Saturday, 27 February 2010

Weigh in 6

Weight - 232.8lbs (16st 8.6)
Loss - 1.2lbs
Total loss 8.6lbs

I'm pretty ok with this loss. On Friday I took what people call 'a mental health day' - which means taking a day off work to regather and regroup and relax. It doesn't mean I am crazy or anything.
So I decided to go to the Friday weigh in at 12.30pm so if Daniel and I chose to go out to eat on my day off that it wouldn't impede my weigh in. I just wanted to make the most of the day.

Did I really step it up this week? No I don't think I di so much. I was good with the weekly points using only 4.5 of the 35 on offer. I only made it to the gym once. I don't think I really up- ed my water intake either. So I'm happy to have lost. All i feel like I can do is keep recommitting to step it up.

So on to 'the day off'. I went to Starbucks straight after weigh in haha. We went to the movies (we saw Crazy Heart - it was ok) but I only got a fruit iced bar (like 2 points) then we ate out in the evening at one of our favorite bars called 'Tavern on the Tracks'. We shared fried Portobella Mushrooms for an appetizer, I ordered a black bean burger on pitta with mashed potatoes. However it was so spicey I couldn't eat a lot of it, so Daniel and I switched some parts of our dinner! I ate his garlic bread and some of his spinach linguini and some fries too. I also had cheese cake for desert. OOPsy!

In other news I bought a new game for the wii called 'Just Dance.' I haven't tried it out yet but it is supposed to be a good workout!!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Why am I doing this? A reminder...

I feel like I need to write down for myself all and any reasons I can think of for this journey to motivate me.

1. Health. Sometimes I feel like I neglect this one in my mind - I always focus on wanting to look good but I know deep down that health is the number one reason to be doing this. I've been blessed with a healthy body and have a responsibility to take care of it.

2. I want to look good. (haha) I know my husband loves me for who I am but I still feel like I can give him better :-)

3. I want to arrive home in London in June and have people notice that I've made a change. I always feel like I stand out like a sore thumb on both sides of my family.

4. Right now our trip to San Francisco in April and our trip to Seattle in June are both great motivators.

measurements time

I thought to take my measurements today and here are the result - remember I'm five weeks in and lost 7.4lbs...

waist - lost 1.3 inches

hips - lost 2 inches

thighs - lost 1 inch

bust - lost 0.7 inches (always been on the busty side)

arms - lost 1.1 inches.

Hmm! wasn't expecting to see much of a difference yet,though I have noticed the trousers (pants) that were tight on me fit much better.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

better hair pic

weigh in 5

I only lost 0.8lbs today. Bit disappointed as didn't weigh in last week.

Total loss 7.4lbs so at least i hit the 'half a stone mark' for all you Brits.

I guess if I was on track for my goal of 2lbs a week I would have lost 10lbs by now. Already feel like that goal is not reachable.

So, I hear you ask, what am I gonna do to ensure a better loss next week? Here are my thoughts:

* I'm going to try to stay away from the flipping weeky points allowance they have here in the USA that are 'there if you need them' - a whopping 35 points a week for eating out or little extras. I tend to be more relaxed about having that extra hot chocolate at night and using those points. This week I used 14.5 of them, but 10 of these were on last Saturday when I treated myself to what I wanted but pointed everything, going over into the weekly points. If I was doing the plan in the UK I would not have these points and would not expect to lose if I ate 35 points extra a week (or equivalent)

* I need to be at the gym more - I only went once this week earning 3 activity points. I'm going to aim for 3 times a week and plan this out so I don't just go home. Work is so draining lately but no excuses I need to make the most of it.

* Drink more water - I do try with my water but could be doing better for sure.

* measure food - don't guess! I was a bit lax with this!

* lastly - and I put is last as it will be the hardest - not eating crap on a Saturday after weigh in - I have to get out of this mentality - I just don't know how to do it!

In other news my leader Amy has had to step down for a while due to back problems but I liked our new leader Melanie - who I believe takes a different meeting also - a lot.
ps the pics of me are of my new hair style...

