Setting goals

I’ve decided that I’d like for my total weight loss on Weight Watchers to be 24 pounds by May 26. That’s my 24th birthday. As of 4/30, I’d lost 21 pounds, but the recent gain has set that back a bit. My total loss on Weight Watchers is now 15 and change. While I think that some of that may have been due to my increased sodium intake from the week prior and can be easily fixed with drinking more water, there might be some legitimate poundage that I’ll need to lose. Since I’m back on track with going to the gym and tracking, I think that in sixteen days I can accomplish my goal and maybe even bust through it.

I have several pairs of jeans which are goals as well. They are jeans that I wore in high school, but by college could no longer wear. I also look for the fitted shirt that I posted awhile back to completely button. Right now, I have to wear it open with a tank underneath. The ultimate goal, of course, is my health. Being able to fit into clothes that I normally would never have been able to wear is just a perk.

My fabulous Weight Watchers leader Jen, is being relocated to Boulder, Colorado for her job. It’s only temporary – through mid-September – but she’s asked us to think of a goal that we’d like to have accomplished by the time she comes back. One woman said that her first thought of a goal is not disappointing Jen. While I do not want to disappoint her, this woman is awesome y’all, the first person that I do not want to disappoint is myself. So, I am going to think of a goal that I can hit. The next milestone with Weight Watchers is my 10% and if I keep on track, I can hit that sometime in June. There are roughly 20 weeks until September 15. If I lose 2 pounds a week, that’s a 40 pound loss. I am going to set my goal of losing 50 pounds. This will be in addition to the weight I’ve already lost on Weight Watchers which would bring my total to around 70 pounds. Let’s do this.

My Moment of Zen

Today’s meeting was all about finding time for yourself. I live by myself, I have “me time” almost constantly, but I am finding that my true me time is when I’m at the gym. I love going with my best friend, but even then we’re doing our own things. She’s developed a love for the bicycle while I prefer the treadmill. Our fitness plans are different and that’s okay. That’s why, I’ve decided that when I am on the treadmill or doing my weight training, I am centering myself. All of the outside influences just fade away and it’s just me. I become one with myself and the music that I’m listening to. I find my focus. I quite literally go to my happy place.

Last week, I had a bad weigh-in. The scale said that I’d gained nearly 6 pounds. I had lost my focus. I started drinking sodas and, admittedly, I drank a lot. I didn’t eat as healthily as I could have and ditched the diet in favor of chips and queso and McDonald’s. Oh, and there was definitely some alcohol thrown into the mix last Friday night. So, when I stepped on the scale on Saturday morning, it read that I’d gained 5.8 pounds. I was a tad shocked, but then everything made sense. My focus began to shift back to where it needed to be: my ultimate goal of this healthy lifestyle. That’s not to say that I can’t have a couple of drinks with friends and have a good time, but I know that I’m going to have to track any alcohol just like I would food. It’s liquid fat, for real.

This week, I went to the gym three times and followed the fitness training plan that I got when I had my personal training session a few weeks ago. I increased my speed when I walked, I did all of the weight training machines that I was supposed to and even did some high intensity cardio to finish the session up. I even got a bit of hot tub and swimming time in mid-week. By Friday, I was feeling great and am still feeling great today I have completely given up soda once more and have chosen water and the occasional decaf unsweetened tea instead.

My efforts have paid off, most assuredly.

Today’s Weigh-in: -11.4 pounds

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers (since 2/12): -17.4 pounds

Total weight loss since 11/4/2010: -49 pounds

I’ve lost a first grader!

When I said that to my mom, she was like, “Say what?!” since I work with kids, but I said, “My weight! I’ve lost the equivalent of a first grader!”

I didn’t expect much going into today’s weigh-in. I’ve been tracking, but hadn’t exercised since Monday. I’ve been drinking water, but have had some soda too. I was thinking a pound, if that. I cautiously stepped on the scale and found that I’d lost 4 pounds! That took me to a total of 11.6 pounds lost on Weight Watchers! I got another 5 pound star and am so excited! I think I’ve definitely got momentum now.

That’s the only real news to report, but I did want to mention one thing. I think everyone who is on a weight loss journey has a piece of clothing that fitting into again would signify a huge milestone. I have a couple of pieces like that: a pair of jeans and a shirt. A lot of jeans that you can buy at Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, etc, have some Lycra or Spandex in them. Even with that, the pair of jeans that I desire to wear again just do not fit. I’m excited for the day that they do, however. The other piece is this blouse.

