Archive | July, 2016

Weight Watchers Wednesday: Humidity

27 Jul

I hate humidity. Not just a little, vague hatred. I. Hate. Humidity.

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I didn’t used to hate it, it was just a thing that happened in summer, no biggy right? Well, ha! Turns out humidity can totally mess with a weigh-in, grr!

I actually managed to get to the Wednesday meeting this week, vs the Thursday meeting I’ve been hitting up for the past couple weeks. When I was at home I stepped on my own scale, mostly out of curiosity. I was feeling ok considering I’d been in Harrison most of the weekend racing and eating. I was fully expecting to be up on the scale but not by too much so why not learn the bad news sooner rather than later, right?

So my scale said I’d gone down 1.5lbs, yay! My scale and the WW scale don’t match, mine always shows me about a pound or so lighter than the official scale but I figure that difference is due to (1) it being a different scale and they all seem to be a little off from each other, like clocks and (2) I’m wearing clothes when on the official scale but at home I am usually, hmm, how to put this delicately? In a state of undress. πŸ˜‰ I’ve gotten used to the two scales not matching, I figure as long as they both go up or down by the same amount then it’s all good.

When I had my official weigh-in I was only down 0.8lbs.

What the hell is that??

Not cool WW scale. Not. Cool.

The leader said it was probably due to the humidity. Hence my new hatred for humidity lol

The room the meeting is in is freakishly hot, and humid, as is most of the city (to varying degrees). The only space with no humidity that I have discovered is my apartment and that is because it is still super chilly in here. I live in a basement suite and have no control over the heat, my place is cold year round. In fact it only juuuuust got warm enough in here that I have stopped wearing my flannel pj bottoms and am just wearing a nightshirt…well, also bed socks but that is cause my feet get cold, *pout*.

So yeah, apparently in my apartment, the land that humidity has forgotten, I had lost 1.5lbs. Out there in the real world that translates in to a loss of 0.8lbs.

At the meeting the topic was All Things Summer. Basically, how do you deal with summer, do you love or hate it, find it easier or more challenging to follow the program, stuff like that. I don’t know if I find it easier or harder to follow the program in summer because I started in summer, shrug, guess I’ll find out once it is winter lol

This week was also about being in the moment, really savouring various things that have to do with summer. Some examples were taking a moment to really appreciate and enjoy that piece of summer fruit you are about to bite in to. Or finding time, even if it is only 5 minutes to close your eyes, breathe deep, clear you mind and focus on your breath and body. Apparently it can do wonders…

There wasn’t anything really insightful or amazing said at the meeting, or at least nothing impressive enough that I wrote notes lol There is a recipe in the weekly booklet they hand out that I want to try, a Pasta Salad with Tomato and Basil. The picture looks delish and it seems easy enough. I thought I had all the ingredients for it but alas, I do not, so it’ll have to wait a week before I have everything I need to give it a go. I’ll let you know how it turns out. πŸ™‚

Try It Tuesday: Grow Something!

26 Jul

A couple of months ago I bought a sweet potato and somehow didn’t eat it. Distressing enough. Even more distressing is that when I picked it up it was sprouting things, *shudder* I find the sight of a potato with shoots growing from it highly disturbing. Normally when this happens I throw it out. This time, for reasons I can’t explain, I had an urge to see if I could grow another sweet potato from this one.

After much research, thank goodness for Google!, I learned that step one is to chop the potato and put it in a water bath. Basically you chop off the end, stick toothpicks in the potato, then rest the potato in a glass (I put mine in a small tupperware container) so that the flat part is immersed in water but not touching the bottom of the glass (or in my case, tupperware). You have to change out the water every couple days or so and have the patience of a saint because you are waiting for roots to grow. The roots look like thin, stringy, pale white / almost see through hairs…think something that looks like it belongs to a jellyfish.

