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Weekend #1

I know my title makes no sense to the normal brain, but for me this was the first weekend I have actually TRIED to control myself in terms of food and exercise in a very long time. Like, genuinely tried. Not "Oh, I was good the first half of Friday, LOL REST OF WEEKEND FAIL." And it was extra difficult, because I was out of town with much more limited resources than I have when I'm home.

But I am super stoked to report that I planned, tracked, and even exercised while I was in Jacksonville. Whaaaaaaaat!? Craziness, I know. But I'm determined to meet my six-week goal, and if I have to be a pain in the ass to do it, well...sorry, world. I'll break down my weekend as best I can...



I did really well - used the 3 APP I'd earned on my Thursday run as well as 4 WAPP, but a Saturday morning with 45 WAPP still in my bank is a big victory for me at this point. I made some great decisions on the way up to Jax. Josh and I stopped at Publix to pick up some flowers for his mom, and I grabbed a Chobani Greek yogurt, some crab (well, krab, hah) sticks, and a banana to have for dinner. Mrs. Haupt had also stocked up on a nice bowl of fruit, which was so great. I nursed that the entire weekend, as well as a few La Croix sparkling fruit waters instead of extra wine.

Speaking of, I also only had one glass of white wine Friday night. Normally when I go up to Jax, I'll have two or three minimum the first night, because the Haupts do love their wine (well, Josh and his mom do, at least). Hooray Friday!


I came prepared for breakfast. I had packed a packet of lower-sugar oatmeal, so I had that with some coffee (I even brought Stevia packets...what has come over me?), almonds (which I also brought, which was unnecessary since they had the same kind at the house), and a banana. For lunch, we actually ended up going to Bahama Breeze and not Mimi's as originally planned. Buttt I shared a crab stack appetizer (3 PP for 1/2!) and got a salad with romaine, grilled chicken, fruit, avocado (and they didn't skimp, either, yay), and vinaigrette on the side, which I counted as 12 PP. I did have one mini cupcake from Sweet. How could I not? The only other location aside from the one next to my house is in that shopping center. Luckily, the quality was up to par with Orlando's location. ;p

Josh and I were supposed to get up Sunday and run, but I know us and I knew we wouldn't. It was so hot this weekend, and I knew I'd want to sleep in. Plus, my hair needed a serious wash ASAP, so I asked Mrs. Haupt if I could use her treadmill and she said sure, and showed me all the functions and everything. So I got my 2.5-mile/30-minute run in, and did 150 crunches afterward too. My upper abs hurt a lot today (and yesterday, for that matter), but it's the good kind of hurt. :p

For dinner, the guys cooked a really yummy shrimp dish, with gnocchi and a creamy delicious sauce. I had a bite or two, but Josh was amazing and made sure I had 3 oz. of seasoned grilled shrimp, plain, for me. He also made scallops but made mine without the sauce he'd concocted. Best boyfriend ever - I'm very grateful he is so supportive. Not sure what I'd do without him! I also made that maple-balsamic Brussels sprouts dish, and everyone loved it, which was great to hear! I had a couple glasses of wine and a tiny slice of key-lime pie as well, so not the BEST day, but I was very mindful and it could've been much worse. Plus, I exercised, so I didn't feel too bad. I definitely enjoyed every bite/sip.


Sunday was a little bit worse than it should've been, considering, but I still only went over by 6 PP for the entire day - and that was after eating out twice. We went to Mellow Mushroom for lunch, and I got a huge salad that only came out to 8 PP for the whole thing. For dinner I had Taco Bell - 8 PP again, for two Fresco chicken soft tacos, which are my go-to food there. I snacked a little more than I should've, but I'll take it.


So right now I have 18 WAPP left. After my strength training tonight and run tomorrow, I should have 25 WAPP left. My goal for Wednesday is to leave the rest of them untouched. I am really hoping for a 2-lb. loss this week, but we'll see whether the scale agrees. Regardless, I'm proud of how I handled this weekend, and very grateful for the willpower I somehow dug up from the depths of my crazy.

As mentioned, I have started incorporating strength exercises back into my routine. It's only been one day, so I don't deserve any credit yet, but I think I am going to focus on core and arms during my non-running gym days (likely Mondays once my marathon training starts and I'm doing long runs on Saturdays instead of Sundays, like it is now). I find that my endurance increases so much when my core is strong, so I want to make sure I get those exercises in. I will need them sooner rather than later. I can't believe training starts in less than three weeks. Lord. I better start mentally preparing myself now.

