Shannon Stacey

Getting back on track (belated Friday check-in)

There seems to be an undeniable correlation between my checking in with you guys on Fridays and my weight loss. The correlation is probably that the more stressed I am, the more apt I am to compensate for insomnia with comfort food and the less time I have to blog (and my blog was throwing errors on the back end I didn’t have time to research and fix). But, the fact remains, without you guys, I don’t do very well.

To recap, I started the journey at the beginning of 2012 at 225 pounds. My first goal was (and remains) 170. In August, I hit my record low of 178. So very close. Forty-seven pounds lost! (I know it makes some people uncomfortable that I use specific numbers. Sorry.) Unfortunately I’ve been going the wrong way. November hit me especially hard and then we segued into the holidays. When I weighed myself Friday, the scale slapped me upside the head with 195. I’d lost 47 pounds, but I gained 17 of it back.

Here’s what I’m going to focus on: In 2012, I lost thirty pounds.

For 2013? First off, when my alarm goes off at 8am on Friday mornings, telling me to get on the scale and then come blog, I’m not going to shut it off without actually doing it. And I’m moving my Weight Watchers app back to the front page of my phone where it’s harder to ignore.

I won’t be using the treadmill. I gave it to my sisters. Because I always felt a little dizzy, even motion-sick, after getting off of it and I worried about my blood pressure, I never pushed myself hard enough to make it worth doing. Santa brought me Zumba Fitness Core for the Wii and I’ll try that, hoping it builds on my love for dancing in my kitchen. (For the record, it was on my list. Santa’s not stupid enough to buy weight loss/exercise stuff without it being very specifically asked for.) Then I’ll work in Power90, little brother to the infamous PX90.

And I’ll pay more attention to my jars. There are now thirty in the Pounds Lost jar and twenty-five in the Pounds To Lose jar.

Pounds to Lose jar and Pounds Lost jar

But the most important thing I’m going to do for myself is, barring a real and legitimate reason why I can’t, to be here every Friday, starting with this coming one. Obviously I need you guys!

11 comments to “Getting back on track (belated Friday check-in)”

  1. Liza
      · January 6th, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I need to make these jars and do the same thing with my weigh ins each week. Online support system. I will have to do treadmill until more daylight for a while. Played wii tennis today for 25 minutes and totally counted it as my workout for the day.

  2. Katie D.
      · January 6th, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Woohoo!! I’ve missed you guys!! Seriously, I don’t do a local WW group, and I don’t use the online forums. I’ve got you guys :)

    In 2012, I managed to remain fairly steady with the weight loss with only one major jump back up and that was fairly early on. Right before Christmas I dropped into a new decade and only gained .1 lb over Christmas! It’s the third *new* decade since I’ve started, and I’ve been waiting to tell you guys that :D

    My issue hasn’t really been gaining weight back, but more with staying stagnant at certain levels. One was for about a 3.5 month period. I know plateaus happen, so I didn’t let this get to me too much since I’m of the “very slow, but steady to make sure it stays the hell off” mindset. I don’t have a particular weight goal as much as a clothing size goal. I’d love to be a size 16 again which I haven’t seen since my sophomore year of high school. I’m now in a size 22 jeans, and I haven’t seen that in almost 10 years!

    The other thing that is making me *very* happy is that my belly no longer sticks out further than my breasts. This is really what my trigger was, so the fact that I have it under control and it’s still going away is a happy thing for me :)

  3. Shannon
      · January 6th, 2013 at 5:51 pm · Link

    I totally get the belly/breasts thing. Especially since, in preparation for RWA, my sister dragged me into a Victoria’s Secret and made me trade in my sports bras for properly fitted bras that are very good at uplifting (ahem) the forty-year old, mother-of-2 rack.

    I totally need to use the Wii more. I remember one game (kayaks on Sports Resort, maybe?) that totally wiped me out.

    And don’t hesitate to heckle me on Twitter if I try to skip out on a Friday! (If I’m at camp, I might be on Twitter without having a scale, but since hubby’s no longer his own boss, I won’t be AWOL many Friday mornings any more.)

  4. Tracy S
      · January 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Having a support system makes all the difference! I have the checking in here, but I also have a sister and a best friend that check in with me.

    I lost a total of 25 lbs this year. A total of 32 from when I was my heaviest 4 years ago. 4 years ago I lost 20 lbs, but then gained 13 of it back and re-started in the beginning of 2012.

