Weigh-in Friday

I lost more than one pound!!!!!!

OK. 1.2. But still! I was hoping for a full pound, and I got a little more, so I’m one happy camper.

9/21/12
Starting weight: 252.4
Last weigh-in: 254.0
Today: 252.8
Change: -1.2
Total loss/gain: +0.4

As I said in my post from earlier today, I do think I’ve finally hit my stride. I can more easily balance once-in-awhile treats with everyday sweet cravings. For instance, if I need something sweet, fruit or a small chocolate dessert (like a Weight Watchers ice cream bar) has become more sufficient. I’m not constantly craving huge pieces of cake or dozens of cookies. At least, not all the time!

I’ve also been cooking a lot more in the evenings, and bringing my lunch to work more frequently, which I know is a huge help. Simply being able to measure the points for my food accurately makes a big, big difference. Trying to guess as closely as possible when it comes to restaurant food is a tricky thing. I tend to err on the side of counting too many points, rather than being stingy, but I’d rather be dead-on, and the best way for me to do that is to prepare my meals myself.

Next week I want to work on a couple things:

1. Preparing more lunches. I have lunch plans for Wed., but otherwise I’m wide open, which means I could pack my lunch 4 out of 5 days. That will be my goal!

2. Working out 3 times in addition to softball. I’ll write more about softball later but, suffice it to say, I don’t move around as much as I’d like to when we’re playing because … well, I’m not one of our clutch players. In fact, I pretty much suck. I’m enjoying playing and I do the best I can, but I certainly can’t count it as one of my weekly workouts. So, back to hip-hop dance class on Mondays, running on Tuesdays, and some kind of weight training or Body Pump on Wednesdays. I’ll supplement those three days with walks/runs (or whatever I can fit in!) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

3. Eating less Flex Points. I say this every week and, though I do mean it, I am happy with the weight I’m losing every week. I just think if I ate less Flex Points, I may get a consistent 1-2 lbs. off per week. So I want to try to eat only half of my Flex Points (25) throughout next week.

What are your goals for the upcoming week? How do you balance “fun” activities with more rigorous workouts?

The Weight Wait

Sometimes I think the hardest thing about trying to lose weight is not the weight, but the wait. You can track your calories/points, get your exercise in, drink gallons of water and then, when you step on the scale, you’ve lost less than 1/2 a pound.

Stinks, doesn’t it?

But you know, if you just keep going, the pounds you lose will add up. Each 1/2 lb., or even less, adds up over time and you will lose the weight you want to lose…eventually. And it’s the “eventually” that makes it hard. You think, “Why am I making all this effort for such little results?” Then people will tell you, “Well, you didn’t put on that extra 50 lbs. overnight, so you won’t lose it overnight!”

To which I want to respond: “F off!”

Because as much as you KNOW these things, as much as you tell yourself over and over again, “One day at a time. One meal at a time,” waiting and waiting for those 1/2 lbs. to become pounds, to become 10 lbs., can just seem to take forever. You wait to hit your stride, you wait to get in the groove. And you will, and it does, and it feels fantastic. But that wait, man, it can be tough.

Right now I feel like I’ve hit my stride, though a few adjustments need to be made (less carbs, less Flex Points). And while I am losing weight on a consistent basis, I am waiting for those pounds to build up and equal what I feel is a significant loss — 5 lbs., 10 lbs.

Then again, why am I waiting for this arbitrary number? Every ounce I lose is a step in the right direction. Guess I’m just too impatient to wait.

Weigh-in Friday

Great news! I’m down a little more this week!

9/14/12
Starting weight: 252.4
Last weigh-in: 254.5
Today: 254.0
Change: -0.5
Total loss/gain: +1.6

Yeah, it’s only a 1/2 lb. But I’m happy with steady progress downward, in any form. And, as most ladies know, to lose weight at all, according to the scale, the day you start your monthly visit…well, that’s practically a miracle!

As hard as it was to give up Diet Coke, I have to say, I think it’s the best thing I’ve done lately. I rarely feel bloated or have food cravings as strongly as I would when I drank a lot of soda. And while I’ve only lost a couple pounds in the past couple weeks, I can see a difference in my face. I don’t know. Maybe the Diet Coke was making me poofy.

