Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Is weight-loss my only hobby?

Still on vacation in possibly-sunny British Colombia!

I am a girl of many interests. I love reading, writing, attending and discussing the performing arts, knitting, shopping, cooking and crafting. I like planning vacations and seeing new things. I like taking classes and stretching my brain. I like watching movies, doing crossword puzzles, trying new makeup looks. I like watching CFL Football (go Riders!), going to hockey games and playing with puppies. Oh, and blogging. I love blogging!

But since I started on my weight-loss journey, it seems like all of my hobbies have fallen aside. The time I spent knitting and reading and pursuing all of my other interests, I now spend replying to message boards, planning my meals, reading about fitness, health and nutrition and working out.

Focus is a good thing, but I wonder. Is this becoming obsessive, or am I just dedicated? Where's the line?

Lately I've been making an active effort to do more of my non-diet related hobbies in my down time. I started knitting this sweater, have read a few books, and am working on some writing projects. Oh, and this blog!

Do you ever feel like weight-loss is taking over your life? Is weight-loss your hobby? How do you balance it?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How do you feel about...unsolicited advice?

Recently I read this post on FitSugar that talked about offering unsolicited health and fitness advice.

Here's a quote:

Say you're eating lunch with a friend who's overweight. She's sipping a Diet Coke while dousing her salad in gobs of Ranch dressing, croutons, and shredded cheese. Would you politely offer some tips about how to make her meal lower in calories or would you keep your mouth closed? Offering health and fitness advice is a tricky thing. There's a fine line you can cross over, where you end up hurting her feelings instead of helping her become healthier.



I feel that nothing good ever comes from unsolicited advice. Depending on who it's coming from, the situation, mood, tone, and a lot of other variables, a simple statement can cause some really awkward situations.

Before I started WW again, and this blog, and effectively 'came out' with my diet, it really, really bothered me when people tried to 'help' by making suggestions about what I should eat. I felt judged.

I guess it comes from years of being ashamed of my size. I started my first diet when I was 8. I have been losing weight actively since I was 11. I have never liked what I looked like, been satisfied with my size, or felt comfortable at my weight. It felt quite shameful when family made comments like 'should you eat that?' or 'do you really need that cookie?' on holidays or at special events.

When I was a teen, if the advice came from more slender friends or relatives, I felt like they were rubbing it in, saying that they were better than me, and that I had something to be ashamed of for being chubby.

But right now, it doesn't bother me at all. By being open about my weight loss goals, struggles, and successes, I feel like I AM asking for advice. I find it really helpful when friends or family or my boyfriend point out healthier options on the menu at restaurants. Because I'm firmly entrenched in my 'honeymoon period' of weight loss, I find it encouraging that the people close to me are looking out for my goals and helping me stay on track.

What do you think?

Monday, June 28, 2010

A little motivation

Everybody needs something to light a fire in them on Monday morning, right? It's so easy to come up with excuses and reasons why NOT to make changes. Even after you have made changes, it's really easy to 'fall off the wagon' and get right back into that comfortable old couch groove.

As easy as it is to be excited about getting active when it's warm outside - let's go for a walk! let's go for a hike! let's go for a run! let's go for a round of golf/play ultimate frisbee/swim in the lake! - it's also easy to come up with excuses. Like, it's too hot. Or, I just want to relax. Or, my swimsuit is already wet and I'd rather not climb into it. Or, I'll get an uneven running tan. Or, there's a party and I'd rather go sit on the patio and drink beer. Or, it's hot and I'll probably die of dehydration and heat exhaustion, so I'd better just stay in here by the air conditioner. With a beer.

I can talk myself out of pretty much anything, except buying new shoes.

Here's an article I read about getting motivated to workout when that spark starts to flicker. It talks about re-framing and a few self-talk coaching tips.

I particularly liked the advice about boot camps and intense instructors, because I am absolutely terrified of Intense! Fitness! People!

Thoughts?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Book Review: Such a Pretty Fat

That's right, folks! I'm on vacation in sunny (hopefully) British Colombia. while I wallow in the hot springs and try to avoid eating my weight in spaghetti, I've prepared a few posts to tide you over. Stay tuned for workout questions, book reviews, a recipe and more.

Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster knows she’s fat. But that doesn’t mean she can’t be a narcissist.

Weight loss magazines, books, diets and programs all rely on one constant: someone who is overweight must hate what they look like. Lancaster, on the other hand, doesn’t, and she’s not apologizing for it, either. As someone who generally thinks they look pretty darn good, I understand. It’s only when I see photos of myself that I begin to doubt, and then the loathing creeps in.

But if she doesn’t give hate what she looks like - in fact, Lancaster is pretty in love with her appearance - then what’s her motivation for weight loss?

An ill-fated doctor’s appointment and a case of writers’ block combine to set Lancaster off on a quest to drop the pounds and write a book about it. Turns out, when you both love what you look like and are morbidly obese, the only thing that will get you going on the diet and exercise track is a publisher’s deadline.

This book was funny, and I jumped right in and dreaded putting it down in favour of things like working or sleeping. I was amused as Lancaster tried diet after diet. Atkins, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, all to limited success. I’ve been there, preparing my own ‘meal’ of steamed vegetables and bland, poached protein, drooling while my friends or family eat succulent barbecued ribs and cakes and bread and butter. This book describes so well the special kind of crazy that diets can make even normal, slightly self-absorbed, witty women.

Lancaster touches on why she doesn’t think support-group meetings will work for her in Such a Pretty Fat. She recounts attending a Weight Watchers meeting years earlier, only to learn that the room was full of women who vilified cake, and the people who bring cake to the office. Every time someone has sent an email about free donuts or cake or cookies in the break room since, I’ve laughed to myself. This book isn’t long, it isn’t epic, and parts of it get a little trying - just stop eating already! - but it is memorable. The way Lancaster writes is memorable, her phrasing, her tone. The book is full of great situation-style comedy, mental images, and pithy wit. Also, Lancaster is one judgy lady, and her criticisms of the people around her were a riot.

When I reached the end of the book, I was pleasantly surprised. I won’t give anything away, but the major lessons of the book are good ones. There are no quick fixes. There’s a lot of hard work involved. It can be done, but you have to be willing to do that hard work and put in the time. Food is our friend, not our enemy.

And never forget that sass, plus a good string of pearls, will get you pretty far - even on the treadmill.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Holiday time!

And we're off. Well, we're planning to be off tomorrow morning before 7:00 (ugh) so we can get a head start on the 8 hour drive to Gary's hometown.



