I Love Surprises

Valentine's DayIt’s Friday AND its Valentine’s Day, so I want to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

As you all know, I had a setback last week (as in…a gain), but I vowed I was setup for a comeback and indeed, I was.  I am overjoyed to report that I did indeed lose this week AND, I lost BIG!!!  I was down 7.2 lbs!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!  This brings my total loss to date to 165.8 lbs.  My leader Beth weighed me in and she was just as shocked as I was.  Her first question was, “What did you do???”  My honest answer was, “I don’t know.”

 

 

 

Weight 2.14.14

As I said last week, it tends to take my body a week to catch up, either with a loss or gain, and while I did work extra hard last week to make up for all of the “bad” I did the week before, in no way did I expect such a huge loss.  I have not experienced a one week loss this big in over a year and that type of one week loss is certainly not typical for anyone.  (So PLEASE don’t read this and feel discouraged if you have not had a one week loss like that.)  I may lose again next week, and I hope I do, but if so, I doubt it will be anything like this one.  AND there is certainly the possibility that I will go up a little bit next week as my body balances out.

In any event, I will take today’s loss and be very happy about it.  This week, I will continue to work hard so that I hopefully lose again or at least maintain.  Michael is always amazed at how much trial and error is involved in this whole process and finding the right combinations of food and activity that work for me in achieving weight loss.  I always tell people, if what you did this week didn’t work, don’t get discouraged.  Try something different next week.  You will find the right combination.

One thing that I find helpful is to keep and food/emotional journal each week so that I can track my progress.  With Weight Watchers, you “track” your daily food intake and that can be done on paper or online.  I always suggest that people keep a food diary, even if they aren’t Weight Watchers members.  There is no more eye-opening experience than writing down every single thing you put in your mouth through the course of the day.  It is also helpful to journal your emotions and track how you are feeling each day of the week and even at different points throughout the day.  By doing these things, you have something to go back and look at so you can see what you did and how you were feeling on the weeks you were successful and what you did and how you were feeling on the weeks that maybe you weren’t successful.

Journaling

The most important thing to remember, gain or lose is that losing weight and getting healthy is a wonderful thing to do for yourself and the journey is worth hanging in there for.  Don’t just hold out for the day that you reach goal to be happy; be happy through every phase of the journey as you are always learning and growing and there are so many things to be happy about along the way.

Comments

  1. Kassie could you email me. I joined weight watchers on line first two weeks I lost 7.2 lbs last two weeks I ve gained 5.5 lbs I’m tracking every bite of food every lick, bite, I mean everything I even lowered my points to 34 versus 42 due to the fact that I sprained my ankle and have not been able to exercise. I was swimming but having to get in and out of the pool was putting more strain on my ankle. So now my first month on WW I have only lost 2lbs. Do you have any suggestions. I am now back in the 300 I so wanted to cry when I saw 300.75 this am a number I never want to see again.

  2. Kassie, good for you and thanks for explaining the ups and downs our bodies go through as we adjust to new weights. I will treat the scale a little kinder in the future! 🙂

    In one of your earlier blogs you talked about eating the same foods most of the time. I realized that I do that, too, except for tweaking it a bit if I’m omitting gluten. When I took my mom to the Dr. Today there was a quick blurb on there patient t.v. about dieting to lose weight and it mentioned eating similar foods from week to week. I wish it had gone into more detail but I guess if you find foods that you can eat and lose weight with then it makes sense to continue eating them, huh?

    Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

    Myra

    • Myra,
      Yes, there are so many variables to weight loss. The number on the scale is not the end all be all and that is why I am not an advocate of weighing yourself multiple times throughout the week. You’ll drive yourself crazy with the scale if you aren’t careful. I measure myself and pay close attention to how my clothes are fitting as well.

      Thanks for sharing what you saw at the doctor’s office. It makes sense that eating similar foods from week to week could help you be successful as you are aware of calorie counts, etc for those foods. I think it’s like all of the other aspects of this journey; you have to do what works for you. My body seems to respond better when I shake things up from time to time, but everyone is different. And as much as I harp about needing to switch up my diet, I still eat pretty much the same things from week to week. It’s so difficult to step out of your comfort zone! 🙂

      I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day as well!

      Kassie

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