My Before Photo (And Why I Couldn’t See How Fat I Was)

The picture below is what I looked like at the end of May of this year. When this was taken, it had been a while since I’d seen a full body photo of myself. I remember seeing this picture and thinking “I don’t look like that.”

When I look at this picture now, I see someone who was in denial. For a very long time, I lived in denial about my weight. I thought “no one will realize I’m overweight if I don’t bring attention to it.” I know this may sound crazy to most people (since I clearly need to lose some weight in the picture above), but being in denial about body size is rather common. I seriously did not realize how big I’d gotten, even when I saw myself in a picture.

[Read more...]

Week 9: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m down 0.8 lbs this week. I hit my “official” 10 pounds at Weight Watchers and I’m down a total of 14 pounds since seeing The Number on the Scale (I started dieting a week before  officially joining WW and lost 4 pounds).


This week marks my second month on Weight Watchers. Two months is the longest I’ve stuck to a diet plan in a long time. It’s definitely different this time. I’m losing slowly, but that’s good. Weight Watchers isn’t a quick fix.  I’ve lost this amount of weight in less than a month before, so I’m not setting any personal records in terms of weight loss. As anyone else who has done yo-yo dieting knows — when it comes off quick, you gain it back quick.

But at the same time…

I still find myself obsessing over the scale.  I weigh every day. I’m still letting a NUMBER have a lot of power over whether or not I feel successful.

So, I want to quickly celebrate a few non-scale victories:

  • My clothes are fitting comfortably. I went clothes shopping last weekend and it was a positive experience (it’s been a while since I didn’t feel  like crap when trying on clothes).
  • My butt is looking good (thank you, squats!).
  • My skin is looking good (thank you, water!).

The topic at my meeting this week was about hitting the reset button. We talked about what made us want to join WW this time (a lot of people in my group — including me — have been on WW multiple times). I thought back to how uncomfortable I felt in my own skin just two months ago and how much better I now feel after losing 14 pounds. It’s really about more than losing weight though. I feel like I’m in control again and making good choices, and you can’t put a number on that feeling. :)

5 Time Saving Tips for Quick and Easy Healthy Eating

I’ll be honest…

Healthy eating is a pain in the butt. It requires way more conscious effort than rolling up to a drive through or grabbing several handfuls of Cheez-Its.

Finding ways to save time on meal prep and cooking has been invaluable so far on my weight loss journey. I make sure I always have enough things on hand so I can throw together breakfast, lunch and dinner within minutes. At first I struggled with “cutting corners” since I typically like to make everything from scratch. Now that I’m eating healthy, I’m eating out much less often, which means more meals prepared at home, which means I had to be realistic about how much time I want to spend cooking. This definitely requires some planning, but fortunately there are ways to make this easier.

Here are a few ways I save time and my sanity…

[Read more...]

Week 8: Weight Watchers Weigh In

I’m down an incredible 0.2 lbs! I’ll take it…

After a week of drinking and eating, I’m just happy (and a little surprised) that I didn’t gain any weight. Not bad for a holiday weekend. I even hosted a wine and cheese party (my two biggest weaknesses!) and managed to keep myself in check.

My idea of indulgence looks a lot different now. These days, this means one or two indulgent meals throughout the week and a little too much wine. Before? Indulgence was total excess all weekend with a promise to get back on track on Monday.

I also appreciate my “cheats” a lot more now, although they’re not really cheats since I allow myself to enjoy them without any guilt. This is what a sustainable way of eating looks like.

I could have done better at tracking my food last week. There were a few days I wasn’t very diligent about it, so that’s something I’m trying to do better this week.

And I thought I hadn’t exercised much last week, but I got in 3 good work outs which — seriously, I can’t beat myself up too much for exercising only 3 times in a week. :)

I feel a big loss coming this week, stay tuned!

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.


[Read more...]