Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another Pound Gone

This week I lost 1.2 pounds for a total of (are you ready for this?) 69.8. AUGH! Why when I get down to those milestones do I always miss it by the teeniest fraction!? That is so annoying!!!

But honestly, it's cool, I never thought I'd lose 70 pounds. This program is awesome.

Next week, a sticker?! I hope so!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Progress Photo

I thought I'd post my latest picture since several people commented on the other blog about how different I look. Honestly, I don't see a huge difference, but I notice a difference in my clothing. The clothes I wore today are huge--and when I bought this shirt last May, it was too small, the buttons straining. In fact, this is the first time I've worn it, and now it's too big. Go figure.

Before: February 2008, Savannah GA

Current, March 2009, Fredericksburg VA

Please excuse the hellhole that is our living room. We're attempting to pack in case we get "The Call".

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Zippity Do Dah!

There's 20 percent less of me! It's official! :-) I went over 20 percent by 0.6 pounds, my new total now being 68.6 pounds gone. Hot diggity dog!

I didn't think I'd done it, honestly--I've been sick and hardly exercised at all this week, plus two baby showers and a trip to the Cheesecake Factory all were in there, but somehow I managed to lose 2.2 this week. I did track very carefully this week, using the new tracking system they suggested we lax trackers try. This is basically to forget writing down every food stuff and just add up the points on a piece of paper. This has been tremendously satisfactory for me--Even if I have to look up a points value, I just add the number to the total and done! No more being tied to the computer or anything. It's awesome and has really helped me get back on track.

That's it for this week! Hopefully I'll be feeling better soon and will be able to get back on the exercise horse. Actually, Michael and I decided to see how the lost pounds would affect our quest to walk around the block--no matter which way we go around, we hit a big hill to go up one way or the other (we live at "the top" of the street, so going in either direction, we go down and then have to come back up), and last year when I was starting out, I couldn't make it up the hill without huffing and puffing and sometimes having to stop part way. Well no problem this time! Not only was I pretty much in control of my breathing, I didn't need a break! It led me to wonder if I could start jogging a little bit. Not that I want to jog, mind you, but I'd like to try it anyway.

But can I confess? It's felt good to sit on my butt the better part of this week.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Slight Uptick

So I went up 0.4 this week and I think I know why.

Today's meeting was about moving more. And Vicki, our group leader, said we should be shooting for 1-4 AP's per day, 5 days per week. And if we're getting more than that, we should be eating those points to keep our metabolism fueled.

Well, this week I was damned determined to get my 1.2 pounds gone. And so I very carefully tracked and exercised the hell out of this week. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I earned 10 AP's each. And I didn't eat any of my AP's. Or my 35 weekly points this week either come to think of it.

After those last really good weigh ins, I think the bod is in shock. My 'bad' knee is killing me from all the steps--yesterday I did an estimated 3400 steps in 3 ten-minute blocks, and I did 30 minutes of steps the previous two days, so I'm totally destroyed.

I'm going to go back to taking it a little easier with the AP's and continuing to track. We'll see what happens next week! 1.6 to go :-)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Weekly Weigh In Report

I had a good feeling today when I pulled on my capris. I had a feeling things were going to go well. For one thing, my calves have become rock solid courtesy of step aerobics. My legs are a bit more toned and my pants are fitting a lot less snugly. Plus my shirt felt great too.

Little did I suspect a loss of 2.6 however! This brings my total loss to 66.8. If I lose another 1.2 pounds, I'll have lost 20 percent of my original body weight. That's my goal for this week. 1.2 pounds.

I didn't get to 'claim my fame' today and get my 5 pound star because we had a new lifetime member today, so I'll have to do it next week. I am so excited that things are back on track. I've even found tracking not so onerous this week. I've been planning what I eat more and that's helped. But also, I've been doing pen and paper tracking since I'm tired of typing things in. I will use the computer to look up points if need be, but more or less, I have it in my head what my favorite foods are and I can keep good track.

I've also been making better decisions now. I love Panera's mediterranean veggie sandwich. A whole sandwich is 12 points. I also love their shortbread cookies, which clock in at 3, and their chips, another 3. So I order a half sandwich and then add the chips and cookie to make up for it. With a half a classic cafe salad, it's a more than filling meal and I get all my favorites.

I seem to start panicking when I have less than 20 points left. Even though I know I still have lots of points for dinner when I hit 19, it seems when the magic number pops up, my brain starts thinking HORDE THOSE POINTS! I'm not sure what to do about it--twice this week after dinner I had 5-7 points left and I was like, "Well, now what!? Mini bags of popcorn are only a half a point!" So I'm trying to relax a little bit. I guess I am programmed to eat a big dinner, I dunno, and so when those points start disappearing, I start panicking. Anyone else have this problem? Some people in my meeting start their daily points totals at dinner. After they eat dinner, whatever they have left has to get them through breakfast, lunch, and snacks the next day till dinner again. I've thought about it, since the most points I've ever had for breakfast is 4, and lunch usually hovers between 10-12. I guess the mindset might be different, I dunno.

That's all from here! Let's hope next week is a 1.2!