My shin started acting up a little bit after the treadmill run in Jax. Luckily the pain subsided fairly quickly and wasn't too severe to begin with, but my KT tape came in Saturday (yay), so I bandaged my shin up again last night. I'll probably wear the tape for a few days and bring a couple pieces with me to Denver just in case. I know Yurani will be kicking my ass with running and hiking, which I desperately need, so I have to come prepared. I leave Wednesday night. I told her she needs to whip my ass into shape so I come back to Florida under 130 lbs., and she said, "Let's do it." She is super active and does WW as well, so I'm grateful for this trip in even more ways than being able to see her and Benson (her baby). ♥ Can't wait. Maybe I can even get through the plane ride without knocking back two vodka Coke Zeroes this time. We shall see.

I'll end this entry with some great news about my brother. He called me late Saturday evening, but I didn't pick up because I was asleep. Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., he calls me again just as I'm opening my eyes. Now, my brother is not a morning person. You think I'M not a morning person? I pale in comparison to this kid. He will sleep until 2 p.m. without batting an eyelash. But no, he calls me at 9:30 (which is 8:30 his time, mind you, in New Orleans).

Me: "WTF are you doing awake?"
Bobby: "I just got back from my 2-mile walk."
Me: "...WTF are you doing awake."
Bobby: "IDK, I feel motivated."

It was really cool to hear that. Made me smile a TON that my brother was not only getting up early after what I'm sure was a busy night at work (he's a chef), but that he was doing it to EXERCISE. To many of us, a walk isn't a really big deal, but it is a HUGE deal for my family and for my brother in particular, and I know he is really pushing the walls of his comfort zone to do something different with his life. He told me he got the scale I sent and weighed himself, and that is goal is to get down 78 lbs. I told him that's great, but maybe he could make a smaller goal at first (28 lbs.), then go from there.

He also told me he only had one meal Saturday, and I was like NO, BAD, EAT THREE MEALS, haha. I explained about metabolism, and how his body needs three square meals...how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, etc. He was talking about going to breakfast with my mom, so I texted him a list of "BFF" menu words (egg white omelet with veggies, fresh fruit, plain oatmeal, turkey bacon, water, etc.) and a list of "enemy" words (cheesy, hash, country-fried, hollandaise, loaded, etc.). They actually ended up going to Applebee's and he got a Weight Watchers dish and water. Progress! He is off today so I'll probably give him a call and see how's he doing, but I don't want to nag - he has to make the effort.

I'm still not holding my breath though. Not because I don't believe in him (I think it is pretty clear that I do), but because a.) I don't want to jinx it (main reason), and b.) I know it takes time to really adapt to a new lifestyle and know that you have the power to make such a huge change. But I'm extremely proud of him, and I will say I have never heard him talk like this before. He is smart and capable, and I hope this is a sign that he truly realizes that he has all the power in the world to be whatever he wants to be, physically and mentally. In the meantime, I will work on not being the nagging older sister, and instead be a reference tool for him. Hope I can do that well.

My LJ buddy Becca (beccakicksbutt) and I are going to be text buddies for some added accountability! I sent her my workout schedule, so we are going to nag each other every day to make sure we're staying on track. Any extra motivation/push will only help.

This post has gotten long and cray cray enough. Hope you all had as fulfilling a weekend as I did!


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May. 21st, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Um... you did 150 crunches? I love how you just brush over that like it's NBD. Like, doing 30 crunches is a lot for me. 150 sounds major!
May. 21st, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Lol thanks. xD I did 100 regular ones (five sets of 20) and then 50 reverse ones (five sets of 10), which are so. much. harder. Go figure, though - my upper abs are the ones that hurt, so I guess I didn't push hard enough on the lowers. Must do that tonight. I'm dreading it.
May. 21st, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Great to hear about Bobby going for that walk!

Your weekend sounds great to me, you had a few treats, but you didn't go cray and eat half a keylime pie or have four cupcakes!

I am proud of myself, Saturday I went out and I didn't eat any bread at Ceviche, and what I did ate I did pretty darn good. I did a little bad with drinks, but overall, I am proud that I didn't go super crazy. We both know how easy it is to do that. Lol.
May. 21st, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I know! I know it's so tough to change your habits like that so I'm really happy he's pushing to do it. I hope he sticks with it.

