Annette's Acre

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September 30th, 2012

Sixty Pounds

Another milestone reached on the weight loss journey!  Sixty lbs lost…

Slow and steady is absolutely the way to win this race.  Overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress.  I have truly made lifestyle changes that I can continue the rest of my days.  Are there more to make?  Yes.  Do I know precisely what they are? No.  I suspect as I get closer to my goal (halfway there…wow), I expect  to have to work a little harder to make progress and I will need to figure out what works at that time.

The “too big” pile of clothes is starting to grow again.  Today, my favorite lounge-y pjs went in 🙁  When the weather cools down more, I will see about finding a new favorite set.   The jeans I bought over the summer that were a bit snug are now a bit loose.  Not enough to replace yet, but I’ll be doing that before year end, I’m sure.

My arms and legs are getting noticeably smaller (to me).  I moved my hand a little too quick on Friday and the ring I wear on my thumb (a silver puzzle ring) flew off!  I’m hoping to trade it in for a smaller size in February at the AZ Renaissance Faire 🙂

I’m now able to sit comfortably cross-legged on the couch.  I’m walking two miles easily in the morning and climbing stairs regularly at my office without gasping at the top…

I am so glad I started on this journey!

August 5th, 2012

Fifty Pounds

(Full disclosure.. it’s 49.8)

It’s taken a little longer to make this milestone, but given as this isn’t a race nor is there a deadline, the fact that I’ve made it is far more important than the time it took!

It’s been a busy couple of months and while I have been diligent about tracking my meals and making good choices, I have been far less focused on getting in regular activity.  I believe that’s the primary reason it took me twice as long to lose this last ten pounds.  It’s also freakin’ hot here in Phoenix and if I don’t manage a walk in the morning, I just can’t handle the heat to do it in the afternoon or evening.

A couple weeks ago I did a major closet clear out.  The criteria was pretty easy.  If it was something I would wear to work and one of my friends would comment “that’s gotta go” then it went into the donation pile 😉  My friends at work can be brutally honest! LOL

I’m down to three pair of jeans that fit well, about eight shirts that have all been purchased in the last month and a lot of empty hangars.  I did keep some tshirts, but many have been relegated to lounging or sleep wear 🙂  I also kept some of my treasured print shirts (think “Hawaiian”).  They are technically too big, but it’s not nearly as obvious as all the ones I got rid of!  They were also too small when I started this adventure in January, so we’ll see when they get the dreaded thumbs down from my friends and family.

Even though the scale is still moving in the right direction, I’ve realized that I don’t *feel* like I’m making the same progress.  It took awhile, but I believe the issue is that once again, I’m wearing clothes that fit.  For the last six months, I’ve spent at least half my time in jeans and shirts that are one or two sizes too big (just trying to avoid the shopping, nothing more).  It’s easy to feel the progress when the clothes are falling off!!  Now that I’ve purged all but the items that truly fit, it’s less noticeable to me.

I suppose I just need to get the current wardrobe to the same point 🙂

June 10th, 2012

Forty Pounds

As of this morning, I’ve lost 40 lbs since my Weight Watchers journey started in mid-January.

This past week I bought yet more new jeans.  These were four sizes smaller than what I was wearing in January and I can *really* tell the difference!  I’ve bought several new shirts in the last weeks as more often than not if I put on a shirt I owned before January, it’s just too large to wear to work!

Forty is a bit of a magical number for me on this journey.  It signifies that this is *real* and I’m in for the long term.  I’ve lost 20-30 lbs before (most recently when I was diagnosed with an odd assortment of food allergies and had to make big cuts in the foods I ate regularly) but it always manages to creep back on.  This time is a little different.  I haven’t actually stopped eating anything… just changed how much and how often.

I have noticed an energy increase.  A couple weeks ago DH suggested we go over to my Mom’s and swim.  Technically, he was suggesting it for himself and the kids which would have left me home alone…a rare event.  I didn’t think twice before digging out the bathing suit and packing a bag for all of us to go.  Last year at this time?  I’d have been home alone 😉

Since my 30 lb update, I’ve completed one challenge on weight (On Plan Every Day in May) and signed up for the June version.  I’m walking a mile in the morning four days per week and when DH starts working (YAY!) I will up that to two miles (he will try to get in three miles before we leave for the office during the week).

It took me five months to lose 40 lbs.  I’m hoping I’ll have at least another 40 gone before the end of the year 🙂  Wish me luck!

