Thursday, 30 June 2011

100?!

Sure would appreciate some linky love from you all to see if I can snag another reader or two...Seriously- what am I gonna do when I get 100 followers?!  I'm only one shy! 

I'm accepting thoughts, questions, ideas, suggestions, and challenges.  You tell me!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Motivation

A few weeks back I bought tickets for a two hour kayak tour from groupon or hubby and I.  I've been sitting on the tickets until a good time. 

Groupon just sent me a reminder email that I haven't used them yet and a light bulb went off.  I had SOOO much fun kayaking while visiting my family out of state earlier this month.  As soon as the WW scale shows me 173 lbs (the lowest weight I've been able to achieve on my scale), I am scheduling our tour!!!

I CANNOT WAIT!!!

But, to get to my goal I decided I really needed something visual.  So I ran to my bath room (where I usually post my "visualized weight) and made a post-it for every pound from now until my goal.  What I realized in doing this, is just how close I really am.  Had a done this when I first started, I'm certain I would have covered the entire mirror!

Now I'll get to remove a post-it everytime I'm down a pound.  I think it will be great motivation! :-) 

I worked my butt off in the gym today- did the circuit and Zumba- earned 9 APs.  Stayed mostly on track with just two bites off plan (honest, just 2!).

Tomorrow is a party that 5-year-old , her mommy, and I have been working on and looking forward to for about a month now.  It's sea creature themed and there will be 8 or so children, a few parents, and lots of games, food, and fun.  I'm bringing a Boca burger for the grill, "mommy" (5-year-old's, not mine) made a great edamame and veggie salad, I made a fruit salad, there will be a veggie tray, and these:

Sugar free Jello Starfish. :-)  There will be lots of other things, too.  But, I'm sticking to the things I listed.  And definitely planning on running around with the 5-year-olds for exercise (and a gym trip, too!)
I hope you all are looking forward to a GREAT hump-day!  It's all down hill till Friday! :-D

Monday, 27 June 2011

This Weeks STSC Goals

 Ladies...I just want to start out by telling you I REALLY love you all.  I could NOT do any of this without the support you've all given me.  Dawn & Myra especially, but all of you are really there for me when it counts and I just cannot tell you enough about how much that means to me.  Really...

Still not doing fabulously on the eating front.  But I'm aware and I'm tracking everything.  What I did realize is that I haven't set goals for this week yet, and I'm sure that will help me feel back on track.

1.  STAY WITHIN MY DP RANGE!  Stop all this over-eating nonsense!  I don't need a bite of every edible that crosses my path!  Get a grip, C!!

2.  Try to cancel out some of the over-endulgences lately with exercise.  I will exercise every day until weigh-in on Saturday.  I started today- earned 7.  Hopefully I will be able to get in my usual goal of 35 AP's a week this way.

3.  Drink like a fish.  Fill my glass immediately upon emptying so everytime I even think I might be bit parched, there it will be waiting for me.

4.  Go back to getting my healthy checks on WW.com.  This means insuring that I'm on track nutritionally so that I'm not left craving crap.  Getting in the right amount of fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. helps my brain see that my body is, in fact, well nourished and satisfied.

5.  I will spend time visualizing my weight at 175lbs at weigh in this week.  I know I can do it.

There.  We will start there and let that be the end of it.  I'm writing them out on my mirror to remind me everytime I'm in the bathroom.  ...Which will be often if I manage to keep my cup full. :-)  Wish me luck!!

xoxo
-See C.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

HURRAH! Who's with me?!

OKay, so, I think I'm done with the self sabotage this week.  At the official WW weigh in yesterday, I was up 2 pounds, (which we know is actually more, because I was out of town last weekend and didn't weigh-in.)  So not only did I not lose any weight for two weeks, but I actually gained some.  UGH!!  HAATE that.  But it is what it is, and weight loss is certainly not a race.   For those of you who are new, these results are certainly not a normal occurance...

The house is in a disarray of half packed boxes because we are selling a lot of furniture on craigslist.

My finances are in a bit of a disarray because hubby hasn't found a job yet and is going to go back to school.

The gym job is moving locations this weekend so when I go in on Tuesday I will have to be given a tour and learn all the new things about it.

My life is a bit disorganized right now and that is very stressful for me.  Plus, at the risk of TMI, I'm PMSing.  All these factors contributed to me over eating last week, it could happen that way to anyone, and I am certain it won't be the last time it happens to me.  So I'm not going to beat myself up over it.  Today I will plan out my meals and activities, because that is what works for me.  I'm simply going to step back in control of my eating and health and lose the weight I gained like I have been doing for more than a year now.  Who can argue with results like this?


HURRAH! Who's with me?!

On another note, I've noticed that I'm about to post my 100th post and I'm only a few away from 100 followers.  Seems like there might need to be some kind of mention or celebration for that.  Any ideas?

