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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The August 2014 Challenge Edition! [Old]

There was a lot of conversation in last month's thread about a weight loss challenge (one I feel every day, lol!), so this month, whether we decide to challenge each other or to challenge ourselves, let's get with it!

How will you meet the weight loss challenge this month?

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  1. I'm setting three goals for August:

    - don't buy lunch (because it's always like 25 pts, at least)
    - only buy a treat at TJ's ONCE instead of each week
    - dress nicely for work at least once a week, in an attempt to feel better about myself and hopefully make better decisions as a result.

    Weight loss goal for August: 3 lbs

    (Okay, for goals. I want to go to the gym 4 times a week, at least 2.5 hrs total.)

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    1. re: Kontxesi

      Very reasonable goals for August! I'm still formulating mine...

      1. re: Kontxesi

        Ugh. That last part should say FOUR goals. Wrote it on my phone, and now it's too late to edit.

        Also... I just walked around my house for 40 minutes to get more activity points. It made me feel like my loony-toons aunt who paces constantly, but when you pig out at a Star Wars marathon, you've gotta do something!

        1. re: Kontxesi

          There's a woman at my meeting who says that she gets up and starts walking around her house as soon as she gets on the phone.

          1. re: roxlet

            I do that at work when it's a conversation that doesn't require me to be at my computer.

        2. re: Kontxesi

          Well you inspired me to go to the gym today (and be there when they opened at 7 A.M.) and make it 4 times this week instead of 3. I just ate my usual Saturday morning cheat breakfast, an egg and cheese english muffin sandwich but I had the 300 + calories free! Thanks! I feel so virtuous!

        3. This isn’t the best time for me to be setting specific monthly goals with so much company coming and the attendant parties and meals out. But after my disappointing weigh-in last Wednesday (I know; down .2 is better than up .2, but I was still disappointed), I decided I was probably kidding myself staying on Simple Start and it was time to start tracking. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that, faithfully weighing and recording everything, building recipes so I know exactly how many points are in that meal I’m eating. And WW has changed since my last experience with it. Didn’t you used to be able to hold over points from one day to the next during the week? And I kept looking at that 49 weekly points number and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t change. Then just last night I realized that those were extra points you get to use for goodies throughout the week. I jumped right up and poured myself a second glass of wine. ;-) Anyway, my only goal is to keep on tracking, before and, as much as possible, after my guests arrive to see if that makes a difference in my progress.

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          1. re: JoanN

            I was 19 the last time I did WW, so I don't remember it very well, but I do think the points carried over from day to day. I don't remember having the 49 weekly points though, so I think that's what changed.

          2. OK, I know the challenge was kind of my idea (it started as a joke and blossomed from there), but I expect August to be a very difficult month. The last two days have already been a problem!

            Out of town visitors and some really gnarly work stuff will make the rest of the month impossible. Oh, and state fair! So, it's going to be a struggle, making it difficult for me to make any progress, but also perhaps making it even more important that I set some goals so I don't undo my recent progress.

            1. Make sure I drink my water daily.
            2. Walk 3 times per week minimum.
            3. Write down everything I eat.
            4. Try at least ONE new recipe this month. I hope to do more, but I'm trying to make these goals achievable.
            5. Wear my pedometer every day.

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              The goals don't have to be big. :) Just having them is what counts.

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Great goals! I know for myself tracking is vital. So even if you decide to just maintain and not focus on losing during this more challenging period, trackign everything you eat will likely help encourage better choices. Enjoy your time with your visitors!

              2. Why hello WW chowhounders! Glad to see these threads still going. I dropped out for a couple months as life has been really busy. Holding steady at +3 above my lowest weight but still down 43 overall since last year. Time to really start workign on getting another 20 or so off...

                The last couple months I was training for another half while nursing a delicate hip flexor. Changed jobs. Family hospital stays. A two week California vacation, including 6 delicious days in San Francisco. Enough activity that I could go off program and not really worry about gaining a lot back. But we're home now and it's time to make getting back on track with weight loss the priority.

                I am no longer workign at the university and no longer getting free lunches and daily walk through the bakeries. On the flip side I am no longer walking 2500 steps to my car each way or getting another few thousand steps a day ebtween the kitchens on campus. I sit all day on my new job. Don't really care for that. In the first couple weeks I was going otu to lunch just to get away from my desk...but that's expensive, both calorically and financially.

                And so, i've started tracking again this weekend and stocked my house up with all the items we were successful with last summer. I started swimming about six weeks ago and am going to do more of that and cut my weekly running mileage for august. a

                I made a huge batch of braised summer veggies yesterday to use this week in lots of applications. I'd like to lose 10lbs by Halloween. For August my challenge is to track correctly for the entire month. Here's to a successful challenge for everyone! :)

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                1. re: ziggylu

                  Nice to see you back here, ziggylu. Sounds like you've behaved very responsibly! Would you be able to use a standing desk?

