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Week Two

29th March 2012

Just weighed myself this morning – here’s how I did using the gems:

Woo.

What did I do differently this week? I cut out Starbucks, Diet Coke, bread, pasta, and junk. I’ve also been drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day.

I’ve been eating lean proteins, tons of veggies and salads with 1tbsp olive oil & vinegar as dressing, low GI fruits like apples and berries, and Greek Yogurt.

It’s working and I’m spreading out my meals so I’m not hungry. The key really is to eat protein with every meal and snack.

The hardest part really has been cutting out the Starbucks trips and the Diet Cokes. However, after watching Hungry for Change online, I just can’t drink another Diet Coke – I like my brain cells too much.

I highly encourage you to watch it – it’s online for free until the 31st of this month (Saturday) – just enter your name and email and you can watch the movie here: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/

This week, I’m determined to start working out!

Week Two:

Weight LOST this week: 6.5

Weight Lost to date:  9

Weight left to Lose: 91

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How did you do this week?

Weight Watchers Week One And 100 Shiny Gems

22nd March 2012

Ola.

Hope you’re all enjoying the gorgeous weather out there.

So, before I talk about my first week back on the Weight Watchers, I wanted to blog about this great idea I read about that I am now going to borrow for my own weight loss.

I want to give credit to the blog/site that I saw this on, but I honestly cannot remember where I saw it because it was ages ago.

If I do find it, I promise to come back and give due credit – in the meantime, whoever thought of this, thank you and you’re very clever.

When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be extremely overwhelming and perhaps, slightly depressing. So, having a tangible way of looking at how much you’ve lost, in terms of actual numbers, can help make it seem less overwhelming.

I hope anyway.

Introducing: The Jars of Weight Loss. The Gem Jars. The Gem Jars of Weight Loss. I have no idea what to call these, clearly.

You take two jars.

First jar is the total amount of weight you want to lose, mine was filled with 100 little plastic gems – thanks dollar store. (you can use marbles, stones, pennies, diamonds, whatever) 

Second jar is for the weight you do lose.

As you lose weight, you move the gems into the pounds lost jar. Eventually, if you work your butt off, you’ve moved all the shiny, plastic gems into that jar.

I just love this idea, because seriously, who wants to look at that empty jar? Not moi, so I’ll be posting a pic of my jar every week.

SO, how did my first week back go?

Weight LOST this week: 2.5

Weight Lost to date:  2.5

Weight left to Lose: 97.5

I lost 2.5 pounds in my first week back. It’s alright but I know it could have been more – this isn’t 2.5 lbs of working my ass off. If it was, it would have been higher.

But any weight loss is a win, right?

For this next week, the goal is to exercise and to stick to the plan 95% of the time.

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How was your week? If your following along and/or also working to lose weight and get healthy, please leave a comment below with your link so I can come visit. I’ve decided to get rid of the linky for now, but I still want to support you so let me know. If you’re interested in Weight Watchers and want to know more, I wrote a post about the program yesterday with deets on how the whole thing works, so feel free to check it out.

(FYI: None of the Weight Watchers posts are sponsored.)

Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 – The Program

21st March 2012

I just started back on the Weight Watchers, (my first week’s weigh-in will be posted tomorrow), because after waffling on what program to do, I’ve decided this is the one for me. Since I get so many visitors asking about Weight Watchers, I wanted to share a post with some details about the new Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 program.

The Basics:

  • Based on your current weight, you get a daily PointsPlus target. This number will get smaller as your weight goes down.
  • Everything you eat and drink has a PointsPlus value.
  • You get 49 additionally points each week, which you can choose to use or not use.
  • You can earn more points every day by exercising. The weekly goal to start is to earn 14 points each week.
  • Track it all either on using their paper tracker or online (their online tools are not free, fyi).
  • You can choose to attend meetings for additional support (these are optional but highly encouraged).

Daily Food Goals:

As with any balanced diet, you need to aim for a certain number of servings of each food group – the paper trackers are great for keeping track of how many servings you’ve had.