PS:  Found the following on a friends blog and found it to be moving.

"Obesity is never JUST a food issue. It’s the manifestation of a vice – a bondage – an addiction. When you "see someone on the streets stumbling and slurring with a wine bottle in hand, their behavior and outer appearance is a manifestation of their condition. Their pain and torment caused them to take that drink and get to where they are today. It’s no different with obesity. What you see on the outside of me, was a feeble attempt to apply salve to my wounds in the form of food. Just because it wasn’t a bottle to my lips, or some powder snorted in my nose, or a needle in my vein – doesn’t make it any less harmful or any less deadly."

I hope you will go and check out Heart On My (Gastric) Sleeve and lend some insight and motivation to his journey, or be inspired by his willingness to change.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Overwhelmed

Sorry I disappeared there for a minute.  I tend to have about 3 "good" eating weeks a month, and one PMS week where it's all I can do to resist stuffing my face full of sweets.  I don't always succeed during this week, and for the past 2 days, I've been off track.  I am absolutely aware of it.  My mentality is generally 3 steps (weeks) forward, 1 step (week) back still means I'm ahead. 

I always start off on the right foot in the morning for breakfast, but I become exhausted by the struggle and give in.  For a long time I would consider this "bad!"  But, that always triggered my all or nothing attitude that would make it so much harder to get back on track.  Now it just is.  I'm not upset about it.  Will I let it continue?  Absolutely not.  That's what makes this a lifestyle change and not a diet.  My weigh-in is tomorrow and I've been on my best food behavior today.

Hubby still hasn't found a job, but in the mean-time he has decided to go back to school to become and electrician.  Many of his hobbies involve the trade and he'd like to get paid to do it.  The original plan was to move into a larger house in August, but with hubby now going back to school, we've decided to down size into a smaller apartment for a year and are going through everything trying to decide weather to keep it, donate it, sell it, or give it away.  It's overwhelming, to say the least, but I know it will be worth it in the long run. 

Wish me luck...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

STSC Out of State Goals Assesment

Just a VERY quick post before I rush into work this morning, but I got back into town last night and I wanted to show you my results and goals. 

You can read where I set my goals here: STSC Out of State Goals

But in short order:
1.  Maintain the loss this I achieved last week (Sat-Thurs short week.)
This would mean I would have weighed in at 174.8lbs this morning.  But fortunately, I managed a loss from all the fantastic activity on this trip and saw this on my scale this morning: 1.8lb loss.



2.  Exercise for at least 40 minutes everyday of my trip.
First night I got there I was only able to get in 30 minutes because it was so very late and I'd spent the whole day traveling.  But, after that I made up for it with hour long jog/walks with my mom every morning and countless hours kayaking.  Plus, I ran the stairs in my grandparents home a few times too.

3.  Drink only water.
I did have two glasses of unsweetened tea, but I completely avoided anything with alcohol in it.

So there go.  Longer post later on, but wanted to hold up my end and let you know that i achieved all my goals and even managed a loss while on vacation. 

If I can do it you can!  It's the first day of summer, make it count!

xoxo
-See C.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Trip Day 2- Happy Father's Day!

Day 2 of my trip (yesterday) was great!  All the family arrived and we spent the day reminiscing and catching up.

Food went pretty well.  I am definitely starting to feel peckish because food is around ALL the time.  I have stayed within my DP's as far as I can estimate.  But there is a LOT of estimating going on.  My grandma (who is the cook/baker/grandma fantastico) tries to give me healthy options, but there is a ton of temptation to enjoy all the other things that is out.  Every meal is a 3 course buffet like on a cruise with appetizers and h'orderves, then the main course, the dessert and coffee or tea.  Luckily there are plenty of great activities to get involved in.  Like kayaking with my mom! :-)

I've also been walking outside (lots of hills) and hitting the community gym so that I can make sure to maintain my weight (or lose) over the weekend.  Water intake has been good, I'm staying within my point range without breaking into AP's or WP's.  And I've stayed in control of my urge to eat.  It's been a great trip so far!  My nephews leave today...

I hope you all have a fantastic Father's Day and get to spend it with the best dad in the world! :-)


Talk soon!
xoxo
-See C.


Saturday, 18 June 2011

Family Blessings

Day 1 of my trip (mostly spent traveling) went off pretty much without a hitch.  There was a slight delay to my second plane, but overall, the trip was pretty uneventful.  I ate fruit and a handful of a cashew trail mix for breakfast, lunch time I had coffee with creamer and a handful eat of carrots and grapes.  When we arrived at my grandma & grandpa's, I had more fruit and some crackers.  I was hungry (and a little lightheaded from it for the better half of the afternoon.)  But once dinner came around, I ate whole wheat pasta with a bit of butter, a large serving of salad in oil, and more fruit.  I felt much better after and was able to get in about 30 minutes of cardio in the local gym around 9pm.  The rest of the evening was spent in the kitchen, of course, cooking and baking for the morning and day to come (today.) 