                  1. re: roxlet

                    Not sure what they will say about a stand up desk though I'd love one. My hips really hate sitting all day. I'm with a very small company now, very different than my last position and in a big bull pen of people(one thing I really miss from my old job is my private office!). I only worked a couple weeks before we went on vacation so we'll see how things shake out now that I can settle in. I'm hoping I can make a few tours of the warehouse daily to get some steps in.

                    Made it through the weekend well. Breakfast, lunch and snacks all packed for tomorrow with the points all pre-logged. Tomorrow nights dinner will be fish baked with some of the braised vegs.

                    1. re: ziggylu

                      Would your hips let you sit on a ball? I think it is even better than a stand up desk because you move most of the time.

                      1. re: herby

                        Hmmm...I'll have to try that. We have one my husband got for his desk and ended up not using. It's just sitting in the corner of the office these days...!

                        1. re: herby

                          I've always read that. Has anyone ever tried it and seen any kind of results?

                          ~TDQ

                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                            People I know that use a ball instead of a chair do not need to be on WW - could that be a reason? :) A couple of years ago there was a discussion about stand-up desks on our public radio (CBC) that mentioned research that was not favourable - something to do with poor blood circulation in legs. I do not remember exactly, just stored it as "not good, do not do it" piece of information.

                          2. re: herby

                            My chiropractor keeps nudging me to get one at least for my home (gaming) desk, if not for the office. I'm probably going to cave and get one soon. I can't afford to see him often enough to counteract 10 hours a day at a computer.

                            1. re: Kontxesi

                              If you get a ball be sure to get the right size. Back when I was an adventurous exercise class person I learned this the hard way. OTH pregnant women are often advisd to get a ball to sit in- it strengthens the core.

                              1. re: Berheenia

                                What's stopping me is that a ball that's the right size for my height might be too tall for my desk. It'll probably compress enough that I'll fit, but... I have big thighs. Surely I'm not the only one here with that problem. :p

                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                  Put the desk on 4 bricks. Or whatever it takes to make it taller.

                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                    Go to a good sports store not necessarily to buy if it is too expensive but for an advise. And if the ball is too big for your desk follow Berheenia's advise - raise the desk to accommodate.

                        2. re: ziggylu

                          Sitting all day is awful. It takes so much more work to make my activity goals on workdays because 9-10 hours of the day is spent on my butt in a chair.

                          1. re: Kontxesi

                            It's been 15 years since I had a job where I actually sat for 8 hours straight on a daily basis. This is going to be a hard adjustment for me! I"m hoping once the weather cools during the midday(at least 8 more weeks in Phoenix!) that a lunchtime walk will at least be an option

                          2. re: ziggylu

                            Wow! ziggylu. 43 pounds? Seriously impressed. You will be my guiding light. And my inspiration to keep on tracking.

                            1. re: JoanN

                              Thanks! I've been stuck a long time but I keep reminding myself there's a lot less of me than last year so being stuck isn't really failure. It's hard to keep that perspective some days!

                              We can track together. I've recommitted to this important element. I really haven't been tracking since the end of April!

                          3. This is something I've been thinking about for a while, and it's okay if you all think I'm crazy....

                            I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their eTools graph. I go to my meetings and it seems like my mom and I are the only ones who hit serious stumbling blocks. Everyone seems to be losing pretty consistently, and if they have a gain week, it's small.

                            Now, I know as people who take food seriously, we have a bit of an extra hurdle when it comes to losing weight, but... my path frustrates me. I know I'm not alone, because several of you are also trying to get back on the wagon, as it were.

                            Anyway! I was just thinking we could all take screenshots of our graphs and share them. You can edit out the numbers if you want, as that's not what's important. I thought it might be helpful for all of us to see that most journeys aren't a loss every week and then easy maintenance.

                            Like I said, it's okay if you think I'm crazy and no one wants to. Just an idea I've been mulling over.

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                            1. re: Kontxesi

                              Once I fix my scale and start weighing and charting, I'd be happy to share my chart.

                              I was talking to someone who lost weight and has been maintaining a beautiful healthy and fit body. Her weight loss formula is weight x 15 = calories (150lbs weight x 15 = 2250 cal); from that number subtract 600 cal and this is your weight loss daily calorie consumption (2250cal - 600 = 1650cal per day). To make sure you are not loosing muscle, in addition to training consume amount of protein quantity that equals your weight in grams (150lbs weight = 150g protein = 5oz). I am going to try this since healthy eating is not an issue for me but the amount sure is.

                              1. re: Kontxesi

                                If I can figure out how, I can share mine with you. It's been flat since the end of January. At this point it's been flat for a longer period of time than it was trending downward last year.

                                It is a journey though. I've tried hard to not let it get me down that I've been stuck now for so many months. I'm not sure where you are these days, Kontxesi. I remember you had some major life challenges come your way a few months ago. Just the fact you haven't given up is forward progress, no matter what the scales and the graphs say. Not all victories are reflected in the numbers. It's a hard thing to remember, since the number really is the focuse of the program!