Friday, 30 November 2007

Weigh-in day was yesterday. I hadn't been to WW in five months! Once I had reached a point where I was happy to maintain for a while I never did follow the WW guidelines to figure out what my maintenance points are. I simply started eating a little more, being more relaxed about snacking, and kept watching the scale. I had planned on pulling back a little if I saw my weight creep back up. I was around 58kg and swore that I wouldn't go over 60.

Slowly over the last few months my eating habits have got worse and worse and I've been eating more and more junk. But my weight has hardly changed! My shape has though. My boobs are smaller and my butt is bigger, and I can swear I've put some more padding on my belly too.

Anyway, I have reached a point where my trousers are getting tight and I am feeling vaguely ashamed of my sloppy eating habits. I want to get back on track because I feel better physically and emotionally when I'm eating right. I also want to lose a little more weight before Christmas and then get right back on track properly once we're a bit settled after our house move in January.

So ... off to WW I went last night.

There is a new leader, but that doesn't faze me (and besides, I'll have a new leader in a new meeting once we move.) I stepped on the scale and was amazed to find that in the last five months, with my steady decline in self-discipline, I've gained ...

... only 3 POUNDS!

Feeling the familiar glow of success that I used to enjoy at the WW meetings, I sat and enjoyed my leader's motivational talk and came home buzzing. I feel so much happier and energised and in control simply by attending my meeting.

So here's to a new start, and continued success.

I've started a new food blog, and since I'm back on the wagon I'll be featuring mainly WW recipes for the next three weeks. Then all bets are off until after Christmas - watch out for delicious cookies, bakes and meals!

Friday, 8 June 2007

I forgot to post after last week's weigh-in. I lost a pound and a half - Rachel lost 2, so I owe her flowers. I was silly and met Grant for lunch so my loss wasn't that good. Oh well!

I didn't get weighed this week - I've been a bit sloppy with points and ate junk on the weekend a bit, but my scales say I've lost anyway.

Had a great time shopping for jeans at Sainsbury's - all of the size 10's fit me! I just didn't like the style of some of them, and only ended up buying one pair.

Monday, 28 May 2007

Weigh-in day was a few days ago, I forgot to update this blog. I stayed the same. I was fine with that as I had been a bit sloppy with points last week, plus had been out to lunch with Rebecca and Rachel in the afternoon before I was weighed.

Rachel and I are now both 9 stone 10 and both want to lose about half a stone so we're in hot competition this week. Whoever loses the least has to buy the other some flowers (just from the supermarket). I've been really motivated and have been sticking to my points, in fact I've been under my points every day - not through starving myself but making better choices. I am loving WW, I never have to go hungry or without treats!

I had three people compliment me last Sunday at church and more this week. Am loving my new clothes!

Friday, 18 May 2007

Weigh-in day and I lost 2 pounds, but that was over the last two weeks as I didn't go and get weighed last week. Am chuffed, because I was messing about and going over my points, so I was glad to have lost.

I've been shopping like a mad woman this last week ... I have bought more clothes in the past week than I have in the past five years, and I'm not exaggerating! It is SO MUCH FUN to be able to buy size 10 and 12 and have them look good! I've bought a dress, skirt, tops, blouses, cardigans, sandals ... way too much fun. I get on such a high, and when something is a real bargain as well I'm like in euphoria, lol! I get way more pleasure from shopping now than I ever did from naughty food, and that's saying something.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Weigh-in day ... I really didn't think I'd lost this week due to stress so I was pleased that I'd lost 1 pound.

Friday, 27 April 2007

What's a weight loss diary without 'before' and 'after' pics? Well, these are more like 'before' and 'during' pics as I still want to lose a bit more. Here is what I looked like pre-weight-loss:

And last week at 24.5lb lighter and 2 sizes smaller:

Weigh-in day was two days ago and I lost another 2.5lb!! I am so excited. It was a thrill to fit comfortably in size 12 ... but now my jeans are getting a little loose again and for the first time the possibility of size 10 has become real. They did have a word with me at WW, asking how much I still want to lose but I assured them that I wanted to remain within the healthy range and not drop below it and that even though I've gone down into the next weight bracket (I'm 9st13 now) I wasn't going to drop a point as I'm doing fine on 19 points a day. I just feel like I still have some flab on my belly and hips (I'm fine with everything else) and that because I have a small frame it doesn't look as good on me to be in the top end of the healthy weight range for my height; I look better towards the bottom end. I wish I could just lose off my belly / hips and leave everything else!

