In mid-September, I wrote about going off of Weight Watchers for the rest of this year and monitoring my diet and exercise on my own. Well, I’ve done really well with exercise, but I’ve slipped a bit with my diet. I’m at about 159 pounds again…so down overall but up another couple of pounds from a month ago.
One Week Healthy Weight Loss
The Financial Blogger Conference is in about a week and a half, so I am going to be on my perfect diet behavior for the next week at least. I am tracking my food via Weight Watchers Points Plus again, but on my own without paying for the program. That means using a search engine when I’m unsure of a point value and being more careful with my snacking. I’m allowing myself the same 26 points a day as before, but no weekly extra points. I can only eat 26 points a day plus any that I earn through exercise.
Why I Keep Writing About this Weight Stuff
I have written about weight stuff on and off since I started this site more than 3 years ago. Usually I write because it’s on my mind at the time. Or I want my own weight chronicles to help others. Here is the long and short of what I truly feel.
I usually don’t care very much about my actual weight. I like how I look even when I have an extra 30 pounds on me, but I do think I’m cuter at around 150-160 rather than 180. I’m about a 6 on the how-vain-am-I scale from a 1 to 10. But I want to be able to walk into my 80’s. I want to avoid back aches, joint pain, and feet issues for as long as humanly possible because I see what it does to some of the people I love. I want to be able to run around with my Little Brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters without feeling out of breath. And if I have kids, I want to be able to keep up.
In short, staying “in shape” for me is staying “cute” but also being able to help friends move furniture or take a few flights of stairs without wanting to die. And my frugal side doesn’t want to buy any more clothes, so I can’t gain back any significant weight without ticking myself off.
My Personal Weight Loss Tips
- Count Food Points via Weight Watchers – 26 per day plus any earned through exercise
- Portion control
- Exercise – I will continue walking, jogging, hiking, disc golf, etc. at least 3 times a week for the rest of the year.
- Weigh-Ins – I will get on the scale at least once a week.
- Accountability – I’ll post my 1 week results here next Monday or Tuesday!
Let’s see how I do by next Monday…
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!