Archives

WW Week 31 Recap

This week was a success! You are probably thinking I had a big weight loss. Am I right? Well you’d be wrong because I didn’t. In fact, my weight loss was .4 lbs.

So, why was it so successful?

I’m back on track. Woohoo! I tracked my food the majority of the week and I went to the gym 5 days. That’s right people…I’m back!

If I’m being completely honest, I was a little disappointed when I saw such a low weight loss. I just knew that it was going to be big. 2-3 lbs big. Yet it wasn’t even a lb. I’m not letting this get me down though because I know that I did better than I had the previous 3-ish weeks. Plus, getting back in the gym probably didn’t help. Don’t get me wrong, working out and being active in general is always a good thing. But when you go from not exercising to exercising excessively, you don’t usually see a large weight loss such as you might hope. At least not in the beginning. Not for me.

I’ve decided to try an experiment though. I typically work out the week leading up to a race and I’m lucky if I get in to the gym in between. This time I got in the gym about a week and a half before race day. Therefore, I’m still in the gym. I went today and plan on going tomorrow and Tuesday, taking Wednesday off and will run at the race Thursday. After which, I am hoping to get in the pattern of going Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday moving forward.

My problem is taking a day off. I don’t want to go to the gym every single day but when I take a day off, even just one day, it’s hard to go back the following day. I’m hoping if I can get in a routine of going on these days, it will help keep me disciplined. We’ll see.

Back to the experiment…I’m curious to see if I see a huge impact at the scale after continuing to exercise 2 weeks in a row and 3 weeks in a row. Do you think I will? I hope so. But I’m not sure. I know that being active is good for your health in general. However, it’s not necessarily the key to losing weight. Food is the key to losing weight; what you eat and how much you eat. The majority of my weight loss has happened in the kitchen and not in the gym. But will going to the gym 4 days a week help? Fingers crossed that it does!

This week was a little sad for me. More than likely next week will be too. Not sad as in I cried. Believe me, I cry a lot. But sad that I am seeing so many people losing such large amounts and making Lifetime and I’m not. Ok, let me back it up a little bit. I’m happy for these people. I am. But had I not fallen off the wagon, I would be oh so close to Lifetime myself. I honestly think I would have made it today if not, then next Sunday. Seeing others make Lifetime and/or have weight losses of 75, 90 and 125 lbs stings a little. I’m not wanting to lose quite that much but if I were at Lifetime, my weight loss total would be in the mid 40’s. Still a significant number. I’ll get there. I know I will. But to think I could be there now…

Having said that, you would think I would be drinking up all of the good advice WW is dishing out at the meetings this week and last. I am but I’m not. I don’t plan on switching out any of the dishes. In fact, I plan on taking Pumpkin Cake Balls. Not healthy at all! lol I plan on having my pecan pie and my pumpkin pie. I’m going to eat fried turkey, my Dad’s garlic potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. Most of these foods I get 3 times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. That’s it. So I’m going to treasure them while I can. Not to mention, I love it all!

I do plan on eating smaller portions. I don’t plan on taking any left overs with me. I will be running a 5K the morning of Thanksgiving and going to the gym 4 out of the 5 days leading up to the big day. I am also going to make a Detox Immune-Boosting Chicken Soup to eat the days before. Pretty much it’s a chicken noodle soup minus the noodles and amped up with veggies. It’s not like I’m ignoring everyone’s advice. Because I’m not. But I am going to enjoy Thanksgiving and not have any regrets because I passed on something that I might not see for another year.

So here’s to being back on track, staying in the gym and hoping all goes well Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Advertisements

WW Week 30 Recap

Today was an exciting day! I tried out my new Weight Watchers group today. No, I’m not going to stop going to my other group. Those are my WW Peeps and I’ll stay with them until I reach Lifetime then will probably visit every once in a while to say hi after. But I did move 30 minutes away and well, who wants to drive there and back to go to a 30-45 minutes meeting? Not me. Not every Sunday at least.

There was a lot that I wanted to get done this morning and it just made sense for me to stay closer to home. So I thought why not give it a try. I’m glad that I did. I liked them. I was worried because I have gone to some other meetings and they just didn’t compare to my Sunday crew. I feel that this one did for the most part. I was pleased. Thank goodness!

