Weight Watchers Update

woman and child in gym
A way to watch Emerson & get active!

I didn’t want to go to Weight Watchers last night.

I keep writing about how I am getting back on track, but I’m not. I’m lazy. I drink beer and eat chips and steaks. I don’t exercise and take the elevator at work. My back hurts, I get winded, I am a soft sloppy mess. I missed Weight Watchers last week because I was enjoying mussels in cream and cocktails with fashion bloggers and I knew that if I weighed in this week it would be a gain.

The thing is, every other time I have stopped Weight Watchers or any diet is because I have fallen off the wagon, feared what the scale would say and so I just don’t get on the scale and numb myself with some carbs or wine.

I went last night. I removed 0.2 pounds. Granted, I was wearing my lightweight cotton dress (and yes I removed the jewelry and belt and shoes before getting on the scale), but it was a removal, not a gain.

And then the meeting was about “Exer-cuses” – excuses to not exercise. That is me all over the place.

I don’t exercise because I don’t have time.
I don’t exercise because every time I get on the floor the dogs are all over me.
I don’t exercise because I hardly ever get lunch breaks (and when I do I use them to blog).
I don’t walk in the mornings because I’d have to get up at the crack of dawn to have time for it and a shower.
I don’t exercise in the evening because it’s the only time I can see my husband.
I don’t exercise on weekends because I need to catch up on cleaning the house, laundry, and seeing my daughter.
I don’t exercise in the morning because it may wake Emerson.
I don’t join a gym because I just can’t spend any less time away from my family – I’m spread thin as it is.
I can’t go to the gym at lunch because I don’t have the time… and then I would be all sweaty or wet from a shower.

Yeah, I have a lot of exer-cuses but none of them are valid. As my Weight Watchers leader said last night, “You can make time for anything; you already make time for the things you want to do, now you need to make time for the things you have to do.”

So I have a couple less hours of Emerson time in a week; but I’d rather give that up for an extra decade on this planet with her. To miss her eating dinner one night so I can see her walk down the aisle at her wedding; to miss a trip to the playground so I can attend her college graduation; to miss one bedtime a week so I can be there at the birth of her first child. Sounds like a worthy trade.

A big exer-cuse I have is that I don’t have the gear to be active. I have one old pair of sneakers and no other decent shoes to walk around town. My wardrobe is geared towards work and social events; I don’t own lots of things that can handle stretch and sweat. If I had some more shoes that could let me walk a mile at lunch (or walk home from Weight Watchers, or to and from the grocery store) I would be more likely to hoof it. If I had knits and cotton pieces that flexed and dried fast, I wouldn’t need to take a half hour on a Sunday just to be ready enough to go on a hike with my daughter and husband.

I make huge exer-cuses about my mornings. I say I don’t have time, but I wake up at 5:30 to leave for work between 7-8am. The gym opens at 6; I could easily throw on a tank and some yoga pants, drive down there, spend 30 minutes on a machine and be back in time to take a shower and get ready for work. I could also be out the door by 5:50 for a 30-minute walk around town to save even more time. My sister gave me a walking video which I did maybe twice; it’s a free thing I can do in my living room to switch up the routine and still be on time for work.

So many exer-cuses.

In this week’s Weight Watcher Weekly it says, “Losing weight helps you look good in clothes. Exercise helps you look good naked.” As the weather gets warmer and I am exposing more skin I really agree with this. Wednesday evening we had a friend over; the three of us were on the deck and I was in cutoff denim shorts. I looked down at my pale, large, soft, dimpled thighs. These thighs that don’t see the light of day on an ordinary workday, but will be exposed on blazing hot summer weekends. They were begging for some exercise, they looked so neglected. My arms are a similar situation – soft, saggy, neglected.

So I have fallen off the food wagon a bit… but I think what I really need to do to take care of myself and get back on track is to exercise. My goal this coming week is a baby step – at least twice this week I will do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio. Walking, elliptical, exercise video, something. If I can do two times and stick to it, I can then up it to three or more. But I’ll try twice a week for now and get into that groove.

What are your exer-cuses, and what do you think you can do to battle them this week?

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  1. June 3, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    Sue, because of you I have done 10 minute exercise videos from Comcast OnDemand on the DVR every morning this week!  I thank you and my very sore obliques thank you!

  2. May 31, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    That paragraph you wrote about being there with Emerson through all those things really gave me the chills. Great perspective to get your booty in gear. I’m trying to hop back on the exercise wagon myself. 

  3. kathy
    May 31, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    Wow, just had to reply to this, even if a few days late. I was doing well; going to the gym about 3 times a week. Then I got busy with dog-sitting (a part-time gig for me plus work full time 5 days a week) and didn’t have the time to devote to the dog and my kids and exercise too. But the dog’s gone, so I have no excuse not to go tonight, and yet here I sit in work thinking “I’ll go tomorrow…”

    I’d better change that thought to “I’m going to the gym tonight!”

