Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers {Week 12}

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 0 comments

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since I last updated you on my diet. I guess I’ve been avoiding posting about it because I haven’t been doing the best lately. I’ve gotten into a bit of a dieting slump again where I’m tired of thinking about it so much. My weight plateaued at 144 for the last three weeks but then last week I finally lost another pound. So now I’m down to 143! With how I’ve been eating lately, though that might go back up.

I’m not sure why I tend to get into these slumps. Maybe I’ve lost sight of my goal. I’ve been thinking, “Hey, it’s close enough. You can stop here. No one’s going to notice those 4 extra pounds.” But then I think, “Come on! It’s only 4 more pounds! Power through it!” Ugh. It seems so stupid to give up when I’m so close to reaching my goal, but I like food too much! I think maybe I’ve had enough of a respite now to where I can get back on track.

I had a different experience this time when I veered off my dieting path. I didn’t want to stuff my face with desserts or fattening foods like I used to want to do. I’d surreptitiously eat them but made a mental note that I would need to be extra good in the future. And I would usually eat less than a normal serving size. So I think that Weight Watchers has taught me how to watch what I eat, even if I’m indulging. I don’t mindlessly snack anymore or guess at how many calories/points are in a food. I know how many points most of my favorite foods are and I let that guide me. I know what kinds of snacks to eat and default to fruit (thank goodness for bananas!). It still feels like I’m treading dangerous water, though. It’s all too easy to slip back into eating sweets whenever they’re available or to uncontrollably nibble bits of cake when you’re decorating a birthday cake (ahem).

I have not been tracking my food for the last week and a half, though. Terrible, I know. I have been sticking more or less to the way I’ve gotten used to eating on Weight Watchers, though, just with a few more indulgences. I also haven’t been running or doing my work-outs. I have been doing my roller derby, so at least I’m getting some exercise. My excuse is that, aside from my recent weight loss apathy, I’ve been really busy getting ready for Lex’s 2nd birthday party, which we had on Sunday. (It went really well, and I was very happy with how my decorations turned out. Hopefully I’ll have pictures to share with you soon.) Now that that’s over, I need to get back into my exercise routine.

I have tried for the last few weeks to get up early (at 5:00 am) and do my workout before Lex gets up. I have failed each time except maybe twice. So it’s back to nights after Lex is in bed. I also think I’m ready to start running again. At roller derby practice on Sunday, we did our timed laps and I was very much out of breath before I got finished. AND my time was a lot slower than last time. Of course, I also fell three times so that was part of it. But still. I feel really out of shape now and I don’t want to lose all that endurance that I worked hard to build up. So I’m just going to have to bite the bullet, bundle up and start running at night again. I think I also need to officially sign up for my next 5K so I have a real goal to work toward.

Thanksgiving is definitely going to be a challenge. I’m determined not to overeat and to limit my desserts. I don’t like being too full, and I feel like I’ve matured to the point where the taste of the food is not worth that bloated uncomfortable feeling you get when you eat too much. I plan to eat slowly and savor each thing. I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

Starting Weight: 158

Current Weight: 143

Goal Weight: 139

 

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Weight Watchers {Week 8}

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 0 comments

Woo hoo, we’re at the two month mark, and hopefully not much longer to go! I did lose more weight this week: I’m down to 145! Only 6 pounds until I reach my goal. So close! I am happy about losing weight but I’m annoyed that it’s coming off so slowly. I hope that my new weight loss project, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred, will give me a boost. I plan on starting it tonight. Wish me luck!

Last week I think I did a pretty good job of spreading my points out a bit more evenly. I also didn’t use all of my activity points, so maybe that’s something I need to continue. I splurged a little more than I intended yesterday, but at least it was the beginning of my new week so I still have plenty left.

On Saturday I did my first 5K, the Race for the Cure in Little Rock. Thanks to Lex, I did wake up on time (He’s been getting up at 5:30 semi-regularly lately. Whats up with that?). There were a TON of people there.

