Weigh In Week 41

We got to DC last night at 3am, in bed by 3:30am. I was up at 6:30am to head to the airport after a skype interview back to MN talking about the rocket explosion.

I got back home at 2pm and headed to work. Home at 8:45pm and stayed with E1 until he fell asleep. In all that I managed to hop on the scale at my sister’s place

-1.9 Pounds
84.1 lbs lost to date

Pleased for a loss but more pleased to be home safely and that no one was hurt in the explosion. The more time passes the more I realize how scary it was to see something like that first hand. If I close my eyes I see this in my head.

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(Photo from my sister)

I’ll have more to say about this but for now sleep is the most important next step. So I am going to kiss the kids once more and sleep, hopefully until morning.

Rocket Science

Hello from Virginia!

I flew out here on Sunday afternoon – as soon as I could get away from church – to head to the NASA Wallops facility on the coast.  I was invited to their @NasaSocial event for their Antares Rocket launch which is taking Cygnus up to the International Space Station with supplies.  It was supposed to take off yesterday evening but got scrubbed at the last minute because of a wayward sailboat.  It was disappointing but I am very glad that I had my return flight set for Wednesday so instead of taking a day in DC with my sister I am still out here on the coast.

The launch is in an hour and so far there are no boats in sight.

Yesterday was still fun – we saw the control room for this mission.

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We spent time in the visitor center, got some science briefings and learned about the student experiments headed on on the rocket as well.

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Here is the remaining group of us at today’s launch.  So far so good.

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Because of the travel I am going to weigh in tomorrow at my sister’s place – I should be back in town by early afternoon but I really don’t want to do a weigh in after two flights across country.  It hasn’t been too bad a week — I didn’t do great at book club but while I’ve been traveling I have been diligent about tracking and making good choices – even though the schedule keeps changing and I am eating out for every meal.

There is something empowering about being able to stay in control while traveling.  I think I get overwhelmed by options some times, but in the end this is NOT rocket science – it takes a lot more than a sailboat to get me off track.   In our unplanned day today my sister and I went to a nearby wildlife refuge and got in a two mile walk.  There are things we can control even when things don’t go as planned.

While I don’t know what I’ll see on the scale tomorrow I am going to take comfort in the fact that I stayed committed in the wake of shifting plans and traveling food choices.  In the end that is what I can do – the scale will respond how it can.  It may be the travel will lead to some swelling so I won’t see a loss until next week or maybe it will show my hard work.

Either way, I know that I did my best and that is what is important.

Flu Shot

I am going to take a break from the regular blog to get on a soap box today:

Go get your flu shot!

(Unless you have an important health reason that you cannot).

I’ve watched the fear over ebola over the last weeks and I know that it is scaring a lot of people, but the reality is that the flu is vastly more deadly and risky to people, especially in America, than ebola will be.   I feel a lot of people doubt the flu shots effectiveness since it is the CDC’s best guess at the strains for the year, however, the flu shot stands to save many lives.  And even if you DO get the flu it is likely to be a milder version.

E1 has asthma and the flu could be very dangerous for him and others like him.  Infants under 6 months of age cannot get the flu shot so are also at risk.  The elderly is another crucial group.  When you get a flu shot not only do you protect yourself but you protect others since you are less likely to pass it on to another person.  I know people who say “I never get the flu” but I find that thinking troublesome.  I have never gotten the measles, but I sure to have a vaccine to help others stay safe as well.

And remember, the flu is a very specific strain of virus – not every stomach bug, cold, aches, or fever is the flu.  I had the real flu once in Seminary and I missed 10 days of classes.  It was horrible.  I have gotten the shot every year since and I have not gotten it since.

Even if you are willing to take the risk that you are healthy enough to weather the flu if you get it, please think about the more vulnerable and get a flu shot anyway.

Please and Thank you.

*steps down from soap box*

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

Weigh In Week 40

There is some amazing conversation and insight in the comments of yesterday’s post on 80/20.  Check it out and join the conversation if you can.

I am going to keep this short and sweet as it is 11pm and the first time I’ve had to write this all day.  Not to mention I still need to do my PT exercises and pump before bed.  (assuming E2 stays asleep, but we did ok last night so I am hoping she will be kind to me).

As expected, I had a gain this week – an medium gain for a medium slip up.  I didn’t lose control but I did go over my points and knew it so I knew what to expect.  The damage:

+2.2 Pounds

-82.2 lbs lost on WW to date

I am glad that is wasn’t more and proud that I still kept things sort of reined in even as I made some not great choices.  My bad now is not as bad as my bad has been.

My weight watchers meeting was good this morning.  My leader, Liz, said something really insightful that I had to Instagram immediately.

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It was a good reminder to me to keep my ultimate goals as the more important priorities.  Ultimately my slip ups this week stemmed from me failing to plan ahead and having trouble with portion control, but it is important that not ever craving and desire should be followed.

In the end it was not a bad week really.  I don’t feel like beating myself up over it, nor do I feel trapped in a sugar spiral.  I made great choices today and ended up using exactly my daily points while even earning a few activity points as my knee gets stronger.

The one thing that comes from being on week 40 is perspective.  I know that I can bounce back from gains – I have had far worse ones than this.  I know I can lose.  I know I have the capacity to make tough choices.  In this knowledge is power.

It wasn’t a great week, but there are more weeks and better weigh ins in front of me.