This week was a bit cray cray — I was sick Monday, celebrated my three-year anniversary with my man on Tuesday, helped plan a baby shower Wednesday, and played softball last night. So exercise? Yeah. Unfortunately that took a backseat. This weekend is a little busy too — Kelly Clarkson and The Fray concert tonight with a friend, then helping my BF’s sister-in-law do her baby registry tomorrow. But guess what’s wide open? Sunday! And Sunday there are several classes at my gym that I love. Plus, I love Sunday-morning runs. So I will be doing one or the other. I’ll get back at my regular gym visits/runs/etc. next week. Gotta get that physical activity up!

I’m feeling really good right now. I’m sticking to my Weight Watchers points and I just feel like I have my appetite under control and I can make better decisions for myself. Allow myself some treats, while reigning it in in other ways. Feels good to be in this place!

How are you doing with your fitness/weight-loss goals? Anyone struggling out there? Tell me what you’re challenged with! Let’s work through this together.

Belated Weigh-in

I didn’t check in on Friday because I didn’t get on the scale — I was just too busy! But I have good news: I lost 1 lb.!!

OK, so it’s just 1. But because I’ve been so “off” lately, I’m ecstatic with this progress and I know it will only continue from here because I finally feel like I’ve got my mind right. I still haven’t had an Diet Coke since I started weening myself off. I’ve been working out more regularly, though I still need to get up to my former status of five days a week. Generally, though, I just feel better and I have more energy. It’s been great progress so far!

9/7/12
Starting weight: 252.4
Last weigh-in: 255.5
Today: 254.5
Change: -1.0
Total loss/gain:+2.1

I’m hoping for another 1 lb. loss this week. Wish me luck!

Check in & Weigh-in

Well, it’s been exactly a week since my confession and how am I doing on my goals?

Goal #1: Continue to do Weight Watchers, eating fewer activity  points & flex points.
I’m definitely still counting my points, every day, and I had a great week. I did, however, eat most of my flex points. But I didn’t cheat & go over! I also did not eat all of the activity points I earned. So, progress!

Goal #2: Start giving up Diet Coke.
Man, oh man, did I start that one. Oof, it’s been rough. This must be a calmer version of what drug addicts go through! Just kidding. I don’t want to make light of that. But it is rough to ween yourself off Diet Coke. I’m drinking unsweet tea to help with caffeine headaches, but it’s certainly not the same. However, I am drinking a TON more water and I can actually feel the difference. I’ll stick with it!

Goal #3: Work out 5 days a week.
Mmmmm…not so much. Yet! I worked out twice this week, and I’m planning to run tomorrow morning, so that’ll make three. However, I do have a schedule worked out for next week, so I just need to stick with it!
Sun. – Zumba and/or Body Pump
Mon. – Color Run 5K!!
Tues. – Spinning or Zumba
Wed. – Run
Thurs. – my first softball game with my coworkers! Go B.A.S.S. Strikers!

So that takes me up to five and I still have Fri. & Sat. to make up one of those if I miss it.

Goal #4: Eat less carbs in the afternoon/evenings.
Sadly, I’m not sure I’ve paid too close attention to that this week. But I know for a fact that I’ve been eating more fruits, veggies and protein in general. Now I just need to make a conscious effort to eat less carbs at dinner.

Goal #5: Get a Dr.’s appt. to discuss my progress (or, lately, lack thereof).
I haven’t done this yet because I’m switching general practitioners. If anyone in Birmingham has a recommendation, please let me know!

All in all, not a bad start, but I’ve still go work to do.

That brings me to my weigh-in. It’s not a pretty sight. When you go on two vacations and you spend days in airports and your family cooks as well as mine, you tend to not think about how you’re supposed to eat. You tend to indulge and revert back to old habits. I wouldn’t quite use the word “binge” because I think of that as something I do in secret, something that is almost mind-numbing and gut busting. But I certainly ate my fill.

So it’s no surprise that I gained several pounds. But I’m thankful that I’ve had the week I’ve had, one where I’ve been on target — even during the weekend — and I plan to replicate that this week and do even better this weekend.

Here’s the sad, sad truth:

8/30/12
Starting weight: 252.4
Last weigh-in: 249.7
Today: 255.5
Change: -+5.8
Total loss/gain: 3.1

Obviously not the direction I want to be going. My goal is to get those 5 lbs. off quickly. That will mean drastically reducing my consumption of flex points and activity points. So that’s the major goal, plus workouts, that I will focus on this coming week. Also, sticking with water instead of Diet Coke. And although I hate weighing in when it’s close to that time of the month, I will weigh in next Friday to keep this ball rolling.

Gaining weight during vacations stinks! How do you try to avoid that? What tricks have worked for you over the years?