Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

Easter Recap and a Belated Week 7 Update April 9, 2012

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Happy Monday! Did you have a nice Easter? Ours was pretty good. We’ve actually been celebrating for over a week. With 3 sets of grandparents vying for our attention, holidays take some maneuvering to run smoothly. We’ve tried fitting all three in one day before and it’s a total clusteryouknowwhat. This year we decided that we would have brunch with Hubby’s family on Easter morning and celebrate with my mom’s family on Easter afternoon/evening, leaving a nice gap in the middle for a good nap. Very important! That left my dad’s family without an Easter spot, so we celebrated with them last Sunday. It worked out really well. We never felt rushed or over-travelled. Goober got to spread his sugar high out a bit.

This year was so different than last year. He really got into the egg hunts and had no problem finding eggs that were not always in plain site. He has learned what candy tastes like and gets super excited to find jelly beans or chocolate eggs in the plastic eggs. I actually did not expect him to get the Easter Bunny concept for at least another year, but we still reminded him that the bunny was going to come and leave him a basket and hide some eggs. I was pleasantly surprised Sunday morning when I awoke to not the usual “Mommy!” cries, but the sound of my son jumping in his crib, yelling “ BUNNY COME, THE BUNNY COME!” and as soon as we put him down, he ran out of his room looking for his basket. So stinking cute. One unfortunate side effect of “understanding” is that he was a little spoiled yesterday. He got a LOT of baskets over the course of the day, he wouldn’t eat any real food at all, knowing that there was chocolate and jellybeans everywhere, and the request for jellybeans has yet to cease. Apparently moderation is a concept a little out of his reach. Then again, he’s not the only one.

Which leads us to Part 2 of this post, my Week 7 Recap. Please recall my last recap, where I confessed to falling off the wagon and it showed. Well, jumping back onto the wagon is always easier said than done. I was still not eating perfectly, but I did get back on board with tracking, at least during the work week. I tried to make better choices, but I frequently gave myself a pass as it was a busy and crazy week. However bad I was though, I held myself accountable by tracking everything. I also started walking with a coworker during our lunch break a couple times a week. I was pretty sure that my Friday morning weigh in would hurt, but I was willing to take responsibility for my eating and hopefully get back on track. I was in for a shock.

Week 7 starting weight: 218.6

Week 7 ending weight: 214.2

Week 7 progress: Down 4.4 pounds!

Overall progress: Down 20.1 pounds!

Conclusion: Pardon my language, but HOLY SHITBALLS! I have no idea how that happened. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??? All I can come up with is that the overall changes I made over the past 7 weeks have maybe helped out my metabolism? Perhaps it was an Easter miracle? I don’t know what it was, but it was AWESOME. I even got on my scale twice to double check. Whatever, I will take it and I will be THRILLED. For the record, I am now below my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m just over 3 pounds away from my 10% goal and I’m about 6 pounds away from my lowest breastfeeding weight (oh breastfeeding metabolism, how I miss thee!) I am so happy to see that number fall, I am actually even more committed to this program than I was a week ago. I’m anxious to finish my class so that I can use my Zumba Groupon that’s waiting for me. I’m working up the motivation to start using my Wii Active exercise stuff again. I brought a salad to work again! This week was just what I needed. Like Dorie says, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

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Week 6 March 30, 2012

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Week 6 was bad. I was bad. I shouldn’t say “bad” but I definitely have been going down hill. Getting lazy, falling back into bad habits. And it’s showing. I gained this week. Not a lot, but the fact that I gained at all is a big problem for someone who is trying to LOSE weight. It’s not like I’m almost there and this is a plateau- I have a LOT more to lose and this is only Week 6 and this is my own laziness getting in my way. This is how I got to where I am. This week I really fell off the tracking wagon. I think that is such a huge part of it for me. My brain tends to minimize what I’ve consumed; selective memory. This leads me to feeling like I can eat more than I really can. I know tracking is a pain (hence the main reason I fell off it), but it has to happen. I have to make it a priority. Write down the food before I even put it my mouth. Check the points before I decide if I’m eating it or not. Vigilance!

Week 6 starting weight: 217.8

Week 6 ending weight: 218.6

Week 6 progress: Up 0.8 pounds 😦

Overall progress: Down 15.7 pounds!

