30-Day Plan: Day 29

First of all, I can’t believe it is the second last day of my 30-day plan!  Tomorrow marks the “end” of this journey but it is by no means truly the end.  In fact, I feel like I am just getting started on my path back to a healthier lifestyle – this thirty days was just the kick-start I needed to introduce some healthy habits back into my daily life.  I’ve already started considering news goals.  I really like the idea of a small commitment (like 30 days) because it makes things feel much more attainable.  If there is no “end” it feels overwhelming and like I will never make it.  That being said, as I already mentioned this so-called end isn’t really an end. I know that the habits I am trying to develop now need to stick around for life if I want to remain healthy and maintain a healthy weight.  But I also know that what’s key for me in being successful is taking it one day and one step at a time.  Here’s how Day 29 has gone:

Breakfast:  I only had one slice of turkey bacon left this morning so I decided to make two eggs and have a bit of vanilla yogurt on the side with it.  I ended up not really eating the second egg though, so my breakfast was a total of only 4 points.

I only ate about half of these eggs

I only ate about half of these eggs

After breakfast, I met a friend of mine at a local coffee shop where I ordered a coffee with a caramel shot and then added 2 tbsp of cream.  I have no idea how many points this would be but I am approximating it to be about 5 points which is what my cream at home comes out to.  I had planned on visiting with my friend for about an hour and then hitting Power Yoga at the gym, but I really should have known better because whenever me and this friend get together we just can’t stop talking!  Sure enough 2.5 hours later, we realized what time it was and said our goodbyes – fortunately no parking ticket for me even though the meter had run out an hour previous!

After our coffee date, I headed to the public library to return some books and check out some new ones.  Here’s a snap of the books I plan on reading over the next few weeks before school goes back in!

Hope I can finish all these before school goes back!

Hope I can finish all these before school goes back!

Lunch: After the library, I was starving so I zipped home to grab something to eat.  When I got there, I realized that my plan to just live off whatever was in the fridge for the next couple days, was not really a wise one – there really wasn’t much in there!  I was too hungry to go and do groceries at this point though so grabbed for the only thing available – a leftover hotdog (I checked later and couldn’t believe that one hotdog is 8 points!)  It’s also super hot and humid again today (we’re actually under a heat warning) so I had a 1/2 cup of chocolate frozen yogurt.  Not a healthy lunch at all!  This totally happened though because I did not plan carefully and should have gotten groceries  yesterday so I would have had something healthy prepared for today.  Plus, I waited much too long to eat and was ravenous so just grabbed whatever was the fastest and most easily available!  Ahh, it happens.

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After lunch, I headed to Walmart to stock up on some healthy eats.  My husband and I are already planning to pack groceries when we go on our trip and to do as much of our own cooking as possible (as I mentioned in a previous post this is easier on the pocket and the waistline so it’s a win-win!) I grabbed some more turkey bacon, turkey burgers, fresh salmon, eggs, rice cakes, coffee, some deli meat, buns, and diet pop.  After, I swung by the market and got fresh produce – mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, and watermelon.  Now we are stocked up and will be able to eat healthfully!

Dinner:  After picking up my son at the beach, we headed home.  Once again, I didn’t have anything planned for dinner (oops!)  For some reason, this hot weather makes me crave a nice, deli sandwich so we threw those together for dinner.  On mine I had a bit of deli meat (pepperoni and ham), cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp light mayo and some mustard.  Even though this doesn’t seem like much it adds up to about 10 points (ugh!)  Of course, this didn’t fill me up so I just had another 1/2 cup of frozen yogurt (I swear I could just live off frozen yogurt in this weather!!!  But at least it’s not ice cream!)  Dinner came to about a total of 14 points.

Stupid high in points but it hit the spot!

Stupid high in points but it hit the spot!

It's so hot that I want all the frozen yogurt!!

It’s so hot that I want all the frozen yogurt!!

It’s now early evening and I am over my points for today and haven’t done any physical activity.  I missed my class at the gym and it’s so hot outside.  I could do a workout in my basement but honestly after a busy afternoon of running around, I am feeling like I just want to take it easy this evening.  Plus I have that stack of new books to get through!  Haha.  If it cools off early enough though, I may try to take my dog for a walk.  Otherwise, I will have to use some of my “bonus” points for the ones I went over today. I am okay with that though.  Although I am not sure if I will be able to resist more frozen yogurt seeing as I feel like I could eat the whole tub right now!

Well, tomorrow marks the last day of my 30-day plan!  I am unsure yet whether I will immediately start another 30-day plan or wait until I am back from my holiday – we are leaving town for 10 days and although we will pack healthy food there will still be a lot of temptations!  We are hitting a friend’s cottage for the weekend, Toronto for three days (where we will catch three Blue Jays games!!!) and then a long weekend of camping with my family!  I definitely plan on enjoying my vacation and indulging but also don’t want to go crazy either and erase all the hard work I have done over the last month!  It’s all about achieving a healthy balance – something I am still working on.

29 days down, 1 to go!

 

 

 

30-Day Plan: Day 28

Sorry for the delayed post but I was quite busy last evening so didn’t get a chance to get on here and write.  I am happy to report that I got right back on track yesterday.  Here’s how the day went:

Breakfast: 3 slices turkey bacon, 1 fried egg, coffee with French-Vanilla cream, and water.

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After breakfast, I was feeling really tired from the weekend’s adventures so I took things easy and watched TV while scrolling through social media.

Lunch: I returned to my tried-and-true low-points lunch and had a turkey burger, sautéed vegetables, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.  It was delicious but I was craving something cold (it has been so hot here lately!) so I also had a 1/2 cup of Chapman’s Dutch Chocolate frozen yogurt.

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After lunch, I caught up on some laundry from our vacation, swept the floors, read a little and caught up with one of my friends online.

