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Just Tracking

The scale has gone up a little bit, but I feel like the reasons are more than just my inability to handle not being on WW.  One, TOM is here now.  Two, due to my MIL being in the hospital, the stress has been up.  Stress typically means a higher number on the scale, even if I haven't changed anything.  Three, also due to having to drive to the hospital is not getting a chance to exercise.  By the time I get home from visiting at the hospital it is late, but I still have to prepare for the…


Added by Brandy on April 14, 2013 at 9:57am — 3 Comments

So This Made Me Sad...

That really chubby girl in the green tights sorta in the background--that's me.  Yep.  I saw this picture and wanted to cry.  Seriously.  I look wider than I am tall.  This picture really got me down.

But then I thought about that comment Roni made about the picture that made her sad (…


Added by Brandy on April 7, 2013 at 8:44pm — 9 Comments

A Compliment

After only two weeks of weight lifting and also running when I can, I got a compliment from a male colleague at work!  He said he could tell I've been exercising and it looks like I've lost weight.

Considering the scale hasn't shown any changes, I must be toning up?  It's great that someone random noticed! 

I am super tired today, but I'm going to do weights after I get back home from the school play tonight.  I promised my students I would go. It makes for a…


Added by Brandy on April 5, 2013 at 6:07pm — 3 Comments

Quitting, But Not a Quitter

I'm quitting my membership to WW.  But I'm not a quitter.  My plan is to eat sensibly, follow my workout schedule, and weigh in weekly.  If, after a month, I have not lost weight (or gained--eek!), then I will go to counting points on my own (without WW) to help me stay on track.

The problem lies in the system for me.  If I am counting points (or calories), then I become obsessed with the numbers and it truly becomes a numbers game: how much can I eat and still stay within my…


Added by Brandy on April 4, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Stuck...And Unsure

I'm going back and forth about staying on Weight Watchers.  Yes, I lost my first 30 lbs on the old WW.  Then I gained a little.  Then I went on the new WW and lost 30 lbs again.  I'm around 50 lbs down from when I originally began losing weight about 5 years ago.  

But I've moved on from just points (or points+).  It just doesn't seem to be working for me anymore.  I'm more focused on finding whole, real food.  I'm more about holistically changing my life: exercise, eating…


Added by Brandy on April 1, 2013 at 9:51pm — 6 Comments

Boo to a Rainy Day

It's cloudy and yucky outside.  I was really hoping to get in another outside run today.  I will have to wait on that though.  I'm going to do weights today since I ran out of time yesterday and I can't run today.

I need to get my butt in gear today: I have grading (annotated bibs, notebooks, and some rough drafts); typing lesson plans including substitute teacher plans for Tuesday; finishing laundry and folding/putting away; putting away dishes; and making the food for Sunday…


Added by Brandy on March 30, 2013 at 9:47am — 1 Comment

Doing Double Duty

I kinda flaked out yesterday and didn't do my weights.  Was it because I was super tired?  Yes.  Was it because I was so sore last time that I was a little afraid to do them Thursday? Yes.  Was it because I stayed at work until nearly 7pm helping with cheerleader tryouts that evening? Yes.  

But, I'm not going to let that mean anything.  I will just work out by running today and doing weights. Then, if I fit in a run tomorrow, I will have made it back on track.  If I run…


Added by Brandy on March 29, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Well, I Remembered My Lunch.

Today was my off-day working out.  I was so sore yesterday I figured I needed to have one of my off days be on Wednesday.  The other will be either on a Sat or Sun depending on the week.

I remembered my breakfast and lunch today.  Only part of my lunch (the baked potato) was not all the way cooked through (My bad) so I didn't eat it... I just can't win!

Here's today's meals:

B: whole wheat homemade waffle with peanut butter and maple syrup

L: turkey…


Added by Brandy on March 27, 2013 at 6:26pm — 3 Comments

Keeping Up

I got up this morning super early so I could go running.  I did about 2 miles.  Hopefully soon I can work myself back up to 3 miles.

Today, I am tired.   I want to go to bed early tonight.  I think I need it!  I was so tired that this morning I left my breakfast and lunch on the counter when I set off for work this morning.  So I was stuck with crap food at work.  Boo.

Here's todays meal plan:

B: I planned on having a homemade whole wheat waffle with peanut…


Added by Brandy on March 26, 2013 at 7:11pm — 5 Comments

Four Day Work Week

I was hoping for a three-day workweek this week, but that didn't happen.  We had to trudge through the snow and ice this morning to get there, but we made it happen!

