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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

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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. =)

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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!

WW Week 20 Recap

I’m finally past the 30 lb mark! This last 5 lbs came off slower than any other. But you know what? They came off! I’ve noticed that my weigh-ins seem to be smaller and smaller numbers. I just need to keep telling myself that as long as the weight is still coming off, I am heading in the right direction. I’m getting to where I want to be. =)

This week’s weight loss may have been less than a lb, .8 lbs to be exact, but it put me over the 30 lb mark and I received my 6th 5 lb star. It was something to celebrate. It also got me past that last hurdle I was talking about a few weeks ago. The last time I lost weight I feel off the wagon literally before I reached 30 lbs. Not this time though. This time I kept going. I am still on track. This time I am going all the way!

Last week I set 2 goals. I would like to make an amendment to 1 of them. During Sunday’s meeting, our leader asked us how we were doing on our goals. One lady said that she set 2 specific goals for herself including that she wanted to lose this much by this time and this much by that time. I got to thinking, “why didn’t I do that?’. Sure I said that I wanted to reach goal by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. And I calculated that in order to do so I would need to lose this much each month in order to get there. But I can make clearer goals. Yes I can.

Goal 1 Amendment:

There are 11 weeks until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26th. I am 16.8 lbs away from goal. this averages to roughly 1.5 lbs a week.

Side note, if you take my total weight loss and divide it over the 20 weeks that I have been doing Weight Watchers, I am currently averaging 1.5 lbs a week. Yes, I realize that I started out averaging a little over 2 lbs a week. Yes this number has lowered. But if I can maintain, then I will meet my goal. I believe I can make my goal.

There are 3 weeks remaining in September then 4 weeks each for October and November. Using the 1.5 average, I have calculated the following to be my clear, specific goals.

Sept 30th – 144.2 (lose another 4.6 lbs)

Oct 28th – 138.1 (lose another 6.1 lbs)

Nov 26th – 132 (lose another 6.1 lbs)

It’s not going to be easy. I will need to make a few changes for this to happen. But as I said last week I am hoping that Goal 2 will help in achieving Goal 1.

What was Goal 2 again? To work out at least 3 times a week and to not skip Monday. So how did week 1 go with this goal? Well…not as good as it could have. I started off really good. Last Monday was Labor Day. I went to a trail that I used to love but hadn’t visited in a long time. Maybe over a year. A looooong time. But I went. I ran 2 miles and walk about a 1/4 mile before and after. My first mile I started off really well. Finished it in 11:34 seconds. The second mile though I walked more than I should have. Total time was 26:33 which is still good. For me. And my average pace was 13:15 which is what I have been averaging at the gym. My problem is that I start off too strong and it wears me out. Makes any mile past the first one hard and less likely for me to do more. I need to work on pacing myself that first mile. One good thing about the gym is that I go at the same pace the entire work out.

Tuesday was good too. I went for a walk with a coworker over our lunch. We walked for 1.79 miles. Our pace wasn’t the fastest but we did it. After work, my book club was meeting close by. So I decided to walk to the meeting and back, .9 miles each way. All in all I got 3.59 miles in that day. Not bad.

This is where it all kinda stopped. The rest of the week was busy. This is just an excuse though. I still could have made it to the gym one more time. I simply wasn’t making it a priority. Saturday, however, I did walk around the Plaza with my Mom. I started off keeping track of how far we walked but soon tired of pausing and starting each time we went in a store. And the app was draining the battery on my phone. I do estimate that we walked at least a mile. I suppose this can count as my 3rd day of working out for week 1 but it wasn’t quite the work out I had anticipated.

I’m not making any amendments to my second goal. I think it is fine just the way it is. For both goals though I am going to type something up to display both at work and at home as motivation to stay strong, keep my goals front and center and help me stay on track!

WW Week 19 Recap

I weighed in back to back this week. Interesting but I did show a loss each day. Woohoo! Of course it wasn’t a huge loss and I did not meet my own personal goal of losing 2 lbs to put me at a total loss of 30 lbs. But a loss is a loss and I’ll take it!

I thought it would be so easy too. But no.