It's wonderful to have my siblings all in one place.  And, a VERY special treat to get to love and squeeze on my nephews ages 4 and almost 2.  Being back in my grandparents house brings on nostalgia like you wouldn't believe and we've spent several hours laughing over the memories.  Ending the day sharing a pull out couch with my sister tops the cake.  Giggling and talking in the dark like a sleep over that never ends- it just picks back up the next time we're together.  I don't say it often because of the religious connotation, but I am so very VERY blessed. :-D

I'm running on limited sleep and hope to be able to continue to make good decisions food and health wise.  I've received so so many compliments and I'm holding them close to keep me motivated to achieve my goals this week.


It's raining here today, so I'm hoping to take my nephews to the craft store and get supplies for a father's day gift. :-)

Friday, 17 June 2011

STSC Out of State Goals

I'm am so VERY excited to see my out of state family this weekend.  Especially because many of them have not seen me since my wedding, before I started this weight loss journey.  I know they will be expecting 319 lbs See C. to walk out of the plane terminal, and I'm looking forward to seeing the confusion and then excitment on their face.  LOL
This was taken the day before my wedding in 2007.  My grandmother on the left of me has not seen me since then. 
Before I started WW, when I would go on trips to see my family I would have this niggling feeling at the back of my head that I was rediculously over weight and I knew they worried about me.  I was embarassed of the way I looked and felt sorry that they had to love me because we were related.  I know that sounds horrible, but I haven't lied to you all yet and I don't intend to now.  I just didn't feel worthy of their love.  I would also worry that the airline was going to make me buy two seats or that I would have to ask for a seat belt extender.  I would alwayslose sleep over it the few nights before I was scheduled to leave.  I never did have to, but the worry about keep me awake at night.

Now I have NO negative feelings about going out on a trip to do anything!  I know my body is heathy and fit and won't hold me back in any way.  The weight is lifted in so many ways. :-D

I do hope to set a good example for my family while I'm with them by showing them that there is no magic to my weight loss.  I just eat less and move more.  Actions speak so much louder than words and I hope they will see that. 

My goals for the next four days are as follows:

1.  Maintain the loss this I achieved during this short week. 

I will weigh in at 174.8 lbs (or less) upon my return home on Tuesday morning.  I will do this by tracking what I eat and over estimating when I have to guess.  I will stay within my DP target and will not break into my AP's or WP's.

2.  Exercise for at least 40 minutes everyday of my trip.

My mom is coming with me.  She is an avid runner and runs 5 miles every morning.  I'm hoping that she will let me keep her company.  I've never run with my mom before and I'm sure I won't be able to keep up the whole way, but just going out together would be so cool to me.  It would be a real bonding moment for me. 

3.  Drink only water. 

I will not succumb to the wine or adult beverages that will surely be available to me on this trip. :-)

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures.  I hope to be able to post while I'm gone, but I'm not sure of the time I'll have available.  I hope all of you meet all your goals for the week and have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Loving the downward trend!

Weigh-in for the short week (4 days) had me down 1.2 lbs this morning.  (174.8 lbs.)  If you remember, that is .8 off from my visualized goal, but I will say that I've been suffering from stomach aches for several days this week.  Not sure what is causing the indigestion, but I'm sure once it clears up the scale will have something to show for it.

I did meet my AP goal.  The goal was to make 36 in a week and I ended tonight with 38 thanks to my girl, Heidi at the gym who inspired me to go 3 times around the circuit instead of two, and a new member sign up which required me to show her the circuit again. :-)

I have not eaten into my WP's or my earned AP's.  Water intake has been fine and I have avoided weighing in on my scale (except to visualize with the actual number covered.)

Quick post tonight because I'm on hour 16 of my day and I still have lots of stuff to do before leaving out of state for 4 days with my family at the butt crack of dawn tomorrow morning.  I'm running on pure adrenaline at this point, I think.  I'll try and post new goals tomorrow! :-)  Hope you all are achieving BIG things!

xoxo
-See C.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Better Than Yesterday!

Today was definitely a better day than yesterday!  I am still having some stomach discomfort and have decided to lay off the soy for a few days.  I'm also having back pain.  Not sure exactly what is causing it- because there are numerous possibilities.  So, I did Zumba today for 4 APs, but I stayed off the circuit training and cycling.  Hopefully I'll be able to get back to work on it tomorrow.

