The Waistline

The story of 3 Girls in Search of Smaller Waistlines

Freshstart November 24, 2006

Filed under: Heather,The Waistline — Heather @ 9:23 pm

After my original post, I found myself stuck at 8.6 lbs lost. I knew I needed to step it up. But as soon as I realized this, I got a cold and lost all motivation. Finally last week, I started exercising! I ran 4 times and the difference was evident immediately. I had more energy… and I lost 1.2lbs! A fresh start!
Our meeting last Sat morning was focused on Thanksgiving. It was helpful. We planned how we wanted to eat that day so we didn’t get depressed by how it turned out. I think it helped me. I ran in the a.m. then I ate really well at lunch. I went a little crazy in the evening but it was still better than my old way of eating.
Tomorrow morning is weigh-in so I guess we will find out if it is really working. Wish me well.

Oh yeah-I found reading Leah’s goals really motivating. In Weight Watchers, you don’t set a goal until you lose 10% of your weight. But I think I would like to put one on paper. My goal is to lose 51 lbs – to go from 171 lbs to 120 lbs. I don’t know what it will feel like to weight
120 lbs – in college, I lost 17 lbs to get down to 128 lbs and I wore a bikini!


Sunday Weigh-In November 19, 2006

Filed under: Kelly,The Waistline — kellydawn @ 10:14 pm

This morning I weighed 159.6. I gained 1.4 pounds this week.

Really, I wasn’t surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised. Several times this week, I ate fast food for dinner. And I didn’t use my elliptical trainer. I have no one to blame but myself.

But I am not going to let this week’s setback be the end. I won’t use it as an excuse to not stick to my diet over the holiday weekend. I am making plans for getting through Thanksgiving.

What are those plans, you might ask?

I am leaving for my parent’s house on Tuesday night and staying through Sunday. So, before I go, I am going to plan a menu for my trip. My mom always serves healthy dinners, so I am not going to worry about that meal. But I am going to figure out what I want to eat for breakfast, lunch, and snacks before I go and then I am going to supply my own food. I’ll either go shopping before I go, or I’ll go shopping the first morning I am there, but I plan to make sure that I have healthy choice of food to eat while I am there. Both my mom and my sister are on Jenny Craig (yes, I am a little jealous) so I figure if they can bring their own food, I can do the same thing.

I am going to eat Thanksgiving dinner with the family, but I am going to watch my portions. I won’t over eat. And I am bringing a dessert that is in my Weight Watchers cookbook, so that I have a better choice for dessert but still get to have something sweet.

Hopefully, all these plans will keep me on track. What ideas do you have for this week?


Official Weigh-In November 14, 2006

Filed under: Kelly,The Waistline — kellydawn @ 11:30 pm

So, I know that I am a few days late. But better late than never, right?

I weighed 158.2 on Sunday morning. (We came home a day early so I got to weigh in on Sunday. But still this post is late. Weird, huh?) So, that is a loss of 2.2 lbs. this week and a total loss of 15.6 so far. Which is pretty good.

For some reason this week, I am not feeling very successful despite what the scale says. I’ve been really good in what I have eaten so far this week. I didn’t even overeat while I was out of town. I even walked this morning. But still, I seem to feel like I’m not getting anywhere.

Obviously, this is just a feeling that isn’t reflected in the results that I have been getting so far. Hopefully it will pass and I can be more uplifting and motivating in a few days.

Maybe the fact that despite my feelings of blahness, I continue to work on my diet and continue to see results, is motivating in itself?


Set Goals: Weigh In

Filed under: Leah,The Waistline — leahd @ 11:46 am

One of the perks, in my opinion, of following the Jenny Craig program is that I get to meet with a consultant once a week (usually Sundays). At these consultations I weigh in and then we discuss the past week and the upcoming week. I really like this process because it helps me to focus on what I did good the previous week and how to tackle the obstacles coming up. So my official weight, as of 11/12/06, is 153.4. That’s a loss this week of 2.2 lbs for a total of 21 lbs. This means I am 9 lbs. away from my halfway point and on target to hit that goal by the end of 2006. I keep remembering the times before when I would think about dieting and if I started by such and such date I would be skinny again by this date. Well that date would come, I would not be skinny, and I would think “If I had just started that diet, I would feel good about myself by now.” For me, setting goals helps to keep me on track and gives me a reason to reward myself. I’m sure to set realistically hard goals, that way I have to work for it but I don’t burn out trying to hit it. Here are my goals:

Short Term: Down 30 lbs by 1/1/07
Long Term: Down 60 lbs in time to order my wedding dress for a Fall 2007 nuptials.

