Weigh-in Wednesday

Success after a week of travel and eating out!

I’m down 1.5 lbs!

How happy it would make me to maintain this steady, balanced pace throughout the summer.

Back to Bend

Last weekend’s girls’ trip to Bend was the BEST! We stayed busy (shopping and hiking and hot tubbing) and ate healthfully and got lots of sleep. Traveling and counting WW Points isn’t too hard, it just takes a little more focus when there are road trip snacks to navigate around. I’m happy to report I stuck to my plan and even earned some Activity Points at the hotel gym and hiking up Pilot Butte.

Three gals in the mirror at Barrio (new fave restaurant in Bend):

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Top of Pilot Butte:

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Deschutes River from the hotel:

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Snowy mountain pass, en route to Eugene:

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Snow at the end of April!? I guess some people are into that sort of thing…

Today is my mental health day. I’m working, eating light, getting lots of exercise and drinking plenty of water to prepare for weigh-in tomorrow. I’m hoping to be down 1 to 2 pounds. And Breezy convinced Keri and I to start this two-week “ab challenge,” which I’ll complete Day Two of today. Does anyone else hate ab work as much as I do? Uggggghghhhhh. Join us if you please:

25 normal crunches
25 left side crunches
25 left knee touches
25 crunches, legs half bent
25 right side crunches
25 right knee touches
25 crunches, legs flat on floor
25 second plank hold
25 leg lift butt raise crunches

It’s not fun, be warned.

The return of Weigh-in Wednesday, OFFICIALLY

I say “officially” because I’m for reals about this. I just attended my third Wednesday Weight Watchers meeting since rejoining right before my birthday, and I’m flying high at 2.8 pounds down so far! I decided to join prior to my birthday to keep me in check during the celebrations, and it worked. My first week I was down .2 pounds (and that weekend included chocolate cake, wine and chicken wings). My second week was much more dedicated, though, as I followed their Simple Start plan, and I lost 2.6 at today’s weigh-in.

Changes I’ve made over the past two weeks:

1. Fruit! Zero points for nearly all fruit, and I’m finding cantaloupe, tangerines and bananas to be really satisfying when I’m hungry and not wanting to use “points”.

2. Limiting the wine consumption. One glass of wine is 4 points! Enough said.

3. Not over-exercising just so I can overeat. For someone who spends as much time at the gym as I do, I really have no excuse being 40 pounds overweight… something isn’t right. Instead of working out to eat more, I’m focusing on working out to feel stronger. It’s all about the mental shift. Why am I doing what I’m doing?

4. After my post-dinner treat (yogurt, fruit, popcorn, etc), I STOP EATING. Most people don’t struggle with this, but it’s my biggest downfall. On a normal night I can polish off an extra 200+ calories by rummaging through the kitchen before bed. Changing this habit is incredibly important to my success.

Aren’t we all just works-in-progress? I’m so inspired right now by so many people I love making positive changes and doing wonderful things. Breezy with her 30 pounds weight loss (!!!). Mandy with her Adventure Skirts and dedication to health and nutrition. Eli with his job search. Jamie and Jesse with their tree farm. And the list goes on and on… My heart soars for all of you pursuing your happiness and investing in yourselves!

So last week I bought a nifty new (used) bike and tricked Eli into riding the Banks-Vernonia trail with me on Easter Sunday. 42 miles of bliss on wheels!

At mile 10:

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Halfway! Mile 21 lunch break by Nehalem River in Vernonia:

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Lunch of spinach and leftover meatballs (we really are obsessed… see my previous post):

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Mile 25, six to go:

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The best part? I wasn’t sore at all after this ride – thanks to Spin and Bodypump classes for keeping me fit enough to play outside.

Stay tuned for how I manage my Weight Watchers plan in Bend this weekend!

Asian meatballs and fried cauliflower rice

My new obsessions and absolute favorite paleo dinner:

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Please see beyond the sriracha overload.

We did some meal prep for the week on Saturday but didn’t make nearly enough for our immediate bellies and separate freezers. Next time we’ll triple this recipe. Note: we added a little almond meal to the meat mix.

Nom Nom Paleo’s Asian Meatballs

And Skinnytaste’s Cauliflower Fried Rice is pretty close to my version. I added whole eggs, fish sauce and lots of ginger to mine. This recipe suits me well: Big portion/little guilt.