12. December 2013 00:21
I had a super crazy week. Super crazy. But I still managed to get in to my weekly weigh in and even managed to stay for the meeting!
I was down 2.2 pounds for a grand total now of 6.4 pounds.
I'm feeling pretty good, certainly in control of my food environment, and while exercise has never been an issue for me, continuing to monitor my daily progress with the Polar Loop has been very helpful. I'm still averaging well over 12,000 steps per day.
In the meeting we talked about how to manage our Holiday food items and I was so surprised to hear that so many people deal with food pushers. I guess it's a pretty common theme because at this coming week's meeting we're going to devote the entire meeting to these people! Ugh. I just don't get it. I am the one who controls what goes in my mouth. ME. Sure, someone can bring something to the table, (or home, my husband is known for bringing home a Key Lime Pie right when I'm at my weakest point) but no one has tied my arms behind my back and forced my mouth open. It's up to ME to open it up and allow the unhealthy food choices in. ME ME ME.
If you can't accept responsibility for your own actions, who will??
5. December 2013 20:20
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?
20. November 2013 21:03
23 pounds. That's how much weight I gained from November 3, 2012-November 20, 2013. About 2 pounds per month. Don't really notice 2 pounds creeping up on you until suddenly it's 23 pounds. I started to notice that something was different in July. My legs were suddenly much bigger, as was my back end. BUT...the thing was, it was muscle. It was firm. I chalked it up to lean muscle mass, bought larger shorts (went from a size Medium to a Large) and kept on keeping on. I am the fittest I have EVER been in my life. I have muscles in places that I thought I would never have! It's pretty awesome. But.....
Summer and the return to the school year was stressful for me. But I'm not going to let stress be an excuse or a crutch. EVERYONE has stress. It's the way we respond to the stress that matters.
I guess I responded to my stress by cracking open one too many beers.
And then we had a cold day back in October. I pulled out my jeans and they didn't FIT! They fit in July, but they didn't fit in late October. I could get them on, zipped, etc., but they looked horrible and it seriously looked like a can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits had exploded. I knew then that something was seriously wrong. Around the same time my size Large shorts were getting a bit more snug than I would have liked. I had to buy an XL. They looked so big on the hanger. So big. I cried a little bit when they fit and didn't fall off my hips when I put them on. I made a promise to myself that I would examine my daily food intake and try to figure out what was going on. Within a week the XL shorts were sliding off my hips (actually slid off during a CrossFit workout) and that led me to believe that whatever I was eating/drinking previous to this week was NOT the right path.
I eat a very clean diet. I don't eat added sugar, don't drink caffeine, no diet soda, no fat free crap. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, and protein.
It's not like I sat there and binged on cookies. No. I worked my butt off in the gym, and I ate too much healthy food. I tracked a normal day on etools and when I should have been eating 29 points per day, I was eating/drinking 46!! Chicken adds up, people!! So do beans! Oh and beer.
Yes, you can eat too much healthy food. It is a simple formula. Calories in/calories out. Too many calories in, and not enough calories out caused me to bulge out of my pants like a can of freaking biscuits.
So I did what any good loser would do. I had a conversation with my husband, I put on my big girl panties, made a commitment to myself, made myself accountable on my blog, on my social media channels, and today I drove my butt to Weight Watchers.
And that's where I learned that I gained 23 pounds.
This is my new leader. Her name is Pam. She is very nice. She lost 20 pounds and has kept it off for 11 years.
I'll be updating you all every Wednesday as that is my official weigh in day. So here I go again on a weight loss journey. Except this time I get to do it in front of all of you. Thank you in advance for being my virtual cheerleaders.
Have you ever lost a significant amount of weight and then regain some?? How did you handle it??
What do you know about muscle gain?? What do you think is a reasonable estimate of muscle gain in a total 23lb gain??
18. November 2013 13:22
The last time I attended a Weight Watchers meeting was in mid-2012. I had stopped attending meetings when I began to work for Weight Watchers as a receptionist. On those Saturday's when I'd be working, I'd leave the house by 6am, and often not return until close to 11am. I missed my Saturday gym workouts, and I missed my own meetings. I just didn't have enough time in my day for a personal meeting. I was still doing my monthly weigh-in, but no meetings. Then life happened and I stopped going to my monthly weigh-ins. I haven't weighed in since January, 2013.
I know my body has changed because of the amount of weight that I can lift. I know I am bigger, more muscular, SWOL because of the weights I lift. But I also know that I have been indulging in too many paleo treats and beer. I don't eat gluten (except beer), but there are plenty of gluten free goodies. Doesn't mean they are good for me.
And I miss the friendships at my Weight Watchers meetings. I will going to a different meeting than I did previously simply because as a work-at-home-mom, I now have a little more flexibility in my schedule. I plan to go Wednesday afternoons at 12:15pm. That's a really good time for me, and I'm super excited to get back to the plan.
To be honest...I'm expecting like a 20 pound weight gain from January. And that's not all muscle. A few pounds maybe. But not 20. We'll find out on Wednesday. And I'll hold myself accountable.
I went shopping today and stocked up on a lot of my favorite Weight Watchers goodies that helped me last time. Greek yogurt for breakfast. It's Chobani Key Lime flavor and is 5P+. I'll have a vanilla chai protein shake after my WOD and that's 3P+, plus the almond milk 1P+. Lunch has always been my biggest meal of the day. Usually a 6oz portion of protein (chicken or fish) and a mixed green salad, plus dressing. Usually about 12P+
I won't need an afternoon snack because lunch is so big, and then for dinner, I'll have a regular 3oz portion of protein, or beans, and a salad. 6+P
I'll generally earn anywhere from 11-14 activity points per day. I didn't eat them in the past, don't know if I will this time around. We'll have to see how my body responds.
My snacks are fruit, and I bought some dark chocolate covered bananas and strawberries from Dole. They look good and are only 3P+ for a serving. Now if I can just remember to eat ONE serving. That's been an issue recently, too. Simply eating too much. Even if it's good for me, it's not good when it's in excess.
So here we go. Time to buckle down and drop this extra weight that I know I've put on. I don't know how much I've put on, so I don't know how much I need to lose. I just want to look and feel better. And I want to have fun while doing it. And that's where Weight Watchers has been so helpful for me in the past. I just have to remember that even though I hit goal, I still NEED my meetings. They are a part of who I am.
I've unofficially started again, today Monday November 18th. But my first weigh-in will be Wednesday November 20th, so that will be my official start day.
Have you ever done Weight Watchers?
1. November 2013 08:32
Two years ago TODAY I had the amazing opportunity to appear on the Rachael Ray show!
My sister and I were flown to NYC. In between hair, makeup and outfit changes for Rachael Ray, we got to do a little bit of sightseeing!
This was the first time Lori and I had ever taken a trip together as adults. We had so much fun!
Being a children's librarian, of course I had to make a visit to the NYC Public Library! It was so beautiful!
Click here for my clip from the Rachael Ray show!!
My eyelashes were out of this world!!
It was an amazing experience and YES, I got to keep the clothing from head to toe (earrings, dress, bracelet, rings, purse, hose, shoes, and shape wear.)
Have you ever been on a national talk show? Tell me about it!