03 February 2016

Weigh In Wednesday: Week Twenty Four

Starting weight: 259.8
Last Week: 261.2
This week: 260.2
Weight lost this week: -1
Total weight lost: +0.4

While writing last week's post I realized that I've been doing this weekly weigh in series for almost six months. When I started, I was at 259.8. When I weighed in on Monday I was at 260.2, which means I've basically maintained for the past six months and I'm totally okay with that. My weight has fluctuated, obviously, but no more than five pounds above or below that starting weight. I'm gonna go ahead and consider that a success.

I calorie counted last week with MyFitnessPal and I'm calorie counting again this week. I'm also weighing in every day which I know tends to go against most conventional wisdom but I am seeing it more as data points along a spectrum. (My weight for these posts still come from my Monday weigh in which I'm counting as my "official" weight.) I like collecting and analyzing data and see the scale as a feedback tool. How do the choices I make the day before affect the scale the next morning? Our weight naturally fluctuates so I'll be able to watch trends -- does it go up during certain days of the week or, ahem, times of the month? (There might be color coding involved in that last one.)


Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

02 February 2016

Return of Training Tuesday!

Because I'm running the 5K/10K Challenge Series at this year's Cleveland Marathon, I don't really have to start training for another month or so. But all of my fellow ambassadors are already training and I'm feeling kind of left out. I know that I can just, like, y'know, run and cross-train and stuff but it's winter and cold and dark out. So, basically I have zero motivation to maintain an unstructured workout regimen. I deal much better with a set schedule or training plan. I like having things to check off.

One new thing that's getting added into my schedule is Zumba!

When I started my new job back in July I was super excited to be working for a company that is really proactive about encouraging healthy living among employees, going so far as to offer fitness classes during lunch. I was actually really excited about the fitness classes but it took me six months to work up the nerve to work out with co-workers. I mean, y'know, there's that whole changing in the locker rooms and getting all sweaty and making an ass of myself and then going back to work.

But a couple weeks ago I finally decided to give Zumba a try and I had so much fun! They offer it twice a week and the Monday session includes something similar to strength training which is definitely something I need in my life.

So check back next Tuesday to see how my first week went!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

27 January 2016

Weigh In Wednesday: Week Twenty Three

Starting weight: 259.8
Last Week: 262.4
This week: 261.2
Weight lost this week: -1.2
Total weight lost: +1.4

Obviously I was feeling a little....feisty after last week's weigh in. But it's so hard to process a gain when you did the work and followed the plan and exercised. You'd think after so many years of this I'd be used to gains like this but sometimes it still catches up with me.

I tried the new Weight Watchers plan, you guys. I really tried and while I lost weight this week, my frustrations with the overall system outweigh the number on the scale. To the point that I actually cancelled my subscription (and when they asked why, I had no problem telling them the reason).

I like the plan in theory. I think Weight Watchers is on the right track with regards to changing our perspectives on our food choices but I don't like how it works in actual practice. It left me feeling aggravated and discouraged which is not a recipe for success. I make good choices 80% of the time but somehow that other 20% seemed to take up far more points than seemed reasonable for a balanced lifestyle.

So, I cancelled and will be using MyFitnessPal for the foreseeable future. This isn't new: I've always been using MFP off and on for years, even when also doing Weight Watchers. I like having a general idea of my calorie intake. But somehow, now that 20% feels like 20% and my eating habits allow for more flexibility. Interestingly (but not surprisingly), since cutting way back on sugar and artificial sweeteners, my own sweet tooth has retreated and I don't feel the need to splurge on dessert as much.

This is my kitchen cabinet. I have an old, old Before photo along with my current weight and short term goal weight. I'm thinking in five pound segments now. Once I get to 260, I'll look ahead to 255. Then 250, etc., etc. I have extra note cards for when

I saw this in the home of a friend a few weeks ago and was really struck by the visual. She didn't have the photo, I added that, but just having those numbers in place in my kitchen, the one room where all of my food choices are made, is a constant reminder.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

25 January 2016

slow cooking up a storm

Several years ago, I asked for a slow cooker for Christmas. In fact, if memory serves, it was the only thing I asked for that particular Christmas.

At the time, though, I was working a job with hours that didn't make the slow cooker the most useful. That is, I would leave the apartment between 8 and 8:30 am and not get home until after 9 pm. I'd eat both lunch and dinner at work. So when I did use the slow cooker it was really only on Sunday nights when I'd basically make lunch or dinner for the week.

With my new job, however, now I have a schedule perfect for the slow cooker and LET ME TELL YOU there is nothing more amazing than walking in the door after a long day at work and have dinner cooked and ready to eat and still have enough for left over lunches.

My two current favorites are Iowa Girl Eats Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and Budget Bytes Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili. Seriously, these are both so good that I've made and eaten them multiple weeks in a row. They are also the Keep It Simple Stupid kind of slow cooker recipes. I hate the kind that involve a ton of prep work beforehand, so any KISS slow cooker recipes are going to be my fave. For both of these, the only prep is chopping up some veggies. Then you just dump everything in and then turn that sucker on. Both use chicken that just gets shredded at the very end.

So. Simple.

Over the weekend I also decided to try "baking" potatoes in the slow cooker. Turns out, way easier than any other method I've tried.

I went with sweet potatoes, which I topped with some lean ground turkey taco meat, an avocado, and some Greek yogurt. Holy mother of goddess it was so delish.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

20 January 2016

Weigh In Wednesday: Week Twenty Two

Starting weight: 259.8
Last Week: 260.8
This week: 262.4
Weight lost this week: +1.6
Total weight lost: +2.6

Sissy let me have her Hulu log in information so I've been catching up on past seasons of Sister Wives that I haven't seen (#sorrynotsorry) and in one of the seasons, Janelle's trainer makes her take a sledgehammer to the scale, saying she focuses far too much on the number and not enough on her overall progress.

That sums exactly how I felt on Monday.

And that's pretty much all I have to say about that.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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