True. I did have a couple Fiber One muffins, but they were on two separate days and it could be way worse. And a few Twix minis, but they were...mini...and I counted them. :p

Nice! Yeah it's way too easy to go off the wagon when I'm out, so I feel you. Hope you had fun!
May. 21st, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great weekend!
Gotta love when it's just...life. Going places, eating out, eating RIGHT and keeping fit, it's all just a part of you.

Hoooray Bobby! That is HUGE! There is a lot of momentum that builds up from that much unhealthy living and overcoming it is hard work. So, yea he'll probably backslide. He just needs to keep getting up, dusting himself off and moving forward. I'd start him to thinking about activity goals too. Nothing and I mean NOTHING makes a man feel more manly than doing something physical.
May. 21st, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
It was great! But to be honest, it wasn't super "natural" feeling this weekend because I'm just now starting to actually care again, enough to measure things and research menus, etc. But I will get there again, eventually. I told Josh, "One day, this is going to come super naturally again and I won't have to make crazy requests, I promise." Haha. He understands, thankfully.

Yeah, exactly. And I told him that it doesn't mean he failed or did anything bad - that every time he puts food in his mouth, it counts, so he can always do better at the next meal. I think he understands it takes time, work, and patience...but I know it will take time for him to truly understand what that entails. It's so freaking hard for ME at MY weight to stay committed...can't imagine how difficult it is for him. Oh I forgot to put this in there, but he also mentioned he wanted to get a bike to ride to and from work, which is 12 miles round-trip. I'm worried because 1.) It's going to be really hot, and 2.) He is going to be riding along a highway, I believe, unless he has a back way. IDK, I need to talk to him more about that.

Thanks for the support! I will talk to him about some activity goals when he starts getting bored. I want him to go grocery shopping. I don't think he has yet...
May. 21st, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
One thing Bob Harper has unequivocally right: "Fake it 'till you make it." If you believe you have your life properly integrated, you are more likely to make it happen.

Wow the bike riding is some seriously ambitious stuff! Good on him. Although... good too that he's got you. There is this man baggage and it can mess with us where we bring our overenthusiastic expectations to the table and end up discouraged, hurt or both. So, you're going to have to find that happy place between cheerleader and doomsayer. I have faith.

Yep, proper groceries really are the first step. Gotta fuel the marvelous machine.
May. 21st, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
True! It's all mental, which can be good or bad. If you realize it's mental, that's great. If you don't, or you do and decide to ignore that, that can be really detrimental.

Yep. And he knows it's a big step - that is a long ride each way for someone his size, and will probably take him about 45 minutes each way, so we'll see.

I know. He doesn't have a car right now so I think he is depending on roommates to go to the grocery store. Bleh.
May. 21st, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your brother going for a healthier lifestyle! I was in NOLA this past weekend and while I found healthy options things still was challenging. Go him! May I ask what resturant is he working for?
May. 21st, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The fact that he is saying these things is a big deal. Even if it takes a while for him to truly achieve everything he wants, I know he will eventually.

Oh awesome! Man I was there a few weeks ago; just missed ya. He works at Dakota Restaurant in Mandeville, actually. What healthy options did you find while you were there?
May. 21st, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
We were in the CBD area this past weekend to hear some music.. sorry we missed you. Maybe if you are in the St Petersburg area we can meet up. :)

Yes I did find healthy options even if they have to be tweaked a bit

Mother's on Poydras makes an egg white omelette with veggies and turkey. I did ask for the black ham instead but I think that's baked so its still worth it. Grits are a side item but I don't butter mine, I add hot sauce to flavor.
Bayou Beer Garden has an Ahi Tuna sandwich so if you have it without the bread that is a healthy option. (Just make sure you don't go with those who order the disco fries and need help to eat them. :P Btw those were worth the time on the treadmill..)
Bull Dog beer pub has a black bean and rice bowl which you can tweak if necessary..I had mine without cheese.
Squeal bbq has baked chicken so that can be split with someone.
One year I did go to a spot in the French Market that was selling healthy options like fruit and egg white omelettes and I forgot the name.
Yo Mama's burger grill has a veggie burger but one can order a child's size if needed.
Also if you stay at the Drury inn they do have a free breakfast which does have healthy options like fresh fruit and oatmeal. They also have a snack time in the evening which has healthy options as carrots, celery and iceberg lettuce. Yeah they do have nachos so steer clear but one can use the salsa on the salad!
I hope these help! By having some healthy options one can splurge on goodies you can get once in a while.
May. 21st, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Dang! Next time I'm in the Tampa/St. Pete area I will definitely let you know. I don't get over there much sadly.

