Weight Watchers Update

woman on scale

This week I removed 0.8 pounds.

I don’t really see this as a victory, more like a wakeup call.

I missed the last two Weight Watchers meetings due to blogger and DC fashion events. I drank champagne, ate fries drizzled in truffle oil, had a couple steaks the past weeks with big glasses of red wine. I guess I should be happy I didn’t gain, but almost all of last weekend was spent in the bathroom with a stomach bug.

I can’t remove permanent weight by eating anything I want and then letting illness gut my gut. That’s far too close to how I stayed as a size 4 my sophomore year of college.

So this week I am back on track. Eating far more vegetables, drinking mainly water, and trying to get in exercise. Yesterday I went for a walk with my husband and Emerson, we walked for three hours all around town, the lake, the woods. This morning I did sun salutations and crunches. Each morning I have been trying to do something, even if it’s only ten girly pushups. At least it’s more than nothing.

Work has been really busy, which means no lunch hours, long days, early mornings, a good 12 hours sitting on my rump staring at two computer screens. I forget my lunch, and end up dashing downstairs to the building’s lobby gift shop for a Cup O Noodles and bag of Cheez Its. Ginormous coffee with breakfast, a Diet Coke at noon, and another coffee at 3pm to keep going. Get home and stuff my face with randoms from the fridge – leftover pasta, a slice of cheese, a handful of tortilla chips while I get Emerson’s dinner ready. Next thing I know it’s 9pm and I haven’t eaten a proper dinner. So I end up until 11pm to be able to eat and properly digest though doing it in front of the television. Wake up between 4am and 6am and do it all over again. No wonder I don’t have more success with the weight removal.

Mornings are the only time that are mine, and I need to be smart with it. The gym near me doesn’t open until 6am which makes it a rushed work morning, but the weather is better so I can start walking. When it’s raining or I don’t have time, I always have time at least for three sun salutations. And though I have been awful with my lunches and late dinners, I have stuck to breakfast every morning – either oatmeal or eggbeaters with a slice of Laughing Cow on a light English muffin or whole wheat tortilla.

Yesterday I went to the market and bought some Lean Cuisines and Weight Watchers frozen meals. Not the best, but if I take them to work they are there when I can’t leave my desk and are a smarter choice than ramen. I already brought some Weight Watchers bars (those minty chocolate ones they sell at the meetings are insane – like a brownie and a Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookie had a baby) so I have a PointsPlus-friendly treat ready for late afternoon. I also have some bags of microwave popcorn in my bag ready to take to work to replenish my snack stash I let lag.

I just have gotten so lazy with Weight Watchers. I don’t track, I justify, I’ll counteract a filthy dinner with no lunch. As my leader says, I am making my own plan. And I am not as smart as Weight Watchers, do I can’t possibly be as successful with my plan as I would be if I stuck to the Weight Watchers plan.

The past two weekends I have dug around in my attic, looking for clothes that may fit again. Most of the clothes in the attic now fit, though much doesn’t fit this new shape of body. And though they do fit, the sleeveless dresses and tops look dreadful. My armpits are flabby and strange from weight gain and loss and lack of muscle tone. My belly is firmer than it was this time last year, but still hangs down and is obvious in unlined trousers and sheath dresses. My legs have always been large, but they were firm. Not any more. I really need to care for this body, not just with diet but with exercise to keep it strong and healthy.

I keep saying I need to get back on track, but now I have the desire. Maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s knowing Bonnaroo is in less than two months (as well as swimsuit season). Whatever, I am embracing it and going to take advantage of it!

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  1. Adrienne
    August 9, 2011 / 11:29 pm

    I read this post a few days ago but hate typing on my phone to respond. I have been doing WW for a while now (close to a year?) and it has been a journey, for sure. I go for weeks and am really “into it,” which means I’m exercising, I’m tracking, I’m drinking my water and feeling so in control. Then I backslide for a few days — either because I’m traveling for work, or I get sick (or my husband or child gets sick), or I have string of occasions/events that get me off track. Like other posters, I’ve learned not to get down over the slip-ups. It’s just life. I know I will reach my goal (12 lbs. to go) in my own time. THIS time (no, it’s not my first time at the rodeo) I will continue to go to meetings. I think that is the secret of how most WW winners keep the weight off. You’re doing wonderfully, Allie. Look at all the progress you’ve made. If you haven’t done so, GET RID of the bigger sizes. Don’t look back.

  2. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Since I’ve reached my goal, I’ve become so lazy about tracking. I know this is my downfall and how I gained all the weight back last time. I’ve got to get back to writing everything down – it’s the only way I’m accountable.