Workout:  Since it was Tuesday, I hit my regular gentle yoga class at my gym.  It turned out I was the only one who showed up so it ended up being a private class!  The instructor still pretty much carried through her regular series of stretches and poses but we did do some stretches on the wall that we don’t normall do that felt really good.  Either way, I always leave this class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!  Also, this class earns me about 3 activity points.

Dinner: After yoga, I grabbed a roasted chicken at the deli and flew home to have a quick dinner before my Weight Watchers meeting.  I whipped together my taco salad (lettuce, green onions, red/yellow/green peppers, shredded cheese, tortilla salad topper, and low-cal Italian dressing) and ate a chunk of the chicken breast with it.

(I forgot my phone in the car so didn’t get a picture of dinner.)

After dinner, I attended my Weight Watchers meeting and weigh-in.  I wasn’t surprised to see that I was up 1lb.  In fact, after all the indulgences over the weekend, I had kind of expected it to be a lot worse!  Plus, I had a significant loss last week so being up 1lb was really no big deal.  Not only that, but I know the number on the scale isn’t everything – there are so many factors that play into one’s weight. So although I wish the scale had gone down, I am really not letting the minor gain upset me. I know this is a slow and steady progress full of ups and downs and I am confident in my efforts lately and that’s all that really matters!

Workout 2: After Weight Watchers, I had a softball game which usually lasts just over an hour.  By this time it was pretty cloudy but the humidity was still unreal.  Man, did I ever sweat while we were playing!  I earned about 6 activity points.

By the time I got home from softball, I wanted something cold again so I had another 1/2 cup of chocolate frozen yogurt.  After, I was really tempted to have another serving but instead distracted myself with social media and was able to forget about having any more.

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28 days down, 2 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Twenty-Three

Well, we are on the road again!  We’re staying briefly at my Mom and Dad’s tonight and then headed on our weekend trip with our kids (ages 12 and 17) tomorrow!   There are definitely going to be some food challenges this weekend but I’ve planned ahead and hopefully I am prepared for most of them!  I can’t believe I am one week away from reaching my 30 days!   Here’s what today looked like:

Breakfast:  I stuck with what works again this morning so had my usual fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon (I keep forgetting to mention, I always drink water with breakfast).  After, I sipped my coffee (and cream) while watching morning talk shows and reading.   Normally, I like to move pretty slow in the morning but today I had lots to do so it wasn’t long before I was up and getting in the shower to get ready to start my day!

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After dropping off my daughter, I zipped out to Walmart to grab some groceries and a few other things for the weekend.  I had contemplated whether or not I’d pack food this weekend and finally decided that I may as well.  Not only will it help me to stay on track with my 30-day plan, but it will save us some money too!  Here’s some of the things I picked up at Walmart: turkey bacon, turkey burgers, mini rice cakes (my alternative to chips), eggs, some Diet Coke (a little treat for me), Pepsi (treat for my hubby and kids), and some small tinfoil containers with lids to pack my veggies in.  When I got home, I pre-cooked the turkey bacon and burgers so it’d be easy to heat up while on the road.  Then I prepared three of the tin-foil bowls with my diced veggies so they’d also be ready to go.  In my cooler, I packed these things along with a few eggs, coffee creamer, yogurt, lettuce, and feta cheese.  I also brought along my rice cakes, tortilla strips (in case I want a salad – they add the perfect crunch!), and some almonds to snack on.

Food prep underway!

Food prep underway!

I pre-portioned all my diced veggies for a quick and easy meal

I pre-portioned all my diced veggies for a quick and easy meal

Lunch: I had to grab lunch on the fly today so I quickly grabbed the leftover sweet potatoes and chicken from my fridge.  Admittedly, I kind of over-cooked the potatoes so they weren’t as good as usual and even the chicken wasn’t hitting the spot but I ate it anyway so I wouldn’t be hungry.  I had one last piece of watermelon in my fridge so I figured I’d eat it up so it didn’t go bad while we were away but unfortunately it was already losing it’s ripeness.  I ate about half of it and tossed the other half.  I grabbed a bottle of water and raced out the door to a couple of appointments I had scheduled for this afternoon.


Pretty unsatisfying lunch but it held me over until dinner.

Pretty unsatisfying lunch but it held me over until dinner.

After a very busy afternoon of errands, appointments, and packing we were just about ready to hit the road.  Since I wanted something quick for dinner and had pretty much already cleaned out the fridge, I decided to grab something on the road.  Before doing this though, I spent some time (while sitting at the hairdresser’s this afternoon!) to scroll through my Weight Watchers app so that I could make an informed choice.  I had considered Subway (pretty safe bet for eating healthy if you are careful not to add to many sauces and cheeses), but then decided I wanted something hot, so went to Wendy’s instead.  There, I ordered an Ultimate Grilled Chicken sandwich (8 points), a kids’ order of fries (6 points) and a small Diet Coke (0 points) for a total of 14 points.  Yes, that’s pretty high for dinner but compared to a lot of things I could have had at a fast-food restaurant it was actually pretty decent!  Some of the sandwiches alone are over 20 points!  Plus, the burger was a significant size so I knew it’d keep me full long enough.

After our quick dinner, we hit the road and arrived at Mom & Dad’s about 8 p.m tonight.  As soon as we got inside, I could smell something baking!  It turns out, Mom had just taken fresh banana bread out of the oven!  Not that I need to say any more than that, but I don’t ever bake at home so having fresh-baked anything from the oven is a real treat!  I had one piece and estimated it to be about 6 points, putting me at a total of 37 points for the day.

Workouts:  Unfortunately, I didn’t do any workouts today.  I had planned to go to Zumba but then slept in too late and wouldn’t have had time to get all my other errands done.  I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not making time for it but also realize that these things happen so not really dwelling on it.

Okay, it’s off to bed I go so that I can be well rested for the weekend’s adventures!  I will try to update while we’re gone but if I don’t get a chance then you’ll hear from me on Monday when we get back (including everything we did and everything I ate!)  Happy Long Weekend, everyone!

