Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Terrific Tuesday

I woke up this morning feeling grumpy, discouraged, bloated, etc. Why? Well, I did not do well this past weekend following WW. I woke up Sat. morning knowing that I wanted to run and have a good weekend but I woke with a headache close to a migraine and a run was not in the cards. The day got better but I had managed to allow that first step to talk me out of following my points for Saturday and even Sunday. I won't lie and say that I did not enjoy the food I ate, I did. It is clear that I am an emotional eater and this in turn affects my emotions.

I weighed yesterday and I was actually glad to see that I'd gained .5 pounds because I expected more. Whew. I did run 4 miles after church on Sunday which felt great.

I ran 3.16 miles this morning and again, it felt pretty good. I felt grumpy like I mentioned and I decided to get the run over with this morning as I have a tendency to talk myself out of it by the end of the day. I went out to the jogging stroller and I had asked the Hubbs to air my tires this weekend and he forgot. Instead of getting mad and not going, I had the Hubbs talk me through using his air compressor and airing the tires. Yes! I got the babe in the jogger and I was ready to go, hit play on the ipod, NO POWER...What?!! There are two things I have learned are a must if I run #1 Gum. #2 ipod! I still ran anyway. I felt like I was being challenged to go no matter what, and I did! I am going to do all of my training runs this week and focus on journaling my points and two things I need to focus on as goals are 1. Water! 2. Eating 5 servings of fruits and veggies.

I also want to note on the post from Jennifer about the feeling of worry. I have felt the same in the past. I don't think that is what is intended. The truth is, we won't ever count exactly right. Ever. That isn't the point. The point is that its a mindset. You ordered food or made a plate with the idea of limiting your portion. Even if you didn't count your points 100% correct, and ended up going over...you still probably ate less or made smarter choices than you would if you weren't trying to follow the guidelines. Keep up the good work.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


There is a part of me that is getting worried about something.  I have tried really hard to stay on point this week.  The fiancee' and I went to dinner last night with some friends we hadn't seen in a long time, and it was all you can eat catfish.  I decided to be adventurous and try some.  It was GOOD.  BUT, bad key word?  Fried.  I did however have only three pieces, and then realized I was full and stopped...really proud of myself.  And, I wrote it down and counted it.  

Today we went to Austin and had Rudy's BBQ.  SO GOOD again!  I found that I chose wisely and had about 1/4 lb of lean brisket.  (3.5 points). 

Here is my worry...since I went to two local eating places, then my points are estimates.  My weekly points are gone per those estimates, but what if I didn't estimate correctly?  What if I am way over, and then end up gaining or only losing .5 again?  Will I lose my motivation?  I know that is something I can control, but I just know myself too well.  I did write everything down though...it just freaks me out when I can't document EXACTLY how many points something is.  

Friday, September 26, 2008

Whew! Its Friday...

ENTER temptation

I struggle with freedom and the relaxation that usually comes with our weekends. Somehow in my brain I programmed it to equate the weekend with stuffing myself full. How does that even happen that just because of the day of the week I feel willing to eat crap just because. This is something I have yet to fix or at least re-train.

I did run yesterday for the first time this week. I ran with the toddler in the jogging stroller. The weather was amazing and I felt very strong. I ran 3.16 miles. I was going to run after work today however we made last minute plans to surprise my friend's husband and congratulate him on passing the BAR exam. I will run first thing tomorrow. Yes, even before coffee. One, it will start the day on the right foot. Two, it will be part of my training for the 1/2 marathon.

Tomorrow the Seminoles are playing Colorado here in town and we will watch on TV. I LOVE college football and grilling and beer and...see where I'm going. I have a plan to put all my food plans down before I eat my first meal and not to deviate. I can do it. I will do it.

My sister is whooping my tail on the water front. I had to throw away my water bottles (trying to be greener and I recycle them as much as possible...but they were beyond gross and time to toss.) Having a container that I know has 4 servings of water or whatever is what helps me get all the days water in.

This has turned into a longer post than I intended...its not like anyone is really reading anyway, and if you are maybe you will relate or be able to give advice, etc.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

How did Thursday turn out?

