Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I fully believe a huge part of being healthy is moving more. Sure, there are some diets that boast "loose all the weight without moving a muscle!!", but those make me skeptical. Sure you can lose fat, but you aren't building muscle, or learning how to sustain that weight loss.

But I have found that being active is the hardest change to make. I can eat right with relatively no problems. I'm not a fast food junkie, so it's not hard for me to kick the habit. But I am kinda lazy, and that is proving harder to change than I expected.

I have almost every excuse in the book to not work out. "I'm tired. I worked late. It's cold out. It's hot out. It's Tuesday." If I could say my dog ate my running shoes and all I have to wear is stilettos, I would. Sadly my dog doesn't like shoes... Back to the point. I am lazy, and I don't think exercise is particularly fun.

How do I change my mind? Your guess is as good as mine. I have tried rewarding myself with new boots for competing 15 work outs. (Spoiler alert: I worked out once, bought the boots online and stuck my tongue out.) I think the most successful form of exercise for me is the kind where I am having fun. I took a ballroom dance class in college and it was a blast! And dancing is a good work out. Problem with that is I am too lazy too google "ballroom dance classes" in my area.

So I had a thought. I like to have fun, and (believe it or not) I like a challenge. I was looking through the activity tracker on my Weight Watchers ap, and I realizes there are tons of different activities in there that I have never even heard of! Anishinaabe Jingle Dancing? I can earn 4 points for 30 min! My challenge is to work my way through every single activity in the tracker, for 1 minute. Hopefully I will find some fun things that I never knew existed! And all I have to do is follow the list. Obviously if I can do it for more than a minute, I will (like walking) but I'm not sure I want to clean someone's gutters for longer than that (4pts for 30 min).

So my list includes things like canoeing and mountain biking, which may take some time and planning to complete, but I want to do it.

What do you do for exercise. Is there some magic fat burning insanely fun activity I am missing??!? Can you see me cleaning someone's gutters?? Ew...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weigh In- Week 1

I wish this were more climactic, but I actually missed my weigh in this week :(

I was sent home sick from work with a stomach bug, and my meeting is right by work, which isn't very close to my home at all. But I am ready to get on track for this next week.

I did want to tell you guys about some of my favorite foods that are keeping me on track!

These Fiber One Chocolate Brownies are DELICIOUS!! They are moist and chocolatey and if you warm them up for 15 seconds in the microwave, they are like fresh from the oven brownies! And they are only 2 Pts+!

Yoplait now makes greek yogurt and it is amazing! I have tried many kinds (Dannon Oikos, Chobani, etc) and this one is by far my favorite for many reasons! It is a little sweeter than the others, and definitely creamier. It also comes in some really awesome flavors, like Mixed Berry and Peach. I think the # 1 reason this is now my FAVORITE greek yogurt is that it is only 2 Pts+, unlike 3 Pts+ for Dannon Oikos and Chobani. 

I'm sure you can tell, I have a sweet tooth. It is important for me to find something sweet I can enjoy. These frozen yogurts are really really yummy. I have tried Blueberry and Strawberry and I really liked them both. At only 3 Pts+, they are a steal!

So thats all for now, but as I discover more foods that don't make me feel deprived, I promise to share :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Lets go!

So here we go. For the umpteenth time last time, I am starting Weight Watchers. I am determined to really succeed this time, and I know that I am ready to do this for me. No more excuses.

This time I am going to do things a little bit differently. I am going to post a picture of my weight tracker every week. I am also only going to take my picture every 10 lbs, rather than once a month. I think this will be a less arbitrary land-marker.

I guess lets start with my goals.

Starting weight: 272.2. My highest was 285.5, but I can't keep using that number as a measure of some sort of success that I have not really achieved. So I am starting over with all of my percentages.

1st goal- 5lbs. This goal is important for me to prove to myself that I really can succeed on this program, for the 3rd time.

2nd goal- 5% by 10/31. This is 13 lbs in 41 days. My two best friends and I looked at each other in a hot tub during a ladies weekend in Avon, CO and decided that it was time to make a real effort to change. Our friend N had admirable success on WW (in the time that I had quit) and she was inspiring both of us to get back on the wagon. The three of us are pledging to lose 5% in two months (from the date we decided this).

3rd goal- 25 lbs. I would like to lose 25 lbs by Christmas. If I really kick ass and meet this goal early, I will set a new Christmas goal.

4th goal- 10% by the new year. That is 27 lbs.

Thats as far as I am going to go. That is 15 weeks out to my latest goal, 16 from day 1. 16 weeks is a milestone for Weight Watchers. If you can stick with the program for 16 weeks, you get a charm, as a marker that you are on the right track. My last time on the program, I made it to 17 weeks before we moved.

SO here is to ringing in the new year at 245 or less!