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If I’m not mistaken, today is May 2nd.  Way past the time when we should be dealing with rain in my area of Northern California.  Ugh.

Don’t get me wrong, during the winter, I love the rain.  It makes me feel all comfy, cozy and gives the perfect excuse to stay inside and cuddle up with a good book, watch a movie marathon, or have a long phone conversation with a friend.  But it is no longer winter – we are officially in spring, and I’ve had it with this weird weather! Less than two weeks ago we were dying from the 98+ temps and now we’re dealing with rain?!!

One of the reasons I’m less than thrilled with this weather is that it means that I have to do my 20 minutes of the WW Walk-It Challenge at the gym on the treadmill.  So far, I’ve been able to avoid the treadmill because the weather has been nice.  I much prefer walking outside in the fresh air to the treadmill.  But, I guess I should consider myself lucky that I have the option and that a little rain isn’t going to stop me from getting in my daily walk.

All of this blathering on about the weather is supposed to distract you from the fact that I am not writing about my WW weigh-in today.  Did it work?

Ok, so ‘fess up time.  I didn’t go to my meeting today because: 1.) It’s raining.  2.) I got on the scale at home this morning and saw another slight gain.  I just can’t go to another meeting knowing I’m moving in the wrong direction.  I just can’t.

Here’s where I went wrong this week:

  • I didn’t take the time to pack my lunches the night before, thus throwing things into my lunch bag at the last minute in the morning.  Some of the things I grabbed weren’t measured as carefully as they should have been.
  • Other mornings I didn’t pack a lunch at all and bought it from Trader Joe’s.  I made good choices, on the surface, but I didn’t measure those Pita Chips as well as I should have.  I have such little control with certain snack foods that I simply have to pre-measure the portion and then bring only that amount – a whole bag spells trouble for me.
  • Those Subway $5 Footlongs are good, but they’re also a lot of points.  Even a turkey sandwich is 11 points – that’s too much for lunch.  Eating a huge lunch like this makes my dinner options much more limited, and on two different nights, I ate well into my flex points.  From here on out, I’ll buy the footlong, but definitely only eat half –  which is a big enough portion, to be sure – and save the other half for the next day (or for dinner that night).
  • Going to a wine tasting and then dinner with Ish instead of working out wasn’t such a good idea on Thursday night.  We had a great time, and I’m so glad we went, but I really should have made sure that I got a workout in.  Especially because I had eaten quite a bit of points for lunch and had no business eating out at dinner.
  • The WW Walk-It Challenge is great, and I enjoy it so much, but I’m realizing that I’m not earning enough Activity Points by only walking 20ish minutes 5 days a week.  I have to make sure to do some other workout at least 3 other days of the week.  Time for the Aqua class to make a comeback.

One thing I am proud about is that I did track every point I ate this week – ALL of them.  It was what helped me recognize where I went wrong.  I really can’t stress enough how important tracking points is to me.

So, there you have it.  I know what I did wrong this week, and while I should have gone to the WW meeting and faced the music, at least I’m being accountable to you guys.

This next week is going to be all about portion sizes, increased workouts, and seeing a loss on the scale!

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200236712-001 I usually love the rain – the thrill of hearing the wind rustle through the leaves in the two enormous trees in front of my house, the patter of rain against the windows, the gray skies – it puts me in a mood to be creative for some reason. We’ve had a big storm here for the last few days and we really need it because there have been words like “summer drought” and “water rationing” bandied about.

But these last few days, I’m really not loving the rain.  It’s made me feel really depressed and down.  I think part of that comes from feeling overwhelmed in general and in need of this week-long break I’m on.  I’ve let some things go around the house, and really need time to get organized and do a good deep-cleaning.  Couple this with the fact that I’m in a “low budget” situation again this month, and things haven’t been looking too good.

I haven’t been tracking, although I haven’t been eating badly.  I didn’t go to my TNT mentor-led training on Saturday morning, because when the alarm went off at 5:45am, I think I said, “ya, right” and rolled over.  Then I didn’t go to my WW meeting for a similar reason.  Ugh.

Today has been a better day.  I have gotten a few things done around the house and I met with a former colleague for coffee & conversation this morning, which was nice.  Now I’m off to a nail appointment and to spend time with my parents, sister, and nieces at my parents’ house which should be fun. Maybe it’ll be enough to shake me out of these doldrums.

The plan to shake myself out of this “storm”:

  • Do a partial cleaning of the bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen when I get home.  Just picking things up and wiping things off – not a deep cleaning (no vacuuming or mopping), but just a good tidying up.  An organized house always makes me feel better.
  • Do the BL Yoga DVD – Bob’s soothing voice calms me down.
  • Take a bath tonight and really spend time enjoying the warm water, with some nice music and candles.  Let the stress go!
  • Spend the rest of the evening reading, enjoying some strong coffee, and planning the rest of my week off.  Maybe making a list of all the great things I have planned to do with friends and all of the things I am grateful for, just as a reminder.
  • Go to bed early so I can get up and hit the gym for a true treadmill session – at least 1 hour.

I think that if I can accomplish the things on the list above, I’ll be in a much better place, mentally, amd the rest will follow.

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