Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers: Prednisone Sucks

 

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This past week I have really been in reflection about my weight loss. I had to come to some hard conclusion about my current situation and my weight loss goals, my plan was to talk to my WW Leader about going into a sort of  faux maintenance until I was weened off Prednisone, for the first time I had to say out loud that at this moment in my life weight loss in NOT my main priority.

I went on to the monthly 5K that my local Weight Watchers sponsors (if anyone is interested the next one is Oct 10th @10:30 at the Hyde Park location… all are welcome, you don’t have to be a member to participate) and one of the other leaders who’ve I formed a relationship with asked me about my journey, so I told her what I was going through and she suggested that I after I finish seeing my dietitian have my doctor simply right that due to medical reason I have reached my goal. Then I can go into maintenance and head into Lifetime Membership. I’m frustrated because this is not how I wanted to do this, but as we all know things rarely go as we plan.

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Last week I weighed in and I showed a 0.4 gain. I was happy with that despite all the activity I was putting in. I was premenstrual and figured that was it….this week was more of the same as far as activity was concerned and considering the fact that it feels like my face has grown twice it’s size (thanks prednisone moon face) I was expecting a gain but I was not expecting a 3.2 pound gain. I normally would be angry, but I’m doing everything that I’m supposed to be doing, and as much as I hate to say it …. this is simply out of my hand…. as it stands now my total  weight loss on Weight Watchers is  0.8 pounds…. like I said, nothing has gone as I planned.

For those of you interested Last Women Stepping ( 10,000 Steps every single day)….are gearing up for there October Challenge and all are welcome to join. This week I didn’t do to bad if I say so myself. This actually doesn’t reflect my pre-Weight Watchers walk (nearly 4 miles) it was good to get out and I was able to walk on the Lake Front and see the runner who were participating in the Chicago Half Marathon.

Also today I officially completed my 30/30 Challenge with Girl Trek and my golden shoe laces are on the way!!!

 

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Honestly I think this is a good, this will be a true testament to my weight loss, if I can conquer the dreaded Prednisone….. that everything else should be a breeze.

 

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

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See Ya Next Week,

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Until Next Time ,

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers: 1 Year and a Restart Later

FitnessFor a few weeks now I have been going back and worth with myself trying to figure out if I could still justify paying for Weight Watchers when I haven’t really gotten the results that I wanted. I can honestly say that the expectations I had a year ago about my weight loss are completely different along with the myriad of health problems I’ve has made this journey frustrating beyond belief. Needless to say I decided to stay on the program a little longer, and to rededicate myself.

During the summer I went to both my General Practioner and Dietician to see what if anything I could do about my weight loss, I was (and still am sick and tired of this plateau…. I have literally been there since I joined, and I got unexpected answers..it’s okay to be in a plateau, that’s what bodies do, and after losing 78 pounds, it’s very possible that I won’t lose a substantial amount of weight, that teamed with the fact that I am now on Prednisone for the foreseeable future, a plateau is a very good place to be. It’s been difficult for me come to terms (yet again) that my autoimmune illness is active and things are happening to my body beyond control that will affect my weight. I was also subtly reminded that after two liver transplant and years of immunosuppression drugs, my body simply will not react the way it’s “expected”. there were weeks when I got in a funk and decided, “I’m on this medication, I might as well enjoy the weight again”  and I binged and it showed on the scale, then I would get back into the groove then I would get back in a funk…..

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While all of this was going on, I remained active but the wright wasn’t coming off . I participated in several Weight Watchers sponsored 5K’s (I have a few more scheduled before the weather turns cold) and the weight still wasn’t coming off…. I had a mini epiphany, I can’t eat everything in fridge and workout, there has to be a balance…… I get it now, I’m working on balance. But the “middle” is someplace where I’m not comfortable being in, all my life I’ve had to work in extremes, and because of that I perform better, I’m learning all these new things about myself when I (along with the rest of my group gets the news that our leader is leaving; she’s off on another adventure, and this time she’s heading to Spain to teach English, I never want to begrudge a person’s growth and happiness, but a part of me, a huge part of me wanted her to stay. After that meeting was over I went to my car and cried, I felt like I wasn’t about to do this anymore, she (and the group) had become my weekly counseling session… what on Earth was I gonna do now? That following week we all said our goodbyes and we met our new leader; and like bratty children we saw our new “step mother” as an interloper; she would never compare to our mom, and we instantly didn’t like her. Weeks have passed since we got a new leader, and it’s been bumpy; and once again I had another epiphany. Leslie was not the reason I would come to those meetings, she gave wonderful advice and lead us, but I was the one that had to put in the work; and the support that I need was in that meeting room, so for the first time I took advantage….no matter where we are in our journey the nice thing is I can say “I’m struggling” or “I’m frustrated” and they understand and the don’t judge…. I decided since it was time to make a change maybe this new leader wouldn’t be so bad, she certainly wasn’t the leader that I wanted….. but maybe she’s the leader that I needed.

So this week was interesting to say the least last Friday I broke out in hives (yes I realize this is not Weight Watchers related) I was panicked, 1. No like hives, 2 This is the third allergic reaction that I’ve had since June and 3. I had a surgical procedure scheduled on Monday and I wanted to know if this was going to affect it. Went to quick care (after calling and not hearing back from 2 doctors my fear was that I was allergic to the Lovenox that was prescribed, I was told that was not it) medicine was prescribed and I thought all was well until I woke up the next morning with bruising all over my body,  Needless to say tat surgery didn’t happen, and since Monday SurpriseI’ve seen 4 doctors, increased my Prednisone by 100% (YIKES!!). So after 3 doctors went back and forth with each other my Lovenox was decreased (when I was off it for 2 days I went fine, no itching) took a dose , house later the itching started again and more bruising ….I have bruises on about 80% of my body..another doctors appointment then it was finally occurred to my doctor (cause I had been saying it all along) that I was in fact allergic to Lovenox.