  • Lean Protein: 2 servings a day – like 3oz of chicken or 1/2 cup of beans (Personally I eat more protein that that, especially if exercising).
  • Fruits and Veggies: 5 servings a day – 1 cup of lettuces of 1/2 cup of other veg.
  • Low Fat Dairy: 2 servings a day  (Serving sizes really depend on what you’re eating – for example, milk vs. yogurt vs. cottage cheese)
  • Whole Grains – They don’t really specify a total number of servings but
  • WaterAt least six glasses of water a day – They call it liquids and include milk and diet pop in that number, but I ignore all that and count water only. Milk really counts as dairy anyway.
  • Vitamin – They encourage a multivitamin daily.

POWER FOODS:

  • Although you can technically eat whatever you want to eat on Weight Watchers (as long as you keep track of your points), they do really suggest that you stick with “Power Foods”. Power foods are basically the healthier options that any dietician will encourage you to eat – lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, etc. The best thing about the Power Foods is that they are more filling and use up less points, so it’s a win all around.
  • Prior to this updated Points Plus 2012 program, Weight Watchers stated that most fruits and vegetables carried a 0 point value – so technically you could eat as many as you want and they wouldn’t count. Obviously, this was flawed because fruits and vegetables still have calories, so you definitely have to keep track of them. Now, with Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012, they suggest that you eat about 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetable servings a day, which makes much more sense in the end. The starchier veggies like potatoes and corn do not have 0 point values however, so you have to remember that.
Exercise:
  • As anyone will tell you, exercise is key when you want to lose weight, and Weight Watchers is no exception.
  • You can earn points for working out (the number depends on  your weight, the amount of time you worked out and the intensity) – you get a chart when you sign up that will give you those amounts.
  • Your starting goal is 14 points earned each week.
  • Each activity point you earn equals one food point – so you can choose to eat those or not.

Pointers for success:

I know a lot of people on Weight Watchers, so I’ve read and heard some great advice for success and meeting weight loss goals. These aren’t rules or anything, just things that work for some people on the program.

  • Although you can technically eat whatever you want, eat healthy and mindfully so that you’re actually eating well and losing.
  • Make sure to eat your daily points in full every day.
  • Cut out white flours, sugar and salt as much as possible.
  • Drink water as your only beverage. If you feel bloated, add a slice of lemon to your water to help.
  • Don’t use the additional weekly 49 points regularly – only use them only on rare occasion when you have a party or event.
  • Do some sort of daily exercise.
  • Even when you do earn additional points from exercise, don’t use them.

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Are you on Weight Watchers? What is your best advice for success? What do you do with your weekly points and earned activity points – save them or use them? Would love to hear about your weight loss is going.

(Please note: I don’t work for Weight Watchers – I’m just someone trying to lose weight gained from babies and burgers.)

 

March To Blogher – Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012

15th March 2012

Ok, so I’ll be honest and say that I was actually going to call this post “March to Blogher – Fat Shame & Bad Skin”.

Why? Because right now, I don’t know what is happening with my skin – it is awful. I never had acne in high school, and NEVER this bad except for the last few months. It is almost worse than being overweight. Almost.

And the fat shame should be pretty obvious.

Every year at this time, when winter is on the way out and spring is arriving, I get this feeling of dread because I know it’s not going to be as easy to hide behind one of my million cardigans. My beloved cardigans (yes, I have an obsession) have become a way to hide my fat. They’re part of the uniform – wide leg jeans, long t-shirts, and a long ass, huge cardigan. I pretty much wear the same thing every single day. As someone who LOVES clothes, and loves shopping for clothes, this KILLS me. My husband used to take me on trips to Toronto and Ottawa to shop at my favorite stores, because we didn’t have them in our smaller city. Now, when we go away and do some shopping, I don’t go into a single store that doesn’t have kids’ items. Not one. They remind me of my old self and what I desperately miss.

  • I miss shopping for myself and buying myself things I like, and not just things that will cover me up the most.
  • I miss jumping and running with my kids and thinking about having fun with them, and not ‘what do I look like right now’ and ‘I hope no one sees me’.
  • I miss seeing someone I know from my past and being happy about seeing them, rather than thinking about how they’re probably shocked at what I look like now.
  • I miss looking in the mirror and actually seeing myself, rather than never really making eye contact. I’ve mastered looking THROUGH the mirror.

