but it’s not the total update, stay tuned for more…
Normally on Saturdays or Sundays, I like do to the Old Project:42 update and re-cap basically what I intended to do vs. what I did do. You know what they say about intentions right? Something about a road, and Hell… how does it go again?
It wasn’t a bad week, not at all. But it definitely didn’t end up the way I’d intended. Going to the Dietician really kind of threw me off a bit and I ate differently than I thought I would have. Going to Weight Watchers gave me a real boost. I did the main things that I thought I would do and the things that I’m getting used to doing, the things that actually feel good whilst doing them.
I went to the gym Monday as I was already there for the dietitian. Wednesday I ran. Thursday I tried to Vlog, Friday I intended to run with the hubs but he tripped down the stairs and hurt his foot so I took that as an excuse not to. Besides I was bloody tired and we had a dinner party on Saturday to prepare for.
I wanted to be prepared for this current week by planning ahead and making some goals and you know what? I’m totally ok that I haven’t done that yet. I’m somewhere in a place of “I am totally OK” and “You have to keep going”. The “I am totally OK” place feels really good, like, amazing. And I don’t know if it’s hormones or what, but a couple of times I have nearly burst out into tears I’ve felt so good and amazed.
Like just two days ago, I went for a run. I missed Friday and Saturday (and drank and ate a lot Sat. night) so I wanted to go for a good run. I thought to myself: “I wonder if I can do two hours and how far would that take me?” So I finally geared up, after taking care of hubs for a few hours (he’s officially ill; could be stress and/or travel related), and set out on this challenge I placed upon myself.
Wait. I just said, “This challenge I placed upon myself”. Already I notice this is a huge change in my attitude. This is not the same Pinky from a few years ago. This is not the girl who purposely avoided pushing herself further. Sure maybe 10 years ago, but with the big black depression and consequent weight gain (hello Mr. Bottle O’Wine, I shall have you for dinner) after that, I never ever thought I would be in this good place, not like this.
So I set out for two hours. Two freaking hours. And I ran. And ran. And ran. I ran for one hour and forty minutes without stopping. Then I walked briskly for five minutes and then ran the last ten (I always start with a five minute warm-up). When the Nike Plus Lady told me I completed my two hours I stopped my workout and looked at my results. 17.5 Kilometers. 17.5 Kilometers. I burst out into tears. Why? Because I never thought, EVER in my life that I could do something like this, almost with ease. That, I, the girl who hated running from as far back as I can remember, purposely ran 17.5 KM. I cried too because I absolutely had to bid adieu to the voice that says I “can’t” do something. Guess what? I CAN DO ANYTHING. I can do anything I set my sights on. This wasn’t just a physical accomplishment; it was an emotional and mental one as well. No one can ever tell me or even think that I CAN’T do something, because I can. One year ago I was on C25K Week Four. I wasn’t even running 10 minutes straight yet. I remember being in Berlin during week 5 or 6, feeling like I couldn’t do it. I was struggling with my breathing. Didn’t know the terrain. I cried in the Tiergarten because I felt like a failure. Like I would NEVER be able to do it. I’m thinking I should do the Berlin marathon at this point!!
The very next day I set out on my bike to ride to Nijmegen, a city 20KM away. I packed my sandwiches and my water (but forgot my sunscreen like an idiot) and took off. It was gorgeous out and I’d wanted to do this for years. I ended up getting lost a few times, but I was cycling through the countryside and tiny villages that I’d never been to and it was fine, great even! By the time I finally arrived it was 35KM later. I sat out on a terrace and had an ice cold pint of beer. I sat there, in the sun, thinking about what I just did and once again I wanted to cry from sheer happiness and feeling of accomplishment. Later, I thought it would be better to take the train home so I wouldn’t be too late or too tired. The universe had other plans for me because she knows I am more than able to ride my bike back to Arnhem! I arrived at the train station only to find out there were no trains, only buses (work on the tracks). So when I left I thought “OK, you can go the direct route now, it’s 20KM, piece of cake!” Within one hour I was home again. Tired, yes. Sore, yes. Hungry, no doubt. But I did it! An actual total of nearly 64KM. Hubs, though sick, made a huge plate of pasta and homemade sauce for me that was ready when I arrived home.
