Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm going to lose it! I've got a new plan!

Some of you may have noticed that I didn't do a weight loss post last week.  I really needed some time to re-evaluate my plan to lose weight and get healthy. 

Last week was another week without a loss and most importantly, without a gain.  I knew the reason for the lack of change.  It wasn't very difficult to figure out.  I wasn't making any changes in my eating habits.  I wasn't helping myself in my journey to lose weight and be healthy. 

Blogging each week about losing weight wasn't making me accountable enough.  Something had to change. 

I recieved an email from Weight Watchers.  Although, I haven't been part of the online program for several years, I still get emails.  I'm glad I did.  They were running a special and I mentioned it to my Joe.  He encouraged me to sign up again since it worked so well for me in the past.

Let me tell you, I hate the idea of having another bill to pay. I really, really do. But I'll hate it even more if I fall off the wagon and not keep up with the program. So, I think this will really keep me accountable............I hope.

I signed up last week for the online program (no meetings).  Yesterday was my first day on the program.  It was a challenge.  I ate up my points pretty quickly since I don't have any low-point items in the pantry at the moment. 

I chose Monday for my weigh in day.  I want to try to only step on the scale on Monday mornings.  Meaning, I don't want to drive myself crazy by checking the scale all week. 

I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh in and found that I somehow managed to lose 2 lbs. last week.  I'm not sure how I accomplished that, but I'm happy with the loss! 

That brings me to a 3.8 lb. loss so far. 

I've decided to skip the mini goals that I was originally going to do and just post the full amount of weight that I want to lose. 

If I lose 68.2 lbs.  I will be in the higher end of the "healthy range" for my age and height.  I may decide to adjust this goal weight later to be slightly outside the "healthy range".  We'll worry about that as I get closer. 

This week, since I'm starting a new plan, I want to stick with focusing on the basics: 
  • I'll be tracking what I eat each day.  Kind of like a food journal but I'll be using the Weight Watchers Plan Manager to track my foods and keep a tally of the points I use each day. 
  • I'll be drinking lots of water.  6-8 glasses a day. 
  • I'll be increasing fruits and veggies.  5 a day.
  • I'll be keeping up with my dairy intake.  2 a day. 
  • I'll be taking an after dinner walk at least 3 nights this week. 
I also want to start taking a multi-vitamin.  I hate taking vitamins.  They make me queasy and it takes me a long time to get used to them.

So, that's my plan for this week. 

I'll be linking this to "How To" Housewife's Healthy Living blog carnival, a day late.  Go and check out her weekly post!  Every Monday, she shares great tips for getting healthy!


RedGingerbread said...

Sounds like a great plan. I started my weight loss journey again (always a struggle) on Aug 1. So I am interested in any motivation,tips,etc. I have done WW before with meetings & also online.I really like it but like you said~~another bill is the only drawback but it does help to keep you accountable.
Best of Luck & will keep up with your progress. I have about 63 lbs to lose. A long journey begins with a single step. I will check out the blog carnival.
Hugs & Blessings,

Allison said...

Congrats on the loss! I suggest taking the vitamin before bed. I used to get nauseaus from taking vitamins in the morning or afternoon so just started doing it before bed. I figure as long as I'm taking it daily, that's what matters. Plus, if I'm going to bed, I won't get queasy.

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats on the loss. Keep working on it, sister!

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

Have a nice day!!

Nancy at EmbroideryIt.com said...

Hi Alison,
I've been at a standstill this week too. Glad you didn't have a gain. Know what? Hubby said he wants to go back to Weight Watchers this Tuesday. We're both lifetime members, but I know I'll have to pay for a few weeks until I get my weight down a bit more. (he'll have to pay for a while too as he needs to lose 50 to 60 pounds)
I also feal nauseated with vitamins. I take mine just before bedtime and that seems to work.
Talk to you soon!!!

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