Saturday, July 3, 2010

Weekly Update 03/07/10

Weight: 176.0lbs - down 1lbs since last week - 25% of my goal!!!
Gym visits: 0 - I was still feeling very tired and lethargic this week (more on this below)
No junk days: 2 - Even worse, I had McDonald's this week! :( Check out my last post on why.

So, it was my "time of the month" this week, so with my usually low iron being at all time low levels, I was feeling extremely tired this week. Now, its over and I'm still going to be taking the iron. Today, for the first time in 2 weeks I feel very energetic and can't wait to get the day started! Hopefully we can fit in a gym session this weekend, but at the very least we will be doing some walking today as we are going to a street festival in our neighbourhood :)

I'm going to try EXTREMELY hard this week to keep to my daily point totals as the trip is coming up soon and I would like to reach my WW 1st target goal of 175.5lbs (only 0.5lbs from where I am now!) because I know that the week of the trip, all bets are off! I imagine I will be using all if not most of my splurge points, so the time to be good is now! Wish me luck! TTFN, Morgaine.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Challenge Update

So, I weighed myself today and I'm sitting at 176.5lbs and since I was 180.0lbs on June 1st that means I lost 3.5lbs. You know what? I'm OK with this. I certainly could have done better this month, eating and exercise wise, but there was just too much temptation and I succumbed to pretty well all of them! Also, I've felt very tired and lethargic lately, which is why I hadn't gone to the gym nearly as much as I should have.

Yesterday I felt so tired and weary, I started getting faint and dizzy (at work). So, I went to the local walk in clinic. I told the doctor about my low iron and being on a diet. He told me to eat something with red meat and gave me a "prescription" for an iron supplement. (BTW, I say "prescription" because apparently you don't need a prescription to get an iron supplement, but, they keep it behind the pharmacists counter, because there are a lot of side effects, apparently). Anyways, so I cheated on my diet by eating a McDonald's Quarter Pounder! He said red meat, right? OK, that might not have been too awful, except that because I haven't had McDonald's in over 3 months, I went crazy! I got the Quarter Pounder with cheese (has it always had 2 slices of cheese)? And fries! So, with breakfast and lunch alone, I went over my daily points!!! I still had dinner, but kept it a light salad.

Anyways, I felt better within a half hour of eating this and taking the iron, so I think this may just do the trick. Here's hoping I will have more energy in the weeks to come so I can get more exercise in! And, of course, I have to find ways of fitting exercise into our trip to Alberta coming up really soon. Especially since I don't think I will be eating awesome that week, either. Oh well! At least my old jeans now fit me! :)

Happy Canada Day! TTFN, Morgaine.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekly Update: June 27/10

Ok, I've been bad! I didn't update last week. Both of my blogs and my blog reading has suffered due to it being extremely stressful and tiring couple of weeks at work. I basically came home, took a nap, ate, watched tv, sleep, and started all over again. Needless to say, my diet and fitness goals suffered a bit as well.

Update for week ending June 19th:
Weight: 179.0lbs - down 0lbs since last week
Gym visits: 0 - REALLY bad, I know! I didn't even go on any walks :(
No junk days: 1 - I ate out many of the days this week, mostly due to poor food planning, and that we had a rental car last weekend.

Update for week ending June 26:
Weight: 177.0lbs - down 2 lbs since last week, 11lbs since the beginning of this blog, and 21 lbs since the beginning of the year!!! Whoohoo :D
Gym visits: 0 - Really bad again. I had zero energy after work this week. Starting fresh this week, with a nice long walk with the bf today and hopefully at least 3 gym visits this week!
No junk days: 2, again poor food planning. Oh, and a "girls night in" on Friday that included 3 long island iced teas!!! Again, I will be looking to improve this big time this week as well. We are going grocery shopping today, with a list, so we know exactly what we are eating all week. I'm also again trying for not touching my splurge points again this week.

On another plus note, I have gone down a pant size! I have gone from 18 to 16!!! And thank goodness I kept quite a few of my size 16 pants, I really don't want to be going out spending a lot of money on clothes right now either. In the fall, I will probably need to pick up some 16 dress pants for work since the ones I bought last fall are extremely baggy in the butt and legs now, it looks very unprofessional. I'm going to try and not purchase any clothes this summer (except the 2 pairs of shoes I already purchased), save that money, and put it towards new fall clothes. Hmm, maybe I should have saved this comment for my money blog. Oh well. On to groceries and a nice walk.

