Weekly Weigh In: A look ahead

I lost 5.3 pounds this week! Which is so incredibly excellent. I can’t even tell you what it means to me that I’ve lost 7 pounds.

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I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the fact that Saturday and Sunday were very active days and that I actually started using the gym. I’ve gone to the gym twice more since Friday, on Saturday morning and this morning, and I’m planning on going a few more times this week. This doesn’t mean I like it, it just means that I recognize the fact that exercise is important. I earned 21 activity points last week!!

That said, I didn’t track well. And this week might not be a whole lot better for me. Mainly because I’m at a conference in from tonight through late Wednesday when I get back home. I’m really excited for the conference, but less excited for the whole disruption to my week. It seriously doesn’t help that I get back, have a day at home during which I have to make like two pies for Sunday and then on Friday I drive a bunch of middle schoolers up to a youth group retreat.

Which should be super fun but its not likely to be the best of food, so when I get home on Sunday I go straight into pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving with my fathers side of the family because they’ll all be in town for one momentous meeting. AND THEN I go down to my mothers brother’s house for A SECOND THANKSGIVING on Thanksgiving itself. The next two weeks are going to be crazy busy and thats just my personal life.

My work life is going to be just a bad. So I’m going to be on the look out for potential stress eating and not overdoing it like I have done in Thanksgiving’s past.

It’s going to be a challenge because I legit love Thanksgiving. I’ll write a whole post about it later, but it is seriously my favorite holiday.

But yeah, so that is it I think for today’s update. I’ll try to get one in during the conference and before the retreat.

I still hate exercising

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not mine…

I really seriously do. I find nothing fun about it but, after eating all the zeppoli and pizza last night I opted to actually drag myself out of the bed this morning and go to the gym in my building.

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It’s an infinity mirror…. its not that big.

And it is actually really nice. And its just downstairs and very open and available at all times and I’m paying for it in my amenities fees… There is absolutely no point in not taking advantage of it. That of course, doesn’t mean I like it.

So this morning, unlike the rest of the week where I woke up at 6 and after spending five minutes trying to convince myself to get out of bed and go to the gym before rolling back over and waiting till my next alarm, I actually got out of bed.

God only knows where I got the strength to do that, but I did it. I got dressed and I still went! Even after I couldn’t find my headphones so that I could listen to music or the TV.

I exercised in silence. Who’s proud of me? I sure as shit am. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical even after at 25 minutes I was like “NOPE NO MORE. I AM DONE” I kept going and finished the 45 minutes that I had put in to do.

Despite all my hopes and desires it was not empty when I got there, there were two other girls in there and about 5 minutes before I left a guy came in to do his thing.

I felt woefully inadequate doing my thing on the elliptical, but better for actually having been there.

All that said, exercise still does not make me happy. But it does make the little green lights on my ActiveLink light up getting me damn close to 100% for the day before 7 a.m. and THAT makes me happy. I reached 1 WW activity point before Noon. So I will take that and run with it.

Though not literally, I hate running.

Weekly Weigh In: A Sigh

I’m down 1.7 pounds. Which means I’m almost back to where I was two weeks ago. Which is fantastic and thrilling and just makes me feel so much better about life.

This past weekend was a lot of crazy in a ten pound bag, but not as regarding food! Which was a nice change for me after the past few weeks.

I didn’t make a huge dent in my activity, via the ActiveLink. I’m still not really moving a whole lot during the day, but I have scheduled little reminders through my WW app to remind me to move for a few minutes every hour. And its a nice little reminder to actually move.

The whole tree blocked my way into the end of the driveway.

The whole tree blocked my way into the end of the driveway.

Actually, if I’m being honest, I didn’t even make the 100% mark any day except Sunday, and I only made the 100% because there was a crazy big tree that fell across the driveway at my parents house.

It was basically not a lot of fun to fix that

That black spot at the bottom is my foot for comparison...

