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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 37...Welcome October...

Today was another long day.  I think I have had more than enough of the heat summer brings and I will feel better once cooler weather comes...and stays!  Today was well over 100 and even at the mall it was too warm for me...especially for being in doors.

It is 8pm and I have earned 2pp for the day and reached 90%.  I have plenty of laundry to fold and put away so I am sure I will make it to 100% before bed.  Last night I made it to 88% and earned 2pp for the day.

Tomorrow my son, daughter, mom, and I are going to the beach.  This will probably be the last trip to the beach this year.  I wish we lived closer to the ocean...there is just something about the salt air and sound of the waves that always calms my soul.

I used up the rest of my weeklies today and consumed about 10pp over.  Tomorrow I am not going to be super strict, but not get out of control either.  It is usually easier for me to eat well when I am not home...sometimes when I am home I just seem to gravitate towards food...just because.  It is worse in this house than it was when I had my own house.  I know alot of it has to do with the environment and stress here as well as all of the memories within this house as it is the house I grew up in.

Tomorrow is a new day and should be good.  I am so happy my son decided to go with us.  He is 15 and so many times he would rather stay home and play his video games with his buddies than go out with his mom and sister.  At least when he is home I know where he is, what he is doing, and he is still communicating with his friends rather than sitting in his room alone. 

Day 30...Not quite a success, but could have been worse.  I have to keep reminding myself...I am far from my ultimate goal, but also far from where I started.  It may take me longer than I want to reach my ultimate goal, but the important thing is that I never give up!

Onto Day 31...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 36...Weigh in...

Today was another good meeting topic...discussing what kind of weight loss could be achieved from now until Thanksgiving, only 8 short weeks away!  I am up for the challenge, and gave myself a goal to lose at least 8 pounds by then, which should be doable since it is only an average of 1 pound for long as I do not have any major gains, I should be able to reachm if not exceed, this goal.

The scale was good to me this week...down 2.8 for a total loss of 65.8 pounds.  I chose to celebrate 65 pounds today...made me happy and sad in the same moment...happy because I had a good loss...sad because I have already lost these pounds.  It is what it is and it is up to me to carry on.

Today was busy, as usual...lots of time in and out of the car and in and out of the house...made for an eaty day, but I tracked it all and still have 14 weeklies left.  I did have some milk with dinner that I did not track.  I rarely drink anything with pp and decided since it was skim milk, it is good me, and I did not drink a ton, I am going to gift it to myself and hold on to my remaining 14 in hopes of staying on track all week.

I have earned 2pp and reached 82% on my ActiveLink...might make it to 100%, might arm is still no bueno.  I did get in a lot of walking today...tomorrow is another day...

Day 36...Success!

Onto Day 37...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 35...

Last night I made it to 103% and earned 4pp.  Today I made it to 108% and earned 4pp. 

For the week I have exceeded my pp by 8 meaning I used all of my dailies, weeklies, and my activity pp earned.  I am still considering this week a sucess because I made many more good choices than bad ones!  I also stopped myself before following through with old habits several times...much better to catch myself before than during, or even worse...after.

I am exhausted and off to bed at 8:30pm.  My arm is still bothering me and I am hoping sleep will help it!

I am ready for tomorrow's weigh in and expecting a good loss.

Day 35...Super success!

Onto Day 36...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Days 33 & 34...

Yesterday was a long day.  I spent most of it in bed watching TV in efforts of of letting my arm heal.  It was feeling pretty good until I started cooking dinner...I wasn't even cooking a feast, but it was too much and by the end of the night I was hurting pretty bad.

It felt better this morning, but still not 100%.  I spent the day at my daughter's school.  I love spending time with the kids and helping out the teachers too.  I found out today that parents are not to play with the kids during recess.  This made me, and quite a few of the kids, quite sad.  I will continue to help in the classroom for the sake of my daughter and her teacher, but I definitely don't feel as connected or comfortable as I have for the past three years.  Not bueno!

It is almost 6pm and I have reached 79% on my ActiveLink...I should be able to get pretty close to 100% by the end of the night.  Last night I made it to 89% and earned 2pp.

Today has been a good eating day.  I am going to make dinner shortly, and feel like I don't need to eat everything in sight.  I pre-planned today's eats last night to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks at my daughter's school.  I left 7pp unassigned because I knew I was going to be going to Wal-Mart with the kids right after school and we would all need a snack.  I had a Diet Coke, an ice cream cone, and 1/2 of a small fry...exactly 7pp.  Because I pre-planned dinner pp, I have just enough and know I will be able to end the day well.

One more day until weigh of today the scale shows a loss of 2.5 pounds...hopefully it will go down even further by Saturday morning.  Since I used my weeklies over a few days, rather than blowing them all over the weekend, I did not see the normal gain on the scale come Monday.  That was discussed in last week's meeting and it made a difference for sure. 

Tomorrow will be busy, and I will do my best to finish the week off on a good note.

Days 33 & 34...Success!

Onto Day 35...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 32...Hmmm...

Today seemed like a very long day.  After I dropped the kids off at school I spent a good hour and a half going through the fridge, freezers, and pantry...taking stock and trying to make meals out of what we have on hand.  I made up 9 meals, which shouldn't be so difficult but considering it is rare that all 6 of us eat the same thing...I have to get creative.

I made a small grocery list to fill in the gaps.  I ended up spending about $35 and all I am missing is grapes.  They are on sale and I will be on the other side of town tomorrow so I will pick them up then.

Tonight I made garlic bread pizzas.  We had Garlic Texas Toast in the freezer so I cut each slice in half lengthwise, grilled each side on my pancake griddle, then topped them with tomato sauce, deli ham, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, bacon bits, and cheese.  Once topped I popped them into the oven to heat through and melt the cheese.  They turned out really good.  My mom, kids, and I liked them.  I am not sure about my dad because I did not hang around for his reaction.  I figured my husband would not like them and he figured the same, but to our surprise he did.  I had already made him something else for dinner and there were not enough pizzas, but now I have another meal that I can cook the same thing for everyone...yeah!

I did well eating today.  I did have 1 too many slices of pizza, an extra cookie, and 1 cup of nonfat milk, but I decided I really wanted them and it is better for me to eat over a little than avoid what I really want and eat 10 other things instead.  I feel satisfied...not stuffed...and not guilty for eating a bit over my dailies.  Being perfect on WW is not my goal...learning from my mistakes, learning when it is ok to have a little extra, and learning how to stop eating are some of my WW goals.  I figure if I am too restrictive and don't enjoy the journey than I might end up having to redo it again later.