But let me talk about this “you have to keep going” place. There’s these little niggling feelings that come, usually every day still, that want me to go back where I was. Eating junk. Being lazy, not wanting to do this anymore. I just want to wake up sometimes and have this fat suit gone and be able to eat, drink and be merry without the consequences, then things happen that push me back into “You have to keep going”. I got one of those things last week too.
In the past 5 years four people I have known, one very close, two good friends and colleagues and one old boyfriend from the past have died. Three have just dropped dead. One unfortunately had cancer. All of them were close to my age (one even younger). I am forty-one years old. I know people die and people get sick and people give up and fall into drinking and drugs but this reality is still absolutely mind-blowing when it happens so close. My friend Michael, who died last year absolutely catapulted me into getting healthy. He was just a wee bit younger than me. That could have happened to me. I have to keep going. There is NO CHOICE now to go back. None. I can drop dead like Michael or Rob (who recently died of a heart attack, at the age of 44) or I can keep going. Wow, that’s a no-brainer choice, right?
So. When you think that you are sick of this. That you “can’t” or you just don’t want to or it’s too hard or, or, or… any other thing you can think of to try to stop yourself, just remember, it’s a quarter past your life – don’t let the time waste away any longer. Do this for yourself, but also do it for the people who love you. I am still grieving for Michael and I don’t know that I’ll ever get over it. Don’t do that to the people who love you. But really? When you do this for you, you will find out how capable you are. How strong. How determined. How AMAZING you are. Feel amazing! Feel accomplished! Cry some tears of joy at just how great your health, your body and your life can be. I know I’m not holding back any longer. I’m totally OK! I am definitely going to keep going!
Yesterday I made another Vlog. I decided I would try to do this for a while, do a vlog and try to connect using this medium instead of just writing. Hubs goes to school on Thursdays, so it was a perfect opportunity for me to do the vlog at home without him doing something to distract me or jump behind me making weird faces. Yeah, he would totally do that.
So I made this Vlog and I uploaded it to YouTube even though I still am very critical of myself (I think I look tired, weird and need a makeover, but I probably see it worse than others do – oh and on a side note? I think I need those injections they give you to make your lips fuller. I’m officially a Muppet. What happened to my upper lip???) And what happened? It’s too long! I did not know that there was a 10 minute limit on uploads to YouTube. It shows you just how much I need to learn about blogging, vlogging, etc. So. No Vlog. Sorry guys. I am definitely not going to have a chance to do it again until next week and unless I become savvy overnight with video editing, then that vlog is pretty much going in the bin.
I wanted to tell you guys a bit about the list – and because I need to translate a few things I don’t have the list to show you just yet (or I could do w/out the translations, simply because I probably wouldn’t eat those things anyway and therefore don’t need to know what they are) – there is a “Preferred” column and an “optional” column on the list. There is also an “only if necessary” part but that column the Dietician crossed off completely.
What I find very odd are a few things:
1) Under fats and oils, there is nothing listed. Nothing. Like, not allowed. I don’t get this because from what I understand, a body needs good fats. Keeps the factory working smoothly. You don’t drive a car around without oil, why would you cart your body around without any oil? It is allowed when cooking, but not as a part of a salad dressing, for example. Certainly the linseed oil I was using in my yoghurt is a no-no. Oh and nuts, seeds, avocado, peanut butter. Definitely NOT on the list.