TTFN, Morgaine.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Weekly Update 13/06/10

Weight: 179.0lbs - down 1.0lbs since last week
Gym visits: 4 (12 WW activity points)
No junk days:6! I did not touch ANY of my weekly splurge points!!! :)

Because I've lost more than 5 lbs with weightwatchers, they've recalculated my daily points. Instead of  24 daily points, I now have 23. My weekly splurge points have stayed the same at 35. So, not a huge difference, I should still be ok. I don't think at this point in the month I'll be able to lose 10lbs as I have only lost 1, but I feel that I am doing as best I can, so I don't feel too bad about myself :) I'm going to try really hard to stay within my daily points from now until mid-July when we are going on a trip to Alberta to see my bf's sister get married. I know that week I will be using all of my splurge points!

TTFN, Morgaine.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

10lbs in June Update and Dealing with Temptation

So, in my efforts to lose 10lbs this month, I have been staying under my daily WW points and going to the gym at least 4 times a week. So far, so good!

There has been quite a lot of temptation! Saturday with the baby shower and BBQ, it was quite the effort to stay away from the chips, the spinach dip (that I made!), and the desserts - but I succeeded!

I think I may be driving my bf crazy because whenever there's a commercial on for something I would like to eat but can't (think chocolate and desserts, and Red Lobster!) I get VERY whiny ;)

This morning, we had a meeting, and what's a morning meeting without donuts? Well, I stayed away from those too! I pretty much stick to my Thinsations when I have a craving, and so far, I'm doing ok. I hope my willpower lasts!!!

TTFN, Morgaine.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Weekly Update 05/06/10

Weight: 180.0lbs - down 0.5lbs since last week :(
Gym visits: 4! Which makes it even more disappointing that I didn't lose more weight :(
No junk days: 3 - I can still improve here. Saturday was an Indian buffet. Thursday we got a free desert at a restaurant (it was a mini one and I had less than half, but it still counts!) and yesterday I made spinach dip for a party today and I have to test it to make sure it tastes good, right?

I used up 13.5 of my splurge points - 12 last Saturday ALONE! Indian buffets are KILLER!!! So, I've made a vow not to use ANY of my splurge points this week. I have to lose at least 2 pounds this week to keep up with my lose 10lbs in June goal. This is going to be especially hard today. I have a baby shower AND a bbq. I think I'll tell my friends that this is a doctor's orders weight loss, and I'm sure they won't hassle me about it. It just sucks having made spinach dip and I can't have any of it :( But, I think it will be worth it in the end. I will look better, feel better, and be healthier. Its worth making sacrifices now for my future self.

Wish me luck! TTFN, Morgaine.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Good News and Bad News

Good news first: I'm under 180lbs!!! I weighed in this morning at 178.5 and I'm hoping it will stay there or go down more before Saturday when my "official" weigh in is.

Now for the bad news . . . I went to the doctor's last week for a physical and had blood work done. Well, I got called back into the office to discuss the results. So, I have low iron (normal score is 40, mine = 16!), my boss said she was surprised I wasn't fainting on a regular basis! And, I have high cholesterol - I forget the exact numbers, but I remember her saying that I needed to get from a 4 to a 2 (whatever that means). She said every point down (4-3 and 3-2) = 25% less risk for a heart attack.

My doctor gave me a few months to improve my eating and exercise before I may have to go on medication - BOO :( I REALLY don't want to be on medication). So, I have my work cut out for me. I went scouring the internet yesterday to find foods that were high and iron and/or help lower cholesterol. I will post a list later (still at work, shhh). I also got a multi-vitamin that was high in iron, vitamin C (helps the body absorb iron), and omega pills (good cholestrol).

Apparently, there is 2 different kinds of iron - heme and non-heme. Heme iron is found in meat (red meat is better) - it is easily absorbed by the body. Non-heme iron is found in plants, and is not easily absorbed by the body. Its best to eat non-heme iron foods with heme iron foods to help increase the absorption. And, guess what? My lunch is already perfect! Spinach (non-heme) with tuna (heme)! Kraft's calorie wise balsamic vinagrette dressing has 0 cholesterol, so I don't need to change that either!

For the cholesterol part, I learnt that the more "good cholesterol" you get, the lower your "bad cholesterol" affects you. So, this is where the fish oils come in. Again, I will post a good list later, but, almonds, fish, and olives for example have good cholesterol. The doctor also said that I should not have cream (or creamy sauces), butter, or mayonaise. This may be a bit of a challenge! And, to exercise at least 30 mintues - at least 5 days a week! So, time to step it up!!!

At the end of September, I'm to go and get more blood work done and we'll see where I stand then. Wish me luck! TTFN, Morgaine.