Thursday, September 30, 2010

What I did right this week...

What I did was to track more carefully. Doing Simply Filling is great, and I enjoy the emphasis on the healthier Filling Foods. But not *having* to track every little point I consumed .... well, I didn't get out of the habit of tracking, but I felt I needed to do a little better.

So I switched back to tracking points again. And I'm glad: I needed a little more flexibility this week with a couple of days that were just jam-packed!

I stepped on the scale tonight and I am within my range for weight goal this month. I want to get down a few pounds again, and so I figured careful tracking would help. It's been nice to be back on this aspect of Momentum again.

One very nice aspect of the Simply Filling Technique is the emphasis on fruits, vegetables, lean meats/proteins, whole grains, fat-free dairy..... and so I am planning to keep that as part of my tracking. Who knows? I may find that I have a few points available here and there to "play" with too!

So here's to diligence and flexibility!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

This year's Race for the Cure...

I just got home from the 2010 Race for the Cure. I paid a little extra for the timing strip (attached to my bib) and so my time is official and all.... 50:27 from gunshot. A minute-plus slower than last year. So I definitely did not hit my plan to do 45:00 or less, but I'm okay with it.

This year's Race was at a new venue (Fluor Field) and a course that I'd never taken at other races from Fluor Field. I went down streets that I didn't know existed, but nice quiet neighborhoods. The residents came out to cheer us on, and I appreciated that an awful lot. And I am not lying when I say that half these streets were all uphill!!! All those hams and glutes that I've been pumping up over the last few months got quite a stretchout this morning! And I am feeling it already..... I am tired, but it's a great tired. It's the "tired" that comes from accomplishment, from a job well done.

And this year, at the food court, they had fat-free Greek yogurt. It was all flavored (not plain), so I have to count the points (on SFT, only the plain kind can be eaten without worrying about tracking), but I'm just glad they had it! I got a nice protein boost from that -- and bananas have never tasted so good!

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This week was challenging in a few different ways: I had a retreat last weekend, and so I didn't track at all... so this week wasn't a free-for-all, but more of a "do the best you can." But I am definitely back in the saddle this week! My other challenge was a knee that was giving me fits. I haven't had knee pain like that in years. Biofreeze is my friend, and I don't care how dorky I look wearing a knee brace or two under dress pants. I don't use the pull-on, stretchy but thin kind. Oh no, I have the big ol' Velcro-d up, criss-cross type but they're great. (Speaking of Biofreeze... need to go use some and SOON). It really hit me on my Monday and Thursday leg workouts.... AYE YI YI YI!!!! I just modified as much as possible (sorry, Dave, but a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do!).

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Here's wishing everyone a successful week!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sorry to be so late....

but I had a higher calling! No, really, I did.....

This weekend was our women's Christ Renews His Parish retreat at church, and I was part of the team that presented the retreat. As part of that, I provided some treats for our breakfast on Saturday morning, and in the weekend's "Snack Lounge." Knowing some others on the retreat try to watch their calories/points, here's what I made:

* 24 mini-muffins, blueberry (thanks to Krusteaz Fat-Free Blueberry Muffin mix)
* 24 double chocolate mini-muffins
* Pretzels, dips & lo-cal treats

I did. It was good too. It was a wonderful retreat -- last time, when I was a participant, I went home renewed in spirit and body. This time, even though we worked like mad to make it all work, same thing: I thought I would be just exhausted but I am also renewed.

And I will be paying for the goodies I consumed this weekend: I foresee a workout nearly every night this week!!!! AND, AND, AND............ my Race for the Cure on Saturday. I am gonna beat 45 minutes come hell or high water!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's Lose-A-Palooza Day!!

Today is Lose-a-Palooza Day for the Weight Watchers (R) Lose for Good campaign. I've put some information below, and I encourage everyone to check it out -- even if you're at your ideal weight or happy wherever you are on the scale.

