Wednesday, January 9, 2008


It takes a person with a mission to succeed.
Clarence Thomas

I know I have a mission, do you? That mission that I am on isn't even necessarily to lose weight anymore these days (yes, yes, I want to get to goal!), but it's more about learning to be healthy and take care of myself. I think losing weight goes hand in hand with that mission, so it works out well. But I have a mission to be healthy, so I know I will succeed at doing it, and I believe everyday that I spend OP, I have succeeded at developing a healthier lifestyle that endure even beyond the weight loss phase.

So I have kind of another big milestone I've been forgetting to write about. A year on Weight Watchers. As of January 4th, I've spent a year on weight watchers (with a little blur in the summer of not being on). So here a year later I am 15.2lbs lighter than when I started a year ago. And I also think now this year later, I think I understand what it will take to get to my more realistically set (142, instead of 137lbs) goal weight. I think with the knowledge and companionship I am armed with now, I can see my goal weight the first half of this year.

A little update to my page...some valentines day colors for the season.

I've been good and OP. I had a NSV last night. I couldn't sleep because it was extremely windy (and for some reason, that always keeps me up!), and I moved downstairs to sleep on the couch (this usually helps), well normally when I can't sleep, I have a tendency to start opening the fridge a rooting around for something (I have no idea why I do this!), but I usually end up with peanut butter, leftovers or ice cream...never a good thing. But last night, I grabbed a handful of chopped carrots and ate them. I was still a bit hungry, so I grabbed another handful. Completely made the right choice, and I was happy about that.

I got to the gym again last night, and it wore me out. I've been trying harder and harder to burn more calories each session, and usually it ends up being like 2 or 3 more, but it still means I'm working harder, because I'm not increasing time. Does anyone else notice that some nights when your working out things seem so easy, like you could run for 45 minutes, and then other nights you want to quit at 5 minutes? Sunday was a great workout, I felt like I could go forever, where as last night, I literally wanted to quit after 5 minutes. Just seems so odd to me. I just wonder if anyone else gets this.

I'm really looking forward to weigh in this week, I have no idea why, but I feel like I've lost weight this week, and I really honestly feel like after a 6.4lbs loss last week, that's nearly impossible. I'm not going to expect a loss, but if I got one, wouldn't that be great?

Alright enough of my babbling now (we are finally slower at work right now), but I hope everyone is having a healthy, happy and amazing day!


paul said...

I like your focus on learning to be healthy. It's sometimes awfully easy to just focus on the weight loss side of things. The danger of getting fixated purely on weight is two-fold. First, it's mighty discouraging if you don't lose weight for a week or two or three. It can be easy to feel like a failure if your focus was "must... lose... weight..." and you don't. And, it's possible to lose weight in very unhealthy ways, which can actually make things worse.

Hmm, I hope that makes sense. :)

Kathy said...

Paul is right...when the entire focus is on losing weight, what do you use for incentive when the weight is lost? That's why so many people put it back on. A healthy lifestyle is a much better goal with the weight loss as a great bonus.

Anonymous said...

I completely understand what you mean about the exercise. Sometimes I feel like I can go, go, go, but than other times I want to quit within the first five minutes too! Why is that? I've never been able to figure out if it is a mental or physical issue, maybe a bit of both.
P.S. Love your blog. :)

noelle said...

To me that has been the big difference in losing weight with WW as opposed to any other plan I have tried. WW is really about having a healthy lifestyle. and I can't do that if I am eating a pint of ice cream at night after I put my kids to bed.

Good to remember that we have a bigger focus than losing weight. That's why I want to find my inner skinny girl. She doesn't go on week long binges or eat from boredom. And she makes healthy choices more often than not.

Kathy said...

I just wanted to tell you about a post I saw for a chai flavored oat bran recipe that the girl served with vanilla yogurt, honey, and toasted walnuts on top. Thought you might be interested. It was at:

Kathy said...

In case you have a problem getting to it:chai-spiced oat bran
1.5 c chai tea
1/2 c water
2/3 c oat bran
1/2 t cinnamon
1 pinch each ground cloves, nutmeg

Bring the tea and water to a boil. Add in the oat bran, whisking as you go. Turn down the heat to a simmer and add in extra spices. It should cook up fairly quickly, about 2 minutes or so. Serves 2. Top with yogurt, a drizzle of honey and toasted walnuts to make things extra special.

HappyBlogChick said...

I definitely have the same pattern with the exercise. Somedays I'm ON but others I feel like I've never seen a gym before in my life.

Congratulations on your NSV!

Steph said...

I am always so inspired by your blog - in fact I stole this quote and have it posted on my fridge for the kiddo and hubby -

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected
of him.

This quote also was the last thing I read last night and I was teetering on the edge of sucking out on the gym......I read this and realized that "I" expect great things from myself so I had to rise to the occassion. Thank you so much for giving me a amazes me that people I've never met and that live across the country have such a huge impact on my are amazing!!! HUGS to you but those are careful hugs cause GYM kicked my bootie last night!!