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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Return of a WW Reject

Monday - April 12, 2021


I have been struggling to get blog posts written.  I sit down to write them and they end up being so long because of all the thoughts trolling through my head.  I don't have to the time to write a novel and no one wants to be reading for days (assuming there is an audience).  I have determined that I will try to write a little everyday to share a few thoughts and document a bit about my journey to better health.

Today, I will tell you my dirty little secret!  Back in October, while I was on a lacrosse trip with my son, I signed up for Weight Watchers (or WW as the cool kids call it).   I signed up while I was eating chips in a hotel room sulking because none of the clothes I brought fit comfortably.  I was miserable and felt like a stuffed sausage.  I didn't get very far as I followed it for a bout a week and then fell off the wagon.  I am not sure what derailed me but I proceeded to put on about 10 more pounds by the end of 2020.  The only thing I lost was money!

I was just about to cancel my membership because I have not done anything with it for 6 months!  But a little voice inside my head to me to keep it.  So...I decided to keep it.  I have a lot of weight to lose and if I can use this program to at least get me started, I will be happy.   The other dirty little secret I have is that this is not the only time I have joined WW.  This is probably my 10th time.   In my previous attempts I have tried to manipulate the program and make my own rules.  Obviously that was a bad idea.  With that decision, I am requiring myself to be all in and follow the program as it is designed.  

I do know that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting the same results.  I know this time HAS to be different.  I have hit numbers on the scale that I've never seen and my blood work is throwing red flags.  While a large part of my motivation is vanity, I am at the age where I need  to take control over my health. I am having "old people" issues that could be reversed by cleaning up my diet.  

Like everything, this program has some pros and cons.  

Pros
  • It is easy! No food is off limits and every food has a points value
  • Zero Point Foods - There are a lot of zero point foods that you can eat when you are out of points.  It is clean food so it encourages healthy choices
  • Affordable - It is about $15 bucks a month.  And it is even more affordable because my work will reimburse me for a portion of the monthly subscription
  • Quick audio tips that address topics like stress eating or late night snacking
  • Connect feature to see what other members are up to
  • Friends in real life are doing this program
  • Activity points see to add up fast and you can eat them
Cons
  • Points add up fast!!  You really need to plan on this program because if you don't you end up over eating
  • Booze is high in points!  I am a hockey mom, of course I drink
  • I am not a fan of the mobile App and the website is worse.  My experience is that the website is stripped down and the app is too busy and not super intuitive
  • I am limited to what I can eat on the zero point food list.  This will probably be a post for another time but I am a freak of nature.  I am allergic to:  Poultry, shellfish, gluten, diary, nuts, and most fruit.  The program allows for all the chicken I could eat but I need to capture my points for beef and pork.  Boo!!! 

With that introduction, I officially kicked off my restart.  I am allowed 28 points in a day.  That seems like it is a lot compared to my friends that are also doing the program.  I ate every last one of them and I even planned to use 7 points for 2/3 c. of Ice cream.  I am trying to make better decisions based on the points value of the food and taking advantage of the zero point foods I can eat.  

If you are doing WW, follow me on the App.  my community name is "Pretzel171625".  I'd love to connect.  Also....the opinions above are my own and this is not an endorsement for WW.



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Weekend Wrap-up - The New Journey

It sure seems that I started this blog and quickly abandoned it.  That is not the case at all.  In fact, I have started about 25 different posts but none of them made the cut as being a good first official post.  I felt like today was the day to finally get the ball rolling.  What is so special about today?  Absolutely nothing but I did realize that we are now almost 3 solid months into 2021 and I have not made a single move toward any of my goals.  Now seems like a good time to start writing and a good way to track my progress as I start a journey for better health (as well as having some accountability).

Truth is, I have hit crisis mode with my weight.  I am the heaviest I have ever been and I do mean EVER.  I am heavier than I was when I gave birth and I was as big as a HOUSE back then.  Button pants have become a thing of the past, my shirts are barely covering my gut, and I discovered I have cankles.  CANKLES!!!!  If you are not familiar with this term, it is when your ankle is the same size as your calf.  This is something I have never had to worry about because I always had very shapely legs.  Now that we are getting into capris and shorts season, I would rather not worry about the fat rolls on my ankles.
 
On top of being heavy, I am feeling generally unhealthy.  I have been classified as overweight or obese my entire adult life but now I deal with some side effects because of my weight.  I am fatigued, get winded walking to the fridge, suffer from chronic headaches, and I don't look well. At my last doctor appointment, my blood work was flagged for high cholesterol and blood sugar.  The sad thing is, none of those things were motivation enough for me to take action.  My give a damn came back when I came to the realization that we are going to have so start really being seen in public and my son is graduating this year thus there will photos taken.  I am motivated by vanity.  Whatever it takes, right?

