Yeah…good plan

So, the runing you ask? I think I’ve done that two days. It’s just difficult to find time to do it. Especially since there are little people involved, who of course, cannot be left unsupervised. I guess one thing that has made it more difficult is that mom is out of town this week. Normally, she would be here and I could sneak out for a while during naps or whenever. How’s that for an excuse. And even with no running…no other exercise happened either. I should have cracked open the DVD case and popped one in. Again, not using time wisely. This exercise business is going to be a difficult habit for me to form it seems. I really want to do it. I feel better when I do it. The things I’ve been doing (DVD, walk/run) don’t take much time.

I should search the Weight Watchers site to see if I can find a challenge to join. I seemed to do well while participating in the 30 Day Shred challenge a couple months ago. I know that the exercise really helps to accelerate my weight loss as well. There’s the problem, I know all these things in my brain, I intend to do them, but that just doesn’t seem to happen most days. I doubt this weekend will be any better.

We are heading to Indy Friday night and Saturday. While there I will attend our former church’s Mother’s and Other’s Brunch (LOADS of points there I’m sure). I’m guessing we will also have several other meals out. We will be trying to see friends while there on a short visit as well. So, I better be careful what I eat and try not to sit around more than is necessary. I know the food will be delicious at the brunch, but I need to really be careful. I’m excited to say that some things that I think are a temptation are becoming less and less of a temptation lately. So, I’ll keep in mind that I feel much better when I try to choose some healthier options and not overdue “junk”. I’m also excited because I haven’t seen many who are attending since we moved almost 1 year ago….and almost 30 lbs ago!

Maybe no official exercise routine will happen again tomorrow, but I have plenty of housework–including SCRUBBING and hard water-stained tub–that should keep me on the move for most of the day.



Well, more walking than running, but there was running. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but…I think I could learn to enjoy it. There…I said it. Now I can go back and eat all my words about HATING to run. I have a LOOOOOOONG way to go before I would consider myself a runner, but it’s a start. And that’s what’s important right now.

I took my 6-year-old along with me tonight so that he could get rid of some excess energy as well. He rode his bike, which he thought was so cool. That is the first time he’s ridden on the road. (No grown-up bikes and not really very good places to ride). I think I went about 1 1/2 miles tonight. I still cannot even imagine running/walking a marathon or even a half-marathon. But I’m not worried about that right now. Right now the focus is to work up to running longer distances at a stretch and getting my body used to doing it.

It was a little rainy for part of the time, but nothing major. Probably would have gone a bit farther, but it was chilly too, so didn’t want my little man getting too cold. He was pretty chilly by the time we were done, but he had a good time. He especially loved that we stopped at the neighbor’s house. We stopped to sell fish fry tickets, but he asked if he could go see her horses. Of course, she loves doing that, so out to the barn we went. He got to feed them and he climbed up to the hay mow and pushed down a bale of hay as well. One of the horses does some tricks and he thought that was very neat. Shakes head yes and no, bows, shakes your hand.

Not only was the running good, but the time spent with my little buddy was great too. And seeing him excited about me running towards him. Even the time spent at the neighbor’s. I need to make sure I find that one-on-one time with him more often. He misses out a bit more now that he is in school all day.

Does it get easier?

I know that doing WW is working. But the thought on my mind the last few weeks has been that it’s not just a diet. I need to be working hard to create new habits, habits that will stick around even after I’ve met my weight loss goal. I can’t seem to stay within my points values for the day. I do have the extra weekly points to use, but I would really like to stick with daily points in order to continue at a better pace. I’ve been trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies. It is getting better, but I have still have a long way to go.

I’m learning that I feel MUCH better when I stick to the filling foods items. And the healthier foods. I’ve known this was the case, but I am really starting to notice it even more lately. My brain tells me that I want to eat all those foods that I always have, but my body says ICK!!! I need to be better about listening to my body and not the brain. I’ve got to teach the brain that it likes other things.

So…I’m hoping that soon things will begin to “click” a bit more. That I will prefer to eat the new things I’m trying rather than the junk I always ate before. I also need to take some time to find some new recipes. New ways to prepare food. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m excited to hit my goal–even if I still have a ways to go. I want to get to goal and I NEVER want to go back! I want to feel good, I want to look good and most of all I want to be healthy and not have to worry quite so much about what health risks may be hovering nearby because of my weight.

Of course, one of those new habits has to be activity. I have GOT to get active and stay that way. I’ve started on that journey as well, but still have lots of learning to do. I know I feel better when I workout, but some days it is still hard to get my butt in gear.

What do I need to do?
1.  I need to start following the Weight Watchers plan and not the “Jess plan”. I may stay within or close to my daily points, but I’m still not following the Good Health Guidelines as I should.
2. MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! Even when I may not feel like it, remember that I will feel better!

new shoes

I’ve been tossing around the idea of running. Yes, I said running. I’ve always gone on and on about how I HATE to run, why would anyone want to run if they don’t have to? And so on. So, why would I CHOOSE to run? I have been really lazy about doing my workout DVDs the last couple of weeks. I’m ready for something different. The weather is so nice.. It’s time to try something new.

My cousin told me about the Couch to 5K plan a long time ago. But of course I brushed it off because I HATED even the thought of running. Well, I revisited the site and decided that now is the time to give it a try. I like the plan because it starts out slow and increases the amount of running in small increments. Of course, if I were to just go out and decide to run I would be very discouraged and would give up quickly. But alternating walking and running makes it much more attainable. It also gives me a new goal to work toward, which is something I really need right now.

