Training for Life

Teaching my mind and body to do new and fun things together.

My Profile

  • Name: blondeez
  • City: San Francisco
  • Region: California
  • Country: United States

My Weight Loss

Height: 162.6cm
Start weight: 172.00lb
Current weight: 183.00lb
Goal weight: 160.00lb
Lost to date: -11.00lb
Remaining: 23.00lb

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Before After


I ate almost 70 points on my birthday, and didn't even have any cake!  I blame it on Chevy's and their deceptively high-point shrimp fajitas.  Since I only get 22 a day and 35 extra per week, I'm a litte over this week.  But I think I lost anyway--yay for exercise!  I'll find out tomorrow morning . . . if I don't lose I will chalk it up to the birthday miscalculation and do better next week.

On Saturday I will probably blow most of the next weekly allowance on wine and cupcakes.  But it's my party!  They have a bocce court at the vineyard so I am going to call tomorrow and see if we can play.  I doubt it's a lot of APs but it'll be something, plus wakling around.  And my buddies at work are all sick of eating take-out so we've been hitting up fruit markets and bringing stuff from home to share-Yum!


I am having such motivational issues at work . . . quick post because I really can't waste time but my fingers keep wandering to the internet.

I had a good birthday, ate too much at dinner but I had lots of points saved up.  I think I might have to give up margaritas though!  I had a headache this morning, and I'm not sure whether it was the tequila or the sugar but I only had one so it shouldn't have felt that bad.

Went to the doctor for the first time in 2 years this morning, so I had two hours of going through my laundry list of minor ailments and questions plus exam, bloodwork . . . but it's a good thing I went.  I have a handful of prescriptions and referrals that I should have gotten a long time ago.  I talked to her about weight and we agreed that I should get down to below 150, but that I should see her again when I get there and she'll write me a note to be at 145 for my ultimate goal if 140 is not realistic.  She said WW was a good program but the BMI and healthy weight range indicators are not flexible enough to account for high muscle mass or a larger frame, and looking at my stats and physical appearance vs. what the scale says she guessed I would be plenty thin at 145.  Which, of course, I was.  Just have to get back there!  166 on the doc's scale, in my clothes.  Not bad considering the salt and volume of food last night.

What's up with you all?

Tomorrow is my birthday!

Just in case anyone forgot.

I'm a little sad that on my 28th birthday I am significantly heavier than my 27th.  Last year I wanted to hit goal by my birthday, but diet fatigue set in and life got in the way.  I hope that by the time my next birthday rolls around I will have settled into a healthy weight, and by the time I'm 30 I want to have maintained a healthy weight.  Maintenance is the hardest thing for me, but I know the yo-yo is terrible even if I've never been more than 40 lbs overweight. 

Today was an excellent day eating-wise.  I ate out for lunch but I got an artichoke for my appetizer, which I love, and ate my grilled chicken sandwich open-faced and with salad instead of fries.  I also picked the grilled chicken sandwich that had only sun-dried tomato puree, not bacon and cheese and mayo.  Le sigh.  I also ate the leftovers from last night's dinner (greek-seasoned chicken and quinoa, supplemented with asparagus from the in-office lunch that no one ate) tonight, so even with 2/5 of a Dove Dark bar for dessert I'm only 1 point over my daily allotment.  Including using my APs from the elliptical this morning, of course.

I didn't make it to yoga this morning but I want to do some at home tonight.  I did twice through the first sun salutation after the elliptical this morning, but it's not the same in our little office gym with people on the treadmills and lifting weights. 

Tomorrow I'm going out to indian food at one of my favorite restaurants for lunch, but it's lighter stuff and I'm going to try to avoid dessert and the really heavy breads.  A little naan will be necessary for the raitas and chutneys, though!  For anyone interested in menu envy, it's at Junnoon.  I think DH will buy me a cake for tomorrow night but I'm prepared to splurge, since I have 28 weekly points at the midpoint in my week and I plan on running tomorrow morning!

I feel like with cooking last night I have finally hit my WW stride.  Whew!

Lazy Sunday

I went to yoga at 8 this morning, and then walked around the small farmer's market and spent WAY too much on fruit, honey, cheese, and bread (all organic, so it's worth it).  I got to the office at 10:30 and was feeling fantastic.  I think this is definitely the way to go if I have to work on the weekends. 

Goals for today: 

  • cross of half my to-dos at work,
  • cook quinoa and chicken for dinner and for this week,
  • make pickled cucumbers for snacks this week,
  • buy groceries so I have healthy stuff to eat this week.

