Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers: Ugh, What The Heck?



So last week I finally made Lifetime status, which was expected…. I also gain weight, and that was expected as well.. but what I didn’t expect was the nearly 5 pound weight gain…. ugh, what the heck? In all fairness sugar was my best friend that week and I didn’t work out… but 5 pounds!!! I was on my period and I’m pretty sure I didn’t take a water pill that day…. but I guess this is where I should say I really see the how the physical aspect of weight loss works….the week after I made lifetime I didn’t weigh in.. they say once a month is the least you can do and frankly I think that’s better for my psyche.

Last week I decided that I was going to do some meal planning, what started out as making salads for lunch turned into an entire week of lunches and dinners, breakfast I had to make the day of…. S20160116_171728o last20160116_175239 week I had salad with shrimp, salad with chicken and salad with tuna, chili and turkey sausage with collard greens from lunch (the last two were left overs) For dinner I had shrimp, quinoa and mixed veggies for dinner (for 3 days), oxtail soup (leftovers) and Friday I had dinner with my parents which was awesome Jamaican food (I had Jerk catfish, cabbage and peas and rice…yum!!).

So I made quinoa for the first time last week. I always wanted to try it…. but was a little freaked about cooking it… thank goodness you can make it in the rice cooker. I used a little chicken broth and it was REALLY good, and cooked to perfection. and it was really good with the shrimp and veggies, and it was pretty low in Points .

This week the meal planning is gonna have to be put on whole, I’m dealing with some major GERD issues, and at this point drinking water gives me serious heartburn. So I’m trying to avoid the foods that trigger reflux… and I’m pretty much gonna be eating bland, so that’s gonna take a little bit more time for me to plan out…. so it’s better that I simply cook day to day this week depending on how bad my GERD is….. also I’m gonna try a different medicine and hopefully that will work….. cause this sucks….

It’s even gotten to the point where I can hardly taste my food salty, sweet, sour….. it all taste the same to me…. and you would think that would make me not want to eat…. nope I tried to eat everything that I could because I wanted to taste something…. anything…

Although  I didn’t go to the gym I am happy to say that I am keeping up with my FitBit Challenges, both the Weekend Warrior and the Workweek Hustle…. some of these people are no joke, and for the first time (well the second time in a row I’m in the top 10!! And I even got out and walked in the cold and the snow a few times…I still find walking outside…even when its freezing cold more enjoyable then going to the gym.

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Then this happened…. Guess I got what I wanted I wanted the accountability and Weight Watchers noticed

And as I said that in my head I devised a plan that I would weigh myself at home (wait what?) and monitor my weight on my non weigh-in weeks…  and last week was a gain, this week was a loss! I know that there is a maybe 2-3 pound difference between my scale and the Weight Watchers scale, and I played with my head if I should weigh in this week., I knew I had loss some weight, but by the time I got to my meeting this morning I had talked myself out of it.. because I weighted myself this morning in only my underwear, so I was unsure how much weight my clothes would add on, and if my clothes were too heavy I didn’t want to pay the 15 buck penalty….. so in the end I just sat down and simply went to a meeting…..

It occurred to me that although my new Weight Watchers status is really nothing but a new title, everything is still the same, EVERYTHING. I wake up with the same challenges, and sometimes I de really awesome, and other times I fail miserably, there is some comfort in knowing that every day is a new day and a new opportunity to make better choices


This week Facebook reminded me that it’s been a whole year since I’ve been on Prednisone so to “celebrate” the occasion of one year on the Devils Tic Tacs. I present my fat, prednisone face.




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, Oprah, Getting Talked Off the Ledge, Smart Points and Surviving It All


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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers–Week 21



Lately I feel like everything has been one obstacle after the next, after taking a two week (unexpected hiatus due to emergency surgery) hiatus from Weight Watchers I was finally feel good enough to attend a meeting this past Sunday (and by the time I got home I was so tried I didn’t dare turn on my computer and write about it… which is why you’re getting this on Tuesday).

