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I will continue to care until I find something that clicks and something that sticks

11 Jan

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Changing my eating

Blah blah blah.

Same thing, different day.

Should I even write about this?  Does anyone care?

Do I care?

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My to do list

10 Jan

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I joined a free 30 day challenge starting on January 1st.

Surprise!

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Getting Rid of Pounds. Week five.

17 May

I lost TWO POUNDS this week!

That puts me at 9 pounds lost in total, with 31 still to go.  I am almost done with the green pompoms and will be moving on to another colour!

With respect to my arrangement from last week, I need to lose three more pounds and I am off to get a pedicure.

This week I can say that both my eating and exercise were pretty good.  After the news from last week regarding my cholesterol, I was prepared to start starving myself.  Realistically, I knew that wouldn’t help me, so I went back to what works.

In the morning I have a shakeology with 1/2 a banana and a teaspoon of all natural peanut butter.  I snack on almonds and/or apple.  For lunch, I usually bring leftovers from the night before or some variation on a salad with protein. I also really like GF oatmeal with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter and natural strawberry jam. Tastes good!  My dinners have been grilled chicken with salad usually, but I have gone for Thai food and sushi.  I also went out and bought myself one of those Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars.  I hid it.  Every evening, I have one square.

As far as exercise, I am walking, walking, walking, and loving it! I love to walk. I’m one of those people out there “race” walking and it feels good.  I have my daughter’s iPod touch or my phone, put on my headphones and bop to the music as I walk around my neighbourhood for 30 to 40 minutes a day.  In fact, I haven’t even taken a day off!

The key, I think, is to be realistic. If you hate chicken and salad, then don’t eat chicken and salad. If you hate to walk, don’t walk. Find something that works for you and makes you happy!

I am glad that this all happened before going into the Victoria Day long weekend. Historically, this weekend is about opening the cottage and eating as much food as humanly possible, all day long, for several days straight.

To combat that, I am only going to the cottage from Friday to Sunday. While I do have things to do Sunday evening and Monday, it is also a good excuse to get back to normal sooner rather than later.  I am not going to beat myself up, but I am also going to stop and think before acting like an insane glutton.

As of now, that sums up where I am at.

How are you all doing?

Read all of my posts in my ongoing series about health and weight loss.

Getting rid of pounds. Blah blah blah.

5 May

Tom Hiddleston welcomes you to my whiny post. Stay for him.

You are welcome.

Onwards.

I learned a lesson in the past week or so. A good lesson. Lately I have enjoyed a little bit too much of the ice cream. And the white rice. And the GF tortilla chips. And I feel crap about it.

So far, there has been no reflection in my weight, but there is enough of a sluggish feeling that I know I cannot continue on this path.

There is a pattern at work, you see.

I lose some weight. I am happy. I feel I can eat what I want.

But I cannot.

I cannot eat what I want, when I want.

And I am ok with this.

When I let the voices of others – society and otherwise –  attempt to sway me from my chosen path, I fail to stay true to myself.

Restriction works for me. I enjoy restriction. I thrive on restriction. I am healthier when restricting.

As of now, I am off the rice and potatoes and sugar.

I am not in a place where “occasional treats” work and I am ok with that because if it’s not working, change it.

Glad to have gotten that off my chest, mind and back.

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Now I can get back to my fun Friday night programming of following the Tom Hiddleston tag on Tumblr and reading about how he tweeted that orgasms are marvellous after he tweeted the ending to the Avengers movie using the word orgasm and then freaked out about the spoiler and deleted the tweet focusing instead on orgasm.

/fangirling like a maniac.  Flanked  by two sleeping small people beside me who would be truly and fantastically embarrassed that their mother still thinks like a teenager. And acts like one.

And yes, I am listening to the Wanted, thank you VERY much.

And in the immortal words of the bitchy “cool” girl from the best movie of all time Girls Just Want to Have Fun – “no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be as good as me”.

With that – back to Tumblr.

Getting rid of pounds. Third Week.

3 May

My apologies.

I used the same photo from last week, due to being sick for the past several days.

