I can hardly believe it’s been that long since I blogged here. When I popped in to harvest some photos from this blog and got looking back at the postings, I realized that I miss Just Make a Mess. I miss it a lot.
So I’m back.
I’m afraid I got terribly sidetracked. I looked at the post about how I over-analyze and second-guess myself at times, and that’s certainly the case with this blog. I thought maybe I should do a different blog. Different name, different focus, different format. I created a blog for my art studio and there it sits…sad, lonely and pretty much empty. I tried another focus with a Homesteading theme. It’s ok but nothing special. Here are some of the other things that were a result of this wandering journey:
I started teaching art classes…
My band played some gigs….
I even planted a garden…
Oh…and I’ve lost 93 pounds. Yay me!
So I dabbled with other sites and flirted with different formats, but I have come to realize that I need to just stay here. I like it here. It’s home.
And there’s no place like home.
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Now that I’m back I need to just update a couple of things. For those of you who were following along on my weight-loss, here’s the skinny.
When our Weight Watchers group was abruptly closed by the company when our leader, who was fabulous, became ill, I realized the only one I could truly count on in my efforts to lose weight was myself. My husband is incredibly supportive, but at the end of the day, it was up to me. As it should be. But I was scared.
Even the little bit of success I’d had with WW felt like a major achievement and the thing I feared most was putting the weight back on, as I’d done after losing 50 pounds on Nutri-system. I was NOT going to let that happen.
Over the summer, while I kept my WW online membership, I did not track. I did, however, try to continue the healthier eating habits we’d established. I was determined to listen much more closely to my body and give it what it was really needing rather than what I thought it might want. And I gave up Diet Coke almost completely, switching to water instead. I now drink approximately 3 to 4 liters of water a day. I eat salad….and chicken…..and fresh-baked artisan bread. I eat potatoes and pasta and rice. I even sometimes eat cake. All in moderation, of course. And my body is happy.
The last time I blogged about my weight-loss was April 12th. I’d lost 12.8 lbs.
This morning I weighed in. Total loss as of this date: 25.6 lbs. Yay me.
Here’s your Weekly Weight Watchers Report:
Things appear to be cruising along nicely. There were periods of temptation over Spring Break due to visiting children, however scattered salads mitigated any major damage. The forecast is for light meals with periods of moderate exercise, hopefully precipitating continued success.
Loss of 0.8 lbs – total loss 11.4 lbs
I now return you to your normal internet programming.
Tuesday night I ordered take-out pizza as I was exhausted and didn’t feel like cooking at 10 pm. Pizza is fine on the plan as long as you count the points for it.
I was a good girl and counted every point. Of course, with pizza, you know it’s great the next morning for breakfast. I had a big salad with it Tuesday night but did have it for breakfast on Wednesday and then again with some light soup for lunch. I was feeling lazy and wanted to use up the leftovers. Bottom line, I felt absolutely crappy. Not guilty-crappy, but physically crappy.
I had major heartburn that just did not want to go away. I felt foggy and lethargic and just plain tired. Crappy. So I won’t be doing that again any time soon. Even though it was all completely legal and accounted for and I didn’t go over on my daily points, I much prefer how I feel when I eat properly. It’s back to lots of fresh fruit and veggies with lean protein for us. Pizza is just not a good fit anymore.
On the jewelry front, I bought some lovely little ammonite cabochons today. I’ll try and get a pic of them and post it tonight. I’ll do that while I’m waiting for my veggies to cook. 🙂
Well, we were right. I have to eat 10 points less a day than my weight indicates in order to lose weight. I don’t know if that means that the formula used to calculate points is flawed or if I’m just really resistant to losing. I’m thinking it’s likely the latter, but it doesn’t really matter. I know what I have to do now I just have to keep doing it.
One of the things I’ve been working on is cutting aspartame out of my diet. I’m a Diet Coke addict and it’s one of the things I haven’t been able to completely cut out of my diet. I’ve gone, however, from drinking probably 2 litres of the stuff a day to one or two cans. To replace those fluids I’ve been drinking a fair bit of water but I really like flavourful things. One of my favorite drinks is the Iced Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. Unfortunately, they’re 4 points each. Yikes. They’re also about $3 each and there’s no Starbucks in my town anyway.
So after bopping around the internet for a bit I decided to try and come up with something I liked as much as that. I bought some Tetley flavoured teas. I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages, but I’m a huge fan of iced tea of any ilk.
They’re both good, but I really like the pomegranate. It’s very yummy. I brew a strong pot of the tea with 2 teabags. After it’s cooled a bit, I put it in a 2 litre jug and top-off with cold water. I add the juice of half a lemon or two good squirts of bottled lemon juice and then either Splenda or Stevia to taste for sweetness. It’s not Starbuck’s but it’s close. My hubby loves it and I’m addicted to it already. I’ve heard they use Tazo Zen Green Tea to make theirs, so I’m going to pick some up and try it: it has spearmint and lemongrass in it. That sounds like it would be even more yummy! And as you can see, the savings are huge when you make this yourself.
Weekly loss: 1.4 lbs. Total loss: 7.6