Thursday, July 29, 2010

And the Verdict is...

Down a shocking 4 pounds for a total loss of 45.2 pounds. Whew....

I'm not quite sure how this happened after going out to eat 4 times, not tracking my points, drinking wine, and only working out 2-3 times. But I'll take it :)


Despite feeling a little under the weather yesterday, I went to my Zumba class and I'm so glad that I did :) It's amazing how good exercising makes me feel. Part of the reason, I think, is because I feel proud of myself when I actually stick to an exercise goal. I know that I'm not perfect, and I only worked out twice this week, but I am proud that I've stuck with Zumba and that I have managed to exercise regularly for the past 4 months. That's pretty awesome for a couch potato like me :)

However, I've said this before and I'll say it again, I need to exercise more frequently. 2-3 times a week is simply not good enough. I felt pretty winded during my Zumba class yesterday and I felt like my thighs were talking to me throughout the workout (damn those squats!). I know that I can't exercise today because I have plans with N, but I am ABSOLUTELY going to workout on Friday. And now that I've written it down on this blog, I'll have to go, haha :)

Today is my weigh in and, as usual, I'm a little nervous. This week is a bit worse, however, because I completely stopped counting points and I only worked out twice. I really hope I don't go back in the 200s. Cross your fingers for me!! Anyway, I have to get back to work but I'll let you know what the verdict is after I weigh in this afternoon. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Trouble With Counting Points

I was working on my freelance article yesterday (which involved going to clothing shops). I couldn't resist taking this pic when I was in size 14 jeans :)

I'll admit it--this week I pretty much failed at counting points. Most of the time, I kept a running track in my head and I was pretty conscious of what I was eating. But did I actually put my points on paper? Nope. I'm not sure why I'm feeling so against counting points? Maybe it's because, by this point, I feel like I have a pretty good handle of how much I should be eating/ the kinds of foods I should be eating each day. And I'm sick of carrying my tracker book with me everywhere I go. However, EVERYONE says that tracking points is the MOST important aspect of losing weight. That way, you don't forget the bites, licks, and tastes.

Anyway, today I'm back to counting points. Here's the plan for today:

B: Tea, oatmeal (3)
L: Grilled Cheese, WW Fudge Bar (6)
S: Grapes (1)
D: TBD--although there will be a lot of extra points by that time.

I also plan on going to my Zumba class tonight :)

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Enjoying Food

Did I mention how much I'm enjoying dating a chef? Last night, N cooked me a delicious piece of amber jack with vegetables and a corn custard on the side. It was absolutely delicious. I ate some warm cornbread with the meal (but I managed to only eat about 1/3 of a serving.) I also had a few glasses of red wine :) I hung out at the bar and talked to N as he cooked. And then after the kitchen closed, I got to meet some of N's closest friends. Overall, it was a very fun night. And I didn't eat too badly (points wise) either, so that's good.

I have been enjoying food so much lately, so I'm a bit worried about what's going to happen when I step on the scale on Thursday. I also have skimped on my workouts some. Basically, I need to get back on track and focus on losing weight. It's just hard for me to always keep weight loss as the top priority. Lately, I've been a little distracted by socializing and dating.

But today, I'm going to focus on me. My first freelance assignment is due this Friday, so today, after work, I'm going to start researching and doing the legwork for the article. Then tomorrow I'm going to write the article. That way, I'll have Thursday to edit and fine tune the writing. I also would like to get in some exercise today--maybe I'll do a pilates video at home or at least do some sit-ups. I plan on making a normal, healthy meal for myself--probably sausage, grilled asparagus, pasta, and a salad. And lastly I will go to bed by 10pm!!! At the moment, I'm functioning (barely) on less than 5 hours of sleep total for the past two days.

So wish me luck with getting back on track today :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

When Life Gets in the Way

Happy Monday everyone. I'm sorry that I haven't posted in a while; I had a very busy and fun weekend.