I’m glad to be back, I’m telling you being in the hospital is the pits, but you know what was worst, you think “my body has been through all sorts of hell and trauma surely I’ve lost a few pounds (yes I actually thought that)” imagine my surprise when every single day I was weighed (apparently they do that when you’re in ICU) and my weight was creeping up and up. By the end of my hospital stay I was 10 pounds heavier. So not only was I annoyed at my body, I was annoyed by everything.. And because I was healing, I told myself that I needed to focus on my and getting back to normal, so I passively followed Weight Watchers, I tracked…up to a point. I ate whatever I wanted, in any quantity I wanted. People have a tendency to bring you thinks when you are convalescing…. things like cupcakes, and candy, fruit…. whatever people brought me I ate it…. I’m not sad about that .. I enjoyed it… but I knew that I was gonna have to back to reality started to scare me and I knew I had gained a lot of weight while in the hospital (my mother insisted that it was all the IV fluid and blood I had received while I was there). And Sunday rolled around I was not able to go to a meeting but my Weight Watchers App kept wanting me to update my weight…. so I did .. and I nearly cried.

By week 2 I had slowly started to lose some of the weight … and was up by 6 pounds. I felt good about that.. at least it was coming off. even though it was slow. I started to feel frustrated about not being able to workout for the foreseeable future (due to the fact that my surgical would was left open (*sigh* seriously it’s the winter time and I’m walking around with a gaping abdominal would. WHAT THE FUCK!) and how that will possible effect my weight loss. Any other time I would be gripping about not being able to go to the gym, now that I can’t physically go that’s all I want to do.

So on Sunday I go to my Weight Watchers meeting…determined to get back on track, determined to continue on my journey despite this setback I had it in my mind to be prepared for my weight to be up, so I got one the scale and was waiting for Darlene to tell me that I was up at least 6 pounds. But she said,  “Tyra, you lost this week, Good Job” What the hell is happening, and I living in Bizzaro World??


This week’s topic was, “Who’s Got Your Back?” Who is your support system. I have found from my own personal experience that when you tell people that you are losing weight, or doing Weight Watchers people are generally supportive of your journey. In the beginning I identified my mother my as one of my biggest challenges, she’s was a “food pusher” but some how through this process she has become one of my biggest supporters, she’s always asking me “Do you have enough points for this?” And I think some of the changes that I have made have spilled over to her, she’s making small but positive steps to improve her health.

After the meeting I stayed and got what our leader calls “a shot in the arm” which is really the orientation that they give to new members, I just felt like I needed it this week. But I guess it’s like riding a bike, you don’t really forget.

This week I want to work on identifying my current challenges, work out a solution and then devise a fix.

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I had a goal of losing 35 pounds before my July vacation…. yeah well, that’s not gonna happen, but I think that aiming for a 12-15 pounds loss is doable considering how I tend to lose, gain, lose weight these days…. This week I want to track EVERYTHING I eat.and try to get as much movement as possible. So far I haven’t been able to go 10,000 steps a day, on a  good day I can do around 6,000 (but that comes with pain and extreme fatigue) I’m trying to work through this set back yet allowing myself the time to heal (hopefully I can find a happy medium)


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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, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17-20, Week 21, Week 22

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers–Week 17, 18, 19 and 20



Week 17: This week we continued to talk about portion sizes and eating on schedule. Since I decided to lose weight eating on schedule is essential to my success, when I’m going to be out for the day, I’m taking my lunch and my snacks with me, I ALWAYS have something, so those Hangry moments become few and far between.  I lost 3 pounds

Week 18: This was a tough week for me food wise, my doctor put me back on prednisone and I immediately started to feel hungry ALL THE TIME. And I ate everything… EVERYTHING. Because Prednisone is known to cause weight gain I considered leaving Weight Watchers.. but everyone said stick with it. so I did .I gained 1.8 pounds

Week 19: Week 2 on the dreaded Prednisone, I became more conscious of what I was eating but I tried to make better choices in what I put in my mouth, I went to the meeting feel super fat and bloated and was expecting another gain since my mouth was an open door was pleasantly surprised that I lost 2.4 pounds

Since I am back from my blogging hiatus it’s time to start fresh.