I could not bring myself to muster the energy to take a new photo to reflect my ONE POUND weight loss!

Yes, I am down another pound this week, for a total of 8 pounds overall.  I admit that initially I was disappointed.

One pound is not a lot.

Looking at the bigger picture though, 8 pounds in three weeks is pretty darn awesome!

Food and workout wise, this was not a good week for me. I had a lot of not so good foods like ice cream far too often for it to be a “treat”.  It is hard to appreciate the food when I eat it too often.

Being sick has caused me to not exercise at all and to rely on comfort foods (ie ice cream) so I do have an “excuse” and a bit more inspiration to do better next week!

On that note, I joined a Monthly Challenge put on by my Beachbody coach.  My coach, Kim, runs a facebook accountability group where people who she coaches can talk about fitness and health and nutrition, etc, with a supportive group of people. She also runs monthly challenges for smaller groups (this group has 8 in total).   We substitute one meal a day with Shakeology and exercise and eat clean!  We all support and help each other reach our personal goals and the person with the highest percentage of weight loss wins.

I like to think that we all win just for taking part! 😉

On that note, this post is lame, I know, but I am sick and need more sleep.

Posts on my weight loss journey.

Getting rid of pounds. First week.

19 Apr

I ended up seeing my doctor today and my blood pressure and weight were checked.   I am excited to share that my bp is now well under 140/90.  While I still need it to lower more, for the time being both myself and my doctor are taking it, particularly since I have lost weight and it’s dropped.

That’s right. I lost weight!

FIVE POUNDS!

My doctor was happy for me on both counts and really supportive.

What did I do?

Meal planning. I mentioned in my last post that I am a fan of meal planning.       Essentially I plan out six meals for during the week.

This week looked like:

Peppers stuffed with lean ground chicken, tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Ratatouille with eggplant, zuchinni, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic and cheese on top.

Roasted chicken with asparagas and eggplant on the side and a dip made from pumpkin seeds, dijon mustard, olive oil, pepper and garlic.

Chicken salad.

Chilli with lean ground chicken, red kidney beans and tomatoes, and cheese and sour cream on the side.

Chick peas with a tomato sauce and spices, side of salad and raw veggies and dip.

I went out for dinner twice for my daughter’s birthday.  One day we went to Lone Star for Tex Mex and I had tortilla chips and salsa and chicken.  The next night we had sushi and went for frozen yogurt after.

I continue to have a shake for breakfast and lots of raw veggies with hummus or other dips, almonds, cheese, eggs.

My exercise has been decent but not fabulous.  I need to work on toning up.

Wheat Belly is awesome and I am enjoying the lack of gluten and other things.  I legitimately feel satisfied and enjoy what I am eating.  In making most of my food from scratch, I am experiencing entire flavours and really loving it.

Tonight, my daughter had dance so my son and I hit up the mall. We wandered around together, he ate frozen yogurt, got “oh my gosh he is so cute” by the salesgirls at Aritzia, Bath and Body Works and Starbucks, and I tried on clothes. I felt kind of “meh” about what I tried on, mainly because I am between sizes right now. Five pounds isn’t really the time to get new clothes.  I will save that for 20 or 25.

In the meantime, I have a pair of jeans in my closet that I am using for inspiration!

How was your week?

Getting rid of pounds

12 Apr

I mentioned a little while ago about my doctor retiring and finding a new doctor and the stress involved in that and my super high blood  pressure.  I also mentioned the difficulties I had during my pregnancies including my blood clotting disorder and pregnancy induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

You know, the good old days.

I have been seeing my doctor weekly to monitor my blood pressure and it’s been ok, but not fabulous. With my history during pregnancy and my family history, my blood pressure needs to be even lower than “not too high”, but at this point, I am not a candidate for medication.

Yet.

I need to lose weight, I said to my doctor matter of factly.

Yes, she agreed, it would be best if you did.

My doctor commented that it is likely that my blood pressure may be weight related.  As I have lost weight in the past two weeks, my BP has lowered.

As a rule, my blood pressure is lower when I am thinner and higher when I’m bigger. 

