Simple Start Day 1 & 2

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Day two of Simple Start is on it’s way out and I’m feeling pretty good about it and the choices I’ve been making.

I decided to make a few tweaks so that way it I can fit Simple Start into my life and make it work for me. A few months ago, I started to drink Shakeology and have found that I really like it and think it has helped me a lot. It has a ton nutrition in it and has been proven to be very healthy so I decided that I will not be counting that towards my weekly points. I figured that since the Weight Watcher smoothies are power foods then my smoothies can be too. I also decided that fat free ranch is a power food. I love ranch and always measure out my servings so even though it may not be listed as a power food, I’m going to count it as one. I told myself that if within the first week I gain or don’t notice a change, I’ll be taking out those tweaks and following Simple Start to a T.

So now, what have I been eating? I’ll show you! I decided to take pictures of my meals/snacks for the past two days so you can kind of see what Simple Start looks like. Mind you, I did still measure out my rice, dressing, milk, cottage cheese and so on because I want to keep going with that habit and don’t mind taking the time. My Weight Watchers week start on Wednesday’s so my weekly points are a little thrown off, but it will come together tomorrow. I went out on Saturday and used most of my weekly points and I started Simply Start on Monday so it’s out of whack.

Anyway, here we go….

I started Simply Start with having used all of my weekly points (49). From last Wednesday to Sunday, I had earned 25 activity points and used 7 of those during the weekend.

Day 1) Breakfast – I forgot to take a picture of it, but I had 1/2 cup egg beaters (equals 2 eggs), slice of Fiber One 100 cal Honey Wheat Bread, and a Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt

Lunch – salad with  chopped veggies, extra lean turkey breast, fat free cheddar cheese and fat free ranch dressing

Snack – fat free cottage cheese with pineapple

Dinner- brown rice, apricot chicken and a salad topped with fat free ranch. The apricot chicken was 2 points because of the glaze.

Snack- shredded wheat, strawberries and non fat milk

I ended the day using 2 weekly/ap points, everything else was 100% on the Simple Start plan!

photo 1_2On Monday, I earned another 7 activity points so I started today with using all 49 weekly points and have earned 32 activity points, which I’ve eaten 20 of.

Day 2) Breakfast- 2 scrambled eggs, a little bit of salsa, 1/4 cup spaghetti squash topped with fat free cheddar cheese and a Fiber One original english muffin. On my way to work, I stopped and picked up a sugar free/non fat latte, which is considered a power food.

Lunch- salad with chopped veggies and 1.5 oz tuna salad mixed in with fresh fruit on the side

Snack- Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt

Late afternoon snack- 1 slice of Fiber One 100 cal bread toasted, an apple cut up and put on top and then topped with fat free cheddar cheese

Dinner- quinoa, brussel sprouts and shrimp, tomato and zucchini skillet

I did sneak a piece of a Red Vine from the staff lounge this afternoon, but 1 piece is 0 points, so it didn’t come off of my weekly points, but I did track it!

For dessert, I ended up having a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich which is not a power food (boo) and is 4 points.

So far today, I’ve earned 4 activity points. That makes my weekly totals at having used all 49 of my weekly points and having used 24 of my 36 earned activity points.

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I feel really good about Simple Start. I haven’t been extremely hungry since starting and I noticed today while eating my afternoon snack, that I was really just eating because that’s what I normally do before going to the gym. I ate out of habit and realized I should have really listened to my body instead. Yesterday and today, I didn’t eat my normal morning snack because I was still full until lunch time. In fact, I was full for 5 hours yesterday before needing lunch.

Weigh in day is tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes. I normally do not eat as many weekly or activity points as I do, but we went out on Saturday and I tracked everything that went into my mouth. I’m ready to start a new Weight Watchers week on the right foot and with new points!

To Simple Start or Not?

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I sort of kind of hit on the topic of Simple Start/Simply Filling last time I wrote, and I was still on the fence about trying it. Simple Start was built off the same foundation of Simply Filling but was implemented for those who are just starting Weight Watchers or need a change from counting points. They came out with the awesome pamphlet that has 2 weeks worth of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), has a shopping list and gives you ideas on what to use as “indulgence” points.

