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Down 1.8 (zero, back to square one, or, as I like to call it, 'maintenance') Well I've been on a chocolate bender lately, which I'm sure is down to hormones. In fact I think the difficulty sleeping, the carb cravings, the zoning out, the dry skin and brittle hair is ALL down to hormones -- the flirtation with menopause has turned into a full-blown affair. I am now seriously considering looking into HRT of some kind but I want the healthy option - I don't like to think of all those poor pregnant horses having to pee all the time.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2011 at 52 by 52
Up 4 (+1.8 total) The long awaited Point Roberts' weekend covered all of week 3's potential weigh-in days and consumed all of week 3 and 4's available points (plus the slush fund). Unfortunately there was a whole week after that that required me to eat something in it. Strict point tracking kept the scale-tippage to a minimum - believe me the results could have been much worse. Long-time readers will remember that I am capable of 6 or 7 lb gains in a week so this is a victory of sorts. I cannot, however, seem to get off the eating... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at 52 by 52
Down 2.2 (2.2 total) Learning to count again with the new system is a little harder than it first appeared. In the old Momentum plan I could guess/approximate the points I was eating but now, the algorithm is far too complicated and I must resort to looking things up online. However, looking up the points after I've eaten the food has led to a few surprises! My beloved diet-version of the PrimaStrada pizza (8 oz. sourdough crust, 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus roasted mushrooms and a sprinkle of parmesan and EVOO) used to be about 14 points - 2/3 of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at 52 by 52
I didn't gain it all back. Just some of it. I kept 37 lbs off (give or take a few ounces). However, none of my clothes fit and I have that permanent red weal across my waist where waistbands cut in. Heels hurt. blouses gape, thank God for sweater season. So, I am loving the new Points Plus system. It is nice to know that calories are a thing of the past because really, 300 calories of chocolate versus 300 calories of grilled fish and salad? The balance of lean protein and fibre over fat and carbs should be what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at 52 by 52
Up 3 (45.6 lbs total) I'm binging. Food is the only pleasure and solace in the face of the stress brought on by my parent's situation and my impending financial melt-down. I will have to return to WW once I feel saner and once I can afford it again. So I'm on hiatus. Posts will be infrequent and probably full of self-pity but there you are. I will return. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 1.8 (48.6 lbs total) But who cares. This morning my father went missing. Well, my mum got up at 6:30 and discovered the front door open and my father absent - who knows what time he actually left the house. He went out in his baseball cap, his blue plaid bathrobe, his white ankle socks and his old black leather sneakers. He was thankfully wearing underpants. My mum called 911 and the police drove the streets for hours looking for him. An urban alert went out and people started door-to-door searches for him. Friends called who'd heard it on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at 52 by 52
Week 88 Up 0.2 (50.4 lbs total) Week 87 Up 1.8 (50.6 lbs total) Cubicle world is here - I started my new job. Work is exhausting, well getting ready for it in the morning is exhausting, and there is nowhere healthy to eat around my office (DQ, Wendy's, Boston Pizza, SharkClub... you get the picture) so I feel like I just spent the whole week fretting about food and not eating very well. It wasn't necessarily a week full of indulgence just confusion as I tried to get a routine established. So I went grocery shopping today with lunches... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down 2.8 (52.4 lbs total) Well, something worked this week but I'm not sure what. I relaxed and indulged myself on my birthday on Thursday and then I carried on indulging on Friday. But I won't argue - I got back to 52 lost by 52 and that is a gift. Actually I think I just got happy and relaxed. I got a job so it is summer vacation from now until after Labour day weekend; the anxiety about getting a job has gone. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down .8 (49.6 lbs total) Well, 52 is upon me - only a few days left of my 52nd year on earth. And I didn't quite manage to lose 52 lbs in the last year, in fact I didn't even manage to keep 52 lbs off! But hey, I'm tired of renaming the blog. And I don;t think .8 is too bad given my visit to the pub last night to bet on some horse races. I've never been to a racebook bar and it was fun. I bet on #7 unless there was a Gray horse with better odds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down .4 (48.8 lbs total) Good week. Did a little dancing but not enough to injure myself, ate out at a few restaurants but didn't overdo it, drank some beer Friday night which probably brought the scales a little misery, swam in the Sooke river and spent a little time in river meditation, skipped some stones, signed up for crochet class in September. Our new WW leader is not really inspiring but she is really new so I guess we have to give her some time - but I noticed that the ranks have thinned :( Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 2 (48.4 lbs total) I have thrown in the towel and gone back on Welbutrin in an effort to control the mood roller-coaster. Things have been steadily getting worse in the depression department and I realized the other day that the old "what's the point" recording was running continually in the background. It may be largely situational (no job, etc.) but it is also just the way I am. I was happy-ish on the Welbutrin all last winter and there were no apparent side effects so I have gone back to it. I have also been on Robaxacet with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 1 (50.4 lbs total) Let me show you how I have added exercise to my life in the past couple of weeks by dancing to this band last Thursday: and starting this: Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down 1.6 (51.4 lbs total) My friends and I discuss 'happiness' alot. We want to know how to achieve it and, more importantly, how to maintain it -- we all know what it feels like. Some of us argue that it is impossible to live in a perpetually happy state, that this is tantamount to imbecility. Some of us invariably bring up the mutual acquaintance who is 'Mary Sunshine' and point to her as a living example while others surmise that it is a public face she wears because no-one goes through