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.

Hang in There

While I was showering after my workout Sunday night, I heard the shower curtain bar rattle. I figured Callie was attacking the shower curtain again, but when I looked up I saw Callie hanging by her paws over the bar. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing, and poor Callie was glaring at me like she was thinking, “Get me the hell down from here.” She looked like the cat in that inspirational poster that says “Hang in there.” I still can’t figure out how she got up there. Cra-zy.

I’ve decided I need to get a disposable, water-proof camera to keep in the shower for moments like this. This is one of those things you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it.

Weekly Winners — 10/12/08-10/18/08

a self-imposed time-out
aj in time out

i don’t remember the last time gas was under $3 a gallon (and now it’s about 30-cents cheaper than this!)
gas sign

“we have this whole big house and my parents make me stay in this.”
callie in box

“hey, whatcha readin’?”
callie reading

Dalton Law Firm Bombed

A law firm in downtown Dalton, Georgia was bombed earlier this morning. According to NewsChannel 9, the suspect is dead and four others were injured. Among the injured are an attorney, a client and a female employee. Another TV is reporting that someone threw a bomb in through a window. According to the Daily Citizen, the district attorney says this “assault on the judicial system” may have stemmed from a bitter lawsuit the suspect was involved in.

I can’t get enough information about this. I know three of the lawyers at the firm, and I have yet to hear if they are ok. One of them I got to know very well when I was the Daily Citizen’s courts reporter and he was interning at the DA’s office. One I know from numerous court cases and from being on the local board of education.

I am, of course, very sad this happened, but the crime reporter in me wishes I was still in the area covering the heck out of this. After spending close to 5 years as a dedicated crime reporter, I know that desire will never go away.

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.