Taking It Off, Month 4!!!

Taking it off, month 4!!

Week 13

When you start a weight loss or a health journey, I think you just want to fast forward to month 4; I know I did because it takes awhile to see results and who are we kidding, patience is not one of my most shining virtues. But if you stick with it, each week’s small loss do start to add up.

I have one week left before we start setting up for our biggest show of the year. I don’t think people really know what I do exactly, that includes my family; most think I fly around and do fancy things.

I do trade shows for a large gaming company. The biggest gaming show in the world happens every fall in Las Vegas. On Thursday, I will be moving to the strip for 10 days.

Our booth is 25,000sq ft, we set up close to 400 slot machines. It will take a staff of 30 of our employees and an additional 20 support staff, five days to get it all done.

Our booth will have a bar, a lounge and a second level VIP area. We have 11 meeting rooms, in our booth and 7 other various, demo, storage and server rooms.

We send 600+ people to this show; we host a big reception in our booth and sales training the day before the show opens. We rent out the Omnia Nightclub in Caesar’s for our customer party on day 1 of the show. My team and I coordinate all of that, along with registering all our staff and coordinating hotel rooms.

So it’s a lot and it’s a bit stressful. For set up, our first few days will be 10 hours days easily. The guys bring in donuts for breakfast, lunch is pizza, chips and candy. And when the show starts, we are in the booth all day and then go out to eat dinner, usually late at night.

One of the good things is that we don’t stop; one year we all had Fitbits and if you hadn’t hit 11,000 steps before noon, you were a slacker! We don’t do the Fitbits anymore because “someone” was too “competitive”…whatever! Lol

I have a full week before we start so I need to load up on fruits, vegetables and vitamines. I usually get sick after this show, because it’s so easy to get run down.  But not this year!!!

Week 14

What a week!!! I was on the strip all week for our big show. And, just as I suspected, there were lots of sugary snacks!!!

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I managed to navigate without gaining a single pound this week! I also walked my butt off and, truth, be told; I was hoping to lose weight this week, but I am more than happy with staying flat.

I have to say, traveling when you feel good and comfortable in your skin is so much easier! I hate that feeling of not liking anything in your suitcase! We had a group dinner on Wednesday night and I must say, I felt sassy and confident!!

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I am so close to my goal!! Just to recap, my goal is 30 pounds. I started my weight loss journey at the end of June; it’s currently, Oct 19, so it may seem like the pounds are just flying off, but it’s been almost 4 months!!

This coming week, I will be on vacation in Moncton. Ahhh Moncton, you have so many of my favorite yummy comfort foods! My goal is going to be to maintain and not gain any weight!! That being said, life is short! So if I indulge a bit too much one day, the plan is to adjust the following days! Sounds easy enough right?

In case you’re curious to what’s on my Moncton menu: lobster, mussels, fish and chips, a râpé (Acadian dish of potatoes and pork fried in lard)…oh and I may need a turkey dinner since I missed Canadian Thanksgiving? Ok, that sounds like a lot…ok, I may be in trouble???

Week 15

I survived my “vacation” to Moncton without gaining weight!! I actually lost a pound.

It’s funny how most of our social interactions are centered around food. When dining out I stayed away from the bread they put on your table and I drank lots and lots of water. I also, pretty much only ate half or a bit less than half of everything on my plate. I made sure I was satisfied without being stuffed.

I felt that I needed a change, so I decided to go pink! See below. Just kidding, it was Halloween, but doesn’t this look like my real hair??? I do feel like I am changing and it feels good.

My skinny jeans are starting to sag in the butt, I may need to pick up a new pair soon? 😁

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Week 16

I flew back from the East Coast to Las Vegas for a few days before I had to fly to Calgary for a small work event. This has been a really busy few months. I rarely complain about my travel schedule, but I am pretty much exhausted.

I am looking forward to this upcoming long weekend, the weather is finally cooler in Vegas so I hope to get some hiking in.

