Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weight Watchers- 24 Week Update

Yikes. Has it really been nine weeks since the last time I checked-in about my Weight Watchers progress? Sure seems that way, since the last post is from Week 15.

You know, in the past if I've been silent and infrequent with posts, you could bet that it was due to my inability to stick with whatever my latest weight-loss attempt was at the time. That was definitely a winning bet. These days, I'm so happy to say that is most certainly not the case.

My focus is so set on the long-term of this that if I don't do a check-in post every five weeks, it's just because I'm busy making changes and living life that I just didn't think to post. Which is a great place to be in.

Tonight, the twin and I were driving to a BBQ in Pasadena and we were talking about how great it is to not be on again, off again. And to not have all this mental energy spent on thinking about when we were going to get back on some sort of a plan. Because this weekend in particular would have been a perfect example of when I'd be all "I'll start eating better after the 4th of July." And then the entire weekend would have been spent cramming every possible bad for me thing into my mouth. I'd feel awful and have some pretty nasty thoughts swirling around in my head. Giving myself shit for treating myself like shit.

While I didn't make the best possible food choices this weekend, I most certainly didn't beat myself up over it either. I was too busy living a totally different life than I'm used to. I went swimming in the pool. Yes, I wore a bathing suit in front of people I normally wouldn't have dared gotten halfway naked for. I took a 9am spin class (after setting an alarm to make sure I got a bike for spin class tomorrow morning) and then continued to bike all around Santa Monica to four different stores. I also stopped in to try on a new bathing suit which was nowhere near as painful as I had expected- I actually left the store with a new one (well it's being mailed to me, but who cares about that?). I also bought a handful of tank tops and sleeveless shirts- also new for me.

Anyway, the weekend wasn't all about food. Which is such a shift for me and I really really enjoy the place that I'm in. It's not perfection, but I'm okay with that.

Yesterday at my Weight Watchers meeting, my awesome leader talked a lot about taking a vacation and how people use that as an opportunity to take a vacation from Weight Watchers. I thought about this as I'm getting ready to be out of town for work (and a little bit of pleasure mixed in there) for nearly two weeks at the end of July. Old Molly would have just used this as an opportunity to go off the rails a bit. New Molly has already looked up possible Weight Watchers meetings to attend so she can still weigh-in and has put up a post on Facebook looking for suggestions to attend spin class while on the DC leg of the work trip. I mean...honestly. I'm not complaining, in fact, I'm so proud of myself for the changes I have been making. It's really just wild to think of how far I've come.

I'm also really happy to share that after 22 weeks on Weight Watchers, I'm down 39.8lbs. It's an amazing accomplishment and I am happy with my progress. I'm spinning 3-4x/week and doing weights 1-2x/week. That's definitely making a huge difference, especially at the times when I'm struggling to make the best food choices. I still have improvement I can (and will) make on that front. But for now, I'm happy with where I'm at and how this weight-loss journey has been going.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I'm nowhere near done. I have a long road ahead of me. But for the first time in...maybe ever...I feel confident that I will get there and make the forever changes I need to live a healthy and happier life.

Here's the updated chart:


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