Saturday, November 26, 2011

Weight Watchers...it was like going home again

I love Weight Watchers! Actually, I love my Weight Watcher leader, Janis. She is absolutely amazing, and very inspiring. She makes me think, makes me want to do better and best of all, she makes me laugh.

The thing about Weight Watchers is that it makes you focus on eating healthy, something that calorie counting alone doesn't really require. I feel excited to be back on a plan. Of course, this means what I eat and how much I exercise will become somewhat of an obsession for me (again). But that's okay. It's what I need right now

Now for the weighin, the post Thanksgiving Day weighin where I ate too much, including pumpkin pie and apple pie. The apple pie was a frozen pie made by Plush Pippin. If you've never had a Plush Pippin pie, well, you haven't lived. They're the best! It's all gone now, so now worries about it until Thanksgiving 2012. The Plush Pippin factory is actually in Kent, Washington, very near to where I live. Funny story but about ten years ago they had an overstock sale and you could buy pies for $1.00 each at their warehouse. I remember standing in line and buying ten pies. They were delicious...and I weighed about 240 pounds then. Now I get one pie a year and share it with my husband...only on Thanksgiving. They're off limits the other 364 days of the year.

I digress...I went from talking about my weighin to talking about pie. Not good. This is what I weighed this morning at Weight Watchers, after two cups of coffee, breakfast and I was fully dressed (obviously!). It's my true weight.

184.4

I'm really not upset by it, which is pretty amazing for me. I knew I'd gained weight the last few weeks because I wasn't paying attention. I'm one of those people that absolutely must constantly be aware of what I'm eating and how much. I gain weight easily when I'm not being careful.

This is my starting point. I have goals and the first one is to get under 180. I have a very busy schedule this next week, but I will eat carefully, and track my Points on my phone. I have a brand new Android Samsung Galaxy II S (the best phone ever!). The Weight Watcher app is easy to use so I won't have any excuses to not track.

The hotel I stay at in Fairbanks has a decent gym, with ellipticals and treadmills and a variety of weights. Unfortunately, there isn't a Stairmaster, but there are stairs in the hotel. Only eight floors, but it's something. I can do the elliptical then run the stairs a few times, plus do weights.

I just got home from the gym and now I have to pack. My left arm is still really weak. I can do dumbbell curls easily with my right arm at 15 pounds. My left arm can barely lift eight pounds. It's really pathetic. I'm surprised how three months in a cast and then another two weeks in a splint completely weakened my left arm. I don't have any noticeable muscle tone in my left arm. It's all flab. Really awful.. After my workouts it's so sore it aches. My right arm feels nothing because I kept lifting weights with it the entire time I had the cast. The doctor said it'll take at least six months to even get it close to what it was before my accident. More likely a year. Oh well...at least no surgery on it or it would have been a lot worse.

I probably won't have time to post while I'm in Fairbanks, but when I get back, hopefully life will calm down a bit and I can get back to reading blogs and posting regularly (and leaving comments on all your blogs!).

I'm really excited about Weight Watchers. After four years of being on and off of it, I feel like this is the right thing to do for myself right now. I need the structure and the accountability. It provides both. It's still hard work, but losing weight on any plan is hard work.




9 comments:

Dawn said...

Sounds like the familiar routine and structure of WW is just what you need right now and being excited by any diet is an excellent place for you to be...as is 184! I have no idea what I weight but I'm certain its a load more than 180! well done

Grace said...

You sound upbeat, and that makes me happy. With all the stress you are under, I'm glad to hear to positive attitude.

I've never had a Plush Pippin pie...do you buy them in grocery stores in the Seattle area? Oh wait, never mind, I really don't need to find something else delicious to eat. :-)

I got a new iPhone a few months ago (not the latest version...I couldn't wait because my Blackberry was malfunctioning). I've always been an "Apple" person, so it made sense to get an iPhone. Like you love your Droid, I am madly in love with my iPhone.

Well, have a safe trip back to Alaska. I am praying for you and your sister. Take care, Diana!

Deb said...

OK!! wow, you convince me! I'm excited for you and can't wait to follow your journey!

Ron said...

If we go back to what has worked for us in the past, we tend to have a successful future! At least that seems to be the trend for me.

Helen said...

I never understood the fruit thing either, but then again it wouldn't matter with me. Some days I have to force myself to eat even one piece!

I hope this will provide you will the structure you seem to need and get you once and for all to your goal!

MaxBurn said...

I feel excited to be back on a plan. Of course, this means what I eat and how much I exercise will become somewhat of an obsession for me (again). But that's okay. It's what I need right now.

Mer and Mo said...

Diana - I hope all is going well for you on this recent trip to Fairbanks! Glad to hear that you are back on the WW band wagon as it was something that worked for you. I was even thinking of doing the big climb, but don't know if we even have a building near me that has more then 10 flights of stairs...maybe San Francisco has a big climb I could do. I will have to get my knees checked first...feel they won't last. Wishing you a spectacular weekend!!

MO

bbubblyb said...

Are you ok? It's been weeks and I'm getting worried. Hope everything is ok. Hope to see a post from you soon (or an email). Miss you and thinking of you *hugs*.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Diana! I'm so sorry to read about your sister's stroke (so scary!) and the huge amount of stress visiting your life. I'm very glad you decided to cut yourself some slack about gaining because there's nothing helpful that can come from making moral judgements about your weight or eating. My warmest thoughts are with you! I hope you are feeling well and that your absence from blogging simply indicates a very full love life. :) (((Hugs))) *hopeful and free*