Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weight Watchers - Week 9!

Gained a pound, but that was to be expected this week due to *ahem* water retention. And a few too many spoonfuls of peanut butter yesterday that my hormones were demanding.

I'm actually pretty proud of myself, because I've not been exactly on plan this last week - a lot of family/friend time, not cooking at home, had a work event... but I managed to maintain all week and didn't see a gain (which again was to be expected) until yesterday. I intend for this to be a way of life (obviously), and I have surprised myself by how well I am able to control my eating when I'm not eating at home, or something pre-planned due to outside-of-home-and-work plans. I didn't even really think about it until after the fact, actually. For instance, at my M-I-L's last week, we had spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. I filled 3/4 my plate with salad, took a tiny amount of spaghetti, the smallest piece of garlic bread and said "no, thanks" to the birthday cake without even thinking twice. I was fully satisfied and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. In fact, it was the salad that I was really craving and hit the spot for me.

At our work event, I went a little crazy with the appetizers (they were good!) but when dinner rolled around, I skipped the bread, ate less than half of what was on my plate, and only about half of the dessert. Again, I didn't really think about it or stress over it, it came naturally. Normally, I would eat: a) until everything was gone, or b) until my stomach burst (whichever came first). Again, I was plenty satisfied and didn't feel like I was missing out.

When I started the WW plan, I had a lot of food guilt at first. If I ate one thing off plan I really struggled with feeling like I was undo-ing all my hard work. It's not that I am getting lazier with it now, but I am more forgiving of myself. I am not a robot, and it's ok to slip as long as I track it and work the rest of my day/week around it. However, it doesn't take a genius to figure out I feel better and look better when I stick with it.

A lot of my confidence comes from knowing I am halfway to my goal (maybe more - I may have set the weight bar too low for myself and with more toning/muscle I will have a better idea of where I should be when I get there), and that good choices have become habits. I don't think maintaining will be a problem once I get to goal. Although at first I was frustrated when I wasn't losing 3 lbs every week, I now see that as a blessing. For starters, I don't have a lot of fat left to lose. If I did, it would be coming off faster! My stomach and arms are what I want to work on the most, but even they aren't too bad - they just need more toning. Even though my weight hasn't changed dramatically in the last few weeks, the shape of my legs has! I wore a dress yesterday and I was like "Who do those thighs belong to?" because they definitely didn't look like mine. Also, numerous studies show that people who lose 2 lbs or less per week are more likely to keep it off long-term. And that, my friends, is my goal. It's not about getting there as quickly as possible, it's about STAYING there once I get there.

I absolutely love the changes that losing just 10 lbs has brought to my life. When Josh takes my picture, I no longer ask him to just get me from the chest up... I'm like "get my waist in!"

Let me tell ya, that waist was MIA for a looooong time! I'm thrilled to be showing it's return. Stay tuned for more progress. :)

Have a great Wednesday!


  1. Congrats congrats! It sounds like your ww plan is really working for you!

  2. Thank you, ladies!

    So far so good. Can't wait to see how everything is in a few months. Hopefully I'll be bikini-ready. Not that I have anywhere to go, but... ;)