Saturday I went to Weight Watchers (with my mom) two members who had success on the program came to speak, one women lost 200 pounds on the program, and the other close to 40. What I found most surprising is despite the pound difference their stories were similar. Listening to these women I realized something I have been paying way to much attention to the “big picture” when I need to start paying attention to the now. One of the speakers (Veronica) said something that really hit home.  No matter how much weight you have to lose, you only need to lose one pound this week… When you stop looking at the big picture and thinking wow, I need to lose 40 pounds or whatever you need to lose and say, I need to lose 1 pound… it makes it more manageable.


Today I woke up to snow…. a lot of it. So I knew that I had to get up early but I didn’t plan on doing some serious shoveling before my Weight Watchers meeting (I’ve called it my “last chance workout”) Incidentally when I came back from my meeting I had to shovel again… it’s still snowing and won’t stop until early in the morning …. Yay Winter.


I was so happy when I got to the meeting (actually I was happy that they were open) I was feeling pretty good, my week was average and no hiccups as far as eating was concerned…. I get on the scale and I see that I have gained 2 pounds and instead of being upset about the gain I remembered that I have my menstrual cycle and that’s probably where the weight comes from… no biggie. Although I a on a serious roller coaster the same dang two pounds…. lost and gained.

Which more than likely means that I’m gonna need a jump start my body..which brings me into this weeks meeting topic “Move It, Love It” Finding ways to incorporate exercise into your life without feeling the burden to workout

Now lets me honest I have a gym membership, but it’s been a while since I’ve been to the gym. I actually enjoy working out at home. For the past several weeks I’ve been doing what I like to call purposeful movement.  You know those little things, “Walking to the mailbox (which is about 4-5 blocks from my house) instead of driving…. go down every single aisle of the grocery store… parking further and believe it or not those little things add up do you 30minutes a day (daily recommended exercise). I will be honest and say that the FitBit has helped me a lot.. it a visual reminder that I HAVE to move. even if it’s just dancing and walking in place. It really has become addicting because every day I want to make sure that when I go to bed I have met ALL of the goals I have set on my FitBit. So days are better than others.


As you can see I still need to hit my step, calorie and mile goal…One thing that I really want to do is water aerobics, so I need to look into that since Planet Fitness doesn’t have a pool, so I need to see if the City of Chicago has classes since I would like to start in the spring.

Generally this I end the post with a goal, this week I would like to work on getting my 10,000 steps, going to sleep earlier and developing a meal plan for the rest of the week. I didn’t lose that 1 pounds this week like I wanted to, but that’s okay….there’s always next week


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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, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17-20, Week 21

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers – Week 16



It was a really bad week, late on Saturday I seriously thought about not going to the meeting this week, I woke up today and thought, “I should just skip it” but I went anyway. I figure on the days that I don’t WANT to go are the days when I NEED to go. I’m not sure what’s going on; it could be that I’m still having my lady business or Ii t could simply be a side effect of the budesonide; but I’ve eaten anything and everything this week.  If my mouth can open and it was edible I’m pretty sure that I ate it (although I didn’t enjoy it and got no satisfaction from the food that I was eating). I normally don’t delve into my weekly 49, but this week I ate all but 11 of them.

Despite eating anything and everything in my way I’ve been trying to walk at least 10,000 steps a day, stepsand honestly it was not as difficult as I thought it would be, I tend to be very sedentary so getting up and making sure I get though steps in is sometimes a challenge, I’ve been doing a lot of walking around the house, walking in place…. anything to get those steps in, I may look like an idiot, but get a every excited when my Fitbit shakes and tell me that I reached my goal.


This week the topic was portion/serving sizes. And for the most part I think I’m doing pretty good at, but there was a demonstration and I realized that I don’t weigh my potatoes… I just guess at how much they weigh and attach points to them. So let’s say that for two meals I miss calculate and “don’t track 5 points …. that’s 35 extra points for the week that I’ve eating and haven’t tracked… which may very well show on the scale… I think I’ve been doing that. So this week I’m goanna be super vigilant with weighing and measuring everything.

