Weight Watchers: Week 3

Result: +0.8
Total: -3.6

There it is — the dreaded weight gain. I knew it was going to happen, though. It’s my tom, and since I usually gain 2-3 pounds from that, only gaining 0.8 this week makes me a little happier. It’s better than it could have been.

I really wasn’t the model weight watcher last week. I didn’t track my food as well as I did the first two weeks. I keep my tracker in my purse, but I just never thought about it after I ate at work, and then I would forget everything I had. Sigh.

Last week wasn’t a great food week either. We had pizza twice — once by choice and once because that’s what my boss bought us for election night. We had been planning on Quiznos, which is why Joe and I had pizza on Monday night, but on Tuesday I found out our dinner plans had changed. I didn’t think I had been *too* bad though. Plus, I don’t eat cheese on my pizza, so that takes away a couple of points I would think.

I did receive a compliment, though. When I went to my seat after my weigh-in, one of the women next to me asked if I was close to my goal weight. When I told her I have 33 pounds to go to get to the top end of my healthy weight range, she looked me up and down and said, “Where are you going to lose that from??”

I guess we’ll see next week if the gain was from my tom or not. I’m finding it very hard to be motivated right now. What do you use to motivate you with your weight loss? Give me some help!!

Weight Watchers: Week 2

Result: -2
Total: -4.4

I was a little bummed about being 0.6 pounds from my first 5 pound sticker, but I was still really happy with a 2 pound loss. I really didn’t feel good about last week. Plus, the night before my weigh-in was the New Kids on the Block concert, and even though I watched what I ate for dinner and counted into my points for the day I was still nervous. I think I’ll continue to be nervous and apprehensive for a while, but I’m sure that’s normal.

I hope this 2 pound a week weight loss continues. At that rate, I’ll be around 12 pounds lost by Thanksgiving. However, I’m sure it will slow. I’ll be happy with even 1 pound a week. Anything 1 pound and more is good in my book, though I have to keep telling myself that any loss, no matter how small, is a loss.

Weight Watchers: Week 1

Result: -2.4

I had a pretty good first week. Sure, I would have loved to have had the 5 pound losses that some people in my meeting group reported for their first weeks, but I’m pretty happy with a 2.4 pound loss. I did wear yoga pants today rather than work pants, but I don’t think that would have changed it too much.

I did manage to get all my water in this week, which is a huge victory for me. I’m not a big water drinker, and prior to joining WW, I would maybe drink a bottle a day. However, this past week I had only 2 diet sodas, and I didn’t even drink half of each. That’s been my weakness — every afternoon I make a Quiznos run for a Diet Mt. Dew, but this week I only did that once. Yay.

I struggled this week getting in my points. No matter how much I tried, I wasn’t able to get them all in, although I managed to get to around 1 point away. I just haven’t been hungry, and I felt like I was forcing myself to eat just to get my points in. Hopefully I’ll do better with that this week. I guess we’ll see how it goes next week since I’ll be wearing the same clothes to weigh in. On the bright side, I didn’t use any of my weekly points.

I started this week strong on the workout front. I had a great 30-minute interval session on the bike on Sunday, and on Monday I did aerobics. But, on Tuesday I had a lot of pain in my calf which just went away today, and I’ve been having more pain in my shins. I’ve had shin pain for a few months now but really didn’t think much about it until Joe started having it pretty bad. So, I’ve decided to go to the podiatrist. It’s probably either a shin splint or stress fracture, but at least I’ll know and he can tell me what shoes to buy for walking. I’ve noticed a lot of knee pain when we go for walks, and he can basically write a prescription for shoes. It’s awesome. That’s how Joe figured out what shoes to buy for running, and after he got those shoes he had no problem running. My appointment’s tomorrow. Hopefully the news won’t be too bad.

The Night Before Weigh-in #1

I am quite nervous about my weigh-in tomorrow. I did well this week in that I didn’t go over my points. However, I didn’t get all my points in, and from what I’ve heard, that could cause me to gain weight. I feel like I’m starting to feel better about myself, but, of course, every time that happens I immediately start to feel worse again, like I can feel myself gaining weight.

This afternoon, Joe called me on the spur of the moment to join him and someone from the local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for lunch at this great place in downtown Cartersville. It’s a fabulous southern restaurant with lots of meats and veggies on the menu. I told Joe it was a terrible place to take me the day before my weigh-in but, really, I didn’t eat badly — rice and pinto beans, broccoli and squash. Sure, I had a piece of their chocolate cake because their food is fantastic, but I still have half my points left for tonight and I’m not even hungry. It makes me wonder how I could have gained weight if I can’t even get all my points in.

So think some good thoughts for me and send some weight loss vibes my way. Now, I must go find something very light to wear tomorrow.

Taking the First Step

The Weight Watchers meeting wasn’t so bad this morning. It wasn’t really how I thought it would be, but that’s not such a bad thing. I definitely don’t feel comfortable yet, but I’m sure that will come. I was happy to discover that I can still eat pretty much what we have had in our dinner rotations. I’m still a little skeptical that it will work since the counting calories thing didn’t go over so well, but I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I have found some good recipe ideas that I plan to try. I figure our dinners will probably look pretty similar week-to-week until I find more meals to put into the rotation. One thing we did decide on: burrito night. I think that will be a lot of fun. This afternoon, I made four-bean enchiladas for dinner, minus all the cheese of course. Those with brown rice and broccoli will make a good and filling meal. And there will be plenty of leftovers for lunches, plus I have more of the bean mixture and tortillas to whip up another batch next week. Yum. I did change a couple of the beans because I forgot exactly which ones I needed to pick up. I ended up with garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans and chili beans, but I think it’ll still turn out well. I’ll share pictures tomorrow.

I have a way to go. It turns out I need to lose close to 40 pounds. I really didn’t think I had that much to lose, but I guess I do. However, the scale at WW was 3.5 pounds heavier than mine. I really didn’t like that much at all. Oh well. As long as the number on my scale goes down, I’m sure the number on theirs will as well.

D-Day

So tomorrow is it. I’m starting Weight Watchers. I’ve been having mixed emotions about it. One minute I’m all ready to go and excited to start, picturing how I’ll look when it’s all over, and the next I’m freaking out wondering how in the world I’ll be able to lose weight counting points when I couldn’t counting calories. And, I’m a bit nervous about going to the meetings. I’m a pretty shy person, and this will definitely get me out of my comfort zone.

This was my “last week” and I totally pigged out. Shockingly, I didn’t gain any weight. I actually lost a little bit. Maybe that’s what I’ve needed to do all along. Haha.

So send me good thoughts and good vibes. Oh, and if any of you who are on WW/have done WW have any great, filling, low point, meatless meal ideas, send them my way!