Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is What a Librarian Looks Like

There is a blog called "This is What a Librarian Looks Like", the purpose of which is to "challenge the librarian stereotype, one post at a time". I'm not exactly the opposite of the public image of a librarian...I mean, I'm not a tattooed hell raiser (though some librarians would not believe just how gonzo some of my fellow school librarians can get!:)) but I like to think that I can help break the stereotype in some small way. Anyway, a picture of me and some info (noting my weight loss, since it appears that's all I can think about right now) was featured on the blog last night and I wanted to share it with you here. Here's the link: This is What a Librarian Looks Like

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Steady progress, no matter how small, is closer to goal!

My weigh in at Weight Watchers on Thursday night showed a 1 pound loss, for a total loss of 97.4 pounds. I'm now 2.6 pounds away from my official WW goal weight of 143. I'm really going back and forth in my mind, trying to decide if I want to keep that as my goal weight or go a little lower. When I first started WW 2 1/2 years ago, I *never* imagined that I'd get to that weight, I really just wanted to get under 200 pounds. Now that I'm so close to my goal, it almost seems like 143 isn't a low enough weight...that alternates between sounding crazy to me and sounding perfectly reasonable. I guess I'll see how long it takes to get that last 2.6 off and see how I feel about my goal weight.
Had a huge non-scale victory yesterday- we went shopping for clothes for my son's mission trip that he's taking in 3 weeks, and while he was trying things on I browsed the clearance racks. I found three pairs of pants for work that I really liked for only $9 each- the problem was that they are all size 8. I took them into the fitting room with no expectation that I would even be able to put them on at all and all three pairs fit beautifully! I guess that I still see that size 22/24 body that I had before WW, which makes it kind of hard to shop for clothes! :) So, I bought all three pairs of pants and I'll be wearing one of them to work on Monday!
Reading a lot of weight loss blogs has been really helpful in my recent WW efforts, I am really enjoying keeping up with many other weight loss bloggers- keep up the good fight, we'll all get there eventually!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New PR (personal record) in more than one way!

I did a 5K race (my sixth, I think) yesterday, the Belleair Sunset 5K and Fun Run. I was a bit concerned because I did my regular Saturday AM classes at the gym and I was worried I might have "emptied my tank" before the race even started, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I ran a personal record, finishing in 35:08, which was 17 seconds faster than my previous PR. The race was in a beautiful part of town, along golf courses and luxury homes. Plus (between the race & my AM gym group fitness classes) I racked up 19 WW activity points today- almost half of my activity goal for the week! After the race they had all you can eat beer, chicken wings, cookies, funnel cakes, fruit and hot dogs for the runners! I got a bit of everything for my cheering section (husband and son) but I stuck to a banana and water post-race, to avoid undoing any good weight loss mojo I earned at the race. :) My son took some pictures, but since I'm typing this on my work iPad I don't know how to add it here- will add some soon.
It was a good weigh in at Weight Watchers on Thursday, I was down 2.4 pounds (total loss= 96.4) and I finally set an official goal weight. I'm 3.6 pounds away from that goal, once I get there that will be an even 100 pounds lost. My current weight is another sort of personal record for me- I weigh a pound less than what I weighed at high school graduation (in 1987!) and this is my lowest weight ever as an adult! I am more than a little excited about this, lol. Now, there is just the matter of these last 3.6 pounds...might take a while but I'll get there.
I found a new food this week that is surprisingly good- a green monster smoothie. It's a cup of raw spinach, a frozen banana, 1 1/4 cups of unsweetened almond milk and a WW creme brûlée smoothie packet all run thru a blender for about 30 seconds. The end result is a nearly fluorescent green drink that is only 3 points and includes 3 fruit & veg servings, 2 milk servings and keeps me full until lunch! I know it sounds gross but it is seriously good....just think "Shamrock Shake" instead of "blended spinach" while enjoying it, lol.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trust the process, but reserve the right to grumble about it :)

Thursday PM weigh in report: I was UP 2/10th of a pound at my WW weigh in last night. While I was hoping to make some progress on erasing that 5.8 pounds I need to lose to reach my ultimate WW goal, instead now I am sitting at 6 pounds to goal. I did everything as I should, I suspect it's just a reflection of my reduced gym time last week (which will be corrected this week). I usually get 45 to 50 or more WW activity points per week, this past week we were out of town all weekend and John had family visiting on Wednesday so I missed 4 of my regular gym classes and only got 30 APs. I'm gonna call it a "blip" in the progress, one of those weeks where the line does a little dance step instead of it's steady downward flow. So, I remind myself of the this Bob Harper quote and begin a new week. I'm really enjoying checking out everyone's blogs, especially the ones with pictures of the WW friendly meals- going to have to try out some new foods this week!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Weigh in report, and question for big losers

Today was my weigh in day at Weight Watchers, I managed to stay on track this week and I had high hopes. I stayed within my points every day, only used 9 of my weekly points and earned 46 activity points. I was rewarded with a loss of 1.8 pounds, which is huge for me because I very often lose a half pound or less per week even on great, on-program weeks. That puts my total weight loss at 94.2 pounds with 5.8 pounds to go until I hit my goal weight.
An odd thing has happened today, I'm hoping to get some feedback from those of you on this same journey about it. Today at work, and again twice tonight when I went to dinner with some alumnus from my high school, people have (with a very sincere, concerned tone in their voice) said "you've lost TOO much weight- you need to stop!" One of my classmates (who easily weighs 10 to 15 pounds less than me) said, "really, you are too skinny and it's not good". I don't get it- by NO means am I anywhere near skinny- for that matter, I'm still 2.8 pounds from the HIGH end of my healthy weight range on both Weight Watchers and the BMI charts. Honestly, I am a hobbit-like 5 foot 4 inches tall and (as of tonight) I weigh 148 pounds so I clearly have a good 15 to 20 pounds before any reasonable person could suggest that I weigh too little. Why do people feel compelled to suggest that I've gone to far when I haven't even reached a high end healthy weight? I just don't get people sometimes....
Tomorrow we are leaving for a weekend away at a retreat for the families of children who have heart defects, all meals will be provided so on-plan eating will be a bit of a challenge but there is lots of fresh fruit and a salad bar...between that and the WW smoothie mix and green tea w/ mint that I'm bringing it shouldn't kill my week. There will be lots of walking around and outdoor activities (and dancing, woo!) so with a little bit of care things should be just fine on the weight loss front.