I’ve Missed You, Exercise

16 Feb

Today was my first day really getting back into the grind of exercising.  And oh how I missed it.

The first time I did Weight Watchers back in 2007, I loved walking.  I started off doing it 3 or 4 times a week and usually a mile each day.  By month three – I was pretty consistently walking (or more accurately speed walking) five times a week and doing 2 miles per day.  Not only did I have great success losing weight – but I felt GREAT.

When you have more than 100 pounds to lose, the weight comes off pretty quickly in the beginning.  If you’re doing the things you should – like eating healthy and exercising.  So benefit number one was definitely the weight loss.  The more weight I lost, the more I could do in terms of exercise.  It was a great feeling.  And of course having your clothes fit is a nice perk.

Even better than looking better?  I felt better.

But there’s one thing I had forgotten.  Getting out there and exercising is so incredible for your mind.  It just clears your head and helps put all your thoughts into perspective.  I had a bit of a rough weekend dealing with some things and as soon as I got out there this morning and walked … clarity!  It was wonderful.

Clearly not me, but someday! :)

Clearly not me, but someday! 🙂

I’m really happy to be a week in to Weight Watchers now and also back on an exercise plan.  They are all pieces of the puzzle that are going to make my weight loss journey a success.  It feels nice to be connecting these little pieces together.

I was only down 1 pound for the week – but that’s okay!  Progress.  It’s a slow climb not a quick sprint.  It’s going to take time and I’ve got all the time in the world.

Hope all is well with your weight loss journey!

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The Good and the Bad of the Weight Loss Journey

12 Feb

I had an interesting moment this morning.  I realized it was Thursday and I’ve been back on Weight Watchers now for four days.  It feels like just yesterday I started.  Surely that’s a good sign?

I’m a big girl – one who needs to lose approximately 150 pounds.  Wow … when I type that number, I realize that’s a whole other person.  A “normal” sized person.  I’m not going to dwell on that too much because I’ll get discouraged.  But wow, that’s A LOT to lose.  A whole person.

Moving on …

My stomach has been stretched for years and is used to eating, eating, eating.  And while the total number of points Weight Watchers gives me each day are probably enough to feed a small village, my stomach hasn’t caught up yet.  I have moments where my stomach is clearly battling my head.  It wants more food.

I try to eat things that are low to zero points like carrots, apples, etc.  But have you ever noticed that the things that are zero points are the things that don’t fill you up?  It may settle my stomach for an hour – but then it’s right back to making me feel like it’s time to raid the fridge.

On the plus side – I haven’t given in to the urge.  I’ve not gone over my daily allotted points.  I’ve not even touched my weekly extra points or my activity points.  So there’s a positive!

One of the things I really love about Weight Watchers is that I can eat what I want – as long as it’s within my points.  Example: the other night I had a cheeseburger and fries (made at home).

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Normally I wouldn’t eat a burger with a bun and fries – but I was trying to get rid of “bad” stuff that was in the fridge.  This yummy meal was within my points and really helps me feel like I’m not depriving myself.  The next time I have a burger – it’ll be without the bun and with some kind of veggies.  It’s an incredibly low point meal and one of my favorites.

I know not every week or even every day will be as easy as this first week has been.  I know there will be times where I do end up using my extra weekly points.  I’m human.

But the important thing is I’m on the right path.  I’m on the path to HEALTHY.  My goal isn’t to be skinny.  My goal isn’t to fit the unreal standards that society puts on women.  My goal is to be healthy.  It’s that simple!

Until next time …

Why I Have a Girl Crush on Whitney Thore

10 Feb

Image (c) Huffington Post

Have you heard of Whitney Thore? If you’re not a reality TV fan – you may have missed her.  She’s the star of the hit TLC show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”  She’s an incredible dancer.  And oh yeah — she weighs 380 pounds.

To me, Whitney has become the face of body-positive movement.  She owns her obesity and doesn’t make excuses for it.  But she’s also DAMN proud of who she is, what she is, and how she looks.  And that is what makes her amazing.

Look – I’m not defending obesity (nor is Whitney).  I am on my weight loss journey because I know I need to be healthier (not skinnier).  We all need to lead healthy lives – but does that mean a size two? Not necessarily.

But as we work to become healthier versions of ourselves – we can’t let our obesity prevent us from doing the things we want to do in our lives.  For Whitney, she is passionate about dancing.  And nothing – no amount of weight – is going to stop her from doing what she loves.

We have to have confidence with WHO we are.  We are beautiful not only on the inside but on the outside too – regardless of the expectations society puts on us.

In a recent interview with People Magazine, Whitney had this to say:

For me, confidence is a product of action. It’s not like you have a certain amount that you’re born with, it’s something you have to work on every single day. People have it backwards. They think, ‘I’ve got to have the confidence to do it,’ whatever ‘it’ is. But I don’t think that. I think, just go do it, and then it’s okay. I mean, how often do we do something and think, ‘Why didn’t I do that 10 years ago?’

She couldn’t have said it any more perfect!  It gives me the inspiration to get out there and face the world!

Fourth Time’s a Charm?

9 Feb

It’s hard to believe that today I’m kicking off my fourth attempt at Weight Watchers.  And not just at Weight Watchers – but at getting back to a healthy life.

The first time I did WW – I lost 45 pounds in 3 months.

The second time I did WW – I lost 17 pounds in 3 months (much more “normal” pace).

The third time I did WW – I lost 4 pounds in a month and promptly gave up.

I’m not sure what’s different this time – but it feels different.  I also know I’ve said that before.  But I guess the proof will be in the goals I achieve.

I hope you’ll stay with me on this journey … your support, comments and feedback have always been so helpful!  And I look forward to continuing to read your blogs.

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