Weight Loss

Weigh-In Week 106: Work in Progress

Well I was up at weigh-in. Up 2.9lbs to be exact. New weight is 164.2lbs with a total loss of 87.4lbs.

Can’t say I’m surprised – not because I over ate, but rather because my loss last week of 4.1lbs was insanely huge! I wouldn’t be surprised that my body is getting back to an equilibrium. It’s also a bad time of the month for weighing-in! I’ve been very bloated for the last couple of days. I’ve definitely noticed that since the weight loss, and more specifically since I’ve been under 175 (which has been forever now!) I notice monthly fluctuations a LOT more and am much more sensitive to bloating. Now, I count myself amongst the lucky ones – I do not get horrible cramps that stop me from being able to enjoy life or massive mood-swings, so I guess a bit of bloating once a month isn’t too bad.

I’m hoping that next week will show a loss. I’m focused on eating healthfully, in good portions, exercising, and drinking my water.

So I mentioned that I would get myself something cotton for my 2 year anniversary – well I did. Ah, maybe they’re not fully cotton, but that’s okay. Here’s a couple cute dresses I picked up on sale the other day:

Hope everyone has a good week! Feel free to share your rewards as well 🙂

Weight Loss

Mini Goal #3

I’ve decided on my next mini goal. Reaching my 75lbs lost milestone would be a good one, but I like to create a different one since the 75 will be a WW milestone. 

I’ve chosen reaching a BMI of 29.9 as my third mini goal. This will officially put me in the overweight catagory rather than obese (woohoo!!). My corresponding weight would be 174.4lbs.

Back in May when I started this journey my BMI was a whopping 43.2 which put me in the obese III category. This is the highest level! With my weight loss so far I’ve brought it down to a 34.2 – in obese I category. This feels like an amazing accomplishment.

Last time I lost the weight I never got down to a BMI below 30 or to 174.4 – it will be the lowest I’ll have ever weighed in my adult life.  Phew, that’ll be a tough one to process mentally, but I’m up for the challenge.

Now, I know there are pros and cons to using BMI as a scale of health – but let’s be honest – I am not under 18 or over 65, I am not pregnant/nursing, and I am not an athlete so this range is something I can use as a guide for a healthy weight for me. I’m using the one on the Health Canada website which you can find here.

Because of my starting weight my 75lb milestone (at 176.2) and my 29.9 BMI (at 174.4) are not that far off from each other – but that’s okay for me. I have something to strive for and ~25lb increments seem to work so far. Perhaps after this I’ll re-evaluate and focus on 10lb increments as I know it gets tougher the less you have to lose.

Okay, so here I begin to lose another 25lbs to get to my next goal!

Rewards · Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 37: In the 100s!

YIPPEE!!! WOOHOO!!! I weighed in at 199.4lbs this afternoon! 😀 

I was down 1.8lbs and have now lost a total of 52.2lbs.  It still hasn’t completely registered. I can’t believe that my weight now starts with a 1. I have been in the 200s for so long. In the middle of this year, when I rejoined WW I never thought I could get back down here. I was worried that I was just destined to stay in the 200s going up and down the same few pounds, or worse gaining and gaining without any end in sight.

This number has given me so much hope. I makes it real. This means more to me than my 50lb loss surprisingly. It changes things much more for me. I know from past experience that it gets harder now and it’s easy for me to lose sight of future goals. But funny enough, it also motivates me. Getting to Onederland (as it’s called on the WW forums!) has really been such a huge goal for me for so long that I’ll need to find new goals to keep my motivation going strong.  I’ll have to come up with a third mini goal – I’ll post that later this week after I give it some real thought.

I asked the receptionist at the meeting to take a photo of the scale. I’ll call her Mary. She has seen me through so much over the years. She was around when I first lost weight and now on this journey. However, as wonderful as Mary is – she has no idea how to work a camera on a phone and so the photo is a bit off, but you can still see the number in the upper right-hand side. I tried to do it, but the phone added .4lbs and I wasn’t going to have that!

Now this definitely calls for a reward. What’s my reward you ask?? Lady Gaga tickets to her upcoming concert here in April!!! WOOHOO! I am SO excited!

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I don’t believe in resolutions. If you want to change your life or an aspect of it, then figure out how to do it, and then do it. The time of year is irrelevant.

I started this journey back in May and truly recommitted in August. I find when we attach too much significance to a life change or a time of year we set ourselves up for failure if we cannot achieve it 100%.

So make plans, but be sure to act on them! If you don’t know how to make your dreams happen then the first step is to find out how to do it, not sit back and wait for it to happen to you.

Here are some goals I plan to accomplish in 2011. I’m sure there’s more, I just can’t think of them yet.:

1. Get to goal before the end of the year.

2. Learn to Run

3. Run/Walk a 5k

4. Finally submit the grant applications for the 2 projects I want to get off the ground

5. Direct a show I’ve been hired for that has been post-poned until late spring

6. Move into a new apartment.

7. Travel to Paris and the rest of France.


Drink responsibly tonight, and please call a cab, use public transit, walk, or stay over. One night isn’t worth your life or anyone else’s.


All the best in the New Year to everyone!


Rewards · Weight Loss

Weigh-in Week 35: 50lbs Lost!!

