Tyra Takes on Weight Watchers–Week 14

Fitness

There is something that I’ve noticed during the meetings during the Marathon of Food; you know that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and this is no judgment at all but as we creep towards Christmas the number of people coming to meetings gets smaller and smaller, and I get it. Lots of things tend to happen this time of the year and priorities shift, and let’s be honest there have been a few weeks when I DID NOT want to go to a meetings, (and I think this shows a lot of growth on my part) but I go anyway, I go because those might be the times when I’m getting discouraged and need to attend a meeting, just to reaffirm that I am doing exactly what I’m doing.

Last week I didn’t make any goals, but I did say that I wanted to show a loss after the Christmas holiday’s and honestly this week I didn’t think that I was gonna lose anything considering I haven’t been active at all and doing nothing much else but sleeping, but the scale showed a loss of 2.4 pounds. I’m thankful… and with that loss came the added bonus of hitting my 5% goal!!! YIPEE!!! And naturally I got swag… this sticker was a lot bigger than the regular Bravo! stickers we get in the meetings, but I love it!!

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Also finally we got the charms in from the “Share Your Success” promotion. (Apparently my WW store’s was sent late). If you’re not familiar with the promotion  you had to attend six or more meetings between Nov 2 and Dec 27 (The Marathon of Food!!) and you get a cute little snow flake charm! It’s cute a lot smaller than they showed on the picture… but cute.

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So this weeks Topic was another timely one,  we talked about the link between sleep and weight loss. Let’s be clear, when you get more sleep you’re better at everything, and I think it has to do with the fact that you are more rational and able to make clearer decisions, this includes what you put in your month. My sleep has always been weird, there are times when I have suffered from severe insomnia, there are times when all I do is sleep, and like now there are times when I sleep for 6-7 hours and it’s not restful, and I wake up tired and groggy or my sleep is broken, (I sleep for 3 hours, wake up for an hour then go back to sleep for another 4 hours). So how well I sleep at any given moment is never a given.

One of my goals on terms of weight loss for the upcoming year is to improve my sleep hygiene, on the days when I don’t sleep well (which I’m currently going on a two month streak) I don’t go to the gym, because seriously I think getting on a treadmill might be dangerous… did I ever share the story how (I think it was 2 years ago) was suffering from insomnia and was desperate for some sleep, so around 5 in the morning I went to the gym, I figured working out would tire me out, got on the treadmill and ran for about 30 seconds and the next thing I knew I was looking at the ceiling…. not an experience I want to do again, so I stay home)

I guess when you think about it there are a lot of reasons why we aren’t getting the sleep that we need, we’re busy raising families, working and basically surviving… and if you’re anything like me, sometimes your brain is too busy to simply fall asleep, and the longer I’m awake the it’s more likely that I’m gonna reach for snacks and eat until my heart is content.

So this week I’m gonna work on giving myself on bed time of 10:30… everything is turned off, and I’ll see if that works any with my sleep situation. This week I would like to continue on the trend and see a post Christmas weight loss.

What’s your advice of getting restful sleep??

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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

Until Next Time….

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Tyra Takes on Weight Watchers -Week 13

Fitness

This week I didn’t get on the scale at all… not one time, which I know that I said I wouldn’t do, but I did  several times for the past two weeks, I’m not sure what it was this week but I didn’t “feel it” could have to do with the fact that I’m feeling totally blah and my body is adjusting to new medication which means every single side effect possible I’m currently dealing with, but one of the positive side effects (well I guess it depends on who you ask) is lose of appetite.. so I’ve been eating a lot of fruit and I have been snacking instead of eating “real” food… so last week I was all about “Are the Foods You Eat Worthy of You”, yeah well that totally went out of the window… although I did ask myself, “why are you eating this Tyra?” But when you wake up because you’re hungry and the only thing you ant to do is go back to sleep, anything will do the job.

