Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekends & Weeklies...

Weekly points are something that I think every Weight Watchers uses in a different manner.  Some ration them out for each day and some save them for events, etc.  I don't think anyone can use them incorrectly and honestly, I think you need to use them for what works best for you.  That being said, I always, always try to save my weeklies for the weekends.  And by weekends, I mean Friday night - Sunday Morning.

I am Twenty Nine and Single and I like to go out and have some fun on the weekends or go up to my cabin and be able to overindulge.  90% of the time, I can stay within in my daily points allowance Sunday - Thursday.  I try to eliminate dinners out and happy hours as best as I can during the week.  And if all else fails, I will mix in an extra workout or something to have some additional activity points so that I can indulge a little during the week.

Some may find that blowing weeklies on cocktails, beer and wine is a waste of points... But in the end, they are my weeklies and I can do whatever I want to with them. 

That is what the beauty of Weight Watchers is... you aren't limited to anything and they don't restrict anything... You learn portion control and moderation.  Most the time it works for me and I am thankful I have the flexibility.  Because sometimes.... I just need a bottle.....errrrr.....Glass of wine!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Recap

Another weekend is almost done and I always find that to be a double edged sword... I love weekends just as much as everyone else.  And this one was not an exception.  

Friday night we had a party for a few people at work who are getting married in the next few weeks.  We went to a bar in Woodbury where I work and we had the party room reserved.  I didn't get any pictures from the event but food was supplied... There were deep fried ravioli's, chicken wings, flat bread pizzas, bruschetta, meat/cheese trays and cupcakes.  Hmmmm I wanted all of those things... But my plate was limited to 2 ravioli's, 1 chicken wing, a few pieces of bruschetta, a few slices of deli meat, 1 square of pizza from the flatbread and a chocolate caramel cupcake (and look at those cupcakes.... they were AMAZING and I wanted like 8 of them).  Old Shelby would have probably pretended like points didn't matter and gone to town.... And let me tell you, those ravioli's were AMAZING.  But I kept it to 2.  I also had 5 Coors Lights.  And I mixed in a few waters.  I considered this a huge success!  

Saturday morning I slept in a little and then I got my butt down to the workout room at my apartment.
  I opted for some interval training on the treadmill.  I warmed up for 5 minutes and then alternated between walking and then running at a speed of 6 mph, 6.5 mph and 7 mph.  I was on a tight schedule so I only had enough time to squeeze in 30 minutes.  After that, I whipped up some scrambled egg/egg whites and had some avocado on that as well as a few clementines!  For a delicious and easy breakfast!  

After that it was off to the salon for a much needed hair makeover.  I gave my stylist a few points and then gave her the go-ahead to do what she wanted.  She is amazing... she gets me and knows exactly what to do and I couldn't be happier with my lovely new locks!! If you are on the hunt for a good stylist, Harper at Spalon Montage in Woodbury is the best! My entire family goes to her and we all love her!  There is something about going to the salon that I just love.  It's relaxing for me.  I put my cell phone away and just soak it in.  There were some girls in there getting ready for prom and it was interesting to listen in to them and their friends.  I sure don't miss those days!

There is also just something about going in to the salon being drab and coming out fab.  I absolutely love it.  

Saturday evening I got together with one of my best friends.  We met in college back in Iowa and she happened to move to Minnesota too which is great because we have been able to stay friends for the last 10 years.  She is married and has 2 adorable little girls who I get to spoil!  We spent the evening catching up and cooking dinner.  We had Grilled chicken, roasted red potatoes and green beans.  It was a perfectly balanced meal with a side of 4 month old baby cuteness!  I was so glad when Deanne wanted to grill and just hang out for awhile.  It makes counting points ten times easier for me when things like that happen.  She also told me that she had started a CouchTo5K program and yesterday she had completed Day 1!  I am so unbelievably proud of her.  Her goal is to run a 5K this summer and I mentioned to her that I wanted to do one as well.  I just may have found myself a running buddy!!

After dinner her girls went to bed and we decided to get out of the house for some girl time and to celebrate my birthday.  We went to a fun bar and decided to indulge in some dessert and wine.  The restaurant we ended up at had the perfect little dessert trio and each thing we tried was just a small portion that we split.  We had Chocolate Cake, Guiness Mousse and Salted Caramel Ice Cream (pictured below).  I also indulged in several glasses of Riesling and I was one happy girl!

#FriendsForADecade was our theme for last night

Sunday for me is a day of catch-up! I went in to the office for several hours this morning and then I was off to Farrell's (one of my gyms) for some testing.  We are starting a 10 week challenge tomorrow and today we did measurements, before photos, weigh-ins and sit-up/push-up testing.  I will be blogging about this challenge at some point this week.  Sunday afternoon involves me catching up on some of my freelance work while I am holed up at Starbucks enjoying a yummy 4 point Skinny Vanilla Latte.

Once I finish up here I am off to the gym to get in some cardio and then it's off to the grocery store and Target to get groceries for the week so that I can make sure I stay on track.  Then I am headed home to do a little food prep and get ready for another successful week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

When All Else Fails... Weigh In!

Well as I have mentioned previously, last week was my birthday.  What comes along with birthday's???

FOOD... Parties... Dessert... Alcohol...

And of course... these are a few of my favorite things :)

I really didn't want to weigh in this morning.  In fact, I had told myself that I wasn't going to. I was just going to get back to it and get on the scale next week.  But I was catching up on the posts in the #WWSendTheLoveTeamSlim facebook group and there was a conversation about my exact predicament... Birthday not included.  I read some of the comments from my fellow group members and they really struck a chord with me!

After reading these amongst other comments, I really knew what I needed to do.  So at the gym this morning, I sucked it up, hopped on the scale and..................................................................................... It really wasn't that bad at all...

