Make Your Meetings Matter

Show up each week and you’re more likely to win at losing. Here’s how to make it happen.
Weight Watchers meetings are so much more than stepping on the scale each week. You pick up lots of useful information, both from your leader and other members. Weight Watchers meetings are a welcoming community that help to keep you inspired and motivated. One of things we talk about in the meeting room is putting yourself first and this is a great way to do just that! “On the days that it’s the hardest to get to your meeting, are often the days you need it the most.”  We all know those days-the one where you “just know” that the scale is going to be up. But you don’t have to get on the scale. My leader always says – come for the meeting and then decide once you’re there if you want to face the scale. But it’s never “required”.
The Weight Watchers Weekly quotes some figures that state how much more weight you tend to lose when attending meetings. I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t fall into those statistics. But I really do believe that the meetings are beneficial. I’ve really come to enjoy going to my early Sunday morning meetings. I’ve committed to attending all the meetings I’ve enrolled for. I didn’t miss any during the time frame of January to the beginning of August. I skipped for vacation while I was in Maine. During that time I considered just switching to going monthly to save some money. But then I realized how much I missed my support group. We have a Facebook group where I’m able to connect with them throughout the week, but being in the room and being able to give a hug or get a hug is where it’s at when you’re on this journey.
So bottom line, even if Weight Watchers isn’t your kind of thing there are plenty of other groups you can join online or elsewhere that will help support you on your journey. Find one!!

Sunday Vibes

Those Sunday Vibes. I’ve got them. I slacked off in August. I went on vacation and stopped tracking. Then upon coming back from vacation, settling back in to the school routine I’m noticing that scale creep back up. I don’t want that to happen so I need to get a hold of myself again and start tracking. It’s just that simple. When I’m tracking (and following) what I’m eating, I do better. It really is a no brainer.  It of course there are a million reasons why I don’t track. The biggest one is it keeps me in denial of how much I’m actually eating.

I also started back at weekly meetings today.  there was a special for a 3 month membership where it cost me just slightly more than what I pay to go once a month.  I like going to the meetings, I get a lot out of them.  The Sunday morning group I found is great.  So I’m paid up through December 1st.  We’ll see how this goes.  I’m hoping that I don’t fall into the same cycle as I did the first go round.

So my goals for this next week are fairly simple and attainable. Track everything, no matter if I “go over”, as long as I track it all. I’m also going to stick to my goal of 10K steps a day, getting in a good walk after dropping the kids at school. Water. I must drink more water. My goal is 120oz per day. My vision is truly affected when I’m not drinking enough water. My floaters get really bad. I have a specialist appointment at the end of the month and I want to have that locked down before going so they don’t try to medicate me.
Here’s to a great week and please check out a recent post I made on my Facebook about a Step Challenge Group that I’ve decided to offer. It will begin on Sunday September 17th and end on Saturday September 23rd. If it works out, we’ll keep it as an ongoing group where we can motivate each other to “move more” and hit those step goals.
Here’s to a great week and meeting whatever goals you’ve set for yourself!

Sunday Vibes

So I’m still in the recovery stage of having gallbladder surgery. I met with the surgeon for my follow up, he said I’m healing well and I have no dietary restrictions. But I’m land bound for the next four weeks along with no lifting over 10lbs. It came as a setback for me because I really thought I’d be cleared to go swimming while I’m on vacation but I understand the reasoning as to why (I’m healed externally but internally I’m still healing and swimming it soaking could cause a reversal of external healing). I definitely don’t want that! So I’m allowed to go boating and anything else I feel up to. I had planned on trying kayaking for the first time.
Food wise, I’m just learning what works best for my body right now. I learned ice cream and I have to break up (which we were in a dicey relationship before this anyway) and sweets aren’t really my friend either. The doctor tells me that at the six week mark things should all feel back to normal again. I shouldn’t have anymore pain-which isn’t horrible right now, more annoying. It is reminiscent of when I broke my ribs and just had discomfort all day. Night time can be a struggle sometimes. So I’ve been binge watching Netflix in bed at night lol.
I’m trying to stay as active as possible, my goal is to close my calorie burn goal daily on my Apple Watch, along with my stand goal. I’ll wait until September to get back into an exercise routine. Which will be good since the kids will be back in school. I had wanted to do another 5K this summer, but I don’t think that’s a good idea right now. But maybe I can catch one on the fall instead.
I met my goal for simply leaving the house this week. I took a ride to the outlet malls on Tuesday and on Wednesday I took James to a local nature center, then to visit my husband and older son at Boy Scout Camp. This next week will be busy, but my goal is to once again get out of the house and get some sunshine in my life. Nate is going back to sleepover camp next week so it’ll be just James and I again this week.
I’m heading to Weight Watchers this morning for my August weigh in and meeting. Now that I’m on weekly pay, as I mentioned in a prior post, I’ll be switching to going on the first Sunday of every month. I’m hoping that this will take some of the pressure off and break the cycle I was on every week. I may hit one more meeting at the end of August so I can get my attendance charm for the summer promotion, because I’m motivated my bling for my key ring haha.
So to recap my goals for this upcoming week-
1. Stress less and remember that what I’m experiencing is just a temporary setback.
2. Drink 120oz of water daily
3. Continue tracking every day
4. Get out of the house for sometime fun at least 2X
5. Get out for a walk of some sort daily-to start getting some sort of exercise.
Here’s to next week!

