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Old 07-24-2013, 08:10 AM   #2416
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My very first post on DISBoards, and it is about my weight loss journey.... Gotta find motivation wherever I can, right?
My name is Cari, and I started WW (this time) on May 1. By the end of June, I lost 20 pounds, and here I sit. It is the end of July and I am stagnant. I did WW back in 2004-2006, and was successful, never to goal, but close. Then along came the kids...

We are planning an early February trip to WDW, and I would really like to be close to goal by then. I would like to say it is because I want to be healthy and not have aches and pains while walking the parks, but mostly, I just want to look good in my pictures! I want to hold my head high and be confident, and not spend 30 seconds each picture trying to adjust to how I might look thinnest.

Anyhow! I am excited to join in, I can't wait to 'meet' you all!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #2417
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I don't know what the hell I was thinking today. Today was really the first day since joining WW that I really said 'screw it' and did what I wanted at least part of the day. I didn't even enjoy it.

I had a bagel for breakfast with a little peanut butter which was fine because I knew I wouldn't eat again for awhile. Then I ended up going out with a friend and ate my new "regular" order at Red Robin and was fine with that, didn't even eat all my fries and only had one pop. After that we ended up at Cold Stone Creamery. I don't even really care for their stuff because I think it's ridiculously priced. I had a small size but with a lot of mix in stuff (one of their signature thingies). We saw Pacific Rim then came home and I mixed myself a drink. I know I'm way over on daily points, I took a good chunk out of my weeklies which I shouldn't be that worried about because I rarely use too many of them, and we're skipping a week of the at work sessions (and yes I know I could go to a center) because over half the group is out of a town so I have time to "fix" things.

I know somewhere in my head that it's not like I ruined everything with my eating tonight and that its totally allowed with the weekly allowance, I guess my thought process is just skewed. In the "old days" this would have felt like nothing and I would have had a bigger burger, more pop and a bigger ice cream so technically this is an improvement, but compared to how I've been doing this feels like a huge failure.

I guess what throws me most is I didn't even enjoy it. I liked everything I ate and drank sure, but I've had this thought that "cheating" would be like OH YEAH I MISS THIS and its not. It doesn't feel like this big splurge like I thought it would...maybe because it wasn't something I was like..looking forward to like I'm dying waiting for our county fair. Now I sort of question how I'll feel then, or even how I'll feel during any future Disney trips because the fair and Disney to me are very food based events for me. Could it possibly be...the world doesn't revolve around food
I did something similar last night -- I had a piece of pepperoni pizza, a slice of bacon pizza and an order of fries -- all from our local pizza place. It was really good, but then after dinner I just felt full and not good. In the end, it definintely wasn't worth the points!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:42 AM   #2418
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Molly, how the heck did I miss this?!? Congratulations!!
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I don't know what the hell I was thinking today. Today was really the first day since joining WW that I really said 'screw it' and did what I wanted at least part of the day. I didn't even enjoy it.

I had a bagel for breakfast with a little peanut butter which was fine because I knew I wouldn't eat again for awhile. Then I ended up going out with a friend and ate my new "regular" order at Red Robin and was fine with that, didn't even eat all my fries and only had one pop. After that we ended up at Cold Stone Creamery. I don't even really care for their stuff because I think it's ridiculously priced. I had a small size but with a lot of mix in stuff (one of their signature thingies). We saw Pacific Rim then came home and I mixed myself a drink. I know I'm way over on daily points, I took a good chunk out of my weeklies which I shouldn't be that worried about because I rarely use too many of them, and we're skipping a week of the at work sessions (and yes I know I could go to a center) because over half the group is out of a town so I have time to "fix" things.

I know somewhere in my head that it's not like I ruined everything with my eating tonight and that its totally allowed with the weekly allowance, I guess my thought process is just skewed. In the "old days" this would have felt like nothing and I would have had a bigger burger, more pop and a bigger ice cream so technically this is an improvement, but compared to how I've been doing this feels like a huge failure.

I guess what throws me most is I didn't even enjoy it. I liked everything I ate and drank sure, but I've had this thought that "cheating" would be like OH YEAH I MISS THIS and its not. It doesn't feel like this big splurge like I thought it would...maybe because it wasn't something I was like..looking forward to like I'm dying waiting for our county fair. Now I sort of question how I'll feel then, or even how I'll feel during any future Disney trips because the fair and Disney to me are very food based events for me. Could it possibly be...the world doesn't revolve around food
Its weird how the world doesn't revolve around food, isn't it? I thought it did (and with wdw it kind of does but mainly so we have tasty "fuel" for our days).

For DH it would be blamed on the cold stone. He reacts weirdly to corn syrup and all their vanilla-base favors have it. He and DS can only Jane chocolate there bc it's not corn syrup based. Some people have wild reaction to that sweetener and it can be the cause of a binge. Not that yours was such a thing, you controlled it, but it seems to have surprised you!

