Sunday, January 1, 2012

Week 4 weigh-in

Last week: 282.6
This week: 280.6

I lost exactly two pounds, which isn't bad considering all the crap I ate last night. Since this was my first New Years Eve with plans that didn't involve hanging out with my parents, I decided to just have fun and not worry about points. Not the brightest idea, but it was fun. And I still lost weight, so I'm happy.

I also officially signed back up for Weight Watchers this morning. I'm signed up for 3 months. I'm hoping that's enough to give me the kickstart I need to actually do what I'm supposed to do this year.

Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and tracked everything I ate. We went to my aunt's house, and I used more points than I would have liked, but it was still only 10 extra points, and this is the only day all week that I had plans and thought I might go over. I shouldn't use quite as many the rest of the week.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Week 3 overview

Okay, so I didn't really keep this updated this week. Christmas morning I weighed myself. Then I forgot what it was, so after I opened presents and everything, I weighed myself again.

Current weight: 282.6
New goal weight for 2012: 230

That's up at least four pounds from last week, but I am okay with that because 1) I didn't really track anything, 2) I weighed myself after I ate and 3) I had my period, so I was bloated anyway.

I've been tracking this week, and I know I will do better on the scale. I'm a little worried about weighing myself Sunday morning, right after our New Year's Eve/JanNo kick off party, but I just have to watch what I eat and not be a pig. I survived Michael's mother's party Wednesday without overeating. I can do it tomorrow, too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 2, Day 4

I finally feel like I'm starting to make progress. Usually I eat bad food that's high in points and doesn't keep me full for very long. That's why I used up all of my points in the last three days and then some. But today, things are different. I made that spicy Asian peanut chicken thing for dinner last night, and I had the leftovers for breakfast and lunch today. Then I made crock pot chicken taco chili for dinner. Eating better is definitely helping me stick to the diet more.

Breakfast (12)
leftovers (10)
coffee (2)

Lunch (10)
leftovers (10)

Dinner (11)
chili (5)
tortilla (4)
cheese (2)
ff sour cream (0)

Snacks (2)
2 small pieces of chocolate

Monday, December 19, 2011

Week 2, Day 2

Brunch: (9)
1 turkey and cheese sandwich w/1 tsp mayo (9)
4 cups water (0)

Dinner: (34)
2 cups diet coke (0)
4 pieces pizza (28)
4 cookies (6)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Week 1 Weigh-in

Okay, to be fair, I wasn't really OP this week. I started to keep track the first two days and then was out of weekly points and then stopped counting. I wasn't really expecting to lose anything. I was going to start over this week. Then I went to weigh myself to see what my starting weight was. And that's when I realized that I was down close to 2 pounds since last week. That's exciting!

Today was drunk brunch. I wasn't keeping track of food while I went (because, honestly, I wasn't expecting to start my diet today either, despite what I said above), but this is my estimate of what I ate:

Actual brunch: (30)
waffle (5)
6 cookies (9)
croissant (5)
coffee w/small amounts of creme de menthe (5)*
1 slice bacon (1)
egg casserole (5)

Dinner (14)
2 slices cheese pizza (14)

After-dinner eating: (25)
1 bowl cereal (4)
1 WW snack (2)
leftover nachos (14)
1 drink (5)
Total: 69 (46 + 2 APs + 21 WPs)
APs: 2 (stairs + walking to the pizza place)

Remaining WPA: 28
Remaining APs: 0

*I'm not sure on the points for the creme de menthe, but I didn't use that much of it, so I'm going to go ahead and say that it was 3 points. I'm a really, really, wussy drinker, so I'm okay with that estimate.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

55 pounds in 55 weeks

Many people (including myself) are participating in the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, where they try to read a book every week of 2012. I've decided to give myself an additional challenge of losing a pound a week, starting today and ending at the end of 2012.

Starting weight: 280
Starting BMI: 41.3

Goal weight: 225
Goal BMI: 33.2

That goal is not considered "healthy." I will still be obese. I will still be bigger than most of the people I know outside of my family. And I am okay with that. I don't think that everyone has to be the same size. I don't think that BMI charts are the best way to judge if someone's healthy. I don't think that there's anything wrong with being fat. I actually like it to some extent. I like being squishy. I like that I'm more fun to hug.

What I don't like is that I'm still close to 40 pounds more than I was through most of high school and college. Most of my clothes don't fit anymore. I used to be a size 18 and wear XL shirts. Now I shift between a size 20 and 22, and I wear 2XL shirts. I used to want to be a size 14. Now I just want to go back to where I was. I would still like to get down a little lower (size 16), but I would be okay with not. This year, I just want to focus on getting back to a comfortable 18. I think getting down to 225 would get me there.

I started Weight Watchers about this time last year, and I lost 30 pounds in three months. I've kept 15 pounds off, which is nice, but I want to do more. I don't want to get back to where I was. I also don't want to pay $20 a month for their online tools. I bought a PointsPlus calculator. I bought the books. I know how Weight Watchers works. I am going to use this blog to keep track of my daily food intake and weekly weigh-ins. I hope doing so will help keep me on track.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Put one foot in front of the other..."

It's taken a little while, but I'm back on track with Weight Watchers. I lost the three pounds I had gained two weeks ago and then another three pounds, bringing my total weight loss so far up to 18 pounds in 9 weeks, or 2 pounds a week. I am satisfied with that. I wish I hadn't lost time with my "experimentation" with points, but I've still lost weight and am feeling a lot better about myself now, so it's still a win.

It helps that I'm working now. I'm a school photographer, meaning I'm on my feet for close to eight hours a day. I haven't worked out in two weeks because my feet are always killing me when I get home from work, but that's still a ton more movement than I'm used to, so it's still a positive thing. I'm also frequently carrying and setting up heavy equipment, so I'd get some APs just from that. It takes 30-60 minutes to set up the camera equipment, and about that same amount to take it back down at the end of the day. That's about 3 APs a day just from the first and last part of the day, not including the walking back and forth taking pictures, posing children, and keeping the lines moving smoothly.

I need to work on eating better, though. Dad's been making some pretty points-heavy meals for dinner since I started working (since I'm not there to help plan), and I'm generally so hungry by the end of the day that I eat too much of it. I've bought some of those 100-calorie packs that are about 3 points each, but they're not quite enough. I've written out some WW-friendly meals, so hopefully those will be made from dinner more often.