Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weigh In: November 24

I'm back from vacation, and to be honest, I really didn't want to step on the scale this week. I almost thought about just skipping it and starting over and weighing in next week instead - but I've been down that road, and I know what happens there. Accountability is almost as important as calorie intake - if not more so!
I was back at 208.4 this morning, up 2.2 lbs this week, but part of that might be the weight of the new diamond on my left hand.
Life is short. The special moments sometimes seem to be really far and few between, and getting engaged on our vacation was a really big special moment, not like, a Tuesday which is a pretty lame excuse to treat myself. I tried not to overindulge, but I can't say that I did too well on that front. C'est la vie! I'll take a 2.2 lb gain with the amazing memories of the past week anytime.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday WI did it get to be 5:00 already? We're leaving tomorrow morning to go hang out in Long Beach, CA until Monday, and I've been pretty jammed at work for a variety of reasons. Suddenly it's the end of the day and I haven't checked in.
I was up a pound today. I don't know why. Water retention? Stress? Residual hang-over from Saturday night? The portion-controlled and totally planned for Mexican Monday dinner we had? I'm not sure, but I continued planning all of my meals and sticking to my plan and still, I'm up. I don't really get it, but the scale likes to mess with me so there you go.
But hey, Self, don't let it get under your skin. Don't turn this one pound gain into reason to binge out of control on your vacation. I give you permission to eat your weight in Mexican food once, but think about what you're eating and choose responsibly every other meal. You can handle this.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day Off

I had today off for Remembrance Day, and I spent the whole day in my apartment. I got up, put on some shorts and a really unattractive sweatshirt, made some coffee and wrote all day long.

I stopped for a smoothie break for breakfast, then a few hours later to do 30 minutes of pilates. I had lunch, but instead of the pita/hummus/veggies I had planned, I had a pita with 2 tbs of peanut butter and half a banana. I wrote some more, drank some tea, wrote even more, snacked on some snap peas and ... you got it, wrote.

Just over 8,000 words later, I made dinner. My 50,000 word novel project sits at a hair over 20,000 words.

It was an awesome day. Usually my days off at home alone result in me doing something outrageous like baking, and eating, an entire batch of cookies. Once I baked a cake (in my defense, a small cake) and ate it all for breakfast, lunch and supper.

I'm pumped that I wrote as much as I did, because I think I might be on to something. It might suck, but somewhere in there is a good story. I'm pumped because I stopped to do something productive, instead of turning on Gossip Girl and eating chips. And I stayed with what I had planned to eat, despite a box of cake mix in the cupboard and a McDonalds a half a block away.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday WI

I weighed in this morning at 205.2, a loss of 1.8 lbs. That number is even lower than the one I saw yesterday, so I am pretty pleased. It's been awhile since I've seen a loss that significant, and it feels really good.

I'm returning to spin class today - and it's sandwich for lunch day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


This morning I peeked at the scale. I usually weigh myself in the mornings, even though I know I should only do it once a week, on Weigh-In Day. But I can't help it.

I was down. A good amount - well, a good amount for me, anyway.

I am sincerely hoping that the number stays low tomorrow morning. I had another good, on-plan day.

We're getting ready to go on vacation next week, and I want to have a stellar week before I go and eat Mexican for 4 days straight (I kid...mostly). Christmas is getting closer! 7.2 lbs to go...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day One: Sticking to the Plan

Day one of my pre-planning bonanza was awesome. I got out of bed and brewed some coffee while I checked the menu list on the fridge. I made my smoothie as planned, with some frozen fruit, plain yogurt, fruit juice, spinach and my daily requirement of healthy oils. I packed my snacks for the day and reviewed what I'd have when I met my friend for lunch.

I stuck to that plan, despite temptations of delicious pizza, butter chicken, fresh baked scones and the best sandwiches EVER. But those sandwiches will still be there tomorrow. Or next week. There's no world shortage of sandwiches, right?

Tonight's dinner is just about ready to go on the stove, and I'll round off the day with a big ol' glass of wine. I've discovered that I'm much better at writing fiction with a glass of wine in my hand, which is sort of important given that I'm writing a novel this month.

