Living the Lifestyle

The continuous journey that is weight maintenance. My tips, advice, struggles and how I live life and still maintain!

Mar 25, 2010

Ready for Day 2!

Well, I hope everyone is having a great week so far :)
Here I am, 10pm on March 25th - accomplished my first PT session at 6AM yesterday day!
I started out on the elliptical while I waited for my trainer, and was looking at the TV screen going "wow, I'm exercising at 6:20 in the morning!"

Anyways, my trainer Jeff is very nice. I can tell he's going to push me for sure!
Yesterday morning he was just doing lower body to see how I move and stuff; looking for strengths/weaknesses. Tomorrow morning I am going back (changed the time from 4:30pm; will see if I can do it for Monday too) and he's going to do a few tests and stuff on me. He's very well educated on the nutrition side of things and said that it IS possible to actually spot reduce. Asked me where I wanted to take it off, first and foremost is my stomach area.
He's going to figure out what foods maybe aren't the best for my body type and I have this feeling that he's going to tell me carbs.

So I'm very sore right now in my thighs and for those who have seen me I am walking pretty funny. Nothing that a little Aleve can't fix :)

Off to bed now - gotta be up at 5;30am!

Mar 23, 2010

Tomorrow is my FRESH start!

Hi Everyone! :)
I hope you are all doing fantastic! I am trying to keep this blog as updated as possible, so any tips/advice on formatting, etc. would definitely be appreciated. Not really liking the fact I can't change things with this new template so any help would be lovely!

So tomorrow is my fresh start when it comes to exercise, and I think it's going to be the wake-up call I have been waiting for. Oh wait, that was last night.

On Sunday night I was browsing the Goodlife site and decided to sign myself up for a free consultation with a fitness trainer. The location I have my membership at (notice it doesn't say the one I GO to...) called me right away and I went last night at 6pm to sit down with them. Wow, talk about an eye-opener!!

For those who have known me awhile, you know that I did some personal training a few years ago after I reached Lifetime to help myself feel better and tone up a bit. At the time I felt fantastic and saw some great results. Sadly after that I hurt my knee and used that as an excuse for not going back. I joined the gym again last March and as much as I hate to admit it; I have gone no more than 5 times since joining. Here I was paying $45 a month for a membership I wasn't using.

Anyways, went for the consultation last night and walked out signing my life away for 105 PT sessions. Yes, that's a heck of a lot and yes I AM crazy. :) Why did I do it? Well, there are a few reasons.

The first and foremost being I never do anything for myself or spend money on myself; all of my money goes to taking care of the family. Nothing wrong with that, but at the same time in order to be an effective person in life I need to make sure my own needs are taken care of. I was not intending on signing up for as many sessions as I did, but I am being realistic.

I got on the lovely scale they have there that does the body fat % etc. and as much as I hate to admit it, my BF % has gone UP since the last time I had it done 2 years ago. I am somewhat disgusted in myself but don't have a problem admitting it. Lack of exercise and careless eating hasn't shown TOO much damage at the scale, but I have a total of 31% body fat right now which is not cool in my books. I was down to 23% when I was at my fittest back in 2007.

I learned last night that in order for a woman to build muscle, realistically it will take 4-5 months. I am tired of feeling "squishy" and uncomfortable in my own skin and clothes. I have lost almost 100lbs, I shouldn't feel like I have been over the last couple of years.

So they laid it out for me, where I am now and where I should be. They guarantee me that if I stick with this 3x a week that I can be down to 18% body fat and 133lbs by November when the sessions are over. You know what? I fully believe them. I know weight loss doesn't happen overnight and the goals I have set out for me for the fitness side of things also doesn't happen overnight.

I start my sessions tomorrow MORNING. To me that's nuts - I have never worked out in the morning! I decided that I needed a change and working out after work just isn't going to happen for me. 6:30am tomorrow with Jeff is my first session and I think I'm going to do something I have never done before - take before photos of myself in a pair of shorts and a sports bra. Yes, I am going to take the plunge. Why? Because I want to post the progress and allow myself to see the changes because as you all know; we don't see in ourselves what others see in us.

So stay tuned! There are sure to be some posts/tips that I pick up that I would love to pass along. I will be a buff & hot bride when I get married in Fall 2011 :)

Mar 21, 2010

Climbing back onto the wagon...

I have realized that it's finally time to pull myself back on the wagon.
I have just been barely hanging on and I am not happy with where I'm at or how I feel.