2) For someone who was insistent upon me eating bread and crackers, there is no grains section on the list. So I’m eating bread that I think is acceptable and whole-grain knakebrood (Swedish Crackers like Wasa). He did say I needed to eat “thick, dark, heavy” bread, so I’m eating German Rye Seed (not allowed) bread. It costs me 9.5 ProPoints for this bread which I think is a LOT (my protein/grain/veggie salads usually cost me around 8, including fats and maybe even feta cheese on top of protein/grain). So no bread listed, no rice, no couscous, no pasta (does this mean it’s not allowed??)
3) Under meats there is a lot of pork. I don’t really eat pork and not for any other reason than I don’t really like it. I was a vegetarian for about 9 years (quite a few years ago) and I am still just not really interested in pork on the whole. There are occasions that I do, but they are very rare. Bacon in an English breakfast whilst IN the UK, Ribs out with friends, the occasional piece of salami or pepperoni. I’m more open to it when I’m in other countries if that’s the main type of meat people are eating or that is available in restaurants (or hey in Spain? Spanish tapas anyone? In Germany too – the sausages are divine…). So yeah. I’m definitely not going to eat ham or pork chops or any other type of pork on purpose, at home.
4) There is fish on the “optional” list that is deep fat fried. This I do not get AT ALL.
5) Chocolate sprinkles are also totally allowed, though on the “optional” list. Same with honey, jam, apple and/or pear syrup. These are bread toppings. Sugar Sandwich anyone?
6) There is no real list of legumes. I can not live without my kidney beans and chickpeas. So, again, not allowed?
7) I’m also instructed to vary what I eat as much as possible. I do not know how this is possible when I have such a short list.
Anyway – I’m on Day Three of a sort of modified plan. I’m still eating my fats. I have had Philadelphia Cream Cheese (Light version) the last couple of days. I’m trying to eat a kind of cheese “product” (yeah, cheese spreads always make me think they can’t be totally real), but the other cheeses I’m allowed, I’m not sure I’m going to go there, just because of the lactose thing (let alone the trigger). I have been eating fruit first thing in the morning, waiting a half an hour, then eating my crackers + toppings, and then drinking coffee. I’m still pretty much totally ravenous 3 hours later when I arrive at work, but I’ve armed myself with gum which takes the edge off until I can eat my yoghurt and fruit. I do this now at my desk ask I’m logging in and checking my emails that came in while I was sleeping.
I’ve been hungry again around 10, but I try to drink enough water to push me through to 10.30 and then I get a really large (Venti) tea. By 12 I am really hungry again so I go to lunch.
Here’s the funny thing. Eating this particular bread with the toppings I’ve had has been all right. And I haven’t even really gotten hungry again for at least a good 3 hours, whereas there were days that I’d have my salad and be hungry an hour later. So, maybe there is something to eating bread at lunch.
I’m having more yoghurt in the afternoon (0% fat) and a banana. I haven’t eaten bananas in at least a year so it’s kind of funny to be eating them again. And of course I have my veggie snacks for the way home, but the last several days I’ve also bought a fizzy mineral water to drink in the train. I used to drink Diet Cokes when I was hungry – the fizz made me feel less so – but I don’t really want to drink pop, especially not caffeinated pop after 5pm.
Tonight we are going running – which means I will most likely have a snack of crackers and peanut butter beforehand. I know… I’m such a rebel ;-) Hey, I have to find my own way, taking in all of the information I get and seeing what works for me, right?
After going to the dietitian Monday evening and feeling very pissed off and frustrated about the advice I was given, on Tuesday I went to my Weight Watchers meeting as planned.
I hadn’t weighed in at a meeting since sometime in December. In fact on November 24th we were presented with the new ProPoints program and right after that I had my foot operation. I was still on crutches when I went to the last meeting. My weigh-in at that point was 84.2 KG or 185 lbs.