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Before the race amid a sea of people

I didn’t have as much time before the race as I’d wanted. As a result, I didn’t have time to wait in the stupid long line for the port-a-potties and so had to run on a full bladder. Not ideal. Also not ideal was not being able to get in front of all of the walkers. The vast majority of people walk the Race for the Cure. They had signs set up for a section for >30 minute runners, runners and then walkers. So I get up to the runners section and it’s filled with walkers. WTH? I tried to get up closer to where the actual runners were but it was damn near impossible. So I started the race with a large group of walkers with baby strollers and what not. I was very annoyed. When they started to thin out, I started to run along with a few other people in my situation. I finally got to a place where I could run constantly, and I didn’t stop, even going up hill (which I’m not very used to). One caveat: I stopped after half-way to take off my sweatshirt and drink some water, but I walked and it was only for 1 minute tops.

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After the race, covered in swag

When I crossed the finish line, the timer said 39 minutes and something seconds. I don’t consider it very accurate since I didn’t actually get to run from the get-go, but oh well. Next year’s time will be much better.

Looking back, this was not the best race for a first time 5K. There were too many people in general and then there were people giving things away all along the race, which is fun, but not easy to get when you’re trying to run. I suppose I should have ignored the people handing out stuff, but I like free stuff. I got a really cool bag and more pink Mardis Gras beads than I know what to do with.

I think my next 5K will be one in Conway that a friend recommended, the Faulkner County Day School Racin’ New Year’s Eve 5K. The Faulkner County Day School is a school for developmentally disabled children who cannot attend public schools. If you started the Couch to 5K program today and did it 3 times a week, you’d be done with your training in time to run it! You can do early sign up until 12-3-12. You can also walk to help  out or “sleep walk” where you just get a T-shirt and sleep in. As for me, I reckon I’ll work on improving my time. Last year’s winner had a time of 17:11. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to beat that. I’d be thrilled if I could run it in under 30 minutes.

Starting Weight: 158

Current Weight: 145

Goal Weight: 139

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Weight Watchers {Week 7}

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 2 comments

It’s hard to believe I’m on Week 7 of this program; it doesn’t feel like much of a diet, especially compared to the Dukan. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there have been (quite a few) times when I wished I didn’t have to worry about what I eat, wishing I could just raid the pantry like I used to and eat whatever looked yummy, but that’s how I got to be more than 50 pounds overweight. I did really well this week until Friday and Sautrday. On Friday I ate out twice, but I made careful choices. Then on Saturday, I let loose a little too much and ate pretty freely. Half a sugar cookie, mini cake donuts, samples galore from Sam’s club, then Sam’s club pizza for lunch, hot dog and hamburger pattie for dinner followed by birthday cake and ice cream. Yeah, it sounds like a lot but I did have enough points, just barely. Believe me when I say I could’ve eaten a lot more at the birthday party.

So it should come as no surprise that on Sunday when I weighed in, I still weighed 147. However, when I weighed in this morning, I weighed 146. I say it still counts! I think that in the future, I’m going to spread out my extra points a bit more evenly so that I don’t  have another binge weekend. Those just get me used to eating high calorie foods and it’s harder to get back to my low cal, smaller portioned foods.

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Weight Watchers {Week 6}

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Feature, Weight Watchers | 0 comments

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Look! I can try clothes on and like the way I look again!

Well it’s Week 6, and I’m still doing pretty good on this here Weight Watchers. This past weekend was a challenge because the hubby and I went to Eureka Springs to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. I went into the weekend thinking that I wasn’t going to worry too much about points, and I sort of stuck to that. However, I still remained mindful of what I was eating. It also helped that Vinnie was teasing me asking, “How many points is that?” or “Are you sure you have enough points for that?”

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Weight Watchers {Week 5}

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 0 comments

Last week I was a bit naughty and went over my weekly points for the first time. The main reason for that is all of the birthday yummies last week. I made cupcakes for my husband and the kids on his actual birthday, so of course I had to sample one…or two. And then we had a big party on Saturday, and I didn’t even worry about how many points I was using. I decided to let loose and indulge a bit. I also did not get as much exercise last week as I usually do because of all the things I had to get done this week. As a result, I did not lose any weight this week. I’m ok with that because I know it’s because of that extra indulgence. At least I didn’t gain any weight back!

