Weight Loss

#99 & #100 – Done & Done

Posted by Katie on August 01, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss / 2 Comments

#99 – Do light weight exercises with arms every day (90 days).

#100 – Do sit-ups every day (90 days).

I was thoroughly convinced that I would possess some sort of super human strength after a few little exercises every day for only 90 days.  Alas, I do not.  I am, however, more toned.  And this has been a big help in the whole weight loss thing.

I will keep it up.

Summer plateau

Posted by Katie on July 19, 2009
Weight Loss / 3 Comments

If not regaining any weight through all the summer festivities of weddings, parties, dinners out and just eating lots of good food I’ve been doing this summer counts as success on Weight Watchers, then I win!

But the trouble is that I have not actually lost any weight since the start of June, and I am still 15 lbs. away from my goal.  While I do have a brother-in-law who is a rocket scientist, his expertise is not required to figure out what the problem is.  Ever since starting Weight Watchers, I have given myself the flexibility to eat things that are above my allowed points limit for special occasions.  This summer there have been a lot of special occasions.  And with my recent travel schedule, I have gotten out of the habit of doing yoga and Nia several times a week.

So I am a bit discouraged, but the solution is clear.  Less fun.  Back on the diet wagon.

Dave has also hit a plateau in his weight loss.  The exact moment he stopped losing weight is a well known fact.  Easter.

Not skinny…yet

Posted by Katie on May 06, 2009
Weight Loss / 5 Comments

While I have not yet reached my goal of being 150 pounds again, I have lost over 30 pounds since starting Weight Watchers in January.

30 pounds? Really? I don’t believe you!

Well, yes.  I am having a hard time believing it myself to be honest with you, but the scale keeps confirming it.  And I would go out and buy a new scale, except for the fact that my clothes are all loose and I keep getting compliments from random people.  So, I am going to go with the fact that I have lost over 30 pounds.

This has been a good program for me.  I say “program”, rather than “diet” because, well, it doesn’t really seem like a diet.  It seems more like a lifestyle change with a friendly reminder.  I eat healthy, exercise regularly and give myself some room to splurge occasionally.  Keeping track of everything is just the “friendly reminder” part.

Weight Watchers reminds me to consistently make healthy choices in what I eat and what I do, but I haven’t really learned anything new.  Heck, I have always known the secrets to success – eat less, exercise more.  We all know this.  I, however, needed Weight Watchers as a tool of self-control and discipline to remind me on a daily basis of those things that I already knew.

And it is working!

Moment of Zen

Posted by Katie on February 21, 2009
Relaxation, Weight Loss / 6 Comments

zen

In addition to my Nia class, which I continue to love, Love, LOVE, I have been taking an intro to yoga class on Monday evenings.   I have always been naturally flexible, so the stretching part of yoga is easy.  It is the strength and toning parts that kill me.  I have been shocked at how much of a workout this one hour intro class has been, or maybe I should just be shocked at how out of shape I am.

There are only a couple of girls in the class, so I have really received good instruction from the teacher.  And the breathing and relaxation aspects of yoga do wonders for my mental health.

Every Monday night I have the most peaceful, relaxing and restful night of sleep ever.  Every Tuesday morning I am so sore that I can hardly move.

Oh, and I took this photo at the Art Institute last weekend.  It is a sculpture of God Genesha, the Hindu Remover of Obstacles.  This piece is dated from the 9th or 10th century and is from Indonesia.

#53 & #54 – Done & Done

Posted by Katie on February 12, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss / 5 Comments

#53 – Take my lunch to work everyday, excluding client lunches (1 month).

#54 – Do not order dinner out (1 month).

Actually, these two have been pretty easy to stick to since I joined Weight Watchers.

I think I am over the initial shock of not having the convenience of eating out a lot.  I am getting better at planning ahead.  I am learning the new healthy things to stock the refrigerator with.  And I have only had to ask Dave to physically restrain me from ordering my favorite Thai take-out once.

The real challenge has been in eating out with clients for work.  We typically go to very expensive and fancy places.  You know, the kinds of places with white table cloths, where they keep pouring wine for you, the entrees cost $40 and the servers use those scrapers to remove the crumbs from your table.  Hey, clients love it.  I love it too!  Hmmm…come to think of it, I was a lot skinnier before I took this job.

Anyway, these meetings/meals usually last a couple of hours, and you can eat a lot of food in a couple of hours.  I have found it helpful to find the menu online before we go out.  If I can make a decision about what to eat before we sit down, I will stick to it.  I do not want to draw attention to myself by asking for steamed broccoli and baked chicken, when all the menu items are very fancy.  But most menus offer healthy choices if you look for them.  And I don’t have to eat everything that is served. 

Oh, and I have officially lost 10 lbs.

#72 – Done

Posted by Katie on January 29, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss, Weird / 4 Comments

#72 – Take an exercise class and learn a type of exercising I have never tried before.

Picture me high.  That’s right…high as a kite.  Strung out.  Trippin’.  On the good stuff.

I have my eyes closed.  My head is relaxed.  My hands are up in the air, swaying this way and that to the music.  The band is awesome.  My hips are swinging.  Oh, it’s the 1960’s.  We are in New York….the very best part of New York…Upstate!  Who are all these wonderful people around me?  Wow, man, this is amazing.  I love you all.

Now, alter your vision of me ever so slightly.

I am not actually high, but don’t ask me to drive you home because we would totally get pulled over.  It is a Thursday evening in Chicago.  I am wearing gym clothes.  My eyes are closed.  My head is relaxed.  My hands are up in the air, swaying this way and that to the music.  My hips are swinging.  I am in a dance studio.  I am with my 10 new best friends.  We all paid money to dance like this.

