Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The First Week

I did make it to Weight Watchers last week for my first weigh in and the number sort of punched me in the face, but I knew I had a lot of work to do.

And then I worked.  I planned. I prayed.  I did some digging into my issues.  I drank a lot of water and I did not feel like I wasn't satisfied once over the past week.  I didn't exercise as much as I have in the past but I'm easing in to that.  Saturday night I even had some ice cream that was more delicious than any I've ever wolfed down in two minutes.

At yesterday's weigh in I was rewarded with a 5.2 pound loss for my first week of work.  I know my loss number will rarely be that big, but I'm happy with it.  My pal Jean had over a NINE POUND loss!  That shows you just how much of a difference just switching from regular soda to diet soda makes.  In the coming weeks she'd like to switch from diet soda to water but she's making small steps and seeing great rewards.

Support is a big piece of this puzzle.  I've got the support of Jean, my husband, my mother-in-law, my best pal Beth, my friends, and all of you.  I am so blessed and promise to work just as hard this week too!

How's everyone doing out there?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You Have To Be Ready

Today's the day, folks.  Today is the day that Jean and I march our asses into the Weight Watchers meeting at 5pm and officially commit to doing some changing in our lives.  We've spent the past few week communicating about our excitement over all of this and today is the day that it all starts.

The thing is, you have to be ready.  You have to admit to yourself most of all that you're ready to put in the hard work it will take (because face it, y'all, it's some damn hard work) to make the changes that will alter your life.


It's huge isn't it?  Of course it is.  Just wanting it isn't enough.  You have to be willing to do what it takes and combine that desire for change to actually do anything. 

And stepping into a meeting room might not sound like a commitment but it's a symbol of changing the past four years of me saying, "I can't go to meetings.  I can do this on my own."

It's ok to say "I need help."  It's ok to say, "I need to lean on you."  It's ok to realize that doing monumental things with your life means a lot more when you admit that you have what it takes to not only change yourself, but to also help change another person and accept their help in return.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Weight Loss Meetings

How many of you participate in a weight loss program where you have to go to a weekly meeting, monitor your progress and stay for a topic talk of some type?  There are lots of programs out there, many with online versions of their program, some without.

What works for you?

That's a powerful question.  Often we try to make what we THINK works or SHOULD work for us be the program we're going to be successful doing, but the fact is, that's not always the case.  We try to fit the program into our lives rather changing our lives to fit the program.

 I have been doing that with GLARING bouts of anything-but success with the Weight Watchers Online program.  It is an awesome program, to be sure.  But I think it is the sort of program that would be a great tool for the person that doesn't have serious food issues like yours truly.  When have I been most successful?  When I went to the MEETINGS.  When I had actual face-to-face people to talk to and bounce ideas off.

For a long time I have been finding lots of different ways to say, "I CAN'T" when it comes to going to Weight Watchers meetings.  My Job/My Kids/My Family/My Responsibilities/My Husband/MyBLAHBLAHBLAH.  Guess what?  If I keep going the way I'm going, I won't be able to enjoy any of those things anyway.

So, I found a way to say I CAN.

And guess what?  Instead of being all shy and "I'm not going to tell anyone because I'll be embarrassed and everyone will know I'm fat" (Because HELLO.....people have eyes, right?  Even Ronnie Milsap would know I've got weight issues) - I decided to reach out to an old friend who once mentioned WW and ask if she's still interested.  She's decided to go too....and we'll call her Jean S. for the purposes of this blog.  I'm happy to have someone I know going too, and the support means a great deal to me. 

Jean and I start Sept 18th.  Let's all be wishing her luck in weaning herself from Dr. Pepper in the meantime.  I'm excited!

PS - thanks for all the comments on my last post!  I'm glad to know I'm not alone.  I plan to do some dusting around here!
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