Holiday and vacation weight gain

For all the crap, sweets, fatty foods I ate and all the beer and wine I drank I have to say the weight gain as a total isn’t bad. I have to lose 5.4 pounds to get back to my goal weight.

Today is Day 1 of eating much healthier. It’s hard. But I am resisting the urge to eat crap.

For breakfast I had coffee and instant oatmeal. For lunch I had salad with spritzer and Zesty-Tomato Thyme soup. For a snack I am having an apple with peanut butter.

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Vacation weight gain

So from Sept. 12-28 I was on vacation. From about September 1 to present I have been on vacation from being on plan.

And in that time I only gained two pounds. (I am 5 pounds away from my goal weight.) And I drank A LOT of beer while in Europe. I also did A LOT of walking.

I was determined starting Monday to get back on plan with food and exercise. Monday I went to yoga. And Monday through Wednesday I was pretty on track with food. But the exercise has been lacking. I have been exhausted and don’t think I can handle spin, etc. And today I attacked the candy bowl on my desk.

I am hoping things go better next week. But then next weekend my mom is in town … and there will be some homemade Mexican food going on.

Challenges will always come along. How I take them on is my choice.

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Getting back on track

While in Europe I pretty much ate and drank whatever I wanted. I do believe when you are on vacation one should enjoy themselves: enjoy the culture. And a lot of that has to do with the food and alcoholic beverages. One good thing about Europe is there is a lot of walking.

But my vacation is over. And it is time to get back on track and that started today.

I woke up nice and early–gotta love that jet lag. I went to yoga and ran a couple of errands. (I took today off from work–will go back tomorrow.)

I also have started eating much better. I soy latte and oatmeal for breakfast; Brussels sprouts and brown rice for lunch. Not sure what’s for dinner yet.

I plan to weigh-in tomorrow and see what kind of damage I did. Though I am not too worried. Whatever … I am now back on track and that is all that matters.

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Spin class is a stress reliever

I am in major stress load. Between trying to get things done at work, not having a working computer at work (working on a loaner laptop–two days so far), trying to get things done around the house before we take off for Europe on Saturday and the fact that my boss has a new boss starting (we thought Monday), now tomorrow afternoon …

Spin was a really hard class. But I really tried to put my all in it. Even though I was thinking about all the stuff I had to do this evening, tomorrow, Saturday, etc. I had no where to go for an hour and focused on me and working hard.

I feel a little better. I am actually rather hungry and a little tired.

I have been trying to keep up with my workouts even though this week has been rather busy and stressful. Walk at Muir Woods on Monday, spin Tuesday (though that class I started to feel bad–like I was gonna throw up and pass out. weeeee, fun!), yoga Wednesday, spin tonight. I hope for one more yoga and one more spin class before I head out. But we’ll see.

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Last few pounds are killer

So when I was first losing weight, the last 10 pounds were the hardest.

Since trying to get back to my goal weight I didn’t even have 10 pounds to lose, more like 8-9. These last 3-4 are barely moving on the scale for me. I was hoping to be at my goal weight by the time we take off for vacation. I am starting to realize that may not happen.

My grandpa was in town this past weekend. And my in-laws will be in town this coming weekend. And then Curt and I take off for Europe.

Even though I will be doing a lot of walking in Europe the food isn’t exactly Weight Watchers friendly or healthy eating friendly. (Neither is the beer for that matter. I wonder how many points 2 litres of beer and half a chicken are? Hint: I really don’t want to know.)

But I am not giving up. I still want to be diligent before my vacation. And once I come back.

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Challenging week ahead

For most of this month I have been pretty on track when it comes to what I am eating and how often I am going to the gym. I am proud to say that lately I have been hitting my target of going to the gym six times a week.

Not even just this week … but the next month or so will bring some challenges: Family visiting two weekends in a row and then Curt and I taking off for Europe for two weeks. Lots of eating out and work will be a little more demanding trying to tie up loose ends before I take off.

This week is gonna alter some of my healthy routine. Tomorrow and Tuesday I have training in the city. So no gym and it means I will be eating lunch “out.” I will do my best in the food department. No gym for two days isn’t that big of a deal. I have my mini stepper I can do at home. I have my dumb bells and elastic band (which I just got at Target today in the dollar section for $2.50). And there are so many exercises you can do with no … Continue reading

A little bit of a shocker

For a while now I have known that I needed to lose some weight. Not a lot. I figured about 5 pounds.

This morning I weighed myself on a very reliable scale and was shocked at the number. It is really more like 10 pounds that I need to lose.

A couple of those pounds could be water retention. Over the weekend I didn’t drink enough water, drank more (as in alcohol) than normal and Curt and I had pepperoni pizza last night. The pepperoni was kinda salty.

But still, the lesson here is that I need to get control back over my eating habits. My exercise habits are still pretty good.

I will keep you updated on how I am progressing on getting back to my goal weight.

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Balance between effort and ease

That was the theme today in my yoga class.

I hadn’t worked out since Wednesday, with work being so busy and then being out of town. So today seemed a little tougher than usual.

Sarah, the regular Mon/Wed a.m. yoga instructor, was back today after being out for about five weeks.

I don’t have very good balance. But it has been getting better. I have gotten much better at tree pose. But today I just sucked at it! Usually I get frustrated with myself when I can’t hold a balancing pose. But today I really didn’t.

Another pose we did was the dancer pose. I was much better with that one.

And the last pose I want to mention is crane. I have actually done this pose fully before–like once. You have to have a really strong core for this pose.

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Back at it

Since Saturday I have been to the gym five times.

When you are traveling a lot, get sick, go on vacation and then come back from vacation and try to catch up and then go to a seminar it is difficult to keep up with the workouts and healthy eating.

But Saturday was the day I decided to get back on a healthier path. I have done pretty well. I splurged a little yesterday with a work lunch celebrating a friend/co-worker’s birthday.

But other than that I have been pretty on track this week.

Stay tuned for continuing updates.

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