Before I go further I just want to say, I really love my WW Leader Ellie. I’ve been going to her meetings since 2007, though not consistently. The first time I went to a meeting was in Amsterdam and I think it was August. The meeting was packed! As soon as I heard her speaking I knew it must be purely because of her personality that there were so many people there. When I started going back in Feb 2009 I found out that her meeting was moved to a bigger location to handle all the members. So I went to that location and have been going ever since. I also went for a time in Arnhem and in Amersfoort; Arnhem when I could actually make it on time, though I didn’t really like the leader or the members that much and Amersfoort because my friend J lived there and we were going together. I mentioned to her that maybe it would be even better if we just went in Amsterdam after work so that’s when we both went (back) to Ellie’s meeting.
Ellie remembers everyone. She remembers names, details, when/if you went on vacation, what your personal situation is (depending on what you tell her of course), and she is always available if you need to talk after the meeting. Ellie once even sent me a card in the mail that said “I miss you! Hope you come back soon!” These things really give me a great feeling about her.
Also, Ellie didn’t just lose like 10 lbs and become a leader. No, she lost a good chunk of weight (if I remember correctly it was 60-70 lbs) and has kept it off and been a leader since the late 80’s. This is not just some fun thing that Ellie is doing on the side, this is what Ellie does.
So when I walked in last night, for the first time since December and she saw me her face completely lit up. As I approached the scale she said “I hardly recognize you! You are so thin!!” Followed by, “Where have you been? Were you sick? I’ve missed you!” She was almost giddy with excitement! I got on the scale to show a 2.7 KG loss (6lbs) which I pretty much knew was coming (as I thought it was around 3KG in the last 6 months) and she got really excited again, gave me a sticker and congratulated me on 17.5KG lost so far (since end March 2009) (38.5 lbs).
Then the meeting; Ellie always asks how things went for everyone, especially the new members and then there is often conversation with members about their losses or struggles or anything that is going on to get people inspired or thinking. And Ellie did not hesitate to bring up the fact that I hadn’t been around for 6 months, that I went through a pretty rough couple of months with my operation and my back but that I kept going. She asked me what my result was for the past 6 months and when I answered she said “You really are so slimmed down that I could have sworn you’d lost around 8 Kilos” and I said it was true; the number on the scale wasn’t telling the whole story, I really feel like I’ve lost quite a bit on my hips and bum. She asked me to tell everyone how much I’d lost so far and lots of “ooohs” and “ahhhhs” and “wows” came from several different directions in the room. Ellie also occasionally brings up the fact that I live so far away yet I always have time to plan, prepare and to exercise and even come to a meeting once in a while. This helps people put things into perspective when they think they don’t have time, yet they certainly don’t lose 4 hours a day just in commuting alone.
So, I’m pretty frustrated with the slow rate of weight loss and even more frustrated with the advice I’ve been given, but Ellie gave me a giant boost last night. I’m really grateful and appreciative of the fact that I have such an amazing leader. I’m going to try a variation of the Dietitian’s advice and crank up my exercise up notch and see what happens.
Honestly though, I am still more and more feeling that it’s not just the number on the scale. This morning I put yet another old pair of jeans on and they fit. In fact, a few months ago I was trying to wear them but felt a bit like my belly was protruding and I had a camel toe to boot, but now they are loose even. There is really so much more to all of this than the scale results.
Now if I could just find a way of eating that keeps my hunger at a minimum that would really just complete things. Oh, yeah, and a new wardrobe would help too ;-)
I’ve been a Weight Watcher for over 10 years now. In fact that’s just since the 2nd time I became a member, in September of 1999. The first time was somewhere in 1991 or 1992, I don’t remember exactly. Back then I thought I was Lady Lardo and I only had 25lbs to lose.