  4. May 30, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    Oh Sue, how did I never think of this?  BRILLIANT!  This is something I can do!  THANK YOU!

  5. Sue Reuker
    May 30, 2011 / 3:27 pm

    What helped me was doing a 10 minute abs workout from a dvd on my laptop every morning before my shower.  I don’t have room where my TV is to exercise but by using my laptop, I could move it to a room with more space to exercise.  I have only lost 10 on Weightwatchers but it looks more like 20 because of the core workout.  I have 4 videos that I alternate with so I don’t get too sore or too bored.

  6. Jen
    May 29, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    This really got me thinking because I’ve been trying to tone up and I really quit exercising over the past couple of weeks because my husband’s work schedule was too crazy (exer-cuses…). I posted about how I plan to exercise EVERY DAY in June on my blog. I know, overkill, but shoot for the moon.. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  7. May 29, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    🙂  Didn’t see it as anything but positive!  I think I am pretty fantastic as-is, but know that a fit body is a healthy body, and I want to be on this planet for a long time and spend that time feeling good and active! 🙂

  8. May 29, 2011 / 4:22 pm

    Let’s motivate one another!  I just walked to and from the farmers market in town; didn’t need anything, wanted a crepe but just got iced coffee and came home to a lunch of strawberries and salad!

  9. May 29, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    I don’t, my husband drives me to the metro.  I walk the long way to the office and if I need to go to get lunch or the post office I walk the long way to it.  I just need to do this a bit more in other aspects of my life 🙂

  10. nikki
    May 29, 2011 / 9:12 am

    can i like that 100 more times>

  11. cosmeddicted
    May 28, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I have so many excuses on why I don’t eat properly and why i don’t weigh myself rigorously.  All I can say is that it really helps me when I know people are rooting for me! 

  12. BoutiqueGirl
    May 28, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    I am in an exercise rut. I do not run, I walk a lot but I can feel pace slipping. I was using Wii fit but the batteries need charging blah blah! Iam going to try and make june the month that I do more exercise and see what the scales then say! Thanks again for being an ispiration!

  13. May 28, 2011 / 12:03 pm

    That comment was meant to sound positive (oops if it doesn’t!). Just read it back and it may not seem that way. I had to say it though. I am a RD and I get sad at how tough women are on themselves as far as food/ weight, see it all the time. <3

  14. May 28, 2011 / 11:58 am

     You are looking great. Don’t beat yourself up so much just take pride in little baby steps you are taking. Women are too damn hard on themselves. You are a great mom and wife, you have a great career, you have a great blog, a great sense of style. And yet you have to feel bad about yourself bc of your weight/ body 🙁 That makes me sad (for all women). I know that you want to be healthy for your family but be nice to yourself along the way!

  15. May 28, 2011 / 4:30 am

    My exer-scuses include too tired, doesn’t fit in with my gal’s nap schedule (if I take her for a run too close to nap time, she falls asleep & ruins her regular nap), just not a priority, etc. I feel really guilty about living in such amazing weather and not taking advantage of it. I really want to make a change this week.

  16. Jen_Liddy
    May 28, 2011 / 12:50 am

    It’s so funny that you feel like you’re off track. I usually don’t read the WW update posts, I just look at the outfits. Today, right before checking this post, I saw today’s outfit and said (out loud, to myself!), “She is looking great! She’s lost a ton of weight. She just keeps looking better and better.” And then I wondered how much you’d lost in total, which led me here! So, there. You are doing it!!

  17. May 27, 2011 / 11:22 pm

    My exerscuses are pretty much the same, too tired, not enough time, etc. I started off great in January, going 4 or 5 days a week, and lost 12 pounds in two months. Then, because I saw results, I tapered off. Started going only 2 days a week, and eating whatever I want. It is hard to reconcile that mommy guilt, but in the end, it is worth it. Like you said, trade an hour now, for ten years later.

    Good luck to you, and to everyone else in the same boat.

  18. Ginger
    May 27, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    Do you drive to work?  Park 15 minutes away from your office and walk.

  19. Beth
    May 27, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    I didn’t go for a month, custody trial, new job, etc. I only put on 1 lb and have been getting back on track and in 2 weeks took 1/2 a lb off. We’ll see how well I did on Sunday when I weigh in next.

  20. gMarie
    May 27, 2011 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you for this.  I lost 100# with WW several years ago now (maybe 5) and then spent the next 2 years gaining half of it back.  Now it’s the exercise that’s really keeping me from following the plan.  Like you I get up at 5:30 – to get my husband out the door by 7.  I don’t exercise after he leaves because that’s when I blog and read email.  I don’t exercise after work because I have to cook dinner and we already eat late enough.

