The Adventures of KB

Healthy living in a hectic life

You’re hot and you’re cold

Well, technically, it’s hot and I’ve got a cold.

Shocking, right?  Leave it to me to make it all winter without getting sick, only to start sniffling on the first day of summer, in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave.  Because that makes sense.

Anyways, today was my first day actually tracking with e-tools. It was a work day, so it wasn’t that exciting of a menu, but I’m feeling good about it.

For breakfast, I had my usual: Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee (iced) with organic half and half, a whole-wheat english muffin with organic peanut butter and a banana. I even took a picture before I ate it at my desk!

Typical on-the-go breakfast

For lunch, I had a lean cuisine (beef chow fun, which passed the taste test and earned a “that smells good” from my lunchmates), watermelon chunks and a cup of organic vanilla yogurt. Back at my desk, I munched on carrots and apples as I sniffled away.

After work, I skipped downstairs to jazzercise, where I proceeded to mess up almost every move.  My head was in a total fog.

Then, I came home and made this yummy salad: spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, goat cheese, chicken and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Lots of hidden delicious in this guy

Not pictured: the cookies-and-cream cupcake I had for dessert. It looked (and tasted) too good to resist.  Luckily, I had leftover points to somewhat make up for the splurge.

Anyways, now I’m off to go to bed early and rest up. Tomorrow night, I’m going out with friends for my official birthday celebration (I love birthdays that last for days straight).  Wish me luck!

Oh, and just in case Katy Perry isn’t stuck in your head by now, here’s an oldie, but a goodie.

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Weigh-in 1: It’s a birthday miracle!

So, as I said yesterday, I decided to go to my meeting a day early to face the music, weigh in, and end my week of terrible (but so fun) celebratory eating.

As I waited in (a very long) line to weigh in, I got nervous. Then, when I got up to the counter, I started a rambly pre-explanation of all the things I did, all the things I ate, all the places I was.

Eventually, the leader cut me off and told me I was down .2.

WHAT!

Anyways, I don’t know what to chock my loss up to. Maybe I’m severely dehydrated, Maybe I was wearing super light clothes. Maybe I lost exactly .2 pounds worth of hair because of my excessive drinking (just kidding, that would be my nightmare).

Either way, I am just so happy that I didn’t gain anything after my week of total irresponsibility.

After the meeting, I, of course, made a vow to make a real effort this week and went to Safeway for some supplies. About a half hour later, I walked out with lots of goods — bananas, strawberries, applies, cucumbers, spinach, goat cheese (yum), yogurt, lean cuisines, and whole wheat english muffins, among other things.

And then I walked into my house to find these bad boys sitting on the kitchen counter:

At one point, there were six of these.

As a late birthday surprise for me, my roommate bought me six huge cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop.  Two milkshake flavored, two cookies and cream flavored, one s’mores flavored and one red velvet. Oh my god, best surprise ever.

Of course, I ate one for dessert. I had the milkshake kind and it was the best cupcake of my whole life. I have no clue how many points plus it was, but I bet it weighed more than .2 pounds.

Ah well. Today is a new day.

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Whoops.

So, last week was definitely a bit of a bust for me.  I couldn’t get onto e-tools for some reason, so I had no idea how many points plus anything was and instead of calling weight watchers for help or anything like that, I didn’t track at all.

Add to that fact, this week I went out a lot.

Friday night, I went to a local bar with some friends for beers and burgers.

Saturday through Monday, I was in New York for a bachelorette party, which involved copious amounts of Asian food, rum and cokes, royal flush shots and one eggs benedict brunch.

Monday night, I went to a concert at the 9:30 club and had a few jack and cokes, along with some buffalo wings.

And Tuesday, it was my birthday. I celebrated with margaritas, ice cream cake and a chimichanga.

YIKES. So much fun, but so much disaster.

Anyways, my meeting is not technically until tomorrow, but I have an assignment for work at the same time, so I think I am going to go to a meeting tonight. 

I am TERRIFIED to see the number on the scale for this week and I am kind of ashamed at how much I’ve messed up this week, but I think it will be good to have a fresh start again. Also, this way, I can ask them about the e-tools so I can start tracking and figuring out the points for everything I eat.

I really don’t think this coming weekend will be nearly as much partying as last weekend. I have a few nights out planned, but not EVERY night, so I think I will be able to use my points allowance to make it work. 

Anyways, I’ll let you know how it goes. Has anybody else ever messed up so much so soon in their weight loss journey?

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Excuses, excuses, excuses

So, halfway through my first meeting Thursday night, I came to a very disturbing realization. I think I picked the worst possible time to join Weight Watchers.

Tonight, I’m responsible for baking dozens of cookies for a charity bake sale. Tomorrow, I’m leaving for a three-day New York City bachelorette weekend. And Tuesday, it’s my birthday, which I’m already planning to celebrate at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

I mean, seriously? The idea of staying on plan for these next few days seems almost impossible.

Last night, I brought my concerns up to my leader and she was pretty comforting. Even if I end up gaining three pounds (my prediction), I will at least have been more conscious of my food and drink choices. And who knows how many more pounds I would have gained otherwise?

So, here’s my plan for this weekend. I will track everything I eat and try to make good choices whenever I feel possible, but I will also not deprive myself.  If I want a golden chimichanga and a margarita on my birthday (and I think I might), I might just go for it, but I will track it.

I will also do my best to fit lots of exercise in this week.  It shouldn’t be too hard because New York is basically one humongous walk-a-thon and hopefully that will alleviate some of the other damage.  Anyways, we’ll see how it goes. Has anyone else ever done this?  I know there’s never a really convenient time to do a complete lifestyle change, but this surely must be one of the most inconvenient.  

My other problem that I have run into is that I can’t access the online e-tools so I don’t know the points plus values of some of the stuff I’ve eaten today.  I don’t think I’ve eaten anything really bad — I’ve chowed down on mainly fruits and veggies, yogurt, nuts and lean cuisine today — but it would be nice to know exactly where I am at points-wise on my first day. Has anyone else run into this problem?  I don’t seem to have the access code I need to get online.  Where do I find it?

Anyways, that’s where I am at on my first day. Already this is proving a little difficult, but I’m still excited.  Have a great weekend!

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This time will be different

So, once again, I have come crawling back.

Yesterday, I woke up in the morning, stepped on the scale in my house, and decided something needed to change.

It’s not like I’m the biggest I’ve ever weighed. I’ve weighed more.

And it’s not like I’m had some killer “aha moment.” I haven’t.

Compared to how I used to feel, I am pretty accepting of my body these days.  I am not thin by any stretch of the imagination, but so what?  Being overweight is part of who I am, part of what has made me the way I am today and, most importantly, it does not define anything about me. I do feel self-conscious from time to time, but for the most part, I feel okay. I am NOT agonizing.

That said, I do want to lose weight. I would love to look better in some of my clothes and some of the fashions in stores.  I would love to cut my genetic risk of diabetes and feel more healthy. And I would love to see some of that muscle tone that I know is there.

So, I signed up for Weight Watchers yesterday for the millionth time. This time, I have committed to actually going to the meetings and getting to know my leader so I will feel accountable for how I do. I also resolve to write about my experiences (weight loss related and otherwise) here.

So yes, I’ve definitely done this before with no lasting success. But this time, for those reasons, it really will be different.

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