Posts Tagged ‘weigh in’

Weight Watchers Relationship Update

So after much soul searching yesterday and a long conversation with my Weight Watchers online point tracker last night….we cried, we laughed, we reminisced about the good times and tried to figure out where things started going wrong…I decided that, overall, the relationship has been good for me and deserves another chance. Besides, just once, I’d like to get to lifetime member at Weight Watchers. That would be cool.

However, I am taking a little vacation. We need some time away from each other to sort out the issues and recommit to the long-term goals. I’ve gotten too caught up in the day-to-day details and it’s making things difficult.

So after weighing in this morning— I lost the same .8 pounds I gained last week so I’m back to my weight of two weeks ago— I’m not weighing in again for two weeks. The home scale is going in the closet (or I may have hubby hide it where I can’t find it) and I’m not checking my weight until August 27 at Weight Watchers.

I’m also taking a break from points again. I’ll continue to track my food, but I’m going to focus more on the quality of the food I eat (I’ve gotten much better about this in the past month or so) than on the points.

Still, however, when I have two points left and it’s a choice between a WW chocolate chip cookie or a yogurt, the cookie always wins. When I take the points away, I’ll eat the yogurt because that’s what I really want and I know I can have the cookie if I want it later. Then I don’t always even eat the cookie. It’s surprising to me that even though I know this, I slip back into this behavior all the time. And that’s the thing that I really need to change.

So we’re on hiatus, me and Weight Watchers. Just for two weeks to see how it goes. I know on my part, there’ll be lots of yearning (to track those points and step on that scale), but for Weight Watchers, well it has so many others to tend to, I’m sure I won’t be missed too much.

These next two weeks, I’ll be focusing on my triathlon training, feeling good about how far I’ve come, finding some balance and being happy with me again as I am right now. I’ve let the struggles with the scale get in the way of that. I may even finally get to that Pilates class.

After all, when I started this journey this time, I promised myself it wasn’t going to be about the numbers. It was about getting healthy. I’ve accomplished that and that needs to remain the focus.

Thank you to all my twitter and blogging friends for your input and insight. It really helped so much!

Weight Loss Maintenance Practice

I stayed the same at Weight Watchers at weigh-in this week. And this makes me all whiny and frustrated. It also makes me want to eat. However, I refuse to let this scale stall get to me for long. I had my little hissy fit and indulgence this morning and I’m over it. Or I can pretend to be over it anyway. I’ll probably really be over it by tomorrow.

This was a good week. I ate  well (played around with my points some and tried to make healthier food choices to see if that would kick-start the weight loss again, but no). I got lots of great exercise. I even ran a full 3 miles for the first time. Huge accomplishment. I feel thinner and my clothes are fitting well.

I like the things I’m doing now. I can eat the way I’m eating forever, and I enjoy exercising (go figure.) I can even live with the weight I’m at. I like the way I look. When I started, I thought I’d be lucky to get to this weight.

The last time I was here (174.8) was 25 years ago, before I started gaining more. It was my first really “overweight” weight. And I was here for a long time. My body is comfortable here. I think I’m frustrated because I lost 50 pounds in 8 months and then I’ve lost only 5 pounds in the last three months, and I’ve been sticking to program all along.

So the two pieces of advice/sympathy I got this morning:

My WW leader, who has lost 100 pounds, said she went through the same thing. She said the first 50 came off easy (it was the new fat), but her body held onto the second 50. Eventually though, she lost it. Patience.

A friend at work, who has also lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers, asked me how long I’ve been losing. A year. He said, “You’ve lost 55 pounds in a year. That’s great.” I said it’s not bad. Not bad? Nothing like turning a positive into a negative.  I need to celebrate my accomplishment rather than diminish it. Don’t we all do that?

So I’m focusing on the positive. I’m going to continue to make all the changes I need to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. I’m ready for my triathlon coming up in August. And just think, the slower the weight comes off, the better chance I have to maintain it.

I’m looking at my current plateau as maintenance practice. After all, someday, my goal will be to stay the same each week. I think I’ve got that part down.

Weight Watchers Strategy

I had a really good week this past week. I stayed in points, ate healthy, exercised a lot. I am now even able to run an entire 2.5 mile stretch without walking. I feel like a kid with a new toy (my own legs!).

But I was up 2 pounds at my Weight Watchers weigh-in last night. And while normally I moan and groan about losing slow or gains that I can’t attribute to a huge backyard BBQ, I’m ok with last night’s gain. Why? Why would a 2-lb gain be acceptable you ask? Because it’s all part of a strategy to get past this semi-plateau I’ve been in for the past two months. When I started Weight Watchers, my meetings were at night. Thursdays before weigh in, I’d pretty much stay low in points (however, I don’t starve myself), so I’d see good results. And then I’d go have pizza and Pro-portion ice cream, and on occasion, be even more decadent. Yum! My treat for working hard all week.

A couple of months ago, however, my work schedule went wonky and there was no way I was getting to a 6:30 pm WW meeting, and I couldn’t hold out with no food. So I started weighing in in the morning. The first couple of weeks, “Yippee!” good losses and that was out of the way. And then came the decimal point. I would stay the same or lose small fractions of a pound and this has been going on for awhile. I know the body has to adjust. I know there are hormonal fluctuations and I had those things pretty much figured out in my previous six months on the plan. But this new really slow weight loss was unusual. What was I doing wrong? I wasn’t doing anything really different. And if anything, I had less points and I was upping the exercise as I get better at it.

Granted, there were those weeks (birthdays and such) where no loss or even a gain was warranted. But every week, these little bits? Frustrating.

And it dawned on me. Weighing In in the morning had liberated me and my evening after Weigh-In Treat was becoming an all-day Food Free-for-All, especially on days I was particularly frustrated with the scale. And if I happened to jump on the scale on Friday morning, any loss and then some would be back. So I’ve been effectively losing 2 pounds a week. It’s just the same 2 pounds over and over again.

The Point. I went back to night Weigh-Ins to curb the Thursday Endless Treat day. I was up. But this morning, I weighed myself and I was the same weight I was yesterday morning. Phew! If I lose two pounds this week, I’ll at least be starting from a lower weight and maybe I’ll even see it at my next weigh in.

In the meantime, I’m also going to take some of the scale’s power away. I need to weigh in to stay accountable. But for this week at least, I’m going to measure my success more in miles I run, meters I swim and actually doing the Pilates DVD I picked up a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully, the scale will reward my effort. If not, I’ll take solace in the fact that I’m getting stronger.

And then I can always weigh in the next week in the morning. I’m guaranteed to lose at least two pounds that way. tee hee!!

WW Weigh In After Crazy Food Weekend

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I weighed in at Weight Watchers. I was down  .8 lbs. Down. Not up. Not even break even. I lost weight. Not sure how. I ate a lot this weekend. Of course, I’ve been an angel on program since I got back from my “lost in food” weekend. But I still didn’t expect a loss. Can you imagine if I’d eaten really well all week? It might have been an even bigger loss. But for now, I’ll take it.

And I’ll be prepared next week when I get on the scale because I do know that sometimes bad food behavior sneaks up on you when you least expect it.

I’ve lost 52.8 pounds using the Weight Watchers point system and by training for a triathlon. It’s been, by far, the easiest time I’ve ever had losing weight and it’s a plan I know I can live with. I still eat all of my favorite foods and make my own choices — albeit, not always good ones — but I’ve learned how to balance food and exercise and I’m a happier, healthier, stronger person as a result.