I tracked everything today and it wasn't a ton of food, just higher point choices. My total for today was 40pts, leaving me with about 12 WP's until Saturday. The important thing is that I tracked it and I'm not letting it get to me.

The topic in the meetings this week is fantastic, and I would recommend all you meeting go-ers attend your meeting this week. I think I'm going to start posting the topic at the end of every week with member comments, advice, etc.

Anyways, I didn't really have a whole lot to put in this blog post but just felt like being a bit more accountable.
I will be weighing in most likely this coming Saturday morning, so I have to stay on track!
Exercise will most likely be re-introduced this week :) I'm washing my gym clothes now...

Stay tuned...positive posts from now on :)
I may start rambling about wedding plans soon enough, so feel free to tell me to shut up :)

Mar 17, 2010

Wow, how time flies...

I cannot believe that the last time I wrote on my blog was October; sadly it was.
I knew it had been awhile but when I just logged on I thought - wow, this is like the semi-annual blog I have going on here. To be honest with you, my little bro has inspired me to get back into blogging...I really need to make the effort.

There have been so many wonderful & positive changes in my life since my last blog.
The first being I have changed jobs and started a fantastic career with a great company, after being at my previous job for 8 and a half years. I loved the people I worked with, but I outgrew my position and when this one was offered to me I would've been a fool to decline it. I'm still in the alcohol industry, except now I am the Inventory Manager for a few big name brands (ie. Vex, Jackson-Triggs Winery, Inniskillin Winery) and SO many more.

I started back in November and I actually look forward to going into work everyday. :) The change in jobs really upset my routine, so I am slowly but surely trying to get myself back into that.

The next fantastic thing to happen to me was I got engaged in January!!! :) Gord and I went away for the weekend to the cottage up north we usually go to in the summer, and he asked me on the Friday night. Of course I said yes, and we're looking at Fall 2011 as a possible timeline for the wedding. :)

What's next? Oh - that's right! I have finally got what I have always wanted since I became a WW leader. I am now the leader of 2 back-to-back meetings at a centre on a Saturday morning!!! :) Although it was sad to see the other leader go, I am extremely excited to say that I am now the leader at the Cloverdale Mall (Etobicoke) classes on Saturday mornings - 8am & 9am meetings. If you're in the Toronto area - come on by!!

So needless to say things are going pretty good for me, yet I cannot seem to pull myself back on track. I definitely have a lot of positive things to keep my motivation going so it's just a matter of me realizing that I WANT it again. :)

Oh, one last thing...softball starts in a month and a half!

I truly am in heaven :)

Stay tuned, I have so much going through my brain right now that there's bound to be a blog (or two!) a day....I feel so much better after this post!

<3 Lindsay

Oct 31, 2009

Getting Back On Track.

Yes, it's me.
I haven't been here for awhile...alright, a VERY long time; my last blog as you can see was April, and it's now November.

This is going to be the start of my daily entries about my efforts of getting back on track...for real this time. I feel I have said it many times over the past couple of months on the message boards that I need to get back on, but I haven't done it.

I weighed in this morning at my highest weight since reaching Lifetime - 141.4. That's 0.4 above my goal folks, and I vowed NEVER to be over my goal.

The entry for tonight really isn't going to outline anything...I'm going to plan that out tomorrow, while I start my day off with a nice bowl of All-Bran Strawberry Medley and some fresh grapes.

I will be here daily, posting my menu and all that fun stuff. There have also been changes in my life on the job front, so that's going to most likely be a subject in a few posts.

For those of you following my blog, thank you for still keeping me on even if I updated over 6 months ago. :)

Stay's only onwards and downwards (scale wise!) from here :)

Apr 21, 2009

Kind of Random...Comparison Trip - 5 years between

Well it's been quite awhile since my last post. I have been extremely busy with work and WW, that the time for sitting down and actually concentrating on a blog is extremely limited. So go figure it's 11:00pm on a Tuesday night, and I have decided to write an entry!

I was just sitting here looking for something on my computer, and I came across something on my desktop I forgot about. LOL, you all know what I'm talking about right? I have this mass of icons on my desktop, so I just "found" it again! :)

Anyways, what I found was a comparison shot of me...first in California in 2003 inside a cell in Alcatraz, which are small to begin with...then throw me at just about 200lbs in there! You will see. The second is of me in California in 2008...almost 5 years apart. I went September 2003 & end of March/beginning of April 2008.

Here are some shots from the 2003 trip...
Me in Alcatraz...

Goofing around in the hat store...

