Mr. BFS and I joined Weight Watchers Online again on January 12, 2014 as soon as we returned from our most recent cruise. We had a huge first week with both of us losing 5-6 pounds, but then it just stopped. BUT, I’ve been making progress over these last 3 weeks! I’m still losing weight! Yay!
Following the Plan
I’ve continued to stick to the plan. In fact, I’ve been making sure to have Weight Watcher points leftover thanks to my mastermind group. You can check my buddies out at Fincon to Fincon. We met at the Financial Blogger Conference and have hung out during the last two as well. We decided that we should stay in touch year round and motivate each other to stay on track. It’s amazing what peer pressure can accomplish. It helps even more than we now have to make weekly goals, and if we don’t stick to them, we have to pay $5 into a pot for a Fincon dinner.
My weekly goal includes having 10-15 points left at the end of each week from my weekly extra. We also set blogging goals like commenting so many times a week. It’s been a kick in the butt. We’d all be pretty happy if all we could afford to buy with our money pot was a small fast food outing, hahaha.
Exercising Stall -Out
I lost my exercise motivation when my sleep schedule got all out of whack nearly a month ago. Now I’m putting energy into growing my pet sitting side hustle. I’ll get back to my walks this week. I just need a good night’s sleep after taking care of these two Boxer puppies for 3 days. I wonder if battling off puppy jumps and throwing tennis balls will count as exercise…I feel like I am exercising.
On a side note, we now know that we want a 2-3 year old dog, not a puppy, in a few months. We apparently are not energetic enough to handle puppy training for the months it would take. 3 days has taught us this, lol.
Reached a New Tier!
Overall, I am super happy with my current progress. I’m down to 159.2 pounds from the 167.8 I started at in January. Yay for hitting the 150′s!
My new target is to reach 156 specifically since that is 20 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight ever in late 2010. I think I am aiming for 149 overall as my maintenance weight, but I don’t mind slowly getting there if it means that I’ll be able to keep it off.
How are you doing on your health goals?
Mr. BFS and I joined Weight Watchers Online again on January 12 as soon as we returned from our most recent cruise. We had a huge first week with both of us losing 5-6 pounds, but then it just stopped. The last two weeks have showed either no progress or 0.2 pound weight gains. We’re still sticking to the program, but we aren’t used to it just pausing like this when we are behaving ourselves.
I’ve been following the plan. I am sticking to my assigned Weight Watcher points. Even though I do use most of my weekly points (usually on Saturdays), I haven’t gone over my allowances or cheated at all. The trick has been smaller portion sizes, which has always been my own problem with food. I’ve also been using vegetable and fruits as my main snacks, which can be a little pricey during the winter, but yummy. I’ve rediscovered a love for grapefruit. They definitely remind me of my grandpa. My husband and I also have been munching on Tanangelos – a delicious combo of tangerines and mandarin oranges. Smaller portions and fruit…that’s my ticket to success.
I am nearly always motivated to exercise when I change my diet for the better. Luckily, this foray into weight loss hasn’t been any different. Despite it being cold here (30′s-40′s as opposed to the 80′s-90′s like normal), I’ve been bundling up and walking 20-40 minutes at least two or three times a week. I’ll pump that up to nearly daily as soon as the temperatures get above 60 degrees in the evening again. I know that my cold-weather readers are mocking me right now, but there is definitely a reason I never have chosen to live places that is snows regularly.
Overall, I am satisfied with my current progress. I’m at 161.6 pounds instead of 167.8 like when I started a few weeks ago. I feel like eating healthier and walking regularly is worth it even if I don’t lose another ounce. But I am hoping to lose many more ounces…specifically, at least 10 more pounds worth, lol.
How are you doing on your health goals?
I like to eat. And I really like to eat during the holidays. I go nuts between October and early January – I eat based on what I crave and make sure that every holiday food makes it into my house. This means that I am generally ready to “diet” by mid-January. This year is no different, and I am back on Weight Watchers Online. I guess I should be happy that I am so predictable, lol.
Weight Watchers was My First Success
I tried fad diets like Atkins in my early 20′s, but I didn’t actually make any lasting progress until I joined Weight Watchers Online (WWO) in January 2011. That was the point in my life that I was truly motivated to be strict on myself, and Weight Watchers Online is flexible enough to fit my lifestyle.
With WWO, every food is assigned a certain number of points. Some “power foods”, like fruits and vegetables, are worth 0 points. That encourages me to eat way more of them when I want snacks. I get assigned 26 points a day of food along with 49 extra weekly points. I then keep up with what I eat every day and input it into the program. I also earn more eating points through exercise, which motivates me to get out more since I like food. In the end, being able to eat anything I want as long as it’s in small quantities is what keeps me happy with Weight Watchers.