Sunday Vibes

So on my way home from my meeting this morning I decided to dust off a blog post that i used to do at the beginning of each week that reflects upon what I feel i did right and I what I feel I could do better in the coming week.  For some reason I stopped doing that, but I starting again today.  I think it’s a good tool for me to look back upon and if it helps someone else along the way?  Even better!

Something else that has been on my mind a lot lately is my own feeling of “non-success” with attending weight watchers meetings.  Now I know there are going to be plenty of people that say “stick with it” but I should say that I’m not giving up on the program, but I am going to tailor it to me.   So over the past six months I’ve religiously attended my Sunday morning Weight Watchers meetings.  I love how the meeting feels.  I love the new people I’ve met.  However during these past six months what I haven’t done is lost  much.  I have lost inches and I’ve lost a little over ten pounds.  But in the realness of it all, it should have been more.  Much more.  I don’t blame the program.  The program works, when you work it.  I haven’t been working it.  I’ve been falling into the same trap week after week-

Sunday – Weigh in, feel great after leaving the meeting, then go home and eat like I’m going to the chair.
Monday – It has become like a repeat performance of Sunday.  I hit the grocery every Monday and always buy myself a treat.  I try to stay on course, but never do.
Tuesday – Not usually as bad as Sunday and Monday, because the guilt is starting to set in.  But the points never look good when I log them in my tracker.
Wednesday – We’re half way through the week and now I’m beginning to panic.  I’ve been weighing myself every morning and the numbers never look in my favor come Wednesday.  I always say to myself on Wednesday “get it together Jenn”
Thursday – I’m trying to be good, I usually stay fairly close to my points, but I’m hungry.
Friday – I’m still sticking to my points, I’m still hungry and I’m counting the hours until Sunday after the meeting.  I can’t wait for the cycle to start again.
Saturday – You guessed it, I’m still hungry and usually I am damn near starving myself on Saturdays.  Saying to myself that I just need that number to go down.  That’s all I need.
Sunday – Here we are at weigh in day again and guess what the scale didn’t pop out that magical number that I somehow thought I deserved.  Shocking right? Especially after you know what my week looks like.

Now I have had many of my friends reach out and tell me what they’ve noticed from my Instagram food posts and what suggestions they have for me.  You know what?  They are all right on with what they say.  I’m not eating correctly.  I need to eat better.  I know this and I’m struggling hard to make this change, but I also LOVE food, I LOVE the wrong foods.  I need to learn how to develop a taste for the right ones.  I also need to stop finding excuses for not working out.  Because as the saying goes – someone that is far busier than I am has found the time to work out.

Now….some of this post I wrote prior to having my surprise surgery this past Tuesday to remove my gallbladder, but it pretty much holds true.  Although my relationship with food has changed a bit this week out of necessity and fear.  Who knows how long this will last, but I’m rolling with it while it does.  My plan going forward is to use the pay as you go method of Weight Watchers.  My prepaid membership expires on July 27th and I did not renew it.  I plan to attend the next two meetings to then get into a place where I can go on the first Sunday of every month for my “official weigh in”.  I’ll give this a try and see how it works.  It saves me some cash each month and will hopefully be a better fit matched with eating a little cleaner since my surgery. 

Here’s to a great week and I look forward to sharing my Sunday thoughts with you next week.  Please feel free to interact!  I love feedback, I really do!