I could go on forever, but I hate talking about this stuff, because I don’t want pity, and I never want to come across like a “woe is me” person because that’s just not really me. I put myself here – I totally get that. This is the result of eating poorly and not exercising for years – I know this. However, if I’m ever really going to do this, I have to be honest with myself, and I have to stop telling myself that I can’t do this. This is my biggest downfall. At some point, being mean to myself has to get old, no?

And so……

After reading about so many of my friends succeeding on the Weight Watchers plan, I can’t ignore it. This plan makes the most sense for long term success, and I have to stop caring about what other people are doing to lose weight and focus on the end goal, which should just be about my own personal goal. If I keep comparing others’ successes to my failures, I’m going to have to move into my closet permanently. I don’t want to do that – it’s dark in there.

So Wednesday evening, I went back to Weight Watchers AGAIN, and told them that I wanted to sign up and start fresh, and I took my older sister with me. The Weight Watcher ladies put me in my place as soon as I tried to be negative about myself, so thanks for that Weight Watchers ladies. They weighed me and as I already knew, I need to/want to lose 100 POUNDS – that’s the goal. And now that I was weighed on a Wednesday evening, I plan to go every Wednesday, which works great because I’ll be able to blog results on Thursdays.

For those of you who have never been to Weight Watchers, the sign up is very easy. You go in, you are immediately welcomed by someone who is also on the program. You sign up and/or pay for your week, and then they weigh you. It’s a very nice and comfortable environment and they are very discreet about your weight. They are encouraging and very nice and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. According to your weight and some other numbers, they will tell you how many points you can eat each week. You are given lots of reading material and you get new informative Weight Watchers Weekly inserts every week. They also have tons of extras available for purchase, like cookbooks, magazines, food, etc. Honestly as long as you get all the weekly materials, all you really need above that, is the calculator that will help you calculate points of everything you eat. The best $10 you can spend I think.

So there’s where I stand – I guess I’m a bit behind since it’s mid-March but in the big picture, who cares really.

Are you on working hard to get to your best self for Blogher in August? Maybe you blogged about healthy eating, or workouts or maybe even Weight Watchers. Whatever it may be, I would love it if you linked up your post below, so that we can come and support you and see how you’re doing!!

 

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March to Blogher – Setting Up Goals and Rewards

8th March 2012

If you have no idea what March to Blogher is about – please check out the first post here.

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I’m going to talk about how the first week went below, but first, I decided to offer myself some incentives.

The fact is even when you have people supporting you, if you can’t get over that voice in your head telling you can’t do it, you won’t.

Let’s just say that for me personally, that voice is STRONG. I’m such a self-doubter in the weight loss thing, and it’s my biggest downfall by far.

So, I thought that perhaps if I gave myself some goal/reward incentives it might help.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this on their blogs when trying to lose weight and I thought it was a good idea, so here goes.

Personal Goals: 

  • First Goal: 10 pounds (Reward: Magazine subscription)
  • Second Goal: 20 pounds (Reward: New perfume)
  • Third Goal: 30 pounds (Reward: Sephora!)
  • Fourth Goal:  40 pounds (Reward: Cute flats)
  • Fifth Goal: 5o pounds (Reward: Some new clothes)
  • Sixth Goal: 60 pounds (Reward: New Glasses/Sunglasses)
  • Seventh Goal: 70 pounds (Reward: Massage)
  • Eighth Goal: 80 pounds (Reward: Get my hair done)
  • Ninth Goal: 90 pounds (Reward: Weekend away with my girlies)
  • Final Goal: 100 pounds – GOAL WEIGHT! (Reward: An overpriced, obnoxious handbag)

A couple of these may change or get switched around, depending on when I actually reach them. I’ve also been promised a shopping extravaganza when I reach my goal weight, so that’s some additional incentive for me to do this, once for all.

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So, what has happened in the last week?

It was a bit of a lunchbox letdown.