Finally managed to convince hubby not to be a Kirby salesman and made an appointment for him an employment agency.  SOOoo relieved! :-)

Not a whole lot more going on than that!  'Nother busy day tomorrow and counting down to Friday morning when I'll get to go see my grandparents!!  I've been visualizing 174.0 every time I find an opportunity and I know those will be the numbers I see on Thursday morning!

xoxo
-See C.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Rookie Mistakes

My day was fine today, but I made a list of mistakes and BOY OH BOY am I being punished for it.  Everything was fine- got everything I needed to get done this morning, lunch time came around and:

Mistake #1 was eating an hour before I had to be at the gym-job. 
Mistake #2 was trying out a new Morningstar Farms product (sausage links) with my lunch.  Gave me a stomach ache. 
Mistake #3 couldn't be avoided- hubby took the car to his Kirby "job" which left me riding my bike 3 miles in 101* heat.  I was overheated and my muscles were totally sore and stiff from it (and still are.)
Mistake #4 was forgetting to bring a snack/ small dinner to the gym job.  I was starving half way through my shift.
Mistake #5 was assuming hubby would be home and able to pick me up and drive me home.  Instead, I had to ride my bike bake home- totally sore and exhausted and FAMISHED!!

By the time I made it home and walked the dog- my stomach was on fire.  Totally clenched up and the hunger pains had me doubled over a time or two.

I've never felt that way before.  Really like my body was shutting down.  Sounds dramatic, I know.  I try not to be dramatic, especially when I've done the damage due to my own stupidity.  But, I'm not sure how else to describe it.  I've eaten now and my stomach is feeling better.  I've taken a pain reliever (which I hardly EVER do), and I'm now a big puddle on the couch.  I'm drinking A LOT- though I've done pretty well on water intake today, since it was the only thing I had access to.  I feel feverish- a hot head and face and a cold body.

Because I didn't bring any kind of snack with me to work, I ended up with 18 DP's left (more than half my daily allowance) at 7:30pm tonight.  I earned 10 AP's today- and if you do WW math, that means technically, I had 28 points available to eat!   I'm NOT eating my AP's this week, but you see the dilemma.  LOTS of activity with NO fuel.  I ate popcorn as soon as I got home because it's my favorite and it's fast to make.  That gave me enough energy to shower.  Then I ate some Ready Rice (Uncle Ben's), 2 containers Green Giant Just for One broccoli and cheese trays, and cottage cheese all mixed up.  I normally would NEVER eat so many high sodium foods together, but I really want to rehydrate my muscles. 

SO, I did achieve my STSC goals.  But, not in the way I should have.  It was a list of rookie mistakes and I hope my body won't punish me for it for too long.  Tomorrow is a normal 12 hour day, with my food all packed, so I should be back on track. :-)

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Week 2 STSC Goals

Last week's goals worked great and I think I'm going to keep them around for week 2.  Plus, I really want to make sure I'm getting lots of practice concentrating on my water intake.  I thought I was doing well, but the more I pay attention to it, I'm realizing that I should really be focusing more on it.

Here's the Big 4:

1.  Lose 20 lbs by the end of the challenge (Aug 28th).
2.  Earn 36 AP's per week.
3.  Maintain my water intake.
4.  Weigh myself only once per week.

More specific goals for this week:

Next Friday (over Father's Day) I will head out on a plane to another state for four days to a family reunion.  So I'm considering week 2 for me to be Saturday- Thursday.  On Thursday evening I will post another set of goals to maintain or achieve while on my trip.

1.  For this short week I will be visualizing a 2 pound loss for my weigh in Thursday morning.  Which will have me at 174 lbs (on my scale.) 

2.  This week I will stay within my DP target and not indulge in extra AP's or WP's.  I seem to lose the most weight by restricting my calories even after exercising.  Imagine that?  ...I haven't hit a plateau yet, and I've certainly not put myself into starvation mode, so I will do what works instead of what is easy.

3.  Drink 2 cups of water every time I eat, and another 2 cups for every 30 minute block of exercise. 

I know that these mini weekly goals will help me achieve the dreams I don't even know I have yet. :-)  I'm excited to see what's in store!  Keep your head up and I know we will all reach the finish line together!

Until Then!
xoxo
-See C.

The Universe Speaks Loud and Clear (Week 1 results for STS)

In my sleepy haze this morning I walked into the bathroom to begin my day.  I took a moment to visualize the numbers I wanted to see (this week I've been concentrating on 177.0) on the scale and stepped on.  You won't believe what came up!
176.0 lbs!  I was stunned for a minute!  Could that be right?  That's a whole pound less than I was believing for!  I think the universe is telling me that not only are my goals achievable, but that I'm underestimating my ability and should be reaching higher every week.  I'm absolutely flabbergasted at the point zero (.0) that shows that the end.  My scale hardly EVER shows .0 which is what really gives me faith that my visualizations definitely affected this weigh in.  That is a 4 lbs loss for me on my home scale!