It is almost 7pm and I have only earned 1pp and reached 77% on my ActiveLink.  I did take a short walk today while my mom was at the chiropractor.  My foot still hurts to put my shoes on and my arm is still bothering me.  I have never dreaded exercise, but I never imagined I would miss it so much either!  My daughter and I did do about 30 minutes of Richard Simmons last night.  Most of the movements require your arms...I could hardly move mine without pain last night so I just did the leg portion...not the same as a full body workout but at least I was moving!

Not sure if I will make it to 100% tonight, but either way I will consider today a success.

Onto Day 33...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 31...Frustration...

I am frustrated...with myself and with my body. 

I got up this morning with a genius idea to cover my blister in the back of my ankle so I could go for a walk since my arm still hurts ridiculously.  I put my shoes on and was limping by the time we were out the door.  I know limping a three mile walk is going to do nothing but cause me different pain.

Yesterday's bike ride felt good at the time, but know I think I may have done more damage to my arm as now the pain radiates from my shoulder blade to my elbow.

I came back home this morning after dropping off the kids and crawled back in bed.  It seems like I take one step forward only to take two back.

This afternoon I am going to try and get some activity in with my daughter.  We are going to "Party Off the Pounds" with a Richard Simmons DVD...minus the shoes and arm movements.  It is 4pm and I haven't even made it to 50% on my ActiveLink.  I feel like a failure, epecially when I want to exercise and can't, or shouldn't, so my injuries can heal.

My eating was ok today, not great, but ok considering.  By the time I have dinner, I will use the rest of my weeklies.  I am still tracking every bite.

I am so ready for something fabulous to happen.  Sometimes it feels like we have more bad than good and I really think in life there should be more of a balance.

Hoping tomorrow is a better day...

Onto Day 32...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 30...Success!

Last night my hubby was changing the brakes on his truck and did not finish until 9:30pm.  I was waiting up for him and got a bit hungry.  I had some string cheese & grapes...that was good. 

Then when I was heating up his dinner...pasta with meat sauce...I decided I needed some.  Then I decided I needed a piece of toast with butter.  I tracked every bite and ended up using a total of 11pp.  I rarely eat at night, but sometimes get hungry if I stay up too late and have eaten dinner early.  I do much better on the nights when everyone eats at the same time...unfortunetely that is rare.  I did however do well when I served up my dad's dinner and his ice cream for dessert.  I did not even have one bite...success. 

Was it worth it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Did I feel guilty or out of control?  No.  I tracked it and moved on and that will be the key to my success.

Today was a good day.  I rode my hubby is so fantastic.  He didn't want to ride with me but did take my bike to the bike trail, unloaded it, come back for me, and reloaded it.

My daughter and I spent most of the day working on her Biome Project for school...she did an amazing job!

We had some snacks throughout the day, and I tracked every bite.  I used 12 more weeklies and have 14 left for the week.

I earned 6pp and reached 129% through my ActiveLink.

Day 30...Success!

Onto Day 31...


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 29...Weigh in...

I knew I would be up today, and I was...5.2 pounds.  My total lost is now only 63 pounds. 

I almost didn't go to this morning's meeting because I knew I had gained, and because I couldn't stop crying.  I was so upset last night that I had nightmares about fighting with my dad.  I can't even find peace when I am sleeping and it makes me mad.

I got dressed, put make up on, straightened my hair, and went to the meeting.  Tears flowed the whole way there and I was able to compose myself before walking in the door...until someone asked how I was.  I don't hide tears, or evidence of them, very well.  They started again...right there in the meeting room.  I felt like such a fool.  One of the front desk girls brought me tissue, a member held out her hand to me, another came over and sat with me and listened, another came over and quitely gave me a hug.  Since our original small group has a Facebook page, they all know my story.  I felt like such an ass, but none of them saw me that way.  They were supportive, told me to contact them during the week if needed, and posted messages on Facebook in our group after the meeting.  I feel loved and I am so glad that I only waited 3 weeks to rejoin after I quit over the summer.  I need those people, and that time.  I know I will be successful with WW and one day reach my goal.  I will not give u no matter how long it takes or how tough things get at home.  As long as I don't give up, I still have the opportunity to make the next meal, day, or week better than the last.

Today's meeting was about tracking...EVERY.SINGLE.DAY...which is exactly what I did, faithfully, last year when I was losing each week.  I have decided to go back to tracking on the weekends.  Sometimes I feel like I change my plan of action too much, but if I see something is not working I want to change it as soon as possible in efforts to move forward rather than stand still or go backwards.  I like the break of not tracking and measuring, but I do not the uncertainty of it.  I know some weekends I go way over my 49 extra and some I don't, but I have been counting as if I had and then "re-using" some of those pp again during the week.  Some weeks it works out on the scale, some weeks it does not. 

 The leader spoke of tracking, consistently, for 6 straight weeks.  I am going to do it, even if I have to guestimate on foods I am unsure of.  I am not saying I will not lose control from time to time and go over my daily and weekly pp, but I am going to track it all...the good and the bad.

I am still not feeling 100%...mind, body, or spirit.  I spent alot of time watching TV, doing laundry, and hanging out with my daughter today.  I used 12 of my weeklies, tracked every BLT, and felt in control.

I am barely over 50% on my ActiveLink and don't think I will get much further tonight.  My arm is really bothering me and I know if I keep pushing it I will just make it worse.  I need to allow my body to heal so I can get back to steady exercise...I really miss it!

Onto Day 30...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 28...Glad the week is almost over...

Today I spent all day helping at my daughter's school.  I love those kids...they always take my mind off of all the worry and nonsense in my life.  One of the girls, who is in third grade with my daughter and we have known since kinder, even told me she wished I could be their teacher....the other kids who heard her thought it would be a good idea too!  I think I would like being a teacher...but sadly there is no time for more school and a different career path.  I also love accounting so we'll see where I end up once I have time to get back to work.

I did well eating this morning and at school...I packed my lunch and my daughter and I shared a mini bag of mini cookies...only 2pp.  When we got home I ate more than usual.  When I was cooking dinner it was so hot and I wasn't feeling well.  I had a few bites of chicken while I cooked and some cold water.

Since I made chicken and my dad doesn't like it, I made him  something totally different.  I am an idiot.  I feel like crap, I am hotter than Africa, it is TOM, I am tired, and I am going to waste my precious time and energy only to get yelled at and complained to when dinner was served.  Somehow, he decided that mac and cheese with sliced hot dogs is Mexican food and claims we eat Mexican food every night...which could not be further from the truth.  My husband, who is Mexican, will eat almost anything if it is in a tortilla.  We rarely have Mexican food as a family meal.