23 days down, 7 days to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Twenty-Two

I am pretty tired tonight but wanted to stay consistent with my daily updates, so here’s a look at Day 22:

Workout 1: I had to be up nice and early today to bring our SUV to the shop for repairs.  After dropping it off, I walked the long way home which took me about 30 minutes.  Even though it was early and the temperature was only 22 degrees, most of the walk was facing the sun so it still felt pretty hot out!  That being said, I had been up for a bit before I took the vehicle in so at least I wasn’t a walking zombie like I sometimes am in the morning!  In fact, it felt nice to get out and get some exercise in to start my day.

Breakfast:  After I got home, I watched TV for an hour or so before making breakfast.  I stuck with my usual fried an egg and paired it with 3 slices of turkey bacon.  I am not sure what I did differently today but somehow the egg turned out extra fluffy.  It was so good!  After breakfast, I enjoyed my coffee (and cream) in the sun on the deck while reading (currently: Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis – pretty good so far!)

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Reading on the deck.

Reading on the deck.

After a bit of reading, I was actually starting to feel really tired.  I knew if I was going to make it to yoga on time I’d have to leave a bit earlier than normal since I’d be on foot instead of driving.  But the thought of walking there didn’t seem appealing at all (for some unexplained reason both of my legs from the hips down to my calves have been achy and sore today even though I haven’t done any kind of major workout…) I was feeling sluggish and sleepy so I opted to take a little nap instead (we have a window A/C installed in our bedroom and I’ve recently replaced our flannel sheets with cool, cotton ones!) I ended up sleeping for about an hour and it was pure bliss!  Although I kind of regretted missing yoga, I certainly didn’t feel badly about taking a nap!

Lunch: For some reason when I woke up after my nap, I couldn’t stop thinking about grilled cheese sandwiches.  I suddenly had a weird craving for one (more particularly the delicious kind you get in little diners that are made on thick, white bread and toasted to golden perfection!) Unfortunatley, I only had whole-grain bread in the house but even with that I figured out the sandwich would be about 7 WW points.  Seven points is pretty high for a simple sandwich and I was worried it wouldn’t fill me up enough but I decided to have it anyway (yum!) After, I had a small bowl of Mini Crispies dill pickle rice cakes.

Not very visually appealing but yummy nonetheless!

Not very visually appealing but yummy nonetheless!

Workout 2: After lunch, I decided to tackle a bookshelf in our dining room that’s needed to be re-organized forever!  Carrying loads of books up and down the stairs was actually a pretty good workout, plus it felt really good to finally get that job done.  Then, the garage finally called to say our vehicle was ready so I walked over to pick it up (another 15 minutes).

Since I had wheels to get me there, I decided to do a quick browse through the mall.  I’ve decided that I am going to do an “emoji and hashtag” theme in my classroom this year so I was on the hunt for items for my classroom and I actually found a few things!  I also picked up a pretty cute romper at Reitman’s that I did not think I would be able to wear, but it actually looked pretty cute (I’ll post some photos when I wear it, but I’m saving it for our upcoming vacation!)

Picked up a few things for my classroom.

Picked up a few things for my classroom.

Dinner: After my shopping excursion, I was briefly tempted to stop at the food court for dinner.  As I walked by I noticed someone eating a huge, delicious-looking burger.  I forced myself not to look at it!  Iced cappuccinos from Tim Horton’s were also calling my name but I an happy  to say I headed home without giving in to any temptations!  When I got home, I prepared some more sweet potato hash (peel and cube potatoes, boil until tender, them pan-fry in olive oil with some garlic, onions, salt & pepper, and parsley).  I had a serving of sweet potatoes (4 points), with my regular sautéed vegetables and feta cheese (1 point), and a chicken breast leftover from the other day.  By the time my plate was loaded up, I couldn’t believe how much food there was (I’ve been using side plates instead of the full-sized dinner plate).  I ate every last bite and it was so delicious and only 8 points in total!

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Dessert: After dinner, I fulfilled my sweet craving with 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

I didn’t have an evening snack tonight (unless you count the dessert) but I kept myself occupied doing laundry and working on my long-range plans for school.  I often find if my mind is distracted I am not as tempted to snack!   Tomorrow, we are headed out on our weekend adventure (more about that later, we’ve got a surprise planned for our kids!) I am still contemplating whether or not I am going to pack a cooler so I can eat some of my own food while on the road.  We’ll be gone for about 4-5 days total so I am thinking it’d probably be a good idea, especially since the end of my 30-day plan is drawing near ( I need to go out with a bang!) I guess that means a quick trip to the grocery store tomorrow before we head out!

22 days down, 8 days to go!

 

30-day Plan: Day Twenty-One

Well yesterday may have been a tough one, but today was a lot better for several reasons.  First, I didn’t get any headaches or feel hungry or cranky today (win!) Second, I found out that I am going to see my university roommate this Friday! (She’s home from China but we haven’t been able to coincide our schedules and summer travel plans yet – today we figured out we can meet up this weekend!  Yay!) And third, I got some awesome results at weigh-in tonight (read on if you want to know… I have to build some suspense!).  In the meantime, here’s how today went:

Breakfast:  So this makes no sense to me but today I only had a fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon for breakfast (no sweet potatoes) and I felt more satisfied when I was done.  Then again, today I decided to have my coffee (and cream) right after breakfast.  It tasted so good and it was so relaxing to sip on it while I checked out social media feeds and watched morning talk shows.  Man, am I ever going to miss these lazy, slow-moving mornings come September!

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I’ll admit I wasn’t very active today – normally after breakfast I head out for a walk but since I slept in and lounged around, breakfast today was more like “brunch” and by the time I was done it was 32 degrees outside before the humidity!  So I opted not to go.  Instead, I did some more work for school – today’s fun:  working on my timetable and long-range plans!

