Monday, August 10, 2015

WW One Month Update

Thursday was the one month mark since I started Weight Watchers and I was down a respectable 6.2 pounds.  But today was my WW weigh in and unfortunately I'm only at -4.2 by their records.  I get weighed at noon so I a) am fully dressed and b) have eaten one or two meals and drank lots of water and coffee.  Plus, like most weekends, I probably gained a little bit.  I hate weighing on Monday, but on the other hand it helps to keep me from going too crazy on the weekends.

I'm a little frustrated that at 5 weeks in I still haven't got my 5-pound sticker.  I mean, all of my 4.2 loss was in the FIRST week, and since then I've just been bobbing up and down.  Here's how it breaks down:

Day of first meeting I weighed at home.  Went to the first meeting and had first official weigh-in.  Exactly one pound more than at home.

Day 2 - reweighed at home and was down 2 pounds.

Day 3 - weighed again and was down another 0.8.

Day 5 - weighed again and was down 1 more pound.

2nd WW meeting (Day 8) - At home down another 1.4 for a total of 5.2, but on their scale I was down 4.2.

Day 11 - down 1.8.

Miss WW week 3 due to vacation.

4th WW meeting - Up 1.8 pounds at home, I think 2.something at the meeting.

Next day - reweigh at home, down 1 pound

Next day - down another 1.2.

5th WW meeting (Aug. 3rd) - didn't weigh at home, stayed the same on their scale.

Aug 6th, one month in - down 1.2 for a total loss of 6.2.  Grrrr.  Totally could have been 8 or 9 pounds in not for vacation and just my normal slip-ups.

Today, 6th WW meeting - didn't weigh at home, down 0.8 there putting me right back to -4.2 where I was after week 1.  I just went in a big circle!  But I'm pretty sure if it weren't for WW I would have gained back all of the 7 pounds I initially lost instead of just a few.

I WILL get that 5-pound sticker next week!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Family Vacation 2015

For our annual family vacation this year we traveled to Colorado to visit Paul's sister, Cheryl.  We stayed at our timeshare in Estes Park for 4 nights and then spent the next 2 nights at her place in Colorado Springs.

Estes Park is so awesome.  It's near Rocky Mountain National Park, so the scenery is very mountainous with trees, lakes and streams.  The town is really cute with a plaza and boardwalk along a creek (or maybe it's a small river) and cute shops and restaurants.

On day one we just settled into our room and went swimming and the girls played on the playground that was right outside our room and near a creek.

Pretty creek and walking path right behind our condo

On day two we took them to this family fun center place with bumper cars, go-karts, huge slides and what-not.  Then we walked around the town along the above-mentioned boardwalk and checked out some of the shops.  The girls of course got bored shopping so I dropped them off at the condo and they all went swimming while I went back to town and explored the shops.  Paul's sister came that evening to stay with us there for a few days until we all went to her place.

Day three was a beautiful horseback ride in RMNP.  It was the girls' first time riding a horse by themselves and they did great!

We didn't really have time to stop and pose but here's the girls on their horses

The whole gang

After lunch we went to check out the historic Stanley Hotel.  It has something to do with the Stanley Steamer guy, and it served as the inspiration for Steven King's The Shining.  Apparently, Mr. King had stayed there (in room 217) with his family as a child and stuff happened that inspired the book.  Also, scenes from Dumb and Dumber were filmed there.

I love the look on Olivia's face, and Kayley always has to be weird.

Then we went on a gondola ride to the top of some mountain and we bought peanuts for the girls to feed the chipmunks.  They LOVED that!  The chipmunks are so used to people and being fed that some will come right up to you and eat out of your hand.  So fun for the girls.

On day 4 we went for a hike in the park from Bear Lake to Dream Lake.  It was probably the most gorgeous hike I've ever been on.


Look how close we were able to get!

Feeding a chipmunk

On day 5 we checked out of Estes Park and headed South to Idaho Springs were we went river rafting.  Again, the girls did great and everyone had fun.  We had dinner at a great pizza place in the cute little historic mining town, then drove to our final destination, Colorado Springs.

On day 6 we went to Garden of the Gods and hiked around.  Another beautiful place with lots of amazing red rock formations.  That evening we had a potluck dinner at Cheryl's with some of her friends and the next morning we flew home.