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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Watch it, sucka...

As I mentioned back in January, I've been working on whittling my waist whilst still enjoying food. I'm now 20 lbs lighter than I was when I started late last fall. It's nice to have found my stride (and the slacks in the back of my closet that I can again fit). I keep flexibility in my diet (if I want the cookie, I eat the stupid cookie... but I don't eat 8 of 'em) but also keep an eye on my weight and body fat percentage.

I want to lose about 15 more pounds, still keeping my curves. But I have noticed that I have hit a plateau. Even with the salads, the soup, the glasses of water, the... You get the picture. In the past, I've done low-carb (lost weight, but who can pass up bread for the rest of their life?). I've done low-fat (who can pass up bread AND butter for the rest of their life?). For me? Moderation (read: eating whatever I want without overdoing it) is best.

So, I'm trying something that's old but new to me: Weight Watchers. My first meeting is at 11:00 a.m. today. I'm a little nervous because I have this irrational fear that the group leader is going to have a bullhorn and as soon as I step on the scale, he/she will announce my weight to the world and there will be a collective gasp... Dramatic? I'm aware.

But I'm going anyway, phobia be damned. I can use the inspiration, meal ideas and the accountability. And perhaps the change of pace will help me fly past the three numbers that I keep seeing when I step on the scale... I'll let you know how it goes. Anyone else out there on a mission to lose? We can do it together!

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at 11:01 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! You should try sparkpeople.com . It's a free site run by a local company that many people like more than weight watchers!

at 11:17 AM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

I lost 20 lbs on Sparkpeople in 2006. Of course I am now trying to loose weight again, since I gained it all back in 2007.....

at 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you hit a diet plateau, you need to intensify your exercise routine. Try adding more free weights or swimming.

Also, know that everyone plateaus at some point, it works both ways except no one ever complains when they plateau on their way up.

at 12:01 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I love SparkPeople. I actually worked with them a couple of years ago when they gave me fabulous recipes and I published them in the Life section, also giving them a nice shout out. They have great online tools on their site that are really helpful...

Anyhoo, I decided to try WW because I wanted to try the group setting/meetings. I just got back from my first meeting. And they didn't announce my weight to the world. :-)

It was cool to be with a group of people who are in various stages of their journey to shed some pounds. Some are just starting, others are maintaining, some have a lot to lose, others just a few pounds...

Now what am I gonna eat for lunch...?

at 12:10 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Hey, Anon,

Yes, I do need to increase/change-up my workouts. I'm pretty sure that is the main reason why my weight has stagnated. But I also need some additional support/inspiration...

Hey, has anyone else watched the infomercial for P90X? http://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/best_sellers/p90x.do

It looks super intense! Something that would keep your body guessing...

at 12:17 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Hey Nikki,

Congrats in your weight loss up to this point...don't forget to celebrate how far you have come. :) One thing that helps me stay on track with my workouts is to sign up for a race or event. The flying pig is around the corner, have you considered the 5K, 10K, or half?

Another tip I have is to make a list of standby foods to go to when you want to snack. These items include things that are healthy or take preparation. Things on my "go to" list include carrots, oatmeal, soup, pears, etc. Find things you like to eat but only if you are hungry enough.

Good luck and thanks for sharing this experience with your devoted readers!

at 6:36 PM Blogger WestEnder said...

Here are a couple of practical ideas to get the most out of exercise.

If your workout involves weights as well as cardio, do the weights first. The body will use up readily available carbs for this. When you get to the cardio, the body will have to switch from burning carbs to burning fat.

It can also be beneficial to exercise in the morning. Since there's no food in your system, you'll burn mostly fat.

at 7:07 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Thanks, CinTwin. Yeah, it's easy to place too much focus on how many pounds you have to go instead of how well you've do so far... And I, too, have found that planning ahead works out well. I would love to do a race. I absolutely have marathon envy. I get a little misty when I see people cross the finish line. Goofy, I know. But it's just moves me to know that they set a tough goal and then achieved it! I've been eyeing this fitness plan for a while: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Hey, Westender, yeah I prefer to work out in the morning on an empty stomach. Otherwise, I feel like I'm not burning calories... :-)

at 7:19 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I run marathons, and how I got hooked was handing out water at the 25 mile marker of the flying pig marathon two years ago. It was so inspiring to see people who looked like me and not elite athletes accomplishing such a feat! They were old, young, fat, then, and I could just see how much heart it took to get that far. Since then I have ran my first flying pig last year, blogged about it for CinWeekly, ran one last fall, qualified for Boston, and now I am training for Boston. I have really found a lifetime activity that all started with handing out some water......

FYI, I also work out in the morning, and sometimes I sleep in my gym clothes to lessen the thinking in the morning. Is that TMI? :)

at 10:03 AM Blogger Mary said...

My mother had great success with Weight Watchers. I like the fact that you are able to eat real food with WW and not all that processed, frozen stuff like some other places. Also, my mother liked the support that they offered.

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