I think this is why…One, I allowed myself a cheat meal. Last Thursday was my nephew’s first soccer game of the season. My sister and her boyfriend are both coaches on his team and my brother and myself went to cheer them all on. Afterwards, we decided to do a family dinner and went out for Chinese. Apparently my nephew loves sushi. Who knew?!

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I was feeling quite happy to be around everyone and to be at a Chinese buffet that I declared to myself and everyone that I wasn’t going to count points. This is only the second time that I have done this since starting the program with the other time being my birthday. So this was a big deal for me. I didn’t go all crazy and pile up my plate. I toned it down quite a bit from what I normally would have eaten.

I usually fill my bowl up with Egg Drop Soup but this time only filled it about half way. In the past I would have piled up my plate and made a second trip with a not so full plate but still a second trip. This time I only ate the one plate and didn’t pile it up high. I even passed on the rice and noodles. What? Yes! Crazy talk I know! For dessert I had to get a doughnut (you don’t even know how much I love these things) but filled the rest of my plate up with fruit. Oh and I shared my doughnut with my nephew.

This is big actually!

 

Ok the story behind these doughnuts. One time in my early 20’s my sister, myself and a couple others were at a Chinese buffet. I was on guard waiting for fresh “sugar puffs” err…doughnuts to be brought out. When they did I filled up an entire plate. Yes I did. I even put my arms around the plate so that others couldn’t get to them. My fork was ready to stab and may have once or twice if someone tried to steal some. This was a one time thing. I was being silly. But still I do love them. For me to share one, especially when I was only allowing myself one, is huge!

So there was this night of not counting points and not knowing if I went over or not that probably didn’t help me reach goal. And then with it being Labor Day weekend…and eating this huge ass breakfast with one of my best friends.

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Yikes!

But I did lose 1.8 lbs between the two weigh-ins and only need to lose .2 more to be down a total of 30 lbs. Yay!

I’ll get there. =)

In Saturday’s meeting, I met a leader that I had heard about but had never met. She is full of energy! Let me tell you. Wow! I liked her though. I may have to pop back in every once in a while for a burst of energetic motivation. So each leader does their own special little things. My leader does the perky pencils. This lady passes out charms for each time you walk or run a 5K. Now she doesn’t make or purchase the charms, at least I don’t believe so. They each have the legendary WW imprinted on them. But prior to Saturday I had never heard or seen them before. I feel that 5K’s had been mentioned in my normal meetings but perhaps they hadn’t.

Anyways last week the topic was “Get Happy”. Kim, I think her name was Kim, asked for a few people to share 3 things that made them happy the previous week. A couple people mentioned 1 but not 2 or 3. So I raised my hand and decided to share 3 as she had requested. Always the teacher’s pet. lol I started with saying that I ran a 5K last Sunday. The entire room, and it was a rather full room, was in awe and I think I even heard a few wow’s. I was taken back. I really was. But what really floored me was “Kim” ran out of the room hollering as she went “Keep going. Talk louder. I still want to hear you.”. I didn’t know what she was doing, these were not my normal peeps. I felt a little awkward. But I gave it a go and said 2) I reconnected with an old friend and 3) I went to my nephew’s 1st soccer game.  She even had me repeat the last one because she didn’t hear it. This made me feel like she was really listening, which I liked.

When she came back to the room, she offered me 1 of 2 charms for completing a 5K. The first was a running man and the second was literally a 5 and a K. I chose the running man but now wish I would have chosen the 5K since that is why i was receiving the charm.

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She said that anyone who walked or ran a 5K and told her would receive one. She said that it is a big accomplishment and she wants to recognize it. Love it! Love it even more that when I told her this was my first of the year but that I was planning on doing 1 each month for the rest of the year, she said she would give me a charm for each race. What?! I told her I might have to take her up on her offer so that I can at least get the other charm but that I didn’t need that many of the same charm. How cool is that though? So neat!

I’ve made a deal with myself that once I have completed the remaining 4 5K’s that I have planned this year, I will go back and get the other charm. It will act as a reward for having completed 5 in 5 months. =)

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Oh and when she told everyone that doing a 5K was a huge accomplishment, she looked at me and said, “Well maybe not for you.”. At first I was like what?? But then I took it as a compliment that I must have looked “skinny”, “fit” or “athletic” enough for her to say it. Oh yeah!