I'm going to be very prepared come September!

I’m going to be very prepared come September!

Lunch:  When I drove my daughter to work today (she works at Tim Horton’s) I had a fleeting thought of grabbing a sandwich or a bagel for lunch.  Of course, it was just a little mini daydream though.  There’s not really many low-points options at Tim Hortons!  Lucky for me, the idea passed quickly and instead when I got home I whipped up my chicken taco salad using leftover chicken from yesterday.  With it, I had 2 sizeable chunks of sweet and juicy watermelon.

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Workout: After lunch, I worked some more on my timetables before I headed to my gentle yoga class.  Admittedly, gentle yoga is not much of a physical workout.  It doesn’t get my heart rate up and I don’t sweat, but it does feel really good for my body!  It’s mostly a series of stretches, a lot of deep breathing, some easy yoga poses, and relaxation exercises.  Really, it’s more of a “mental” workout than it is physical but I absolutely love this class either way!  After, I feel peaceful, poised, and rejuvenated – really can’t complain!

Dinner:  When I left the gym, I started thinking about hamburgers (does that happen to anyone else?  I randomly think of food all the time for no apparent reason!) More specifically, I started thinking about hamburgers with buns.  It’s been so long since I’ve had one!  Plus, I only had about 25 minutes to grab something for dinner before I had to hit my WW meeting.  When I got home, I decided that I was going to have a burger for dinner.  I hadn’t planned anything else and by this time, I really wanted one.  Since I didn’t have enough time to grill one at home, I grabbed my phone and checked local fast food restaurants using my Weight Watchers app.  I thought, for sure I could find a fast-food burger that wasn’t that high in points.  Well, all I found was a junior burger at Wendy’s for 10 points.  And while 10 points for dinner is not too bad, I knew that tiny little burger would not fill me up so I’d have to have something else with it.  Before I knew it, I’d be at 15 points which would put me over my points for the day and not leave anything for an evening snack (or the frozen yogurt I was craving).  I decided not to have a burger and instead checked my freezer for something to have.  Right there on top was a Giuseppie frozen thin-crust, deluxe pizza.  Yum. I figured with it being thin-crust it wouldn’t really be that bad so I used my app to check again and discovered that 1/5 of the pizza (and they aren’t very big pizzas) is 7 points.  I’d want to eat at least 2 which would mean a total of 14 points, again leaving me no points for snacking later.  Finally, after some consideration, I tossed the pizza back in the freezer, and ate my leftover chicken taco salad from lunch.  I added a bit more chicken and some extra tortilla strips as I was wanting a little more crunch.  Then I had 1/2 cup Chapman’s chocolate frozen yogurt for a total of 11 points for dinner and dessert!  Man, am I ever glad I didn’t eat that burger or pizza!

This is the pizza I wanted but decided against.

This is the pizza I wanted but decided against.

I had leftover salad instead.

I had leftover salad instead.

After dinner, I headed to my weekly Weight Watchers meeting.  Guys, I am a huge advocate of Weight Watchers.  For me, it’s mostly about the accountability.  Checking in each week, discussing various topics with other people going through the same thing as me – it’s so inspiring.  Yes, we weigh-in every week and I am still not entirely sure how I feel about that.  I have been reading more about ditching the scale and I have to say I agree with it in some ways.  There are so many other ways to tell if your body is changing and getting healthier – how your clothes fit, looking at pictures of yourself, what you can do physically – to name just a few.  I’ve read a lot about women who eat clean and lift heavy weights and although the number on the scale is higher than it used to be for them, their body composition has changed entirely and they actually appear way more fit and thin.  Here’s an example of what I mean from a fitness blogger I follow on Instagram (@thesweatlife):

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She was 145 in first pic, 122 in second pic, and 140 in last pic. This is what people mean when they say “skinny fat”.

Anyway, all that being said, weighing yourself can be good or bad.  When you’re down, it’s motivating and satisfying (because as I’ve mentioned before, losing weight is hard), but when you’re up it can be very discouraging and depressing and sometimes even make you want to give up.  So I try not to get too hung up by the number on the scale.  However, WW does require that you weigh-in once a week, and guys, I am so excited to tell you that at tonight’s weigh-in I was down another 5 lbs!  That puts me at 8 lbs gone since I started my 30-day plan, and 15 lbs since I started back at Weight Watchers several months ago!  (I figured I was past 10lbs now because I bought a pair of shorts recently and had to get one size smaller than normal!). I am obviously thrilled with this result!  It’s funny that it comes the day after I was complaining about how hard it is to lose weight. And after having had so many treats last week while at my parents’ house, I was really not expecting to see such significant results on the scale (that being said, sometimes it takes more than a week to see results – so if you’ve been working hard and haven’t seen the results yet, KEEP GOING, because they will come!

Perfect message for today!

Perfect message for today!

In addition to all that, it’s just been one of those days where I can feel the results of my efforts.  You know when you have a “fat” day and just feel big and gross and uncomfortable?  Well, I’m actually feeling the opposite of that today!  I feel like my weight loss is starting to be noticeable (at least to me) and I felt skinny today!  A pretty great feeling!

So the other thing about my WW meeting is that it totally re-inspires me for the coming week.  This weekend we are heading out of of town again and I know there will be some food challenges.  But my 30-days won’t be up, so I am not throwing in the towel.  Instead, I am going to do what I did last time – plan ahead, bring some of my food, save all my “bonus” points, and make the best choices that I can while still enjoying myself!

21 days down, 9 days to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Twenty

First of all, let me say that I can’t believe I only have ten days left to complete my 30-day program!  When I started I wasn’t really sure if I’d be able to stick with it, but now twenty days in, I know with confidence that I will have no problem finishing!  For those of you who have been following you know the last few weeks haven’t been “perfect” but I have made a lot of changes to my diet, have tracked every single day in my food journal, and most importantly, have made conscious and mindful decisions about what I am going to eat (rather than just eating mindlessly as I did for so long!)

