“It’s not all about the number on the scale”

Today I want to address the only thing about Weight Watchers that just gets me the teeniest little bit annoyed.  And that is that they fall all over themselves to remind you that it’s not all about your weight, that you should focus on how good you feel, how much more you’re able to move, the fact that you’re buying smaller clothes…you get the idea.

I’ve even seen memes that say something to the effect of, “You know what the scale DOESN’T tell you?  What a good friend/mother/sister/daughter you are.”

Ha ha, Weight Watchers.  Very clever.

And it’s true.  I mean, yes, we should certainly be focusing on the entire journey.  Non-scale victories, they call these things, and of course, they’re important.

But the truth of the matter is this.

I (and my hubby and I suspect most other people on the program) have a specific goal in mind.  And that goal is to get to the goal weight that I have selected for myself (out of a range that Weight Watchers deems is appropriate).  And once I’m at that weight for six weeks, then and only then will I be considered Lifetime.

I mean, that would be a dream come true for me.  But let’s be honest.  Does Weight Watchers make you Lifetime because someone comes in and vouches for you and says what an awesome person you are?  Can you just come in to your meeting, modeling some smaller clothing, and ask them to make you Lifetime?  Or can you just say something like, “I feel so fabulous today that I think you should make me Lifetime”?

Of course not.

The only way to make Lifetime is to stay within your goal weight for six weeks.  And should you ever get heavier than that, guess what.  You’re not Lifetime anymore.

So I get it when they tell you not to be so obsessed with the number on the scale, but I feel kind of like they have their hands behind their back with their fingers crossed.

(And no, I’m not a first-born, overly responsible, super achiever.  Whatever gave you that idea???)

All kidding aside, I love my weight loss program and I would recommend it to everyone.  And I have every intention of staying on it and reaching my goal.  I just had to get that off my chest.  Carry on now with the rest of your day, and thanks for stopping by!

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Here I am again…

Hello, WordPress.  I’m back!

What’s been happening, you ask?  Well…I’m still on that road to fitness and weight loss, even though I keep falling off the wagon.  The difference this time is that hubby has joined Weight Watchers with me and has promptly shed 45 pounds.  He’s my main motivator right now as well as my biggest cheerleader.

Speaking of hubby, in June of 2017 we sold our mobile home and bought a brand new home, as in new build.  It’s in a 55-plus community here in Sacramento, and we moved in in December.  Fabulous…just fabulous.  The process was stressful, of course, but it was the right thing for us, and we’re so happy we did it 🙂

Funny thing…the model home looked just right for us, not too big and not too small.  But when we moved in, we realized we didn’t have near the amount of “stuff” that’s in the model, so it still feels a bit cavernous.  I suppose it’s a good thing that we’re not hoarders!

And speaking of extra space, I have decided to get back into sewing, now that I have actual room for a machine and sewing supplies, not to mention I’m gradually getting back down to a clothing size that doesn’t make me want to cry!

In short, life is good!  Cheers!

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Update

Wow, I almost forgot I had this blog.  I was reminded of it when I went to try and post a comment on my sister’s blog.

So…the last time I posted was last June.  A lot has happened since then.  Alas, I am not at my goal weight.  I’m not even close.

We did go on those two summer vacations, and they just about killed my knees!  They were sore for several weeks.  In addition, I lost my left big toenail and very nearly lost the right one as well.  The only thing I can think of that might have happened was that I got the wild idea that I wanted to start running to jump-start my weight loss.

Brownie points to me for good intentions, even if I could just barely jog for a quarter mile before I had to take a walk break.  With all my extra weight, it’s possible that I injured my toenails that way.  Or it could have been all the walking at Disneyland.

Anyway, I’m back to walking for now.  Baby steps, Lori.  Thanks to my little sis for reminding me of that.

I quit Weight Watchers once again and am now on a hybrid sort of Weight Watchers/MIND diet thing where I’m logging my own points in a little journal, but I’m not paying $30 a month anymore.  We saw a Dr. Oz show about the MIND Diet, and since we have an extended family member who was suffering from Alzheimer’s (who, incidentally, has passed away since I last wrote), we were very interested.

We’re eating a lot of fresh foods with liberal servings of whole grains, and we’re using a lot of blueberries and walnuts (that’s the MIND diet idea).

I turned 54 in December.  I’m noticing a lot more how tired I get after just a little bit of exertion.  If I could wave a magic wand and instantly make myself at my goal weight, that would be fabulous.  Until then, I’ll have to keep putting one foot in front of the other every day.

Oh, another thing.  As a stress reliever, I’ve become very interested in crafting lately.  I made myself a cute little scarf last night.  Maybe I’ll post a picture here.  It was a lot of fun.  I’d been thinking for a while that I wanted to start sewing again, buuuut…(a) where am I going to put a sewing machine and all the supplies (b) when do I find the time to complete actual outfits and (c) do I really want to be making size 18 clothes when my goal is to get back to size 12?  I don’t think so.

Crafting is a fun, stress-relieving outlet, and I’m specifically looking for less time-consuming projects that have quick turnaround times.  Hence, the scarf.  Okay…now I’m going to have to make a post about that.

 

 

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First post…

I’ve been thinking that I might make the theme of this blog to be about food and health, for now, at least.  The primary goal I’m working on right now in my life is losing weight and becoming more fit, so I think that makes sense.

I’m on Weight Watchers for about the gazillionth time now.  I’m trying not to beat myself up over that fact and to just applaud myself for still hanging in there and not giving up.

I’ve been on Weight Watchers, quit, tried MyFitnessPal, quit that, and come back to Weight Watchers again…twice now.  I’m convinced that for me, Weight Watchers is the way to go.

There have been three people at my workplace (that I know of) who have had cancer who are my age or younger.  One of them, in fact, just passed away this week.  I was very upset about that and I’m still having trouble dealing with it.  She was two years younger than me.

I know none of us is promised tomorrow.  I know that cancer can still strike the most seemingly healthy, fit, non-obese people.  But in my mind, getting to a normal weight and getting as fit as I can will increase my chances of having a long, healthy life.  I can’t stop thinking about the fact that these women are my age.  My age!  One of them just returned to work after a round of chemo.  The other, the last I heard, is still in the hospital.

I don’t think there’s any cancer on my mom’s side of the family, but I remember my dad telling me about my grandmother having cancer, though I can’t remember if he said what kind.  This weekend, I’m going to go through his letters to see if I can find the information.

What’s motivating me this time?  First of all, my co-workers with their health challenges.  And the other reason is that we have two big vacations coming up this summer.  It’s not so much my looks that bother me (funny  how that happens the older I get), but the way I feel.  When I’m heavier, it’s more difficult to trudge through airports, lugging suitcases around, waiting in line for rental cars, etc.  And every time we take a vacation, I think to myself, why oh why have I not gotten more fit??

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