Sunday’s meeting was all about setting Fall Goals. We talked about the importance of setting seasonal goals. How the holidays are right around the corner and it can be so tempting to give up and say that you will start back up in the new year. How Fall and Winter may lead to you being less active due to the shorter days. And most importantly what we can do to help with both of these.

Prior to leaving the meeting, our leader wanted us to write down at least 1 goal that we wanted to work toward this Fall. I have two.

Goal 1: To make it to my Lifetime Goal by the holidays.

This is completely doable. As of today, I am 17.6 lbs away from Lifetime. That’s right, I’m a little over 2/3 the way there. Woot! Woot! Since it’s the beginning of Sept, I essentially have 3 full months to lose this. It can be done. It isn’t going to be easy because I’m slowing down. In the first month, I lost a total of 8 lbs. The second month was 6.6 lbs. And the third month, 6.4 lbs. Last month though was only 4.2 lbs. I have 1 more week until I officially complete 5 months. We’ll see what my total weight loss for this month will be but right now I am at a total of 4.6 lbs. So far a little better than last month. Thank goodness!

 

For me to lose 17.6 lbs in 3 months I would need to average 5.87 lbs each month. Can it be done? Yes. Will it be easy? Not necessarily.

Hopefully my second goal will help me with this.

Goal 2: To create and maintain a regular fitness routine.

Yes, I go to the gym. But not on a regular basis. I’d like to go at least 3 times a week. Right now I might go 5 or so times a week for a couple weeks and then nothing for a week or so. This is not regular and will not help me in the long run.

I’ve seen this Pin on Pinterest many, many times and am using it as my inspiration for this.

I needed this!

So there you have it. Week 19 and week 20 are in the books!

Here’s to making goal by Week 31. Though technically I’m ok with Week 32 because the weigh in for Week 31 will be the beginning of the last week before the holidays hit. And if I can somehow not make it Week 31 but do make it Week 32 with Thanksgiving in between…I mean that deserves a High 5!!

WW Week 18 Recap

I wasn’t able to make it to this week’s meeting. I had a good excuse though. I promise! Remember that race that I was training for? Well it took place at 8am this morning and my meetings are at 9am. Yeah, there was no way I was going to make it in time. I just don’t run that fast. lol

One of my old college friends, Heather, and I met up for dinner last month. The first time we had seen each other in more than 10 years. It was a really good time. While we were there she was telling me about a race that her and one of her friends was thinking of doing. They needed a team of 4 people so my friend, Becky, and I joined her. 4-Nados!

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I’ve been in the gym for the last 2-3 training for this race. You see my friend is a runner. Oh yes she is. She did 2 races this weekend, including the race we both ran this morning. Well technically all of my teammates ran 2 races this weekend. They crazy! Just kidding. lol

Heather ran yesterday’s race in 28 minutes. 28 minutes! I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with her. I’m not kidding myself. But I didn’t want her to have to wait for me long. So I trained.

It wasn’t all for her though. I wanted to do well. This was MY first race of the year and I wanted to do be proud of my time. So I trained for me too.

At the gym I had been running a mile in 13 minutes 20 seconds. I figured 3 miles I could finish in 40 minutes. So that was my goal. I wanted to finish this mornings race in 40 minutes.

I was close. So close! I started off strong with my first mile only taking me 11:37. It may have been a little too strong though because I got progressively slower as the race went on. My second mile was 12:40 seconds and my third mile was 13:15 seconds. Not bad though. Technically I ran 3 miles in 37 minutes and 32 seconds. Awesome, right?!

Except a 5K is not just 3 miles. It’s 3.1 miles and today’s was closer to 3.19 miles. That extra little bit killed me and my total time was 41:12. I’m happy though!

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BTW the distance and time on MapMyRun was inaccurate because I didn’t hit STOP right when I finished. Oops!

We all had a really good time and that’s all you can ask. =)

So no weigh in today but I feel good. Really good! I even got 10 Fitness Points in today due to the race. Woohoo!

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I’ll go next Saturday. It’s the next morning class. Then I’ll get back to my normal meeting time the very next day. =)

Last week I was down a total of 28 lbs. Surely in 2 weeks time…err, 1 week 6 days…I can lose 2 lbs and get past that 30 lb mark. Fingers crossed!

