Walking Wednesdays

When the weather is nice in South San Francisco (and that can be iffy) there is a small but mighty group who walks together on Wednesdays.

The regulars come and go and come and go and new people trickle in.

I am not a huge walker and personally would rather not walk.

But if it is with a group of people it makes me much more motivated. (And with our wellness program you can earn points, which eventually earns you prizes.)

I can’t walk every Wednesday as on alternate Wednesdays I have Toastmasters. But when I can I join.

There are so many great reasons to be part of this group: meet new people; meet up with co-workers/friends you don’t see as often; get away from your desk (I rarely take a lunch break and usually eat at my desk while working); fresh air; and, of course, exercise.

According to this Mayo Clinic article, walking helps you maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthen your bones; lifts your mood; and improves your balance and coordination.

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2 pounds–that’s a bag of baby carrots

So I recently put myself back on plan. I didn’t want to write about it right away. Because it seems like lately every time I do I screw it up. I am trying to take a different approach and different attitude this time around.

Well, it paid off. I stepped on the scale today and I lost 2 pounds, on the dot.

I have been tracking my food since last Monday. My goal is to weigh in on Mondays. Yesterday was super insane at work. Today wasn’t much better. But I made sure before it got too crazy that I took the 5-10 minutes to weigh in.

Even though I was exhausted at work I was in such a good mood after seeing that my hard work this past week had paid off.

For those of you who don’t know, about two years ago I lost 30+ pounds. I have done pretty well with keeping it off and maintaining my weight. Lately the food intake has been unhealthy and some ridiculous portions. The exercise has been pretty consistent. So I know that it is really about what I am eating and drinking.

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What the hell am I doing?

So my exercise routine is good. My goal is to work out 4 to 6 times a week. Lately I have been hitting 5 to 6 times a week.

I, like Jen, want to get back on track.

For me I really need to reel myself in in the food department.

I make it a point to work out often. But today I had a “revelation.” I realize this is common sense … but I need to stop sabotaging my weight maintenance (and actually I want to lose a few pounds) by eating whatever crap I want.

Whenever I get off track in the food department I say what the hell! I will eat whatever I want. That is so the wrong attitude to have.

So one day was a screw up. Big deal! Tomorrow is a new day.

And lately I have really been eating WHATEVER I want. So bad. It isn’t that I am having a little “cheat” here and there. It is that since I am “off plan” (Weight Watchers) I can eat whatever I want.

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Look out Venus and Serena!

Or maybe not.

Erica and I recently were discussing over e-mail about whether or not your thighs get bigger because of spin.

I have noticed recently that some of my pants seem tight in the thighs (pretty much all of my pants are tight in the butt area–that has always been an issue for me since I have a big butt and hips). And I am still on track with my weight maintenance.

I did some research online. I found some sites that said your thighs and butt do get bigger with spin. And others that said that wasn’t the case.

So I went to my best source, my spin teacher, Jennifer. She says your thighs don’t get bigger because of spin. Yes, they can get more muscular and toned, but not bigger. She didn’t have an answer to why some of my pants are tighter in the thigh area.

So, hmmm. Wonder why our pants are tighter?

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I am maintaining

For the record, I am no longer trying to lose weight. Once you hit goal weight with WW you don’t just quit the program. I am now on the 6-week maintenance plan. It is all about trial and error. Every week at weigh-in we find out if I need to alter my point intake. If I gain weight I lose a point, if I lose weight I gain a point.

But I have to stay with the program or I will gain all that weight back. Once I am a Lifetime WW member I will still be counting points. At some point I will feel comfortable enough to not have to count points. But I will still attend meetings and weigh in.

And my weight loss wasn’t just about losing weight, but also how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yes, I can splurge and have fondue one night for dinner and pizza for lunch one day. But every meal can’t be that way. As long as I stay within my daily points I can have whatever I want. And when I use a lot and only have a few points left for dinner I make it work.

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15 pounds baby!

So last week was a sad week, I had gained a little weight at my Weight Watchers weigh-in. (Musta been all that beer I had in Phoenix.)

But today at my WW weigh-in I lost and made my first WW goal.

I have 9 pounds to go for my goal–and that is my new WW goal. Once I do I will go on a maintenance plan and then become a lifetime member.

And this morning I thought my pants were much looser.

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