Weight Watchers – Week 16

I gained six-tenths of a pound this week. Overall, I am still down 16.8 pounds in 16 weeks – putting me at 176 pounds (from 192.8 pounds). I’m not overly concerned about it right now.

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Weight Watchers – Week 15

I lost six-tenths of a pound this week. That’s now down 17.4 pounds (overall) in 15 weeks – putting me at 175.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

I have no idea how this happened? Personally, I think I am snacking between meals too much – and not eating enough fruit and veggies. Yet, this week, I not only did not gain weight – but, the number went down.

I’ll take it. But, I really don’t understand it – especially when I consider what I ate and when I ate it this week.

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Weight Watchers – Week 14

I lost 1.2 pounds this week. That’s now down 16.8 pounds (overall) in fourteen weeks – putting me at 176 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

To be honest, I am SHOCKED.

This past week, I over ate. I was way too liberal with my “small don’t track” snacking. And, on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, I flat out PIGGED OUT. And, yet, somehow, I lost weight this week?

I think the scale at Weight Watchers might be broken.

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Weight Watchers – Week 13

I gained two-tenths of a pound this week. Overall, I am still down 15.6 pounds in thirteen weeks – putting me at 177.2 pounds (from 192.8 pounds). But, this is now two weeks in a row that I have gained rather than lost or stayed the same.

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Weight Watchers – Week 12

I gained four-tenths of a pound this week.

What’s that? It’s less than half a pound. No biggie, right?

Actually, I am surprised it is not more. Lately, I have been snacking too much on cashews, granola and dried pineapple slices. And, I have not been tracking them. I need to do better in that area.

Overall, I am still down 15.8 pounds in twelve weeks – putting me at 177 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

I would like to lose 5 more pounds. And, it’s possible. I just need to be better at the mindless snacking and not tracking it.

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Weight Watchers – Week 11

I lost eight-tenths of a  pound this week.  That’s now down 16.2 pounds (overall) in eleven weeks – putting me at 176.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

To be honest, I am shocked.   All things considered this week, I expected to at least see a small gain this week.  However, in the last seven WW weigh-ins, I have not gained any weight each time I got on the scale.

On December 3rd, my weight was 183.2 pounds.  And, since that time, I have lost 6.6 pounds (over these last seven weigh-ins).

Now, I have a scent for the finish line.  I want to lose another 4-5 pounds and get down to my magic number of 172 pounds – and then maintain that number.

It won’t be easy.  It will take hard work and focus.  But, getting there can be done in two or three weeks if I really apply myself.  Of course, keeping it there once I reach that goal is another whole story.

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Weight Watchers – Week 10

Zero change on the scale this week.  I’m still at 177.4 pounds which is down 15.4 pounds (overall) in ten weeks – from 192.8 pounds.  I’m somewhat surprised that there was no gain this week as I have become looser with my tracking.  I need to do better with that – because I feel like I am slipping too much and will start to gain some weight as a result.  (And, I still want to lose 5 more pounds.)

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Weight Watchers – Week 9

I lost two-tenths of a  pound this week.  That’s now down 15.4 pounds (overall) in nine weeks – putting me at 177.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

Actually, I am shocked that it was not a gain this week.

I had some terrible eating days over the last week.  On New Year’s Eve, we went out to lunch and I had half a brownie sundae that was 25 WW points by itself.  On January 4th, we went out for breakfast and I had a 36 WW point pig out spread.  (That’s more than the number of points I am allowed in a day!)  And, to top it off, I had Chinese food for dinner that night.

But, for the last 3 days, I was very on top of my food choices.  And, other than those two really bad days, I worked hard to stay within my points allowed for the day – no matter what it took.

Staying the same, basically, on the scale is a victory this week.  Now it’s  time to get back to business and lose another five pounds.  That’s my goal.

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Weight Watchers – Week 8

I lost eight-tenths of a  pound this week.  That’s now down 15.2 pounds (overall) in eight weeks – putting me at 177.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

But, really, it’s a cheat.  I got weighed today before breakfast.  That’s when you are at your lightest.  The next weigh-in will be more of a test.  In any event, after being surrounded by holiday cookies for the last week, I’m just glad this week wasn’t a gain on the scale.

I would still like to lose another 5 pounds.  It’s going to be hard.  But, there’s no rush either.  I am feeling really good at this weight and my clothes fit correctly.  It’s not like I am busting at the seams where I need to drop that five as soon as possible.

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Weight Watchers – Week 7

This week was hard.  But, it turned out to be a big week.  I lost 2.2 pounds this week.  That’s now down 14.4 pounds (overall) in seven weeks – putting me at 178.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

This is the first time I have been under 180 pounds since early 2013 or late 2012.   And, this also enabled me to regain my Weight Watchers Lifetime status which I lost back on January 4, 2014.  (To make sure I don’t lose it again, I cannot let my weight get up to 181 pounds – or, at the least, that’s what they told me tonight.)