Ok, so I went to two meetings this weekend. One yesterday to make up for not going last Sunday and one today to get back on track. I’m just going to say it, I gained again this week. I knew that I would though. As much as I had hoped to get back on track last week, it just didn’t happen. I’m an accountant and we were working on Month End. I stayed late multiple times and didn’t have meals planned, therefore I ended up picking up fast food on the way home. I was stressed while at work and ate chocolate like crazy. So I knew I was going to gain. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though. Whew! I gained 2 pounds. This now puts me at 15 lbs away from goal. Yikes!

I weighed in again this morning and was already down a pound. Yay! But then I went to a family gathering and all bets were off. You don’t even want to know all of the sweets that I ate. Oh boy!

After the meeting, I went to the gym. This was also a first for me since I was transferring locations. Same company, different location. Some of their equipment was different and the gym itself was a little smaller. Overall, it felt good. I was very proud of myself for running a mile straight through after having not worked out for a while. Woohoo! The 5K I have coming up is going to be a breeze! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

  • WW meeting ✔
  • Gym ✔

Next up, grocery shopping so that I can meal prep this week. I’ve decided to bring out a couple of my favorite dishes – Turkey Chili and Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash. I could have sworn I had already posted recipes for both on here but it appears I have not. I will try to do both this week for you. Each are split in to 5 servings which is perfect for the work week. Turkey Chili is 8 points a serving and the Enchilada Spaghetti Squash is 5 points a serving. I also picked up some turkey sausage patties for breakfast as well as lots of fruit.

This week is going to be a positive week. Yes it is!

WW Week 27-29 Recap

The last couple of weeks have been interesting. I can say that I am officially in my house. Yay!

20171105_205316

It’s been exciting times to say the least. I closed a little over a week ago, moved yesterday and cleaned out my old apartment today. I’m a homeowner now. Yikes!

But we’re not here to talk about that. You probably want to know how I’m doing on my WW weight loss journey. Not too good to tell you the truth.

I know. =(

Let me take you back a couple of weeks. Week 27 was awesome! I weighed in but wasn’t able to go to the meeting. My Dad and I went to the races that weekend and I didn’t have time to attend. I did have time to go weigh in though. I don’t remember my exact weight loss for that week but I do remember that my total weight loss was 39.2 lbs making me 8.2 lbs away from goal. Awesome right?! I thought so!

I gave myself a pass that weekend so that I can drink and eat junk food at the races and not feel guilty. I figured I had been doing so good, Saturday and Sunday were part of two different WW weeks and you have to live a little. I’ve said this before but it’s true. You aren’t going to be perfect and stay within your allotted points every single day for the rest of your life. It’s ok to give in once in a while. Just as long as you are able to pull yourself back together.

I wasn’t.

Not this time at least. =(

So over this same weekend I hurt my back. It literally happened as I was getting out of my car and getting in to my Dad’s to cross the street to the race. I felt it. Not sure what I did but I sure did something. I told my Dad immediately. As the day went on, it began to hurt more and more. I still enjoyed the race though. Didn’t let it slow me down one bit. That may have been a mistake though. Not sure. When I got home that night and went to bed, I tried to sleep on my back, which I never do, and I tried to not move as much as possible. It must have worked because I woke up Sunday morning feeling a lot better.

However, by the end of Sunday, my back was worse than it had been the day before. I thought to myself, ok sleep the same way you did last night and all will be good tomorrow morning. Boy was I wrong. I woke up Monday in so much pain. I got out of bed and couldn’t take a single step. Not. A. Single. One. The pain was unbearable. Somehow I got back in to bed and I called my Mom. She and my sister both came over and took care of me for the day. I obviously did not go in to work that day. My sister gave me a muscle relaxer and my Mom brought me a heating pad and cooling packs. She also brought breakfast and junk food. Of course I ate everything. It was a sick day but not a stomach sick day so that I couldn’t eat. Sick days are freebie days didn’t you know. That also meant this was Day 3 of me not tracking or making good decisions in the food department.

This led to Tuesday and Wednesday not being good and Thursday was my closing day on the house. So of course there was celebrating with both food and alcohol. So many points! Before I knew it the weekend pass I had given myself turned in to a week long pass. So I told myself ok, take the week, get back on track Sunday. But I still had lots of leftovers from Friday and Saturday that I didn’t want to go to waste. So I ate them.

