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  • WW WW #13

    November
    12
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #13!

    It was bound to happen at some point, bah – a gain. After the last two weeks of dealing with a horrible bladder infection, antibiotics, bloating and comfort food, I’ve gained and now I’m basically where I was 4 weeks ago. Not like it’s going to take long for the excess to fall away, but it really is a nice little kick in the skinny jeans, you know what I mean? No, no more butterfingers have passed my lips. I went to the gym this weekend to look at the new circuit training equipment, and set my appointment to meet with a trainer and get my weight settings. The jiggle in my joggle is reminding me that fall is here, and I am not spending the time outside that I used to, so it’s time to dust off the treadmill and dig out my running shoes. Not only that, but my favorite fruits are out of season and have been replaced with pumpkin pie, basically.

    1st week: -4.6 lbs.
    2nd week: -4.2 lbs.
    3rd week: -1.6 lbs.
    4th week: -2.4 lbs.
    5th week: -.8 lbs.
    6th week: -2.6 lbs.
    7th week: -1.2 lbs.
    8th week: -2.2 lbs.
    9th week: -1 lbs.
    10th week: -.2 lbs.
    11th week: -.6 lbs.
    12th week: -.8lbs.
    * * 13th week: +1.2 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -21 lbs.
    Yes, hello winter, hello holidays, you are and always have been the reason I fail every year. I resolve to make it to the other side, where 15 days into the new year I vowed to myself to be at my goal. I have only 9 weeks remaining and now 7.6 pounds to go. That’s what the average American gains over the next 9 weeks. Let’s see if I can do just the opposite.

    Send duct tape.

    WW WW #12

    October
    22
    2007


    Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #12!

    This week, you get a fancy photo I took of myself last week (my sister requested demanded it) It seems awfully snotty to post a picture of myself, but man – I haven’t had the self esteem to post a “full body” shot online for a long time. I’m okay with it now, even though I’m not at my goal yet.

    I guess my point in even showing you is to (hopefully) inspire you, or motivate you, or encourage you to keep going. It’s hard for me to believe that girl in the pic is me, that those abs are mine – even that my hair has grown that much! It does happen though, with persistence and knowledge and just treating yourself to a better meal, and better snacks. It’s not my intent to brag (to the point of arrogance, at least), so don’t be thinking that I think I’m “all that” – I don’t. I’m just at a place, finally, where I can accept myself and my weight and be comfortable in my own skin.

    It’s not easy to accomplish, but the rewards – so worth it. As is my Monday ritual – here are my results thus far on the Weight Watchers Core plan:

    1st week: -4.6 lbs.
    2nd week: -4.2 lbs.
    3rd week: -1.6 lbs.
    4th week: -2.4 lbs.
    5th week: -.8 lbs.
    6th week: -2.6 lbs.
    7th week: -1.2 lbs.
    8th week: -2.2 lbs.
    9th week: -1 lbs.
    10th week: -.2 lbs.
    11th week: -.6 lbs.
    * * 12th week: -.8 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -22.2 lbs.
    And with that, I thank you for showing up and checking in on my progress! Have a good one.

    A Milestone

    October
    17
    2007

    Today is a great day, and it has everything to do with that little thumbnail to the left. That is a screenshot of my CalorieKing.com Diet Diary from yesterday (click it to see it full size).

    Yesterday I made awesome choices. I was full all day, and I snacked when I felt hungry.

    Today, I’ve broken into the 150’s again. Now I’ll say what I weigh. Now I’m not ashamed anymore. 158.4. I haven’t weighed this (much/little) in at least 12 years. Seriously. I don’t have too far to go to meet my goal now, my realistic goal is 155, and my dream goal is 140. I don’t intend to “stop” when I get to my goal, because look at that menu! I ate a lot of satisfying, healthy food yesterday and it was good. I made the right choices and it showed up on the scale this morning.

    Aaaah. :sigh of contentment:

    It’s about dang time.

    WW WW #11

    October
    15
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #11!

    A really surprising week for me, honestly, because I had a disappointing meal or two where I thought I made good choices but it turned out that they weren’t as good as I thought. Thankfully, eating all the goodness the rest of the week kept my metabolism in check and burning my poor choices away along with a little bit of excess baggage. Yay For Core!!

    In case you didn’t catch it, here’s that post I wrote about How to Lose Weight the Right Way. I’m seeing a lot of people talking about diets and dieting, and for me – it’s not about a diet. Diets are temporary things, you go on them, you go off of them. If you want to be successful, you have to re-learn and re-train yourself. You have to be prepared to permanently change your way of thinking about food. In order to do that, you have to study food and the components your body needs for fuel. I said in my comments on that post that you have to eat for your body, not for your social or emotional needs. Learning how to do that is absolutely key in continued health and maintaining/achieving a healthy and natural weight for your body.

    If you can’t tell, I’m really drawn to nutrition education and it’s weighing heavily on my mind and heart to further my education and become a Certified Nutritionist.

    Without further adieu, here are the results of my educating myself on nutrition and eating natural goodness:

    1st week: -4.6 lbs.
    2nd week: -4.2 lbs.
    3rd week: -1.6 lbs.
    4th week: -2.4 lbs.
    5th week: -.8 lbs.
    6th week: -2.6 lbs.
    7th week: -1.2 lbs.
    8th week: -2.2 lbs.
    9th week: -1 lbs.
    10th week: -.2 lbs.
    * * 11th week: -.6 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -21.4 lbs.

    I’m a happy girl.
    :good:

    How to Lose Weight the Right Way

    October
    8
    2007

    monarch butterfly photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.