Have been toning my arms with simple exercises every day; we'll see when / if it makes a difference. Ritsuko (one of the moms at school) asked if I'd lost weight, she'd noticed it in my face most. One more pound and it's two stone I've lost!

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Tonight I was photographing Matt and Helen (their engagement session) and we got chatting about ages. I was 19 when I got engaged and had just turned 20 when Grant and I were married; Helen has just turned 20 and I'll be photographing their wedding in July. When I mentioned that I've been married 11 years, Helen blurted out, "Wow, I hope I look as good as you in 11 years' time!"


Thursday, 19 April 2007

Weigh-in day and I was thrilled to bits to find I've lost 3 pounds!! Woohoo! Should go to Spain more often.

Loving my new jeans from Sainsbury's (size 12) - they fit so well and I feel great when I wear them.

Friday, 6 April 2007

I feel so much better today, things are more in perspective. Feel a bit sheepish, actually, but in a way it's good that gaining a little freaked me out so much - I'm more motivated and more careful with my tracking and points now. I know WW works and I know it's a long-term lifestyle change, not a quick fix or anything to get obsessive about.

Of course, some retail therapy always helps! Today I bought some trousers and skirts and a top - all size 12 with a couple of size 10's thrown in for kicks and giggles, and they all fit beautifully! I'm remembering what it's all about - I'm in a healthy weight range, I look good (or better than I did before) and I feel great, and my clothes fit and that's what it's all about, not a number on a scale. I feel and look like I lost this week, so who cares what the scales say.

Must lose the bit of flab on my belly, hips and bum, but healthily, not obsessively. Am at peace with that half pound, and in a really good place mentally.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Weigh-in day and I was devastated to be told I'd gained half a pound. I know, talk about over-reacting - to come home and cry over a couple of hundred grams is pathetic, but it was a crappy end to a crappy day. I need to figure out how and why it happened.

When you're on maintenance you can eat around 6 extra points a day and not gain (although everyone does differ) and there is no way I ate that many, no way at all. I did sneak a couple of the boys crisps here and there but even when I do that I mark it on my tracker and I've not gone over any day by more than a couple of points, and that wasn't even every day! We had the Sisters' Meal on Friday and I didn't pig out but I wasn't strict, and ate a whole helping of banoffee pie ... but even then, I had 14.5 points which I'd saved for the meal, plus the theoretical 6 extra when maintaining!

I guess what upset me is being so close to how I want to look, and then having this step backward. I've never not lost, so to gain (let alone stay the same!) was really upsetting. It makes me afraid, I don't want to gain back the weight I lost.

My leader was really nice, she was telling me to just relax, that it might mean nothing, that there may be no reason at all why it's happened, it could be my body adjusting and doing its own thing. She said to just stay calm and see what the next week or two bring - yeah right, I'm off to Spain on Monday, I can just imagine what the next week or two will look like. It's made me feel crappy about the holiday as well, like I can't just enjoy eating out etc. I've been out to eat before and made wise choices and still lost that week, but this half a pound has freaked me out. But I don't want to turn into one of those women who are so boring to eat out with, so strict and obsessed. But I don't want to gain any more either!!

I know I'm overreacting, but I can't help it. I think it's the perfectionist in me: doing WW, must lose every single week. Not realistic, but there it is. My leader was saying that if it's even just a couple of ounces over last week's weight it will count it as half a pound as the scales only measure in half pounds, and it might not even be that much.

I need to just get over it and get real. Maybe I wouldn't be as upset if I hadn't had such a crappy day and pressured week.