This is us in 2008 at Ainsworth Hot Springs, one of the many places we'll be visiting in the next 9 days. My hair was shorter and I was thinner - but I was drunk on looooove, didn't feel the need to eat my feelings and the long-term-relationship chub hadn't settled in yet. I mean, uh...Happy Days!

I've got a week's worth of posts scheduled for you, so it will be like I'm not even gone. If I get a chance and can pull myself away from my giant pile of Sookie Stackhouse novels, I might drop in and let you know how keeping myself in line on my vacation is going. If not, you'll get the full report when we get back!


Tires road side down,

Meg

Crazy goes everywhere, even with you on vacation


TOTALLY not where we're going. Photo Source

Gary and I leave for our vacation on Saturday morning. I'm really looking forward to ten days of book reading, quiet time, sunshine (fingers crossed) and relaxation. I'm terrified of slipping up and blowing my diet.

I weigh in on Wednesdays, as you know. I don't attend WW meetings, but rather, I'm following the program online. I know I'll have internet access for most of the trip, if not the entire time, so I should be able to track what I'm eating.

The last time we went on a holiday while I was dieting, we went out for lunch ten minutes after arriving and I ordered everything I had been avoiding for months. Fries, burgers, soda, wine, dessert. In the days that followed, I ate whatever I wanted, in whatever quantity I wanted, because "I'm on holiday!"

Are you surprised that after a week of that, I came home sluggish, pants too tight, and I never recovered?

I desperately don't want that to happen next week. It's summertime, and I'm hoping I can base most of my meals around fresh veggies and fruits. I am going to do my very best to make healthy, low-point choices. If all else fails, I'm going to watch my portion sizes, and I'm going to try to get as much activity in every day as I can. If that means walking, doing sit ups in the bedroom, or jumping jacks in the backyard, I'm going to try to squeeze it in.

The one crazy thing I am debating about is taking my scale with me. We're driving, so I don't have a luggage restriction. I really want to weigh in on Wednesday, gain or loss, and I want that mental check. I'm sure Gary's mom has a scale, but it might not be calibrated the same way as mine, and I'm all for accuracy. Does this actually make me insane? Have I gone too far?

I want to enjoy my life, and I want to enjoy my vacation. This is going to be a lifelong process, and this won't be the last time I'm faced with holiday eating. So I'll do the best I can. I'm going to choose veggies over carbs, and diet soda over margaritas if I have to, except for the night when we go to the Italian restaurant in Trail that has THE BEST spaghetti and meatballs I've ever had. That night, I'm eating the pasta.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Beautiful Bloggers!



How cool is this? Kimmi over at Fit, Fat at Back Again has given ye olde blog a spiffy award!

Rules of this award: I tell you 7 things you don't know about me, and then I give the award to 7 bloggers who I believe are beautiful! It will be so difficult to choose just 7, but I'll try:

Lisa
Lady Buttons
Deb
MissSarahLou
Anna
spotlessmind
Amanda@BustingThroughIt

1. I am so terrified of snakes that I can't even look at pictures of them.

2. I played the French Horn in high school.

3. I haven't blow-dried and styled my hair at home in months, because every time I try I blow the breaker in our apartment. This drives me insane because I look like a bedraggled student all of the time.

4. I hate, hate, hate scary movies. Scary books are okay, as long as it's light outside.

5. I won the Governor General's medal in Grade 12.

6. I never sort my laundry by colour. It all goes into the machine together, is washed in cold water, and I haven't ever had any problems.

7. I am almost legally blind, but I've been wearing contacts since I was 14.

In other exciting news, I won a $100 gift card for the mall downtown today! I submitted my 'best shopping story' about that mall a few weeks ago, and it won! What perfect timing, as all of my pants are getting to the point where they're entirely too big, but I didn't want to spend any money on new ones. I have two pairs of jeans in my closet that are still too small, but none that currently fit. So yay! Shopping spree!

In other news...I picked up a dress from the Winners across the street from my office at lunch. What do you guys think? I'm not sure. I can't tell if it's flattering or not, and I'd love some honest opinions. This is for a wedding we're attending in July. Please excuse the shoddy photo :)

Two things I hate

There are two types of activity that I absolutely loathe - climbing up an outrageous number of stairs outside, and walking in the rain.

Last summer, when we were visiting Gary's dad in Regensburg, we went to Walhalla, a local temple/monument built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria, as a sort of "German Hall of Fame".



Photo Source

It was a beautiful, humid, sunny day. We walked up to the monument, up all nine million stairs, and halfway to the top I broke up with Gary.

We got back together shortly thereafter, but I was less than pleased.

Last night, we were going for a lovely after-dinner walk when, about 10 blocks from home, it started to rain. It poured. It hailed. It was windy. We were soaking wet. I was seriously less than pleased, and I blamed Gary for the weather. Damn him and his weather-controlling superpowers!

Anyway. Walking in the rain is one thing - I'm still cold. But one of the reasons I want to lose weight is so that I can do things like hike, try new activities and sports, and climb one hundred billion stairs without wanting to die. The view at the top of that hill was spectacular and totally worth the effort. But I want that climb to be easier. I want to bounce up those steps without a minute of hesitation.

I don't want my weight to hold me back. Ever again.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WI # 6: Wednesday, June 23

This morning I was down 3.4 lbs!!
 
The scale and I are back to being friends-on. I had hoped to see a loss of 1 pound or more this week, after two weeks of smaller losses. I worked really hard this week, so I am satisfied that the scale is showing it.
 
In related news, this loss brings my total weight loss to 11.6 lbs, put me past my 5% goal, and dropped me into a new "decade" of weight!
 
I was running late this morning so I didn't take my measurements, but as of last week I've also lost 11.5 inches from all over my body.
 
It's finally starting to show. I feel slimmer. I definitely feel healthier - minus the head cold. I can walk farther and faster without effort. On the weekend I spent four hours with a photographer at work, climbing up and down stairs and didn't feel out of breath. I don't feel sluggish, I'm sleeping better. I'm very proud of the progress I've made so far, and totally motivated to keep going.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Success Story

Sunday night, Gary and I were sitting down for dinner when he asked me if I was going to take a photo. In front of me was a plate of grilled chicken souvlaki, rice, grilled fresh pineapple, and leafy greens. I was surprised when he asked, and even more surprised when I told him I hadn't planned to and he was disappointed! It was a great dinner, but I didn't realize he was so keen on me posting photos of what we eat.
 
Last night, I snapped a picture of my hamburger before I devoured it. Gary laughed in disbelief. "You didn't take a photo of last night's fantastic, fresh gourmet dinner, but tonight you take a photo of a hamburger? Everyone knows what a hamburger looks like!"
 