I got up early this morning and did some weight training/ab work and BOY am I sore!  Between shoveling snow yesterday and doing this workout, I can feel my muscles every time I bend down or squat.  But I felt more awake, more energized, and in a better mood because of my workout.  It is…


Added by Brandy on March 25, 2013 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

Snow=Exercise DVD

I sucked it up.  I KNOW that making excuses is not going to work for me.  I know I need to suck it up and just go out there and exercise.  But for the past few months I've had excuse after excuse.  I planned to go to the Y today, but with the snowstorm, I couldn't.  And instead of using that as an excuse not to exercise, I just adjusted my plans. I got out an old workout DVD and did that instead.  And you know what, I feel great afterwards.  It's true, you never regret taking the time to…


Added by Brandy on March 24, 2013 at 11:50am — 3 Comments


I have a wedding to go to this afternoon.  It snuck up on me.  I can't believe it's the end of March!!  

Anyway, we got some news about my MIL.  She does have cancer, but we don't know if it is lymphoma or colon cancer yet.  Surgery will be soon and then we should know more.  So scary.

Hubby was sent to work in Mississippi, and I know he isn't happy about being gone for all of this.  With him gone though, I may be able to stay on track with exercise and eating.…


Added by Brandy on March 23, 2013 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

Ah, Life

Life has a way of kicking you in the metaphorical genitals.  

Here's what's going on:  1)Parent/Teacher conferences are this week.  2) My husband is leaving tomorrow for work in Mississippi.  3) My mother-in-law has been told (yesterday) that she probably has cancer and we are now waiting for the freaking doctors to get their paperwork straightened out so they can get her in for some more specific testing.

GAH.  And I snapped at one of my classes today.  I guess…


Added by Brandy on March 20, 2013 at 4:56pm — 4 Comments

A "Bug" In My Plans

Yesterday I ended up getting a stomach bug.  I just feel ick.  I am not getting anything done like I had planned, but that's not surprising.  My plans always get ruined somehow!

My plan today is to take it slow and get things done as I can.  No church in case I get sick.  Plus I don't want to spread my germs.  Maybe no work tomorrow if I can't bring myself to eat anything today.  

I was wanting something to kickstart my weight loss.  I don't think being sick was…


Added by Brandy on March 17, 2013 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Being a Hermit

I have been avoiding blogging.  I have been avoiding tracking.  I have been avoiding the gym.  I have been in a funk.  Not necessarily a depression.  Not necessarily in any way where I have stopped completely caring about my health.  I have been trying to figure out a few things on my own, aside from being obsessed with all the numbers: calories, points, pounds, and the like.  And guess what?  I am closer to the weight I was before I got sick in January (ie allergic reaction, spider bite,…


Added by Brandy on March 16, 2013 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Snowed In (Again)

More snow has hit and school has been canceled again.  I just spent most of the day prepping sub plans for Thurs and Fri since I will be gone to a conference, but those sub plans may be moot!

I'm excited about my conference--I present on Friday and I'm nervous about that, but I'm happy to be going. It always makes me excited to teach.

We're eating clean still--and eating down the pantry and what we still have.  Here's today's meal plans:

B: steel cut…


Added by Brandy on February 27, 2013 at 9:23pm — 4 Comments

Another Snow Day

ACK!  We got a LOT more snow last night and school was canceled.  IF we have school tomorrow, that means I'll only have seen my students for 1 day!  I have a conference I'll be at from Thursday through Saturday, and I'm excited because I get to present!

Hubby and I are still going along with our whole foods journey and eating down our fridge and pantry until we can replace the stuff we have with whole alternatives.  For example, for dinner tonight we are having tacos.  I…


Added by Brandy on February 26, 2013 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

Making It Work

Today is all about making it work.  We are easing back into the eating clean thing since I don't want to throw out all the stuff in our fridge/pantry.  I figure we'll start replacing our cans/boxes of stuff with fresh as we need it.  Then it will be less $$ out of the wallet!

Started out the morning with some soaked oatmeal.  I read that soaking your oats overnight improves the texture and allows for the nutrients in the oats to be more readily digestible.  Figured we'd give…


Added by Brandy on February 24, 2013 at 5:20pm — 3 Comments

Food is Political

I never really thought that before, but the more reading I've been doing, I'm blown away by how much fighting there is surrounding it.  Milk, grains, organic food, responsibly sourced food, GMOs, CAFOs...It all makes me want to go buy some land, a cow, some chickens, and start farming!  At least then I'd REALLY know what's in the food I'm eating!

Last summer I started trying to eat more clean, but with work I let it slip and got back into the buying of canned and some packaged…


Added by Brandy on February 23, 2013 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Staying Inside; and anyone trying the whole foods thing?

With the foot or so of snow we got, it doesn't look like we're going anywhere anytime soon.  To keep busy, I've been working on lesson plans.  And reading.  We watched a movie last night.  And I painted:

Today I'm doing weights, grading some essays, and doing some light cleaning around the…


Added by Brandy on February 22, 2013 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments




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