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I always love the first week back on plan because the weigh ins are usually awesome. I realize that most of the weight coming off is water weight as you adjust to eating healthy and drinking lots of water, but it still makes me happy.
Seeing a 3.4 pound loss was not surprising, because I had been keeping an eye on the scale, but it sure did make my day! I’m sure a lot of that is water weight, but it provided the motivation to keep going. This brings my total pounds lost to 28.8.
Last time I started WW on prednisone (back in April) I had a great first week followed by several crap weeks of gaining and maintaining. I’m hoping that since my dose is so much lower (I’m on 10mg currently instead of 40mg) I might actually be able to lose weight? The crazy intense hunger has calmed down but I’m sure my metabolism isn’t back to where it was pre-prednisone.
So yes, I’m happy, but very hesitantly. I’m not really sure what my future weigh ins will look like since I’m still taking prednisone, albeit a much lower dose, but I’m going to continue on plan and hope to keep the scale moving in the right direction!
I really didn’t know what the scale would show when I went into today’s weigh in. I knew I wouldn’t see a major loss but there is always a chance of a gain these days. But the scale was kind and showed a .4 pound loss! I will 100% take it. It brings my total to 52 pounds lost.
This week’s meeting topic was about plateaus. We discussed about ways to bust through a plateau but also about times plateaus can be a good thing. Interestingly enough, I’m in the middle of a plateau that I’m ok with. Well, I’m not thrilled about it, but it’s better than gaining. I told myself that while I’m on this super high dose of prednisone for 2.5 months, I’m ok with maintaining. The meds make me hungry all the time and I’m doing my best to eat lots of fruits and veggies when I snack as well as upping my activity levels. But I have to face the fact that I’m on a medicine that makes me hungry and lowers my metabolism…so if I maintain, I’m happy.
In another related note, check out my ActiveLink week! Last week I earned 9 APs so 12 is a definite improvement! And while I didn’t make it to 100% every day, my average for the week was 105%. Boom! I need to focus on moving more on the weekends. I’m so exhausted during the week that by the time Saturday rolls around I just want to bum.
This Saturday will be a different story as I’m coordinating a wedding. I will be moving a LOT. I can’t wait to see how it reflects in my ActiveLink and APs. Also, I’m just SUPER excited for a wedding weekend! They are my favorite! This is my first official client since starting my wedding coordinating business so I’m extra pumped. Wish me luck!
Non Scale Victory
Since I am not looking for major losses on the scale at the moment, I wanted to start focusing each week on at least one non scale victory (or NSV). While the scale is important in a weight loss journey, there are so many other extremely important factors that people tend to push by the wayside. Sometimes we focus completely on the numbers and don’t pay attention to all the smaller ways we are changing our lives for the better!
So, my NSV victory for the week was getting my engagement ring sized!
Long story very very short….my engagement ring broke (like the band cracked all the way through) while we were on vacation last month. I had it repaired and two weeks later it broke again. So we found a new jeweler and filed an insurance claim and we are getting the ring melted down and rebuilt with the same stones in an almost identical setting.
When I started losing weight and my ring size changed I knew that I would have to get my ring rebuilt at some point. The plan was to do it after I reached goal. But if insurance is going to pay for it now rather than me paying for it out of pocket in a few years….I’m going to let insurance cover it.
Soooo, the exciting news is my new ring size! When we got engaged four years ago my ring was a size 8.5. I had a hard time when we were shopping for rings because I couldn’t try on any of the sample rings in stores. Most of them only came to my first knuckle.
About a year ago we had small beads added to my engagement ring and wedding band to keep them from falling off my hands. And now, my new ring will be a size 6.75!! Almost two whole ring sizes! I’m really excited to have a “normal” ring size! Yay!
I would love for you to share a Non Scale Victory from your week in the comments below!
I have no words…..just exclamation points!
Ok, I guess I have some words. Guys, I love FIVE POUNDS! Let me say that one more time. FIVE POUNDS! My total is back to 54.6 pounds lost!
I realize that some of that is water weight, but I’m so happy that I lost the 4.6 pounds I gained on vacation! FIVE POUNDS!
