Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creating a Lifestyle

I was sitting on the floor of my full weight watchers meeting today thumbing through the weekly newsletter when I ran across an article about staying motivated. The author of the article talked about going to her class reunion and how she wanted to go and show everyone how great she looks now.

This things got me thinking. I remember trying to reach my goal weight even back in high school. Next year is my 10-year class reunion, and while I really could care less about what my old classmates think about my physique, I do care that I have yet to reach my goal. 

The good news is that even though I've been trying to lose weight unsuccessfully for 10 years, I have at least made some good dents in my lifestyle. 

I went to the gym with my sister tonight and started to think about how much my attitude has changed towards food and exercise. I remember hating the gym when I first went back on swim team in high school. It felt like such a waste of energy, and the machines were so confusing and foreign to me. I remember not knowing what an elliptical was (I called it the swingy leg thing). Now, not only do I know what to do with an elliptical, I have no problem pushing myself through circuit training, stretches, and I'm even learning to be happy about feeling the burn. 

This afternoon I got myself a chicken nugget meal at Mcdonalds thinking it would be a good reward for my weight loss, and I ended up not even eating it. I ate a couple chicken nuggets and found myself wishing they tasted less like a deep fryer. I could taste the lethargy that I would be feeling later if I finished my meal and I didn't like it! I ended up taking my $6 hit and buying myself another lunch at new seasons - a tuna salad sandwich on whole wheat bread with tomato and avocado (doesn't that even "sound" better?!) 
Over the years I feel like my food preferences have drastically evolved and my body craves good food. I lost 2 pounds this week and I think I only tracked 3 out of the 7 days. This is a testament to the fact that I have really made lasting changes to my eating habits. 

I just have 65 more pounds to lose. I want to focus on the big number instead of the milestones. This time the milestones are nice, but they're not good enough. This time I'm going to get to a healthy weight and stay there!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting acquainted with Points Plus

As of today I have completed 1 week of the points plus system on weight watchers. If you have done weight watchers before, you'd be surprised the differences they've made to their program. They added carbohydrates to their points calculator, they've made all fruits a 0 points value, and they've changed how many points you get on a daily basis and on a weekly basis. I get 31 points per day and 49 per week normally and then an extra 15 a day for breastfeeding.

Needless to say, I had no problem staying on program this week. I found myself eating far more fruit because I knew it didn't count for anything. I also ate more vegetables, not because they were low points, but because I wanted to be able to check off all the marks for fruits and vegetables. I know I'm eating healthier and it's not difficult to do so. 

What's a challenge for me this time around is that I'm not allowed to lose too much weight at a time because of the breastfeeding. If I lose too much, my milk supply could diminish. The last few times I've done weight watchers I've had a big loss the first week. This time I only lost .6 pounds. I was a bit discouraged by this, but the receptionist at the meeting told me it was likely because I was already eating pretty consciously before, so I wouldn't have a big change. She suggested taking measurements and using those as well, especially after having had a baby, my hips and belly should shrink more than my weight does. 

I know all weight basically loses the same, but for some reason I feel like this 30 pounds of baby weight should come off easier. It's probably because I've had so many people say that breastfeeding helps you lose the weight quick. My challenge now is to treat this weight loss like all of the weight I've lost before. I have to work at it just the same.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Project: Skinny Butt Fail

Well, project skinny butt is over. It pretty much failed. I did really good the first few days and then I just got busy! My mom told me she read something about how not getting enough sleep leads to belly fat. I believe it. I don't sleep much with a newborn and I pretty much have a deflated balloon full of sand on my front.

I've decided that exercise is only part of the equation and I need to relearn how to eat again. So I signed back up for weight watchers and went to a meeting yesterday. It was nice to see my old meeting leader again. She was really excited to see the baby. I haven't seen her since our wedding.

I was quickly reminded about why I hate going to meetings. Everyone kept talking about how hard it is to go grocery shopping or out to eat and to stay on program. For me rather than dwelling on the the foods I like that I can't eat, I dwell on the foods I like that I can. Weight watchers has completely revamped the program too. Now you can eat basically as much fruit as you want and most vegetables are 0 points as well. You also get more points each day and more points for the week. Combined with extra points for breastfeeding, and the fact that I can track my points on my iphone, this is pretty much easy so far. I can eat what I want, just not too much of it is all. I'm looking forward to the new program. I really feel like it's something I can stick to. Then again I'm only on my second day. I guess we'll see if I'm still this on track in a week.