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This week’s topic was another timely one, Food Pushers, you know what they are. You have one admit, heck you might even be one. You know the person, at a social function who says, “Oh, try this” or “One bite won’t kill you”. I come from the clean plate club. I was always told to finish all you food, heck my grandfather seriously took offense if you didn’t finish your food, so I grew up around food pushers, it was normal for me,  and I guess that’s one of the reasons why I grew up in a family plagued with weight problems. Just like with Thanksgiving I’m coming with a plan, measuring spoons, and scale will be going with me, and I will plan what I’m going to eat ahead of time,

One of the many positive aspects of losing weight is the fact that I’ve gained a certain self confidence that I didn’t have before. I know longer have a problem standing up for myself and telling people what I want and what I need. And I no longer have shame around the fact that I’m fat, but I’m working on it. So telling people that I’m losing weight or doing  Weight Watchers is not a problem, and just telling people it sort of puts it in their mind that I am “restricting” myself from eating certain things/large portions. so the food pushing ends there, But there are some people who get seriously offended when you don’t “eat this” or “try that”…and you need to be a little bit more firmer, and no one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings, I’ll simply say “Can I just take that home with me?” Thank goodness I have a younger brother who pretty much eats anything with large amounts of fat and sugar, so I can easily pass it on to him.

I for sure will be happy when the holiday season is over….

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Not all that surprised by the outcome of this weeks weigh in… I got on the scale this week and I looked at my leader and said, “I feel exactly the same , I’m pretty sure I didn’t lose a pound” And honestly not having a gain is success, consider when I have big losses they are followed by a gain… so this is good, especially considering that my eating this week wasn’t the best and although I didn’t do that bad activity wise I was only able to pull in 98% of my activity goal this past week. Also you will notice that my goal weight has changed to reflect the “ultimate goal”. I actually heard back from my insurance company on Monday (the day after I faxed my weight booklet to them, as I said before I wasn’t holding my breathe that they would disregard the fact that I was only 1 pound away. But she very nicely told me that they they would no longer be paying (DUH!) but they would pay for me to see a nutritionist twice a year… guess they thought I was gonna  quit Weight Watchers once they stopped paying… Well they can suck it!

Next week’s meeting should be interesting, it’s the meeting before Christmas (how did Christmas creep on my so quickly this year). I’m not gonna set a goal this week, only because I am still feeling poorly, BUT I would like to see a loss during the first meeting after Christmas (which would be the Dec. 28th meeting) Wish me luck!

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

 

Until Next Time….

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers -Week 9

Fitness

Weight loss sucks, I tell anyone who asked it’s really is one of the most heartbreaking experiences you can go though, just when you think you’ve got it. Just when you think things are going good the scale, reminds you and says, “Hold up, you think you got this… ha!! good luck” Intellectually I know what to do, it’s literally been beaten into my mind over and over again, but there are times when I just decide I’m not gonna do it and it shows big time on the scale. This week I gained 2.2 pounds. The second week of gain in a row…

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I think that having this stupid cold, and not being able to breathe I really just gave up layed in bed and ate. Although I did track everything I ate. I did eat a lot of sugary foods and a lot of foods that were pretty high in sodium… leaving on soups and ice cream is probably not a good idea… but hey it’s nursed my cold and my sore throat.  Which brings me to a topic I’m want to focus on this week. Is there a time when weight watchers has to take a back burner because your priorities temporarily shift. Now this is something that gets discussed all the time in meetings.. some leaders will say, “come to a meeting” it might do you some good” and others are a little bit more lax and tell you “real life happens”.I would like to think that even when “real life” happens that I have the tools and the copping mechanisms that will keep me from over indulging, but sadly I’m not there yet… and that frustrates me.. there was a time when I would see a gain and cry and ask, “how did that happen” I know exactly how it happened, I got the tracker to tell me exactly what I put in my mouth and Active Link tells me exactly what movement I did this week…. being realistic about my weight loss and how every week effects my goals is helping me, and that’s not to say that ever week from here on out is gonna be a loss, there are bound to be more obstacles, another illness, another family dinner, 20 more stressful situations… but if I continue to practice making good food decisions maybe it’ll become second nature to me.

So even though the scale showed another gain… I’m happy with my body, I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made, and continue to make.  This has been so hard (no only weight watchers but the 80 pounds I lost before even joining Weight Watchers, lots of set-backs and lots of victories….I realized the other day that I was putting my weight out there for all to see… there used to be a time when it would have made me cringe…. hell I know it would have made me cry… but hell I don’t care… this is how much I weigh…. deal with it!

For the last couple of weeks I have been  making goals… this week I won’t make a weight loss goal. But I do want to do more exercise… I have been seriously lacking the past few weeks… 4 days this week I’m planning on going to the gym….I want to make sure every day that I work out that I earn at least 3 activity points. .. as always I’ll report back to you…

Two weeks of gain in a row will not turn in to three…..