When I got to my WW meeting that morning for the official weigh-in (I only "count" the weight that the WW scale shows), I didn't tell anyone about my little experiment with the universe.  I just stepped on the scale and I'm sorry I don't have hubby's camera for a picture of the sticker, but the info reads:

Weight: 177.6
+/-: -3.8
Total: -141.8

I lost 3.8 lbs since last week!  Isn't that incredible?!  I know some of you are going to say it's not healthy to lose that amount consistently week after week.  I know this.  And it's certainly not my intention to continue to do so.  But it just goes to show me that if/when I buckle down and focus on my goals, they can be achieved.  And, that I often underestimate my ability to do so!

Pic of the week:  The kids and I at the pool.  Not the most flattering picture.  Baby weighs 28 lbs, and I have to stick my hips out (forward) to support his weight when I carry him in the front.  But, I love that there is a space now between my stomach and my arm that you can see clear through to blue water!  No more "top roll" to obscure the view of my figure. :-) 
I'll be posting week 2 goals shortly.
Krystle at Skinny Jean Dreams nominated me for the Adorable Blogger Award, which I've already received once, but I wanted to say THANKS FOR THINKIN' OF ME, K! 

Also, I've got a new friend who attends my WW meetings that has recently begun her very own food fight blog!  Please go and check her out!  Give her your encouragement and support!  She's just like us and feels the need to EAT TILL SHE POPS!!

Have a GREAT weekend!  xoxo

Friday, 10 June 2011

Just talkin'

Tomorrow morning is my first weigh in after starting the Slimmer This Summer challenge.  I am confident that there will be a loss and I have been specifically visualizing weighing in at 177 (on my scale), which will be about a 3 lbs loss.

I'm feeling great, and with it being swimsuit weather and all, the compliments are pouring in.  I'm getting more comfortable talking about my weight loss and the journey it took to get there (here).  The gym job has really helped with it.  That's really the only place where I do feel like an inspiration.  I want people to know that if I could achieve this- they could too!  I hope you all believe that also!

Hubby is trying to convince me that he should be  Kirby vacuum salesman.  I think it's BS.  Not that I don't think he would be a good salesmen, but because who really wants to buy a $2000 appliance?  Especially with the economy the way it is.  I also don't like that it's mostly a commission paid job.  ...No sale- no paycheck.  So, I've been a bit stressed over it.  I'm willing to give it a month and see what happens with it.  He is still filling out lots of applications, so my hope is that a phone call with an amazing job offer is just around the corner for him.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Day 4 ZZZzzz

I am SO. So. so. tired.  I cannot WAIT to be horizontal for the next 8 hours.  But before I do, I wanted to make sure I came in to update.

Day four was decent. 

I should have drank more water. 

I took the kids to the pool today and we ate lunch at the cabana.  They don't allow you to bring food in, or I would have.  So, Instead, I asked them to make me a veggie wrap with some brie cheese.  It was pretty basic; flour tortilla, romaine, tomato, cucumber, and I'm estimating about 2 ounces of brie.  WW most "expensive" 12 inch tortilla was 9 points- to I'm going with that.  I'm over estimating that I ate about 14 points during that meal.  I did stay within my DPs.

I earned 8 activity points today with 30 minute circuit training plus teaching the power-half-hour.

I've spent time visualizing my goal weight this week and I'm confident that I will reach it.  Even hubby has spent a few minutes visualizing it for me. <3

Myra pointed out that we're out of the 80's now and tomorrow will be day 79!  YAY! 

...ZZZZzzzzz...
...ZZZzzzz...
...ZZzzz...

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Day 3 and an NSV

Day 3:

I'm am doing great on this challenge so far!  Would you believe I even took food OUT of my mouth?  *GASP!*  IIIiiii KNOW!!  NSV:  When I was preparing snack and lunch for the kids today, it is generally my habit to pop a few bits of whatever I'm making for them into my mouth.  I don't know why I do this except that it's food, and it's right in front of me.  It's almost mindless.  But today, I threw a nibble of tortilla edge into my mouth and then spit it right back out!  I didn't want to waste my 1 BLT for the day (goal 3) on that stupid bit of tortilla!  Yay me!

Last night after adding the new "no weighing in at home" goal, plus enacting my "Secret" beliefs ended me up with this:

I am believing in a 3 pound loss this week.  Sweet Pea's latest post for encouragment enforced my objective.  I have been visualizing seeing those numbers on my scale this coming Saturday morning.  I know I will see them!

My eats have been pretty repetitive as usual, which doesn't bother me in the least.  I kind of like the predictability of it.  But, today Hubs surprised me with vegetable maki sushi.  We have a hard time finding vegetarian sushi here, so  when we find the veggie rolls, I buy it!  I subbed out my cottage cheese and crackers for it- and it was totally worth it. :-)

I've been literally working my @$$ off at the gym job this week.  My joints and back are a bit achy tonight.  The good thing is that I earned 10 AP's and I've got 26 for the week so far.  So I need 9 more to reach my 35 AP's weekly goal.  I'm confident I'll reach that magic number!

