Saturday, July 29, 2006

What's the saying about pride and a fall?

Okay, it isn't really a fall. I maintained this week. 0.0 pounds. No movement at all.I'm a wee bit disappointed, but not terribly so. On the one hand -- no gain. That is wonderful! But there was also no loss -- so "30 by the 31st" may not happen. I'll have to weigh myself at the gym on Monday to see if this weekend is going to make a difference.

This week, I really put some extra effort to go to the gym 3 days and do my workout. Even with the craziness at work, and every girl's favorite relative making her appearance, I went and worked out. I stepped up the pace on the treadmill. It's still slower than I want it to be, but baby steps. It's been a long time since I've been active and so it's going to take some time to bounce back.

I really tried hard to watch my food intake too. I slipped one day by accident: I left my WW case (with tracking diary) at work. The odd thing was that it was one of my workout days -- when I could have easily traded my earned activity points in for food points anyway (and still have been 3 points under). So I don't think it's that one day.

I also have to consider that I lost nearly 4 pounds last week. My body may be slamming on the brakes and telling me, "Wait! I need to catch up with you!" It's happened before, so I just need to remember to stay on plan, and work my way through this.

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Another neat thing I've noticed: I've gotten used to not wanting uber-sweet things. I like my 100-calorie-pack items -- the Oreo crisps, the Peanut Butter crisps (mm!), and the Honey Grahams. And fruit -- I love fruit! Even if it's a little tart, I can sprinkle half a pack of Splenda on it and we're good to go. I miss chocolate, but one of the Weight Watchers group has told us of this new bar called CocoaVia. It's one of the darker chocolates with more cocoa in it (so actually a little healthier as well). It's divided into sections and each section is one point. One delectably delicious point. The Weight Watchers chocolate items are divine too -- and they are just the right size. Most of them are 1 point per piece but a serving is 3 items. Holy Moses! I love chocolate, but believe me, just one of these is more than enough.

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A word about support: I have the best friends, coworkers, family and everyone else. They are behind me 110%. One co-worker even went so far as to tell another one, "Don't even THINK of taking that cookie over there and offering it to Annette. She cannot have it and she doesn't want it." And honestly, I really didn't want it. So it's nice to know that they have my back.

To all the girls at "Banned Camp" -- you are just precious to me! Some of you have seen me before and others I've never met, but you all have stood behind me and loved me through this. I can't thank y'all enough.

To my WW group. I don't know you all personally very well. We see each other for about 45 minutes each week, but I am enjoying this journey with you. And to Debbie, our leader -- I am so glad that you are supportive without being one of the rah-rah perky cheerleader types. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you....). I enjoy your soft-spoken enthusiasm, your realistic expectations of us, and your unfailing support.

And to my family -- who has gotten quite accustomed to hearing me say, "Thanks, I will fix my own meal," has listened to me extol the virtues of portion control and of healthy food, and who in their own ways are walking this with me. Thank you.

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