Yesterday I ate weird stuff all day.  Out for brunch (ate only half my hash browns, half english muffin and one of three chicken sausages!  Brunch is a weakness for me), then moving the last of the old apartment and cleaning it, some oreos because I was starving and they were there, cereal for a late lunch, two soft tacos from the Bell for dinner (haven't eaten there in years, but DH was going with his buddies so I asked him to bring them back).  Hrm.  Normally I would not be satisfied with the small volume of food (I know, it's not that small.  I like a lot of food!) but for some reason that was fine.  I think big breakfasts suit me.  Good thing, because none of that was low-points!

Checking in . . . see you all later this week.

another week flew by

And I didn't even post! 

Eating was iffy--I overdid it with healthy foods and ate small amounts of not-so-great foods.  But I used the elliptical and the treadmill Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, then made it up early enough to go to yoga this morning.  My WW buddy and I are still fiddling with what metings we can attend regularly, so I went this morning and was down 1.6!  I think it was at least partially because I was weighing in the morning instead of at noon, but I'll take it.  If (when!) I do well this week I will get my 5 lb. star at the next meeting--less than half a pound to go to that milestone.

I don't know how, but I think I pinched a nerve in my shoulder sometime last week.  Since Saturday I've had a twinge in the back of my shoulder when I lift it certain ways, and my left arm has been going numb and tingly for no apparent reason.  I made a doc's appointment but they can't see me till next Wed. so I was careful at yoga this morning (no pain during, but no improvement so far) and I hope it'll resolve on it's own.  I don't have major shooting pain or anything, so that's a blessing since I know so many people with debilitating nerve damage. 

Work has been kinda nuts but I'm planning on checking on my friends this weekend, if not this afternoon. 

Freaky Friday

Aside from the auspicious (or inauspicious) date, I have a crazy day ahead of me.  I'm assisting with filing a HUGE motion that was written in another office.  I think we'll have 5 or 6 boxes of documents leaving here at 2:30, and none of them have arrived at this office yet.  AAAAH!

I'm going to a firm-sponsored dinner tonight, small plate mediterranean food.  I might actually try to eat at home before I go, because I have no control over the menu.  I do tend to eat and drink socially, but I might drive so that I can't drink too much. 

I went to a burger place last night with my yoga buddy and office mate because all of us had rough days and needed to decompress by talking.  BUT I ordered a grilled chicken "burger in a bowl" with corn and black bean salsa instead of my usual blue cheese burger, and we all agreed that we would order a shake to split for dessert if we were still hungry, but we were not.  So the worst thing I ate was 1/3 of an order of sweet potato fries!  I surprised myself, since I so often make poor choices in that kind of situation, but I was really happy and satisfied at the end of the meal. 

I didn't make it to yoga on Wednesday or today.  I've been having trouble sleeping, and of course that makes getting up really tough.  But I did the elliptical on Tuesday and Wednesday, which means if I do something tomorrow I'll still have 4 days of exercise for the week.  I want my yoga though!  I am going to set up a dedicated space in our guest room for yoga and meditation, so maybe I'll use it once it's set up tomorrow.

where'd my week go?

I know how the weekend slipped by, but what about Monday and Tuesday? 

I'm all moved in (phew) except for some random bits and pieces, and I like the new place.  I'll feel even better once the kitchen is in decent shape.  Somehow that ended up being the last thing to be moved, so it's not yet unpacked.

I went to WW at lunchtime today and liked the leader much better, which is a relief because now I want to go back next week!  And I lost a pound despite eating pretty much whatever I could get my hands on all weekend.  Getting healthy food together has to be a priority for the coming week, as well as tracking, since that went by the wayside in week 2. 


  • peach
  • 2 cups of black tea w/ 1% milk
  • 1 c. caesar salad with minimal dressing
  • turkey breast & laughing cow light cheese on whole wheat
  • 2 squares Dove dark chocolate (I split a bar with my neighbor and gave her 3 pieces)
  • lots of water

At our meeting someone shared a recipe for watermelon agua fresca, which I think I will have to make for myself tonight!  Something like this:

  • 4 c. watermelon, cut in bite size pieces
  • 4 c. water
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 T. lime juice

Last, we had a sub for yoga on Monday night, who was okay but not as challenging as usual.  But I got a great quote out of it:

The purpose of yoga is to enable us to enjoy this embodiment.

