Weigh in Wednesday Week 3

For the 2nd consecutive week I was not able to stay for my meeting. I had a long-standing hair appointment. I could have just said "oh forget it" and not even bother driving down to weigh-in, but I didn't.

Last week I lost 6.6 pounds. This week I had gained 2 pounds. But overall that's a 4.6 loss in 2 weeks which is above average and pretty much what I expected.

Not because I did anything "wrong" but because of how my body works. I went through my weight loss tracker from 2009, and the same thing happened. I lost 7 pounds my first week, then gained 3 the next, despite not doing anything differently. After that it was pretty much smooth sailing of loss after loss after loss. Some weeks it wasn't much, perhaps 2 ounces, but a loss is a loss.

What I did right this week:

I tracked everything I ate. Even the bloody Mary and beer that I had over Thanksgiving break.

I tracked my steps every single day and let my body rest a few days and overall earned a total of 48 activity points for the week.

What could I have done differently?

I don't think I could have done anything differently. But I am FOR SURE making my meeting next week. That's part of the whole reason that I signed back up for Weight Watchers. I NEED the meetings. I LOVE the meetings and making friendships and learning about people who are on their own journey.

How was your week?

 

Lorna Jane #holidayfitlist

Disclaimer: As a Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was selected to participate in a #HolidayFitList campaign. I received fitness apparel from Lorna Jane and a copy of Move Over Sugar  as compensation for my participation.  All opinions shared are my own.

 

I've been trying to get a gift list together for my husband and kids, but I got a bit lucky that I received some of my "must have" items a bit early. What was on my list this year??

Without a doubt, the Polar Loop. An amazing fitness tool that is so helpful in keeping me accountable hour by hour, day by day. I absolutely love it. This sleek and stylish tool is life changing.

 I also love my new Skora Running shoes! They are so pretty and will match with all my fitness clothing!

With a pair of good shoes, and my Polar, I have everything I need to live a fit lifestyle. Though a set of these would be super awesome.

And a good jump rope would come in handy, too.

 

And NICE workout clothing!! Normally I workout in clothing from Target or Wal-Mart, so I feel super fortunate to have been chosen as a #HolidayFitList blogger by Fit Approach. A handful of the Sweat Pink Ambassadors got to choose 3 items from the Lorna Jane collection; a top, a bottom, and a bra.

I love pink, but at the time of my selection there was no pink available, so I went with Pink's sister, purple! A beautiful purple shirt, black capri pants and a purple sports bra. It's lovely and I can't wait to wear it tomorrow! I don't think I've ever sweated in something so pretty Smile

You can purchase Lorna Jane clothing for that special someone in your life this Christmas with a 20% off promo code: SHOPLJ

In addition to the clothing,  I also received a copy of Lorna Jane’s ebook, Move Over Sugar.  Which is great since I follow the NSNG (no sugar no grain) lifestyle. The book is a collaborative effort by the Move Nourish Believe sisterhood and offers great suggestions to eliminate refined sugar from your normal diet.  Instead of using artificial sweeteners, Lorna offers seven great natural sugar substitutes and nine steps to change your diet to reduce your sugar consumption. All the recipes featured in the book will aid in reducing sugar consumption without losing flavor.  

You can get your own copy of Move Over Sugar by clicking HERE.

I am honored to be part of this #HolidayFitList campaign along with some best fitness bloggers out there today! They include:

Denise from Run DMT (my local buddy)
Dani from Weight Off My Shoulders (hello Weight Watchers friend!!)
Katie from Moms Little Running Buddy
Lindsey from Fit and Awesome
Kalee from Sorey Fitness
GiGi from GiGi Eats Celebrities
Rachel from Running Rachel 
Astrid from Better Believe Fit
Presley from Run Pretty 
Jill from Fitness Health and Happiness
Anglena from Happy Fit Mama
Katie from Katie Heddleston
Lea from Running With Ollie
Sarah from Fit Betty
Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer (woohoo! Another person I know!!)
Jennifer from LivWhole
Jennifer from Jennifer Cassetta
Jenny from Metamorfit  (hey that's me!!)
Julie from Project Julie
Shannon from Badassfitness

 

Join me and the other Sweat Pink #HolidayFitList Ambassadors at tomorrow Wednesday, December 4 at 5pm PST/8pm EST for a #HolidayFitList #SweatPink Twitter party sponsored by Fit Approach and Lorna Jane. RSVP on Facebook for a chance to win $100 gift card to Lorna Jane.

But if you can’t make the #HolidayFitList Twitter party, enter the Fit Approach and Lorna Jane #HolidayFitList Sweepstakes.  One lucky person will win a $250 gift card to Lorna Jane to revamp her fitness wardrobe this holiday season! The  #HolidayFitList Sweepstakes ends on December 13th at 3PM PST/6PM EST.  Enter here.

 

I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season!!

Is Fit Pride Fat Shaming?

Since the topic isn't going away, let's talk about it. And for those of you who are new to my blog keep this in mind. I LOST OVER 200 pounds. I have walked in both pairs of shoes.

I feel that there is a very real difference between fit pride and fat shaming. A HUGE difference.

We've got to look just past the BMI or number on the scale. WE HAVE TOO! The government tells me that I'm overweight by 10 pounds but I am STRONGER, FITTER, FASTER (on my bike and in the water...running, not so much) and in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE. But because of how those numbers sewed in my clothing and reflected on the scale make me feel, I am compelled to try to get those 10 pounds off.

No matter how hard I work out,  no matter how much I deprive my body of food, I will NEVER look like Maria Kang, (she's the What's Your Excuse mom) that's not in my genetics. I'm tallish, German/Scottish descent, I'm broad shouldered, and I can dead lift a butt load of weight. Probably more than she can Wink

But this isn't a competition on who is the fittest "real woman" in our society. Shouldn't the goal be to EMPOWER all women to find their own path to a healthier lifestyle? And more importantly to EMPOWER and TEACH our daughters that there is so much more to life than a number on the scale or the size of your clothing.

Yes, there comes a point where being overweight takes a very wrong turn. I've been down that road. It's a dead end. Turn around, go back to the fork, and choose the other lane.

I appreciate that women like Maria have a message that they are trying to get out. That it's okay to love your fit body. But don't be condescending about it. You are you. I am me. I don't want to be you. You don't want to be me.

I also appreciate that women like Curvy Girl Lingerie are trying to get women to embrace their curves. You must LOVE yourself before you can commit to making a change for the better. 

I get that it can be hard to love yourself when you look in the mirror and you don't like what is staring back at you. I've been there. It's hard, and often times, even today, I see 369 pound Jenny staring back at me, and I just want to give her a hug and tell her that I love her. That she's good enough. That she has three little people who look at her for guidance, and two of those little people are girls that will follow her lead, and she must teach them well.

There is a very fine line we are walking right now in our society. People are afraid to say what they think or feel for fear of being called a bully. But I think we do need to talk about it. We do need to talk about the choices our society is making when it comes to food and exercise. When moms are being fined for not sending grains to school with their child, but the grains being provided are Ritz crackers Undecided Where we allow our children to spend too much time in front of the TV or computer and then complain about PE being cut in the school day. PE being cut from school day hurts ALL our children, but mainly it hurts those children that don't get any other exercise when they get home, and eat Ritz crackers for snack.

It's a vicious cycle and it needs to STOP!

I'm proud of the work that I do to be fit. But that doesn't mean that I shame or bully anyone who is not as fit as me. It's NOT A COMPETITION against anyone but myself.On the flip side I work out with dozens of women who are much fitter than me. Do they shame me? NO. NEVER. They empower me.

http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/03/fit-women-are-real-women-too/