Friday Weight Watchers Update

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I missed last week – I got stuck at work late since I was having off the next day.  I was secretly glad because I had been bad.  Like three pieces of Domino's Pizza and three wings and a regular beer for dinner the night before.

And then I went to Rehoboth Beach, where I had cocktails and wine and mussels in butter and crabs with butter and turkey wraps with bacon, a cheesesteak and a chocolate dipped doft-serve cone all in 48 hours.

And then I fall and destroy my foot so I can't even walk up the escalators at the Metro, let alone exercise.

I wasn't looking forward to my weigh-in at Weight Watchers last night.  But I decided, if I gained, well I gained.  And I can remove it again.  I can't let it stop me, I have to use it as a lesson to be stronger, more diligent next time.

And I lost 0.4 pounds.

I cheered while still on the scale!

During the meeting, someone said they removed “only” 0.5 pounds.  The leader said, well it doesn't seem like a lot for one week, but if you remove “only” a half a pound each week for a year, you will have lost 26 pounds.  26 pounds is at least one dress size, a bra size, a few years added to your life, the potential to get off blood pressure or cholesterol medicine or insulin for diabetes.  26 pounds can transform your life.  If I remove 26 pounds in a year, I will be smaller than I was pre-pregnancy.  Smaller than I was when I last felt really comfortable in my skin.  I would be a size 10, and able to shop in most any store in a mall.  I could fit into more styles of shoes again.  I wouldn't get tired so quickly, and probably wouldn't have the morning aches in my feet and knees that I sometimes experience.

So though it was not even a half of a pound, and it was over a span of two weeks, it wasn't a gain.  And that is a sign of success.  It made me look back at the past two weeks and not just see what I did wrong, but the whole picture.  I didn't have the mussels with pasta, because pasta is my nemesis and if I ordered it I would have practically licked the plate clean AND ate the appetizer AND ate the bread AND drank more wine.  Instead I ate as much roasted garlic and blue cheese and bread appetizer that I wanted, and then for my entree I had appetizer mussels and a side of sauteed spinach.  Before Weight Watchers I would have said, I am on vacation, it's OKAY to eat the whole bread basket and pasta with creamy sauce and then cocktails and then dessert.  So I see those changes that I didn't have to really think about.  I thought about what would taste good, that I could savor.

I am off work until Wednesday, I plan to go to the grocery store and farmer's market to stock up on fresh produce.  My foot is healing so I can walk – I already walked a mile this morning with Emerson and we went to a playground.  I plan to move my body every day, even if it's walking down the stairs when I leave the office each day.  I feel good, I feel progress, and I feel the life changing.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – take good care of yourselves!


  1. kathy
    August 23, 2010 / 2:43 pm

    Congratulations! You’re right…a loss is a loss. And I had never thought about losing .5 a week and how much that adds up to in a year. Thats more weight than I want to lose, so I’m already ahead of the game.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. August 21, 2010 / 5:04 am

    You are doing amazing Allie! And great job with the meal. I love mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce and would forgo nearly anything to eat my weight in them. The meal sounds divine, but more importantly you sound like you enjoyed yourself without guilt.

  3. August 20, 2010 / 8:09 pm

    You are doing phenomenal! I am the same way with pasta. Kudos to you for recognizing your weakness and doing something else–that is so tough!

  4. August 20, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    A loss is a loss! I am down due to injury and can do limited exercise…so I have to be super careful with what I eat. Eat clean, baby! You are doing great!

  5. Anonymous
    August 20, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    0.5 in one week is a very reasonable weight loss. So you should feel good about that. I’m trying to drop about 30 pounds at teh moment, I gained almost 13 pounds over the span of 6 months from binging on sugar and fried foods. I have started taking chromium picolinate to help with my sugar cravings and it seems to be having an effect on both my sugar cravings and my appetite in general. I have noticed the last few days that once I have done eating supper — which this week has been a yogurt adn a big bowl of chicken noodle soup — I really don’t feel hungry after at all. I would have normally craved something sweet right after. But I’m pretty satisfied. During the day I can be happy with 1 to 3 snack size chocolate bars now — a far cry from the full chocolate bar (or two) and handfuls of gummies I used to eat throughout the day. today I am looking into taking PGX and Gymnea Sylvestre, which are also good for sugar cravings and keep your blood sugar stable. Alpha Lipoic Acid is also good for carb cravings and is an excellent antioxidant that the body needs.

    If you want a bit of help with your carb cravings, these are things that you might want to consider taking (upon the advice of a doctor or nutritionist, of course). Of course, the majority of the work will have to come from you, but these supplements may make it a bit easire.

  6. August 20, 2010 / 3:57 pm

    OMG losing 0.5 is HUGE!! The issue is lifestyle, and the numbers are good evidence that the lifestyle tweeks are working for YOU. PUH-LEEZE no dramatic losses, no *biggest looser*–it’s SUCH GARBAGE. what is good, for your ody, and good for YOU, and your BABY GIRL is smart lifestyle changes that stick!! xo, e

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