February Weigh In

I weighed in for my official February weigh in and was at 141.6 pounds, down .2 pounds since last week.  I was glad for the loss, but a little irritated.  At my home weigh in right before going to Weight Watchers, I was at 140.7 pounds which was .4 pounds less than I weighed last Saturday.  So, I expected to have a .4 pound loss at Weight Watchers.  When I got there, though, the scale flickered at 141.4 pounds and then settled at 141.6 pounds (the scales there weigh in .2 pound increments).

That said, though, I was happy with the overall of January.  And, 140.7 pounds at home puts me just below my new baseline of 140.8 pounds after I had tummy tuck/breast lift surgery in July.  I had gained a few pounds between September and December and I’ve spent the last 2 months getting back to that baseline.

I actually have been doing something new the past couple of months and I’ll be posting about that soon.


Great Weigh In

I weighed in yesterday and saw the results that can happen when I have a couple of good weeks.  I was down 1.8 pounds to 141.8 pounds.  I don’t often lose that much in a week, so it was good to see it.

The really good thing is that I am almost back down to my new baseline after my tummy tuck/breast lift surgery.  At home, I weighed 141.1 pounds yesterday morning.  The morning of the day I had surgery I was at 147 pounds on my home scale.  6.18 pounds was removed during surgery, leaving a new baseline of 140.82 pounds.  So, rounding to 140.8 pounds I am only .3 pounds above that.  I am not yet at my low after surgery, but my first goal is simply to get back to that 140.8 pounds weighing in at home.  I am almost there.

Not going out to eat twice on the weekend last week made the rest of the week easier.  I did have a 6″ sandwich from Subway during the week and we ate out at Panera one day.  I knew I could afford to do that as it was mid-week and I was able to stay within my daily calories since it is easy to eat low calorie there.

I want to have another good week this week, since next Saturday will be my monthly weigh in.  However, when I have a week when I lose a lot like this week, I often gain a little the next week even if I eat really well.  We’ll see what happens.

Weigh In

Even though I had already weighed in for January, I chose to weigh in on Saturday.  I was down .6 pounds, to 143.6 pounds.  As I mentioned in my Dining Out post the other day, I had a really good week this week.  A big part of that was only eating out once last weekend instead of twice.  Doing that made everything very easy the rest of the week.  I am planning to do the same thing this week.  We ate out after the meeting and I don’t have plans to eat out again this week.  It is possible we might end up with eating out mid-week especially if we are out and about and it makes sense to do so.  But, we aren’t going to go out for our typical Sunday meal out.

The other thing we did on Saturday after we had lunch was that I rejoined the YMCA.  When I hadn’t been able to go due to surgery I had dropped my membership.  I rejoined and am planning to go to a different location than I went to before.  It is a little farther away but is a larger facility so I want to try it out.  I can still attend the other facility (it is a citywide membership), though.  The one I was attending before is about 20 minutes away versus about 35 minutes so we’ll see how that goes.  I need to get back to regularly going to the Y.  I’ve really slacked off on activity.  It has been raining quite a bit and was cold before that so I haven’t been walking outside much.  I could use the treadmill, of course, but I just haven’t done it.

2017 New Plan Materials & January Weigh In

I went to my first 2017 meeting today and received the new plan materials for 2017.

Weigh In

As I expected, I was up from my December 17 weigh in.  I weighed in at 144.2 pounds, up 1.4 pounds.  I expected this because I had just a terrible week from Christmas Eve until the 30th.  At one point I was up more than 5 pounds from where I was on December 17.  However, from New Year’s Eve on, I’ve done really well and this last week was great.  So, most of that up 5 pounds is gone, but there is still a little left. As a lifetime member at goal, I only have to weigh in once a month.  My official weigh in for December was at 145.6 pounds and I am still down 1.4 pounds from that.  Overall, I’m happy with December.

And, let’s put it all in perspective.  My first January weigh in while doing this blog was in January of 2014.  At that weigh in, I was at 185.8 pounds (and that was after losing over 20 pounds). In January of 2016, I was at 146.2 pounds so I am done 2 pounds from them. Yes, I had help from the tummy tuck but I am still happy with it given out surgery decimated so much of exercise for 2016.

Plan Materials

With the New Year, new 2017 plan materials were received.  Ongoing members received 4 new booklets.  While there are new materials there are no substantive changes to the plan.

The leader said that one of the complaints from new members was that they felt they received too much material when they first joined.  So, they received the Meet Your Plan booklet and during orientation would get the Eat Better booklet.  They will get the Move More booklet at week 4.  There is also a Shift Your Mindset booklet, but she didn’t say when they would get it.

Meet Your Plan Booklet – This booklet gives an overview of the plan and generally describes how Daily SmartPoints and Weekly SmartPoints work.  There is a list of the 100 foods that members track.  FYI, the top 5 are: banana, egg, black coffee without sugar, cooked chicken breast without bone or skin, and apple.

Then there is a section about tracking and about the value of meetings and the weekly booklet.  Then there are 3 pages about digital tools, tracking online, and Connect. Finally there is a summary at the end about SmartPoints, tracking, and online support.  One thing that I found interesting (maybe it was there before and I didn’t notice it) is that you can schedule a free Getting Started Call with a Weight Watchers coach to get a personalized introduction to the program.  This has to be done within the first 30 days.

