On Weights, Watchers, and Percentages

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Sometimes I feel like I have a heavy weight on my shoulders. Did you know there are places out there that make sandwiches with donuts as the bread? With chocolate mascarpone cheese, bacon, sugar, carbs, and butter? (Tom+Chee, I’m lookin’ at you!). Because, right now, that sounds far more amazing than eating yogurt with apples, or oatmeal with blueberries. ^That is the reason why I can be fat.

I knew stepping on the scale at my Thursday meeting was going to be hard. I wasn’t keeping track of what I was eating, and pretty much ate whatever was pre-made out of a box. It’s incredibly easy to fall back into bad habits.

144.2 without shoes.

I was officially 4.2 over my goal weight, and nearly 10 lb. over my “happy weight” range. My weight can fluctuate 5 lb. each day, so 135 and under is a good spot for me to be (According to my  height with Weight Watchers, my healthy weight range is 117 to 146. Click to see your weight range if you’re interested.) 

A common misconception is that you have to exercise to lose weight. And if it were true, I’m pretty sure there’d be a lot less Weight Watchers members out there. I didn’t really start exercising until I lost 35 lb, which then made it a smidge easier.

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30% exercise, and 70% what you eat. Period.

Since Thursday, I’ve been strict with my points and tracking what I eat. Last night I ate at the infamous Shark Tank’s Tom+Chee, and had a turkey grilled cheese with blueberry compote on thick white bread WITH BUTTER.

And I didn’t go over my points. In fact, I was nearly half a pound lighter this morning. It’s all about budgeting.

It’s still hard for me, though. While I’m not hungry, I feel deprived in that I HAVE to limit myself. I’m jealous of those who know when they’re full and just stop eating. I see their half-eaten donut and alarms go off in my head—after all, to folks like me, it’s blasphemous to not finish a donut. Or a fancy grilled cheese donut with bacon (I managed to avoid eating this…. I deserve an award). 

I’m now 140.1, which is 4.1 lb. down since Thursday. The weight loss will be less rapid after this week (the first week of a plan, your body sort of “dumps” all the bad stuff it’s been holding on to. After that initial cleanse is done, losing 1-2 lb. a week is normal).

Since I’m close to my goal, I’ll have a harder time reaching it with just food alone. Because I’m a list maker, you guys shouldn’t be surprised that I’m motivated by nice, round start dates, too 😉

….so Wednesday, July 1 is as good a day as any to hop back to the gym.

It helps to have someone motivating in life to look up to with regards to your goals. I’ve got someone who runs every.single.day. and enjoys it. I’d love to look forward to the enjoyment in working out once again. Mini goal, maybe?

On Weights, Watchers, and Percentages