Weekly Weigh In: Happy Belated New Year! I’m Back!

Alexis {Diva on a Diet}'s Weight Watchers Online official weigh in for January 9, 2013The holidays turned me into a total-slacker, non-running, non-tracking, non-posting zombie! Here it is almost halfway into the first month of 2013, and I am still finding it hard to get back into the swing of things! Anyone else with me?

Well, yes. I’ve heard from a few of you on twitter that you are struggling right along with me. My tweeps always remind me I am not alone! I basically declared that my “January 1st” started this past Monday. Of course that was on the last 2 days before weigh in, and well, when you are over by 55 PointsPlus, there is really not a lot you can do! What I can do is not complain that I only gained a pound. It could have been worse!

So, since declaring the new year as a “do over” on Monday, I have been tracking like a fiend. Actually, even though I was way over points from poor food and wine decisions, I did track everything every single day since January 2nd. I can’t even remember the last time I did that. I’m also getting my activity back on track.

Alexis' dailymile Monthly Running distance Jul 2012 - Jan 9, 2013And after not running at all for 3 weeks and then noticing on dailymile that I hardly ran in November and December, it has been agony getting my body to run again! Not to mention I absolutely hate cold weather. And I live in Atlanta, so to me, cold is like anything below 60 degrees! I don’t know how people run in the winter in the North! And running by myself in the dark… it’s not so safe. So I’m dealing — not so well — with my first foray into winter running. I only started this whole running business last June, dontcha know! Good news is, I appear to be motivated again, daylight is getting longer again, and it’s unusually warm, even for Atlanta.

What is really getting me motivated is the fact that I finally reached goal on November 14th after being within 5 pounds for about 3 months. Since then, I have failed to stay within the 2 pounds that I am supposed to in order to be in “maintenance.” Ok, so there were two weeks that I was within that by a smidgen, but not in a row. I would like to stay more 2 pounds under goal than 2 pounds over, ya know?!? On top of that, I hate my stomach. It is a big sloppy, poochie, potbelly mess. It’s still got a layer of fat on it that I don’t like, and not doing anything will not change that! Although I can easily keep my clothes on and avoid mirrors, I fully intend to wear a bikini this summer, so let’s hope that keeps me motivated!

And most importantly, even though I am more than at a healthy weight, my blood pressure still doesn’t seem to be completely stabilized. I’m still taking a diuretic for it, although I was able to go off of the beta blocker. There are days that I get pissed off at the world and think that it is not fair that I have done all this work to get healthy, and I still have to deal with it and take some sort of medication. The truth of the matter is that it would be much worse, and I would have a greater chance of heart problems if I hadn’t done all of this work, and when I don’t eat right and exercise, it definitely gets worse. So there’s your motivation.

So with the new year, comes new changes. The first, these (sort of) weekly checkins. I’m gonna try to be more regular, but don’t hold me to it! I’m all about trying, but I’m definitely still not perfect. I’m no longer including the week number because it’s been over a year now, and frankly, it’s a boring title, and I’m sick of counting weeks! And most of the time, all I do is bitch and moan and tell you the boring things about how my week went. Maybe I will try to spice them up a little bit. We’ll see. I’m still working on my resolutions, and I even go back and forth about whether to blog anymore at all. I’m sort of at a crossroads with my life and my goals right now I think. So you will likely read more about that in the coming weeks… maybe even months, if I so choose to keep this whole blogging thing up. Heck, I’m still working on my new years resolutions, so who knows what is in store for me!

So, happy new year, my friends! My 2012 was fantastic. I finally lost over 75 pounds! Well, at least that one week I made goal, and I did lose about the first 20 pounds in 2011, just to be accurate! My body fat percentage has dropped from an average of 45% (in 2011) to around 25%. I was able to go off cholesterol medication and beta blockers. And I was in a Weight Watchers commercial!!! I know, I’ve been pretty hush-hush about the commercial! I’m definitely going to dedicate a whole post to it soon! So here’s to 2013! Let’s all expect amazing!

Weight: 127.9 lbs
Change this week: +1.0 lbs
Total lost: -73.2 lbs
You can also check out my entire weight log here

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