Monday. I’ll get back on track Monday.

Sunday was the start of WW Week 28. Remember I didn’t attend Week 27’s meeting because of the race. Week 28 I completely forgot about. This is the first time since starting Weight Watchers that I forgot about a meeting. I remember looking at my phone seeing the time say 9:10 and then remember that hey, my meeting started 10 minutes ago. Damn! I could have at least went and weighed in. But I wasn’t in the mood. So I didn’t. I told myself I would go the following Saturday. It was the last day of Week 28 but it would still count.

I also told myself to track this next week. Monday I did well. Tuesday too…up until the evening. Tuesday night I ended up eating two dinners, yes 2 and a bunch of candy. It was Halloween! I had hoped to pass out all of the candy that I bought, which was only one bag. It was my first time being able to pass out candy from my own home. I wasn’t going to pass it up. My plan was to eat 2 pieces of candy. I had enough points to do so. I had been very good most of the day. Any remaining candy was going to work the next day so that others can eat it. This did not happen. Oh no, it did not. The rest of the week didn’t turn out so well either.

Week 27 and Week 28 were not good weeks for me. Remember I had gone the entire two weeks of eating poorly. I made bad decision after bad decision. Freedom is not always a good thing. Not for people who don’t know how to eat healthy. I know what to do but when I do not follow structure, I don’t do as I should. I really don’t want to track anything, calories, points, anything for the rest of my life but the more that I do and especially when I don’t, the more that I realize I may need to. I’m the type of person who likes to follow rules, guidelines. Without, well, I go a little crazy. Between Week 27’s weigh in and Week 28’s weight in, I gained 4.8 lbs. Wowza!

I went in the opposite direction and in a big way.

To top it off, I was unable to again attend the meeting. This day was moving day in to my house. There just wasn’t time. I told myself that I would get back on track the next day, today, the first day of Week 29. I would attend a meeting and get back on track. Did I? No. =(

I have two alarms that go off every day. The first one is at 6am and the second is at 7am. I turned them both off and stayed in bed. I didn’t wake up until 8:30. The Sunday meeting starts at 9 and I now live 30 minutes away. There was no way I was going to make it in time.

I had bought donuts and pizza for those that helped me moved the previous day. Both of which I have leftovers. I ate the last of the donuts for breakfast this morning, had Sonic for lunch, Mexican with my parents for dinner and lots of Halloween candy as well as a large, thick cookie in between. So many points!

Dinner was too much. Too, too much. I have leftovers for probably 3 more meals. I should throw it all away because I’m sure it’s high in points. But that would be so wasteful. Besides I haven’t done in grocery shopping since being in the house and am not quite sure what I have that I can fix for lunch or dinner tomorrow. I can at least track the Mexican food. That I can do and should do. I have got to get back on track.

My goal was to be at my Lifetime goal by the end of November. As of the weekend of the 21-22nd of October I was 8.2 lbs away from this goal. The end was in sight. It was totally doable. Now that I have set myself back a few weeks, that goal is no longer attainable. This doesn’t mean that I won’t reach my Lifetime Goal because I will. It just won’t be by the end of November. I don’t see any reason why I can’t reach it by the end of December though. Before the year is over I should be at my Weight Goal or at least within a pound of it. I will!

So tomorrow I will get back on track. I will start making healthier choices again and tracking everything I eat or drink, no matter if it’s healthy or not. It won’t be easy since I’ve had the taste of freedom for so long. But I can do it. I have faith in myself.

WW Week 26 Recap

Hola! This week was really good. That makes two good weeks in a row. Woohoo! If I can keep it up, I’ll be at goal in no time.

Last week’s weight loss was 2.4 lbs. This week’s weight loss was 1.6 lbs. Anything over 1.5 and I’m happy but after everything I ate yesterday, wait until you hear what all I ate, I’m ecstatic with seeing this.

So yesterday one of my friends and I went to Ren Fest. I was planning on sharing my free turkey leg, Thank You Sis!, with her and her son. Turns out her son didn’t want to go and she wasn’t in the mood for a turkey leg. So I had it all for myself. I started off only going to eat part of it. I even told her this. Soon though I realized this was not happening and that I was in fact going to eat the whole thing myself.