While I laughed and told him that I didn't realize he cared so much, he told me this:
 
"Well, I think your readers care! They want to see new ideas for dinner! They want to know what a weight-loss success story is eating!"
 
I stopped him. "I'm hardly a weight-loss success story," I said between bites of burger.
 
But then he stopped me.
 
My boyfriend told me that yes, I was a success story. Wasn't I making a concerted effort to change the way I was eating? Wasn't I making goals and reaching them? Wasn't I working hard to be more active? And most importantly, hadn't I LOST WEIGHT?
 
Yes. I have, on all fronts. So while I'm a success story in progress, I'm still a success. Every single ounce that I've lost, every inch, every minute on the elliptical - these are measures of success. Every time I have fruit instead of baklava, every time I use skim milk instead of cream in my coffee, I'm succeeding. And so are all of you!
 
What a wonderful way to think.
 
 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Another Day on Plan

It's time for another round of A Day on my Diet!

This morning I woke up with a sore throat, so I drank two large cups of coffee before settling in to eat oats with a sliced banana.


At about 11:00, I had a cup of 1% cottage cheese with half a cup of blueberries. This was so good - salty, fresh, sweet. I love cottage cheese, but if I eat too much of it my tummy doesn't fare well.



Lunch was eaten outside in the park. I bought a can of diet coke and ate this salad, which was much bigger than it looks in this sad picture. On it was about 2 ounces of chicken breast and a handful of blackberries. Loving the fresh fruit this season!



At around 2:00, I ate this snack/nutrition bar with some water. I drank about 2 L today - my throat was sore and I had a long meeting in the afternoon so I didn't get in my third bottle. It was pretty tasty, but a little dry. For 3 points, it was more filling than a granola bar with the same number of calories!



When I got home from work I had a few wheat thins. Crackers are a trigger food for me, and I tend to eat them by the handful, directly out of the box. Before I know it, I've eaten almost the whole package - but I think I'm getting to the point where I can count out a single serving and be satisfied. At least, let's hope so...



Dinner tonight was late, so we had burgers on thin buns. I like my burgers very plain, with just Ketchup! I also had a Radler...mmm, refreshing. It's hot today and this really hit the spot!



Now it's almost time for bed. I was thinking about a snack of fruit, but I'm not hungry so I'll skip it. Hopefully the sore throat is gone tomorrow morning. Only 5 more sleeps until we leave for our vacation!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Success!


Photo source

Success! I met my June fitness goals yesterday - 600 minutes, and trying a Zumba class. I feel great. I know there are 10 full days left in the month, but we're going on vacation from the 26th-July 5th, and I knew I wouldn't be guaranteed to get to the gym. I set my sights a little low, but that's still 10 full hours of exercise! My July goal will increase, but I haven't decided by how much. Do you think 840 minutes - or 14 hours - is too much, or too little?

Today I picked up my new sneakers. I decided to break them in by heading outside and hitting the trails for another run/walk adventure. It was a hot, sunny, gorgeous June day here in Calgary.



Two blocks from my apartment the low battery indicator on my iPod flashed. I was disappointed - I use the Couch25K iPod app to time my intervals and tell me when to run and when to walk. It runs behind whatever music I'm listening too, so it works perfectly for me.

I was pretty bummed, but figured I'd keep going and see how long the battery would last. If it quit early into my workout, I decided I'd just walk to the 14th street bridge, cross, walk back along the other bank of the river, cross the 10th street bridge (there's more than 4 blocks between them, I don't know what gives) and come home.

Lucky for me, my iPod battery held out for the entire workout. I worked up a good sweat, broke in my new shoes, and added another star to my workout calendar.

Oh- and when I got home, Gary was vacuuming and pre-treating some laundry. Bliss.

Road Trip!

Next week, Gary and I are off for a 10-day road trip through British Columbia. We'll be visiting his mom, and my parents are coming along for the ride. We'll also be stopping in Kelowna (WINE TOURS!) and visiting friends in Kamloops.

Because we'll be spending so much time in the car and we both want to avoid fast-food along the highway, we've decided to pack a cooler with some snacks and beverages. We hope this saves us some money and some calories along the way!

We're planning to put together some sandwiches for the road the morning we leave. I'm planning to bake some muffins or breakfast-like cookies for snacks, so I'd love some recipe suggestions for healthier options!

We're packing the cooler with:

-dried fruit
-bottled water
-crystal light/ice tea to go packages
-apples
-a few 100 calorie packs or pre-portioned, baked chips and treats
-granola bars or larabars

Any other suggestions for healthy, diet-friendly car snacks?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summertime Eats

I love summer. I love meat cooked on a grill, fresh fruits, and cold, cold beer. Fortunately a lot of the summer food I love can be made very ww-friendly.

Corn on the cob, wrapped in a foil and thrown on the BBQ for 20 minutes or so (turn it every 5 minutes) is delicious and 1 point/ear. Go light on the butter or margarine, or skip it all together. I love mine sprinkled liberally with black pepper. Mmmm!

Thin buns for burgers are a must for us. These can be found at pretty much every grocery store around these parts. There are 1 point buns, but most of the ones I've found are 3 points.

Chicken or turkey sausage is GREAT barbecued. I found really nice ones at Costco this week, in Sundried Tomato or Texas Spice. They were 3 points each, which is a great substitute for a hot dog or a smokie. Throw that thing on a thin bun and you've got a great summer BBQ treat!

Grilled veggies are also delicious. Red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms - you name it, thread it on a skewer and grill it and I'm happy.

I love beer. I hate light beer. Recently, my brother started working for a beer company that makes lime flavoured light beer and I have since been turned on to Bud Lite Lime, yum. A light beer is 2 points. But I never want JUST ONE beer, and the hot summer heat makes a girl thirsty. So try a trick I learned last summer in Germany - have ein Radler! Beer mixed with fizzy lemonade - or, a light beer mixed half and half with Sprite Zero or Diet 7-up. This means you can have TWO drinks for 2 points.

I know, sounds gross, because North Americans have an aversion to mixing beer with anything. But give it a go - after all, if you're already drinking Light Beer, it can't get much worse, right?

And if it's sweets you're after, try throwing a halved, pitted peach or nectarine on the grill. Topped with some plain or vanilla fat-free yogurt, it's to die for. So is barbecued pineapple! Sugar-free fudgesicles have always been one of my favourite summer snacks, and I've recently spotted some new, low-fat and low-calorie frozen ice cream treats at the grocery store.

It's going to be a great summer. What are your favourite BBQ'd foods?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Progress


On June 4, I started taking photos of myself wearing the same workout outfit. This shows June 4, June 10 and June 18. I see a difference - a slight difference. Do you?