In fact, I stayed the exact same.  

I learned today that holding myself accountable is extremely important and it really isn't always as bad as we think.  Thanks to these amazing ladies I am so glad I did! XoXo

Monday, April 6, 2015

29 in 29...

Welp... last week was my birthday... the big 2-9! And I've been told many times that I will be 29 for the remainder of my life :)

But... along with 29 comes the looming fear of turning 30... eek... that alone scares the bejesus out of me.

So in honor of my last year in my Twenties I thought it would be kind of fun to come up with 29 things I want to accomplish this year.  A few of these things I have actually already planned on completing but haven't yet, so I want them on my list so I can make sure I accomplish them!

So... here we go!

  1. Pay off Credit Card Debt
  2. Read 5 new books
  3. Lose 29 pounds or more
  4. Run a 5K
  5. Pay it forward 
  6. Plan a fabulous 30th birthday trip
  7. Go to a new city I've never been before
  8. Cook 29 new recipes (we all know I hate to cook, so this is actually not going to be easy)
  9. Buy a house
  10. Treat myself to a spa day
  11. Volunteer at least 4 times
  12. Attend a wine tasting
  13. Visit the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  14. Attend a concert for an artist I've never heard before
  15. Go see something at the theater/see a play
  16. Visit one of the brewery's in the Cities
  17. Go Canoeing or Kayaking
  18. Take skiing lessons
  19. Go on a picnic
  20. Host a party
  21. Go on a road trip
  22. Try 5 new restaurants in the cities
  23. Attend a charity event
  24. Send a care package to a soldier
  25. Go to a drive in movie
  26. Attend a festival
  27. Spend an entire day by myself
  28. Go hiking
  29. Be present in everyday life

So... here you have it... I plan on blogging about these as I achieve them.  I am looking forward to it being a successful and fun year!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Week 1 Recap

So it's a little late, but I made it through my first Weight Watchers week and was successful to boot!  A loss of 2.8 pounds and damn it felt good to see that on the scale!

I would say my first week was good.  It felt really good to get back to the basics.  I tracked every day, worked out 5 times and switched up my workouts (elliptical, Strength training, Kickboxing and the Treadmill).

Also, I am part of an amazing group of ladies who are all on the same journey as I am.  We have a Facebook group that we can openly discuss all of our problems, victories and everything in between.  We have a buddy in the group that we exchange monthly boxes with and we have extra support from them!  My buddy this month is the lovely Bridgette from Slenderize me (you should check out her blog too) and she is amazing.  So sweet, supportive and sends awesome goodies to boot!  She picked up on the fact that I work way too much and have a hectic schedule and got me a fun box of goodies to pamper myself with!

Bath salts, a candle, face mask, nail polish, chapstick, the best chocolate peanut butter truffles and a fabulous necklace!  Bridgette hit the nail on the head! I'm so thankful I have her as part of my support system. 

Another thing our group has done is monthly goals. Since I am just getting back on track I wanted to make sure my goals were achievable to help me stay on track! 

  1. Tracking Everyday - I know tracking works and it works if you do it every day.  
  2. Workout 4+ Days A Week - With traveling on the weekend it isn't always easy to get my workouts in then, but there are 5 days during the week that I can! 
  3. No Ordering Lunch at Work - My office loves to order in food... Lovessssss it.  I know it's not healthy for my waistline or my wallet, so I am going to avoid it as best I can.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a photo of me from the gym last week! Rocking and ready to go!  I'm ready to kill it this month!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pinterest Finds

Pinterest... I have a love/hate relationship with this site!  I find so many great ideas, etc. And never do anything with them... So I am going to make it a goal to start actually trying the recipes that I pin and share with everyone else.  As well as just sharing some of the other great pins I find.

I have a ton of Quinoa laying around and the following two recipes look absolutely amazing...

I also adore Pinterest for all the wonderful motivation it provides.  I saw both of these and thought they were perfect for my fresh start and new journey!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Getting Back to the Basics

The struggle is real folks... I have fallen and I can't get up... It's been a few years since I lost all my weight... I believe around 2.5 to be exact... I said I wouldn't let myself gain it back, but low and behold, I did.  I could make excuses all day long.  Yes I changed jobs, yes I work more hours, yes I have had some family issues... but it all boils down to 1 thing and 1 thing only... I GOT LAZY.  

Yup.  That's the cold hard truth.  There really isn't anything or anyone else to blame.  I decided to just be lazy.  And now... I am mad, pissed off actually at myself for letting it happen.  But whining and complaining won't do a damn thing and it's time I whip myself back in to shape.  My clothes are all too tight, I've had to go up some sizes and shop in departments and stores, I swore I would never shop at again.  

Well the buck stops here.  Today, March22, 2015 I am ready to recommit.  I am ready to be healthy.  

It's time to get back to what works for me.  Weight Watchers.  Working Out.  Blogging.  It's that simple.

I rejoined Weight Watchers Online... I haven't done online only before, but I also haven't found a meeting that I actually enjoy, so I am going to start with online.  If I find that it doesn't work for me, I will get back to the meetings, but for now, this is where I am starting.  

I have 2 gym memberships... It's time to start really using them again.  I'll do a post eventually about those gyms and what I like to do.

Lastly, I am writing this blog.  When I started my original journey I was blogging and it definitely seemed to help.  So, I need to get back to it.  

So here it goes... In 53.5 weeks I will be turning 30... in 41 weeks I am a bridesmaid (with some real tall skinny girls)... In 24 weeks I have a bachelorette party with the same girls... and Summer/Boating Season starts in about 9 weeks.  

Yikes... It's time to kick it in to gear...  Hope you enjoy the ride! I am not going to sugar coat anything.  I will be honest, I will be blunt and I will share my struggles.