Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 281 lbs.
Current Weight: 279.2 lbs.
Weekly Change: –1.8 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 39 lbs.
Today is a good day, a very, very good day. We’re two days in to the new year, and I feel like a changed woman! I know that that sounds so cliche, but let me tell you why I feel changed. I don’t feel some magical change simply because it’s January 2015—no. I feel changed because this is the start of week 17 on Weight Watchers for me, and I feel like a different, better, and stronger person because of my experience with the program.
See, I walked in to my meeting this morning “knowing” that I’d gained weight. As I mentioned in my last blog, I have been very, very inactive this past week. It’s been snowy, and the temperature hasn’t climbed above the teens whatsoever. On several occasions, we’ve actually managed to drop well below zero.
My main form of exercise consists of walking my puppy. We walk at least a mile every day. If I have the time and if the temperature cooperates, we walk more than that, but I always try to at least squeeze in a mile every morning. With the weather and temperature what it was this week, though, we didn’t do any walking. Sorry, I was not in the mood to catch frostbite, nor was I in the mood to pay an expensive vet bill because my dog’s paws were eaten away by deicer. It just wasn’t worth it this week—it really wasn’t.
And aside from my complete lack of exercise, my 22nd birthday was on December 28th, and I also overindulged a bit then, too (not too much, thankfully, but it was definitely still an overindulgence). The next day, I also used a couple of my weeklies to have a piece of ice cream cake—the cake I wanted but skipped out on on the day of my actual birthday. Then, to top it off, on NYE, I also ate pizza. Granted, it was veggie delite pizza that only cost me 4P+ per piece, but since I ate 4 pieces for dinner and then had another 3 pieces the following day for lunch, I was expecting the worst.
I stayed within my daily point target every single day except for one day: December 29th—the day I had ice cream cake. On that day, I dipped into my weeklies and used 7P+. Other then that, though, I didn’t let myself go over my allotted daily P+ allowance. However, because my diet was very carb heavy this week and I consumed quite a bit more sugar than normal, I was sure I’d gained weight. In my mind, there just couldn’t have been another option.
But here’s where the idea of change really comes into play.
I was OK with everything. Honestly, I was. And that is why I feel like a different woman. I figured I’d gained a pound or so, but I went to my Weight Watchers meeting anyway. I stepped on the scale with no reservations, and I thought to myself, “if I gained, so be it.” I know that this journey I’m on is a continuous one, and in the grand scheme of things, a pound or so gained is nothing, especially since I was able to eat all of this stuff in a controlled fashion instead of binging and feeling out of control, which was the norm for me not so long ago. Yes, I ate worse than I normally do this week, but I still stayed inside the lines. I didn’t eat thousands and thousands of unnecessary calories like I’ve done so many times in the past. I just ate like a normal person.
And that was an absolute victory in my eyes, and that’s why I didn’t really care what the scale said this morning. I knew I was going to stay on course, so the numbers didn’t matter today. Once I realized that, I felt proud of myself because I’ve experienced a really, really drastic mental change, obviously, and I think that that’s super important. I think that the reason that my attempts to lose weight in the past failed is because my mind wasn’t in the right place. My vision was distorted and I was just consumed by food.
That’s not the case anymore, though, and that makes me so very, very happy.
So, then, with all that said, imagine my surprise when the scale actually read 279.2 lbs. this morning! That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, even after the week I had, I still managed a very respectable loss of 1.8 lbs.! Can you believe it? I know, I know—I was shocked, too. 😉
That puts my total loss at 39 lbs. even, and it puts me just 8.8 lbs. away from hitting my 15% target (a loss of 47.8 lbs. and a weight of 270.4 lbs.).
I also managed to break 280 with this weigh-in! I had wanted to do that before the new year, but que sera sera. This week was a great week to do it, too. This was a wonderful way to start the new year!
Since my weigh-in day is Friday, I got to weigh-in under some very unique circumstances this holiday season. I weighed-in on Friday, October 31st (Halloween), Friday, November 28th (the day after Thanksgiving), Friday, December 26th (the day after Christmas), and Friday, January 2nd (the day after New Year’s Day). So I weighed-in on either the day of a holiday or the day after, which meant that overindulging during the holidays wasn’t something I did because I knew I’d have to answer for it less than 24 hours later.
Just one week before Halloween on Friday, October 24th, 2014, I weighed-in at 297.6 lbs. Today, on January 2nd, 2015, I weigh 279.2 lbs. That means that over the course of the holiday season, I was able to lose 18.4 lbs.
Yes, I lost weight during the holidays.
During the 2013 holiday season, I’m sure I put on close to 20 lbs.—no exaggeration. So the fact that I was able to actually lose weight during this time is a really big deal, and it is such an accomplishment. I’m so, so, so proud of myself. 😀
I am still looking for workout buddies, too (you can read more about that in this post, if you’d like), so if you’re interested, drop me a line down below! Two of my very lovely blogging friends, Brittany and Ms. LionessLives, showed some interest in a walking challenge, so that’s what I think we’re going to do.
In researching walking challenges, I read that “the average U.S. adult walks about 5,900 steps daily…” and that although there’s a lot of hype about taking 10,000 steps per day, the CDC actually just “recommends adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, such as brisk walking. To meet [that] recommendation, you need to walk 7,000-8,000 steps per day” (source).
On a typical day (one in which I walk my puppy), I hover around 4,000 steps per day. That means I have a lot of increasing to do. It sounds like my interested blogging friends do too, so I’m thinking our challenge is going to be to try to gradually work up to those CDC recommended 8,000 steps per day.
If you’re interested in participating in this, try to get a good estimate of what your step count is every day (if you don’t have a Fitbit or a pedometer or a similar device, just download a free pedometer app on your smart phone!). Once we have a good estimate of where everyone is at step-wise, we can set up a specific target for our walking challenge! 😀
So, that’s what’s going on. If you’re still reading, thanks for sticking with me—I know this was a long one.
I wish you all an absolutely wonderful week.
Eat well. Be well.