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I think I’ve witnessed a weight loss miracle…

…I weighed in on Friday, because of advice from Grandma who told me to face the music and get back on track (thanks Grandma!)

I truly was expecting the worst – a gain, the scale groaning under the added weight, maybe instead of numbers flashing, I’d read “Get off! GET OFFFFFFF! You’re killing me!!!!”

I had a 2.2 pound loss at my WI on Friday.  This is fabulous and terrible all at the same time; it’s fabulous because I reached another milestone – 20% of my starting body weight, GONE! *happy dance.*

It’s terrible because honestly, I had no business losing any weight after the week I had. I ate all of this:

Fishers popcorn, Thrashers french fries, homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. PLUS saltwater taffy, Mexican food, McDonalds, Chik-Fil-A, pizza, cheese….all in copious amounts, with no tracking, and practically no exercise. I ran once. ONCE!

I was all geared up for a gain. I was kind of hoping for a gain. I figured with a gain, it would be the kick in the butt I needed to get back on track and stop eating all this junk.

However, I have been fairly OP since Wednesday. This weekend hasn’t been terrible, so perhaps I’m getting back on track. Slowly but surely…


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Rah Rah Rah!

I consider myself to be a very, very lucky girl. I have a wonderful support network in this little journey I’m on, and I know that not everyone does. This is why I count my blessings every single day.

Honestly, without these people, I definitely wouldn’t be having the success with WW and running that I am. Not only are they my biggest cheerleaders, they are also people I feel accountable to. Sure, they’ll still love me if I eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in the middle of the night, and many will even empathize and share their own ice cream shame spiral tales. If I gain a pound, I won’t be off the Christmas card list, but they also push me to get back on track and LOSE that pound again!

So, in no particular order, the people who make this journey possible (and even fun!) are:

…my mom. We started doing WW together, and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten started without her. We planned menus, cooked, shopped, walked around the neighborhood, shared WIs….you name it. When I did WW the first time around, I was living on my own and eating lots of prepackaged crap, because I didn’t have anyone to cook with. If I made a big meal, it often went to waste. (My roommates weren’t doing WW). This time around, I’ve noticed such a huge difference in the way I feel and the choices I’m making, and I know I owe that to my mom. Without her, I’d have been eating microwave meals and other junk from a box, and starving the whole time. I honestly think I’ll be able to sustain my weight loss this time because I’m picking up good habits and making good choices. So, thanks mom!

…my brother. He started WW in january and has lost something like 70 pounds. And is keeping it off! (seemingly effortlessly! you punk! :p)

…my friends Kathy and Kelly, who are on their own weight loss journeys. We share recipes, talk blogs, discuss new food finds. It’s fabulous! We can do it girls!

…my family. My grandma is one of my biggest cheerleaders! Whenever I call her she asks how my running is going or how my last WI went. When I called her a few hours ago with some good news, she asked how WI went (It was supposed to be this morning). I sheepishly admitted that I hadn’t weighed in since I’d had a totally off-week, and she told me I should just weigh in and get back on track, and that I’d show a great loss next week. And she’s right. Even if I *don’t* show a great loss next week, I’ll feel better just seeing where I stand and knowing I’m back on track. But the point is, my family, and especially my grandma, supports and encourages me 110% in this, and it makes all the difference in the world. And of course everyone else in my family is fabulous as well.

…my friend Haley, who is getting married in August and has made me a bridesmaid. I totally can’t wait, and I refuse to be uncomfortable in my cute dress on the biggest day of my best friend’s life!!! So there. 😀 And she always tells me how good I look every time I see her. She’s such an ego boost!

…the Global Losers. This is a group of girls I met early on, when I first started Weight Watchers. I joined the message boards because I had used them on my first WW go-round, and loooooved them. I found such a supportive group and was hoping to find the same thing this time. Lucky for me, I did! I started posting on the Global Losers thread, since I plan to be living in England come September, and I figured it would be nice to have the support of people living abroad who know all about the trials and tribulations of trying to stay healthy while overseas. (It was a total epic fail when I was in Korea….). We moved from the message boards to emailing every day. We have challenges, daily e-mail, and all-around awesomeness, really. They are *fabulous* and I hope to meet a lot of them when I’m in England!

…all the girls and guys on the WW message boards. You all are faboosh. I get so many good tips, and butt-kickings, when I need them.

