Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The holidays truly are tough on weightloss

Almost 2 months ago, my Weight Watchers leader Alyce gave us all post cards and told us to write a goal of where we'd be at on the 1st week of January. At the time, this was 10 weeks away. She told us that holiday time was challenging, and that setting a short term goal was helpful. She said we could make them non-weight goals too, such as exercising more or eating more veggies. Or even to not lose anything, or even gain 2lbs!

At the time I was thinking to myself: "what? How can people choose a goal of not losing anything..." ever the goal oriented person, and being in a good momentum in my weight loss, I chose to lose 1.5lbs a week over those next 10 weeks. That put my goal at 172lbs in Jan wk1. It seemed achievable considering my rate of weight loss had been averaging about 2lbs a week through that time.

Unsurprisingly, my weight loss speed slowed down a bit: I'm lighter now. My body is more efficient and doesn't burn as many calories as it used to just to move around. It's also been getting colder and the carbs just call to me, especially at night! It took me a while to get through the 180s. My sister came for Thanksgiving and I ended up eating a lot.

Then I got back on track and had a good 2 weeks of substantial losses (-1.8 2 weeks ago, -2.4 last week). For once I thought, maybe it will be possible to get to that 172 by january week 1... After all, that's just 4.6lbs away. Then my dad came to visit, we ate out most of last weekend, and I didn't exercise as much. I also had a holiday party at work where I ate a loosely estimated 33 PointsPlus! (could have been more)

Conveniently, I skipped my daily weigh in this past weekend: Monday morning I was up 3.5lbs! Say it isn't so, Wii fit plus! So now I'm not so worried about my goal anymore. I'm worried about going to my weigh in tomorrow and not showing a gain! I haven't had a gain on the weekly WW weigh ins yet, and I really don't want this to be the first time.

It's probably fluid, my friend says... I hope she's right, although I always weigh in 1st thing in the morning, after going to the bathroom, so maybe not.

Since monday, I went down 2.2lbs, and I'm hoping to shed the remaining 1.3 today and tomorrow. If it shows flat when I go tomorrow evening, I will consider it a holiday victory! :)

The challenge: I'm taking my kids and my dad to an indoor water park resort today and we'll be returning tomorrow. This means we're basically going to be eating the next 4 meals out, maybe more.
I also won't be exercising, so let's hope the hot waters of the hot tub help me melt away a little fat.

If not, there's always next week!

Original weight: 222lbs
Current weight: 176.6lbs
Pounds lost: 45.4lbs 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Over the half-point!

Yesterday at my weigh in, the lucky scale in the back of the WW center finally stopped wiggling up and down at the number of 179. This means I'm over the half point between 222 and 137. This feels like a great accomplishment, as now I have less to lose than I've already lost! I celebrated by going to PiYo afterwards and working my butt off  (literally! LOL). Lesson of the night, if you don't want other people to see your beige sports bra, don't wear a loose shirt to PiYo! (That shirt used to be tight on me, by the way...)

I put an updated pic in my picture page.

Original weight: 222lbs
Current weight: 179lbs
Pounds lost: 43lbs

Monday, December 6, 2010

Size 12, Hello 170s!

Today is kind of a special day for me in this weight loss journey because I am currenlty wearing a pair of size 12 jeans that fit me without being too tight! On top of that, my scale graced me with a 179.8 this morning. This made me feel happy and hopeful that I won't be seeing the 180s again. These most recently lost 10lbs were a bit stubborn, and took a bit longer to burn through. Hopefully they'll let go completely and the 170s won't be as stubborn.

I've been doing the new PointsPlus plan for a week now, and It's been a bit different. I can't say I've found my groove yet, but the 0 point fruits have been nice. It's also harder with the winter weather. I feel it makes me want to eat more "comfort" foods like bread or baked goods.

I've also been back on the grind, working out everyday. The highlight of the past week is that I took a muscle sculpting class with my zumba teacher Gloria. She was substituting for the usual bosu sculpt teacher. Gloria's workout was short but very effective, because my arms were sore for the next 2 days.

Boring blog post, but just thought I'd share my mini milestone. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A slow 2 weeks...

It's been a relatively slow 2 weeks for weight loss: down 0.8 the week before thanksgiving and -0.6 this week. Though I'm anxious my weight loss rate may have slowed down, I am also glad I didn't gain this week. My sister was here from Brazil and we ate out a lot. I know I over-ate my points & didn't exercise as much, so a loss is better than nothing.

This week has also been the first partial week in the new PointsPlus program by Weight Watchers. It was a bit shocking at first, when I realized all the carb foods went up in points, but I realize I'll just have to change my eating habits once again, and look for foods that are low in carbs and fat.

I wonder how long it will take Healthy Choice and Lean cuisine to change their products to better fit the WW plan. I know they're different companies, but they all cater to the same customer, and it's in HC's best interest to produce low point meals.

I'm disappointed my deli flats, healthy life breads and sugar free pudding are now 2 points instead of 1. But I couldn't be happier about bananas being 0 points now!!! LOVE that!

So in the end, proteins stayed the same, processed carbs went up, and fruits went down.

I am already doing it. Pounds, melt away!

Original weight: 222lbs
Current weight: 180.8lbs
Pounds lost: 41.2lbs