Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Southern Plate Challenge To Change Your Life

If you don't know this already, I love Christy Jordan from Southern Plate. She is such a positive, uplifting, good ol' girl from Alabama.

She posted something a long time ago about how being positive is something you have to work at - it's not something that just happens naturally. That was a serious light bulb moment for me. For some reason I always kind of thought that being positive was something that you were born with and somehow or another I'd missed out on those genes. I just want to take a minute to say thank you, Christy Jordan, for making me realize I could be just as positive as Zig Ziglar if I wanted to be - it's up to me how positive I'll be!

And on that note, Christy has come up with a challenge to change your life and I, for one, am up for it. Go here to read more about it.

My positive thought for today that I posted on Facebook is:
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~Cynthia Nelms

And I have a little bit of wisdom from my 5 1/2 year-old daughter who never ceases to amaze me: Sometimes when you talk too much you forget what you're saying.
Y'all have a great day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Negativity

I realized something today - thanks to a comment from a reader who is irked at me, to say the least.

I thought I was a positive person. I really did. There are lots and lots of negative people in this world and I really thought I was doing my best to not be one of them - but apparently I'm not doing a very good job.

From now on I will only have positive, uplifting things to say.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weight Watchers Update

I was right. I gained weight that week. Pissed me off...I mean really irritated me. There was no reason for it other than the fact that I ate less than what I should have. I exercised the same amount of time as normal - which is 4 days a week. And yet I still gained weight. Have we learned anything from that, people? EAT YOUR FRIGGIN POINTS!

I'm off my soap box now. Here's my Weight Watcher update:
January 7 - January 13 = Gained 0.8
January 14-January 20 = Lost 2.2

I've eaten pretty bad this week. My husband's birthday was the 20th, and we went out to eat at Chuy's. It's a Mexican restaurant here in Fort Worth. I had a margarita - a big frozen one. I had some frozen sangria (yummy) and I ate a couple of homemade flour tortillas with butter! - Yes, real butter! And I ate a cheese enchilada and rice and beans. And of course I had to have some tortilla chips and salsa! Oh, I also had a beer.

The next day, my family went to the stock show. I had about 4 big beers. (You've got to have some beer while at the stock show - that's a given!) And then afterwards, I had Taco Casa! Taco Casa, people! I love me some Taco Casa. I ate two tacos and...yes, I said and...and frijoles and cheese! And if you know about Taco Casa, you know they don't skimp on the cheese! (My use of exclamation points is really irritating, isn't it!!??!!!!)

I think I went over my points a couple of times this last week - lol! Seriously, I only used up -- heck, I don't know what I used up. I just know I have 38 weekly remaining - whatever that means. And I have 11 activity points remaining. I have never, ever, not even once had to use any of my weekly allowance points - I have now!

The reason I'm saying all this is because I think I'll find out Thursday that I've lost quite a bit this week. Crazy, I know! We shall see.

(Also, I'm making a promise to myself to try and update this blog every day...after I get a laptop! Ever since I got an Iphone, I hardly ever turn on this big, clunky computer. We plan on getting a laptop in the next month or so.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Weight Watchers Hint #4 - Eat All Your Points

I think I'm going to find out tonight what happens when you don't eat all your points. I've done this a few times and each time I do it, I think I'm going to lose more weight if I don't eat all my points - WRONG!

I've been sick this week and I've been retaining water (yes, I said that). I have been exercising like normal, but I haven't been eating all my points. Night before last, I had 9 points left over. Crazy, I know.

I bet when I weigh in tonight, I'll have either stayed the same weight or even possibly gained some - Lord, I hope not!

Now, if I could only get it through my thick skull that eating less points does not mean I'll lose more weight! Your body needs that food for fuel! Food=fuel, food=fuel. I've got to keep reminding myself of that!

We'll see what happens tonight.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Weight Watchers Hint #3

I keep a Sharpie in my kitchen. I figure up the PointsPlus value for things like butter or the light sour cream or bread or whatever food you might eat on a regular basis and I write on the package how many PointsPlus value each food is. It comes in handy and it helps me make better decisions I think.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Weight Watchers Hint #2



Best thing to eat at Sonic that's not a salad with no dressing and isn't a side item like small fries...you'll never guess what it is! I couldn't believe it when I saw it. Are you ready for it?

It's a CORN DOG! Coming in at 6 PointsPlus value.

Small tater tots are 6 PointsPlus
Small french fries are 5 PointsPlus

Or you can do like me and order a small tots with cheese for 5 PointsPlus.

Why is the small tater tots with cheese less PointsPlus value than just the plain old taters tots? I have no earthly idea, but I'll take it!

Weight Watchers Update

So I weighed in last night.

December 31 - January 6 = lost 2.8

I've lost 29.4 pounds total since October 21! Yay!