I also took photos on the day I started WW, in my bathing suit. I took the same photo a month later and I definitely see a difference - but sorry. No bathing suit photos for you, until I need them as an at-goal-weight comparison! Trust me, they're not good. You do not want to see them.

A little bit sappy

When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.


The above quote is from one of the best characters on TV today, Barney Stinson.

Lately I've been feeling kind of glum. I'm not sure why, but I've got a feeling that it has to do with Lady Mountain looming on the horizon. I didn't suffer from PMS as a teenager, so I was lucky. Even now, aside from some mild tummy pain, I do fine. I don't crave salty or sweet foods, and I don't retain much water. I do, however, spontaneously burst into tears, become irrationally moody, and get irritated very.very.easily.

I'm a joy.

The hilarious thing is, every month, I fall into a few day slump and can't figure out why. DUH.

Working out more, eating healthfully and trying to listen to my body has resulted in me ACTUALLY LISTENING to my body, mind and spirit. (That's totally hokey. Excuse me while I go throw up!)

I know that what I'm craving isn't ripple chips, it's a hug or some cuddle time. Or maybe it's not cuddle time, it's time alone or with a girlfriend! What I don't need is a chocolate bar, it's a walk to clear the air in my office and get away from my desk. French fries covered in gravy and cheese won't make me feel better, but a good hard cardio session might help me work out the anxiety I so often suffer from.

I am pessimistic and quite sarcastic by nature, but gosh darn, if trying to be healthy body-wise isn't helping me feel better everything-else wise.

I have today off, and instead of going to buy a pie and eat nearly the whole thing, like I did on my last personal day in April, I'm doing 3 loads of laundry and I've worked out. I have a great fruit salad made up for lunch, I've got a great dinner planned and I'm going to go cash in a gift certificate for a pedicure I got for Christmas. I'm going to stop being a sad mopey donkey, and be awesome instead.

What lessons have you learned from your weight loss/trying to be healthier experiences? What is your body telling you?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fat Girl on the Society Page?

The day I decided to join Weight Watchers, we had a VIP event at work. Because I work in Marketing and PR for Arts organizations, I go to a lot of cool parties. It's been my secret ambition since I graduated from university to get my photo on the Society Page.

Imagine my shock and horror when I was photographed by the city's best-loved society columnist the VERY DAY I started a new lifestyle.

I even told his partner that I wasn't at my Society Page Weight.

I waited anxiously for about a month before the column hit the paper. On Sunday, I all but grabbed the paper out of the hands of the man at the table next to us at the diner we were having brunch in. Ok, I asked the waitress if she had the paper and he offered his to me.




There I was.

Wearing my favourite green jacket. One of the only jackets in my closet that fits, and this one - just barely.

Looking like a whale.

But like a hopeful whale.

That's life, right? You can set goals, dream big and follow your ambitions, but you don't get to dictate everything. The whens, whys, whos and hows are often left up to chance - like this one. I made the Society Page! I'm 50 lbs overweight!

Perhaps I should have been more specific.

New secret life ambition: Make the Society Page and look fantastic in that photo, at my goal weight.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Zumba

When trying something new, one never wants to be the 'est' anything in the room. Tallest, loudest, oldest, youngest. Fattest.

Group exercise classes are a great way to get in a workout, and usually, they're pretty fun. I tried my very first Zumba class today at a local community centre, led by a woman named Jocelyn. (Check out her website if you're in Calgary).

I went with my friend Amanda, who I often force into trying new and ridiculous things with me. Like pole dancing classes. Yoga. Pottery (she was the driving force there). Et cetera. This time I took the liberty of registering her for the free demo class without even asking her first. Mwahaha. What did we have to lose? It was free.

Zumba is a Latin dance fitness class, involving lots of hip shaking, bosom bouncing and dancy jumping action. It's high intensity, high energy, and classes are popping up everywhere this summer. I looked around for awhile until I found a class that was near my apartment and at a convenient time, and this one fit the bill perfectly.

We planned to get there early to stake out a spot in the back of the room. Listen, I know that "no one is watching you" and I shouldn't be embarassed, but I don't want to be the chick in the front row screwing up the moves and throwing off everyone's beat. Because I ALWAYS watch the people in front of me. It makes it easier for me to follow.

Yeah, we were smug, tucked into the back. Then the class started, and sure enough, the leader asked us to turn around. The back of the room? Now the front.

The only thing worse than being the only two plus sized ladies in the room in a cardio dance class is being the only two plus sized ladies in the room, right in the centre of the front row of a cardio dance class.

But man, it was fun. Jocelyn doesn't wear a mike or do much in terms of verbal clues, so I was a little lost, but years and years of doing aerobics tapes in the basement mean I can do a mean step-touch combo.

I worked up a killer sweat, and the 45 minutes or so zipped by. Even though I felt like a total boob and was sure that all the skinny girls in the room were staring at my ample, jiggling backside while I did things like this:



(the video is clearly not of me)

I had a great time and can't WAIT to go back.

WI #5: June 16, 2010

I stepped on the scale this morning and my initial reaction was to pout a little bit.
 
I wandered around our apartment, made some coffee, logged in to Weight Watchers Online to update my weight tracker and take my measurements, but I was still pouty.
 
I lost .6 lbs this week, which is no reason to pout. So now I'm practicing positive self talk.
 
Come on, Meg. Pull yourself together. Think of how great a loss, any loss, will feel after a few weeks at a plateau. You worked hard for that slightly-more-than half pound! Be proud of it! They add up, and as long as the scale is moving downward, be happy about it.
 
I'm disappointed because I really wanted to hit my 5% of my body weight goal before we left for our holiday at the end of the month. I'm close - but I don't think I'll be able to reach it by next week. I'm doing all the right things, but my body apparently needs time to adjust. I believe that if I can stay positive and on track, I will see results and I will reach my goal.
 
A small loss is still a loss!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Early Warning Signs

My weigh in is tomorrow and I am anxious and excited.
 
I'm excited because dang, I have worked HARD in the past two weeks!
 
I'm anxious because last week I had a smaller loss and I'd really like to see the scale move.
 
But what concerns me at the moment is that I'm starting to feel signs of Weight Loss Crazy creeping in. Today I was super careful about what I ate for lunch - no dressing on my salad. I didn't eat the egg that came with it. But I did eat the cheese, and then I felt bad for eating the cheese. Which is ridiculous! Cheese is good for you! Cheese is important!
 
