In July I…
Lost 9 pounds
Lost 4 5/8 inches
Reached my 30 day exercise challenge goal
Exercised 30 out of 31 days
Exercised over 27 hours and earned over 200 activity points
Joined a gym and went
Started working with a personal trainer for strength training
Tracked my food every day
Stayed on program 100%
Tried new vegetables and ate a wider variety of fruits and veggies
I would call that a good month. I would love to say I dropped more weight in the first full month on program, but I know it is better to lose it slower and 9 pounds in a month is great progress.
One of my biggest goals at the onset was to truly make exercise a habit. Just 2 days after starting Weight Watchers near the end of June I started exercising; and as of the end of July I had exercised 37 out of 38 days. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I now feel a bit obsessive about exercise, I no longer like to miss a day and I try to figure out how to fit it in no matter what. Most of the time that means getting up early.
My clothes aren’t as tight as they were when I started. I am looking forward to moving down a size but it seems like my jeans will still fit a little while longer.
I am feeling a little less challenged by the walking and feel I need to mix it up. I cannot get myself to walk much faster and I am not sure why. I am planning on swapping a couple of walks for the gym where I can up the cardio intensity a bit more. I am also thinking about mixing in some classes or DVD’s at home. I love the fresh air in the morning, but I could do without the stickiness and warmer mornings. Some days I just don’t want to go outside and get moving and I walk slower than I should.
I am really glad I hired the personal trainer to help me get on a strength training program. She is pushing me harder than I would push myself and I already have noticed a difference in just a few visits.
Now on to my Week 7 Weigh In
I weighed in on Wednesday this week. I am probably going to switch to the Wednesday meeting. I prefer the leader’s style a little more. I do know that whatever day I choose to weigh in, my body somehow knows that is the day to fluctuate up rather than down. All week I had been showing a 2-4 pound loss.
But weigh in day it was gone.
I was a bit frustrated by only losing 1 pound. But I still achieved my weeks goal of getting over the 20 pound total loss mark.
I did still want to figure out what happened. I had ate about the same number of points and earned about the same number of activity points as the previous weeks where I had lost 2 pounds.
Looking at it our eating this week was not quite normal. With family visiting I had made our meals more kid friendly and don’t think I ate as much veggies with dinners. I also had Taco Bell on Tuesday and chips and salsa and a couple of Corona Light’s with dinner that night. Although I ate within my points for the day, the foods had more sodium than I normally eat in a day. I also ate foods with less fiber throughout the week.
I guess this may not have been a good week to miss my first day of working out. I have been fighting a cold for a while and ended up taking Sunday off to rest. I thought I would go in the afternoon, but instead went and got a pedicure.
The other thing going on this week was the “kindergarten roller coaster event”. Nicholas was having a rough time adjusting to kindergarten. After getting the flu the second day of school, he had a tough time every day and had at least one melt down each day at school. The communication from the school lacked in many areas and we were led to believe things were much worse than they really were which caused us a lot of stress and frustration. Let’s just say that the preceding comment leaves out a lot and makes it sound a whole lot better than it really was.
There were several days that it took a lot of effort to not reach for the chocolate. The “kindergarten roller coaster” did lead to the Taco Bell lunch. But I did not reach for the chocolate except for a Skinny Cow ice cream banana split at the end of the day and my Taco Bell order consisted of items from the Fresco menu – all within my points plan for the day.
I didn’t really struggle to stay on track other than feeling a bit sluggish through a few morning walks. I think the exercise helped me control the emotional eating that I wanted to do. I am finding I don’t want to waste my exercise efforts with excessive food. In all, it was a good week for having family staying with us and a roller coaster kindergarten week.
WEEK 6 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day – DONE
- Exercise 7 days at least 45 minutes on 5 days – Missed 1 day, but still had 7 workouts and met the 45 minute goal
- Strength training with trainer 2x – DONE
- Hit the 20 pound overall mark – – DONE
- Survive eating with family coming to visit for a week by planning kid and point friendly meals – DONE although a smaller weight loss this week
WEEK 7 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day
- Exercise at least 6 days at least 45 minutes on 5 days
- Strength training with trainer 2x
- Maintain activity with cut on foot