 

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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

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers -Week 8

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This week was a mixed bag, I gained activity points, but I also tapped into some of my 49,  my energy this week was sort of low… only to find out that I had a cold that was brewing in my body. This week I gained 1.2 pounds. My Weight Watchers Leader asked me how I felt about it, and I just shrugged and said, I knew I gained weight, “I felt it”. I understand that 5 pounds is a lot to lose in a week and I accept that that week was a fluke, but I also knew not to expect it this week, so I wasn’t looking to loose any weight this week, so a gain is not all that unexpected to me.

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This week I had another revelation. I go to meeting for one reason. In my mind I understand the mechanics and the how’s of weight loss, but it’s hard and every week I need to be reminded of why I’m doing this and what I want my end goal to be. It would be so easy if I went to one meeting got all the tools I needed and went on my way, and was successful, and anyone who’s reading this knows it’s just not the reality of it. You have good weeks and you have bad weeks, and like I said this one was somewhat in the middle. Did I make good choices everyday this week, no, but I had to tools available to me to make the right ones. And one good decision that I make every week is going to a meeting no matter what is going on…and just today I was telling my mom how proud I am when I walk through that door because the pancake house is right next door…and not once have I got to the restaurant after a meeting (or anytime for that matter) and partaked in those extra large portions of food.

This week I want to stay on program and go into the week with a positive outlook, make sure that I get in as much exercise as possible, which I admit will be a bit difficult with a cold… I don’t know about anyone else,. working out while six is a huge challenge; and with all the mouth breathing guzzling down water will be super easy for me. So I won’t be going to the gym at all this week, I will stay at home and work out on the elliptical machine; that way I wont’ infect others and if I need to pass out on the floor I can do it on the comfort of my own home

Since I wasn’t able to do it this week  have a goal of losing 2 pounds… that would get my at my 5% weight loss goal  And that would also put me back on track for those goals that I made: So remember those goals that I made last week (I’m making goals all over the place) That tiny one about losing 7 pounds in 6 weeks… well now  I have 3 more to lose, and I’m 4 pounds down from the 35 pounds I wanted to lose for my July trip…

I have lose weight, I have gained and loss again and through out all of that 78 pounds is gone from my body… and I am very proud of that. I think this pretty much stated what my weight loss has been so far.

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If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers -Week 7

Fitness

This week was pretty uneventful,. I spent a  lot of time sleeping, and when I was awake I was either eating. using the bathroom, saying, “owww” or taking more medicine that would put ,e back to sleep. So there wasn’t a lot of time, motivation or energy to do any working out, but because I had a disadvantage this week I made sure to eat three meals (which was a tad bit difficult considering I don’t remember ever being hungry this week) and I got very close but don’t think that there was  day I ate all of my daily points; the weekly 4 points remained untouched.

So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been making the goal of losing 2 pounds each week, so I’m happy to say that this week I have lost 5 pounds this week, I was expecting 2 maybe 3 pounds… so to say that I was shocked was a huge understatement. I don’t know what the heck I’ve been doing, BUT I’m not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth.

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This week I want to stay on program and go into the week with a positive outlook, make sure that I get in as much exercise as possible, (for the last few days I’ve been doing something odd: when I’m watching television and a commercial comes on I get up and dance; which is quite a sight to see because I can’t dance at all.. but it’s fun and it gets my heart rate up ), stay within ,my points range (which is down by one), and drink all my water.

Since we are moving into the “Marathon of Food” (what lay people call the holiday season) more than anything else I’m trying to stay on target so that I can hit my goals, and  even if I do gain some weight I’m not gonna get down on myself. I have some small steps in place that I think will make the upcoming holiday season a little bit easier…as I start to put them in place I’ll let you know if they are working or not.

This next week I have a goal of losing 2 pounds… that would get my at my 5% weight loss goal (which was established by my insurance company who is footing the bill for weight watchers… and in order for them to pay for another 3 months I had to hit that goal). Do you get swag for that… or just at your 10%? After that the goal will be 200lbs.  So remember those goals that I made last week (I’m making goals all over the place) That tiny one about losing 7 pounds in 6 weeks… well I have 2 more to lose, and I’m 5 pounds down from the 35 pounds I wanted to lose for my July trip…so far things are loking great, but as you kmow with weight loss , those numbers can go in ay direction, I’m just hoping that they continue to go down.

 

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If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

Until Next Time….

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