20171014_141905

Oh yeah, it sprinkled on and off for a while hence the shirt on my head. lol

She chose to go with the Duke Dog which was mac and cheese on a hot dog. Oh my, did it look yummy! I’ve seen them on TV but never in person. I might have to make some at home in the near future.

20171014_143530

Doesn’t that look good? It sure did to me.

For dessert we shared some fried Oreos. Yumm! I decided that today was the last festival of the year, for me. That Ren Fest only comes around once a year. Therefore, all bets were off and I was having a cheat day. Yay!

What is one of my favorite drinks but that I have not had since starting Weight Watchers because it is so high in points? Hard Cider! I had one yesterday. =)

20171014_153824

Actually I had two.

20171014_162458

It was a cheat day after all. 😉

I love Ren Fest. I don’t go every year but do try to go most years. My friend Tara and I went last year as well as this year. We might just make this an annual get together. =)

20171014_164151

One of the great things about Ren Fest is all of the characters that you see. I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I normally do but I did get a few in. As well as a video.

Toward the end of our visit that sprinkle from earlier turned in to a storm. Not just a little rain but an actual storm. It was a little crazy!

20171014_163252

We had been getting ready to watch the “Mud Show” when the rain started coming down. Fortunately we were close to a beer garden and was able to stand under their tent to watch the show. They were troopers for continuing on with it.

After the show, we stayed in the tent for a while longer before deciding to take a run for it. We were soaked when we got back to Tara’s vehicle. Worth it though for the memories!

20171014_170501

So turkey leg, fried Oreos and 2 hard ciders. Not terrible right? Oh but that was nothing compared to what I ate at my Mom’s that night. I ate my Mom’s leftovers from her dinner – steak, baked potato and corn then had a bowl of chocolate ice cram with chocolate swirl for dessert with a side of chocolate brownie and a chocolate square she always has on hand in her freezer. But it doesn’t end there. I then looked in her pantry and found some chocolate donuts and chips. I then went back for some chex mix. I went crazy!

So crazy that I actually had a stomach ache that night.

The sad thing is that I used to eat like this all of the time. Every day was a cheat day and my Mom always has junk food on hand. Where I don’t keep much in my house for this exact reason. She has it all of the time. And not just one or two items but such a variety that it can be dangerous.

This morning when I weighed in I was a little worried that my good week had been ruined after my weakness the night before. I was shocked to see that I had still lost 1.6 lbs. Woohoo! I’ll take it!

I am so close. So close! I have officially lost 37 lbs and am now 10.4 lbs away from my goal. 10 lbs people! I am doing this!!

Ok let’s take it back a minute. This week’s meeting was about cholesterol. I’m going to be completely honest here, I know nothing about cholesterol. I know that you don’t want to have high cholesterol but that’s about it. I don’t know what causes it. The terms that are related to it. How you can control it. None of it.

I still knew very little after coming out of today’s meeting. In fact, the meeting brought up more questions than answers. I did learn that foods high in saturated fats lead to high cholesterol. Also that there are foods that do not affect your cholesterol such as shrimp, eggs and I think salmon. But not much more. So I decided to do a little bit of research on my own.

I’m going to pass on some of what I have learned to you all now. I remind you that I know nothing of the subject. I am also forewarning you that I am getting all of my information from the internet. I’m saying this for two reasons. The first is if it’s wrong or inaccurate in any way, don’t blame me. Please look things up for yourself just to be on the safe side. And two, if I am wrong and you know the truth, please let me know. I don’t want to be wrong and make food decisions based off of inaccurate information I believed to be true.

First things first, what in the heck is cholesterol?

According to Heart.org, cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells. We get cholesterol from two sources, what are body makes and from foods we eat from animals. It sounds like our body, our liver, makes all that we need. Anything else, comes from what we eat. Certain foods that contain cholesterol are high in saturated and trans fats. This causes our liver to produce more cholesterol than we need. This can become very unhealthy for some.

During our meeting the acronyms LDL and HDL were mentioned a lot. I still do not know what these stand for or what they mean. Just that one is good and one is bad, I think. So I looked it up. 

Apparently there are two types of cholesterol, good and bad. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and is bad for you while HDL, high-density lipoprotein, is good. LDL contributes to fatty build ups in your arteries whereas HDL carries the LDL away from your arteries and back to your liver. Here it can be broken down and passed from the body.

