Category: Weekly Weigh-In

Week 12 Weigh-In

I had a great week–I’m down 4.4 pounds!!!

Weight: 213.6

BMI: 36.7

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

This week went really well.  I had a lot of successes throughout the week–I made a lot of good choices because I wanted to and I was rewarded for those choices.  I was faced with some challenging decisions over the last week.  Since I am now on Weight Watchers, I can technically eat anything as long as I track in and stay within my points.  To the old me, that meant that I could have a Steak, Egg, & Cheese Bagel from McDonalds as long as I tracked it.  I could have Doritos, as long as I accounted for them.  I could have a much too large side of mashed potatoes made with full fat butter, sour cream, or milk–as long as I counted those points or exercised for the points.  This week, the new me, knows better.  Sure, I was faced with the freedom to choose any one of those things (or things much worse), but I also had the freedom to choose things that were healthy for me and in the right portions.  I chose health this week and was rewarded for it.  I feel like I finally have the control over my eating habits and desire to keep that control.

Hopefully next week goes as well as this week!


Hello Everyone!  You may have wondered why I haven’t been posting this week and there are a couple of reasons for that.

1. I have been really busy (and will continue to be really busy for a while).

2. I have been reflecting on my journey and considering what direction I want to go.

3. I have been experimenting.

For any of you who are looking at the above and thinking OMG she’s giving up! please don’t think that–that is the furthest thing from the truth.  I will explain shortly–but first, my numbers for the week:

Weight: 218.0

BMI: 37.4

Waist: 36″

Hips: 47″

Another great week! I’m down another 0.8lbs.  Which I have decided I am 100% happy with.

So this new direction I was talking about…

I am so very happy to have taken part in the Take Shape for Life program.  It gave me the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to make healthy food choices and to make them without feeling deprived.  Because of Take Shape for Life, I know how to make those decisions for myself and I want to make those decisions for myself.

That being said, I want to do what I have learned to do in the program.  I want the control in my life to decide how to eat throughout my day without having to purchase food from one source (though I highly recommend the Medifast food and Take Shape for Life program for those who are like I was and need the strict plan and strict list of food).  Because of this, I have decided to go back on to the Weight Watcher’s program.

Some of you know that I have not had success on the program before and are probably confused or worried for me.  Don’t be.  Take Shape for Life has given me some things I didn’t have before confidence in myself and knowledge that I CAN make healthy decisions for myself.  It also gave me more knowledge about how often and how much to eat at once (I will still be eating 5 small meals and 1 Lean & Green, I will just not be ordering the Medifast meals anymore).   The only reasons I want to be on the Weight Watcher’s program, is there are a wide variety of tools I can use to figure out just how healthy what I am eating is when I go out to eat, it offers a quick way for me to compare how healthy certain foods are (Points Plus), and my husband is also on this program (with great success btw 70+ pounds lost!!!)  Don’t think of this as me messing with a system that was working or giving up, think of it as me embracing a healthy lifestyle and having the knowledge and confidence to do it on my own.

Onward to a new life of health and happiness!!

Week 10 Weigh-In

Weight: 218.8

BMI: 37.6

Waist: 36

Hips: 47

I have had a VERY rough couple of days.  I just haven’t felt like myself and have had a lot of stress at work.  My post tonight will be brief, as I am beat from the past few days.

Yesterday, I ate the right foods, but ate two much of them.  I knew I was only that hungry because of how my day went, but I still went ahead and ate too much.  After dinner, I didn’t eat my last meal and I most definitely did not get in enough water.

Today, was about the same as yesterday–tired, ate too much, and didn’t get enough water.

As you can probably guess, I was pretty disappointed with my weight loss this week.  I lost 0.6 lbs, but lost 2 more inches off of my waist and 1 more inch off of my hips.  That indicates to me that my week was still successful (and that I either gained some muscle (all of my muscles have been sore the past few days since I have been using them more) or am holding onto water or something); I can’t help but be disappointed with the number on the scale though.  I knew this would happen at some point, I just hoped that it wouldn’t.

Looking forward to a better week next Wednesday…

(picture to be attached whenever I  get a chance–too much to do tonight)


Weight: 219.4

BMI: 37.7

Waist: 38″

Hips: 48″

This week’s weigh in was both a success and confusing.  Somehow, I managed to gain 1.4 lbs from they day when I weight 218 (and I know I was much stricter with myself after I saw that number on the scale).  However, I am still down 2.6lbs from last week, which is a big number (and still under 220)!!!!.  This week I lost 2 inches off of my waist and 1 inch off of my hips which is something I haven’t seen in a couple weeks so that makes me feel better about the difference in weight.  One thing I have been doing differently in the past few days is exercising–maybe my body was doing a little redistributing and I gained some muscle?–or maybe my scale is old and inconsistent…I’m happy to see 219.4 regardless.

