June 01, 2010

What is Working for Me?

This week I am starting my 4th week of doing Weight Watchers. Crazy! I cannot believe how fast the days & weeks go by. Let me just start by saying, I feel amazing. I still have a looong way to go to meet my goal weight {I try not to think of that often}, but the journey of living a more healthy life and seeing the changes my body is making is worth every minute of it. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Weight Watchers is. I know these are lofty words for being in the program for such a short time, but I honestly believe Weight Watchers has changed my life. The program has helped me get motivated and stay motivated, which was my biggest weight loss challenge. The living healthy part has been easy. It's the "getting started" part that always held me back. But that is all behind me now; I am not looking back. I just wish I had signed up a loooong time ago, but you live and learn.

Tonight, I thought I'd share with you what has been working for me in my weight loss journey. But first, I'd like to share with you my stats:

I have lost a total of 11.8 lbs, which is 5% of my total body weight, in 3 weeks. Three weeks!! When I first started, I honestly thought it would take me forever to lose weight. But I have been pleasantly surprised at the progress I've made so far.

So, what is working for me?

1. Regular attendance at Weight Watchers Meetings: going to the meetings every week has been a huge, huge help! Every Monday morning I go to a meeting, which usually lasts about 3o minutes. It is exactly what I need to relax, refresh myself, and get motivated for the upcoming week. It is "me" time. Being a part of a group has been great because it has provided me support and I have learned a lot from the discussions. Every week we talk about different weight loss topics. Like for instance, one week the topic might be strategies for curbing stress eating, and the next week it might center around sharing favorite foods or recipes. But, I have to be honest and say the "weigh in" is my favorite part of the meeting. The weigh in helps me track my progress and also helps me stay accountable to myself. I value the meetings and think they are an important part of the program.

2. Support: I know I wouldn't be as successful as I am today without the support of my family. I have an amazing family who wants the best for me and has been nothing but encouraging. Josh has been a wonderful support. He has eaten every single meal I've cooked without a complaint. He helps me cook on the nights I don't have enough time to squeeze my work out in before he has to go to work. And my parents have been an encouragement to me as well. Every week I call them after my meeting to update them on my current weight loss. And I know they have been praying that God would give me strength and determination to succeed. And He has and does every day! I am so blessed to have so much support in my life.

3. Plan Ahead: Having a menu planned out for the week and knowing what we will eat every day has playing a huge part in my weight loss success. I usually plan my menu for the upcoming week over a couple of days rather than planning all in one night. From experience, planning a whole week of meals can get a little overwhelming when you try to do it in one night.

4. Celebrating the Small Steps: As much as I would love to lose 5 lbs or greater every week, the reality is, it's not gonna happen. I have to remind myself daily that it is going to take me a long time to achieve my goal weight. But that's okay. Every day I get closer and closer to where I want to be. So, I set small goals for myself. I have made it through two 5 lb losses the past couple of weeks and today I was able to celebrate losing 5 % of my total body weight. The small goals add up. I plan to reward myself with a pedicure when I reach 10%! I am looking forward to that day!

5. Weight Watcher etools: Sooo beneficial! I won't go into great detail because I don't want to bore you, but the amount of information on that site is unbelievable. Some of the resources include: thousands of recipes, recipe builder, weight loss tracker, success stories, fitness information, suggestions when eating out, and the list goes on and on. I just can't even begin to tell you how resourceful this site is! It is amazing!

6. Exercise: I know, exercise, ugh. I've never been big on exercise either. It's just uh not fun. But, as much as I hated doing it when I started Weight Watchers, I made myself go at least 5 or 6 days a week. And now, I have found that I really enjoy going. I am even starting to get to the point where I feel guilty if I don't go. That is a miracle right there! But I feel so good after I work out. This past week I have even bumped it up a knotch and worked out for an hour each day I exercised. Hello? Where did that come from. But, it sure does feel good! We've all heard the saying, "To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume." It sounds so simple, huh. But really, we should all be exercising whether we need to lose weight or not just for the simple fact that it is good for our overall health. There are a lot of fitness options out there. I'd like to eventually try yoga and kickboxing!

