Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Weigh In Wednesday!

Weigh in day today! I lost 2.6 pounds this week - putting my total weight loss at 14.4 pounds in 5 weeks. I am feeling really good this week. I know I still have SO much work to do but I am feeling great about the progress I have made thus far and the choices I continue to make. My big thing right now is figuring out how to incorporate more activity and working out. I don't like making excuses but it's so hard to fit it in. I work all day outside of the house, Rob is home with our girls during the day and then I pick them up from his mom's house two nights a week, and the other days I work from home but don't have any "me" time between when I finish work and their naps, etc. So, I am thinking the only way I am going to accomplish this on a regular basis is to get my arse out of bed 30-45 minutes earlier each day to get some sort of activity in. Whether it be working out with a DVD, the wii fit, or biggest loser game, whatever. It has to happen - I can change my eating habits all I want (and believe me I have - can you say no french fries or cheeseburger in 5 weeks!) but at some point if that is all I have changed I am going to hit a plateau and stop losing. And trust me when I say this - I DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN!


So, Halloween is this weekend - I have been able to get around the "buying candy for trick or treaters" and having it be in my house by accepting my inlaws invitation to bring the girls over there again this year for trick or treating. My girls are young enough that they do not care where they are for this holiday and this makes it so I have no "extra" candy hanging out in my house after the night is over. At our meeting today we talked about having a plan for what to do with the kids candy after the night is over. Our leader mentioned that dentists buy back candy from kids and then send it overseas to the troops - OMG - what a great idea! I know Zoe would much rather have the cash to add to her every growing Dora supply anyway! Or at least that is what I am going to convince her of. We will save some of the treats for her rewards, etc - but I honestly don't want her eating anymore of that candy than I want myself eating! She is two (nearly 3) and she is built like her momma - I am going to be careful with her! And Ava is only 16 months - she does not NEED candy, nor does she even really know what it is - let's keep it that way!

So, this was a successful week - I am going to try my hardest to get some more exercise in this week to try and make an even bigger difference. Sure wish I could remember what I did differently the week I lost 7.6!!! I'll have to go back and look at my tracker from that week!

Happy Halloween everyone! If you have any ideas for sneaking little workouts in please let me know - I am open to suggestions!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nothing!

So, Wednesday is WI day! I was very nervous for weigh in today - I had a great week last week so I was not expecting much this week but I worked hard so I was hopeful. Well, I lost NOTHING! But, I also gained NOTHING! That's right, the darn scale said the same darn thing it did last week! Major bummer! I am trying really hard to stay positive and remind myself that NO weight loss is better than a gain.


I am determined to get more activity in this week and drink more water. These are my two sticking points traditionally. I excuse exercise away all week long but this week I AM GOING TO BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY - even if just for 10-15 minutes at a time.

The weather is getting cooler here so I am starting to line up my back up plans for getting outside and walking. I got my WII fit balance board all set up last night and played a few of the balance games - boy are those harder than they look! This week I want to set up My Personal Fitness Plan on the system and start getting in a routine. I think my best bet is to get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning and get my workout done then - before anyone else in the house is awake, before I have to leave for work. If I wait until after work and after I get my girls I just don't get it done. I am tired, I have 50 other things to do and it just doesn't happen. Because lets be honest - who likes to work out at 10pm!!!

So, I didn't lose any weight this week - that's okay - I really don't feel like I did anything to sabotage weight loss this week I really think my body was just bouncing back from the big loss last week. I am okay, I am doing this and I am going to keep doing this!

Let's go week five, bring it on!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the Program

I have not been writing as often as I had hoped I would.  But, I am back and hope to at least write once a week - I figure that is an attainable goal for now. 
I recently started on the Weight Watchers program.  Since college I have always been heavy, have lost weight for special occasions (my wedding, etc) and gained it back later.  I had planned to drop a bunch of weight before I had kids but that didn't really work out - however I have been able to successfully lose the weight I gained while pregnant - I was very careful during both of my pregnancies to not go overboard and didn't gain more than 20 lbs with either one of them.  So, now here I am, pleasantly plump and ready to get rid of this excess weight and be a healthier version of myself. 
Weight has been an issue for me my entire life.  Even when I was in high school and college and was really a healthy weight, exercising, playing competitive softball, etc I always thought I was huge.  I recently found a picture of me from my freshman year in college, I was wearing my softball uniform and dare I say I look - THIN!  It's hard to believe that a short year (and lots of beer and pizza) later I had gained about 15 pounds and have spiraled down from there. 
I lost about 20 pounds before Rob and I got married - I had to look great in my dress.  I was still overweight, but I wore it pretty well.  Thank goodness I am tall and have long legs!  I have since put that weight back on and am carrying probably about 10-15 more. 
I can't really pinpoint the moment that I said to myself - you need to get rid of this weight - I tell myself that ALL OF THE TIME.  My best friend asked me if I wanted to join WW with her - support each other and do it together - PERFECT, someone to hold me accountable, to go to the meetings with, etc.  I have joined WW before - lost some weight and then gave up and gained it back. 
Well, this time it's for good - I am losing this weight for good, making healthy lifestyle changes and becoming a great example for my babies.  I don't want to be the "fat mom" while they are growing up, I want to be the one that is running around with them, having fun and enjoying their youth.  And I want to be healthy and live a long life so I can be at their middle school graduations, their high school graduations, their college graduations, their weddings, be around when they have their children and be able to enjoy those grandchildren to the fullest!  All of this is not really that much to ask - this is what everyone should be doing, right?  But the simple fact is that MOST people in the US are overweight or obese.  Americans love food, there is no escaping it.  My plan is to make sure that I love the RIGHT food and make the RIGHT choices and help my daughters to make the same choices. 
I am in week four on the WW program - I weigh in on Wednesdays and go to the meeting with my best friend.  We are doing great, we are suggesting food items to one another, sharing recipes, sharing struggles, etc.  She has considerably less weight to lose than I do - but it really doesn't matter - we both need to make positive changes in our lives and that is really the most important thing - yes, we need to lose weight, but when the weight is gone, then what?  We will have our health and new lifestyles, it will be habit, it's not a diet, it's a habit!
So, my progress thus far has been motivating.  I lost 3.2 pounds the first week, I lost 1.0 pound the second week and I lost 7.6 pounds last week - that is 11.8 pounds in three weeks.  I am already noticing the change in my clothes, etc.  This weekend I cleaned out the closests, drawers, and bins I had in the attic of my "pre-pregnancy" clothes.  I was able to clear out 5 HUGE garbage bags of clothes.  Much of that was stuff in bins upstairs that I was waiting to fit in to - they are now too big and had to go.  I did not keep any "fat pants' which is what I usually do - just in case.  Nope, we are going down, down, down in the size department and I don't plan on going back. 
One of the things I look forward to is the change that will happen in my face - I can't wait to have only one chin and not always look like I am smuggling nuts in my cheeks! 
I have started getting more active and definitely have room to grow in that area, but I have started.
Here on out I will update this blog on Wednesday or Thursday with my weight loss success/failures.  Please feel free to join me!!!