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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Journey to Goal – Week 8

At the meeting this week, we got our little “Weight Watchers Weekly” Pamphlet.  On the back on these are ideas, challenges, tips for us to use throughout the week.  This week we are supposed to find a photo of ourselves at a weight we loved and think back.  This isn’t hard for me to do at all.  I can vividly remember being at a fit and healthy weight back in 2005 because becoming pregnant with Cayden.  And I’m so ready to be there again. 

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I’m supposed to reflect on what I was doing, how I was eating, my activity, and lessons learned from experience. 

  1. I was faithfully following the WW Program at the time.
  2. I was eating well.
  3. I was swimming nearly every day (so yes, I was more active)
  4. Lessons learned? Below we will explore some of those lessons, but it all comes back to Weight Watchers Works (I’ve been saying it for years).

It’s been 8 weeks since I started attending Weight Watchers meetings again.  In 8 weeks I have been really inconsistent in the weight loss area.  I lose a few, gain a few, lose a few, gain a few.  I’m praying that the cycle has ended for me.  This week I weighed in and lost 1 of the 2.2 lbs I gained last week.  In 8 weeks, I’ve lost 4 lbs.  That’s not very impressive, is it?  But it shows me that when I follow the program, I lose weight.  When I pretend to follow the program, I don’t lose weight and possibly gain.  It’s that easy.

The meeting this week was really good.  There was a member there who was struggling with her journey download.  She has hit a point in her journey where she is now the lightest she’s been in her adult life and she’s afraid of the next phase.  And she’s been at .5 – 1 lb from her first 10% goal for a few weeks now. 

What does that tell me?  It tells me that she hasn’t been on program for the past few weeks.  And it reminds me that I have not been following the program as I should.  I am so known for following program, having a good loss, pretending to follow, gaining, following program, having a loss, etc.  But this week, I’ve realized that in order for my weight loss to be consistent and real, I have to follow the program.  I can’t pretend I’m following the program and expect results. 

The past week wasn’t difficult by any means.  In fact, I planned out my week in writing, planned out our meals, and actually stuck to it.  Two days were a little off, but only because #1 – Hannah got her cast off on a day that I worked so so getting dinner ready was nearly impossible.  We ordered pizza on that day.  And #2 was a day we ate leftovers.  I stayed within my Points Plus target, and saw a nice loss on Saturday.  I cannot wait to do it again this week. 

My menu is as follows for the week.  And this time I remembered to plan for things like meetings, etc.  I’m not usually a calendar, planning person.  But seeing how much easier it made life has made me a believer.  I’m sticking with Hungry Girl meals this week and one from Green Lite Bites. 

Sunday Meal: Leftovers – Taco Meatloaf

Monday: Hungry Girl’s Chicken la Fea w/ Green Beans (2nd Recipe on the Page)

Tuesday: GLB’s Pasta Pumpkin, Sausage & Spinach (Didn’t get a change to make this last week)

Wednesday: Hungry Girl’s Not-Your-Mom’s Tater Tot Casserole (I made add some cheese to this in some way)

Thursday: Work all Day, Hannah has piano, I have a PTA Board Meeting, and Cayden’s Pre-K Performance.  We will be eating out today.

Friday: Hungry Girl’s Loaded Hot Dog Casserole – I’m not too thrilled about this one, but it’s worth a shot and I know the kids will eat it.

Saturday: Weigh In Day :)  Joslin’s Art Auction Spaghetti Dinner

So there you have it!  I have a feeling that all this planning is what is going to make me stick to THE Plan.  I know I can do it.  And I’m happy to be here for anyone who needs meal ideas and a little inspiration :)

It’s also time for me to step up my activity level, even if it is just going for a brisk walk in the evenings for 30 minutes.  My goal this week is to do it at least 3 times this week (although I’d love for more). 

I am thankful for those in my life who are actively pushing me to continue on my journey.  I have several friends and family members who are absolutely amazing.  Although I know I could do this on my own, it’s so much easier with those who love me.

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