And really, you could substitute any action that makes one more healthy for "yoga" in that.  So the purpose of Weight Watchers is to enable me to enjoy this embodiment as well. 

week 1 over & out

And 1.6 pounds down, 29 to go.  I was about 10 points over for the week and didn't get much exercise in outside the moving of boxes, so that's definitely a happy (lucky?) number.  In addition, ToM made an appearance today, so while I don't retain water to teh same degree many other people do, I may see a loss next week just by virtue of my body's fluctuations. 

4th of July I did not drink, and I didn't eat that much, but I did eat carne asada, which is a bit fatty, and also a piece of Guinness fudge and some of my mother-in-law's corn cake with strawberries.  Yum! 


  • oatmeal with cranberries
  • black tea
  • salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, grapes, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • iced coffee
  • Moon Cycle tea
  • smoked turkey and Laughing Cow light cheese on whole wheat
  • steamed broccoli
  • cherries
  • Snapple diet green tea

Too much caffeine today, but it's gonna be a late night.

I didn't like the leader today either . . . the next meeting time to try is Tuesday at 8 am.  I wish it said which leaders did which meetings because I'm sure I will run into the same leader more than once this way.  Also, it's going to be weird if I change my tracking days all the time--maybe I'll keep it as Thursday for purposes of tracking until I find a meeting I like. 


Did I blow it?

I had dinner at a partner's house last night, and this morning estimating points was both difficult and disheartening.  I hope I'm really overestimating, because I am very close to being over my points for the week.  I only have to last today and tomorrow without those extra points, but tomorrow is a holiday, ya know.  What I actually ate doesn't sound so bad:

  • 4 one-bite appetizers--scallopwith some kind of salsa, tuna poke on a wonton chip with mango salsa, 2 small grilled shrimp, prosciutto with fig jam on a cracker.
  • 2 chicken kebabs and 1 beef kebab, each with 3 small pieces of meat
  • spring mix salad with apples, blue cheese and some kind of vinaigrette (I tried to avoid the cheese)
  • grilled veggies with potatoes
  • 2 small pieces of wheat and walnut bread
  • chocolate mousse (I did eat all of this)
  • 3 small glasses of wine

I seriously turned down a refilll on the wine at least 5 times.  I filled my dinner plate according to the rules--1/2 salad and veggies, 1/4 meat, 1/4 starch.  And I didn't feel overly full at the end.  But the mousse alone is 12 points!  Gah. 

I'm on my way to the gym now to earn some APs so I won't be out of points and hungry later today.  I have to get out of here for lunch because the catered lunch includes "Texas-sized brownies" as well as Texas-style bbq.  I think it might be a Quizno's day instead.

early Monday

I actually got out of bed when the alarm went off at 6--lately I've been hitting the snooze a LOT, or just turning it off and letting my second alarm wake me at 7:15.  It helped that one of the cats decided the alarm was a sign that he should hop up on my chest and knead the blanket and meow at me until I got up, and it also helped that he waited till the alarm went off to do it!  Sometimes he does that at 4:30 or 5 a.m. and I have to throw him out and end up sleeping in to make up for the interruption.

The weekend was good, got some packing done and moved one vanfull, plus my car full of our wine, art, and crystal.  I have to call movers and hire someone today if I want to move this weekend!  I emailed some people for estimates but haven't heard back, which worries me. 

Food for the weekend was weird, mostly because we're trying not to buy much so I'm eating whatever is in the fridge and freezer, including some stuff that's been in there a while and I wouldn't normally eat anymore, since I am trying to do more whole foods.  We also ate out a lot.  But I was within my points, at least as best I could estimate, so I guess it's all good.


  • McDonald's yogurt parfait
  • grilled cheese on whole wheat
  • pollo asado, sweet potato fries, and broccoli (This was a fantastic dinner!)
  • WW chocolate smoothie
  • water and peach iced tea (which I made myself)


  • WW chocolate smoothie
  • Outback Hearts of Gold Tilapia with steamed veggies and a baked sweet potato (The tilapia was great, but I couldn't find nutrition info so I hope I estimated correctly)
  • 2 eggs, 2 Morningstar Farms veggie sausage patties, and a green salad with homemade cider vinaigrette
  • water

Tonight I have dinner at a partner's house so I will try to keep lunch light, since I have no idea what dinner will be.  I have a lot of my weekly points left--hardly used any over the weekend--so I should be okay.