I haven’t worn it in a few years and I absolutely love it. It’s a fitted shirt, so there’s really not any give to it. I tried it on today and we’re almost there! My goal is for it to button completely, but being able to wear it comfortably with a tank underneath would be great too.

So, today’s weigh-in puts me at:
-11.6 pounds since February 12, 2011 (average 1.7 pounds weekly) — On Weight Watchers
-42.8 pounds since November 4, 2010 — Last doctor’s appointment

I think I’m definitely on a roll.

Finding my footing

I’m going in week 6 of my journey on Weight Watchers. I have had gains in the last two weeks. The gain I saw on the scale on Friday was much less than the one from the previous Saturday, but it was still a gain. I tracked it and I’m moving on. Is it disappointing? Sure, but I have no one to blame but myself. I was sort of tracking, I was sort of drinking water, I was sort of doing healthy things. If I don’t commit to something fully, I’ll never see results.

In the mean time, however, I joined a gym. Fitness 19 was running a St. Patrick’s Day special where it only cost $1 to become a member. I found it a good reason as ever to join. I’ve been twice now, but had a bit of pain in my left knee. My knee has given me trouble since my sophomore year of high school when I hurt it for the first time. Hopefully the pain will lessen as I lose weight, but for now I just need to tough it out.

I’m really happy that I made the decision to join. It helps that my best friend and her boyfriend joined as well. Having friends there with you can really motivate you. We went tonight after work and though my knee hurts now, knowing that I did something that will ultimately help makes me proud of myself.

Hmm… what else? I went to my hometown of Flatwoods this weekend. It was nice to get away for a couple of days and see the fam. I noticed something though. We all talk about portion control and changing your eating habits. I went to Giovanni’s Pizza which is an awesome restaurant at home. I ended up eating way more carbs in one sitting than I had eaten in a long long time. As a result, I got kind of sick. It’s just interesting to see changes like that. Sorry to be graphic.

Kroger has Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen meals on sale this week in their buy 10 get $5 off deal. I went and bought 10 meals tonight and ate the chicken quesadilla. It was actually pretty good. Next time, I might make some black beans. I did eat the quesadilla with some chips and salsa which was really tasty. I got a couple of the frozen breakfasts too so we’ll see how those taste.

I hope things are good for everyone. Love love love!

A new dawn, a new day

My sincere apologies for not updating on Saturday like I’d planned to. I wasn’t much in a writing mood, but I’m here now! As I mentioned last week, I left the previous WW meeting feeling dejected and disappointed in myself. I took away some very positive messages from the meeting so it wasn’t a complete failure.

Over the course of the week, I monitored my points very carefully. On Sunday, the very beginning of the week, we had a potluck party for our regular gaming night so I made a couple of things. I ended up eating all of my points for the day plus my weekly points… in one night. I was absolutely sure I’d gained or wouldn’t have lost anything. I was prepared for another week of disappointment.

When I got to Saturday’s meeting, the leader pulled me aside to talk to me for a moment. She said she noticed how upset I was the previous week. She told me not to be discouraged, we all have off weeks, and that I’m doing something amazing for myself. I’m making a healthy change in my lifestyle. I’m taking control of my body and my health.

Her words put me at ease as I stepped on the scale. I ended up losing 4.4 pounds this past week! I was shocked, but excited at the same time. I ended up getting my first 5 pound star since coming back to the program and 2 Bravo stickers. I was very proud of myself and feeling absolutely fabulous.

I have a lot of people who are showing support for this undertaking and I really appreciate everyone’s kind words and encouragement. I’ve come a long way so far (36 pounds lost now) but I have a long way to go.

Until next time.

Here’s where I stand

Today I went to my first Weight Watchers meeting in 11 months. After seeing some success in early 2010, I made the commitment mind, body, soul, and checking account to go on a new weight loss journey. And today at noon I went to a meeting. I remembered the leader from last year and I recalled having liked her. She was very honest and helpful and I couldn’t help but notice that she remembered everyone’s name, even those who weren’t wearing name tags. I confess I forgot to get one, but there was trouble at the scale when I was weighing in (not my fault, just a blink in the computer system.) She even remembered me from my meetings last year. Talk about comforting. To think that she remembered me and was glad that I was back just put me at total ease.

