Weight Watchers Update

Today was my 18th Weight Watcher’s meeting….

The 1st night (May 31st) I joined and weighed….

The 2nd night (June 7th) I lost 5.4 lbs.

The 3rd night (June 14th) I lost 3.0 lbs.

The 4th night (June 21st) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 5th night (June 28th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 6th night (July 5th) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 7th night (July 12th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 8th night (July 19th) I lost 1.2 lbs.

The 9th night (July 26th) I GAINED .8 lbs.

The 10th night (August 2nd) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 11th night (August 9th) I lost 2 lbs.

The 12th night (August 16th) I GAINED .6 lbs.

The 13th night (August 23rd) I lost 1.6 lbs.

The 14th night (August 30th) I lost .6 lbs.

The 15th night (September 6th) I stayed the same…did not gain, did not lose.

The 16th night (September 13th) I lost 2.6 lbs.

The 17 night (September 20th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

Today I GAINED 2 lbs!!!!

Yes, a WHOLE 2 POUNDS, not .2….

It was terrible!!!  I feel sick to my stomach…..I couldn’t believe it!  Paul and I talked  a lot about what factors come into play with that weight (some of which are obvious….I have jeans on, instead of shorts, I went out to eat 4 times last week, and my “friend” is here visiting), but overall, it’s no one (or nothing) else’s fault but my own.

I’m about to go crawl into bed and die….wake me up next Tuesday when it’s time to weigh….maybe I’ll have lost some weight by then…..

Invincible

I learned a hard lesson this morning….I am not invincible….

About 5 weeks ago, a week before the Old Settler’s 5K, I stress fractured my right heel bone.  I ran in the Lacon 5K anyway, despite the pain.  Since that day I have not run, nursing it and allowing my heel to heal.  I have been itching to run for the past 5 weeks…every day I want to run…every day I have ached to run…

This past Tuesday I did a “trial run.”  I ran with my friend, Julie.  We did 2 miles running/walking, so I probably ran about a mile total.  It felt pretty good.  I loved the euphoric feeling I had when I running.  My heel was a little uncomfortable afterwards, but not horrible…

This past Thursday I went back to the doctor for a follow-up appointment.  She asked me all the standard questions:  does it hurt, is it tender here (poking, mashing, etc), what’s the pain level, etc.?  Overall, it’s healing nicely.  She did recommend that I not run for another week, just to be safe.  Here’s the way the conversation went down:

Dr.: “I would recommend you lay off for another week.”

Me:  “So, what you’re saying is that I should not run in a 5K on Saturday?”

Dr.: “I would say no.”

Me:  “Shoot, really….because I already signed up for it!  Really, I can’t do it?!”

Dr.: “Well, you know your body and you know what you can and cannot handle, so ultimately it’s your decision.”

Me:  “Well, just so you know I’m probably going to do it anyway, ” (giving her a hopeful smile that she won’t shoot me or throw me out of her office)

Dr.: (Laughing and rolling her eyes) “Well, just so you know I will say, ‘I told you so’ when you are back in my office next week because your heel hurts!”

Me: “OK, I’m cool with that, as long as we’re on the same page!”

So….I did it.  I went to run a 5K this morning….I got up at 6:00AM and was out the door by 6:20AM to go to Peoria to run the Zoo Run.

bib number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it was cold this morning (but i did wear shorts/tank top)!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, here’s where reality sits in.

I have not run in 4 weeks.  I’m not sure what I was thinking, but this morning was a hard pill to swallow.  I was not ready.  I was out of shape and it was hard!!!  It had nothing to do with my right heel; that was fine!  It was the overall process of running.

(But let me say this: the course we did was HARD!!!  It was more “trail running” than a course.  It was a 3-mile timed lap run, which means it was the same mile, run 3 times in a row-just in a loop.  I had been told that there was a hill in the course, which I was fine with, but there were probably 3-4 hills, up and down.  So, really b/c we ran 3 loops it was really like 9 hills!!  It was terrible!  It was curvy, and downhill, uphill, around….overall, not a good course, in my opinion)!

So, I didn’t even finish it.  I did 2 miles and stopped.  I just quit.  I could not endure those hills anymore.  It wasn’t worth it to me.  I did the 1st mile in 10:46, which is a horrible time for me.  I can easily do it in about 10:00 and have done it several times in under 10:00.  I had no interest in doing the hills a 3rd time.

So, overall, the 5K did not go well.  (I blame the course)!  But, I do blame myself a little bit.  I guess I just assumed I could pick up running, as if I never left it.  And, I couldn’t.

So, here’s what I did to wallow in my disappointment.

Tall Caramel Apple Spice with no whipped cream....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will I still continue to run?  Absolutely.

Will I sign up for a 5K anytime soon?  Probably not.

(And, please don’t tell Paul….but my heel is hurting–MY LEFT HEEL!!!!)

