My goal is to lose 5 pounds. Why even start it, you ask? Truth be told, I need to lose about 100 pounds to be at the recommended healthy weight for my height.
The leader at the local Weight Watchers Group that I attend on a weekly basis, told us her story of her yo-yo dieting since she was in the 8th grade. Then she went on to say that she tried again later in her life, she’s probably in her late 60s, and this time it worked. In fact, she has kept the weight off for the past five years. What’s her secret?
She lost her weight, a total of 112 pounds, in 5 pound increments. She lost 5 pounds 23 times. She laughed when she exclaimed that people would come up to her and ask her about her weight loss throughout her journey. They would eventually get to the question that she felt was none of their business, but she would tell them anyway. What was the question? They would ask her how much weight she still had left to lose. If she had lost, for example, two pounds in her quest for the next five, she would tell them, I have three to go. When she first started her weight loss, she said she had some strange looks. They probably wondered what type of mirror she was looking in since her reflection showed a still, very plump woman.
The main point here, is to know your total goal, but break it down into smaller increments so it’s not so overwhelming. This applies to most goal-setting in our lives. Break it down and reward yourself for achieving smaller goals. Eventually the larger goal will be achieved. With this mindset, I am once again starting my Weight Watchers Journey. My goal is to lose 5 pounds, 20 times.
Progress Report: May 13, 2010 - First Day Attending a Weight Watchers Meeting
I weighed in at my first meeting. The scale didn’t break, however, I felt very overweight seeing my weight written down. I have a 5% goal and a 10% goal recorded in my book and these are set by Weight Watchers. My goal is to lose my first five pounds. I saw other woman in there who were bigger than me, smaller than me and everywhere in between. I saw a lady receive an award for losing 5 pounds and I saw another lady receive an award for reaching a goal of 5% weight loss. This means she started at her original weight and lost enough weight to reach a goal of 5%. If she originally weighed 200 pounds, then she must have lost 10 pounds. Her next milestone, along with her five pound increments, will be a weight percentage loss of ten percent of her original weight, which in this example is 20 pounds. Weight Watchers sees a 10% decrease in weight as a major accomplishment because they know that losing 10% of your body weight helps in overall health factors such as diabetes, heart health and other illnesses associated with obesity.
Progress Report: May 20, 2010 - Week 1 of Weight Watchers in the books
I stepped on the scale and held my breath. I felt really good about my goal this week. I wanted to lose at least 5 pounds by my first weigh-in to keep myself “in the zone”. All week long I was “in the zone” and I didn’t want this weigh-in to discourage my mind set. I looked at the lady sitting at the weigh-in table as she gave the ok to step on the scale. She smiled as if to say, it’s ok, whatever the outcome, you’re here and trying to make a difference. I got on the scale and I felt like a contestant on “The Biggest Loser”. I couldn’t see the scale face beause it was pointing towards her for privacy. She quickly wrote the number in my book and smiled at me. She said congratulations as she handed me back my book. I looked at the new, lower number in my book and looked up to the left for the net change. I had met my first 5 pound weight loss goal with a loss for the week of 5.2 pounds! What a great feeling. I wasn’t focusing on the total picture of 100 pounds, but on my first goal of five pounds. ”Done”, “history”, “let’s move on”, and “I’m ready”, were the thoughts running through my mind. Now, I’m “in the zone” to lose my next 5 pounds. 1 down, 19 to go.
Progress Report: May 27 Week Two on Weight Watchers Weight Loss To Date 5.2 lbs
I was a bit nervous again about the second week. I lost five pounds the first week and I knew I probably couldn’t match that again, but I was ok with that. I was hoping to lose 2 to 3 pounds the second week. I got there a few minutes before the meeting started and there was a short line to weigh in. I got to the front of the line and after updating my paperwork, I was asked to step on. The lady in front of me had gained weight. The lady behind the table, said it was a temporary thing and told the disappointed woman to not give up. I closed my eyes for a brief moment and remembered the five pounds at a time. If I didn’t lose weight or I gained weight, it was ok, because it’s all about taking baby steps. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to move forward.
I got on the scale and once again I was in the blind. Only the lady writing down my numbers knew my weight. She told me it was ok to get off the scale and she recorded my number in my book. She handed it back to me. I was a little nervous, but excited at the same time. I counted points all week and I know I slipped up here and there. A lady at work brought in home-made chocolate chip cookies. I had one, but I was ok with that, because the key to any weight loss plan is to eat in moderation. Back to the scale. I looked at my little booklet and I saw that I had lost two pounds! I’ll take two pounds. Now that’s two pounds from this week plus five pounds from last week. So, there is 7 pounds less of me! Only three more pounds to go!
Progress Report: June 3rd Week Three on Weight Watchers Weight Loss To Date 7.2 lbs
So, how to begin. I am only human. I caught a cold two days ago and used that as an excuse to not go any place extra that I didn’t absolutely need to go. I know it’s a lame excuse, but I wanted to share my “In the Zone” success and my “fell out of the zone” failures. I don’t think I gained or lost this week, however, i didn’t go to get weighed in. I’m going get back “into the zone’ and go next week.
