I’m back my fellow Calorie Junkies…

So it has been awhile but I am back. I used the oldest excuse in the book ..”life and stress”…to lapse back to my ways. I tried to stay on track during my coast to coast relocation. I mean I had all the tools possible given to me by Weight Watchers and all the possibilities to continue to drop the weight but I used the stress of moving to a new city as an excuse to eat out, not track and ignore almost everything I had worked on. But not all was lost. I did not go back to my original 193 that I started out with on Weight Watchers. Instead I am currently at 182. My lowest was 173 so yes some of the pounds have crept back up.

I noticed that my jeans where getting tighter and tighter. So instead of going to buy another pair of jeans I am back on the program full force. I have started tracking again as of today. This was a tip I got from my old weight watcher coach. Once you get out of a size of jeans, donate them so you’re not tempted to go back. Then when your jeans start getting tight again you know you got to get your butt in gear. So this is me butt in gear….

So not only have I started tracking but I also did structured exercise…like I said butt in gear. So I am curious when I weigh in next week what type of numbers I will post.

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Be back soon…

Hi everyone. Our family just made a big move from one coast to the other. Once we are settled in we will be posting more articles. Hope to be back up and running soon….

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Weight Watchers Weigh-in: Week 12

  I was a little frustrated this week when I attended my Weight Watchers meeting to get weighed in.  I found that after a wonderful 4lb weight loss last week that I gained almost all of it back this week. I gained 3.4**lbs this week. I was devastated.  I feel like I have just been on a huge roller coaster the last couple weeks. DOWN UP DOWN UP

Roller Coaster – Blackpool Pleasure Beach by fishyfish_arcade, on Flickr

So I am just a bit frustrated, I mean I think anyone would be when they see a 3.4lb gain.  So I sat back and thought about it.  Here is my thing.  I started that wonderful monthly visitor could that be the evil behind the weight gain?  At looking at several other peoples post and blogs I believe it really could be for two reasons.  First when that lovely visitor comes I am always craving sweets than salts.  One of my favorites is eating popcorn while at the same time eating chocolate.  So was I on track with points. No not really, I used a lot of my extra points this week. I usually don’t have chocolate in the house since I know it is such a weakness for me.  However, there was a lot of chocolate in the house this week since there was leftover Easter Basket items.  The temptation was there and I caved into it.

On to my second point…I seem to retain a lot of water during this time.  This most likely is caused by the salt and sweets I take in.  So I was expecting a bit of a gain but not a whole 3.4lbs.  I felt reassured when I read several of my other friends’ blogs to find that some of them seem to have an overall 10lb swing during this time.  OK I think I would have gone nuts if it was a full 10lbs. Three was more than enough for me.  So I am going to start tracking this.  I want to see if I am a constant and each week that I weigh in with Mother Nature I am up.  It will be interesting to see.

So where does this leave me.  Well I am ready to throw out all the leftover candy from Easter. I don’t need it and I feel like my kids have had more than enough. Then hope that I am down a decent amount next week. Maybe 13 will be lucky for me…

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Just a little something…

 I know personally I am in denial on how much weight I have gained.  I mean I see the number I know the scale doesn’t lie but I lie to myself sometimes.  I try to tell myself it is all belly fat and it was all from my pregnancies. Then something happens that reminds me that I have gained all over my body and I really am 50+ pounds overweight.

Scream by J.G.E., on Flickr

That something for me recently was getting my driver license photo. I had to renew the license and photo because it had been 4 years. When the guy took my picture and asked if it was ok….I wanted to scream. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO My face looked HUGE. I thought this can’t be me. But I smiled and said sure.  Then I went out to the car where my hubby and kids were waiting.

I showed my husband the side by side comparison of the two pictures and was saying I couldn’t believe how big my face was. My wonderful hubby calmly stated it was probably just my hairstyle was different and that I looked beautiful. Hello my hair was in the EXACT same style as the last time I got my picture taken. The only difference was it wasn’t as curly that day as it was on my previous picture.

Any way I will stop the ranting but it is things like this that, when it happens I hate it, but I am glad it happens in the end. It is the reality check I need. I was leading an unhealthy lifestyle and I needed to change.  I am thankful that I am on my way to a better life. Hopefully in the next four years when I have to take that picture again…there will be one hot momma staring back at me. :)

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Weight Watchers Weigh-in: Week 11

 Weight Watchers Wednesday night weigh-in time.  I went in thinking that I did ok this week.  I tracked and I was walking more.  I got out of the house with the boys to play because the weather was actually nice.  I was secretly hoping to get into the 170s this week. I feel like I have been in the 180s for a long time. 

