So for those that follow me on “The Twitters” You saw something fun on Saturday morning. Or rather, something that started out unusual. I was not apprehensive about going for my weigh-in. See I have kind-of taken this whole new adventure into the Weight Watchers 2012 Points Plus program as a, low pressure experiment. Seeing as my calorie counting has become such a failure with the added stresses of my job This was logical. So Saturday morning I tweeted as I headed out to my meeting. Arrived, hopped up on my scale and collected my very first 5 pound loss sticker.
Now those of you that know me, or have known me for any period of time know I am a freaking sticker junkie. I am absolutely obsessed with all things cute, cuddly and adorable, and also with stickers. So the simple fact that WW uses stickers as part of the reinforcement for this program is just AWESOME!
Changes that have occurred in my household in the last week are things like, planning and packing my breakfast and lunch, instead of ordering Jimmy John’s (mmm vegetarian, add onions and hot peppers). I have also gone out searching for new recipes again, instead of relying on old standbys. I made breakfast for dinner twice, once was bacon egg and cheese biscuit cups, and once was hash-brown sausage egg cups. Both are made in Cupcake tins! Yumm Cupcakes for dinner.
I have now attended three meetings, trying to find a group/leader that I mesh with. I really liked the leader that I met on Saturday, sadly she was a substitute, and her meetings are on Thursday mornings at like 10Am which wont work. The Sunday morning leader and group that I met yesterday seemed really fun, plus it would put me in the perfect spot to go do my grocery shopping at Target right after. Nothing like getting inspired, and heading right to the store so I don’t fill the cart with junk right?
My fridge is pretty full of good things, I have been eating the same thing for breakfast everyday. Cottage Cheese with fruit (a combo of pineapple, kiwi, plums, peaches, cherries) and some cucumber slices. I like adding the cucumber to it because it lightens the flavors and makes it taste even fresher. You will also find in my fridge tons of mushrooms and zucchini, some salad mixes, grape tomatoes (which aldi had for $.79 a pint!) Seaweed salad. Then theres the typical base items to build meals from, eggs, chicken sausages, chicken breasts, lean ground beef, steaks. I want to stop at Coastal Seafood this week and get some shrimp or fish.
Of the 5 new meals I cooked last week there was only one miss-fire, which isn’t too bad when you think about it… it called for 4 cups of cheese… I cut it in half… and it was still far too much. Anything that isn’t a miss goes in my cute little book of dinners along with the point value per serving that should make meal planning a snap!
Confession time… I am still not in love with the gym. Big surprise right? I am trying to keep my modalities mixed, and I am shooting for five days of activity. I get so utterly bored when I am in the gym, I get in there and I just don’t want to be there. I know I need to think outside of the box about activity, perhaps a class or something, and maybe shift one of my activity days to the weekend, and maybe try Zumba or something different but I don’t know. Last week I did 2 days of walking 2 days of elliptical and 1 day on the bike. I didn’t do any of those things on consecutive days. I want to keep my body guessing a bit. I may also spring for a personal training session or two in the next month to familiarize myself with the way the weights in the gym work, because that should become a part of my routine as well.
This week did have a rough spot in it. My friend Mark passed away early Wednesday morning. I have been grieving, in my own way, trying to feel my feelings, but not let them interfere with my life. I appreciate my friends that have all reached out to me during this time, and I also appreciate the understanding when I haven’t returned calls because I just needed some space. This is my first Monday morning without Mark, I mean he hasn’t been in the office in a long time on a Monday, but there was usually a phone call or some laughter. This is the second coworker I have lost since I started here in 2005, but I was really close to Mark.
Mark paid me some of the highest compliments of my life in his last few weeks of life. Speaking to his daughter and I together telling her how strong I was, and how much of a fighter I am, and how she needs to be sure to get to know me and stay involved in my life because that is important to him. I am glad that I could provide him some awesome company during his life as well as some laughter and comfort at the end of his life.