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Confessions of a Tracker Cheater

This past Thursday was my 14th week in Weight Watchers. Looking over my weigh-ins, I have come to an uncomfortable conclusion that pushes past my natural state of denial: I don’t want to get past a 10 pound weight loss. Really, I have had a fairly steady, healthy loss for the first 10 weeks, at which I hit a 5% loss goal. But since then, I have been wildly up and down, to arrive at essentially the same weight a month later.

I have had so many excuses over the last month:

*I am so stressed! (It has been a stinker of a month, actually.) I just can’t get a grip on the stress eating.

*I’ve been too busy to get all my exercise points.

*I was wearing my blue jeans for that weigh-in, AND I had just eaten dinner!

But you know what my real problem is? I am not exercising my self-control. And I am lying. On my tracker. To ME. How lame is that?! Like I don’t already know that I had three cookies and only gave points for two? Or (true story) I ate four or five cookies for breakfast so I just abandoned tracking the day altogether. And you know those BLTs (bites, licks and tatstes)? I confess I have NEVER tracked those! Sampling as the chef? Points free, of course. Finishing the last couple of bites from a kid’s plate? Surely those points are gone now. And what about that little palmful of Cajun trail mix? How much could that be?

Just call me Bessie, as in the cow, because I GRAZE. And I really have a lot of trouble managing that eating. It’s got nothing to do with being hungry, and it DOES get worse with stress, but that’s no excuse. It’s like I need the *activity* more than that I need the food. The craving to nibble just grows. I am discouraged by my inability to manage it.

However, I can be capable of managing the environment: I can keep plenty of sugar snap peas and baby carrots and celery sticks and strawberries and even plain popcorn easily accessible, and keep the kids’ snacks harder to get to. I can sip my low cal hot Russian tea, but I need a good hot-weather alternative with no caffeine and no artificial sweetener. I can also chew gum, which is actually very effective, but it gets tiring (literally).  All of these strategies help, but I need to TRACK them. They are low-cal grazing alternatives, but they still pack a point!

This week I am renewing my effort to not make excuses for myself and to be honest with myself. I mean really, what good does it do to lie to ME? Apparently, all it accomplishes is feeding some apparent psychological roadblock to pushing beyond my 10 pound weight loss. Wish me luck!


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I can see for miles, and miles…of milestones!

FIRST: note that my 50 before 50 has another first highlighted! Yes, I enjoyed my first professional massage as a non-food reward for dropping below 180 and staying there. I felt like butter softening. And it had turned out to be a rather stressful day, too, as my oldest had the transmission go out on his car, two states away, and we were trying to work the whole issue. Ahhhh! Relief!

NEXT: I got not only my 5% award at Weight Watchers tonight, I also made my second 5 pound award! Lots of milestones. Current weight 175.8.

Now for the numbers…I only alotted myself 24 points a day, instead of 25. I feel safer that way. I ate 220 points, which included my 168 points, pretty much all my 35 weekly points, plus lots of my 34 Activity Points. I think I’m still being pretty conservative with those APs, but I actually hope to exercise a little more this next week as I further prepare for my Someday 5K. I made some poor decisions early on in the week that I feared would cost me my goal (like the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, where at least I didn’t eat all I *could*), but the last few days have been filled with better choices, so it all worked out in the end! Truly, this journey is a marathon, not a sprint, which is a good thing, as I’ve never been a good sprinter.

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Back on Track

High five to me! Last weigh in was down 1.2 pounds. My total loss on Weight Watchers is now 8.7 pounds, but my actual total loss is 12.7 pounds. I am less than a pound away from losing 5% of my body weight! I am going to do SUCH a good job with my tracker this week, because I don’t want to jeopardize that milestone at all. That said, last week was a lousy tracker week. I had a lot of trouble keeping up, and didn’t get Sunday tracked at all. So I can’t really say what my points totals were. Sorry.

Today, Coach adjusted my 5k training program, and I am really looking forward to the new challenge! She also added in some ankle workouts. That should be interesting. I think I am already feeling the workout in my ankle. 🙂 I still have three weeks until my orthotics are in, so I am counting on these exercises to help me as I move up in intensity on the rest of the program. I start Saturday morning, and I can hardly wait!