Jake Playing Outside. by Leo Druker, on Flickr

At my very first weigh-in I was at 193.2 (which to note was not my heaviest).    I quickly dropped down into the 180s just after the first week.  Ever since I have just been on a roller coaster of ups and downs in the 180s. I just wanted to see something that said 170.  I mean I would take 179 as long as I didn’t have to see a 180 number. The receptionist weighed me and I looked to see 177. WOOHOO 4lb** weight loss in 1 week.  I could not believe it.  I didn’t care who was watching, I did a little happy dance right then and there.

177 I couldn’t believe it.  I quickly texted my husband and my sister-in-law to share the good news.  To say I was excited is an understatement.  I am just really hoping that this is a start of me never seeing the 180s again. Only time will tell.  This journey has been great so far and it has been a journey of ups and downs.  As long as my downs outnumber the ups I will be a happy camper.

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20 health risks associated with obesity

I found this data while doing a bit of research on the health effects of obesity on the human body.  To anybody overweight who is not serious about getting healthy, this should act as a wake-up call to arms.  Below are the 20 health risks associated with obesity that come directly from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (with the exception of #13, which I added from personal experience):

  1. Premature death
  2. Type 2 diabetes
  3. Heart disease
  4. Stroke
  5. Hypertension
  6. Gallbladder disease
  7. Osteoarthritis or degeneration of cartilage and bone in joints
  8. Sleep apnea
  9. Asthma
  10. Breathing problems
  11. Various forms of cancer, including endometrial, colon, kidney, gallbladder; and postmenopausal breast cancer
  12. High blood cholesterol
  13. High triglycerides
  14. Complications of pregnancy
  15. Menstrual irregularities
  16. Hirsutism or presence of excess body or facial hair
  17. Stress incontinence meaning urine leakage caused by weak pelvic-floor muscles
  18. Increased surgical risk
  19. Psychological disorders such as depression
  20. Psychological difficulties due to social stigmatization

Think about how many issues can come up in your life that are completely unpreventable, and now review the list of items. 

Pill tablet by doug88888, on Flickr

 Now imagine I told you I had a pill that could dramatically reduce your risk of ever experiencing these issues in your lifetime.  Would you be interested in obtaining that pill?  What would you pay or do to get it off of me?  Guess what — you already have that pill.  It’s the knowledge that reducing your weight to healthy levels can provide the same benefits as the proverbial pill I just wrote about.

Lower your risks by taking the step to make a change.  Change your relationship with food, exercise and healthy living.  Nothing can taste as good as feeling healthy feels.  To walk up a flight of stairs and not be winded.  To play with your kids until their energy runs out and not yours.  Isn’t this what life is about and not how a burger tastes.

It takes but one step in the right direction. Find a program that is going to work for you. That is going to help you achieve your weight loss goal.  Weight Watchers is working for me.  Check it out and see if it will work for you.  Just make sure you are looking into a lifestyle change and not just a quick fix diet that usually leads back to gaining all the weight back and then some. You want to learn to make the right eating choices and be more active. Talk to your doctor, they are a great source of information and know your history.  They can point you in the right direction in lowering your health risk.

** This article is for amusement purposes only.  Anytime you change your diet or increase your exercise level, you should consult a physician first.  This article should not be used as a substitute for speaking with your doctor.  **
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Weight Watchers Weigh-in: Week 10

OK here we go again.  I was up again this week.  I went to my Weight Watchers meeting kinda expecting it so was I that surprised: No.  This week my hubby and I celebrated our birthdays, our anniversary and his new job. How do we celebrate? Well being the calories junkies we are we did it with food. What food did I have to celebrate during the week? Well here are just some of the things I indulged in:

Shrimp Po’ Boy by Danno1
  • Po Boy Fried Shrimp Sandwich
  • Stuffed crust pizza
  • Stuffed crust pizza (this is here twice because I had it twice)
  • Dairy Queen ice cream

I made some horrible choices. I am realizing that I need to start associating my celebrations with non-food items.  So I was up this week but only by about a pound**.  I thought for sure it would have been more but getting out in the sunshine with my boys must have helped counter act some of the junk.