I had a very strange day.  Early in the day, I couldn’t hear out of the left side of my ear for 10-15 minutes (thats what it felt like so as someone who has worked in retail I know it probably didn’t last near that long).  Shortly after I began hearing normally I started to feel strange.  Just sitting there felt like work and if I moved at all my head hurt and I felt off balance==I was really warm most of the day.  I made it through work and am feeling better now, I just don’t know why I felt the way I did.  I ate all of my meals and got them in on time; I also drank all of my water today (88 ounces–since it is a new week I am adding another 8 ounces to my goal), so I really don’t know what would have caused this.  A friend had mentioned it could be blood pressure related (I forget if she said low or high.  Odd as it may sound, I have never had a problem with high blood pressure).  Hopefully I won’t feel like this tomorrow, I really do not want to have to go to the doctor.

We didn’t cook today.  Instead we made a trip to our local Subway.  I ordered a steak salad with cheese, green pepper, mild pepper rings, and some light mayo (I opted for a small amount of fat today even though steak doesn’t require an additional healthy fat because Subway’s dressings are loaded with carbs).

Tonight I played 2 songs on Just Dance 3 on the Kinect.  After the second song I just couldn’t do any more because our house was so hot (We only have air conditioning in our bedroom and computer room).  I wanted to play for 45 minutes to an hour because it usually flies by when I play that game, but I just couldn’t bear the heat.  Tonight will be one of my days to relax and I will plan an outdoor activity for tomorrow.


222.0 lbs

The Good News: I’m down another 2 lbs–even after a 2 day vacation and my anniversary in the same week!!!!

Weight: 222.0 lbs

BMI: 38.1

Waist: 40″

Hips: 49″

The Bad News: Today was awful.  I had a pretty good day at work, but I started to feel worse and worse as the day moved on.  I just didn’t feel right beginning after lunch.  I started to have a pressure headache along with nausea.  As a result, I didn’t eat all of my Medifast meals or eat on time today.  I also struggled to get in my water.  I’m heading to bed early tonight (right after I finish this post) so that I can try to catch up on my sleep–I have been neglecting this part of my health the last few days and I think it may be at least part of why I felt so ill today.

I wish I had more to talk about, but as I said I didn’t eat much or even on time, so there isn’t much to report–other than today was definitely not a successful day.  I need to make sure I get in all of my water tomorrow so that I don’t get out of fat burning.  Hopefully some rest tonight will leave me feeling rested and energetic tomorrow so I can get back on track.  I’m going to make sure I find a few meals that would be easy to eat when I’m sick and stash a box of them away–that way, when I have a day like today I have something small and easy to eat and can stay on plan or at least have a better chance of staying on plan.

Today was a fantastic day!

To begin, this morning I had my weight in:

Weight: 224lbs

BMI: 38.4

Waist: 40″

Hips: 49″

To date, I have lost 21.2lbs (3.2lbs this week)! What a great feeling to have lost more than 20lbs!!!

In addition to a good weigh-in, I had a lot of fun today, without losing sight of my primary choice of being healthy. The day started off by meeting a good friend that I haven’t seen in nearly a year for lunch at Applebee’s. I ordered a piece of grilled chicken (cut in 1/2 so I could split it with my husband) and a side salad with light italian dressing, both of which tasted great. I am always a bit disappointed in salad dressings, as they always seem to be loaded with carbs, but I only had 1/2 of what they gave me, so I should be okay.

After spending some time over lunch with my friend, we continued on to Philly and checked in to our hotel. We did not have a ton of time, so we decided to walk around near our hotel and try to find some dinner. We walked around for a while and quite a few blocks and couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a chain or something that looked expensive (not many of those either though!). We ended up going to the restaurant beside our hotel (TGI Fridays), because we ran out of time to keep looking. It was great to get to see a bit of the city and get some exercise in, even though we ended up where we started. For dinner, my husband and I split a meal. We ordered the sizzling chicken and shrimp, which comes with mashed potatoes as a side. We each took a piece of chicken and three shrimp. I gave him the mashed potatoes and ordered myself a side of broccoli. The only failure with dinner was that the dish came with on of my weaknesses…tons of melted cheese! I’m certain that I ate more cheese than I should have. It just made my broccoli taste so good! I need to remember that I should eat my broccoli because its good for me, not because its smothered in cheese and makes me feel good. I’m glad that I didn’t give in to the mashed potatoes though–those of you who know me probably also know that mashed potatoes are among my favorite foods.