Simple Start/Simply Filling is pretty simple; you don’t track what you eat, but really focus on portion sizes, listening to your body and fill up on power foods. You get 49 weekly points, that with Simple Start, they encourage you to use 7 points a day on indulgences or foods that are not power foods.

The tracking technique is exactly what it sounds like. You get so many points a day (based on height/weight) and everything you eat has a point value and you track it when you eat it. With tracking, you also get 49 weekly points that you can use how you want.

So here’s the big dilemma….I’ve been tracking for over a year now and I hate change. Simply Filling has been around since I started Weight Watchers, but I never tried it because I didn’t trust myself with portion sizes and didn’t like the idea of only having power foods.

I think Simple Start is great for newbies or people who need a change. I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not I wanted to try it since they introduced that program. I’ve seen people who have had great results with it, new members and even lifetime members. I know for a fact that Weight Watchers would NOT push something they did not believe in themselves and that they knew worked. I just know that I have a hard time with change and trying new things, so I kept pushing it back.

The other day I decided that I have nothing to lose. If I try it and I gain weight, well, I’ll just go back to what I know and lose the weight again. If I try it and I lose weight, well, then Weight Watchers just proves to be even more amazing. So what the heck, right?

So I’m diving in head first and today was my first day officially following Simple Start!!

I promised myself that I’d stick with it for 2 weeks and decide which technique I want to follow after that.

I’ll be back later tonight or tomorrow with a recap on day one and things that I’m twisting to make it work for me.

Wish me luck! I’m nervous!

Week 51 Weigh In

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Week 51

I’m back for my weekly weigh in update! It’s kind of crazy to me that I’ve been on my journey for over a year (even though I’ve only weighed in 51 times) and I have no intentions on stopping. I know now that Weight Watchers will be a part of my life forever and that’s something that I’m proud to say. There’s no doubt that Weight Watchers and their amazing program has changed my life for the better.

I’d say that I had a great week, I worked hard, ate right, tracked everything and got my activity in and the scale reflected it.

For awhile, my activity was slacking and I wasn’t getting my workouts in, but one of my goals for this year was to continue to up my exercise and if anything, at least get 30 minutes of walking in each day. So far for 2014, I’ve been successful. However, I do allow two rest days a week because I think it’s really important for my body and mind to get some rest.

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At the first of the year, Weight Watchers introduced an add on to their program called Simply Start, it’s a great way to get started on the program by incorporating all power foods and 7 points of indulgences each day. I think the program is great and though I haven’t started following it, I have included more power foods in my day which I’ve noticed has really helped me stay full and I’m sure has helped the scale continue to go down.

This next week, I plan on continuing to load up on power foods, focus on my work outs and I’m also planning on hiking up Badger Mountain on Saturday in support of the 12th Man and those Seahawks!

Here’s to a great week!!

Finding my Anchor

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an·chor (ngkr) n.

1) Nautical A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable or rope and cast overboard to keep the vessel in place either by its weight or by its flukes, which grip the bottom. 2) A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope. 3) A source of security or stability. 4) Sports a. An athlete, usually the strongest member of a team, who performs the last stage of a relay race or other competition. b. The person at the end of a tug-of-war team. 5) An anchorperson.

When I first started my journey, there was a meeting about finding your anchor. Clearly, we all know what an anchor is, and if you don’t, I provided that information for you. Anyway, I remember sitting back and really letting myself find that one thing that would hold me down and keep me afloat.

I went through a list of things; it wasn’t my health because really, I didn’t have much wrong with me. I didn’t have high blood pressure or diabetes. It wasn’t for my family (sorry guys) because I needed to do it for me. Yes, my family supports me and has my back, I just can’t always depend on them to help through those bad days or weeks. I looked at other peoples weight loss stories and while they help me, I couldn’t see myself always getting my motivation from them.

I remember my leader suggesting it be something that meant something to you or something that caused that “aha” moment and brought you into the doors of Weight Watchers. As soon as she said it, I knew what it would be. It was a picture taken of me on 12/31/12 and it was the moment where I was disgusted with what I saw and I knew I needed to change.