All that being said, I have to be honest and admit that I had another slip-up last night.  After I finished my blog entry for the day, I was feeling hungry and wanted a snack.  When I looked in the cupboard to see what I could have, I spotted the nearly-empty bag of Miss Vickies Salt and Vinegar chips my daughter had left there over the weekend.  I couldn’t resist, I ate them.  I just wanted to eat something junky so badly! I felt slightly guilty afterwards but man, those chips were good.  I estimated the chips to be about 7 points (there really weren’t a lot left) which put me at 40 total for the day.  Ugh.

Out for a walk today

Out for a walk today

Anyway, in addition to that, today is one of those days where I am feeling a little resentful and bitter that it takes so much work on my part to lose weight.  This a feeling I experience often when I’m trying to eat healthy and stay committed to my workouts.  I normally try not to compare myself to others but at times I just can’t help but wish I could be one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still maintain a healthy weight.  I know, I know, just because some of these people are thin does not necessarily mean they are “healthy”, but I still really wish I could eat a little less healthfully and stay thin.  I wish I could eat things like pizza, bread, desserts, and chips and not get fat.  But my unfortunate reality is that I can have those things – it just has to be in really, really limited ways.  Sigh.  I have to accept that my genetic makeup is prone to carrying extra fat and that if I don’t want to be overweight, it will require hard work (at least  until I get some healthy habits established, then hopefully it will at least get slightly easier!)  But that doesn’t mean I won’t have days where I just resent that fact.  A day like today for instance.

Anyway, that little rant is over (although if you can relate it’d be great to hear from you in the comments!  I am sure I am not the only person who has ever wished they could eat anything and stay skinny!). Here’s how Day 20 (wow!) has gone so far:

Breakfast:  I slept in this morning and didn’t feel that hungry when I woke up so I lounged around for about an hour before I made my fried egg, turkey bacon, and sweet potatoes for breakfast.  The weird part is that I actually felt more hungry after I ate (really have no idea why this would be!)  Since I was already at 9 points (which is pretty high for breakfast), I decided to just drink some water and see if I could wait it out a bit before eating anything else.

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Workout 1:  To distract myself from wanting to eat, I decided to head out for a walk with my dog before the rain rolled in.  We went to our favourite walking route – a 2.5 km trail around a little lake just a five -minute drive from my house.  On the drive over, I was feeling really sluggish and cranky.  Despite having protein and carbs at breakfast, I will still feeling a little hangry (hungry + angry = hangry).  I didn’t want to go for a walk and only went because I knew it would be good for me.  Thankfully, by the time I made it to the lake and got going I felt quite a bit better. Although it was pretty humid there was a nice breeze and getting out to walk felt good again after not having done it for a few days.

Pretty scenes from today's walk

Pretty scenes from today’s walk

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Snack:  When I got home about 40 minutes later, I was craving watermelon really bad (probably a tad dehydrated after my walk) so I ate 2 huge chunks of it and then chugged some cold water.  I am super picky when it comes to watermelon (it has to be sweet enough, crisp enough, and cold enough!) but I have discovered recently that the mini watermelons are usually much sweeter and juicier than the large ones! I usually buy one a week and cut it into 4-5 chunks.  It’s such a great snack because all fruits are 0 points on Weight Watchers!

My one and only favourite fruit!

My one and only favourite fruit!

Lunch:  After having the watermelon, I didn’t feel hungry anymore so I was able to get a few things done around the house before lunch.  I even started planning and prepping for school! (Mostly just organizing my computer files, updating my class lists, and working on my timetable but still, I’m a geek, and it was loads of fun!) After driving my daughter to work, I was getting pretty hungry so I warmed up a leftover grilled turkey burger, sautéed my usual vegetables and sprinkled them with feta cheese for an easy, 3-point lunch!    Not too long after I ate lunch, I was craving something cold and chocolate so I had 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

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After lunch, I continued working on my school stuff.  By late afternoon, I had a slight headache so I decided to make a coffee since I hadn’t had one yet today.  I used my usual 4 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream and sipped my coffee while I finished organizing my files.

Dinner:  At lunch time, I had put a whole chicken in the crockpot (I buy the small ones at Walmart – they can feed about 3-4 people). I put about an inch of chicken broth in the bottom of the pot and cooked it on low all day for a nice, juicy chicken for dinner!  Before removing it, I sprinkled it with some Montreal Chicken Spice (which I had forgotten to do earlier).  On the side, I made my version of a Taco salad – mixed greens, romaine lettuce, green onions, red/yellow/green peppers, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, light Italian dressing, and broken up Southwestern tortilla strips (I found them near the salad dressing with other “salad toppers” and they add the perfect crunch and flavour to my salad!)  My son loves chicken legs and wings so it works out perfectly since I prefer the breast (also I remove the skin before eating it).  I estimated my dinner to be about 7 WW points.

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It’s now late evening and I am starting to get pretty hungry again.  I am thinking I will have some almonds and vanilla yogurt for a snack.  I don’t have much planned for the rest of my evening except watching the Jays game, checking out social media, and reading (currently: Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis).  After my snack, I will be at a total of 31 points, with 3 earned activity points, which leaves me at 28 total for the day.  Tomorrow is my Weight Watchers meeting and weigh-in!  Fingers crossed!

20 days down, 10 to go!

