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Just thought I’d provide a quick weight loss update for anyone who’s interested. Not sure how often I’ll provide these updates, but I’ll do it periodically. Mostly it’s to keep myself just a tad more accountable.

Anyway, I was down 2.6 lbs at my Weight Watchers meeting this week. Add that to a very slight gain last week, and I’m down 5.8 lbs in three weeks. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

And have I ever said that I love Weight Watchers’ Core program? Well, I do! I prefer it so much over the “count points for every single bite I take” plan. (Which, to be fair, is also a good program and it works for a lot of people. It just makes me too obsessed about food.)

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You may remember that, a couple of months ago, I was feeling down in the dumps about my weight loss progress.

Well, I’m pleased to say that I’ve re-upped with Weight Watchers (at work) and am back on track! Our new session started last Tuesday. I had decided to quit, partly because of my lack of progress but also because if I wasn’t doing well, I didn’t want to keep paying $$ for meetings. When the first meeting came around last Tuesday, I realized that I wasn’t ready to quit. I wanted to give it one more shot.

I’ve been walking with a work/WW friend at lunch time. So even if I don’t get any other workout in during the week, that gives me three 30-minute walks – fast walking, which counts as good exercise. The walks are helping me a lot – I’m getting good exercise, I feel good afterward, I love the fresh air, and they keep me motivated.

The most motivating part? I lost 3.6 lbs this week! I’ve still got a little ways to go to get rid of the weight I put on while I was feeling down in the dumps, but if I make my 10% goal for this session, I’ll be back to my pre-baby weight, when I’d lost 54 lbs. Then it will be all “new” weight loss from there on out. I can’t wait! (FYI, my 10% goal – which is standard for WW – is to lose 10% of your body weight in a 12-week session. And no, I’m not going to tell you how much that is.)

I’m so excited that I’m finally feeling back in the groove. (Remember, I lost 54 lbs in six months – healthily – the first time.) Wish me luck!

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 Don’t forget that April is Book Binge Month!

Do you love to bury yourself in a book? Are you always on the lookout for suggestions, <a href=”http://daycaredaze.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/upcoming-event-reminder/&#8221; mce_href=”http://daycaredaze.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/upcoming-event-reminder/”&gt; <img src=”http://farm1.static.flickr.com/185/437987932_48710a408c_m.jpg&#8221; mce_src=”http://farm1.static.flickr.com/185/437987932_48710a408c_m.jpg&#8221; style=”margin: 0 10px 10px 0; float:left” alt=”book binge” border=”0″ /></a>good titles, provocative reads? MaryP’s Book Binge here. Book Binge is a month in which you read, log, and then post everything you read all through April.

On May 1, you’ll each post our lists on our blogs.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Yes, you can include books you re-read, so long as you re-read them in between April 1 and 30.

  • Yes, you may also include books you start but don’t finish, just note the page at which you gave it up. Something like, “Quit, page 47 of 322.″

  • Yes, you may include books that you read for work or school

  • No, you may not include books you read to your children – unless those books are at least 125 pages long.)

So far, we have:

Participants:
MaryP
Jolene
Mimi
btwinny
Allison
blabby
Jen
Angela
Nicole
Dani
Karyn
KM
Heath
LoryKC
Karin
Kat
Bluebunny
Sheri
KTP
LoryKC
Alison
Angela
Kat
Hazela
Kittenpie
Lars
Gutsy

Anyone else who would like to participate should just leave a comment and I’ll add you to the list. Please spread the word on your blog (if you have one).

MaryP’s super-smart finace has also provided us with these nifty buttons that you can post on your own blog. There’s a small and a medium version. All you have to do is copy and paste the the following code into your sidebar or post.

For SMALL (125 pixels wide, suitable for a sidebar),

 
Copy and paste this code:
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For MEDIUM (240 pixels wide; your text will wrap to the right of the image),

 

Copy and paste this code:

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Today I had my usual weekly Weight Watchers meeting and weigh in. (I do the “at work” program – it’s so convenient.) I’ve done pretty well the past few weeks, and was down another 1.8 lbs this week. Good for me, right?

I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since September 2004, taking a year off when I got pregnant and had Little Sister. I totally rocked the first six months – lost 54 lbs in 6 months, following the awesome Core program. Of course, then I gained 50 lbs with LS, and still had some weight to lose when I went back to work. It’s been much harder this time, and there has been a lot of up-and-down movement of the scale. The worst has been the three or four week breaks we take between sessions.

After my meeting today, I logged on to weightwatchers.com to enter my weight into the online planner/tracker I use. (I love the online tools, and feel they’re worth the extra $10 per month.) While there, I noticed my weight from 2/1/06, my first meeting after returning from maternity leave. It turns out that I was 20 lbs less than I had remembered.

And you know what that means? Instead of losing 24.4 lbs since then, I’ve lost 4.4. Yes, 4.4 lbs in one year. I’m not even going to tell you how much money I’ve spent on Weight Watchers sessions in that time. But if I hadn’t already decided to quit meetings after this session and just stick with the $10 online tools (see my previous “money” posts), I would have decided that today for sure.

I’m going to keep doing my best, though. If I can just avoid all the “ups,” (especially between sessions, which I won’t have now – so no “breaks”) I’ll do great.

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Inspired by Ravings of a (Former) Corporate Mommy.

Here are ten things about me. Eight of them are true. Can you guess the what’s true and what’s not?

1. I love to garden.

2. My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

3. I’ve always been overweight.

4. I would quit my job and be a stay-at-home mom if we could afford it.

5. Grocery shopping is one of my favorite activities.

6. I was voted “floor partier” in college.

7.  I like to cook.

8. I spent years as a dishwasher.

9. I’ve been working since I was 15.

10. I’ve held as many as three jobs at once.

So let me know your guesses, and then tune in tomorrow for the answers (and perhaps some additional details)!

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I’ve been doing Weight Watchers’ “Core” program on and off for the past 2.5 years. I joined in September 2004 and lost 50 lbs in 6 months, by eating well and exercising. I stopped when I got pregnant with Little Sister, gained it all back – and no, she wasn’t a 50-lb. baby, and re-joined when I went back to work after maternity leave. (My meetings are actually at my workplace.)

I’ve been participating since I re-joined last January, but it’s so much harder this time. I can’t figure out why that is. The basic premise of the Core program is that you choose from a HUGE list of healthy foods and eat what you need to be satisfied. (This is in contrast to the “points” system, which requires you to figure out and count points for everything you eat – I’ve done it this way a bit, and much prefer Core.) The first time around, I had 100% NO problem sticking to plan and staying on track. Hence the 50 lbs in 6 months. Now, after a year, I’m just about 8 lbs above where I was when I got pregnant with Little Sister. The second half ot 2006 was practically a wash – up a little one week, down a little the next, etc. And it doesn’t help that we have a month-long break in August and December. I’ve decided that during our next break, I MUST go to meetings at a regular center. A month is plenty of time for me to gain back everything lost in the previous 12-week session.

I’ve been struggling a bit to keep myself on track the past week and a half but am determined to stick with it. It will take me a while to lose the rest of the weight I want to lose – but I didn’t gain it overnight, and it’s not going to come off overnight either. I’m happy with “slowly but surely” – it’s more likely to stay off that way.

I’d love to hear from other people about their weight loss challenges and successes.

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