I thought that the Alcatraz one was bad, but as I was posting this pic I thought "wow, that was me?".

The thoughts still go through my mind. How did I allow myself to get there? And to think, these pictures were after I rejoined and was down about 25-30lbs...

And then I went to California again last year, last week of March and first week of April...

The lemon tree at a winery in Napa Valley...

The orange tree in Lodi...noticing a trend here that I posed with fruit? :)

Big tree outside the hotel in Lodi...

Wow, this post turned into something a lot longer than I wanted. I guess what I wanted to do is make sure you all congratulate yourselves on how far you've come - no matter where you are! You should be proud that you took the step of comitting yourself to WW and learning to live a healthy life while still being able to HAVE a life! I still congratulate myself with not only what I have accomplished, but how I've managed to stay here!

Next time you do something good for yourself, give yourself a pat on the back and remember how much your positive attitude means to the success you'll have on this program!

Apr 12, 2009

The Great Debate - Weekly Points & Activity Points

Lately on the message boards it seems a lot of posts have the same underlying tone...using weekly/activity points...basically anything above your daily target is considered "cheating" and there is this fear of gaining at the scale.

If we weren't meant to use them, then why are they there?

Something I notice a lot of people tend to overlook is that WW is giving you the tools to put the program into place, it's up to you to use the tools to your best advantage in order to make this easier to stick with for the rest of your life.

The weekly points/activity points is something that you need to figure out ... what works for you, what doesn't. Just because say I can eat all 35 of my weekly points and still lose - doesn't mean the next person is going to be able to. They may be able to only eat half of the weekly allowance.

I guess what I'm getting at is DON'T BE AFRAID TO EAT!!! To some I understand this is a different concept, and I can understand why. The way things are marketed these days and the way society seems to have it embedded in their heads is in order to lose weight, you must diet and in order to diet you must give up the foods you love.

Well, the reason I joined WW was because they weren't telling me to do that. They weren't telling me what I could and couldn't eat, they were telling me to still enjoy the foods I love, just make them work with the program.

I have learned that the weekly points aren't bad, depending on how you use them. When I joined the program was called Winning Points (I believe 1-2-3 Success had just phased out...) and you were given a range of pts to eat for your weight. So ie. you're 150lbs and your range is 18-24. You eat anywhere within that range and whatever you don't eat you "bank" for later in the week. Now look at it this way, if you ate 18pts a day which is the bottom of the're banking 5pts per day and adds up to 35 if you save them the entire week. I had great success with that program, and when they rolled over to Flex/Core (old program now) I had no problem taking advantage of those extra points because I knew I had success with them.

You need to think of food as "fuel" for your body. In order to keep your metabolism going you need to feed it. The difference with feeding it now is rather than have something like a big mac and fries, you're having a nice sensible meal and snacks when you need them. Plus, one thing I always tell my new members when I am explaining the program to them is if they eat like a bird now, they'll eat like a bird for the rest of their lives. Cutting things out and saying you're never having it again is not a realistic approach to losing weight. Yes, it will work in the short-term while you're following the diet and losing the weight...but what about maintaining? Are you REALLY going to give up chocolate, etc. for the REST of your life?

Embrace WW for the lifestyle change it is. I have yet to feel deprived and I really do feel like I'm eating more now than I was before. It's the foods you choose and how your spend your pts.

If you need them, use them and if you don't - then don't. Just pay attention to what your body and the scale are telling you.

There's always the question too of the activity points vs. weekly points. When they changed from Flex/Core to Momentum, the guidelines for activity pts changed and you can now bank them throughout the week. For onliners the change in how they were swapped happened - use weekly pts first and then if you go over them then dip into AP's. I have seen quite a few people who are hesitant to do this because they were using the AP's first before. Remember, WW does research and scientific studies for their program - they will only make changes if they know it's for the benefit of you. Again, this is another part of the previous program they've kind of brought back to WW.

To me it's "safer" (and I've told lots of people this) to use the weekly points before the activity points. The WP's are given to you by WW - so you know they're accounted for in the program. Yes, we do earn the activity points but a lot of people tend to overestimate the activity they do and then if you eat those AP's you're eating too many.

Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not telling you what to do...remember, yes I am a WW leader but my opinions on here are solely my own and nothing to do with, had to do my own "disclaimer". :)

I really apologize if this seems like a long ramble, but it's something I have been wanting to post about for a bit. I definitely welcome thoughts/opinions if you think differently :) I never have a problem understanding the other side!