Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Weigh In


So here we go.  Week 1 down.  And I am down .8.  I will take that as a loss – or a victory.  I said “small steps” and for me, .8 is a small step in the right direction.  I really cant’ complain.  I was out with friends one night, had wine with others another night and did not exercise at all.  This week, my goal is to go to the gym just once. As I said, small steps!!  Last time I did weight watchers, I lost about 13 pounds.  For me, that is rather significant.  I am only 5’2” on a  good day…so 13 pounds is quite noticeable.

My goal is to lose 15 pounds this time around.  Once I go down one size, I am treating myself to $100 shopping spree at Banana Republic (I have an unused gift card).  I figure that may be spring time so good to buy some new stuff then.

Let’s see how this week goes.  I will be out less (and thus, drinking less.)  I will still have some wine at home…lol.  but, I wont give up the things I love!!!!  This week I do not have a recipe (mostly because I have not made anything new). However, I will share an excellent snack choice – Trader Joe’s spinach and kale bites. Delicious, warm and definitely satisfies a crave!  You can find them in the frozen section.


I’m in the honeymoon phase of this whole weight loss thing. I’m down 2.2 pounds this week. I’ve never been so happy standing on a scale. Ironically, I approached the scale with trepidation this week because I wasn’t exactly “good” over the weekend. I gave myself a cheat day on Saturday (on top of Friday’s date night) and when I tracked my points, I realized I’d consumed 83 putting my extra weekly allowance at -18. I know! Crazy right? So why the loss? Well, I think its a few things.

Exercise: I mean, it’s not exactly a mystery. Diet plus exercise equals weight loss. It’s science, not magic. Yet, I wasn’t losing weight consistently when I was training for the HoBOOken 5K.  This time, I think it’s the variety of exercise. I am doing yoga and Zumba as well as machine driven cardio (stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical). I’m also doing light weight training. Using my body in so many different ways keeps me interested and having someone push me—at least for yoga and Zumba—keeps me going. Now if I can just get my downward dog to look like an upside down V rather than crouching woman, hidden flexibility. 

Tracking Points: This is a key part of Weight Watchers. Now, with SparkPeople, I had to track my food too but for some reason, this is clicking more for me. It’s giving me a better picture of where I’ve sabotaged myself over the last few years. Wine is a big culprit. When I was doing SparkPeople, I didn’t realize that. It was 100 calories a glass. No fat. What could be terrible about a glass or three? On Weight Watchers, a glass of wine is 4 points. Three glasses over the course of date night is over a third of my daily points…then you add dinner, maybe dessert…and, let’s be honest, another glass of wine. Now, I’m not willing to eliminate the fun from my life (and Weight Watchers builds in points for that) but it is nice to know where I need to be a little more balanced…or go run for an hour at the gym.

Support: I am doing Weight Watchers with Robyn, my mom and my sis this time. I’ve done it alone before and was successful but it’s nice to check in with friends when I have questions or need some encouragement OR some extra accountability. It also helps that Ash is all about the gym at the moment. He works with me on the weight training and while he doesn’t push me to go to the gym, he’s goes every night so tagging along makes sense…3 times a week.  Maybe I’ll get to 5 nights. Who knows?

Incentive: I decided that I am going to reward myself with new clothes when I am down at least 3 sizes. You may ask why so long? Am I going to be safety-pinning my pants for a while? Nope. My fat girl chronicles include stories and wardrobe choices spanning 3 sizes. Skinny girl pants I couldn’t bear to part with (even after my purge project) are still hanging in my closet. I did donate my fat pants so at this point, there’s nowhere to go but down. I’m not sure how long it will take to get to my goal but when I do, there will be some cute stuff waiting for me. My fashion inspiration file is a wee bit out of control at this point.  
I know there will be plateaus and gains in my future but I feel happy to be doing something for my health. Hopefully, this time, it will keep me going.

As for what I’m eating, the question should be what I’m not eating. Remember the 83 points? Really, last week (besides my nights out) was all about veggies. Check out the vegetable tian I made here.  

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