I missed posting my week 14 weigh in and I promise it was not on purpose. We are getting ready to go on vacation and work has been crazy busy. So time was short and life was full. Anyway, let’s get on with it.
First here is a comparison from where I started this summer to this week.
September was shaping up to not the best month in the weight loss department. I was sick almost half of the month which really slowed down the physical activity. I hurt my arm in the middle of the month and that resulted in about a week and a half away from the weights.
However, since I am writing my month in review post a few days late I am including my October 3rd weigh in, which rounded out September with a strong finish:
Yes, that’s right I lost 6 pounds this week.
That of course is after having a slight unexplained, no good reason for it small gain the week before.
Let me tell you about that gain first. I always weigh myself in the morning before my meeting. Last week my home scale said I was down 4 pounds. It seemed a bit high, but I had a good food week, just less exercise.
When I got to Weight Watchers at lunch time for my weigh in the scale said .2 pounds.
Call me irritated. Really.
And I know the normal leader response is to ask how your week was and if you expected it. I don’t like to make excuses and it was not my normal leader asking, so I just said it was a great week.
And I called Mike after the meeting and b**ched about it for 15 minutes. I should have hit my Weight Watchers 10% that day, so I was mad.
Then I moved on.
I had one more weigh in before vacation. I knew I did what I should that week, other than less exercise and that the scale will eventually reflect my efforts. And I really wanted a good week before vacation.
So I dug in and started building back my workouts after being sick. Food wasn’t really much of an issue, I had been following the plan consistently and had stayed on track.
When I weighed myself at home I was down 2 more pounds from the week before (including that 4 that my scale had been showing for the past week).
And guess what, when I weighed in I was down 6 pounds for my official Weight Watchers weigh in.
I don’t know what happened with the scale the previous week or why. But I didn’t let the scale control me. I was excited to get my 10% award, another 10 pound ribbon and my 16 week award from my normal leader, Sue. Maybe that is why the scale held out on me, so I could share it with her. Sue has really been the best leader I have ever had in all the years I have tried to follow Weight Watchers. And I do think it has contributed to my success.
When I really look at everything in the grand scheme of things in just about 3 1/2 months (15 weigh in’s) I have lost over 30 pounds. I love exercise. I have lost over 18 inches off my body and I feel so much better than I have in years.
This month I was able to get rid of some clothes that were too big.
Lost weight the week after I traveled to Dallas.
Tracked every single day even when traveling. And even after losing control one afternoon and eating a cold leftover quesadilla that was in the fridge. That ended up being my dinner, since I blew my points for that day on it.
And although it wasn’t my best month with exercise. It sure wasn’t a bad one compared to my past and it was pretty good for a month where I was sick for 2 weeks, dealt with an injury and went on a trip.
I secretly had a goal to be at a total 40 pound loss by our vacation. Which I am so pleased with myself that I achieved, even when I didn’t think it was going to happen.
Now, even though I don’t like really having number weight loss goals of x pounds by a certain date. I feel like hitting 50 pounds off by my birthday at the end of November should be totally manageable and I should even be able to surpass that.
But first I need to survive this next week. We are going on vacation and we will be at Disneyland. I plan to work out at least 5 mornings and have been working on my food strategy for the week.
I hope to post at least a couple of times while I am there on how I am doing and hope to be able to share some tips and tricks that I learned. Vacations for me have always been full of abandon when it comes to food, and I don’t plan for that to happen this time.
WEEK 14/15 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day – DONE
- Balance exercise recuperating from being sick – DONE
- 4 days of exercise – no specific workouts just do something – DONE
- Stay focused to prepare for vacation – DONE
WEEK 16 GOALS:
- Track food and activity each day
- Navigate the food obstacles while on vacation, specifically eat 2 meals completely on plan and for the 3rd meal enjoy within reason.
- Allow myself to eat all my weekly and activity points if I want to.
- 5 days of exercise – mostly cardio focused
- Remember it’s really just 7 more days and it isn’t like I am never going to be able to eat these foods again. I just don’t need to eat everything.
And now I am off for a C25K run and then we are packing the car to head to California!