Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 5, I wish it was always this easy

I wish I knew the secret of my success...on days like today.

There are days when I have the super willpower, where I feel like nothing can lead me astray. I love those days. They have been few and far between these past several weeks. For some unknown reason today has been one of my good days. It's after 11 p.m. and by my standards, I've been "perfect" today.

Vitamins ✓

Water ✓

Exercise (1.5 hours strenuous) ✓

Tracked my food online with eTools ✓

Stayed within my Point limit ✓

Could I have done a better job? Of course I could have, there's always room for improvement. Perhaps I shouldn't have had that cup of non-fat Reddi Wip on my yogurt and raspberries tonight. When I looked it up in eTools it said one cup is one Point. By the way, that's really how you spell it..."wip".

It felt decadent to have that fake whip cream squirted into a cup, then piled on top of my low-fat vanilla yogurt and frozen raspberries. It was a little taste of heaven. It made me feel like I could eat like this forever. It was as good or perhaps even better than real ice cream because I didn't feel guilty eating it.

I didn't make it to the gym this morning. Instead I left work at 3 p.m. and stopped at the gym on my way home. Normally, I don't enjoy evening workouts. Usually I'm tired. There's also the fact that the weight section where the largest selection of free weights are located is packed with only guys at night. Women stick with the machines, men usually stick with the free weights. I prefer free weights. I just pretend like I belong there and do my thing. Sometimes I feel sort of out of place, but I that doesn't stop me. I belong there just as much as they do.

For some reason tonight I felt really strong and did heavier weights than usual. I was even able to my tricep bench pushups without feeling like I was going to die.

The StairMaster has become my cardio of choice lately. After about a month vacation from it, I've been back on it all week. It's the only machine that I can't cheat on, and it keeps my heart rate consistently high.

Weight Watchers changed the Activity Points for stair climbing. I'm sure it use to be four Points for 30 minutes at 30 steps/minute (I do 67 steps/minute). Now it says 6 Points for 30 minutes. Sounds a little high to me. It's hard, but it's not that hard.

I'm hoping to do the Big Climb in Seattle this March. It's only 69 flights. I usually do 110-140 flights on the StairMaster in 30 minutes. Real stairs are a lot harder than a stair climbing machine. Just like walking on a treadmill versus walking outside. The real thing is always harder. Grace, if you read this, are you interested? It would be really fun to do this with you. :)

I love the new "To do this week" feature on eTools. Each item is a link to something else and gives you more information on the task. I'm going to take a "before" photo before Saturday and add my measurements to eTools. I've never used the measurement feature so I'm kind of excited.

I'm also loving the new eTools. I love seeing all the nutrients of the food. Today one of my coworkers was talking about the Burger King Quad Stacker he had last week. Check this out (65 grams of FAT.... YUK!).

I'm working a half day tomorrow, off at noon. Woohoo! Also working from home, so it's a double woohoo! Oh, and it's Friday. Thank God! It's been the longest week ever.


Participants have the choice of either running up the stairwell as a racer (timed, competitive) or walking as a climber (untimed). Two stairwells are used - both courses are 69 flights and end at the 73rd floor Observatory. Water is available at designated sites in each stairwell. If you feel you can not finish, you can exit at the water stop floors and take the elevator down.


Anyone 8 years or older.


Sunday, March 20, 2011.


Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. Address is 701 Fifth Ave.


To find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Funds raised through the Big Climb go directly to support research, patient aid, patient services, education, and advocacy.


Roxie said...

I call days like you've described as being "in the zone". It's like nothing could ever derail me, nothing can tempt me. Those are magical, wonderful days to have. Ride that wave and enjoy it while you can! Good job.

Miz said...

Im with roxie about the zone
and often joke to my husband I wish I could just xerox (am I dating myself by even using that word?!) them and have em over and over and over and over....

Ron said...

FYI,,,, I went back to WW online and counting points again as of Nov 30th! Hope to see some progress once again.

Mrs. Crumpet said...

I know what you mean by days like that, thats always a good thing, I have not been in that mindset past couple days because I have been so busy but meh it happens, Keep at it. :D

Honib1 said...

Those are days you strive for... those are the days you do your best to keep your best... and eventually you have more of those days and less of the days you feel less than stellar..

bbubblyb said...

Glad to hear things are going well. Sounds like you are really liking the new WW too which is great. You know I've never done the stair climber at my gym other than for a minute. Maybe if they had the actual stair kind I would but don't like the up down kind.

Thanks so much for your comments lately they really mean a lot to me. We are kindred spirits *hugs*.

Grace said...

Hi Diana!
I've thought about doing the Big Climb for a number of years. Yes, just thought about it. Never got the impetus to do it. Let me think about it a bit more, and maybe I will join you this year. I'd definitely have to TRAIN for it, which would be good. :) It could be one of my new year's goals.

I hope things keep going well for you. This was a great post. I got some really positive energy from it.

Vee and the Kid said...

Wow. I'm impressed with you. I've been horribly off plan for a month now and am struggling to even find myself a way to get back to it. Happy for you and everyone else who manages to do it. GOOD FOR YOU!!

Vee at

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Diana, thanks for reminding me about the Big Climb - I think I'm going to do it this year! Congrats on your KILLER day!

M Pax said...

It's good to read you had such a good day.

FYI Whole Foods has whipped cream in a spray can that is real dairy and nonfat - no sugar. It's little things like this that can make all the difference some times.


Vegan Chick Pea said...

So glad to hear you're feeling so great about it!!! You kicked butt! As you know, it's hard to keep the momentum going. But just remember, even if you lose it, it WILL come back. And you're strong, so stay the course and you'll be great!

Ida said...

Mama said there'd be day like this. But she never said they'd all be like this. Glad you had a good day. May everyday be a good day for you. The stair climb sounds awesome. Not sure my knees could stand that much stair climbing though. Stairs are one thing that really hurts them. Good luck to you, you will do awesome, of course.