In order to kickstart things, the hubs and I started Whole 30 a couple of days ago.  We have successfully completed this program a couple of other times and it wasn't too painful.  This program has been around for awhile and is basically an elimination diet that removes sugar, grains, legumes, and diary. The idea is once the 30 days are up, you slowly reintroduce things back into the diet slowly to identify hot spots. In our previous attempts, we made the 30 days without fail but fell into the arms of cheeseburgers, pizza and booze the minute we were done. This time, I'd like to continue with modifications that will keep us on the clean eating path.

I am recommitting to running and CrossFit to help get me ready for my summer wardrobe.  I have been  really lazy lately and making a ton of excuses why I shouldn't exercise.  I need to get off my ass.  I am signed up for a November marathon.  Yes, a full 26.2 mile run...long story for another time. Pay no attention that I cannot run for 30 seconds at a time right now so needless to say I have a lot of work to do.  I also have to get back to my CrossFit classes.  I have a love-hate relationship with this workout.  I love it when I am there. I usually dread going and hate being sore after the class.  I just need to build up the consistency.  

So here it is, my first OFFICIAL post and it is a declaration of heading to better health.  

Thursday, January 28, 2021

An Introduction

In my last post, I declared myself a born again blogger but failed to properly introduce myself.  I am Carly, and this is a collection of stories and thoughts from my perspective as a middle aged lady (with the maturity level of a teenage boy).  I've listed a few fun facts to get to know me a bit and to give you a glimpse inside this blog. 
  • I am in my 40's and I am in complete denial that I am pushing 50.   I feel like I just graduated from high school!!
  • I am married to my college sweetheart - 23 years and counting.  Those years have been mostly happy but we've been working side by side every damned day during the continued Covid lockdowns.  The patience gets a little thin when our desks are 3 feet apart.
  • I am the mother of 3 wild, crazy, and fun teenagers.  They make me proud, they make me cringe, and they make eating an Olympic sport.
  • I currently bring all the crazy that comes with being a middle age woman.  We like to play a game in our house, "Is it Covid or is it Menopause?".  I have it all...the mood swings, the headaches, the hot flashes, and weight gain. Oh what fun! My poor husband has to deal with ramped up hormones with his wife and his 3 teenage children.  It is no wonder he hides from all of us.
  • I am passionate about working toward a cure for ALS and related Motor Neuron Diseases (MNDs).  My husband has been diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis (a benign kin to ALS) and it is stealing his mobility.  
  • We adopted a rescue dog.  An adorable Lab mix who is an absolute asshole.  I love him despite how he seems to have a knack for destroying my things.
  • I am a new CrossFitter.  I now use terms such as "WOD", "AMRAP", and "SNATCH" in my every day vocabulary.  
  • I am a former Runner.  I never was fast but I could go the distance.  I have 7 full marathons under my belt and I am signed up for #8 in November despite not being in the greatest shape.
  • I am a sports mom and occasionally live up to the stereotype.  Hockey, lacrosse, and soccer control my schedule and life.  If you can't find me, I am usually on a field, at an ice arena, or fulfilling a variety of forced volunteer duties.
  • When I am not being an unpaid Uber for my children, I work as an IT Business Analyst. 

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet!  If you have stumbled upon this blog, please say Hi in the comments! 





A New Blog...

 Happy New Year! (….a bit late)

It is 2021 and I am starting a blog. I am not sure if blogs are still a platform that the cool kids use but according to Google, blogs are still relevant and the internet NEVER lies. I like blogs, I enjoy reading them and I enjoy writing so it makes sense for me to create one.

I am not new to the world of blogging, About 13 years ago I wrote "Chubby Chicks Run Too…". It was a personal account of my life as a misfit runner. It became so much more to me than just a dumping ground for my thoughts. It was my creative outlet and a great way to hold myself accountable. Blogging presented many unique opportunities for me and I met some amazing people.

My blogging (and running) fell to the wayside when life got a bit challenging. As things mellowed out, I realized I missed blogging and had the idea to start over fresh with some new content. I had the the goal of writing about our crazy hockey life upon the suggestions from multiple friends that our family should audition for the show "Hockey Moms". We passed on being TV stars but thought Running on Ice would make a great name for a blog!

The Hockey Family blog never fully came to fruition but the title resonated with me. It was the perfect metaphor to capture the ups and downs of my new chapter life in the middle years. Running on Ice is collection of my thoughts on life as a 40 something woman, with a family, career, and hell bent to make some self-improvements along the way. This a a life blog, these are my stories, and this is my written reality show.

Stay tuned while this site is under construction and welcome to Running on Ice! 

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