What I Ate Wednesday: Super Bowl Sunday Snow Storm Edition

WIAW_thumb[2]

So clearly this is not an original thought WIAW was originated from Peas and Crayons  and a lot of other bloggers have started doing it as well; and since I can’t be original and I really like the idea of doing this… I decided to give it whirl as well. This will pretty much be a mish-mash of stuff,  some days I will try a new technique or perhaps I’ll be eating something for the first time as is the case today… and someday it might be leftover chili…who knows, and I guess that’s part of the fun. When I first started blogging it was to remain accountable with my exercise and food intake, so this is kind of takes me back… Very little of this is planned… but it’s 100% honest…I always want WIAW to be an accurate account of what I am eating. Not everyday I eat completely healthy, but more often than not I make healthy choices.

As always my Weight Watchers Points into the fold.

This week is a little different since I’m gonna be one day out of surgery, I’m not sure if I’ll be doing much of anything besides popping pills and sleeping…so this will be a Super Bowl Sunday Edition…. since it was a “special day” I wanted to eat party foods and I knew ahead of time that I was gonna have to use some of my 49

WIAWBreakfast

Since I have my Weight Watchers meetings on Sunday mornings I usually just have something light. Today I had 1 cup of  Low-fat Strawberry Kefir drink . My breakfast was 4 points.

20150201_063712

I don’t like carrots, but they are hard and crunchy and take a long time to eat… she I frequently have a bag (around 3oz) in my purse when I got out.  And not long after that I had a banana. My snack was 0 points .

20150201_06381020150201_125302

 

WIAWLunch

My Super Bowl snacks for a Super Bowl I didn’t watch…. yes I’m still bitter about the Packers losing, but whatever…. I also had donuts, I ate them totally forgot to take a picture. My lunch was 30 points (You have no idea had hard it was to write that)

20150201_141450

 

WIAWDinner

So seriously points wise, I should have stopped eating…. but seriously who does that? I went back for more … this time for more.. this time more stuffed peppers and pot stickers and some veggie straws. My dinner was 15 points.

20150201_19341220150201_191741

 

WIAWSnack

Since I’m all about being honest about what I’m eating…. I ate MORE…So I know by this point I’ve gone way over my points value… but I was still hungry and instead of eating more food (maybe a veggie) I had MORE snacks… more Veggie Straws (yep still addicted) and a Weight Watchers mini bar My snack was 5 points

 

20141230_121300

 

WIAWCalories

My general caloric intake is 1200 calories per day, and today I consumed 1,783 calories; however I “earned” 512 calories (12 Weight Watchers activity points) from Shoveling the snow before and after my Weight Watchers meeting. I used a total of 54 Weight Watchers points (I KNOW!!!) Today was a prime example of what happens when you eat snacks all day and don’t have a meal… thank goodness the Super Bowl is only once a year.

.

myfitness

ww1ww2

 

WIAWWater

The rule of thumb is that you are supposed to drink at least 8 and today I was able to get 8 cups, but with it being colder outside and me try to ramp of the workouts I should be getting more water in.. but I already feel like I’m constantly going to the bathroom as it is.

water

And that my friends is What I Ate this Wednesday Sunday; be sure to follow me MyFitnessPal or of you are doing Weight Watchers  or FitBit friend me there as well I’m TRJENKINS77

Until Next Time…

tyra signature

Copyright © 2014 – Random Acts of Snark

Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers – Week 16

Fitness

 

It was a really bad week, late on Saturday I seriously thought about not going to the meeting this week, I woke up today and thought, “I should just skip it” but I went anyway. I figure on the days that I don’t WANT to go are the days when I NEED to go. I’m not sure what’s going on; it could be that I’m still having my lady business or Ii t could simply be a side effect of the budesonide; but I’ve eaten anything and everything this week.  If my mouth can open and it was edible I’m pretty sure that I ate it (although I didn’t enjoy it and got no satisfaction from the food that I was eating). I normally don’t delve into my weekly 49, but this week I ate all but 11 of them.

Despite eating anything and everything in my way I’ve been trying to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, stepsand honestly it was not as difficult as I thought it would be, I tend to be very sedentary so getting up and making sure I get though steps in is sometimes a challenge, I’ve been doing a lot of walking around the house, walking in place…. anything to get those steps in, I may look like an idiot, but get a every excited when my Fitbit shakes and tell me that I reached my goal.

 

This week the topic was portion/serving sizes. And for the most part I think I’m doing pretty good at, but there was a demonstration and I realized that I don’t weigh my potatoes… I just guess at how much they weigh and attach points to them. So let’s say that for two meals I miss calculate and “don’t track 5 points …. that’s 35 extra points for the week that I’ve eating and haven’t tracked… which may very well show on the scale… I think I’ve been doing that. So this week I’m goanna be super vigilant with weighing and measuring everything.