This week was great. Really one of the best weeks I’ve had in a while. It was super busy with work because the term started again, but I was able to manage it well. I drank loads of water and ate really clean and I just feel really great!
I’m most proud of how I handled the hunger caused by the prednisone I’m taking. Every day I packed up a bag of fruits, veggies, and low PointsPlus snacks to bring to work with me. I really focused on spreading my meals and snacks throughout the day which helped keep the hunger at bay. I’ve started a nice little routine that I’m going to continue, as it seems to be working.
It also is helping me get all my fruits and veggies in! I can’t remember the last time that I hit that GHG almost every single day in a week. Seriously, I’m on a roll!
And eating all these healthy and filling things has really been helping my tracker. I have been eating a lot of food, but they more power foods/low points which leaves me with more daily and weekly points for fun! I’ve had wine, beer and a few “treats” this week so I didn’t feel deprived. Long story short, I’m really happy with how the program is working right now.
I know that its not likely I will see a 5 pound week again, but it was a great kickstarter back into Weight Watchers. It definitely kept me motivated for the coming week!
Hope you all had great weigh ins this week as well!
I was able to go to my Weight Watchers meeting today! And I even saw a loss on the scale! I’m down 1.2 pounds in two weeks (I missed last week’s WI) and I’m 100% happy with this. I haven’t been feeling well so a lot of food just hasn’t sounded great. I’ve stopped tracking about a week ago and have just been eating what sounds good at the time. Often I lose my appetite about halfway through the meal.
We got some sad news at our WW meeting today though. Our meeting time is being canceled and next week will be our last meeting! Apparently our attendance is not where they (the man, aka corporate WW) would like it and so they are just canceling. I love that it is a small group and I really like the people that are there every week. The leader is really fantastic as well. It’s going to be interesting to have to change meetings.
This also kinda throws off my weekly schedule. I’ve been going to this meeting for almost exactly two years and my work schedule has been built around working late on Wednesdays. I think I’m going to have to go the Thursday morning meetings just because it will work the best with my work schedule. It may be good for me to get used to using my points differently (due to the later weigh in). We shall see!
Long story short, next week will be my last Weigh in Wednesday. From then on it will be Weigh in Thursday. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it! :(
I almost started this post exactly the same way I started my last post…but then I looked down and realized that I didn’t want to be redundant. But I can’t help if that is how I feel! So, I’m going with it…….
Will you look at that?! This program really works! Shocker!
Another week on program and another THREE POINT FOUR POUNDS lost! Hey-oh!! That brings my total back to 55.4 pounds lost! Yes!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that today’s meeting was really fantastic! We talked about non scale victories and boy do I have a list of those! I was talking about how proud I was of my blood work and the leader asked me to share how much weight I had lost. I said 55.4 and people started clapping! One women even asked if she could give me a hug! And she said how proud she was of me. It was so sweet and such a special moment. This is exactly what makes going to the meetings so meaningful. I thoroughly appreciated the love and support!
Sorry for the quiet last week. Nothing major was going on, minus Chicago returning to Chiberia which meant I went into hibernation mode.
I did do some basic cooking, so that is a bonus! I made this version of healthy French Toast, one cold day for breakfast. I also bought stuff for sandwiches so I had turkey, avocado and provolone paninis, some grilled cheese, and some regular cold sandwiches. I also found some yummy chocolate chili that I had frozen for just such occasions. We did order out a few times, but I planned ahead and tracked everything. I also focused on water and snacking well (cuties to the rescue!).
In other news, today is my (and my husband’s!) three year wedding anniversary! We never give anniversary presents, but instead decided that we would take ourselves out to a super delicious dinner every year to celebrate. Year one was at Morton’s and year two was at The Publican. This year Jeremiah planned a surprise night out for us this Friday! I have no clue where we are going! But I know that I will be saving up my weekly points for a delicious dinner. Oh, and my fifteen year old brother is coming to stay at our house on Saturday into Sunday so we are planning to take him for some Chicago style pizza! Yum (and more planning for points!).
