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WW Update!

Somehow, I have not posted my weekly WW weigh-in since March 9! It’s been crazy around here… Work always keeps me busy, I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon and ElectroDash in March, squeezed in a few T25 workouts, my aunt was in town, we went to Las Vegas, I went to Orlando for my first Super Saturday event, and Iron Girl last weekend – my 10th half marathon. Whew!

Since my last WW post on March 9, I have been to 4 meetings, including yesterday. Yesterday was my first week back after missing 2 meetings. I always love the meetings, but when I return from missing a couple in a row, it’s a reminder of how much I miss them when I don’t make it. And how much I need them not for my accountability.

So catching back up,  here’s where I’ve been…..







Ironically, my last check-in here was the exact same weight as yesterday. Clearly, there has been a lot of fluctuation in my weight this last few weeks. I also may have eaten my way through Las Vegas, but I enjoyed every minute of it. And at the end of the day, I am still WAY below my highest of 178.


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It’s been a bit of a challenge getting back into the swing of things since getting home. I may still be in vacation mode. But I am determined to get my mind back in the game and get to my goal.

Where I need the most work is getting back to tracking. I need to make that a habit again. We went grocery shopping on Friday and being prepared will help with that as well. It really all boils down to a healthy mindset.

In addition to the eating part, I need to get back to running regularly. Hubby and I went out to the causeway this morning and ran 3 miles. It felt great. I have missed going out there weekly and I hope we can make it a routine. I am also setting a goal to run 2-3 times during the week. I need to build my base back up for when marathon training starts in July.


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I will say, though, despite the ups and downs on the scale, I am still having fun with buying new clothes. I have probably bought more new clothes in the last 6 months than I have in the last 3 years. I used to hate it. HATE it. There is nothing worse than shopping for clothes when nothing fits right. And now I am stepping out of my comfort zone and buying clothes in colors and patterns I would not normally buy. But I certainly don’t want to wear the same thing I’ve always worn. What fun is there in that?

Yesterday, I scored 8 cute new tops from JC Penney, all for $67. I saved a whopping $120. One thing I don’t’ want to do when clothes shopping is break the bank, so I have to get the most for my money.



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As soon as I have more rewards built up and a more coupons, my next purchase will be more shorts! This girl is absolutely wearing shorts this summer.


How do you handle setbacks in your weight loss?

WW Weigh-In #53

This morning, I celebrated a year at WW with a loss. What a way to ring in 2014! It’s very surreal to me to think that it’s been a full year since I went back. I’m such a broken record, but I just love my meeting. This one is the perfect fit for me. I look forward to it every week – Beverly is an amazing leader, the receptionists Marilyn and Connie are fabulous, and all the members are wonderful. We all share a common bond and it’s just… Nice.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 53


This past week, I *mostly* followed Simple Start again. I made AWESOME chili which I had for lunch or dinner for a few days. I stuck to power foods most of the time. But, I did go over the 7 extra points per day for a few meals out while were moving stuff this week for work, and New Years Eve.



Things I did right this week are:

  • I didn’t track except a couple times. What? How is this right? Following Simple Start, you only have to track your indulgences, the 7 points a day. The first week on it, I still tracked because I was terrified of not tracking. Let’s face it, if I could eat without gorging myself on every meal, I would never need Weight Watchers. But the premise behind Simple Start is power foods, which are filling. So, you eat until you are satisfied. I am still working on this one, but this week I trusted my instincts a little more and tracked less. Clearly, it worked out okay since I lost. I still have to be mindful of it, though.
  • Power foods….. Zucchini, squash, tilapia, tuna, salad, cucumbers, green peppers, whole wheat pasta, lean ground beef, shrimp, black beans, kidney beans, and more. Power foods are endless and there are SO many that I love.
  • I seemed to go through a lot of water this week!
  • I ran Saturday – Wednesday. I was on a mission to complete my 625 miles for 2013 and I hit 628, overachiever that I am. I also did an ab workout from T25. Loving that program! I am also doing a plank-a-day for this month.
  • As I mentioned above, I made chili. It was so good! You can find the recipe here.




