Freestylin’: 5 Reasons Why I Joined Weight Watchers

Last week, I chronicled my 35 pound weight gain over the last two years and the workouts I have been trying to get it off. What I didn’t go into was some of the food shtuff.

I have been trying a low-carb/keto diet for the last couple of months and while I love the #EatFatLoseFat concept, I haven’t seen much any weight loss. I think a big reason is because I have a hard time staying away from carbs and I don’t like thinking about food ALL. THE. TIME. Which is exactly what I find myself doing on restrictive programs like Whole30 or keto.

So this week, I signed up for Weight Watchers. I went back and forth about it. Should I really pay for a service that I can do for free on my own with MyFitnessPal? Ultimately, these are the five reasons why I signed up.

It works!

Plain and simple, Weight Watchers works for me. I have used it in the past and it is the only program that gets the weight off and keeps it off long term.

No deprivation.

This is HUGE for me. With restrictive diets, I wind up thinking about the things I CANNOT have and then I immediately crave them like a mofo. I need my carbs folks. And with Weight Watchers, I can have them. Oprah said so. It’s all about portions.

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Motivation to workout.

While I would love to say that endorphins are enough to get me to the gym every morning before the sun comes up, they ain’t. I have my favorite pair of jeans hanging next to a bikini to motivate me, but I need something a bit more IMMEDIATE. With Weight Watchers, I get points for working out and points translates to more food. So if I know I have a birthday party this week that is going to involve cocktails and cake, I get my ass to the gym to earn more points. Or if I have $75 worth of Girl Scout cookies sitting in my kitchen, I better workout if I want a late night nibble. This is a completely true real life example, btw.

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It’s so easy to track food and activity.

The app makes it so easy to log food, either by searching or scanning. You can even save your favorites if you are a creature of habit who has the same breakfast each day. You also log your activity in the app, so you get credit (& points) for your workouts.

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Rollover Points.

I always get tripped up on special occasions or a bad day that just demands a donut. With the new system, I can splurge a little with points that I didn’t use on the days that I was on point. Pun intended. Combine that with the workout points I mentioned, and you are covered for every situation.

I’m am really excited about this and I already feel so relieved that I won’t have to be thinking of all the things I can’t eat.

What’s the plan that works best for you?

A New High

I reached a milestone this week. One I hadn’t been aiming for. One that I’m not particularly celebrating.

I hit a new high on the scale. I am now at a weight that I haven’t seen since I was pregnant.

In the last two-and-a-half years, I have gained about thirty-five pounds.

THIRTY-FIVE POUNDS.

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I still can’t believe it.

Granted, about ten pounds of it was welcome. After a train-wreck relationship, I was underweight due to the stress. So I will happily keep those. But the other 25? They’ve gots to go.

And it’s not like I haven’t been trying. I was doing home workouts with Tone It Up and Kayla Itsines’ BBG. But nothing was happening. So I signed up for a personal trainer to push me and jumpstart something. After three months of three-times-a-week workouts (and a bout of walking pneumonia thrown in for good measure), I had not lost one point. NOT. ONE. POUND.

In the past, I could make a minor change and see results in three weeks. Now the only change I see is the scale moving up. Something has changed. Is it hormones? Am I at *that* age??

I’ve had my hormone levels checked and am awaiting results. In the meantime, I joined a local gym that specializes in 45 minute bootcamps. Part of showing up this year means physically showing up at that gym. At 5.30 in the morning. At least 4 times a week.

You can follow along on my fitness IG where I will be checking in and keeping myself accountable. I will also be checking in here every Friday.

 

 

2018 Mantra of the Year: Show Up!

At the end of 2016, I was low. I was feeling hopeless and sad. I had lost my job and was unable to find a new one, no matter how many interviews I went on or resumes I sent out. In my free time, I had poured my heart and soul into the presidential campaign, volunteering for Hillary Clinton. Like so many, I had high hopes for Election Day. In the days after Election Night,  I felt lost and confused.

