A Much Needed Girls Day

September 13, 2009

9-13-09_breakfastEvery once in awhile it is good to have special days. Days where you allow yourself to go out to eat at a restaurant or to splurge and have a special dessert. Weight Watchers allows for days like these with an extra 25 points each week over and above your daily allotment of points. Today was one of those days for me. My Mom and I had a girls day.

I had breakfast at home. Today it was a quick bowl of oatmeal. It was the instant kind that comes in packets and you microwave. Not a bad way to spend 2 points.

I took my Mom out to my favorite restaurant for lunch. It’s a Greek style restaurant that I’ve been visiting since I was a teen. I ordered Chicken Souvlaki. It was delicious!

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Cubed chicken on a skewer, marinated in a mixture of Greek herbs and spices. Served on a large plate with rice pilaf and a Greek salad. I only ate half of this and had the rest boxed up so I could take it home and eat it later. (or give it to one of my family)

My Mom and I saw the new movie Julia & Julia. Awesome film! I’ll definitely be buying it when it comes out on DVD. After the movie we got some shopping done. Tomorrow I will have to post a picture of me in the new outfit I bought.

We also went out for Dinner. I ordered a soup and salad. We had such a great time together. I didn’t end up getting home till about 9 p.m. My family missed me but were glad I had a great day. We all need a special day every once in awhile.

My Daily Points Target = 32
Total points spent = 29
Breakfast: Oatmeal = 2 points
Lunch: half an order of Chicken Souvlaki = 10 points
Coffee with cream and sugar = 4 points
Dinner: cream of broccoli soup, a side salad and a biscuit = 9 points
Coffee with cream and sugar = 4 points

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The month of July was the endless guest month for me. Each week we had someone new staying over. It wasn’t planned, it happened rather spontaneously. It was great spending time with them and getting a chance to catch up but it was a hard month for me.  It felt like the party that wouldn’t end. I longed for my normal routine, I craved quiet time and I missed just being with my hubby and boys. God gave me the strength to get through July. He taught me how to love more. Because of God I can report that July was an amazing and fantastic time, a challenging time but a month not to be forgotten. Guess what….? July is over!!!! *does the happy dance* Everyone has gone home and I look forward to life returning to normal around here.

I did a little experiment last week. I wanted to see if I could loose weight without journaling every little bite I take, to not count point. I’m not sure how I did. I ended up loosing 1 lb for the week. Now this is a loss but the question is could I of lost more if I had journaled and counted points? I’m going to test this another week. I really feel like I am in control of what I am eating right now. I ended up weighing myself a lot more this week just to make sure my weight wasn’t going up. I’m willing to continue counting points but I’m just curious to see if I really need to.

So what does this mean for my blog? Well next week I won’t be taking pictures of my meals and posting them but I am going to check in each day and talk about how the day went. I’m still very committed to loosing my weight and I love that this blog acts as a record of my journey.

OH! and one more thing….I have discovered I love avocados! I had an avocado once when I was a child and decided I hated them. This week I cut up some along with some cucumber slices. Oh man, avocado is heavenly. It’s my new favorite food. I know it’s a food I need to have in moderation but still I’m in love with it.

Alrighty that’s all I have to say for today. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of my little experiment this week.

I Joined A Gym

July 20, 2009

Day 25

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Food Units
hard boiled egg and fruit. 3
5 inch port of subs sandwich. 5
dinner was noodle salad with a side of fruit and steamed broccoli. 7
popcorn. 9
Total: 24

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

My sister approached me a few weeks ago about possibly joining a gym with her. I told her I would love to. She signed up at Bellingham Fitness this week because her friends from work go there and also because of the great deal they have going right now, a two for one membership. Basically my sister signs up for a regular membership and gets to have a friend sign up for free. What we are going to do is just split the price of the one membership so it ends up being half off for the both of us. Today was the first day we went together. It was so much fun! We started by doing 30 min on the treadmill. Then we went to the weights and did some circuit training for 10-20 minutes. Then we went back to the treadmills for another 15 min and then ended with some stretching. I really loved it and going with someone else is great. It was a great place to just chat with my sis who I don’t get to see as often as I would like to.

Last night I started my period. (yuck!) I was cramping so bad I couldn’t get to sleep. I cramped badly all day today. I was surprised that working out at the gym actually made the cramps less noticeable and it helped my mood. I felt great! I will have to remember that for next month. I do hope though that my period won’t effect my weigh in on Friday. Hopefully my period will all be gone by then along with all the bloating associated with it.

I’m crossing my fingers.

Day 20 July 15, 2009 (Blogging this a little past midnight. I need to get to bed!)

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Food Units
1 small pancake and an apple. 5
pizza 18
popcorn. 9
Total: 32

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

My day started off great. I had a nice breakfast, the sun was shinning and I was in a pretty good mood. I had plans to spend the afternoon with my sister and her friend from work. Since I had broken my toe we decided to spend the day at her friend’s house so that I didn’t have to do much walking. I had a really good time.  At first I was a little anxious about getting together with them since this would be the first time meeting her coworker, but we all hit it off really well. We spent the whole day chatting and before I knew it it was passed dinner time.

I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and I could tell I was starting to get a little cranky and very tired. I knew I needed food. We also needed groceries. (I know, not very good planning on my part.) So after getting home I immediately turned around and went to the store for food. Shopping when your hungry is a horrible idea. Everything was tempting me! Iced animal cookies, breakfast bars, pizza, oh and the deli food smelled so good. I am happy to report I didn’t give in to my cravings but it was hard. Well let me rephrase that…I did choose a quick pizza for dinner but I made sure I had the points for it.

From now on I need to plan my meals better so as not to let myself get like this again.