While waiting for the roots to grow the shoots kept getting taller and taller, to the point that the tallest one was flopping over so I piled tupperware beside it so it had something to lean on. Along the stalk / stem there were these very tiny little bumps, I have noooooo idea what they are, or if they are good or bad, but I’m leaning toward good because, well, the idea that they are something gross and were living in my kitchen for months is distressing. πŸ˜›

So finally, roots have grown, yay! Back to google I went and I learned that growing this thing in a pot is going to take a bit of effort, sigh. If it was not yet full on summer, when I planted it I’d have to make a little tent over the dirt it was planted in to help the dirt stay warm enough for it. I kid you not! A freakin tent! Lucky for me it is summer, full on summer, lots of heat happening over here, so no tent is needed. I however did have to buy a pot, and dirt, and take care of assembly.

Another way I lucked out is having a friend that grows stuff, lots of stuff, an entire garden worth of plants and veggies and fruit. She basically knows everything there is to know aaaaand has tools!

Mr. Pots and I (that is what I named the sweet potato) went over to her place, along with the dirt and the pot I purchased and she helped a lot!

This is during transport. You can see in the picture on the left the toothpicks that were in Mr. Pots. I put soaking wet paper towel in a small container and rested Mr. Pots on top, I couldn’t travel with the water because it would slosh everywhere so that was my compromise. I added the picture on the right to show how tall the one shoot got. Oh and see that spade at the bottom? That is my one and only garden tool, it still has the tag on it and I still haven’t used it cause my friend had a better one lol

Once at my friends place she pulled out her drill and kindly put four holes in the bottom of the pot for me. See, when growing a sweet potato in a pot you need to water it a lot because they are thirsty little guys but you have to provide an escape for the excess water so you don’t drown the sweet potato. They are a tad finicky. Also, you have to line the pot with a mesh sheet so that when the water drains from the pot the dirt doesn’t go with it. Lisa, my friend, had some of that stuff also, I swear, she has everything!, so she let me have some. We lined the entire pot, I would have only thought to line the bottom but she suggested it go all the way up the sides of the pot so that is what we did. I bow to her knowledge. πŸ™‚

Once the pot was lined I used her massive spade shovel thing to fill most of the pot, then we made a bit of a hole, plopped in Mr. Pots sans toothpicks and wet paper towel, buried him and voila! We planted a sweet potato!

Because I was going to be bringing him home in my suv we gave him some water but not too much, didn’t want to mess up my vehicle. Once I got him home I thoroughly watered him and got him a snazzy spot in the garden. He has to be watered every day but I don’t have to worry about that because my landlords, whose garden Mr. Pots now resides in, have their sprinkler system on a timer so Mr. Pots gets watered every morning around 5:30am. I check on him every couple days, make sure his dirt is wet, and basically leave him to do his thing…not that I know what that is…I did notice some ants crawling on his dirt which worries me, what if the ants hurt him? I don’t like him being outside and exposed to things but he seems to be ok with it because he has noticeably grown since being put out there. I figure he’s highly enjoying photosynthesizing, since while in my place he wasn’t able to do that and we all know that’s what leaves like to do.

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Mr. Bartholomue Pots

He is much taller now, and those short little shoots you can see in the picture have shot up, I’m taking that as a sign he is thriving.

Now I have to figure out how to tell when he is ready to dig up, that is something Google has yet to teach me but I’m sure I’ll find an article somewhere. So far everything I read mostly talks about how to grow sweet potatoes and seems to assume once it is growing I will psychically know how to figure out the rest…silly internet, thinking I know something! lol πŸ˜‰

 

Weight Watchers Wednesday…Sorta…

20 Jul

I didn’t write last week, not because I stopped doing the whole Weight Watcher thing but because I had my weekly meeting on Thursday and planned to write up my post after the meeting but I was sooooo sick I couldn’t do it. Ugh. It sucked. I couldn’t even look at the written word, let alone type it!

But this week I am doing better! Yay!

However, I am missing my Wednesday meeting again! because of life plans and will be going Thursday. It’s not that I don’t like the Thursday meeting, it is fine, but I hate missing the Wednesday meeting, again, not because of anything specific to do with the meeting just because I like going Wednesdays. In the app I have Wednesdays as my weigh-in day so that is the day my weekly points roll over and is technically the beginning of my new food week and I guess I prefer having my official weigh-in happen on the day it is supposed to happen on. shrug. I know I could switch the weigh-in day on my app to Thursday, since I appear to be hitting up the Thursday meeting quite often but I don’t wanna *foot stomp* so there! πŸ˜‰ lol

Last week we talked about trying something new and our leader gave us the challenge of trying a new food this week. So far, I have epically failed that challenge *rolls eyes*. Once I got my appetite back I was really only wanting to eat bland, simple, foods and I figured following my stomach’s lead over the meeting leader’s lead was the wisest choice.