Things were not going the way I had thought they would. And I was sick of it. I was sick of being down and I wanted 2017 to be different. So I set my intention and chose “RISE” as my word of the year. I wanted to rise out of my situation and find a job that I loved. I wanted to raise my vibration and stop being so blue. I wanted to rise and stand up for the issues that are important to me. I wanted to raise my profile as a writer.

And 2017 was a pretty good year.

I got a job I love, I fell madly in love. Yet, as I looked back at the goals I didn’t accomplish last year, so many of them were because I never even attempted to accomplish them.

So this year, I vow to SHOW UP.

I will show up for my health by dragging my ass to the gym even on the days that I just want to lay in bed, snuggled up under the covers.

I will show up at work by taking on new projects and being an advocate for myself.

I will show up here, posting at least twice a week. This blog has been a whisper and a dream for a long time. The one idea that will not leave me alone. I think about it all the time and this is the year that I dedicate myself to this space.

I will show up for myself by meditating each morning. I am starting with 5 minutes and go from there.

I will show up for the causes I care about. Sharing posts or retweeting links is one thing, but I need to put my body (& money) where my mouth is.

Showing up may look different every day and that’s ok.

 

What’s your mantra or phrase for 2018?

StitchFix – February 2017

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my story (& accompanying song) about how my Stitch Fix arrived early this month. Which then reminded me that I never post my StitchFix review for LAST month.

It’s been one of those months, you guys. I don’t know if I have fully accepted that it’s March, yet. And we are halfway done with it!  I know I am not the only one with a To-Do list a mile long (and growing!) and not enough hours in the day.

That’s why there will be no awkward outfit shots in this post. I know, I know – you’re heartbroken. But I promise to bring them back for the March post (which technically this is but let’s not go down that road).

I digress.

Always.

For those of you that don’t know, StitchFix is a subscription service that delivers 5 items (clothing, shoes  and/or accessories) to your doorstep. You try them on and decide which ones you want to keep. You get to choose how often you want to use the service.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out your Style Profile so your stylist can get a sense of your style, size, shape, budget and lifestyle. You can also add in any links to Pinterest boards which is HUGE for me, as I pin everything.
  • Decide when you want your shipment to arrive. You get to choose how often you want to receive shipments (every 2-3 weeks, once a month, etc) and once your items have been chosen, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep from your shipment.
  • Have a fashion show! I love this part! It’s like Christmas and birthday presents every time that box shows up. You can use the app to see what items are on their way to you, but I prefer to be surprised. I am consistently amazed at how well most things fit – especially jeans. I have the hardest time finding jeans IRL but StitchFix gets it right every time.
  • After you have decided what you are keeping, simply return the items you don’t want and leave your stylist feedback through your account. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you keep. You get a discount for keeping the whole box.

Let’s dig into this month’s last month’s box!

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#MondayMantra 03.13.17

 

Some weeks I pick a quote that I am feeling and living. Other weeks, the quotes are more aspirational. This is one of those weeks. I’ve got a ton of projects that I am excited about and that all require my time, attention and focus. But I’m feeling very scattered and I’m not really feeling my spark right now. I wish I was. It would make my To Do list fly by and keep my focused. Instead, I am aimlessly pacing around my kitchen wondering what to have for lunch or shuffling the mounds of papers on my desk (the #40BagsIn40Days challenge is in full effect over here!) and lamenting the fact that I still have to get my tax stuff in order.

I know the spark inside me has the power to illuminate the world, but right now I can’t find it buried under the laundry that needs to be put away and Ben’s school project on the endangered green turtle that is due tomorrow.

So I am posting this here today to remind myself to give myself some time this week to clear out the mind clutter and uncover that spark.

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Every Monday, I pick a quote that resonates with me and post it as my #MondayMantra on Instagram. Follow me to be the first to see my weekly pick and all the other random stuff I share on there.

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