My pants sure do fit nicer now.  And, I feel better.  But, I still want to lose another 6 pounds.  So, my work is not done.

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Weight Watchers – Week 6

I lost 0.2 pounds this week. That’s now down 12.2 pounds (overall) in six weeks – putting me at 180.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

Two-tenths of a pound is a joke.  But, at least it’s not a gain.

I need to have a good week this coming week – especially with the holidays coming the week after the next weigh in.  I want to see at least a loss of two pounds.

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Weight Watchers – Week 5

I lost 2.4 pounds this week. That’s now down 12 pounds (overall) in five weeks – putting me at 180.8 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

Five days ago, we had to rush my wife into her second serious emergency surgery in (what was then) the last 3 weeks. I’m not sure if the weight loss this week reflects the stress of the last five days, or, if it’s a testament to me sticking with it during what’s been a nightmare time for my family?

In any event, I am really knocking on the door of being in the 170′s now – for what would be the first time in a long while. And, that’s certainly a carrot on the end of the stick to keep me motivated. If I can crack that barrier and put it in the rear-view mirror for good, then, getting to 172 pounds could happen soon in the New Year.

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Workout – 12/5/14

I went for a run this morning after breakfast. It was the first time running in 3 weeks (to the day).  The first half of that layoff was due to my wife’s unexpected and serious surgery.  There was too much for me to do to even consider running at that time.  The second half was due to a killer cold.  In fact, even today, I didn’t feel great.  But, it was the first time where I woke up in the morning and didn’t feel like I was coming out of a coma.

It was a disaster.  I hit the wall at the 1.70 mile mark and did the alternating walk/jog from there.  Yes, it was cold, damp, overcast and a bit windy in spots.  But, that’s no excuse.  I just could not keep my breathing under control.  In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 29 minutes and 59 seconds.  Ugh!  That’s terrible.

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Weight Watchers – Week 4

The week of Thanksgiving and my birthday were a challenge.  And, I failed.  I was up eight-tenths of a pound this week.  Granted, that’s like 16 ounces.  Not much at all.  But, a gain is a gain – and not something that I wanted to see in Week 4.

I am now at 183.2 pounds – with a total loss of 9.6 pounds.

I want to see a better number next week.  One day at a time is the plan for this week.

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3 Weeks Back @ Weight Watchers

I lost 1.2 pounds this week.  That’s now down 10.4 pounds in three weeks – putting me at 182.4 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

One point two pounds is a joke.  That’s really not a loss.  But, I guess it’s better than gaining weight.

My next weigh in is going to be interesting – with my birthday and Thanksgiving falling in between this weigh in and the next one.

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2 Weeks Back Into Weight Watchers

I lost 4 pounds this week.  Combined with last week’s loss of 5.2 pounds, that’s now down 9.2 pounds in two weeks – putting me at 183.6 pounds (from 192.8 pounds).

That’s all good…but…

  • The first two weeks on WW are usually the big loss weeks.  Big numbers are going to be harder now.
  • Next weeks is my birthday and Thanksgiving.
  • It’s silly to be excited about 183 when I was bummed out about 184 pounds 8 months ago.

When I see the scale read 172 pounds, then I will be happy.

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Workout – 11/14/14

I went for a 5K run today around 10 AM.  It was cold – forty degrees – and a tad windy.  But, I took off Wednesday and yesterday it rained.  So, I really wanted to get out there today.

At first, I felt GREAT.  Running down my street, I felt like I could run 3,000 miles.  But, then, about a half mile into it, I felt like crap.  Literally, I thought I’m not going to make it another step.  I was gassed and laboring.  But, I pulled out all the stops – all the mental tricks that I try and use against myself to keep running.  And, then, about one and half miles into it, the situation passed and I was running better.

At the 2.6 mile mark, I caved.  There’s a chance I could have pushed myself more.  But, getting there was further than last time.  So, I took it.  For the next tenth of a mile, I walked.  And, then, I ran all the way home.

My total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes flat.  That’s not great.  But, better than last time and something to keep building on next time out there.

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1 Week Back @ Weight Watchers

I lost 5.2 pounds in my first week back on the Weight Watchers program.

I sort of expected it to be around 5 pounds down – and would have been disappointed at less.  I was very strict in my tracking and staying on program.  Plus, when I did WW back in 2006, I am pretty sure that I lost 5 pounds in the first week.

This puts me at 187.6 pounds – which is why I am not exactly celebrating the loss of five.

