It Worked

Last week, I mentioned the plan that my leader suggested for tracking my foods this week. I had a great week, tracked everything, earned some activity points and was really feeling confident…then my period came on friday and I got nervous! Based on the past 2 months, I had a feeling that I was going to show a gain Saturday morning, and even though I knew I hadn’t done anything “wrong,” I was still worried.

I woke up on Saturday feeling confident. I realized that no matter what the scale said, I had a great week and felt powerful and in control of food…for once! When I stepped on the scale and the receptionist gave me a congratulations on such a good loss, I just stared at her and said really? Are you sure?

Last Week: 208

Current Weight: 206.2

Loss: –1.8

Incredible. Last month I gained 2.6 the day after my period started and the month before that, I gained .4

I have my tracker, highlighter and pen in place for another great week this week! Thanks for all of the support!!!!

I’m currently waiting for the ped’s office to open, my oldest has a cough that makes him sound like he’s barking. Poor guy was just miserable yesterday.


Taco Night

I have had mad cravings for mexican food and pizza this week and when that happens, it means something is arriving. The cramps and bloat kicked in yesterday and, well, I don’t have to explain the rest to you Winking smile 

Thankfully, my kids’ favorite night is taco night! They love them and it was just what my uterus was craving as well.


So good. So sad there wasn’t enough for leftovers for lunch today.

After dinner, I changed and did Turbo Fire: Stretch 40. This is only the 3rd time I’ve done this DVD, but last night was the one where I noticed how much progress I’m making. I did the planks, the pushups, everything! It’s pretty exciting to see my body responding well to exercise…and really motivating!

The downside to everything: I have a weigh in tomorrow morning at weight watchers and last month this time I had a 3lb gain because of my period bloat and I really don’t want that to happen again!

Is there anything I can do to combat the bloating today?


Around mid-December when all of the cookie parties and other parties were happening and then Christmas, I somehow got off the Weight Watchers track. I went to a meeting on December 10th and not again until December 31st. During those 3 weeks off, I managed to put on some 6.4lbs weight. After my meeting on the 31st, I thought, no problem. I’ll get right back on track, do everything right and this gain will come off without a problem. Except, when you take 3 weeks off, it’s VERY hard to get right back on track. I had a few slip ups this week and unfortunately, even with starting a workout program – which apparently some people DO gain the first week of starting exercise?? – I gained again today! It wasn’t much, only .8, but still…I gained!


I had two options:

1. Gather up my stuff, cry, go home and stay on the path I’ve been on.

2. Talk to my leader, get inspired and start losing again.

Guess which one I picked?

With my confidence a bit shaky, I walked over to her and begged for some assistance…after a hug, we worked out a plan…anything involving lists, highlighters and a notebook works for me.

Here’s what’s going to happen this week, and if it works, I’ll do it every week!

Yellow Highlighter – For every day in my journal, there are checkboxes for each of the 8 Good Health Guidelines, I highlighted it in yellow and as I do those things, I’ll check them off.

Orange Highlighter– On my tracker, every time I eat a power food, I highlight it in orange on my tracker, the goal is to make as much of that tracker as orange as I can.

Pink Highlighter – Since I’m just getting started with my workout program, my leader suggested that I aim to earn 10 Activity Points this week, so in the little section that has Activity Points number 1-42; I highlighted numbers 1-10 and as I earn them, I can check them off. If I hit 10 this week, I’ll aim for higher next week.

For the first time in awhile, I’m excited about tracking and measuring again and know this will be a good week!

Oh, and then I saw this at the bottom of the page for today. SO fitting since I was in the parking lot this morning contemplating not going in.


So fitting that the topic of our meeting was believing in ourselves.

Believe you can

Extend it – lose 1 pound-lose it again-write it,see it, believe it.

Live it

Inspire yourself- surround yourself with health

Embrace the new you

Visualize your success

Erase the past – Learn from the past and then leave it behind.

“Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe”. – Mark Victor Hansen –


I know some people want to wait until January 1st before starting over with weight loss goals, exercise plans, etc., but for me, I can’t wait. I know that if I say I’ll start Monday, Monday will never happen. Last year was nothing but “mondays” for me, and I won’t have that again this year. I was going to start with some other exercise DVD’s, but after a few days I realized they weren’t for me. I contacted my old Coach through Beachbody yesterday and she got me started on a plan that will take me through the next 20 weeks.


I’ll be doing a Turbo Fire / ChaLEAN Extreme Hybrid. I looked through the schedule last night and I’m pretty excited about it! Everything is layed out for me, I just have to push play and stick to it!


Like I mentioned, this hybrid schedule is 20 weeks long, which will take me approximately through Memorial Day.


First things first, I had the husband take “before” pictures last night. No body snarking…

but let’s just say I have some things to work on.



And now I realize why my back hurts ALL the time, I look pregnant!!! Craziness. Full disclosure: I weigh more right this second than I did when any of my 3 children were born. That’s just unacceptable.

And then this morning, I took the obligatory measurements.


