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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 …

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.

I’m in Love … With My Garmin Vivofit

7 Jul

vivofitI’ve been looking into fitness bands for months.  I loved the idea of something permanently stuck on my wrist that could help keep me motivated.  I heard a great deal about the fitbit and a few others, but after extensive research I went ahead with the Garmin Vivofit.  I own one of their sports GPS units and had always been impressed by their product.  The Vivofit is no different.

What I Love

  • It motivates me.  I run a business out of my home, so I don’t get out much.  If I’ve been sitting on my tush too long, I make a point to get up and move.  If I’m taking the dogs out, I’ll do some laps outside to get some steps in.
  • If I’m not moving, a red line appears at the top telling me to get moving.  I *hate* that red line – another motivator!
  • It tracks my sleep.  It has been fascinating to see what a restless sleeper I am.  Need to figure out how to sleep better!
  • Their mobile app is incredibly easy to use.  And it syncs via bluetooth in just a minute or two.
  • They’ve just teamed up with MyFitnessPal so that you can track your calories in the Vivofit.  Love it!

What I Dislike

  • I am not a person who typically wears a watch, bracelet, etc.  So having something permanently stuck on my arm sometimes makes me want to rip it off and never wear it.  Luckily that discomfort doesn’t last long.
  • Sometimes the counter seemingly stops.  I’ve noticed this in stores, especially.  Maybe a Wifi connection blocks the tracking?
  • It doesn’t track when I’m cutting the grass.  Which is a huge disappointment!  I assume the swinging motion of your arms when you walk is how this tracks steps.  Right?  When you’re cutting the grass, you have both hands firmly placed on the mower.  I’ve got a big yard, so the lack of tracking leaves me at least 1500 steps low for the day.

Do you have a fitness band?  What do you think of yours?

If you’d like to learn more about the Garmin Vivofit, here’s their site.

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