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Weight Watchers Week 5

26 Feb

Since Sara and I had an overly packed day on Friday due to the Princess Half Marathon expo, we decided to just weigh in and skip the meeting. I completely surprised myself with a HUGE loss of 5.6 pounds! I had been sick, but I had somehow kept the weight off after I was sick.

week 5 ww

I know I probably won’t sustain this big loss after a 4-day vacation at Disney World and eating whatever I wanted (not the best idea), but I’m okay with that. Time to get back on track! I’m excited to get back to the meetings and start cooking up some new low Point recipes.

Stay tuned for my Princess Half Marathon weekend recaps!

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Weight Watchers Week Two

3 Feb

Like I said last week, I don’t usually jump in to a “lifestyle change” by implementing every aspect of the program right away. On the first week of the program, I focused on tracking everything I ate without counting Points and drinking more water. This week, I continued to drink more water, and I tracked with Points for most of the days. I also learned from the first week to steer clear of sodium and to cut down on carbs. I tried to have one big salad each day to replace a meal that would have been carb-filled. And it paid off! I lost 2.4 pounds this week, bringing my total loss to 1.4. I’ll take it!

ww week 2 208.6

This  week’s meeting focused on believing in yourself and removing doubt. Do you believe you can reach your weight loss goals? If not, what makes you doubt yourself?

My leader shared the following with us…

Believe

I am capable of achieving my goal.

I love the feeling of making progress.

I am more than a number on the scale.

I have two choices: Make progress or make excuses.

I know that nothing tastes as good as being in control feels.

I will focus on progress, not perfection.

I am worth what it takes to achieve my goal.

I will never, never, never, never give up.

I am a winner!

We can all relate to that, right? When I’m feeling like this is getting all too difficult, I plan on taking just one of those lines and focusing on it.

We also focused on making small changes. What small changes did you make this week? Instead of just sitting on the couch while watching TV, I chose to lift free weights and do squats instead when Biggest Loser was on. I also started Plank a Day (follow #plankaday on Twitter and Instagram). Michelle posted a great tutorial about planking. Check it out! I’ve been doing the Elbow Plank and have increased my time from 1 minute to 1:30 in 6 days. I haven’t started running yet since the marathon because my body needs time to recover, and I’m sick, so the Plank a Day is easy enough to do every day and makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

This week, I’m still going to focus on tracking everything with points, drinking more water, and improving my plank time. I’d like to start running again, but we’ll see how long it takes me to recover from this cold.

Until next time!

Upcoming Race Schedule

26 Jan

Now that the WDW Marathon is over, you’d think I’d be taking some time to recover. Noooo. Not me! Here’s my upcoming race schedule!

I’m running the Lady Track Shack 5K on February 2nd with some other Central Florida Lady Bloggers.

lady track shack 5k 2013

I’ll be running the Princess Half Marathon on February 24th with the fabulous Sara from Running in Pink Project. We’re going to have an ultimate girls weekend at Disney together, and I cannot even wait! You can read about my 2010 and 2012 races.

princess half 2013

Just a few weekends later, I’m returning to the NYC Half Marathon for the third time! Maybe I won’t have pneumonia this time. If you’re interested, you can read about my 2010 and 2012 races.

nyc half 2013

I’ll be heading to California for the first time ever in August for the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare! The Double Dare consists of a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. I was lucky enough to register before it filled up in less than an hour! I’ve never been to Disneyland before. I cannot even imagine how lost I’m going to get. I might actually need to use a map at a Disney park… gasp!

dumbo double dare

(photo credit to PavementRunner.com)

What’s on your upcoming race schedule??

Weight Watchers Week One

26 Jan

I’m never one to jump into something with both feet. So on this first week of Weight Watchers, I chose two parts of the program I knew I could handle. They’re challenging, but if I worked hard at them, they would become habit, and I could move on to another healthy habit. So, I chose to write down everything I ate without tracking the points. I wanted to get an idea of how much I was actually eating before completely diving in to the program. I also tried extra hard to cut out soda and drink a lot more water. I succeeded at both drinking more water and tracking everything, but the scale did not reflect my hard work.

I was down a few pounds as of Thursday morning (according to my scale), but I had a sodium-filled Vietnamese meal on Thursday evening. Whoops! So, I ended up gaining 1 pound this week. I might be the only person who gains on their first week of Weight Watchers. But I’m pretty sure it’s water retention, and next week will be much better!