Since 1999 I have learned a lot about food. Or at least I’m interested in learning about food. There are tons of experts out there. There’s a “way of eating” out there for every day of month if not year. So many different “diets”, plans, programs. To be totally honest with you, I never really tried any other “diet” than Weight Watchers because frankly I last like 2 hours and then I’m fed up. I don’t understand restricting yourself from the things that you like. If you like them, there should be a way to incorporate them into your life. This is why I don’t agree with plans like Atkins, because I don’t WANT to not eat pasta, rice or potatoes for however long the induction is. I want to eat what I want to eat and think about other things like variation, portion size, good fat vs. bad fat, that sort of thing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I am NOT Dutch and yet I am NOT totally American either. The way I eat is probably a combination of two cultures. One thing I have to say (again) – I do not want to eat loads of bread because I do not feel satisfied with bread. The Dutch love their bread for breakfast and for lunch. That’s fine for them. It’s NOT fine for me. If you detect a tone of resistance in my blogging voice you are not wrong, it is there.
You probably remember that several weeks ago I tried to eat “Dutch”. And I was hungry. Really hungry. Why should I be hungry? (No, it wasn’t thirst either and I drink plenty of water during the day).
I don’t like to eat a lot of sugar. I think this is a pretty healthy habit to have. Do I eat sugar on occasion? Yes, I do. I’m not going to lie or pretend that I am something I am not. The Dutch like to eat sweet things on their bread. Jams, honey, syrup, even chopped up strawberries with sugar on top. A favourite is hagelslag, which is chocolate or fruit “flavoured” sprinkles. I don’t really want to eat a Sugar Sandwich. It spikes my sugar up to the Heavens and then I’m hungry again a half an hour later.
I don’t eat a lot of cheese. There are two reasons for this. 1) It’s a trigger food and 2) I have some issues with lactose; I’m not completely intolerant, but sometimes I don’t feel really well afterwards. So why should I eat cheese??? The Dutch love their cheese. Trust me there is good reason for this – the cheese is absolutely divine here. I could eat a wheel of cheese in one sitting if you presented it to me. Really.
Yoghurt on the other hand I can stomach which is great because I absolutely love yoghurt. I could even eat it more than once a day. After the advice I got yesterday, maybe I should.
So, how does one go about eating and living a healthy lifestyle in Cheese and Bread land?
I go by what I like, portion control and fitting everything into my Weight Watchers plan, 29 points a day. I make sure I eat all my fruits and veggies (it doesn’t always work, but during the work week I’m pretty structured). I eat the dairy products that I can eat without binging or feeling sick. I eat good fats. I eat lean meats. Seafood – good oil fish and shrimp usually.
What difference does it really make if I eat 100g of rice or pasta or 3 slices of bread, truly?
Well according to the “expert” I spoke to yesterday, my lunches are much too heavy. I should eat BREAD with various toppings – CHEESE, tomato, sandwich spreads.
He asked me “where are your dairy products?” (I gave him my food diary from last week) Um. Right in front of you? Yoghurt at breakfast, 1 coffee with steamed milk per day, cottage cheese? Is that not enough?
Eggs – I apparently eat too many eggs. I shouldn’t eat an egg in the morning, I should eat CRACKERS. And I should never drink my black coffee on an empty stomach. I have been doing this for 20 years, I can not imagine what sort of difference this will make, but OK, I will eat before I drink coffee.
I should eat more vegetables, he said. So. I guess 300 – 400g at lunch time is not enough? I should eat fruit as my snacks. An apple. OK. An apple when hungry actually makes me feel even more ravenous.
Oh and I don’t work out nearly enough. I have to do a minimum of 2.5 hours a week. That cycling I do back and forth to the station? That doesn’t count. That’s just “normal” daily movement. I have to do 2.5 hours of hard work exercise.
He gave me a list of foods I should eat for my age and to assist in losing weight. I didn’t really go to the dietitian to go on a diet! I went for some non-food related advice. I want to know – is my travel, commute, too-long days and too-short nights standing in the way from losing weight?
This is the second dietitian I have been to that has given me the same standard advice. They are NOT open to other cultures. They are NOT listening. They are NOT open the fact that maybe eating bread and cheese doesn’t work for everyone.
