Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weight Watchers Wednesday Week 20

It is Weight Watchers Wednesday Week 20, and I am calling this week Wake Up Call Wednesday because that is exactly what I need, a wake up call to refocus. I have had a gain of 3 lbs. in the past 2 weeks. That means my total weight loss is 25.7 lbs. For those of you that have been following along with me on this journey, you know that I have been hovering at the 30 lbs. mark for weeks and a 3 lb. gain is my largest gain to date.

Last week we had a house full of company and I was rather discouraged at my gain, so I chose not to post. That was the first week I have missed a Weight Watchers Wed. post. It has been bothering me ever since because I was feeling like a quitter. (If you saw how I have been eating you would never know I was on Weight Watchers!) After talking to a friend about it, she reminded me that this weight didn't appear overnight, and it is gonna be a journey getting it off as well. I went back to my earlier posts from January and February, when I had just started this WWW stuff, and it reminded me why I made the decision to make my weight loss such a public affair. I wanted the accountability. I need the accountability to succeed. SO, here I am. Back a couple weeks later and a few pounds heavier, starting again. I am now planning my meals ahead, and writing down my food points in a journal just like I did in the beginning. Old habits die hard, and I am bound and determined to establish new ones for myself. In that mindset, here are 2 pictures from last week:
( I must want accountability if I am showing you a front and back picture!)

I exercised today, and am so sore I can barely move. I probably overdid it, but I was motivated so I thought I better not put it off. I am gonna start a walking regimine of 4 times a week. I would love to work towards a 5k run. I have always wanted to be a runner, but I HATE running. I just don't know if it is anything I could ever grow to enjoy, but I am considering it. I think a goal (i.e. a race on a certain date) would make me stick to an exercise regimine. I'm not really committed to this idea yet, but am seriously considering it.
A couple of weeks ago, someone left me a comment requesting tips and suggestions regarding Weight Watchers. I feel silly sharing tips since I just had a big gain, but in case you are still interested, here are some tips that I have found to work. I have them in my Weight Watchers journal and I got them from several sources. Mainly my WW leaders in the past.
1. DRINK WATER, lots of it. I have a hard time with this one. I prefer unsweet tea (sweetened with Splenda) and typically drink that. Diet sodas just don't do it for me.
2. You can break ANY habit in 21 days so if you treat your body right for 21 days, it will become a lifestyle change.
3. Set achievable goals.
4. When you are hungry try drinking water instead. Usually your body is trying to tell you that it is thirsty and not in need of food.
5. You have to eat! Starving yourself causes your body to retain water and store fat, your body thinks it is in a famine, so burns less fat. Eating is a key ingredient to weight loss.
6. Cravings typically last 5-8 minutes so when you want to eat something let that amount of time elapse before you eat anything you will regret later.
7. Everything in moderation...this is the whole basis of Weight Watchers! Eat what you want, but count it in your points.
8. It is ok to splurge once in a while, but it is key to get right back on your eating plan afterwards.
9. Buy a food scale and portion your food!
10. Write down your points. Don't just keep track in your head. You can look back on those lists later when you have a bad week and figure out what you did wrong. Also, it is great to keep for ideas when you get a little burned out.
11. Eat your veggies if you can. They are really low in points and fill you up.

I am not gonna share a recipe this week. I am gonna give you site that I visit often to get snack ideas. This link is to the 1 POINT SNACKS page. She also lists 2,3, and 4 point pages.

I hope all my WW buddies had a great week and I look forward to hearing from you!


Tausha said...

u look fantastic!! I know what you are talking about getting discouraged. I am trying to work out-and hard but, when I went to pilates today-I was tearing up because my body just would not bend the way it was supposed to to do this exercise. I was so upset wiht myself. I thought-I should just quit-then I wouldn't get upset with myself when I can't do something. Then I asked myself-If I quit-which I REALLY wanted to do. Who am I benefiting? I am only hurting myself.
We have to cut ourselves some slack. We can't be perfect all the time. Right?
So-stop beating yourself up. I think that you look awesome and a 4lb gain is better than a 5 pound gain. I know you can do this!!
You inspire me and I know that I am not the only one!! KEep it up!
Thanks for the tips and also thanks for the link. I will definately be checking it out.
PS-I am member of a "healthy" blog for my area-would you mind if I posted some of your tips with my chickies? LEt me know. Thanks Muchly! You rock girlfriend!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Mandi, you are such an inspiration. Truly, you are. I have said it a thousand times but I love your WW posts. I appreciate your honesty and hard work. I feel off the wagon after I hurt my knee. I just stopped exercising and then that affected how I ate. The past couple weeks my clothes have been getting tighter and I'm NOT happy about that. I've started to get myself back on track though. I found a few key area's that I didn't do so well in. One is that this time I am going to plan out my meals the week/day before. I want to know what I'm eating so that when lunch comes I have a plan. Flying by the seat of my pants isn't working too well for me. I'm excited to get back on this journey. I just want to send you oodles of encouragement girl. You're making a lifestyle change. You CAN do this!

As far as drinking water, I am now filling up my water bottle and keeping it with me at all times. I'm going to look like one of those dorky water carrying people but I'll be hydrated. :) I also love Crystal Light. And at 5 calories for a glass, you can't go wrong. It flavors the water sooooo well. We make pitchers of it and keep it in the fridge instead of juice. Sometimes I feel guilty though bc I think I'm drinking juice instead of water. Then I have to remind myself that I'm not.

A few years ago I started running. I never thought I would...but I was in a ministry training course where we had to have workouts three times a week. Our director was a marine so he worked us HARD. (He even threw up he worked us so hard.) One of the things we had to do was run. I found that I loved it. When I was done with the ministry course I still kept it up. I bet you would like it if you tried it. I was forced into running but if you start out slow by adding a bit of jogging to your walk...even just by going "from this house to that mailbox jogging" you build up your enduranece. My mom started doing that and now she's a bit of a runner. It's pretty neat!

Good luck this week girl!! Sorry for the novel!

Kelli said...

You go Mandi, I'm proud of you. You are doing much more than a lot of people out there. Keep it up and you'll reach your goal. Baby steps, don't be too hard on yourself.

Stacie said...

Your honesty and willingness to share with us is inspiring. You are not alone! Keep it up!

The Hat Chick said...

You are so brave for doing all this in a public arena. I think the real triumph is that you have made the decision to press on. You go girl! Get back to basics. Do it for your health. Do it for your precious boys. Do it for Lonnie. We got your back!

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