 

 

Seriously, I itchy I’m bruised and any other time I would wallow in my antihistamine haze and eat. But not this time, that Prednisone increase scare the hell out of me, I know what Prednisone does to my body and for the first time in a long time I was scared that if I slide back, I wouldn’t be able to make it to this point, it wasn’t even a conscious choice, it just happed organically, I kicked up my workouts, started tracking …. honestly (yes even those things that I eat in the middle of the night) and I reached out to come of those connections I had made weeks earlier. my Weight Watchers has a Facebook page, and they have off shoot (Friends of Weight Watchers), 12027568_10153656969317792_2417940181286566140_nespecially for members were we can talk about what’s happening to us during the week, just a little added support…and just by chance someone posted something about a Challenge (I love a challenge) and Last Women Stepping ; 10,000 Steps every single day….at the same time I finally decided to be active with Girl Trek (where I have scheduled walking dates on Tuesdays, 1 and 3 Saturday and Yoga on Sundays), so I was able to be around like minded people, get outside (before the weather gets colder) and get some activity in…. So far I’m doing great with the challenge, I have hit my goal every day, Twice a week I’m walking with my cousin Michelle (who has just started her own weight loss journey) and going to the gym, I can usually hit my goal by noon; I have to be honest it feels amazing, even when I was itchy I was going to the gym, I actually went to the gym before I went to Quick Care (crazy, I know I was so miserable at the gym….I also didn’t know that activity causes histamine to rise, so I was itching more at the gym…… now I know….). So this getting up in the morning and working out has somewhat suppressed my appetite… I don’t get it, I won’t question it……so it will be interesting to see what the scale shows this week (the last two weeks have shown small losses  of 0.8 pounds and 1 pound) I’ve also gone ahead and signed up for the Englewood 5K. I’m excited….So far this week (Monday – Friday) I’ve earned over 54  activity points, stayed in my point range and will have lots of leftover weekly points by the end of the day.

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Those of you on the Weight Watchers program know that I change has occurred (and from what I hear more changes are coming the beginning of the year) and it’s all about orange

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There was nothing in our meeting room about changes coming soon, but after I got my new weigh-in book I realized something was different, while looking through it I realized that our leader had been “prepping” us weeks in advance, before we would officially start she would ask us about something that we did, for ourselves this week; that was completely separate from our weight loss, She always expressed how important it was to have “me time” How finding enjoyable things outside of your weight loss can tide you over on those weeks where you might not have success, in short…. Non Scale Victories and Celebrations…. when she first started talking about this I wasn’t ready to hear it, honestly I hadn’t fully accepted her into the fold so naturally I was blocking the information.

But I like the new changes, I like the small goals every 4 weeks and how focusing on you as a whole is now incorporated into your weight loss journey… like a lot of things recently this came at the right time. Things are not where I hoped they would be a year after I started Weight Watchers, but Weight loss humbles you, and you have to learn to be compassionate with YOURSELF….. I’m working on that…..

 

 

 

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, 33,  1 Year and a Restart Later

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See Ya Next Week,

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Daily Ritual

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Writing Prompt: Think about your day. Select one of your daily rituals and explain it to us: why do you do what you do? How did you come to adopt this ritual? What happens on days when you can’t perform it?

 

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I noticed a few weeks ago I was getting comfortable in my weight loss, and I was starting to slack off, and nothing is more humbling that thinking,”You’ve Got This” and getting on the scale at Weight Watchers and realize you don’t in fact have it at all. I knew that it was time to recommit and get back the game. I’ve always from the very beginning said that I don’t like to exercise, even 3 years of active weight loss and working out I still feel that way, I know they say that it improves your endorphins and makes you feel better…blah, blah, blah, I don’t care, I don’t enjoy sweating,  And because I don’t enjoy doing it (several weeks ago) I decided that should be the very first thing I do in the mornings.

So my new ritual is get up, and get dressed, I lay my workout clothes out the night before, and getting ready takes 10 minutes (the sooner I’m dressed the less likely I’ll want to change my mind) and I’m out the door. It used to be that going to my Weight Watchers meetings where enough motivation, but something happened and I needed more, I noticed that my Weight Watchers group had an offshoot Weight Watchers Facebook page, and that Page had a challenge page called Last Women Stepping Challenge , where the goal is to get 10,000 steps a day and the last women standing, these women are competitive and I don’t like to lose, so that has really helped keep me motivated and on track with my ritual;  Also around the same time I decided to join Girl Trek just to have that group interaction, it’s nice to walk with other women who are like  minded and have the same goals in mind.

And now I’m two weeks into this new ritual, and I will admit, it’s getting a bit easier, I don’t know how I’m going to feel once winter descends on us, but for now it’s serving it’s purpose, and the results have been showing, since I started this I’ve shown consistent loss on the scales. It really is a chain reaction, I do some sort of physical activity and it really does effect how I eat (I tend to eat when I’m bored, but I’m so busy moving that don’t get bored) and sleep.

 

Until Next Time ,

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