I think that’s all for now! Hope you all had great weigh ins as well!
Will you look at that?! Tracking and eating better DOES lead to weight loss! Who knew?!?!
You may have guessed, but I’ll tell you anyway, that I had a great weigh in! The scale showed a 2.4 pound lost! Hey-oh! That brings my total pounds lost back to 52!
This loss definitely motivated me to keep going. Sometimes a good loss makes me feel like I can slack off for a couple of days, but right now I’m going strong and I want to keep it that way!
A couple things to note about this past week…..I kept my promise, to my leader and myself, that I would track every single day! She gave me seven bravo stickers last week to help motivate me. I definitely felt like I had to earn those darn stickers! I was really happy that I was able to track even though I was out of town for a long weekend. We ate seven meals out at restaurants (I had breakfast at the hotel) and I still was able to stay on plan. I used all of my activity points (only seven) and all but seven of my weekly points. I usually like to have about 14 WPs leftover for miscalculations, but eating out can be quite high in points. Either way, I’m
happy ecstatic with a 2.4 pound loss!
How did you all do on your weigh ins this week?
A loss is a loss! I’m down 0.8 pounds this week for a total of 57.6 pounds lost. Considering I haven’t been tracking very well, I’m really happy with the scale result.
Last week, and again this week, we talked about our plans for Thanksgiving. A lot of people get really worried/stressed about the holiday meals. But honestly, it doesn’t freak me out too much.
One, I don’t really track. I enjoy the day and meal but refuse to get so stuffed that I’m in pain. Two, I try to only use one plate at dinner. If I realllllly want seconds I will get a small portion of only what I really want. Three, I take a picture of my plate. That way I know exactly what I ate and can track later if I decide to. And fourth, I enjoy the day! I love being around my family and friends and I thoroughly enjoy visiting and spending time with them.
Lastly, it is just one day. I don’t bring home leftovers and start back at WW again the next day. One day will not ruin me….so I will enjoy it and move on.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Well, I’m alive.
But let’s go back to the beginning.
So, almost three weeks ago (Saturday the 2nd) I was super excited that my husband was home from two weeks in Hawaii. The cleaning lady came, I had chili on the stove and we had friends coming for dinner. The dinner was delish and right after we finished I started feeling crappy. Shivering like crazy. Turns out I had a fever.
Well that stupid fever hung around for far too long. Occasionally it got pretty high (102.8) but most of the time it just hung around between 99.5-100.8….just enough to be annoying. And no other symptoms! Other than the stupid fever, I felt totally fine. It was off and on for a week when I went to the doctor the first time. She told me to come back after I had had it for 10 days. So, the next Wednesday I went in and they decided to do a full blood workup, chest x ray and some other tests.
To make a terribly long story very short….they tested for a whole slew of things…some scary, some not so scary. Things that were mentioned included: pneumonia, UTI, HIV, Hep A, B and C, mono, toxoplasmosis, etc. And me, with the super overactive imagination, mentally went a bit bonkers. Jeremiah did a great job of talking me off the ledge while waiting for the test results. The doctors were really strongly leaning towards mono because of my liver enzymes were so elevated, but when we ran more tests, they came back negative. Basically, they decided that I have a virus in my liver and I just had to wait for it to go away.
So, here I am, on Day 19, and finally feeling almost back to normal. I haven’t had a fever since yesterday morning (knock on wood) and I’m slowly getting my energy back. My eating has been terrible. I was not tracking points and was not eating well. I couldn’t grocery shop, let along cook, so we really relied on delivery. I was also getting barely any activity in. I still went to work for the most part (because I wasn’t contagious) but I was not moving much once I got there.
I did weigh in the first week and was up 2.2 pounds. I didn’t go to Weight Watchers the second week because I had a doctors appointment at the same time. But I weighed myself and home and I was up even higher (probably another 2 pounds).
Well, today I got myself back to the meetings and I was pleasantly surprised to see a 2.4 pound loss on the scale! I really was expecting it to be higher since I have been eating so poorly. I was really happy to have lost the weight I had (officially) gained the first week and (unofficially) gained the second week! My current total is 56.8 pounds lost!
