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 12

 

Fitness

Well this was my “decision week”… 12 weeks on Weight Watchers. This is the week that I decide whether or not I would continue the program and also if I lost enough weight to justify my insurance company to pay for an additional 3 months of meetings. Well to answer both of those questions, yes Right now for me I do think that it was worth it, and No, I didn’t lose enough weight for my insurance company to justify to continue paying for my meeting, I missed their target by 1 pound . Do I think that someone in the nutrition department is gonna say, “Wow, she’s been doing a great job, and she missed the target by one pound let’s just activate three additional months for her” Nope, not at all…. this is a business to them, and I failed to reach the target… I highly doubt, I’m not gonna hold my breathe, I had money set aside “just in case” Capture

Earlier last week, I found something on Facebook, ironically enough it was from Weight Watchers . Do you ever read or see something that strikes a cord with you and really changed your way of thinking? Well before I get into that, I just want to say that it directly ties in to this weeks meeting discussion topic (I’m paraphrasing here) “Is The Food You Are Eating Worthy Of You?” I think anyone who is currently working the Weight Watchers program or has weight issues can understand how powerful that question is.

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I realized  that I am the kind of person that will snack out of boredom and honestly those boredom snacks are not worthy of me.. Let’s be honest I ice cream is wonderful; and it taste really good, but honesty does it help with my goals? So I’m gonna start asking myself the following question anytime I want to eat a “questionable” food “

  1. Do I really need this, as opposed to asking do I want it (because we already know the answer is yes) If the answer is yes drink a glass of water then repeat that question again in 15 minutes, if the answer is yes
  2. Is it worthy of you? If the answer is yes and there are points available then eat it… if not find a lower point alternative.

I think just the act of asking myself these question will keep me from those times when I’m mindlessly eating. Now written down this seems like an easy plan, but I know there are gonna be times when I gonnd say “screw this, hand over that pie”, but this is something that I would like to put into practice so that it can become a natural thing for me.

This week I want to continue to ask myself questions about what I’m eating and more importantly why I’m eating it. As mentioned earlier since I’m 1 pound away from 5% the “goal weight” has changed to reflect my long term goal. My goal for next week is to lose 1.5 pounds. (and I am continuing my goal of 15 pounds by July 4th)

  • A couple of things, I have changed my goal weight, to my weight watchers Life Time Member goal weight (plus 10 pounds) I plan to get doctor approval for that at my next appointment.
  • I got a 5 pound loss sticker…. those things seem to be bad luck for me, for every 5 pounds I lose I gain a few back…
  • And as predicted I got my Weight Watchers sway for attending 6 weeks straight from the Share Your Success Promotion
  • Attended an new orientation….. apparently there will be some slight changes to the program

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

I’m sure next week will bring new issues and revelations to the table,  you know me, I’ll always talk about them

Until Next Time….

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