I can remember lamenting about my weight creeping up to 184 pounds and 187 is way over that number.

The next number that I want to see badly is 182.  But, even that would be 10 pounds more than my ideal and perfect weight.  Needless to say, I have a ways to go with it.

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Workout – 11/11/14

I went for a 5K run after breakfast today.

My legs were sore and stiff from yesterday.  And, when I started running, my chest muscles were painfully tight.  Then, my right IT Band started hurting.  But, I pressed on and everything started feeling looser and better about a mile into it.

This time, I got to 2.37 miles before breaking it down.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 12 seconds.  That’s all better than yesterday.  But, it’s not even close to being good.

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Workout – 11/10/14

It’s been 3 weeks since I last went for a run.  The layoff was not by choice.  I had a terrible, painful, persistent cough since October 25th.  And, today was the first day that I was cough-free.

I took my “easier” 5K route for a run after breakfast today.  And, it was a disaster.

I hit the wall at the 2.07 mile-mark and I really had to push myself to get that far before breaking down into an alternating walk/jog for the rest of the way.  Total time for the 3.1 miles was 28 minutes and 58 seconds.

Other than saying I went for a run today, this one was terrible.  But, I guess it’s better than nothing.

There’s a race that I want to run in less than 3 weeks.  It’s an EXTREMELY hard route.  Murder.  I have run this one every year since I first started running.  If I have any hope of doing it and not having it as disappointing as my last race, I have a lot of improvement that I have to get done in a short period of time.

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Returing To Weight Watchers

Well, it took ten months.  But, I have returned to Weight Watchers.

It’s more money that I wanted to spend – with the membership, eTools, etc.  And, I let them talk me into using an ActiveLink app too.  But, if it can get me back to the 170′s, it’s worth it.

I had to make the return.  With the holidays coming, I didn’t want to start 2015 weighing 200 pounds – and, that’s the direction this thing was headed.  As it is, I’m at 192.8 when I returned to Weight Watchers last night.  That’s twenty pounds more than my ideal weight.

I’m going to be realistic about it.  My ultimate goal is to be at 174 pounds by the end of February 2015.  If I can make that happen, by being on Weight Watchers, paying for it, tracking, etc., then it’s all worth it.

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188.3

I’m at 188.3 pounds this morning.  That’s basically unchanged in the last 11 days.

I think it’s time to go back to Weight Watchers.

For seven years, January 31, 2007 through January 4, 2014, I had lifetime status there. Really, since the summer of 2013, I have been not good with it. I am considering going back this coming Wednesday.

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Workout – 10/21/14

The rain has yet to arrive today.  In fact, it’s beautiful outside – not too hot, not too cold, no wind, blue skies.  It’s the perfect day to go for a run – so, I did a 5K after breakfast.

I chose my “harder” route – but not my hardest one.

It was interesting.  For the first half of it, my mind was focused on work stuff.  (I have a busy day at work today.)  And, the run was easy.  I wasn’t even breathing hard.

The run didn’t start to feel tough until the 2.35-mile mark or so.  In any event, I ran the entire thing in 26 minutes and 27 seconds.  All things considered, I feel good about this one.

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Workout – 10/20/14

I took yesterday off since my legs were sore from the race on Saturday.  But, this morning, after breakfast, I went for a 5K run.

For the sake of wanting to accomplish something, I took my “easier” (mostly flat) 5K route.  That, combined with the fact that it was forty degrees outside, made this one less challenging than my race.  No monster sweat today.

In total, I covered the 3.1 miles in 26 minutes and 39 seconds.  I ran the whole way.

I’m glad that I got this one in today. The forecast is for rain over the next three days.  Getting out there again soon may be tough.  This is the 31st time in the last 52 days that I have gone for a run.

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My 15th “5K” Race (Ever)

I did it again.  This is the 4th 5K race in a row – although my first race in 11 months – where I could not run the whole thing.  Towards the end of this one, I want to say it was around 2 miles in, thereabouts, I broke down into a walk.  Then I ran a little, walked some more, and ran the end of it.

VERY EMBARRASSING.

My total time for the race was 26:12 (on the chip).   Of the 341 runners in the race, I finished 130th.  And, I was 81st of the 148 men running. Lastly, I was 13 out of 28 for my gender/age group (Men, 50 to 59).

I would have been happy if I had run the whole thing.  I just wasn’t mentally tough enough or smart enough to control my pace – to get it done.

I also would have been happy if my time was 25:45 (as that’s pretty much what I would do in a race that wasn’t super easy).

Funny, I only missed that time by 27 seconds.  But, I cannot be happy with it because of the walking thing.  A lot of people that I know saw me walking.  It’s humiliating.

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