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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I lost! I lost BIG!

I know that when you start a new weight loss or weight management plan that the first week, or maybe even two are big weeks.  I've been told it is because of the water weight you lose.  I also think it's because you do change how you eat.  Instead of hitting SONIC and getting a corn dog, large tots, large cherry limeade you opt for a salad and diet cherry limeade.  Ok, maybe that's just me.  :)

Making changes even as small as cutting out soda completely is a huge change.  One that definitely shows up on the scale.  My first week was a little different only because I wasn't able to go to my regular meeting because i was on vacation.  My first weigh in after being on the plan didn't count because it hadn't been a week since my previous weigh in.  I was a little worried about the weigh-in because as I said, I had been on vacation to Seattle and Portland.  We walked a lot but given that we also visited a number of craft breweries and the Oregon Brewers Festival I was still worried.

I really wanted a good loss so that I wouldn't get discouraged.  I was shocked at the actual number.

FOURTEEN POUNDS.

I was about ready to kiss the meeting leader I was so excited.  I've never lost weight like this before.  I thought this kind of loss was the kind of weight loss you see on TV shows.  The ones where the people end up working out about 16 hours a day.

But this wasn't TV.  This was real life.  This is my life.  I have the weigh-in sticker to prove it.

The big question, how the hell do you keep this up?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My first meeting

When my friend asked me to join Weight Watchers she said we've come up with a name for our group (there are actually three of us that go to meetings together) and it's called FUT.  It stands for Fatties Unite Tonight.  We decided that we'd go to a Tuesday night meeting.  The meeting place is kind of funny, at least in my mind.  It's inside a grocery store.  Now, I've kind of heard of meetings happening next door to a Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts and I thought it was funny.  That was before I went to a meeting.

After you do some paperwork and they give you your Week 1 booklet and your temporary journal and points calculator, it's time for the thing you dread the most.

The scale.    

It's a little scary.  See, this is where things get a little embarrassing, I hadn't been on a scale in.... oh I don't even know how long.  When I went to the doctor's office the nurse would ask me if I knew how much I weighed.  HA.  That's like the DMV asking you what you're weight and height are.  Ugh... about... well... hmmm...

Ironically, all those months and months that I had been guessing about my weight, I was 4 pounds off.  And I was guessing 4 pounds heavier.  So, while the number wasn't good, I still felt a little better because I wasn't quite as fat as I thought I was.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fatties Unite Tonight

For those who know me, you know that I've dealt with weight issues my entire life.  When I was 15, my mom took me to a nutritionist and this started my roller coaster life with weight loss.  About 8 years ago I joined Weight Watchers, lost a bunch of weight and then for some reason that I can't remember I stopped.  I'm guessing it probably had something to do with a piece of pie.  Before we got married my husband and I started the Seattle Sutton program.  We both dropped a lot of weight before the big day but then, again, we stopped.  Unfortunately for us, we hadn't learned our lesson and we put the weight back on.

So, this brings us to July 2010 when my friend calls me as I'm on my way back from a weekend in Northern Wisconsin.  She said, I'm going to join Weight Watchers, do you want to join with me?  I thought about it for about 37 seconds and said, yes please.  Hoping this time would be a life changing experience because it wasn't tied to a date.  Never in the 37 seconds did I think, I want to lose 50 pounds by a given date or because of a given reason.  The only thought that passed through my mind in those 37 seconds was that I want to make this change so my knees stop hurting.  For good.

So, let's follow my journey and see if I learn anything.  :)