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That picture holds a lot of meaning to me. I look at it and automatically get proud of how far I’ve come, but I also know that I have a long ways to go. I look at that picture and see someone who I never want to be again, but everyday is a battle on not letting myself be her. I look at that picture and see someone who was always happy but now, I’m happier and even more grateful for life.

That picture is my anchor and it keeps me afloat on those hard days.

There’s one other thing that keeps me going and reminds me to just take it one day at it time.

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It says “One bite at a time. One decision at a time.” I wear it daily as a reminder that it’s a journey and not a race and to allow myself to go one step at a time. A blogger that I follow sales them and you can get one too from here.

Finding your anchor and staying afloat is important when it comes to weight loss. It’s okay to drift off a little, because even when a ship is anchored down, it still drifts around the sea, but it remains in a general area. Use that as a key to weight loss. It won’t be a perfect journey and trust me, you will drift a little but coming back afloat is what will get you though it!

I lied.

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Well, there’s no doubt that I suck at posting on here. I really do try to make an effort to blog every once in awhile but it seems that when I have plans to, something comes up and I just never get around to doing it.

If you aren’t following me on Facebook or Instagram, then you’re missing out. I update there on a regular basis.

Anyway, as of Wednesday (1/8/14) I have lost 80.6 pounds. The Mr. is doing amazing too and has lost 85.6 pounds. Together, we’ve lost 166.2 pounds! What the?!?! That blows my mind sometimes!

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The picture on the left is from 2012, and it was the last picture we took together before starting our journey. The picture on the right is exactly a year later. It’s crazy what a year will do!

I really will make more of a conscious effort to blog more and maybe even post some recipes or something. Maybe.

It’s been awhile….

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Last time I posted, on 8/14, I had just lost 57.6 pounds and was talking about getting back on track because apparently I had a big ol’ binge. Oops.

I weighed in on 8/21 but never came back to write about it, or any other weigh ins since then.

On August 25th, my life changed forever. My father unexpectedly passed away and it really threw me off my game for awhile. That week, I gained 11 pounds and then spent the next month fighting with those pounds and trying to get them off. Life sure was crazy there for a little while and it took everything I had to not fall back into my old habits and just let my emotions get the best of me. I remember having a “come to Jesus” meeting (as my mom would call it) with myself and told myself that I had come way too damn far and worked way to damn hard to not keep going and doing what I needed to do for my health.

So back on the bandwagon I went and it paid off!

As of this morning, I currently weigh 258 pounds!!! I lost a total of 73.8 pounds and it feels so great! I’m currently wearing a size 16 and I’m able to work out harder and better then I ever have.

The Mr. is still going strong and losing weight too. He’s lost 81 pounds and together we’ve lost 154.8 pounds!! WHAT?!?! That’s like a whole person! It’s crazy!

My plan is to update weekly again, post some awesome recipes and get back to sharing my journey.

Week 31 Weigh In

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Week 31

I swear to you, the weeks are flying by! When you take something one day at a time and really make each day count, they go by so fast. Once again, I have NO idea how I lost weight this week. This past weekend was a TOUGH one. It started on Friday and it didn’t stop until Sunday. I woke up with every intention on being a good Weight Watcher on Saturday, but all of that went away really quick.

On Friday, I woke up, had a small little breakfast and went to the gym. I came home from the gym feeling great, I did some housework, ate lunch and then headed out to hang out with some friends. When I got there, they hadn’t eaten lunch yet and had decided to go out to eat. I, of course, tagged along and said that I wasn’t going to have anything. YEAH RIGHT! Who believed me? We went to Burger Ranch and as soon as I walked in, all hope was lost. You know what happened next, I stuffed my face with a big ol’ greasy cheeseburger, fries and A LOT of fry sauce. I did have a diet Dr. Pepper though…HA!

I was okay with it, it was my NSA (no strings attached) meal for the week and I was going to move on. However, eating all that triggered something because for the rest of the weekend, my fat girl tendencies came back and the rest was history. The whole weekend was a NSA weekend and the worst part was that I knew exactly what I was doing and I just kept doing it.

