February Goals Update

I meant to post an update on my February goals on Saturday, but got diverted with our new cat that we brought home that day:

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We had a lot of fun this weekend getting to know Kat (short for Katerina) and introducing her to our other cats.  So, I got bit behind on posting my goals update.

Last month, I gave myself letter grades on my goals.  I was commenting to my husband that for February I would be getting an F on a goal.  He objected on the ground that the reason for the F was because I had been able to be as active due to allergies.  My response was that I saw the grades as simply a measure of whether I had met a goal or not and that it wasn’t relevant what the reason was.  Still, he felt I was being harsh to give myself an F when there was a health reason I couldn’t meet a goal.  On thinking about it, I decided that he was really right so I’ll simply be posting each month whether I met or didn’t meet a goal or partially met it, and I won’t characterize that with a grade.

February’s goal results [Read more…]

Friday Weigh-In 2/28/14

I didn’t weigh in last week because of a late scheduled appointment that conflicted with my meeting. I did go to my Weight Watchers weigh in today.  I was down .6 pounds to 180.6 pounds.  I wasn’t all that happy with the amount of the loss, but was happy to have a loss.  I do know why I didn’t lose much.  I was happy with how I ate this week.  I still had a few weekly points left at the end of the week and I averaged 1227 calories a day for the week.  It actually was my best week foodwise for the entire month. [Read more…]

Friday NWI

As I posted yesterday, this week was a struggle.  That was not the reason, however, that I didn’t weigh in this week.  I did follow my plan for yesterday evening.  I ended up using all my weekly points for the week, plus one activity point.  I had 8 activity points left over.  So, the food part ended up OK.  I was under on activity due to allergies.  But, overall, Fitbit said I had a calorie deficit for the week so I would have expected a small loss had I weighed in.

I didn’t weigh in today because I had to be about 50 miles away from where my meeting was for an appointment that was a scheduled late in the week.  My original plan this week had been to go to my meeting this morning, then eat at home lightly (instead of going out to lunch like we usually do), and then to go out Friday night with my husband to Macaroni Grill for our anniversary dinner.  Well, being gone all day put a crimp in that plan.  I was worried at first at having to eat out twice in the day, since we would gone at lunch time. [Read more…]

This Week is a Struggle

This week has been such a struggle.  In some ways, it hasn’t gone all that badly.  My Weight Watchers week ends tonight, with me usually weighing in on Friday.  I’ve eaten within my points, and have 1 daily point left to eat.  I also have 9 Activity points left.  I’ve been above 5000 steps on 4 days of this week, with the top day being 8938 steps.  To help with having more daily movement, apart from exercise, we (well, my husband really) built me a treadmill desk that I can use while walking at low speed on the treadmill.  I did it for 2 days this week for an hour or so and it worked great.  Also, tomorrow is my 22nd wedding anniversary so I’m looking forward to that.

OK, that is pretty much everything that is good about this week.  The first thing that happened was that my allergies that had gotten much better, came back with a vengeance after we took a long walk outside last Friday.  I woke up Saturday morning with red, running, itchy eyes and that has continued all week.  I also started sneezing and feeling congested due to allergies.  Tree pollen is apparently very high right now, unusually so for February, perhaps because the weather was in the 70s most of the week. [Read more…]

Planning Meals

I don’t really plan my meals much in advance.  While I know there is a lot to be said for planning them in advance, I usually don’t plan them all that carefully, mostly because I never quite know what I am going to be doing.  I often have a general idea, though.  So, Friday evening, my basic idea for Saturday was that my husband and I would go out to lunch, most probably to Panera or Chili’s.  Then, we would probably come home and go for a long walk.  We often take Friday off from walking, but had walked this Friday.  Still, I had intended to walk on Saturday.

Well, I woke up Saturday and that plan was all shot.  My allergies that had gone away with medication were back with a vengeance.  This time, it wasn’t sneezing so much as my eyes watering and itching.  I went to put in my allergy drops in my eyes and found that I was out of medication with no refills remaining.  Sigh.  So, I just felt wretched the entire day and didn’t want to do anything.  I looked up pollen counts and found that the tree pollen counts have been unseasonably high so that long walk on Friday probably hadn’t helped me. [Read more…]