Oct 24 2011

The Beauty Loser Weekly Update 10/24/11

Welcome back to The Beauty Loser! I took a brief hiatus while I got things situated, but I’m baaaaaack!

So! See those words up there? “Morbid, Obesity.” They are pretty shocking to me. Whenever I see my doctor, she prints out a sheet that explains what we talked about and includes my directions if needed for prescriptions. I sought her help last Tuesday because I’ve been having problems with asthma, and that “morbid, obesity” tidbit was in a list of items addressed during my visit.

My doc always tells me, get a regular exercise regimen and eat better. She didn’t say I was morbidly obese, but wow. Apparently my statistics say it. Seeing it on paper was the fire I needed under my ass to finally get to Weight Watchers this weekend. I’d been putting it off, wrapped up in a busy work and social life the last month since returning from vacation.

This is my WW meeting place!

Saturday morning I woke up early and went to the 8 a.m. express meeting, which means it was a half hour meeting. The program has changed since I last did it, so I’ve spent the last couple days reading about it and learning how to eat well-balanced meals during the day.

Saturday afternoon, Diana from Painted Lady Fingers and I got together for a nice lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant, followed by a walk/hike in a local wooded park. Diana has also decided to chronicle her healthy efforts on her blog in a feature called Health and Whimsy.

I snapped a photo while we were walking across a floating bridge on the lake:

We spent an hour and 20 minutes on the trails, but the time passed by quickly with good company! It was a grey, cloudy day, but it was still pretty and serene to walk in the woods, and the air was perfectly chilled to comfort us as we sweat from our exercise!

Sunday I attended a family christening, and felt very proud that I stayed away from the fried appetizers, and only took two bites of cake just to try it. I even danced for a while with my cousins and my aunts, which I might not normally have done, so that I could get my body moving. I had a blast!

Things are off to a strong start! So, here’s my stats:

Weight at start of week 1: 220.2 lbs.

Goals for week 1!

  • Follow the WW plan.
  • Start moving.
  • Stay positive!

By the way, I want you to know that while WW is a big part of my lifestyle change, there is plenty else I can share with you that won’t have me shoving WW down your throats. This is my way to change my life; it’s an important part, but the bigger picture is the effort I’m putting forth, not just the method to get there.

I’m hoping to share with you next week a little about one of my favorite places to exercise…!

What goals are you working on this week – weight loss-related or not? Do you struggle to stay positive or stick to a plan – no matter what it is? Are you tempted by office donuts? Share in the comments below!

I wish you the best of luck in achieving your goals this week, friends!! We can DO IT!

  • Lucy

    Glad you’ve finally taken the step. Seeing those words really slaps you in the head. I’ve kept off 100lbs for 3 years. I’ve not been very good for a year. I keep gaining & losing the same 8-10lbs which is awfully demoralizing. I can’t move much so that doesn’t help me much. I know there’s exercises to do in your chair but I just haven’t done anything about it. I do walk around my apartment but the pain in my knees & back is really tremendous. It’s so tough to try to move. I have to try & cook more. I usually get something from a diner. Too much salt kills me. One thing I do is divide my dinner in half. That really helps. I’ve eaten what I wanted the whole time. I just watch what I eat & the amount. Good luck Judy, I know you’ll do well.

  • http://paintedladyfingers.blogspot.com diana

    Had such a great time hanging out!

    I managed to find some food at the event, but it was tricky. The only vegetarian options were veggies and dip, grapes, cheese and crackers and an array of exquisite desserts. I avoided the latter and managed to create a salad out of the veggies available and took a small vine of grapes. Was very thankful I packed nuts and granola bars to add more protein and healthy carbs. It was rabbit Saturday for me. Still ended up with the proper calories and nutrition for the day, but I had to really think it through. Sounds like you did great at the Christening too!

  • http://polishfixation.blogspot.com Erika

    Good for you for doing this! And congrats on the will-power at the family party, those kinds of events are hard to make good choices so you did perfectly making as sensible decisions as possible and allowing yourself to at least just taste the cake so you don’t have to be completely deprived.

    I am a weight watcher too and I have been doing it since March of this year. I’ve lost 40lbs so far and still have about 70 to go! good luck on your journey, keep us updated on your progress! You can do it!

  • http://polishtopia.blogspot.com Cali369

    Congratulations on taking an important first step and good luck with the many challengens to come. If you don’t already I’d totally recommend reading SherylYvette aka Bitchcakes’ blog. She has lost 70lbs, from a high of over 200lbs, over the past few years through WW and exercise and transformed her body, health and fitness. http://www.sherylyvette.com

    • http://beautyjudy.com BeautyJudy

      Thank you for that link – I will check it out for inspiration!!! Sounds like someone with similar weight loss goals as me!