I am so tired of the crap I get from my dad.  I have 5 siblings and not one of them calls or visits my mom or dad.  Two of them live local, two of them have not lived out of state for very long, and the other has lived in another state for quite a few years.  They all take vacations, have parties, and own vehicles, house phones, and cell phones.  There is no reason that they cannot call, at least my mom, to see how she is.  They have no idea what life is like in this house, and obviuosly don't care to either.

I have been knocked down so many times by my dad, when I think about how many times it makes me sick.  No one should have to live like this.  I hate that my kids have to hear us fight, see me upset, and see me cry.  I try my best to keep them away from it, but that isn't always possible.  My husband and mom also get upset when my dad is shitty to me.  It is crazy how ONE person can distrupt a house of 6!  I truly believe he wakes up in the morning to ensure he is able to make me miserable which in turn will make everyone else miserable...except him of course.  He will be shitty and then ass is awful.  To live in constant anticipation of what he is going to yell at me about next, and then to get yelled at...or not...leaves little room for peace and quiet...even inside my own head!

My arm hurts so bad...I used it alot at school, when I was cooking dinner, and when I was doing the dishes.  The pain makes me wince even to take my dress off over my head.  I feel like I can't catch a break!  I hurt my foot...wait for it to heal...use it...get a blister...and then wreck my arm.  I refuse to stay down!  I will figure out how to carry on.

Tomorrow is weigh in.  I know the scale is going to be up.  This week was filled with my mother-in-law's not WW friendly cooking and tons of leftovers, Chinese food last night, and Aunt Flo showed up today.  It is what it is and I will not let it discourage me.

It is almost 8pm.  I have earned 3pp and reached 97%.  I could easily Kettlebell my way past 100%, but that would kill my arm and increase the healing time.  I might make it to 100% just because I am not going to bed yet...if I don't, I will still consider today a success for activity.  I am probably a good 10pp over for the day.  I can't go back and change what I ate, but I will try to make better choices tomorrow.

Food has always been a comfort.  Many times throughout my life it was all I had available to soothe my wounds.  I have got to find a way to let it go and use it for its intended fuel my body...not numb my pain.  I am far from my pre-WW self, but also very far from where I want to be.  I will get there.

Onto Day 29 and a new week...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 27...Ending a rough week...roughly...

Ate too much during the day.

Didn't move enough.

Went out to dinner we had not planned.

Mongolian Grill.

Did well eating at dinner...lots of veggies, grilled chicken and shrimp.


Tomorrow I will be at my daughter's school helping all day.

It will be nice to be out of the house.

My daughter received a special award for her STAR testing scores.

My 15 year old son is doing well in school too.

I am a proud mom.

Super tired...enough said.

Onto Day 28...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Day 26...ActiveLink...102%...3pp earned...

I made it past 100%!!  I did kettlebell swings for 6 minutes straight and then jogged, ran, and walked up and down the hall for another 7 minutes.  Who knew I could even jog or run so long...

I think I have got exercise down, now I've just got to work on the eating part of the equation. 

I know I will get there...

Day 26...Finished off strong...

Onto Day 27...

Day 26...Too much time in the car...

Today was hectic and long.  In all I drove a total of 90 miles.  I went to the valley to take my mom's friend to the doctor, got stuck in traffic on the way back and had to call my daughter's school to have her wait for me in the office.  We got home, I made her snack then was off to pick up my son from school.  Twenty minutes later I was out the door again to take my dad to the doctor.  My daughter and mom went too.  We left the house around 3:30pm and didn't get back until 6pm.

Even though I walked quite a bit at the both doctor offices, carried a wheel chair down 5 flights of stairs, and walked back up those stairs, I have only reached 85% and earned 2pp so far.  I am so tired I don't know if I am going to make it to 100% today.

I did really well with eating today...even lunch out.  The trouble started when I got home at 3pm and then again at 6pm when it was time to make dinner.  I didn't go super overboard, but definitely ate more than I planned, or needed, to.  I have got to break the connection between coming home and eating, and associating food with being out like...Target - Nachos, Wal-Mart - McDonald's, Movie Theater - Popcorn, etc.

The blister on my ankle still hurts but I am going to try to cover it well enough so I can go for a walk tomorrow morning.  Having that time alone, and moving my body, is good for my mind, body, and spirit.  I am hoping to be totally injury free so I can ride my bike to WW on Saturday morning, go to spin class on Monday (I haven't been in 4 weeks), and get in some kind of formal activity everyday.  I am getting good at reaching, or exceeding, my ActiveLink goal everyday without formal exercise...but getting that in really gives me some time to clear my mind and focus on me.

This has not been the best WW week ever, it has also not been the worst.  Not sure what the scale is going to say by Saturday, but I will do my best to get moving and eat well tomorrow and Friday in efforts of ending the week well.

Onto Day 27...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 25...A good day...

Today was a good day.  I started it off with a 3 mile was a combo of level ground, up hill, and down hill.  My foot was a little sore, but the worst part was getting a blister.

It felt good to get such a good walk in and it wasn't too hot by the time I finished.

My eats were good today...I still have 2pp left which I am not sure if I am going to use or not. 

It is almost 7pm and I have already reached 137% and earned 6pp.  I still have some laundry to put away so I might even make it to 150%...we'll see.

Tomorrow will be busy and I will probably be away from home most of the day.  I will need to get up early so I can pack snacks and decide where I will go for lunch ahead of time.

Day 25...Success!

Onto Day 26...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day 24...My worst day since I have been back...

I don't know what was wrong with me today.  I woke up with no oomph or desire to do anything.  I think two full days with my mother in law is too much, especially after the long prep day Friday and the daily nonsense I endure from my dad.

I only reached 69% on my ActiveLink, and have no idea how many pp I consumed.  Even as I was eating, I was telling myself it wasn't making me feel better, but I continued anyway.  I even had a snack after dinner which I rarely do.

I am going to try my gym shoes on tomorrow morning and hope my foot does not hurt.  It is still a bit tender, but I need to get out of the house.  Exercising is the most productive, and least expensive, way for me to get some stress relief.

Tomorrow is a new day and I will make sure it is a better day than today was.  I just have to remember my journey is not a straight line to the finish...there will be ups and downs, but the most important thing is that I never ever give up!

