Sunday, July 4, 2010
So, this is the end of weighing it out. But not to worry! I'm still continuing my weight loss journey! I think I'll start posting my stats every Wednesday on my regular blog. You can find me over at Just Lisa, No Filler (that's me. I'm Lisa. I think I was trying to be more anonymous here. F that. Too difficult).
Hope to see you there! Keep on losing!
Friday, July 2, 2010
Last week's weight: 204.6
Current weight: 202.8
Weight lost this week: -1.8
Total weight lost: -26.6
Look at me, being all awesome! Over 26 pounds in two months!
I did some figuring today....
7 more pounds to my wedding weight (195)
10 more pounds to the lightest my coworkers have ever seen me (192)
17 more pounds to the lightest my husband has ever seen me (185)
25 more pounds until I'm longer considered overweight for my height (177, per the weight watchers chart)
35 more pounds to my high school weight (167)
57 more pounds to my college weight (145-- and yes, people were concerned that I wasn't eating enough. 145 pounds for a girl who's 5'10" is VERY thin)
So, my goal is 175. I'm almost halfway there. I told my husband that I want to lose about 25 more pounds, and he was very concerned. He doesn't know. He didn't think I needed to lose the first 25, and now that's gone, he doesn't seem to be complaining!
But those goals are in the future. The immediate goal is to lose 3.4 more pounds in two weeks. That will put me at 30 pounds lost, just in time for my weekend away with the girls in Tahoe. I can't wait!
Oh, I know. It won't be easy, especially with the 4th of July bbq on Sunday. But I'm focused! Determined! Motivated!
OK, maybe a little hungry, too.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Starting weight: 229.4
Last week's weight: 207.0
Current weight: 204.6
Weight lost this week: -2.4
Total weight lost: -24.8
So close to 25 pounds! I weigh in again tomorrow, so unless I binge out after I get off the computer tonight, I'll be definitely over 25 pounds lost.
But it hasn't been easy. I'm hot and tired and I want to eat a gallon of ice cream. Instead, I will eat a crystal light Popsicle. Boo!
But I'm going to each meeting and trying to learn the concepts and follow them. That means eating breakfast every morning, incorporating exercise into my day, and tracking everything I eat.
I didn't realize the importance of tracking until my previous weigh in. It was the first week I didn't track, and the first week I gained. I've been tracking more since then, but not to the obsessive level that I was when I first started WW.
Maybe it's just the summer lazies, but it's just been too difficult to track lately.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Last week's weight: 206.6
Current weight: 207.0
Weight lost this week: +0.4
Total weight lost: -22.4
I didn’t lose weight this week. I gained. Less that half a pound, but still. I gained.
I could give many excuses for this. This was the first week I didn’t track what I ate. It was my son’s first birthday, and we had two different parties for him. I also attended an appreciation dinner at a winery this week. And, to top it all off, it was “that” time of the month.
But those are just excuses. What it really comes down to is I did make smart food choices. I had cheesecake at the winery. I ate the bread when I went out with my girlfriends. I had two pieces of birthday cake.
Looking back, I’m surprised I only gained half a pound.
Ugh. I need to step it up.
The only good thing is that my clothes are HANGING on me. Maybe my occasional workouts are helping!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
- Fat girl jeans
- Every day jeans
- Skinny jeans
The fat girl jeans are for when you’re just feeling too large to function. You know the days I’m talking about. Three days before your period. Right after you’ve eaten 7 gallons of ice cream. When you’re feeling overall frumpy.
Every day jeans are for… well, for every day. You’re not feeling fat, you’re not feeling skinny, you’re just normal. Most of your days should fit into this category.
Skinny jeans are for when you’re a hot and sexy thang. You’re looking good, you’re feeling good, and the world should know it. You should not experience these days more than once a month. If you do, you are annoying.
So, my fat girl jeans simply cannot be worn anymore. I’m swimming in them. It looks like I’m four years old and wearing my father’s pants. I have to get rid of all of them.
My every day jeans have become my fat girl jeans, and my skinny jeans have become my every day jeans.
