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First Weekly Weigh In of 2016

I hope everyone had an amazing New Year’s Eve and nice long weekend. I’m back today with the results of my first weekly weigh in of 2016 at Weight Watchers.

The Daily Mel | Weekly Weigh In

As you may remember from my previous post, I gained 3 pounds (1.4kg) over Christmas week. I wasn’t too happy with that, so I decided to really diligent with my efforts over New Year’s week. It definitely paid off! I was down 5.8 pounds (2.6kg) this week. Woo Hoo!! My goal was to simply get rid of the 3 pounds I had gained the previous week so I was thrilled to see I nearly doubled that!

WW Weekly - Jan 3, 2016

What did I do differently this week to have such a large loss? Of course, I have no scientific proof that these things are the direct cause of the great loss, but here are three simple things I did this week that I believe contributed to it.

  • Increased my water intake – I knew part of the gain over Christmas was due to the fact I was retaining water from all the extra sodium I consumed on Christmas Day (two days before my weigh in). To help ensure all of that was flushed out of my system this week, I drink mostly pure water all week and skipped things like Crystal Light, iced tea, etc.
  • Fewer processed foods – While Beyond the Scale already naturally steers members away from more processed foods already, I made a concentrated effort this week to try and limit my intake of processed foods even more since I know they tend to be higher in sodium.
  • No eating after 8pm – I’m very much a late night snacker, so I tried my best to limit that this week by implementing a no eating after 8pm rule. I wasn’t perfect, but did manage to meet my goal most days last week.

With my massive loss this week, here’s how my progress chart is looking after two months of being back at Weight Watchers.

Weight Loss Chart

Since starting back on program on November 1, I’ve lost a total of 15.4 pounds, most of which has been lost since I started the new Beyond the Scale program on November 13 as an early access beta tester. You can also see all of my weekly results in one handy place now on the new Progress Chart page I’ve added.

Until next time …

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Happy New Year!! (2016 Goals & Weekly Weigh In)

Happy New Year

I really had hoped to get this post finish to publish at 12:01am this morning, but yeah, that just didn’t happen. I got completely side-tracked by figuring out my 2016 goals and setting up my planner for the new year. Apparently I forgot to schedule time in it to actually write my blog post. LOL! Hopefully I’ll have it up before 12:01am on January 2, but I’m going to have to hurry to make that happen.

With everything going on last weekend, I realized I forgot to post my weigh in results from Sunday at Weight Watchers. Even though it’s almost Sunday again already, I didn’t want to miss posting my results. Weighing in two days after Christmas certainly wasn’t fun, and I knew I was going to gain, but I went ahead and stepped on the scale anyway even though many members were exercising the “no weigh-in” option.

The Daily Mel | Weight Loss Graph

I was up three pounds which isn’t horrible considering that was for two weeks since I had missed my meeting the previous week due to having a horrible cold. As I’ve mentioned before, my goal over the holidays wasn’t necessarily to show a weight loss, but to at least maintain my weight over the period from Sunday, November 22 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) until Sunday, December 27 (the Sunday after Christmas). Thankfully, I actually DID show a loss over that period, even with the big gain last Sunday. I actually lost a total of five pounds over that period, so I’m calling that a massive victory!

I truly believe the overall lose I experienced over this holiday season is completely thanks to the new Beyond the Scale program. I’ve been eating fewer processed foods and a lot less sugar. Even during the times I chose to indulge, I was more mindful of the amount of sugar I was consuming which helped keep the level of holiday “goodies” I consumed in check.


Once again, I’m participating in the January photo challenge created by The Skinny Doll. If you aren’t familiar with the challenge, you simply post a photo each day on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that conforms to that day’s theme. You can join in any time. You can participate every day or just intermittently. Do what works best for you, but just remember to include #wwphotoaday when you post so everyone else can see what you’ve shared.

The challenge theme for today is sharing my goals for the year. First I’ll share the image I created for today and then I’ll break each goal down a bit more below the image.

The Daily Mel | 2016 Goals

2016 Goals

  • Weigh Less December 31 – As you all know, I’m working pretty hard on my weight loss efforts right now. That being said, I’m not setting any particular weight loss goal for this year. In the past, setting those types of goals have been more of a hinderance than a help because I’m just not playing that game any longer. My goal for this year is simply to weigh less on December 31, 2016 than I weigh today.
  • Purge/Declutter – I have too much stuff. There, I said it! I have tons and tons of craft stuff I have touched in ages, cookbooks I haven’t opened in years, clothes I have worn in heaven only knows, etc. My goal for this year is basically to simplify. If I’m not using/wearing something regularly, do I really need it? Probably not. I need to go through all of my possessions and look at things with a very critical eye to determine whether I really still need/want it. If not, it needs to go.
  • Two Books Monthly – This one is pretty straight forward. I have a goal to read at least two books each month. I only read about 30 books this year, so I’ll need to step things up a bit.
  • Earn My CM – This is my professional goal for the year. I’ve now been in management at my job for five years, so I’ll be working on earning the Certified Manager designation this year.
  • Visit Australia – I know this sound silly, but I’ve had a dream for many years to see the Sydney Opera House in person. I just love the iconic style of the architecture. Some friends and I have plans to cruise from Hawaii to Sydney this fall, and I can’t wait!

So, those are my major 2016 goals in a nutshell. For those who follow the whole word of the year philosophy, I’ve chosen Simplify for my word this year. In addition to simplifying things at home via the purge/declutter, I really want to simplify some other areas of my life as well. I can’t just keep going at the pace I’ve been going the past few years. I need to identify/focus on the things that are most important to me and let some other things go.

Have you thought about your 2016 goals? Have you blogged about them or shared them on social media? If so, please leave your thoughts and/or any applicable links in the comments below so I can check them out.

I hope everyone had an amazing New Year’s Eve last night and a wonderful January 1 today. Here’s to an amazing 2016 for us all!

Until next time …

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas Snow

To those who celebrate, both near and far, I just want to wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Until next time …

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Weekly Weigh-In: SmartPoints Week 5

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It’s Sunday which means it’s the day of my Weight Watchers meeting. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen this week. I’ve been battling a bit of a nasty cold the past couple of days and it’s no better this morning. Given the Christmas holiday is coming up this week, I decided not to go to my meeting so I could avoid the risk of giving someone this crud and ruining their holiday.

Even though I didn’t go to my meeting, I did weigh in at home. I stayed exactly the same. Given I had a couple of holiday luncheons with co-workers and friends, I’ll take it! I didn’t go completely off the rails, but definitely stretched my SmartPoints to their limits.

With the holidays finally upon us, my goal for this past week, as well as the upcoming week, has been to simply maintain my weight. There’s just so much going on and so much temptation everywhere I turn that I’m not putting pressure on myself to try and lose over this two week period. I’ll be perfectly happy to just hold my own and not show a gain. I definitely consider maintaining my weight over Christmas a victory!

I don’t actually have any formal plans for New Year’s Eve/Day this year. For me, that means I’ll be kicking myself back right back into losing mode on Dec. 26. As my leader, Jacki, reminded us last year, Christmas is a holiDAY, not a holiMONTH. Every time I think about this quote from her, it makes me LOL, but it really is true.

For all those celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this week!!

Until next time …

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