16 Apr

Missing meetings counterproductive for me? (Weigh-in for April 16, 2013)

Weight Watchers Keys

Weight Watchers Keys (Photo credit: slgckgc)

Current weight: 321
Difference from last week: +0.8
Difference this year: -9.2

Grrr! I am more annoyed with my gain this week than I was happy with my surprise weight loss on my last weigh-in. Mostly because of expectations. I fully expected to lose weight this time around. Sure, I missed my weigh-in on March 9th, but I had a couple of really good weeks (or so I thought). If I lost 2.4lbs on a rough week, I figured I could lose at least that much after my good weeks.

I was wrong.

Actually, I don’t know whether I was wrong this week or last week. Missing a meeting really screwed accountability. Did I have a bad week the week of the 3rd-8th? Or was my bad week from the 9th through the 15th? Did I gain weight the previous week, and lose most of it back this week? Or the reverse? I will never know.

Missing  a meeting caused more issues than just accountability. I felt very disconnected from the whole weight loss thing after 14 days. A large part of this was not having the interaction that I have grown used to at weight watchers meetings. This is strange – for the most part I am a solitary person. I don’t interact much with other people, let alone groups. That just hasn’t been part of my personality. Yet I find myself wanting to be in this community, wanting to share stories from throughout the week.I didn’t realize just how important that is to me until I missed a meeting. It is still surprising to me just how big that effect was.

I understand more now why I always gain weight back once I stop going to meetings.

Video update coming soon!

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06 Apr

Selling myself short (weigh-in for April 2, 2013)

Easter egg time

Easter egg time (Photo credit: biffster)

Current weight: 320.2
Difference from last week: -2.4
Difference this year: -10.0

Do you ever have one of those times where you sell yourself short? Where you assumed that you had messed things up, that you failed at what you were attempting to do? I have a tendency to fall into that trap. Usually it’s about projects or articles or relationships. This time around, I sold myself short when it comes to staying on-program. I thought for certain that I had a horrible week, that I ate too much throughout the week and I had doomed myself to giving up some of the hard work I’ve done to lose the weight I’ve managed to lose.

So imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting this week and saw that I had lost 2.4 pounds. And that I hit my 10lb mark. It took me a second to realize exactly what the scale said, and then it took me a little while to not jump up and down with joy. Is there anything more fantastic than an unexpected weight loss?  🙂

Easter Surprise 2007

Easter Surprise 2007 (Photo credit: otzberg)

I expected to gain weight for a couple reasons. First, I craved hamburgers all last week, and I gave into those cravings a few times during the week. Fast food = weight gain, right? At least that’s what I was thinking. Second, we went to visit my Mom for Easter. She had made a batch of panocha, and I had more than a few bowlfuls while we were there. Sweetened wheat pudding has to mean weight gain, right? Third, it was Easter weekend. While I didn’t eat a lot of candy, I still had some. Candy = weight gain, right? Is there really any surprise that I assumed I was going to gain weight?

What I forgot is that I stayed on program almost all week. I tracked what I was eating in my food journal. I stayed within my daily Points every day that week, which left me almost all of my Weekly Points available. Panocha contains a lot of carbs, but not enough to take 40 Points. The candy I had wasn’t enough to screw that up. Earlier in the week I made the decision to put off dessert ’til the next day, since I was out of Points.

I made a lot of good choices that week. I worked hard to follow the program. If I had stopped to think about it, I would’ve expected to lose weight last week. Instead, I sold myself short. Again.

On the plus side, it was a very pleasant surprise!

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