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Well, I had my second meeting and so my first week of weight watchers gave me a loss of - drumroll ......... 1.4 lbs. Kind of lame but better than nothing. I was really perfect on the plan too. I ended up with about half my weeklies leftover and most of my activity points leftover. I am used to losing 4-6 lbs the first week of any diet so I am a bit letdown- but this eating plan feels healthy, smart, and sustainable over the long-term so I am not going to stick with it. They say it is better to lose slowly, right?

LockShockBarrell- your day of mayhem sounds like a letdown- I guess that is a good thing since you will be less likely to repeat it. I have only been doing weight watchers for a week so I have no desire to have a free-for-all YET, but I know it will happen eventually and I will try to remember what a lack of pay-off it was for you.

Yesterday I took my sons to NYC for a day of sightseeing. I was nervous about staying on track but it turned out fine. I inadvertently came in a few under on my points. Normally I would find something to eat to reach 26 but it was so late by the time I got home I had to hit the sack. I calculated our walking yesterday and it came in between 5 and 6 miles.

New challenge today- it is my birthday-and the kids will want cake.
1.4 is great even for a first week. Did you eat more veggies and fruits than normal? More whole grains? Just keep going and see what happens the next couple weeks.

I'm biased but yes I think a bit slower is a nice way to lose. But I have horrid self esteem issues that I've needed to slowly work on, so a super fast loss would have been hard on my mind. Slowish and steady gets you there the same as if you'd lost 5 lbs this first week.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:44 PM   #2419
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How do you deal with the carb cravings? I'm a carb addict. I love bread, pasta, candy... My goal right now is to eliminate carbs from my morning at the very least. So no more cereal and I have been sticking to eggs most mornings. Does this get better? I know I can have *anything* in moderation, but I really need to get this under control. It's like I can be completely full, but I still have to have carbs before bed. Usually in the form of ice cream. Erf.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:26 PM   #2420
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How do you deal with the carb cravings? I'm a carb addict. I love bread, pasta, candy... My goal right now is to eliminate carbs from my morning at the very least. So no more cereal and I have been sticking to eggs most mornings. Does this get better? I know I can have *anything* in moderation, but I really need to get this under control. It's like I can be completely full, but I still have to have carbs before bed. Usually in the form of ice cream. Erf.
Eat your carbs! I am a carb freak! I love potatoes and chips and ice cream and bread and pasta...and I eat them. I just make sure to pair it with some protein. I'm not willing to give that stuff up for the rest of my life so I plan them into my day and week. I can't function if I don't have carbs for breakfast. I try to make bread light, and whole grain, and I buy the high fiber pasta (hate whole wheat) and its lower in points than the real stuff, but satisfies my cravings.

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Old 07-24-2013, 07:58 PM   #2421
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Thanks for the good luck wishes, Molly. Thank heaven I was NOT up today.

So after 3 weeks today I had a net loss of 0.1 lb. Whoopie. Actually, I'm ok with that, just a little po'd at myself. I was down 1.9 this week, but that's after TWO weeks of gains. And I just wanted to be less this week than last week, instead of MORE. I feel like I'm back on track, but man that was a lot of work. We had our wedding anniversary in there, and then a weekend at my SIL's. I was kind of testing myself I think, and I don't like what I learned. Sigh. But, if I back up a little, in the past four weeks my net loss is 3.4, so that's ok, that's almost a lb a week. Total is back over 30 lbs. Man, it's HARDER at 49 than it was at 42.

I just looked back over my tracker, and since the start of June, I walked an average of 30 mins a day, every day. Lots of days were 45 mins or an hour, but there were some days I missed. So, that's a really good habit for me. Yay me.

Molly/Lockshockbarrel, interesting about the cold stone stuff. Did anyone hear the recent research about high fructose corn syrup, that it made rats fatter than an equivalent amount of regular sucrose? I really believe more and more that the processed food industry is out to keep us consuming no matter what, and that they are perfectly capable of manipulating the chemistry of our bodies and our food to make it harder for us to say no. NOT an excuse to give up, but it explains a lot. Actually ticks me off and makes me more determined. We are trying hard to eat less processed food, and I think that's just way better for us.

Onward, ladies. Keep fighting the good fight...
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #2422
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Cold Stone was really just out of it being in front of me. To me it was like "I'm in an ice cream place...of course I'm going to get something!". I didn't go into the day saying that I was going to go crazy, it just kind of evolved into that and I figured I'd enjoy it more.