    “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

    ~Trina Paulus

    The quote at the meeting this week is so appropriate. Without these meetings, I might not keep things like this in mind, I would definitely not feel like I am holding myself accountable for my health and in turn – my weight.

    Keep reading »

    WW WW #10

    October
    8
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #10!

    If you’re following my weight loss progress, you’re noticing that I haven’t kept my promise of detailing out the reasons for my weight loss success as of yet. I’ve started it, but as many of you know – my clients come first, and I had a doozie of a project last week (No, not you – or you either. You don’t know ’em. I promise.) that stressed me out a bit and kept my head in a cloud of CSS. It also kept my loss at a minimum – but I’m just happy to see another negative number!

    This week is looking much better and I’m excited to get a few really neat projects done and I will, of course, link them like a crazy person.

    First week: -4.6 lbs.
    Second week: -4.2 lbs.
    Third week: -1.6 lbs.
    Fourth week: -2.4 lbs.
    Fifth week: -.8 lbs.
    Sixth week: -2.6 lbs.
    Seventh week: -1.2 lbs.
    Eighth week: -2.2 lbs.
    Ninth week: -1 lbs.
    * * Tenth week: -.2 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -20.8 lbs.
    Now I will go get that post finished for you and you’ll see it tomorrow right here. (Pinki swear.)

    WW WW #9

    October
    1
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #9!

    The past few days, I’ve been writing this big long detailed entry (in my head) about how this works for me, why I think it’s successful, and what it really takes to make the changes I’ve made and not fail. It’s still in my head, of course – because I have blog designs to finish, and a faucet that decided to rain on my morning, and I have a post-it pad in front of me that I’m jotting more “to-do’s” on as I think of them. I am not even finished with my first cup of coffee this morning, and the day is half over. Happy Monday! heh!

    First week: -4.6 lbs.
    Second week: -4.2 lbs.
    Third week: -1.6 lbs.
    Fourth week: -2.4 lbs.
    Fifth week: -.8 lbs.
    Sixth week: -2.6 lbs.
    Seventh week: -1.2 lbs.
    Eighth week: -2.2 lbs.
    * * Ninth week: -1 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -20.6 lbs.
    I’ve hit my 20 pound goal, and I set my target this morning, and have just 8 pounds to go to reach it. Then it’ll be whatever it is – if I keep losing, then great! I’m not going to change anything about what I’ve been doing, because I don’t really want more fat cells than a normal person should have.

    Shopping did commence one afternoon last week, I was amazed to find jeans 3 sizes smaller and shirts 2 sizes smaller were a perfect fit for me. Of course no shopping spree is complete without a (couple) pair of shoes, and a belt – to hold up my pants if they start to get big again! It was a bit surreal, so I had to stick the sticker from the leg of the jeans on my desk nice and visible so it sinks in. Really. I did.

    Much to do, and I promise that within the next day or two, I will detail out what I’ve been doing so that if you’re inspired, you can make the changes you need to make to start reaching your goals, too.

    WW WW #8

    September
    24
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #8!

    This marks the end of my 8th week on the Weight Watchers Core plan. What do I have to show for it? A drawer full of pants that are TOO BIG. Not that I’m complaining, of course! Do I wish I could see the difference in the mirror? Absolutely. I can feel the difference in my clothes, but I see the same thing in the mirror – I even see the same numbers in my head when I picture my weight on the scale. Self image is a horrible thing – at this point I’m not sure if a hundred people came up and told me how much weight I’d lost if I would even believe them. It’s strange how our psyche can really be so far off from reality, and I wonder what it is going to take to fix that.

    Regardless, I do have something to share this week!

    weight watchers 10 percent keychain' class=
    I reached my 10% goal!
    :good:

    First week: -4.6 lbs.
    Second week: -4.2 lbs.
    Third week: -1.6 lbs.
    Fourth week: -2.4 lbs.
    Fifth week: -.8 lbs.
    Sixth week: -2.6 lbs.
    Seventh week: -1.2 lbs.
    * * Eighth week: -2.2 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -19.6 lbs.
    Ahhh now what. What is my next goal?! Well, I think 20 pounds is pretty attainable at this point. And then just a few more to hit a whole new set of 10’s on the scale.

    And then, then the shopping will commence.

    WW WW #7

    September
    17
    2007

    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #7!

    Here I go again with another update, another loss this week although it could have been better, I’m okay with it and I’ll do better this week. Next week I should have a nice pretty picture of a (faux) gold 10% keychain for you. :)

    First week: -4.6 lbs.
    Second week: -4.2 lbs.
    Third week: -1.6 lbs.
    Fourth week: -2.4 lbs.
    Fifth week: -.8 lbs.
    Sixth week: -2.6 lbs.
    * * Seventh week: -1.2 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -17.4 lbs.
    10% target: .6 pounds away.

    The last week was hurried and rushed and I ate out twice – even though my choices were okay, they could have been better and I probably sabotaged my own goal of getting to 10% this week. I feel as though I completely failed myself the whole week in both my weight loss and my own personal goals, and in turn failed everyone around me. Not that you guys even know what my goals were, but that’s just the kind of pressure I put on myself. I need to learn to let that stuff go.

    I did get a couple of things accomplished already this morning, trying to make up for my personal failures last week, so any absence here on my blog will definitely not be indicative of me being lazy. I have a lot to do to get things where I expected them to be, I just hope this week is clear of the hurdles I encountered last week.

    Getting caught up on e-mail is on my list of things-to-do, too. I hope you’re all doing well, and thanks for standing by and supporting me!!

    xoxo

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