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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weekly Weigh In


Happy Tuesday! Robyn's back this week (yay!). Let's hop right in. 

Robyn: 

Well, I am back.  Better than before – well, that is questionable.  I am down 1 pounds since we last met. So, I am basically down 3 pounds from my  heaviest.  Let’s just attribute that to stress loss and move on.  In any event, I am trying (yet again) to refocus my energies. Today is the first day that the sun is out. I am hoping with spring upon us, I will get back out and back on the couch to 5K track (yes, 5K..not 10K)….

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I am finding it difficult to stay on track these days.  I will say this—I have not gone food shopping in weeks. So my apartment is basically void of any food.  Which, in the end, is probably a good thing.  It keeps me from snacking. So instead of going home, snacking, cooking dinner and then snacking, I am able to just have a fulsome dinner and that’s it.  I have also learned a great lesson the past couple of weeks – no reason to lose weight for an “event.”  Its just too much pressure.  Instead, focus on losing slowly and steadily in a manner that works for you….

My goal this week is to get back to counting points, get some walk time outside, and to keep up with the blogging!!!  I have been doing small things – like just getting off the bus one stop earlier, walking to a further bus stop, going to the mall just so I am walking instead of sitting on a couch.  These things do seem to add up and help.

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My recipe this week is Zucchini Noodles Zoodles with Lemon Garlic Spicy Shrimp from Gina's Skinny Recipes (or Skinnytaste) again.  It looks delicious. I have not tried it and I need to buy a spiralizer to do so (Nicole mentioned it a couple a weeks ago), but I plan to make this in the near future.

Nicole: 

As of today, I am down a total of 17.6 pounds. I am really seeing results now and I have to say, it feels good. Really good. Like happy dance good!


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It has been a long time since I set a weight loss goal and made this kind of progress. A good 8 years to be exact. I should explain so you don’t think I’ve been on a food bender since 2006 (though I have been at times). 

If you’ve been keeping up with the Weekly Weigh In, you know a lot of my weight gain/loss story. Before I joined Weight Watchers the first time, I’d packed on about 60 pounds over the course of 10 years. I have college, law school and a few years working crazy hours (coupled with a lack of discipline when it comes to ordering takeout) to blame for that. In that time, I had some spurts of weight loss but it was always back to the set point eventually. For example, I got really into the gym my last year of law school to battle stress. Then I sat still for the summer while studying for the bar exam. I popped right back to heavy land.  

        

Finally, I got fed up (I’m sure I saw an unflattering photo of myself) and joined Weight Watchers with some of my colleagues.  It worked well (albeit slowly). I was in the maintenance phase when I got really sick (thanks Lupus) and dropped to an unhealthy weight (about 30 pounds under my goal weight) and turned into a brittle, gaunt version of myself.  

I was determined to put on weight and started eating like an animal. I had burgers for lunch a few times a week and ate huge amounts of pasta for dinner. Eventually, I got on the right meds and went back to my healthy weight…and then, right past it because of how comfortable I’d gotten with eating crappy processed food on the regular. It didn’t help that my cooking skills left something to be desired (mainly edibility). Before I knew it, I was 30 pounds over my goal weight and 30 pounds away from heaviest weight.  I was fed up with myself.

It was because of being fed up that I tried going vegan for 21 days at the start of 2010. It did a number on me in a great way. I’d never felt better. I didn’t lose much weight but I was still on board with the change.  Now, as you know, I’m vegetarian. At the start of this year, I felt like I was doing some things for my overall health, but it was finally time to shed the excess pounds. There’s no doubt extra weight is weighing (literally) on my already stressed body. I went back to Weight Watchers and the rest is (recent) history. So what’s different?

* I am not in it for appearances this time. It’s nice to look good in clothes but my clothes fit well now (they may not be in the size I’d like-lol-but they do fit). This time, I am in it because I want to feel strong. I’m excited about having more stamina…about being able to do increasingly complicated yoga moves, about lifting weights and doing boxing drills with Ash. Maybe it’s because illness has weakened me over the last several years.  This is like my “F Off” to sickness. It feels like a new start.

* I don’t look at each day as a new start. Let’s say I have pizza for dinner (like last night during the NCAA Men’s Finals). Back in the day (like December of last year), I would write off the entire night and go for a few slices, some cookies and some wine. Now, I pre-plan and try to budget for the little indulgences I refuse to deprive myself of. So, in a night where pizza is on the menu, I budget for a slice or two and fill the rest of the plate with salad so I'm not jonesing for a third slice. 

* I have a fitness buff in my house...and he let's me go at my own pace...and doesn't shame me for eating pizza. He is there as a resource when I have questions and a motivator when I need a little push to go to the gym. And when I flex my tiny biceps, he doesn't laugh. He just says he's proud of me. 

* It feels like a life shift rather than a fad. This is not "I'll lose 30 pounds for my trip to the beach and then go for a huge ice cream sundae." It's get it right and keep it that way. In other words, it feels like a habit and while I don't miss the gym when I skip a day, I do jump right back into the swing of things. 

         

This week's workout uses a medicine ball. It's a fun way to vary your routine and still use weight. What's your favorite weight training tool? Do you go for traditional machines and free weights or do you reach for kettle bells, medicine balls and bands? 

Healthified Kale and Portobello Lasagna
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Finally, today's recipe is one that you actually have to cook (I figured I'd give you a little break from the raw recipes) AND, there's cheese. I see you smiling. You can check out the recipe for Kale and Portobello Lasagna courtesy of Food Network here.

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