So…today while shopping I bought a new pair of running shoes. And those nice, new, WHITE (I don’t usually buy white tennis shoes) shoes went for their first walk/run tonight. Even though their owner didn’t really want to go along. The plan for this week is to run 3 days. Brisk warm-up walk for 5 min. The alternate 60 seconds running, 90 seconds walking for 20 minutes. I did the warmup and 6 runs. So I was close to that. I probably should have done one more interval, but the sun was setting and I figured I better get off the road.

Oh…and when I mentioned to my husband that I had just finished my first walk/run…he chuckled. I asked him why. He said it was just the thought of me running (I have never been althleticly inclined). I told him I would like to see him run. He said he can run just fine (uh, huh…back when he was in college). So…buddy, you better watch it…cuz now I have to prove him wrong! I can run if I want to.

What in the world????

I stand corrected…no weight gain over the past two weeks. Not even maintaining….I LOST!!!! I am so shocked. Like I said yesterday I totally expected to gain, but I lost 1.8 lbs!!! Wowsa! How did that happen? I have no idea, but I am so glad it did. So, according to WW weigh ins I have now changed my middle number.

I am super excited to have lost. But the important thing is that I really get back to staying within my points and working out. I would like to step up the amount I am losing. I know that I won’t lose 2 lbs every week, but I want to keep up some good losses. Our topic this week was monitoring. It is so important to monitor more than just the scale. Some things to monitor? Emotions, filling foods, water intake, the way clothes fit, activity, etc.

We shall see

We’ll see what tomorrow brings. If a gain doesn’t show up on the scales I am going to be SCHOCKED!!! All the stuff from last week–Easter, vacation, wedding and rehearsal–was bad enough. I planned to work really hard to stay within my points starting on Sunday and to workout each day. I did workout yesterday and today (and plan to in the morning). HOWEVER, staying within my points? Didn’t happen. I was a few points over each day, which normally isn’t a big deal since I use my weekly points to cover that. But with all the other stuff that went on, those were more than used up! So…I’m going in expecting a gain. Not gonna beat myself up over it either.

I have to buckle down and get back to work! I’ve had a recurring thought, especially in the last few weeks. WW is really helping, but the most important thing to remember is that this is NOT a diet! It has to become my new way of life, a habit that I maintain. I need to teach myself to choose healthy snacks, not because I have to, but  because I want to. I’ve made it this far (about halfway), I’m not going back! I don’t want to give up my WW meetings. They have been a great motivation to keep me going, but they are costing me money. Once I get to goal and maintain I can start attending for free. I know it won’t happen overnight, but I need to get to it and stay with it.

What a thought…to weigh around 145 or so again! Wow! It was soooooooo far away, and now I am almost halfway there!

Well, I’m off to bed before I decide to put anymore food into my body……

Back to it

I seem to recall posting (yes, I think it was my last post) recently that I needed to get back to it and get losing. Well, then I happened to go on vacation…which included traveling (fast food), Easter (MIL’s good cooking), and then to end it all? A wedding (which included the rehearsal dinner). OY! Not looking forward to my weigh in tomorrow. I didn’t weigh in last week since we were on vacation, so we will see.

I was doing well at staying within my points today, but then I decided to make focaccia bread to go along with our spaghetti. NOT a good idea! I should have just skipped the spaghetti. Ha! Oh…and I made chocolate chip cookies. GEEZ JESS!

On a positive note: I did the Shred today. I haven’t hung out with Jillian for quite some time. I’ve enjoyed hanging out with Bob much more. His workout seems to go faster even though it is a few minutes longer than her’s. But Isaiah said Jillian, and he said level 2. What a slave driver he is! I haven’t worked out in probably close to 2 weeks! Well, I did go on a couple walks in KY, but not anything very substantial.

So…the plan for the week?
1.  Workout every morning after Daniel gets on the bus. Thursday morning is Bible study so it may not happen that morning.
2.  Try to stay within my daily points and not use too many of my weekly points.
3. While staying within those points I need to make better choices. More fruits and veggies.
4. Keep drinking lots of water.

The refocus

Tracking: I tracked every day (I think…lol). I didn’t always stay within my daily points, but I didn’t use all of my extra weekly points either.

Exercise: I did my Biggest Loser Bootcamp DVD a few days, but then slacked off. We found out yesterday that my oldest has strep and I am being treated as well. I have felt icky and been very achy, so that is part of the reason for no exercise in the last few days.

I was very excited that I lost 1.8lbs this week. It felt good to have a bigger loss this week. And I am [this] close to the 170s. Although, according to the scales at home, I am already in the 170s. YAHOO!!! I have 2 weights in my brain…lol. The WW one and the one at home. Since I lost a few pounds before actually joining WW. So…as of yesterday in WW I hit my 10% weight loss (I’ve lost 21.something according to my WW weigh ins). YAHOO again!!! Total weight loss from what I’ve measured at home: 28lbs!

Here are some results from that weight loss:
~I am almost back in size 12 (12s are a bit tight, 14s are a bit loose)
~I am now under pre-pregnancy weight. Daniel is 6…so it’s taken me almost 7 years to get back to that.
~I can take my wedding ring off again (not that I do, but could barely fight it off before)
~Daniel pointed out that he is able to wrap his arms all the way around me when he hugs me (didn’t realize he couldn’t before)
~I’m starting to enjoy trying on clothes again!

I’m sure there are lots more, but those are the ones that come to mind right now.

We leave tomorrow night to spend several days in KY at my in-laws. I need to stay on track. One of my cousins is getting married the Saturday after Easter and I’m hoping to be at 175. I wasn’t sure I would make it, but with this sore throat it is hard to eat, so that has helped me lose a little more…lol! So…I better bust my buns, because that’s about 2 lbs. in just over 1 week. Doable, but I’ll have to work at it.