How my healthy journey is going on WW

Back in July 2019, I bared my soul to the world (at least those who read my blog) about an upsetting visit with my doctor. I had gained a lot of weight, by blood pressure was up, and was not handling the stress of my job very well. I went with the doctor’s advice and joined WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers). I wanted to give an update on how I’m doing.

On the Monday after Thanksgiving, I stepped on the scale and had lost a pound. Now this may not sound like much but THANKSGIVING IS MY JAM!!!!! I love the food prep, the coziness, and most of all GRAVY! I was pretty excited to go to my follow-up doctors appointment to get the official doctor’s office weight. (Keep in mind that on top of Thanksgiving – we had gone to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and had Halloween (the candy holiday) in October. So what were the results???

My blood pressure was down and so was my weight. I lost 17.5 pounds since joining WW – and that’s with two food holidays and a trip to a FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL!!! The doctor was so happy with my progress. I asked about my horrible body and joint aches. He said this was normal. I asked about joining a gym and he told me to “save your money. Do yoga and Tai Chi to improve the joints. Just search on YouTube for some easy to follow videos.” Have I told you how much I love my doctor??

So, here I am contemplating baking some Christmas cookies, thinking of searching for some yoga videos, and pulling out the pants I couldn’t wear in June that I can now wear again. Life is good.

Thanks for going on this journey with me and thanks for reading!

16 week update

It has been 16 weeks since I bared my soul regarding my depression and lack of motivation. Since then, I have been on a very food centric vacation (Epcot Food and Wine Festival) and regained 5 pounds of the 15 I had lost. Once I came back from that trip, I got back on the WW track and have relost that weight plus two more pounds. I’m feeling pretty good and I’m hoping that I can keep up the positive momentum.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with support and even have joined me on my WW journey. We can do this!!!

Week 3 WW Update

So, I’ve finally hit the slowdown in losing. I’m officially down 14 pounds. Even with a few rough days this week, I’m still maintaining my weight loss. I started regular exercise (walking) yesterday. I added the 5 week squat challenge that I found on the WW website. Feeling pretty good.

Have any good WW recipes you can share?

Thanks for your support!

Two week WW update

In two weeks I have lost 12.3 pounds. I’m pretty happy with that. I knew that things would slow down a bit after the initial weight loss. I had two really bad high stress days where I got a little off track. But I tracked it and moved on. I’m back on track. I received my first two rewards today.

Next up…15 pounds!!! I can do it!

A short update

I have been following Weight Watchers since Monday. Today is Friday and I have lost 8 pounds. Thank you to everyone who reached out with support and encouragement. Your words helped me stay on track this week. I am looking forward to more healthy food, more movement, and feeling better every day.

Thanks again. Here is to seeing less of me in the days to come.

This is going to be difficult for me

On Monday, I had a follow-up doctors appointment that I was NOT looking forward to. When I saw my doctor in January, he told me to lose weight. I lost 9 pounds, started yoga, and was feeling pretty good about myself.

Then, work started getting stressful. I was trying so hard to deal with it cheerfully and just keep on keeping on. Then it got even MORE stressful and things started to happen to me. In the past month, even though I was eating ok, I gained that 9 pounds back PLUS 5 more. My blood pressure was up. My weight was up. The doctor said I had to COMMIT to do something about both. I could not agree with him more.

I then explained that I get home from work and I don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to cook. I don’t want to clean. I don’t want to craft. I told him I hurt everywhere and that I wanted to get happy Kathy back. So…we went through the PHQ-9 screening and bingo…Kathy is severely depressed. So, between the stress (causes weight gain due to high cortisol – the stress hormone), pain (stress and depression can cause physical pain), and my lack of desire to do anything much less get up and move – I’ve gained all that weight back and then some. Working with the doctor on the depression, pain, and stress part since Monday, and so far I’m feeling a lot better. Now, I have to work on the weight. The doctor told me to join Weight Watchers.

When I got home from the doctors appointment, I joined Weight Watchers online. I’m fully invested in getting healthy again. I have never done the before and after photo or posted my starting weight, current weight, and goal weight. EVER. I was always to embarrassed. I’m posting this to make myself accountable and to help me stay on track. This is my BEFORE photo and weight.

Starting weight: 315. Current weight: 310.3. Goal weight: 280

So there it is. Me in all my chunky monkey glory. Yes, I have lost 4.7 pounds since Monday. I’m darned proud of that. I’m feeling so much better and I really think I can do this.

Thanks for putting up with my long, involved, and overly personal story.

My Zen Zone

If you know me, You know that I am not svelt and lanky. I am fat. I can say that and smile because all of my other health parameters are excellent (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.). I am also one of the least flexible people I know. In an attempt to lose some weight and gain some flexibility, I began taking a chair yoga class at North Port Yoga and Wellness in the beginning of May. I love it and have seen a change in my body. I have lost 5 pounds and, so far, kept it off.

Last week I was sad to find out that the chair yoga class was being changed to a gentle and restorative yoga class. After emailing back and forth with my yoga instructor and the studio owner and reading a Yoga Journal article about this practice, decided to give it a try.

When I arrived at the studio yesterday morning, my instructor, Martha, explained a little about what we would be doing. She immediately put my mind at ease and assisted me with the worst part of the practice, getting on the floor. After some stretches, we entered rest and digest and began the gentle postures. Propped up with bolsters, bricks, and blankets, Martha put me into 5 poses that I remained in for 5 to 10 minutes each. I could feel the stress and tension completely leave my body. It was blissful.

I’m looking forward to next weeks class. ┬áSpeaking of classes, how did I find this yoga class? My employer signed up with a company called Peerfit. Each month employees get 16 credits to use towards different physical fitness opportunities. Gyms and studios who participate have classes you can sign up for using your credits. That is how I found North Port Yoga and Wellness and I’m so glad I did.

Namaste.