Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Operation Get Healthy

Remember this post? I wrote it just about a month ago. Hard to believe. At the time I wrote it I was already 3 weeks into what I'm calling "Operation Get Healthy".

It had come to a point where I was feeling so down about myself and feeling physically terrible too.

There is only so long you can complain about something and not do anything about it. 7 weeks ago I decided it had been long enough. Either do something about it or accept the situation for what it was and stop complaining.

I decided to do something about it.

I made a commitment to myself to get healthier. Notice I didn't say "to lose weight"(although I obviously knew that would have to be part of it).

I don't want to bore you with the details of it all but basically I have been doing the W e i g h t
W a t c h er s program(without attending the meetings, but I have done it before so I knew the drill).
WW doesn't work for everyone and I know some people find it a huge pain to have to keep track of all of your "points' but it works wonders for me. Plus, I have a little bit of OCD in my personality and I actually like writing down everything I eat every day, and figuring out how many points I get and how many I have used, etc. I know. I'm weird. And I'm not saying it has been easy. Because some days it has been very very hard. I especially find it hard to do when I eat out, which thankfully isn't that often, but still it is almost impossible to find a low-point meal at a restaurant. It pisses me off the crap restaurants serve.

I also have been exercising 5 days a week. This is the hardest part for me. I hate to exercise. Despise it actually. I have to literally force myself to do it. And honestly? I don't feel better afterwards. I don't feel like I have more energy and I don't feel like it is getting easier and I don't like it. I don't even really think it is helping that much with my depression.
But I still do it. Because it IS helping me lose weight and it IS supposed to help with all of that other stuff and I NEED to do it.

But I still hate it :)

So my plan is working and in 7 and a half weeks I have lost 15 pounds.

15 pounds!! In 7 and a half weeks! That's a lot, right? I had set a goal for myself to lose 20 pounds by the time we went camping at the end of June and I think I might actually make it!

I am very happy about it and pretty proud of myself.

Don't get me wrong.I have A LOT more to lose.

Really. A lot. I won't even type how much because you would gasp out loud and might judge me.

But I think I can do it. (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can).

So today Joe and I are going to go to a local Farmer's Market and stock up on fruits and veggies for the week(thus the pictures). That's pretty much the only plans we have for my day off. Well, that and a Dr.'s appt for Joe. I was hoping for a repeat of last week's trip to the pool but it's overcast and not that warm today. In Southern CA, this weather is called "June Gloom". Hate it.

P.S. If you are contemplating doing the WW program, I highly suggest attending the meetings. Especially if you are doing the program for the first time. We simply can't afford for me to pay the weekly fee right now and I really miss the support and camaraderie of the groups. Plus the accountability factor is huge. It is so much easier to stick to the program when you know you have to weigh in in front of another person. So far I have been doing fine on my own. We'll see how that holds up as I go along.


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you! I know how hard losing weight can be and what a struggle it can be.. I think you have done amazing. Keep up the great work. I hope you guys had a great time at the Farmers Market!

Julie said...

Way to go - that's awesome!

Tracy said...

Congrats on the weight loss and exercise=that is HUGE!! I don't know how this works with the WW points and you may already know about it, but here is the coolest web site ever. You can put a recipe into it and it will give you all the nutritional information-so cool IMO.

keep up the good work:)

M3 said...

Fifteen pounds?!!! Dang, woman, you rock! I'm with you on the hating to exercise thing, actually I should be exercising right now instead of typing, but I just tell myself "one more peek at a friend's blog, and then I'll go do it" and, well, ugh. You've inspired me though, I'm closing the laptop after this and getting moving.

Big hugs.

Marla said...

Way to go Michelle!!!! That is awesome! Have fun at the Farmer's Market.

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

I have been doing the WW program for a while and I really enjoy our meetings...but they are soon coming to an end. :( I have been doing good so far (30lbs), but like you said "I have A LOT more to lose"...well so do I but for now I focus on how far I have come and remember what I don't want to go back to!

Good luck on your weight loss journey! Here is a quote I keep posted...just as a reminder for myself: "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it."

Keep up the great work and if you ever get frustrated or need some motivation…I’m just a Facebook message away…I will help you if I can!!

Smiles! :o)

Daniella said...

15 pounds is incredible!! I hear ya on the exercise. I have finally found cycling to be the one thing I don't hate so I do it. My bf is doing ww and loves it too - she said the same thing you did about being ocd - lol :)

Jenna said...

That is so awesome that you are doing so well on WW!!! I love WW before I had Matty when I was trying to loose weight in hopes of ttc I lost 50 pounds! WW really is great. I think the best help is, dotty's weight loss zone.
Anyways I am so proud of you and it is awesome you are so committed with out going to the meetings. I wish I had the money to go to the meeting right now, I have thought about doing it but with out the accountability of the meetings I don't do so well.
I didn't have your e-mail so I thought I would post the answer to your question here. A weighted blanket is a blanket with filler like polly beads, river rocks, things like that that are spread out through out a blanket and gives weight. When I child has sensory issues it helps them feel more grounded with will help with Matty's sleeping. It goes along with weighted vest during the day if you have heard of those. The best example I have heard of them is imagine you are standing on a cliff that has no guard rail that is what it feels like for a child with sensory issues and putting the vest on is like putting a fence up. I hope that helps describe it.

Lisa (Briana's Mom) said...

Good for you girl! 15 pounds IS a lot!

Laura said...

Wow! 15 pounds is awesome! You should be really proud of yourself. It's so much harder to take it off than to put it on. Not fair!

Kayce said...

Michelle that is SO awesome!!!! 15 pounds is a lot!! You should be very proud of yourself! You go girl!