May 21, 2013

Travel day

I slept like a rock last night, and I think it was probably because yesterday was such a long travel day. My sister's house is about a six-hour drive away, but because I flew into Chicago and then took the bus to her house, it took nearly as long to get there.

Yesterday morning, Jeanie and Shawn took me to the bus station at 10:40, where I took the 11:00 bus to O'Hare. The bus took forever, and I was getting worried that I would miss my plane. My flight was at 2:00, and I finally got into the airport at 12:50. I had to pee really badly, but the security line was really long, and I wasn't sure if I'd have time to spare, so I suffered through the line.

Finally, I was through security and I headed to my gate. I had a couple of minutes to spare, so I was able to stop in the bathroom. Then, on impulse, I bought a bag of Twizzlers for the plane. Stupid! Those things are 1 PointsPlus each, and I can eat it in about 3 bites. Coupled with my nerves about flying, that 20-PointsPlus bag didn't stand a chance.

I was really nervous about the fact that I was stuck in a middle seat. I've always sat by the window, because I'm such a nervous flier, and it makes me more comfortable to be able to see the ground. I'd been checking the seating chart ever since I got my ticket to try and get a window seat, but the only seats available were middle seats.

It was a really bumpy take-off, and I felt really claustrophobic and panicky for about 10 minutes, because I couldn't see very well out the window, and I felt cramped between two other people. Thankfully, the flight from Chicago to Detroit is only 42 minutes (from take-off to touch-down). Pretty much as soon as we reached altitude, we were descending.

Because we lost an hour coming home (time zone change), it was 4:20 when we finally arrived at the gate. If I had driven home, I would have been about 20 minutes from home. Instead, Jerry was going to pick me up after he got off work at 6:00, so I had a couple of hours to kill at the airport.

I spent a lot of time walking around, but after walking past all these food places, I wanted to eat. I wasn't hungry at all, but I ended up eating at Burger King--my first time eating there since August 2009! It wasn't even good, so I have no desire to ever eat it again.

I worked on my blog post until Jerry picked me up, and then we went to the boys' baseball practice (my parents had taken them). I finally got home at 7:30 last night, and I was exhausted! I had a couple of glasses of wine and watched TV with Jerry for a little while before bed.

The weekend was SO fun, and I'm really, really glad that I went. It was awesome to be able to run with Jeanie, and then celebrate with Shawn, Jeanie, and Jen afterward. I don't regret the food choices I made while I was at Jeanie's, but I do wish I had given it more thought beforehand, and maybe planned it out ahead of time. The margarita I had with lunch? It was 43 PP!! To put that in perspective, I only earned 26 PP on during the half-marathon. (Although I have to say, it honestly was worth 43 PP... it was REALLY good!)

When I ordered it, I had no idea it would be that big. 

The scale was WAY up this morning, and (once again) I'm really not looking forward to my "official" weigh-in tomorrow, but I know that the gain is legit. I went over my PointsPlus by about 165 this week. No, that's not a typo.

I had a terrible week as far as food choices, but like I said, I don't regret it (well, I do regret the Twizzlers and the Burger King, but not the stuff I ate at Jeanie's). Mentally, I'm just going to wipe the slate clean and start completely fresh tomorrow. I'll still be in "weight loss" mode on Weight Watchers, because I'm sure my weight is going to be over goal (unless a miracle happens overnight).

I don't want this to sound like a negative post--I'm really happy that I went, I loved the Mexican food and drinks, and the Butter Pecan Blondie for dinner on Sunday. My weight is going to be up, but I can't complain about that, because I knew that when I ordered the food. I just have to reel it in now!

I think rather than focusing so much on getting my food back on track, I'm going to try and make this a 100 Activity PointsPlus week. The most I've ever earned in a week is 75, but I think that if I really focus on it, I could get 100. The point of that is not so I can eat more, but so that I keep myself really busy. If I'm constantly trying to earn PointsPlus, I won't be thinking about eating all day.

I'm also going to make a conscious effort to get in all of my Good Health Guidelines (5+ fruits/veggies, 2 tsp. healthy oils, 2 servings dairy...). I'm terrible with getting those in, especially the healthy oils and the dairy. I think by focusing on that, and the activity, I should be back on track without feeling too stressed about it.

We're still going strong on our no-grocery-shopping-in-May challenge... 10 more days! :)


  1. That drink looks awesome! I bet even if your weight is up a lot that by next week's weigh in you'll be back to normal. I know when I keep really busy it keeps me from eating too. The scale has not been my friend lately. I have been in my calorie range every day for over 2 weeks ( I went a little over on Mother's Day) but my weight hasn't budged. I am hoping that interval workout I did yesterday might help. Thanks for the tips, by the way!

  2. Looks like you had a great weekend....and that drink holy cow~delish!

    Thank you for your positive outlook :)

  3. Glad you had a good time and have great perspective! Life happens sometimes!

  4. That's a normal part of life! Sometimes we indulge for a few days or a week and then we reign it back in. No one can eat perfectly 100% of the time for their entire life. It's just part of maintenance and living life and being normal. I've even incorporated it into my weight loss. I don't skip the good food just because I'm working on loosing. I just enjoy living life and know that indulgences are just that- not my way of life. Just treats.

  5. Living 'healthy' is really important and is not just about food and exercise - it is also about happiness and spending time with the people we love doing the things we love. There are no wins in being slim and miserable. You are doing all the right things - it's all about balance.

  6. I have no doubt you'll be right back to comfortable in no time!

  7. Glad you had fun. Don't be so hard on yourself! :)

  8. I always tend to go a bit overboard when I travel. And especially if I'm with friends. Live and learn

  9. That margarita looks FABULOUS! (Is it wrong to be wishing for one this early in the afternoon??? lol!)

  10. I've never done the points so I'm not sure how all that works but that margarita looks good and totally worth most any # of points!!!

  11. Hi Katie, your blog is an inspirations to me. I've been trying to lose weight and just recently started the couch 2 5k. I'm from the east coast of Canada and just wanted to share with you a really neat race that's coming up, probably too late for planning this year but it sounds like so much fun and the scenery would be AMAZING. Here's the website:
    Thanks for being so honest in your blog!


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