Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers: Oprah, Getting Talked Off the Ledge, Smart Points and Surviving It All

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OPRAH:  A few weeks ago, anyone who follows weight watchers was pretty tired of hearing about “The Biggest Change in Weight Watchers History”…..  only a few weeks before that we heard how Oprah had brought stock in Weight Watchers… it all made sense…. that’s why Gail joined! Listen I’m the first to tell you I’m not a fan of Oprah, I don’t drink her kool-aid and honestly I don’t think she can tell me how I should be living my best life. (Yes, she can afford to live her best life, she has millions can afford a 200 cashmere sweater while she lounges on her farm in Indiana or her mansion in California, while average Tyra is robbing Peter to pay Paul just to insure that she doesn’t go in the red with her bank account….I might be slightly bitter) 293519LOGO

GETTING TALKED OFF THE LEDGE: The day that the “Beyond the Scale” program starts was really the day that I decided this is it… I am done. My weight was creeping up every single week. I walked into that meeting weighting more than I did when I walked into Weight Watchers a week ago…. I was over the whole process and was seriously over wasting my money on a program that was not longer working for me. That day Noreen was there, Noreen (whom I mentioned before on this blog) has really been a lifeline to me even when I didn’t realize that I needed them.. I walked into Weight Watchers the week before I handed in my letter from doctor the receptionist who I will call her Vera said, “You sure you want to do this, it’s like cheating” looked at my letter, put a “note” in my file. So I’m standing there asking her “what’s next” and response was, “nothing different has happened now we know that your doctor wants you to maintain your current weight” and that was it;  now let me say that I have been very honest about my struggles and she knew I was on prednisone and she was well aware of why I had the letter…. so my feelings were hurt that she said that and honestly she wasn’t really acting in the “spirit of Weight Watchers” and it it took all of my energy not to curse her ass out. …. so fast forward back to the week that Beyond The Scale started after my experience the week before I honestly gave zero fucks..Noreen pulled me back from the ledge. We talked for 20 minutes about how frustrated I was and how after last week I decided that I was done. She wanted to see the letter, which I still had in my purse, she read it, looked at me and said, “this is exactly what we need, now let’s take a look at the note”  Vera in fact put a note in the computer but she didn’t actually put me in maintenance like she was supposed to. So Noreen, my WW Leader Cheryl and I came up with a maintance plan… I decided I can give myself 6 more weeks and if I still felt the same way I would quit. What I learned is that I need to have 1 point person…. Vera ain’t it, I don’t know what her problem is, she’s been a leader for a long time, but this is the second time that she’s said something made me give her a second look, the first time she said something that I felt was really odd was in the beginning of my WW journey, I told mentioned I would add 7 extra point to my daily points and she told me that the weekly 49 were not to be touched at all, they were there for emergencies…. Emergencies? Like what. I half a pint of ice cream fell in my mouth emergency? I went to to another leader for clarification…. I needed to know.  And of course, she told me that was absolutely not true I could use them as I saw fit. I don’t mean to make Vera sound like a bad person, but it’s clear she’s not MY person. That was also the day that I learned about the new program.

SMART POINTS: I don’t like change, I have mentioned that a lot on this blog, it’s hard for me to adapt to  new stuff, I was at the point in my Weight Watcher journey were I had nothing to lose… maybe this change was what I needed. It’s funny how the changes were things that either I desperately needed to change or things that I had complained about in my meetings. Now Sugar and Fat are heavily factored into points. Fitness for fitness sake . I will freely admit that those Fit Points were my safety net. I would use those after I had plowed through my weekly 49. Focusing more on your and the journey instead of the number…..Now while all of this was going on I was doing my best walking (which I loved) and doing my best to counteract the Prednisone, but then I busted my knee, the official diagnosis was fractured patella… I had to have blood drained from behind my knee and I was wearing a stabilizer was on crutches, it was a mess… which meant for weeks I was unable to do anything, so the weight crept up and my mood went down. My knee is a lot better now, but there is still a huge knot on my knee and I can’t be on my knee for any length of time (it feels like I’m kneeling on a rock

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Looking back now, I think I went through the stages of grief….. I have now moved on to acceptance, the program is not easy, it’s a bitter pill for me to swallow. It’s hard sometimes to accept the fact that the caramel macchiato that I had this morning was 18 points….. 18 Smart Points…. What in the actually fuck is that? I mean seriously that like two meals…. but you know what I drunk it, I enjoyed it, and I realize that it wasn’t worth it, so I’m going back to my black coffee with equal and sugar free creamer which is only 1 Smart Point. So I guess that’s the beauty of the program.. make better, smarter choices…

SURVIVING IT ALL: There was a lot of fear going on maintance, every week I was gaining weight. I wasn’t sure if even doing that was a good idea. there comes a point where you just have to walk the path and let it take you were ever it goes (and for a control freak like me.. that’s hard…) As this entry goes live on Sunday I will be at my regular Weight Watchers meeting and would have officially completed my 6 weeks maintance and will me a Life Time Member (which is a whole can of beans) This is certainly not how I wanted to get to Life Time, but my journey has not been the typical one, and it will never be, Life Time will bring a while new level of challenges that I have to take one week at a time. I am roughly 6 pound lighter than my official maintance weight, my weight goes up an down every week…..depending on what I’ve eaten and done, I’m expecting a gain this week, between being premenstrual and having horrible case of prednisone rage/hunger I’m hoping it’s not a huge one….. but we shall see.

