To Forgive

Learning how to forgive myself is hard work.

Mistakes or lapses tend to lead me to berate myself pretty badly. So, my new mantra is to be kinder to myself, learn from the mistake, and move on immediately.

I really put this to the test this week.  Recently I set small, but manageable challenges for myself and last week I slipped up a bit. I wrote a post about it on Tuesday and promised to get right back on track.

But…instead of getting right back on track, what actually happened was a bunch of girl friends gathered for some fun eating, drinking and being merry…and I stayed out a bit beyond my bedtime.

So…on Tuesday night I didn’t track my food and drink.

Weigh in at Weight Watchers on Wednesday morning resulted in a .2 lb gain…not horrible for the damage I did the night before, but it did wipe out the loss I should have seen on the scale. Bummer.

The plan was to get right back on track again Wednesday morning, which I did by tracking everything I ate…but, I was exhausted, so I only earned one Activity Point instead of my required 3.

The old me would spend the day criticizing myself and I probably would slip further off track.

But I am forgiving myself…and I am getting back on track (again).

I am drinking my water, tracking my food and moving my butt.

PSA of the Day…be kinder to yourself!

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?

It’s Going Down!

isolated-scale it is going down

The scale that is! Yippee!!!

I mostly credit the tracking of everything I eat. By writing down everything I am more mindful of what I am doing. Also, because I am forcing myself to write it down I am finding that two things are happening:

1- I realize most of the time when I eat something bad it is not nearly as bad as I thought it was

2- Allows (or forces) me to get right back on track, not the next day or week, but the next minute

I am sure that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water and getting a little more activity has helped also.

I lost 4.4 lbs this week for a total of 20 lbs!

Very excited! And very motivated!

What tricks help you stay on track and motivated to eat properly?

PSA of the Day…if you bite it, you write it!

Who Wants to Barter?

Anyone out there want to barter? I can offer marketing services in return for something you specialize in, I can especially use some help in home decorating!

This post is in response to the Daily Prompt: Barter System

I am not sure how well I would survive in a society based on barter. I think that people who can offer physical services as well as those who offer items of necessity i.e. food, shelter, clothing, etc. would fare the best.

That being said, I have thought often as a freelance marketer to offer services for barter with some people that I know, especially those that can help get me healthier!

I know a guy who opened a new gym for personal training…I thought of asking him to barter marketing support in return for personal training sessions. I have an acquaintance that started her own practice that matches mindfulness with nutritional eating…again, I have thought of reaching out and asking her to barter. Each time I chicken out.

I wish Weight Watchers would barter!

Do you barter services? How do you approach people?

I Like to Keep it Spicy

The spicier, the better! Wait, what? I’m talking about food!

Just because I am eating healthier doesn’t mean I don’t want it to taste great!

I’ve also learned that I love smoky flavors, especially chipotle. We make two sauces we love on tacos or as a dipping sauce for veggies. Continue reading

Slash and Burn – Calories, that is

Eat less move more

It is time to slash and burn my calories! I am excited to recommit to my weight loss journey and I look forward to a more active spring and summer and beyond!

The only way I am going lose weight is by cutting the number of calories I eat and burning more than I have been with my recent coach potato ways!

I can’t even count the number of times I have joined Weight Watchers in the past. The last time I joined was in September 2013 when I hit my heaviest weight ever! I have been going to meetings on and off ever since. I have been paying all along, but like a gym membership, just because you pay doesn’t mean you benefit.

BTW, my gym membership is also being paid for, but not used!

I had lost 38 lbs, but gained 23 of them back.  Right now I am down 15.6 and have a long way to go until hitting my goal.

In the past week I have started tracking (food journaling) everything I eat and have started moving a little bit more.

My goal is to lose something every week. I know some weeks will be better than others, but I need to start and keep forward motion.

I am hoping to not only look and feel better, but to also be healthier and more energized.

What tricks do you have for eating less and moving more?

PSA of the Day…Eat Less and Move More

Daily Prompt: Slash and Burn

Nutella Pizza – That’s Just Nuts!

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Thanks Porta – The Nutella Pizza was totally worth it! But I hope I don’t regret come weigh-in on Wednesday!!!

They call it a pizza, but it is more like a quesadilla. Whatever you call it, it is yummy!

As promised, I entered it into my food journal…tracking 16 points for one slice!

One thing that worked for me today was announcing to my family that I was only having one piece. And then I ate that piece slowly.  They devoured the rest of the pie before I finished my slice.

One thing I love about Weight Watchers is that I can have a 16 point dessert now and again…and totally enjoy it.

I am still within my weekly point allowance, so I am not even feeling guilty. To make sure the rest of the day was light I had fruit and cereal for breakfast and dinner is salad, fish tacos and cauliflower.

A very yummy day to say the least!

Turn This Ship Around – NOW!

Accountable food amnesia 4.15.15

I need to turn this ship around, and by ship, I mean myself. More specifically my weight.

Today I am going to start by focusing on small manageable steps.

This week’s step will be holding myself accountable.

My mentors have been my Weight Watchers leaders.  Some have been better than others, but as a general rule I try to find a good one. Continue reading