My weigh-in results from last week had me losing 1.2 pounds, bringing me to a total loss of 6.2 pounds. I can’t wait till my weight loss numbers get bigger and sound more impressive. People keep asking me how much I have lost and when I say 6.2 pounds they look so disappointed, it’s annoying! Then they start wondering, out loud!, why I’m not losing faster, or is the program really worth it, blah blah blah. I always want to respond with a comment along the lines of “get off my freakin back I’m doing the best I can!” but instead I just give a little smile, say something positive about the program, point out I haven’t been going all that long, and walk away sorta wondering if I am sucking at this whole weight loss thing since the whole entire world seems to think I should be losing faster. sigh.

But ya know what? It is healthier to lose the weight no more than 2 pounds per week, and I know from past experience my body does not like to lose weight so any weight loss is a minor victory in my world. I’ve just got to remember that people suck, and often say things they may not realize can have a negative effect on the person they are speaking to.

Ultimately, I decide how I feel about myself and my weight loss journey, and so far, I feel good about the journey. I am re-learning proper food portions, meeting great people, enjoying using the app, and am seeing results. Really, what more could I ask for?

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Try It Tuesday: Cat Edition

19 Jul

I figured all these new things I am trying, why shouldn’t the cat get to try something new? Seems only fair to me! πŸ™‚

I found a new treat for cats and figured odds were good the little furball I live with would love it, what with it being tuna an all.

Whenever I open tuna, which is rare because I’m not a huge fan of the stuff, Striker gets his share…and then some! The treat I found is tuna in water. That’s it. Pretty simple huh? Apparently it is even better than the tuna in cans that us silly humans consume because this is flaked tuna in water in a plastic container, so less leaching of who-knows-what from a tin. Also, less sodium etc because nothing is added to this tuna.

It was a dollar and change and also comes in salmon. I played it safe and got tuna since Striker is ridiculously picky about what he will eat.

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Pretty gross looking. I wasn’t sure if I should drain it or not, I opted not to initially and figured if he turned his nose up I’d drain it and see if he liked it better that way. Turns out I didn’t have to drain it, he loved it!

He may have loved the treat but he didn’t much care for being photographed while he ate sooooo after I got that look from him I put the phone down.

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He didn’t eat it all in one go, he prefers eating small amounts so he ate some, walked away, came back later, ate some more, and so on until it was all gone. He really liked the liquid, or at least I am assuming he did since he lapped it up. Over the course of 4 hours or so he ate the entire dish and then meowed at me for more lol

Next time I think I’ll get him the salmon also, see if he likes that one as much. πŸ™‚

Try It Tuesday: Smart Ones Ravioli Florentine

12 Jul

I work shift work which means I get to eat at odd times. Depending on the day my dinner could be at 11pm, 7pm, 4pm…or any other random time, shrug. Because of this I have been trying to stock up on quick and easy meals so when I get home at 10pm I don’t have to do a lot of work to get a meal.

Safeway had Smart Ones Ravioli Florentine on sale last week, it is a frozen dinner that is endorsed by Weight Watchers so I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.

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Side note, in the Smart Point program this is 7 points.

 

Well…ok, while it technically didn’t hurt or anything it wasn’t great, heck, I wouldn’t even rate it as good. In fact I am kind of regretting wasting my points on it, sigh.

If you prefer tomato based sauces you might be ok with this one. I prefer cream sauces with my pasta, ya know, the higher in calorie sauce cause hellooooo, so yummy! But yeah, so it isn’t like there was anything specifically wrong with the sauce, I just didn’t like it. One good thing about the sauce was the vegetables that are in it. All the veggies are cut small but not so small they turn to mush once heated up. I really enjoyed the zucchini pieces.

The pasta itself was ok. Good sized pieces of ravioli filled with cheese, can’t go wrong there.

