Saturday, 30 January 2010

Stoopid Snow

It started snowing last night. I didn't think it was going to amount to anything. Well it did! I drove to Weigh In anyway to find nobody there, a call might have been nice! I looked for a number to call them but couldn't find one. The roads were absolutely awful and I feel down the stairs to our apartments, grazing my arm and chipping my newly done nails too. :-(

My scales show a loss of 2lb from last week (may be more than 2lb) but I don't trust them so won't mark anything down at this point.

I did go ahead and join the gym and it is a really nice one, it is $24 (15 pd) a moth and no contract, has a pool, sauna etc. It is right by my school. I'm excited about it.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

gym bunny

Today I was determined I was going to use the gym. The little gym in my apartments.
I gt home. got change went over there and it was packed. It is TINY. Two buddies were running on the 2 treadmills. So i got on the one ike and cycled for 20 minutes, def worked my legs they were aching, but it just doesn't get my heart rate up like running does. So i jogged around the apartment complex...I actually dont enjoy running in the outdoors - I get distracted. I need the timer.

So i have booked a gym tour for tomorrow. It is so close to school I can go on the way home if I choose to become a member. I get to work out too so I will give it a try! It works out at $30 (18 pounds) a month and no joining fee, no contracts etc. Sounds promising! It also has a pool which seems a rarity around here. Oh and classes! Including Latin Dance! Fun!

Saturday, 23 January 2010


I lost 3.8lbs on my first week.

I am really struggling to understand how this works with stones.

My current weight (237.4lbs) puts me at 16st 957 (etc)

Last weeks weigh of 241.2lbs put me at 17st 2.

Now as far as I can see losing 3.8lbs from 17st 2 does not = 16 stone 9? It would be 16 stone 12? Is it just me? I don't get it.

Edited - thanks to Bryher I now understand this - as she said because you are going from decimals which have 10 in a unit to almost fractions with 14 in the unit. So it is 16 st 13.4

I think I am happy with this loss - no it isn't a phenomenal amount judging by some people's first week but that's ok - before I went in I decided I would be happy with a loss and over the moon with 3lbs or more. They weigh you to the 0.1 of a lb which is nice as you can see it was very almost 4lb loss.

This week my aim to go get those gym shoes and work out more. I know this is the best way for me to boost any further losses - I know my body responds to cardio. Will probably start with the treadmill. I'm a little worried about my knee - I fell in late November on a wet floor (no sign) and the knee often niggles at me. Just aches so we will see how it goes.

I am now down to 29 points (from 30) - UK readers don't panic - the points system works a little differently over here so it does sound like a lot!

Here we go for week 2!

Friday, 22 January 2010

another lesson learned - fruit

So all this week I have been mixing in half a cup of blueberries to my oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast I have haven't been hungry at all until lunch.

Well today i was rushed and thought 'Oh I will just eat the oatmeal. It won't make a difference.'

I was hungry within about 2 hours. Like noticeably hungry.

WW has a list of filling foods to help you stay fuller longer. This was actually the topic of my first class. I guess they know what they are talking about!! Seems funny how some little blueberries can make a difference to my hunger. I only use 0.5 worth. But they really did.

I am so nervous about WI - I don't know why. I have been good. Stuck to points. Have not used many flex points - I think maybe 3? I just don't have that good feeling. Here's hoping I am proved wrong tomorrow at weigh in.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

I will never....ever....

jump on the scales impulsively again as I did today.

They showed only a small loss and I got bummed.

I do not trust those scales anyway, but I never should have got on them. Boo.

Eating going well. It is the excercise I need to work on, cmoooon pay day, I have NO trainers (sneakers) to go to the gym in - need to buy some.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

so far so good

Hello people. First of all let me say thank you all for stopping by, it is so nice to see the variety of locations of my readers. I would love to hear from you - please feel free to leave me a comment!

I think I have been going pretty well though it has only been 2 days.

I have made two great dinners - veggie chili and baked ziti - ziti is a type of pasta - like pasta tubes I guess. It was yummmy!

I am loving yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, a little granola (it is pretty pointy) and a little honey. Had it for breakfast today and it kept me full for almost 4 hours! Yay. Here it is.

It is interesting how points compare to the UK - for example a glass of skim milk is 3 points - the fiber part seems to play a huge role in making something low points.

I am still stressing about the '35 points' a week for eating out or if you go over your daily allowance it deducts from them. I have heard varied opinions about them on the WW - some people use them all the time, some people use half, some use them as and when they have a big event or eat out. I feel really uncertain about quite what to do about them.

Yay for Martin Luther King Day - I get to have a bank holiday of sorts and no school. Also next Monday is a work day so yay for that too.

I am feeling a little down - I worked out that if I lost 2lb a week until the end of school (June) I will still only have lost around half what I need to. I know when I did this before successfully I tended to have a higher loss followed by a lower loss and so on...I guess I am mad at myself but at least I am channeling that into doing something about it. I'm here to stay.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

D Day

Well I am back from the meeting and it went well. Very different to my UK experiences so I will tell you all about it.

The meeting is held in a weight watchers Center, really about the size of a small store. As you come in through the door you line up at the desk to weigh. This is all computerized including the scales. The scales are linked to the computer so you don't see your weight flash up on the screen, the subtley print it off for you and I didn't hear them telling people you lost this or you gained that, they just seemed to stick the sticker on (printed by the computer) and add it to your card. I could be wrong I guess as i was pretty focused on taking it all in, but I didn't hear them telling people their loss or gain which I kinda like.

My start weight is 241.2lbs which about matches my scales give or take about half a lb.

A healthy weight for me would be 155lbs. Long way to go.

That is 17.2 stone? I can't believe that. If I have calculated correctly I have never been this heavy. This hurts. Hopefully next week I wil be out of the 17 range.

My 5% goal is 12lbs, my 10% 24lbs.

My leader's name is Amy and she is very cool, I liked her a lot. Class today was about 'filling foods' and of course the new members introduction afterwards.

The plan is quite different to the UK. To calculate points (as I think i have said before) you take the calories, total fat grams (not saturated) and grams of dietary fiber. The foods high in fiber are lower in points. You have 35 'eating out points' which Amy says are there IF you need them - like for a special event or something that comes up - she insists you will lose weight whether you eat them or not. I'm skeptical but I want to embrace this plan fully - I am so complacent about the UK plan these days which leads to estimating points and not bothering too much.

I am already loving have the e- tools, it is right up my street, I just love it, so effortless to track.

At the center they have a little store in there with many ww products. Today Amy gave us a sample of the peanut butter bliss bars, one point and really yummy. Will have to buy a box next week.

So all in all, I'm excited and glad I have done this and joined up. Here I go!

Friday, 15 January 2010

It's the final countdown...

Well folks, tomorrow is the big day, I am feeling really nervous but excited too. I don't really know what to expect from the meeting as I have not attended a meeting here in the USA yet. Plus here they have a lot of professional centers (not just church halls etc) and mine falls into that category.

I am also excited to be getting online access to the online tools - never done this before so I hopeit makes the journey easier.

More tomorrow....

Saturday, 9 January 2010

counting down

One week until I go to class. I am looking forward to it. I am especially looking forward to having the online tools which I have never done before. I am also nervous, not knowing what to expect at the meeting, being in a different country and all.

I have not been counting points but i have been cooking healthily - i have made roasted veg, bean salad, omelettes etc. I am ready to re start this journey. I have much incentive.

I haen't been on the scales - I keep forgetting!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

ok people, need your advice pleeeease

Should I be counting points and weighing in until I go to class on Jan 16th?

Or just make Jan 16th the 'new start'.

I don't know which to do.