Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tools For Success

There are many tools out there to set yourself up for weight loss success. Motivation, support systems, tips, and actual hands on tools.

Over the years I've been a Weight Watchers member one of my most valuable tools has been my scale! Not the one in the bathroom or the evil big black box I step on once a week at my meeting. I'm referring to my food scale.

Weighing and measuring your food is such an important portion of learning to eat properly and weight loss. As I've often heard Maryanne, my meeting leader say eyeballing it leads to "portion distortion" over time your servings start to get bigger and bigger again. Often we eat much larger servings of foods than we should.

For years I've had one of the old WW digital scales, it was based on the old Points/Momentum program. It was great because I could get it to not only give me a weight but the points value of the foods I was eating, very accurate when every point counts. Since the switch over to Points Plus I've been just using the scale to weigh my food servings, not to its full potential since the point systems don't march up.

So here it is my new wand improved Weight Watchers Points Plus Digital scale. It was such a valuable tool for me in the past that I finally felt it was worth investing in a new one. Now, here in Ontario I know they are on sale this week for $36.50 after taxes. I know I can use a standard scale but having the scale calculate the points for you is super handy!!!

What can this scale do?
- weighs in grams & pounds/ounces
- max capacity 3kg/6lbs, 9.8 oz
- you can tare/zero out the weight of your plate/dish/container before adding your food
- has a database of 450 foods entered to calculate PP Value
- has a recipe builder to calculate PP Value for a recipe
- can calculate PP Value of any food with nutritional information
- can save up to 10 of your favourite foods you calculated the PP Value for

We need to use every tool available to us to be successful!
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Doing Well!

I think I'm finally in the right "mental space" to do this weight loss thing.  I shouldn't call it a "thing" should I because this is VERY serious and I am taking it seriously, finally!

I saw this little gem on Facebook back at the beginning of the year and saved it, I knew it was going to come in handy, I knew that this was it... the year to shed the pounds I've gained in the last two years!

Not only am I going to kick 2013's ASS I'm going to kick this weight to the curb finally!

Like I said things are going well!  I'm still maintaining my positive metal attitude that I had back when I initially lost my weight (something that was missing the last two years).  What has the result been of this positive attitude?  While I was in the DR I managed to come home 1.8 lbs lighter!  Then the following week I didn't bounce back, but lost another 0.6 (last week).  So that's a total of 2.4 lbs gone!  Yay me!

I'm hoping for positive results again this week!  I've done really well so far this week in terms food choices, even while out and about with friends!  I'm on March Break and socializing means food and lunches out.  I have also earned Activity Points 8 days in a row!!!!!  Fingers crossed that this hard work is going to pay off this week, and if it doesn't I'm okay with that because I know sometimes things take a little longer to show up on the scale.

Yesterday saw my first road run of 2013!!  The weather has warmed up (we had a huge snow storm almost two weeks ago now), and the roads are clear enough in my area I'm not going to kill myself.  I stopped running back in the summer because of foot pain which has finally been diagnosed with Sinus Tarsus Syndrome.  So in the last month or so I've decided its time to start running again... I am having to start from square one!  Running on the treadmill has been okay, I can't run non-stop or as fast as I used to but I was doing well on the treadmill.  I forgot how road running is a completely different affair, it was almost hard to do my 5:5 intervals (5 min. run:5 min walk).  But I toughed it out and felt great for doing it!!!!

Keep working hard!!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Remember Me?

Remember me? I've been meaning to make an appearance here for the last month or two. I've been thinking a lot and I've been wanting to blog here again. The problem has been what to say? So I think I'll just let the words flow. I think I need this to start moving in the right direction. To get things off of my chest, air the laundry so to speak.

I seem to have forgotten myself over the last two years. I have forgotten how hard I worked to get from 207lbs to 142lbs, loosing over 60lbs and achieving my Weight Watchers Lifetime status. How over that time period, I started to walk, which turned into running (even did a half marathon). I became a gym rat, and eventually returned to Taekwon-Do thinner, stronger, and focused achieving my 3rd degree Black Belt.

In April of 2011, almost two years ago now something in my head snapped and slowly but surely I have put back on just over 25lbs. I slowly started making more bad choices, I stopped working as hard, I stopped going to the gym. Then this last summer I started having pain in my left foot. Which meant I stopped running, going to Taekwon-Do, I gave up on a lot of things. I have been in constant pain, and the every day being on my feet at work was hurting. It just became a excuse in my arsenal of self destruction. (More about my foot another day)

I have also forgotten how AWESOME I felt at goal. I felt healthy, I felt thin, I felt strong, I felt beautiful, I felt sexy, I felt powerful. I walked into a room and I was like, "yeah look at me". I don't feel all of that anymore and I've started I MISS those feelings and I want them back.

I've found myself wearing looser clothes again to hide the bulges that have come back. I have been forced to put over half of my wonderful, sexy, slim fitting wardrobe away into a big bin because they just don't fit anymore. I can't even squeeze my behind into a pair of jeans I could wear at goal. I've had to buy bigger clothes, and I really miss my girlie concert T's that just hug your curves. I feel like I'm starting to loose my waist again!!!

Last week I was on my annual Dominican Experience trip for work. I had an ah-ha moment, when I realized ... I didn't want my picture taken, and when I was, I was trying to hide my body behind other people. Before I lost my weight and when I was at goal I always loved having my picture taken, always put myself in the front row. When did things change that I am now ashamed of my appearance, my body? I had a long chat with my best friend Christin before I went away, she's known me BWW (before Weight Watchers) and AWW. She pointed out that when I was over 200lbs I was never ashamed of my body, I never felt fat or ugly.


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