We're dropping pounds and raising funds ...... as well as giving hope and help. As I mentioned earlier, our center is doing a food drive for a local children's shelter. Plenty of other locations are doing the same -- food drives to help the needy in their area.

One thing that we can all do is educate and advocate for healthier lives -- whether we do not have enough, or are blessed with so many alternatives that we hardly know what to do. Do your part today in your area!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

More information about Lose for Good

Click on the link if you would like to learn more about Weight Watchers' LOSE FOR GOOD Campaign -- and remember, we can ALL do something to help the hungry at the same time we do better for ourselves!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Losing for Good

The statistics are staggering: 1.6 billion overweight people in the world....... and 800 million people who do not have enough food.

I can't begin to think how wrong those numbers are on so many levels. There shouldn't even be one person who never has enough food to sustain their lives. And it's sad to think there are twice as many people who may have more food than they need; granted, there is the whole dilemma of overweight people in poverty, who eat whatever is affordable regardless of the nutritional value (or lack thereof). They live in food deserts as much as those who do not have enough.

Well, I'd like to let you know that Weight Watchers is in their 3rd annual "Lose for Good" campaign. Over the last two years, WW Members have lost over 8 MILLION pounds and donated more than 3 million pounds of food to local food banks in these 7-week campaigns. In addition, Weight Watchers, Inc. has donated at least $1,000,000 each year to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger.

I have to figure out how I'm going to make a contribution, since I'm not really actively losing but striving to maintain. What I think I am going to do is contribute one non-perishable food item for each 10 pounds I lost over those 4 years .... And if I end up losing any weight (even 0.2 pounds) between today and campaign's end, I will add another $10 in food.

Our particular location is donating our food to a shelter for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or other emergency situation. In fact, two of the members at the meeting I attend are volunteers there, and they were telling us about the work that's done there, and how wonderful the kids are, in spite of whatever circumstance has them there. God bless those kids!!!

And I hope this year, WW members lose even more -- for good!!!

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Oh, by the way: down 3 pounds from last week. And I am going to have to figure a way to modify the legs routine, because the lunges are killing my knees and one of my quads. Gotta talk to Dave about that.... I like the routine, but not if I can't do part of it. I ended up doing some modifications tonight, and putting on a knee brace. Getting old ain't for sissies!! :D

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Following up....

I weighed in this morning, and I was up a bit, but still within my window..... WHEW! I was a bit surprised, since I was about 3 pounds lower than that amount just yesterday morning. But I had sauerkraut last night... DOH! Sodium!

Today, I went to a local orchard to pick up Honeycrisps -- one of my favorite types of apples! They also had Asian pears available, as well as peaches. Apparently, the peach season is running a little long this year; fine by me! I love peaches! Whenever I go to the grocery, the Asian pears are usually pretty huge, and in the past, I'd split them in half. These, however, are a little smaller -- and boy, are they ever juicy! Yummo!!!

This week, traveling presented some interesting challenges: airsickness, "cocktail hour" (without the cocktails but with the appetizers), and trying to choose the best options possible when dining out. I am proud to say that I did the best job I possibly could, and felt very good about my choices. But even better, I worked out both mornings - it wasn't my full workout, but it was something, and I was very pleased with the exercise facilities at both hotels! A few places I've stayed have something like 2 treadmills and a few dumbbells. Both of these had plenty of cardio equipment, as well as weights, both free and machine. WOW!

I'm going to stick with Simply Filling for a while. I like it, and so far, it seems to be working well to help me maintain (which is what I've asked for all along). And it's easier than I expected to plan my week's meals around the plan's specifications. So this week, I am sticking with it, sticking with my workout plans, and trying to stress less too! :D (Okay, that last one is a pipe dream.....)

By the way...

Sorry for the lateness in posting; I was out of town on business most of the week. I will post more after today's weigh-in. But I'm glad to say that for the most part, business travel had some challenges, but nothing I couldn't face and handle -- and handle well, given the "fun" that transpired on Day 1.

More to come..... after weigh-in, of course!