I will try this guys list of foods to eat for the next two weeks. I will take his advice to exercise more. I will not drink my coffee on an empty stomach. I have another appointment with him on the 31st of May. If he still won’t listen to me, then I’m going to check with my doctor if I can go to a different dietitian (one not at the gym, but at the medical centre around the corner from me) and keep trying until someone will listen to me and actually ask me RELEVANT questions and give me ADVICE that fits ME and not every other person in this country.
If it’s not already apparent, I am so very frustrated. And to top it off, I ate my crackers this morning (with filet americain; it’s on his list) before my coffee at 5.20 this morning; as I’m writing this it’s now 8am and I am absolutely ravenous. But what’s new, eh?
I am so excited! I bought a new running skirt and it’s already packaged and ready to be shipped to me. I feel like a real running nerd (I may not be FAST or the BEST there is but I *am* a runner!!) .
This and my other skirt is from www.runningskirts.com Great site and great customer service I might add!
Until I’m totally comfortable with my legs (my legs are something I never really liked – I feel like they are too big, too chunky, not nice to look at, and that I have cankles to boot), I will be running in the skirt/capri combo.
Which will in fact totally match with my pink and white Nikes, my white running shirt and my pink Chicago Cubs Spring Training hat :)
I can’t wait to get out and run like a GIRL!!
On a side note, yesterday I was stoked because I found a 10K Hubs and I could do that was actually near to where we live on the 19th of June. I even signed us up for it. Then last night it dawned on me; we are going to see MUSE that night in Nijmegen. The run starts at 6, near Nijmegen, but I really think it will be impossible to do both. So, I’ve paid for both of us and now we can’t go. I’m struggling to find another race I can do in the meantime (June is almost out now, July will be hard to schedule because of the kids’ vacation for three weeks then we are at August…).
Update from last week:
These were my goals:
1) Eat well. Track Monday – Friday. (Sat – Friday no longer possible).
2) Running – 2 times
3) Get thee to the gym! Will go the evening I do not see my friend (I don’t know when that will be yet because she’s arriving tomorrow).
4) Focus on using my time alone wisely and not get lazy just because Hubs isn’t here.
How I did:
1) As you saw from my week food log, I tracked every day Mon- Fri. I was again very hungry on Wednesday and I’m not really sure why, though I did run on Tuesday evening, maybe that has something to do with it?
2) I only ran once. I really wanted to run on Thursday, but it turned out that was the day I went to see my friend who was here for only a few days. Thursday was a holiday, so it made sense to see her then, rather than try to cram in a dinner after work. I wanted to run Friday and I ended up staying up too late on Thursday. Friday evening wasn’t possible as the kids arrived and Hubs was en route back home from India.
3) Did NOT go to the gym *sigh* I am really struggling to do this. I need to decide very soon if I’m going to quit or go because otherwise I’m wasting nearly €50 a month.
4) I think I did ok here, but it was quite a challenge to do everything myself. I do not hide the fact that I am VERY spoiled; Hubs is always home before I get home from work, he does the groceries, cooks, etc. I had a few meals prepared in advance and Hubs had picked up some things at the store for me that I could cook quickly when I needed to cook. Tuesday I forced myself to run for an hour, but then I didn’t even have dinner until 10pm. Wednesday I woke up ravenous. All in all though, I tried very hard to use my time wisely. I had a few things thrown into the mix – seeing my girlfriend and eating out twice – but I feel like I did the best I could possibly do each day. Was each day stellar? No, but that’s ok.
I’m getting a bit in a cycle again and I need to break out of it. I need to make appointments with myself and KEEP those appointments. Running, gym, food, etc. I saw the scale go down and felt my jeans get looser, but I’m pretty sure I’m back up again (and yesterday’s baby shower did not help!!). I will take photos for the Jeans Project, but I’m fairly certain you will see no difference.