I enjoyed myself but I also realize it is ok to indulge once in a while but I need to limit myself. The po boy should have been enough. I didn’t need to get pizza and ice cream also this week. I completely consumed my extra points and I have never done that before.

So my goal is to limit my celebrations and try to celebrate in other ways.  My next big day is Mother’s Day.  I have signed up to do a 5k walk/run for the Cure. I am so excited about it. I can’t wait to get out and walk for a great cause.

On to another week and another day.  This lifestyle change takes steps, realizations and so much more.  I am not on a diet or looking for a quick fix I am on a mission to change my relationship with food and exercise.  I am on a mission to lead a healthy lifestyle and well I am on my way to do so….

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A Little Inspiration: Laugh

Laugh by melissa_dawn, on Flickr

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
       – Irish Proverb

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Risks of Inactivity – Sitting increases your risk of heart attack

Doesn’t matter how fit you are…don’t sit…

Sitting in an office chair
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I read an article today that really caught my attention, especially in this computer age.  The article was titled: The Most Dangerous Thing You Will Do All Day.   To my surprise, the most dangerous thing you can do is sit for long periods at a time.   Continue reading

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Weight Watchers Weigh-in: Week 9

OOPs I did it again!  So I did do again but this is a good OOPS.  I lost another 2lbs** this week.  Go me! Go me!  So excited.  So that brings my grand total of weight loss to……13lbs.   Weight Watchers I am so in love with you right now. :)  It feels good to actually see and feel a difference.

So yes I still have a ways to go on my journey (as in another 50-60 lbs).  But I am excited for several reasons. 

  1. I dropped a pant size.  I was in size 16 now I am sporting a size 14
  2. That is 13 lbs I am never going to see again
  3. I am eating smaller portions and they are filling me up
  4. I don’t look like I am 9 months pregnant anymore

So I was extremely excited when my size 16 pants wouldn’t fit anymore unless I wore a belt.  So I went to the local thrift store and picked up a couple size 14 pants. 

Jeans by Chelsea3883, on Flickr

A lot of ladies at my Weight Watchers meetings suggested buying your in between pants at that thrift store. Because to be honest keeping on the plan I will be trading that size 14 in for a size 12 hopefully in the next couple weeks. So why pay the money on brand new pants?  I love this logic as I try to be a frugal gal.

I plan on never seeing those 13 pound again. Goodbye and don’t come back.  My leader Karen gave some wonderful advice one of the first couple weeks I was at Weight Watchers.  Once you get out of a size: DONATE THEM and get those old clothes out of the house!  Get your mind set that you are not going back there. There should be no ‘fat clothes’ and ‘skinny clothes’ in your closet there should just be your clothes.  Your pants are a great bench mark on weight loss.  If you go off plan or the pants are starting to feel a little snug then you know you need to get back on plan or back to tracking.  Don’t ever go backwards just forward.  I don’t ever want to go back to size 16 jeans I am on my way to size 12, 10 and who knows how low I will go :)

When I first started out I couldn’t believe I could only have a cup of this or a 1/2 cup of that.  I mean come on I like to eat and those portions are never going to fill me up.  I thought to myself that no one could eat a true portion size and be satisfied unless they were born a twig and were always a twig.  Now I am eating a piece of humble pie and enjoying since I am finding myself satisfied more and more with those portion sizes I first scoffed at.

We all have problem areas that the weight seems to gather.  For me it is my stomach.  I mean for the past 4 years when I wasn’t actually pregnant I stilled looked like I was ready to have a child.  I am not kidding.  My stomach is HUGE.  I feel like if I could just surgically cut my stomach off that hangs over my pants then I could easily kiss 20 -30 lbs goodbye. I am so happy to notice that it is actually going down in size.  I believe I have lost about 3-4 inches overall on my waist. Hence the new pants. Now I realize I probably will never have a flat stomach. I am a realist, however, I would like to be able to present the illusion of a flat stomach with a nice fitting pair of pants and shirt someday.  Right now there is no way that is going happen.  I couldn’t hide my stomach if my life depended on it.  Spare tire and love handles don’t even begin to describe it.  So now you know my area of compliant.  The dreaded stomach…

On to week 10.  Hoping that trend of 2 lbs continue.  Give me 2 lbs every week on the week and I will be one happy camper.

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