Since Thursday, weigh in day, I have eaten very yummy food. Unfortunately most of it hasn't been WW friendly. On Thursday, I went out with N, a sous chef in Richmond, and he took me to the most incredible Italian/ American gourmet restaurant. I have to brag and tell you what we ate. We started with a course of braised fennel with cheese, which was incredibly yummy. And then we got fried quail with polenta and pinto beans and pasta with mussels in a tomato sauce. We also drank a bottle of red wine and got coffee gelato for dessert. So good!! It was an awesome night:)

Then on Friday night, my mom took the train from Alexandria, VA to Richmond, VA to spend the night with me and help me organize my apartment. (I know, I'm pretty lucky to have a mom willing to do that!) We ended up spending hours sorting through my gigantic piles of laundry and figuring out what was dirty, too big, too small, too old, etc...After that, we went out to dinner at a restaurant near my house called Cafe Diem where we got steak on toast, salad, and grilled tuna. On Saturday, I got really delicious sicilian pizza at an Italian restaurant (only had one slice though!). And yesterday, I cooked for N--I made ziti with sausage and fennel. It's a really delicious meal, but not WW friendly. I tried to limit my portion size, though.

Needless to say, I've fallen a little off the wagon since Thursday. But, at least, I ate truly delicious food and I didn't binge in private (which can be a problem for me). I also went to the gym on Sunday afternoon and did 42 minutes on the elliptical, so that was good. As I've said before, living healthy is a constant balancing act, so this week I'm going to attempt to make healthier choices :) The only problem is that N is cooking for me tonight at his restaurant in Richmond. Oh well :)

How was your weekend? Do you find it hard to make healthy choices when you're being social?

Thursday, July 22, 2010


When I first began this journey, my main goal was to lose 40 pounds and get under 200 pounds. Now that I've accomplished those goals, I need to set new goals so that I can stay motivated and keep losing weight and getting healthy.

Weight Loss goals:
1. Lose 5.8 pounds to reach my second 10%.

Exercise goals:
1. Work out 4 times a week!!!
2. Run two miles (outside) without stopping (I will work up to that).

Eating goals:
1. Eat at least 3 servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
2. Eat less processed food.

I'm going to try really hard to stick to these goals. The hardest goal for me will be exercising 4 times a week, but I can do it! If I go to Zumba on Wednesdays and Sundays, go to Body Jam on Mondays, and run/ do the elliptical one other day of the week, I'll satisfy that goal. Wish me luck!

And the Verdict is...

Down 1.8 for a total of 41.2 pounds!!!

I am finally in Onederland, yay! Wow, it feels so good to reach this goal, even though I still have a long way to go. I may have to celebrate this victory tonight or tomorrow :)

Taking Opportunities

At 4 pm in the afternoon yesterday, all I could think about was getting to my apartment, putting on sweat pants, ordering a pizza, and watching a movie. But that didn't happen :)

On my way home from work, my friend B called to say that she wanted to go to an Indigo Girls concert and asked if I wanted to come. I love the Indigo Girls, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to see them live, at the National Theater in Richmond. Plus, the tickets were only $20--which is so much cheaper than the concerts I've been to in D.C. So, right away, I changed my plans.

Because the concert didn't start until 8:30, I had just enough time to go to my Zumba class, yay! I went and my old instructor, Diana, was back from her trip and it was a good workout. Then I rushed home, took a shower, and left for the concert. The only unfortunate thing was that I didn't get to eat dinner before the concert. The concert was amazing--they sounded so good and we were able to get really close to the stage :) They played for about an hour and a half and we heard many great songs including the encore, "Closer to Fine." Everyone was dancing and singing along to the music. It was one of my best concerts ever! (I didn't take the picture because I, unfortunately, lost my camera charger.)

I got home at about 11:30 pm (not bad for a concert) and I quickly whipped up a dinner of a sausage, ziti, and tomato sauce. By that point, I was starving :)

Anyway, today is weigh in day, and I'm a little nervous, especially considering my late night, heavy dinner. However, as I said last week, I'm very happy with my body, my clothes are fitting well, so I'm not going to stress about the number on the scale. Wish me luck, and I'll let you know what the verdict is this afternoon. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Working Out

I have had the hardest time fitting exercise in this week. Yesterday evening, I got off work and went straight to the hairdresser to correct my hair (it's fine now, yay!) and then I went out to dinner with a new guy A.M. We got Mexican food and I had a good time ;) Then, after the date, I went over to my friend's house and ended up hanging out and drinking a few beers until 2 am.

While partying is fun, it's definitely not pleasant getting up only a few hours of sleep. Tonight, I have my Zumba class and plans with JM. But what I really want to do is get back in my pajamas, clean my apartment, watch a movie, and go to bed early. We'll see if that happens.

