I began the day at spin class and spent the rest of it working.
I went to the library and worked for hours. When I came home, I wanted to do something before making dinner. So I took Sadie for a walk. She loved it…
For dinner, we made Birdballshomemade tomato sauce and pasta. I had two slices of bread, it was really delicious ciabatta bread from my favorite bakery. Well worth the extra points. Also, the birdballs are very satisfying and are a nice change. I’m glad I took the time to make and enjoy dinner. It helps.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Tomorrow will be challenging because I did not get to go food shopping (too busy working). So, I’ll have to get up a little earlier to make a plan. Making a plan is the thing that keeps me on plan.
However, I am so close that I am hopeful for next weigh-in. I know I can do this. It’s pretty late so my post is going to be brief. My featured image is the pair of pants that were my “last straw” that made me join WW all those years ago. I held onto them because I knew this day would come. So while I still have 1.2 pounds to lose the truth is I’m already there in my mind, my body will catch up.
It was raining heavily when I left my house at 4:50 am to go to spin class. Even though it was hard to leave the house on a dark and stormy morning, it was worth it. Looking back on today, it feels great knowing I took that time for myself. I had a lot of energy, I wasn’t so hungry as I’ve been over the past three days, and I got to be around positive like minded people. Activity helps on a lot of different levels. I feel accomplished because I could complete the workout. Now that I use a heart monitor, I challenge myself to control my recovery time and I can see that I’m getting better at that. I enjoy my instructors and it’s just a fun thing to do.
I don’t know if tomorrow, Day Three Hundred Eighty-Eight, will be the day that I reach goal. I don’t even want to jinx myself since it was a rough week. I am ending with a balance of -14 SmartPoints. Five out of seven days were “blue dot” days so that’s pretty good. The important thing is that I tracked, weighed, and measured my foods. I found some resilience when I really needed it yesterday, and I made my goal of working out this morning. These are all good examples of NSV’s. This is what WW is all about and if you’re really ready to dedicate some time to weight loss and wellness you should join us.
Either way, I’ll let you know tomorrow. Wish me luck.
I am rolling over one point and I am happy about it. I made a conscious decision to say no to some foods and yes to others. To anyone who does not understand what it’s like to have to lose weight, it must be hard to understand the power of that statement. It has been over a year since I began my weight loss journey in earnest and I am still very challenged some days to stay on plan.
This is no joke. Losing weight, maintaining weight loss, and finding ways to build myself up as I went through this process. During this time, I have experienced a lot of joy, a deeper appreciation for beauty, and a greater sense of my personal strength. In my past, the goal of weight loss had become so far away that it shook my personal conviction that I could really do this. I saw myself getting older, and being unhealthy, and living as a lesser version of myself. I, like so many, have a lot of serious health issues in my family history and I certainly am better off being 91.6 pounds lighter.
If you’re on the fence, or if it just seems too impossible to begin a weight loss plan; pause, take a timeout. Answer this question, “Why do I want to lose weight?” When you have that answer, ask this question, “What are my expectations?” Be honest because that is the seed that will help the process grow.
I hope my words today leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and thoughtful. Know that I believe you are worth the effort. You are an important person who deserves to live life in the body of your choice. I believe this for you because I believe this for me.
I didn’t make my goal of rolling over four points. I had pizza for dinner and went over. Then I had a low-fat ice-cream cone and went over even more.
I know I am the kind of person who will always have to be vigilant about watching my weight. I was really disappointed about tracking the pizza, and then the cone tonight. It was upsetting to see the number go up on my app and that’s the truth. I believe tracking is a very important habit to cultivate. s what helps me to make my next move. Tomorrow will be a better day.
Sometimes having quick and easy dinner options are a lifesaver. Maybe that’s a little too dramatic. Sometimes having quick and easy dinner options are a plan saver is more like it. We had turkey kielbasa, rice, and peppers and onions. Nothing fancy but it worked. My daughter cut up all the peppers and onions so by the time I got home all I had to do was to cook. I’m grateful for the help.
I prepacked, and tracked breakfast and lunch for tomorrow. Just for fun, I’m setting a goal for tomorrow to roll over four points. Let’s see if I can do it. Have you been setting small goals? If not, think about setting one because they help.
Today was a hungry day, some days just are, I can’t say why. Maybe it was cool weather, or maybe it’s because I’m a pound away from goal. I do feel good about how I handled it, I made good choices all day long. Also, I am rolling over one point so I’d say that is a victory all things considered.
I took the advice of other members too. When I went food shopping I bought things that are helpful with food prep like cut up fruits and vegetables. I mixed up my menu and made some fall favorites. Tonight we had butternut squash with apples. It was so delicious. I made mashed potatoes with the skins that made prepping dinner go a bit faster too. I am truly grateful for the collective wisdom of my Saturday morning Weight Watchers group.
Those are my words for the day. Even when it’s a difficult day I want to try to encourage someone, and I want to encourage myself. Today was hard, I just finished working. I’m making my lunch and breakfast for tomorrow, and I have a quick agenda to write for a meeting tomorrow morning. I am pushing myself harder than ever but I think I’m starting to make a turn in the right direction. I’m starting to get a second wind.
Is weight loss difficult? You bet it is. Is it worth it? I think so. I can do this, and so can you. Let’s encourage each other.
A year from the month that I started my journey I am officially one pound away from goal. I almost can’t believe it. My message to you is this, power through the challenges. Sometimes you may have a perfect week and not lose an ounce or worse gain! Other weeks you may lose when you were sure you would gain, and you feel like you’re getting away with something. You cannot ever control the scale. When you understand (and believe) this the journey becomes about something greater than the numbers. It sounds so phony, but weight loss has very little to do with the scale. Next week if I don’t lose my pound, it will be ok. It will be ok because I know I eventually will lose it. This is really happening. Amazing.
I will be donating the food in my featured image towards the Weight Watchers Good campaign. I am glad to be part of something that makes a positive contribution. As I think about my weigh-in tomorrow I am hopeful. I am ending this week -1 Smartpoint, The point is I know what I ate this week because I tracked weighed and measured everything. That’s good news and more good news? I went to spin class today and had a fantastic ride and a nice cup of coffee afterward.
Now I’m back with the books. I’ll be posting tomorrow, I’ll let you know what happens. But before I go, I want to take a moment to appreciate how far I have come. Both of these pictures were taken at a local festival, Cow Harbor Day. They are about six years apart. I am almost at goal. If I’m up tomorrow, I am just going to power through it. I can do this and (if you really want it) so can you.