I need new skinny jeans. Luckily, I have a fourth category: the Lucky jeans. My normally-$100-but-purchased-on-Ebay-for-only-$18 Lucky jeans. I loved them when I first got them in November 2008, and I have been saving them since they stopped fitting in February 2009.
Ah, Lucky. How I’ve missed you. Let’s never fight again.
They are still a little tight. They are still REALLY tight. That’s ok. Sometimes love hurts.
How many categories of jeans do you have?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Last week's weight: 208.8
Current weight: 206.6
Weight lost this week: -2.2
Total weight lost: -22.8
If I'm going to have a weight loss blog, I really need to post more than once a week.
But I'm chugging along with my weight loss. I hit 22 pounds today, which was 10% of my body weight, so I got recognized in the meeting and I got a key chain, where you put charms as you hit other milestones. The program is still working for me.
I've started the slightest twinge of new activity. Hubby and I have started taking the kids out for a walk after dinner. And last night, my daughter and I went running-- only about a quarter mile, but better than nothing!
Did you do anything to kick it up a notch? Let's hear about it!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Last week's weight: 211.6
Current weight: 208.8
Weight lost this week: -2.4
Total weight lost: -20.6
Do you know what this means? Simply stated: I AM AWESOME!
20 pounds. In one month. No drugs, just eating healthy. For real.
OK, it was a month and 2 days. Who's counting?
I wasn't expecting much at the weigh in. I stayed within my points, but I didn't feel like I had eaten particularly healthy. I was expecting to break even, and was just praying that I didn't gain.
But then I donated blood last night, and walked out feeling lighter. Did I donate 5 pounds worth of blood? Probably not. But I allowed myself to hope--just a little.
I cried like little girl at weigh in today. I just can't believe that I lost 20 pounds. 20 POUNDS! It really boggles my mind.
I don't mean to gloat, I know there are people who are struggling. And I gave myself a treat of a cinnamon roll for dessert tonight, so I probably gained those 2 pounds back. But that's ok. I deserve a treat!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Starting weight: 229.4
Last week's weight: 216.8
Current weight: 213.2
Weight lost this week: -3.6
Total weight lost: -16.2
And here's my stats from today's weigh in:
Starting weight: 229.4
Last week's weight: 213.2
Current weight: 211.6
Weight lost this week: -1.6
Total weight lost: -17.8
So, yea... still losing. But as you can see, it has slowed down quite a bit. The ww Leader said not to worry, anything more than 2 pounds a week isn't healthy, but I'm a girl who likes to see immediate results. It's time to kick it up a notch.
That's why it was really fitting that the meeting topic this week was about exercise. I do not exercise. I know it's important, I know I should, I just don't want to. I wake up at 6, get myself and the kids ready, go to work. I usually run errands on my lunch hour (my ww meeting being one of them). Then after work, I pick up the kids, get them fed, bathed, and in bed. It's after 8 pm before I have any time for me, and that's if I don't even clean the house at all. I really don't see how I can fit a workout in to my already busy schedule.
The leader said I need to get up earlier. Ugh. I am not a morning person.
But, I am dedicated to this, so I vowed to working out at least three times this week. I don't know if will be in the morning, at night, or maybe I'll get some time in during the weekend. But Hopefully I'll be able to lose 2.2 pounds and I can be 20 pounds down next week!
When do you get your work outs in?
Friday, May 21, 2010
For three weeks, I've been watching what I've ate. No cheese or mayo on my sandwiches, no ranch on my salads, no chocolate at all. Measuring, calculating, counting to the point of obsession.
And it's working. In only three weeks, I've already lost 16 pounds. I haven't even started exercising yet, that's all diet change. I hate exercising, I'll do it when I stop losing each week.
But I'm not sure how much longer I can keep this up. I need a cheeseburger in the worse way. There was a potluck at my work today and kept all the food at an empty desk, which happens to be only 5 feet away from where I sit. It was all I could do not to grab a brownie. Or twenty.
My husband and daughter are away for the weekend. My son is fast asleep.
There is a bag of m&m's in the kitchen, calling my name.
I need to go to bed before I devour them.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I’m sure that these people don’t MEAN to be rude. Take Hubby, for example.
Him: “So, on this system, can you eat pizza?”