As I've mentioned before, it's not always easy balancing living healthy with being a social, single 24-year-old. So many activities revolve around food, alcohol, and late nights. You have to have a lot of energy and willpower to stay on the WW plan at the same time. I guess I'm doing pretty well--food wise--but it's definitely making it more difficult to exercise (at least this week). And we all know how important exercise is--not just for toning the body--but also for keeping me motivated to eat healthy. So, as usual, I need to adjust my priorities and get in a good workout.

Anyway, no one is perfect. I'm going to try really hard to get a workout in today, so wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Small Victories

I woke up this morning feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the huge pile of dirty clothes in my bedroom and the mess throughout my apartment. And overwhelmed by the fact that my week is not going the way it should be.

I skipped my Body Jam class last night because I was tired and then ended up watching Dexter Season 1 (just started watching it) until 10:30 pm. Exercise fail. So when I went to bed I set my alarm to wake up an hour early to exercise before work. When it went off, I could not get out of bed. Once again, EXERCISE FAIL.

Food wise, I actually had a success. I got home from work in a lousy mood and wanted to eat my typical comfort foods--mac and cheese, pizza, ice cream, etc... Instead of doing that, I made up a plate of sliced cucumber, two tablespoons of light boursin cheese (1 point) and a toasted bagel thin (1 point). It satisfied my urge to eat, and it only cost me two points! Plus, I got a serving of a vegetable out of it. So even though I failed to exercise, I'm somewhat proud of myself for resisting the urge to pig out and sticking within my DPs yesterday.

Moving on--today is a new day. I really want to get a workout in, even if it's just doing an exercise tape at home or running outside for 15 minutes. I feel better when I exercise, so that has to be a top priority. I also scheduled a hair appointment to fix my hair from last week (I think my hairdresser gave me too many bright blond highlights) for 5:30. Even though everyone tells me that my hair is fine and that it looks "summery," I still feel like that character from the movie Grease who dyes her hair to the shade of a pineapple. Then, I HAVE to at least straighten the house, sort through the laundry, and take out the trash. Last, I told JM I could hang out at 7pm. So I'm not sure how I'm going to get it all done.

Obviously, I'm going to drop something. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ran a Mile!

Six months ago, I'm not sure if I could have run a lap without stopping. I am proud to say that on Saturday I ran a mile (4 laps)--without stopping--with my sister Sara. Even though it's only a mile, it's a huge accomplishment for me. I know that if I keep this up I will definitely get into better shape :)

I think I would like to add running to my workout routine. Lately, I've been doing 2-3 dance classes per week plus an elliptical workout. I would like to add 1-2 runs per week so that I could gradually work up to running a longer distance. Now, I need to find a track in Richmond....

Anyway, I had an awesome weekend. I visited my parents, who live in Falls Church, VA, and it was great seeing everyone. On Friday, I went to Georgetown and got dinner at Le Bistro Francais with my best friend Mike, and then we went to Mie N Yu--an awesome bar in Georgetown, where I got a French Kiss, which is basically a French Martini. Yum. Then on Saturday, I went on a run with Sara, then went ice skating with Sara and Nick....and then we went to the Idina Menzel concert at Wolftrapp!!!

Unfortunately, getting to the concert involved some drama. My mom's car broke down and we ended up missing most of the first half. But the good news was that Idina Menzel didn't sing until the second half so we didn't miss seeing her! The concert was really fun and we ate a yummy dinner of cheese, crackers, cherries, baked chicken, kale, and red wine.

On Sunday, the whole family, including my cousin Natalie, went out to brunch. And then we all--except for my brother and dad--went to the lake near my parents house and went swimming. I was very sad to leave on Sunday evening, but I missed my cats, Leo and Fanny--and they were happy when I got home (mostly because I fed them!).

All in all, it was a very fun weekend. But now I have to get back to work. Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Friday!

It's amazing what a good night's sleep will do for you! I cancelled all my plans last night and went to bed at about 9:30 pm. I feel so much better today, and my head feels much clearer. So now I can properly celebrate my 3 pound loss last week, yay! Even though I obviously have a bunch more to lose, it feels good to finally be approaching that 40 pound mark...and I am less than a pound from Onederland ;) It's strange to have such a big loss after a not-so-great (points wise) week, but I honestly think that my lower losses the past few weeks were not quite accurate either. One person on the WW boards pessimistically told me that my "evil deeds" from last week might catch up with me in my next weigh in. I sincerely hope not.

