Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesdays with ... 3 Fat Girlz

Okay, I might not have time for creating pithy, entertaining posts here, and apparently no one else does either, but I think we should at least keep up with the accountability part of this blog, which means recording what has happened between one weigh-in and the next.

For me, FG#2, maintain is the name of the game this week. I'm not complaining about that. This is the toughest part of the whole process for me--I am pretty close to being within 10 pounds of my goal weight (I'm 10 and a fraction from goal), and it always seem to be somewhere in here, in the 10- to 5-pounds to goal weight area that I start to lose interest, stall out, go crazy, or something. So here I am again. But this time, I'm hoping I can make the big push to get past that last hurdle, or whatever you want to call it, and actually lose those last few pounds. All together now: Go!

FG3: Yep, still maintaining pretty much, though expecting a drop in the next day or two. Feeling pretty motivated and doing okay. Wish i was within 10 pounds of my goal! (ETA on wednesday: i did get that little drop, yay!)

Fg#1: Late to the party again! Still maintaining here, not really tracking as I should. I'm walking - a LOT at work, and if I were even slightly more mindful I'd be losing. That is on my agenda - back to tracking. I think I said that last week though, so I'd better cough it UP!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Week Gone By

Well it seems that no one has managed to get on here and post this weigh-in day, so it's up to me (FG #2) to poke everyone and yell "Fess up!"

I actually have good news for once. I think. The scale had a precipitous drop this morning. So much so, that I re-weighed like four times trying to make sure that it wasn't just a scale glitch. And who knows, maybe by next week it will all seem like a fantasy. But for now, the scale was down 2.8 pounds from the last weigh in, which officially puts me back on the downhill side of losing, despite the ups and downs of the last few weeks. My total loss is now 6.2 pounds. Who knows what next week's weigh-in will bring? But for now, I plan to not look this gift horse in the mouth and instead assume that the scale isn't lying and that I did something right over the past week. Hmmm...I wonder if a serious lack of money and therefore a corresponding lack of food had anything to do with it? ;-)

FGs 1 & 3?

FG3 - not too bad here, another small drop, so 2 weeks in a row. I do seem to be doing better since i got off WW. I haven't lost a whole lot (about 3.5 pounds total) but i'm moving the right way. Eight weeks of WW got me about a .5 loss total and now 2 weeks off and i'm down another 3. So far so good.
Somebody called FG#1 a slacker?!?! I guess I am. Sorry! Maintaining again this week. This is good actually - I've not been the tracker queen, and I'm retaining water due to not drinking enough water, so all things considered I'm happy with that. It's on my list of things to do to get back to hard-core tracking in the next few days. Maybe even starting with today. My clothes are getting looser though, so even though the scale is MTN I'm obviously gaining ground here, and I'm pleased with that. Maybe next week I can post a loss again!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Say Hello To My LIttle Friend...

My heart rate monitor. My touchstone. My raison d'etre. My constant reminder that I have a big ass and it needs reducing.

This little piece of heaven keeps me on track with my activity points. When I first started working out and trying to record activity points, I just took the WW website for what it was worth. Eating those earned activity points was a constant source of worry for me because I didn't want to undo all that work. Seemed to defeat the purpose.

Secondly, if I'm gonna drag my butt to the gym and work out, it better sure as heck be at an effective level. I'm not there for the company, that's for sure.

This settles the unknown on both points. You see, after entering your vital statistics on this little gem, you will know down to the calorie, how much you've worked. It will also keep you working in your target heart rate with an annoying little beep that took me two weeks to figure out how to turn off. And it's accurate....this I know. I calibrated with an EKG at work and it was right on the nose.

Tonight was a double work out for me. I started off with 45 minutes on the elliptical and finished with an hour pilates class on the reformer machine. My new best friend said I earned 679 calories. (the cardio was the biggest chunk but my heart rate got up there with the torture, ahem, workout in the class.) WW's conversion is 1 activity point for every 100 calories burned. I will round that workout down to 6.5 AP's.

My experience is that I see a bigger loss on the scale if I do eat those extra points. Now, it's always better if it's an extra lean protein, extra whole grains, maybe a little more peanut butter than I would normally use, but I also use them for splurges.

Last week I earned about 28 AP'S. I ate my dailies, my flexies and almost all those AP's and ended with a loss of 1.8# for the week. That is HUGE for me. I do not expect that much of a loss next week. This is my first week back to pilates after a couple weeks off and torn muscle fibers = water retention (the reason a lot of people gain weight when they first start working out).

I'm not saying you need to have a heart rate monitor to see success, it has helped me. I admit that it may be more mental that physical but hey, whatever works. And for me it has been the heart rate monitor, a good pilates teacher and MUSIC!!!! The music has made all the difference in the world (maybe something to get into later....it can be a little embarrassing as some of my choices sometimes reflect that of a 14 year old teenybopper).

I plan to wear it Sunday when I help out with tagging and tail docking. I'll check back in and let you know what the results were.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Terrible Tuesday

FG#1 starting us off! So yet another weigh in day rolls around. I'm up this week - up 0.8. I've been indulging a bit over the last few days, so actually the damage is not as severe as I might have expected. I've been pleased with my ability to be somewhat mindful amidst the indulgence, but recognize just how easy it would be to let the mindfullness slip. So yay for only 0.8 - because yesterday I was up THREE pounds. That's right, three (3). Buh-bye water weight, right? That's usually the case with this type of thing - the water weight packs on, and then packs back off. Gotta make sure it keeps packing back off.

FG#2 here. Up 2 lbs. Sigh. But not unexpected. It seems to be the way of things this time around. One step forward, two steps back. But the trend overall is still downward. Just quit cramming food in your face, you moron!

#3 here. Well, i'm pretty frustrated right now. I've been faithfully following WW for 8 weeks now, logging everything in, and behaving myself really well - until a couple of days ago anyway, when the frustration finally got to me. Eight weeks and i'm basically where i started, having lost a grand total of half a pound. The last two weeks i've gotten gobs of Activity Points from working non-stop outside for two 3-day weekends, and still managed to watch the scale go up. So i've been pondering on all of this and why it seems when i first start a type of diet, it works great for me. I lost like 60 pounds on low carb before it stopped working for me, and about 20-25 on WW when i started doing it but it's just not working for me now and really hasn't over the last year when i've been on the plan - that's why i'd dropped it. I think what happens is that over time i get really good at getting "more bang for my buck" - i tweak and fiddle with the numbers until i'm getting the most i can out of them. It's part of my personality really, it's how i approach spending money too - don't mind spending it as long as i get the absolute most i possibly can out of every penny. Unfortunately, when it comes to dieting the only one it ends up costing is me. It's also a real pain in the neck to have to track every point much like i have to track every dollar in my budget as well! So, recognizing these things about myself, i'm going to try a new tactic, getting off WW but trying to still lose weight, with just healthy eating and getting some exercise. It's a good time to try it, with longer evenings (DST starts in less than 2 weeks, yay!) and warmer temps. I really need to approach eating differently and hope i can do it. I'm not dropping out of 3FGirlz, i plan to keep tracking weight and doing the weigh-ins. So we're still in it together but i'm going to try it a little differently for awhile.