I wasn’t 100% prepared to start on Friday, because I didn’t have the groceries I needed. Big mistake of course. And with the husband gone for two weeks on business, I was kind of exhausted by the end of his trip which coincided with this past week. Excuses, excuses I know.

A bigger problem I had, is that I had some issues with some of the foods that I was supposed to eat. Following the dietician’s suggestions from last week, I tried to eat from Canada’s food guide and stick to the food groups. However, all of the fruit that I ate (except for bananas) gave me unbearable heartburn and acid reflux. It’s not the first time that has happened, but it usually involved drinking juice and not eating the fruit. I also had a lot of stomach pain/bloating, etc (I will spare you the details), when I ate starches and dairy. I don’t really know what’s going on but I had to basically avoid all those foods in order not be in pain. It was weird and uncomfortable, to say the least.

So, for this week, I think I’m going to have to switch the plan up a bit. I still plan on eating healthy and drink a ton of water, but I’m going to focus more on protein and vegetables and see how I feel. Since I’m deviating a bit from the original plan, I’m still unsure on whether I should in fact count calories or keep track of how much I eat using Weight Watchers points (small confession here: I’m actually an online WW member).

Uncertainty does not bode well for me clearly, so I’ll push the restart button and go from here.

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I’m adding a linky below as I will each week. I would love for you to link up so that I can stop by your blog and support you on what you’re doing to get healthy. You don’t have to be following a certain diet or anything like that – it’s just about supporting each other for these next five months before Blogher NYC!!! If you’re not going to Blogher, you are more than welcome too!!

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Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012

26th January 2012

Evidently, Weight Watchers has updated their program again – yes, I’m slow to the party. It’s now called Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012.

I guess this gives away the fact that I haven’t been to WW at all so far this year. However, I’ve decided to finally try out the meeting route. So many people have told me that they are really the key to success and sticking with it, and since I clearly have issues sticking with it, I’m going to check one out tonight.

So, how is Points Plus 2012 different? Well, one of the changes to the program is something they’re calling Power Start sessions. Following the first three meetings you attend of this new program, you will stick around for three Power Start sessions – PowerSpaces, PowerChoices and PowerPlans. I don’t know anymore than that right now, but I’ll let you know when I do.

Also new to the program, is that you can choose to not count points if you’re willing to eat Power Foods exclusively – they’re calling it Simply Filling. You can choose to do that for a day, a few days or the entire program. The Power Foods are those in the listing with the green triangle symbol – lean proteins, fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy/dairy substitutes and whole grains.

Finally, they also give you a weekly activity PointsPlus goal – I think this one is great. We all know at this point that without exercise, weight loss seems to eventually become weight gain. I think that setting a starter goal of 14 activity points each week (2 per day) is awesome.

All the new materials with Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 are great in explaining the program – personally I think they’re much clearer then they were before.

Back in the saddle……AGAIN. Join me, won’t you?

Oh, and if you have any questions or comments about the new program, please let me know!

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UPDATED: An all new post about Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012 can be found here !

Weight Watchers Points Plus: And So We Meet Again

25th August 2011

So here’s the truth of the matter – I give up on myself very easily. I am a genius and a pro at talking myself out of things and convincing myself that I can’t do it.

A perfect example – my weight.

I start a “diet” (HATE that word) I succeed for a bit, get really overwhelmed by how much I need to lose overall, and give up. I do that every time I try to lose weight. Every time.

Sadly, this just causes the weight to go up, and the struggle gets harder and harder.

I joined Weight Watchers a while back when I heard that they had a new program – I wanted to try it out and see what the fuss was all about. So I did, and I blogged about it here, and here and here. Yes, I lasted three pathetic weeks.

What is most interesting about those three posts, is that they get HUNDREDS of hits every day. Seriously, a TON of hits. And so, whenever I look at my stats, I see Weight Watchers over and over again. I’m grateful for every hit, but also feel like a complete ass when I see them.

Why did i quit again? WHY didn’t i keep it up and interact with all these wonderful people who keep commenting, and benefit from their support?