Me: “Sure. I just have to be smart about it. Like we can get a Veggie De-Lite from Papa Murphy’s, and each slice is worth 4 points, so I could probably have two pieces, and then a side salad.”
Him: “But who dictates how big a slice is?”
Me: “I already looked up the nutrition value on the website. One slice is a tenth of the pizza.”
Him: (laughing) “You can’t cut a pizza into 10 slices!”
Grrr. First of all, what, are you retarded? Of course you can cut a circle into 10 equal slices! 5 cuts across the diameter Dear, it’s not that difficult. But, even it was something harder to figure out, like 9 slices or 11 slices, who are you to laugh? It’s not my fault a serving is 1/10 of a pizza. You need to voice your grievances to Mr. Murphy if you have a problem. Or his papa.
I silently stewed and wished I was eating peanut butter m&m’s. But what I SHOULD have said was, “Honey, I’m doing this because I want to feel good about myself, and I want to like my reflection when I look in the mirror. I wish you would respect that and support me.”
Sheesh. You would think that Hubby would want to have sex with the lights on again someday, and that’s going to happen for at least another 20 pounds!
Oh, and here's what I ate today:
8 am - yogurt
coffee with cream and sugar.
12 pm- 3 oz chicken
1 piece of cheese
1 hard boiled egg
1 serving reduced cal wheat thins
1 serving (10 fluid ounces) corn chowder soup (it wasn't very good. I didn't finish it)
1 slice garlic bread
Total for today: 26 points
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Starting weight: 229.4
Last week's weight: 221.0
Current weight: 216.8
Weight lost this week: -4.2
Total weight lost: -12.6
I've been busy at work and at home, so I haven't had time to get online. But as you can tell from my weight loss, I've been staying with my points each day. And I've lost 5% of my total weight! Whoo hoo!
I really need to start incorporating some kind of activity into my lifestyle... but that probably won't happen this week, either. I'm working on it.
Here's what I ate today:
8 am- coffee with cream and sugar
ww banana nut muffin
1 pm- smart ones meal
I ate pretty light today because Hubby was going to pick up a pizza for dinner. But at the last minute, he decided to go to Subway instead:
6 pm- 6" turkey on wheat (no cheese or mayo)
1 serving baked Lays
So now I'm WAY low on points. I'll probably get some kind of snack later tonight.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I'm full, but I'm way low on my points. 8 points, that's a whole meal. I thought maybe I even forgot something, but I keep going over my day, over and over again, and nope, that's all I ate.
Maybe I'm getting sick.
And even though I'm low on points today, and I've been close to my points every day, never going over, I am not losing weight. I weighed myself this evening, and I haven't lost anything (the scale actually says I GAINED 3 pounds, but I'm not stressing too much about that. It's the end of the day, I'm wearing a sweatshirt, that's got to account for something. Not much, but something).
8 am- 1 cup blueberries- 1 pt (28)
1 cup strawberries- 1 pt (27)
coffee with cream and sugar- 3 pts (24)
12 pm- mac and cheese smart ones meal- 6 pts (18)
6 pm- hot link sausage- 6 pts (12)
turkey and mashed potatoes from smart ones- 4 pts (8)
What's wrong? Too much processed food? Hubby and the kids had lefts overs from Mother's Day. None of that was healthy, so I had to have a little meal. I've been eating at least one every day, they're so much easier that having to think about a healthy home cooked meal.
Maybe I need to start exercising.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Today was a little difficult because we went to my dad's house for a bbq and there was nothing there that was even remotely healthy. But I stayed in my point range and I'm full right now, so it's all good!
8 am- Egg and cheese burrito from Smart Ones- 4 pts (25)
coffee with cream and sugar- 3 pts (22)
(sweet Hubby brought me breakfast in bed-- 2 minutes in the microwave, it's probably the easiest thing he ever made!)
1 pm- 1 hot link sausage, no bun- 6 pts (16)
1 cup potato salad- 14 pts (2)
Dessert-- My stepmother made 2 desserts, and I didn't take a plate. But then she asked me what I thought of them, so Hubby gave me a bite of each one. I'm completely guessing on the points, but it can't be more than 1 point per bite, right? 2 pts (0)
7 pm- I was out of points, but I needed a little something. Luckily, some foods are free.