Conclusion: Time to find that excitement that I had going into this. Gotta get back to using the Weight Watchers tools and recipes and information. I mean, that’s why I’m paying for it, isn’t it?  Get back to eating more “clean” foods: Nothing out of a box, lots of fruits and veggies, yogurts, and making my own food. STOP eating out and eating convenience foods. I WILL DO THIS DAMN IT!

 

Week 5 March 23, 2012

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Another week down, another weigh in down

Week 5 starting weight: 218.8

Week 5 ending weight: 217.8

Week 5 progress: Down 1.0 pounds!

Overall progress: Down 16.5 pounds!

Conclusion: This has been just another week. Nothing really stood out as very bad or very good. It just was what it was. Slow and steady I guess? I still need to get my butt moving. I think that’ll be the key to kicking this weight loss up a notch. But I’m happy with my 1 pound this week. Here’s to next week!

 

Week 4 March 16, 2012

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Here we are, four weeks into this journey. Week 4 was a toughie. I could feel my resolve slipping a little. I didn’t make great choices. At least once a day I made a poor choice, sometime many times a day. I wasn’t quite as diligent with tracking my food/points. I got pink eye AGAIN (sidenote: I swear I wash my hands! I don’t know what the deal is, but please believe me, I’m not a dirty person. I may be a messy person, but not a dirty person!) I felt sorry for myself quite a few times, and when I feel sorry for myself, I like to “reward” me with something yummy and fattening. Yesterday was, as quoted in The Hunger Games, a Hollow Day, where nothing I ate made me feel full or satisfied. I ate too much and I even broke down and had Hubby go get us some Steak ‘n Shake last night at 9pm. I know, I know. Like I said, it was a rough week. I did still lose a little though:

Week 4 starting weight: 219.9

Week 4 ending weight: 218.8

Week 4 progress: Down 1.1 pounds!

Overall progress: Down 15.5 pounds!

Conclusion: First of all, I’m really excited to hit the 15 pound mark. That feels pretty great. Considering the week I had, I will take the 1 pound happily. I’m feeling some resolve about next week, about getting back on the wagon and rethinking some of my eating. For these first few weeks, I’ve maintained the same breakfast and lunch, which worked to get me into a groove of better eating. A month in, though, and I’m not surprisingly a little sick of my food, which led to some last minute poor choices this past week. This weekend I’m going to (hopefully) do a little recipe searching and pick some different foods to spice things up without fattening things up. Also, we’ve been having gorgeous weather. If it keeps up, I’m also going to try a little harder to get MOVING. My butt is getting too flat and wide from all this sitting.

If you have some suggestions on satisfying food ideas to break the boredom, I’d love to hear them!

 

Week 3 March 9, 2012

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Whew, what a week, amiright?? Can we pause right here to give thanks that it is Friday and everyone in my house is healthy. HEALTHY!!! Thank you Lysol Jesus!! Just for that, I might make an effort to not eat meat today. I win at Lent.

Moving on…

After last week’s disappointment, I was a little nervous to get on the scale. I thought perhaps my two days without real food might help me out, but there was also the possibility that it shut my metabolism down and screwed me royally. Getting on the scale this morning, I was pleasantly surprised:

Week 2 starting weight: 225.6

Week 3 starting weight: 219.9

Week 3 progress: Down 5.7lbs!

Overall progress: Down 14.4lbs!

Conclusion: HELL YEAH! I will more than take it and it definitely makes up for last weeks slap in the face. Other than the two days of saltines, I didn’t really do anything different. I actually used my weekly bonus points on some fine trivia night junk food (doing it again this weekend too!). Still haven’t exercised. I’ve noticed my pants feel a little looser. Not ready to go shopping or anything, but not so much muffin top. Also my energy is still running high (when I’m not sick in bed.) I even scrubbed my house last weekend. Impressed? I am.

Also, Weight Watchers has you set small goals to aim for and this week I sped past my initial goal of 5% of my initial body weight (222.5). My next goal is 10% of my body weight (210.8), which is documented to make significant improvements in a person’s overall health. At only 9 pounds away, I’m confident that I’ll reach that before too long. 