I am in Calgary for a short conference, we just had our group dinner. I had a petite filet mignon that was dripping in butter and I feel gross! It’s 10:40pm and I am just laying on my bed feeling full! It’s really the first time since June that I feel this full and yucky!!

We have another customer dinner tomorrow night, my goal will be to fill up on vegetables and maybe skip meat? I am learning that it’s all about balance. I think I need a new rule though, no more big meals after 7:30 at night, it’s not worth feeling this yucky!!

Sooo I stayed flat this week which is fine. What I’ve learned from weight watchers and have been doing often is that if I splurge one day, the following day I try to eat free point meals.

Their program considers all fruits and vegetables as zero points, because who are we kidding, bananas aren’t to blame for our fat asses. The exception is corn, potatoes and avocados. Also chicken and eggs are now zero points. So the day after I have treated myself, I make myself a big fluffy veggie omelette, so zero points.

I have one month before I pack up my life and move back to Canada, so month 5 should be busy!

muah!

Liette

 

 

Taking It Off! Month 1

Taking it off! Month 1

Week 1

My first week was great! I lost 2.9 pounds! I really didn’t have any cravings, that’s what I like about Weight Watchers; if you need a bit of chocolate, you can have some. It’s all about moderation and planning.

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Ok, I don’t look any thinner… yet, but I think it’s super important to make yourself feel good no matter what size of jeans your butt is in at the moment. So I got a fresh color, I hate to ruin anyone’s image of me, but I am a bottle blonde.

Week 2

I was on the road all week. Usually when at a show, we eat a lot of junk, but I behaved! When dining out I had salads and stayed away from the bread they put on the table. I didn’t count my points because we ate out every meal, which is not ideal, I know.

That being said, I was up 1.5 pounds, but in my defense, I started my period the day before I got weighed. For my male readers, a period is when you get bloated, retain water and are easily annoyed by stupid people!

I believe that I am actually down a bit or at least flat from last week; which for a week on the road is awesome! So I am not going to let the scale get me down this week; but that little bitch better be kinder to me next week!!

Week 3

After last week’s gain, I was happy to see the number on the scale go down. I lost 3.6 pounds this week, for a grand total of 3 pounds, in three weeks!! Omg this is my slowest weight loss ever!!!

I thought I would lose 10 pounds my first month, mother frigger!! Lol, but instead of throwing in the towel and walking over to the Cheesecake Factory, yes I live within walking distance to a Cheesecake Factory!!! I am going to put my big girl granny panties on, suck it up and be more focused this week!!

My goal for week 4 is 3 pounds, because a goal 7 pounds in a week seems a bit too optimistic, even for me!!

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Week 4

Omg! Finally! I feel like I am getting somewhere; this week I am down 4.6 pounds, yay me!!! I know this seems like a lot in one week, but I have a lot to lose.

I was trying not to lose my motivation and to stay positive, but 3 pounds in 3 weeks wasn’t  exactly awe inspiring. I am down a grand total of 7.6 pounds, a little short of my 10lb goal, but I’ll take it.

I feel like I need to get the first 10lbs out of the way; like the first 10 aren’t very glamorous, because they aren’t noticeable, on me anyway, I am 5’7. But the next 10 is when I will start to feel it.

So what did I do differently this week? Nothing, I think it just took a few weeks to kick in? Like my body was thinking, mmm not sure what is going on here??

My goal for month 2 is 10 pounds and I am going in feeling strong and excited. I feel that I am in a great mindset and I believe that is key. I am not eating my feelings and I am really not that hungry. I make sure that I am satisfied, so I am by no means depriving myself. I had a chocolate chip cookie the other day, it was so yummy! But I had half of it and then saved the other half for later, I spread the yummyness. I could have woofed it down, but after eating half I decided that I was satisfied, so I put it away and ate it later.

I am trying to be more mindful of what I am eating and why I am eating. So bring on month 2!! Oh and I apologized to the scale for calling her a little bitch, we’re friends again.

muah!

Liette

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