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Weigh-in day and I've lost 2.5lb!! I only needed to lose half a pound to make Gold Membership, so I was thrilled!! So now I'm a Gold Member plus I've lost over 10% of my body weight. I am grinning from ear to ear!

Total weight loss: 22lb in 11 weeks.

Popped into Next Clearance today - they have no changing rooms so I had to just buy a few items on faith. The size 12 long denim skirt I got is slightly loose (!!) so I'm taking it back, the size 12 jeans are much too tight in the bum/waist but I'll hang onto them and hopefully fit into them soon, and the size 12 rust cord skirt is a little snug but will fit beautifully in a week or two. CHUFFED TO BITS.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Weigh-in day and although I hadn't expected to have lost more than half a pound, I actually lost 1.5 lb this week! I am so so so thrilled. This means that I only have to lost HALF A POUND to become a Gold Member and get my 10% keyring!! I'll definitely lose at least half a pound this week.

Why I hadn't expected to lose much: I didn't count points when I ate a big meal for Noah's birthday; I've been picking on birthday cake, chocolate and Rice Krispie treats; went out to eat last night and ate a bit too much.

Why I did lose despite the above: lots of walking; staying roughly near my points even though I did go over; didn't eat all of my potato, the coleslaw or all the cheese in my meal when we ate out.

I am so pleased!

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Weigh-in day and I am walking on air - I lost 3 pounds this week!! I couldn't stop smiling the whole meeting. That means only 2 pounds to go and I will be a Gold Member! I still want to lose another 11 or so after that, though - will see how it goes.

I had been feeling a little discouraged this week because I've been sooo hungry lately but Sue Bentley said the same thing happened to her and that it's just a phase so hang in there. Today was better, I wasn't as hungry.

Rachel came to my WW meeting with me and we walked down. Today in total I've walked 16,059 steps which is 5.58 miles!! I earned 3 points but don't plan on using them. I'd rather lose the weight faster.

Feeling fantastic!! Yesterday I bought a new pair of jeans which fit fantastically. They are a size 14 but they fit properly - this is a big deal for me. The two main motivations to lose weight (besides looks) was that I was tired of being tired all the time (I'm not tired all the time anymore) and I couldn't find jeans or trousers to fit properly (and now I can!). I'm so happy.
I've done lots of walking today - it's only 2pm and I've already done 10,110 steps, which is 3.51 miles. I've reached healthy and have earned 1 point so far.

The weather is gorgeous, all sunny and fresh so I walked to Gyminies. I let Noah walk halfway home and all the fresh air and exercise has tired him out and he's asleep so i am working. Win-win!

I was reflecting on how much losing weight has changed my life already. Not too long ago I hardly took Noah to playgroups because I was too tired and fed up to bother. Now I go to mothers' group on Mondays, Gyminies on Wednesdays and out with him other days too, and today there was me walking over a mile to Gyminies. I feel so fantastic!

I feel like I've lost this week, hoping it will show on the scales tonight.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Weigh-in day yesterday - I lost half a pound. Not much of a loss (in fact, it was my lowest yet) but I was still really pleased because on Saturday we went to Sylvia's 60th birthday party and ate there, on Sunday I had some of her birthday cake and on Monday Rachel took us to Pizza Hut for buffet lunch.

I really did try to make better eating choices on these occasions than I normally would have - at Sylvia's do I had saved 6 points and I asked for half the amount of beef stew that the caterer was going to serve (and didn't even finish it), loaded up on green beans, carrots and salad and declined the potatoes and rice (although I did have some cauliflower cheese). I wasn't being pious - I genuinely didn't miss anything I had turned down. For dessert I chose the chocolate cake but only ate half of the piece and didn't have pouring cream over it. The birthday cake the next day: I didn't finish the whole piece and gave the thick rolled icing to the kids. At Pizza Hut I did have 3 pieces of pizza but I filled up on salad and chose a fat-free vinaigrette dressing, and didn't have any of the garlic bread. Again, I was well satisfied and enjoyed the meal and didn't miss anything I didn't eat. So I was really pleased that my choices paid off and I still had a small loss this week.

