Friday, 30 July 2010

Finally...

it's happened to me!!!
I finally got to my goal and maintained it for 6 weeks which means that I have now become a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. I am very excited by this as now if I am able to stay on track and keep my weight within 2 pounds of my set goal I will never have to pay another penny to WW!! All I have to do is weigh in at least once per calander month and be no more than 2 pounds over of my goal weight-after some clarification from my leader I discovered that if i do decide to lose a little more now I can still keep LT status-that made me really happy. I am now planning on adding in more exersice and hope to start a really healthy routine for a lifetime of health and happiness :)
It is very important that I set a good example for my family and by eating right and exersicing I hope to do just that!
Looking forward to starting Zumba again soon and also plan on getting out my bike, which has been sitting untouched for almost 5 years now! I wonder if it still works! Maybe I will dust off my runners and take inspiration from Fancy Pantsy to start running again too! Time will tell :)

Sunday, 25 July 2010

On A Search...

for spiritual guidance.

Recently I attended the funeral of a co-worker who passed away very unexpectedly. She was healthy one day and sick the next, then after a 2 week stay in hospital she was gone. I went to her funeral really not knowing what to expect. I had never been to a non-Jewish funeral and had never experienced any service with a gospel background of any kind.
I was in complete and utter awe. The family of my co-worker was so strong and so inspiring. They spoke with such truth and compassion about their loved one but they also thanked g-d and their lord with such deep rooted belief for allowing her to do her work in the afterlife. They truely believe that she is now performing her duties to g-d in her next life. They thanked g-d for lending her to them for the 40 years she was on this earth but were not angry and resentful at g-d in any way. I was so amazed by this, I realized that this is what I've been missing in my life. Spiritual guidance and unaffected belief in g-d. I am now searching for a place where I will gain a trust and deep belief in my g-d and find a community to become a part of.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Top Five things I've learned lately

All weight loss related...

5. come prepared. To work, to the zoo, where ever you are going, bring lunch, bring healthy snacks and you won't be tempted to buy the garbage. I always bring my lunch and always carry healthy snacks with me now. Makes life a lot easier!

4. Think ahead. This goes hand in hand with come prepared. If I am going out to eat I check the menu before hand and try to determine the points value of foods available in order to make the best choices. OR I only go to restaurants that offer their nutritional content information online-keeps it simple. If it is absolutely impossible to do this I really carefully evaluate my food options and choose what I feel is the healthiest alternative.

3. Don't cut everything out. I love my daily coffee. I cannot imagine giving it up. BUT instead of getting a double double proper, I have switched the cream to milk and have cut my points from 4 per cup to 2. I also love sweets, nuts, salty snacks etc...I still have them once in a while but now they are an indulgence and I carefully weigh and measure before digging my hand into a brand new bag to grab and eat! Once my portion is done, it's done, there is no more! It is just not worth it!

2. Don't talk about it to everyone. People just don't want to hear about my "diet". If someone comments on my weight I am happy to share my not-so-secret, secret. I blog about it more for myself but if my reader(s) want to skip the posts they can!!

1. Do Be persistant. A bad day or even a bad week doesn't mean the end. Each day is a new chance to make good choices and to start over again. A gain or not doing as well as you would have liked one week is not reason to give up! There were times when I was ready to give up hope and i just chalked up those bad weigh ins as learning experiences and kept at it. Now I am where i want to be, give or take a pound or two and I am happy with that!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Before and After



I thought i'd post some before and after pics of my weight loss...



here is a pic taken in January. Just a couple of weeks after I joined Weight Watchers. I hate this pic- even for a before pic it is super awful...


Here is a more recent pic...much better although my makeup probably melted off my face that day it was so hot.



Thursday, 8 July 2010

What's in my bag???

I came across a post like this on Indy grrrl and kind of liked it so i thought i'd copy her....





In my purse (as we call it here in Canada) I have my cell phone, a small wallet, my sunglasses, my WW journal/tracker, a few pens and my spare face powder...not much but WHY is my bag so darn heavy?!?!



Would love to post pics but can't from my office and probably won't get around to it otherwise!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Amazing

who knew what fish, chips and a little food poisoning could do for ones weight.... while on our road trip to visit Chrissy we ate a lot of junk...A LOT! We stopped at McDonalds on the way for lunch and while my son wouldn't touch the hamburger i bought him and my daughter only ate a few fries I finished off those fries and even had a bite or two of the hamburger (which was really disgusting IMO-as a side note- the guy in front of me in line got one for his dog-said he'd never eat one himself) Then we had pizza for dinner one night- 3 peices later- even if it wasn't the best pizza around- i just couldn't stop myself and the topper of it all was the huge pile of fish and chips we got for lunch one day. They were the traditional British style ones wrapped in newspaper and all... my son wouldn't touch his and daughter again only wanted the fries, I finished them off- because there was nothing healthy on the menu for me to eat- so even though I only ordered the children's size portion it was HUGE and definitely enough grease to give a 300 pound man a heart attack! (although it was really tastey- irresistable actually) So after that eating fest I thought I'd better get on the elliptical pronto- and did 45 minutes which felt really great- and then 30 minutes running slowing on the treadmill the next day.
Then in Niagara Falls we did pretty well on finding healthy options, even at Mandarin Buffet we did well but somehow my son and I managed to get food poisoning from some watermelon I had brought with us...it completely emptied me out and the little guy too for that matter...
anyway to get to my point...Last night I went to my weekly weigh in and was DOWN 3.8 pounds!! In ONE week!!! I was in complete shock - and that is the most I've lost in one week since i started on Weight Watchers!!! Now my issue is that I am UNDER my goal weight. Crazy as that sounds- in order to make it to lifetime and keep it, one can't be more than 2 pounds over or above goal weight to maintain lifetime status...so now my goal is to GAIN one pound and stay there for the next 3 weeks...oy vey- never imagined this would be my predicament!! I actually think it might be harder than I thought to maintain my weight without fluctuating too much up or down!