I’ve been slacking off a bit with my running, which is not good because the last time I ran, it was tough. But thanks to my sister-in-law, I now have an awesome jogging stroller so I can take Lex with me! I haven’t gotten to try it out yet, but I think I will go running right after dinner and bring him along. That way he gets to go for a ride, and I get my run in and still get to relax and spend time with my husband once he’s in bed. If it goes well, I may actually run with him in the 5Ks I’ve signed up for. That’s right- 5Ks. Every year my company sponsors any female employees who want to participate in the Race for the Cure, so I went ahead and signed up. I was on the fence about whether to walk or run, but I think I’m going to run now that I have the stroller. The Race for the Cure is the week after the One Step 5K, so that’ll be interesting– two 5Ks within a week of each other. I think I can handle it.

I’ve been debating on what to do once I get done with the 5Ks. Find a longer race? Do another 5K? I’m not really sure yet. I am pretty sure that running is not going to be my thing. It’s good to do just to keep me in shape and help with my endurance for roller derby, so I’ll keep doing it. But I don’t think I’ll become a real runner.

Something else I’ve been considering is changing my goal weight. If you look at the BMI for my height (5’4″), you’ll see that my healthy body weight is between 110 lbs. and 140 lbs. So, if I reach my goal weight of 139, I’ll be out of the overweight range, but just barely. At my skinniest, I weighed 120, and I don’t know if I can get back down to that, but I’m thinking maybe I should go for at least 130. I mean, I’m a LOT happier with the way I look now compared to the way I looked at this time last year, but I’m still not completely satisfied. And Weight Watchers is something I can see doing long term and not hating, so why not go for the gold? For now I’m going to keep the goal of 139 and once I reach it, I’ll re-asses and see how I feel.

 

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Weight Watchers {Week 4}

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Weight Watchers | 2 comments

I feel pretty awesome today. Yesterday I weighed in for the week at 148! I finally broke through the 150s! I’m soo excited to be less than 10 pounds away from my goal of 139. It’s like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I also took my measurements yesterday, and I lost a whole inch off of my hips! I can tell that my belly is starting to slim down and get flatter. I’m even starting to get some muscle tone back, no doubt thanks to roller derby. I feel like I’m starting to look like myself again, which is the most gratifying part of this whole weight loss journey.

Last week I struggled a bit with my eating. There were a couple of times when I ate out and made what I thought to be low calorie choices, only to find out later that I’d used many more points than I had intended. By the middle of the week I’d already used up all of my extra Points Plus and to avoid feeling deprived, I dipped into my activity points. When I lost two pounds this week, I found it very interesting. Last week when I didn’t use all of my extra points, I didn’t lose any weight, and then the week that I used all of my extra points and even some activity points, I lost weight. So maybe I don’t need to be as worried about using my activity points as I thought.

I’ve still been keeping up with my Couch to 5K program, and I’m on week 7. I can run for 25 minutes straight now, and last time I measured, my pace was 11.11 per mile which means I ran about 2.25 miles. A 5K is 3.1 miles, so I still have a little ways to go. In high school when I ran cross country, we girls only had to run 2.5 K at our meets, and that’s the most I’d ever run before. It’s strange to think about how hard I thought that was back then.

For me, running is a lot more psychological than physical. I remember not really caring in high school how well I did, and most of the other girls didn’t either. I didn’t even like running. Stopping and walking was no big deal for me. Now that I’m more mature and doing it only for myself, I care more. I start up a podcast and settle into my pace, determined not to stop until my phone tells me to. Once I get past the initial burn when I first start running, I hit a stride and feel like I can just keep going. Maybe that means I’m not going fast enough. I’m not really worried about being fast right now, though, just about building my endurance. My first 5K is only a little more than 3 weeks away– eep! Here’s the site if you’re interested in participating or volunteering: http://www.aronestep5k.com/

Starting Weight: 158 lbs

Current Weight: 148 lbs

Goal Weight: 139 lbs

 

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