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gilby 07-19-2013 05:03 PM

WW I really need some encouragment
hi, I joined WW online and this is my second week. I can eat 24 points a day, I have been staying really close to this number, but I only seemed to lose a lb so far. I sit for 8 hours a day, then I go to a part time job and that is pretty much a stand up job. I eat two egg whites and fruit for breakfast, either an apple or yogurt mid morning, then eat a ww smart one and a yogurt for lunch, and a lettuce salad with a little cheese, egg, and turkey. I also will have an apple mid afternoon. Any advice is appreciated. I know it will be slower coming off, but really would like to lose about 7 lbs by Sept 1st. I work 40 hours, plus another 36 at pt job, so I don't have anytime to attend meetings. I forgot to state I am 48 and have gained 10 lbs in the last year, due to the decreased estrogen level.
Today is a real down day, work was stressful, I need a pick me up.

auntmeme7577 07-19-2013 06:42 PM

Wow! Anyone who can work 40 hrs sitting and another 30+ standing can do anything!
If you can carve out just 30 minutes a day to walk, doesn't have to be fast, doesn't have to be all at one time, but 30 minutes of walking will make a huge difference in the weight loss and energy.
You can do this!
30 minutes for yourself, you're worth it

gilby 07-19-2013 08:23 PM

Thank you I will have to walk on my breaks. I waitress 1 or 2 days a week and the steps add up. I just needed to hear I need to walk.

dbrn 07-19-2013 08:27 PM

It doesn't sound like you're eating enough. First, I would double-check your alotted number of points - 24 is less than the minimum number of points for the points plus program. Also, are you getting in all of the good health guidelines?

With WW, you can safely lose an average of 1-2 lbs. per week. Sometimes you'll lose a little more, sometimes a little less. Be prepared for ups and downs - a week here or there where you gain or maintain is probably going to happen at some point. Don't let it get you down. When I started, I saw other people new to the program with big losses. That didn't happen for me. Everyone is different. Just keep working the program - you'll get there.

I've been on WW for 1 1/2 yrs, and I've lost 60#. It's been slow going with some ups and downs, but it is working for me. My best advice is to track everything, be sure to get your GHG in, focus on eating primarily power foods, and find a way to fit exercise into your life.

What worked for me in the beginning was pre-tracking my meals for the day. Having a plan kept me on program. Having a friend to walk with on a daily basis was also a huge help for me. Be sure and eat all of the daily points you're alotted, and don't be afraid to use your weekly points. Not eating enough can slow your weight loss, too.

Best of luck to you in your weight loss journey. There's a WW thread on this site where you can find some encouragement and people who can help answer questions. It may take awhile to find what works best for you, but you can do it! Don't give up!!!

jillbur 07-19-2013 09:20 PM

You've already gotten some great advice, but I would like to add strength training. If you can find the time, I would add it in. I've done Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and it is 27 total minutes. It is a really great workout. I saw a big difference in my strength and muscle tone while I did it. I think it's about $10 at Walmart or you can find it on YouTube sometimes as well. Good luck and stick with it.

gilby 07-19-2013 09:29 PM

Can I ask what ghg is?

LockShockBarrel 07-19-2013 10:33 PM

Yeah I thought 26 was the minimum that could be assigned.

dbrn 07-20-2013 03:15 AM


Originally Posted by gilby (Post 49018171)
Can I ask what ghg is?

Good health guidelines.

bumbershoot 07-21-2013 02:25 AM

26 is the minimum. And I don't think I even see 24 points in that day's meal you've listed for us.

You need to find the plan materials and read them*. I hope someone who is an online member can help you with that; I'm a meeting member, and our etools are different in terms of plan material. We have them printed, but you have them online.

This will make sure you know what the plan is. 26 points being the minimum, what the good health guidelines are (like 5 servings fruits and veggies minimum, 2 servings of dairy unless you're of a certain age, 2 tsp oils of very specific sorts, etc), and all of that.

Don't forget that you have Weekly points you *can* eat if you wish to. I personally do. I also personally eat my activity points as well. Not everyone wants to do either or both; not everyone can do either or both. It's always nice to try it, though, to see what your body can handle. After all, 26 points doesn't really equal a whole lot of calories.

Walking is great for most people, and strength training especially as we get older is GREAT. It's so good for the bones, and honestly it's nice to be able to open a jar of pickles without needing a blunt knife to pop the seal of the lid first. :)

*as I said, I'm a meeting member and get the materials in print, but it took me a few weeks to realize that the glossy booklets we got actually had information in them. Once I found the info, WW was much easier! so you're not alone, but it definitely is important to really know what the plan is.

wide awake 07-21-2013 09:37 AM

The waitressing probably adds up to a ton of activity. I wouldn't worry about walking on those days, so really only 3 days of walking a week. I too thought that you needed to eat more, I would be dying on the little amount you've allowed yourself, and I'm 51.
Don't beat yourself up. You're working 76 hours per week, that you even have the energy to contemplate a diet is great. Up your calories a little, particularly ones from fat...I didn't see any in your menu plan. Try to get a leisurely walk in during your breaks on your sitdown job, and the pounds will come off. It isn't a good idea to set deadlines such as "7 pounds by Sept". What matters is that the weight comes off in the long run.

Merandab4 07-21-2013 08:26 PM

Sounds like you are dedicated to eating healthy! That is the hardest part for most people. I will agree with the others, it doesn't look like you are eating enough. I see you have egg and Turkey on your salad, but you need to be eating more protein. How about a handful of nuts as a mid day snack?

You say that you waitress on somedays, is your other job sitting at a desk? If so, maybe you can incorporate some activity while you are sitting there. Get some small hand weights( maybe 2 or 3 lbs) and do several sets of arm curls, or get one of those resistance bands and do some arm and leg exercises at your desk.

Don't get discouraged. It will take some time. You'll get there! Good Luck!

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