Maintaining. Meh.

Sunday, December 22, 2013
In true Paula fashion, when I lose weight, I lose some focus. For others, it's the opposite, right? You're supercharged and looking forward to that next loss. Nah. "Not I," said the cat.

When I see 20+ pounds lost, in my mind, I know what I'm doing. Now, I can move on to putting out THIS fire, or managing THAT other catastrophe. Like, KNOWING that I know what to do to lose weight, at some point feels like enough.

Plus, I suck at multi-tasking. I prefer to focus on 1 thing, from start to finish. Doing too much, in my case, can lend to confusion, inferior quality and the desire to pull out my afro. It's not how I work, optimally. In a perfect world, I could just drop everything I am doing and am responsible for and go to the Biggest Loser ranch. I'd be a beast at this weight thing, if I didn't have to <<insert life stuff>>. But, that's not reality and I need to face that. I have a plan of setting more structure in my life, so that absolutely no matter what comes up - come hell or high water - I have set a standard for my wellness living. Dare I say, adopting a lifestyle? *clutches pearls*

So, I am maintaining weight (202-204 range). I have not significantly gained, nor lost in these last few weeks. I am especially excited about the not gaining part, though. This is because, with that same, 'I know what to do' mentality... in the past, it validated my pass to binge, stop working out completely, etc.. You know, 'cause I could always bounce back. Yeah. We see where that got me.

One thing that I am kind of glad about, is just recognizing these things. Not saving face, but being transparent in my thinking and challenge areas. And as of now, getting the courage to say yes, I make excuses. These reasons for my shortfalls appear valid; the stress, the multi-tasking ineptness, to me of course.  However, my excuses have become my standard. And as I'm typing this, I realize I need to step my game up and correct that. As I end this year, I will begin to challenge MY challenges. Create a new standard. Cease excuses. And start to get out of my own way.

~Paula

Make Way for the Queen, Sirs! WEIGH-IN + WEEKLY RE-CAP!

Sunday, December 8, 2013
The method...

I absolutely love this 3-1-2-1 plan! As someone who likes to eat sweets, a few fried things and have other flexibility in my intake, it surely works. Eating clean, and a little restrictive was cool - knowing that in just a few days, I could have a few things not on plan. I know it's like dangling a prize in someone's face - until they get to a finish line; but hey, whatever works. I know it's mental, and one day I won't even fathom "cheating," but I'm starting from scratch, people. And for someone who is not 'EAT CLEAN ALL DAY EVERY DAY, SON!' (never will be) it helps. I will be writing a complete review of this plan, after my initial 21 days.

The food...

So, I'm still dining out. Here's the thing... being social always translates to food. Why is that?! "Let's catch up, wanna grab lunch?" "I have something I want you to look over. Meet me for dinner, my treat."  My way to combat that is choosing better menu items, cleaner items.... and sometimes I fail. But, I scaled back. I've been packing my breakfast and some lunches and drinking all and even more of the water I set for myself. I know I can do better, but I'm definitely not disappointed.

Jason's Deli Salad Bar - Friday's Lunch
Jason's Deli Pot Roast Melt w/ Rippled Potato Chips - Friday's Lunch
Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness + Daily Greens Mix - Weekday Breakfast 
Boston's Fish Tacos and Sweet Potato Fries - Thursday's Lunch
Chipotle Chicken Salad - Saturday's Lunch  
Grocery Mini Haul - Sunday's Gatherings
Broccoli w/ Ranch, Graham Cracker Sticks w/ PB, Applesauce Cup, Mixed Berries, Green Smoothie and Chicken Noodle Soup - Tuesday's Breakfast/Lunch Pail Food Stuff 
Starbucks Orange Mango Smoothie - Wednesday's PM Snack
Pepperidge Farm GingerMan Homestyle Cookies - Snacks


The workouts...

I killed in the weight room, this week. Okay, maybe it was minor assault. But, still. I was super nervous. Why? No darn clue. Well, I did feel like the fattest girl in the gym. It wasn't just in my head, I literally was. After getting past that - I had to let the guys taking up all the good weights know that the queen had arrived and to make way. They didn't. So, I spent the first day on the empty weight machines, instead. A great way to warm up. But, this week... I have my heart set on those free weights. Barbells. Dead lifting, squats... I'm getting excited just thinking about it. They will recognize me. I have weight gloves, they have to know I'm serious... this time.

Lat Pull Down Break Pic
Saturday's Snow Trek (1.5mi. / Pace: 17:16) I didn't fall once, whoot!

The weigh in...

- 2.2lbs for the week! 23.3lbs total!



Hope you all are well. Starting this blog has helped me to meet and even reconnect with some great peeps! Thanks for reading my ramblings. It's so appreciated!


~Paula
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A re-cap, WEIGH-IN, and new diet plan... walk into a barbell.

Sunday, December 1, 2013
Down 4.6 more pounds! 21 total. 6.1 away from ONEDERLAND! But, enough about me...



I Kindled (do we say this?) The Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince's, '3-1-2-1 Diet.' It may appear as though I have a thing for fine, bald, Black men (hey, Dr. Ian!). But, it's merely a coincidence. Mind you, the Mr. is neither - but he's adorned (hey, honey!). Moving along...

So far, it's a great read. The approach is practical, yet innovative. Eat "clean" for 3 days, "cheat" for 1, go back to "clean" for 2 days, then "cheat" again. That was like the super, dumbed-down synopsis. You're welcome. In a sense, it helps someone starting off, or one who merely struggles with sticking to a diet. *clears throat* It also triggers the shock value of your body, keeping it guessing by switching up your routine. Which, in return, keeps that metab revved. So, I'm going to try it for a week and see how it rocks out.
Chilli was a fool, to not want him!
The food...

I've been a little all over the place, lately. Making healthy choices, here and there but got back to dining out too much. One dinner turned into a lunch, the next day and then a McDonald's breakfast. I'm reeling it in, though. Back to saving cals and moulah.

Thanksgiving Dinner; Candied Yams, Mac & Cheese (yes, the kind you cut), Greens w/ 'Hock, Stuffing and Turkey 

Max & Erma's Turkey Burger - Wednesday's Lunch

DiGorno Pepperoni Indy Pizza , Tea in a red wine glass, 'cause I'm fancy. - Monday's Dinner

Kashi Dark Almond Mocha Granola - Wednesday's AM Snack

Bolthouse Juices - 2nd Breakfast Item

Chic-Fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup - Not Sunday's Dinner

Whole Grain Crackers + PB - Tuesday's Snack

Whole Grain Crackers + Applesauce - Sunday's Snack

Kroger Brown Rice, Cali Rolls - Monday's Dinner



The workout...

Aside from a few walks... low intensity, there hasn't been much on the workout front. There's something about an annual freeze over the city that keeps me grounded. I know, excuses... but, that's my past and...


and...


My gym bag is packed, and on the doorknob. I WILL be returning (after many months) to the weight room. This should be interesting. There may or may not be tears.




Happy December, y'all!

~Paula
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