I’ve been slacking off some on the Bible study/devotional time. L3  That is me kicking myself in the rear to get back on track in THAT aspect of my life. Still really loving God and in a green space spiritually, though. I am so grateful for this Sabbatical year. I don’t even have words to adequately describe how desperately I needed this time to get my heart and body right. I started last May feeling like a wounded soldier abandoned on the battlefield. I haven’t even completed my year, but already my heart is full. I don’t just KNOW I am loved by God; I FEEL loved by God. I am getting connected to people in spite of myself, especially with BSF and Relay for Life. I’ve got my second wind!

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Weighing in

Up .2 pounds, which considering the time of month and those delicious irresistible evil Girl Scout cookies, I am not going to complain. I lost my tracker halfway through the week and only managed about 25 AP points due to extreme busy-ness, so seriously, a maintaining weight is not going to throw me. I just can’t let it continue is all. That could be tough with celebrating my hubby’s birthday tomorrow, but I will do my best!

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Rushed update

Ridiculously busy. Drat.

But I weighed in Thursday am at 178.2. I ate all my points plus 33 weekly points, plus 21 activity points. My foot is giving me grief again, so fewer APs.

I have a feeling that next week might be up a bit. But I’m going to do my best!

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Checking in and jumping up and down

Oh Joy!

Oh Joy!

Too bad I can’t count that as Activity Points.

Woot! I have a 5 pound star! I actually lost 1.2 pounds, for a total of 6.1 pounds lost in five weeks. This is a phenomenal rate of weight loss for me: about twice my Texas Weight Watchers loss rate, and easily 4-5 times what I lose without Weight Watchers. See my joyous Snoopy dance? However, I did learn that my jeans weigh TWO WHOLE POUNDS. I weighed at home with and without, and believe you me, I will never weigh in my jeans again. I ditched them for the lightest weight pants I could find.

Points consumed for the week, which included Valentine’s Day: 208 points out of a possible weekly 210 + 33 activity points.

Also, beyond the five pound star, I also crossed my 180 pound threshold, at 179.8 pounds. This is glorious news!! And WHY is it glorious news? Because if I maintain a weight below 180 pounds next weigh-in, I get to treat myself to a FULL BODY MASSAGE!! Woo-hoo! Hallelujah! Because that will mean I have genuinely lost 10 pounds since May. I really hope Coach does a body fat test again in March, because I would love to know how many actual fat pounds are gone now.

OK, enough with the physical. I am a spiritual creature, too, and how is that going? Well, just as I suspected, taking on leadership in BSF has definitely kicked everything up a notch. I’m having a great time, and God is helping me order my time so that it is not too burdensome (at times it’s positively joyful) praying for another 15 women in my life. And I am getting SO MUCH out of the leaders’ meeting. Who knew the Books of the Law would have so much applicable learning?

Now if Spring would just spring my joy would just bubble over! This interminable winter looks to be wrapping up a bit. I have crocus blooming in my garden. 🙂


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Figuring Activity Points for a varied workout program

This week I logged 33 activity points. That sounds like a lot, but I think I’m actually calculating conservatively. I’m training toward that 5K goal, and a typical workout for me lasts between 50 and 70 minutes. It includes 45 minutes to an hour of cardio, usually alternating brisk walking and jogging in 1/10 of a mile increments. By July 4th I expect to jog a whole 2 miles! It also incorporates the elliptical, treadmill, and expresso bike. Then four days a week I have ab work, and one day a week I do weight training, but much less jogging.

Since these aren’t Weight Watchers workouts, but they are a big mix of activities, how do I figure my points? I use the formula in this Weight Watchers article. It tells me what heart rate for me qualifies as moderate activity and what crosses into intense. The whole sweat test doesn’t cut it for me, because it is way too dependent on the coolness of the gym, the fans blowing, how dry the air outside is, or what if I’m doing River Running? Heart rate tells how hard my body is working, and I like that. I then figure what my AVERAGE heart rate is for any portion of my workout. This allows me to incorporate the two or three minutes of warmup as part of my workout, instead of as 2 minutes of brisk walking, which is no points at all. If I spend 15 minutes warming up, then jogging 1 lap and recovering for 2, I am working out at a moderate average heart rate. If I then add 15 minutes of jogging 1 lap alternating with recovering for 1 lap, that kicks it into an intense average heartrate for me. And 10-15 minutes on the elliptical is pretty much ALL intense.