I think I lost a little more this week because I did the medium intensity workouts on the EA Sports Active. I didn't eat the healthiest this week. I never go over on my points - never dip into that 49 point reserve unless it's a holiday - never use the activity points I've earned.

But I did eat cheese enchiladas and rice and beans at a mexican restaurant. I looked that up before I went and the PointsPlus value for that meal was 9 points! So that's what I tracked - 9 points. It felt a lot more than that though!

Oh, well. I think you deserve a meal like that every now and then. There was not a lot of food on the plate and it was a smaller-size plate, so I ate it. I did give most of one of the enchiladas to my husband though. It was delicious!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Weight Watchers Hints

I've come up with the idea to share what I call my Weight Watchers Hints. They are little things I've figured out about the new Weight Watchers plan - the PointsPlus. You may already know some of them. If you don't, then maybe you can use them.

My first hint is what we're having for supper tonight. It's quick, it's easy, and it feeds the whole family. It's Stouffer's Family Size 38 oz. Lasagna with Meat Sauce.



Fiber = 3
Fat = 9
Carbs = 30
Protein = 23
____________
PointsPlus = 7

Serving size is 1 cup
There are 5 servings in the whole package.

I think this lasagna is yummy. What makes it really yummy is the fact that its super duper easy! I couldn't believe it when I found out it was only 7 points.

Stay tuned for more Weight Watchers Hints.

Weight Watchers Update

So it's now January 4 and so far I've been horrible about updating this blog like I said I would. Well, I've got a pretty good excuse. My husband was off work for the holidays and I enjoyed spending time with him and my girls. But now it's nose to the grindstone time.

Here's an update on my weight loss.

December 17 - 23 = lost 1.8
December 24 - 29 = lost 0.8

Slowly but surely I'm getting there. I lost .8 pounds over Christmas, people! I'm happy. I ate two days of food without tracking! Shhh! Don't tell anyone that! We had Christmas @ our house on Christmas Eve for my husband's family and then Christmas for my family at my nephew's house on Christmas day. I did not track one point on either of those days. I did keep an eye on how much I was eating and drinking- hiccup!

I've been doing the EA Sports Active 2 workouts on the Wii. I did the 9-week program on easy intensity. I finished that and I started the 21-week program, but I upped the intensity to medium. Bad move on my part. It is sooooooo hard. My heart rate got up to 198 today! It's so hard it makes me not want to do it. So I lowered the intensity down to easy. We'll see how that works!

I've thought about putting on here what I ate every day. I don't know if that would be helpful or not. I saw this lady on the news who videotapes herself cooking lowfat meals and then uploading them to You Tube. Would that be interesting to people?

I've lost 26.6 pounds since October 21st and I have about 40 or more pounds to go. We'll see what I can come up with to make my weight loss and this blog interesting. Stay tuned! My goal is to help whoever I can.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Weight Watchers

I started Weight Watchers back on October 21 - the day after my oldest daughter's 5th birthday. I went to a meeting and sat there and cried like a little girl when the meeting leader or team leader (you'd think I'd know what her title is by now, but I don't) asked me why I was there. All I could really get out of my mouth was, "It's time."

I have never been more determined to do something in my life...well, besides passing the court reporting exam and trying to make sure my family is happy. That making sure my family is happy part has a ton to do with why I've decided to lose weight.

As of last night, I've lost 24 pounds. Yeah, I've got about 60 more pounds to go, but it's a start. I feel so much better now - especially my knees.

When I started Weight Watchers, it was the old momentum plan. I had no idea that Weight Watchers was about to go through a major change. If I had known they were about to change the plan, I wouldn't have started when I did. If that was the case, I would have missed out on losing 18.4 pounds.

Here's how much I've lost each week since the beginning (I realize this might be boring for some people, but I'm more or less writing all this down so I can remember it on down the line)

Momentum Plan
October 21 - October 28 = lost 8.0
October28 - November 4 = lost 0.4
November 4- November 11 = lost 6.0
November 11 - November 18 = lost 1.2
November 18 - November 24 = lost 0.6
November 25 - December 2 = lost 2.2

PointsPlus
December 2 - December 9 = lost 1.4
December 9 - December 16 = lost 4.2

I started exercising every day, but realized when I wasn't dropping the pounds that maybe I should exercise every other day. Also I had the craziest revelation ever. And that was I don't think I was eating enough food every day. No, I'm not talking about before Weight Watchers. But my second week on WW, I thought if I didn't eat all my points, I'd lose weight faster - wrong! As you can tell from the list above, I only lost .4 pounds that week. When I saw that not eating all my points hindered my weight lost, I started eating all my points and I lost 6 pounds that next week. I know it fluctuates like crazy, but the best part is I've lost some every week.

I plan on keeping up with this blog. I've decided instead of playing Frontierville on Facebook when my youngest is taking a nap every day, I'm going to update this blog. Let's see if I'm as determined to do that as I am at losing weight :)