1 cup carrots
Still at 29 points! Go me!
I don't think I'm losing as much weight as I did last week. I might have to add in some exercise sooner than I thought.
Friday, May 7, 2010
* Plan ahead. I knew my girlfriends and I were going to Outback for lunch today, so I went online ahead of time to look at the menu. After I stopped crying over all the delicious stuff I used to get, I realized pretty quick that I was going to have the house salad and a side of fries.
* Eat before you go. If you have a little snack before you even go out, you won't be that hungry when it's time to order.
* Look for restaurant buzz words. Descriptions like poached, grilled, roasted, and steamed are good. Descriptions such as fried, battered, creamed, and scampi are generally not so good.
* Restaurants notoriously give you way too much than the recommended serving size. As soon as your plate arrives, put half in a take out box, or on another plate and remove it from the table.
* Don't feel guilty about leaving food on your plate. If you think your spouse or kids might want it, fine. Take it. But otherwise, leave it. You might think you're wasting food and money by throwing it away, but what good is doing you being stored in your butt?
* Limit the amount of times you go out. Before I joined WW, I was getting Starbucks in the morning before work, or sometimes McDonalds, and going out to grab a quick bite on my lunch hour, and then eating whatever I wanted when I got home. Those days are over, but I still go out with my besties every Friday. That way, I'm not completely depriving myself.
* Make it a dry party. No alcohol! Who wants to waste their calories drinking? Not me!
What works for you when you go out?
8 am- Egg and cheese burrito (from Smart Ones) 4 pts (25)
Coffee with cream and sugar 3 pts (22)
1 pm- house salad- no dressing, no croutons 5 pts (17) I'm mad that I forgot to say no cheese and it was shredded in there. I could have had 0 points. I'm sure it was less than 5, but I'm all about overestimating.
French fries 4 pts (13) HUGE victory. I went to Outback with my girlfriends for lunch. I ordered a house salad with no croutons or dressing and a side of french fries. I put half the fries on a separate plate and then put the plate on another table that needed to be cleaned. And I didn't even eat all the fries that I gave myself. Go me!
But, bad news... I was starving by 3 pm. And I knew we were having hotdogs for dinner tonight. So I resisted.
6 pm- 2 hotdogs (no buns) 10 pts (3)
More asparagus than anyone should be allowed to eat 0 pts (3)
8 pm- I'm still hungry
1 serving reduced fat wheat thins 2 pts (1)
Total: 28 points
Today was the first day that I was not satisfied. I think I way overestimated the points on my lunch, but if I want this to work, I need to be honest about the points.
I hope tomorrow is better.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Starting weight: 229.4
Last week's weight: 229.4
Current weight: 221.0
Weight lost this week: -8.4
Total weight lost: -8.4
The meeting was cool. I lost more than 5 pounds, so I got a little sticker reward for that, and I got a bunch of little bravo stickers for saying what I did differently this week. I get off on stuff like that.
The topic was interesting, too (more on that later). But the other people at the meeting.... well, I didn't really connect with any of them.
The average age was probably 72.
I went at 12:30, and I expected a lot of working stiffs, coming in on their lunch. This did not seem to be the case. They were all retired women. I think there was one girl that was my age (she appeared to be there with her mother). Everyone else was at least my mother's age or older.
There's another 12:30 meeting on Wednesdays, I think I'll go there next week to see if there's anyone my age. I don't mind it if there's no one there I can talk to, but it would be an added extra bonus.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
10 am: yogurt (I had to go to the dentist this morning, so I didn't get to eat sooner) 4 pts (25)
12:30 pm: beef nachos (cinco de mayo, so of course the office provided nachos. I can only hope I am overestimating the serving size) 13 pts (12)
1 sugar cookie-- 3 pts (9) Ugh!
6 pm: instead of going out to dinner, we went to big boss's house for dinner. He grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. I had....
1 hamburger patty-- 3 pts (6)
1 hot link sausage-- 6 pts (0)
1 serving potato chips-- 4 pts (+4)
I went 4 points over on my points today. Boo. This wouldn't be an issue (I'm allowed to go over 35 points a week), if I didn't have my first week weigh in tomorrow!
