Well, kids. As per usual, these posts are not exactly a “weekly” event! I’ve been so busy! And even though I amazingly lost 4.8 lbs last week without even really trying, I didn’t feel like I deserved it, and I was convinced I was going to gain it all back again this week anyway, so I wasn’t even really that excited about it.
And another thing happened last week…. I lost my ActiveLink. It was pretty much inevitable. I lose keys, credit cards, makeup, cell phones… all. the. time. As I was putting on my ActiveLink before the beer festival last weekend, I even said out loud, this is so going to fall off. And fall off it did.
So this week, there was no activity tracking. I started tracking my food on Wednesday, but when I was already almost through my weekly points on the first day and knew I was going out of town on the weekend, I gave up. So I definitely didn’t eat my best, I didn’t track, and I had no planned workouts. So how did I lose weight again this week?
What I realized is that even when I am not tracking, which I equate to “not following Weight Watchers properly,” I have still learned some key things from Weight Watchers and can still be somewhat in control without tracking (and often have to remind myself of that!)…
#1: Everyday activity is sometimes just as good as planned workouts. Even though I didn’t do extensive workouts or runs or plan any such activities, I still walked a few days. It wasn’t timed, my pace wasn’t measured, but I still did something. Heck, even shopping was my cardio one day! When I was fat, I didn’t get my butt off the couch, and certainly would not have chosen to go for even a walk! I think I feel like in my mind I should be working out several hours a day, but I need to remember that sometimes just being active in daily life is enough. Now, I don’t believe that just every day activity will keep off the weight in the long run. I definitely need to get back to a workout routine, but I have to give myself credit for just being a more active person in general and realize that just going for a walk is better than nothing always!
#2: I have learned portion sizes and how to say no. Even though my food choices are not always stellar, I have learned to eat less. When I’m out, I choose small portions, I leave food on my plate, I’ll split a meal with someone, or I’ll eat half and bring home leftovers. And I have learned to say no to some things. I didn’t even finish my cake at the wedding this weekend, whereas fat-me would have likely had at least two pieces just because it was there.
#3: Having better food choices around is important. And no, I’m not gonna lie… Even though I have learned to eat less, I still have “binges.” But what I don’t realize is that they are smaller than what I would scarf down when I was fat. And let’s face it, eating an entire bag of Popchips is not as bad as an entire bag of regular potato chips, right?!? Ok, so it would actually be better to binge on carrots or something, but I’m a realist. Carrots ain’t gonna cut it when the former fat girl inside me wants a bag of potato chips! So it’s all about having “better” food choices in the house. (P.S. I am not actually encouraging anyone to eat an entire bag of anything! So don’t do that just because they are less fat or whatever!)
#4: I’ve generally learned what foods are likely more points than others. I aim for protein to satiate me, less carbs, and lower to moderate fats. When out, I usually side with seafood or chicken, avoid the bread/pasta/rice, ask for sauces on the side, and go for the fruits and veggies. I say generally, because I do splurge too! Sometimes when I am out, I want what I want! But I don’t do it every time either!
#5: Persistence, not perfection. It’s my mantra, but I have to remind myself constantly. I am never going to be perfect, but I can’t give up. Even if I eat bad, I still get up each day and try to start over again. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t, but if I completely quit trying, I will never get back to goal and will gain it all back. Even when I run, my mantra is “Just keep going, and eventually you’ll get there.”
#6: Patience. And with that persistence, you need a dose of patience. Weight Watchers, or any weight loss plan, isn’t a magic pill. Your body is a mysterious thing. Sometimes it does not cooperate. I sometimes feel that since I don’t have that 70-ish lbs to lose, that this last 10-ish lbs I’ve gained back should just come off in an instant! But I’m still learning to be patient! And with this week’s weigh in, I feel hopeful. I think I will get there slowly, but surely.
I often times go back and look at my success story on the Weight Watchers website. I feel like a total narcissist for doing it, but it’s a huge reminder of how far I’ve come. I look at it, and almost every time I tear up because I remember thinking to myself, I am going to be one of those success stories some day, yet I still doubted I really had it in me. And to see that story makes me realize that I did have it in me, and I still do.
So here’s to this not-so-steady path of being imperfect, persistent, and patient! May we all remain on it! Have a hopeful week!
Weight: 132.2 lbs
Change this week: -1.3 lbs
Total lost: -68.9 lbs
You can also check out my entire weight log here