12 hour days are beating me down, but keeping me busy.  Just the same, tomorrow is my last one for the week and I'm really looking forward to having some free time to catch up on the things that have slipped under the radar of necessities.

You all are ROCKIN' it! 

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Quick Update Day 2

Day 2 of STS went well. 
I carried my canteen and made sure to get enough water.

I absolutely got in my activity points today!  I ran through 40 minute circuit training and also did a Zumba class at the gym job today.  I estimate that I earned 10 APs. 

I'm also well within my prescribed number of daily points for the day, too.  I have 5 left over, plus my APs.  So I'm doing good! :-)

I've decided to add in one more goal.  I'm NOT going to check my weight daily at home any more.  I will check in on Saturday morning before my official WI at my WW meeting (because I am the kind of person that needs time to compose myself before a WI.)  But I'm not going to watch the daily up and down fluctuations of my weight during this challenge.  Without realizing it until lately, I believe I have been allowing it to effect my mood more than it should.

Have any of you seen or read "The Secret?"  I have and am choosing to (continue) to believe in the "power of attraction."  Therefore, every morning during the time I would usually weigh myself, I will be visualizing the weight I expect the scale to be at.  This week, on Saturday, my weight (on my scale) will be 177.  That is a loss of almost 3 pounds.  Wish me luck! :-)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Assessing My Day 1 Success

Day 1 of the Slimmer This Summer Challenge is winding down.  Just reassessing my goals to make sure I'm on track and make any adjustments if need be.

1.  I will lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks.  I will do this by staying on point with my DP's  (daily WW points) and eating only my earned APs (activity points) for that day.  I will avoid using my "extra" WP's (weekly points).  I will do this by tracking my food BEFORE I eat it and limit my BLT's (bites, licks, and tastes) of hubby's food (usually pizza) to once per-day.

Today I stuck to my DP's by preplanning my menu, I have 2 left in fact.  I did not use any WP's and I have not yet decided if I need to eat any of my AP's.  (It's 7:30pm and I feel satisfied, so I think I won't need them.)

Menu today (and it will probably be very similar all this week:)
Breakfast 5pts
PB2 and Polanar jelly on a whole wheat Toufanyan Smart Bagel
1 cup of Silk  Light
Snack 5pts
Nature Valley granola bar
banana
Lunch 7pts
15 bean and veggie stew with a slice of reduced fat provolone on top.
1 Tbls light honey mustard with two carrots and a celery stalk
Snack 0pts
Fruit salad (2 small nectarines, half a mango.)
Dinner 7pts
2% milk fat cottage cheese
2 wasa whole grain crisps
Mini bag 94% fat free popcorn dusted with garlic and chili powder
Extras 4pts
Wheat saltine with PB and sprinkles (kids activity)
bite of hubby's pizza

2.  I will maintain my water intake.  (Actually, I'm sure I will take in more now that it is so hot out.)  I will do this by drinking 1-2 cups of water every time I eat.

I didn't do well on this today.  It was a very busy day for me (my first 12 hours day after having 10 days off.)  Tomorrow I will be sure to carry my own canteen for the day so I don't forget.

3.  I will earn 35 AP's per week.  My goal is to earn at least 6 AP's per-day, 6 days per-week.  I will do this through time spent at the gym-job, time at our local aquatic center, and time at the work-gym.  Plus, any extra fun activities with Bean and Hubby.  My hope is that during this time I will tone up (my arms especially) and lose some of the extra skin. 

|I did earn my 6 AP's today, but I realize that I'm going to have to make sure I get to the gym BEFORE my shift starts, because I need to focus more during my workouts to make sure I'm getting everything I can out of it.  It's difficult to do when I'm on the clock and having to answer phones and assist other members.  I got lucky today when the children asked to be biked to the park today, otherwise, I wouldn't have made my 6 AP's.

I'm thrilled to have so much support during this challenge.  Thank you ALL so much!  I most certainly COULD NOT do it without you all here to cheer me on!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Slimmer This Summer Challenge

Today is the last day of "kid-cation" for me.  Which means that between nannying and the new gym job, starting tomorrow I will be working 12 hour days four days a week.  This will be a challenge for me and it will take some getting used to.  I will have to do some serious pre-planning where food is concerned because I will essentially be eating every meal "out" (packing food for myself, not eating in restaurants) on these days.  I'm sending hubby out today to find me a larger cooler/lunch box. 

The good thing is, I will be staying busy (no time for over-eating), and will be getting in PLENTY of activity points, so now seems as good a time as any to join in on a Summer challenge! 

