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Weight Watchers Wednesday: Fresh out of Clever Subtitles

So I’m not doing an “official” weigh-in post this week, but I had a really great week this past week and was down a pound.  I’m pretty happy with myself and my renewed committment.  I’m actually feeling committed again for real this time.

I actually kind of changed up my approach to the program this week, and it seems to be working well.  I was actually inspired by Jill of The Year of the Phoenix and her approach.  This week I really focused on Power Foods as though I was following the Simply Filling method, but I still continued to track as usual.  I’ve always been really resistant to the Simply Filling method because it seemed like more work to me than just tracking – how do I figure out if the recipe I made for dinner counts as a Power Food; is there a ratio of Power Food to non-Power Food ingredients? – and because there are some things that I refuse to compromise on like cheese and bread.  Because let’s face it, life is too short to eat fat-free cheese.  I don’t eat a ton of cheese, only about a serving a day, but at 3 points a serving that would add up and eat into my 49 points pretty quickly.  I was able to stick pretty close to my 26 daily points most days.  Where this method was really most helpful though when I was in situations where I wasn’t controlling my food prep (out to eat, baby shower, etc.).  It gave me a strategy to my food choices vs just trying to find something healthy to eat.  At the baby shower I had chicken breast, salad, and fruit salad because those were Power Foods.  This seems to really be working for me so I’m going to stick with this approach for a while.

I’m also giving DietBet another go.  Mindy decided to start up a DietBet beginning October 21.  I had a pretty successful run with DietBet at the beginning of the year, and while I did run out of steam by my third go, I think I’m at a place where it would be a helpful motivator in keeping me committed.  If you’re interested in joining, you can do so here.  It’s a $20 buy-in.

Weight Watchers Wednesday is Back, Back Again…

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I’m not boring right….? Don’t answer that.

Along with my frequent recommittments to weight loss comes my recommitment to my Weight Watchers Wednesday posts.  I’ve decided (this time around) I’m going to do formal weigh in and monthly goals on the first Wednesday of each month, and the rest of the weeks will be reserved for any random weight loss musings I’ve got bouncing around in my head that week.  So let’s get started with the weigh in shall we…

2013 Starting Weight: 165.6 (Official Weight Watchers Starting Weight was 164.8)
Last Weigh-In: 159.8
Current Weigh-In: 162
Change: +2.2
2013 Lowest Weight: 156.6

So the fact that I’ve only gained 2.2lbs since my last weigh-in in July is probably a minor miracle.  July, August and September were such insanely busy months I gave myself every excuse in the book to let things slide.  Even after last month’s recommittment, I struggled to find my motivation and get back in my groove.  My September goals went okay – some (no booze) went better than others (all workout related goals) – but I knew I could do better if I could find my motivation again.  Then I read this post on the Myth of Motivation and this post on quitting and accomplishment for the sake of accomplishment from Life Less Bullshit and realized two things: first, that I was really lacking in the committment and discipline departments, and second, that I’ve really lost sight of why it is I’m doing this weight loss thing anyway.

So that’s what I’ve been working on lately.  I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the “why?” of it all.  I’ve talked about this before, but when I started losing weight my “why” was to get healthy.  Since I feel like I’ve done that to varying degrees, “get healthy” isn’t a good enough to keep me going anymore.  I need to find new whys.  So that’s what I’ve been working on.  I’m not going to list them out here, but I’m working on creating a list in my weight loss journal.

The weight loss journal is what I’m doing to get my committment and discipline back in order.  In my meeting last week (or maybe two weeks ago…) we talked about tracking not just the foods you’re eating, but the circumstances under which you’re eating them to find patterns.  I’m taking this a bit further and turning it into a full journal with comprehensive food tracking, weigh-in, goals and musing…basically this on paper like people did before blogging was a thing.

So my goals for October are to focus on my committment and discipline, to be conscious of the decisions I’m making and really consider if it will help me reach my bigger goals.  But since those are vague and poorly constructed goals, I’ve also created some more specific, “smart” goals for October.

  1. Create a 15K training plan and stick with it to PR at the Schiller Thriller5K at the end of October and the Dirty Turkey 15K in November.
  2. Focus on eating at least 50% Power Foods and meeting the Good Health Guidelines daily.  I’m noting these as part of my weight loss journal.
  3. Continue on the limited booze thing. Limit myself to 1 drink when out for drinks with coworkers/ clients, and limit weekend drinking to the two weddings I’m attending this month.
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