 

 

30-Day Plan: Day Nineteen

Last night while scrolling through Instragram, I came across this post from a fitness blogger I follow:

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I couldn’t have identified more with what she had to say after the kind of week I’ve had.  I especially liked the part where she commented about not killing her workouts, but still doing them and about not eating the best every day but still giving it an effort.  That’s definitely how my week went and although I was a little bummed about it, I am certainly not feeling guilty or angry with myself either.  As I mentioned in a previous post, had it not been for my 30-day commitment to myself my week likely would have been a lot worse than it was.  Sure, I didn’t eat as well as I would have liked and I went above my points several days, but I was still conscious of everything I ate and made efforts to do as well as I possibly could given the circumstances.  I think this will be key in my weight loss journey, especially as I struggle to find balance between eating right and treating myself.  I have to accept that there will be days where there will be a wrench thrown into my plans and that once in awhile, it’s okay if I just go with it.  But then I also have to remember that once I’ve indulged, I have to get right back on track as soon as possible.  I have to stay conscious of my choices and make sure I am making mostly right ones.  For me, it’s all too easy to slip right back into old, unhealthy habits.  Either way, what @mysweatlife had to say really resonated with me and it helps a lot to know that there are others out there leading fit, healthy lifestyles but still struggling with the same challenges as me.  Here’s today:

 Breakfast:  I know I am supposed to have healthy fat, protein, and carbs at every meal so today I added some leftover sweet potato hash to my usual fried egg and turkey bacon (2 slices).  The only mistake I made at breakfast was that I forgot to drink my water so after when I headed out to run some errands, I started to get a headache which I am pretty sure was caused by not hydrating.

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After breakfast, I went to our local market and picked up some fresh produce – watermelon, peppers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, scallions.  I also grabbed a whole chicken (to cook tomorrow in the crock pot) and some more turkey bacon.  When I got home, I made a coffee with 4 tbsp of French-Vanilla cream (I really have to start cutting back on the cream!) and sat down to enjoy the Blue Jays game.

Snack:  Towards the end of the game, I was feeling like a snack so I munched on Quakers Mini Crispies dill pickle rice cakes for a total of 4 points and drank some more water.

Workout:  Although I didn’t have an actual workout today, I did clean my entire house and all that scrubbing, polishing, and mopping did get my heart rate up and a bit of sweat going!  Even Weight Watchers acknowledges housework as activity points and my hour or so of cleaning today earned me about 6 of them.

Dinner:  After cleaning, my husband grilled up some delicious strip loin steaks for dinner.  Although he made me a pretty big one, I only had half and gave the other half to my son.  With the steak, we had Caesar salad (made from a kit purchased at Walmart) and I sautéed some mushroom, zucchinis and onions.  A very delicious dinner for about 9 WW points.

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This evening my husband is watching The Revenant and I’m half-watching (this movie is intense!) while also checking out social media. I just enjoyed 3/4 cup chocolate frozen yogurt and am now at a total of 33 points for the day.  With the 6 activity points I earned, that puts me at a total of 27.

This frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream!

This frozen yogurt is a great alternative to ice cream!

Tomorrow I am two-thirds of the way through my 30-day plan!  It’s hard to believe I have come this far already.   It hasn’t been as “perfect” as I had hoped it would be but it also hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be either.  In fact, I am still feeling very proud and excited about the changes I have made since the beginning of this month!  Weigh-in was cancelled last week, but I go again on Tuesday and although I know the number on the scale isn’t everything, I am still hoping to see some results!

19 days down, 11 to go!

 

 

 

30-Day Plan: Day Fourteen

So today has been a pretty awesome day mostly because it’s my Mama’s birthday!  For those of you who don’t know, my Mama and I are best friends.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with her and she is the most amazing woman I have ever known!  Needless to say, we did some celebrating today!  Here’s how today went:

Birthday girl!

Birthday girl!

Workout 1:  So the day started off with my Mom waking me up at 6:45 a.m to go for a walk!  I am so not a morning person, let alone a morning workout person!  I had actually discovered a while back that I do not prefer to work out in the morning.  My body just takes too long to physically wake up, making the early workout less enjoyable and not productive (in my opinion).  That being said, I agreed last night to get up early to go walking with Mom this morning – after all, it is her birthday, and I really do enjoy going for walks with my Mama!  We walked for about an hour and although the weather was pleasantly cool and the company was great, the walk itself was certainly tougher than normal as my body fought to wake up!  When we finally made it back home, I collapsed onto the couch where I stayed for about the next hour sipping on my morning coffee with French-Vanilla cream.

Breakfast:  After recovering from our morning walk, I cooked up a fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon for breakfast.  By this time, it was beautifully cool but sunny so I got to enjoy breakfast on the deck!  The rest of the family was also having bacon and eggs but they were eating the most delicious looking buttery toast with theirs.  I was practically yearning for one because it looked so good (have I mentioned my affinity for bread?!) but I knew there would be other temptations in the day (including birthday cake!) so I resisted and instead focussed on just enjoying the beautiful morning with my family.

Breakfast on the patio!

Breakfast on the patio!

Lunch:  For lunch I warmed up a leftover turkey burger and covered it with sautéed vegetables and a bit of feta cheese.  I also had a giant piece of watermelon and, after the early morning wake-up call, a second cup of coffee (and cream).

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Workout 2:  After lunch, we decided to do some adventuring for Mom’s birthday.  We headed about 45 minutes out of town where you can hike a short trail that comes out at a location called Devil’s Rock – which is essentially a lookout from a 300-foot cliff that provides the most spectacular views of Lake Temiskaming.   It took us about 20 minutes to make our way down the rugged, rocky trail through the woods.  I was glad it wasn’t too hot out today and for the cool shade all the trees offered.  But guys, let me tell you about these views when we finally made it! My pictures don’t even do it justice (only taken on my iPhone) but my breath was literally taken away!  I can’t believe I had grown up so close to this area and never discovered it before!  We spent some time walking around the top of the cliff (being very careful not to get too close to the edge!) taking photos, exploring the area, and just soaking in the stunning nature all around us.  After, it was a 20-minute hike on the same trail back to the car which all in all, was about  an hour of hiking and adventuring.

Hiking

Hiking trail

Panoramic view

Panoramic view

Spectacular

Spectacular

Enjoying the view

Just over that edge is a 300-foot drop straight down to the sharp rocks and lake below! My heart was beating faster for sure!

