Since hitting Lifetime, I’ve gotten several questions from readers about what my plans are in terms of healthy living and involvement with Weight Watchers, and thought it’d be good to address them all in one post in case others are wondering the same thing.
Bottom line is, not too much will change from what I’ve been doing, and I will continue to blog, which has been another concern expressed. The whole idea of “Beth’s Journey” is that the journey is never over, so I plan to continue to blog through thick and thin and consider maintenance just another step on this journey to a healthier me.
Here’s a breakdown of each area and my plans:
Eating will stay pretty much the same for me, as I continue to try to eat a mostly whole foods pescatarian diet. I feel like I’ve found a good balance of eating healthy and splurging, though lately will all the travel on the weekends its been leaning towards “splurging” a little more than it should be. I know it’ll balance out a bit once things calm down, but not much will change in this department. I plan to try to keep posting a new recipe each Thursday because I’ve been really enjoying experimenting in the kitchen!
To be honest, I’ve been majorly slacking with exercise over the last few weeks. I got kind of sick last week and had to go to the doctor, but I’ve used that as an excuse NOT to work out at all. Now that Marathon Training has (supposedly) begun, I’m going to try to exercise 4-6 times a week to get myself ready for the big day in October. A few notes about this program – I did try to put in MORE than I plan on doing so that there’s some flexibility if I want to miss a workout. At the minimum, I will run 3x a week – one short, one speed work, and one long run on the weekends. Training for races is always the best way for me to stay on track with exercising – especially big ones like this because the training lasts for several months.
I used to absolutely DREAD tracking when I first started WW, but I know that it works. I now somewhat enjoy the comfort that it brings and don’t dread it nearly as much. In a weird way, tracking makes me feel safe. I will continue to track during the week, and occasionally on the weekends, but not religiously. If I have an overly indulgent weekend, I’ll probably go back to the 29 pts+/day for the following week, but I’m trying to NOT track when I’m away for the weekends and just mindfully enjoy myself. I feel like I did a really good job of that this past weekend, despite it being so crazy. As a WW employee, I get free E-Tools, so I really enjoy having the tracker open and just plugging my food into there as the day goes by. It seems silly NOT to track, when I have the tools for free and I know what happens when I completely stop.
I confess… I am an almost-daily weigher. I know some people cannot weigh themselves every day because it makes them crazy, but I’m crazy anyways and like to know where I stand. I try to not be so hard on myself even if the scale shows I’m up a little bit. I try to use some of the same techniques for myself that I use for WW members when I’m working, and think about WHY the scale might be showing a higher number. I will continue to weigh myself almost-daily at home, and stick with the once a month weigh ins required to keep Lifetime status current, as well as required by working for WW.
As a side note, I received the EatSmart Precious Plus Scale for free at FitBloggin’ and I LOVE it.
It’s got step-on technology, which means you step right on it when the screen is off and it gives you your weight, rather than having it tap it and wait for it to balance at 0. Even though it’s only a few seconds – time is precious!
I work one or two WW meetings each week as a receptionist, and I just don’t have more time than that to give to WW meetings. I try to listen in on the meetings to see if I can get any new ideas, but I’m not going to be attending meetings outside of the ones I work, at least for now. When I first started WW back in March 2009, I attended the weekly meetings religiously. But since I rejoined in December 2010, I’ve been more or less hoping around from meeting to meeting and haven’t really found the perfect meeting for me, so I don’t feel tied to one meeting. Who knows though, that may change!