Way to sabotage, Heifer.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Coffee with cream and sugar-- 3 points (23)
1 pm - 5 oz boneless skinless chicken breast (grilled)-- 5 points (18)
2 slices low cal wheat bread-- 1 point (17)
1 serving reduced fat wheat thins-- 2 points (15)
6 pm - 1 smart ones meal (chicken and broccoli)-- 5 points (10)
1 slice low cal wheat bread (my daughter at the other piece)-- 1 point (9)
8 pm- 2 chicken and mushroom roll up.... things (also from Smart Ones. I really stocked up on the frozen meals. I know, it's more expensive, and it's probably not as healthy, but it takes a lot of the thinking out of the process.)-- 4 points (5)
Total for the day: 24
Hubby just informed me that we are going out to dinner tomorrow night, with some clients from his company. I normally love going out to dinner, but on the night before my first weigh in... I'm scared.
I think I've been losing weight. I hope I've been losing weight. Even going out to eat on Sunday, I think I've been doing ok.
I hope I don't blow it tomorrow.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Coffee with cream and sugar—3 points – 21
(I had 5.8 ounces of chicken breast that I was intending to have for lunch today… but I left it at home. Drats. Luckily, there’s a Subway near by)
1 pm: 6” turkey on wheat with all the veggies (no cheese or mayo) – 5 points – 16
1 oz bag baked lays – 2 points – 14
6 pm: round steak, 4 oz -- 5 points-- 9
1 cup broccoli-- 0 points-- 9
1 T soy sauce-- 0 points-- 9
(we made beef and broccoli from scratch at home, and I just mixed cornstarch with the soy sauce to thicken it up. My husband had his over rice so he didn’t feel deprived. I don’t love rice, and I thought I was going to need a beer later after my bad day at work, so I decided not to waste the points.)
8 pm: 1 serving reduced fat wheat thins-- 2 points-- 7
And no beer!
Total for today: 22
I’m going to a meeting on Thursday to weigh in. I’m sure I’ve lost weight, although I don’t know how much. I’m worried that the instructor is going to say I’m not eating enough, but damn! I want this to work and I don’t want to go over.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
* 2 pieces low cal bread-- 1 point (no butter!)
* 1 egg-- 2 points
* 1 tsp oil-- 1 point
* 1 cup blueberries-- 1 point
* 2 pieces low cal bread (again)-- 1 point (no mayo or mustard!)
* 2 oz turkey breast lunch meat-- 1 point
* 1 cheese stick-- 2 points
I really watched my points because I knew I going out to dinner tonight. I took my mother out to dinner as an early Mother's Day present. We went to a mom and pop Mexican restaurant. I ordered the chicken tacos: Delicious! I ate the tacos, and then 2 or 3 bites each of the rice and beans, and maybe a total of 10 tortilla chips with salsa. No alcohol.
There wasn't any nutritional information, so I had to guess on the calories and the amounts. I tried to over-estimate.
* 2 chicken tacos-- 10 points
* 1/4 cup refried beans-- 1 point
* 1/4 cup spanish rice-- 2 points
* tortilla chips-- 3 points
* salsa-- 1 point
TOTAL FOR TODAY-- 26
.. and I drank 3 24-oz bottles of water!
First, take the first two numbers of your weight. I weight 229, so my starting number is 22.
Add 2 points if you’re female, 8 points if you’re male.
Now, for your age.
17-26………….. 4 points
27-37………….. 3 points
38-47………….. 2 points
48-58………….. 1 point
no points if you’re older than 58.
I’m 36, so I add 3 points.
Now, add in your Height:
Under 5’1” ………….. No points
5’1”- 5”10………….. 1 point
Over 5’10” ………….. 2 points
I’m 5’11”, so I add 2 points.
And now for your work day. Do you spend your day….
Mostly sitting ………….. No points
Mostly standing, but sitting sometimes ………….. 2 points
Mostly walking………….. 4 points
Hard manual labor ………….. 6 points
I work in an office, sitting at a desk all day. No points for me.