If you are not familiar with WW, I feel I should explain the message boards. Basically, if you are a WW member you can access many different message boards with members who are similar to you. There are message boards for specific age ranges, amounts of weight to lose, eating disorders, etc... I have been frequently going to the 20s message board (because I'm 24) and let me just tell you--the 20s message board is a tough spot. If you need some tough love or someone to slap you back into reality, that's the place to go.

Anyway, I am excited for the weekend because I am going back to Northern VA to visit my family and friends. Tonight, I'm going out to dinner with my best friend to a cool restaurant in Georgetown, Le Bistro Francais. It's a pretty awesome place with yummy (and affordable) French food. I will probably splurge a bit there, although they make excellent poached eggs, so I might be able to find something WW friendly. And then on Saturday night I will be going to a concert at Merriweather Post Pavillion to see Idina Menzel (the singer from Wicked). I just hope that it doesn't rain because we have lawn seats.

The challenge this weekend will be fitting in some exercise and staying within my points. I plan on working out on Saturday morning, and I was tentatively thinking about going for a jog in my parent's hilly neighborhood (if I can wake up early enough). If not, I will go to Gold's Gym and get in some quality time on the elliptical. And then I will try to make it to my Sunday morning Zumba class in Richmond. Again, if I can't make that, I'll try to get some exercise at my parent;s house.

Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how my plan works out.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

And the Verdict Is...

Down 3 pounds, whoa...

I was expecting a gain or a very small loss, and instead I had the biggest loss I've had in 3 weeks. Which just goes to show that you never can tell :)

Sorry for the short post...the sleep deprivation is getting to me.

Alcohol is Evil

After gulping down two Vitamin Waters (zero calories) and taking four advil, I feel marginally better from my debauchery last night. Although the sound of the phone ringing is still somewhat jarring and my eyes are a bit bloodshot. Needless to say, I went out last night (yup, the night before weigh in) and I drank way too much.

However, today is a new day :) Today, I am going to the earlier weigh in because I scheduled a hair cut after work. And then I may have plans with a friend, but depending on how I'm feeling, I may have to cancel so that I can catch up on sleep.

I am somewhat worried about my weigh in today, given that I screwed up so royally this week. But, hey, it's better to weigh in and have a fresh start rather than to feel guilty and (maybe) ruin the next week. You know, I was talking to my dad yesterday about WW, and I realized that there is a downside to weighing in once a week (although I also recognize many positive things). The downside is that you can get too caught up in the daily/ weekly fluctuations of your weight, and seeing a higher number on the scale can be discouraging. The last time I successfully lost weight, I focused more on clothing size rather than weight and never felt guilty after I partied. So, on that note, my clothes are feeling great, I think I'm looking more toned, and generally I'm feeling pretty healthy. In fact, a random girl last night told me I was sexy, haha (I don't think she was coming on to me).

As I said in a previous post, it's a challenge ballancing between weight loss fanaticism and weight loss complacency--and I think I'm closer to the latter ;) I'm going to try to step my game up next week and only use my DPs and WPs. Well, wish me luck at my weigh in, and I'll let you know what the verdict is.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Juggling Act

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful, sunny day in Richmond, VA which is very fitting for my sister Gena's 22nd Birthday. I almost can't believe my little sister is 22-years-old. Wow...all of a sudden she doesn't seem that much younger than me ;)

This morning I had my typical breakfast of a toasted sandwich thin with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey and 1/2 a banana. I already know that I failed on my goal to eat 4 servings of fruits and vegetables this week, but, hey, it's never too late to start. For lunch, I plan on having a sandwich thin with grilled chicken and cheese, chips, and a peach. And I have no clue what I'm doing for dinner ;)

Yesterday, I did well on eating healthy until dinner. JM cooked me dinner and he made beef fried rice. I also drank a few (tiny) light beers. Accidentally, I bought these 6 ounce bottles of light beer, and JM kept teasing me about them. Dinner was really yummy and I refrained from taking my measuring cups out (don't want to scare off the guy just yet) so I'm not sure how much of a serving I had. I estimated 1 and 1/2 cups, which actually did not push me over on points! Also, the two little bottles of light beer, combined, were only 2 points. So, I did pretty well, considering. We had a good time, although I'm feeling slightly sleep deprived this morning (he left at about midnight).

It's hard to stay on track when you're dating!