 

Chicken Little

My friend, Kristal, said it best when she said she felt like Chicken Little the other day when playing outside with her daughter….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrator:   Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head.  It scared her so much she trembled all over.  She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.

Chicken Little:   “Help! Help!  The sky is falling!  I have to go tell the king!”

The acorns have been absolutely C-R-A-Z-Y the past week or so….it sounds like it is hailing at our house!!

acorns on our front porch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this picture does not do them justice-they are HUGE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

huge top of the acorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more on the ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, at the park, my friend, Julie, and I were standing underneath the metal pavilion and acorns were falling.  We both jumped and were very startled b/c it sounded like gunshots “popping” all around us!

So, beware!!  The sky is falling all around us!!

 

Weight Watchers Update

Today was my 17th Weight Watcher’s meeting….

The 1st night (May 31st) I joined and weighed….

The 2nd night (June 7th) I lost 5.4 lbs.

The 3rd night (June 14th) I lost 3.0 lbs.

The 4th night (June 21st) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 5th night (June 28th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 6th night (July 5th) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 7th night (July 12th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 8th night (July 19th) I lost 1.2 lbs.

The 9th night (July 26th) I GAINED .8 lbs.

The 10th night (August 2nd) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 11th night (August 9th) I lost 2 lbs.

The 12th night (August 16th) I GAINED .6 lbs.

The 13th night (August 23rd) I lost 1.6 lbs.

The 14th night (August 30th) I lost .6 lbs.

The 15th night (September 6th) I stayed the same…did not gain, did not lose.

The 16th night (September 13th) I lost 2.6 lbs.

Today (September 20th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

I hit my Lifetime Goal….and, actually, I came under my Lifetime Goal by a pound….(so I guess I should change my Lifetime Goal).

So, in 17 weeks, I lost 24.2 lbs.  (On FB, I put 24.6, but I was wrong.)….

My 17-week pass was up today, so I joined again for 2 more months (they had a special going on, so I only paid for 1 month but got 1 free).  I’ll have to “maintain” my weight for 6 weeks (without going over/under 2lbs) before I can become a Lifetime Member.  Once I’m a Lifetime Member I don’t have to pay anymore and I can keep going to meetings/weigh-in.

I’m pretty excited.  Especially since, for the last 3 1/2 weeks, I have not been running or doing Jazzercise because of my heel.

The receptionist at WW kept talking about me, telling everyone I was such a good example and a walking advertisement for WW!  Brenda, our leader, even made me stand up and be recognized (and she told me to show everyone my skinny waist)!  🙂

So, there you have it.  It can be done!  Yes, it’s an investment, but it’s worth it.  And, I really do think I can keep it up.

And, as I told everyone in my family, it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet!!

 

Weight Watchers Update

Today was my 16th Weight Watcher’s meeting….

The 1st night (May 31st) I joined and weighed….

The 2nd night (June 7th) I lost 5.4 lbs.

The 3rd night (June 14th) I lost 3.0 lbs.

The 4th night (June 21st) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 5th night (June 28th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 6th night (July 5th) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 7th night (July 12th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 8th night (July 19th) I lost 1.2 lbs.

The 9th night (July 26th) I GAINED .8 lbs.

The 10th night (August 2nd) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 11th night (August 9th) I lost 2 lbs.

The 12th night (August 16th) I GAINED .6 lbs.

The 13th night (August 23rd) I lost 1.6 lbs.

The 14th night (August 30th) I lost .6 lbs.

The 15th night (September 6th) I stayed the same…did not gain, did not lose.

Today (September 13th) I lost 2.6 lbs.!!

I couldn’t believe it….I have not run in 2 1/2 weeks and really have not been “tracking” as much as I should….I was shocked!  (I weighed twice, just to make sure she was right the first time).

So, apparently I’m doing something right.  My 17-week pass is up soon, but I re-joined as on a Monthly Pass so I could keep going.  I am .4 lbs (less than 1/2 pound) away from my lifetime goal.  (I even tried to take my necklace and my glasses off this morning, but it didn’t work).  😦

Total loss:  23.6 since June 1st

 

 

Random Things

Not much is going on, but I figured I would blog anyway….just to keep up with my “followers” who anxiously await each day (OK, primarily just my mom, but nonetheless, I’ll blog)….

As I said, not much is going on….

I “took” myself off of crutches.  It is SO HARD and SO FRUSTRATING to be an adult and be on crutches.  Life goes on even if you’re on crutches and people are just “not helpful.”  (At least in my experience this past week they have not been)….one of my sweet friends, Diane, from church “mothered” me today and told me to get back on them ASAP.  She said she would be my surrogate mom (in this particular situation) b/c my mom would probably say the same thing….but I don’t know if I’ll get back on them.  I was supposed to be on the them for 10 days, which would’ve been today from the day of my doctor’s appointment, so technically I’m OK.  (But, I did miss the last 5 days)!