7. Pulling out the Skinny Clothes: Really, what better motivation than to pull out one of my favorite size 6 dresses? I have it hanging up in my bedroom, so I can look at it everyday for motivation. I am determined I will fit in that pretty little thing again. The only time I wore it was on our honeymoon, so it is in perfect condition to wear again!

8. Skinny Libby: Imagining myself skinny again motivates me like you wouldn't believe it. If I am having a hard day, I think about myself when I was in a size 6, and suddenly I get a surge of motivation. It's amazing how helpful that can be!

9. Vacation: I am going to Mexico with Josh in November. Yep, just the two of us. Ahhh! I'm so excited. And of course it goes without saying, I want to be his hot momma. Haha.

10. Josh & Noah: I want to lose weight for myself obviously, but I also want to lose it for Josh and Noah. I want to be a healthy wife & mother. I want to make my husband proud; he deserves a wife that cares for and loves herself. And I want to be that woman and wife my husband needs. I also want to be a good example for Noah and our future children. If I am living a unhealthy life then my children will too. I want my children to live long and healthy lives. I have been limited in so much already because of my weight and insecurities, and I don't want to live that kind of life. These two boys are my greatest motivation.

Okay, now that I've written a novel. Ha.




Amanda said...

These are great tips Libby!! Now just to follow them all. ;)

hiyaluv said...

Libby! This was such an inspirational and motivating post!
When I met Dave, my fiance I was at my absolute best. I worked out daily-for 2 hours a day, I was going to kickboxing, ab, and bootcamp classes at the University I worked at and I loved it. As a single girl living alone, I was also eating whatever I wanted which mostly consisted of cereal-not the healthiest-haha but not pizza, steak, hamburgers, potatoes, etc. that I eat with Dave now. haha. Now almost 4 years later I am at my heaviest weight. Now don't get me wrong I am not huge by any means but I still do not feel good-ya know. I want to feel healthy. Dave has also gained weight and is at his heaviest. We are both obviously comfortable and that happens sometimes when you are in a committed comfortable relationship. I keep telling him that we should join weight watchers together because he is always saying that he wants to do something about his weight but he just will NOT do anything. We have joined the Y and he won't go. I guess I should just go on my own and at least do my thing and then hope to motivate him. He has to motivate himself-I just know he is unhappy with his weight and he would be so much happier if he did something about it. Plus it would be nice to do this together.

I loved reading this because I am more than happy to start the journey on my own and I think you just gave me the push to do so. I would love to hear about the cost of the weight watchers meetings and the online tools if you get the chance?


OurLittleBlessingS said...

i love all your reasons!! they are so inspiring, and def come from your heart. I am glad that you are enjoying this experience. YOu make me excited to do WW, and i still have a long while before I can! I'm glad you are going to MX with the hubs. How fun! It'll be here before you know it!! I'm also happy to hear that you have a ton of support. That makes a huge difference! Keep workin' it girl!

jillian sara said...

Hi, my name is Jill and I have been reading your blog for the past week. My friend writes a blog and I saw yours on hers. First of all, congrats on the weight loss. It is so hard after having a baby. I gained 75 lbs!!! (Not all baby of course :)) And I have lost 40 so far. I have 35 to go and these last lbs have been a thorn in my side!!! So I know how hard it is. Secondly, I love your blog. I know I am a complete stranger, but since I have had my little guy I feel like I have lost my identity a little bit. Its nice to read blogs that mothers write. I was also wondering if you could tell me what type of camera you take all these wonderful pictures with. They look amazing and I love photography. Would you email and let me know? Its jillleaming@gmail.com. Thanks so much! And keep up the good blogging! -jill

The Christians said...

Way to go, girl! Love the idea of not planning all the meals in one night! Hehe...love even more just stealing your meal plans for the week. That will help soooooo much!

Prairie said...

You go girl!!! Keep it up! You will be wearing that dress in November!

Shannau said...

I'm jealous- your upcoming Mexico trip?? Youre gonna have so much fun! It has been ALMOST 10 years since Mark and I took a trip together without kids! LOL. And BTW have you tried the Fiber One banana chocolate muffins from the freezer section? 3pts, and yum! I also like the sugar free Jello too. WW is so worth it! I'm back to it now! :)

Lesli said...

I found your blog via Gina at Hi Ya Luv. I am a new follower!

I have a Pug too named Noodles.

I will be back!