On the ride back home, Mom wanted to stop for a coffee at Tim Horton’s.  My stepson ordered a Chocolate Maple Chill which is essentially a sugar-packed sweet drink similar to a chocolate milkshake.  After our hike and the heat, I had a pretty good hankering for an iced cappuccino, but again knowing there would be birthday cake after dinner, Idecided to pass and instead I ordered a nice cold bottle of water (although I did have half of a honey dip Timbit – my mom said she was “saving” me and bit half of it off before “allowing” me to have it – HAHA!)

Dinner:  As a gift to Mom, my husband and I took on the task of cooking dinner.  We invited my brother and his family so there were six adults and four children in all.  My husband makes the best cedar-plank salmon and I made some vegetable-flavoured rice and vegetables to go with it.  The veggies weren’t my favourite (but I wanted to try something different) so I smeared a little garlic butter on them to make them taste slightly better.   I also couldn’t resist a half-piece of toast and butter and then after I made one of the biggest diet faux-pas ever – I ate the crusts of my niece’s toast that she had left on her plate!  (Oh my god, I was dying to eat bread! Haha). And not going to lie, toast and butter is so darn good!

Not pictured – toast and butter!

Of course, after dinner we had to have birthday cake!  My sister-in-law and nieces had made the prettiest little cake which they decorated with purple and yellow icing, sprinkles, and little candies.  Since I was in charge of cutting and serving the cake, I made sure to cut myself a fairly small piece which I enjoyed very much!  Surprisingly, I didn’t even want a second piece after the first was done.  I mean, I could have eaten another one mindlessly (which I may have done in the past) and then felt really sick afterwards.  But I’ve already started to notice that now that I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar, when I do eat something sweet, it tastes really sweet and because of that, just a small amount is enough.

A yummy treat

A yummy treat

It’s now nearly bedtime and I won’t be having an evening snack tonight since we finished dinner/dessert pretty late.  I’m happy to say that I don’t even feel the least bit guilty about having that cake because I planned ahead for it.  I made the conscious choice to have it and avoided other treats throughout the day knowing I would be having it. Plus, I kept my portion a reasonable size, ate slowly, enjoyed every bite and accepted that I was done instead of mindlessly eating seconds.  This is a huge success for me!  It will still take time for me to learn to treat myself without feeling guilty, but it’s all about baby steps, right?

14 days down, 16 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Ten

Wow, Day 10 is finally here and I am officially one-third of the way through my 30-day plan!   I really can’t tell you guys how excited I am by that!  I’m headed out on my weekend camping trip pretty soon but we’re still waiting on my husband to get home from work so I figured I’d write a quick update about how today has gone so far!

Breakfast:  I returned to my typical breakfast today – 1 fried egg and 3 slices of turkey bacon.  I also pre-cooked another package of turkey bacon which I am bringing camping with me this weekend!  Pre-cooking makes breakfasts so quick and easy because I often wake up pretty hungry (especially since I’m snacking a lot less at night!) I also had a coffee with 5 tablespoons of French-Vanilla cream (don’t judge me, I counted the points!)

Workout:  Okay, so this heading really shouldn’t be here because I did not work out today. I had planned to do my Jillian Micahels DVD this morning but when I got up, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I made the excuse that I had a lot to do but really that’s all it was, an excuse, because I actually had more than enough time to workout today and do the tasks that needed to be done.  That’s okay though because I’ve worked out every day this week and I definitely believe in rest days.  I will make up for it by trying to do a lot of walking and swimming this weekend!

Lunch: Turkey burger, feta cheese, and sautéed veggies followed by a huge slice of watermelon – keeping things simple! 🙂

Dinner: Since we are headed out right after dinner, I decided to do something quick and easy, and grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store for dinner.  I had one of the breasts (no skin!) and paired it with a few sweet potatoes (grilled with diced red onions) and my typical sautéed vegetables.  It made for a pretty easy yet satisfying dinner although I am not going to lie, I was super craving pizza for dinner tonight (I even scoped out the frozen pizza aisle in the grocery store!)  It wasn’t that tough to make the right choice though, after reminding myself that there will be lots of opportunity for treats this weekend.  I skipped out on the pizza and grabbed the chicken instead.

Tonight's dinner.

Tonight’s dinner.

So I am currently sitting at 22 points for the day with 8 remaining which should work out good for snacks around the campfire tonight!  Time to go load up the car and get moving – the great outdoors is waiting!   Have a great weekend everybody – you’ll hear from me soon!

10 days down, 20 to go!

30-Day Plan: Day Eight

Well the first day of the second week of my plan is here and I am not going to lie, it was a bit tough.  I finally woke up a bit earlier than usual (I’ve been sleeping in way too much lately!) and woke up feeling hungry right away.  It was a sign for the rest of the day because I’ve kind of felt hungry all day.  I’ve been very tempted several times to eat something unhealthy and have had to very consciously tell myself no.  The biggest reason I didn’t allow myself to indulge too much today is because I’ve got a camping trip planned for the weekend and I know I will need all of my bonus points to make it through the weekend successfully.  Anyway, all this being said, here’s what today has been like:

Breakfast:  As I already mentioned, I felt hungry as soon as I woke up this morning.  I made my typical fried egg and turkey bacon (3 slices).  I’ve still yet to try anything else for breakfast although I’ve got a recipe for homemade granola and a few other suggestions to try!  I’m also struggling with trying to figure out how to incorporate some healthy carbs into my breakfast (especially seeing as I don’t like most fruits).  In fact, I’m not really sure what constituents healthy carbs at all so that is something I am going to look into.  Suggestions welcome!

Breakfast. Need some ideas for healthy carbs.

Breakfast. Need some ideas for healthy carbs.