Progress Report: June 10th Week Four on Weight Watchers Weight Loss to Date 7.2 lbs
Well it’s been four weeks and this is much longer than I’ve ever stuck with any weight loss diet. I know every January for my New Year’s Resolution, I start a weight loss diet, but then go off of it within a week. I went to the Weight Watcher’s meeting. I was seriously nervous because it was my daughter’s birthday, and I did have some cake and icecream. i included them in my points, but I did go over. I also went bowling over the Memorial Day Weekend and I twisted or sprained my knee, so I haven’t walked like I normally do and it has affected my weight loss.
I got on the scale and I didn’t lose a pound. I gained a few ounces, but I’m good with that because I can look back at the week and I can explain what happened. It’s called life. Life and all it’s wonders sometimes gets in the way. I’m still “in the zone” and plan on working hard this week to really follow through and stay on my points and track my points. Writing things down is the key to any successful journey. I’m also going to try to get out and get in some exercise. This is just a small bump in the road and I can still clearly see the road ahaed of me. Five pounds at a time and I have three to go.
- Have you ever started a weight loss program and had it sabotaged?
- How do you get back on track when you do lose focus?
- What motivates you to accomplish your goals?
Progress Report: June 17 Week Five on Weight Watchers Weight Loss To Date 7.2 lbs
The weight listed is the official Weight Watchers scale weight that I lost. I had a rough week again and I have to honestly tell you that I stayed home and watched game seven of the NBA Finals. My mind set was that if I stayed the same or lost weight, then it would still show on the scale the next week. This is my reasoning. I will say that the most important thing I’m coming to realize is that it’s all about time.
If you think about time and were to monitor weight gain or weight loss in the past five years of your life, you’ll see ups, downs, and plateaus. If your eating habits revolve around your levels of stress, you will see fluctuations during emotional or stressful times in your life. This is normal human behavior. So, I am looking at this weight loss as a road trip that is going to have hills and valleys. The main point is to stay the course and reach the final destination. This the mindset to a successful journey. People will say this diet didn’t work or that diet was too hard to follow. Actually, they just need to re-think their mental attitudes. Find a weight program that works for you then stick with it through the ups and downs. In the end you will reach your goal. It took me 14 years and four children to pack on this extra 100 pounds. I hope it won’t take 14 years to lose it. I’m realistically looking at one year at the minimum to shed all this extra weight. It sounds like an eternity. Stay on a diet for one year. However, it’s a life style change that I’m making. My mentality is set. I’m not on a diet. I’m on a mission to make better choices one day at a time, one meal at a time. I’m looking forward to the next weigh-in, good or bad. I mentioned earlier that I’m taking it five pounds at a time and, taking it one step further, I’m taking it one day at a time.
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How Does the Weight Watchers Program Work?
I started my Weight Watchers Journey once again. I’m tracking my meals on their tracking system. I calculate my daily number of points based on their calculations. You take your weight and use the first two digits as the starting point for the number of points you get each day. For example, if you weigh 193 pounds, then your first number in the calculation would be 19. Then you add other points based on your daily activity level, whether you are pregnant or nursing, etc. The total of all these variables added together is your daily point count that you are allowed each day.
How Do You Know How Many Points You Eat In A Meal?
The booklet that they give you at the Weigh Watcher’s meeting has a variety of foods listed and the corresponding points. Let say for example you eat a breakfast of a small packet of oatmeal, a piece of whole-wheat toast and an 8 ounce glass of ornage juice. You look in your book and you can get an approximate amount of points for each item. However, Weight Watchers provides a sliding scale point finder. Look on the package at the Nutritional Facts and based on the amount of fiber, calories per serving and total fat, you can use the point finder and get a more accurate point usage. So, in our example, the oatmeal packet is 3 points, the toast is 1 point, and the glass of orange juice is 3 points. The first meal of the day came to 7 points. If you had a told of 25 points for the day, that would leave 18 points allowed for the remaining food items you can eat for the day. That’s it in a nut-shell. You can exercise and earn more points, or take advantage of 35 extra points they give you to be used throughout the week. These are extra points for special occasions. You can use the extra points without feeling like you cheated. The Weight Watchers plan is very flexible and has evolved throughout the years into a plan that will work for anybody who sets their mind to losing weight in a safe manner. The point system, if followed correctly, will yield an average of two pounds weight loss per week.
Week One Goals:
- Lose 05 Pounds
- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
- Reduce my BMI by 2 points.
- Exercise at least minutes per day/five days per week.
- Maintain a 1200 per day calorie intake.
- Follow the Weight Watchers Point System.
I hope you will join me in my quest to lose weight. Personally my goal is to lose weight and get fit in order to become a healthier person for myself and my kids, and more importantly, to have a healthy vessel in which God can work through.
May God Bless you today and always.
Our Daily Prayer:
Help me draw into a state of humbleness with childlike reverence to do your will. Help me and those who wish to take up this challenge. We will look to you for guidance and support in our efforts to become healthier individuals. Feed us spiritually so that we may shed pounds and selfish feelings of the flesh. Thank you Lord. Amen.
Picture of me and my husband prior to Day 1 of my Weight Watchers Journey.
I will use this picture as my starting point and will provide updates as my weight changes.