    However, I can do better about planning meals and having good food in the house.  I bought Wii and Wii Fit this year and I love Super Hoola Hoop (which is finally making my belly flat) and island cycling.  So – with you I will commit to working out 2 days a week through June and then add another day or two when I’ve stuck with it.  I will get back to meetings and online journalling (I’m paying for it – should use it).

    thank you – I love your style and you are very inspiring.  g

  21. May 27, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    #1 on that list was a big thing we discussed last night.  Women don’t exercise because they feel guilt for caring for themselves rather than their family.  But a healthy mom is a better mom!

  22. May 27, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    Glad you found it helpful!  I really do think the meetings are helpful, the sense of community, being held accountable, missed when you aren’t there…

  23. May 27, 2011 / 5:29 pm

    I am looking for a Sunday class; it seems to be my best chance at an athletic routine and I always stick to classes (group guilt if I don’t go!)

  24. May 27, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    Thanks Laxmi!  My husband is a yoga instructor and I have been practicing for years; lately all I do is a couple sun salutations because I can’t figure out where to do it in the mornings where my three dogs aren’t all over me.  However with this warm weather I can go out on my deck.  No excuse! 🙂

  25. Laxmi
    May 27, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Great post! May I recommend yoga for you in the mornings? It doesn’t require any equipment (a yoga mat is not necessary – somehow the founders of yoga did it without anything), and you can do it for free with YouTube videos, Netflix, or even your cable’s On Demand function (something I discovered this year!).

  26. May 27, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    I’m the opposite–I am having a fairly easy time exercising (I have a lot more time than you do), but I just can’t get on track with a diet plan, so I’m looking better naked, but I still haven’t really dropped a clothes size. Doing both is so hard. As always, though, I am motivated by your commitment!

  27. Dee
    May 27, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    My excuse is usually that I just don’t want to exercise or I don’t have the time to get ready if I do.  However, I read a quote recently on the Get Rich Slowly blog that was referring to how we spend our money, but I think it applies to exercise and food too and relates to what you are talking about today.  Here it is:

    “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.”

    It basically boils down to limits and priorities.  We have a limited amount of time and money and we decide (either consciously or subconsciously) what we do with it.  Either way, the choice is ours.  I’ve thought of this quote often over the last few weeks and it has helped me to be more in control of the choices I’m making regarding food, exercise and finances.  Maybe it will it help you too!

  28. May 27, 2011 / 3:24 pm

    My husband does the same thing.  “Hey can you watch E while you put on your makeup?  Gonna go for a quick run.” Why don’t I ever do that?  I complain that I never have time even for a shower on weekends and he said, “It’s because you choose not to make the time.”  I got angry… but then he makes the time… thanks for sharing your epiphany!

  29. Jenniferporter
    May 27, 2011 / 3:18 pm

    Allie, I am right there with you on making excuses to get out of exercise  — mornings are too crazy with getting myself and my 3 girls ready and out the door; I’m not dressed for exercise at lunch time and I can’t come back to the office a sweaty mess; evenings are full of house duties and kid time until I finally get the last one down; weekends are a non-stop whirlwind.  I actually have a gym-quality elliptical machine in my bedroom, and I haven’t used it in years!  Ridiculous! 

    But I had a slight epiphany last night.  My husband is religious about working out and keeping in shape.  And last night when he came home from work, as I was unloading the groceries and getting ready to make dinner while 3 kids ran around the house, he simply said, “I’m going for a run.”  I was literally ready to kill him for sticking me with all the work, while he went and did something for himself, when I suddenly thought to myself: “Wait.  He should be able to go do that, and SO SHOULD I!”  I get so caught up in wanting to have everything Cleaver-perfect, with dinner on the table everynight and laundry put away, that I purposefully let that take priority over me and my body.  Nobody said that the dinner had to be fancy or at a certain time.  Nobody said that I had to be a domestic martyr.  I’m doing that to myself.  So, my goal is to shake loose that burden, and get myself moving too.  Because as you said, I want to be there for my girls as they get older, and I want to look good too! 

  30. Amanda
    May 27, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    I was sure I was going to gain this week too – bacon cheeseburger on Sunday, shrimp risotto at a work luncheon on Monday along with the largest bread basket known to man, and I skipped both yoga and the 5K walk. Somehow I didn’t, I lost 3.8 pounds instead. 

    I’m with you on the exercise, though. I just want to go home at night, which makes skipping yoga easy. So I’ve switched to a class on Sunday that I hope will work better for me, and I walk 15 blocks to a more distant but more reliable subway line

  31. May 27, 2011 / 3:02 pm

    I so needed to read this. I’ve been contemplating going to Weight Watchers meetings, instead of just doing it online, because of the accountability. I am the world’s worst about making excuses.

    Thank you for posting this!

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