The biggest workout loser

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Okay, guys, here’s the deal. I am a loser when it comes to the workout. I just plain suck at it. These last couple of days, or nights I should say, have been rough. Sunday night I got very little sleep because the little one had a tummy ache all night, thus I did not get up and do my time on the tread. Then last night…the storms…oh the freakin storms. It thundered and lighteninged* and hailed and rained ALL. NIGHT. LONG! I got precious little sleep last night as well, but when the alarm went off at 4:45, I seriously was going to get up, but with all the electrical activity outside, I questioned whether or not it was safe to be on an electric treadmill inside. Looking back now, yeah, it was sort of an excuse, but I decided to sleep for another 45 minutes and then see if the storm had passed. I reset my alarm and the storm did indeed pass and that’s when I went into a full-on coma. I don’t even remember hitting the snooze button, but when I woke up, I was seriously late. So again, no workout this morning. I will try to fit it in this evening either before or after my WW meeting, since it is more than likely that tonight’s baseball game will be rained out (God willing).

I find myself heading into a WW slump. The honeymoon phase is over and I find myself bored with food lately. I eat the same things every day because they are healthy and I know the points values, and so I feel they are safe to eat, but there’s gotta be more out there than turkey wraps and yogurt! What are your go-to lunches or snacks? I need some new portable ideas for taking to work or the ball field. Does anyone have a cookbook they use regularly? I seriously need to jazz up my diet.

I am very tired so everything looks bleak. I question whether I have what it takes to stick it out and lose this weight. I scoff at myself when I think that I want to exercise to become a regular part of life. Seriously, I read your blogs and I see how much you all are working out and all the running and the classes, and number of workouts every day that you all do and I just really don’t know if I can hang with all of you. I feel like the bulldog trying to run with the greyhounds!!

Well, anyway, I have a ton of work to do, so I guess I should get started. Things will look brighter after I have a nap or a good night’s sleep, whichever comes first.

* is this even a word? I realize lightening is not a verb, but if you can say thundered, why can’t you say lighteninged? Any grammar snobs out there want to clear this up for me? Thanks!!

 

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6 thoughts on “The biggest workout loser

  1. dschnabel

    Dear Jill, Don’t give up! I am older than you (53) and was way more overweight, but I came to the conclusion that what I was doing wasn’t working, and there just had to be something out there that would work for me. Good food is very important to me. So even though I am a weight watcher, I looked everywhere for good recipes. I have lots of the weight watcher cookbooks, but they are not my favorites. Thin for life, Lean and Loving it–these have great recipes and are really cheap on half.com. Blogs that have good recipes: http://weightwatchen.com/2008/01/weight-watcher-maintainer-rant.html, http://crispyrice.com/recipes/wwrecipehome.html. I tried lots of recipes, and made lots of “chicken food” (stuff so bad I refused to eat it, so it got fed to the chickens.) Then I learned to adjust my favorite recipes to be low fat, higher fiber. I make scones and bread, cut the individual pieces and freeze them immediately, then they are like fresh baked when I take a piece out for a snack or breakfast.

    I am passionate about cool whip lite! One of my favorite things is 3 tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese with 2 tablespoons cool whip lite, and one serving of fruit–delicious for dessert! The sugar-free COOK AND SERVE chocolate pudding is delicious. I also found that one light string cheese and an apple seemed decadent, and would hold me for a long time. Sara Lee makes a light bread that is 1 point for 2 pieces, and there is “better n’peanut butter” from Trader Joe’s that is only 1 point for 1 tablespoon. I make my own “microwave jam”, so I can have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for only 2 points!
    Anyways, Jill, don’t give up. Read a lot of stuff besides weight watchers. I don’t want you to get to be my age and have to lose even more weight!

  2. When you’re sleep deprived, the world looks like shit. So let’s just pass this off as temporary sleep deprivation talking and you will soon be back to your inspired and inspiring self. Now go take a nap.

    Seriously, stuff happens. You can’t quit now. I have had many weeks this year where I only ran once or twice (6 out of the last 13 weeks–I counted them just for you so you’d know I wasn’t exaggerating “many”), but I haven’t given up the plan for my race on May 3rd. I am not saying that to brag, just to say that everyone has bad weeks. You’re having a bad week. But take it a day at a time and do what you can and next week may be a great week.

    Everyone also goes through these crises where they aren’t sure if they can stick it out. Tell yourself–what other option do you have? You don’t want to be in this same situation next year at this time. You won’t quit, you just won’t.

    Now, onto food. It’s easy to get bored, been there, still there! Go check out Roni’s blog, greenlitebites.com. She’s got lots of easy recipes and she follows WW. I’ve made several recipes of hers and they are delicious. Pick one recipe, go buy the food for it, and make it in the next day or two. Just one new dish will shake things up. When I make myself do that, I have a much better food week.

