My motivation this week (+week 12 weigh-in)

I’ll be in New York for 5 days so Adam and I decided to go on an impromptu date last night since I won’t see him for nearly a whole week (we haven’t been apart for that long for several years!!). We had dinner at Tremont 647 (it was ok, kind of a miss for me for the money… except for the deep fried brussels sprouts. Oh yes I did 😆 ) and then headed to Coda for a few more drinks (it’s one of our favorite spots in the city – we’re determined to become regulars 😉 ). It’s so strange how (obviously) I see Adam every day, yet we really don’t get to spend quality time together unless we’re out of the house. There are no distractions. Just the two of us. I like it… brings me back to our dating days. :)

So the latter part of the week presented no opportunities for new recipe testing but I feel like this week there was a turnaround point for me in terms of my attitude and self care. And I’m seeing results! There is the whole general level of content, which comes from setting clear goals and working towards them. Here are some of the things that kept me motivated this week:

  • Running. I hurt my lower back again so I can’t lift. On Tuesday I decided to jump on the treadmill and see what happens (it’s been many months since I ran) and I LOVED it. My endurance is no where near where it used to be but I don’t care. I did some speed work and got my sweat on. I did it again yesterday. I’m craving these runs now. Love that high! 😀
  • Christie. I’ve been coaching with her for the past few months and I think I had a break-through on our last call. She said: “Elina, if you want to change… you need to change.” That’s right, I can’t just want to be (or look) different, I need to do something about it! 😯
  • Weight Watchers new Points Plus program. I approached the program with the above in mind. It’s helping me become a little more aware of what and how much food I’m putting in my body. I’m tweaking my diet slightly as I go. The biggest change has been more fruit to bulk up my meals, instead of that second helping of something (or a trip to the fridge for an extra snack 20 minutes later). Yesterday, to save 2 points, I had an open faced egg/bacon & cheese sandwich for breakfast and didn’t miss the top at all (it was messier but just as satisfying and held my hunger at bay for just as long). Little tricks like that make a difference and I’m excited to keep learning and tweaking.
  • My pants. They’re starting to fit. They’re tight but I can zip them up! Great motivation right there!!!
  • Adam’s holiday party at work is next Thursday. This is the first time I’ll be meeting most of his co-workers (it’s a relatively new job still) and I want to feel happy and confident. Taking care of my body goes a long way towards achieving that.
  • January 1 goal. I want to be under 150 by January 1. It’s a tiny bit aggressive because I don’t want to take drastic measures. And in all honesty I won’t be disappointed if I don’t reach it… as long as I work towards that goal and my actions reflect it. Visualizing how good it will be to get there, though, is definitely motivating!

With all of that positive momentum, I did not fear the scale as I stepped on it yesterday morning. I was 154lbs, that’s 1.4lbs below last week’s (woohoo!) and 2.6lbs below my start weight. For the first time I’m feeling like I’m actually in a good place mentally and there are nothing but good things to come! :mrgreen:

I’m off to pack for my trip to NY. I plan on cooking my heart out so do expect new material next Monday (I’m shooting for blogging here everyday Mon-Fri and twice a week on Russian Bites).

Btw, I’m taking both my Mac and Adam’s PC to NY and will  be playing with Live Writer and Lightroom in between all the cooking and baking. 😉 Are you a Mac or a PC user? Am I crazy for seriously considering switching? (Live Writer is my main driver).

Last chance to enter the healthy cookbook giveaway and the Stonyfield yogurt giveaway!

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19 comments to My motivation this week (+week 12 weigh-in)

  • congrats on such a great week! you sound like you are making such good progress mentally:-) can’t wait to meet you in person in NY!!

  • Di

    Congrats on the loss and the nice date night! Have fun in NY and good luck with your Jan 1st goal. :)

  • I’m glad to hear that you are in such a great place! Hooray!

  • I think it’s realistic actually & congrats on the scale victory!!!! :)

  • Congrats on the progress thus far! You’re doing great, Elina.

    You know I’m a Mac girl all the way… but I haven’t tried Live Writer. I’ve hear it can convert people!

    Have a wonderful time in NYC :)

  • I love date nights too! And I wish you had a pic of those deep-fried brussels.. yum!

    I was a PC user but got a Mac back in August and am thoroughly obsessed with it now. It’s quick and easy to use.

  • hey! Wanted to tell you about a book I have been reading. Its called “Fit From Within” by Victoria Moran. I got a copy of it for 5 bucks online and it is so worth the money! Look into it if you have the chance :)

  • Wow I admire your drive to keep making progress even in the holiday season! That is not for the wimpy–go you!

    Safe travels and see you soon! :)

  • I don’t think ANYTHING could get me to switch back from a Mac to a PC… even Live Writer :) Though I do hope Mac comes out with an equivalent soon. I hated Ecto, but on my new Mac it’s been working fabulously so far (fingers crossed). Have a fabulous time in NYC!! I’m so jealous you’re meeting Joanne!! :)

  • Congrats on the loss! The date night sounds nice. Have a fun weekend!

  • Awesome job Elina! Those little changes in food choices sure add up and is a great example of how it can also work the other way when you’re not being mindful … lately I’ve been taking needless bites here and there and it’s no wonder the weight isn’t coming off. I’m glad you are seeing results and that those darn pants are fitting again!

  • say hi to joanne for me :) yay for a fabulous week!!! i’m jealous of your run… and i am not a huge fan of the pc at work (although perhaps i should try live writer there?), and maybe since i’ve never tried it i’ll just be ignorant :)

  • Yay, glad things are going so well! Hope you have a fabulous time in NYC!! I’m so jealous you’re having dinner with Joanne!

    Well, Apolinaras’ macbook pro has broken twice now so we’re not huge fans, especially since one repair was $800 and it was less than a year old! And we got attitude about it at the Apple Store.

  • I’ve never been to Coda and always wanted to try it. And I love date nights and totally hear what you’re saying. Sometimes I feel like I see my work friends more than my husband!!! NYC sounds like a blast- have fun! I’m doing a Biggest Loser competition starting in Jan.. but letting myself enjoy the holidays! But I have no doubt you will reach your goals! And I’m glad you enjoyed running- sometimes all you need is a little break! And I’m an Apple girl… for life!

  • New York sounds like SO much fun–I am jealous! :-)

  • Have fun in NY! Haha I TOTALLY get the quality time thing. We spend so much time apart or on our computers that it is a must to leave the house and technology to have some face time! And I love Coda, maybe we could meet there for drinks soon!

  • Happy to hear you’re feeling good! I read an interesting post about change you might like:
    http://www.healthforthewholeself.com/2010/12/how-to-change-by-not-changing-at-all/
    Have a great day!

  • Congrats on the loss! As a former weight watcher, I know what an agonizing process the whole weighing in can be! I know follow a teacher who believes scales are fish and I am thinner than I’ve been since high school! There is an easier way :-)

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