…you guys! All of you blog readers and writers!! I started this blog thinking it would be something I abandoned quickly, as I have with like, 8 other blogs (may they rest in peace…) But once I kind of got into the whole blogging thing, I totally fell in love! I love reading your blogs, your comments, and commenting on your blogs! I ❤ blogs. And I ❤ you all!  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

So, tell me…who keeps you going in your WL journey?


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I’m here! I’m alive! I’m off the wagon!

So I fell off the WW wagon, hard. And then it ran me over a few times.

I don’t know what is going on in my head. I was doing really, really well, then I wasn’t, then I got back on track, then last week…boom. Off.

So, again. Starting today. Tracking. Running. Taking better care of myself in general.


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Mish Mash

1. England vs. USA on Saturday. After an extensive examination of each roster, I’ve decided to root for…USA. I know, right? I was shocked too. They have more hot players though, and I can’t mess with my system. Plus, I hate Wayne Rooney. Yes. I said it. I hate Wayne Rooney.

2. I am still steadily losing weight. HOWEVER, I am not tracking and not eating food I should be eating. I also haven’t been running once this week, and that’s no good. Last night, in an act of desperation, I wrote this on my arm:

It totally didn’t work. I worked all morning, no breaks, and by the time I had a break long enough for a run, it was hot out. *whine.* I know, I know. Excuses, excuses. Tomorrow, I am back on it. I don’t care if I have to run at high noon and it’s 125 degrees.

3. I am madly in love with Katy Perry’s new, inane song, California Gurls. Seriously, it’s just amazingly catchy and awesome. It’s been added to the running playlist.

4. I have registered for my next 5K: Race for the Paws, Dewey Beach, DE. I get to run and help animals in the process. What could be better?

5. If anyone out there is looking for a money-making opportunity, I’ve got one for you: taking photographs at 5ks and other assorted sporting/athletic events. I paid 12.00 PLUS 7.00 shipping for FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS from the Blue Hen 5K. *harrumph.*

Annnnnd…that’s about all I have today. 😀

Is anyone out there watching the world cup matches this weekend? Who are you rooting for? More importantly, in your opinion, who is the hottest player?


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I rock. Just a little bit. And a war on underwear.

I finished Week 7, Day 1 of C25K yesterday. This included a 5 minute warm-up walk, 25 minute jog, and 5 minute cool-down walk.

First of all, I am still flabbergasted that I can run for 25 minutes without passing out on the side of the road.

Secondly, a miraculous thing happened yesterday! (Well, “miraculous” might be a slight exaggeration, but it was pretty awesome, in my opinion.) I started running and about 5 minutes into it I realized I wasn’t thinking about how I wished I was finished, or telling myself to just make it to the next tree, or any of the stuff I normally do when running. I was simply running, and enjoying it.

I ran 1.6 miles in 25 minutes again. I’m still slow, but that’s ok! Slow is better than not at all, right?

On another note, I am personally waging a war on my underwear.

Some of you may remember the great panty malfunction in February. It ended with me running with my knickers practically around my knees, which isn’t much fun while running. So I cleared out my underwear drawer of all underwear which might not actually stay where it’s supposed to and went on my merry way.

All has been going well except for the fact that I’ve lost 40+ pounds and now the underwear which sat firmly on my bum in February now has a tendency to gravitate south while I run.

I think a shopping trip might be in order.


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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

I’ve mentioned the website ted.org on my reading page, and I was thrilled to find that my favourite English chef, Jamie Oliver, had won an award and given a talk.

I’ve watched his show, “Food Revolution,” on ABC since it premiered, (and honestly, my decision to watch it had nothing to do with his zexy accent…I swear…) and I was all about it instantly. I’d started WW a few months prior, so I was seated firmly in the “I’m all about getting healthy!” bandwagon. Shoot, I was driving the bandwagon.

For anyone not following this show, it chronicles Jamie’s attempt to help the town of  Huntington, W. VA become healthier. He works with families, schools, and local organizations by trying to educate people about food and attempting to change the school food program.

The program is pretty shocking, to be fair. Early on in the series, Jamie enters an elementary classroom with a table of fruits and vegetables. He holds up vegetables and the kids can’t tell him what they are. Obviously, being a reality TV show, one must realize that they probably edit it to make it look exactly how they want it to look (i.e. SHOCKING!), BUT if even half of what they showed were true, honest responses from the children, then it’s a sad commentary on the state of education, to say the least.