I've been reading about it through Myra's Journey and decided to join in.  You can read more about it on Debbi Does Dieting.  May has been a tough month for me, and though I KNOW I've been gaining a lot of muscle, I haven't lost as much weight as I had been in previous months.  I'm getting so close to my goal that I don't want to slow down, so I think the challenge will help keep me focused and on point.  This is a 12 week challenge which brings us up to the last week in August.

I don't usually post goals because it feels like a lot of pressure to have people read them and expect things from me.  This journey has been very personal for me because I have avoided doing that.  But, a lot of people feel like setting goals for their blog readers to see helps keep them stay accountable, and that's what this challenge asks us to do, so here goes nothin'.

1.  I will lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks.  I will do this by staying on point with my DP's  (daily WW points) and eating only my earned APs (activity points) for that day.  I will avoid using my "extra" WP's (weekly points).  I will do this by tracking my food BEFORE I eat it and limit my BLT's (bites, licks, and tastes) of hubby's food (usually pizza) to once per-day.

This is a picture of the last entry made in my weight tracker at my WW meeting yesterday (Saturday.)  I am currently 181.4lbs.  Losing 20 pounds will put me at 161.4lbs.

2.  I will maintain my water intake.  (Actually, I'm sure I will take in more now that it is so hot out.)  I will do this by drinking 1-2 cups of water every time I eat.

3.  I will earn 35 AP's per week.  My goal is to earn at least 6 AP's per-day, 6 days per-week.  I will do this through time spent at the gym-job, time at our local aquatic center, and time at the work-gym.  Plus, any extra fun activities with Bean and Hubby.  My hope is that during this time I will tone up (my arms especially) and lose some of the extra skin. 
Here is a picture taken today.  I will call this the "before" and can compare it in the coming months.

So there you have it.  Feel free to join in!  Just follow the links and leave a comment so we can all support each other.

Today I will be making a big batch of my favorite 16 bean stew for lunches this week and preparing my life for the next week of craziness.  Planning my outifts, getting supplies together for activities with the kids, packing my gym bag.  Wish me luck!

Friday, 3 June 2011

See C.'s Ipod

I think it's time for an all new addition of "See C.'s Ipod!"  I just updated it and I remember last time there were several of you who really appreciated the glimpse.  Please remember that my music taste is probably different than yours.  AND, that I was born a child of the 80's and therefore, what is profane to you, is common lingo to me.  Don't judge, Don't hate!  Just get your go get your glisten on!!  (Mom says girls don't sweat they "glisten.") LOL

Top 5 are my favorites for exercise, so go check 'em out!

1.  6 Foot 7 Foot- Karmin
2.  Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars
3.  S&M- Rihanna
4.  Take it Off- Ke$ha
5.  What the Hell- Avril Lavigne

Down On Me - Jeremih & 50 cent
Bleed It Out- Linkin Park
Dynamite- Taio Cruz
Fresh As I'm Iz- Bow Wow
Get Low- Lil John & The East Side Boys
Glamorous- Fergie
Harder to Breathe- Maroon 5
Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor)- Pitbull ft. T-Pain
Higher- Taio Cruz
Hot Revolver- Lil Wayne
Like A G6- Far East Movement
Lollipop- Lil Wayne
Look At Me Now- Karmin
The Other Side- Bruno Mars
Rolling In The Deep- Adele
Sex On Fire- Kings of Leon
Shake- Ying Yang Twins
Ayo Technology (She Wants It)- 50 cent & Justin Timberlake
The Show Goes On- Lupe Fiasco
Shut Up and Drive- Rihanna
There Goes the World- Lifehouse
Untouched- The Veronica's
You're Gonna Go Far Kid- Off Spring

Please don't hesitate to mention it if you feel my list is lacking in an intregal part of your exercise regime!!  I wanna know what you're listenin' to, too!!

Missing Email

For some reason, Gmail has been hiding emails from me!  I've never had this problem with my other gmail accounts, so I'm sure I must have a setting askew.

Just wanted to let you all know that if you've emailed me in the past month without a response, it's because I haven't received it!  I'm just getting through them now...

Sorry!

-See C.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

abcdefood and an award

Found this on TJ's blog and loved reading it so much I decided I would do it in hopes that I would get to read all yours, too! :-)

abcdefood
A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?
Fuji!!

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?
Artisan bread...especially the kalamata olive from Fresh Market.

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)
Pre-WW my favorite was Cinnimen Toast Crunch.  Now I stick to shredded wheat.

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?
Blueberry cake doughnuts

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?
I don't eat many eggs (being as vegetarian as I can), but when they come, I'm not picky...

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?
PB2 powdered peanut butter from Bell Plantation

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?
Commissary, Publix, Kroger, Fresh Market, Farmer's Market

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?
Hot cider

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
Fro-yo!!!  I like peach and pistacio...well, really, I wouldn't say no to any of them!

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?
I don't have a favorite.  We generally have apricot here...

