Sunday, November 15, 2009

Days 11 and 12...

Okay, I am a little nervous about weighing in tomorrow...yesterday I ended up having 41 points, and today, I am not sure. I have about 15 points in cereal (yeah, I like cereal a little too much), then I went to Ruby Tuesday's. I looked online, but most of their foods don't have their nutritional values listed. I had three salads (I thought I would "fill up") and had an avocado and cheese type quesidella. I only ate half the ques. at the restaurant and had the other half for dinner tonight. So, I'm not sure how I did...we'll see tomorrow.

P.A.: Yardwork...raking, and bagging
Pts. 41 (+16) :(

P.A.: none
Pts. ??? should be close to on target.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 10...

Okay was a long day. I subbed for 5th grade PE classes, so I was running around doing bball drills with them. After being outside so much this week, I am one tired puppy.

Food was not the best, and I've reach my 35 extra points for the week, so I'll just have to keep to 25 the next two days. It shouldn't be too bad.

Today is the anniversary of my grandpa Miller's death. I'm wondering if it ever gets easier. Last year, losing both grandpas within one week was rough, it is tough during the year, but on their anniversary, it reminds me of my loss, and I miss them so much. xoxo Dick and Bob!

P.A.: bball drills with kids in PE class

Points: 37 (+12)
Pic is of my grandma and grandpa Bush, b/c I didn't get a chance to post it yesterday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Days 8 and 9 (missed yesterda)

Okay, to begin, I missed yesterday b/c I was so tired at night. Anyway, let's catch up.

P.A.: to activity...I was tired from work and needed to chill. Josh and I went to look at a house and then went and got dogfood for the kids (which we have to do weekly considering they are each at least 100 pounds, and it is $200 a month).
Points: 31 (+6)

Today: Didn't work, so I did some yardwork, went to my dad's, visited the cemetary b/c it is my Grandpa's birthday today. I really miss him, so I had a little teary chat with him. Then, I headed over to my Aunt Sally's house to meet her new pup and let Bart meet her pooches. Foodwise it was okay.

P.A.: raking and bagging leaves
Points: 31 (+6)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 7ish...

I'm going to start this one at day 7 and continue to number them from there. At least that way I have a way to organize these posts.
Today was okay. I was in a 4th grade classroom today...crazy and exhausting. Then, I came home, made some homemade soup, and raked more leaves.
Foodwise, it was okay, but some kid brought in cupcakes, and I couldn't resist.

P.A.-- Yardwork/raking and bagging leaves

Points used today: 35 (+10)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weight Progress (or recess, I suppose)

Monday, November 9, 2009
Weight: 222.8 lbs
Change: initial weight-in
Extra points used thus far (35 allotment): 35 (all filled up!)

Ok, Day...well, I missed a couple

Okay, I'm going to deem this day one. I weighed myself (yeah, always fun, right?), so now I have my base. Pics will come soon for my before.

This past weekend I was dog-sitting, so I couldn't get to a computer the way I wanted to. I ended up going to Barnes and Noble, hanging out with my family (it was the one year anniversary of my Grandfather's death, so we were all dealing with that b/c it feels so fresh anyway), went to a football game (and the weather was AWESOME!), went out to dinner (but I made good choices there...Applebee's, and I did some laundry and relaxed. That was on Saturday, and yes, I was still dog-sitting, I also managed to hang and play with the dog a bunch too:) On Sunday, I went for a 2 hour walk with my friend Stephanie and my three dogs. I love those morning walks. No one else will go with me on a walk that long. I've gone that long with only my dogs and me, but it is nice to have someone else to go with:) And, Steph walks as fast as I do! WAHOO!!! After the walk, I hurried back to Penny's (who I am dog-sitting for), took a shower, then hurried off to church. After church I chatted with my dad for awhile, then headed back to Penny's and played some more with Kia, the dog, and hung out. Later, I came home and relaxed, fed my dogs, my sister and niece came to visit, etc. So, all in all it was a good weekend:)

Starting weight: 222.8 (I suppose, at least I am tall and can hide it a little)

I will post my points for the day later:)
Oh, and the pic is from the football game this weekend. It is me and Josh:)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 4

Okay, today was not very good. Went for a mile walk with Josh and the pooches. I went and hung out at my grandma's house and she had a load of candy that I thought I'd help her unload. Unfortunately, I chose to unload it into my mouth. Those Take 5 bar are yummy.

Weigh in is planned for tomorrow or Sunday, depending on how it goes b/c I like to weigh-in before I eat anything in the morning, and I am dog-sitting this weekend.

P.A.: mile walk
Points: at least 30 at this point:( I'll update this tomorrow as to what I additionally consumed b/c I am still a hungry hungry hippo!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 3

I had today off, so it began as a nice day. I had a nice sleep, and then met my dad at Barnes and Noble's. Then, I got to look at a bunch of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks that I picked up at the library yesterday. Even though I have been a vegetarian since 2004, I still have limited recipes that I use. I need new ideas! Hence, the books.

