Weigh in day

Wednesdays are my weigh in day at Weight Watchers. I lost 2 lbs since last week! I LOVE going to the meetings. It’s great to get advice and tips from others who have been or are where I am-even the leader. She has lost 84.5 lbs and has kept it off for 8 years or something now. We are in the midst of a 10 week challenge. Each week we focus on one area to work on. The first week’s goal was to track daily. The second week we were challenged to eat more filling foods. Last week we were to add 10 more minutes of activity to our day, whether you were currently doing very little or a lot. This week we discussed emotional hunger vs. physical hunger. Our leader had a great list of “signals” for each type of hunger (I don’t have them in front of me right now, but will try to post them at some point if I remember).  This week we are to make a list of 10 things that we can do instead of emotional eating.

I am still trying to fully wrap my brain around the fact that I have lost 20 lbs. 20 lbs!!!! That’s a lot. That’s 80 sticks of butter or 4 bags of flour…it’s almost as much as my youngest child weighs!!!! It’s not been so easy, but doable. I am still working to put this into words. It sounds silly, it’s just weight, and now it’s gone, but it really does change the way that I feel. It’s been more than JUST losing the weight. It is changing attitudes and behaviors. It is the fact that I have stuck with this for more than just a few weeks. I’m working hard to change my outer appearance, but more than that is changing as well.

I’ve whined about the pain from doing the 30 Day Shred. But you know what? Each time I feel that pain, I am reminded that I am doing something for ME! It hurts, but that means I’m putting effort into it and that my body is changing. I CAN do this! I WILL do this!

I’m probably going to repeat things here, but I guess they are worth repeating.  I think something that is really helping is that each week at weigh in I get excited about the loss for the week…whether it’s .2 lbs or 2 lbs…and others cheer me on as well. It’s fun to have those losses, they sound small, but it was ONE week. But all those small losses add up to one big loss.

I guess I’m rambling, but there’s some thoughts for today.

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a bit of accountability

The “Shred” challenge doesn’t officially start until next week, but I tried the DVD yesterday since I had purchased it and had been mentally preparing myself to be ready to go. I figured I would do it 2 or 3 times this week, just to get a little more activity in and to start getting used to doing it.

I did it in the morning after my oldest got on the bus. The other 2 boys (almost 4 and almost 2) thought it was great fun to exercise with mom. The 2 year old even brought the DVD to me in the evening saying “exercise”. I told them we would do it the next morning….not thinking that I hadn’t planned to do it every day.

Then, this morning they were both asking me when we were going to exercise. I wasn’t sure if I would do it today or not since my muscles were still pretty sore from yesterday’s workout. YOUCH! But, I decided to suck it up and go to it. I didn’t do the workout completely, but I did get most of the movements in. Did I mention OUCH!!???  We ran a few errands today and my legs felt pretty sore and like they were full of lead…lol! I usually keep a pretty face pace when walking, but today I felt like my legs were weighed down…well, more so than usual. The worst spot that hurts is the top of my thighs. Other muscles are sore, but this is the worst spot. But hey…if that means it’s working on those thighs then hurt away.

I have spent so much time in the last few years THINKING about losing weight and getting in shape, now it’s time to get busy and DO IT!!! One day at a time. If I had spent half the amount of time doing as I’ve spent thinking I would be pretty skinny already, but I haven’t….until now. It’s time to make some change. I need to work on building good habits, habits that will continue when (yes, WHEN, not IF) I reach my goal. Why do all this work if I’m not going to work to maintain it? I’m tired of being overweight, tired of feeling so self concious, tired of thinking about it, tired of being frustrated when trying to buy clothes, tired of being tired. I’m ready to eat better, exercise more, look better, feel better. It’s not all about the outside either, the way I think and act has to change too.

Challenge

I haven’t posted here in over a year…and quite a bit has changed since then. We’ve moved to Northern IN (from Indy) and we’re living with my parents while my husband is looking for a permanant job. I worked full time for a few months this summer and my oldest started Kdg. this fall. Okay, so that covers most of the changes…on to progress.

When we moved here in June I weighed the most I ever have. In Nov. I joined Weight Watchers and have been attending meetings ever since. I have lost just about 20lbs!!! I would still like to lose about 30 or so more, but that’s a good start for me.

I am joing a challenge to do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred for 30 days (imagine that!). It’s gonna be tough that’s for sure. The challenge officially starts next Mon. (Feb. 1), but I tried out the video today. OH MY WORD! Wow! If that doesn’t make improvement after 30 days I don’t know what will.

I will also be working on getting a “before” picture and taking some measurements. I will be brave and post them here. One positive thing is that those measurements have changed already, but will still need lots of work. Especially the blubbery belly area. It is time to get this going. I’ve been doing fairly well at losing…that is slow and steady, but it’s coming off and that is what matters.

More to come…