This totally counts as #72 on my 101 in 1001 list.

And I am totally going back next week.  This was the best workout I have had in a long time.

No, seriously, I may not be able to walk tomorrow.

WW = WoW?

Posted by Katie on January 28, 2009
Weight Loss, Weird / 5 Comments

Oh no.  Read this.

Am I only a step away from World of Warcraft?

Diet update

Posted by Katie on January 25, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss / 6 Comments

Two weeks into Weight Watchers, and things are going really well.  I was very happy to learn last Sunday that I lost 3 lbs. the first week and today I learned that I lost 2.5 lbs. the second week.

I feel great.  I have more energy.  I have much clearer skin, which is probably form the very large quantities of water that I have been drinking.  And I have not been left hungry at all on this diet.  I have focused on eating a lot of healthy foods including lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.  All of these things are relatively low on the Weight Watchers points scale, so I can eat enough to keep me full.

The most difficult part of the new diet has been getting into the habit of cooking healthy every day.  I am used to coming home from work and finding something in the refrigerator to make into a yummy dinner.  I have never planned ahead.  I have always shopped for groceries that I know make good ingredients and then made things happen in the kitchen.  And if the right ingredients were not there, I would pick up the phone and order out.  I am working on planning ahead more so that cooking healthy at home every day is easier.

Being on a diet has had some benefits in other areas of my life, including some of my 101 in 1001 goals.  Weight Watchers online program asks you to check off a box when you take a multivitamin every day (#7).  It sounds silly, but I need something like this to keep track of taking vitamins.  I can never remember if I actually took them or not.  Also I have been taking my lunch to work everyday (#53).  This helps me stay within my points, but saves money too.   And we have not ordered out once in the last two weeks (#54).

Dave has been dutifully eating all the yummy healthy food I have been cooking, and supplementing it with ice cream, candy and beer.  He has not lost any weight.

Wii Fit

Posted by Katie on January 17, 2009
Daily Life, Weight Loss / 4 Comments

Miis

We might not be getting ALL of those chores done this weekend, but we have not hesitated to devote hours to our new toy, the Wii Fit.

If you can get past the initial shock of a video game making you just as chubby on the screen as you are in real life, it is actually quite fun.  It does give you a good workout, and there are lots of games for balance, strength and cardiovascular activity.  Just be prepared, the Wii Fit may refer to you as an “amateur” and a “couch potato”.  Oh, and it reminds you to brush your teeth.

Serious cut throat Wii Fit hoola hoop competitions between husband and wife are healhty, right?

#8 & #9 – Done & Done

Posted by Katie on January 14, 2009
101 in 1001, Weight Loss / 5 Comments

#8 – Get on a scale.

#9 – Set a realistic and healthy weight loss goal.

Damn.  Goal #8 was rough.

Confession – I had not been on a scale in at least three years.  It is the truth.  I knew that I had gained weight.  I knew that I was eating too much, drinking too much and not exercising enough.  I quit going to the gym regularly two years ago when I lost my front tooth in a bike accident.  I was wearing larger sizes.  I knew that I was overweight, I just did not know the number!

And while I knew that I was overweight, I always thought that I was eating fairly healthy food.  I avoid highly processed foods like nothing else.  I never ever eat fast food.  I love to cook…a lot!  And while I almost exclusively cook with natural, organic and unprocessed ingredients, those ingredients include butter, cheese, wine, bacon…all the very best stuff.

Last weekend I got on a scale, and knowing the number is a reality check.

Making the decision to set a weight loss goal is not so much about the number, but about leading a healthier life.  I want to live a long and active life.  I want to be available for my family and friends.  I want to reduce my risk for things such as cancer and diabetes.  And when Dave and I start our own family, I want to teach our children the fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle.  You can not preach, however, what you do not practice.  And I have proven, by three years without getting on a scale, that I need to know the number to keep things in check.  It is one thing to say that I am being healthy by eating natural food, but I need an external gauge to let me know if I am right or wrong.

I also need structure in a weight loss program.  I need to relearn the discipline of making daily choices that are really healthy, not just natural, and I need a way to measure the process and the progress.

So, the big news is that I have joined Weight Watchers.  My goal is to be at a weight of 150 lbs.  (You would be crazy if you thought I would post my starting weight on the internet!)  I was at 150 lbs. just over three years ago, and this number would put me back in a very healthy weight range for my height.

I have signed up for their online program, instead of going to their traditional meetings.  This will provide the structure that I need, while fitting easily into my busy schedule.  Basically, I keep track of the foods that I eat on a daily basis and work to keep my food intake within a certain point range.  I also keep track of my daily activities and earn points towards food with various exercises.  I weigh myself every week.  The Weight Watchers website provides a wealth of recipes and tips for keeping within your points.  While you are allowed to eat anything on the program, making the choice to eat an apple (1 point) instead of a slice of pizza (9+ points) keeps you better within your daily and weekly point goals and starts the process of making healthier lifelong choices.

I have been on the program for a couple days now, and things are going well.  I have enjoyed the challenge of cooking healthier, while still making things taste good.  I have been surprised by tracking my food exactly how many calories I am used to eating.  And by making better lower fat choices, I have not been left hungry.

As you may imagine, this has not been an easy choice to make and has been an emotional issue.  Dave has been amazingly supportive through this decision process.  He has been by my side and willing to talk through all of this.

Based on last night’s dinner, however, I do believe Dave draws the line at cooked spinach!

Wish me luck.