Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mom's Words

Today was the hardest day of the past week.  I was at school much later than expected, I had a huge headache and the gym was the LAST place I wanted to be...

but I went!

I have my mom's words to thank for that.

She made the point last night that actually getting changed for a workout and getting there is the hardest part.  Once you're there, dressed, ready to go - you're good.  So although I had to FIGHT my inner demons that wanted me to come home and nap I kept telling myself, just get to the gym... just get to the gym.

And once there - I was fine!  Caught my 2nd wind, lost the headache, and pushed myself to my hardest workout yet.

Mom knows best.

Go figure.  ;)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weight Watchers - Week 1

Well, I did it... I bit the bullet and registered for Weight Watchers this weekend.

I have mixed feelings about this.  It was through using the Weigh Watchers POINTS system in 2003 that I lost 60 pounds.  I never attended a single meeting during this time, but had a colleague who was a member buy me the books so I could do it on my own.... and to great success!!!

Then, I joined (officially) in 2006-2007 when I had put some weight back on.  I did the POINTS again, went to meetings, etc.  But this time I did not succeed.  I had small losses here and there, but ended up quitting after a few months.  I could not get into the flow this time.

This time, however, I'm optimisitic.  They have revamped their system and it is now called POINTS PLUS.  Smartly, this time, carbohydrates are factored in when determining point values.  So, long story short, I get more points a day, but foods that are higher in carbs have higher point values.  There are other differences, but that's it in a nutshell.

And because I'm a teacher, organizer dork - I got completely excited about getting a new journal, having a new tracker, new food books, etc. - it really felt like a new start.  I really liked the people at the center and already became friends with the other newbie that was there.

So I did my weigh in, spent a good amount of time on Saturday reading through all the materials and getting myself organized and am ready to go!  I'm very excited about officially beginning this journey.  I have a gut feeling that this time is for real and for life.

And I'm ready.  :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Goals

Have you checked out the "My Goals" tab on my blog??  It's been updated :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Ok, so... I'm starting over.  For real.

I had a good flow going at the start of 2011, and then theater rehearsals and ultimately illness derailed me.  Whether that's a reason, or an excuse, acceptable or not, that's what happened.

So here I sit on the evening of March 24, 2011 and calling for a do-over.

There is a big event in my life coming up - the wedding of my sister on September 3, 2011.  I do NOT want to look like a fat piece of crap in those pictures... so, that's the prize I have my eye on, so to speak - the "D day" of my weight loss.

September 3, 2011

As of tomorrow, that's in 163 days (23 weeks).

My goal is to lose between 1-2 pounds a week from now til then - which would put me between 23 and 46 pounds lighter than what I am now... not my ULTIMATE goal, but my "wedding goal".

I'm going to rejoin weight watchers this weekend.  Using the points system helped me to lose 60 pounds my first year of teaching, so I'm going to try that again.  Hopefully going to meetings will also give me the support and encouragement I need from people going through a similar struggle.  I'm going to get my butt to Planet Fitness at least 4 times a week.  Between the points, and the workouts - I should be able to lose between 23-46 pounds by September 3rd.

So here I go.  New challenge.  Life challenge.  Life change.  Getting wedding ready....

Day 1 - March 25th - starts tomorrow.