Weight Watchers Update

This week I removed 0.6 pounds. Last week I removed 0.6 pounds. The time before it was 0.6 pounds. I guess 0.6 is my lucky number. I’m not complaining, I would rather lose 0.6 pounds than gain it. However, I do feel as though I am in a bit of a rut.

As always, I feel Weight Watchers reads my mind and the meetings are spot-on. This last meeting, we were asked to partner up with someone, discuss “I could lose weight if only…” I think we all do this – if I only had more time, if I only had money for a personal trainer, if I only had a personal chef to make me delicious healthy meals, if I only had a supportive spouse who didn’t bring potato chips into the house, if I only had blah blah blah…

Well my thing is exercise. I never find the time for it. So I told my partner. She said she walks around the neighborhood lake every Saturday morning before yoga (which is taught by my kickass husband!). She said we could walk together. I hemmed and hawed, saying Emerson’s schedule is difficult, the dogs, the this and the that. She said she knows where I live, it’s 10 minutes to the lake, 20 minutes around the lake, 10 minutes home… do I really not have time for that? I can bring Emerson in the stroller. So I said sure, some time we could do it and forgot about it.

Friday around 4:45 this woman emails me and asks if we can switch to Sunday. Sundays we do the farmers market and then I had plans, so I said I was busy. Darn, I am out of town next weekend so we’ll have to wait until I return. She replies, “Well then I guess we’ll have to do Saturday. See you at the lake at 8:30!” Damnit, I was stuck!

So I set my alarm for 7:30, got myself together, woke E at 8 and by 8:30 we were at the lake. We did the walk around the lake, then walked to a nearby playground. We took the long way home, walked by another playground and then another. I got home at 10:30am and felt more awake than I would have after a big cup of coffee. I was a sweaty, disgusting mess but I felt great. Not only that, Emerson also got some great activity time at the playgrounds. We came home, had a snack, played indoors for a bit to cool down and calm down before her noontime nap.

Usually while Emerson naps on Saturdays, I am a bump on a log. I may write my article for Savings.com, may fritter away time on the Internet, may even take a nap myself. This Saturday I had so much energy I started gutting the house. I listed a bunch of stuff on eBay and Freecycle and started organizing our home office.

Now, I am not going to lose 50 pounds by doing a 20-minute walk once a week, but it’s better than nothing. And having a neighbor and friend hold me accountable forces me to do it. And this weightloss is about permanent life changes, baby steps to a new me.

Of course we can’t all afford personal trainers and chefs, but we can make very small changes to our life for the better. Summer is a great time to start new habits – longer days, fresh fruit, weather nice enough to take a walk or swim some laps in the local pool. What do you feel is holding you back from losing weight? What can you do to overcome that obstacle?

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7 Comments

  1. July 15, 2011 / 7:50 pm

    My bigget obstacle is eating right. I exercise 5 times a week, spin M/W/F, strength training T/Th, but I eat soooo much. If I could get my eating railed in, I would maybe look as good as you! When reading your bra fitting post, (I’m behind, we went to London for a week), I kept thinking your waist looked so small. You look great, keep up the amazing work.

  2. Anonymous
    July 14, 2011 / 6:45 pm

    Yeah, I always call myself an object as rest that likes to stay at rest!! You should consider becoming a WW leader once you reach goal! You are so inspirational and thoughtful.

  3. July 11, 2011 / 10:27 pm

    Gosh, the dreaded exercise 😉 I really have to pump myself up to it and I
    always feel elated afterwards. I always say to myself how awesome this
    felt and it’s so easy to get up and go, yet the next time round, I
    still have to pump myself up. After repeating this pattern for a while,
    the body actually gets used to the exercise and craves it. When that
    happens, it’s one of the most incredible feelings in the world. I
    promise.

  4. July 11, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    I think I may have told you this before, but I lost my first 50 pounds on Weight Watchers where my only exercise was maybe picking up the remote to change my TV channel.  I am now a runner, and advocate that exercise is a necessity, but sometimes you just have to do what you can do, and that is 100% ok!  At the time, with a 1 yr old, I only had the time/energy to focus on my food intake.  Do what you can, the best you can.  Oh.. and congrats on the .6 X 3!

  5. July 11, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    Allie, I am SO proud of you for doing that. It’s hard to find the motivation to exercise, it really is!

    My ex-husband was around 380 pounds and since losing his job last December, he’s made a strong effort to exercise, eat right, and has also completed serveral 5K races. He has a blog where he posts about all of his training and recipes. You might find some inspiration and encouragment there. It’s road2warriordash.wordpress.com.

    I wake up at 4:30AM to work out Monday – Friday, so I can exercise before being at work at 7:30AM and on days that I don’t work, I still get up that early so that I’m dressed and ready before my daughter. It stinks sometimes but that’s the only time I have to exercise, so I just do it.

  6. July 11, 2011 / 4:59 pm

    LOL, I got up to exercise and did about 10 crunches and one sun salutation
    so I hear you on that. Baby steps! 🙂

  7. July 11, 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Thanks for this, although I really need to hear it this morning while I ignored my workout alarm!  No excuses!

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