In Mom's Heels

A shoe obsessed mom's Weight Watchers Journey with Celiac Disease


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Weight Blah Week Blah

I REALLY wish there was a font called sarcasm. I speak sarcasm fluently. This week was a DISASTER in the weight category. Up 4 lbs!! WTF?!?!

The body is a marvelous thing though. Even though the weight shows I am up, my measurements and one can actually SEE the change in my body.

I admit – If I actually tracked anything this past week it would seriously shock me. There were no snaccidents this week. Looks like pure shitty eating.

I earned 123 FitPoints, 66.5K steps and 256 activity minutes. I’m up to 5/1.5 intervals on the C25K. I was attending classes with E&J. Until Tuesday. I swear, the instructor must’ve been 75 years old. She started the 7pm class late with no warm up. The side lunge/squat/front lunge on a step weren’t new movements. The weight and the way it was held was. As soon as I put down the weight bar, I looked at E and said “I just effed up my back”. I finished the rest of the hour-long class and drove in pain to Wal-Mart for groceries. Picture this: Me, in exercise compression pants, tank and sneakers with full-zip hoodie, glowing (sweaty) face, beautiful (messy, sweaty, wet) hair standing in the cat food aisle sobbing – because my back hurts. Any NORMAL person would’ve walked past to see me – the moron – in the cat food aisle crying over…cat food?? Crazy cat lady!! *eyerolling*

I went to the doc – who gave me meds. It hurts to sit, stand, and lay down. I did some arm weights Wednesday night, making sure not to jar or put stress/pressure on my back. I’m also doing yoga back stretches to help keep limber and not just sit and wait it out.

While I recover, I am back to tracking. It really does make a difference for me to see what works and what doesn’t work for me. Here’s hoping for a better weight week – and a healthier back!

Cheers,

~S

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Non-scale Victories or NSVs

For those who aren’t familiar with the weight watchers program, we try to also celebrate victories that don’t occur on the scale. We call these Non-Scale Victories or NSVs. I was thinking to myself the other day, that the weight loss hasn’t exactly been going in the direction I want (in case you were wondering, its down. I wish my weight would go down).  Then I remembered I took some body measurements and wrote them on the wall (on June 6) in the basement. It stares at me every day. mocking me. “Nah na na na na” it says. Well, let me say that attitudes like that just fuels my fire. I’ll show those measurements!!

So, I took my measurements last night. Since that fateful day in June 2016, I’ve lost:

  • 1.5″ off my bust;
  • 2″ off my waist;
  • 1″ off my hip; and
  • 1.5″ off my thigh.

Remember when I said I can see my toes? Remember when I said I can wear those jeans that used to be just a smidge too tight? I can see that my body has changed.

Another NSV came yesterday in a Super Sculpt class when I could see and feel the flexibility; I could feel the need to increase the weights and I didn’t get as tired/out of breath as I would have before.

I may injure myself soon though, with all this patting of my own back I’m doing. 😉

To quote the Black Eyed Peas song I Gotta Feeling:

Go out and smash it

Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get off

I got this.  You’ve got this.  Together, we’ve got this. Let’s go!

Cheers,

~S


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Personal Development & weigh-in mash-up

I needed to come up with another title. I was boring myself, I could only imagine how you felt!

Not a terribly great week. I barely tracked. I ate ALL the muffins A made on the weekend. For every meal. In defense, I figured I wasn’t eating anything else, so it was a wash. Fast-forward to today, up 0.1 lbs. I have been hitting the gym earning 97 FitPoints, 140 minutes and 60.5K steps.

I’ve been posting about personal development and the number on the scale not meaning much other than my “effect on gravity”. Today the number didn’t matter to me (much). I’m wearing a dress (I only wear a skirt/dress when I ran out of clothes and need to do laundry). In this dress – I can SEE the changes in my body. So if the number isn’t changing much – my body is. I can see my stomach isn’t sticking out as far. My running is getting faster and longer; pace better. I can even wear my knee-high boots and zip them up over my calves!

On my C25K app by Zenlabs, there is always a quote as soon as you open the app. I read one the other day by Muhammad Ali. It said:

It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself“.

I do too. I believe in me.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

~S.


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Weight Watchers Week 17

I think it’s week 17. I last weighed in right before Christmas on December 21 and was even – I maintained from the last couple weeks. I missed a week over Christmas and due to lots of snacking/food and T.O.M. – I’m up 2.3 lbs. GAH!

You know what though? Unlike years past, I’m not beating myself up for it. I’m not feeling guilty for it. I’m picking myself up and dusting myself off and getting back on track. There’s no horse or wagon. I’m abandoning those. By saying that I feel like this isn’t supposed to be a lifestyle change but a fad. So as with everything in life, I’m rolling with it and doing something about it.

Even though I’ve been sick – I hit the dreamill Jan 1, 2 & 3. I sacrificed Jan 4 for sleep and was back on last night. Last night was another milestone for me in my attempt to run a full 5K without stopping (first goal) and then better my pace/time (second goal). Last night I was able to run in 5/1.5 intervals. I ran for 5 mins and walked for 90 seconds for 3.5 km. Hold on while I pat myself on the back! Celebratory drink!

