Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weigh-In Wednesday

Weight-In Wed
As you know and have heard, I joined Weight Watchers 4 weeks ago.

I am done making excuses for my poor eating habits and excess weight, I want to be healthy and LIVING when it is my turn to be a grandma! And I want to be energetic for my kids NOW!

I have been meaning and meaning to start blogging about it all, but I figured I would start today since it marks my one month point in my journey.

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I started at 184.5 pounds and my goal is 130 pounds in 2010, good Lord willing. But my first goal is to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 165 from 5 years and 3 babies ago :).

I did NOT sign-up for Weight Watchers, I am learning through my sister-in-law and mother-in-law who live with me right now. They have been off and on the program for years and I have seen it work for them. I actually REFUSE to sign-up because if I cannot do this on my own, and if I cannot do it for free, then it will not be a long term success. I am also determined that this is the ONLY time I am "starting" to loose weight.

Before WW my portions were totally OFF!!! I would use having just had a baby and nursing babies as excuses to eat more, but not healthy. Just being on it this month has really shown me a lot of my bad choices, like my "easy / back-up" foods being things like a pot-pie = WAY too many calories for one meal... and fast food, candy bars, ice cream, sodas? Oye!

I have ALWAYS struggled with drinking enough water, even while pregnant and nursing! Maybe, just MAYBE I would have 2 or 3 cups a day. Now my goal is 8 and I have been hitting about 6 regularly.

I have been attempting to walk, bike (in my garage on a trainer) and do Pilates (with a video), and I switch them out throughout my week. When I walk it is up and down hills pushing a double stroller for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. When I bike it is usually one gear, sitting the whole time for about 35 minutes. And when I do Pilates the workout is just shy of 1 hour. These are all a challenge to do with my three kiddos in the picture :).

I haven't been struggling with the food part of things, that has actually been very much a blessing. But I have been having a hard time MAKING myself get out for walks or on my bike without the excuses of weather, kids sleeping or something hurting. And the excuse for Pilates is finding I time to roll around on the floor without me looking like a fun new toy!

In my first month I have lost 12 pounds and 4.25 inches!!!

Plans for the Week
I need to get back on board with my 8 cups of water and exercising without excuses!!!

I will back track here so you can see what I have meant to blog...
Start week: 184.5 lbs.
1st week: 179.5 lbs. - lost 5 lbs.
2nd week: 177 lbs. - lost 2.5 lbs. & 1.5 inches
3rd week: 173 lbs. - lost 4 lbs. & 1.5 inches
4th week (this week): 172.5 lbs. - lost 0.5 lbs. & 1.25 inches

Now onto my Visual Motivation...
This was me below my goal weight about 10 years ago... but it is nice to see there are small bones in there!!!

This was me closer to my goal weight about 9 years ago... with GUNS!!! This really IS another side goal of mine, I want muscle definition again! I want a ticket to that gun show!!!

This was my first belly shot pregnant. This was about 6 years ago. I was 165 pounds then and now I am only 7.5 pounds away, like I said before, this is my first goal.

NOW... these are the start of a series of photos I will be taking every 4 weeks...
The picture on the left is before and the one on the right is after.

This is me down 12 pounds...

... and 4.25 inches...
... and this is my favorite - even though I HATED the before shot from the back, it is VERY encouraging to me to see the results! If you notice my under-arm area, my upper-back and (sorry) my bum, there is quite a noticeable difference back there! Praise the Lord!!!
I encourage you guys to use visual motivation! It's powerful for me! If you have a before shot you can keep up or you take one like I did, it REALLY makes you WANT an after!

And go with this quote... "The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground." Author Unknown We can do this!!! Together!!!


Natalie Marie Guarascio said...

Wow, you are looking great. I am so proud of you and your dedication!

Sweet Blessings said...

Look at you! The pics are inspiring!! You go girl!! I hear you-I am 40 lbs. heavier from pre-4 children. My youngest is 9 weeks. I'm excited for you! My friend purchased a water bottle for me to keep filled up when I was pregnant this last time. We were around each other a lot and she wanted to make sure i'd drink more (because she knew I wouldn't-lol!) Anyway, the water bottle did help for me because I drank on it throughout the day and didn't have to keep refilling glass after glass. Just a thought. Blessings! Amanda:)

BeLoVed AiMeE said...

wow you are doing great!
I have just started working out and eating healthier over the past few weeks. It's so encouraging to see your success! Keep up the great work.

2boymommy said...

good for you!!! awesome job!
i joined the gym over 3 months ago and working out on a regular basis is whats doing it for me. =) wish i lived closer, we could go one walks together.
keep up the good work!!!

Anonymous said...

Very Good!! I love your blog and hope I can get motivated by visiting it!! Thanks for the openness!!

krista said...

...looking good! you're doing great!

enjoy your weekend,

Angela said...

that is so awesome girl. Isn't it amazing what 12 pounds can do on the body! My weigh in is in two days..will be doing a video to share the results...