Weight Watchers and Weekly Updates

Hello party people….it’s been awhile. Sorry for abandoning you. Please know I have missed all of you, and your blogs, over the past two weeks and I am so happy to be able to take some time and catch up with you. So much has happened these last two weeks I don’t really know where to start. Hmmmm… I probably should start with my Weight Watchers update from last Saturday.

First off let me just tell you that last week I busted my ass. I worked out eleven times totaling over ten hours and earning a whooping 73 activity points. For those of you not on WW, you should know that this is a very high number.  Here is what that week looked like in terms of workouts:

Saturday 6/11: early morning gym workout (recumbent bike 35 minutes, elliptical 15 minutes), mid-morning walk- 4 miles

Sunday 6/12: early morning hike- 2 miles, evening Zumba class

Monday 6/13:  75 minutes of yoga

Tuesday 6/14: 55 minute boxing class followed by 60 minutes of walking- 3 mile

Wednesday 6/15:  55 minute hoopdance (hula hoop) class

Thursday 6/16: 75 minute Qigong class

Friday 6/17: 55 minute boxing class followed by 55 minutes of walking – 3 mile

I ate right, exercised, and made sure to stay hydrated and what happened…. I gained 0.4 pounds! That’s right, I gained. I was somewhat pissed about gaining because I was only 0.2 pounds away from hitting my 25 pound milestone and 3.2 away from hitting my 10% weight loss goal. I had thought reaching my 10% would have been a stretch but I thought for sure I would have lost 0.2 pounds and hit that 25 lb. milestone. I was kind of bummed out not reaching either L

I took this setback as a chance to evaluate where I might have went wrong and tried to make some changes this week to hopefully get back on track. However, this is easier said than done. This week has been crazy, maybe even crazier than last week and I haven’t done much this week. Yes, I am still tracking what I eat and following the WW plan but some days I struggled making my healthy checks (8 glasses of water, 8 servings fruit/veg, 3 dairies, etc) and I know that this will impact my weigh in results for this week. Not to mention I only went to one boxing class and one NIA class this week so my exercise level is way down. I did however get in my week 3 training for the half marathon which is a good thing.  I guess my point of all this is sometimes you can do everything right and not lose weight – that’s just life. Some people lose weight easily and some have to fight for every pound but regardless of how you get to your goal weight it is important to focus on all of the positive changes happening, not just that number on the scale. For me, I have to keep reminding myself that although that weigh in sucked I am in a much better place, I am a million times happier than I have been in who knows how long, and this life I am living now is what I have always wanted. These are the things that really matter.

280/255.6/150

In other news, she says nonchalantly like it’s no big deal, I GOT A NEW JOB!!!! I am so excited to finally tell you guys this news. I was notified on 6/15 I would be getting an offer pending my drug screening and background check. I went in that day for my drug test and submitted all of the necessary paperwork for the background check and then waited anxiously to hear back. I didn’t want to announce anything until the offer was finalized and I had my start date. I got a call on Wednesday that I passed everything and I was all set to go, we agreed on my start date (7/11) and then yesterday I came into work and submitted my letter of resignation. I am so freaking excited to start this new job; July 11th cannot come fast enough.  I know the next two weeks are going to be pretty hectic at work trying to get as much done as possible before I leave but that is life and once it is over I move on to bigger and better things.  I hope I hit my 10% weight loss goal soon because I am in desperate need of some new work clothes.  So here’s to hoping I can reach that goal prior to July 11th. Please send skinny thoughts my way 😉

This morning I weighed in at 253 on my home scale which is a loss of 33 pounds since I started this blog back on 2/22. Four months already? Crazy. Anywho, in celebration of my favorite number/my age/the title of this blog I would like to leave you a list representing what thirty-three pounds look like. Enjoy!

6 bags of flour and 3 boxes of butter

A cinder block

11 average male guinea pigs or 11 average male brains

3 average sized house cats or 1 ‘Monster’ Cat found in China weighing in at a whopping 33 pounds- yikes!

176 glazed Krispy Kreme donuts

11 pairs of sneakers

5,987 pennies

7,484 pens

301 medium eggs

3 gallons of milk and an average newborn baby combined

So, if you are trying to lose weight and you feel like you aren’t making progress or like me, you don’t see the results, just think of it this way and it will totally change your mind!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

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June 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Career, Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Weight Watchers.

14 Comments

  1. jakennicksmomma replied:

    You also lost a 2 1/2 year old!!! That is a LOT!!! He gets heavy after a few minutes. Sending lots of skinny thoughts!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks Kathleen!!! I feel it working already!

  2. SAJ replied:

    welcome back =) hang in there!! your hard work will definitely pay off!

  3. Ginger replied:

    Congrats on your new job and I love your list of 33 🙂 My very favorite one (I think) is 176 Krispy Cremes, too funny! Keep up the great work darling!

    ~Skinny thoughts
    ~Skinny thoughts

    • Dacia replied:

      Thank you so much! Putting that list together was fun! I got the idea from you and Yerttle, so thanks 🙂

  4. juleen76 replied:

    Congrats on the 33 lbs lost! I can’t wait until I can say the same! I love you list of weight comparisons!

    • Dacia replied:

      You will be there before you know it! You are doing fabulously! Glad you liked the list!

  5. yerttle replied:

    Dude. 73 activity points?! You’re like…the Energizer bunny. Anyway, take heart: muscle out-weighs fat 3:1. You probably grew muscle, which will translate into more fat loss for the coming weeks.

    Plus…73 activity points! You have SERIOUS bragging rights.

    Awesome job on your 13.1 training! Keep up the great work, there. My 2 favorite running quotes: “Some people race to see who’s fastest. I race to see who has the most guts.”
    -Steve Prefontaine
    “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start in the first place.”-John Bingham

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks for the quotes! I used the Bingham one today on my WW group page. I thought it was motivating and hopefully others will as well!

      Thank you for your support and encouragement! It means alot to me!

  6. amysjourneytohealth replied:

    That was some serious activity!! My goodness girl! 🙂 I know how disappointing the gain must have been, but I also know that you have to trust the process. Keep on going and you’ll be amazed at what your body can and will do. I’m betting you’re going to have a huge loss next weigh in.

    Congrats on the new job!! That is so exciting!

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks Amy! Sometimes its hard to not let the scale dictate your emotions. It’s always a little sad each week I gain but after I think on it a bit all of the other things that have improved come to light and I am not as concerned with the number. If it was easy, everyone would be skinny- right?

  7. Simply Sidney replied:

    Wowwwwa, a new job and 73 activity points, bragging points are right!! The fact that you can actually do all that you accomplished in those 73 points in just one week, wow, how cool is that!! What you did is grow lots of new fat burning muscle, gotta love it!!! I’m already amazed and then I think of the cinder block you lost, I mean come on, you go girl!!! Oh, and welcome back, I missed ya 🙂

    • Dacia replied:

      Thanks so much Sydney! I missed you too! I was thinking about that week on my car ride home from yoga tonight because this week will probably be very similar in terms of activity. What i was thinking was how all the different activities I do vary in level of difficulty but because of that I am able to do more. Like tonight was yoga which is not a high intensity workout but what it does for me is stretches me out from my hectic weekend activities, centers me, brings me peace and strength and allows me to spend tomorrow boxing and walking. I think more than anything I have found complimentary activities which help keep me challenged an make me more active. I am happy to have found my stride in terms of activity. It is amazing how these classes and walks have changed my whole outlook on life!

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