As it turns out, Pat’s Steakhouse is not within walking distance from our hotel and is also no where near the Mann Center (the location of the concert). The goal is to go tomorrow for lunch on the way out of town. I will be having my lean and green for breakfast and eating my Medifast meals the rest of the day. I also have extra almonds packed in case I need something else to keep my mouth busy while I smell the greasy cheesy sandwiches tomorrow. Right now I feel as though I will do fine with the challenge; however, if I am feeling weak tomorrow, I am going to have 1/2 a lean & green in the morning so that I can try to find something else close by to eat while my brother and friend eat cheesesteaks.

I have been pretty happy that everyone has been trying to eat healthy on this trip. My brother is going to have a cheesesteak tomorrow, but he has told me that he is only eating 1/2 for lunch and saving the other 1/2 for dinner. If your going to go ahead and give in to the cheesesteak, that’s the way to do it!

After dinner, we headed over to the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses which was an amazing experience. If you haven’t heard the 25th Anniversary album and you are a Zelda fan or like orchestra music, it truly is a beautiful album and I recommend you find a copy to listen to. We were lucky enough to hear pieces from it as well as additional pieces not included on the album. We even got to see the person who arranged the symphony tonight! They played all of my favorite LoZ songs along with great footage of game play. It really took me back and made me feel good about the experiences I had playing those games growing up (thanks for providing those experiences Mom & Dad!). The LoZ Symphony is another experience I highly recommend–it is still touring throughout the country for a large part of 2012.

The one thing I am being lax about it my sleep schedule–I figured 2 late nights won’t kill me 🙂


Week 6 Weigh-In

227.2 lbs.

(Sorry about the poor quality picture–I’m still looking for my camera charger!)

Today marks the beginning of Week 7 on Take Shape for Life.

At my weigh-in today I was:

Weight: 227.2

BMI: 39.1

Waist: 40″

Hips: 50″

Today I can celebrate some success on the scale.  I am down 2.6 lbs. from last week and 18 lbs. overall.  It feels great to be seeing consistent results every week.  The beginning of Week 6 seemed more difficult for me; I had a lot going on at work and did not get to eat as consistently as I would have liked to.  As the week went on, I felt more and more motivated to stay strict with myself and watch the clock to make sure I was eating on time.  In addition, I made sure I was getting all of my water.  As a result, the last few days of the week was when I lost all my weight.  Its great to see my actions having a direct effect on the scale–I feel in control.

I did not have trouble eating on time today or getting my water.  All day I was conscious of how I was feeling.  When I started to get hungry, I checked the clock and it was time to eat.  My body is starting to tell me when it needs fuel.

This week I will face a great challenge.  I am going to see a concert out of town and everyone wants to go out for cheesesteaks (not to mention the temptation of vacation eating!).  Fried foods and greasy foods are a large part of why I got to be 245 lbs. to begin with, so I have to be very careful around them.  Fortunately, my coach has helped me come up with a plan.  I am going to eat my lean and green meal for breakfast and plan on taking my Medifast meals to eat the rest of the day, as well as a good on-plan snack for the concert.  When my friends go for cheesesteaks, I am going to try to find a place to grab a salad so that I don’t feel deprived while everyone else is eating.  My wonderful husband even offered to take me somewhere else while the others go to the cheesesteak place!  I am confident that with my coach’s plan as my guide and my husband’s support, I will come back from my mini vacation and have stayed on plan the whole time!

I look forward to tomorrow when I will be one step closer to optimal health!

The Journey Begins…

245.2 lbs.

Tomorrow I will be starting Week 6 of the rest of my life.  For those of you who don’t know, I have committed myself to not only achieving a healthy weight, but optimal health too.  My journey will be long and not always easy; however I am making a choice–the choice to be healthy.

My journey began on June 6, 2012, and my first measurements were as follows:

Weight: 245.2 lbs.

BMI: 42.1

Waist: 49″

Hips: 56″

I have another weigh-in tomorrow, but I will post the measurements from my July 11 weigh-in right now:

Weight: 229.8 lbs.

BMI: 39.4

Waist: 43″

Hips: 50″

The day I signed up for Take Shape for Life is the day everything truly changed for me.  I have a long way to go, but with Take Shape for Life I know I WILL achieve my weight goal of 130 lbs.  (22.3 BMI).  Take Shape for Life is not just about weight though–its about changing the way you look at everything you do in life.  With this program I am empowered to make informed decisions in my life.

My goal for this blog is to share my journey with you.  Some of you know me personally, and will want to read this to keep up with how I am doing.  Others may have no idea who I am, but are in a position like mine.  A position in which everyday you have to face your current reality of obesity and all of the health problems (or eventual health problems) and confidence destruction that goes along with it.  Those in my position are always looking for a way off the current path, but get lost and confused, as there are many paths to choose from.  I hope that whoever is reading my blog will know that a healthy weight AND optimal health are attainable–the journey may be long but we can and will all get there if we choose to.  I will be journaling publicly to you all everyday.  My journal will include everything–successes, challenges, and failures along the way.