  • Chest: 44”
  • R Arm: 13.5”
  • L Arm: 13.5”
  • Waist: 41”
  • Hips: 46.5”
  • R Thigh: 24”
  • L Thigh: 24”

On the plan for today was Stretch 40


I thought 40 minutes of stretching? Piece of cake. I was so wrong. So very wrong. It was 40 minutes of modified yoga that kicked my beyond out of shape booty and had me wishing I was not so out of shape!!!

After a shower and some much needed lemon water, I had eggs, toast and a tangerine.


Perfect start to my day! I won’t be making resolutions for 2012, but I will be making goals for myself. Because, really, who doesn’t like a fresh start?

I haven’t been to a Weight Watchers meeting since December 10th and I’m terrified about going tomorrow morning. According to my scale, I packed on about 6lbs. But, I don’t have any regrets. I refused to worry about food or anything else this Christmas season. I concentrated on my family, friends, having fun and making memories…because as anyone can tell you, life is way too freaking short to not have fun with your family and indulge every once in awhile!!!


Yesterday I posted about not waiting and I had every intention of exercising after my kids went to bed last night…and that’s when I realized as much as I try and fight it, I’m not a night time exerciser. I put some clothes out, filled my water bottle and set my alarm for 5am.

I was tempted to hit snooze and go back to bed, but instead I got my butt handed to me on a platter by Jillian and the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout. Every muscle was begging me for mercy, but I really loved every minute. It was 5 different circuits alternating cardio and strength training. I’m following the 6 week program which is 35 minutes 6 days a week. Today was the whole body and tomorrow is upper body and lower body…I’m scared.

I looked on my Polar to see when my last workout was before this morning…

That would be the 5K I did Thanksgiving morning.

For my post-workout treat a couple hours later – not sure about anyone else, but I can’t eat right after or right before working out – I had 1/2 a cup of cheerios and a banana

And a nice cold water bottle full of lemon water.

I’m now at my mom’s house hanging out with her and the puppies, wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies with the kids.

Why Wait

I have a serious case of all or nothing. It is very hard for me when it comes to eating and exercise to not have an all or nothing attitude. It’s something I’m working really hard on and I think I’m overcoming – sort of.

When my two oldest were off school for Thanksgiving break, my whole routine was gone and it freaked me out. I pretty much had the mentality, of “screw it.” I’ll get back on track when they are back at school. We ate too many meals out, I drank my weight in diet coke, I stopped caring what I was eating and I was miserable. It’s also been VERY hard, pretty much impossible for me to get back to how I was before Thanksgiving. For normal people, Thanksgiving is a day to eat all you want. A day to indulge…and then the next day you go back to how things were. You eat right, exercise, etc. For me? One day can send me off on an eating bender and now here we are nearly a month later and I’m still not back to how I was the day before Thanksgiving.

This all or nothing way of thinking has been really bad this week. As of 3:35 this afternoon, my kiddies are done with school until January 3rd. I wish I could say I was kidding when I really considered doing the same thing for the next couple of weeks, but then I realized I would be even more miserable and just because things aren’t going to be our normal routine, doesn’t mean I have to give up. I just have to adjust. There will be meals out, there will be a white chocolate peppermint cheesecake, there will be cookies, there will be CHRISTMAS! But, that doesn’t mean I have to wait until January 3rd (or later…) to start taking care of me and my needs.

I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore. I feel like I completely lost myself these past 9 years. All I did was take care of my family and lost myself. I want to find myself again and get excited about things again.

Another issue with my all or nothing attitude is that I feel if I don’t workout at the same time every day, I may as well forget it and just wait until the next day, but that thinking HAS to stop. I have 3 kids, and unless I want to wake up at 4am and exercise every day, tried that, it’s not for me anymore. I need to squeeze in a workout when I can. My kids are old enough to entertain themselves for an hour (or even 1/2 an hour) while I take some time for me.

So for the next 6 weeks, I will be focusing on this


And doing a little bit of this every other day


After that, I hope to start doing some other DVD’s that are out of my league for now. I wasn’t going to start this until January, but Why Wait?

It starts today!!! There isn’t a law that says you have to start a work out plan on the first or even on a Monday – my brain has a hard time with that one sometimes…

Who’s with me? Don’t put off making yourself happy and healthy!!!


When I first joined Weight Watchers on October 1st, I noticed in my weight record book that there was my starting weight, 5% goal and 10% goal. At the time, the only thing I could focus on was reaching the 5% goal and even that seemed overwhelming.


But, on Saturday morning, I did it. I set a goal and I accomplished it. Was it a lot of weight lost? Nope, but it’s enough to keep me motivated and encouraged to keep going. I now have my sight set on my 10% goal and will focus on that until the golden 10% keychain is in my hot little hands.

I left that meeting feeling on top of the world. I also left with a package full of new materials for PointsPlus 2012 and though the changes aren’t huge changes, it’s a way of sprucing things up and getting us all excited to make 2012 a fabulous year!

Last Week Weight: 203.6

Current Weight: 201.6

Total Loss: –11.6