  3. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Aww… its so hard sometimes to stay consistent. I remember the feeling that sometimes it wasn’t “fair” that I had to track and count points and watch what I ate, while everyone around me seemed obvilous. You have come a long ways, and you are doing awesome. Sounds like you definitely have a plan for regrouping and getting back on track. Progress… not perfection has always been my motto. Best of luck to you!

  4. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    I’ve become lazy too. I’m glad I read this post. Time to kick *ss for the next few weeks and get this party going! I need the wake-up call too.

  5. judy simon
    August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    allie, i was inspired by you to join weight watchers. i have been there since january. i joined because of exactly the things you outlined above. skipping breakfast, insane days at work with lunches from vending machines because i am totally unprepared, then gorging out of sheer starvation when i get home in the evening.

    i don’t have a lot of weight to lose, but am pretty metabolically challenged with poor thyroid function. 5 lbs is all i have lost since i started and if it wasn’t for our fantastic group leader who is so encouraging and supportive, i would have quit. but 5 lbs is more than 0 lbs so i am moving in the right direction. what i am getting out of this is a much improved relationship with food. i try to be prepared and plan meal and snack breaks in my day. sometimes i go off track and a whole week will be shot to hell, but at least i have a plan to go back to!

    i appreciate your candid updates of your journey, it helps me to see that when i am not following the plan, i am not a failure, just an average woman with a hectic life. you help me get back on track!


  6. Deliciae
    August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Hey Allie – I’ve been on WW since January and I hear what you are saying. I’ve been trying to tweak the program to fit into my life instead of vice versa and found a few things that are working well for me.
    – I joined the online WW instead of meetings because I did not want to add one more thing to my schedule. Also I am on the computer about 14 hours a day between work and my side projects so I really have no excuse not to keep up with tracking my points. I look at it like a game and maybe I’m weird but I’m actually really enjoying it.
    – I found a few low points options that I keep around me at ALL times. I generally have a cup of Fage’s 0% Greek yogurt with a cup of blueberries, and coffee, for breakfast 5 days a week at least – it’s only 3 points for what feels like a LOT of food, and it’s so much protein that I do not get hungry until lunchtime, ever. The Laughing Cow baby bel light minis and the WW light string cheeses are 1 pt each. Fruit is awesome and free. These get me through the afternoons. Jell-O sugar free pudding snacks are 2 pts per cup, and Cool Whip lite is FREE! I eat dessert every day, sometimes twice a day. 🙂 Find the things you like and stick with them and use the lighter alternatives so you don’t feel deprived of the things you love.
    – I found that I tend to splurge the most on weekends when I am hanging out with my friends. Originally my weigh in day was Monday but I would do real well all week and then blow my loss on the weekend. I changed my weigh in day to Thursday, and it allows me to make up for any splurges by being more careful about points and adding runs/workouts on Mon/Tues/Wed, which is really helping.
    – You’re not supposed to lose 3 or 4 pounds per week anyway so .8 means you are doing something right. Look at it as a long term project and celebrate the small victories each week. Good luck!

    – Kathleen

  7. coffeeaddict
    August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    It’s hard to change a life time of bad habbits. We all have bad days when we fail, the important thing is not to berate ourselves when it happens. I think you’re doing a great job! Along the way it will probably be a good idea to find a kind of excercise that you really love, maybe dance lessons: salsa is fun, exciting and offers a great workout.
    Hugs, coffeeaddict

  8. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Oh I LOVE the idea of the radishes! Totally stealing that. Yesterday I ate slices of red and yellow peppers with balsamic vinegar and it was so delish. Also had leftover asparagus from dinner, steamed but still crisp and had in a dip I made with FF mayo, blue cheese, black pepper, bit of FF sour cream. So good!

  9. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    My new favorite snack is radishes sliced thin on a mandoline (do a couple bunches at the end of the week, put in a container with water, they stay crunchy all week!) —eat in the afternoon when you’re dying for something crunchy with salt, or with a laughing cow wedge, or even just mozzarella or cheddar, whatever you have.

    Other delicious option—I eat a lot of yogurt with granola, but I’m getting kind of bored. So, I eat yogurt with apple butter. Or maple syrup. Or in a salad with cucumbers and random spices. Just anything to change it up!

  10. August 9, 2011 / 11:28 pm

    I’m currently doing watch watchers, and I’m terrified of what i have become lately. I haven’t lost anything, its my first week, and i’ve taken my measurements and can’t wait to see what happens. yay to getting healthy! Keep it up, you will get there.

  11. July 12, 2011 / 3:39 pm

    Chiming in totally late here, but i’m SOOOO with you, Allie. I’ve been doing what my old leader calls the Modern Dance Version of WW — I interpret it my own way. I’m AWFUL at tracking, even though I know that when I track, I LOSE. I’ve been doing this for probably a year and a half, and I’ve yet to hit my freakin’ 10%! So bad, and so wasteful w/ $, too. I keep saying THIS is the week I get on program.


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