I want to also find another race I can do before September’s race. I feel like I’m getting a bit lazy! Now is the time to do the exact opposite! While the weather’s been fairly crap this last week it won’t stay like this forever. I want to get out on my bike, go rollerblading, hit the pool, go running. These are times I wish I did not work so far away from home. I am wasting so much time on my commute and it gets me down a little bit. I fantasize about working in the same city that I’m living in but each time I look around for jobs, there is really nothing for me.
Anyway, my plan for this week:
1) Go to the gym/ Zumba. This will happen because I have an appointment with the Dietician at the gym at 19.45 tomorrow. Then I can use the gym facilities AND go to Zumba at 21.00
2) Go to a Weight Watchers Meeting. This will be on Tuesday.
3) Running. Whenever. Morning or evening. It needs to be done. Or rather I WANT to do it.
4) Track and try a little bit harder to stay within the limits. 29 points is my daily target, it’s ok to go a few points over but not 15 points over every day. I could never expect to lose weight if I continue like this. Tracking, every day (will do Mon-Fri minimum).
5) Find another race I can do before the Dam tot damloop.
Am going to plan/prepare my food for the next couple of days at least (going to the gym and WW after work is a challenge because I’ll need to eat something on the train home) and make some carrot chickpea soup for snacks.
I feel bored, maybe it’s just a feeling today, maybe it’s something in general, but I am going to snap out of it. I control my life and my happiness and if I’m bored I’m responsible for getting out of it!
well, 5 days anyway:
Recently had the honor of being presented this lovely Blog Award from Shrinkingirl. So to properly receive this gift, I present to you my first (and last?) video log. I must say, I may sound and look stoned, I assure you I am not, regardless of the fact that I spent the day in Amsterdam today (I just look old and weird and sound like I smoke a lot – and only 2 of those 3 are true).
Oh and I now see that I left out one other option, but still I would have chosen to do the vlog.
I hope you enjoy, or at least get a giggle, or finally decide to take me off your reader once and for all, if that’s what this video drives you to do.
Thanks Shrinkingirl !!
These are the official rules:
What I did this past week:
1) Tracking: Tracked every day Saturday to Friday and was even sick in between and tracked what I managed to eat:
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2) Got my “good fats” in – walnuts, avocado, linseed oil to name a few. Added my snacks back in and had a protein snack right before I left the office instead of only veggies. This actually worked a charm! I really didn’t have the hunger problems that I had the week before.
3) I don’t think I actually had any emotional eating this week at all
4) Had two really good runs – one of 10K (though I got sick the next day) and one of almost 13!
5) I did NOT make it to the gym. This is really starting to irritate me, though to be fair it’s just been really, really busy (and the new week will be no exception.
I DID weigh myself on the scale this week because I really was too curious. My result was 78.6. Which, my friends, is the lowest now that I’ve been in 6 years, and moreover, finally UNDER the 80 KG mark (and even better, under that pesky 81- 82 that was dominating my life since November). My weekend has been less than stellar so I’m not sure I am still there, but I’m not really going to weigh again for at least a couple of weeks and then I’ll also do photos again (and measurements) in my jeans.
Hubs is in India this week, one of my best friends from school is here, we have another holiday this week and I have the kids on my own on Friday night. Hubs is home Saturday and then I have another baby shower on Saturday to go to (I hosted one this past Saturday). So my goals for the week are:
1) Eat well. Track Monday – Friday. (Sat – Friday no longer possible).
2) Running – 2 times
3) Get thee to the gym! Will go the evening I do not see my friend (I don’t know when that will be yet because she’s arriving tomorrow).
4) Focus on using my time alone wisely and not get lazy just because Hubs isn’t here.
I’ve already made 2 days worth of breakfasts/lunches/ and snacks. I have leftovers from Friday for one dinner, I have dinner out with my girlfriend one night and I have salmon, rice and broccoli for another dinner planned. Of course I’ll have to get to a supermarket at some point as well.
So, that’s pretty much it. Hopefully I can catch up with everyone’s blogs at some point this week AND get to my emails and maybe even my other blog!!