Outlook for the next week: Pretty good. I am feeling good that even though I may not have as big a loss, I can recover from it like I did this past week. I’m excited about some nice weather we have coming. That, combined with the time change this weekend, will give me an opportunity to get outside with Goober and get some old fashioned exercise, also known as PLAY. It’s going to be good.

 

Week 2 March 2, 2012

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1.1 pounds. That is what I lost this week. 1.1 pounds. I’m of two minds about this.

First, my logical side:

  • Hey, it’s a loss! Yay losing weight!
  • On Biggest Loser, the 2nd week is always the worst.
  • The water weight from the first week’s loss isn’t there to pad this number, this is all real fat leaving my body.
  • The program says losing between 0.5 and 2 pounds per week is a healthy range, this is healthy, losing too fast isn’t good for your body.
  • At least my skin elasticity will be able to keep up.

Now for my gut reaction:

  • 1.1 pounds?? What the F*@%??
  • I haven’t even been consuming all my points per day! It’s a lot of points, and I’ve been staying below, so I should be losing even MORE than 2lbs per week!
  • Is this because I splurged at Mom’s Night Out?
  • That’s bullshit, I didn’t even use all my weekly bonus points!
  • Am I not eating ENOUGH? I’ve heard if you don’t eat enough, you’re body can go into starvation mode and hoard calories.
  • That’s bullshit, I’m not even hungry. I eat when I’m hungry.
  • Is this because I’m not exercising?
  • That’s bullshit, I should be able to lose some weight with food changes. I’m not ready to add another thing to my to-do list.
  • Is this because of the one night we went to Chick-fil-a?
  • That’s bullshit, I didn’t even eat the fries. I DIDN’T EAT THE FRIES!!!

Soooo…yeah. I’m working on it. After weighing in, part of me wanted to run to Bread Company (Panera for those of you outside of St. Louis) and get a nice, yummy bagel breakfast sandwich. To hell with these points, they’re not working anyway. But I didn’t. I had my Kashi cereal and skim milk and I planned my lunch out today. I’m doing this. I’m working this program, I’m changing my eating habits for good. I tell myself that next week will be better. My body will give in to these changes and start shedding the weight. I’m 3 pounds away from my first goal (5% of my starting weight). I might make that goal next week or maybe the week after, but I’m not giving up.

 

1 Week February 24, 2012

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Fridays are my weigh in days, so don’t be surprised if you start seeing these little weight updates here every Friday. I need to hold myself accountable, and the only way I know how to do that is to publish this little journey of mine. I want to document it all- good, bad, and ugly. I’m trying to make a life change here, not just lose some weight, and I need to keep that in mind. Also, I would love your feedback, tips, tricks, and if you have some “I’ve been there” stories, I’d love to hear them.

So to kick off this Week 1 update, here are the stats:

Week 1 starting weight: 234.3

Week 2 starting weight: 226.7

Week 1 progress: Down 7.6lbs! Woo WOO! [insert happy dance here]

I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself. Being through this before, I know that a lot of Week 1 weight loss is water weight (70% of Americans are chronically dehydrated), but I also made some really great choices. I ate a lot more fruit and veggies. I stayed at or below my daily point allowance every day; I didn’t use any of my weekly point allowance. Not to say that I plan on staying this strict, but for my first week I wanted to make a big improvement. I want to start good habits and I think the best way to do that is to go full throttle for a little while. That being said, I do have a Mom’s Night Out this weekend, so I will using some of those for that for sure.

I also gave up soda the entire week and I steered mostly clear of coffee and caffeine. I want to see if my chronic consumption of caffeine and sugar substitutes have been adding to my “hunger” and constant snacking. I need to do this a little longer, but I have definitely seen an improvement in my energy. Another thing was that I ate out a lot less. And while perfect eating wasn’t always available, I did notice that when I ate something really bad for me, like cheap delivery pizza or a McChicken from McDonalds, my digestive tract was, ahem, less than pleased. Definitely not worth it.

What I didn’t really do this week is exercise, and I did that on purpose. While exercise is very good and very necessary to the healthy lifestyle I’m striving towards, I want to get my eating under control first. I want to learn good eating habits and get used to making better food choices before I add in exercise, which will inevitably increase my hunger.

Overall, I say this was a great week. So what did you do this week that you feel great about?