Thursday, March 31, 2011

Checking in

I haven't posted anything since Sunday because my job is consuming me lately. I'm slightly stressed at work. I still love where I work and love my job, but sometimes I get myself in situations with deadlines. There's always a deadline looming up ahead, and I'm always trying to meet it. I have one next week that I'm struggling to meet. I guess that's just life.

I'm doing okay, managing to get to the gym every day, although I took today off because I couldn't remember the last time I missed a day at the gym.

Sometimes I'm getting in a lunch hour walk with a friend at work that practically race walks, I almost can't keep up with her. I think it would be easier if we just ran. Of course we only walk when it's not raining in the third most miserable city in the nation. At least that's according to this article in the Wall Street Journal, although they say it has nothing to do with the weather (really?).

It's funny because my niece was here a couple weeks ago (from Fairbanks, Alaska) and she couldn't get over the deep green of everything, from he grass to the trees. She kept saying how beautiful it looked. She's right, at least when the sun shines here I think this area must be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. If only the sun would shine a little more.

My eating hasn't been perfect, but I'm tracking my food which is big improvement. My food choices have been excellent, but sometimes my portions are too large (four ounces of chicken breast just doesn't do it for me). I've also managed to avoid eating added sugar for the last two weeks, which is huge for me.

When my weight got up to 187 a couple weeks ago I had bought some cookies and other sweets which I consumed over a two-day period. I didn't write about it because I was pretty freaked out. I feel like I have that under control again.

I also stopped buying and eating the Weight Watcher frozen treats. The only "treat" in my freezer are the sugar-free fudge bars that Dawn convinced me to try, and they're not that bad. However, they're not that good either so there's no chance I'd eat a whole box.

Lately my evening snack has been a cup of Greek yogurt with a cup of frozen fruit, and some Stevia. It's more calories than one of the Weight Watcher ice cream bars (about 200 for the yogurt & fruit), but it's the same PointsPlus (3). It's a lot more filling than the bars and sort of like ice cream, and I never go back for seconds (or thirds like I did with the ice cream bars) because it's a lot of food.

I tried the Simply Filling a few days this week and then switched back to PointsPlus on Weight Watchers. You're not suppose to switch mid-week, but I still can't trust myself with the "eating until satisfied" idea.

This is a pretty boring post, but I just can't think of anything interesting to say. I guess all work and no play makes Diana a very dull girl.

Off to work now!

9 comments:

Roxie said...

I don't think it was a dull post at all. Figuring out that (for now) you don't want to keep WW frozen treats in your freezer and that you are having good success with greek yogurt and fruit is not boring. I think you've said that evenings are your toughest time. Finding a strategy and plan that is working for you isn't boring, it's very cool.

I hope your work doesn't stress you out too much - and I don't think of Seattle as miserable at all. Rainy, yes, but more resilient! I'll have to check out the article.

Helen said...

Every post doesn't require fireworks! Sometimes a good post is sort of chockfull of train of thought, thus sharing the things we're doing and learning. Sounds like you've been learning a lot.

jinxxxygirl said...

One day at a time Diana....even one hour , one minute, every second.....just breathe.... :)

Christel said...

My daughter lives in Fairbanks and she thinks Seattle is too hot. But when it's cold she says she might as well be in Fairbanks. :P

Grace said...

Yeah, the weather has been really sucky lately. I can't believe it's almost April, and that it was so freaking cold today.

You know what I love about you, Diana? (Well, actually there are many things I love.) I love that you never give up. Even when you are stressed out to the max, you still go to the gym and try to eat right (even though you don't always succeed, but no one is always successful).

Definitely NOT a boring post. :-)

Alan (Pounds Off Playoff) said...

I hadn't heard about our misery! But I have noticed the gas prices ($3.81 at my last fill-up), home values, and economy. But on a happier note, I totally agree on those rare sunny day there can't be a more beautiful place.

Thanks for the kind invite for next year's Big Climb. My sons really noticed how many kids participated and are interested in doing it with me. We'll see what happens!

Lisa said...

thanks for the nice comment. yes, I am in weekly therapy. it will be a long process. now I am of to check on your blog. :)

Ida said...

I wish you could send some of your rain to dry Kansas, we sure need it. I have problems with portion control myself. Actually, I have a see food problem, if I see food, I eat it. That in itself is my biggest challenge. Not boring, by the way. Everyday cant be sparklers and fireworks.

bbubblyb said...

Hi Diana, I've emailed ya a few times with no reply so thought I would post here to make sure you're getting them. Hope you had a good weekend. Hugs