Wednesday Weigh In

Last week for the first time in I can’t even tell you how long, I tracked EVERY SINGLE BITE that passed through my lips. Even when I first started Weight Watchers in March 2009 (for the second to last time), I would allow myself one “cheat day” where I wouldn’t track and would just consider all my extra points gone but wouldn’t actually track it to see how bad the damage was.

So how much did I have? I ended up eating all of my daily points each day, plus 56 extra points, which included all 49 Weekly Points and then some of the Activity Points I earned. Tracking can be so eye opening because there were times when I felt like I really wasn’t eating that bad, but I was using way over my daily points. They go so quick! But, that’s what the weeklies are there for – to make the plan livable.

Activity wise, I got in 4 solid workouts, earning a total of 34 Activity Points:

    • Wednesday: 45 minute walk
    • Thursday: 30 min intervals on the stairmill + free weights
    • Saturday: Run for Shelter 10k
    • Sunday: Biking outside, 20 mins intervals on stairmill, NRLFW Stage 1, Workout A

Though I’ve been doing more strength training lately than I have in the past, it’s been incredibly random moves and routines. It’s been moves that I’ve learned through Jillian Michaels, things I know that are good for me like pushups and lunges, and also random ab work. I have really been wanting a bit more structure so that I know I am getting a solid, full body strength training routine in, so I decided to purchase the New Rules of Lifting for Women, which I’ve heard awesome things about. I just did the first workout on Sunday and am planning to do the second one tonight and will do a dedicated post soon. I did actually take measurements on Saturday for the first time ever, so I am excited to hopefully see and share some results with you, too!

So how’d I do on the scale?

Down 1.0 pounds!

While I am happy that the scale is down, I was hoping for a bit more since I made an effort to be really good and tracked all week for the first time ever. I know 1 lb is a solid weight loss and would tell a member he/she was silly for not being proud of that result, but when the tables are turned it’s hard not to wish for more. That said, I really am happy to be moving in the right direction and it feels awesome to be back in control!

One More Thing

I am excited to report that yesterday’s morning meeting was probably the best one yet. I feel like I am finally really starting to hit my stride as a Leader and am LOVING leading the meetings. I feel so comfortable in front of the group and really look to the members to teach me! I learn and hear new things at every single meeting, and as of yesterday, my meeting officially doubled in size from when I took it over!! I am so excited!

30 Comments on Wednesday Weigh In

  1. Heather
    May 2, 2012 at 8:40 am (5 years ago)

    Beth-
    Weight is just one opart of health, ONE part!
    If you are still eating sugar, and other simple carbs, for instance…you still may be fighting an uphill battle. And running out of insulin…nevermind “the points” from Weight Watchers…
    If you aren’t getting enough sleep- you have cortisol in your system- clinging to fat.
    If you eat heavier at night, it all goes to fat…
    It is a big picture… If you don’t have much muscle mass, you don’t have an “engine” to keep your metabolism high, etc..etc…
    Yoyoing up and down for the rest of your life- ?
    Is that what you want?
    Let me know…
    heather

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 9:10 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Heather! I completely agree that weight is just one part of health. And no, yo-yoing is certainly not what I want for the rest of my life. But, I do love food and sugar and simple carbs sometimes, though I do make an effort to eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods. Cutting them out completely is just not something I am willing or want to do at this point. I think the reason I love WW so much is that nothing is off limits, and being where I am with my weight is not where I want to be again, so I am going to use this as a learning experience and stick with WW fully even after I get back to my goal weight, because thats what I know I need to do to maintain.

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  2. Kris
    May 2, 2012 at 9:04 am (5 years ago)

    Way to go, Beth! Sometimes tracking everything is the kick in the pants we need. I remember the very first day I tracked all those years ago – I could not believe how many points in Marie’s blue cheese dressing I was eating! =P
    1 pound is awesome – just think about it: if you keep this pace, all the weight will be off by the end of summer – 4 measly months – and in the long run, that is amazing!

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am (5 years ago)

      That’s a good way to look at it Kris! Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

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  3. Heather S.
    May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

    Hi Beth-
    What if you just designed your wellness the way you wanted it? Forever?
    For the $$ you’ll spend on weight -watchers and the untold hours on point counting…
    There is a better way…
    You don’t want to be on Weight- Watchers the rest of your life? Your only in your twenties! I am almost 50, and trust me…you don’t want to be counting calories by this time 😉
    I’ll leave all your readers and you with two questions….for everything you are attempting to do—
    IS IT WORKING/ SERVING YOU ? and IS IT SUSTAINABLE?
    heather

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    • LC
      May 2, 2012 at 10:15 am (5 years ago)

      Heather,

      WW in essence lets you do that – design your wellness. Yes you may need to track/be mindful of what you eat for the rest of your life (or not, as some are able to do), but you choose what you eat and when to work out. It is a sustainable program as nothing is off limits. Once you become used to the program the time really is minimal , as is the cost once you make lifetime (it takes me about 5 minutes a day to track/point count, a small price to pay for a heatlhy life). I can relate to Beth so much (I’m back trying to lose the 20 pounds I’ve gained after a pretty serious medical setback since hitting lifetime last year), and what may be a better way for you may not work for me… I know (and Beth knows) WW works for us, and it is just part our lives.

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      • Beth
        May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am (5 years ago)

        Thanks LC. Well said! 🙂

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  4. Rebecca W.
    May 2, 2012 at 9:21 am (5 years ago)

    That’s awesome, Beth! I’ve been tracking everything that I’ve eaten this week as well — I’ve been trying REALLY hard! — and I’m hoping that will be reflected on the scale this week. Though I’m a bit skeptical because I had emergency surgery about three weeks ago and still can’t do all the activity I used to do before, so I haven’t been doing much.