I stayed for the Getting Started informational session after the meeting. Today’s topic was about knowing when you’re hungry and recognizing those hunger signals. I think that’s one thing that I’m going to be very cognizant of. I don’t want to eat because I’m bored, stressed, or anxious anymore. I want to eat at the appropriate time and eat to satisfy myself not just stuff my face. Since this was my first meeting, getting all of the materials to help me was really exciting. The pocket guide is going to be excellent and it’s amazing how many foods are Power Foods that will fill me up without filling me out. Even fruits that are high in sugars like bananas and mango are 0 points. I can’t eat 10 mangoes but I can enjoy one without feeling guilty like I did just one year ago.

So I weighed-in and now I know where I stand. Currently, that is -31 pounds from November 2010. That is an unofficial record, of course, because it’s been several months and I’m sure it’s been up and down, but I’m currently at the same weight I was after my second week doing WW in 2010. I call that a milestone. It means that the 20+ I talked about having gained back in my first post in October, I’ve lost and then some. As I am able to incorporate activity into the lifestyle change, I see more loss in the future. And I’m beyond thrilled. This has been so many years in the making, and while I’m not going to count my proverbial chickens, I’m going to stop, breathe, and realize that I can do this after all.

I met my mom for lunch in Morehead, KY at La Finca Mexican Restaurant. I had a taco salad and, yes, I ate the shell. I didn’t even hit my total points for today and I didn’t use a single extra point of my Weekly Allowance all week. For a minute, I felt like I was doing it wrong, but I remembered that someone who got a 5 pound sticker today said that she tries to not use her weekly points at all. It was a special occasion, though. It was a special Valentine’s Day dinner for my mom and I. I also hadn’t seen her since right after Christmas.
I’m not going to make a habit of dining out, moths are flying out of my pocket book as it is. But, I’m going to learn from my meal today and never put myself in a situation where I feel “too full.” That was definitely the take home message of today’s meeting and now I know the truth behind it.

And Mom is thinking about joining Weight Watchers too! She was taking a look at the materials and saying “I already do this!” “That’s how I fix that!” It would be an absolute joy to go through this process with her. She’s been my absolute constant source of you-can-do-it-ness my entire life. She has been there for me when for a time I had no one else in the world — senior year of high school and freshman year of college — and I have almost lost her several times. That’s another story, but let me just say I am blessed to have her in my life, so very blessed.

I do want to shout out to my friend Emily of SkinnyEmmie. She’s embarking on a monumental task: she’s beginning to train for Run the Bluegrass. Did you know that a Half Marathon is 13.1 miles? Well, she’s doing it and in the process raising money for  research for Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders. I cannot be more proud of her for not only losing 103+ pounds, but training for a half marathon! Again, total inspiration. So please, watch this video and donate.

So, today has been a positive day all around. I hope everyone’s week turned out well and that everyone is staying healthy. I’m finally at 99.9% and I’m ready to start the week off with a bang.

Post-sickness wrap-up, looking ahead.

I didn’t get to go to my meeting Saturday. I just wasn’t feeling up to it. Going back to work wore me out and so I didn’t get to go to my WW meeting or drive to Morehead to meet my mom for lunch. I was pretty bummed, but I’m hoping that is what I get to do this Saturday instead.

I was really sick this past week; bronchitis, upper-respiratory infection, sinus infection. Thankfully the strep test came back negative. I didn’t exercise like I wanted to and as soon as I could eat solid foods I turned to the old things that had given me comfort and not the healthy choices that I had been making in the previous week. So, it’s true, old habits do die hard. No excuses, though. I’m going to get back into it with no question.
So right now I don’t know if I’ve lost any weight at all, I haven’t officially weighed myself. I’ll know on Saturday where I stand and I can start tracking the progress. But, I did get a compliment from a good friend on Sunday. I went over to my best friend’s house for our weekly D&D game and I was told that there was a noticeable change. I’ll take it. Maybe numbers aren’t the only indicators of progress. Maybe it’s a combination of factors. For me, right now, it’s feeling better. I’m almost over the sickness, but I’m feeling better about things in general. My confidence is rising. I’m holding my head higher. I’m proud of myself.
So, that’s where we stand right now. I’ve got some priorities that I need to get in order (e.g., stop playing so much WoW/fiddling around on the internet) and the healthy lifestyle really plays into that.
I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I’m almost 100% so things are definitely looking up for me.
Until next time.

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