Health & Wellbeing

Back on the wagon… the first weight loss with Weight Watchers

16th August 2019

It’s never easy admitting that you need to actually take something like weight loss seriously.  Getting lost in complacency happens though.  

For the last 8 months I have been gradually losing weight.  In fact, by June I had lost 42lb (that’s 3 stone).  I was delighted.  Really proud of myself.  But, that’s as far as it went.  

Giving up smoking

I gave up smoking on the 1st July.  Completely.  No vaping, no replacement products (after the first 5 days), nothing and throughout the month I felt my weight was creeping back up again.  However, I didn’t feel ready to acknowledge it at the time, still giving the quitting smoking my all.  I buried my head in the sand before thinking that it was okay, because it would all come off again soon… 

It didn’t, and last weekend the scales told me I had put 7lb on.  It may not sound like a great deal, but it was 1/6 of my total weight loss and enough to make me realise that I have to take this shit seriously.  

Last Sunday, I signed up to Weight Watchers, 6 years and 8 months after my first sign up and told myself I WILL crack this.  I WILL lose the weight. 

Jan 2019 (20st 2.4) vs Aug 2019 (18st 2.7)

The First Week

This last 5 days have been great.  Signing up to Weight Watchers again seems to have given me back my motivation.  And I’m steaming ahead of where I was 7 days ago.  

I’ve tracked every item of food and drink that has passed through my lips and I have made myself accountable for each and every Smart Point I have eaten.  

I have attempted to snack on fruit, if needed, while looking at which options are the better ones.  It’s been a challenge in some ways but not in others.

The Biggest Challenges

There have been several challenges I have faced this week.  

  1. It was Garreth’s birthday on Tuesday and he likes chocolate cake (and yes, I did eat some of the delicious 8SP per 43g Galaxy Ripple Cake.)
  2. Wednesday, I visited my Bampy.  The person who insists on feeding me like I am starving and putting sugar in my tea… (I turned down the custard cream and he did notice that I’ve lost weight overall).
  3. Yesterday, I took the youngest four to McDonalds after promising them earlier in the week.  (I took a yummy, homemade, 6SP Couscous Salad with me.)
  4. I’m going away tonight but I have made some 1SP and 0SP egg muffin type things to take with me. 🙂

Food and Exercise

I didn’t stay within my daily points (32) every day this week, but I didn’t use all of my weekly points either (42).  

Exercise wise, I earned 57 FitPoints with 46,130 steps and 97 active minutes. 

That’s a big step forward for me… I have made a point of doing a 15 minute beginner cardio workout in the mornings and I’ve been for a few nice walks this week too. 

This week’s Weight Loss

Yes!  Yes, I did!  This week I lost 6.5lb.  

I could be disappointed that I didn’t make the 7lb but it’s only been 5 full days. 

Current Weight: 18st 2.7lb
Current BMI: 39.9
Weight Lost this week: 6.5lb
Total weight lost: 3st 2.3lb

 

Next week’s goal

I would dearly dearly love to be in the 17 stone bracket next week.  Even if that means I’m 17st 13.9lb… I would just love to be there. 

9 Comments

  • Reply
    Clare Minall
    21st August 2019 at 8:27 am

    You are really inspiring, Honestly, I failed so many times with my losing weight journey but I am not losing my hope 🙂

  • Reply
    Jenni
    20th August 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Sounds like you are doing great. Congrats for sticking with it despite the ups a downs.

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    Anosa
    20th August 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I think the first step is acknowledging something has to give and slowly work your way through it. My biggest thing is giving up sugar.

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    Sabina Green
    20th August 2019 at 11:24 am

    Sounds like you are doing really well, a big well done. It is never easy is it!?

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    laura dove
    19th August 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I can’t pretend I’ve ever dieted but I do know from seeing friends do it that it’s hard work! Just persevering is so important, sounds like you’re on the right path! xx

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    Bec Jones
    19th August 2019 at 6:46 pm

    sounds like you’re on a mission to lose weight – you’ve got all the tools and motivation so I am sure you’ll crack it 🙂 good luck

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    Jon
    19th August 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Sounds like you know what to do! Weight loss is NEVER linear and if you think you are going to lose weight each and every week you are just setting yourself up for a fall!

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      Beth Davidson
      19th August 2019 at 3:57 pm

      It most definitely isn’t linear… as long as the overall trend is downwards then it’s all good… I’m in the place where it’s not about how quickly I lose weight but how well I keep it off…

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      Sarah howe
      19th August 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Ah well done hun! I think the first steps are the biggest ones and you sound like you are on your way!! Good luck.

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