Shannon Stacey

So close!

Friday! According to my trusty scale I managed to lose two pounds this week, despite my not-best efforts. At 203, I’m so close to being under 200 pounds for the first time in…a long time. At least since I had the Short Kid and he’s eleven and a half.

It’s tempting to try to hit that 199 next Friday. I could probably do it if I ignore points and just deprive myself. But, because I can’t sustain that, those wouldn’t be “real” pounds lost and I’d probably gain them back, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll hit it soon enough.

One bad habit I’ve brought back into my life is the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. Even though I can track the large iced coffee points, I can’t track the effect the caffeine has on my metabolism. And I can already feel it chewing up my stomach, which is why I dumped the habit in the first place. How do you calm that stomach? Food. Not a good cycle.

So my goal for the coming week is to skip the Dunkin Donuts runs. What’s yours?

12 comments to “So close!”

  1. b303tilly
      · March 16th, 2012 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I cut carbs WAY back. No more bread, crackers, pretzels, potatoes, white rice or beer(SOB). I try and do everything else in moderation. Eating a ton of tilapia. We’lll see how this goes!

  2. Shannon
      · March 16th, 2012 at 2:12 pm · Link

    One of the things I like about Weight Watchers is that I don’t have to cut anything out, though I definitely need to eat certain things (like my beloved carbs) in moderation.

    My problem is that as soon as I can’t have something, I crave it and I’ll just come undone if I don’t get some. It’s like when you don’t leave the house in days, but then you’re snowed in and OMG, you have to get out of the house NOW.

    Macaroni & cheese remains my true love/worst enemy, but I can measure it out and figure the points and work it into a better way of eating.

  3. Amy Remus
      · March 16th, 2012 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I have just started following your blog and on twitter for the past month or so and I am impressed at how open you are willing to be on your blog about your weight loss. Thanks for doing that. I have tried to figure out what motivates me to lose weight. Somtimes it is easier than others, so good job at what you are doing!

    Since I know you have a sense of humor (love your twitter posts), I thought you might like to hear this little conversation. The other day my 10 year old son asked me (innocently so I couldn’t really get mad at him): “Mom, if you keep running and get skinny, will you have stretch marks from your skin everywhere?” I just sort of looked at him speechless for a bit and then said, “Um, I already have stretch marks from you and your sister.” He didn’t really know what to say to that. I have 60 pounds to lose and comments like that do not help.

  4. Shannon
      · March 16th, 2012 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I never really talked about it before but I discovered, when I broached the subject this time, that it encourages me to know I’m not alone. (Which I obviously know on some level, but I felt alone.) There have been times I might have thrown in the towel, but then I think of Fridays and everybody here inspires me to keep going.

    And that story’s so cute! Mine’s eleven, so I get those innocent questions, too.

    And we’re probably not ever going to wear bikinis (I know I’m not), but we’re going to be healthier and happier for our kids and look awesome in family pictures. We can do it!

  5. Amy Remus
      · March 16th, 2012 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Yes, I have given up on the idea of wearing a bikini (will be 36 this year, so probably not in the cards anyway), but would like to be able to go shopping and buy clothes without being frustrated! Thanks again for your honesty in your blog and on twitter!

  6. Liza
      · March 16th, 2012 at 8:07 pm · Link

    You are doing awesome Shannon! I’m doing Nutrisystem now and it seems to be working better for me than WW did. Maybe I’m ready to do something now. I love I just add fruits, dairy, and veggies to meals. Still get to eat chocolate and carbs.

    For your Mac & Cheese needs, try easy mac. It is already in a single serving container and taste pretty good. Velvetta has one too that is made with 2% fat cheese. Very creamy.

  7. Shannon
      · March 17th, 2012 at 9:04 am · Link

    I had one of those Easy Mac ups and it was pretty good. I’d tried the Smart Ones mac & cheese, but it’s not very good. I’d rather have less of the “real” stuff than more of the not-so-good kind. I haven’t tried the Velvetta one, but I will because I love that stuff. My kids don’t, so I don’t get that often and, when I do, I eat the entire box (hence the many stones in the “Pounds to Lose” jar). A single serve container might be just the thing.

  8. Amy Remus
      · March 17th, 2012 at 10:17 am · Link

    I am such a sucker for mac n cheese. In fact when my husband is not around for a meal that is what we eat! And hot dogs. I know, how unhealthy, but tastes sooooo good.

  9. Shannon
      · March 18th, 2012 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I had the deep dish baked mac & cheese at Uno’s last night. I believe it’s the single worst thing a person can eat. (But, oh so delicious.)

    I’m going to have to be very, very, very good for the rest of the week!

  10. Amy Remus
      · March 19th, 2012 at 8:45 am · Link

    That sounds very good. Last week we made a backed ham and mac & cheese recipe for dinner. No one liked it so I had that for leftovers three nights in a row. I finally threw it away the 4th night.

  11. Stephanee
      · March 19th, 2012 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Great progress, keep going! WW points really worked for me and the first time I’ve been able to maintain the new me for more than a year on maintenance after 20+ years of going up and down. I really had to shift my thinking this time that I am different than other people and that’s the way it’s gonna be the rest of my life. Meaning there are things I just can’t bring into the house like Moose Tracks ice cream or potato chips, even though I’ve lost the weight. I have no control for some things and never will, so I have to control my environment. I don’t deprive myself, if I have a craving I will get one bag out of the vending machine or go to the ice cream shop and buy one scoop. I am conscious of what I put in my mouth and enjoy it. And when I’m out and my friends are ordering the good stuff I miss or munching away at potlucks, I have to always remember I’m different and can’t do that otherwise I go right back up and getting off the weight was such a struggle for me after 40, it’s not worth going back.

    BTW, I just discovered your blog. I picked up Exclusively Yours when it was on a kindle sale recently and devoured it in one day. That doesn’t happen to me very often as I am a slow reader, almost as slow as I write. I loved it!

  12. Shannon
      · March 19th, 2012 at 5:42 pm · Link

    One of the things I do is keep 100 calorie packs of my “craving” foods in the house, usually Smartfood. And I try to keep some of the WW ice cream treats, too, in single serve. I’ll eat the whole bag/carton/whatever, so individual servings totally work for me, even if they cost a little more.

    And thanks for reading Exclusively Yours! I’m so glad you liked it!

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