Then I had carrots as a snack. I really, really wanted something sweet, but we're going to a friend's place for dinner and the menu is a mystery. I wanted to 'save' my points for dinner, so I had crystal lite instead. Because I need more water in my life :)
 
And now, I'm debating what kind of workout would have the biggest impact on the scale tomorrow morning. Should I run? Swim? Dance for an hour? Shred? What is the key to 'playing the game' and seeing the lowest possible weight tomorrow morning? This is the beginning of a slippery slide into Weight Loss Crazy, which is not where I want to be.
 
I'm trying really hard not to be ruled by numbers and not let my weekly weigh in results affect my attitude. This is going to be a long, long haul, and if a gain or a small loss or no loss at all sets me back, I'll never make it to my goal weight.
 
But I so badly want to see that all the hard work was worth it, that I'm making progress. The first time I did WW, 6 years ago (wow, time flies), I lost almost 30 lbs in about 2.5 months. It was so easy. Every week, I followed the plan, did a little exercise, tried not to drink my face off at the bar and dropped between 2-4 lbs at each weigh in. Each time around the block with ww has been progressively more difficult, with the rate of loss much slower. And we don't even go to the bar anymore!
 
I know I'll have more success if I lose it slowly, and really - a year to drop 50 or 60 lbs? Totally worth it, big-picture style. But come on, scale. Please drop. For me.
 
 

Either way, I'm sore.

Yesterday I decided I would go light on my workout. I worked really hard over the weekend, and while I still wanted to do something, I thought I'd go easy on myself. All afternoon I wavered between going for a swim, going for a walk, or doing a 30 minute dance cardio video I recently acquired.
 
But when I got home, it was rainy and cold, I wasn't in the mood for a swim, and the dance just wasn't appealing. I have a few other cardio tapes, most of them dance related, and not one of them was calling to me.
 
Six weeks ago, I would have congratulated myself for my good intentions and sat down on the couch. 'Not feelin' it? Don't worry about it' was how I was operating.
 
But I want to see a change in my body. I want to succeed. I want new running shoes, and I want to buy them this weekend! Knowing that I had 3 hours of exercise to knock off before I meet my goal, I knew I really should work out.
 
So instead of taking it easy, I did Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. Um, ow. Level 1 worked my butt and thighs, and Level 2 seems intent to destroy my upper body.  I swore at the TV, sweat dripping down my face, huffing and panting. When Jillian said, "I want you to be gargling your heart at the end of this set!" I may have called her that one name I reserve for inside-head usage only, and even then, things have got to be REALLY BAD. But this time I said it out loud. Seriously. How many minutes do you think I can hold a plank position? And now you want me to do squat thrusts? I thought those were made up! I
 
Lying on the floor in a puddle of sweat, I wanted to quit. Halfway through circut two, I told the witch on the TV "I don't wanna. I want to quit. I hate you."
 
But I didn't, and today I have the sore arm, back and shoulder muscles to prove it. Instead of pain, I think it might be pride I'm feeling.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Waterlogged

Ten minutes ago I got up from my desk, walked to the kitchen, looped past the bathroom, and re-filled my water bottle AGAIN. I'm on my third litre of water this morning, and I feel like any minute now I'm going to float away.
 
I'm learning that actually like drinking water. Yesterday I was thirsty and found myself craving it. Which is odd, because my beverage of choice has always been diet coke. Unless it's before noon, and then it's coffee. I'm highly caffeinated.
 
I know that drinking water is an important part of weight loss, but to be honest, I have no idea why. I do know that on Monday mornings, I come in and chug away at that cool, clear bottle like there's no tomorrow. In my mind, I'm imagining all the fat on my body being 'flushed away' and fantasize about erasing last night's scrumptious barbecued hamburger with each sip that I take. Thank you, evian, for finally getting me into that bikini!
 
But obviously that's not how it works. I can't 'erase' bad eating habits by gulping down a barrel of water. But lately my eating habits have been pretty great, and the water consumption has got to help. Plus, my skin looks fantastic.
 
I googled "why does drinking water help with weight loss?" this morning, and through several websites that I am somewhat skeptical of - not one of them a source I recognized or really trust - I found this explanation. Water helps remove waste from the body. Increasing the fibre content of your food creates more waste, thus, the need to flush it out (literally). Also, sometimes we're not sure if we're hungry or thirsty, and water helps you 'feel full'.
 
So back to the water fountain I go. Are there any weight-loss or healthy eating 'rules' you follow, but aren't sure why?

A photo

I realized over the weekend that I haven't shared a full-body photo with you yet. A lot of you reading this blog don't know me or see me on a regular basis, and don't know what I look like.



This photo was taken at the end of January. I was all dressed up for a very important work event - at the time, I was the marketing manager for a ballet company that performed both in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics, and at the Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver. This is me ready to go to the opening gala party for the Cultural Olympiad.

I felt great that day, even surrounded by stick thin little ballerinas, celebrities and the who's-who of Vancouver.

Less than 6 weeks later, I wore this dress out for a special anniversary date with my boyfriend. I looked much the same, but I could have cried, I felt so fat and unattractive. Frumpy, bloated, uncomfortable in my skin. I look at the photos our waitress took of us together and I feel so sad, both about how bad I look and how awful I felt, on such a great date.

But it would take 2 more months before I decided that it was time to do something about it.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

An Active Saturday

This morning we were up early and to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and another 15 on the stationary bike, while Gary ran on the treadmill.

I watched one of the trainers at the gym pushing a client of hers until the client burst out in tears. I know this isn't typical, but that's exactly why I don't think working with a personal trainer would be good for me. I like to feel *good* about myself while I'm working out, not frustrated and angry.

After the gym, I headed out to run some errands. New contact lenses and I splurged on some (on-sale) workout clothes.




yes, I tried this one on before I bought it. I've learned my lesson...

I bought shorts like these, but in purple. I haven't worked out in shorts since 2002, but it's hot and I thought, why not. Give these a try! We're going on vacation at the end of the month and these will be lightweight enough to toss in my bag without taking up a ton of space. Also, swimsuit coverups, in a pinch.

Late this afternoon we went to see a play written by one of my good friends. He recently had a play he wrote with another friend performed in NYC, so he's a pretty big deal - at least to me!

The theatre isn't far from our apartment, so we decided to walk. After the show, we took the long route home and stopped for a delicious summertime treat at Spoon Me.



I had mine with blackberries, pineapple and cinnamon toast crunch. When I was in university and no longer under the watchful eye of my mother, I ate cinnamon toast crunch every meal of the day for about 3 weeks. Then I got really sick. Gee. I wonder why.