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On Saturday, we went to my parents and spend the day making tamales. Sitting around the table, gossiping talking and just enjoying the company is such a great time. I absolutely love memories like the ones we made on Saturday but then the tamales were done and I ate like a million of them. Or so it felt like I did.

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And you know, since I had already ruined the week we might as well just keep it going. So on Sunday, I ate more tamales and had some delicious Chinese food. After dinner, The Mr. and I looked at each other and said “NO MORE!” We needed to get back on track, there wasn’t any doubt about that.

Monday came and it was back to business! I got a lot of water in, I got my exercise in and stuck to my daily Weight Watcher points. I got back on plan and it payed off. I think the key to recover after a weekend like that is to drink water and get rid of all that extra sodium. It really flushes out your system and rids the body of the extra water weight.

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Overall, I’m very pleased with the week, but I know I have to stop slipping up on the weekends. Eventually it will catch up to me and the scale will start to creep up before I know it. We have a pretty low key weekend coming up, so it will be nice to just remain on plan and be able to plan meals accordingly.

On a more happier note, I tried on some old clothes today and I was able to put on, zip up and feel great in a size 20!!! The pants are from when I lived in Seattle in 2006. Crazy, huh? I started this journey at a size 26, but I’m sure I pushing it by squeezing into those pants! Some of the clothes I tried on were too big and I remember them being too tight when I wore them last. It feels so good!!!!

Bring on week 32!

The Real Week 30 Weigh In

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Apparently I’ve been a week ahead of my Weight Watcher weeks for awhile now, but I know what screwed me up. When we went on our honeymoon, I didn’t weigh in for two weeks and those two weeks don’t count for Weight Watchers but I was counting them. So to get on track with Weight Watchers and that way I didn’t confuse myself, I jumping back a week and making this the real Week 30 weigh in.

Week 30 (for real)

I had a great week! I said it on my Facebook page and Instagram and I’ll say it again, I didn’t do anything special this week. I ate right (in fact on Saturday I had pizza!), worked out 5 days and drank 100oz or more of water each day. I got my healthy oils in, I got all my servings of fruits/veggies and dairy in and everything just worked out. I worked the plan and the plan is working!

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Three Cheese Pasta Bake from Dashing Dish

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Myfroyo date with The Mr.

I was pretty confident when I went to weigh in this morning, my home scale said I had lost weight (that thing is temperamental) so I was pretty sure that I was going to lose. It feels good to walk in and know that you had a good week and that more the likely it will show, however it doesn’t always work out that way.

My plans for week 31 is just to keep on trucking. That’s all…I’m just going to keep working the plan and hopefully the plan will continue to work. This weeks meeting topic was about sleep and how it can affect your weight loss; it really hit home. I’ve said it before, but I really am going to work on getting to bed earlier and getting a good nights rest. I’m a night owl and it’s so easy for me get into that habit, so I’m going to bite it in the butt and really focus on getting a good 7-8 hours a sleep a night. Let’s hope I can do this!

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Enjoying a glass of wine with the family on Saturday

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My go-to breakfast this week. Cheerios with banana, cinnamon and a little bit of honey. So good!

I am a true believer in Weight Watchers and It’s so cool to see it working on me and so many other people I follow on Instagram and all my meeting friends!

The 30 Day Challenge

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Last month I participated in a month long challenge that focused on strength training and burning fat. The challenge was put on by Bree over at The Betty Rocker. This woman is seriously amazing! I can’t even begin to list all the amazing things Bree teaches and focuses on, but the two most important ones are clean eating and working out.

Each week in July, Bree sent out a new workout that consisted of 7 different moves to do 3-5 times (sets), 3-5 days a week. Some of them got your heart rate up and others emphasized on the core. Each move was to be done for a minute with a 10 second break in between and a 30 second break in between each set. One of the things Bree promised was that at the end of each workout, you would be sweaty and loving it! She did not lie about that! Each time I did these workouts, I was sweaty, my heart rate was up and it felt good!

As far as clean eating went, I tried hard to eat as clean as possible during July but I didn’t get all crazy with it. I have mixed feelings about clean eating and this huge kick that everyone is in over this, but I’ll talk about that later. So I would say that I tried really hard not to have processed food but that’s something I work on everyday. I stuck to my Weight Watcher points though and didn’t have too many cheat days during the challenge.

