Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What I Am Looking Forward To...

My lovely #WWSendTheLoveTeamSlim ladies and I had one of our weekly skype sessions which is so great! I love catching up with these ladies, laughing our butts off and talking about our healthiness journeys!  Between last week and this week we talked a lot about goals and such throughout our journey.  Last week Amanda had the topic and she talked about goal setting and how important it is to set them along our journey.

Hell yes I want to lose 60 lbs by July... but that is ABSOLUTELY not feasible.  Nor is it healthy.  I think setting monthly goals is a much more manageable way to progress than setting huge goals that aren't easy to accomplish.

So from here on out I plan on setting 3-4 monthly goals so that I can strive to be successful and re-evaluate after 4 weeks!  Stay tuned for an update on what those goals are going to be on June 1st :)

Another thing we talked about that went along with the goal setting was this weeks topic of things we are looking forward to.  Not necessarily a goal weight... but a feeling, emotion or even a new section we get to shop in once we have achieved our weight loss goals.  I thought this was a great thing to think of and honestly there are quite a few things I am looking forward to.  The girls in my group also brought up some great things they are looking forward to as well.

  • Onederland :)
  • No More Chub Rub
  • Single Digit Pants Size
  • Being comfortable when crossing your legs
  • Shrinking/Non Existant stomach pooch
  • Wearing Shorts and Being Comfortable
  • Increased Self Confidence
These are all great things and the nice thing is that they are much more meaningful than some silly number on the scale.  I think over these last two weeks as us gals have talked about goals, etc.  I have taken away some really important things.  And the most important is that I am not alone.  I have other people who I am friends with who are battling the same battle.  They have the same feelings and they have the same struggles.  We are here for each other and we will continue to be and help support each other in our successes and failures (because we all know that success never comes without failure).

What are you most looking forward to as you continue along your Weight Loss journey??

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weight Watchers Staples

I struggle with spicing up my grocery shopping list.  I pretty much survive on the same shopping list from week to week.  That being said, there are some staples that I don't get sick of and I can eat on a weekly or even daily basis.

Morningstar Farms Original "Sausage" Patties are delicious!  They come 2 to a package and they are 4 points+ per package.  

Eggs... seems standard and boring, but honestly, I love eggs.  I love them for breakfast, lunch an dinner!  I typically cook up 1 egg and 3 egg whites which is only 3 points+!  I always use water with my eggs so that doesn't add any points!  Eggs are so delicious and they have some good protein too.  They make the perfect meal!

Walden Farms Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing! It is delicious on a summer salad!  And... it's 0 points+... yes, you heard that right! ZERO POINTS!

Lunch Meat!  I know that sounds standard, but I really find that this is easy to use in wraps, salads or just on it's own as a quick boost of protein.  I go to Kowalski's grocery store and pick up 1/2 a pound at a time. 6 slices is around 2 points+.

Boom Chicka Pop!  Have you had this stuff??  It's absolutely amazing... popcorn is my weakness :) It's 1 point+ per cup!  It's so yummy!

Laughing Cow Cheese Light Swiss Wedges... This spreadable cheese is like cream cheese but healthier!  I like it on wraps but also on other things!

These are just a few of my favorites!  At some point I will need to share some of my actual grocery trips and what I usually eat during the week,

What are your Weight Watchers staples??

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Time for a Reset

The last week or so have been rough for me.  Between work being absolutely crazy and a lot of extra curricular activities going on, I've been slacking on tracking...

I've been getting my workouts in, but my eating and even more, drinking has been awful.  Things aren't going to get any easier, I have a lot of weekends away planned.  I'm going out of town this weekend, going to the cabin for Memorial Day weekend and a Twins game the weekend after that.  That doesn't include the different things I have planned on the weeknights from work meetings, happy hours, etc.

So...  tomorrow is a new day and I am ready to start getting back on track!  That also means getting back to blogging, tracking and getting in additional workouts during the week.

I am hitting the CTRL, ALT, DELETE button and I'm ready to start getting back on plan.

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!