Thursday, 18 February 2010

some things to think about

This week I have been struggling with hunger...and I think it is my fault for the way I use my points. I got up around 6am today and on getting home at 3.30 I had only used 10.5 of my 29 points and i was so hungry.

I tend to eat either cereal or oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast - around 2 - 3 points, today I ate sandwich thins with a little low fat cheese (3.5) and a yogurt (1) and I ate a little treat size snickers (2 points).

Also this week I have not made as many meals to take the next day to school for lunch and I don't think the sandwich thins filled me up yesterday or today. I'm talking about feeling REALLY hungry.

I also take vitamins and B12 and all that good stuff.

This week I have felt so exhausted - on waking up at 5.30 I just want to cry, and I have been going to bed around 9pm. I'm wondering if I really need to redistribute my points better and eat more filling meals in the day time, not just use all my points at night. I haven't even made it to the gym this week at all, though I am going tonight when I drop Daniel at work in an hour or so.

I feel just a bit kinda down...bored maybe. I need some ideas for breakfasts and lunches. For lunch all I have is a microwave and barely 20 minutes to make and eat something. Help!

Saturday, 13 February 2010


called ww (at least I figured that out rather than traipsing in the snow) and it is canceled. Second time in 3 weeks. M scales show a slight gain from last week which has really bummed me out. I could only say that I have not made good choices all week, many events at school this week eg valentines treats and I have guessed some of the points I guess. Back to strictness tomorrow.

I find it so tempting to take WI day (Sat) 'off'. Does anyone else do this?

Friday, 12 February 2010


the snow is falling again and settling. I dont want another WI called off. :-(


I'm not sure why I am worried this week about weigh in. I have stuck to points but I have also used some of my weekly ooints allowance as a few naughty things have jumped into my mouth this week, like mini candy bars and cookies. I just don't feel confident. I have been to the gym twice - would have been three times but i forgot my lock for my locker.

I had my meeting with a personal trainer which was a lot about trying to sell me a personal trainer package which in no way can I afford. We mostly did stuff like push ups (I suck at those) and toning excercise, she took my body fat percentage which horrified me and I'm not even sure I want to post it on here. She talked to me about not eating carbs for the 4 hours leading up until bedtime becasue your body is winding down energy wise and just stores them as fat if you are not using any energy. This for me means 6pm and I don't usually eat dinner til 7. Maybe next week I will try thins. Not sure what I will eat after 6pm - carbs seems to be in everything including fruits and yogurt. Hmm, food for thought though. It makes sense to me that your body is not needing energy at this time of day if you are just home relaxing.

So will let you all know tomorrow how I get on. I hope it is better than I think.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Weigh in 2 (and 3)

This week I lost 2.8lbs. I was a little disappointed as this was 2 weeks worth of weigh in, but I know my ' girly' time is fast approaching so that's OK.

Start Weight 241.2lbs or 17st 3.2

Total loss 6.6lbs in 3 weeks

Current Weight 234.6lbs
16 st 10.6

I'm not disappointed with my over all loss, 2lb a week is good for me so a little ahead of that, probably though because of first week loss being higher.

I got a 5lb star both at my meeting and online - in the USA there are no silver 7s as they don't weigh in stone so it doesn't mean anything here. So the marker they use is every 5lbs. I'm halfway to my 5% goal of 12lbs.

Class was good today, mostly the atmosphere and banter was fun. We passed around a blob of fat (somehow preserved) that weighed 10lbs. It felt a lot heavier than expected. We talked about motivation and being in the right mindset, how to combat negative thoughts etc. It's a friendly group, with people wishing each other luck on the way out. Someone joked about setting up a deal with the neighboring nail salon as a reward for ever 10lbs or whatever.

By Saturday June 12th (end of school year) I would like to have lost 42lbs. That is 21 weeks (from my first weigh in) and 2lbs a week. Do you think this goal is too high or ok?

Today we thought about setting a date for a goal, to add to our motivation.

I have been trying to photograph my stickers each week at weigh in but it just isn't working. I will have to try and scan it maybe.