Whoa! How time flies, doesn’t it?!? I am now one of those totally slack bloggers who disappears for a month! (Sorry!) Except, if you’re a twitter pal, I’ve been around there, but honestly not as much as I would like. And well, my life did get a whole lot busier! I gotta tell ya, I’m just plain exhausted, and most of the time I don’t feel like doing much blogging or tweeting or facebooking when it gets to the end of the day!
So, what happened? I decided to add a SOCIAL LIFE back in to my already busy focus on getting healthy. Yep, and I actually ate dinner at parties and restaurants for something like 10 days straight one week! And since I am feeling so much better about myself, I started online dating again, which is a part time job in and of itself!, and I even had a birthday! (I turned 37… gulp…. getting so close to 40! Yikes!) But the coolest part is, I have still lost weight! Unbelievable! I am still in shock and awe. Let’s see, week 12, lost 1.7 lbs, week 13, lost 1.6 lbs, week 14, lost 1 lb, and this week, I lost 1.8 lbs!
In all the times I have been on and off diets, and Weight Watchers in particular, I have NEVER had 15 weeks of straight losses! I even went over my entire history of recorded Weight Watchers weigh-ins since my first attempt in 2008 over on my progress page to make sure. Man, I was up and down almost every other week! And as I was perusing those charts, I checked for what my lowest weight was before, and wow, my lowest weight was 166.4 lbs back in February of 2009, and probably the last time I weighed that. And now I am 161.7 lbs! It still does not at all seem real to me! And well, I am by no means finished but reaching almost 40 lbs lost means I can do this!
So I have been tweeting my #WeighInWednesday every week, and this week I included that I had 15 straight losses, and I had a few friends reply about letting them in on the secret! So that had me thinking, what is it that I am doing this time that I hadn’t done before? Why is it working?
- Activity. Activity. I’ll say it again, Activity. Before when I started Weight Watchers, I would start saying I just want to focus on the food part, then I’ll add the exercise. And I hate exercise, so I never seemed to get to it. This time, I went into it saying, I know I hate exercise, but you gotta do it anyway. I still hate it, but I still do it.
- I’m Not the Next Iron Woman. I don’t expect myself to become a super-athlete. I never was, and I probably never will be. I just don’t enjoy it enough. I don’t belong to a gym, and I don’t have a personal trainer. I walk mostly. I have been known to add in some jogging for part of it, but if I don’t want to, I don’t. I just walk. Every now and then I do a Wii game or a workout DVD, but mostly that’s when then weather is bad and I can’t stand to be on the treadmill. Yep, I have a treadmill in my house, so that helps too, but I do find it painfully boring to walk on there as opposed to outside. And as of the last two weeks, I now walk an hour a day about 3.6-3.9 MPH. I don’t know how long I can keep that up, but if I have time, I make myself do it. Oh, and I have started doing a #PlankADay along with #6packMarch to try to strengthen my core. But that’s it.
- Fear. Ha ha, nothing like a bit of a health scare to get you on track. Ok, so I wasn’t told I was gonna die, but I was told I was probably going to have a heart attack by the time I was 50, and well, staring 40 in the face soon, 50 is not that far away. With a total cholesterol of almost 300, high blood pressure, and a metabolic syndrome diagnosis at age 36, fear finally set in to motivate me.
- No Deprivation. Moderation. I don’t deprive myself of anything. Yeah, I am sure I could be super-duper healthy and avoid processed foods, and refined sugars, and red meat, and vodka every minute of my life, but I don’t. This is the only life I’ve got, and I want to enjoy those things here and there. Let’s face it, I’ve seen the healthiest people I know get cancer or die in a car accident. I’d rather die knowing I still got to enjoy an awesome burger and a few cocktails every once in a while. I’ve just finally learned moderation. And sometimes not, but I get back to eating healthy things a whole hell of a lot sooner than I used to.
- Fitbit. Yep, I wear my fitbit pedometer everywhere. I even wear it out on dates. (Although, I may have to stop, as I left it at a guy’s house I never wanted to see again! But that’s another story!) Somedays, I will just be walking around the house at the end of the night to make sure I get enough steps in, so in essence it motivates me to be more active! And I enter my food in the online dashboard, where it tells me how many calories I can eat based on the estimated calories burned based on my activity and my weight loss goal. It’s another fun, geeky way to keep me in line!
- Track Food & Activity Every Day. I track my food and activity every day in the Weight Watchers tracker online. Even if I have a horrible food day, or if I have no idea how much or what the hell I just ate at a restaurant. I estimate it. It’s not an exact science, but knowing in general and being accountable for it is a must. It keeps me on track the rest of the week until I can get my Weekly PointsPlus back!
- Use Weekly PointsPlus, Don’t Use Activity Points. I almost always using all my weekly PointsPlus, and trying not to use my Activity. It doesn’t always happen though. Sometimes I use all of both. Very rarely do I not use all my weekly, but I do have to say, some days I do not use all my daily target points, which is currently at 26, especially if I went way over on the weekend, I tend to be very under on Monday and Tuesday, with my weigh in day on Wednesday. I know, they say that is bad, and that you can’t “carry over points from day to day” but it’s working, so I keep doing it.
- Try to Meet Healthy Check Guidelines, but Be Realistic. I try, but I haven’t had a perfect week yet. It goes along with #4. I’m just not gonna be super healthy every minute of every day. I’m not perfect. Neither is any human. So I don’t expect myself to be.
- Thyroid Medication. Ok, I don’t know if this is the truth or not, but I did go on thyroid medication in August of 2011, and my dosage was just upped again last month. I’ve heard many people say getting their thyroid in balance helps with weight loss, and to be honest, mine is barely out of whack, but my doctor makes sure my numbers are right in the middle of the normal range, instead of close to the top of the normal range. She also told me that I might lose at most 10 lbs from just the thyroid being balanced, so maybe it’s not. The verdict is still out.
- PointsPlus. I think the PointsPlus program seems to work better for me than the old one. I feel like I have more weekly points. And the fact that activity doesn’t have to count the same day any more really makes a difference to me. If I screw up on the weekend, I can pack in some extra activity on Monday and Tuesday to make up a points overage. And I definitely eat more fruits and veggies because they are 0 PointsPlus. And a lot of times when I make recipes, I put them in the recipe builder without the veggies, so they still count as 0 PointsPlus. Otherwise, their nutrition stats get counted and it comes out to more points.
- Persistence. If I screw up, I forgive myself, and get back to business. No more throwing in the towel until my week starts over because I’m not perfect. Yep, it’s sort of a running theme, this not being perfect. It’s key. However, I do expect myself to keep trying. I cut out this statement I saw on some Weight Watchers pamphlet when I first started, and I still have it. It’s my favorite quote: “The program does not require perfection. It requires persistence.”
Weight: 161.7 lbs
Change this week: -1.8 lbs
Total lost: -39.4 lbs
You can also check all my progress
And if you’re wonder, it’s not actually week 15 on Weight Watchers, it’s just week 15 of giving weekly updates since re-committing myself to the program.