WOOHOO!!! I was down 2.4lbs at weigh-in today and I have officially lost 50.4lbs!! I am so excited! I got my 50lbs keychain charm today from the WW leader 🙂 however there were only 4 people at the meeting today.  It is the week after xmas so what did I expect! My leader said she would re-announce it next week if there were more people.

I am on cloud nine! I can’t believe I lost over xmas week – I guess my strategy did work!! And I did manage to exercise yesterday at my brother’s – a half hour on a recumbent bike.

Here’s a photo of my new charm, my other charms, and my stickers marking my 50lbs lost. I ask for stickers both in my PointsPlus book and in my weigh-in booklet. I am such a sucker for those stickers. Seriously.

The most important issue now is…HOW AM I GOING TO REWARD MYSELF?! 😀 I have no idea. I didn’t make a specific plan. I bought those cute bras for my 25lbs. I’ll have to think of something this week!

Here is also my photo of weight lost. A full jug of water and a 10lbs bag of potatoes. THAT’S what I’ve been carrying around with me.


I never want to go back to that. I never want to carry around that kind of extra weight again. I feel amazing lately. This worries me a bit to be honest – because I’m worried that it will derail me and my efforts. I’m worried that I’ll start thinking – “hey, this is great, I’m healthy, I’m good. I don’t need to keep going.” If this happens I KNOW that I will not just stop losing weight, but that I will gain it back.  I know I need to address this issue as it will not just go away when I reach my goal weight and start maintenance.  If I don’t look really deeply at what causes me to gain the weight, I will never be able to maintain my weight loss. To be honest I don’t have the answer to this one yet. This is something I started when I recommitted to weight loss in August and something I continue to explore.

Rewards · Weight Loss

I’ve lost 10%!!!

Tuesday and time for my weekly weigh-in and today is a special occasion. I weighed-in and was down 1.2lbs once again for a total loss of 25.2lbs!  This means I’ve reached my first goal of losing 10% of my body weight.  WOOHOO!!!

It took me a total of 22 weeks to get here. (It says 23 in the picture, but that’s because they accidently stamped Sept 14 twice as you can see).  That seems like a long time – even to me.  But I didn’t really get serious about my recommittment to weight loss until about week 14 /the beginning of August.  Between May 4, 2010 and July 27, 2010 I only lost 6.8lbs.  I kept losing and gaining the same weight over and over again. Well something switched in August. I knew that I could do it, I just wasn’t understanding WHY I wasn’t doing it. So I put my big girl panties on and said enough is enough. I took control and here I am – 18.4lbs down in 9 weeks! Yippee! Here’s a photo of my weigh-in booklet:

It’s such a silly thing – but I really like those 5 pound stickers. They really do keep me motivated. But that’s not the only thing I got. At today’s meeting I also got my 10% keychain AND my 25lb charm :).  For those not familiar with Weight Watchers they give you little gifts for various milestones.  When you lose 10% of your weight you get a key chain, at 16 weeks for attending meetings you get a little charm with clapping hands, and then you get disc charms at 25lbs, 50lbs, and 100lbs, and charms when you hit your goal weight and lifetime status (maintaining for 6 weeks). So far I have my keychain, 16week charm, and 25lb disc!  Here’s a photo of that too:

Just in case any of you are wondering what it says on my sticker card (it’s in French because they were out of English ones when I signed up) it says “Adieu les régimes. Allô la vie.” Which translated means “Good-bye diets. Hello life.”  I have to say that is how I feel – I don’t feel like I’m on a diet, but rather that I’m getting better and better at making healthy life and food choices.

Reaching a goal isn’t complete without a REWARD!  So after my meeting I went out to La Senza and bought myself 3 cute new bras.  I was going to go in and get a new plain black bra, which I did, but then decided this was a good occasion to splurge on a couple of funky ones as well.  Here they are:

Aren’t they the cutest?!  I am feeling absolutely fantastic today.  What a great feeling.  Now onto the next goal – to get out of the 200s!

Body Awareness · Clothes · Exercise · Rewards · Weight Loss

The Polka-Dot Dress

Now, I may be assuming here, but I’m pretty sure no matter your size everyone has an outfit or piece of clothing that they love but think they can’t wear or pull off.  For me it’s the polka-dot dress. I absolutely love retro-styled clothes, but I just don’t feel comfortable wearing it. Most of this has to do with my upper arms.  It’s not just that they are big (I mean they are, but that’s not the reason) it’s that they have a funny crease about half-way down that I am VERY self-conscious about.  It stops me from wearing cute t-shirts because the trend for the last few years on women’s shirts has been short-short sleeves (which by the way, I think look good on very few women – I happen to think it’s an unflattering cut and makes the upper arms look larger than they are).

This also means that I NEVER wear anything sleeveless. NEVER. I don’t own a cute dress with straps or anything like that because I would spend the night distracted by my arms – wondering if everyone can see this weird crease/roll of fat on my upper arm – and I don’t enjoy myself.

And so, I’ve decided that one of my rewards for when I reach my goal weight will be to buy myself a cute, polka-dot dress with a halter-top like this one I found on the website called Scene Dead.

I am also taking steps to make sure my arms are going to be ready. Now I realize, having spent my entire life overweight, that my upper arms will never be small and tight – most likely I will have loose skin. But I can do some things – I focus on working both my biceps and triceps when I work out so that I am toning the muscles which in turn will help with my skin’s appearance when I do lose the weight and I drink lots of water each day to help my skin maintain its elasticity. I think I’m on the right path. But only time will tell.