Snacks on the trail.

First off, since Alyssa “gently encouraged” me to “stay accountable” in regards to my weigh-ins, I shall be honest.  I haven’t officially weighed in at Weight Watchers for four weeks, this Friday.

I’ve been super sick.

It is birthday season.

School is hard.

I’ve got my reasons, haha!  But the biggest reason I have yet to weigh-in is because I know I haven’t lost anything.  I’ve been up roughly two pounds the whole month, fluctuating up and down depending on how much birthday cake I ate the day before.

But whatever, I have accepted it and am getting real about exercising more since I’m officially registered for the 60 mile breast cancer walk.  I’ll go to a meeting on by the end of the week.  There, now I’m totally accountable.

April is at peace with her gain of two pounds for her month of April.

April is at peace with her gain of two pounds for her month of April.

I’ve been doing a bunch more hiking over the past few weeks with the help of inspiration from my random new nature buddy and his adventurous dog. Over this past weekend we wandered the woods for six miles. I was nervous about whether or not my sickness was going to make me pass out and fall over a steep edge, however I survived just fine as I had the help of something SO important to bring with you on long energy-depleting activities like hiking… SNACKS!

Staying nourished with snacks allows April to balance on fallen trees without falling.

Staying nourished with snacks allows April to balance on fallen trees without falling.

My buddy and I discussed how important we think it is to stay nourished during long hikes.   Besides hiking, this is a big thing for me through any activity as I start to get super dizzy and shaky if I go too many hours without some sort of food.  So snacks are super important for me to have with while hiking.  Typically I make an afternoon out of my nature activities and bring a sandwich for a picnic.  Snacks like bananas, apples, cheese sticks, oranges, granola bars, and popcorn are some of the other happy trail foods I’ve brought with me.  Of course, I’m always willing to carry a backpack with me and my precious Dakine backpack has a cooler built in, so bringing snacks that need chilling is no problem. 

What kind of snacks do you like to bring with you when you go on long adventures?

Love,

AprilSignatur

 

 

 

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Alyssa’s 16 Pounds Lost Progress Pix

Hello, hello! How are things? My weigh-in on Tuesday wasn’t stellar — I was up 2.2 pounds. But, not gonna let it get me down. Pickin’ myself up and brushin’ myself off, because I seem to be in a little bit of a big loss, then gain, then another big loss type pattern. I was holding water from some yummy food on my weekend away, and I’ve been back at the tracking and exercise with a vengeance. So I know next week will be better. Moving on to Non-Scale Victories!

I’ve been wanting to update my progress pix for awhile, and now that I’ve officially passed a 15 pound milestone, I thought it was time. It’s frustrating to think that it took me since June to lose these 16 pounds, BUT, I’d rather take it suuuuuper slow than nothing at all, if it means I’ll eventually get there. Without further ado, here’s what I look like minus 16 pounds. (And unfortunately, there’s no poorly photoshopped cats this time around. Next time!)

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I’m so glad I have these pictures, because on days where it feels like it’s just not worth it to try to lose weight, I can look at these and SEE change. Especially through my mid-section. Whenever my middle starts to whittle, I know that what I’m doing is working. Even better? The joyous “You’ve lost weight!” exclamation from friends who haven’t seen me in awhile. Love it, love it, love it. But it’s not really about how I look — it’s more about how I feel. And I’m feeling good. I have more energy, my body feels less tense, and I’m not huffing and puffing from simple things. I’m so glad I’m finally seeing some progress on this very long road I’ve been traveling on for several years. It makes me think that maybe, just maybe, the future is within my reach — and it’s very bright!

Alyssa’s Weight Watchers Weigh In #3

You guys. YOU GUYS. Yesterday’s weigh in? Amaaaaaazing. I didn’t want to psych myself out, but I had a feeling it was going to be good. For a couple reasons. The first being that I’ve been super excellent about drinking tons of water, thanks to my in-laws discovery of flavored Electrolyte Water. They started drinking it where they live up North, then I looked for it down here, and now Matt and I go through like 10 of these a week. (We recycle!) You can get it at Von’s or Ralph’s, and if you’re on a no-soda, no artificial sweetener kick like I am, you know that finding delicious things to drink is kind of difficult. (Water, tea, or Perrier… all day long.) These waters come in a huge bottle, are usually on sale for a buck a piece, and come in tasty flavors like lemon, lime, blueberry blackberry, strawberry kiwi, mango and mandarin orange. My favorite is Mango which is carried by Ralph’s (Kroger’s for you Midwestern/Southern folks). Give ‘em a try – they’re my mid-afternoon water break. So a large part of this week’s success was based on water, because I feel like I’m always dehydrated, but not anymore.

