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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Saturday Weight Watcher's Series

This picture has nothing to do with Weight Watchers but I thought it would be a good idea to update with how I look currently. I recently had a haircut and I am still trying to adjust to the shortness. I like the style and that it forces me to keep it out of a ponytail but I am not in love with having such short hair. Unfortunately with my type of hair which is thin but heavy this may be the best style for me.

Ok...enough about my hair, you didn't come here for that (at least I don't think you did). I had my weigh in yesterday. I weighed in at 334 which was a loss of .4 and a total loss of 20.8 lbs.

I struggle with weeks like this because of the low loss. I am trying to adjust my attitude this time around on my journey. I try to view it as my new life and the loss is not a race. I will be doing this the rest of my life and I will get to goal weight when it happens.

I know I could choose not to eat my weekly points or my activity points and probably see much quicker losses. However, I just don't see that as a long term solution for me. I have been able to stay on the plan because it is so livable for me. I would not do well if the changes were too extreme for me. I like how Weight Watchers gradually eases you into it.

I don't know if it is true although it does make sense, that if you if you don't eat your Activity Points and Weekly Points while you are losing weight you will find that you are not able to use them when you are on maintenance at goal. I have heard this online on the forums and by several leaders that your body adjusts to a new set point of eating and if you were to all of a sudden introduce it at the end to a whole bunch of new points it would cause you to gain. I am going to go with this theory as long as I keep going in the right direction.

During this month at the meetings we have been discussing getting more activity. I hate exercise and do everything in my power to avoid it. It is just so boring and it makes me detest it. I have an Active Link that I wear every day strapped to my bra. It is linked to my Weight Watchers account (it cost me $40 to purchase it and I have a monthly fee of $5), so it knows my current weight in order to calculate Activity Points. I like it because you don't have to do "exercise" but it monitors your activity. So things like chores, cooking dinner, walking around the grocery store, dancing with the toddler all count. The other thing I like is it keeps you honest about how many points you have earned for the day. I can't do 30 minutes of exercise and count points but than do nothing the rest of the day. You have to reach a baseline of minimum amount of activity during the day before you can earn points. It was eye opening for me the first time I didn't get points for going on a walk.

A couple of things have stuck out at me during this last meeting. Our leader mentioned that activity is the only way to alter our metabolism. The more active we are, the faster our body will burn calories even during non-movement time. I keep turning this one around in my head digesting it. It has certainly got me thinking of ways to get more activity this week.

The other thing that the leader mentioned is that if we think exercise is boring than we just haven't found the right one. This past week I walked during two of my lunches. I had my iPhone with me listened to my podcast. The Bob and Sheri show kept me entertained during the walk. I wouldn't say I loved the activity but I can do it and it is free.

For now I will continue on with the walking but there have been a couple of things that I am considering for the future. I have downloaded the Couch-to-5k onto my iPhone. I did that the last time I was successful with weight watchers. I never completed it but I had gotten pretty far before I got pregnant. Looking back I should have kept going. There was no reason I couldn't have at least done it during my first trimester. Maybe I wouldn't have gained everything back if I attempted to continue with my plan. But I digress, this time around I have the App for my phone so no more stop watch for me. I can listen to my music and wait for the voice to tell me what to do next.

Another thing I have been thinking about is joining a dance class. Maybe a tap class or ballet. Gabrian goes to a dance center and they have adult beginner classes. I am thinking about signing up for a class this Fall. I think it could be really fun.

Part of my issue is with the weight I am at now I tend to injure myself pretty easily and it just deters me from doing anything else. I tend to get overzealous and make this bold statements of all the exercise I am going to do (sort of like what I do on the blog about all the great posts I am going to produce). I don't ease myself into exercise and than do something to hurt my knee or foot and I just quit the exercise all together.

This time around I am going to try to gradually build myself up. I started this journey by really doing no activity except for what I doing during my normal day. Now that I am entering week 10 I feel like I should step it up a little. On the weekends, I have no problem getting about 6 points a day doing errands and chores around the house. My goal for this coming week is to also earn 6 points during the work week. I am not going to set out a specific task I have to do to get those points but I am thinking walks during my lunch time will help greatly with this goal. If I can get the 6 points for each day, I will try to maintain that for 4-6 weeks and then try to raise the daily goal. I will report each week with my progress (maybe, because we all know how I do when I make bold statements like this).

The other thing I want to focus on this week is my Achilles Heel...Water. Why the heck is so hard for me to get in 6 glasses a day? It is so annoying that I rarely hit this goal. This is the week that I am going to do it every day (hopefully).

Ok...this is way longer than I thought it was going to be. I didn't realize I had Activity so much on my mind. See you next week with an update!