NSV NSV

So in Weight Watchers they use the acronym NSV a lot. I’ll be honest, it took me quite a while before I finally figured out what it meant. NSV is short for Non-Scale Victory. Duh!

I don’t often think about them. At least not as much as I probably should. I focus on the number a little too much if you know what I mean. But when you lose weight there are a lot of non-scale victories that go along with it. I have so much more energy. I feel better both because of my health and because I’m not depressed when I look in the mirror. I’m able to fit in to smaller clothes!

That is what today’s NSV is all about. My closet ranges from a size 3-4 to size 12. Well the size 3-4 might not be in there anymore. A little over a year ago I cleaned some of my clothes out and thinking I would never be that small again I think I threw those out…umm…I mean donated. No really. I do think that I donated them. Anywho, I still have all of the other sizes. Except for 10’s. Apparently when I gained weight I totally skipped the 10’s. So now that I’ve been losing weight my size 12’s are super baggy and I refuse to buy 10’s because I am so close to being able to wear a size 8.

Guess what?

I don’t have to wait anymore. I fit in to a size 8 this morning! Woohoo!

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You don’t even know how good this has felt. A size 8!

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I was all smiles. Yes I was! =)

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Who is that skinny girl??

ME!!!!

I had been trying them on every once in a while for a little over a month now. But they just weren’t fitting right. Then yesterday I was talking to a co-worker about how I’m surprised that I can’t fit in to them since I have lost so much weight. I feel that the last time I was the same weight I was able to wear them. We were trying to think of the various reasons why maybe I couldn’t. Later that night I got to thinking and I realized that it has been a couple weeks since I had tried a pair on. So this morning I thought I would give it a go. They zipped up, my fat wasn’t flowing over the sides and I felt comfortable.

Such a great moment!

The best NSV so far!!

Now I will wear these 8’s until I get to my final goal. I can not wait to see my 8’s get baggy!

WW Week 17 Recap

This week was a huge improvement over last week. If you all remember last week I had my first true gain. Yes, I gained 1 lb. Though it wasn’t a lot, it was in the opposite direction of which I’m going. Not good.

But not entirely bad either.

Sometimes you need a “negative” to help push you in the right direction or to help motivate you to make a change.

This week I lost 2.8 lbs. That means that 1 lb I gained last week is gone as well as 1.8 of his little friends! lol This brings my total loss to 28 lbs. Each week that I see that number grow is a huge motivator for me. It really is.

My last big hurdle, in a way the only one I have had thus far, was getting past my birthday. We don’t need to go back there again but needless to say it was a difficult birthday for me this year…for multiple reasons. BUT I made it through it and with flying colors if I do say so myself.

I feel as if my next hurdle will be to lose 30 pounds. Although I suppose it isn’t much of a hurdle. I’ll do it. I feel confident in this. I will have to do little more than I am already doing in order to do it.

Therefore it isn’t much of a struggle.

Therefore no hurdle.

But mentally it will be just slightly. Maybe. More of a “Yes! I did it!” or “Take that!”. I have said this several times I know but last year I lost 29 lbs before falling off he wagon and gaining everything back. In some ways I need to prove to myself that I will make it past that point, not fall off, but instead stay strong and reach my goal.

Hence the hurdle.

I won’t be at next Sunday’s meeting because I will be running in a race at the same time of the meeting. I have decided that evening classes aren’t the best for me. So my next meeting will be in 2 Saturday’s. That’s almost 2 weeks. I will surely lose 2 lbs in that amount of time. Especially with training for next weekend’s race.

I believe in this very much! So much so that it puts a smile on my face. =)

One of the ladies is this morning’s meeting made goal today. GOAL! Each time there is a celebration everyone claps. We are always happy to help congratulate others. But this time everyone gave her a standing ovation. This was a first for me. Our group, as I’m sure many others are, is very supportive. But to see everyone do this filled me with joy.

We all recognize the struggle of gaining weight, losing weight and maintaining the balance. To see someone work hard and to accomplish their goal, the same goal that we are all working toward and then to see everyone recognize and congratulate her on all that she has done. It makes me want it that much more. =)