Okay, no exercise today. I was going to head out for a run or jog b/c it was nicer out, but my mother came home looker for an argument and I did ntot disappoint. So, since I needed to get out, Josh, the dogs, and I took a ride looking at houses and dreaming.

Foodwise, that went okay. I stuck within my alloted points for the day, so there is a bright side to the day.

P.A.: none:(

Points: 25

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 2

Okay, today was a little difficult on the food front. Halloween candy is evil, I tell ya. I rationed it out okay yesterday, and kept myself under control. Today, well...that is another story. I had too much candy, so that ruined the day...well, foodwise anyway. On the positive side, now the candy is gone:) I did get in a nice walk with Josh and my dogs tonight, so that was nice; even though it was cold and rainy.

P.A.: 2 mile walk

Points: 29 (4 too many)

Well, tomorrow is another day:) Another chance to do great things!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ok, day 1

Okay, I stated yesterday that I was going to follow Weight Watchers for my diet. I am going to weigh myself (always something NOT to look forward to) this coming Saturday morning, at which time I will also have my before pic taken by my loving fiance', Josh. I will post these once completed. However, today (Tues.) I began following WW for my nutrition. I will also state any "physical activity" I partake it each day. I am usually active, especially in the summer, but tend to "fall off the bandwagon" in the cooler months. Today was a COLD day, so I went to work, helped Josh put together a dogcage for Laina, my difficult female Great Dane, and chilled. But, knowing that I am going to have to post how I did for the day on here, my day has been going good Pointwise.
Each day I will post:
- any physical activity
- Number of points per day I consumed (aiming for 25 per day, with a bank for 35 extra per week)
- Number of extra points used thus far for the week.

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 2009

- No P.A. (COLD!!!)
- 25 points :)

(I will begin tracking for extra weekly points on Friday. Until then I am limited to 25 per day.)
**Oh, and in the pics are my pooches. Junah is the Great Dane male (black and larger), Laina is the Great Dane female (blue in color and smaller than Junah), and Bart the Golden, Chow mix. I love these guys!

Monday, November 2, 2009

So, let us begin...

Okay, so I am new to this blog thing. However, I figured that this would be a good way to keep myself focused and accountable for losing all the weight I have recently gained.
I have always somewhat stuggled with my weight. I grew up thin until puberty hit. Then I fluffed out a little, but through sports I maintained a healthy weight. In high school I leaned up some more, although I still thought I was too heavy. At the end my of basketball season my senior year, I snapped my ACL and proceeded to gain 30-40 lbs in the following four months...right before prom. Nice, right??? Anyway, the following summer and freshman year of college lead to a further increase in weight, even though I was playing basketball and running a little. That freshman year I did learn more about running through a class called health dynamics, and learned that I could run 3-4 miles quite easily (which I didn't think I could do before). After that year, I lost about 10 pounds, but I still struggling. Well, I lost a little more, but was plateauing a bit. I graduated from college and just kept myself active, although I have a love/hate relationship with food. I love it and it loves me so much it wants to stay with me forever, thus leading to my hatred of
In 2004, when I was 24, I went on Weight Watchers and lost weight. I got down to 179 pounds, which given my 5'11" fairly muscular build was perfect, and what I was at my senior year of high school (before the knee surgery). Then, in the beginning of 2005, I decided to train for and run the Chicago Marathon later that year. I trained for the marathon and completed it in a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes, and 22 seconds. I still consider this my greatest achievement, even above getting two degrees from college. Anyway, all the while I was training I didn't lose any more weight, but it wasn't about that. I firmed up and was in great shape. I look back at pictures around that time and am a little sad I lost that. Oh well.
After the marathon, it was winter, and I gained about 10 more pounds...then I gained 10 more. I hovered around 200 for awhile, then I moved to teach in AZ. You know, it costs money to eat healthy. I was a struggling teacher on a VERY limited income, so I ate poorly a lot. I am a vegetarian, so there was a lot of Mac & Cheese, and goodies in the form of carbs that teaches would bring in that I would load up on. Needless to say, I gained another 25 pounds. Now, here I am, at my heaviest EVER, and quite unhappy.
Now all of this is not about vanity. I little maybe, considering that I am going to get married next July 17th, but it is also about health. I know that my joints hurt more now that I am heavier, that I don't feel as good in my body, and I am just not feeling healthy. I am under no delusion that I will ever be a stick girl, nor do I want to be. I want to be strong and healthy. This works with my genetics, and it is what I want. I will officially put down a beginning weight in a couple days, and I will follow weight watchers on my own b/c they are the only thing that seems to work well for me. I don't like buying other "special" foods b/c I need a lifestyle that I can continue:)
Okay, well, this is the preliminary info...more to come.