the stairs at the hospital).

A great friend and avid reader and supporter, Jen, tried to post a comment on my post I love my family via her iPhone. She had difficulty. So instead she posted it on Go Fit Girl’s Facebook page.

Jen wrote: There’s always one food/fitness thing near and dear to my heart: stress … Continue reading

Are you being good?

Are you eating healthy? Are you on Plan (aka Weight Watchers Plan)?

For anyone who has tried to lose weight or tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle that can be a question you hear from your friends especially as you are trying to decide where to eat lunch.

I had a lunch date today. I have one on Thursday. And Curt and I are planning on having dinner on Thursday night.

So today when Melissa and I were trying to decide where to have lunch my only request was no Mexican and something with a healthy option. (I love Mexican food, but there are really no healthy options.)

Before we went to Vegas a couple of weeks ago my goal was to get back to my goal weight before hitting The Strip and that pool. I didn’t quite make it. And I ate and drank whatever I wanted while in Las Vegas. There was a birthday dinner last week and then guests in town.

So yesterday I decided it was time to get back to the healthy eating again. And I can’t use eating out as a reason or excuse to not make healthy choices.

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Quiet, loungy, lazy Christmas day

Because it is Christmas both the gym and yoga studio were closed today.

If the yoga studio had been opened I probably would have taken a yoga class today as there wouldn’t be any classes at the gym and it is rather difficult for me to get that motivated.

I had debated if I should go for a walk or try running. I hate running and I suck at it.

Then the other day in the mail I received a mini package in the mail from an old gym friend.

So my plan was that sometime this morning I would embark on the Holiday Workout, which claims to have holiday tunes and some tips.

The Holiday Workout never happened. Instead today there was lots of lounging, movie watching, a little knitting, a few naps. And you can’t forget about the eating and drinking.

Since I get up at 5 during the week for work my sleeping in on the weekends is normally around 6:30. Which is what time I got up today.

I got up and made a white chocolate mocha drink, grabbed a Mexican pastry and plopped myself on the couch under a blanket. I watched some Christmas movies, … Continue reading

UGH! Time for some sort of detox

I had a good weekend in Tucson. I saw lots of family, ate good food and had numerous drinks.

I knew there would be little if any healthy options to eat. Which I was completely OK with.

I hoped I would get a little yoga in with Hilda. We talked about doing yoga together.

But it never happened. Plus there was so much other stuff going on: running errands for my grandpa’s 90th birthday party; setting up for the party; breakfast with the family; other family obligations.

It’s OK. I will get back to the exercise again tomorrow.

My dad is a great cook (as is my mom) and made a big part of the dinner feast for my grandpa’s 90th birthday party. Grandpa wanted tacos. So we had tacos. The next day we had the chorizo breakfast.

Saturday we had a late breakfast with my mom and stepdad. Then later that day we had the party for Grandpa: good food and beers for me. Later that night a group of us headed to The Buffet for drinks.

Sunday was the chorizo breakfast. Then on to my mom’s to visit with my grandma and uncle and a cousin. My mom … Continue reading

Ready for the weekend?

As I do most Fridays I worked from home today. I also attended the 10 a.m. yoga class. I either take that class on Fridays or the now 5:30 p.m. class.

It was important for me to keep my exercise as regular as possible since I am going to Tucson this weekend. We are celebrating my grandpa’s 90th birthday. So there will be a lot of eating and drinking over the weekend. I mean, what better way to celebrate than with Mexican food and alcohol?

There will be lots of eating, drinking and running around town getting errands done for Grandpa’s party as well as getting family visits in over the short weekend.

I am hoping I can do some yoga with Hilda, my dad’s wife, once or twice over the weekend. She is a yoga instructor.

As long as we aren’t too busy I hope I can squeeze in some yoga with her. Or I guess I could do it myself. But that isn’t as fun.


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Really needing some motivation

Yesterday I broke my exercise streak. The horrendous commute home got me to my house a little after 6. My Wednesday night Hatha class with Baxter starts at 6.

I could have gone to the 7:30 class. But I wasn’t in the mood. Plus, I had to make and eat dinner and do all the things that needed to be done for the evening–shower, get gym bag together, get clothes ready for work. (I didn’t blog last night–so I didn’t need to do that.)

Yesterday a co-worker and I went to a taqueria for lunch. I had my leftovers for dinner plus two regular beers. So yesterday was anything but healthy.

Today at work, the cafe was serving chile relleno. Oh man. I had to have it for lunch. It was good. (Not as good as the one my aunt makes, which my nana used to make as well.)

I really had to motivate myself to hit the gym today. I wasn’t feeling it. I really needed some motivation. But I knew I had to work off some of that food and lack of exercise yesterday.

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2 daiquiris, 3 beers and a Bloody Mary

And that was just today.

I spent the past three days in Tucson. When I arrived Friday night there was an eegee’s slushie drink waiting for me in the car. I can’t think of a better way to arrive in Tucson. Well, having my mom meet me at baggage claim was pretty awesome, too.

When I got to my mom’s she asked if I was hungry. So she heated me up a few green corn tamales in the microwave. Oh, so yummy and so bad for you and me.

The following morning my aunt, uncle and cousins came over for breakfast. We had chorizo, menudo and Mexican pastries. All delicious and all NOT healthy. After that a visit to Grandma’s and a beer. Then back to Mom and Fred’s for some lounging and wine and cheese and bread. Then to my friend Shelly’s for a barbecue. Then to dinner with my mom, stepdad, brother, his girlfriend, along with a glass of wine and some pizza.

Sunday morning eggs, bacon and toast for breakfast. Then I headed to my grandpa’s for a visit and a beer. After that another visit to my grandma’s, where I was … Continue reading

Comfort food

This morning I went to the grocery to get this coming week’s food and to make a big pot of soup, enchiladas, rice and beans.

Unfortunately last week one of our friends lost his mother. In times like these it is hard to know what to do or what to say.

So we say we care, we are here for you, we love you, we are sorry … with food. Mexican comfort food. I make what I know well, what my mother taught me.

So this morning I started the big pot of Zesty Tomato-Thyme Soup. Then the enchiladas, rice and beans. The soup is mostly for me (about 45 or so calories per cup). But I did make extra soup to take over to our friend’s house sometime this week.

For the past week I have been working hard to make healthier food choices. So it was a little odd to be cooking deliciously unhealthy comfort food for someone else. Normally I probably would have made two batches of enchiladas–keep one for Curt and me.

But instead today I had soup for lunch …

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Yoga to end the workweek

I was crazy busy at the end of my workday but I made sure I was outta there at 5:10 so I could make my 5:30 yoga class, which I hadn’t attended in something like 6 weeks.

It was a good class. Tough, but good. The air doesn’t seem to be working in the classroom. So it was pretty sweaty. I still can’t imagine Bikram yoga. Jen, you are a superstar!

I know I have mentioned how work is busy and keeping me very occupied. But the end of the year is coming and there are so many things on my plate and new unanticipated projects popping up. Not quite sure how it is all gonna get done. But I am trying to make me a priority. And that is tough. I am adjusting my work arrival and leaving times on certain days to make sure I still make it to my classes and still work like a million hours a week.

So the exercise I seem to have taken control over. The food is another story. When I am stressed I tend to stuff my face with crap! When I am working long hours I don’t tend to take … Continue reading