A New Month A New Weigh In

The first Saturday of the month. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what that means. It’s time for weigh in at the weekly meeting of the #satuday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. This is the second month in a row that I have had a gain of a couple of pounds. I am still well below goal, but I can’t keep this up and stay there for long!

I have to tell you I’m still no sure how much it is the increase in weightlifting how much is what I’m doing food wise. I went into last week pretty sure I was going to be around the same as last month. I had come to terms with that gain (somewhat).

When I weighted myself on Wednesday I was good. Well Wednesday needs to be taken off the calendar. That is the day I want to eat all the things. Sometimes I do ok, sometimes not. Last¬†week was a not. Ok it wasn’t the worst early, but..then I had my session with Jeff. I came home and ate like a mad woman! I tried to eat mainly protein, but, come Thursday morning that scale was not my friend ūüė≥ not that I was surprised. I almost always have a gain the day after an intense workout. Friday’s WI was the same as Thursday. Instead of leaving well enough alone, I had to compound it by going out to eat (something I try to never do before WI) and got shrimp and crab….now seafood is good and low points, so overall it’s good choice. Right? But this is Baltimore, Land of Old Bay! ¬†Can we say sodium? Yeah, that wasn’t very well thought out! Add another two pounds on to what it was that morning, when it could have been down. Yep, a whole FOUR pounds up from May….still well below goal and free for the month, but not good, but I did do it to myself….

Last weeks meeting was not very well attended. Very unusual for the first of the month, for sure!

 

I don’t know if it was because it was the week following the holiday and people were out-of-town or if they were in the same boat I was and stayed home.

“The Man” had jokingly said something about¬†going away for the weekend, maybe I should have pushed for it ūüė≥ it might have saved me from myself….or not, but I could have put off weighing for a week, lol!

I left that disaster of a weigh in and headed off to the gym, Jeff and “arm day”! Now Jeff is still insisting a big factor in this gaining is me building muscle and getting stronger. He always reminds me that “he told me this would happen”. I guess that’s an “I told you so”…. He pointed out the work we were doing, the amount of weight I was lifting and working with that day and how much my should stability had improved. I had to agree with that. My upper body has always been my weak spot, but after he said something I was able to see and realize how much better it is. Maybe he is half right?

I am going to try to ride this out, but I must say it is hard!!!!

I have to keep saying this to myself, everyday!¬†For those on their own journey, how are you doing? Do you have your own mantra? What keeps you going when the going gets tough? Now that it’s “almost” summer, do you find it easier or harder to stay on a plan? Let me know what you think!

Remember June is my birthday month! Everyone that comments on the blog will be entered in a weekly drawing for a beautiful piece of Plunder Jewelry and on my actual birthday, one lucky person will win the June Plunder Posse! Seen here! 

If you want to sign up to receive the Plunder Posse each month you can do so here. The Plunder Posse is a subscription plan, much like Ipsy, Graze, etc. For $25 each month (which includes tax and shipping) you will receive 1-3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry. Your Posse will bill and ship on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime or stop and start as often as you’d like if there’s a month you just don’t want it. This is a perfect time to sign up because you will be able to see it before time to ship and can decide if you want that month or not. If you have any questions or need help placing your order or have questions about joining the plunder business, email me at: grandma2glamma@gmail.com

The winner of last weeks Plunder piece just for commenting is: Sandy! I will be putting Sandy’s Plunder in the mail by weeks end!

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I am off now with Miss Quinn. We are heading out to my little Noah’s end of the year picnic! This is last full week of school. He will only go two half days next week. Where has the time gone?

Until the next time

Janet

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Struggling

What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”

March was an extremely busy month. There was the style challenge, March madness with Plunder, entering the Marine Corps Marathon lottery and getting selected (I’m still in shock over that) and trying to get things going and growing here with the blog. Trying to grow the Facebook page, and getting Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all set-up. There is so much more to learn than I ever thought. It’s fun, but crazy, and very time-consuming.

Many days I was burning the candle at both ends. In doing so I put “me” on the back burner. Oh I’m sure it sounds like I was doing plenty for “me”. But I wasn’t taking proper care of myself.  I didn’t eat right, I didn’t exercise right,  I didn’t always get enough sleep, it seems I just ran on auto-pilot some days. So of course, I didn’t always make good choices. I would find myself grazing instead of eating a meal, or preparing the quickest thing I could get away with. Reaching for snacks. Snacks in and of themselves aren’t always bad, but when I don’t pay attention to the amount I consume, well, that is where the problem lies, and that can set me up on a slippery slope, to slide backwards and I feel like crap, I don’t sleep well, and I’m cross!