Ok so what causes high cholesterol?

This seems simple enough. Our body produces all the LDL that we need. Therefore the cause of high cholesterol is from lack of exercise and/or eating unhealthy foods.

What foods are high in saturated or trans fats?

Some foods that are high in saturated or trans fats are red meat, dairy products made with whole milk, fried foods, sugar and even baked goods.

How can I lower my saturated fat intake?

Eating more fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts will help lower your saturated fat in take. Some easy swaps would be ground turkey for ground beef, greek yogurt for sour cream or fish instead of steak.

What is a good rule of thumb for how much saturated fat one should eat?

For those that count calories, no more than 5-6% of your daily calorie intake should come from saturated fats. For a person on a 2,000 calorie diet, this would mean no more than 13 grams of fat per day.

Ok, so how much saturated fats are in the foods that we eat?

This was a little trickier to find. I don’t necessarily know the size of the foods but here are some examples of numbers. Please look them up more on your own.

  • Steak – 21g
  • Chicken breast without skin – .9 g
  • Chicken thigh without skin – 3 g
  • Salmon – 1.7 g
  • Pork – 4.4g
  • Ground beef 70/30 – 51 g
  • Ground beef 80/20 – 7g
  • Ground beef 90/10 – 3.4 g
  • Ground turkey – 2.2 g
  • Whole milk – 4.6g
  • 2% milk – 3.1 g
  • 1% milk – 1.5 g
  • 1 slice American cheese – 5g
  • 1 oz goat cheese – 6g
  • Cottage cheese – 3.9g
  • Large egg – 1.6g
  • 1 oz dark chocolate – 5g

I could go on and on but this gives you an idea. It gave me an idea at least.

I hope this helps you guys understand cholesterol a little more. It has certainly helped me. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert because I’m not even close. But at least I have a better idea as to what it is, what causes it and how I can lower it if need be.

 

WW Week 24-25 Recap

Wow! I can’t believe it’s the 8th day of October and my first day posting this month. I’d love to say I’ve been busy but that would just be an excuse and an inaccurate one at that.

So I won’t lie to you.

I just haven’t been on here.

Sorry!

To quickly recap the couple weeks leading up to last week: I had an awesome week where I lost 3.8 lbs! Woohoo! Then the next week I did nothing. Nada. No loss. No gain. Good but not what I was looking for. Caught up to week 24 now? Good!

So last week I went rogue a couple of days. I didn’t track 2 whole days. Yikes! I honestly don’t remember what all I ate but I do know that one of the nights I had a big fat cheeseburger topped with fried jalapenos and a side of hand cut french fries. Oh my. I don’t even want to know how many points that was.

The next two days I was bad as well though I did make myself keep track of my points on the third day. I couldn’t let a week go by without getting my perky pencil sticker at my WW meeting.

Needless the say, being rogue did not pay off at the scale that week and I gained 1.4 lbs. Though it was nice to be free and eat whatever I wanted, it hurt me in the long run. One day is ok every now and then but 3 days? No. Everything in moderation.

This week I got back on track and counted every last point. I stayed within my healthy range even getting a blue dot every day. Yay!

20171008_210730With week being much more successful than last week, I lost the original .6 lbs that I was going after, the 1.4 lbs that I had gained the previous week and an additional .4 lbs. That’s right, I lost 2.4 lbs! My total weight loss is now 35.4 lbs earning me my 7th 5 lb star. Such a good feeling! I even celebrated with some pretty flowers.

 

20171008_200222

I came across this pin on Pinterest and thought it was very fitting for me right now. That week where I exercised 6 days, stayed within my daily points and didn’t budge at the scale was quite discouraging. It really was. In fact, it may have had more influence for my going rogue the next week than I originally thought. But, the following saying is so true.

FB_IMG_1507513389856

Had I stopped trying, not gotten back on track after making poor decisions, I wouldn’t be celebrating today. I wouldn’t be that much closer to the end goal. In fact, I would more than likely be farther away.

Let me just say this again real quick.