So, if your math skills are as bad as mine, you’ll have to break out your calculator and see that I am allowed 29 points a day. Of course, as you lose weight or get older or if you get a different job, your daily point value will change.
Every food has a point value. Some foods are 0 points. Yea for broccoli! Some foods are high in points, like pizza or potato chips. Boo to those foods. But if you want to eat those, rock on with your bad self, as long as you stay within your points total. That means if you want to have two slices of pizza and a beer at dinner, you’re not going to be able to eat anything all day before then, or else you’ll go over your points. Who wants to do that? Not fun!
You’re also allowed 35 “bonus points” each week. That means if you want to eat a piece of cake at a birthday party, or go out to a nice dinner for your anniversary, you can. You just dip into your special going out reserve points. The Weight Watchers people say that you will still lose weight even if you dip into your reserve, just not as quickly as if you don’t.
I prefer quicker, thank you.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Starting points: 298 am- a smart ones breakfast meal. I ate the cheesy scramble with hash browns-- 4 points (25 left)
coffee with cream and sugar-- 3 points (22)
10:45 am- yogurt-- 4 points (18)
bran sprinklies to go over the yogurt-- 1 point (17)
(I've also had 48 ounces of water so far today-- go me!)
1:30 pm- a smart ones entree. This time is was salisbury steak with mac and cheese-- 6 points (11)
I think I'm on my 5th 24-oz bottle of water. I've been peeing all day. But I feel very full.
5:30 pm- 6" turkey sub on wheat (with no mayo or cheese)-- 5 points (6)
Baked Lays potato chips-- 2 points (4)
caffeine free diet pepsi-- 0 points
8 pm-- sugar free chocolate pudding-- 1 point (3)
Total for the day: 26 points
I think this is pretty awesome. Now, this was a special day-- I worked in my office most of the day, and then my husband was gone in the evening so the kids and I went out for sandwiches-- but I still count it as a win! Now, the real test will be when I'm with my husband all day and I have to deal with his cravings!
So, why Weight Watchers? Well, there’s a couple reasons. I really like the meeting aspect of it. You go to the meeting each week, you weigh in, you get rewarded if you do well. You get to hear what’s working for everyone else, and you get to hear if something isn’t working, and hear suggestions for how to do better. And then you get a lesson on the life change we’re all making.
I like the structure that the system provides. I need someone to tell me exactly what to do, and exactly when to do it. But at the same time, I like the flexibility of the program. If I want to eat a cheeseburger, I can.
But the main reason I chose Weight Watchers was because I’ve had friends lose with it. If they can do it, I can do it.
And if I can’t do it, I’ll pray every night for my friends to become fat.
Friday, April 30, 2010
I told her it wasn't nice to say such things, but hey, the truth hurts! I decided I better get off my butt and do something about it.
First, a bit about me. My name is Grace, I live in California with my husband, my 4 year old daughter, and my 10 month old son. I am 36 years old, I'm 5'10", and as of today, I weigh 229.4 pounds. This blog will chronicle my journey as I attempt to lose 50 pounds through the Weight Watchers Diet Plan. My goal is to journal my food, log in my exercise, talk about my successes and failures, and hopefully lose a crapload of weight!
I happened to have the day off work today, so I as soon as I dropped my daughter at preschool, I went to the weight watchers office and signed myself up. Everyone was so nice-- those skinny bitches. It went pretty much like how I would picture an AA meeting to go: the leader praised people who had successes, people who were struggling talked about what was bothering them, and then there was a lesson before the leader sent everyone away. This week's lesson was about forming good habits, and how your life has changed since developing those habits. It was kinda hokey, but I liked the motivation and inspiration that everyone was projecting.
With Weight Watchers, you don't really count calories, you count points. Based on my weight and height and age and activity level, I am allowed 29 points a day. And it's pretty easy to figure out points for each foor: there's this little slide rule converter thingie, and you put in the calories and the amount of the fat and the fiber, and you get a points value.
I spent the rest of the day going grocery shopping for snacks and lunches to take to work for the next several days, and then broke everything down into single servings. I need to remember to get more snack zip lock bags the next time I go to the store: 16 Wheat Thins in a quart bag look really depressing!
Join me in the journey, won't you?