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Tomorrow isn’t the end of anything, it’s just the continuation. And as many times as I’ve said I wanted to quit I am super grateful to Weight Watchers, I have meet so many people who have let me in and shared their lives with me, I’ve met friends, I got to that meeting every week and know it’s a safe place where I can say things to people who understand and not judge me, I can tell them how I woke up from a dead sleep at 2am had a bowl of ice cream and went to bed, and not feel like I’m being judged and have someone understand or have a similar story. It makes me not feel alone. Losing weight is hard, we all know that, that’s why so many people quit, It’s better when you have someone in the journey with you.

I have to remind myself how awesome I am. I have to remind myself that it’s okay to toot my own horn. I have failed so many times at this weight loss thing. It’s amazing despite all the crap I’ve gone through that I’m still doing it. I no longer want to be average….

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I thank you all for your patience with my while I took an extended hiatus from blogging, Thank you to those who came to my blog even when I wasn’t posting…. that’s amazing! Thank you to those who reached out to me while I was gone asking me where I was, and thank those any new readers I may have you all are apart of this journey and I sincerely appreciate you. I hope that you have a wonderful new year. And may it bring you good luck and good health.

If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7,Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17-20,Week 21, Week 22-23, Week 24, 25, 26, Week 27, Week 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 331 Year and a Restart Later, Prednisone Sucks

Surviving it All,

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Influenster Jingle VoxBox Review

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes from Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This website Disclosure Policy is here

 

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Before we begin I should say that I was supposed to receive this VoxBox before Christmas, when Influenster notified my that I was getting this box, I was super excited, because I think it’s been like 9 months since I had gotten my last VoxBox and as far as I was concerned it was time. So right around this time that the box was supposed to arrive I get a phone call from my mom saying, “Tyra, someone stole some boxes that were delivered to the house” She had mentioned how they were expecting a box with my brothers Christmas gift in it and they suspected that it had been stolen (it’s was the Holiday season, it’s Chicago… it happens). I figured my beloved VoxBox was one of the casualties….. oh well, maybe next time….

In the mean time I kept  getting these emails from Influenster telling about all the great things in the box, and I was pissy…someone asshole stole my box and these emails were teasing me. A few days before Christmas the “stolen” box appeared at the front door, apparently it had been delivered to a neighbor in the same building (who has a similar name)…. great my brothers gift was saved…. where the hell is my jingle VoxBox (I’m still pissy).

Christmas has passed, we have ushered in a new year, and on my mother’s birthday January 2nd) she says to me, “Tyra, you still have a box under the Christmas tree, as she brings it to me I see the red color and realize it’s my beloved Jingle VoxBox.. some random thieving asshole didn’t steal it, but my lovely, slightly scattered brained mother put it under the tree…. I don’t know why should would put a box that was delivered under the tree, I stop trying to understand her when she started going through menopause… So I have the both in my possession a few weeks late, but I have it. But it’s probably a good things I got it a little bit later than expected, because I was in no mood to do any of the requirements till now. So as one of my first posts since my long hiatus….. you guys get this.


Although I get a lot of boxes , samples, and freebies, I am always excited to hear that I have been picked to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes!

If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. They invite members to sample their “VoxBox” programs, totally free of charge in exchange for sharing honest opinions in via reviews and on special media. You don’t need to have a blog to be eligible or anything like that.  Anyone Can Signup!

Based on the quiz that you fill out when they”pre-select” you for this box, you can generally get a pretty good idea of what’s in the box.  Of course, you don’t know for sure until it comes, but I had an idea of what to expect.

Just like with most subscription boxes, VoxBox sends an information card with product details, etc.  You are required to take a survey on your box and can, if you wish, blog about it, Instagram it, tweet about it, etc. to help you earn more points, but again, only the quiz is necessary!  Here is what the Influenster’s Jingle VoxBox contained:

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Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream – Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream is a rich, quickly absorbing, non-greasy cream that provides long-lasting relief for even severely dry skin. This unique formula attracts water to skin and helps prevent moisture loss. cetaphil

I love this cream! It works great to keep your skin hydrated and helps rejuvenate any dry or cracked skin. I am the very definition of super dry winter skin, especially on my hands, it’s gotten to the point where I have cut my nails because my skin and nails have gotten so dry; and I also tend to wash my hands a lot so this doesn’t help.