What I'm noticing on the past few pages though..man we all go into this with different mindsets. I started May 1st and have lost less than people that have started later or at the same time. To me I'm reading these going "really you've lost more than me and you're complaining its not enough?" and I get a little . But like I said, it's just that different mindset. What I've lost is fine to me but I know others want more. I do too in a way, but I know I'll reach that point over a longer span of time. I don't do well with making big changes all at once so to me (and I think I've said this before so bear with me) the little changes adding up are better than what I was doing. I still eat McDonalds and pizza and all that, just less or order different things. Jumping into crazy different eating and workouts and all that will end in failure for me.
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Down another .4 this week (41.8 total). I'll take it! It's better than a gain ;-)
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:11 AM   #2424
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I knew my Tuesday night pizza feast was going to bite me in the butt -- went to weigh in last night and I was up 1.6lbs. I know it was the salt that did me in....I knew it when I ate it. I was reall down about it last night, mad at myself and irritated. But you know what? It's ok! I can learn from it and just make better choices this week.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:04 PM   #2425
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I started May 1st and have lost less than people that have started later or at the same time. To me I'm reading these going "really you've lost more than me and you're complaining its not enough?" and I get a little . But like I said, it's just that different mindset. What I've lost is fine to me but I know others want more. I do too in a way, but I know I'll reach that point over a longer span of time.



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Old 07-25-2013, 02:42 PM   #2426
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Hi!
My very first post on DISBoards, and it is about my weight loss journey.... Gotta find motivation wherever I can, right?
My name is Cari, and I started WW (this time) on May 1. By the end of June, I lost 20 pounds, and here I sit. It is the end of July and I am stagnant. I did WW back in 2004-2006, and was successful, never to goal, but close. Then along came the kids...

We are planning an early February trip to WDW, and I would really like to be close to goal by then. I would like to say it is because I want to be healthy and not have aches and pains while walking the parks, but mostly, I just want to look good in my pictures! I want to hold my head high and be confident, and not spend 30 seconds each picture trying to adjust to how I might look thinnest.

Anyhow! I am excited to join in, I can't wait to 'meet' you all!
Welcome to the DIS and the thread Cari! 20 pounds in 2 months was great! WW says to expect to lose 1-2 lbs per week and that sounds right on track with a nice big first week loss. Did you change anything in the last 3 weeks? Have you stopped measuring or tracking? Have you increased your activity level?
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And today I hit the top of my healthy weight range. I'm at a healthy BMI, which is just unbelievable! I haven't seen this weight since I was in my early, maybe mid, 20s. It was the 90s, people! I was wearing high-waisted pants the last time I was here.
Congratulations! That's awesome!

I think I need to check out the active link thing. My summer job is teaching swim lessons, and some days I'm in the water as many as 8 hours. I haven't added that to my activity points because I don't know what to count it as! I don't want to eat the extra points but I'd love to know how much I'm really doing.

I'm down another 1.5 as of yesterday, and today I noticed it was easier climbing in and out of the pool! My goal is to be down another 25 before I begin my clinical rotation in mid-October and I really want to hit my final goal by graduation in May.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:22 AM   #2428
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Thank you, RobinB!
We vacationed the week of the 4th, and I fell apart. The next weeks had family reunions and birthdays, which I did NOT navigate well. And once I fall off track, I blow the rest of the week, for some reason.

Starting on Wednesday, I am tracking faithfully again. Good, bad or ugly. I will have a loss next WI. I also told DH for the next week, to please ask if I am tracking something. I told him after this week, he isn't allowed to ask again, but this week, I need the pressure and accountability!
I was up 1.2 this week, so it needs to go. I have family coming to town tonight, so it will be a challenge for me.

I need to work on activity, that is a big weakness for me.
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Welcome rainboots! congrats on the -20lbs!
Sorry about the gain ehfan- but good attitude.
RobinB- I think I remember you from the DVC disboards, I used to frequent a few years ago. (I haven't been on the disboards in a long while but this thread brought me back. I wasn't crazy about the official weight watchers community boards)

I have been sticking to the plan like glue and I am losing but so ..S....L....O....W....L....Y - I shouldn't be so impatient and be glad that I am finally moving in the right direction. I am going to work on that attitude today. Positive thoughts, positive self-talk...

Completely off topic, but did you guys see the movie coming out this December "Saving Mr. Banks" It looks like a must see for any Disney fan. If you haven't heard of it do a google search and watch the trailer.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:00 AM   #2430
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eh24fan, I have had the same experience, and I even have told myself no more eating out the day before WI. I can eat out healthfully in the long run, but I will do it on Thursday not Tuesday--because I WI Wednesday and it's just too de-motivating when the scale lies for a temporary reason.

Rainboots I had a similar experience the last couple of weeks, a day or two that totally blows the budget, and then difficulty getting back on track. I wonder if anyone wants to share their strategy (or challenges!) on that.

When I was away visiting family, I tried to track most everything and I saw how it affected my totals--like, no weeklies left really early in the week! I just found that depressing, and I don't think it helped me want to track for the rest of the week--until I had a "clean slate" at the start of my next week. On the other hand, I can see NOW how easy it is to eat way more than I intended, so maybe it was a good lesson. (And boy oh boy, a few glasses of wine can do some major damage! Better off eating ice cream or chips--almost!)

So what works, and what doesn't, when you have one of those days? (Or weekends...)
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