Onto Day 25...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Day 23...Fun in the sun...

We made it to the beaah was pretty hot...not city hot, but hot for the beach.  We attempted fishing but luckily didn't catch anything...I don't like the whole hurting or killing fish part of fishing and there really isn't much else to it except frustration for some if they really want to catch a fish and don't.

I took water, fruit, and snack bars, but we only ate a bit of them.  We stopped at Del Taco on the way home.  I ate a 12pp chicken burrito and shared fries with the hubby...not sure how many, but today is my last pp-free day of the week so I wasn't really counting.  We did get some ice cream on the pier...the real stuff.  I had black cherry, the only flavor I will splurge on to have the real deal.  I asked for less than 1/2 scoop and the girl looked at me like I was crazy, and then gave me what I asked for.  In the car I shared a few Starburst candies with my kids and we brought some Baked Cheetos too.  For a "cheat" day, I didn't go crazy which feels good.

My son, daughter, and mother in law all went in the water at the beach...I walked some with my hubby, then took a break to enjoy the ocean in a folding chair with my feet in the water.  My son and I played Smash Ball...he hits high, hard, and far, so there was alot of running involved.  It was fun!

It is now 7pm and I have already made it to 113% and have earned 4 pp.  I feel really good about my food choices and the level if activity I have gotten in this weekend, especially with my mother in law here cooking like crazy.

Day 23...Success!

Onto Day 24...I am ready to measure and track every bite and have a great week!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Day 22...Weigh - Week 3

I woke up at 4:30am this morning and realized I had not asked my husband to put air in my tires or get my daughter's bike lock from her bike hanging in the garage. I was going to yesterday, but with all of the chaos of errands and preparing for today, I totally forgot. I thought to put my gym shoes on and just walk, but decided I shouldn't when I touched my foot and it was still tender.

Right before I was ready to leave, my daughter woke up and decided to go to the meeting with me. She is so good...running errands, sitting through WW meetings, and really doing most things asked of her. My son is good too, but he is 15 so his willingness is much different.
I still weigh at home every single day. Some days the scale surprises me, some times it says what I expect it to...good or bad. As of yesterday I was down 2 pounds from last week's weigh in. I was so good getting in activity yesterday, sticking to my pp, except for the 4pp I went over, and I tracked everything so I know it was only 4pp over. This morning I got on the scale and could not believe that the number staring back at me equated to a 1 1/2 pound gain from yesterday to today...what the heck!?!? I got to WW thinking I had lost a pound, and it was only .4 ~ exactly wait I gained the week before. I was bummed, but not discouraged. I am not giving up!

I am going to continue on with being mindful of what I eat over the weekend, but not so worried about tracking everything.  I still write down what I eat, but don’t worry so much about pp totals for the day.  By Monday morning I will wipe out my weekly pp balance and stick to my dailies. 

Today I did pretty well considering it was a cook fest from 1pm until 11pm, with about a 30 minute break to eat dinner.  We made milanesa with chicken, pork, and beef.  The chicken is my favorite.  My Suegra cooked the beef and pork over medium heat and they turned out very greasy.  I cooked the chicken on a higher heat, and it was less greasy…I think the low heat encourages the breading to absorb the oil.  She also made some potatoes, cooked in oil too.  They also seemed greasy so I only ate 2 slices (testers).  My daughter, who LOVES potatoes did not like them either…made me happy only because she now dislikes the taste of overly greasy foods…yeah!  I had about 1 tablespoon of homemade beans and a can of Coke Zero.  Throughout the day I had a few BLT’s as we cooked but as the day went on I was just too tired…too tired to cook, too tired to make decisions, too tired to eat.

Tomorrow should be a good day.  My hubby and I are taking his mom, our son, and our daughter to the beach.  His mom wants to fish…the kids and I would rather play in the sand and in the water.  Hopefully we can all do what we want and I can earn some major activity pp in the water and playing Smash Ball and catch…we’ll see!

 Today’s activity ~ 144% and 7pp…woo hoo!  I LOVE my ActiveLink...since I hurt my foot amd have not been able to do "formal" exercise, I love that I can do a combination of other movements and still earn activity pp!  This week I am determined not to eat my activity pp and to make that scale reflect the 220’s again.  Today I weighed in at 230.2 ~ so close!

 Day 22…success!

Onto Day 23…


Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 21...Weigh in...only hours away...

For the tears not shed yesteray, there was a waterfall today.  I wish I could forget hurtfull words once they are said, but I really have trouble doing so.

After many tears it was time to get busy.  My son is still not feeling well so I kept him home from school again.  He does not get sick often, but when he does...he does.  I feel so bad when there is nothing I can do to "fix it".  My daughter did not have school today so she went on the road with me...she really is a trooper!

We dropped my mom off at the chiropractor, went to the grocery, went to the pharmacy, picked up my mom, ran into Sam's, ran into Food 4 Less, and finally made it home by noon.  We had a quick lunch...turkey dogs, tortilla chips with nacho cheese, and peaches.  I only had one hot dog and measured my chips and cheese...success!  Once we were done with lunch, we started in prepping for my mother in law's visit.  We sliced, diced, pounded, and cooked up a storm.  My daughter took a break here and there and I did not stop except to make, serve, and eat dinner.  After eating, and watching the novela with my hubby, I was back in the kitchen.  While I was cooking, I sucked on 2 mint candies and drank alot of BLT's...another success!

It is now 10:30pm and I am exhausted!  I did clean up the kitchen, wash dishes, and start the dishwasher, for the second time today.  I don't love to do dishes, but do like to wake up to an empty sink.

I did go over my dailes by 4pp today...I splurged and ate a bit more carne asada and was worth it!

I made it to 136% and earned 6pp.

Day 21...success!

I can hardly wait to get on the scale...I have worked hard this week...I deserve to see a much lower number than last week!  Heck...I will work hard just getting to the meeting riding my bike there!

Onto Day 22...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 20...Good Eats...Good Activity...

Another busy busy that it is only 8:15pm and I am ready to colapse!

My son stayed home from school again today with his cold.  He is still not feeling better so it looks like he will probably stay home tomorrow too.  Since my mom was home and my daughter had a minimum day, I spent the day at her school.  It was the first time this school year.  Her teacher is really nice.  She had meetings in the morning so she prepared a few things for me to do.  I finished everything by 10am and since I have not helped in her class before and didn't know what else to do, I went to help my daughter's teacher from last year.  She was so excited, and I felt appreciated!  I really like spending time at the school because the kids are worry free and fun to be around.