Around November non my my usual lotions were working anymore I went out and brought like 4 or 5 lotions hoping they would work…. finally I came across this one which I wanted to avoid because it was a bit on the pricey side..but it’s well worth it to have nice, soft, supple, moisturized hands. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with the dreaded winter skin. #Cheerphil

This product retails between $8.99 – $15.99 depending on size

HINT: If you go to the Facebook page, there is currently a coupon for $4 off!


Biscoff® Cookies – Since 1932 Lotus Biscoff® Speculoos have been Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee. Delectably crunchy with a unique taste and flavor, Biscoff® is perfect for taking the timeout that you deserve

biscoffThe Biscoff cookies are amazing. Ever since trying them, I am hooked.  As you can see by the picture I tried to be fancy and have this with my coffee as a mid afternoon snack.. so good! They are a great snack to carry with you and are very affordable for the average person. And like always they have a spread (excuse my while I pass out!). #MyBiscoffBreak

This product retails  $2.99 for the 250g size, Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

Ore-Ida® Tator Tots® –  Ore-Ida®, the inventor of the Tater Tot (I did not know that), is looking for you to be part of the net big Tator craze. The Tatcho!  

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I love potatoes, and lord knows I love a tator tot, so when I saw that lovely coupon that said “free” I was quick to run to Walmart… I ended up getting the mini tots because being on Weight Watchers I want to get a bang for my buck, plus I really think I’m eating a lot if there are 19 mini tots sitting happily on my plate…. so this idea of Tatchos got me all  excited….. and instantly I came up with a Weight Watchers friendly (it’s still a lot of smart points…) easy to make and filling….

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So like I said I came up with the recipe, I have yet to make them…but keep an eye on my Instagram….I will post a picture of it ….. wait you’re not following me on Instagram….. SHAME!!!

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This product retails  $3..99. Check out their Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

Hallmark itty bittys® – Hallmark itty bittys® gave them a little something to love. New characters in time for the holiday season include Star Wars, Barbie, DC Comics, Inside Out, Rainbow Brite, and many more. Collect them all! These make great stocking stuffers! Available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Hallmark.com

itty bittyThese are sooo cute. Perfect for the little kid, or someone who is a collector…prime reason why I need to stay far, far, far away from Hallmark…. but look how cute Olaf is in the snow (his natural habitat!) I feel like these are gonna be this generations Beanie Babies. #ittybitty

This products starts at $6.95. Check out their Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram pages

 

 

 

Kiss® True Volume Lashes – Made with 100% natural hair, the lashes blend beautifully with your own lashes. The tapered End Technology creates natural looking ends that resemble real lashes but give eyes that perfect “vavoom” without looking too made-up

I am not a lash girl by any stretch of the imagination, and whenever I get lashes in an Influenster box (I AL20160109_111852WAYS seems to get them) I am filled with dread that I can’t explain Now I’ve watched so many tutorials, I clipped them and put them on as small pieces, I’ve put them on as a whole, I’ve used clear glue, I’ve used the black glue, I’m used glue that had a brush and I’ve used the kind that you had to squeeze out, the results are the same. they are never places right and they feel heavy and awkward on my eye.. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, maybe if I get someone who is more knowledgeable in the art of lash placement I would think differently.

Kiss® Strip Lash Adhesive with Aloe – Enjoy wearing false lashes without the irritation!

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Both products retail for $3.99. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

NYC City proof Waterproof Eyeliner- City Proof 24HR Eyeliner is a waterproof pencil that is perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. Just glide on for lasting 24HR color.

20160109_111904I was shocked at how smooth this went on, as as I said before my hands were really shaky putting it on, still went on nice and neatly. They were not kidding when they said waterproof. I washed my face with my gentle cleaner… it was still on, used some astringent…. still one…. asked some friends on Facebook, they suggested baby oil (which I had none and used some coconut oil instead) came off in a snap. So if you’re the kind of girl that sweats, smudges (or like me) cries at the drop of a hat…. this is the eyeliner for you..cause it’s not leaving your eyes unless you got some good remover or the apocalypse is coming

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This product retails for $3.99. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

 

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Pure Ice Nail Polish – Pure Ice is for the girl whose got passion for the hottest nail colors and trends offering an array of nail polish colors and effects, from high-pigment creams to shimmering iridescent pearls and multidimensional single coat glitters. Pure Ice is made in the USA, without formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.

CollageI really like Pure Ice’s nail polish. There are a wide variety of colors to choose from at an amazing price! The consistency of the formula is very nice and doesn’t clump easily. Great “bang for your buck”! And for a girl who loves her polish I never leave Walmart with just one.

The color that was in my VoxBox was Laquered Lillacs which apparently is a Hard To Find polish (GO ME!!) which means I really got lucky.

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This products starts at $1.97 only at Walmart. Check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

 

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Over all it was a great box, once again Influenster has reminded me that I have to work on my lash game… challenge accepted. Did anyone else get this VoxBox? If so what were your thoughts? Which products did you get?

Until Next Time ,

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