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?
Pumpkin Spice granola bars.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?
I had a Morningstar Farms corn dog with my favorite mustard, carrot sticks, and a mango.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Jollytime Popcorn!!

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Well, being as healthfully vegetarian as I can, I tend to eat mostly whole grains.  (carbs)

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?
Olive oil.

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?
Beans, tofu, seitan, soy, the occasional egg, cheese.

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?
I don't care for oatmeal.  It's too bland for me... No texture.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?
Root veggies; sweet potatoes, carrots, onions.

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?
Veggie wrap on a high fiber tortilla.  (Mustard, provolone, cucumber, tomato, dill pickel, coleslaw mix.)

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?
I have a few go-tos for when the going gets tough like Subway or Atlanta Bread Company.  Other than that, I try to find a healthfood store in town, they usually have a deli.  For me it's not only hard to find healthy food on the go, but also vegetarian.  It's a challenge...

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?
Hmm...many of you think spinach smoothies are wierd...

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?
I take "Smart Vites" from Sam's Club.  Basically, it's a 5 pack of vitamins in gummy bear form.  It's like dessert so I never forget.LOL

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?
I like wasabi!  It's in my favorite mustard, and I like it in maki sushi rolls.

X: is for XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
To be completely honest...you would find a s'more.  I worked HARD at the gym today- graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmellow really helped me unwind. ;-)

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?
Totino's Pizza Rolls.  My mom worked late a lot and my dad never cooked, which means most of my food came in "heat and eat" frozen form.  Totino's pizza rolls were my favorite...

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?
I like it in ribbons, steamed with a bit of salt and pepper.

YOUR TURN!  But before you do:

Dawn was so sweet to give me an award and say some very nice things about me!
"C. from The Evolution of Me  - When I first found C's blog I was inspired by her life changing weight-loss. As time has gone on, I find not only that she has lost weight but how she has done it inspiring. She's strong and her blog posts make you think and she challenges you with her own honesty and her way of looking at life. She give brilliant advice just when you need it too!"

I was supposed to link back to Dawn (which I did) and list 10 things about myself, but I just gave you 26, so I imagine you've had just about enough of See C for the time being.  I also have to nominate 3 new bloggers.  I'm running out of steam right now and I'd like to say some nice things about the blogs I pick, too.  So you'll have to wait to next post to find out if it's you!

Please let me know if you are going to post your "abcdefood" list!  I want to read it!! :-D  Sleep tight!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Happy June!

Well, the world has not fallen apart.  Hubby has not yet found a new job, but he is feverishly filling out application after application and I'm sure the calls for interviews will be happening any minute now.  In retrospect, it's been kind of nice having him around the house this week. I think he is trying to make himself useful and that has meant that I have not had to wash a single dish this week! :-)

I've managed to find my WW mojo again and have stayed OP for two days now.  That, coupled with the new job at the gym and a few boot camp classes at the aquatic center have my seeing my lowest weight yet on my scale this morning.  It's not official until the scale at my WW meetings says it, but I'm currently out of the 180's on my scale.  I think that the reason I was getting off track was because of my tendency to always push myself to do even better than I had been.  This generally leads me to a point that I'm holding my diet so strictly that it is not sustainable and I crash.  I'm proud of myself for being able to let go for a few days without binging ridiculously, and then get back on track.  Though I will admit, it was difficult to get back on track and I did have two false starts.  I didn't give up though!  I will never totally give up on myself again now that I have all the tools WW has given me. :-)

The new gym job is going well.  It feels pretty natural.  It's not the most exciting, or the most rewarding (compared to nannying), but it has been very motivating.  Lots of people see my awards on the wall and ask about my weight loss.  Usually I don't like discussing my weight with people, but many of these people are trying to lose weight too.  Many of them have a lot of weight to lose, just like I did, and are having a hard time believing it is possible.  When I show them my "before" pictures, they hoot and holla (these ladies are very southern, so they don't "holler," they "holla.")  It's been a symbiotic relationship- inspiration for them and motivation/reassurance for me.  I hope my "boss" can continue to work around my nanny schedule.

I'm missing the kids A LOT!  I spent several hours yesterday putting together our summer schedule of lessons, activities, and field trips.  We will be working on numbers a lot this summer.  5-year-old is reading at a second grade level, but for some reason is still writing her numbers backwards.  We will remedy that sometime between pinata crafting, movies at the cinema, swimming lessons, princess ballet camp, visiting the wildlife refuge and the children's museum and the recycling center, weekly trips to the library for story time and special activities, and a backyard Independence Day party for her and 6 of her friends.  Jam packed fun!

I know they are having a great time with their grandparents, and I've been getting a lot done around here.  Today we are beginning to paint the apartment back to the color we got it in (boring white) because in 30 days we will begin looking for our new home! Happy June!!