Weight Watchers Update

I haven’t had a Weight Watchers update in a couple of weeks because I haven’t attended a meeting in a couple of weeks.

The month of January is pretty hectic for my family. First week was Emerson’s birthday, the next was my mom’s, the next my sister’s, the week after is my birthday. On top of that, January is always busy at work. I was proud to even attend one meeting last month.

I was also proud to see that after so many birthday meals and toasts and parties I still was able to remove 0.8 pound. I actually expected a bit more – I have been on a roll lately.

What’s new:
– FINALLY Weight Watchers is a Lifestyle, not a Diet. I don’t feel as though I am suffering with my food choices and they are becoming choices I enjoy. When I go against Weight Watchers I feel sluggish, slimy, heavy.

On my birthday, my husband took me to a local microbrewery/restaurant. I walked in and smelled burgers. We looked at each other and said, “I’m getting a burger.” I got one with blue cheese and bacon with a side of fries. I ate 80% of that amazingly delicious burger and at least half of the fries along with two glasses of Malbec and felt utterly disgusting. We went home, Emerson went to bed, my husband and I were sitting in the living room. He was sitting in his chair, I in my spot on one of the couches and we both looked as though we had climbed K2 – tired, slouched, done. We ended up not doing anything that night and were in bed by 9pm. We knew it was due to our filthy dinners.

We agreed to eat healthier meals the rest of the weekend. The next day, I had oatmeal for breakfast, edamame and sushi for lunch, and homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner and I had so much energy! I felt as though I had completed a detox. It reminded me how heavy foods may taste good, but they aren’t worth it.


– I’m All About the Sippy Cup. I have a Camelbak bottle at work with a Bite-n-Sip valve and without even noticing, I will down over 64 ounces before 5pm. I now have one at home and carry it everywhere with me. I feel like Emerson, who carries a sippy cup as though it’s her security blanket. However I was noticing that though I am great with water consumption at work, I find myself not drinking (or drinking wine or Diet Coke or beer) when at home. Now I get at least another 26 ounces in my body each weeknight and at least 60 ounces each weekend day.

– I Am Down Two Sizes. I mentioned this in a previous post, but I finally comfortably fit into a 12 petite. This is not a generously sized stretchy 12, but lined items from brands like Calvin Klein, Halogen, and Ralph Lauren. Not yet able to fit into dresses of this size, but it feels good to strut around town in a 12 petite pencil skirt and I can’t wait to dig into my spring clothing in the attic.


– I Put on a Bathing Suit and Didn’t Want to Vomit/Cry. I will have a post soon detailing this experience, but I was approached by SwimSpot.com to try out their program where they do a virtual consultation and help you find the perfect suit. I readily agreed to this because last year I wore the most God-awful suit from MiracleSuit that made my boobs look saggier than they already are, and the cut totally added ten years to me.

My new suit arrived (in a size 12 thankyouverymuch) and it’s awesome. So awesome, I left it on and put on my bathrobe and surprised my husband with it when he came home from teaching. He thought I looked pretty smokin’ too!

– I Hit the Gym. Okay, I went to the gym ONCE, but it’s better than no gym at all! Work has been hectic and it’s hard to fit in exercise either before or after work. I have been doing morning stretches and the occasional set of crunches, have been taking lunchtime walks when I have a lunch (and it’s not gross out), but really want to get regular moving into the routine. I think I need to schedule gym time, just like everything else in my week to ensure it happens. Even if I only go once a week and only get a chance for 30 minutes on the elliptical, it’s better than nothing at all.

I am feeling pretty good about this new me, this new life. It’s not a strain like it was a couple months ago – I don’t constantly feel deprived, and when I do go over points I don’t feel so guilty or defeated. Yes, I want to lose weight to look good, but I keep reminding myself this isn’t about how I look, but how I live. I want to be strong, I want to be healthy, I want to see Emerson graduate from college and get married. I want to end the cycle of heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure that plagues my family. I want to be able to keep up with my husband and daughter, and enjoy activities that over the past decade I have stopped doing because of this larger, softer, weaker body.

When I think about clothing, it actually makes me feel like giving up. My beloved black patent wide belt is on its last notch and will need to be replaced within five pounds. My black pencil skirt was too big and it took a long time to find an equally classic, well-made and simple replacement. Some of my shoes are too big, and I have had to replace all of my jeans – even jeans I purchased just three months ago. Part of me is scared to try on my stash of spring clothes for I fear most if not all will be too big or hang wrong on this new body. I desperately need to go bra shopping. I don’t have the money to replace my entire wardrobe every 15 pounds, and I really don’t like shopping. It would be so easy to stop now – stay in this better body that has clothes that fit okay. It’s safe, it’s comfortable, it’s cheap.