Selfie with a bottle of water, cuz that's how I roll.

Selfie with a bottle of water, cuz that’s how I roll.

So enough about water. How much did I lose?

I lost a whopping 3.2 pounds…

bringing my three week Weight Watchers total to 6.4 pounds! I’m so excited, because as you all know, I haven’t exactly been the poster child for loving weight loss. I usually sort of resign myself to this quiet, ho-hum concept of my weight loss being the kind that happens at a rate of 2.6 pounds lost per year (if I’m lucky). But, but, but… could it be, that finally, with the right medications and habits for my body type, I’m on to something? I sure hope so. Even better than the Weight Watchers success is the fact that the 6.4 lost on Weight Watchers coupled with my 8 pounds before the holidays brings me to just about 15 pounds lost. I can finally FEEL and SEE those 15 pounds — as evidenced by me trying on a pair of snug jeans (you know the kind where when you take them off at night, the indentations in your skin look just like the jeans? yeaaaah… sucks). I sucked it in, buttoned the button, and exhaled — only to be greeted by the amazing sensation of the jeans actually fitting, not cutting off my circulation like a sausage casing! These things, my friends, these are the wonderful perks of weight loss, the things that make you decide maybe it is worth forgoing the chocolate Easter bunny the size of your head or the Parmesan sweet potato fries. I’ll have to snap some updated progress pix soon so I can finally update that section of this site.

Exercise helped too — wonderful yoga classes and even just the occasional walks I take during lunch breaks. Now that I’m working remotely full-time, I find if I don’t step outside for some sunshine on my lunch break, I get a little too chatty for my poor husband when he arrives home at 6:00. To save his ear drums and my sanity, I like to stroll the block a few times, for both the sunshine and the FitBit steps. So that’s what’s up with me. Keepin’ on keepin’ on with the weight loss, and hoping I can keep up these good habits for some lasting change.

Tell me about a success you’ve had this week. It doesn’t have to be weight loss or fitness related — it can be anything, from as small as “I didn’t get shampoo in my eyes in the shower” to as big as “I won the lottery.” (Wouldn’t that be wild?) Hope you’re having an amazing day!

Love,

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Thursday Thoughts

Holy cow, you guys! How is it Thursday? I’ve been keeping busy in LaLa Land. So… let’s first address the double chin in the room.  I had my second Weight Watchers weigh in yesterday. No beatin’ around the bush — I gained a pound. There were some food indiscretions over the weekend involving chocolate cake, an enchilada, and frozen yogurt. There were also some hormonal things going on, if you catch my drift. Despite the gain, I kicked ass on making it to the gym, squeezing in extra steps, and drinking water — so I know I’ll be back at losing this week. No harm, no foul. Moving on. I’m past the point of beating myself up over a gain.

This week there’s a few things I wanted to touch on that have got me thinking.

1) I am now the proud owner of a FitBit Force. My initial thoughts are that it’s a neat little tool for tracking activity, but I’m having some user issues like it seems impossible to find and add friends, I only get “active” minutes from walking (and not from things like Zumba), and I am suspicious of its calorie burn functionality if it’s not based off of heart rate. It’s disturbing how little I move some days. Especially now that I work from home, I spend the majority of my day curled into my chair with an electric blanket around my feet. I’m trying to make a point of taking walking lunches. Today, I walked to the neighborhood ATM, which only took 30 minutes and scored me 3,500 steps. You’re supposed to shoot for 10,000 steps a day. I have modified my goal to 5,000 steps t0 begin with — still about 2.5 miles walked daily. At my new job there are a few FitBit power users, so I’m hoping they can tell me their secrets and get me into more of an “I love my FitBit!” type mentality.