This week’s meeting focused on creating healthy dinners. We all came up with a dinner idea composed of at least 3 “power foods”, 1 fruit/vegetable, and it must be 10 Points or under. I shared my Mexican Brown Rice Casserole recipe, which I need to revise because I now add ground turkey, and I’m not sure what the actual Points value is.

What are your favorite low-Point dinners? I have a hard time finding time to carve out for meal planning and preparing.

Photo from the week:

ww week 1 211

This week’s focus for me will be to continue drinking more water, tracking with points values, and fitting in more activity.

Back to Weight Watchers

25 Jan

I had made the decision to return to Weight Watchers quite some time ago, but I wanted to be done with marathon training because long distance running and losing weight don’t really mix. At least not for me. And I know that Weight Watchers is the only way I can do this. So now that the WDW Marathon is over, I was back at the meetings as soon as possible.

weight watchers sign

I was greeted by the warm, smiling face of my leader Kerri, who had also just ran the WDW Marathon and was really happy to see me return.

I filled out all of my necessary paperwork, weighed in, and got settled in. I was so excited to get back in to the program and work on creating a better body to run my next marathon.

ww meeting 3

This month’s topic is “Spaces”, and this week focused our kitchens and how an organized refrigerator can help motivate us and keep us on track. Some ways we can spruce up our fridges:

  • Clean out the expired product
  • Add lots of color- seeing all of those colorful fruits and vegetables always makes me happy!
  • Buy a Brita pitcher and keep it full- having ice cold, filtered water helps me for sure!
  • Cut up veggies as soon as you get home from the store. Let’s be honest. If you want a snack, and you have to choose between grabbing something quick and slightly unhealthy and cutting up some veggies, you’re going to choose the quickest thing, right?
  • Grab a Sharpie and write the Points values on things in your fridge and pantry.

What are your tips for keeping a Weight Watchers-friendly kitchen?

Photo from the week:

ww week 1 210

Yes, I’m actually telling you all my weight this time. I think it will help me stay focused.

Tomorrow is my first weigh in! I’ll be back to report.

Walt Disney World Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

18 Jan

For the first time, I was one of the first people in to the marathon expo. And good thing too because so much of the merchandise sold out fast!

Waiting in line with Michael and Anne Marie, my running buddies for the week.

 

The expo floor before any participants stepped foot on it.

We bee-lined our way to the official Disney merchandise.

 

I completely forgot to take any pictures of my stash, but I got myself a coffee mug, a keychain, an  “I Did It” shirt, a sweatshirt, and a long sleeve shirt. After splurging on those items, I decided to empty out the rest of my bank account on the new, limited edition, New Balance Run Disney sneakers.

I normally don’t run in New Balance shoes, so I got these solely for casual purposes like errand running and park-hopping. They’re super cute, and I’ve already gotten a ton of compliments on them.

After browsing all of the booths and picking up a few packages of GU Chomps, we headed over to the packet pick-up.

And tested out our D-Tags to make sure our splits would be populated on Sunday.

After that, it was time to just have some fun with photos!

Stay tuned for my marathon recap!

The New Year

4 Jan

Happy New Year! I hope you all had fun ringing in the new year! I enjoyed the evening with some co-workers and a glass of Rosa Regale at the Grand Floridian.

new years eve 2012

I’ve been writing this post in my head for the past few weeks. I wanted to make clear, concise goals for this year. But I came up with one vague goal… DO MORE.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve made excuses to skip out on commitments, to call out from work, skip workouts, and quit weight loss programs. When faced with a challenging day, I usually take a nap instead of staring down the obstacles.

This year, that will change. I will honor my commitments. I will complete training programs for races. I will work harder and longer every day. I will stick with a weight loss program until I meet my goal. And by simply “doing more”, I will achieve my goals.

I will volunteer more.

I will run more.

I will spend more time with my friends and family.

I will drink more water.

I will save more money.

I will read more.

I will clean my home more.

I will work more.

I will blog more.

I will love myself more.

In the end, I will come closer to homeownership. I will be a FitFluential ambassador. I will be at my goal weight, and I will be on my way to becoming a Weight Watchers leader. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll respect myself enough to continue to do more in the next year.

you  must do

I realize that I have not followed the “rules” to setting goals (clear, concise, measurable) and I broke the lululemon rules of saying “I will”, but whenever I’m leaning towards making an excuse to skip out on something important, I’ll just remember I promised to “do more”.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

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