Omg what are these Disco Fries? Or do I want to know? LOL!

Thank you so much, I am going to save that list for future trips. ♥ Hope you had a blast on your trip!
May. 22nd, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
You know, since weekends are the toughest for you, I think it's brilliant that you're breaking your 12 week goal into weekends. When I was in basic training the chaplains would all ask us "How do you eat an elephant?" The expected response is "One bite at a time." Even the most daunting task seems possible when you break it down. </p>

Good luck with this! FWIW, there's something different this time. Usually in your "back on the wagon" posts there's been self-derision and a lot of bold pronouncements and self-threats. This time I hear (read, I guess) quiet, planned determination. You sound as if you're already fully committed to the outcome rather than trying to hype yourself into toughing it out. You totally have this and I LOVE your new attitude. :-)

May. 22nd, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ♥ Breaking it up like this gives me a bit more accountability. I may not always explain it in this way, but this weekend was particularly challenging since I was out of town, so I wanted to share how I got around all the stuff that was thrown at me, lol.

I'm really happy to read that because I actually do feel that way. I feel a lot more in control of my actions and the slope doesn't feel as slippery. Every time I think of going even a little off the path this past week, my brain has been like, "Do you want to lose the weight or don't you?" It's been kind of nice to hear that voice again.

Thank you for the support. ♥ How's your little bun? :o)
May. 22nd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
yaaaaaay good things all around!!

So glad to hear your brother is giving it a shot!
May. 22nd, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Me too, so much. It's great to hear him saying these kinds of things.
May. 24th, 2012 09:44 am (UTC)
Again, congratulations on your fabulous weekend! You were eating out MULTIPLE TIMES in a day and only going over by, like, six? Um. THAT is pretty damn awesome, and an accomplishment to not only be proud of but to shout from the rooftops! THAT is what makes lifestyle changes so challenging -- you get those days where you live in restaurants and most of us tend to say, "Fuck it, it's ONE day...I can eat what I want!" And then we have 61-pp days go overboard. The challenge lies in realizing that EVERY day cannot be like that. EVERY single outing at a restaurant cannot be a, "Fuck it," moment, and you have to pick and choose your indulgences. And sweetie, you KILLED IT. ♥

That is WONDERFUL about your brother -- it sounds like he's really got a fire burning inside to get things moving once and for all, and I think you're being as supportive and amazing as you can be. I agree that you don't want to overwhelm him or nag him, but I also absolutely agree that he needs to learn about eating three healthy meals (with snacks!) every day, and the importance of fueling his body at regular intervals, in addition to the basic nutrition guidelines and restaurant cheat sheets that you've given him. In short, you're doing everything right, and I'm rooting for him, and proud of you for stepping up to help him on his journey.

Love you lots! ♥
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yeah I'm pretty happy about that. Tbh I need to cut back on eating out and push my lazy ass to cook more, but during the week I just want to come home, heat something up, eat, veg out, and sleep, seriously. How I'm going to handle having a child one day, I have no idea. Either I'll go on mommy overdrive a la Yurani, or I'll gain 100 lbs. Keeping my fingers crossed for the former. I have been very mindful lately, and I'm grateful for that. I feel kind of bad because I've been using the six-week goal as my motivation, when I really need to be thinking more long term...but I will get there. Just can't make the same mistakes as last time. Have to do it for myself, and remember it's a lifestyle, not a temporary fix.

Thanks hun. I am happy his mind is moving in that direction at least. I texted him Sunday and he said his weight stayed the same so I know he isn't fully invested yet, but I'm glad he at least sees the road...and I think he is starting to understand what a lifestyle change like that really means in terms of work and dedication. Which is the first step, so I'm happy. It's better than fad dieting and gaining it all back.