Well...I am happy to say that it went well!  I had an egg/english muffin this morning, and wasn't hungry.  But, my bigger triumph?  I didn't stay in points.  It is Thursday, usually my day to say "screw it" and stop counting.  Ryan and I decided to order Jason's Deli.  Whew...for being a healthy eating place, it is really, really high in points.  BUT...I counted my points.  I wrote everything down, and have 12 weekly points left.  I didn't give up.  I am not going to get off track tomorrow.  I have faith that I can do this.  My goal is to do my first week completely with in plan.  I know I can do it!  

Side note:  I am on day 4 of having ALL my water for the day.

Goin' Hungry

So far this week, I have done really well with my points.  I have only used 2.5 weekly points and that was yesterday.  I went through the WHOLE day feeling hungry, which was a new thing.  I am not really sure why.  I looked at my food journal, and Monday, I had an english muffin for breakfast, Tuesday, I had oatmeal, and yesterday, I had string cheese.  Yep, that is probably it.  I am going to try a heartier breakfast today and see if that helps.  

Today is a toughy.  In the past few weeks, I do great with point counting, then I hit Wednesday or Thursday and I quit.  It is usually for two reasons...one, I get tired of counting, so I quit or two, I eat out and "blow" the day, so then I give up for the week.  However, there are two differences this week.  One, little sis is looking out for me, and two, this is the first week I have stayed within points everyday (minus 2.5 points).   I think that will make a difference.  No, let me change my thought pattern.  It will make a difference.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My first post on My Birthday!

Hey! I'm the little sister, my name is Bethy. I have struggled with weight forever it seems. I was successful in college by following weight watchers. I lost 30 lbs and kept it off for close to five years. I gained 42 lbs during the pregnancy of my first child. I thought this would come off relatively quickly as I had plans to breastfeed, etc. I was only able to nurse for 3 months and the weight seemed to STAY ON!!!!!!!!!! I was sick to death of putting on maternity pants and resolved to trying weight watchers with the information I already had, in an effort to save some money. From March '08-June '08 I lost about 15 pounds. I must have taken a small pause from June through July and then began again with weight watchers online at the end of July. I have lost 14.5 lbs! I also have been running and will begin a training program for a half marathon on Thanksgiving Day! I think the running helps my weekly loses a GREAT deal. I also run around after my now 15 month old daughter. LOVE HER.

I look forward to this blog to keep us accountable and to have an outlet on the Highs and lows of a weight lose journey.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So, hi!  No clue if anyone is going to read this, but my adorable sister and I have been on this Weight Watchers track for a few weeks, she better than I (although, comparing is one of those things I have to work on), and we were trying to come up with a way to be held more accountable, so here we are!

My story:  
Growing up, I was a pretty healthy weight.  I was a ballerina for many, many years and was able to stay slim.  High school was more activity with Colorguard and Marching Band.  College led me to put on a few pounds , but really, my eating habits are what STINK!  I LOVE Dr. Pepper like it is the only liquid around and tend to drink quite a few a day.  Like 5 or 6 if I get the chance.  Fruits and veggies are in my fridge every once in a while with good intentions, but usually get thrown out, for having gone bad.  The last few years have left me with a stubborn 10-20 pounds that leave, come back, leave, come back.  I think it is partly due to birth control medicine.  I want to eat healthy and make better decisions.  I would love to start a family soon, and want to be at a good starting weight, so the baby weight comes off easier.  I also want to be able to instill good eating habits in my kids, and not do the "McDonalds diet".  I am a school teacher, and have made a pact this year not to reward my students with food.  (I used candy all the time in the past.)  Instead I use pencils, erasers, trinkets, or better yet, natural rewards, i.e. do homework for a month, get a homework pass!

So many things in my life have changed recently for the WAY BETTER, and I just thought my body should catch up with it.  So, Beth, my mom, and I started this together.  They are in the Sunshine State, while I am in the Lone Star State.  There are a few weeks I just didn't do anything at all in the beginning (I think we started July 2o-something), hence the slow weight loss.  My mindset has been better most days, and I just finally said, enough is enough, and here we go!