This definitely wouldn’t be big enough to eat on its own as a meal, I was ok because I ate it as sort of a second dinner / later night snack type of thing but if I had taken this to work to have as my real dinner I would of had to supplement it with a salad or something on the side.

I wouldn’t buy it again but only because I am not a tomato sauce type of person and 7 points for this amount of food seems ridiculous to me. I can make a burger and put it on a bagel thin, with cheese, for roughly the same amount of points and get waaaaay more enjoyment out of that meal.

I’ll probably take a look at their other offerings next time I am in the store, see if they have something I might like better cause the ease of heating something up in the microwave can not be overlooked. Gotta love that microwave! πŸ˜‰

Weight Watchers Wednesdays

6 Jul

wOOt! wOOt! It was a gooooood day at Weight Watchers todaaaay. πŸ˜€

I wasn’t really looking forward to stepping on the scale, not for any specific reason, I just don’t like scales…but then again, who does?

What is weird though is by about Sunday I was actively looking forward to weigh-in day because I was feeling good about my choices and I wanted to see if the scale showed a positive change due to those choices. So when I woke up this morning not wanting to go to the meeting I was kinda confused about this swap in attitude.

But no matter how I was feeling I was still going to go and I’m so glad I did!

I lost 2 pounds this week which puts me at a total 5 pound loss! Yay!

I know in the grand scheme of how much weight I need to lose that is a drop in the bucket but hey, I’ve gotta start somewhere and at least I am moving in the right direction. πŸ™‚

I got given two things at Weight Watchers this evening, a sticker in the shape of a star that says 5lbs to commemorate my five pound loss and a key ring with a little WW charm on it.

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From what I can tell as I progress through the program I’ll earn other little charms to add to the key ring which I kinda think is brilliant. Visual representations of what you have achieved can only be a good thing and maybe if you’re being tempted by something super yummy looking but you really shouldn’t be eating the key ring showing you what you’ve managed to accomplish so far will help you make a healthier choice. shrug. I dunno, I could be way off base here but that is how I am looking at it.

This weeks theme is about Going Beyond The Scale.

What does that mean? It means that you are more than a number on a scale and you should try your best to remember that. So many people get caught up in what the scale says, they define themselves by that number. But why? What does that number mean? Does that number explain how you are good at playing an instrument? Does that number reflect how well you do in school? Does that number decide if people will love you or not? Of course not! That number is one thing that can be used to describe you and you know what? It is probably the least important descriptor that can be referenced when explaining who you are.

What answers do you give when asked to describe yourself? I know when I am asked the absolute last thing I would think to say is my weight. I talk about my career, about my dragon boat team, about my hobbies, about my friends, about my day job, about my family, about my cat, about how much I read…you get the idea. So how come, when describing myself to others I am a whole list of things but when I am thinking about myself, and lets be honest, judging myself, one of the first things I focus on is my weight.

I am not that number on the scale! And neither are you! Nobody is!

Is that number important? Sure. It helps us to know if we are living healthy lives, if we are taking care of ourselves, if what we are doing is creating change. But that shouldn’t be the only thing we use to gauge if we are living healthy lives and taking care of ourselves and creating change.

Which is why this week we are focusing on going beyond the scale, beyond that number, and learning to see our success in different ways.

So what is one way you can look beyond the scale?

For me I have come up with a little list:

  • hiking a longer / tougher trail than before
  • hiking a current trail faster than before
  • feeling more comfortable in my clothes
  • noticing when I make the healthier food choice
  • I can take my measurements and track how those change as well
  • taking note on how I feel after a meal, or a workout, enjoying how I feel better than I used to

By having more than one way to judge my success I put less pressure on that weigh-in number. There are so many reasons the number on the scale might not reflect the work you put in during the past week. The humidity could be crazy high and you could be retaining more water because of it, maybe you ate something salty the night before, maybe it is a different time of day than you normally weigh-in, maybe hormones are kicking your butt that day, who knows!

The point is that if I know I am getting faster on the trails, or my clothes are fitting looser, or my food choices are healthier, than that knowledge will help me to see my actions as successful even if the number on the scale doesn’t move as much as I would like, or even in the direction I would like. If I can shift my thinking I can avoid disappointmentΒ when my weigh-in result isn’t what I wish it to be.

