Another week of Weight Watchers. Here are some updates and thoughts.
Non-Scale Victory: I can fit into my Ooh la la sweater! I haven’t been able to wear this sweater in years. And my pants are fitting funky — ooh la la!
What I learned: When I am sick I have no self-control. I spent all last week with the flu and I am finally back to normal as of yesterday. And in that week I did not follow the program. In fact, I said yes to everything my body wanted. “Oh you want a soda?” YES. “Oh you want chips?” BBQ it is!
Surprisingly, I didn’t gain weight. I maintained. And I am okay with that.
We all have our off weeks. And the point of this program is not to quickly lose weight — but to make this a lifestyle. I am doing a marathon here with my health and I will take my time to the finish line. I don’t want to rush because I know how I do — it won’t be sustainable and I want to be healthy for the long haul.
So, I’ll take a week where I maintained my weight. I’ll take a week in which I ate more cookies than I should have (did I mention the cookies? Oh so good!).
A non-scale victory is a goal reached, a surprise benefit of the program, or simply, a victory overcome that has nothing to do with the number on the scale. I had one of those this week. I FIT INTO MY FAVORITE SLACKS.
The Slacks Story
In 2015, I lost some weight and I purchased slacks that were fun and different. As 2016 rolled around I couldn’t fit into them that well — my tummy was definitely in pain when trying to button them. And by 2017, I was considering giving them to the Salvation Army because they were not even close to fitting.
Well, I tried them on today because I knew I needed a non-scale victory. I needed the encouragement to keep going as I had weighed myself at home and it showed me that I gained weight (I blame the three nights of drinking with friends). It was a gamble to try the slacks on but it paid off and pumped me up for my weigh-in.
More than a number
My weigh-in today was successful as I lost weight (whoohoo), but I realized for me this program is not about the number but how I feel. Am I comfortable in my skin? Can I wear the clothes I want? Do I have more energy? Do I enjoy the food I am eating?
I have learned to enjoy the food I am eating because the shame and guilt associated with food (the language of “bad” or “good”) has been disappearing. When I have used those words in the past (and don’t get me wrong, I am still using them), I have internalized it as “I am bad.” Yet, I must remember that my identity does not change by the things I put into my mouth.
Sure, some foods are more beneficial to my overall health; however, I am not a “good person” if I eat only healthy foods. I am still me — a daughter of the Eternal King whose value and identity is not defined by this world but by the Creator.
So, this week I am learning there is quite a lot of freedom as I remove these layers of guilt and it’s fantastic.
Oh! I also hit another milestone: 16 weeks of Weight Watchers Meetings (whooohoo)!
In six months I have reached my 10% weight loss goal. What that really means is that I lost 23.6 pounds.
It’s a huge milestone for me as it’s something that I was aiming to hit since I started back in August. Back then, it seemed like such a formidable number. Now, it’s a goal achieved.
The Weekly is asking us to figure out “the why” behind our weight loss. Of course it changes as each season passes, so currently here is my why:
I want to lose weight to save money.
I am as surprised by this answer as you are, but it makes sense as I have a lot to save and pay off in 2018 for 2019’s events to happen (more on that later — like later, later).
Portion control equals budget control.
When I’m on WW, I eat less and I actually follow serving sizes so my grocery budget is manageable. I also spend less on frivolous and “high abuse” foods because I don’t want to waste my points on them, and subsequently, my money.
Also clothes! As I’ve lost weight, my old clothes fit me so I don’t have to buy new clothes, and well — plus size clothes are more expensive, so as I lose inches I am saving money on fabric. Also, there’s more clothes available in non-plus sizes at thrift stores and second-hand shops.
And ultimately, when I make Lifetime and maintain the weight, I won’t have to pay the monthly Weight Watchers fee, so that also saves me money.
So what’s “Your Why?” Why are you wanting to lose weight?
One of the coolest things I’ve learned whilst doing Weight Watchers is the repeated patterns of my body.
I’ve learned that the week before I start my period (yes, I am talking about menstrual cycles on here, folks), my body does not want to give up any weight. It’s like, “Hold on! We may get pregnant. Hold everything we have!”
And then I don’t get pregnant and then it’s “RELEASE THE KRAKEN!” And I subsequently shed the weight.
In the beginning of my WW journey I was so down on myself the week before my period. At weigh in, I would see the increased number and think, I worked so hard. I tracked. I exercised. Why am I not losing weight? Fine, I’ll go get some Starbucks (my go-to comfort calories).
And then after doing this program for months, I started to see the pattern — the week before my period I don’t lose weight. And that’s okay!
I’ve learned to give myself grace the week before my period, though honestly, I should give myself grace 100% of the time — but I am still working on that part.
How about you? Have you learned any repeated patterns?
After two work-related trips, a three-week vacation, Thanksgiving, birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations, I have somehow began this year with the same weight I started with two months ago.
Well, let me explain.
Before I left for the first work-related trip to Boston, I went into my weigh-in and then didn’t return for another weigh-in until the end of December, which was after most of the shenanigans listed above. When I did, I gained 2.8 pounds. Honestly, I was excited because I ate my way through Scotland and had no regrets (bring on the cider and whiskey!).
And then I continued on the celebrations and another work trip to Atlanta, leading me up to today when I went in for my first weigh-in of the year. Yes, I expected to have gained weight but there I was staring at the scale only to realize that I lost 2.8 pounds.
I am literally at the same weight I started at back in November.
How did this happen?
After losing 20 pounds on the program, I have learned a thing or two and was able to incorporate much of what I learned in how I ate sans app and strictly following the program while I was away.
Here’s what I did:
Filled up on veggies and fruit
Said hello to almond milk and non-fat milk in my Starbucks drinks
Ate lots of eggs
Substituted my movie theater soda with the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
Remembered that I didn’t need to eat everything on my plate
Drank lots of water
Shared my dessert with a friend or co-worker
Avoided skipping meals and instead ate less and made healthier decisions
Weight Watchers Wednesday
So what is this blog series going to be about? I am going to try and keep a weekly update on my Weight Watchers journey to encourage those who are using the program (including myself) and for those who just want encouragement on choosing healthier habits.
Fair warning: I am not an expert. I am far from perfect. And I am learning as I go.
My Journey So Far
I began WW on August 23, 2017, and weighed in at 215.4 pounds. This wasn’t the heaviest I had been in my life, but I was moving in the wrong direction with my health. I wanted to take control of my life and change the trajectory of where I was going. I knew that I wasn’t honoring God with my life choices and it was something that I needed help with.
So, after hearing about the program through a friend, I decided I would make the financial commitment to my health. Put skin in the game, so to speak. And since August, I have lost 20.6 pounds.
I honestly didn’t think losing that much weight was possible and yet here I am, six months later, realizing that it is possible. It’s doable. It’s easy. And actually quite enjoyable.
New Year Goal
I am overwhelmed and excited for what 2018 will bring with my weight loss journey. It feels great to start this new year right where I left off back in November.
My current goal is to get down to 160 pounds. So, I suppose I have 34.8 pounds to go. And it’s actually doable, which is remarkable to me. I am capable of so much more, and so are you!