 

Workout 1: Today was another one of my favourite classes at my local gym – power yoga.  This class is similar to the gentle yoga class I do but it’s a little tougher and involves more flow through the movements.  The nice thing about today’s class was that there were only two of us in attendance so the instructor took the opportunity to make corrections on our poses (I really had no idea my shoulders were that hunched in my downward dog!) I left the class feeling strong, as well as deeply relaxed and energized all at the same!

After the lunch, I went to a very fun place – the public library!  I absolutely love strolling through the rows and rows of books searching for titles that catch my attention.  I only made it through half the stacks today and already had four books piled in my arms so I figured that would keep me busy for a while.  Plus, my parking meter was running out and I was pretty hungry, so I checked out my books and left.  As I got into my vehicle, I remembered that Pita Pit was close by.  I suddenly started to crave a pita (I haven’t had one in forever!) I seriously considered grabbing a chicken pita for lunch but decided to quickly use the WW app first, to check the points.  Although I couldn’t find the exact pita on the app, I was able to estimate that the pita would be at least 12 points (or more).  I decided to skip on the pita and headed home to make a healthier (and cheaper!) lunch instead.

Can't wait to read these!

Can’t wait to read these!

Lunch:  To keep things simple I decided to repeat yesterday’s chicken taco salad.  The only thing I did different today was I didn’t heat up the chicken and peppers (the chicken was cooked and leftover from dinner the other night).  Yesterday, I found that the warm chicken made my lettuce warm so I opted to keep it cold today.  In case you missed it yesterday, here’s my version of the taco salad:  In a salad bowl, I combined mixed greens, diced red/green/yellow peppers, diced red onions, a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of flavoured tortilla strips, and some diced chicken.  I added a dash of light Italian dressing for flavour and the salad was so yummy that I ate the whole thing today (WW points value = 7).  After lunch, I was still feeling hungry, so I indulged in 1/2 cup chocolate frozen yogurt.

Delicious chicken taco salad

Delicious chicken taco salad

Dinner:  I hadn’t planned dinner tonight but seeing as I still had some leftovers and veggies in the fridge and I was only cooking for myself, I figured I would just throw something together.  But by the time dinner rolled around, I really had to spend some time contemplating what to have.  For some reason, I was really craving carbs tonight – bread, tortillas, pasta – anything.   Seeing as I haven’t had any of those in over a week now I decided it’d be fair game to whip up some pasta as long as I watched my portion.  One of my favourite summer meals is pasta salad so I decided to make one of these.  I cooked some bow tie pasta and then added my peppers, red onions, a bit of feta cheese, and some light Italian dressing (normally, I would have added cucumber too but I didn’t have any on hand).  Seeing as 1 1/4 cup of the pasta came out to 9 points, I figured if I had only 3/4 cup that would equal about 5 points.  I carefully measured out the right portion (with the feta and dressing my portion of salad came in at 7 WW points). Since I wanted to add some protein to my meal, I grilled up a turkey burger and ate it plain on the side.  After, for dessert, I enjoyed a big piece of juicy watermelon.

I love pasta salad.

I love pasta salad.

 

Sadly, this is the only fruit I enjoy. But it's in season and delicious right now!

Sadly, this is the only fruit I enjoy. But it’s in season and delicious right now!

Workout 2: We had another softball game tonight.  Sometimes softball can be pretty inactive (if you strike out or if no balls get hit to you) but tonight I had to run the bases a few times (once even all the way from first to third – that may not sound like much but when you’re sprinting as fast you can, it sure gets the heart rate up fast!). So fortunately, our game tonight was a little more of a workout than it sometimes can be.  The best part about playing softball?  It’s always fun to get out, see friends, and socialize.

Snack:  By the time I got home from playing ball, I was getting quite hungry again (even though I had drank a lot of water during the ball game).  After my pasta salad at dinner, I was already at my targeted 30 points for the day.  The whole drive home I pondered about what I could have for a low-points snack that would keep me as close to 30 as possible.  To be honest, when I got home, I really just wanted to rip open the fridge or cupboards and eat just about anything.  I considered crackers and guacamole, whole-grain toast and peanut butter, cereal and milk, and a range of other snacks.  And I’ll admit, while I considered what to have, I mindlessly shoved a few multigrain crackers down my hatch!   Finally I decided to have 1/3 cup of Source vanilla yogurt and some almonds.  Ahhh, almonds.  Here’s where I need to rant for a minute.  Okay, I get that almonds are high in calories and fat.  But they are full of healthy fats, protein, and have no sugar.  Here’s my question than: Why are they so bloody high in WW points?  (1/3 cup = 10 points!)  As I mentioned in a previous post, I believe that every “diet” program has its flaws and I would like to argue that this is one for Weight Watchers (that, and the fact that a diet pop is 0 points, but that’s a rant for another day).  It really frustrates me that almonds are so high in points despite their health benefits.  Then again, unless I was eating mindlessly, I really don’t see myself eating 1/3 cup of almonds in one sitting.  I did some simple math and figured out that I could have about 12 almonds for 3 points.  Not bad at all.  Okay, rant over.  So tonight’s snack was vanilla yogurt with almonds for a total of 5 WW points.

This tasty snack kept me within my points

This tasty snack kept me within my points

So now that the day is said and done, I am pretty happy with how it turned out considering I found today pretty tough from the beginning. I am so happy I did not act on a whim and eat mindlessly but instead thought consciously and carefully about my food decisions!  I still think that is so key in my success.  Taking those few minutes to consider options carefully makes all the difference when it comes to eating better.  And although I did finish the day 5 points over my daily target, I don’t really feel guilty because I’ve been earning activity points each day that I haven’t been using (on WW, physical activity earns you points, just like eating uses points.  Some people choose to “eat” their activity points but, until today, I haven’t done so).  Today I earned 11 activity points and only “ate” 5 of them, so altogether I still consider today to be another success!

8 days down, 22 to go!