Okay, well I have to tell you this story about Kirstyn so that you will understand how I feel today! Yesterday afternoon we were all playing outside when I told her that I needed to take James inside for a minute to change his diaper. She had been drawing with her chalk on our wooden fence off and on all afternoon. Well, when I came back outside she was sitting in her fort pouting and this picture was on the fence (as you can see there is a 'J' on the left beside the cute face with the spiked up hair and then an unfinished picture that is pink with pretty eye lashes...that is the way Kirstyn usually draws her self portraits...apparently I went inside with James about the time she was getting started on herself so she got mad and put a big X through brother and quit). When I asked her what was wrong, she told me "I prayed for a baby sister...but I got James....hum". I think it was a short lived wave of jealousy as she was remembering how we used to play outside by ourselves. She is normally a fabulous big sister, very loving to James and very willing to help me out with him. He is a very good natured and happy baby and she really doesn't realize how easy she has it with him.... All it took was to remind her that she is daddy's only princess and she snapped out of it.
Now what will it take for me to snap out of it? Today when I went to Weight Watchers I felt like throwing the same fit. I wanted to take my book and put a big X right through my weigh in results! This week I logged every tiny morsel that went into my mouth and I had 18 flex points left over for the week. I also got in tons of activity...just look at my posts this week. We picked strawberries, worked in the yard and planted a garden, went to Pump It Up and climbed massive slides and on and on. We were a very active family this week...something I really want to continue rather than spending too much time in front of the TV. I also stuck to my commitment to only have 2 diet sodas per day! So, why is it that when I weighed in this morning I was brought to tears because I GAINED 2 pounds! Well that now puts me 20.6 lbs away from my 20 lb weight loss goal! Ugh. I am, however, very proud of the choices I have made since that weigh-in. First, I stayed for the meeting even though I didn't want to. Second, I drove right past Sonic and didn't stop to get a 44oz DDP or worse an Ice Cream. Third, when we got home, James was sound asleep in his car seat...I could have come inside and baked a cake or some brownies and sat down on my butt to blog and watch TV while he slept, but instead I got out the shrub trimmer and trimmed all of the shrubs along our walkway. Then I swept the walkway and bagged the clippings. Then, I mixed up some weed spray and used the hand sprayer to do my entire yard! Yes, I worked my tail off outside for a solid two hours! Fourth, when we came in the house I drank a ton of water and fixed a healthy lunch for myself and James and I am still not baking anything! Next week better be better...
*** I could really use some 'comment love' right now! ***
I'm new to your blog (you entered a giveaway on mine) and I love it! Your header is great- your whole blog is great actually.
I don't know if you've just started working towards your weight loss, but I know that often times when you have a really great week like you did- you gain some muscle, which weighs more than fat. At the beginning you sometimes gain weight, but lose inches. Keep up what you've been doing and I'll be next week you'll see a loss. Even if you don't see it right away- your clothes will probably start feeling better.
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I'm sorry that after working so hard, you didn't lose weight. The same thing happens to me. It is so strange. But, the good news is that you are healthier because of the increased movement and the better nutrition. I don't know why the scale doesn't always make sense. But if you keep up these good habits, it will eventually be seen in physical results. Just keep making good choices; you'll be proud of yourself that you did.
I love you honey. I am so proud of the way you followed the plan this week. Forget the scale! Just keep your eyes on the goal and you will make it. Let's have another good week, and next week you'll have a loss! I love you...
Awe. I bet you're disappointed, frustrated, annoyed, mad. I would be too! I'm sorry you didn't lose. But stick with it, you will! This is such a long journey and while it's hard to look at the big picture, it is there. You said it's been hot there? I wonder if that has something to do with it.
Oh yes, and do take your measurements (if you haven't already). I take mine once a month and love to see the inches come off.
Just think of how healthy you were this week. That's great! I'm sure it was just gaining muscle from all the physical stuff you did this week. Hang in there next week you will see a lose.
Oh and way to go on the will power to drive past Sonic. I would have been stopping for my Rt 44 strawberry Dr. Pepper.
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I have done weight watchers too and this happened to me all the time. The weight will come off. Be patient and keep doing what you are doing.
Natalie, you are doing great! It is really hard but it's more about changing choices first and when you do and you stick to it, you will get results.
Keep at it, you can do it!
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No worries. I bet you just gained some muscle!! Keep it up, I am almost ready to join you. I have healthier choices at home now. All I need is the the motivation.
Hey! After all the comments you have left this week at Miller Manor, I thought I really should drop in for a visit! One thing I learned at Weight Watchers was that I should never have any flex points left over at the end of the week, especially if I was being active. The more active you are, the more calories your body needs, so you need to use all they give you, or you will not see a loss. (the body thinks it's starving, so stores the fat instead of releasing it) The weeks I used all the points were my most successful losses. Just be sure you eat healthy foods, not junk to fill the points.
As for the diet sodas, while WW says it's okay to drink them, in actuality they are doing lots of sabotage to your plan, so if you can give them up altogether, your health (and weight loss) will improve dramatically.
I lost almost 100 lbs. about five years ago, some of it with weight watchers, but I put it all back on because weight loss was my goal, not healthy living. If you set a goal weight, once you reach it, there is nothing left to work toward, and most people gain it all back (like I did!) whereas, when you have your goal set as healthy lifestyle, the choices you make eating and exercising become habits. The weight comes off naturally and your health improves.
Thanks for hanging out with me this week! It's been fun getting to know you.
Hang in there girl, you keep workin' that hard, it's gonna come off, and off and off...
And as you can see, you have a TON of support. Keep going!!
keep your head up, there are good weeks and not so good weeks!!!
Hang in there. Great choices you made afterwards, when the naughty choices would have been much more fun!!!
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