Once we got home from school we took my mom to the gym so she could swim.  While she was there my daughter and I went to Wal-Mart and drove thru Taco Bell.  My son has not had much of an appetite...he wanted Dorito Tacos in the worst way, but then was bummed that he couldn't even taste them! At Wal-Mart my daughter and I got bananas for snack and then she had some nachos.  I was so proud of McDonalds, deli snacks, or candy...not foods that I always get, but I must get them often enough to be proud when I opt for a banana instead!

We went home and dropped off my son's lunch.  From there we went back to the gym for my mom, dropped her off at the nail shop for a pedicure, went to the library to get books for my mom and daughter, went to the bank, and then finally back for my mom.  I dropped her and my daughter off at home and headed to Food 4 Less for more grocery shopping.  My mother in law is coming for a cook fest this weekend so I am trying to prepare.

I put away the groceries, made dinner, did the dishes, watched my novela with the hubby, and here I am...ready for bed, but not quite finished because I told my daughter I would watch TV with her for a bit before bed since she does not have school tomorrow.

My dad said some hurtful things tonight.  I am not going to let him break me down...I shed about 2 tears, I could see my daughter was sad, so I collected myself and carried on so she wouldn't worry that Grandpa hurt her mom...again. I have also decided not to tell my mom because it will only upset her.  She went to church tonight for choir practice.  She has trouble sitting so long and late in the day she is tired and sore.  I hope she is having a good time, and I refuse to let my dad's words ruin her night...or mine.

So far I have made it to 115% and earned 5pp.  I ate exactly my daily pp and got in all my dairy, fruits, and veggies, and what seemed like about 10 gallons of was 104 today...24 degrees hotter than my limit.

So with that...Day 20...success!

Onto Day 21...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 19...

Last night for my ActiveLink I made it to 93% and earned 2pp.  I was so tired, I just could not move anymore.

Today has been another busy day.  Filling up my mom and dad's weekly pill boxes is a chore in itself for sure!  After I dropped off the kids and filled up the pills, I took my mom accross town for her exercise class.  My foot was still tender this morning, I will try my shoe again tomorrow.  After her class we went to buy some batting so she can finish her friend's quilt.  On the way home we picked up her medicine and after what seemed like a very long morning, we made it home by noon.

For lunch I made some beautiful and delicious salads served with 1/2 orange and a grilled fish sandwich using the Talapia from last night and tarter sauce.  Everythig was so tasty and pp friendly to boot!  About an hour later, I was hungry...not bored, or frustrated, or even thirsty, but physically hungry.  I ate some more fish and was good...for another hour or so...then I had an apple.  Then I picked my son up from school, came home and made him a snack, and then I was off to take my mom, dad, and daughter to my dad's doctor appointment.  We had a long wait, and even though I took water, I was once again hungry.  My daughter and I shared a crunhy oat bar from the vending machine and I had about 10 chili cheese Fritos.  I don't know why those damn things taste so good when they are so not good for you!?!?

With all of my extra eats I had 1pp left for dinner.  Instead of being creative once I reached the fork in the road at dinner, I turned down the dark path.  I had a bit of pasta with yogurt butter, then some toast, then a slice of bread with a bit of peanut butter and jelly, and a bit of cottage cheese & jelly.  Midway through the cottage cheese mixture,  I stopped myself, threw the rest out, and stopped eating.  Until of course when I served up my mom's dinner and because I was making her a piece of toast, thought I needed one too.  What the heck?!?!

By dinner, before that dark road was directly under my feet, my ActiveLink was only at 50%.  It has been about an hour and a half and I am to 83%.  I have been walking around the house like a crazy person putting laundry away 1 piece at a time...back and forth...back and forth.

I will try to get as close to 100% as I can before I go to bed.'s eats were not super and I am still working on my activity.  I was thinking about going on a bike ride tonight but it was still 97 and way too hot.

Tomorrow is another day...full of opportunities to make good choices.  I did spend quite a bit of time after I made lunch...measuring and figuring a beggie and protein packed lunch to take tomorrow.  I will be helping in my daughter's class all day for the first time this school year...should be fun, I love being with the kids!

9:15pm...Made it to 102% and earned 3pp.  Finished the laundry and walked back and forth from the front door to the kitchen.  I had no desire to eat since I was on a mission to get to 100%.  Added over 500 steps to my day...will consider today a good effort and successful activity day!

Onto Day 19...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Day 18...Still in a funk, but handled it better...

I am still not feeling 100%, but did really well today with my eats.  I used exactly my DPA.  I even had enough pp for some light ice cream and chocolate syrup.  I used my WW food scale and figured 2pp worth of ice cream and 1pp of syrup.  It wasn't much, but hit the spot.

It is 7pm and I have only reached 71% on my ActiveLink.  I will do my best to make it to 100% before I go to bed...we'll see.

My foot is still too tender to consider it healed.  This is already the 4th week and I am realizing how much exercise relieves some of my daily stress and frustration.

Three days to go until weigh in...

Onto Day 19...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Day 17...

I am still in the funk I was feeling yesterday.  I ate too much today...not even sure how much as I did really well up until dinner and then I didn't weigh or measure my food.  I had planned to make chicken milanesa (breaded and fried chicken breast) and grilled chicken breast.  I made both, but then ate some of both...when I had only planned to eat the grilled chicken.  I also had one and a half slices of white bread, some pasta, and some light ice cream.  It could have been much worse, but should have been much better. I don't know what comes over me sometimes...I have the best intentions and then everything goes wrong.  The past few days have been hot, just like every other day the past few months, but I am really having trouble drinking water...something else to work on for sure!  I feel better when I drink more water, but I just haven't been able to make myself drink it?!?

Two "goods" for the day...

I helped my mom sew a quilt for her friend's son.  She has trouble sewing and throwing fabric around like she used to because of her Parkenson's.  She has been planning the quilt for a few days and I was trying to nicely offer my help.  Sometimes she and my dad take the help my husband and I offer as us "taking over" when really we are just trying to help.  Thankfully she accepted my help and we got the top finished.

Next good for the day...I made it to 102% on my ActiveLink and have earned 3pp so far.  It is only 7pm and I have some picking up to do in the living room, so there is still time for some more activity.  My foot is so close to being healed.  I am so ready to put my shoes on and get moving, but I am afraid if I do it too soon, I will just prolonge the healing process.

Tomorrow will be a better day...

Onto Day 18...


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Day 16...

