Wednesday, February 24, 2010

getting back on track

when shaun and i decided in september of 2008 that we were going to start trying to get pregnant in january 2009, i decided to loose some weight. yes, i'm in the healthy weight range for my height and age. yes, my bmi is fine. but i didn't feel good about where i was. i wanted to get down to the bottom of my healthy bmi, not the top. so i joined weight watchers online and started tracking my daily points. and it worked! i lost about 20 lbs in about 4 months! then we got pregnant in december, so i stopped. i did pretty good while i was pregnant, but by the time C was born, i had gained 60 lbs! YIKES! 60 pounds. double YIKES!

so, C is now 6 months old. i'm back at the weight i was in september of 2008. i'm fine with where i am, but again, i don't really feel good about it. so...i'm getting back on track. tracking my points everyday and planning out healthy and filling meals. it's only been 3 days, but i feel committed again.

so, why am i telling you all this?

i'm not a self-motivated person. or a very disciplined person. so i need outside motivation. i need something tangible. i need goals and rewards. and i need accountability. so - i've set a goal. 20 lbs by vacation in july. what's my motivation? (this is good - get ready) $100, guilt free, at the j.crew outlet in destin! AWESOME!! now, i know this kind of sounds silly and superficial, but i needed something. i just did. the last motivation i had was getting pregnant. but i don't want to get pregant this year (new years resolution # 8), so i needed something else. and it can't be food or a silly gift. it can't be something that i could get on a regular basis. it has to be something unusual. and since we don't have a j.crew outlet near by, and $100 won't get me far in a regular store, and i'm not into buying clothes right now, this reward in july seemed perfect.

now for the accountability. the first time i joined WW i didn't tell anyone. it was only when people started noticing that i was loosing weight that i confesed it was through weight watchers. why? because i was worried it wouldn't work. or that i wouldn't be able to do it. but now, i know that it does work. and now, i know that i can do it, if i'm committed. so, by telling ALL of blogland, i'm re-committing myself to tracking my points. it's like i'm renewing my vows and i want everyone to know.

i'll give you updates here and there. nothing big, i might just slip them in. and maybe some tips and tricks. some good recipes, or healty filling snacks i find. that is, only if i loose weight. if i don't, i'm going to pretend like this blog entry never happened....

here's a couple of things i know from last time.

1- if you are feeling hungry, but don't really think your body NEEDS food - drink some water. it's good for you, and fulfills the oral need your body might be looking for. i just went and got a big glass of water and i'm feeling good now. my snack can wait a bit longer.

2- dotti's weight lose zone. {click here} This is an AWESOME website for anyone on weight watchers. if you scroll down to about the middle of the page, on the right side there is a blue icon that says DWLZ Restaurants. click on that and it will take you to a list of TONS of common restaurants. there, dotti has listed out the menu items and associated points values to them. it's accurate too. i've crossed checked some items and dotti is always right.

Well, that's about it. happy healthy eating everyone!!


  1. MEEEE TOOOO! I'm joining WWonline in order to lose my 20 lbs as well :) I have the same story as you (minus a pregnancy and a birth) - I lost 20 lbs on WW and felt so good about myself and the fact that I had ACTUALLY lost the weight! But I had always thought that the hardest part would be losing the weight - boy was I wrong! Once I had lost it, it was as though I was "invincible" with food. And because the weight came off slowly (and healthy) it also went back on slowly which made it hard for me to be better about what I was eating because it wasn't doing anything THAT bad - until I was back where I started. So I am officially joining also! We can be WWpals ;)