May 6th, 2012

Thirty Pounds

As of this morning, I’ve achieved a 30 pound loss since mid-January.

I did break down and buy some new clothes this past week as it was painfully obvious that my jeans were just too loose.  I bought not only one size down, but also two sizes down in anticipation of future needs.

Well, that smaller size is a lot closer to fitting than I thought when I bought them 😉

At the repeated request of my friends at work, I cleared a few items out of the closet this weekend that are just too big.  I’m not ready to completely rebuild the wardrobe – the cost alone prevents that and I’d have to do it again in a few months 😀

These are lovely small victories that keep me motivated when the alarm goes off at 5:45am.  I am NOT a morning person, so getting up 30 minutes early to allow for at least a one mile walk before I get ready for work is a HUGE change!  DH gets up with me as the heat of summer is here and he needs to get his daily walk in as well.  He just keeps going for a bit after I head back home.

If you want more information on how I’m doing or on Weight Watchers or just need a poke to keep you on track, please drop me a line 🙂

March 19th, 2012

Twenty Pounds

This weekend my Weight Watchers journey took me beyond the 20 lb marker.

I have to say, I am still a bit incredulous that this is going so well and has been relatively simple to follow.  There are definitely indications of more challenge ahead, though, as my daily point totals continue to drop with the weight and I’m closer to using them all up on a daily basis 😉

These last two weeks have seen some remarkable change in my house with new floors, new baseboards (today) and at least two more days of work done in the house this week planned.  I was without a kitchen to cook in for most of last week as much of my office and bedroom was stacked on counters so it was another expensive week of eating out (both in points and dollars).

I’ve fallen into a simple rhythm.  I am diligent and conservative with points during the week.  I pack my breakfast and lunch each day for work and then eat lighter at home in the evening.  The weekends I tend to relax a bit and dip into the weekly points if I need to (don’t always need to, just depends on what’s going on).  As Sunday is my weigh-in day, it makes for a realistic scale result – I’m not starving for three or four days before and over-indulging after the scale does its thing 😉

My husband says he can see the difference.  Several coworkers have also commented.  My clothes are looser, but I don’t see much change in the mirror…. yet.

February 26th, 2012

A Good Start

For 2012, my company has offered free access to the Weight Watchers Online program. They also offer on site meetings, but my schedule is just too unpredictable to take advantage of them weekly.

I have never tried Weight Watchers before but have known two coworkers that are having great success with the program and several stitching friends speak highly of the approach. It is just the right amount of structure without being prescriptive.

I have been heavy my entire life. The last time I had any significant weight loss was in 1997 and I can’t say I recommend the Divorce Stress Diet to anyone. Living on Coke, cereal and milk for three months is not exactly healthy 😉

Joining Weight Watchers was a very deliberate decision to make a significant change in my life. I know I will never be a size 6 or 8 and honestly that is not my goal. I’d like to get back to that 1997 weight in a healthy manner :). That will put me in size 16 which will make me very happy.

I started tracking the week of January 17 but did not make any effort to limit daily points. The week had enough stress and sadness (my grandmother’s death) that I had little focus left.

Since January 23, I have tracked every day and have not exceeded my allocated points. I have dipped into the weekly. Allowances now and then, but for the most part stayed in my day’s total. (WW sets a daily and weekly point bucket)

As of this morning I’ve lost 15 lbs.

Before you think I’ve drastically changed my eating habits or add a three mile run to my daily routine….I haven’t. I’ve made some minor tweaks to food choices (light yogurt vs regular, sugar free pudding and trying some new diet-friendly foods). I still have to respect my allergies (lettuce, squash and wheat) so cannot fill my days with lettuce salads.

In fact, I have not cut anything out of my diet. Chocolate, Coke, ice cream and other alleged diet busters were all tracked in the last month. Now, it was one piece of very good See’s chocolate, not a bag of M&Ms. And a small Coke rather than the usual 44 oz vanilla Coke from Sonic. But that truly is the key to success here: planning. As I continue to lose, I know my available points will decrease and slowly these indulgences will reduce but never go away 😉

As for exercise, other than a couple laps around the walking path on the office campus, nothing deliberate. I do realize that I will need to add more activity over the coming weeks to keep the scale moving in the right direction. I’ve had my bicycle serviced. I’ve dusted off the Wii fit (I like the yoga).

That’s where I’m at and the new journey started this year. 2012 is a year of change for me in many many ways 🙂