I did it!  I rode my bike from the old WW location to the new one.  It is about 6 or 7 miles round trip.  On the way there I was kind of nervous trying to figure how the bike trail went when it twisted and turned under the main roads, but I did it!  It took me 55 minutes total.  I got a bit of a late start because I let my husband sleep in.  It was already 90 by the time I finished.  The heat just wipes me out!

When I got home I made everyone breakfast and took a nap and then drove accross town to pick my mom up from church.  I actually took several naps today...I wasn't feeling very well.  It was kind of an eaty day...nothing exciting.  Mid way through the day I decided to make it a day not to track, weigh, or measure.  I did not go overboard, but will figure I have consumed all of my weeklies.  I think it is good from time to time to take a day break from being such a strict WW.  I have had my break, I and I am ready to tackle the week ahead.

I have already started planning dinners for this week and will finish tomorrow...a plan always makes things easier!

It was so hot today...over 100.  Since my husband worked yesterday, he was tired today.  I think he will start feeling better once the cooler weather comes...I know I will!  He spent most of the day in bed watching TV...I spent much of the day sleeping right next to him...we've got to take quality time together when, and where, we can get it!

Even with so much time in bed, I still was able to earn 109% on my ActiveLink and 3pp.  Hoping for more energy tomorrow.

Onto Day 17...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Day 15...Weigh In...

Up .4!  I know I ate all of my activity pp this past week, but I really worked hard tracking everything and working off all of my madness.  When I first stepped on the scale this morning at home I was crushed.  I took a shower and got ready to go the meeting anyway...I am not going to miss any meetings and a .4 gain is not going to derail me!

I still can't put my shoe on without pain so I parked 1/2 mile away from the meeting and walked in my sandals...still not the best idea, but at least I got in some activity!  One of my WW buddies actually saw me walking, parked her car, and walked with me to and from the about support...thank you so much Charlene!

Today was super busy, and super Africa Hot!  After the meeting I did some quick grocery shopping and came home to my 15 year old son freaking out because the internet and cable were out...oh the horror!  After 30 minutes on the phone with tech support we were given an appointment for someone to come to the house.  He just left awhile ago and now all is well.  After I got off the phone my daughter and I went to the library...we were there for 2 hours!  We ran into one of the girls my daughter ran track with and her mom.  My daughter and I read some books and then I chatted with the mom for almost an hour. 

From the library we took my son home...since there was "nothing" to do at home, he decided to go to school and practice throwing his was over 100 degrees and I felt bad so we gave him a ride home up the hill.  After we dropped him off we picked up my dad's prescription and went to the mall.  We went to Build-A-Bear and Bath & Body Works.  I thought the mall would be cool, but the second level was super hot.  I think it is because of all of the sky lights.  We had lunch at the mall but it was kind of late so we didn't make the best choices.  We did share everything we ordered and through some away too. 

We shared some mini onion rings, curly fries, tator tots, and a chicken sandwich.  Apparently when I am too hungry and have not planned ahead, I have trouble making wise food choices...something to work on for sure!  Between the two of us we ate less than half of the potato items and I tracked every bite.  Lunch came to 19pp including 1pp for the ketchup.  After we ate I felt so sluggish, I am sure because we rarely eat fried foods.  We also rarely go the mall so I didn't really know what was there.  We made a better plan for lunch the next time we are there and now know what, and where to eat...lesson learned!

Later in the afternoon we stopped for frozen yogurt...I had literally two sour worm and one jelly bean.  For dinner I made a WW friendly version of Denny's Moons Over My Hammy.  I believe their version is 20pp, mine came in at 10pp, and was just as good.  I had 1/2 of a sandwich for dinner, some grapes, and 1 oz of pastor with 1 mini tortilla.  Dinner came out to 9pp.  I ended up using 9 of my weeklies today which is really good for a Saturday...some weeks I feel the need to use them like money burning a hole in my pocket?!?!

With all of my errands today I made it to 115% of my ActiveLink and earned 4pp...I didn't even have to jog up and down the hall, punch the air, or do any crazy moves to get there!  I am off to a good start for week 3, even with my .4 gain.

Onto Day 16...I CAN, and WILL, do this!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Day 14...ActiveLink 102%...

It is just after 9:40pm and I finally reached 100% for today...actually 102%!

I played Smashball (hit, hit, chase the ball down the street...hit, hit, fish the ball out of the garden) with my kids in the front yard for almost an hour.  I did laundry, lifted weights, jogged around while my husband laughed (supported) me...and I made it.

I am tired and ready for excited for weigh in tomorrow...hoping the scale is supportive as I worked off every single extra pp I consumed this week!


Day 14...Ready for this week's weigh in...

So my plan to take my husband's truck and switch to the car at his work did not work because parking is not so good there and he needed to know exactly what time I would be there.  I could not tell him because I never know how long it will take my mom to do her thing.  If it cools off enough, I will ride my bike tonight...if not, I will find something else to do to get to 100% on my is possible even without "formal" exercise so I know I can do it.

It is 6pm and still in the 90's.  I have fed everyone except my dad and my husband.  I also still need to watch the novela with the hubby and finish laundry so that will be the rest of my bike ride.  I can hardly wait for the cooler weather...the heat and I are not friends by any means!  I will keep moving in one way or another until I reach 100% on my ActiveLink before I go to bed.  There has only been one day this week that I did not make it to, or exceed, 100% and I am determined to keep it that way!

After taking my mom to the chiropractor this morning we decided to take a mini road trip to a really nice, and big, Joann's about 35 minutes away.  Since it was very close to lunchtime by the time we got there, we stopped at Applebee's.  I love how Applebee's and Weight Watchers teamed up for a few menu items, but compared to how many other items there are on the menu I think there are too few WW friendly ones.  I would love if they would have a WW "a la carte" section so you could piece your meal together as you please.  I ended up making my own meal of steamed veggies, grilled chicken breast, and red potatoes...I counted it all as 10pp.  Since it was so hot I drank plenty of water in the car so I had iced tea with lemon and Sweet N'Low with lunch.   Lunch was tasty and I was happy that I stuck to my guns...even though figuring out what to order took me about 10 minutes and was super stressful.  It is much easier to eat out on plan when I know where we are going ahead of time.  In that case I place my order without even looking at the menu..super easy, super quick, and super stress free!