Tonight is my Zumba class, which I am actually looking forward to. My Body Jam instructor is subbing for my Zumba instructor (she's on vacation) so it should be a good workout.

Happy hump day!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

16 Weeks

Good afternoon everyone! Sorry that I didn't post earlier, but it's been a hectic day so far for me, what with work and having to run errands during my lunch break.

I made it to my Body Jam class last night and I was pleasantly surprised by how much more manageable it was the third time around. Body Jam is a dance workout offered at Gold's Gym, which consists of a choreographed hip-hop/ salsa dance routine. Mentally, it's much harder than Zumba because you actually have to remember a sequence of steps. My mom nearly died laughing when I told her I'd joined a dance class, because let's just say I'm not the most coordinated person ever... Anyway, last week, I felt like I was frantically trying to keep up with the steps and always going in the wrong direction :) Yesterday, I was able to keep up much better, and when I did fall behind, I'd wait an extra beat and get right in again. In fact, I was concentrating so hard on my moves that I nearly ran over this very petite girl in my class (she was not thrilled). Regardless, it was a fun workout.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this in a previous post, but last week marked my 16th week doing Weight Watchers (WW), which is a milestone event (you even get a charm). WW says that once a member has reached 16 weeks, he or she is beginning to incorporate WW as a lifestyle, not just a diet. I hope that's true. In some ways, I feel like my attitude towards WW has changed since I began this program. My intense desire to lose weight has slowly been replaced with a more moderate urge to lead a healthy lifestyle by exercising more frequently and eating better. This shift has undoubtedly caused my weight loss to slow down, since I occasionally allow myself to overeat. At the same time, I feel like I have reached a place where I can live like this for the rest of my life.

It's not always easy striking a balance between weight loss fanaticism and weight loss complacency, but I'm going to try anyway. The secret, I believe, is exercising frequently and eating within my points...which coincidentally is the WW program ;)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shedding the Guilt...Not Just the Pounds

I wish I could tell you I enjoyed eating badly this weekend. I wish I could tell you that I ate my favorite foods--chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, thin crust pizza, croissants spread with a thin layer of nuttella. I wish I could tell you that, at least, I enjoyed the binge. But that is not the case.

Yesterday, I ate 3 packets of instant oatmeal, a few bags of popcorn, some dry cereal and the remainder of my jar of peanut butter (maybe 3-4 tablespoons). I did not enjoy any of it. But I was so consumed with the desire to eat and watch tv that I didn't care what I put in my mouth. This is very hard to admit, but when I'm in that mood I'll eat absolutely anything--even stale cereal. I hesitate to make this comparison, but I wonder if my problem with binge eating is anything similar to being an alcoholic?

Something I've learned from the Weight Watchers community is that slip-ups will inevitably happen, but the important thing is what you do afterwards. So, this morning I woke up early, put on my workout clothes and went to the gym. I did 30minutes on the elliptical and worked up a really good sweat. I also plan on going to my Body Jam class tonight. While the exercise probably won't erase the excess calories I consumed this weekend, I'm hoping that it will help me to refocus and get back on track.

It felt good to sweat this morning, and in a way I felt like I was sweating away the binge, my guilty feelings, and all the stressers in my life. Now, I feel peaceful and at ease with myself. I know that I am not perfect. And it's okay...because I'm back on track again.

Friday, July 9, 2010

And the Verdict is...

Down 1 lb :)

And I'll take it. So after stressing about switching the meeting time from Thursday morning to Thursday evening, it turns out that I still lost 1 lb this week, yay! I have to admit after my pitiful loss last week of .4 lbs, I lost some faith in my ability to lose weight. However, I feel much better now that I lost a pound and I am slowly but steadily on the way towards reaching my goal.

Yesterday at the meeting, we discussed the importance of fruits and vegetables, which coincides with my goal this week of getting at least 4 servings of them per day. For me, the hardest part about getting my servings of fruits and vegetables (during the day at least) is that doing so involves PLANNING on a regular basis. I would have to go to the grocery store to buy the fruits and vegetables, and then decide which to eat with each meal/ how to prepare them, etc...However, that's just what I'm going to have to do from now on. Because that's what HEALTHY PEOPLE DO.

You know, I was reading an article about a woman who successfully lost nearly 100 pounds. She said that as soon as she joined WW, she started acting like a "skinny person" would act and making decisions that a "skinny person" would make. And before she knew it, she had transformed into one of them. That's how change happens. You start consciously deciding to be something different, and all of a sudden all those little actions--skipping ice cream, going for walks, eating fruits and vegetables--add up and you become a new person.