In the past 9 years since I have started having kids, my weight has gone up and down and up and down.  Right now, it’s up, and I am not a happy camper.

While I am not at the point of plus sized clothes, if I keep eating what I want, I will be.  And I don’t want to be there.

I wrote about my stomach issues a while back and how I no longer eat gluten.  While that helped to an extent, I ended up replacing bread with corn and potato and rice.

And then I read Wheat Belly.

My daughter is in an amazing program at school called Girls on the Run where girls from grades 3-8 train for a five km walk or run in a non competitive environment that is empowering!

I want to be a mother that my kids can look up. A mother who not only provides healthy choices for them but makes healthy choices for herself.

Modelling behaviour is so important.

If you take my giving up gluten, reading Wheat Belly, seeing my doctor, my kids and just generally being unsatisfied with my appearance and the way I feel, I think I can safely say that I have hit my proverbial rock bottom.

My doctor weighed me today. She didn’t say “lose x amount of weight” or anything to that extent, but she did book me to come back in two weeks to recheck my blood pressure and my weight.

Since I have lost a bit recently, I have decided to get even more serious and start blogging about it, weekly, so that I can get my feelings out, and be accountable. To myself. And to the 3 people who read my blog, my mom and my neighbour and my really cool twitter friend @jayjii who you should all be following!

I would like to lose 40 pounds.  I almost said 50, but that’s ridiculous. I would really be way too skinny.  Even 40 is pushing it, but I feel like it’s attainable.  I don’t have a timeline in mind, but I would like to see how things go over the next 6-12 months.  I would be losing no more than 2 pounds a week at that rate.

How am I going to do it?

I am a Weight Watchers online member.  Since I am not eating gluten or bread or corn or rice or anything like that and trying to cook/eat as close to natural as possible, it’s kind of hard to track.

Essentially, I am going to eat as close to natural /real as possible.  I do much better with a defined list of “good” foods and a defined list of “bad” foods.  I imagine sugar and bad foods as blood pressure raisers and I stay away.  If I “eat in moderation”, I eat until I’m satisfied.  And that might be 4 slices of pizza. And some wings. And a glass of wine. And that’s just ONE meal out of three. Plus snacks. That isn’t going to cut it.

A few sample meals that I have made recently:

Breakfast – Shakeology with Almond Butter

Lunch – Hard boiled egg with olives and a salad with feta.

Dinner – peppers stuffed with lean ground chicken, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions with parmesan cheese. Edamame on the side

Snacks – veggies and hummous, cheese, almonds and walnuts.

LOTS of water with lemon.

It may sound restrictive, but I am actually really enjoying it and I find it really filling and yummy. I get to eat cheese! And I love walnuts and olives and salad and avacados! It feels good to make my food from scratch, not “sort of but with cans and jars and boxes”.

I eat a protein each night before bed and it has been helping me sleep.

I drink a ton of water.

Tonight I am making tuna mixed with avacados and a big greek salad. And I can’t wait to eat it!

Additionally, my husband and I are into week two of the Advanced Turbo Jam rotation.  Next month, I am joining a challenge with my Beachbody Coach for more support and unaccountability.

There is a famous Canadian blogger named Maria from Bored Mommy who is using the coolest idea for tracking her weight.  She is also doing a series on weight loss and her posts, along with a few other bloggers, have inspired me to track my journey as well.

I loved the weight loss jar idea on Maria’s blog so much that I went out, got the stuff I needed and made my own!

First things first,  I put the two jars with lids, a pack of stick on letter and a pack of coloured pom pom balls, on the counter.

Then, I decorated the first jar with the sticky letters saying “pounds to lose” and I added 40 pom poms in four different colours. A pom pom represents one pound.  Each time I lose ten pounds, all ten of one colour will be in the other jar.

And finally, I decorated my empty “pounds lost” jar that I will, ideally, be filling up with pom poms each week.

My weigh in day will be Thursday because I weighed in today and I usually see my doctor on Thursday.

I really like the idea of visualizing something and I am excited to start writing about getting healthier and skinnier!

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