What I will focus on this week:

  • I am going to continue with Simple Start – mostly – this week. I will continue to focus on power foods and be mindful and aware of eating only until I’m satisfied – not stuffed.
  • I want to try 2 new recipes this week, using ingredients from the Simple Start shopping list.
  • I am shooting for 3 runs and 3 days of T25.


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My activity points were up again this week with a total of 49! I am trying to get back into a regular routine again which helps me keep those points up!




I started reading Find Your Fingerprint last night, included in the new Success Kit. I am really loving it. I love reading about the science behind the reason we do things the way we do. Even better, the book has you focus on YOU, what works, what doesn’t, your successes, and more. I can’t wait to read more.


Have a great weekend!

Goalgetter2013 – How did I do in December?

Another wrap-up post to end the year… When I joined in the first Goalgetter2013 post in January, I hoped to keep it up all year. And I did! I set different goals each month. Some I met, some I did not. But what I learned most from all of it, is that setting short-term goals is the best way to tackle them. it’s much easier to look at things for one month than to tackle something for a whole year. That’s actually one of the things we talk about at Weight Watchers – be specific when setting goals. Set a specific goal, for a specific amount of time. It really does make sense.

So, how did I do in December? As a reminder, here is the goal I set for this month….


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I did not hit 145 pounds. The lowest I’ve gotten down to is 148 two Saturdays ago, and then I had a gain this past Saturday. I am, however, still in the 140’s.

But, I am not upset about this. Like I mentioned in my weigh-on post on Saturday, it’s really hard to be upset about a gain after buying skinny jeans the day before. And that’s the truth. I have come so far this year, I’ve worked HARD to lose weight, and I feel the rewards of it every day. It’s not just about how I look in the mirror or the clothes I wear, but it’s all physically how I feel. Gone are the days of being so uncomfortable and feeling so blah. No more. I will continue to work towards my goal!

Going into 2014, I will continue to set small goals. It works for me. There is so much I want to accomplish in the new year, to keep pushing forward towards my weight loss and fitness goals.


A look back at my goals for the year… It’s been fun!


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And here are all of my Goalgetter2013 posts for the year…


I want to thank these gals who put this challenge together… It’s been fun participating!


Did you participate in Goalgetter2013? What did you enjoy most?

WW Weigh-In #52

Holy cow… Fifty-two weeks. Twelve months. One year. This last week of 2013 seems a bit surreal. It almost feels like I just went back to WW, walking into the meetings at my highest weight ever. I was ashamed of the weight I had put on, but also knew that WW worked for me before and I had to commit to it again. And commit I did. 2013 was the year I would lose weight. I never rushed it or pushed it too hard. I took it week by week, celebrated many losses, had a few weeks of maintaining, and also faced gains.

This morning, I had a feeling I would be up, and I was right. I indulged for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner and I don’t regret either of the family meals I enjoyed. If I can share a little too much information, I am seriously bloated this morning. I had also gone a month without a gain and knew that I was due for one. And, I’m okay with that.


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 52


I did Simple Start *most* of the week, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. I will be doing a separate post on Simple Start….

I also had another non-scale victory this week. I went shopping for a pair of boots and jeans and ended up buying a pair of skinny jeans. I have never worn skinny jeans before but these fit wonderful and they fit great. It’s hard to be upset about a 1.4 pound gain when you are in a pair of jeans you’d never consider buying before….


