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Friday, June 20, 2008

Down .4

So I'm down .4, and damn proud of it. Again, I went out for dinner the night before. It's a ritual, and I think maybe I will move my WI day back to Thursday again so I don't have to give it is usually the only time I get out with friends all workweek long!! I have learned how to make better choices though. There is a grilled shrimp dish that I always order, and I get it with a huge salad, no rice or beans. That way I can still have a little bit of chips and salsa, which is a required splurge. They also have this as a fish filet option, which is also very, very good...but seems to have quite a bit more oil on it. That's what I usually have on Saturday, when I got to the same place after my morning ride. I am a true creature of habit!

In other news, I talked to a realtor this week. I'm finally getting the ball rolling on buying my first home! Within the next two weeks, I'm going to talk to USAA and Chase about getting a pre-approval certificate. The only kink in my plan to put all my extra money into savings and paying off credit cards is the fact that my dog may have some big expenses coming up. She 12, and her liver enzyme levels are testing through the roof, even after antibiotics. Tomorrow I take her in for an ultrasound.

My next hurdle is an out of town work trip. I leave Sunday and get back Tuesday evening. The hotel is in downtown Houston, and has a great gym, so I should be able to get some good workouts in during my down time (of which there will be plenty). I'll be joining the No Excuses challenge on the WW boards, so I need to get my time in!

OK, back to reading my magazines and catching up on my DVR'd shows.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weekend recap.

So, Saturday was a success. I started off the day with a slice of wheat bread topped with a Morningstar Farms black bean burger and an egg over easy, then I rode 20 miles and burned 1200 calories. I had grilled shrimp and salad for lunch, and another fish dish (topped w/crab and lobster) downtown for dinner.

Today has been more of a challege, to put it lightly! I had the same breakfast as yesterday, but added a slice of cheese to the mix. I had a salad for lunch, and quinoa with grilled veggies for dinner. However, an hour ago I made myself a low-cal ramen noodle bowl with shrimp and veggies, with an egg cracked in it. I just had a craving! Now, I want another Skinny Cow, and I'll probably have it. Oh well...I have the weekly points for it.

Sundays at home are hard. While I did get my closet cleaned out, I managed to eat every time I sat down. I had every intention of going on an evening ride; however, I decided that heat stroke was not something I was interested in after I saw that it was still 99 out at seven!

Tomorrow is a new day, and I'm planning on going to Body Pump right after work. Tuesday and Thursday are spinning...and I plan on staying at daily points target this week to see how that affects WI...not eating APs unless I really feel I have to.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday, June 13

I weighed in this morning at 182.6, so that is actually a loss of 1.2 from last week. However, last week I had gone out to eat mexican food the night before WI, so not sure if this is a true loss this week. It's Friday the 13th!  Here's my day:
1 c Fiber One - 2 pts
1 c Silk Soy milk with added fiber (1 dairy) - 1 pt
Coffee - 0 pts
Sugar-free hazelnut creamer (1 tbsp) - 0 pt
1 hard boiled egg - 2 pts
TOTAL: 5 pts, 1 dairy
Amy's Whole Meals Cheese Enchilada Meal (1 f/v) - 6 pts
1 c frozen broccoli - 0 pts, 2 f/v
TOTAL: 6 pts, 3 f/v
2 hard boiled eggs, whites only - 1 pt
1 c soy milk (1 dairy) - 1 pt
Cod filet - 3 pts
Zatarains seasoning - 1 pt
Vegenaise (light coating on fish) - 1 pt
Huge salad - 0 pts, at least 3 f/v
Spray ranch dressing - 0 pts
Smart Ones mac n cheese - 5 pts
Skinny Cow vanilla/caramel cone - 3 pts
TOTAL: 13 pts, 3 f/v

Daily Totals:
26 pts
6 f/v servings
2 dairy servings

I went over slightly (2 pts), but was craving a version of an old favorite dinner of mine (shake and bake pork chops, mac n cheese, salad).  I also did not get my oil, but I did spray the fish with some spray EVOO.  I also got in my vitamins and omegas this morning!!

Today was a good day.

Next challenge: THE WEEKEND.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I can blog from my phone?

Awesome! I have nothing to say but that.

How many "beginnings" can a person have?

Honestly, I ask myself this question daily. In my neverending quest to become the world's greatest procrastinator, I somehow manage to fool myself that by not doing something, I am actually accomplishing something. 

I had a slight epiphany today. My life lacks focus. It lacks the element of surprise, and it lacks stimulation.  I set my alarm at 6:00 every morning, hit snooze at least twice, and then make the big decision on whether to wash my hair or throw it up in a bun.  Now that I've cut it all off, that decision has changed to one of washing the hair vs. spraying more product in it and running a curling iron through it to make it presentable. 

My job is not much better. I have a great job. I get paid well. I'm bored out of my skull. I work ten times faster than everyone else and can do in 2 days what it takes others a week or more to do.  I'm not's the honest truth, and its not necessarily a good thing. This is something I will work on with my expand my duties, and to look for new opportunities within the company.

Home life?  Well, its just me and my dog in a cramped two bedroom duplex. The lack of a boyfriend, a rather recent development, is not near as important to me right now as getting into my own place.  I have too much stuff, too little room, and I make too much money to not take advantage of this market right now.

This blog is being set up to address something bigger than this.  A few years ago, I joined Weight Watchers to lose weight....and for the past year I've been stuck at around 40 pounds lost. Just 3 weeks ago, I went back up over 180, which I adamantly declared I would NEVER do again. Oh well. I join challenges online, I drop out after three days. I recommit to veganism, then I eat a piece of grilled fish for dinner two days later.  I'm tired of failing and being tired, of letting myself down and living in stagnation. 

So, while I'm sure I'll post and vent about everything under the sun here, my goal is to document this summer (and probably fall, winter, spring) and my successes, failures and challenges on Weight Watchers. 

Challenge #1 - weigh in on Friday morning!!  Ack!