Weigh In Week 34

I am so glad it is fall.  Fall means routine.  I keep saying it but it is true.  I feel like I know what my days are going to look like, more or less, right now.  That means it is easier to plan.  With the weather cooling off I have more easy go-to meals at my disposal.  There is still an abundance of fruit and veggies around.  Fall is good.

I had a strong week.  I still had some splurges, but I tracked everything and used my weekly points sporadically throughout the week rather than on one huge meal out.  Over all I was on track and I felt good.  I did get one workout in, and not the 3 I’d hoped for, but sometimes weeks are like that.  Hopefully I can get in a rhythm  this week (especially after our big Sunday School Kickoff this Sunday).

It was a solid effort, and a solid effort = a solid loss.

-2.0 Pounds

80.8 lbs Lost on WW to Date

115.2 Lost since E2′s birthday

I included the amount since E2 was born because she turned 10 months old on Sunday.  So in just over 10 months I’ve worked to lose 115.2lbs!  (and she weighed 8.9lbs so she doesn’t account for THAT much of the number!)  More importantly, I can see the difference.  In face then I went to take pictures today I lamented that my 18/20 sweater was a little loose and it was hard to tell how much progress I’ve really made.  Still I think it is (fairly) obvious that I’ve lost weight at this point :)

E2′s birthday – November 7, 2013

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September 9. 2014
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I really am making progress, and seeing progress.  At 80.8 I have now lost as much as I did on WW last time (pre E2).  I am not quite to my lowest weight that I had reached then, nor am I anywhere close to my ultimate goal weight (which is a number I am uncertain of anyway).  But I have no complaints.

ww week 34If people ask how I do this it is really simple – I follow Weight Watchers, I track my food, I try to get moving, and I try to keep making good choices.  Bottom line – I keep trying and keep fighting.  It is STILL a fight to make the right choices, but it is easier on days when I can see how far I have come already.  And if I think about it in the big picture, I may already be halfway to my goal.  I figure another 100 lbs might be a very good place to be.

Some quick math says I’ve lost 23% of my weight since E2 was born.  Awesome.  I wonder where I’ll be on her birthday in two more months?  I guess I’ll keep it up and find out!  Thank you all for your continued support in all of this.  Weight loss is hard, public weight loss can be harder, but you guys are so kind to me in this space (in a tough love sort of way on occasion that I really need).  Thank you!

You Rock!

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Random Thoughts on Tuesday Night

  • I have a confession:  I don’t like  at Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  In fact, I don’t like pumpkin spice most things.  I like a single piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and enjoy a great deal of squashes, but I just don’t get the hype.
  • Salted caramel anything is another story.  Dangerous.
  • To a certain 5 year old I know, No. you do not get dessert. Yes, your plate is clean but throwing your brat away is not finishing it, it is wasting it. And telling me it was a brat you found on the floor from last week is clearly lying. I may be a bad house cleaner but I am a good WI girl and a brat would not go on the floor. In short don’t be a brat brat.  Love, mom  P.S. The popsicles you wanted for dessert have veggies in them. Ha ha!
  • On the second day post-run my knee feels almost normal.  I feel like this confirms that my biggest problem is lack of stretching/tightening muscles and joints.  Still I am going to seek out the advice of my SIL who is in PT school, as well as invest in a foam roller.  If you have any foam roller suggestions let me know.
  • E2 turned 10 months old on Sunday.  I am not sure how that happened.  On the one hand It seems like an instant, but on the other she seems like she has always been a part of the family.  Her birthday is coming up quickly – time to start brainstorming, so I can come up with grand plans and flake out until the last minute anyway.
  • E1 adores Kindergarten, but he’s already figured out the correct answer to “What did you do at school today?” (Answer: Nothing)  It is like pulling teeth.
  • Speaking of teeth, he is getting his first permanent one, and E2 is cutting 3 (THREE?!) right now.  Whee?
  • I am getting extra annoyed lately about people talking about healthy living, weight loss, etc online these days.  I run into a handful of people each day, primarily on a Weight Watcher FB group I stalk, who are certain they know what is right for you, no matter what they know about you or your life.  Even though we are still primarily all WW people there is such judgement.  It makes me sad.  I give advice when asked, and it is always with the caveat that it is what works for me.  Can’t we just all grow up people?  (End rant)
  • Why am I always SUPER hungry the night before weigh in?
  • I have lost nearly 80lbs since Jan, and over 100 since giving birth and it was JUST this week that people started commenting on my weight loss.  Is that odd?  I don’t care or need the flattery as that is not why I am doing it but even I noticed the differences months ago.  Has anyone else seen that?
  • I love this from yesterday that I am posting it here:10698423_10152658007314710_1775598860785158241_n
  • That is the end for Random Thoughts tonight – dishes and pumping call.  Adios my friends!