    I’ve gotten to the point that people are commenting on my weight loss, which feels great! Plus, I looked at the family Christmas pictures from last year and this year and wow, I could really tell the difference!!

    Oh, and I totally get the belly/breasts thing! My belly is smaller than my breasts again and that feels good!

  5. Becky
      · January 6th, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Link

    I think it ‘s great to have someone to help motivate you. I like to play basketball on wii sport resorts. I like to do more strength and flexability exercises rather than cardio but I walk a lot at work. Ever tried belly dancing? Shimmy was a show that used to come on Fittv that I loved. You can buy the Dvd but it’s expensive.

  6. Lynda the Guppy
      · January 6th, 2013 at 9:06 pm · Link

    I need to get back on a schedule. The biggest problem I’m having now is one I’ve been battling most of the year. Not eating until 3-4 pm. So I’m eating crap, but staying within my points, because I’m only eating 1-2 times a day. As you can imagine, it’s not working. *sigh*

    So tomorrow I’m back at weight watchers again. I’m trying to focus more on school and getting some social media jobs, and just getting my life back on track. This means GETTING MY ASS OUT OF BED earlier. By the same token this ALSO means STOP GOING TO SLEEP AT 3 a.m.! Pretty sure there’s a cause and effect thing going on there.

    I’ve learned if I don’t actually go to WW and get weighed in, I don’t stick to it. I need to stand there and be accountable. Also, I have a set amount I want to lose before RT, because if I’m at the weight I’m at now, I’m going to be miserable and hate it. At least to get to the point where I can move better and feel better its a goal I can easily make before RT if I just STICK TO IT. *sigh*

  7. Vivian
      · January 6th, 2013 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Im joining you. Everything I lost prior to RWA is back, after a heck of a Nov and too many deadlines.

    The thing is, when I exercise/eat right, I write as much as I do when I don’t exercise and eat crap.

    I have my DVDs, wii and good hiking shoes. If I’m doing work at the new house, that’ll be my walk. Otherwise, back on track. dVD or wii fit for 30 every day.


    You know where to find me…

  8. azteclady
      · January 6th, 2013 at 10:57 pm · Link

    I’m not doing too badly on the weight–though I’m still looking at a good 15 pounds to loose. It’s the no exercise whatsoever that kills me.

    I don’t have a set schedule at work–I don’t even have the same days off each week, let alone similar shifts, so finding a routine to exercise has proven impossible so far. I guess I’ll just have to accept that I’ll exercise at least six times a week, whether before or after work, period.

  9. Katie D.
      · January 6th, 2013 at 11:09 pm · Link

    I posted today about what I’ve been doing in general in my Update: Pounds Jars. The biggest thing has been walking. With it being winter, I have not wanted to walk outside, even when it has been nice, when it’s been dark since I’d be going alone. On my breaks at work, I also walk laps in our basement. The thing that has really pushed me with this is my pedometer. I’ve got a Fitbit, which is expensive. But if you use it every day, it is so worth it. I have the version previous to the current one, so it doesn’t have the bluetooth sync with your phone. Today, even though I only went outside to the store, I managed 13,500 steps (the default goal is 10,000) just by walking laps in my apartment as I watched TV. And I live in a basement studio in DC. The trick really is figuring out what’s going to work best for you. For me, it’s walking with accountability in the form of my pedometer.

  10. Jaci Burton
      · January 7th, 2013 at 11:55 am · Link

    I’m on the weight loss/exercise/eating correctly train right along with you this year. Too much sitting at the desk writing. Too much watching television. Too much junk food. Ugh. Was starting to feel like Jabba The Hut.

    I’ve bought Just Dance 4 and the Zumba Fitness for the PS3. There’s a treadmill in our bedroom I never use because I find it boring. I love to dance, though. And I bought new tennis shoes. Waiting for those to arrive because they’re awesome, though I’ve already started Just Dance 4–it’s kicking my butt. But anything that I enjoy and that makes me sweat has to be a good thing.

    We’re also on a new eating plan. No skipping meals, and we’re trying to eat smaller meals every 3 -4 hours to keep the insulin levels more regular so our bodies don’t think they’re starving and start storing fat.

    We’ll see how it goes :-)

  11. Carol
      · January 9th, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Ladies, thanks for your all inspiration! I need to stay on track. Forward. Its the only way to go. Look forward to checking back in on Friday and seeing how everyone does. I would love to drop 40 pounds but I think I need to focus on 5 pounds at a time.

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