Today Is the First Day…

Brand New DayDo you ever feel like you just need a fresh start; not because things are not going relatively well but maybe just because you seem to be stuck in a rut?  This is the point I am at.  I feel like I am running in circles and basically getting nowhere.

I should preface this by saying that I repeated all of the same things I did last week in hopes of seeing a big loss today.  I have not had any grapes in two weeks now, my fruit intake is limited to one apple and one banana per day, and I have really ramped up the exercise.  I earned 139 Activity Points in the last two weeks by running 80 miles on the treadmill and lifting weights in addition to my normal daily activity.  I even felt lighter this week and was fairly confident I would see a significant loss this week.  I only weighed myself a few times during the week as I was trying not to psych myself out.

So, I step on the Weight Watchers scale today and feel like I have been punched in the stomach when I see that I am down ½ a pound from last week.  I know what you are thinking; “you lost,” and you are right, I did.  As I always say, a loss is a loss, no matter how big or small.  I hope that after reading about all of my activity the past few weeks, you can understand why I was a bit disappointed.  Don’t get me wrong; I understand all the benefits of the increased activity and I know I am doing the right thing by decreasing the fruit, I guess I just had higher hopes for the results both things would provide me.

Weight 3.28.14

Michael had a suggestion a few weeks ago and I liked it but I have not seriously implemented it, so I decided this would be the perfect week to take his advice and see if it helps.  He had suggested that I approach my weight loss from the perspective of having just started Weight Watchers.  He recommended forgetting that I have been at this for 2 ½ years and take a fresh start approach.  He said to think of it as having just joined today and needing to lose 55 lbs.  I like this idea for a lot of reasons.  For one, I can start with my 5% goal (5% of what I weigh today is 10.4 lbs.)instead of focusing so much on 55 lbs. which is still a lot.  Another reason I like this approach is that as my Dad’s girlfriend Rita pointed out, I am not the same person I was when I first started Weight Watchers in 2011.  This journey, along with lots of other changes in my life, have helped me to grow tremendously and she felt like my perspective would likely be very different if I were just starting today.  I think she’s right.

So here I go, embarking on a new week with a new mindset.  I will approach the week as though I am completely new at this weight loss business and see how it goes.  I will continue to try to find the right balance between food and exercise and hopefully this will be the week I hit my stride.

I am discouraged but I will certainly never give up!  I’ve come this far and I will finish this journey, no matter how difficult it is or how long it takes.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, successful weekend!

Keep Calm Start Again


  1. Shelley Brown says:

    What a great idea. And you get to start the same time as me and

  2. Great idea and great attitude! Some weeks we don’t get what we deserve. But your losses will continue, and will likely speed up again after a while. I think I will go back through some of my materials and try to look at them again with new eyes.

  3. I can understand where you are coming from. I have battled losing and gaining the same 5 pounds for what feels like forever. You can do it!!!

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