Now – all I want to do is run another OCR. I’m dying to get into an obstacle race…The 5K Foam Fest is one I haven’t tried yet…or the Polar Rush in February.

Go out there and CRUSH some goals! I’ll be right behind you cheering you on.

Cheers,

~S.


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Goodbye 2016; Year in Review (and Weight Watchers Week 16)

I did not go to my meeting this week. On purpose. I know when I go next week I’ll probably have undone all the good in this one week that took me 15 weeks to do. But today – today is January 1 and it’s the first page in my 365 page blank book to write my story.  What will my story look like? I’m not sure. It is my story, after all. I can re-write my future. Cause those ripples in time.

I look back on my 2016 year and think not a lot happened to make it stand out. I did spend some of this past year in the dark, mentally speaking. My depression was taking me to a very bleak place. I reached out and asked my doctor for help. If you know me, asking for help is like me not swearing in traffic. Very difficult.

I spent time with my family this year, swimming in the yard, playing with the kids.

Enjoying time with my husband as we went to Blue Jay games, hopping in the car to follow said Toronto Blue Jays to Cleveland. Going on our cruise.

I applied for a promotion at work and got it.

I’ve investigated my headaches (which have been great these past couple months).

Meeting new people and being able to call them friends.

Most of all, I think I found some of my confidence this year. I KNOW I’m not perfect, but I am damn good at what I do for a living. My kids seem to be decent human beings (most of the time).

After my dad passed away, I was petrified of my mom getting sick again. I didn’t know if I could handle it alone. However, when the inevitable happened back in March, I learned I CAN handle it. I also learned I didn’t have to do it alone. When I said the word, my big brother was there, every step of the way with me. Even my younger brother was with me as we texted our sick humour to get through the time.

I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and kids; my mom and my brothers, nieces & nephews, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins; my BFF’s, hockey & soccer families; my memories of my dad; my SIL’s bone marrow transplant was a success and she is still here shining her bright light on all of us.

I won’t make resolutions. I’m going to make plans and write down goals. Some I’ll achieve and some I won’t. I promise though, to always be, Me. (shush, that’s not a threat!!).

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you are all blessed with love, light & happiness. Always remember how loved you are.

Cheers,

~S.


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‘Tis the Season (Week 14 & 15)

Merry Christmas!

Week 14 found me up 0.3 lbs and week 15 I managed to stay even. This was a feat in itself considering the sheer number of snaccidents that happened.

Is it me or did the final holiday lunch/potluck push start last week? It’s easier for me to resist the foods since most don’t know I am gluten free or have Celiac Disease. Some simply admitted they forgot. It seems like the holiday season has become one GIANT food extravaganza!

Why can’t we celebrate in ways other than ingesting copious amounts of food. Ugh. While I watched a smorgasbord of food be consumed at our annual potluck here at work this past week, I stuck to a small 1/2 c. bowl of chili (although I probably shouldn’t have because I suspect it had wheat), pulled pork, rice, and a salad that I made so I know its ok for me.

I also made 2 batches of Peppermint Bark, a recipe from M. I brought most of it to work and it seems very popular with this crowd. You want to hear something weird??  I haven’t tried any yet.

I’m trying to be good and make wise, mindful decisions. Tips this past week at our meeting were: Eat healthy before going out to the party, do not sit in front of the food, eat until satisfied, pre-plan what you want to eat, drink tons of water…and if all else fails, tomorrow is another day.

Please, be safe. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

Have a safe & Happy Holiday Season. Hug your loved ones and let them know what they mean to you.

Cheers,

S.


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Weight Watchers Week 13

Sorry for being absent last week my friends. I have no idea what I weighed last week, nor did I care. No, I haven’t given up. My beautiful family and I went on a wonderful vacation to the south-western Caribbean. Private tour of the Island of Roatan with snorkeling; Harvest Caye in Belize snorkeling and being a lazy beach bum; Mayan Ruins in Costa Maya, Mexico; and finally scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico. *sigh*

Not so wonderful was the trip home…I was up at 6:45 am. We got dressed, showered, went for our last breakfast aboard the Norwegian Getaway. We disembarked by 9:30 am. Arrived at the Miami International Airport by 10 am. Thanks to no service from Air Canada, the check-in process took 2 hours! Finally we entered the secure area. We waited for a bit for the flight when we looked at the board and discovered our 3:15 flight was moved to 5:00 pm. Then to 10 pm!! Why you ask? Well, as I was savoring the wonderful tropical weather (picture lots of rain, wind and blowing palm trees) in 24 degree weather, Toronto was having a snow storm. It’s first of the season. Fantastic. (Seriously, we need a font designer to invent a “sarcasm” font).

We decided to wander to get the kids some grub.

We looked at the interactive screen and found a TGI Fridays and Chili’s – but no access from our terminal. Great. Let me say, zero to no options for us Celiacs. Kids ate McDonald’s and I stole a couple of fries.