We got back to town just in time to pick up my daughter from school.  We came home for a quick snack.  Today has been a hungry day...not eaty, but physically hungry.  I think two days of eating too few pp caught up to me as my stomach was growling...even after drinking water, and I have had a few headaches today.  Each time once I ate, my stomach was satisfied and my headaches went away.  After our snack we picked up my son from school, came home for a bit, and then took my dad to the doctor.  My mom forgot her medicine so my daughter and I dropped her and my dad off at the doctor's, drove back home for her medicine and water, and then went back for my parents.

Dinner was super simple tonight as the chicken I had planned to cook did not smell good when I opened it.  The sell by date was yesterday...but better funky in the trash, than funky in the tummy!  I found some 100% white meat breaded chicken patties in the freezer. They are only 4pp and cook quickly in the microwave.  I don't like to make too many packaged foods, but tonight it saved me.  I wasn't super hungry so I had a chicken patty, ham, and mozzarella cheese.  I might have some fruit later, maybe not.  I have 1pp left for the day and will only use it if I am truly hungry...we'll see.

Day 14 is almost done...I still have plenty to do, including making all those lights flash on my ActiveLink.  Tomorrow is weigh in and I am hoping the scale shows my efforts this week.  Even though I had a few rough  moments, I tracked them and got in quite a bit of activity.

We'll see...Onto Day 15...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 13...still no schedule...

Today was a good day, although, even though the kids are back to school I don't feel like I really have a good schedule.  My mom has doctor apppointments, church, and exercise classes that I take her to, and some days she goes to the gym to swim.  She really has trouble making up her mind what time she wants to go.  I thought she was going swimming this morning so I kind of waited around for her to be ready.  I finally asked and she said she didn't feel like going.  That is totally fine, I just like to know what is happening...and when it is happening.

Early in the morning I finished up the pillow cases I started earlier this week...12 in all.  I was pleased by how well they turned out and also by how quickly I was able to finish them.  My mom was too, but then she felt bad.  She used to be so able and really good at sewing and quilting.  In the past few years Parkinson's has really gotten the best of her.  She can no longer stand up, or sit up, straight and in spite of her medicine she shakes quite a bit from time to time.  I try to convince her to work on smaller, less complex, projects but she insists on the more challenging ones.  As an outsider, it seems like she is just setting herself up for failure and it is hard to watch.  It makes me sad thinking about it, so on to the next topic...

Lunch was good today...I had cucumbers, carrots, yogurt ranch, watermelon, and 4 oz of pork from last night.  I had planned on taking my daughter to the mall after school but then decided we wouldn't have enough time to pick up my son from school.  We will go tomorrow instead.  I was really looking forward to having some frozen yogurt.  I ate plenty of fruits and veggies today and planned my pp well early in the day.  Since we didn't go to the mall, or for yogurt, I had plenty of pp for dinner.  I made kind of a "crustless" pizza and it was super good.  I sauteed red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, and ham, and then added some tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese at the very end.  I cooked everything separately and then mixed at the end so I could weigh my meats and cheese.  I also cooked up some fiber-y pasta...I added 1/3 of a cup to my mix and it was plenty.  I served dinner with some foccacia bread that I found at Sam's.  I planned on having two servings for 6pp since I had plenty of pp to work with, but after eating my "pizza" and only 1 piece I decided I was full.  Full...not stuffed...who woulda thought?!?!

I ended the day with 6pp left over.  I really was satisfied from dinner and did not want to eat just to eat, so I didn't.  I walked to get my daughter from school again was just too hot...99 degrees and super sunny.  The walk there wasn't bad, but coming back was not nice...maybe because it is uphill?

By 9:30pm, my 100% light on my ActiveLink was blinking.  I plugged it in to find I was at 91%.  In efforts to reach 100%, I jogged back and forth from the kitchen to the end of the hall for about 5 minutes, then I did 50 Kettle bell swings...that light was still blinking so I did 100 toe taps and alternating cross punches.  I made it to 102% and earned 3pp for the day...woo hoo!  I am still in the hole 4pp for the week, but I still have time to earn them and I certainly took responsibility by accurately tracking them!    

Tomorrow will be busy...I want to ride my bike since my dumb foot still hurts too much for my gym shoe.  I'm going to ask my hubby to take the car so I can use his truck to take my bike to the bike trail.  After I take the kids to school I will ride my bike, take my mom to the chiropractor, drive to my husband's work and change vehicles, pick up the kids from school, take my mom and daughter to the library, take my dad to the doctor, pick up my dad's prescription, take my daugther to the mall, come home and make dinner, eat dinner, do the dishes, watch a novela (Mexican Soap Opera with William Levy..."el guapo") with my hubby, jump around if need be to hit 100% on my ActiveLink, and then probably colapse...and people say fat people are lazy...if only they could walk a day in my shoes...or this sandals...

Day 14...ready or not, here I come...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 12...Exercise Good...Eats Good...

Tomorrow my hubby goes back to work...since he was sick he was forced to relax.  I am hoping tomorrow is good for him and that they have missed him enough to really appreciate all of his hard work and dedication.

Today went by pretty fast.  It was super cloudy and only in the high 70's.  After I dropped the kids off at school I came back home to get my husband's truck and I was off to the bike trail.  I rode the same distance as yesterday in about the same time.  It sprinkled a bit and was the perfect temperature...I love the rain when I don't have to drive in it!

I came home, plugged in my ActiveLink, "named my activity", put my ActiveLink back on and was off to take my mom accross town to her exercise class.  While she was there I went to Sam's Club.

Once back home I made lunch...onions and mushrooms cooked in Pam with 1pp of Ham and 2pp of chicken.  I finished it off with some pineapple and a yogurt.  It was good, low pp, and I got some veggies and fruit in.

After lunch my husband and I sat down to watch Man on a Ledge.

Since it was so cool outside I walked to pick up my daughter from school.  We had snack when we got home...2 chicken legs...and then it was time to pick my son up from school. 

Then I sat down once again, to watch the last of the rented movies...Hunger Games.

In the midst of our movie watching I put a pork roast in the oven for dinner, it turned out perfect.  After dinner my daughter and I went to return the movies and get some frozen yogurt.  I think that is my favorite treat and I could eat it any time of the day.  In the olden days I would have yogurt and various toppings...nowadays I have yogurt, 1 peanut M & M, and sometimes 1 brownie bite.  My absolute favorite yogurt flaver...boysenberry...not super sweet or tangy...just right.

With snacking under control today, I actually came in 5pp under for total pp consumed today.  I know I cannot carry them over, and I shouldn't eat too few pp, but considering my DPA is 34...I think it is ok to be a bit under once and awhile.  I reached 136% of my ActiveLink goal today for a total of 6pp.  I am still in the hole 7pp for the week, but I know I can earn those between tomorrow and Friday, and I will not eat any more of my activity least not this week anyway.

