This summer has been about making changes. I’ve taken the steps to start eating better to lose the weight I gained last year. It finally took seeing several pictures where I just didn’t like how I looked in them to push me to the point of doing something about it. This is the hardest change I’ve made in a while. I’ve never eaten well, ever. I had a crazy fast metabolism growing up and could eat whatever I wanted. It didn’t hurt that I played two sports year round and was constantly busy. Over that period I fell in love with all things fast food and sweets. I’m a French fry and cupcake connoisseur, it’s crazy the way I can talk about either (unfortunately for me no really ever wants to discuss these things with and usually look at me like I’m crazy).
On July 7 I took the plunge and joined weight watchers. I’ve tried to eat healthy in the past but I always give in to temptation. I respond well to things that are like a game/puzzle so the weight watchers point system really appealed to me. Other things about weight watchers that I like is that it’s flexible. I can still have treats, but now have to do it within moderation and within my point allowances for the day/week. It’s also a way to keep me within reason with what I’m eating. Eating healthy doesn’t always mean salads all the time. Yes I have them often, but it’s not daily (Chick-fil-a Grilled Market Salad with the berry balsamic dressing = my favorite salad).
The big changes I’ve tried to make are around my beloved french fries and sweets. I was having them at least 3-4 times a week before starting weight watchers. Since I started weight watchers I’ve had them twice, in two months.. I definitely miss them after a hard, long run, but it’s been worth it. The sweets have been harder to give up, especially with the temptations at work. We’ve had lunch ordered in daily (with healthy lunch choices) that always includes a dessert tray. There are still some desserts I can’t say no to (publix cake and cookies) so I’ve had a couple treats recently. To try to combat that I have been trying to find different alternatives to have something sweet. My favorite is Tru Whip, which is basically the healthier version of Cool Whip. I like to have it with strawberries or just eat it on it’s own (seriously spoon into container). I’ve also started prioritizing cake/sweets. For instance, I’ll only eat random cake (that I haven’t accounted for in the week) if it’s publix cake. If the cookies aren’t my favorite, I won’t eat them. I’ve had to learn to have that balance and not just eat everything that is in front of me.
Outside of the whole weight watchers thing, I’ve been working out more. For half marathon training I’m running 5 days a week. This is one more than marathon training. I’m also running higher mileage during the week. This has definitely helped my running improve and the weight loss has made a difference too. I’ve also started going to Barre3 and working with a personal trainer. I try to do both once a week, but sometimes skip barre because my legs are just too tired.
So how has the weight loss gone? Since July 7, I’m down 15.2 lbs! Some weeks I lose more or less than others. but I’ve always lost, even if it’s 0.4 lbs. My goal is to lose at least another 15 lbs, but I’m not too fixated on the number. The goal is based on what I weighed when I ran my first half marathon, almost 2 years ago. If I don’t get there, but my body is toned and in the healthy range then that’s totally okay. I just want to feel strong and feel good.
I didn’t take before or after pictures and I didn’t measure myself so I’m not sure if I’ve lost any inches. My pants are getting looser and I’m fitting into shorts that wouldn’t fit before. Also certain stuff that was tight now fits much better.
But for full disclosure, this is the picture that made me want to change… I cropped the one I posted on instagram, but this is the original version.
Hanging with Lauren Fleshman at West Stride.
I know I don’t look terrible in this picture, but I want to be in the healthy weight range for my height (which I’m now in, but still towards the higher end).
There are a couple things with weight watchers I don’t love. The main one being it rewards the use of artificial sweeteners and fat free/reduced fat products. I try not to have “diet” anything, it’s my personal preference to avoid those types of sweeteners. Healthy fats like avocado and nuts are a lot of points, which drives me crazy. Otherwise, weight watchers has been great. The app is super easy to use and they have a bunch of restaurants pre-loaded into the system with the points populated. This definitely helps when eating out and planning what I’ll eat before going to a restaurant.