Speaking of scale… I gained, I’m not surprised, but I’m sick of the lose, gain… gain cycle I seem to be going in… I feel like I’m not making any headway towards my goals. As I continue to go through the first week of 2015 I was feeling a little bit uncertain…. then I realized something… 78 pounds… I have lost 78 pounds. That is amazing… I’m 2/3 through my journey. 45 more pounds… I didn’t lose those 78 pounds in one year, and I might not lose those 45 pounds this year… but I have to remind myself, I’m doing it the right way and gaining is part (even thought it’s seriously frustrating) part of the process.Capture

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m bored with the food I’m eating, and part of the problem with me eating everything in sight is that I’ve been eating snacks instead of eating meals and I’m getting hungry faster because they aren’t satisfying me. So this week I’ve committed to finding and making two new recipes. There was a lasagna recipe that I saw in the latest Weight Watchers magazine and I think I want to make something in the crockpot…

This week was a mixed bag, not the best and honestly it could have been worst… I’m just gonna stick with the plan and see what happens next week.

21

If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15

Until Next Time….

tyra signature

Copyright © 2015 – Random Acts of Snark – Paying it Forward –  All Rights Reserved

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW_thumb[2]

So clearly this is not an original thought WIAW was originated from Peas and Crayons  and a lot of other bloggers have started doing it as well; and since I can’t be original and I really like the idea of doing this… I decided to give it whirl as well. This will pretty much be a mish-mash of stuff,  some days I will try a new technique or perhaps I’ll be eating something for the first time as is the case today… and someday it might be leftover chili…who knows, and I guess that’s part of the fun. When I first started blogging it was to remain accountable with my exercise and food intake, so this is kind of takes me back… Very little of this is planned… but it’s 100% honest…I always want WIAW to be an accurate account of what I am eating. Not everyday I eat completely healthy, but more often than not I make healthy choices.

As always my Weight Watchers Points into the fold.

WIAWBreakfast

This morning I started off light with a cheese stick and banana. My breakfast was 2 points

 

$RIIXDSU

WIAWSnack

I am seriously addicted to these things now, I HAVE to have them once a day…. they are so yummy. My snack was 4 points .

20141204_161834

WIAWLunch

For lunch I just hade a cup of grapes. My Lunch was 0 points.

2

 

WIAWDinner

This week I really worked on cooking my dinners ahead of time so that when it came time to eat there was no guessing about what I was gonna have. So chicken breast with wheat pasta and sauce and veggie on the side.

3

 

 

WIAWSnack

I get to the point where around lunch time I need to start counting my calories and points  and decide if I want to have something like ice cream… lucky for me it was in the budget today…This snack was 4 points.

20141204_223812

WIAWCalories

My general caloric intake is 1200 calories per day, and today I consumed 1,070 calories even after having ice cream…. SCORE! . I used a total of 20 Weight Watcher Points Plus

.

d16

d161d162

WIAWWater

The rule of thumb is that you are supposed to drink at least 8 and today I was able to get 8 cups.water

And that my friends is What I Ate this Wednesday; be sure to follow me MyFitnessPal or of you are doing Weight Watchers friend me there as well I’m TRJENKINS77

Until Next Time…

tyra signature

Copyright © 2014 – Random Acts of Snark

Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers–Week 15

 

 

Fitness

This week there are only a handful of people at the meeting. I expect next week there will be a full house tonight: and also this may seem counterproductive ill be avoiding the gym for the next month or so. which means me and my elliptical machine at home or going to become best friends and I’m going to have to kick it up a notch in order to get the result that I get at the gym at home.

The topic this week was meal planning, and for the first time in a long time I felt like this was a subject that I have already mastered. When I started Weight Watchers I wanted to make things as easy as possible, so one of the things that I do is when I’m getting ready for bed I’ll take out my tracker and track exactly what I’m going to have for the next day that way there is absolutely no question about what I will be eating and there’s little room for me to go off and straight and have snacks, it’s also really easy on us they said he was going to go out to eat with friends or family already know what I’m going to have so that gives me in a lot of numbers. Have use at a restaurant and then I just go and look at the menu online and pick out my meal out ahead of time. I’ve also become one of those people probably because I’m lazy; I just cook one meal and have it last for several days in the week…just texted me a couple more and I’m good to go.so the only meal during the day that I only really have to think about is my lunch. losing weight is hard enough so whenever I can find a shortcut for something that makes my life a little bit easier I’m all for it.

So let’s get to it. This week I can’t wait semicolon but I knew this week was going to be a game since this is my ” special” time of the month. internal around this time I have rejected pound gain and it was really no different this week I can’t 1.8 pounds … but overall I’m still able to meet the goal that might mess up a couple weeks ago which was to lose after the Christmas holiday in the show a lot at the meeting which in this case with. 4 pounds although it’s little it’s still a loss and I’m going to celebrate it!

weight

Today, at the meeting I was recognized for 4 month attendance; heck I didn’t even realize they had that kind of award. My Weight Watchers leader mentioned that there was   a bit of history behind this particular award. When Weight Watchers started Jean Nidetch  tsaid that Weight Watchers participants could reach their goal weight in 16 weeks! (As you can see aren’t counting the same … I was told the very first meeting is week 0…. clearly someone changed their mind…. whatever!) Can you imagine that? And apparently for the most part they did…have to research this I need to see what has changed since the beginning of Weight Watchers to now I’m sure Ill get an interesting read…. but anyway here is my 4 month charm… it’s it lovely… two charms in two weeks….

