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Mar. 10th, 2011

Hello all,

Well, I've tried to get back into using Weight Watchers (again) this winter. And failed again after a month's effort. *sigh* This is a bummer because WW worked so well for me years ago when I had a lot of weight to loose. Trying to just take off 10-15 pounds - about 20% of my original weight lost? So very much harder to do.

I really find the system - both under the old Points system and the newer PointsPlus system - just very difficult to work and stick with when you're at the low end of the Daily Points scale. The system worked great for me when I had a lot to lose and a higher daily target that didn't feel so difficult to stick to. But now...? I don't know whether it's just my body isn't meant to get - and stay - at the weight I hit at my lowest using WW the first time.

Anyway, I've been doing some studies on PointsPlus and wrote an article recently,"The Problem of 29," trying to look at why not only could it be difficult for those with low Points targets to stick with the program, but also why it might be so hard for them to lose weight successfully even when following it. The math is a little dense, but give it a look and see what you think, if you're interested and maybe are finding that PointsPlus isn't working for you.

Getting back on track after breastfeeding?

Hey everyone.

This week I am finally hoping to get back on track after expressing breastmilk for my baby girl for just over one year. I have lost my weight (or therabouts) but have lots of muscle to regain. Also, my eating habits have been covered up by producing breastmilk and all that takes out of a person.

I want to be back on points (somewhere between my maintenance and loss points, at the moment about 22) in the hope that it will encourage me to eat better, but I have very little prep time at the moment because BG is increasingly mobile and I really can't leave her unsupervised in any way!! 

How do I do this without going nuts? I have a couple events coming up I really want to feel ok for but I know I'm going to be really hungry, or feel like I am going to be!! Time to go for it I think....
 

NSV Wednesday--1 day late :)

Every Wednesday is NSV Wednesday. NSV = Non-scale victory, which means, in essence, a victory in your weight loss journey that didn't involve seeing lower numbers on the scale but made you feel good and proud of yourself. Sometimes an NSV will give us that little boost of self-confidence when the scales aren't really moving.

It isn't a requirement to post, but let me warn you, reading about other people's NSVs will get you thinking and then it becomes an urge to post about your own.

Ok....let's get posting those NSVs!!! Post them here, or in your own thread, but post away! We are ready and waiting to cheer you on! Woo hoooo!

NSV Wednesday!

Every Wednesday is NSV Wednesday. NSV = Non-scale victory, which means, in essence, a victory in your weight loss journey that didn't involve seeing lower numbers on the scale but made you feel good and proud of yourself. Sometimes an NSV will give us that little boost of self-confidence when the scales aren't really moving.

It isn't a requirement to post, but let me warn you, reading about other people's NSVs will get you thinking and then it becomes an urge to post about your own.

Ok....let's get posting those NSVs!!! Post them here, or in your own thread, but post away! We are ready and waiting to cheer you on! Woo hoooo!

Hit a plateau?

Been going along nicely with just a few bumps along the way, but now you find you have stalled a bit, or worse backslid some? This may be a plateau which is common among people who are following a weight loss program.

Some things that may kick start your weight loss:

-Use your tracker if you have been slacking...you may not be accounting for all the BLT's (bite, lick, taste) in a day.
-Look over your past week's tracker. How many filling foods are you eating? Does it seem as if you aren't eating enough of those? Add more.
-Have you fallen into a routine of what you eat daily? Add new foods, be daring and have something higher in protein for breakfast rather than your old standby.
-Exercising regularly, but the exercises have gotten routine? Try something new, sometimes just a little change can make a big difference.
-Not using your WPA or using all of them weekly? Either use more or less according to how you have been using those extra points...you'd be surprised that it really does make a difference.
-Slacking on measuring? When we have been doing this awhile we tend to rely on eyeballing measurements. Take a week or two and diligently measure and weigh, you may be startled how off you are. Remember it works both ways, you could be under measuring just as easily as over.

Try some of the above tips and see if that helps any...but remember to relax and not stress about the numbers on the scale. Sometimes the weight loss shows in inches after losing for a while in pounds. The body doesn't seem to like doing both at the same time at times.

Have a great week!

Monday morning...start of a new week.

It's Monday, while technically this is the holiday day, it is also the start of a new fresh week. That's a good way of viewing it...a fresh start, getting back on track for any lapses over the weekend.

Most people feel if they enjoy themselves on the weekends, they over-indulged and fell "off the wagon" so to speak. Not true. Even if you over-indulge one, even two days, it is not the end of all good things. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, look at yourself in the mirror and ask why you are doing this.

Reaffirm your commitment and goals.
Tell yourself you are human and are allowed small set backs.
Tell yourself you are worth it.

Now go make a mini goal to get back on track.


Mine is a ton of water today because my weigh in is tomorrow and I ate a little more Kielbasa yesterday than I wanted to and I feel I am retaining too much fluid because of the salt content in the kielbasa.

Post your mini-goal for the week here...it will help to reaffirm what you are doing and get you back on the right track if you slipped a bit.

And if you didn't slip, congratulations!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Happy Memorial Day weekend to those of you in the states! :)

Holiday weekends such as these are filled with warm weather, good friends, loving family and backyard barbecuing.

As delicious as barbecuing is, sometimes it brings challenges, big ones at times, to those of us watching our weight.

There are lots of things you can do to offset the damage that could be caused this weekend. If you are going to someone's house, you can bring along a food item that you know you can eat and enjoy...just bring more then one serving in case others want some. ;)

If you can't bring something, you can always eat some salad before you go. In that way you get in some veggies and help curb your hunger a bit so you won't eat much there.

Or you can use my old standby and save some points from your Weekly Points Allowance.


What are some of the things you do or tricks you use to get through a holiday weekend?

Reading Material and a website

I work at a library. I LOVE working at the library...I get first peek at a lot of new books that come through.

I also love reading success stories, inspirational and encouraging stories and anything that involves losing weight, keeping it off and staying fit.

One book that I just finished reading that I want to recommend is finally thin! by Kim Benson (http://kimbensen.com).

If you subscribe to the WW newsletters, read WW magazine, or been to the WW website, then I know you have seen Kim at least once before. She lost 212 lbs and kept it off. She writes about her long journey and gives tips to help you start and continue on your weight loss journey.  In the back of the book she includes some yummy looking recipes.

I totally recommend reading this book...it always helps to read about people that have been there and accomplished their goal.

The website I want to recommend is http://www.hungry-girl.com/. Lisa is fighting the fat like the rest of us, but unlike us, has the resources to try and taste tons of products and recipes.  You can sign up for her newsletter which gives you recipes for lighter versions of food favs, and tries out new items and rates them.  Awesome site!

Anyone else have any book recommendations or websites that some of us may not have heard about and would be interested in?

NSV Wednesdays returns :D

Every Wednesday is NSV Wednesday. NSV = Non-scale victory, which means, in essence, a victory in your weight loss journey that didn't involve seeing lower numbers on the scale but made you feel good and proud of yourself. Sometimes an NSV will give us that little boost of self-confidence when the scales aren't really moving.

It isn't a requirement to post, but let me warn you, reading about other people's NSVs will get you thinking and then it becomes an urge to post about your own.

Ok....let's get posting those NSVs!!! Post them here, or in your own thread, but post away! We are ready and waiting to cheer you on! Woo hoooo!

Checking in...

Just curious how many people are actually still visiting this community and what you would like to talk about.

I will try and remember to bring back NSV Wednesdays as I think it is very important to recognize all of our little victories be they scale based or not.

If anyone has any recipes they would like to share that they discovered, please do so.

Have a good Sunday!