Pre-planning took a significant amount of time, and it means that I can't just drop everything and go for lunch with my friends or coworkers, or treat myself to a pick me up. But everything has drawbacks.

One of my biggest problems with dieting is the mental stress. I am constantly thinking about food - what I can have, what I can't have, what I want, what I'll eat next. Having planned every single bite out removes that stress - at least until I start to get stressed about not being able to be flexible and eat whatever I want. I didn't find myself getting agitated at 10:30, wondering what the soup of the day at the deli down the street is, or if I should go to the food court and try my luck there. I didn't start craving pastry at 2:30 - instead I reached for my apple and peanut butter. And before I knew it, the day was over.

How was your Monday?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Planning for a great week

Yesterday afternoon I sat down with a pen and some paper and I did my meal planning for the week. But not just dinners. I planned every single meal and snack. Then I wrote down exactly what groceries I'd need - ie: 3 pita pockets, 100 gm turkey breast, 3 larabars, 6 apples - and bought only those this morning.

Little treats and snacks have started finding their way into my grocery basket. Gary doesn't snack - unless it's on red vines, and you can't buy them anywhere in Canada except at two London Drugs locations we've found. He's not into cookies, or crackers, or chips, so who am I kidding by buying them and telling myself that they're not for me?

Now I'm going to sit down and input all of the meals I planned into my weight watchers tracker, tally up the points, and schedule in my spin classes and activity at the gym. I have a new set of strength training exercises I pulled out of a magazine that I'm going to try, and I'm going back to spinning twice this week.

I'm going to do this. I'm going back to basics, back to planning and being really anal about scheduling and measuring and counting. It's not how I necessarily plan to live my life for ever, but I've been messing around for two months and not seeing any results.

I'm tired of dieting, of watching every bite and skipping snacks and treats, but I'm more tired of half-assing it, still feeling deprived, and not seeing any results at all.

Go hard, or go home. You with me? 7 pounds, 7 weeks. Onederland!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

DVD Reviewlette: Marisa Tomei Core and Curves

Why yes, I do want to look like this.

Last weekend I was in HMV with Gary. I swear, we spent hours every weekend in HMV and Chapters, looking at books and movies. It's one of my favourite things to do in the whole world.

Anyway, I had been wandering around for awhile when this dvd caught my eye. It was cheap. I bought it.

Last night I tried it out, and while I didn't make it through the entire 3 workouts on the dvd, I got through a good chunk.

This video is weird. The trainer doesn't address you, the watcher, at all. They don't correct for form. It's like watching Marisa Tomei have a private training session and following along at home. I kind of like it, but if you're not a fly-on-the-wall type, it might not be for you.

There is no way that doing this workout alone, even if you did it every day, will help you look like her on the cover. But combined with regular cardio and diet, I think it's a good companion toning video. Here's a clip.

It wasn't too intense, but I could definitely feel it. And my abs are sore today, which is awesome. But if you hate crunches, stay far, far away. She does like 9 million of them - and that means you will, too.

Progress Photos!

Well, I've been feeling pretty down on myself lately. It's hard to stay motivated when the scale moves so slowly. For all of my posturing about measuring victory in other ways, it's the one that matters the most.

It's been about two months since I took progress photos - when I started, I took them weekly! I can tell my enthusiasm has been waning.

But hey! Look at this!

Left to right: June 4, September 8, November 4.

On June 28, I weighed 222.8 lbs; September 8 I was 209.6, and yesterday I was 207. (Yes, that's depressing, in two months I've lost less than 3 lbs...)

But I think I can see a little bit of a difference.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


This is my food diary for today. (click to enlarge) I'm actually doing not so bad - dinner is one of my favourites, barbecued chicken with veggies and polenta. I had a salad for lunch and it was delicious. All summer long I happily ate salads. I haven't had a salad for lunch for months.

Oh, winter in Canada. You are a cruel, cruel mistress.

Tonight I plan to go home, do 30 minutes of pilates, clean the apartment and relax. Hopefully relax. Maybe relax?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday WI

My weight stayed the same this week. This is not a surprise - I've been slacking in the exercise department, I'm stressed and I'm not getting enough water or vegetables. Onward ho!