20141228_172308

Since I switched over to a monthly pass since my pre-paid insurance ran out I was able to get a new ActiveLink for free, the problem is that I got a Fitbit for Christmas and am now using that one so either I’m gonna give this to someone OR I might do a giveaway on the website… it all depends on what the response is. It’s a lot smaller that the original one, and apparently it’s more Fitbit like (tracks sleep and can be worn on the wrist).

20141228_172450

As the New Year approaches I wanted to continue on the current downward trajectory that I’m currently on as far as my weight loss is concerned. Recognizing the non- scale victories. what’s the time in DC with you to go up and down what I’m missing out if it’s small changes that are happening to my body for example till Saturday by my side gone for now simply”coin purses” to be honest I wouldn’t even looked until somebody hugged me and said that I felt smaller to them other changes in my body that I’ve noticed one of the biggest things that I’ve notice has been that the confidence that I have in my body is a lot more than what it used to be.

This year my wish for you or for anyone who’s losing weight and reading this plot is a simply remember that this process takes time, don’t be so hard on yourself and celebrate the small victories. So this will be my last “Tyra Takes On…” for 2014 and I’m looking forward to what the next year brings…..

santascale

If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14

Until Next Time….

tyra signature

Copyright © 2014 – Random Acts of Snark – Paying it Forward –  All Rights Reserved

Tyra Takes on Weight Watchers–Week 14

Fitness

There is something that I’ve noticed during the meetings during the Marathon of Food; you know that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and this is no judgment at all but as we creep towards Christmas the number of people coming to meetings gets smaller and smaller, and I get it. Lots of things tend to happen this time of the year and priorities shift, and let’s be honest there have been a few weeks when I DID NOT want to go to a meetings, (and I think this shows a lot of growth on my part) but I go anyway, I go because those might be the times when I’m getting discouraged and need to attend a meeting, just to reaffirm that I am doing exactly what I’m doing.

Last week I didn’t make any goals, but I did say that I wanted to show a loss after the Christmas holiday’s and honestly this week I didn’t think that I was gonna lose anything considering I haven’t been active at all and doing nothing much else but sleeping, but the scale showed a loss of 2.4 pounds. I’m thankful… and with that loss came the added bonus of hitting my 5% goal!!! YIPEE!!! And naturally I got swag… this sticker was a lot bigger than the regular Bravo! stickers we get in the meetings, but I love it!!

weight5

Also finally we got the charms in from the “Share Your Success” promotion. (Apparently my WW store’s was sent late). If you’re not familiar with the promotion  you had to attend six or more meetings between Nov 2 and Dec 27 (The Marathon of Food!!) and you get a cute little snow flake charm! It’s cute a lot smaller than they showed on the picture… but cute.

charm

So this weeks Topic was another timely one,  we talked about the link between sleep and weight loss. Let’s be clear, when you get more sleep you’re better at everything, and I think it has to do with the fact that you are more rational and able to make clearer decisions, this includes what you put in your month. My sleep has always been weird, there are times when I have suffered from severe insomnia, there are times when all I do is sleep, and like now there are times when I sleep for 6-7 hours and it’s not restful, and I wake up tired and groggy or my sleep is broken, (I sleep for 3 hours, wake up for an hour then go back to sleep for another 4 hours). So how well I sleep at any given moment is never a given.

One of my goals on terms of weight loss for the upcoming year is to improve my sleep hygiene, on the days when I don’t sleep well (which I’m currently going on a two month streak) I don’t go to the gym, because seriously I think getting on a treadmill might be dangerous… did I ever share the story how (I think it was 2 years ago) was suffering from insomnia and was desperate for some sleep, so around 5 in the morning I went to the gym, I figured working out would tire me out, got on the treadmill and ran for about 30 seconds and the next thing I knew I was looking at the ceiling…. not an experience I want to do again, so I stay home)

I guess when you think about it there are a lot of reasons why we aren’t getting the sleep that we need, we’re busy raising families, working and basically surviving… and if you’re anything like me, sometimes your brain is too busy to simply fall asleep, and the longer I’m awake the it’s more likely that I’m gonna reach for snacks and eat until my heart is content.

So this week I’m gonna work on giving myself on bed time of 10:30… everything is turned off, and I’ll see if that works any with my sleep situation. This week I would like to continue on the trend and see a post Christmas weight loss.

What’s your advice of getting restful sleep??

progress

If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13

Until Next Time….

tyra signature

Copyright © 2014 – Random Acts of Snark – Paying it Forward –  All Rights Reserved