I feel so fantastic - I have more energy, I can fit into my clothes and look decent in them and I feel more confident.

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Weigh-in day and I am over the moon - I lost 2.5lb! Woohoo!! That makes 14.5lb total - just over a stone. Yeah! Driving home I was on a total high and I was thinking, "This, this feeling, is worth so much more than a piece of chocolate cake or any of the things I've given up (and frankly don't even miss)." Am v proud of myself and still feeling v motivated and focused.

Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Did the Kelli Roberts step workout today - first 2 parts with 6 inches and last bit with 4 inches. I quite enjoyed it - it was a tough workout, got me sweating and breathing. Can't make it all the way through the abs bit.

I've been feeling so great. I'm enjoying fitting into smaller clothes, I have more energy, my skin is clear and Rachel can't believe how healthy I look.

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Weigh-in day ... I lost another pound. I was hoping for 1.5 but am still happy. I am looking so much better with the 12lb loss so far and feeling fantastic, so anything more that I lose is gravy. I'm back into the clothes I wore before I fell pregnant with Noah (almost 3 years ago!) although they do fit a bit differently as my shape has changed.

I need to lose 8lb to get to goal at WW, and then I'd like to lose another 15lb after that. I'm aiming for a size 12. So with 23lb to lose and 12lb lost already, I'm a third of the way there!

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Weigh-in day - I lost another 2.5 pounds! I was so so pleased as I hadn't felt like I'd lost anything this week even though I was slightly below my points every day and I've been ill. Total loss in five weeks: 11 pounds.

Friday, 9 February 2007

Weight-in day was yesterday - I lost another pound. I know why it wasn't more - even though I fasted 3 meals on the weekend, I didn't count points the rest of the time and probably went over. Also, I haven't been drinking enough water. But hey, it's still a pound less than I was before. Here's to a better week next week!

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Weigh-in day - and I've lost another 3.5 pounds! Hooray, that's half a stone in two weeks. Man, I felt crap that first week ... but after the first 7 days my body seemed to adjust and I've felt great. I'm learning how to manage my points throughout the day. I can feel the weight loss, it's showing in how my clothes fit and I can see it in my face / neck / ribcage. Yeah.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Weigh-in day! I've lost 4 pounds in my first week, hooray!

Have to admit, have felt pretty crap most of the week. Yesterday was the worst. I am trying to spread my points more evenly now and drink more water - I think my body has been detoxing or something. We'll see how it goes next week.

But yay! 4 pounds!

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

I started doing WW last week Thursday. I'm not attending meetings or anything, but I have the book and the recipe books and Rebecca is very supportive and thre to help me with advice and to talk about it and she'll be checking up on my weight every Wednesday. I'm enjoying it so far - appeals to the control freak in me! The recipes are really good. I'm a bit annoyed that I'm only allowed 19 points a day, but so far I'm managing to make them work.

Oh, I forgot to mention I've hurt my knee (sitting with my leg twisted under me while at the computer) so that's why I've stopped exercising for now. I plan to lift weights though.

Starting weight last Thursday: 11st 7lb.

Thursday, 11 January 2007

Exercise: yesterday instead of driving to fetch Daniel from school I walked, pushing the buggy. Over 2 miles round trip.
Other: bought a pair of shoes and a skirt.

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Weight: don't know what it is now, but a few days ago it was 72.2kg - 13.2kg to go (0.8kg lost). When I shot the wedding with Natasha on Saturday she commented that I had lost weight (so have a couple of other people).
Water: appalling ... must get on track!
Eating: still can't taste anything due to bad sinus infection. I'm well now, but apparently it can take months for nerves to renew?! Tonight Noah was hassling at bedtime and I had the strongest craving for pudding / cake / custard / ice cream - purely emotional eating which I resisted. For meals I've been eating Weight Watchers meals some of the time.
Exercise: tonight, even though I was shattered, I did 2.3 miles on the treadmill while watching CSI (40 minutes). I feel really proud of myself. I mainly walked, but ran for a couple of minutes a couple of times.
Other: bought my hair straighteners! Need to get a haircut, must book that.