All in all, we walked for about 60 minutes. It's a beautiful day here in Calgary - what's your favourite way to enjoy the summer weather and sneak in some activity?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday on Plan

Another 'Day on Weight Watchers' post for you! I'm always interested in what other dieters are eating, but I promise this won't become a daily feature.

This morning I chugged back a cup of coffee before I left, and then when I got to work we had a mini team meeting at starbucks. This was a 'walk and talk' sort of meeting. I ordered a Tall Skinny Caramel Latte. (I got an extra shot of espresso, but didn't feel like a Grande. I know, betraying the blog name...)



A few hours later I had a Mint Mojito Jugo Juice for breakfast while I read Canadian Art magazine. Okay, I flipped through it scoping out the competition's ads. I'll read it later. This smoothie is soooo good. Fresh, fruity, a hint of mint flavour. Yum!



Lunch was a turkey sandwich with lettuce and hummus on a sandwich thin and water. Today I put back 2 L of water. I usually average between 2 -3 L of water during a workday. I pee a lot.



While editing I munched on a bunch of delicious cherries.



I flexed some overtime today and left the office at 2. I came home, changed into my workout clothes and did something I haven't done in 14 years:

I went for a run outside.

I did 60 second run/90 second walk intervals for 30 minutes, plus another 15 minutes of walking warm-up and cool-down. It was a great workout, I really worked up a sweat and can feel it in my legs, and it was really nice to be outside. It started to spit rain just as I walked up to our building, so I timed it perfectly.

I did notice that running outside is completely different from running on a treadmill. I knew this would be the case, but wow, was it ever harder. I was so self-conscious, trudging through the park with all of these super fit runners. I was worried that they were all thinking, 'who's the chubby girl running embarrassingly slow? What is she doing here? Pathetic.'

But then this amazingly fit lady on the pathway smiled at me. It was encouraging. No one is judging me for being active. If anything, they might just be thinking 'good for her!'

Post-run, more water and a yogurt to tide me over until dinner. I'm craving Vietnamese!



Have a great Friday :)

LEVEL UP!



Oh, sure. She looks harmless. Sort of. But not so much.

When you do the 30 day Shred, you're supposed to do it every single day for 30 days. This is ridiculous. First of all, I live for variety. Secondly, I like to be able to walk and I think that my muscles need a little bit of recover time. Thirdly, I'm a lazy wimp.

But I have been doing Level 1 for about a month now, and while I haven't made my goal of doing it 3 times a week, I have done this workout 8 times. I decided after my first workout that I would do each level 10 times before progressing to the next level.

Well, I did the Shred yesterday after work, and I had the best workout I've done with the tape so far. I did 15 lady-pushups in a row! This is crazy. A month ago I could do maybe 3? 4? I also managed to power through the entire workout without stopping. All the cardio, and the strength training, even those horrible bicycle crunches at the end. I can testify that the routine works, and combined with other forms of exercise and diet, I have lost inches from all over my body.

But the relative 'ease' of yesterday's Level 1 workout makes me nervous. Because this means my body is getting used to it. And that means it's time to Level Up.

In the back of my mind, a scared, lazy voice is screaming "don't ruin a good thing! keep at it because it's easy! It doesn't have to be hard, right?!"

But I know. I know it's time to grow. And deal with 30 minutes of freaking plank positions and mountain climbers.

Jillian, I'm ready. Level 2, here I come.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Last-minute meals

This morning I was up on time, but for whatever reason I dilly-dallied around and ran out of time to make lunch. I work downtown, so it's not usually a problem to pop out and grab somethng.
 
Some of my favourite food court meals are great for staying on plan. Subway has a great variety of 6-inch subs that clock in around 6 points, if you order them without cheese. Extreme Pita is also a good choice, and one of my cold-weather favourites is a small chili and a baked potato from Wendy's. Any of these options will keep me full all afternoon.
 
For warmer days, I like to go to Jugo Juice for a smoothie, which is super filling and around 5 points, or a salad from pretty much anywhere. If I watch how much dressing I use and skip toppings like fried chow mein noodles and croutons, a salad with some protein like chicken, fish or beans is a great, low-point lunch.
 
But I knew that today was going to be a pretty stressful one at work, as I've booked 4 consecutive hours of 'open-door' office hours for my colleagues to come approve edits I've made to a major document I'm working on. From 11 - 3, I'm chained to my desk. Unfortunately lunch falls right smack in the middle, and with other meetings from 9:30 - 11, I knew I wouldn't have time to run up the street to grab something from the food court.
 
So I picked up a frozen Weight Watchers meal from the convenience store in our apartment building. With an apple and yogurt for a snack later this afternoon, it will hopefully keep me full.
 
I mentioned earlier this week that I don't like relying on frozen or convenience-based 'diet food', but in a pinch it does the trick.

As an alternative, I could have reached for a can of soup, or had another serving of oatmeal and fruit. Do you have any suggestions for running late quick grab lunches? I know, the ultimate solution is to pack my lunch the night before...but sometimes life gets in the way of my well-laid plans! :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

An interesting aside...

So I'm wearing my dark denim trouser jeans, the ones that I determined were too tight last week. I pulled them on this morning, and while I wouldn't wear them with, say, a tank top or a tight t-shirt, with a button-down and a blazer they're fine. In a month I bet they'll look awesome!
 
But note: don't eat a filling, fibre-riffic lunch when you're wearing tight pants. Bloat. Ouch. I think I might need to go home and change before the cocktail reception at work tonight, or risk walking around with my pants unbuttoned. Damn you, fibre-rich foods and your unfortunate side effects.

WI #4: June 9, 2010


I can't remember where I found this but I think it's hilarious.

Slow and steady, right? This morning I was down 0.4 lb.

It's tough, because my gut reaction, honestly, is to be disappointed. I worked REALLY hard this week. Here's my weekly points tracker:



I earned way more activity points than I normally do, which is awesome. I ate less than half of my weekly points. I thought this was a great week and I'd see a great loss on the scale.

But then yesterday morning I snuck a peek at my weight and I was up more than a pound. So now I'm going to keep trying to only weigh myself on Wednesdays, and not get so hung up on that number.

There are other, more exciting numbers to get hung up on!

In the month since I joined WW, I've lost 8.5 inches from all over my body: 1.5 off my hips, 1 off my thighs, 1 off my bust (nooo!), 1 off my upper arms, and 4 off my waist. FOUR! INCHES!

Maybe that's why my pants look like this:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reward Systems

A lot of different sources - magazines, message boards, blogs, etc - recommend setting up a reward system to aid in your weight loss journey. Every time you meet a self-determined milestone, be it a percentage of your weight, a new 'decade', or a loss in a 10 or 5 lb increment, you reward yourself with a pre-determined prize. I've seen lots of people using spa treatments, new clothes, vacations, or makeup as rewards to motivate themselves.