You see where this is going? Yes, I decided to re-join and really give it a shot. And I made myself a promise, that even if I do NOTHING the entire week, I will still go and pay my $17 bucks each and every week. I will get my ass there no matter what.

My goals? I’ve also tweaked them into reality – I realize that I have a lot of weight that I want to lose. This can’t be done in a month or two. Instead, I’ve decided to give myself  a year to lose the weight. Blogher 2012 in New York City is my goal date to get to my goal weight – approximately one year to lose a crapload of weight – 100 pounds or so.

One year, one hundred pounds.

I have two choices – I can succeed or i can fail.

We’ll see what happens.

Weight Watchers Points Plus – Week Three

24th January 2011

Week Three was le suck.

I had a bad week – It’s that hellish time of the month, I didn’t follow the plan 100% and worse, I didn’t keep track of my food the entire time.

I didn’t exercise. I blame the new treadmill, which up until a couple of days ago, was just a huge dirty box in my front hall.

I would also like to blame the fact that trying to assemble the beast was trying at best. Also, we don’t really have a home for this treadmill that is much, much bigger than I initially thought, so it’s sitting in the middle of our playroom/tv room and I hate it.

It’s a hideous monstrosity. (Yes, making excuses for my failure is my specialty -thank you for asking).

Anyway, by some miracle, I didn’t gain any weight (I didn’t lose any either) so it’s a tie I suppose.

Blah.

I did want to also talk about a couple of new shows that I’ve been watching about weight loss – HEAVY and I USED TO BE FAT.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen either show, but they are really worth checking out.

I USED TO BE FAT is on MTV and follows younger adults who are transitioning from high school to college and need to lose weight. They get a trainer, who works with them every day for approx. 3 months to try to “give them their life back.” The only thing I don’t love is that most of these kids need to lose about90-100 pounds which equals 1 pound a day, and they are led to think that it’s possible and “normal” to lose that. I think that’s crazy talk. The most recent episode involved this sad, beautiful blonde girl, who needed to lose 100 pounds in that amount of time, but was disappointed when she only lost 50 (which is amazing in my book). The great thing was that they followed up with her three months later, and she continued on her own and lost another 25 – again, amazing. I think the great thing about the follow up was the change in her mental state, from a sad girl who didn’t think she could do it, to this strong, independent women. Despite the unrealistic expectations that some of the trainers use, I think it’s a great show.

The other show is called HEAVY on A&E and I really like this show – much better than The Biggest Loser. This show follows two morbidly obese individuals, who are in a life and death situation in terms of their weight. It’s not a competition, there are no prizes – it’s sole purpose is to help two people get healthy and lose weight. I love that the two individuals can work together to support each other as well. It’s a great, inspiring show with POSITIVE, trainers that are there to do their jobs, and not become household names/personas.

If you enjoy this type of show, and find them entertaining or inspiring, I think they are definitely worth checking out.

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Things I did right:

  • Still pondering this one

Things I did wrong:

  • Didn’t track my food
  • Didn’t drink enough water
  • Didn’t exercise
  • Didn’t get enough sleep
  • I could go on for days

What did I lose:

The big ZERO (I didn’t gain – miracles do happen)

Total Weight Loss:

8.5 lbs

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

 

Weight Watchers Point Plus – Week Two

17th January 2011

Let me tell you about Week Two.

Meh.

Not a shocker, but week two for me is ALWAYS a downer. No matter how much I succeed during week one, and I’m pretty sure week one can be considered a success, I usually suck at week two. Don’t get me wrong, I followed the plan for the most part, although I had a couple of indiscretions (hello vanilla bean scone and french fries – I blame my girly sleepover with my friend, Sarah). But it’s the week where I always realize the size of the mountain that I need to climb to get to the end, because no matter how great I do during week one, week two will always be a smaller number, in terms of a weight loss.

The Biggest Loser, this is not.

This is where the whole mental thing really comes in for me. I tell myself that I can’t do it, because I have SO MUCH WEIGHT to lose. The negative talk in my head is non-stop and really kind of pathetic. I kick myself when I’m down at every turn. I wish I only had to lose 15-20lbs so I wouldn’t feel so damned overwhelmed every time I think about it. I’m really trying to think positive, but I’m kind of a weight loss failure, if you haven’t noticed. I totally suck at it, because mentally, I just tell myself it can’t happen.