So, what is coming up? I have a follow up doctors appointment with more blood work on Thursday to check on my liver enzymes….fingers crossed they are bette! Also, I’m getting back to tracking. I need to go grocery shopping and start cooking again. My goal is to meal plan next week since I’m eating at school a lot this week.
Also, how adorable is the get well soon card I received from my niece?! It totally made my day!
Guys, I’m kicking some butt lately! Today’s weigh in showed another 1.8 pounds lost! Hooray!! That brings my total to 58.8 pounds lost!
So far I have been sticking to my meal planning really well. (I will be posting last night’s dinner later today.) Tomorrow is a crock pot meal with friends that I’m really looking forward to trying!
This weekend I will be attending a baby shower and having some friends over for dinner. Not terribly busy but enough to keep me moving!
I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Do you do WIW? If so, how did you do?
Yes! Now THIS is the kind of weigh in that I needed! Hooooooray!!!!
Ok…..now that that is out of my system, let’s chat numbers.
Today’s (epic) weigh in showed a loss of FOUR POINT FOUR POUNDS! Boom. That brings my total back to 57 pounds lost! Last weeks crazy gain (+3.8) had me suspicious of water weight leftover from my sister’s wedding, but I can never be 100% sure. I have been really on point with tracking this week so I’m sure that helped the situation. Either way, I’m happy.
Coming up this week….tomorrow is my first scheduled run! It has gotten mighty cold here in Chicago, especially in the mornings, so I’m thinking I may try a treadmill run. I haven’t ever run on the treadmill but we have one in the basement of our condo so I might as well give it a try. I really wanted to focus on running on the pavement because I heard it was so much harder than the treadmill. But at this point, I just need to get moving.
Also coming up this week is an overnight with friends out of town. It will be great to get out of the city and spend some quality time with my girlfriends. Can’t wait!
In not so great news (for me at least), Jeremiah leaves for Hawaii on Monday! Stinker! He’s going for work, so he actually won’t have tooooo much fun….but still! I am completely out of PTO so I won’t be able to join him. I’m really excited for him though as this is his 50th state! How cool is that?!?! I’m pretty far behind him in that race with only about 37 states.
Anyway, him being gone for 12 days means that I’ll be on my own for most meals. Historically, I don’t do very well with this. But I’m going to be taking advantage of my school’s dining room which should help a bit. I also plan to do a grocery shopping trip and plan out the meals that I’m going to eat ahead of time. I’m going to put my new WW Simply Solo cookbook to use as well!
Ok, I think that is enough rambling from me for now. Hope you all are having a fantastic week! And if you also do WIW, I hope it went well!
So, I forgot to post weigh in info from last week so let’s do that. I gained 0.8 pounds last week which put me at -61 pounds.
This week I lost 1 pound for a total of 62 pounds lost! I was very very happy with this weigh in because I wasn’t expecting it at all! I’m still four pounds short of my summer goal (see initial post here and more recent follow up post here) but I’m still very happy with my progress.
Which leads me to what is coming up! Today marked the last weigh in before vacation! We leave on Saturday for two glorious weeks in Greece! I can’t even tell you how excited I am! I literally am all packed and ready to walk out the door. The wait is killing me!
So as of today I’m giving myself a little bit of leeway with tracking and counting points. I won’t be staying on plan while I’m in Greece which honestly, I’m really looking forward to. My habits and cravings have changed dramatically and I know that I won’t go overboard. The plan is to enjoy myself without going crazy. We also have lots of plans for exploring the island and of course swimming in the ocean so I definitely won’t be sitting around!
With that said, I won’t be around very much for the coming two weeks. I’m sure I’ll check in with some photos of delicious food and amazing beaches. :-) And when I get back on the 22nd it’s back to the WW grind of counting points, cooking yummy foods and working out!
Have a fantastic couple of weeks and talk to you all soon!
Another fantastic weigh in!! Guys! I can’t tell you how happy I am to see some results showing up on the scale again! It seriously makes my day!