This won't work for me. If I want a new bottle of body lotion or a new lip gloss or a haircut, I'm going to go get it. These things are 'rewards' to me. They're everyday (or every-now-and-then) purchases.

But I am very reward driven. I'm visually motivated, so I've got a calendar in our hallway that I see every time I walk anywhere in our apartment, and every time I exercise I get a star sticker on that date. Great visual reminder if I have a week without many stars!

The other thing that sticks out to me as a potential way that the mini-reward for weight loss would fail for me is that sometimes, no matter how hard you work, the scale is not your friend and won't move. I'm trying to keep that in perspective this time. Deb blogged about setting goals that are things you DO, not things you want to HAPPEN.

So, in hand with my June set of goals, I'm setting a reward for myself. If I complete my two fitness goals - 600 minutes and trying out a Zumba class - I'm going to reward myself with something that will make fitness more fun.

Mama needs a new pair of shoes.



These are my current kicks - about 7 years old, coming apart at the seams, scuffed, and frankly, cheap, ill-fitting, un-supportive, not great shoes.

How do you reward yourself? Are you motivated by 'working towards a carrot' or does it frustrate you? Is weight loss itself the greatest reward?

Monday, June 7, 2010

a day on plan

This is an example of what I eat on the Weight Watchers plan. This is pretty much a typical day.

This morning started with a cup of coffee at home with a splash of skim milk and a package of splenda. Eventually I want to stop using sweetener in my coffee at all, and just whiten it with milk. A month ago, I used a heavy dose of creamer and two (or more) sugars...so this is progress! I used to hate skim milk in coffee, but I'm used to it now. I've also cut back significantly on my coffee intake in the past six months, and even more so this month. I'm down to about one cup a day, which is much less than the six to eight cups I was drinking in December.



When I got to work I had breakfast at my desk before our weekly production meeting. This is one packet of whole grain oats (not instant oatmeal) and a sliced banana. This is 3 points and keeps me full until lunch.

For a snack, I had an apple (not pictured...you know what an apple looks like!) around 10:30. I wasn't hungry but I wanted something to munch on.



At lunch I usually have a salad with a small portion of whatever meat we had at dinner the night before - like chicken breast, kebab, steak, salmon, whatever. Thank god for bbq season! Today I had leftover spanish rice from last night with a half cup of low-fat refried beans mixed in. I ate this with one of the tortillas I bought. Lunch today was 8 points, which is higher than what my normal lunches are but it was really satisfying. A bit salty, but I drank 3 L of water today to compensate for the sodium in today's lunch and last night's fajitas.



I snacked on 20 cherries at about 1:30 and at 3:00 I had one of these yogurts. The cherries were 1 point, the yogurt was also 1 point.



Dinner was the aforementioned crock pot baked potatoes. These were AWESOME! We grilled up two rib-eye steaks and two sweet red peppers. I also had some mixed greens. This was a great dinner. I cut the steak I had in half and ate half (pictured), the other half is for tomorrow's lunch. Dinner was 8.5 points.

This leaves me with 6 points left for the day. WW encourages you to eat ALL of your daily points, which can sometimes be challenging for me. I ate a lot today, and I'm really satisfied. I guess I might have a glass of milk or juice later this evening, but if I'm not hungry when I go to bed I might just leave them.

What do you think? Does it look balanced? Am I crazy?

Planning Ahead

I am feeling quite smug this morning. Tonight we're having a delicious dinner (more on that later), and part of that dinner is baked potatoes.
 
Our apartment faces west, and in the summer, we have bright, full sunlight for most of the day and often, until about 9:00 at night. This means our concrete box of a home can get REALLY hot. On really hot days, using the oven is out of the question.
 
I have never mastered the art of the baked potato in the microwave, which is okay, because our microwave is broken and we haven't replaced it yet.
 
So what's a baked tater loving girl to do?
 
I wrapped them in foil and stuck them in the crockpot. Several websites assured me that when I get home from work,they will not have exploded and started my kitchen on fire, but instead will be perfectly baked. I'm excited, because I threw in two extra potatoes for lunches or dinners later this week.
 
Top one of those puppies with some chili or some beans, salsa and a little bit of cheese, throw together a salad and dinner is served!
 
Now, granted, my smugness probably means this is going to be a total crash-and-burn disaster, but hey. I tried, and I'll let you know how it goes.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday shopping

Gary and I got up early this morning and, as usual, went to Starbucks for breakfast. I had an iced grande skinny vanilla latte because I was already feeling kind of warm and just wasn't in the mood for a hot coffee (very strange. I'm always in the mood for coffee!). I was really looking forward to having one of their greek yogurt and honey parfaits, but they were out so I had a berry, granola and yogurt cup. Pretty satisfying!

Over coffee wee did our meal planning for the week. Tonight's dinner is one of my favourites - Mexican! We're having chicken fajitas with spanish rice. Later this week we'll have steak and baked potatoes, and a few nights of lighter salad-based dinners. I'm not a huge fan of the big ol' garden salad for dinner as I prefer a heartier meal at the end of the day, but Gary is, and I'm really running out of dinner ideas so when he requests something, I don't argue.



This is what our fridge looks like post-grocery run.



Full of produce and low-fat dairy products. Apparently we need to work on a better organization system for all this veg.

I picked up a package of these tortillas for tonight.



I'm on the fence about the WW products. I think the program itself is great, but I'd rather fuel my body with real, healthy food than low-fat, low-cal, faux-food with a weight watchers label. If I want a cookie, I'd be better off having one home-made cookie than five sugar-free cookies, you know?

I think diet foods have their place, and especially when just starting out on a program, they can make it much easier. Frozen entrees, 100 calorie packs, low-calorie bread products all make it easier to adjust to a new lifestyle, proper portion sizes and a new eating plan. In the past, I've relied quite heavily on Lean Cuisine meals, sugar-free candy, low-fat chips and WW branded foods as substitutes for my favourite foods, but I always end up feeling somewhat unsatisfied and sort of cheated.

Anyway, tonight I'll be able to have two or three fajitas, instead of one on the regular tortillas we picked up for Gary. These wraps are worth a shot.

And for a treat this week?



CHERRIES!!! I promise not to eat them all in one sitting and make myself sick, like I do every single summer. You think I'd learn. :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Downs.

I'm just feeling gross about myself today.

I've made great choices all week. Today I had a light fruit and yogurt breakfast, hit the gym for a 60 minute cardio workout and had a fresh and healthy lunch at extreme pita.

