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322. Weight Watchers Wednesday: Session 2 Week 7

Last week’s weight: 154.4lbs
This week’s weight: 153.6lbs
Change: –.8lbs
Total Loss: -11lbs, this session: -3lbs

Reflections

I was honestly surprised when I weighed in last night.  I really wasn’t expecting a loss of any kind so even a small loss was enough to excite me.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t feeling confident yesterday/ last night; it was just that with the trip to Dallas and the half marathon over the weekend, I just didn’t foresee a loss.

I managed to eat all 49 plus 1 of my weekly allowance points as well as all 37 of the activity points I earned.  (In case you’re curious, 26 of those were from Saturday’s race alone, and I actually broke even at the end of the day with 26 extra points earned and 26 extra points consumed.)  Combine that with the fact that there was fair potential for my muscles to be retaining some h20 after running and traveling, it just didn’t seem like a winning situation for dropping those good ole el-bees.

But I did.  And I could not be more excited about it.  I’m really and truly absolutely at the lowest weight I’ve been since I started losing weight in 2009.  Truth be told, I think I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been since somewhere around 2002.

I’m hoping that now that half marathon training is over (for a few weeks away – more on that later.) I will be able to consistently drop the remaining 12lbs I have left to hit goal.  One of the biggest struggles I’ve had is figuring out how to balance how many points I’m eating with my increasing activity level and mileage.  Now that I’m going to have a more consistent activity schedule, I hope I’ll be able to balance my points and activity for even and consistent weight loss.

I didn’t set any goal last week, but I have a few for this week. 

–          I will run 3 times this week and get 3 strength training sessions in.

–          I will limit eating out to once this week (not counting the wedding I have Saturday night.)

–          I will finish cleaning out my closet and drawers and drop the stuff off at Goodwill.

Until next week…

321. Weight Watchers Wednesday: Session 2 Week 6

Last week’s weight: 154.6lbs
This week’s weight: 154.4lbs
Change: –.2lbs
Total Loss: -10.4lbs, this session: -2.4lbs

Reflections

Can you believe I nearly forgot about Weight Watcher’s Wednesday today?  Okay, well, I suppose it’s not actually that difficult to believe.  My mind is obviously on its way to Dallas already.  (Too bad I’m not even close to being packed and ready to go!)

I felt much better about weigh in this week than I did last week, and technically weigh in went better this week.  A .2 lb loss really isn’t much, but it wasn’t a gain.  I’d like to think I would have seen a greater loss if I had been more disciplines on Saturday, but who knows.  Either way, I went into Saturday night having made the decision not to track or worry during the wedding.  I had an amazing time, and that was most important to me.

This week at my meeting we talked about celebrating our small changes and victories rather than focusing on our obstacles.  She had us right down our changes and victories as well as obstacles we still face.  As usual, it was far easier to list the bad than the good.  I have my obstacles memorized – the weekends, eating out, not tracking when I have to guess at the points value of food, skipping workouts, not doing enough strength training, and more – but I had to actually stop and think about the victories, and even then I struggled to list more than one.  So today I’m taking time to reflect on the small changes and victories – big and small – as a reminder than every success is worth celebrating.

I’ve really embraced cooking and making things from scratch using real, whole foods.

I’ve drastically reduced the amount of processed, packaged foods and convenience foods I eat.

I’ve made my own bread.

I’ve run a mile.

I’ve run three miles.

I’ve run six miles.

I’ve run 13.1 miles. Twice.

I’ve become a runner.

I’ve PRed again, and again.

I’ve lost more than 40lbs since January 2009.

I’ve learned to love broccoli…

…and spinach…

…and Brussels sprouts…

…and salad…

…and mushrooms, tomatoes, and a whole mess of other vegetable I always hated.

I still eat fast food, but not nearly as often as I used to.

I used to love McDonald’s now the smell of it makes me sick (except their breakfast.  I still love McMuffins.)

The last two pairs of jeans I’ve bought were size 8!

I get up early enough to make breakfast at home almost every single day.

I pay attention to portion size, and often eat half as much as I used to.

I’ve learned to stop when I’m full not when I’ve eaten it all.

I eat much more intentionally and much less “because it’s there.”

The vast majority of my carb intake now comes from whole grains.

I eat way more fruits and vegetables than ever.

I always check the label for ingredients and nutrition facts before buying something.

I’ve got the boy checking the label before buying things.

I’ve lowered my blood pressure.

I’ve lowered my cholesterol and improved my “good” cholesterol.

I couldn’t wear the dress I planned to on the cruise because it was way too big.

I eat more locally, seasonally, and ethically than ever.

My sweet tooth is dwindling. 

I haven’t been tempted by the Halloween candy bowl at work even once.

I’ve helped encourage and instill better eating habits in those I love.

In cleaning out my drawers at work, I found that paperwork from my insurance license back in June 2008.  It had a head shot on it; I barely recognized myself.

EDIT: I forgot the one change that has probably made the biggest difference in my weight loss: meal planning.  I swear by it.

So now you tell me; what healthy changes – big or small – are you celebrating?

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