I know it’s been a long time since I’ve done a weekly weigh in post, but I really want to try and get back in the habit of doing them. Fingers crossed that I actually follow through with that plan.
After being sick for a few days, I finally ventured out yesterday morning and headed to my Weight Watchers meeting. I’m happy to report that it was yet another successful week. I dropped 1.4 pounds this week. Woo Hoo! That means I’m back to 45.6 pounds down from my heaviest weight. Even with posting loses the past couple of weeks, I’ve still got about a pound a half to go to get rid of the holiday/Prednisone double whammy weight gain I had on Jan. 5, but I’m getting there. Hopefully the rest of it will be gone by my next weigh in.
Another positive thing from the meeting this week was the awesome bling I received. This was a new promotion they introduced at the end of December for meeting members. Any member who attends at least four meetings between Dec. 29 and Feb. 1 will get one of these awesome keychains. Love it!
The meeting topic this week was all about making small changes. I’m a a true believer in the power of small changes. I think it’s pretty natural for anyone who has a large amount of weight to lose. It becomes very natural to break one’s weight loss down into smaller chunks and set more short-term goals because it just becomes far too overwhelming to focus on the big picture.
As the image above states, change isn’t an event. It’s definitely a process, and it’s definitely been a process for me along my journey. Even though I’m down 45 pounds from my all-time heaviest weight, I’m “only” down 13 pounds in the past two years.
Now, to a lot of people, that would mean I haven’t really been successful. I would definitely disagree with that assessment! While I may not have lost nearly as much weight as some others, I’ve still lost weight. Not only have I lost weight, but I’ve done it while dealing with several challenges:
- Working a full time (sometimes more than full time) job that’s extremely stressful and includes being on call 24/7
- Commuting for work 32 miles each way in Los Angeles traffic
- Going to school full time
- Living with an autoimmune disorder
- Having knee surgery
- Having pneumonia
I could have easily let any of the above items as an excuse to just not even try to lose weight and get healthy, but I didn’t! Not only did I not throw in the towel, but I’ve even managed to lose some weight along the way. How did I do that amidst all the craziness listed above? By making small changes along the way, such as:
- Attending my weekly meeting no matter what (unless I sick or out of town)
- Fitness? What you can, when you can is my motto!
- Giving up soda and starting to drink more water (203 days soda-free now!)
- One of my latest small changes is tracking every day — good, bad, or ugly
I have to say, one of the other small changes that has helped me far more than I would have imagined is reaching out to other members at my meeting and developing friendships with them. Having that connection with other members who are also there week in and week out keep me motivated to keep going. Over time, we’ve truly developed a very special bond and our friendships have carried over beyond the meeting room and my life has definitely been enriched by knowing each and every one of them. Because of that, I just want to take a moment to give a major shout out to my “crew” from my meeting — our fearless leader Jacki and receptionist extraordinaire Summer, Dee, Kerry, Tonja, Rebecca, Penny, Debi, and Daniel. Thank you all for being such awesome friends!!
Oh, and speaking of those awesome friends, Dee was kind enough to treat us at the meeting. Check out this lovely mini loaf of homemade wheat bread and meat sauce she gave me. She rocks!
Yeah, half of that mini loaf of bread may or may not already be gone. Thankfully, the whole loaf was only 12 PointsPlus value, so even with noshing on half of it throughout the day yesterday, it only set me back 6 PointsPlus. It did throw me a bit into using some of my Weekly PointsPlus Allowance, but given yesterday was day one of my Weight Watchers week, it’s all good. Thanks for much for the awesome treats, Dee!!!
What small changes have you made/are you planning to make on your journey? I challenge everyone to come up with at least one small change to make this week. My small change goal this week will be to get back into the habit of going to the ladies room upstairs rather than using the one on my floor. Not only will it force me to take the stairs, but it will give me a little boost on my ActiveLink, too. Bonus!
What small change will you be making? Leave me a comment below and let me know so I can cheer you on.
Until next time …