    Okay, I’m gonna go take all my own advice now!

    Hang in there, sweetie. You’re going to be just fine.

  3. You are so not the biggest workout loser! Stop that thinking. And Laura’s right, we see the world differently on little sleep (I know because i have had serious insomnia for days on end and I end up snacking way too much for fuel/energy).

    I like Roni’s site too (but my computer gets stuck on it and I have to reboot, so I only read on google reader with out all the nice pics and graphics).

    For lunches, I am currently back to doing the Amy’s Frozen meals and Lean Cuisines. I pair with a side salad and thawed frozen fruit with a little Fat Free/Sugar Free whip cream.

    One thing that Vickie taught me is, never freeze raw meat. Always cook it up first. So I try to have chicken breasts, pork chops, Lean, lean hamburger meat and fish already cooked on the GF grill. I then freeze in individual baggies and thaw in the morning for my dinner. Microwave frozen vegetables for sides .

    Also, check out the Biggest Loser Cookbooks – excellent and easy recipes for real people.

    Don’t fret about not walking on treadmill while it is lightening. Duh!

  4. vickie

    The ladies before me mentioned things that I was thinking:

    Roni’s recipes – great site (she is a WW too)

    As Alicia mentioned, cooking and freezing meat in individual portions has been my strongest resource all along.

    I also cook and freeze beans (the kind that start out dried – not canned – I cook them in crock pot and then freeze in 1 cup amounts in pint size freezer bags)
    AND
    cooked brown rice – I add water when I reheat in microwave.

    My whole family eats from the cooked foods in the freezer. My kids are 18, 14, 10 – all old enough to make themselves simple things. And having things already cooked – makes filled baked potatoes, salads, tacos, homemade pizza, etc a snap for the kids.

    One thing that I think Alicia (Grumpy) did last year was to figure out foods that she liked and then make index cards with the whole meal (for herself) and all the points/calories/totals. As she found combinations that she loved together – she kept track of them this way – it gave her a GO TO stack of ideas/cards.

    Myself:
    I eat the same thing (basic things) for breakfast 365 days a year. I LIKE having this GO TO meal – when I am not yet awake in the morning –
    oatmeal (real),
    fruit and cottage cheese, and
    protein.

    This week it is tart cherries (freezer) with the cottage cheese and porkchops (small) with BBQ sauce. Breakfast is my largest meal – every day.

    I usually have a cooked lunch – today was turkey meatloaf and half a baked potato and green beans. This is my middle sized meal. I cook lunch – as there are at least two of us and sometimes three home for lunch.

    Dinner is usually a salad and this is light on the carbs (usually 1/2 serving of beans or rice) and a protein (today was chicken) and tons of fresh veggies FOR ME.
    My husband usually eats whatever I am eating.

    The kids’ dinners vary (slightly different combinations of the same food).

    Tonight for example, the youngest had same chicken with rice and a fruit salad. Middle child had hers as tacos and a fruit salad. Oldest has college class tonight and has not yet eaten.

    The cooked lunch and the raw dinner idea works well for me. It sort of breaks things up, but gives me a general idea of where I starting from each day.

    Believe me – we have all been there with family interferences, weather, sick kids, injuries, etc.

    “You don’t have to start OVER, you just begin again – from where you are.”

  5. vickie

    And most of us did not START out at our currently level of workouts. We started with one foot in front of the other and built from there. I often think of the proverbial blogger that starts out walking out her front door and to the street – then builds a little each day and soon is running 10 miles like Laura. Laura didn’t start out running 10 miles. I can’t remember, but probably she didn’t even start running at all – she probably started walking and eventually picked up the speed.

    Not putting all your exercise eggs in one basket is helpful. whatever you can do – mini tramp, walking, swimming, biking, pilates DVDs, jump rope, hand weights, dancing to the oldies – the wider your GO TO stack’s variety – the more chance you have to having something FIT into your circumstances that day.

    I personally have to shoot for EVERY day. If I try for a couple times a week or every other day – it never happens. It is easier for me to do every day.

    I also have a filthy bathroom, never make my bed, and do not iron.

  6. First of all, you have some AWESOME commenters!
    2nd of all- It was probably the lack of sleep that was giving you this outlook.
    3rd..don’t give up..you are doing great!!!

    I am always looking for new and fun things to make b/c it sure does get boring..have you made the WW 0point soup? I was LIVING on that the first few weeks and just went out and bought all the fixin’s to make it this week..I’d eat that w/ some sesmark rice crackers…you can get a LOT for a few pts!!!

    I have some great great great WW recipe sites on my blog..I am too lazy to give links ..but go to the RESOURCES on the sidebar..and there are many good places to look. I even bought a cookbook from Aimee’s adventures.

    I love that tip from Vicki and GC about the meat!!!! GREAT IDEA!

    And today was my first day back at the gym since Friday!

    I hope you feel better. {{hugs}}

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