This week I lost 1.8 pounds! My total amount of weight lost is 64.8! Holy moly!
Although I’m incredibly happy, the OCD part of me wished I had lost 0.2 more to make it an even number and get me to 65 pounds. But that is just my crazy and I’m learning to deal with it. :-)
I’m also really happy with any sort of loss after last week’s epic huge loss! I don’t know if I’m still losing water weight or if this is actual weight. I suppose I will have to wait and see in future weeks. For right now I’m happy with any sort of loss.
The meds I’m on (Spironolactone) are still going pretty well. I’ve gotten used to having to drink lots of water so I haven’t had much dizziness. I did have an issue last night when I had a small meal and took the dose and it made me SUPER nauseated. Lesson learned…..much be taken with a full meal!
Ok, I want to preface this post with a bit of info about how I’ve been doing during the past week. I’m sorry for the quiet!
Basically the past week has consisted of me working my way up to the full dosage of the meds I was prescribed for PCOS. My doctor put me on 200mg of Spironolactone. I started at 50mg and worked up to 200mg after 4 days. Sprio is a diuretic which is both good and bad. The good is that I’ve lost some awesome water weight. The bad is that I have to drink water like its my job and I pee at least once an hour. The first couple days I didn’t realize HOW much water I needed and I ended up getting dehydrated and therefore very dizzy. But I finally got it through my skull that I needed to be drinking more water and the dizziness has stopped! Also, my skin looks amazing from all the water!
But the biggest benefit definitely showed up on the scale today. I’ve been watching it all week so I knew what was coming, but it was so awesome to make it official at Weight Watchers. Again, I know this is mostly, if not all water weight……
BUT I LOST FIVE POUNDS!!
Seriously! I’m not even kidding! Exactly five whole pounds! This brings my total to 63 pounds lost! Hey-ooooo!! I can’t even tell you how much I needed this, even if it is water weight! I have felt better this week than I have in a long looong time. Only three pounds to go to hit my 15 pound summer goal!
At the WW meeting today I got to celebrate getting to 60 pounds (again) which felt really great. I haven’t had a scale celebration in a while. The only downside is that I lost a Daily PointsPlus! Wah wahhhh. I’m at 40 PointsPlus per day now.
Sooo, to sum it all up…I’m feeling good about the meds. I was worried that I would have bad symptoms like nausea and lots of dizziness and would have to go off it. But so far, I’m liking them. It is taking some adjustment to remember to take them during breakfast and dinner (they have be taken with food), but I’m sure the habit will stick soon.
Coming up this week? Tonight I’m going to White Sox game with LOADS of other Greeks! It’s Greek Night so there will tailgating (including a roast lamb on a spit!) and hopefully some Greek dancing!
This weekend I’m heading to Louisville with my best gals! One of my friends is from there and we are all heading south to check out her home town. Should be a nice getaway!
Well, after last week’s two pound lost I wasn’t expecting much this week. And true to form I weighed in .2 pounds less. I was hoping for a bit more than that but I’m just happy I didn’t gain. I also didn’t workout at all last week….hopefully I can change that this week! My total lost is 57.6.
Also, this week’s WW meeting was all about the importance of breakfast. I don’t know if you noticed this about me, but I LOVE breakfast food. L. O. V. E. It was great to hear what the other people in my meeting were having for breakfast and I got some great ideas that I am going to try! If you are interested, check out my breakfast posts HERE!
My current favorite breakfasts include:
Well! I was not expecting THAT! Not only did I not gain weight….I actually LOST weight! Heck yes! A whole two pounds at that! My total is back to 57.4 pounds lost!
Today at the meeting we talked about times when food isn’t the answer and how to deal with those times. This was particularly relevant to me this week as I’m finally getting close to losing the 10 pounds I gained last fall/winter. The lowest I was last year was back in August when I hit 60.8 pounds lost. Then my best friends father passed away followed by my grandfather in December and my uncle in March. By the third funeral I was learning to focus my attention on my family rather than on the food.
So, I’m really happy to see the scale moving in the right direction and losing the weight that I gained.
How was your week? Did Memorial Day set you back much?