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Things I did right this week are:

  • Ironically, I actually tracked every day this week, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. I say ironically because I don’t have to track on Simple Start. I did, though, because I am curious to see how my points stack up compared to doing regular Points Plus.
  • I made homemade minestrone and homemade meat sauce this week, as part of the Simple Start plan. Both came out great and I will definitely make them again.
  • I took snacks with me when I knew I’d be gone most of the day.
  • I added in a new workout, Focus T25. It’s pretty much all cardio, different workouts each day, 5 days a week (ultimately), 25 minutes a day. I’ll be able to incorporate it into my running schedule and not have to take anything away from it.
  • I also got 3 runs in this week!


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What I will focus on this week:

  • Sticking with Simple Start again this week. I still have plenty of foods still from when I stocked up last week, so I will be good for a few more recipes this week.
  • Aiming for 4 days of running this week (to hit my goal of 625 miles for the year!) and at least 4 days of T25.
  • I bought the new WW Success Kit, so I look forward to reading through it, as well as using the steamer that came with it.
  • The end of 2013 means it’s time to focus on new goals for 2014!


My activity was up this past week, which I love to see on my ActiveLink. 43 points earned for the week is a win!




I love looking ahead to 2014. I am excited to be close to goal, excited to see and feel progress, and I can’t wait to see what I accomplish next.


I hope your last weekend of 2013 is fabulous!

WW Weigh-In #51

It’s so hard to believe it’s the weekend before Christmas. This year is so very quickly coming to an end. I am so excited that as of this morning’s FANTASTIC weigh-in, I am that much closer to my goal. I knew I would have a loss this week, I could feel it. I just didn’t realize it would be such a big loss. Losses like this are harder to come by at this point. I was ecstatic!


WW Weekly weigh-in Week 51


And even better….. This loss puts me solidly into the 140’s. When I made it into the 140’s back at the end of November, it was more of a tip toe. I could not wait to share my excitement this morning… A 30 pound loss is incredible. It’s more than I lost when I originally did WW in 2006 and made Lifetime. I don’t know how I carried 30 extra pounds around on my short frame.


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So, this puts me 8 pounds from my goal of 140. More exciting than this, though, is that I am 6 pounds from Lifetime status again, since I can be within 2 pounds of my goal weight for Lifetime. This is SO exciting. I can’t wait to say that I’m Lifetime again AND also to be a FREE member of WW. That will be awesome. Every dollar I have invested into this journey this year has absolutely been worth it, but it will be so nice to not have to pay either. I see a shopping trip for smaller clothes in my future!


Things I did right this week are:

  • I tracked 5 1/2 days! Fantastic!
  • Water, water, water, water, water!
  • Breakfast for dinner a couple times this week. I love it and it’s always a great source of protein.
  • Several times now, I’ve pulled clothes out from the back of my closet. It’s like shopping for free. Non-scale victories are awesome!
  • I ran my best 5K last Saturday night. It was so great. You can read my recap here.

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What I will focus on this week:

  • So ironically, the last time I hit the 140’s, it was the weekend before Thanksgiving. This week, hitting the 140’s again and it’s the weekend before Christmas. I am also playing hooky from work most of this week so I will not be doing my usual routine, but I will be pretty active as well. Holiday weeks are a challenge, but hitting this huge goal this week is a great motivator.
  • Proper planning prevents poor performance…. This means I need to have healthy snacks on hand.
  • Hoping to get 3 days of running in this week. I don’t have any more races this year, but I am trying to keep it up!
  • More than likely I am going to start the Simple Start program this week. It’s similar to Simply Filling, where I don’t have to track. Change is always hard for me, but after discussing it this morning and hearing Marilyn’s (awesome receptionist at my meeting) success with it the past few weeks, I think now is a great time to try it as I approach my goal. I will do a separate post on Simple Start.


Activity points this week were better than last week, but still on the low side. I am thinking about starting a new ActiveLink challenge after the 1st to keep myself going!




I am so excited to end this year so close to my goal. I have worked so hard at it and it’s so rewarding for it to pay off. I am also excited about 2014 – there is so much I want to accomplish! Now more than ever I know that I CAN and I WILL!


Have a fantastic weekend and a wonderful holiday!