That black spot at the bottom is my foot for comparison…

because it was just me who had to move all the branches out of the way. My parents said that they’d help later when they got home but I knew they wouldn’t be home from helping my sister move into her apartment in NYC until at least 6 p.m. and by then (thanks to Daylight Savings Time) it would be incredibly dark out and no one would want to do that. So I just moved it all myself, with the help of a rake, a hatchet and a hand cart for the big pieces.

After that I started putting Sunday dinner together. I got to make my favorite thing – Roast Chicken.

It turned out so well! I’ll be posting a separate thing about this chicken, even though I didn’t get a picture of it.

Other than that, this weekend was pretty good. I went to Ikea on Saturday, got my bed frame and a bookcase and some other things for my apartment. And its all coming together on that end.

I started packing up my books (I have so many freaking books) and cleaning my room before the move, which is emotionally exhausting. I threw away all of my old reporters notebooks that were full. I got some good advice early in my journalism career – never keep a notebook just in case you get sued for libel. They can’t take notes if you don’t have them anymore.

My parents were really shocked when I explained that.

Anyway, my goal for this coming week is to be better at moving! I want to try and get at least 6 activity points this week (outside of any I get on Friday from getting my stuff into my apartment). That’s one point a day, which I think I can do. I hope I can do it anyway.

We’re going to try.

Oh the ActiveLink…

I’ve finished my, what I’m calling, probationary week on ActiveLink and now I’m getting all the the info about my activity and not just what I do in my sleep.activelinkDid I mention I can wear this thing in bed? It monitors my sleep. I apparently don’t toss and turn as much as I always assumed I did.

Anyway. I’m now on the challenge part of my ActiveLink. It wants me to be earning between 2-4 activity points a day by the end of the 12 week challenge.

I think I can do it? In two weeks I’ll be living in my new apartment with the super nice gym that will be free for me to use at all hours, so that should help with the exercise thing. Mainly because my sister has told me that she’ll kill me if I don’t take advantage of the gym facilities. And honestly, whats the point of paying the amenities fee if I’m not using the amenities?

Other than that, I’ve enjoyed seeing just when and how much I move. Its interesting. The numbers are from just after I got to work and plugged it in to sync, which is why my ‘today’ number is so low. Not that I’m really expecting it to get much higher. There isn’t a lot of movement going on during the course of the day. At least, not big movements.

Part of this is me realizing that I need to really get up and move for at least a few minutes every hour. Which is something that has been told to me on any number of occasions, but its now becoming really clear that I spend most of my day not moving a whole lot.

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Yesterday Was… Not Good

In one of my desk drawers I have Snacks. Now, these are actually mostly protein bars and healthy snacks, but yesterday there were cookies and crackers. And for some reason, yesterday I felt like eating them all.

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Yeah. Thats right. I ate them. BUT I TRACKED THEM.

Which is huge for me. I’m one of those annoying people who maybe sometimes forgets to track things like cookies. But I tracked them all  yesterday and I’m very proud of myself for that. But all that carb snacking put me at around 6 points for dinner.

And then I got home and ate cheese and bread for dinner after insisting I wasn’t hungry because I’d eaten too many carbs that day.

Ultimately, I broke into my Weekly Points Plus allowance and am now challenged to keep it at 36 until the weekend because its beer o’clock and homecoming. Plus a potential trip to my absolute favorite deli in the whole wide world on Sunday to get what might just be my absolute favorite sandwich.

I’ll post a picture if I get it on Sunday… Its so not healthy.

Aside from that rather depressing situation, I got my WW ActiveLink working again. It’s all set up so that I can wear it every day and not worry about getting a new activity monitor. Plus, the ActiveLink connects straight to my  Weight Watchers account and I don’t have to convert the activity because they do it for me! So yay for being lazy!

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For now, it’s “evaluating” me for activity. I wore it while sleeping, and apparently it now gives me sleep measurements? So that was cool. I’ll see how it goes but apparently I don’t toss and turn as much as I thought I did. But that could have been an anomaly.

Regardless, I’ll have to start planning exercise now…. Which as we know from the past, I really don’t like.