WE WILL GET THERE BUT ONLY IF WE KEEP GOING

This is true for most everything in life. Take a look at my life over the last couple months. I trained, for a brief period but still I did, for the 5K in August and the 4 mile race in September and was proud of my success at both. Had I only trained one day, or not at all, I wouldn’t have had the same results that I did. I told myself over 2 years ago that I wanted to buy a house. I knew that I wasn’t ready at that point. So I set a plan in to motion, paid off my credit card and saved money for the down payment. When I didn’t find a house as quickly as I thought I would, I could have given up. I almost did a couple of times. But I kept at it. I kept looking. And now I am moving in to a house that checks off just about everything on my list.

We can’t let ourselves get discouraged when we run in to speed bumps. We must keep going. We will get to wherever it is we are trying to get to. But only if we keep at it. If we give up, we are only setting ourselves up to fail.

In the weight department, we also have to live our lives. We can’t say no to everything just because we are trying to lose weight. I love Fall! I do. With Fall comes festivals. This weekend was Weston’s Apple Fest and my sister and I went today. Of course I had to get me some hot apple cider. It wasn’t exactly cold out today but hot apple cider is one of my favorites. Yumm! Then my sister and I shared an apple dumpling and a tenderloin sandwich. Double yumm!

Even with us sharing, we still didn’t eat all of it. Plus all of the walking around that we did, I’m sure helped burn off some of those extra calories that we took in. We can’t put life on hold until we get to our perfect weight. We have to keep on living. We just do!

Ok that is all for this week. I’m going to cuddle with my kitty now. My sweet, sweet Mr. Trixie. ❤

20171008_204445

WW Week 23 Recap

As of last week’s meeting I was down a total of 34.4 lbs. Only .6 more lbs until I receive my next 5 lb star. Yes, I love getting these stars and charms. lol This week I stayed within my daily points every day. I hardly touched my weekly points. AND I worked out 6 days this week due to my training for the race and the race itself. Surely with eating fewer calories and burning all the calories I did when working out, I would be down at least the .6 that I wanted so badly.

But no, I didn’t budge at all.

I’m proud of myself for maintaining my weight but disappointed at the same time. You hear all the time that there are 3500 calories in a lb. If you eat less or burn more and the total between the two equals more than 3500 calories, you’ll at least lose a lb a week. Hello! I’d say that I took in less or burned more than those 3500 calories last week. Why did I only maintain? Why didn’t I lose? Why didn’t I get that 5 lb star? Why am I not that much closer to my end goal??

It can be frustrating sometimes. A little discouraging too. I think I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Sometimes I feel when I work out, I don’t lose as much. I say this with absolute confidence, the majority of my weight loss is due to the change in my diet. It’s true what they say…the key to weight loss is

Image result for 80 diet 20 exercise

I stand by it 100%. But I also want to be fit. I don’t just want to be skinny. Though, if I’m completely honest with myself, I do think I would be satisfied. If I didn’t want to run any races and actually feel like I was doing a good job. If I could fit in to all of the clothes that I want to wear. If I could stand next to someone and not think to myself I wish I was in as good of shape as they are. If I could do all of these things and not work out, I probably would. But I can’t. Some of them maybe, but not all. Therefore I don’t just want to be skinny, I want to be fit too. Not strength competition fit, just every day fit with a little “Oh, you wish you were as fit as me” thrown in.

This week’s topic went right along with my feelings this week. I love it when this happens. The topic of the week is to “Shift Your Thinking”. The leader of our group asked for some of the things that confuse us or frustrate us. I raised my hand and stated my dilemma for the week. You know, about staying within my points and working out but not moving up or down on the scale. One of the things I love about the meetings is everyone is so supportive. Immediately 3 or 4 women started saying things. I’m a note taker. I wish I could have gotten all of what they were saying. Sadly I did not. What I did get though was the following:

  • Working out is good for so many reasons – helps prevent Alzheimer’s, your brain in general, your heart, diabetes, preventing high blood pressure, your skin, mental and physical health in general, etc…
  • Working out helps you to be more flexible, sleep better and gives you more energy.
  • When working out a lot, after hardly working out for a period of time, there might be some inflammation and water retention.  (So I didn’t know anything about this and had to look it up. This is what I found.)
  • Working out improves your quality of life overall.

In other words, there are lots of benefits other than losing weight to exercising. We all know this. Maybe not every single thing listed above and of course there is much more out there. But still, we know that exercise is good for you for many reasons.