Speaking of scale… I gained, I’m not surprised, but I’m sick of the lose, gain… gain cycle I seem to be going in… I feel like I’m not making any headway towards my goals. As I continue to go through the first week of 2015 I was feeling a little bit uncertain…. then I realized something… 78 pounds… I have lost 78 pounds. That is amazing… I’m 2/3 through my journey. 45 more pounds… I didn’t lose those 78 pounds in one year, and I might not lose those 45 pounds this year… but I have to remind myself, I’m doing it the right way and gaining is part (even thought it’s seriously frustrating) part of the process.Capture


I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m bored with the food I’m eating, and part of the problem with me eating everything in sight is that I’ve been eating snacks instead of eating meals and I’m getting hungry faster because they aren’t satisfying me. So this week I’ve committed to finding and making two new recipes. There was a lasagna recipe that I saw in the latest Weight Watchers magazine and I think I want to make something in the crockpot…

This week was a mixed bag, not the best and honestly it could have been worst… I’m just gonna stick with the plan and see what happens next week.


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

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers–Week 15




This week there are only a handful of people at the meeting. I expect next week there will be a full house tonight: and also this may seem counterproductive ill be avoiding the gym for the next month or so. which means me and my elliptical machine at home or going to become best friends and I’m going to have to kick it up a notch in order to get the result that I get at the gym at home.

The topic this week was meal planning, and for the first time in a long time I felt like this was a subject that I have already mastered. When I started Weight Watchers I wanted to make things as easy as possible, so one of the things that I do is when I’m getting ready for bed I’ll take out my tracker and track exactly what I’m going to have for the next day that way there is absolutely no question about what I will be eating and there’s little room for me to go off and straight and have snacks, it’s also really easy on us they said he was going to go out to eat with friends or family already know what I’m going to have so that gives me in a lot of numbers. Have use at a restaurant and then I just go and look at the menu online and pick out my meal out ahead of time. I’ve also become one of those people probably because I’m lazy; I just cook one meal and have it last for several days in the week…just texted me a couple more and I’m good to go.so the only meal during the day that I only really have to think about is my lunch. losing weight is hard enough so whenever I can find a shortcut for something that makes my life a little bit easier I’m all for it.

So let’s get to it. This week I can’t wait semicolon but I knew this week was going to be a game since this is my ” special” time of the month. internal around this time I have rejected pound gain and it was really no different this week I can’t 1.8 pounds … but overall I’m still able to meet the goal that might mess up a couple weeks ago which was to lose after the Christmas holiday in the show a lot at the meeting which in this case with. 4 pounds although it’s little it’s still a loss and I’m going to celebrate it!


Today, at the meeting I was recognized for 4 month attendance; heck I didn’t even realize they had that kind of award. My Weight Watchers leader mentioned that there was   a bit of history behind this particular award. When Weight Watchers started Jean Nidetch  tsaid that Weight Watchers participants could reach their goal weight in 16 weeks! (As you can see aren’t counting the same … I was told the very first meeting is week 0…. clearly someone changed their mind…. whatever!) Can you imagine that? And apparently for the most part they did…have to research this I need to see what has changed since the beginning of Weight Watchers to now I’m sure Ill get an interesting read…. but anyway here is my 4 month charm… it’s it lovely… two charms in two weeks….


Since I switched over to a monthly pass since my pre-paid insurance ran out I was able to get a new ActiveLink for free, the problem is that I got a Fitbit for Christmas and am now using that one so either I’m gonna give this to someone OR I might do a giveaway on the website… it all depends on what the response is. It’s a lot smaller that the original one, and apparently it’s more Fitbit like (tracks sleep and can be worn on the wrist).


As the New Year approaches I wanted to continue on the current downward trajectory that I’m currently on as far as my weight loss is concerned. Recognizing the non- scale victories. what’s the time in DC with you to go up and down what I’m missing out if it’s small changes that are happening to my body for example till Saturday by my side gone for now simply”coin purses” to be honest I wouldn’t even looked until somebody hugged me and said that I felt smaller to them other changes in my body that I’ve noticed one of the biggest things that I’ve notice has been that the confidence that I have in my body is a lot more than what it used to be.

This year my wish for you or for anyone who’s losing weight and reading this plot is a simply remember that this process takes time, don’t be so hard on yourself and celebrate the small victories. So this will be my last “Tyra Takes On…” for 2014 and I’m looking forward to what the next year brings…..


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

Until Next Time….

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