Muah, love you too!
Jun. 1st, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
That's what I do most days, except instead of heating something up, I slap together a sandwich (yes, I weigh my lunchmeat), have a handful of chips, and slice up a mango or some pineapple. Easy as pie (mmm, pie).

Mommy overdrive? What does that even mean? Ugh, babies. Ugh, children. DNW.

Have to do it for myself, and remember it's a lifestyle, not a temporary fix.

YES. THISSSS. SO MUCH THIS. That's what'll ensure you're successful this time around, my love. It's that attitude that helps solidify the lifestyle-not-a-diet mindset.

He's getting there, though, absolutely. It'll definitely take some time, but that self-awareness is the most crucial first step.

Jun. 1st, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Good job weighing that lunchmeat! I usually just count the slices. :p Yummmm I love pie. Pumpkin, cherry, and pecan are my fave. And key lime. I like pie more than cake!

Lol it means she doesn't stop, basically. She's an around-the-clock ball of energy. She is in the best shape of her life right now, AFTER having a baby. Do want.

Thanks! I hope I am there as much as I preach I am. :p I think I am. And that's true, re: Bobby. All I can do is provide the tools, information, and support. The work needs to come from him.
Jun. 2nd, 2012 09:45 am (UTC)
Meh, I'm more of a cake lover than pie. Or brownies. Or fudge. Mmm, fudge. I'm not a huge fan of pie crust. I guess that means you get the pie and I'll have the cake? :*

OH. When does she sleep? HOW does she find energy for that? SMH. That's awesome for her, though. I could see you as being that type of mother, too, though. (and tbh, her body DOES look pretty smoking, no lie)

Just don't let go of that attitude. Our old habits NEVER really leave us -- while our new good health habits might become routine for us, we NEED to remember our struggles and have that accountability so our old habits DON'T come creeping up on us (and you know as well as I do that no matter how long you've been "on the wagon", so to speak, it's still easy to fall off). I think that's how you'll stay where you are now, in that mindset. Your brother will totally get there. And in the meantime, he has YOU to look up to, you know. ♥
Jun. 3rd, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
LOL I'm down with that! Tbh I don't discriminate. I would take chocolate cake over lemon-meringue pie, but omfg I'm a big fan of pie crust. Delicioussss. The only "sweet" I hate is black licorice, really. It makes me gag.

I have no idea. It's like she has been on autopilot since the baby was born. Thanks, I hope you're right! I think I will be too, but I know it'll be tough. And IKR, she has been so dedicated to taking care of herself, which is great!

So true. I don't think I'll ever not have the urge to polish off a jar of Nutella in a single sitting (OK two sittings, but still), but I've been holding myself accountable and I hope to always do that. Hope you're right re: my bro. I'm going to call him later today.

Thank you, my love! :-* Hope you're having a good day.
Jun. 5th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
You know, my friend Linn sent me some sweets from Norway, and let me tell you about salty licorice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salty_liquorice She sent me some, and it was SO GROSS that I had to pull it out my mouth and drink some water to clear the taste from my tongue. SO GROSS, OMG. And I LIKE black licorice!

How old is Benson now? Is he going to be a year soon?

Jun. 5th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ewwww omg. D: Just thinking about it gives me the gaggy feeling lol.

He turned 1 on April 22!
May. 25th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
GIRL, WE ARE AWESOME!!! :) and yay for your brother!! I'm actually trying to get my mom on WW. She lost a lot of weight on her own, but has plateaued and is struggling. She eats pretty healthy, but I don't think she's eating ENOUGH so her body is all "we're starving! MORE FOOD NOW", so I think WW would be good to make sure she's getting enough.

Also- I got up at 5:30 this morning and went the to the gym before work today because I knew I wouldn't be able to go after/the rest of the weekend. I put a post it note on the dresser at the foot of my bed last night that said "You will not die if you get up early and go to the gym". Whooot!
Jun. 1st, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yes we are! What does your mom think about joining WW? Is she hesitant because she thinks it won't work, doesn't want to spend the money, or something else? I wish I had that "I don't eat enough" problem...I probably eat enough for a small village on some days, hah.

GIRL OK so I know this comment is a week old but holy crap, I am bowing to you right now, lol. GREAT JOB! It takes the jaws of life (or a race I've already paid for) to get me out of bed when it's still dark out, so I seriously salute you. Congrats! You got this. How's your day going? How was the rest of yesterday?
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