For any of you that have been reading forever (love you!), you may remember that I started at around 176 pounds in January 2011 and stopped following the program at 146 pounds in early July 2011. You all also probably have noticed me rejoin the program on and off for the last 2 years and my weight has generally fluctuated between 150-165 pounds depending on the month.
Back on the Wagon
No surprises here, I rejoined WWO this past Sunday. I went extra crazy this past Thanksgiving, Christmas, and during the cruise last week. It’s time to pay the piper again and get back to my happy weight for this year.
I weighed in at 168 on January 12, 2014 and will be working towards 155 pounds by February 28, 2014.
Before anybody groans about weekly updates again, please take a deep breath. I will try to make any updates quick, and I will probably not write about it every week unless that’s my only way to stay motivated. If weight loss posts aren’t your thing, feel free to simply skip them. :-)
I know I am on-again, off-again about worrying about my weight. It may be annoying, but I doubt I’m the only one out there with fluctuating priorities. I simply don’t care about my weight all of the time. When I do, I change it. When I don’t, I get caught up in other stuff and eat the world. It’s good to admit that you’re human once in a while.
Why Weight Watchers Online is My Program
You may wonder why I always mention Weight Watchers as opposed to other programs. It worked for me. I’m sure it’s not the only thing that could work for me, but that’s not the point, right? We all need to find what works for us.
If I would simply make the lifestyle changes to eat smaller portions forever and walk every day no matter what, I would probably never need to pay for any sort of dieting thing ever. But I am self-motivated in small bursts. And I am the most motivated by money.
If I am paying for a program, I either use it religiously or cancel it when I don’t feel like doing it anymore. In the end, $19 a month is a cheap price to pay to force myself to pay attention.
Healthy Weight Loss
For anyone just tuning in, you should know that I only promote healthy weight loss. For me, that is defined by losing weight through diet changes and exercise. It also means generally losing 2 pounds or less per week. I understand that most people lose large lump sums when they first start a diet (I love that part of the first step), but the ongoing amount lost shouldn’t be so large as to put a strain on your heart and other organs.
I avoid weight-loss supplements, pills, and medicines. They are not all unhealthy, but I know my personal system. I don’t need chemical help, I need to eat less and exercise more. I get chubby because of personal choices, not because my chemistry is messed up. If you need more than diet changes and exercise, I am not judging. It’s just not necessary or healthy for me.
Would you like to use 2014 to get back to your happy weight? Feel free to join in on all of these weight loss comment sections so that we can keep each other accountable!
In 2012, a couple of male bloggers had an unofficial chin-up competition at the Financial Blogger Conference 2012 (FinCon12). At FinCon13 last week, this became an official FinCon competition, and around 10 male bloggers jumped up in front of the crowd and showed their chin-up stuff. Women were welcome to participate too, but the few of us who could do any chin-ups at all were all sick or recovering, so no women participated.
I was totally fine with this…until one guy decided to get up and say something like, “That wraps up this contest. Don’t worry ladies, the beauty competition is later this afternoon.”
Yeah, he probably didn’t mean anything by it, but for anybody who doesn’t understand why that was a temporarily idiotic thing to say, let’s boil it down really quickly:
Men = Grrrr, manly, physical prowess
Women = Pretty, wussy, boobs
At least, that is what every female in the room heard. Heck, most of the men in relationships heard that too. I swear, there was a group cringe.
Side note, later that day, four of us women had an impromptu push-up competition. I know that at 26-27 push-ups, we were showing some grrr too. I don’t mind admitting that men are built stronger than women overall. I also don’t mind saying that I think women are generally better looking than males. What I minded was some random dude deciding that all women could do was be pretty (or at least saying something that sounded that way to all of us).
Men have more going on for themselves than just muscles. And women have more going on than just their looks. I would have been absolutely fine with the whole situation if that one guy hadn’t said anything. Heck, even his comment didn’t take away from the fun for me, but it did lead to a challenge.
The Gauntlet was Thrown Down and Picked Up
That said, Kathleen from Frugal Portland, immediately Tweeted her outrage and many started Tweeting back with similar reactions. I made the comment that instead of being angry about, we should just get even. The gauntlet was thrown, and Kathleen and I challenged ourselves to our own chin-up competition at FinCon14.
There are two rules:
1. No steroids.
2. We each need to be able to achieve at least 10 chin-ups by this time next year in order to compete. We want to represent properly.
My First Step in Training
So far, my first main step to training is to find a solid place to practice chin-ups. There is no little bar to practice on in my house, and I don’t have a gym membership.
My husband suggested monkey bars, which seemed genius to me. I scoped out the kiddie parks around our house – NO MONKEY BARS!!! Those poor children!!! That seems wrong. Just slides, a playhouse, and swings. What’s a play park without monkey bars and a see-saw?! Anyway, moving on…
For now, I will be using the top bar of the sideways ladder leading into the kids playhouse area. If I pull myself up all of the way, I still have a few inches of clearance before my head hits the bottom of the playhouse floor.