While eating, I looked at the iPad and notice the flight was pushed back to 5:30. We double checked the flight board and sure enough, 5:30. We sauntered to the gate only to learn we were pushed back again, to 7 pm. Around 5:30 they announced we could board. It was a free-for-all. No control over the boarding process AT ALL. Once we got settled on the plane ready for take off, Toronto issues a no-fly something-or-other. This meant NO traffic into Toronto. We sat on the plane until 9:30 (still no lunch or dinner for me) when we finally took off. By 12:30 we were in a hold pattern over Toronto. The good news is once we landed around 1 am we had no gate! Finally, a gate, cleared customs and waited for luggage by 1:30 am. By the time we got to the car at 2:37 am and got home, I sat in bed at 3:38 am.

I was up bright and early for my 6:30 am alarm to go to work. You know what? As tired as I am as I write this. I wouldn’t trade my week (or this “vertigo” feeling) for the world! Happy Holidays!!!

Cheers,

~S.

PS I ate mostly grilled chicken, grilled steak, vegetables and ice cream all week. They did have GF Blueberry muffins and yummy GF Pepperoni Pizza!! Every hand included a Miami Vice 😉


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Weight Watchers Week 12

I’m a couple of days late…it’s been pretty hectic around home and work. I ran up to WW on Wednesday afternoon for WI Day, I was prepared to accept my gain for reasons I own (unfortunate accident with chocolate disappearing – into my tummy) and “that time”. I was surprised to find I was down 1.8 lbs for a total of 15.9 lbs to date.

My activity last week netted me 101 FitPoints, 191 minutes of activity and 60K steps. Last week Thursday was American Thanksgiving. I had a half day at work on Friday. My first thought was – I’ll head to the mall and do some Christmas shopping but then it dawned on me – Black Friday. No thanks. Guess what I did instead? I went to the gym for 2 hours! I was the only woman in there among all these older men. I didn’t care, nor did I let it intimidate me. I ran the dreadmill and used all the machines!

I’m making progress all over the place.

Going into my weigh-in, I thought to my self, “Self, no matter what this says, I already won this week.”  Now, I know you’re asking me why. It’s because I crushed some major goals this week. I managed to get over a hurdle with my C25K App, I realized that I can do things with my body that I couldn’t do before (get your mind out of the gutter) such as those PiYO/Yoga moves. Rather than a single leg dog – I used to look like “dog peeing on hydrant”. Now, I can perform these moves well and hold for a period of time.

More progress.

I’m not living my life on the scale, although it’s been a positive side effect. I’m now running for almost 30 mins straight, seeing my pace get faster, seeing my flexibility increase and seeing the muscles more than the jiggle. It’s been said it before; the number on the scale is only my numerical effect on gravity; it doesn’t show you that I am beautiful, and loved, and awesome.

Have a great week – I know I will.

Cheers,

~S.


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Weight Watchers Week 11

WI Day….down 2.3 for a total of 14.1. More than 5% of my body weight GONE! Ah, Ba-Bye!

I can already hear you asking; “Steph, what did you do differently this week?” and I’ll respond: TRACKING! I tracked my food (even the GF/Nut free Cheesecake that R always makes and is Ah-MAZING!!) and I also stepped up the fitness. Last week netted me 73 FitPoints; this week I was back up to 101 FitPoints and 62.5K steps.

I had a conversation with M at work (no, not M from James Bond, silly). She’s been jogging with a “learn to run” group in her town via The Running Room. We chatted about her progress and how I feel stalled. I use a C25K app to build up the endurance. I felt stuck on this one set/day that I was on. Picture this, I’m at the gym; I get on the dreadmill; I pick the random hill mode and off I go (ha – atleast picture me slim and gorgeous with my long flowing blonde hair, without knots, sweat and missing eyebrows that I rubbed off). In this mode, the dreadmill changes the incline randomly to give me the most of the run. I had read an article a little while ago that said to get the benefits of being on a dreadmill, you need to be at minimum 1% incline. So after this chat with M, I went to the gym at the rec centre while A practiced and hit the dreadmill at a 1% incline following my C25K app which had alternating intervals of 90 seconds run, 90 seconds walk; 3 minutes run, 3 minutes walk plus warm-up and cool down for 5 mins each. I hadn’t been able to complete this day on the hill mode, but I crushed it on 1% incline. Not just on Friday – but on Sunday too!! Woo Hoo! Friday I also did a circuit of arms for an hour, Sunday I did a little bit of legs (practice was shorter Sunday). Man, was I sore this weekend.

I picked up new runners and orthotics and now I have to get used to them. I tried a the same run from above last night with the new equipment and lasted just over 8 minutes before putting on my Saucony’s to finish out my mostly walk. Then  I moved to arms and core with the bowflex, TRX and Bosu. Man, this is fun (even though I hate running).

Next week – lets see if I can earn 117 FitPoints and 63K steps…challenge accepted.

Cheers,

~S.