the grad school grind [or raising children, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 3.2 (49.8 lbs total) Metronomic isn't it? But it was fun getting there. Weekend away with lovely friends in an astonishing house in Point Roberts (much good food and wine consumed) followed by Prima Strada for both lunch and dinner in one day (yes, you read that right, because the fresh pumpkin, thyme, ricotta, asiago, panna pizza was so good for lunch my friend and I elected to have it again for dinner) followed by an evening of Salsa dancing fuelled by Victoria Gin cocktails ($2.50 from each drink went to help build a school in Uganada so, really,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 1.8 (53 lbs total) This week began with a visit to hospital with acute bowel pain followed by fasting and purging between Sunday lunch and an emergency colonoscopy on Wednesday. Then I had to weigh in on Thursday evening before heading away for the weekend. I knew I would be up on the scale because I was bloated, despite the fact that I hadn't eaten for half the week. All is well apparently so we'll see what this week brings. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at 52 by 52
Week 78 down 6.6 (54.8 total) Week 77 up 2.2 (48.2 total) Week 77 saw me go over the 50 pound mark and back into the 40s for total weight lost. My clothes didn't fit, I felt uncomfortable, and it was a stark reminder of what would happen to me if I left WW. This week I tracked what I ate every day (not just 3 days out of 7) and I would have had a much more sensible loss if I hadn't succumbed to sickness on Thursday and Friday that left me weak and unable to eat. All I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 1 (50.4 lbs total) Last week a new WW member asked the eternal question: "does it ever get any easier to do this diet?" One of the 'regulars' (people I have seen every weekend since I joined) said it took her 4 years before she really started 'living' the lifestyle, before it stopped being a 'diet'. I get that. Another woman said it has taken her 4 years to get to goal and lose the 65 pounds she needed to lose - she said she ' plateaued' (a nice word for re-losing the same weight over and over) for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 5.4 (51.4 lbs total) Take that Susan! It took you a month to gain back 80% of what I did in a week. Back to tracking and sanity this week. I love roller coasters and would go on them all the time if I had access to one - the giant Mindbender at West Edmonton Mall has been the only reason I have wanted to visit that place since it opened. I know, people died on it, and I feel sad that that happened but I think it probably ended up making it the safest coaster to ride. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up .8 (56.8 lbs total) I weighed in early as I am leaving later this morning for a weekend away in Edmonton, actually St. Albert but I'm not sure about the distinction. This weekend was planned back in the dark days of February when early June seemed like it would be the leafy green beginning of summer and we could wear our new clothes for each other as we sat around Jennifer's garden. Well at least it isn't snowing there this week. I am still packing linen because I refuse to give in but I've added sweaters to the suitcase... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down 6.2 (57.6 lbs total) The positive things about this week: I committed to 3 sessions of exercise of 45 minutes each for the next two weeks: Heather, a fellow WW meeting attendee said that publicly committing in the meeting was the only way she could see to overcome her inertia and she asked me if I would commit as well. So I did. I only ate when I was hungry and I sat at my dining table to do it (for most meals this week). Quiet eating, so I could listen to my body tell me when to stop.... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 3.4 (51.4 lbs total) The positive things about this week: I committed to the Weight Watchers 5K walk (sign up at the Running Room - it's free) I had a fabulous time with Susan and Karen (Happy Birthday again K, is 50 feeling OK yet?) I had the first interview of my current job hunt (shaky but necessary) Debbie and I spent time at a movie where we drooled over the scenes of Italian countryside Melanie and I had a pedicure where I picked a shocking (for me) colour of nail polish, OPIs "Dim Sum Plum" and Mel put... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up .2 (54.8 lbs total) Things are less gloomy now. I managed to begin tracking again, tolerate some cravings without caving, and start reading the Beck Diet Solution. It's behavioural therapy not a food plan so I am now the proud owner of small cards with helpful responses written on them - these are to be whipped out when I catch myself thinking sabotaging thoughts. I also have an Advantages Response Card to be read twice a day (minimum) which lists all of the advantages of losing this weight. So, as I read my morning coffee, I try to read... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at 52 by 52
Up 2.2 (55 lbs total) The mental wear and tear of long term weight loss cannot be understated. Every phrase you use to others, every thought you use to comfort or control yourself, every idea that promises a solution, all have to be examined. There are no casual thoughts around food and eating, every thought takes a toll. Essentially everything has to be unpacked for meaning. When you first think "I know how to do this" you will be proved wrong - there will come a day, a week, a month that makes you feel like you have learned nothing.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at 52 by 52
Down 1 (57.2 lbs total) A woman in our meeting today said she was disheartened by the fact that when she was offered an exciting opportunity all she could think about was that she would gain back the 20 pounds she had lost over the preceding 4 months. Then she took the month long relocation, gained 19+ lbs, and now feels defeated yet unable to stop bingeing until she hits the magic 20 that she predicted for herself. She feels sabotaged by her own mind and it's sway over her habits. So why can't we harness the power of our... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at 52 by 52
Week 68 Down 5.6 (56.2 lbs total) Week 67 Up 7.4 (50.6 lbs total) What can I say that hasn't been said? I weigh less than I did 68 weeks ago but I'm no further ahead in figuring out how to keep losing or how to maintain gracefully and naturally Friends say "it's a stressful time - no job, big debt, wierd relationship, etc." And I agree - it is a stressful time, but look around, which one of us isn't having a stressful time for one reason or another? Teenagers, menopause, arthritis, demented parents, or parents who died, cancer,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at 52 by 52