So I’m back to pulling my head out of my backside. Or at least trying. I’ve said this more than once over the past few months, but…. After all I now have a race to get ready for, and it won’t be time to start carb loading for a while, but you can bet come race week; carb load I will, hahaha!

In the meantime though, today, I switched myself to the Weight Watchers “simply filling plan”. I have to find a way to cut out the junk and this is what usually forces me to do that. I eliminate virtually all processed foods, which is what has got me going to far off the ledge. I have had a need, want, desire, obsession, craving (?) call it what you will, but salt and sugar have been my friends, lately. I’ve been able to stay with in my goal weight range, but by the skin of my teeth, and I’m certainly not doing my body any favors. I cannot train properly if I don’t fuel properly either.

If I make through this week, with ALL the littles home all day, since it’s spring break; I might be ok.


What do you do when that happens? What strategies do you use to “get your head back in the game”? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions? If so, lay them on me! I need them all.

Wish me luck and send good vibes!

Until the next time.

Janet

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Spring Style Challenge Week 2-Day-8

I went wild and tried some print mixing

“Hump Day”. We are coming up on the end of this style exercise. It’s been fun, interesting, ¬†enlightening, and exhausting! I will be glad for a bit of a break. It will give me time to go over all that I’ve done, learned, and I’ll be able to sit down and digest it.

Below is the outfit inspiration for todays look. I bet you know I still have not jumped on that wide-legged pants bandwagon. I haven’t gone out to explore that option anymore either. I’m not saying I won’t, but……


Here is my LOTD-look of the day. Finally, a true cold shoulder top/blouse and flowers combined. ¬†This is my first ever cold shoulder top. For a long time I wouldn’t even consider them, then when I got the nerve to try one; I didn’t like it. It was a sweater though and I think it may have been one reason. Sweater for winter and cold shoulder together doesn’t quite make much sense to me, especially living in the Mid-Atlantic-Maryland the most northern-southern state, lol! Maybe I still have some work to do and a way to go!

I don’t know that I feel completely comfortable in this yet, but I also haven’t been able to actually wear it out. At times I think I look like a linebacker. I’ve recently looked at pictures of others wearing this look; young and older (?) alike and think the same thing, so it’s not just me. Right now I think, I feel more comfortable in sleeveless tops. I have read that many 50+ ladies and bloggers don’t. They feel they have too much back of the arm “waddle”. I do have some, but I also think through exercise it has improved and will continue to improve somewhat. Oh wouldn’t my trainer, Jeff, love for me to want more exercise? ¬†Unfortunately it’s one of those things that comes with maturity though.

I decided to try to dress this look up a bit and tried some different shoes. I even went wild and tried some print mixing. I think I like it! It seems I may have gotten some days assignments confused, LOL. That’s the beauty though, there is no real right or wrong. If it makes ¬†you comfortable and you feel good when you walk out the door, that’s ok by me. I also tried the half tuck which you might be able to see in the photo at the top right. I’m starting to like that look a bit. I find it helps to camouflage some of those “lumps and bumps”.

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The cold shoulder blouse is new and the one I showed one day last week from my shopping trip to find the wide leg crops. I could have used this as yesterday’s floral top, but saved it for today since it was cold shoulder day. It would have been perfect for both.¬†The khaki cargo type pants are the same ones from yesterday, that I chose to get instead. What do you think of this look? Is it hit or miss? Do you think this top looks better with the skinny pants over the wide leg crops?

A close up of the accessories.

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The top and pants are both from White House Black Market. The bag is the same cross-body Dooney & Bourke that I showed you last week. I shortened the strap for this look. I felt that would be better with the cold shoulder top. Do you agree? The necklace, earrings, and bracelet are all Plunder. The necklace and earrings are the March Plunder Posse and for the next couple of days you can still get the necklace and earrings here; www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete1/ just look for Posse. The bracelet, called Veda, has sold out. The patterned shoes are a couple of years old and came from PayLess, the burgundy/maroon shoes are a couple of years old also and came from DSW (see I do shop somewhere other HSN, lol).

Have you had a chance to check out Sylvia’s website at www.40plusstyle.com or get on the waiting list for the course? If you’ve thought about updating your style or wondering if you have one, it’s a good place to start. She is also part of the Fierce 50 Movement and bloggers. I will tell you a bit more about that in a few days.

I have been busy this week trying to learn more about this blogging stuff. It seems the more I study, I find more and more I don’t know. I hope I’m learning something.

Please take a minute and let me hear from you. I’d like to know your thoughts on the posts from this challenge. I’m trying to grow my subscriber list on the blog so if you haven’t signed up to follow, you can do so at the bottom of your screen, just click the follow button and enter your email. Easy Peasy.

Until the next time

Janet

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