Week 7: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m down 1.4 pounds this week!

This is obviously good news, but I’m actually more excited by non-scale victories this week. I now fit into old pants and shorts I hadn’t worn since the beginning of this year. I’m eager to go clothes shopping but trying to hold out until I drop some more weight, so for now shopping in my own closet will have to do. :) There are quite a few things I look forward to fitting in to again.

I still haven’t set an “ultimate” goal weight. My mini-goal for now is losing 20 pounds (I’m down 14 so far, so this is getting close!). Another mini-goal I’ve set is losing 20 more pounds by the end of the year. My WW leader pointed out we have 18 Wednesdays (which are my weigh in days) left in the year. Since my weekly loss average is 1.5 pounds, this is definitely doable if I can when I survive the holiday food frenzy.

P.S. I just started reading Gone Girl since I want to see the movie and I can’t believe I put it down long enough to write this post (I’M OBSESSED… especially since I’m picturing Ben Affleck playing the husband role).

How to Go on a Cruise and Not Be a Fatass

I’m used to getting home from a cruise and being extremely hungover, bloated and sleep deprived. It can take days before I feel normal again. My friends and I refer to this as being “landsick.” :)

Being that I’ve spent most of my life within a short drive of a cruise port, I’ve been on a lot of cruises. On most, I gave in to every temptation and walked off the ship feeling awful and several pounds heavier.

But on my recent cruise, I felt fine when I got off the ship. I did drink quite a bit, but nowhere near what I normally would. I did eat more than I do at home, but I kept myself in check and for the most part didn’t eat anything too unhealthy (it helps I was on Carnival so the food isn’t that great!). Below are 8 things I did on this cruise which I believe helped me make healthy choices.

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Week 6: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I didn’t break even as I was hoping after going on my cruise, but I can’t say I’m disappointed with this week’s weigh in. I’m up 0.4 lbs. But I don’t think this is bad considering I had about 10 drinks a day on my cruise (oops!).

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I got back from the cruise on Sunday and immediately got back into my routine. When I think of all the times I have failed at dieting, it’s usually after gaining a little bit of weight (from something like a trip or busy weekend). I normally would “wait til Monday” to get back on track. Or I’d just give up and never fully commit again. Instead, when I got home I ate healthy the rest of the day and went to the gym. I could definitely tell I gained a bit of weight on the cruise. But I KNEW I could take it right off if I got back into my routine.

I’m actually more excited that I didn’t fall of the wagon once I got home than I am about barely gaining on my cruise. This tells me I’ve made major progress in how I think and feel about weight loss. I trust that even when I indulge a bit, I’ll be able to get right back at it and stay the course.

I’ll be posting about what I did on my cruise that I think helped me from gaining a lot. Stay tuned!

Week 5: Weight Watchers Weigh In

The pounds keep coming off. I’m down another 2.5 lbs this week!

I had an extremely busy week and felt pretty distracted, so I wasn’t incredibly diligent about tracking points and I only made time to exercise twice all week. But the fact that I wasn’t 100% focused and still made healthy choices (and laid off the booze!) tells me these new habits are becoming second nature.

 

After a long week, I’m really looking forward to taking off on a cruise. Yes, I’m about to embark on a floating buffet. As someone on a diet, this is a little terrifying. I typically gain 5-10 pounds on a cruise (and typically eat dessert 5 times a day). I have a bit of a strategy I’ve put together and hopefully I won’t gain anything. Here’s the plan:

  • Eat a light breakfast and lunch.
  • Allow for one indulgence at dinner (hellllo steak and lobster). Otherwise I’ll choose items from the “spa” menu which features lighter items.
  • Exercise every day (we have two days at sea so I’ll have plenty of free time). This is the first time I’ve ever packed gym clothes for a cruise.
  • Avoid the elevator. Only take the stairs (this may not be possible on Day 1 since I did a leg workout yesterday and I’m in so.much.pain).
  • No pina coladas (these are like half a day’s worth of points). They always walk around with delicious fruity drinks after you board — this will be very hard to resist!

Do I plan on sticking to this perfectly? Nope. But at least I have some guidelines. Wish me luck!

Week 4: Weight Watchers Weigh In

After a bit of a let down last week, I’m happy to report a 4.6 lb loss this week! Yes — 4.6 — that isn’t a typo. I’m now about 10 pounds lighter than when I saw the scary Number on the Scale a month ago.

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Here’s an overview of how this week differed from the rest…

  1. For one, I’ve had a cold for most of the week so I haven’t been out and about as much as usual. Which means, less drinking. :)
  2. I also cut back on eating bread/starch with every meal. I’d been eating two slices of Ezekiel bread topped with avocado for breakfast and I swapped this out for eggs and fruit. This week I was eating rice, quinoa and/or sweet potatoes as my complex carbs for the day.
  3. I didn’t exercise quite as much as I have been. I previously was doing an hour of cardio 5-6 times a week. Getting a cold forced me to give my body a little rest. This week I did about 3 hours total (two hour -long Zumba classes and two 30-minute walks on the treadmill). I’m probably going to switch to 3 days of cardio and 2 days of weight training and see how it goes.
  4. I ate 30 of my extra Flex points (I get 49 extra points to use any way I want each week). Some of these were used on bacon (so worth it).

Have I mentioned I’m never hungry?

I’m not going to let this huge loss let me get overconfident —  I know the beginning of weight loss is the easy part since the pounds usually come off quickly. But this weigh in has definitely been a much-needed sign that I’m on the right track.  I know that staying consistent and not letting an “off” week throw me off course is the key to making real progress.

Plus every week won’t be this easy to have self control —  I’m leaving for a cruise next week! I’ll be posting soon about my strategy for not gaining on my cruise. And then hopefully I’ll be writing a post about how my strategy worked. :)

Full Out vs. Marking It

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In the dance world, there are two phrases you hear a lot: “full out” and “marking it.”

Doing choreography “full out” means you’re performing it to your highest ability. You’re dancing like you’re on stage in front of a packed house. You’re dancing like you’re at an audition for your dream job.

“Marking it” means you’re just going through the motions (this happens a lot when you’re just committing choreography to memory or working on staging). You’re not performing, you’re just rehearsing. You’re not leaping and turning and emoting and doing all of the things that make dance both difficult and exhilarating. My mom would call this “half assed” (which is also how I do dishes, FYI).

Looking back, I was marking my life/half-assing things the last few years. I wasn’t living full out.

Since everything in my life was so comfortable, I had nothing pushing me to grow and improve. Comfort bred complacency. I’d become complacent in my relationships, health, job, and leisure time. I’m not saying I was miserable or even unhappy, but I certainly wasn’t living up to my potential and worse — I wasn’t evolving. I had no reason to change. 

Every day we make choices about the type of person we want to be. I want to be the kind of person who does shit full out. I am slowly transforming into her.

Do you have an example of going from just “marking it” to “full out”? Leave a comment and let’s get each other pumped. :)