First things first, I lost 1.4 pounds at weigh in this week. That loss brings my total to an official 45.6 pounds - I broke through the 45 pound mark today. It was a great meeting - if you are not familiar with how WW works I will explain a little bit. It can resemble a kindergarten classroom sometimes - today was one of those days! At the beginning of the meeting our leader always announces milestones - today we had a woman that reached her lifetime status (at goal for 6 weeks) so she got a new charm for her WW key chain and we all clapped, my friend Missy is at her goal weight and got a star charm for her WW key chain, and we all clapped. They each had a chance to tell the group what worked for them. They both talked about sticking with it and acknowledging how hard it is but that you can do it! They also give out cute little star stickers for every 5 pounds you lose (see kindergarten, and I love it!)- I earned another one of those this week so I was given that in front of the group and was asked what was working for me. My first answer was "everything right now" - and honestly I feel like that is true. Is this process difficult? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Absolutely! Since the WW program changed I have noticed that I am eating much differently than I used to - I seek out ways to eat less processed food and more natural/real food. Am I perfect in this mission - hardly, but its always at the forefront of my mind and I call that a victory. Is this switch in mind set making me lose weight? I am certain it is playing a part. I also have made a commitment to MOVE - that is what has to happen in order to lose this weight. I could eat nothing but fruits and vegetables for the rest of my life - but if I am still sitting on my couch all day - does it really matter?
I was an athlete in high school and college - so to say I expect a lot of myself when it comes to physical activity would be an understatement. I have felt my inner athlete coming back to life over the last couple of months and I really like that feeling. I feel the drive to be better every day and that was really lacking from my mind and heart for a long time. I think often when we get busy and find that our priorities are spread out we go in to survival mode - I was stuck in survival mode for a long time. I have decided I don't want to just survive anymore - I want to THRIVE! I want to make a difference every day, I want to make good decisions and feel good about what I have put in my body and the energy I have spent.
This past weekend my company had its "holiday party" and it was held at the Walker Art Center. Fortunately I work with one of my best friends so this was a great excuse to get sitters and go out on the town with our hubbies! We grabbed an app and some drinks at Granite City before heading to Mpls. We took a picture to commemorate the occasion - aren't we cute!