Wish us both luck! Have you ever had a similar reaction to sexism/racism/etc.? Just want to prove them sooooo wrong?
Hi! I am out of town for the Financial Blogger Conference this week, but I have some excellent guest posts lined up for you thanks to some amazing readers and bloggers!!! The following is a guest post from Stuart Laing of Daily Money Bucket, where he aims to help you fill up your money bucket and reduce the leaks. Check it out if you want to take control of your personal finances and move towards financial independence.
Choosing to Lose Weight
By the time I left university, I was overweight. Height - 5 Foot 10 Inches. Weight – 195 lbs. Body mass index – 28. Overweight, if not obese.
So instead of following the latest fashionable diet, I decided to use the power of habit to alter my life and lose weight. Using information that I found online I set about building a series of fitness and nutritional habits into my life. Every month I installed a new habit. And the result?
After two years my weight eased down to 154 lbs. That’s a body mass index of 22.1, the lower side of the 20-25 normal range. And, as an added bonus, I discovered that my new lifestyle didn’t cost as much.
So here are three of the most important changes that I made to my life and the habits that glued them in place.
First, I sorted out my hydration. This arose from my research into productivity. Turns out that it’s much easier to manage your physical and mental energy when your body is properly hydrated.
That meant an end to soft drinks and alcohol. These days all I drink is water (1.5 liters a day) and occasionally fruit juice or green tea. In addition to feeling much better, I’ve also saved a lot of money on alcohol. My hydration habits include drinking half a liter of water when I wake up in the morning, sipping water throughout the day and avoiding both alcohol and soft drinks.
ANNUAL SAVING: Around £600
The next step was to improve my eating habits, so I began by cutting junk food from my diet. Prior to that, I had been eating fast food at least twice a week. This removed fries, deep fried food and much saturated fat from my diet.
I also learnt how to cook. Oh yes, I can cook. So I developed the habit of cooking a healthy, nutritious meal every evening.
As a result, I now eat a much healthier diet for about a third of the cost of takeaway food.
ANNUAL SAVING: Around £600
The final piece of the puzzle involved adding exercise to my daily activity. But rather than joining a gym, which (a) involves monthly expense and (b) is often not used, I developed my own exercise regime and then made it habitual.
Thanks to a combination of old dumbbells, pushups and squats, my general strength and stamina have improved considerably. In recent days I’ve also accepted the 100 pushups challenge which I’ll mention in a future post.
ANNUAL SPENDING AVOIDED: At Least £360
In total, I reckon these simple changes have saved me at least £100 per month and improved both my health and fitness.
However, one final habit that I developed was to avoid stepping onto the scales every day. Instead, I weighed myself every 6 months. This was done on purpose to remove the focus from my weight. My main aim was to enjoy my new, sustainable lifestyle.
Ten years on, I still maintain the same habits and my weight remains in the 154-160 lbs range.
Three cheers for the power of habit.
Woot, woot, hooray!
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…
So I went on a cruise and didn’t gain 10 pounds, yay! In fact, I continued eating like I was on vacation for the week after the cruise, but I still didn’t kill my whole diet. I ended up at around 157 pounds towards the end of last week. That means that I gained 2 pounds total overall. I can work with that.
Cancelling Weight Watchers Until Next Year
Even though I am aiming to stay below 160 pounds long-term, I cancelled my Weight Watchers Online membership a few days ago. I couldn’t justify spending $20 each month if I wasn’t planning on using it again soon anyway. And honestly, my schedule for the next few months means that I will suck at tracking.
I head out of town tomorrow for 6 days to visit Salt Lake City. The Texas Renaissance Festival is in mid-October and we are going for at least opening weekend. I also have The Financial Blogger Conference for a week right after that in October. Then I have hubby’s family reunion and our huge Halloween Masquerade Ball Potluck on October 26. November is all about the Board Game Geek Convention and Thanksgiving. December is potlucks, feasts, and my birthday. Then early January is the Lonestar Gaming Convention and maybe a one week cruise depending on how our business does between now and December.
So if I’m going to be honest to myself and all of you, there is just no way that I would actually track what I eat very well over the next 3-4 months. BUT, I do have a plan.
My Not-Getting-Fat-Again Plan
My title may be a little rough, but I here is my plan to maintain or lose weight over the next few months:
- Portion control – I’ll keep eating the portion sizes that I am used to from Weight Watchers.
- Exercise – I will continue walking, jogging, hiking, swimming, 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 and reign myself in if I see myself nearing 160 pounds again. I like my clothes and myself a lot more right now than earlier this year, so I know I will keep myself in check.
- Accountability – I’ll post my weight updates here regularly to keep me honest.
- Count Food Points if Necessary – If I do near 160 pounds again, I will start tracking my food points in my phone daily again through estimation and search engine results. It will be annoying, so hopefully that will be a good enough deterrent for me too.
How do you plan to maintain during the holidays?