For the last year or so, I’ve been coasting on Weight Watchers. Part of it was that I was pretty happy with where I had gotten. Being big-fat (as the gas station dude, big-fat himself, described me) meant that I had COMPLETELY different ideas of what being “skinny” was all about. When I would hear or read about women who were (insert extreme drama here) 160 pounds, I would want to beat them to death. Worse, they would complain about being (GASP) a size 14! Hell, from my perspective these were both along the lines of normal. Heck, you can actually BUY a size 14 in the “regular” shops. I would say to myself and whoever would listen, “I’d LOVE to be 160 and wear a size 12/14.”
So… when I hit 160 a year ago December, I decided to just be happy. I wasn’t 235, 242, or even north of that (I don’t even KNOW how much I weighed when I went on WW the first time. Seriously, I was using my MIL’s Nordic Track, then bought my own, and thought I was like 230. I was 242 and it was OBVIOUS I’d lost weight!). I figured this was do-able. And it was, until I started to relax. Since then, I’ve fluctuated around 5 pounds. However, since having pneumonia and giving up Diet Coke, I’ve permanently gained (it seems) 5 pounds and fluctuated another 5 on top of that. This means a gain of around 10-12 pounds at any one time. That, for me, is a slippery slope.
While I was very relaxed last week and enjoyed MANY fattening desserts, I’m back to doing what I KNOW is right on WW. I’ve been working on drinking more water. I bought a lot of fruit and vegetables, which I’m eating FIRST (at least I’ve done good before bad) and I’m tracking BEFORE I eat. This way, I can make changes should I be “close”. While Saturday and Sunday found me eating over my 22 points, today I managed to stay at 23. That’s good. It means I should be on the right track to losing weight.
Now I need to really decide if 16o is the right place for me. I admit, according to my BMI, I’m still overweight at 160. However, from the waist up, I think I look good. I have to decide if losing weight will make a difference in my hips, thighs, and butt. I suspect that what I really need is a trainer –someone to get me off my Nordic Track and onto building muscle. I think I need to seriously think about that.
In the meantime, it’s good to be on track and working in a way that’s positive to my health. That said, next vacation, I’m still going to eat dessert. 🙂