Don’t Give Up.

Well, I’m feeling pretty discouraged today.  After cleaning up my act and getting back on the Weight Watchers wagon strictly the past week, I ended up gaining.  Yes, gaining this week.  I’m back to that nasty 198 I saw  a couple weeks back.

SUPER disappointing.

And as tempting as it is to throw my hands up and say “see… this is why it’s not worth it to even try,”  I’m not giving up.  I’m sticking with it.  (But I’m not gonna lie… if I see a gain again at next week’s weigh-in, I just might have to go buy an large extra-cheese pizza and eat it all myself.  Just sayin.)

For some inspiration, I thought I’d post this picture my sister texted me the other day.  Check this out:

40down

She took that picture of me on the left when she was here for Christmas 2 years ago.  She took that picture of me on the right when she was here for Christmas a couple weeks ago.  Wow, what a difference, right?  And not just because I look like I need a serious trip to the tanning salon either!

Now maybe when she’s here for Christmas in 2015 she can take another picture and I’ll be at my goal weight.  How amazing would that be?!  That’s why I can’t give up.

A New Year — a Renewed Commitment

Wow I can’t believe it’s been almost six months since I last posted!  I’m not sure what’s been going on the past six months, but I just haven’t felt “inspired.”  Oh don’t worry… I haven’t totally fallen off the wagon.  I’ve been going through the motions — still working out and basically following the Weight Watchers plan — but my heart has not been into it.  At all.

Shortly after my last post, scheduling conflicts pushed me into switching from a ‘meetings’ Weight Watchers member to an online-only member.  I had a feeling that wasn’t going to be a good move for me, but it had to be done.  So for the past five months or so, I’ve been going at it on my own.  And up until this past month I managed to maintain my 188 pound weight.

Then the holidays came…. my birthday, Thanksgiving, a trip to Arkansas, Christmas and New Years…. bam bam bam bam BAM.  I stepped on the scale last week and almost cried when I saw 198 staring back at me.  Ten pounds up!!!!  TEN POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!  And so close to 200 I could smell it!!

That was a super huge wake up call (and I’m happy to say as of last week I was down 3 — at 195).  I refuse to get any closer to that 200 mark!!!! I’m feeling so recommitted right now, and ready to rock it!

So here are my weight-loss-related goals for 2013:

1) Run a 5k. I mean actually RUN it.  The whole thing.

2)  Do at least 2 strength training workouts a week. (I’ve been slacking on this and my bat-wing arms are proof of that.)

3) Stick with Weight Watchers faithfully — tracking EVERYTHING.

4) Last but certainly not least —- Reach my goal weight of 155 (or whatever I end up feeling my goal weight should be)!

I lost 40 pounds last year, so I should have no problem losing 35-40 pounds again this year, right?  Stick with me.  I’m gonna do it!

 

Light done RIGHT!

Since starting Weight Watchers, Alfredo sauce has definitely been something I’ve avoided. But I spotted this “light” version of Classico Alfredo sauce in the grocery store the other day and even though I really didn’t think anyone could pull off a light Alfredo sauce, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Well, I must say… I was very pleasantly surprised! This stuff is actually good! It’s 2 points+ for every 1/4 cup, so it’s not something you can go crazy with and just pour all over everything (1/4 cup is pretty small)… but used sparingly I think you get some great bang for your points buck!

I threw it on top of some mushrooms the other night and it was fabulous! Tomorrow night I’m gonna mix it in with some whole wheat pasta and spinach, and when I do my grocery shopping on Monday I’ll be sure to pick up another jar to keep in my pantry.  I think it will come in handy for lots of different recipes in the future.  Yay for good Weight-Watchers-friendly food finds!

A note to naturally skinny people who think it’s easy to lose weight

Nothing bugs me more than a naturally skinny person telling someone who has struggled with weight their whole life how easy it is to lose weight.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to my coworker (who I’m sure has never had to diet or exercise in his life) tell me I don’t need Weight Watchers.  If I would just go for a walk with my dog every night, I could eat cupcakes whenever I wanted.

Um really?  First of all, I don’t have a dog.  I have two cats, and they don’t like to be walked. Trust me, I’ve asked.

Second of all, I’m not sure what kind of math you’re doing, but even my ten year old could figure out that the calories burned by taking your dog for a stroll don’t even come close to the amount of calories ingested when you decide to stuff a cupcake in your face.
And I hear “logic” like this all the time!  People really seem to believe if you “take the stairs” or “take the farthest spot in the parking lot” or “walk your dog” that you can eat whatever you want.  OH HOW I WISH!

Third, I can guarantee you that although I am a good 30 pounds overweight at this point, I eat healthier and exercise more than you do.  GUARANTEED.  So please… the next time you feel the need to expound your weight loss wisdom, feel free to keep it to yourself.