So with that...Day 12 = Success!  Onto Day 13...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 11...Exercise good...eats not so good...and another injury...

This morning started off well.  While my hubby slept in...he only has one more vacation day left...I got the kids off to school and then came home and loaded up my trike into the truck.  I went to the bike trail and rode over 6 miles in about 45 minutes.  I wore my sandals which was not as good as my gym shoes, but at least I got in some activity.  The weather was really nice as were most of the people I passed. 

Since my husband is still not 100%, he decided today would be a lazy day full of TV and movies.  I did pretty well not eating too much until the afternoon and then for some reason I got the munchies.  I used up more of my activity pp and still need to earn more to break even.  I really struggle when our schedule is distrupted.

Somehow I managed to pull something in my right arm between by shoulder and my elbow.  I must have done it either when I was loading or unloading my bike into or out of the truck.  Because of the wheels and basket in the back of my bike, it is quite heavy and hard to heave all by myself.  I am hoping my arm will feel better in the morning...if it does I will go for another ride.

I reached 114% of my ActiveLink goal today...I thought I would have earned more with my bike ride, but I didn't.  I did "name the activity" which did increase my activity for that time.  From what I read on the WW website it seems like some activities, like biking and using an elliptical. are measured by the ActiveLink accurately, but most accurate when given a specific name to be used in the calculation...seems fair enough. 

So today's activity was good, but again I ate too much.  I did only have 2oz of chicken and a 2pp yogurt for dinner.  I should have had some veggies too, but by that time I was too full from all of the snacking.

Tomorrow is another day.

Onto Day 12...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Day 10...Not so bueno...

This morning I was going to try and ride my trike on the bike trail with my sandals since I still can't get my gym shoes on without pain.  I overslept and by the time I made everyone breakfast, it was too hot.  My kids and husband were home for the holiday and my husband is still sick.  My daughter still has her cough but should be able to go back to school tomorrow.

I was busy around the house this morning and did not put on my ActiveLink until 12pm...NEVER AGAIN!

I moved and moved throughout the day and had to do weights, run around doing aerobic-like movements, and use my kettlebell just to get to 75%.  So bummed, but I have learned my lesson.

Today's eats were not the best.  Since I used the rest of my weeklies yesterday after we got home from the fair, I am in the hole 1pp.  I ate 13 extra pp today, but have only earned 12 so far this week.  I still have 4 days to earn more and I will not eat them.  That scale WILL be down on Saturday!

Onto Day 11...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Day 9...Denny's & The LA County Fair...

Today was another good day...every bite tracked and I reached over 125% on my ActiveLink.

The morning started off well with everyone waking up before the alarm went off.  We all showered and as I was about to make breakfast, my husband decided were were going to Denny's on our way to the fair.  I ate a banana and drank plenty of water before we left the house.  Once at Denny's I had thoughts of having a Moons Over My Hammy Sandwich...I was even going to give my husband the hash browns as he was just having pancakes.  I quickly looked up the pp for the sandwich and, even quicker, changed my order.  I ended up having ice water with lemon, 1 piece of sourdough with butter and jam, egg whites, less than 1/4 of my hash browns, and 1 chicken sausage patty.  All of that came out to just under 1/2 the pp value that my original order would have cost me and I am sure I was much more satisfied than I might have been with the other.

I was surprised, and thankful, that there was very little traffic.  The fair was super hot, super crowded, and super pricey!  My daughter is still coughing a bit...she drank a ton of water to keep hydrated as it was almost 100 degrees today.  Shortly after we got there my husband started not feeling well and by the time we left he had a full blown amazes me how fast these things seem to hit us!  After tons of walking, some games, and some rides, we had had enough and made our way home.

Our eats at the fair...not very fair-like at all...

Grilled Chicken
French Fries with Ketchup
Diet Coke, Lemonade,and Water
Cotton Candy
1 oz of Beef Jerkey

All in all a good day, but I think that will probably be the last fair we visit...

Onto Day 10...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Day 8...Weigh in...

My efforts and hard work paid off this week.

** I lost 6.2 pounds!!! **  I am SO excited!!! **

Several times throughout this year I thought I was "back", but really, I wasn't.

NOW I am back...back to my losing WW self...back to better thoughts about weight loss and getting healthy...back to a successful state of mind and body.

One day, and step, at a time, I will reach my goals.

Today I got to the meeting early, before they even opened the doors, so I walked (in my sandals) for 15 minutes.  I also parked a ways away for a few extra steps.  After WW I went to Urgent Care.  I was in and out within an hour...record time for sure!  They took x-rays and determined that my bones are fine but the ligaments on the top of my foot are inflamed.

I was given two options...1 ~ Take Steroids (Prednisone)...2 ~ Take 2 Ibuprofen a day and ice my foot for a week.  I chose option 2 since I have taken Prednisone and its side effects were not nice, including one being weight gain.  I am finally back on track...there is no way I am going to sabotage myself.

After Urgent Care I went to Subway for breakfast.  I had a 6" flatbread sandwhich with egg whites, cheese, ham, and a ton of veggies.  Since I drank all of my water at the WW meeting, I had Diet Coke...not the best choice, but it is what it is.  After breakfast I went to Sams & Wal-Mart...I walked, and walked, and walked some more.  I came home, made lunch, and then was on the go again...this time to Home Depot with my hubby.  We have three fruit trees and they needed to be staked.  We found a Bing Cherry tree for $ 17 so we bought it to add to the garden.  I don't recall ever seeing a cherry tree for sale, so I was quite excited.

Around 3pm I took my mom to the gym so she could swim.  I walked around Wal-Mart (once again) looking for a toaster.  It should be an easy purchase, but everyone I looked at I could hear a nasty remark from my dad.  I finally gave up and walked over to Sam's (again).  They only had two toasters and they were not right either.  After an hour of walking, it was time to pick my mom up from the gym.

When I got home I checked my ActiveLink...129% of my goal met so far and the day is not over.  I really love the ActiveLink because it is super user friendly and it motivates me to keep moving.

Tomorrow my hubby, daughter, and I are off to the LA County Fair.  I have lived here all of my life and have never been.  I can hardly wait to see what % of my activity goal I reach tomorrow.  My 15 year old son would rather go hang out at his friend's house.  At least I always know where he is!

Off to cook dinner...carne asada, guacamole, and corn on the cob...