But a new wardrobe is cheaper than a triple bypass. A new pair of shoes is a worthy investment if I can extend my life by a decade. Who cares about a belt if I can keep up with my very active husband and toddler? I want to ride the tandem bike we bought ourselves as a wedding gift – it has been YEARS. I want to take Emerson to the pool and teach her how to swim – I was on swimteam from 2nd grade through high school and was a lifeguard all through college – I should be the one teaching her, not my husband. And for these experiences, it’s worth it to save up for that new pencil skirt in a smaller size.

15 Comments

  1. February 8, 2011 / 2:22 am

    Good on you! You are doing so well and you look great. And you’re going to achieve your goals because you have the best possible motivations – health and your family.

  2. February 7, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    I’m so happy for you!

    One other thing to keep in mind as far as buying clothes for your smaller sizes–thrift shopping is MUCH easier at 12 than 14, and even easier at 10 than 12, and at 8 than 10 (IMO). If you can spend the time, you may have a lot better luck replacing needed clothing items in thrift stores now that you are a smaller size.

  3. February 7, 2011 / 2:02 pm

    Congrats!!!!! I love the water idea- I have my pitcher at work but need one for home 🙂 I totally agree about the shopping- its hard when things fit- but as you noted the rewards of the new lifestyle will greatly make up for having to buy new clothes 🙂 Great job!

  4. February 7, 2011 / 12:32 am

    I’m so glad you’re having such success with it, on so many levels. I can really see the difference in every daily outfit too!

  5. February 6, 2011 / 7:07 pm

    Congratulations! I just started Weight Watchers a couple weeks ago after years of “self-diet,” or whatever. The program seems good–everyone talks about how it has changed, but this is the only time I’ve tried it. Getting enough water is an issue. Otherwise, it fits in pretty well with what I do… so I really have to up the exercise!

  6. February 5, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Allie you are an inspriation to me! You are a busy working mother, you look fabulous, you write the best blog around……And you have inspired me to give myself a shake and get back to the healthy eating and living!

    Thank you.

  7. February 5, 2011 / 9:13 am

    Another inspirational post from you and congrats on you big weight loss! Seems like you’re doing great and you sure do look great! I can totally relate to the burger experience, one can really feel the difference eating healty food and ditching the crap! A little tip for busy girls when it comes to working out, have you heard of Exercise TV? You can download workouts to your computer, many of them for free, and there’s everything from short 10-minute workouts to full body workouts. I’ve tried some of these my self and they’re very efficient, and the best thing is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Here’s the link, you probably need to copy and paste: http://www.exercisetv.tv/

  8. Mirna
    February 5, 2011 / 8:09 am

    Allie, congrats on the weight loss. You look great and as you mentioned feeling great is the best. As a long time reader of your blogs (now blog), I am happy to see that you are reaching your goal and inspiring the rest of us. Take care. 🙂

  9. February 5, 2011 / 1:02 am

    Allie, I’m glad this is working so well for you! And I completely understand the fear of having to buy new things. I’m actually looking into either finding a good tailor here or learning to so some of it myself. As for the patent belt, if you find a good leather person they can put a new notch in, and cut down the end if need be. (I’ve already had my daddy adjusting mine and G’s belts.)

    I urge you to look at thrift stores. I’ve found very nice condition Ann Taylor, LOFT, Banana Republic, and even a pair of J Brand jeans. I bought a pair of black pants brand new (Ann Taylor) that are a fit I like from a thrift store. They’re a size 8 so I’m looking forward to eventually fitting into them. But for $8 I couldn’t pass them up!

  10. February 4, 2011 / 11:41 pm

    Wow, you are really, really an inspiration. I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for a few years, and you’ve motivated me to start exercising again! I work more than 12 hrs a day so I’ve even started thinking about what kind of exercise will fit in my lifestyle. I hope I have as good results as you have been having!

  11. February 4, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    Amen, sister. I felt the same way about some of my clothes – as excited as I was to be smaller, I almost cried over some of the dresses that I gave away. When you go from a size 22 (edging into a 24) to a size 12, there is no amount of tailoring that will save your clothes.

    I tried to stick with dresses (more forgiving) over pants and shopped at Marshall’s and thrift stores for temporary clothes. Even then some items only got worn once or twice before I was too small because I dropped sizes faster than expected at times.

    In end – totally worth and I’m going to keep going to try and hit a sustainable, comfortable 10.

    Keep up the good work! You look fabulous and it will be so worth it in the end.

  12. February 4, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    Hey Allie, keep it up! Congrats on your weight loss! I started my diet with a nutritionist back in 2009. In a year I had lost 20 kilos, picked up running and finished a marathon. It’s tough but SO WORTH IT. Not only for your looks (which are great btw), but for your health, your family! Keep sharing 🙂

  13. February 4, 2011 / 10:30 pm

    I started WW and bootcamp this week. I’m VERY determined this time. My ultimate goal is to lose about 90-100 lbs in a year. It’s not gonna be easy but neither is being so fat.

    You look great!!

  14. February 4, 2011 / 10:14 pm

    Great job Allie – I’m so proud of you!! Keep up the good work. I love how you said your eating program is a lifestyle, not a diet. My husband and I tell each other that all the time 😉

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