Shannon Stacey

Excuses, excuses

I’ll just out with it, like ripping off a Bandaid—gained two pounds this week. Not off to a very good start, am I?

Did a lot of running this week (not the exercise kind) so ate poorly. Yesterday my husband had to take a day off for a test that required fasting, so post-test we went out and had a big breakfast. Then, after late afternoon eye appointments, we were crunched for time to make it to a college financial aid presentation at the high school so…let’s just say we didn’t make a great meal choice. And that was just yesterday. Previous days weren’t a lot better.

Haven’t started Zumba on the Wii yet. We have a small living room and the Christmas tree’s still up. Glass balls and hundred-year-old wooden floors don’t handle Mom bouncing around very well. (See? Excuses, excuses…)

I actually went through my day planner this morning and penciled in tiny numbers counting down to an event in the future I’d like to look my best for. That’s how desperate I am to get my focus back.

How’d you guys do? I hope somebody’s having more will power than I am. (Wish that could be shared.) And did you all see Jaci’s new workout sneakers? They glow!

13 comments to “Excuses, excuses”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · January 11th, 2013 at 10:26 am · Link

    We did really good here on the food side. Lots of high fiber, low calorie meals, with a lot of ‘good’ snacking in between. No junk food, and since we’re junk food maniacs around here, that was a big win. I don’t weigh myself so no idea if I lost weight or not, but I feel good and slept great all week, which I always feel is a pretty good indicator that I’m not filling my body with junk.

    On the exercise front, didn’t do much, so I need to do better there. Calories don’t burn themselves off, ya know. :-)

  2. Sharon
      · January 11th, 2013 at 10:33 am · Link

    I have lots of excuses, too. Little one and I had colds so I didn’t get to work out for a week. I had a three-day migraine, and I found out how bad the tear in my biceps and rotator cuff is. I didn’t move much and I ate tons.

    I have Zumba for the wii as well as two of those dance video games.

    When I think of RT in May, I need to be thinking of it as end of April, which means I have three-and-a-half months to look better and be smaller than I am. :(

  3. Tracy S
      · January 11th, 2013 at 11:09 am · Link

    My excuse is that I don’t know because I forgot to weigh myself before I ate breakfast! LOL I weigh myself at the same time of the day before eating so I know it’s the “same” so once I’ve eaten, I don’t weigh in.

    I’ll have an update next week!

    Just remember the wisdom of Dory (Finding Nemo): “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” :o)

  4. Lori
      · January 11th, 2013 at 11:14 am · Link

    I am still suffering the effects of too much leftover chocolate from the holidays. But I decided today that I’m going to attempt to forego most sweets during the day. Bob usually has ice cream at night, and instead of having my own bowl, I’ve been taking 2 or 3 bites of his, and it’s been satisfying me. Thanks goodness!

    Also? I found a walk buddy at work, and we’re walking 1.5 – 2 miles at lunch 3-4 days a week.

    Haven’t weighed in yet, but I had also gained waaaay too much, and my goal is now 10 pounds more than it was. *sigh*

  5. Katie D.
      · January 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I’ve gotten in the habit of weighing myself every morning more as a “how am i doing with my choices?” check in. I’ve been really pleased that I’ve managed to walk at least 10K steps every day since New Year’s. I think I’m going to keep that as my exercise goal for the next couple of months. I still need to get better at actually tracking my points, but I’m feeling good about the food choices I’m making overall. The weekly menu is really helping things out and I’ve only once this week gone off it. I was craving McDonald’s fries big time, and I used the excuse of needing to break a $20 to do it.

  6. Carol
      · January 11th, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

    I’m with you Katie, I also weigh myself every morning so I can see where I’m at. Last few months the scale has stayed about the same plus or minus 5 pounds. I need the scale to go down! I think I’m too impatient. I would love to lose 5 pounds a week but one or two pounds is probably more reasonable.

  7. Becky
      · January 11th, 2013 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Once you get into a routine, it will get easier. One of my friends set up a “gym” throughout her house. Each room has a different workout set up and her and her family do rotations. She says it helps keep her motivated when her family joins in.

    I love the Just Dance games. I need to get the 4th one.

  8. Lynda the Guppy
      · January 11th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    I went back to WW last monday for the first time since mid-december and I was SHOCKED to find out I LOST 2.4! Seriously. I had my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, and various parties and lunches and dinners and I wasn’t counting a darn thing. We’ll see how it goes this week. I’ve been good about eating more regularly as well as better. In fact, I’m off to make myself a WW shake with some fruit right now!

    I’m thinking about purchasing that thing WW has now that’s like FitBit. I like that it’ll link into my e-tools account.

  9. azteclady
      · January 11th, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Link

    Doing fairly well with the food choices, but no progress whatsoever, exercise-wise. Trying not to get discouraged and frustrated (with myself)

  10. Katie D.
      · January 12th, 2013 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Carol, I plateaued in late-summer, early-fall where I stayed in a five-pound range for 3 1/2 months. Honestly? It took the stomach flu to push me off of it. I don’t recommend that ;) I would much rather stay in the 1-2 pound/week weight loss more because I actually trust that loss rate to stay gone.

    Becky, I really liked 2 & 3 when I had space to do that, and I plan on getting 4 when I move into a new place.

    I hit over 20k steps today, and over 100K for the week, so I’m curious to see how that’s reflected when I weigh in tomorrow. Considering the dinner and dessert I had with my brother and sis-in-law, I’ll be *really* happy if I gain no more than a pound over last week, though of course I’d like to lose ;)

  11. Shannon
      · January 14th, 2013 at 9:09 am · Link

    I’ve thought about the FitBit thing, but I’m still too conflicted to spend the money. Will it inspire me to move more or will it depress me because I spend so many hours sitting?

    And I’ve always read I shouldn’t way myself every day because natural day-to-day fluctuations in weight can be depressing, but I might do it for a while as a daily reminder I’m trying to accomplish something over here. I can put the daily weight in the My Fitness Pal app and then log it weekly at the (very glitchy and OMG slow) WW site.

    I got on the scale this morning and I gained .8 since Friday. I am, however, blaming football. Watching an intense game with chips and dip at hand is a recipe for diet disaster!

  12. Meg Magruder
      · January 15th, 2013 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Way to go Shannon. I was ordering your book on Amazon and noticed the difference between your Author photo and twitter. WW has helped me TONs. Down 84, at a snails pace. I do LOVE my active link. It has made me aware of my activity / inactivity. Makes me plan 3 to 10 min’s each hour, makes a HUGE difference. I lost weight during the fall football season with the Aggies. Tailgating at home games, hosting watching parties for away games… Last year gaind at least 6, this year lost 5. That is all active link, I’ve had it since Aug. keep it up, and I look forward to reading your book. :-) Meg Magruder, an Aggie reading down in Texas!

  13. Shannon
      · January 16th, 2013 at 9:01 pm · Link

    Meg, that’s awesome! And snail’s pace is good. More likely to stay off!

    I guess there is a big difference between the professional shot and my newer Twitter pic. I need to focus on what I’ve accomplished instead of bemoaning the little backslide.

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