Giving up

I’ve decided to abandon Weight Watchers. I haven’t been to a meeting in months even though every week I was telling myself I’d go and get back on track the upcoming Saturday. So, obviously, every single week I felt like a failure.

I would track a little here and there, but making dinner wasn’t even fun anymore because I was trying to calculate points while the hubs was trying to count calories. My mom stopped Weight Watchers somewhere in there, so those conversations dropped off too. I was missing the team effort and wasn’t ready to go at it alone.

After a month of partying and not tracking anything, the first weigh in of the year came. Utter freaking disappointment. i was back to my top weight ever. It felt like almost a whole year of effort and restrictions was completely wasted. It was time to regroup, rethink, and come up with a new plan.

So it’s back to basics. I hate that it’s taken this long, but after 15+ years of different diets I’ve decided to do the obvious: track calories in and calories out. The hubs and I have downloaded the LoseIt! app for our iPhones and have agreed to go at it together, as a team. We’ve started February like it’s the start of the new year and resolutions like they are something we are working on, not giving up on.

My new motto is “Get Skinny. Save Money. Have Fun.” (Skinny in the healthiest form, of course). I want to share my progress, adventures, discoveries, recipe trials, tips and fun with you along the way, but blogging hasn’t come to me as naturally as I thought it would so far. I hope you hang in there with me! I’m a work in progress!


Getting to GOAL

While I’m trying to figure out this whole new eating lifestyle, I’m using activity as my safety net. I may have to look up what foods are on the Power Foods list, but I don’t need any extra knowledge to get this body moving. Lucky for us, the more we move the more we lose (or the more we get to eat…look at it how you want)!
I know Weight Watchers has the ActiveLink and I do own it…I just don’t know where it is. I lost and found it 3 times before putting my contact info on it and still lost it for good. That’s when I stopped going to meetings…and gained the weight back. As suggested, I can’t hook it to my bra or waistline or keep it in my pocket.  I guess I shake around too much completely unaware!  And I will NOT consider it a fashionable accessory wearing it on a lanyard around my neck.  Just…no.

So, after much research, I chose the Polar Loop.  It’s a watch/bracelet that tracks activity, calories burned, steps, and time.  Bonus: there’s an app for it. While I really wished the digital text was blue (why do I care?! I don’t know), I settled because it stays on my wrist and it’s black so goes with almost all of my outfits. Plus, it’s waterproof so I don’t have to forget to put it on after a shower, get to work, and then sit on my butt all day because I’m not getting “credit” for moving.

For me, this works. I don’t look at the calories, but constantly check out my steps and activity goal progression. My personal goal is 10,000 steps per day, but this guy sets my activity goal a little beyond, which is fine by me. I like being pushed. At the end of the day, I log my steps in the Activity Tracker under “All Day” and watch my activity points grow throughout the week. So freaking easy.  I’ve even set myself up with a reward system (which I’ll share soon!) if I meet goal 30 days in a row…although I’m now wishing I said 5 days a week.  Whatever your preference though, get an activity monitor!  Get credit for that extra movement and feel awesome!

– Kelly


My Pantry {BEFORE}

So, the first step in any eating lifestyle change always seems to be to purge the bad foods, right?  Let’s see where I’m starting…here is my current pantry:

6.3.14 Pantry BEFORE

Don’t judge too harshly, please!  I know there are some bad foods in here and I kind of look like I have OCD or too much time on my hands, but really I just like efficiency and saving money.  I’ve been a “couponer” for three years now and I think my pantry shows it.  Do I look like I like a pastaholic or a hot sauce junkie??  I can’t decide.

I’m excited to watch the transition of this space develop with my new plan and eventually share with you the “after” pic!  What do you think I should purge first?  I’m thinking the 3 foot stack of Yakisoba meals…yikes!

– Kelly