Another thing that ALWAYS hurts my chances – a certain individual who feels the need to ask me a million questions, each and every day, about what I’m eating, did I exercise and how much weight have I lost so far. They mean well, but it’s brutal on my motivation, and killer on the self-esteem.

Things I did right:

  • Stayed on plan for the most part

Things I did wrong:

  • Haven’t started exercising – although I did purchase a treadmill, I didn’t actually get it home until the night before my husband left on his business trip. It is still in the box, and will be assembled TONIGHT.
  • Made some bad food choices as mentioned above.

What did I lose:

Weighed in this morning, and was thankful and sort of surprised to find out that I’m down another two pounds – praying works!

Total Weight Loss:

8.5 lbs

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How did you do this week? How do you stay motivated when you have a lot of weight to lose? Whether you’re doing WW, or another plan, or your own thing, please link up so we can support each other!

 

Weight Watchers Points Plus – Week One

10th January 2011

Week one is over.

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that was the longest week ever.

I’m sure the fact that I was now on a “diet” was a happy coincidence.

Anywho…

First off, let me clarify that I’m doing the online program, rather than the meetings, so I can only speak to what the online version has been like for me.

Things I LIKE about the program:

  • The best thing about the online program is that the membership includes access to the e-tools and the iPhone app. I really like the iPhone app – it means I have access to the Points Tracker, Points Calculator and the database at any time.
  • I do like that it’s not about eating certain food groups, or their products or anything like that. They really encourage you to eat healthy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, etc, and that is reflective in the point amounts given to each item.
  • It sets you up in a way that it is very much a lifestyle change, as opposed to a diet that ends once you lose all the weight.

Things that I don’t like about the program:

  • I don’t love the fact that you could technically still eat things that aren’t really great for you (ie. high in sugar) and still be within the point range. Clearly, you have to put on your big girl pants and make the right decisions for yourself, but it’s easy to see where someone could go wrong and not lose as much weight as they should.
  • The new plan give zero points value to most fruits and vegetables, so as to encourage you to eat as many as possible. The problem with that is, you can’t really eat limitless fruit because of the calories and the sugars involved. So again, you can get in trouble thinking that you can eat as much as you want without regret. Not true.

Things I did right:

  • I cut out all crap – no junk food, fast food, processed foods, and anything high in sugar.
  • I started drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day.
  • I’m eating tons of veggies, mostly raw and in salads, and more fruits than I have in a very long time.

Things I need to work on:

  • Need to start exercising – Starting today, I’m going to focus on doing something every day. I’ve bought a treadmill, so I might try Couch to 5K although I don’t think I’m going to be able to do it, to be totally honest. Either way, I will be planning to walk 10,000 steps a day, as often as possible. I also own tons of great workout dvds, that I plan to use as well. I really have no excuse not to work out daily.
  • I also need to make a big change in my sleeping patterns. I’ve gone from sleeping 7-8 hrs consistently, to sleeping these odd, messed up hours that are kind of brutal. Knowing that sleep affects your metabolism, can only mean that I really need to get on it sooner rather than later.

What did I lose:

First off, I will say that weighing yourself once a week, is way better than daily. Because of fluctuations, etc, if you’re anything like me, all you will do, is discourage yourself and maybe want to quit. So really try to aim for once a week. Once you get to your goal weight, I say weighing yourself more often is a great idea.

SO, as of this morning, which is exactly one week since I’ve started the program, I’m down 6.5 lbs!!

WOOT!

It’s a big number, and I can absolutely attribute it to big changes in diet. Going from a diet that was absolutely attrocious to the total opposite will do that.

So Week One was a success, and I’m hoping that Week Two will be as well!

How was your week? Regardless of whether you’re doing Weight Watchers or another program, I would love it if you would link up below so that we can high five and encourage each other!! The plan right now is that this will be a weekly post, every Monday until I lose the chunk.

Thanks for all the fab comments on last week’s post – I really appreciate it!!

 

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