So, I feel confident that if I consciously make "healthy" decisions on a regular basis, pretty soon I will transform into a healthy person. After all, this blog is called Katie's Way to Healthy for a reason ;) So...on that note, I am going to try desperately to find a fruit/ vegetable to eat with my staple breakfast of peanut butter and honey on a bagel thin.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Cure for Everything is...

Exercise :)

I never thought I'd become one of those crazy people who actually enjoys working out, but here I am. Last night I forced myself to go to my Zumba class when I wanted to take a nap, and I was surprised by how much energy I had. It was a really fun workout, and afterwards I felt 100% better. It's amazing how good exercise is for both one's physical health AND mental health. The annoying thing is that it's so HARD to get myself to work out, but once I do it I feel great. Why is that? Could it be memories of trauma from 7th grade gym class? Could it be sheer laziness? Who knows?

Anyway, for now at least, I'll have to just have the self discipline to go to the gym and hopefully I'll eventually look forward to working out. My coworker and I are both doing Weight Watchers and both trying to get to the gym about four times a week and our "trick" is to put on our gym clothes at the end of the day so that we're not tempted to just go home. So far, it's a very good motivator. Also, we frequently text each other after our workouts so that we're both accountable.

Anyway, today is weigh in day and it's time to look back to last week's goals.

Goal #1. Exercise 4 times (DID IT!)
Goal #2. Eat two servings each of fruits and vegetables each day. (SOMEWHAT DID IT)
Goal #3. Drink more water (FAILED)
Goal #4. Limit alcohol consumption to 2 drinks per sitting. (FAILED SOMEWHAT)

So, not too great, although I did follow through on my exercise goals. This week, I'd like to take a stab at my goals once again, starting with breakfast. This morning, I had my favorite combo sliced mango with oatmeal which knocks off one of my fruit servings right away :)

Anyway, I am changing my weigh in time from Thursday morning to Thursday evening, so if I see a gain, I'm not going to freak out...hopefully...Then, after my meeting I am going to see a movie with E, which should be a fun second date.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Back to Reality

Sorry for the late post...I guess I was in true vacation mode this weekend ;)

The whole weekend was really fun, but I still managed to work out a few times and stay on plan food-wise, although I did have to use a lot of my 35 weekly points. On Friday, I went on the elliptical for 43 minutes and I was able to go over 3 miles, so that was really good. I was obsessed with this new Shakira song, "Waka Waka Africa" and it really helped to keep me motivated throughout the workout. Whenever I started to slow down, I'd switch to that song and automatically my legs would start pumping faster ;)

Then, after the workout, I showered, put on a sundress, and went on a date with a new guy E. We went to a mexican restaurant a few blocks from my house, and we had a great time. I ordered fish tacos and only ate about half of my plate. I also munched on a few chips and drank two light beers. After dinner, we were still having a fun time so we walked to another bar close by and ordered TEQUILA SHOTS--my downfall. Anyway, we drank a little too much but it was a fun night :)

Then on Saturday I went to Belle Island--a very beautiful spot on the James River-- with A. We brought a picnic of sandwiches, fruit, beer, and pretzels and it was a good time, although I was a little tired and hungover from Friday night. Then, on Sunday morning, I went on a walk with JM and got a push pop (only 70 calories and definitely worth it because I felt like a little kid again).

Later on Sunday afternoon, I drove up to Falls Church for my parent's 4th of July picnic at the lake. The picnic was awesome--I got to see the family and a few friends came by as well. We ate pork roast, my mom's HOME-GROWN GREEN BEANS, cucumber salad, corn on the cob, and french bread. YUM. I also had 1 beer and 2 lagaritas (margaritas made with beer??). It was great seeing my family and my two friends, Eliza and Joe. The highlight of the night was trying fruitlessly to light some old, damp, last year's sparklers. For some reason, lighting the impossible sparklers was HILARIOUS--maybe everyone drank a little too much ;)

Then on Monday, I went out to breakfast with my old friend Jeff and then I headed back to Richmond. Once I got home, I went food shopping, and went to the HARDEST Body Jam class, EVER. But I stuck with the class, and got a good workout, even though I couldn't follow all the steps. I guess, practice makes perfect ;)

All in all, a very busy and fun 4th of July weekend. Unfortunately, it's time to get back to work. Oh well. Back to reality. I hope everyone has a good Tuesday.