Eat Better Booklet – This booklet is the heart of the food program.  Examples are given of foods for different meals and how to build a meal.  There are also several recipes.  There are a couple of pages of 0 or 1 point flavor boosters such as condiments  or small amounts of cheese or nuts.  Several daily menus of 30 points are given.  There is an everyday menu, protein lovers’ menu, carb lovers menu, and a vegetarian (includes dairy) menu.  There is a 2 page shopping menu and some tips for dining out.  The dining out section has a couple of pages of point counts for different types of fast food.  There is not a separate booklet or listing of foods except for the top 100 in the Meet Your Plan booklet and the few things list in this booklet.

Move More Booklet – This booklet focuses on activity. It gives reasons for activity and there is a quiz to assess your activity level.  Based upon the result, it tells you to check out activities marked either A, B, or C.  A is basically for those who aren’t exercising.  B is more people who engage in everyday activities.  C is for those already exercising.  Throughout the rest of the booklet, there are examples given of possible activities and each is marked with an A, B, or C.  There are a couple of pages of toner exercises.  There are examples given of ways to increase activity whether you are looking at A, B, or C activities.  Oddly enough, the booklet has a couple of pages of fast recipes.  Unlike past program materials that give a chart of how many FitPoints you earn doing activity, this one doesn’t give that information.  There is a brief indication that while Weight Watchers encourages “physical activity for its own sake, you also have the option of swapping earned FitPoints one to one for SmartPoints” once you’ve earned the equivalent of 3000 steps to account for everyday movements.

Shirt Your Mindset Booklet – This booklet focuses on the mental side of weight loss.  The mantra is: What you think determines how you fell and how you feel determines what you do.  I do think that is important, the booklet goes through a number of things that relate to thinking and feelings such as identifying thought, being self-compassionate, living mindfully, embracing happiness, etc.  In the Eat Mindfully section, there are a couple of pages of recipes.

My Thoughts on the Materials

It is a little hard for me to assess the materials like a new member would do.  But, I will try. In comparison to past years, these materials seem skimpier.  There is no long list of foods with point counts. [Edit: Per the comments, apparently they do still hand that book out to new members.  They didn’t give a new copy of it to existing members.]  There is no chart of how many FitPoints you earn for X minutes of activity.  For me, none of this would be a problem.  Before I got back to goal, I was a monthly pass member with access to both meetings and online tools.  Looking up foods online or using the calculator on my phone was fine.  My Fitbit syncs with Weight Watchers and gives me my FitPoints.  And, if I am not using it for whatever reason, I can search for an activity online and record the FitPoints.

Things are now more difficult, though, for the meeting only member (or the member who has access online but doesn’t want to use those tools).  You can still buy a book that has the SmartPoints for various foods.  And you can buy a calculator that will calculate SmartPoints. I don’t know if there is any way to calculate your FitPoints earned except online.  Maybe that chart is in the paper tracker?  I don’t know since I don’t get a paper tracker any more.  If anyone gets a paper tracker this week, look and let us know in the comments.

Again, I understand this since I do everything I can online.  Still, I would prefer it is they still had the more extensive list of points in paper form and I think the Activity booklet should give the chart showing how to calculate FitPoints earned.

I like the Mindset booklet.  I honestly think that this is a very important part of weight loss.  So many people want to focus on the food plan, but I think that if you don’t get the mindset right then the food plan doesn’t matter.  Of course, having a calorie deficit is necessary for weight loss.  But, there are many food plans or ways of eating that will lead to a calorie deficit.  But, having the right mindset and mental and emotional outlook is also key to getting to that calorie deficit and keeping it going.

Overall, I do believe that thinking influences feelings and that influences our actions.  And, if we change our thinking we can change our feelings and then our actions.  I do agree with this. And, this is the essence of Cognitive Behavioral Theory which works on changes thinking to then change feelings and actions.  I strongly believe that this is helpful for many people and I think it has clear application to weight loss.  In particular, I enjoy Judith Beck’s writing (daughter of the founder of CBT), particularly her book The Beck Diet Solution.

Weigh In and Weight Watchers 2017

Two topics for this post. Another December weigh in and a little preview about the Weight Watchers program for 2017

Weigh In

As a lifetime member at goal, I only have to weigh in at my first Weight Watchers meeting of the month.  Until my surgery, I went to meetings most every week but didn’t often weigh in except one time during the month.  I haven’t done so since January.  But, sometimes, I do weigh in more often.  Today, I weighed in because (1) I’ve had a good two weeks and like to reflect that in a weigh in and (2) I didn’t want my last 2016 weigh in to be the December weigh in which reflected a lot of the bad choices I had made in November.

I weighed in today at 142.8 pounds, down 2.8 pounds since my weigh in 2 weeks ago.  Now, for me, that is a huge loss even spread over 2 weeks.  Once I got to close to (and then within) a normal weight range losses were usually well under a pound most weeks.  This weigh in puts me back exactly where I was at my weigh in on October 29th.

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