Aug 30, 2017

The In-Between Post

So much has happened the last week, I can't even articulate it all. Some wonderful, some heartbreaking. 

I missed my weigh in last week because of an emergency Friday morning and then Saturday morning I had a race in another city. The centres are only open until noon both days so I couldn't even settle for an evening weigh in.  My home scale never jives with the WW one consistently so I can't even guesstimate. Sometimes mine is dead on, sometimes , its more than the WW sometimes it's way less. I can confidently say  I've probably gained a few pounds but I am not expecting a huge gain.

As well, the last two weeks have been difficult to keep to any kind of schedule with hanging around hospitals for various people, medical appointments, and work commitments.  It has just been overwhelming and I have been trying to tread water.

On top of that, I woke up with a sore throat/head cold yesterday and today will be a long day of meetings until 8 p.m.  Tomorrow night I have a visitation to go to and Friday morning a funeral, then I have a major proposal due on Tuesday morning (Monday is a holiday here) but my sister  (hopefully) flies home on Tuesday (another long, drama filled story!) and I need to help her get to the airport with luggage and a newborn.

I am waiting for the drama in my life to subside.

In the meantime, weight watchers has not fallen by the way side, I am still tracking every day even when those days are 50 + points because of hospital food or just not caring and grabbing a sub with a bag of chips.  I have not had a lot of time for walking other than the 5k race last weekend.

One day at a time.
One day at a time.
One day at a time.

It is great to see some of my followers doing so well - you inspire me!!

Because I've had lots of empty time on my hands (i.e. sitting around hospitals and waiting), I have been reading The Obesity Code and just started "The Complete Guide to Fasting". It's a very interesting concept and I agree with a lot of Dr. Fung's research.  As someone with Type II diabetes I have always been told to eat every 3-4 hours...don't let myself get hungry!

When I do that, I am ALWAYS FREAKING HUNGRY.  When I stick to three meals a day spaced out by at least 5 hours, I actually eat less and feel hungry only about half hour before the next meal is due.  Before I saw a nutritionist for diabetes, I never, ever ate breakfast. My first meal was always 12-1 pm and I never, ever ate past 8 p.m.  What I was doing wrong was following bad diet advice from the early 90's which was high carb/low fat so I put myself into Type II diabetes, exacerbated by PCOS which already had my insulin levels out of whack.  When I read The Obesity Code it was like a million light bulbs going off in my head.  Seriously.  I feel like I have done everything wrong for the past 20 years.

I am not saying I'm going to jump into fasting.  What I'm doing now (three meals, spaced out) is still working (when I follow a sensible program!). It may be something to consider if I find I am truly stalled.

Thanks for reading this far.   I'll be back at the weekend with my weigh in!

Aug 17, 2017

Weigh In Week 48

Another week in the books and getting closer to that 52 lbs in 52 weeks goal.  Or not, based on this week's weigh in. This is the first time (since starting last September)that I am disappointed with the results at the scale.  I felt like I had a great week.  I did weigh in a day early because I am out of town tomorrow and Saturday morning but I don't think that would have made a difference.

I did get my sunglasses charm which cheered me up a little and my shadow in the centre window (while I was waiting for it to open)made me feel smaller and seemed to be cheering me on for getting out and walking so much this week.

So..keeping on and keeping at it!

I don't have much to say this week, so I've posted more photos to entertain you :)

This felt like an extra long week.  I think after the busy-ness of the previous few weeks, a calmer week felt like it was dragging.  I did get a lot done at work though which was awesome as I was so far behind on my regular job because of special/extra assignments.

My shadow has been dragging me out walking this week - I have just been so tired that I've had to be dragged out the door!  Never regret it though :)

A photo of me with both my nephews. I won't see them both again for at least 6 months so I have been soaking up every possible moment with them.

I finally got my Canada Day medal from the Canada Day (July 1) race when they ran out of medals due to all the late registrations. I do love bling :)


Aug 11, 2017

Weigh In Week 47

Although I ate away from home quite a few times this week, I felt like it was a solid week with no major issues in the food/exercise area. There is always room for improvement.  The last few days people I see everyday (co-workers/family) have been commenting that I am melting to nothing.  I am not sure why I look different because I have basically been maintaining through June/July.  I did notice getting dressed this morning that whatever I tried on felt sloppy and I changed 3 or 4 times before I found something that looked ok enough for work.  My size 14 pants can now be taken off and on without unzipping/unbuttoning (and only 1 or 2 size 12's fit well enough to wear in public!) so maybe all the hiking and increased walking is changing my body a shape a bit and the scale still needs to catch up.

It has been a busy week full of emotions.

The best is first! My third nephew (my sister's second son) was born healthy and a good size at 8 lbs 4 oz. Kalan Christopher suits him perfectly!

I spent two days with her older son, Kiron, while she was in the hospital so her husband could stay with them. I had forgotten how much work a 2 year old is! We had fun but I was glad of the break when he went home!!!

My youngest son (age 20) broke up with his girlfriend of 4 years so it's been a bit of a drama filled and over the top week in that area.  I think he made the right decision but I know he is sad and she is definitely taking it very hard.  I am sure they will both be fine, with some time and reflection.

I had 5 days off work - two days for the baby event, the weekend and then the Civic Holiday so it was a bit of shock to have to go back after that.

I attended (and walked around for a few hours) a local music festival (Festival of Friends) and felt really pretty in my rolled up jeans and white off the shoulder blouse.  Of course, I promptly splashed bbq  sauce all over can dress me up but you can't take me anywhere!
The same day, I also went on a long hike at twilight with a friend and her dog and we had to leave the trail as it was getting too dark to see and take the long way around through the residential neighbourhood to get back to the car so that added about 3 km to our hike. I ended that day at over 23,000 steps!

I am trying to get 3-4 weeknight hikes in every week - about an 60-90 min each time.  Partly to keep moving but also for my sanity right now with all the craziness in my life.  Hiking in the woods is my happy place.  I am so fortunate to live so close to the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment.

Aug 3, 2017

 Weigh In Week 46

I weighed in a day early because I am away for a few days to meet my new nephew! 

This week I really wanted to get back to my 1 lb/week average. Last week I was sitting slightly below it at 0.99/lbs per week.  June and July were pretty much a bust and I felt like I was treading water.

I remember, years ago, complaining about how slowly I lost weight and my endocrinologist saying "In one year, 1 lb a week is 52 lbs".

So..that's kind of an unofficial goal I have in my head now for reaching my 1st year milestone on WW which will be my September 15th weigh in. This is the longest I have stuck with WW (or any plan) since I did WW the first time back in 1995.  That translates to 7 weeks to lose 5.1 lbs.  Let's see what happens!  

I had to miss my Monday night meeting because of work this week and this coming Monday is a holiday and the WW centre will be closed so I've been experimenting with other meetings and leaders this week, but I am a creature of habit and really like the Monday night leader (he only does that one meeting). I know that going to the meeting really helps me stay focused, even though I weigh in on Friday or Saturday morning. If I weigh in on Saturday morning then I do stay for that meeting as well but it tends to be overly crowded and a few people dominate the meeting which is not really all that interesting!

I had a lovely day on Sunday at the zoo with my nephew (pictured below) and my sons and got in almost 15,000 steps in just 4 hours!  It was very hot though and even with a hat and 60 SPF I still ended up with a sunburn.

I appreciate all your kind comments as I go through this craziness!

 I never tire of this walk or the view! I am blessed it's practically on my doorstep.