I went to a movie with my boyfriend, stayed far, far away from any snacks, and at dinner I had a half order of pot stickers for a treat. Then, instead of ordering the steak sandwich and Caesar salad that I decided I would splurge on, I changed my mind at the last minute and had a spinach salad with shrimp, avocado, goat cheese, apples, and tomatoes - no dressing. And then I only ate half of it, and brought the rest home for lunch tomorrow.

By all accounts, I should feel great about myself today!

But I don't. I feel fat. I'm tired. I feel anxious, and even though I'm pleased with my results so far, I'm not seeing any change in my body. I've been taking weekly photos and nothing. I see nothing. Yes, it's not even been a month yet, and my 7 lb loss so far is great, but I feel a bit like I'm two steps up a giant staircase, and I'll never get to the top. I've got a mountain to climb, and I just wish I looked a *little bit* slimmer. Even if I'm the only person who could see it.

Do you ever feel like this? How do you get past it? I know better than to get discouraged and quit, but still...I'm just not feeling great about my progress today.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday!

Phew, this week was a killer.

I have a confession: I haven't hung out with my good pal Jillian for almost 2 weeks. I have been so tired and focused on god knows what and I just haven't done The Shred since I was in Saskatchewan for the weekend.

I haven't totally bailed off the exercise plan - I've gone to the gym, I've gone for long walks and swam - but I just haven't made myself get out the weights. I like the 30 Day Shred workout. It's quick. It's efficient. It's a good workout. I like doing it in the mornings before work.

But this week I've been sleeping in late. Not getting up early enough to eat breakfast at home, never mind do 30 minutes of push-ups and jumping jacks. This is not a good excuse.

Today when I got home from work I had one thing on my mind:



But I knew I should work out. I didn't really want to, but I have a fitness goal to meet! So instead, I popped in the dvd and 30 minutes later, I looked like this:



And now, showered up, I'm sitting on the couch trying to figure out if it's just totally inappropriate to drink my frosty cold beer (that was FREE because my bro works for them!) in my bathrobe. I'm still a classy grown up lady, right?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chubby Chicken

I forgot to pack a lunch today. I slept in, was running late, and figured I'd deal with it when I got to work.
 
By the time lunch rolled around, I was hungry and out of inspiration. I work directly across the street from an A&W, and it's raining. How bad for me could an order of chicken fingers be, anyway?
 
Last night we went out for Indian for dinner, which is one of my favourites. I planned ahead, counted out the points for what I wanted to eat, and ate only what I said I was going to. I was pleased that I could go to a buffet and not down three full plate-sized servings of butter chicken and still feel completely satisfied. Even a little too full.
 
But that was yesterday. I know what I have planned for dinner and snacks today, and I don't have any parties or events this weekend that could be wrought with temptation. I don't weigh in for a week, so I have 6 more days to sweat out whatever crap I eat today, and I promise to eat only salads for lunch for the rest of the week.
 
This is what the voice inside my head said today at lunch. But I know that tonight I'm going to have a beer after work. Or maybe two. And tomorrow I have lunch plans with a friend, and who knows what kind of surprises could pop up this weekend. So I looked up the points on the chubby chicken.
 
Not worth it. Yes, I can have my favourite foods, like butter chicken, but not every day. I have to make many choices every day, every single day, and I know from experience that I wouldn't have just ordered chicken fingers. I would have gone whole-hog on the fast food combo with fries. And sugary sauce. And then I would have wanted something sweet for dessert. For me, one day of fast food at lunch can lead to two days of fast food lunches, and then a weekend of pizza and ice cream and feeling too sick to go to the gym.
 
So I didn't have the chicken fingers. I went to the deli and had a roast beef sandwich without cheese, mayo or butter and lots of veggies instead. Yeah, I might have wanted those fingers, and they would have been easy, but today it's just not worth it. And now lunch is over, and I can move on without beating myself up about it all week.

Walk and talk

Last night I met up with a friend of mine and we went for an hour-long walk. She lives in a really cute neighbourhood that is quite close to a big park, so we encountered baby ducks, mosquitos, dogs and runners along the way. A nice change from my downtown concrete jungle neighbourhood.
 
It was great to spend some time with her and get some activity in - something I'd like to do a lot more often this summer. Spending time with friends always makes me feel good, but quite often socializing occurs at a restaurant, bar, or over brunch. Food is almost always involved, but this is a great way to gossip without binging on french fries.
 
The odd thing - on the weekend, I did 40 intense minutes of cardio and wasn't sore at all the next day. I could barely feel it. This morning, on the other hand, I'm feeling quite sore, particularly in the glutes. Maybe that last uphill stretch did it? I'm surprised. 60 minutes of walking doesn't seem like a hard workout, but I guess every step counts.
 
 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesday WI

I was down 2 more pounds this morning, for a total of 7.2 so far. I'm pretty jazzed about it! I'm inching closer and closer to my 5% of my body weight goal, and 10 pounds gone isn't that far away.
 
I tried on the dark denim trouser jeans I blogged about earlier this week. They're still too tight to do up comfortably, which is a bit of a disappointment, but I know that I'll get into them soon. Hopefully by the end of July!
 
I've written down some of my goals for June and stuck them in the sidebar. In addition to sticking to the WW plan, I'm aiming to increase my amount of activity and try a new exercise class. I have high hopes for this month - what about you?
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What's for dinner?

Well, it's certainly not this:



Photo from a "date night" a few months ago. Mmm, poutine. Yeah, we're reaaaal healthy. And cheap.

Gary and I do all of our meal planning for the week ahead on Sundays. We go for coffee (or to the gym and then for coffee...like we did this week when mayhem ensued), decide what we're going to eat that week and then buy all the required groceries.

Tonight was salmon night. I've also got Gina's Chicken Parmesan on the menu this week, but sadly we have no breadcrumbs. Plus, I'm always scared to buy fish and then not eat it within two or three days, so salmon it was!

I love cooking. Sometimes I follow a recipe, sometimes I don't and make it up as I go along. Tonight I wung it...

Salmon with Apricot Chili Glaze



Mix 2-3 tablespoons of apricot or peach preserves, a shake or two of dried chilis, a dash of ginger (fresh or dried, I had dried), and a splash of soy sauce. Mix together and spoon over a salmon filet with the skin either removed or facing down on a baking sheet.

I cover my baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up. 'Cause I'm lazy.

Bake at 400 F for about 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. This filet was pretty thick so it needed 20 minutes, sometimes it's more like 15.

I served it with spinach salad and whole grain couscous. I mixed in a little curry powder, some craisins and walnut pieces.

What are some of your go-to quick meals?