Monday, March 21, 2011

Weighty Matters

So I know I've talked about weight loss a lot on here. And for a long time. A depressingly long time. Actually, I would have been writing about it since I was 25 if I'd had a blog back then. Ironically, the weight I was then is my target weight now. But that's a whole different body image kettle of fish.

Anyhoo, since I had Sophie, I have really struggled to lose weight. I gained 45 pounds when I was pregnant with her and too many of those pounds stuck around. Not to mention that I needed to lose more than a couple (dozen) when I got pregnant with her. I began working out more than TWO YEARS ago, with the expectation that by hopping on the treadmill or elliptical five times a week, the weight would just drip off and I would be a svelte goddess in no time.

This did not happen.

I may be in better shape than I was two years ago. I can run a 5K without dying. But I'm only one size smaller. At this rate, it will take me ten years to get to my target size and that just isn't going to cut it. Last year I started counting calories and had some success. But I plateaued and lost my momentum. Slowly over the last year, I have gained much of that back and that is not acceptable to me. So last week I finally admitted that I can't do this on my own and joined Weight Watchers.

I went to my first meeting on Tuesday. I got weighed in. Ouch. And got all of the materials. I sat in the back of the room and took it all in. Listened to people talk about how they combated cravings or substituting healthier options for the bad stuff. I giggled a couple times as I spotted the "women of Weight Watchers." But overall, I'm glad I went to the meeting because I think it was the introduction I needed.

I went home with my booklets in hand, downloaded the app for my phone and fantasized about all the weight I was going to lose.

Six hours later, I started puking. I went on to spend the rest of the week mostly in the bathroom. In four days, I didn't meet my daily points total for one day. And I'm pretty sure any points I did consume went right down the toilet. I'm mostly better now, but my appetite hasn't returned and I suspect that when I go in for my weigh in tonight, I will have hit my initial 5% weight loss goal.

I wouldn't recommend it, but as far as jump starting your diet, you just can't beat a good stomach virus.


  1. I know its not right but I need a good stomach virus.

    (Glad you are better)

  2. Listen, young lady, you take care of the gorgeous you. Weight? SIZE? Important, perhaps. But for anyone who can run a 5k and not die? I'm not so sure that the weight is that great an issue.

    As for me, the day of the female stick figure as Goddess image is long gone. Give me a woman I can HUG without fear of breaking her.

  3. I know just how you feel.

    I have tried not to be "scale-focused", but when the pants in my closet stop fitting, that's when I know it's time to ramp up the weight loss.

    Good luck on your journey, and congrats on the head start (even though I'm sure it sucked).

  4. i hope you are feeling lots better. I would love for you to link up on my fat ass fridays. I am on weigh watchers too and it can be so hard. I could use a good stomach virus right now.

  5. Ah, yes, the flu diet. I'm a fan, as well.

    Hang in there, girl. You got this.

  6. Love this post. I did WW back in 1998 after I gained the Freshman Fifteen. I giggled was sorta mortifying but also motivating, especially paying them my hard earned $$ and going to meetings on my summer vacation. Results were a MUST. Still more fun to discuss is the time I was put on Amoxicillin for a sinus infection and hurled for days. I swear I lost so much weight, LOL. Faster than any diet, indeed.

  7. You overachiever you. Think of those other poor girls at the WW meeting when they see your success rate! LOL!

    Well you have definitly jump started this diet plan and I say you have a running start!!

    GOOooooooooooooo Cara!

  8. I just licked my computer screen in hopes that I catch whatever bug you had. I SO need to kick-start my diet, too. I hate saying the word diet but right now, a diet it is. I just need to lose weight. I have struggled with weight loss/weight gain for as long as I can remember, honestly. It's such a struggle. Good Luck to you, my friend.

  9. Hey Cara,
    I joined WW back in January. I love the on-line tools.
    I think somethings rotten in Denmark. I was sick for several days after my first WW meeting too. But, good news was I lost 9 lbs the first week. Teehee....
    Good luck. :-))

  10. I just saw a commercial for WW awhile ago while watching TV... and am seriously considering joining.

    Especially since we're going to Hilton Head in a few months.

    And especially since I haven't been to the beach since 2004. Seven years and 20 (or more) pounds ago...

  11. Uggh. Weight, losing it, GAINING it, diets,'s a constant work in progress with me. But often without the "progress" part...HA. Good luck, Mama!

  12. Crap...that sucks, but is awesome at the same time! Dieting without the feeling of deprivation unless you count feeling deprived of oxygen as you hang over the toilet. Hope you're feeling much better...that's crazy timing for you!

  13. Can I come over and breath in some of your air? Maybe I'll get that bug too.

  14. Go, Cara! Go, Cara! I had the flu last week and think I lost four or five pounds.

  15. Please let me know how you like WW. I've used the online tools before with some success, but I think these days I'd need the discipline of showing up and getting weighed. Now that the babe is nearing a year, I'm thinking it's time to get serious about dropping some weight. I still have a couple of tricks up my sleeve (like starting to exercise and stop eating whole family size bags of candy), but for me a vague "try to eat less" plan never really works.

  16. Well, first I wish you the best of luck! You are a very strong person or so it seems... so you will probably hit all your targets. I think sometimes we just need to find that thing that clicks and it happens.

    As for the stomach Sorry to hear that, but yes, one good stomach virus a year is a great balancer. lol. Same for kidney infections that land you in the hospital. ONly those are more expensive. lol. Feel better soon!

  17. It sounds like you are in amazing shape!! Running 5K is pretty impressive - I'd take a guess that most of the population isn't able to do so!! Best of luck with your goals, it sounds like you are on the path to accomplishing what you want to (and the stomach bug definitely doesn't hurt, either ;. Although not the most fun way to accomplish that weight loss, I guess)

  18. Wow, we have nearly the same post (see mine from Feb 19th...)


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