A couple of other things that I heard were “You’ll probably see a big loss next week.” and “It is frustrating because we are told to exercise and eat right and you’ll lose weight. So when you do both and you don’t lose, it’s like why?”. The first was very encouraging and the second was reassuring that I’m not the only who was feeling what I was feeling at that moment.

After listening to the ladies in my group and after doing a little research on my own I do feel that this particular week’s lack of change at the scale was probably do to the inflammation. I hardly ever work out. You guys know this. I pretty much tell you all what I do from week to week. In the past 2 1/2 months, I’ve had a few good weeks but I’m not consistent. Not in the least. Prior to last week’s huge increase in exercise I hadn’t done anything for 2 weeks and then I only went running once. I love the feeling after I finish working out but I don’t keep it up regularly. Maybe if I can make exercise more of a habit rather than a means to an end (preparing for a race), I will see more of an impact at the scale.

I’m still learning all of the this but I’ll get there. =)

WW Week 21 Recap

This week has been a great week! Yes it has! Last week I set myself up with 3 mini goals working toward the main goal of reaching Lifetime by the end of November. I am well on my way. I weighed in today with a weight loss of 3.8 lbs. Woohoo! I think that is the largest weight loss I have had in a week’s time. It far makes up for the last few weeks which have all been on the lower end. I was ecstatic when I saw the print out. =)

Part 1 of Goal #1 was to lose 4.6 lbs by the end of September, Sept 30th to be exact. As of today I am .8 lbs from reaching that goal. It is very much doable and I am going to do whatever I can to pass this amount by as much as I can.

One of the things I was concerned about with Fall was attending Fall festivals and events. Often at these social gatherings there is food. I love food. Many of us do. Hence why we may get in to the situation where we need to lose weight to begin with. But we can’t just avoid going to events because of the food. Life would be so depressing if we did that. We need to learn how to manage our food intake so that we don’t feel deprived and are still able to be satisfied.

The particular event I am discussing wasn’t one where I actually think of food as the main part of the day though many events are surrounded around a food or the intent of eating. Yesterday’s even was a Chick Event for shopping. But there were food trucks and these pumpkin donuts that my sister and I both found to be quite tempting. Our solution was to share. We each got a pumpkin donut, we shared a chicken gyro and shared an apple cider slushy. I think her favorite was the gyro whereas mine was the donut and the slushy. I love apple cider!

I tracked all of it. Of course, I had to make a best guess since I was not cooking the food myself. But I still tracked it. I ate 3 eggs at breakfast knowing that I would want to eat a higher point lunch and had a salad for dinner. I only went over my daily by 3 points, 3 points! Not bad if I say so myself. I was able to indulge but not go crazy. I enjoyed being with family and didn’t feel left out of anything. And I still lost 3.8 lbs this week!

I really do believe that tracking is one of the most important features to losing weight with Weight Watchers. But it doesn’t have to be just with Weight Watchers. Yes, with WW we track points. But the same is true if you are counting calories or even keeping a food journal. Tracking helps! It helps to keep you accountable. It helps you make smarter, more informed decisions. It helps!

This week’s focal point at our meetings was “Make Your Meetings Matter”. I go to every week’s meeting and haven’t missed a single one since starting the WW program. I do think that they are very important. In fact, one of the main reasons I decided to join WW’s was because of their meetings. As I have said several times before, I have lost weight multiple times throughout my adult life. Large amounts, 30-40 lbs, each time. However, I am unable to keep the weight off. This is where I am hoping that WW will help me the most. I think the meetings will prove to be their most useful when you think you can handle it all on your own. That is the hard part. And when you find that you can’t, should you find that you can’t, the meetings are there to help you get back on track.

One of the ladies in today’s meeting said that “as long as you’re going to the meetings you aren’t failing”. I disagree with this statement. You can attend a meeting every single week and still gain weight. As helpful as the meetings are, it’s tracking your food, making smart decisions and putting in the effort that keeps you from failing. Going to a meeting doesn’t do that. It’s like saying as long as you go to class every day, you will pass the class. We all know that is not true. Studying and practice is what helps you pass the class. Simply showing up does not do the trick.

I will continue doing both, going to meetings and tracking everything I eat. Each person has their own way of reaching their end goal. For me, both attending the meetings and tracking what I eat works. I am 13 lbs away from goal. 13 lbs! Yay!