Success can be tracked in all sorts of ways, and they are all valid. πŸ™‚

Something else we talked about is forgiveness. Forgive yourself if you have a bad day, or a bad week, or a bad month. This journey isn’t a straight line from Point A to Point B and when you falter you have to be able to forgive yourself so you can move on. Weight loss doesn’t happen just on weigh-in day, it is constantly fluctuating – anybody that weighs themselves every day can tell you that! So when the number on the scale doesn’t go down, take a deep breath, forgive yourself, and remember all the things that will help you to move on.

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Some of the suggestions from my meeting for what to keep in mind are:

  • I can do better next time
  • It is just one day
  • Don’t put yourself down, positive self-talk!

Some of the suggested things we can do if we have a bad weigh-in are:

  • Look back at your food tracker and search for triggers
  • Keep track of your moods to see how that affects your journey
  • If you’ve fallen off the tracking wagon get back on

So yeah, if you take anything away from this week it is to forgive yourself and find ways to measure success that don’t rely on the number on the scale. πŸ™‚

 

Try It Tuesday: Skinny Cow

5 Jul

It’s summer and in my world that means a shift in desserts and treats. I tend to lean more towards fruit pies / tart type things and of course ice cream. Can’t go wrong with ice cream!

However, there is nothing remotely healthy or helpful to weight loss in ice cream. I figured I was going to have to give it up and was actively trying to not think about it but warmer days came to us and all I wanted was soft serve ice cream…or an ice cream sandwich…or a sundae…basically any form of ice cream lol

Then I remembered Skinny Cow! I don’t normally buy Skinny Cow items because they are suuuper expensive and in the past I tended to lean towards buying me some Ben & Jerry’s, they are two of my favourite men. πŸ˜‰

Well guess what happened last week? Skinny Cow was on sale! Yay! So there I stood, in the ice cream aisle with my WW app open scanning each different products barcode to see juuuuust how bad for me Skinny Cow is.

Lemme tell ya, it ain’t good!

I eventually chose the Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches because, well, how could I not? Chocolate and peanut butter? Yes puh-lease! πŸ˜€

 

I know some people like to say that Skinny Cow isn’t as good as “real” ice cream, to those people I say hush up! You are obviously delusional because these taste great!

They are a perfectly acceptable size, in fact I am surprised they aren’t smaller. The cookie part is soft and sticks to your hand just like a so-called real ice cream sandwich, the ice cream is freakin delicious. I mean c’mon, they are real and beyond that there is a bit less guilt when eating them, which makes me a happy camper lol

They come in a variety of flavours, there is a cookie & cream, a regular vanilla, and I want to say there was one other flavour but maybe I am wrong…I was standing in that aisle so long scanning my brain might have gotten a little frost bite. πŸ˜›

Skinny Cow of course has other items, just walk down the ice cream aisle at your local grocery store and you’ll see them. I haven’t tried any of those but summer is long, I still have time!

Sidenote: for anybody on Weight Watchers, one ice cream sandwich is 6 smart points.

Happy Canada Day!

1 Jul

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Here are some cute Canadian memes and videos to enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Yes we show our Canadian pride in beer commercials, deal with it. πŸ˜‰

Sure we have guns, water guns. The ones with bullets stay at home.

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This is what happens in our back yards…

These are some of our Olympic athletes…you’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

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Wouldn’t be Canada Day without mentioning maple syrup!

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Canadians on Pinterest…

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This is one of my favourite jokes about Canada…

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Let’s end things with a picture of our easy-on-the-eyes PM holding quite possibly the cutest animals in existence…

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So there ya have it, some jokes at our expense, a video showing our pride while another shows our bear neighbours enjoying the pool, and some attractive guys, oh! and maple syrup! Can’t mention Canada and leave that out!…what do people in other countries use on their pancakes? Such a big deal is made about us and our love of maple syrup I’ve often wondered what other people use…

Have a great day, party hard, eat lots, drink even more lol, be kind to one another and if you aren’t Canadian well that’s ok, I’ll raise a pint to you anyways cause you’re still a friend! πŸ™‚

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