    But we can both do it! I know we can!

    I’m also hoping to get in a more structured strength routine, myself. Like you, I’ve gotten moves from Jillian Michaels DVDs, but also from the Total Body Conditioning class I’ve taken at NYSC and from my personal training membership there. I was actually thinking of buying NROLFW last night…this post just might be my push to do it!

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 9:46 am (5 years ago)

      You should get it! I’m planning to do a full review soon, but they are great, short, easy-to-follow full body workouts. Even after doing just one of them I already feel more comfortable in the weight room!

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  5. Kim @ Kickin' it with Kim
    May 2, 2012 at 9:51 am (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the loss, Beth! I totally hear where you’re coming from as far as wanting to see more, but it’s a loss and a step in the right direction. I’ve been on a vicious roller coaster for way too long and am hoping to start seeing a downward trend again. (I have my WW meeting after work today)

    So glad your meeting went well! I’m sure that’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment for you! 🙂 Here’s to another great week!!

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 10:22 am (5 years ago)

      Good luck at your WW meeting!! 🙂

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  6. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, what’s with the comments on this post? Eating at night doesn’t “all go to fat”… If that was true everyone who worked at night would be in big trouble. Calories in/calories out.
    Nice work this week Beth 🙂 Keep on keepin’ on 🙂

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 9:56 am (5 years ago)

      🙂 Thanks Carly!

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  7. Lynne
    May 2, 2012 at 10:27 am (5 years ago)

    When I did WW, I found that my loss was always a week behind…so the week I tracked everything was never that great of a weight loss but it would show up the following week. Not sure if you’ve noticed that but I’m interested to see what next week holds for you!

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    • Beth
      May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am (5 years ago)

      Yep that definitely happens a lot. I mean, a pound is a good, solid loss. I know that. But if I lose more next week, I won’t be disappointed! 🙂

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  8. Jamie
    May 2, 2012 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

    Like you said before, those last 10-20 are the worst. I felt like I struggled for every half pound. Currently I am up a little higher than I want to be but with my wedding coming up and a half marathon this weekend, dieting has not been a priority. It may be a while before I am on the weight loss bandwagon again because we are going to try for a baby after the wedding. With that being said, I am sure I will be back to WW eventually!

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  9. Heather
    May 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats! On the lost pound and on being an awesome leader :-).

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  10. tracey
    May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Congrats on the weight loss! After a few weeks of taking a break from counting points, I stepped on the scale last week and was pleasantly surprised. So I went back to tracking and “thought” I had a really good week…until I stepped on the scale this AM to find myself up 3 lbs. After beating myself up, and reading blogs like this one, I know it’s just a blip on the radar, and I just need to be really careful to track EVERY SINGLE THING. I have told myself if I can’t quantify it and put a point value to it – I can’t eat it! Now if I could just find a WW meeting closer than 30 minutes away from me…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. laura
    May 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Great blog, Beth! I came to post exactly what Lynne said – I bet you’ll see those tracking efforts pay off next week. And it’s so true that we are so much harder on ourselves than we would be to other people. A pound is a great loss! Next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a pound of butter and feel how heavy a pound actually is. 🙂

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  12. Lauren
    May 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I quit WW at the end of Feb. I’ve since gained 13 pounds back! I should go sign up again, but I’m embarrassed!

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    • laura
      May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am (5 years ago)

      Lauren, don’t be embarrassed! People stop and re-start WW all the time. Just chalk it up to a learning experience. If WW was working for you (even helping you maintain), maybe it is time to go back. The accountability of weighing in each week can be very powerful.

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  13. Crystal
    May 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm (5 years ago)

    That 1 pound is awesome! Congrats!

    I find with tracking ~ I need to do it once I get off track: either the weight stops coming off when I’m trying to lose it, or it starts creeping back on when I think I’m doing it right and maintaining.

    A week of tracking is eye-opening and a reminder that yes, I can eat those chocolate covered almonds, but holy crap girl, just not in those portions!

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  14. Kristina
    May 2, 2012 at 10:56 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Beth!

    Congrats on a really great week! I’ve noticed that when I do weight training a couple times a week, I don’t lose as much weight as the weeks when I do just cardio. You’re getting stronger and healthier and the weight will catch up.

    Your blog continues to inspire me– simply reading your posts motivates me and helps me keep my goals in mind!

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  15. Laura
    May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am (5 years ago)

    I hope you’ll post about your experience with NRLFW… I had just started it when I found out I was pregnant last November and know its one tool I’m going to use after my baby is born and I am trying to lose the (way too much) weight that I’ve gained during this pregnancy.

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  16. Kandi
    May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am (5 years ago)

    Congratulations on your 1lb! That means your on track to lose 5 lbs this month! Can’t beat that. Good job!

    ~Kandi

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    • Kandi
      May 3, 2012 at 9:25 am (5 years ago)

      correction “you’re” on track…. (lol that’s the secretary in me) 😮

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  17. Jennifer
    May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

    Great job on the loss! I know what you mean about wanting to see the scale move down more than 1 lb. I am always wishing for that too! Seems to move so much slower now that I’ve lost some weight. But, losing is losing, and that’s what we gotta remember!

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  18. Hilary @ The Big Weight
    May 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I go to meetings in Alexandria, VA (near the Huntington Metro) and occasionally our (awesome) leader misses… and we get this other dude to fill in from DC who is also awesome.. but I’ve been secretly hoping that one day it will be you Beth!!

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    • Beth
      May 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

      Is it Carlos??

      I wish I could sub there!

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  19. Sandals
    May 16, 2012 at 6:59 am (5 years ago)

    Beth, you could give MARY BETH a few pointers about how to lose weight! SHE is hopeless while YOU are an inspiration to everyone striving to shed pounds and inches! Congratulations! You look awesome!!

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