2) This isn’t weight loss or fitness related, but how awesome is Lauren Conrad for coming up with this awesome, witty reply on the spot? You guys know I’m always on my media/feminism/body image soap box, so her snappy comeback delighted me. Go, L.C.! (Gif via TheFrisky.com)


3) My newsfeed has been blowing up about the Biggest Loser champion Rachel and her drastic 155 pound weight loss.  I’ve never watched the Biggest Loser with regularity, because I had problems with the fact that they paraded the contestants around shirtless and in sports bras, and to me, that just felt mocking. I understand the point is to emphasize what will be a transformation, but there’s no reason to shame folks by making them wear embarrassing clothes. As a non-watcher of the show, yeah, Rachel’s transformation looks like it went a little bit too far. But I feel for her, because she’d be scrutinized if she didn’t lose “enough”, and now she’s being scrutinized for losing too much. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Does she look healthy? Maybe not. Did she look healthy at her heaviest? Also maybe not. Does it matter how she looks? Maybe not. I’m starting to realize that the Golden Goose of this whole weight loss thing is really, at the end of day, not about how you look. It’s about how you feel, your blood pressure reading, your energy level, if you can schlep your booty up a mountain, if your skin glows, your jeans fit, if your smile says it all. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds, but for now, I’m curiously watching along, specifically on Twitter, as Bob and Jillian refrain from making any comments. What do you think?

4) Kinda loving this as this week’s reminder as I charge ahead with trying to lose weight and committing to being fit. Just a great reminder, over all.

So there you have it — a few random Thursday thoughts. Give me one of yours!

Till next time,

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Weight Watchers Two-Week Weigh-In!

Today I had my second weigh-in with Weight Watchers and to my surprise – I actually lost another 2.8 pounds!  I’m officially down 6.2 pounds  since I first began on January 3rd and I’m feeling more confident than ever that this time around, I’ll be able to get ALL THE WAY TO GOAL!

I worked out a lot more this week and tried really hard to make sure I was eating every couple of hours.  I feel like I was snacking on vegetables non-stop!  Being back in school is definitely going to help me maintaining a decent eating schedule.  I was excited because I bought a cute little lunch container that fits a small sandwich or salad, and three compartments for other foods.  I’ve already used it twice and think it’ll become a permanent addition to what I bring to school every day.

I’ve also been drinking SO MUCH TEA.

My Redbull replacement

My Redbull replacement

I’m hopeful for next week as I’ll be more settled into my new schedule.  I’m also participating in an online Facebook challenge with my friend Corrine.  It’s free, five days, and comes with a grocery list and meal plan… But the best part is the daily accountability check-in that I’ll be doing to list off the amount of water I drank, exercise I did, what I ate, and how I’m feeling.  I did it a few months ago and loved the support from all the other people on the challenge.  If you’re interested, it starts MONDAY JANUARY 20th.

For more information, click on the picture below and it will bring you to Corrine’s page where you can ask her to add you to our group.

Click the pic to find out how to join!

Until then, what are all of you doing  this weekend to show off your healthy ways?!?!

Lots of love,

AprilSignatur

Weekly Weigh In #2

Hello!!! Today when I got on the scale, I was pleasantly surprised to see I was down another 1.4 pounds, meaning in 2.5 weeks, I’ve lost 6.4 pounds. Whew!

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Here’s what I’ve been doing differently: 1) I am starting a fun new campaign with Diet to Go, (more on that later – including your chance to win free meals from them!) so I’ve been enjoying their delicious meals, like Italian stuffed potato shells and egg broccoli breakfast pie. Having the meals ready to go is SO NICE… nothing like not having to turn on your oven or stove when it’s 85 degrees in the house! (Thanks, Los Angeles.)

2) I’ve been suuuuuper OCD about measuring and counting my calories in My Fitness Pal. Despite what my body fat test said (that I could eat 1,900 calories a day and still lose weight!), I’m taking in about 1,480-1,500 calories a day. It’s not starvation, but I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard not to snack at night when the “I’m hungry!” voice starts whining. However, as I learned when chatting with my sister April and she suggested I eat carrots… I replied back without even thinking, “I don’t want carrots!” That revealed that I’m not REALLY hungry, as if you were starvin’, anything would do.

Wacky Snacks!

Wacky Snacks!

3) Water, water, water. So much water. No more soda, either. So water and unsweetened iced tea and the occasional Perrier.

4) Exercise! I have a few dedicated gym buddies and me and my gal pal Susannah are walking around the lake tonight after work. It’s great having social time because it “tricks” me into exercising if I can have fun and yap the whole way.

So – I’m happy with this week’s progress, I just hope it keeps up. I know typically when I really “try” again for a few weeks I see a nice loss and then everything stops. However, I’m awaiting blood test results and results from an exam to check for anything else funky going on, so if something other than my eating/exercise is stalling me, I’ll know soon!

I hope you have a wonderful day!