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July

Happy Friday everyone! I'm so glad that the weekend is here so that I can finally catch up on sleep, haha :)

Lately, I have been thinking about my post about tracking. I think that the same philosophy applies to all aspects of my life. To reiterate, in one of my older posts I discussed the idea of the "all of nothing," mentality, i.e. if you eat a cupcake the whole day is ruined so you might as well eat everything. Well, the same idea can be applied for money. For me, if I overspend one day, that can hurl me into a spending "binge," where I completely stop "tracking" my spending and chock it up to a bad day, week, month, etc...Of course, if I was thinking rationally I would realize that one expensive/ careless purchase is so much more managable than fifty...

Now that I am beginning to see this pattern, I understand that I need to get a grip on my finances much like I've done with my weight loss. So, on that note, I asked my landlord if I could make my rent payments bimonthly (to make them more managable), I called my auto insurance company and worked out a managable plan, and made my car payment. Even though I have a long way to go, I feel better for tackling some of the major financial tasks that have been stressing me out for a while.

With all that taken care of, I feel like I can have a good, relaxing weekend :) It's amazing how good it feels to take care of things. I know that I'm far from perfect, but I'm taking some steps in the right direction.

So, moving on...the 4th of July is this weekend and the agenda is:

Tonight (Friday), I am going out with a new guy E to a restaurant really close to my apartment. In fact, this restaurant is one of the places J and I used to go to, so I'm a tiny bit nervous I'll run into him :( Oh well, whatever happens happens. Then on Saturday I'm going on a picnic with A to Belle Island, so that should be fun. And then on Sunday I'm going home to my parents house to watch the fireworks and hang with my family. And on Monday I'm going to spend the day with my best friend M. So, all in all, it should be a VERY busy and fun weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A small weight loss

The verdict for the week is...Down .4 lbs. And I'm not depressed, because considering how much I ate and drank and how little I exercised, I'll take it.

I can't always be perfect, and I had a heck of a fun week, despite locking my keys in my car ;)

Anyway, I would like to post some new goals for the week:

1. Eat all my daily points every day.
2. Get in at least two servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
3. Limit my alcohol consumption to 2 drinks per outing.
4. Work out 4 times.
5. Drink more water.

I nearly put a goal about only using 20 of my 35 points, but then I figured that seemed a little much. So anyway, those are my goals and I'm counting on you guys to hold me accountable! Hopefully, I will see a bigger loss next week. On the other hand, if I continue to lose (even at a slow rate) I will eventually hit my goal.

Degrees of Success

There is something to be said for the Weight Watchers philosophy of tracking what you eat. Weight Watchers encourages you to write everything you eat down--even the choices you are not so proud of--so that you can, first and foremost, keep track of what you're eating. But, just as importantly, by writing down all the food you eat, you can avoid the pitfall of thinking, "Well I just ate a doughnut so my day is shot and I might as well eat ANYTHING." Because, for some reason, tracking helps you to see that an otherwise healthy day + a doughnut is SO MUCH BETTER than a day with 6 doughnuts, 2 slices of pizza, ice cream etc...

I used to think of diets in terms of "good days" and "bad days," but tracking has helped me to, mostly, shed my compulsion for perfection and understand that an otherwise healthy day + 2 margaritas is so much better than...well, you can imagine...

Anyway, on that note, I had a successful OP day yesterday. I went to my Zumba class and managed to turn down a 25 point salad for lunch (thank goodness!). I also stopped by the grocery store and picked up some food so that I can cook more at home, instead of depending upon Subway sandwiches. I made a very yummy tortilla salad for dinner (It was pretty point-y because I had eaten a very light lunch and needed the points after Zumba.)

Tortilla Salad:

6 ounces grilled chicken (6)
1/2 cup black beans (2)
1/4 cup low fat shredded cheddar (2)
1 serving baked tortilla chips (crumbled) (2)
1 tablespoon honey mustard dressing (1)

Total points: 13

So yeah, a pretty high point salad, but you could easily cut the chicken and beans servings in half which would take 4 points off. And maybe you don't need the chips, although they did add a nice crunch. Anyway, I had the points yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed the salad :)

Anyway, I have to get back to work. Happy Thursday!