This is a monthly thread for those of us who have a lot of weight to lose. The definition of “a lot” is something that is determined personally, so everyone who feels they have a lot of weight to lose is welcome to post here.
Please join us in offering support, checking in for accountability, help with questions, etc. We’re in this for the long haul.
We’d also love to hear from those of you who are maintaining a large loss. We need those tips to help us to keep the weight off once we lose it.
cj59 - good for you for getting the walks in. I really need to work on my physical activity.
I didn't WI this weekend. I wasn't tracking and as I stated, I was just a bit frustrated so I needed a break. But I realize that I don't like not tracking at all - I find it too easy to not eat meals and not make sure that I'm getting a good variety of foods.
So, I'm going to start tracking again. I'm also going to rethink my WI day. I've always had the most success on Saturdays, but I am thinking that perhaps I will switch to Tuesdays instead. It's a bit arbitrary, and I don't think it matters much overall, but I like the idea of having a day of weekday eating before I WI, and only having three days before the weekend, so that I'm more likely to still have some WPs left. I'm also finding that I've been using WI Saturdays as a bit of a free for all, and I don't like that, so I'm hoping that having it on a weekday will help.
wwlurker - I think changing your weigh-in day to a weekday sounds like a good idea and hopefully it will help you with your weekends. I used to weigh-in on Saturdays when I went to WW meetings a long time ago and I used Saturday as a "eat everything in sight" day too Please let us know how the new day works for you
I agree with you about tracking. I really have to do it so I eat healthy foods and also so that I'm aware of how much I'm eating. I do get irritated about it, and about weighing and measuring foods, but if I stop I really get out of control.
I haven't walked yet today, but I will get at least 20 minutes since that is my daily challenge for May. I hope by later this month I can increase that to 25-30 minutes.
Hope you are all doing well on your plans and just in your lives. Have a great week!
Cj, thanks for our monthly start. Good for you in your walking!
Wwlurker, I know tracking is a pain, but a helpful thing to do.
I still weigh in on Saturdays I think I’ve used almost every day of the week for weighing in. I need to get back to tracking. I’m really trying to motivate myself to work on some healthy habits taking small steps on trying to make it stick.
I WI yesterday and was basically the same as I have been. I was pleased with that in light of the fact that I haven't tracked for most of the last week.
Today I am recommitting to working on this journey. I saw a picture of me from my largest and it was quite startling. I'm down about 25-30 pounds from that weight. I just looked so uncomfortable and basically bursting at the seams. It made me see how far I've come.
cj59, I think that 20 minutes is a great walking goal - not overwhelming, but enough to make a difference in how you feel!
sunrose49, taking small steps over time has really worked for me! Since I started doing that, I am consistently eating at least something for breakfast and lunch, I cut out my junk food during the day habit (which I was doing instead of eating meals), I binge less at night, I spend less money on buying food during work hours, I consistently take my vitamins, I go to bed earlier, I drink less alcohol and use less cannabis (legal here). These are the little changes I've made over the past two and a half years which have led to me dropping 25-30 pounds and just being healthier overall. If I tried to do all of that all at once, it never would have stuck.
sunrose - Waving back at you. I wish you the best with motivating yourself
wwlurker - You've really incorporated some good habits in your life and I'm glad for you that you feel healthier.
I agree with both of you about making small changes. I'm not successful when I start out trying to do everything at once. That's part of why I waited a bit this time to start exercising. It gave me time to get used to eating well again and tracking. Now I hope I can keep up the daily walking.
I did walk 20 minutes today, so I'm 4 for 4 this month
Yesterday was a bit of a crazy day, and I didn't end up eating all of my DPs. I did not do well with eating throughout the day, but I didn't binge at night, either. I ate a large dinner but it wasn't insane.
Today I'm going to work harder on making sure that I do the little things as I let that stuff go due to my crazy work day.
Yesterday I skipped lunch, despite my best intentions (I wasn't hungry and I was super busy at work). I packed my lunch today so that it wouldn't happen again. I find that bringing my lunch is the key to making sure that I eat.
I had DPs left over again last night. Because I switched my WI day to Tuesday, it's now Thursday and I have all of my WPs left for the weekend. I don't anticipate eating many of them tonight, so I'm in really good shape for the weekend. I'm hoping that this change to my WI day will really make a difference and help me stay within my points.
wwlurker - I'm glad to hear have plenty of points for the weekend. I hope that changing your weigh-in day will help with that. I remember when I was working that the weekends were the hardest too. Good luck
I've walked my 20 minutes today and I walked 2 separate 10 minute walks yesterday (because my ankle was hurting), so I'm happy to be keeping up with my challenge.
I made a big mistake yesterday though. I had to go to Costco and I was weak and bought a box of 48 small bags of Utz Chips/Snacks. I think I ate 4 or 5 of them yesterday But I did count them and I'm still good with weekly points. So far today I've managed to just have one of them. I did pull out the ones I don't really care for and just kept the ones I like.
I was thinking about why this was a problem for me, since I have chips in the house and I'm good at portioning them - and here are these little bags already portioned. So I'm trying to turn around my thinking and realize I can only have 1 a day, maybe 2 if I have some extra points/calories. And I'm remembering that they are already portioned controlled for me.
If I find I can't control them, then I'll get rid of them. It's really after dinner when it's the biggest problem for me - I like having a snack then. I'm still trying to break myself of that bad habit
I ended up using some of my WPs yesterday, but I still have plenty for the weekend. So far, I'm really liking this change for me. My weight hasn't done much so far this week, but that's ok. I am trying to eat regularly, but things are very busy at work, which makes taking a real lunch break difficult.
My calories burned have been up, which is pleasing to me, as I was starting to feel like I wasn't moving nearly enough.
cj59 - I like an evening snack too. My struggle is in keeping it to a reasonable amount.
Hope you all are doing well. Have a great weekend!
wwlurker - I'm so happy for you that you have weekly points for your weekend, I hope you have an enjoyable one
irisinnia - It is weird that if we eat a lot we gain weight, isn't it? Glad you are getting back on track, good luck
I've done my 20 minutes of walking today and I managed to keep my chip eating to just one bag yesterday, so hopefully I'll do well today too.
I'm planning to make a big salad today, something I don't do very often since I don't like the bagged salads and I only go to the grocery store every 2 weeks or so. So fresh vegetables don't last that long. And I do love regular salad dressing and still use it, so I have to limit that because of the calories/points.
I do sometimes feel like I'm just one meal away from eating everything in sight, so I guess it will always be a struggle for me. Just have to keep working at it.
Hope everyone is doing well on their plans and that you all have a wonderful weekend!