My heel does feel better.  I still limp a little bit when I walk (which makes my knees hurt b/c I’m walking “funny”), but I guess that’s part of the healing process.  I am SO ANXIOUS to run again; it’s not even funny!!  I want to go run so bad….I’m thinking about going this week and just “testing the waters.”  We’ll see….

I have “vacation brain” so bad….I am dreaming of my next vacation already (which Paul thinks is really funny b/c I went to Texas twice this summer, so really I had a double vacation).  Paul considers going to Texas a vacation.  I do not.  Going to Texas is just visiting family and friends that we already know and that we can “mooch off of” and stay with/eat with for free.  (Don’t get me wrong….I love going “home” but it’s not a vacation to me)…Paul and I have very different views on vacation….we’ve learned to compromise over the last 6 years we’ve been together (and for us, compromising means going on separate vacations, which we’ve done the past two summers).  Vacation, to me, is going somewhere “touristy” and cramming in as much stuff as you can into a very small amount of time.  Vacation, to Paul, is going somewhere and doing “nothing.”  So….needless to say, we have very different ideas…today I was perusing airline tickets to different places (I just do that for fun) and I can fly to NYC for $268, round-trip.  That is a super good price, even better than the price I got when I went two summers ago.  But, as Paul so lovingly pulled out, I do have to stay somewhere and eat while I’m there.  😦  (Anybody want to go with me and split the cost??!)  So, for now, I’ll stay here and live vicariously through the internet, I guess.

We have a new staff member at Great Oaks, another guy.  That’s what I need is more testosterone to work with….he starts tomorrow.  He’ll primarily be doing the ropes course on the weekends, TRAIL on Tuesday nights with us, and working with Jim on the building projects we have.

Weight Watchers has really been a struggle for me the past few weeks.  It is not longer a challenge; it is a chore.  It’s very frustrating because I used to be “excited” about trying to figure out what I could eat, how many points it was, tracking, etc.  Now, not so much.  (I tried to blame it on Paul, but it’s probably a culmination of a lot of things).  All during the summer Paul ate every meal at Pine Tree (with the campers), so every meal I made at home, I made just for myself.  Now, Paul is eating at home and it’s harder.  He eats what I eat (so that part is fine), but it’s just hard feeding another person because he can eat so much more than I can.  I also have been bored at home (not being able to run yet) so I think I snack more.  I munch.  I graze.  (I feel kind of like a cow, actually).  I think I’ve hit my plateau and I’m not too happy about it.  I have 3 pounds to lose to reach my Lifetime Goal (for WW) but I only have 2 more weeks left on my 17-week pass.  So, I think I’ll have pay more money so I can keep going to get off the last 3 pounds (to become a Lifelong Member).

Yesterday I babysat for our neighbors and it was confirmed, once again, that Paul and I are fine not having kids.  Andi took off her diaper during her nap and pooped on the floor (and on her books/blanket)….yuck!!  And, Ethan had a dirty diaper at the exact same time.  It was L-O-V-E-L-Y….(I smelled like poop when I got home)!!  Once again, affirming our decision that it is OK just being the two of us.

We had a wonderful time hanging out with our friends on Friday night.  This weekend was our only “free” weekend for the entire fall season.  From this coming weekend until November 12th, every weekend is full.  So, we took advantage of having Friday night off and went out with friends.  It was a very impromptu decision (on my part) on Wednesday to call some friends from church and get together at Pizza Peel.  So, 15 of us all got together and had a great time!  (I really did not expect everyone to be able to come, but it was fun)!

Well, I guess that’s it.  As I said, not much….just livin’ life!

Weight Watchers Update

Yesterday was my 15th Weight Watcher’s meeting….

The 1st night (May 31st) I joined and weighed….

The 2nd night (June 7th) I lost 5.4 lbs.

The 3rd night (June 14th) I lost 3.0 lbs.

The 4th night (June 21st) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 5th night (June 28th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 6th night (July 5th) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 7th night (July 12th) I lost 1.4 lbs.

The 8th night (July 19th) I lost 1.2 lbs.

The 9th night (July 26th) I GAINED .8 lbs.

The 10th night (August 2nd) I lost 1.8 lbs.

The 11th night (August 9th) I lost 2 lbs.

The 12th night (August 16th) I GAINED .6 lbs.

The 13th night (August 23rd) I lost 1.6 lbs.

The 14th night (August 30th) I lost .6 lbs.

Yesterday (September 6th) I stayed the same…did not gain, did not lose.

That’s definitely OK with me, considering Paul and I went out of town on Sunday/Monday and ate out for 4 meals!  I also have not run AT ALL since August 27th….I’ve got to get back into that AND SOON!!  This no running thing is KILLING ME!!!