Saturday, July 23, 2011

Walking On Sunshine

              This week I have been moving myself along. By moving I mean walking. I am somewhat of a packrat. I hold on to a lot of materials from my journey such as WW weeklys and my tracking journals. So while having a bit of a weight loss stand still, I pulled out one of my previous journals. During this journal I was venting about how frustrated I was when I hit a plateau of a 25lbs weight loss. I decided to move a little more. I started by taking some walks in the morning by getting off my bus  a stop or more earlier. First I got off 20 + blocks away from the office. Once I mastered that ( by mastered I meant the length of time was faster and less challenging), I got off the bus the stop before that which was 30+ blocks. When the weather started to break in the spring, I decided to get off the bus 40+ blocks away. This was a slow process that I did not get used to because of the rainy season and then my sprained ankle.
             Well I am at it again. A few times a week I will get off of the bus 40+ blocks away from the office and walk there. Since I am carrying my heavy handbag and a change of clothes it takes about an hour. I had to modify the my bus schedule to catch an earlier bus so that I could clean up and change. But this is worth it. When I arrive at work I have already had a workout. I feel determined and satisfied, not to mention a lot of points on my pedometer. I am grateful for that.
              I went into my weekly meeting I knew for sure that I was going to have a bigger weight loss but the scale had a surprise for me. I gained 1.2lbs. We all know that we should not put a much stock in the scale because it can fluctuate from week to week. I di feel like I was retaining water for two days. That may have been part of it. I had hoped that it wouldn't show up on the scale but it did. I can't say I'm not disappointed. But I also believe in the long run that I am moving in the right direction. As my leader Melanie always says, "the check is in the mail". Check Please!!!

             Some nights I go home and ride my bike or go for a walk around the track to add extra workout. For a couple of nights, I asked my hubby if he would like to go on the walk with me.  Usually he looks at me like I grew three heads but this time he said yes. And not just once but on three different occasions. I have to admit that on Sunday after doing the laundry for hours, I asked him if he would go on a walk. He said yes. I have to tell you that at that moment he helped me because I was exhausted. I had been doing our laundry for hours( I wait until the linen closet is empty before I was linens), and I honestly believe that I would have said I oh well, maybe I won't go out after all.  But because he said yes, it kept me going. I am so grateful to him for that.

Tues. all day = 6pts
Wed. all day + walking laps after work = 8pts
Thurs. all day + walking a 5K lap = 10pts
Fri. all day = 2pts
Sat. walking to the movies + 4 miles around the track = 10 pts
Sun. laundry + laps around the track = 10 pts
Mon. 40+ blocks to work + laps around track at night = 9pts
            I have been really lucky the last few weeks and I have been having fun. A few weeks ago, my hubby sent me and the boys to see "Zarkana: Cirque du Soliel". We had a great time. Before the show we did our tourism bit by walking to Rockefeller Center in the rain. Then we went to the LEGO store. I cannot tell you  how much Lego means to me. My BFF introduced them to me when I was a tween and I forced myself to stop playing with them so that I could be a teenager. When Josh was small, I introduced him to Lego and he played with it until he was in high school too. My apartment was a sea of Lego sets from one end to the other and I loved it. Jake does not care for Lego as much as we did. Jake is a rocknroller. Lego requires a lot of dedication. But Jake still loved the Lego Store excursion.  "Zarkana" was wonderful. It's a circus opera without animals. It was beautiful and a beautiful graduation gift to Jake.

2,578.09 miles - 93.11 miles( 3 weeks forth) = 2,485 miles to go

Monday, July 18, 2011


Tam,Cindy,Josh,Me and Bob

           I have been super busy these days , so I am a little behind in my blogging. I went from chilling out with my ankle propped up on a pillow to trying to into into a great many things. I am grateful to be busy. Last week's topic was about fruits and veggies.  I really do like fruits and vegetables. I seriously think about becoming a vegetarian sometimes. To me it is relatively easy to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. The way I ate before was what most people tend to do; eat whatever is convenient. But because of the WW plan, I learned to fit in produce in various ways. Before, I never had fruit for breakfast unless it was a banana in cereal. Now I am down right annoyed if I missed my fruitpportunity. I have talked about my usual breakfasts. On most work days I have two egg whites on an english muffin and two oranges. Why two oranges you say? Well why not? They taste sweet and they provide a good amount of fiber. I prefer the navel oranges so that I consume the whole orange. That orange takes a while to work through my digestive system and it makes me feel satisfied until lunch.

             Have you ever had a clementine orange? They are mini navel oranges. They peel very neatly and you can have a few of them. They are also good to add to a salad. Have you added fruit to your salad yet? Well I do when I have a salad for lunch. Sometimes I'll add a tart granny smith apple or some little tart raspberries. I even peeled and sliced some granny smith apples and sauteed them with onions to go with a broiled pork chop.

Jake, Bob, Cindy, Tam and Josh

            I have not fried fish in months. I go to this fish stand in my neighborhood that sells the most gorgeous fresh fish you ever wanted. Sometimes the owner and I talk about what we do to the fish. He sold me some fabulous Basa fillet. Normally I would soak it in egg and then flour and fry it up. But that fish looked so great that I squeeze some limes over it and seasoned it and let it sit in the broiler pan to marinate for about thirty minutes or a workout(whichever comes first). Then I stick that pan under the broiler, limes and all. No oil, no butter, no egg and no flour and it comes out great. The men in my life love it , especially Jake. I didn't think he would touch it but he devours it.  Never underestimate the power of fruit and vegetables.

My sons never fail to crack me up.

           This week, for the 3rd week in a row I lost .2lbs. I know this sounds a little, what's the word? Small- that's the word. But I am okay with it or delusional, whatever. As long as it keeps going down baby. I also scored something totally great. I gained another year of my life. I turned 45 years old. Usually I don't celebrate my birthday much. I am one of those weirdos who go to work on their birthday. But this year my birthday fell on the first Thursday of the month; 5K Day. I got to have a 5K on my birthday. How super is that? Me and my homies and my sons Josh and Jake had a long walk through Greenwich Village and came to our final destination; Peanut Butter & Co. For years I have been hearing about WW's having issues with peanut butter abuse. My I never had a problem with it. I like the occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And thanks to Cindy and Tam, I have found the wonder of peanut butter and banana sandwiches(there goes that fruit again). But having sample the maple peanut butter of Peanut Butter & Co. , I see where this could go downhill. For the first time in my life, I could easily see myself eating an entire jar with a spoon. Do not clutch your pearls. I did not do that. I forced myself to put the jar in the cabinet.  All in all I had a great birthday celebration.
We made it to the finish line.

Tues. - all day = 7pts
Wed. 0 pts
Thurs. all day + 5K = 15pts
Fri. all day = 3pts
Sat. all day = 3pts
Sun. all day + walking 4 miles = 10pts
Mon. morning walk 46 blocks = all day = 9pts

Me, Cindy, Tam and Pete

          Now that the doctor said I can get back into things I found that my body and my will power are not what they used to be. But let's face it, when I was eating myself to almost 300lbs I wasn't exercising at all. When I had to get real, I started moving. When I wanted to prove to myself that I could do more, I pushed myself a little more each time. So that is where I am right now. I am trying to walk a little more. A little farther. A little longer. And then I will get back to the new me. I will leave a little more fat on the pavement and a little less on me.