So there you go! And with 33 Activity Points this week, I just have to wonder WHY I’m not assured of losing that .1 pound that kept me away from the reward star. I work very hard to be looking at a scale that has hardly moved. *sigh*

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Tired of keeping up with me?

I know I am. *sigh* But hey, accountability can’t take a holiday, or it ceases to remember to be accountable, right?

So, I’ll chat more another day (for instance, I want to share the article I use to calculate my Activity Points for my trainer-generated workouts), but tonight I’m just going to check in. Last Thursday I lost 1.5 pounds at Weight Watchers weigh-in. This was monumentally disappointing, ironically, as it happened to be point one (yes, that is one-tenth) pounds away from a five-pound star reward. I think that must be the only time I nearly cried after losing a pound and a half. It made me wish I had peed before I got in line. Seriously. And this was AFTER a hard workout with Coach.

Oh, and you know that foot trouble I’ve been having? Well, since Coach thought it might be one leg longer than the other since it was always only one foot, I visited my neighbor the chiropractor/sports medicine dude. He said it sounded more like the arch in that foot is falling. He’s going to check whether my insurance will pay for that, too, and if so, we’re working on biomechanics! (I have a nasty back sway to work on also, but I already knew that. Been working on it off and on since high school.) I’ll see him again Monday and find out.

So there I am. I will try to do a proper check-in Thursday with my points and such.

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I’ve put it off long enough…

True confessions about weigh-in on Thursday:

I didn’t. I took a pass. I CHICKENED OUT.

Because I knew full well the consequences of sipping and snacking as a medicinal treatment for a very sore throat: an extra pound. At least. I’ve been sick for a week (finally feeling good today!), and all the nibbling and sipping cost me most of my weekly points. And I only managed 11 activity points for the whole week, which isn’t even half of my usual. I really was sick! Too bad it wasn’t the kind of sick that causes you to LOSE pounds.

But, I am proud that I went anyway. AND I kept tracking. AND I did go in and workout when I could, as much as I could. Obviously that wasn’t much, but it certainly was better than nothing! Today I head back to the rec center and try to manage a whole workout. It will certainly take longer, but I’ll take my time and hang in there. Wish me luck!

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A critique of Weight Watchers’ eTools tracker

Last Thursday at weigh-in, I forgot to pick up my little paper tracker. (You can be sure I’ll grab a handful today!) As a result, I made my first effort at using e-Tools off of the Weight Watchers website. It was certainly an educational experience, and I was glad it was there when my paper tracker wasn’t.

What I liked:

  • more incremental and accurate tracking of points. Not only did some servings of foods merit a half point, which I wouldn’t have thought to give them, but enough of some foods (like black coffee) will earn you a point.
  • flexibility. Not only do they have a good-sized database of foods to draw from, but they have a place where you can enter foods not in the database and  its known points. And if you left your calculator in your car, there’s one right on the e-Tracker.
  • it tracks your week for you, pulling weekly points and exchanging activity points as needed. The running total for the week at the top was awesome.

What I didn’t like:

  • more incremental and accurate tracking of points. YIKES! Whatever happened to my dream world in which coffee was FREE?!
  • the activity tracker. Maybe I just don’t know how to use it effectively, but I do a varied workout, not just one thing for an amount of time at one intensity. I wanted to be able to enter the parts of my workout and have them tallied for a whole, but it didn’t do that. The only way to get my whole workout to count was to do it myself the way I did for the paper tracker, and then enter it as workout 1 or whatever, x amount of points.
  • it tracks your week for you. OK, maybe you’re supposed to use up your weekly points and THEN exchange your APs, but that’s not how I do it. I was actually a bit shocked when e-Tools did it that way. I would much rather view those weekly points as my cushion and my special treat bank (you know, like a birthday party or a date with hubby at a nice restaurant?). My AP points were earned THAT DAY. I should be able to eat them THAT DAY. It just makes so much more sense to me.
  • it restarts your week the day you weigh in. If I weighed in early in the morning, that would be fine with me, but I would far rather my weigh-in be the culmination of my week’s tracking. I weigh in at night, and I start a new tracker the next morning. On e-Tools, I haven’t even seen the results of my week’s efforts, and it’s already tracking the next week. Now, I know I could trick it and tell it I’m weighing in on Friday, but I shouldn’t have to.

So there are the ruminations of an e-Tools newbie. I can see me using it again as a back-up, but I still think my primary tracker will be the little paper one I can carry in my purse.

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