What are your goals?


To Grandmother’s House We Go November 10, 2006

Filed under: Kelly,The Waistline — kellydawn @ 3:04 pm

This weekend, I am going to my husband’s grandmother’s house. We won’t be there this Thanksgiving (we are going to my parent’s house this year for the holiday) so we are going now. Bryan’s aunt and uncle also live there. And Bryan’s aunt is a professional chef. So, generally we eat a lot when we are there.

This, of course, is a problem for someone on a diet. My plan for this weekend is to try, try, try to deny temptation. I am planning on making the best, healthiest choices that I have available to me. And to really watch my portion sizes. Wish me luck! And strength! So, I will check back in with you on Monday. Monday will also be the day that I weigh myself this week, since I won’t be home on Sunday.

Hope you all have a great weekend!


Getting Started November 7, 2006

Filed under: Leah,The Waistline — leahd @ 11:59 am

I guess I am the last to post which makes me the procrastinator. But I have to say that I have a good reason, which I’ll get into. To start I’ll let you know a little about me. I am 23, recently engaged(the excuse for not posting sooner), and overweight! How did I get that way? At the beginning of my senior year of high school I drooped down to 97 lbs., which is unhealthy, and started trying to gain back some of that weight. When I graduated high school I weighed 115 lbs., which had been my average weight for most of high school. I went to college, met the man I am now marrying, and continued to gain weight. I had never weighed more then 120 lbs. and by the end of my freshman year I had surpassed that. Then with the close of each semester I was at new “highest weight ever”. As I gained weight I found that I was losing myself. I wasn’t the outgoing girl I once was because I didn’t want to draw any attention to myself since I had become the “fat girl”. This pattern continued past college graduation and through my first year of working. Then I hit rock bottom. I had become very depressed about my weight and it was effecting all areas of my life. I hated the way that I looked so I never wanted to go out. I was always tired which effected my work. I was very defensive and would actually pick fights with my fiance. I became so depressed and angry and argumentative that it nearly cost me my relationship. It was at this point that I realized that I had to do something about how I was feeling and really figure out why I was feeling this way. I went to the doctor on August 25, 2006 and weighed in at an astonishing 175.0 lbs (If you do the math I nearly doubled in weight from my low!). That Sunday I walked into a Jenny Craig center. Now my sister says that I sound like a spokes person for Jenny Craig and I will try not to do that but this is the perfect program for me. When I weighed in at Jenny I was 174.4 lbs (This is what I consider my starting weight.). I weigh in every Sunday, and as of 11/05/06 I am 155.8 (a loss of 18.8 lbs). So far SO good. My mood has changed completely and I feel like I am back to myself. But I still have a long way to go before I am wedding dress ready.


This is My Struggle November 6, 2006

Filed under: Kelly,The Waistline — kellydawn @ 10:23 pm

It’s hard for me to keep myself motivated. It’s hard to think of losing 45 pounds at the rate of a pound a week. That’s forever! When I weigh myself on Sunday, and I’ve “only” lost a pound or two, it feels like the end will never, ever come.

And so, sometimes, it’s easy to “cheat.” Like this week. My husband is out of town. My son is too young to eat most of what I eat. So it’s hard to cook just for myself. So much easier to just run across the street to one of the many fast food places available. Then I can put the baby to bed, and eat without distraction.

But I am only hurting myself. If I go to Whataburger, or wherever, the scale may stay the same next week. And I won’t even lose that one measly pound. I can tell myself this all day, but when it’s time for dinner, it’s easy to say, “Oh well, it’s just once.” But, really, it’s never just once.

And looking back over the last few months, 13.2 pounds seems fairly significant. I’ve lost a dress size. That’s something, right?

That’s what I try to focus on, in my “weak” moments. I don’t want to put those 13 pounds back on. I want to say at the end of the year that I’ve lost 15 more pounds. And so, even when I’m weak, I do my best. And try to do better next time.

*****I picked up a new book tonight. YOU on a Diet by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz. I watched the show on Discovery Health, so I decided to check out the book. I’m really trying to learn how to eat healthy, not just how to be on a diet. I’ll let you know what I learn, and what I think of the book.