Yesterday was my weekly weigh in for Weight Watchers. After my big loss last week, I wasn’t really expecting too much this week despite staying completely on program. Happily, I was quite surprised with my result!
I was down another 0.8 lb. (363g) this week. That’s what I usually average most weeks when I’m really focusing on my weight loss efforts. Yes, in case you’re wondering, it does suck being a slow loser.
I think a lot of that is due to my age (almost 51) as well as the fact I also had a total hysterectomy 12 years ago and I’ve opted not to use hormone replacement therapy. All that combined results in a pretty slow metabolism which means low numbers on the scale each week. That’s part of why I get so frustrated at times and just quite trying. I’ve never quit going to my weekly meetings, but I just stop following the program. My goal is to not let that happen this year!
One of the things I know will help increase my metabolism (and hopefully increase my average weekly loss) is being more active and strength training. For now, I’m working on the being more active part with my walking challenge. As my general fitness and cardio endurance starts to improve, I’ll eventually add strength training back in as well since I know that building more muscle mass will definitely help burn more calories. I have the Les Mills Pump home system, so that’s what I’ll be doing, most likely. I also have some hand weights and resistance bands, so I’ll probably use those for just some basic strength training as well (bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, etc.)
The meeting topic this week was about scheduling meals and how that can help keep one on track. One of the things I realized after listening to several people share is that I think I allow myself to go too long between eating, especially between lunch and dinner. It’s not that uncommon for me to eat my lunch somewhere between 12-1pm and then not eat again until dinner which is usually not until 7pm or later due to my work schedule and commute. This often leads to poor decision making with my food at dinner time because I’ve left myself get too hungry. I really need to work on shifting a few of the PointsPlus values I’ve been having for dinner into an afternoon snack.
We’ve been focusing on setting mini goals each week at my WW meeting. Last week my goal was to create a menu plan for the week, which I did and I mostly stuck to it, too. I think I only strayed from my plan twice during the week — one night because I ended up being out much later than anticipated, and another night when I ended up having plans for the evening which I didn’t have at the time I created my menu.
My mini goal for this coming week is having that afternoon snack. It will definitely be more challenging in this first half of the week as my afternoon is often filled with meetings at work. It all else fails, my plan is to have a piece of fruit or a few nuts right before I leave work for my commute home. I’m not exactly sure yet how it will work in the latter half of the week as I’m leaving on Thursday morning to go to Vegas for the weekend. Thankfully, I’ll be staying in a house will a full kitchen and won’t be succumbed to eating out every meal. That will make staying on track with my eating much easier. I’m sure we’ll probably go out to eat a couple of times over the course of the weekend, so I’ll just try to make the best choices I can in those situations. I just don’t want to use the fact that I’ll be in Vegas as an excuse to go completely off the rails since I seem to be doing so well right now. Thankfully, I have no doubt that the friends I’ll be there with will fully support me with this, too.
Until next time …