Friday, September 28, 2012

Weigh In

Hey guys.  So this week I lost 1.8 pounds.  I've noticed that it makes a big difference whether or not I've nursed Nora right before weigh in... Like, if I had nursed her I'd probably be down 2.4 pounds again.  But I'm just going to record 1.8 and be thankful for it. :)

Yesterday I definitely had a fall on my face moment. I ate cookie dough. Lots of it.  It was a stressful day and I have no other excuse.  And the truth? I loved every bite of it. ;-) 

Anyway, we have a busy weekend ahead of us and it's going to be harder to keep track of my points because we'll be eating food prepared by other people, so I don't know what goes into it and how many points to assign it.  I guess it'll all come out in the wash, though.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012



My mom left this comment on my last post:

Good for you!!! do you realize that 2 pounds a week is 8 pounds a MONTH? of slow, steady, stabilizing weight loss? So by February when the bathing suits are starting to make their appearance you will be down 40 pounds!

That was a really good reminder for me!  It can feel like it's going to take FOR-EV-ER to lose weight, when you have a fairly significant amount to lose.  But if you just keep plugging away, it WILL come off.

I am actually pretty happy with my weight-loss so far, and hope I can continue to lose around 2 pounds a week.

One thing I really need to step up on is my water intake.  I've been horrible about it lately, and have been mainly drinking coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. EEEEKKKK!  So one of my goals for this week is to drink 70oz of water a day.  Crystal Light came out with a new product:

Instead of being sweetened with aspartame, it's sweetened with Truvia, which is a natural derivative of the stevia plant.  I tried the lemonade flavor and wasn't super impressed, but I also have the mixed berry.  I think they'd taste better if I mixed it with some flavored carbonated water, like maybe Tangerine Talking Rain.

Anyway, that's what's up with me.  We'll see what my weigh-in says on Friday!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Slow and Steady!

Down another 2.4 pounds.  I'll take it. :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Un-Weigh In and Nora Pictures

So the kiddos woke up with a vengeance this morning.  It was like they were on speed. While drinking Mountain Dew. And eating handfuls of sugar.  It was intense.  So I drank some coffee and ate a banana before I realized I was supposed to weigh in today.  I'll do it tomorrow instead. :)

Here are some pictures of my sweetcheeks, Nora Kristine:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My new favorite snack

So I saw these at the store and decided to try them:

They are SO GOOD. Basically they are almonds dusted with chocolate powder.

There is just a hint of sweet chocolate, mixed with the crunch of the almond.  I love them.  But, they are 4 points for 1/4 cup so I have to eat them sparingly.

My other favorite snacks are sugar free jello (0 points) and wheat thins with cheese sticks (4 points for the wheat thins, 4 points for 2 cheese sticks.  I need to check into getting the reduced fat option for both of them.)

WW is still going great so far!  I'm excited to see more weight loss on Friday and have been able to stay on track fairly easily.  Last night we went out to dinner at The Best Little Roadhouse, which is like a BBQ place.  I couldn't find any of their nutrition info online, and pretty much everything there is fried. I got a burger and fries, and have absolutely NO idea how many points it is, so I just assigned it 40 points. 

How are you guys doing?  Are you ready for summer to wind down and fall to get here? I am kind of torn. I love the sunshine and the heat, but can't wait to break out my fall candles and decorations.  Of course, with the rainy, chilly weather I get tempted to bake which may not be such a good idea when I'm trying to lose weight. ;-)  Guess I'll just have to find some WW-friendly recipes!

Stay tuned; later this week I'm going to post some pics of Miss Nora! She is getting so big and is SO MUCH FUN.  Such a sweet, happy little girl.  :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Week One Weigh In

So, I lost 2.4 pounds this week.  I was a little disappointed at first.  I was hoping for 3-4 pounds, since I have so much to lose.  But I guess I *am* nursing, so I will take it and be thankful. :)

So far WW is going really, really well for me.  Because I'm nursing I get extra points, and it's more than enough.  Almost every day I have a few left over, which is good because I can't measure exactly how much cream the coffee shop adds to my coffee, you know?  So there's a little bit of a buffer.

I do need to research some more meal and snack ideas.  I also want to try this recipe for Detox Water:

2 lemons
1/2 cucumber
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts water
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight or 8 hours
Yields: 10-12 glasses
1. Slice cucumber and lemons.  Place in the bottom of the pitcher.   Toss in mint leaves. Add water
2. Chill overnight or for at least 8 hours. 

I need to get the ingredients at the store, and hopefully I can do that this weekend.

So far, so good!

Monday, September 10, 2012

What Jessica Simpson and I have in common...

I joined Weight Watchers.

Even though I had "a plan", I was worried that I wouldn't know exactly how to implement it.  I worried that I'd eat too many calories.  It's so much easier for me to let someone else do all the work, and I just do what they say.

So hopefully I'll see steady, continuous losses. Jessica Simpson has reportedly lost 40 pounds in 4ish months, which is pretty awesome.  I'm not setting a date that I want to be at goal by.  I'm focusing more on smaller goals. 

I'm excited about it, and hope it works! 

If you have any tips or WW meal/snack ideas let me know!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Workout Sucess

Today I did my work out for the first time.

I only managed 10 minutes on the elliptical, but I did all the rest of my exercises.

I'm pooped and sweaty.  I'm tempted to feel pathetic that such little physical exertion can wear me out so quickly. BUT, I have to start somewhere, and this is where I'm starting.

On the plus side, Miss Nora thinks my workouts are FABULOUS. ;-)

This wasn't taken this morning, but it's how big she was smiling at me. :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Week One: The Plan

Hey Everybody!
So, here we are.  School starts soon and I'll have two kiddos in school all day.  Owen is going two days a week.  Times are a'changing!

I'm officially starting my weight loss efforts this week.  Here is my plan.

1) Use my elliptical 2-3 times per week.  It doesn't have a fancy calorie burning counter or anything like that.  I think I'm just going to shoot for 20-30 minutes each time.

2) No eating after 6pm, except for ONE serving of chocolate.

3) Incorporate more salads into my meals.  Have oatmeal for breakfast every day.  Limit myself to one baked good a day.

4) Try to do this routine every day, at least once:
50 jumping jacks, 5 pushups, 20 crunches, 20 mountain climbers, and 30 second plank.

5) Set small goals.  My first goal is to lose 10 pounds by my birthday on November 7th.  If more comes off, then Hallelujah!! ;-)

That's it for now.  I'm not going to stress counting calories at this point.  I'll try this plan and see how it goes and then tweak it if I need to.  I also may try to incorporate some light weight training, so if anyone has any good ideas on that, feel free to share!

Here's hoping it works! I'm so ready to be RID of this flab, and feel good in my clothes again.  My cousin had twins 10 weeks ago and is already back down to pre-pregnancy size.  Which for her is a size 4.  So it was a huge wake-up call to me to get this show on the road.

 So here we go!