Running in the Dark – Now with Bling!

I had one main workout goal for the weekend – get a run in.  I really needed to test my knee since it was feeling better.  In addition, I have a 10K in 4 weeks and while I am confident in my ability to walk 6.2 miles, running it (even in part) is still another story.

I had one main goal and thanks to a combination of work, family and other responsibilities I found myself sitting in the living room at 9:30pm on Sunday night having not gotten my run in.  It was dark.  I was tired, but I really needed to get that run in.

So put on my new Enell bra and shirt, laced up my shoes and headed out the door.

IMG_2925.JPGI don’t like running in the dark, it feels vulnerable.  However, I stuck to the one mile long loop block surrounding my house and I had my reflective vest on and a bright white hat.  I was confident I would be seen.

This was my first run back since really before I got pregnant with E2.  I had done an inpromptu jog here and there, but nothing I would call running training.  I have decided that intervals are the way to go and decided to try a 2 minute walk, 1 minute run interval for this first time out.  I managed two miles of this pacing before deciding to walk most of the 3rd mile.

Still the running was not bad, my lungs were weaker than my legs and if I can boost my breathing and endurance there I think I’ll have longer runs in me quickly.  I kept a fast pace walking too.  I know that the #runDisney races have a 16 min/mile pace and I was determined to keep that as a goal during my training.

I ended up doing my first 5k (with running) last night, in the dark.  My splits were similar and my pace was not bad for my first time out.  All in all I am pleased with how the run went.

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After I finished my run, I realized that in doing a 5k last night I earned my first bling for a virtual race.  I had just received the virtual race medals from Jost Running earlier that week!  It felt great to do a hard fought run, in the dark, and earn a medal for it.  Jost Running has great virtual races every month and the medals are no joke.  They are hefty and shiny and very motivating.  (Yes, I am a geek.  Yes, I am going to add up my miles this month to reach the marathon medal too!)  And since the virtual races all go to help good causes I don’t feel guilty for liking the bling!

Run in the dark and earn a medal all on a Sunday night.  Don’t mind if I do.

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After my run I made sure to stretch well, but I am afraid I need some guidance with stretches.  My knee started acting up later that night in bed and has been stiff and painful all day.  I am back to icing and ibuprofen.  I am contemplating another orthopedic visit and researching foam rollers online.  I take comfort in knowing that it did NOT hurt while I was walking or running so am confident that this is an issue of my Baker’s cyst and possibly a weak IT band (based on pain location).

Still it is a pain (ha!), and I am going to have to figure out a solution so I am not hobbled for a day after every run.  If it continues to become and issue I will have to look elsewhere for my exercise.  (Something I need to do anyway for variety).

But I don’t want to jump to conclusions about my knee either way.  So for now I keep on moving forward.  I hope to let my knee rest up and try another run later this week.  I also might try to catch a yoga class for some additional stretching this week.

I am an ambassador for Enell and was giving the bra, hat and shirt.  In addition, I was also sent the Jost Running medals to participate and blog about their virtual races.  As with all other things, all opinions are my own.

PriorFatGirl’s Candy Challenge

RANT time: Did you know that school started on Tuesday?  That is only September 5th? So why is there HALLOWEEN CANDY displayed all over already (Target, Cub, I am looking at you in particular).  Could we not have a few weeks without “fun size” treats to tempt us? Seriously?

Ok, rant over, but now I am going to do something about it!  Enter Prior Fat Girl’s Candy Challenge.

What is Prior Fat Girl’s Candy Challenge you may ask?

Simple: I am challenging myself, and anyone who would like to join me, not to eat ANY Halloween Candy BEFORE Halloween.  I know that if I started buying Halloween candy now I will buy it at least 4 times over before Halloween even happens because I will keep eating it (or Mr. Goat or E1 will).  None of us need that.  I am not a Halloween Scrooge, I will have a fun size milky way and a Reese’s peanut butter cup…on Halloween.

So are you in?  No Halloween Candy until Halloween.  No ever, just for the 8 weeks until Halloween.  Look I even made a little badgey-banner thing that you can post on your blog and challenge others.

Prior Fat Girl's(1)Who is in?  Leave a comment below!  Share it, Instagram it, Tweet it.  We can do this.  No Halloween Candy until Halloween.