I may not have known how to add in 2nd grade but I sure as hell knew what a tomato was.

What else is shocking, and this is shown in the talk (linked above) is his visit to a woman’s house. He pulled out all the food that the family eats in a week and the table was a sea of fried, greasy brown food. There were no fresh fruits, vegetables, or meats in her fridge or freezer. Everything came from a box.

Now, obviously I’m not exactly one to talk as far as healthy eating, because we all know I’m not the patron saint of healthy food. If I was, I wouldn’t be the weight I am now and needing to lose it. I also might be able to pass a Cadbury Creme Egg without salivating.

However, what I can say is that I did this to myself. I mean, truly. When I was a child, my parents cooked what Jamie would call “real” food. Pasta and sauce for dinner, eggs for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch…We didn’t eat a ton of processed food, and we barely ate fast food. It wasn’t until I got my drivers license that I started to eat a lot of junk.

When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to have any cereal that turned the milk a different color. I used to joke and say that if you ate the lucky charms fast enough, it didn’t have the chance to turn my milk pink. Mom was generally unamused and would then hand me the box of rice krispies.

We also weren’t allowed to have kool-aid, which killed my social life in 6th grade, let me tell you. My friends always wanted to go to the house of the girl whose mom let them have kool-aid. Boo and hiss.

Another difference was that my lunch was often packed for me. I didn’t start buying school lunches until later in middle school, and even then it was only occasionally. I really started buying it a lot in high school, once I had a job and could pay for them myself. The school chicken nuggets kicked the crap out of my nasty (in my eyes, anyway) tuna sandwich.

In all seriousness though, what I notice about a lot of the people on the show (and again, it might be the editing) is that many of these kids don’t have access to healthy food. Certainly, in the case of the family Jamie works with, this seems to be the case. They eat fried, processed food at home. They eat fried, processed food at school. When, exactly, are they supposed to eat “real” food?

I was very lucky in that I had access to that food, and now, in my WLJ, I know how to cook and how to plan meals. I know what I have to do. Sadly, I think a lot of the people on the show truly don’t.

Anyway I guess the point of this was to share Jamie’s talk on ted.org. So…yeah. Go watch it! If you’ve watched the show on ABC, it’s a lot of the same stuff but he’s amazing and charismatic and wonderful, so it doesn’t feel like you’ve heard it all before.

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Eating Habits

I can not manage to stay OP (on plan) on the weekends. In my head, weekends are a “free time” when, magically, calories don’t exist and I can eat a bag of Oreos and those good n’ terrible fried baked potato bites from Arbys with no repercussions.

I think there are a few reasons for this behaviour:

1. I weigh in on Fridays, so I figure if I’m going to eat all the junk I want, the weekend is the time to do it. I have the rest of the week to double my efforts and show a loss by Friday.

2. Part of me resents that I even have to watch what I eat, and my weekends are my times for rebellion. It’s a terrible thing to say, but it’s true. I see some people who seem to keep weight off and stay healthy effortlessly. The key word there, however, is “seem.”

I know that I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and I’m pretty sure that even someone with lightning-quick metabolism couldn’t have maintained a healthy weight with my previous eating habits and lack of exercise. Granted, I’m not a nutritionist or doctor and so I’m not going to say anything for sure, but…if there’s anyone out there who could have the habits I USED to have and maintain a healthy weight, well…they’re pretty lucky.

I now realize that unless you spend 24/7 with someone, you don’t typically know what they do (or don’t do) as far as eating and exercise. I mean, being on WW, I eat pretty healthy food (weekends aside) with healthy servings. I run 3x a week. If someone were to observe me on a Friday night, they’d probably think I’m a lazy cow, when in reality, that’s not the case anymore. So when I look at people who “seem” to stay slender without watching calories or exercise, I have to remind myself that I don’t know what they do in order to maintain their weight when I’m not around.

I really have to work hard to reframe my negative thoughts and remind myself that if I want to be healthy and happy, counting points and exercise is something I’m going to have to do for the rest of my life, and I can’t look at what other people do and wish I could do that. Some people can eat healthy portions of food without counting them up, WW-style. I am not one of those people.

I know this time that WW is not some quick fix. Once I hit my goal weight, whatever that may be, I will never be able to stop following the program. I made that mistake last time, and I gained over 100 pounds in 2 years.


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