So, result time. Let me start by saying that I’ve only shared these pictures with my husband and posting these pictures is making me step WAY out of my comfort zone. But I see progress and I see how great this challenge was when I look at the pictures, so I’m going to post them.

I am extremely happy with the results. I lost 4 inches and 4.4 pounds with this challenge. I was really hoping to lose more pounds but it took me a few weeks to realize that fat and muscle weigh the same, just muscle is leaner and that even if I wasn’t losing the pounds, that doesn’t mean inches weren’t falling off and I was toning. I truly believe that’s what happened this past month, I toned muscles and lost inches. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Here we go! Bree encouraged us to take pictures of ourselves at the start and at the end. I decided to take pictures during week 3 because I was losing my mojo a little bit and wanted to compare pictures to see if there was any change. I was very surprised when I saw that there was a difference and trust me, that got my mojo back and I was determined to finish the challenge.

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Week 1 – the first day of the challenge

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Week 3

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Week 4 – the last day of the challenge

Now to compare week to week!

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Week 1 (on top) vs. Week 3 (on bottom)

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Week 3 (on top) vs Week 4 (on bottom)

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Week 1 (on top) vs Week 4 (on bottom)

Isn’t that crazy?! I didn’t think that I was going to see such great results from the challenge and it wasn’t just physical changes either. I gained a lot of confidence by doing this, I finished something that I never thought I would even start and I worked through the hard days. I did moves that I never thought I could do, like hold a plank. What the heck?!

I’m super proud of myself and again, I’m super happy with the results!

Week 30 Weigh In

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I know I say it almost every week, but holy cow, I can’t believe I’ve been going at this for 30 weeks. I’m honestly pretty proud of myself, I’ve never stuck to anything for this long. This time I’m determined, this time it’s a lifestyle change and not a “diet.” Diets end and lifestyles stick.

It’s kind of funny how everything always ties together and relates some how. Let me explain; last weekend we went to Seattle just to get out of town. I knew that we were going so I sort of planned for it but I didn’t sit down and track everything out like I normally do when we go out. Anyway, I stayed on plan on Friday but Saturday and Sunday were very much cheat days. I ate and drank what I wanted and I enjoyed every minute of it. We got home late Sunday night and started right back on plan on Monday. I really never felt guilty that I indulged as much as I did so I wouldn’t call it a “slip up” but it sort of was. On Wednesday evening I went to my weekly Weight Watcher meeting and the topic was about how to flip a slip up. Seriously? It’s like the Weight Watcher God knew I needed this meeting and knew I needed to share my weekend story with everyone.

Saturday’s lunch – it was SO good!

I was honest with people at the meeting, I ate enough for two people on Saturday but I enjoyed myself and I’d do it again if I could. Anyway, now that I’ve been doing this for awhile flipping a slip up has gotten easy. I’ve learned to not let one day ruin my whole week and I’ve learned to enjoy the food in that moment and move on. When I first started this, indulging just a little bit triggered a few days of eating whatever I wanted and getting back into the grove was hard.

Now for my weigh in, when I weighed myself on Monday morning, I had gained about 5 pounds. I knew most that was water weight and some of it would drop off by the time I weighed in on Wednesday. So I got back on track on Monday; ate right and made sure I drank all my water. Each day the scale went down and on Wednesday I was surprised to see that I had lost 1.2 pounds from the previous week! WHAT?! I was VERY surprised and almost didn’t believe the scale. It just goes to prove that 1 (okay in this case, it was 2) bad days won’t hurt you and you aren’t going to get fat by one bad meal.

Week 30

During week 30, I also finished up The 30 Day Challenge. That is something else I am extremely proud of, I have never started and finished a challenge like this. It was hard, it hurt sometimes and I sweated my ass off. I plan on writing a post exclusively about it and sharing pictures, I just need to sit down and write it.

I have to say that Week 30 was a very successful week. I learned that it’s really okay to have cheat days (I honestly hate calling it a cheat day, it makes it sound bad), it’s okay to enjoy yourself once in awhile and getting back on track is very important.

Here’s to week 31!