Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 12

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Weigh-In Wednesday Weekly Stats

Weight Watchers Week Number: 12

Lbs Lost this Week: + 4.8

Lbs Lost Total: – 8.6

WW Stars Earned this Week: None

Food of the Week

chicken stew

My food choices for the past couple of weeks have not been that great. I wasn’t on top of keeping track of my points, and I think this gain is residual from the past week or so. This is one healthy dish I made – some sort of chicken and tomato stew that I found in my Mom’s old recipes. It also had a few potatoes and green peppers in it.

Activity of the Week

Nothing. I haven’t felt good all week (or more and with the extreme heat and humidity last week, I did not get a workout in.

Personal Weight Loss Goals (crossed off when reached)

I want to lose…

10 lbs
20 lbs
30 lbs
35 lbs
40 lbs
45 lbs
50 lbs
55 lbs
60 lbs
65 lbs
70 lbs

Personal Fitness Goals (crossed off when reached)

I will…

Run a 5K (Giant Eagle 5K; Columbus, Ohio; July 28, 2013)
Run a Quarter Marathon (Emerald City; Dublin, Ohio; August 25, 2013) Run a Mud/Obstacle Race (Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run 5K; Columbus, Ohio September 14, 2013)
Run a Half Marathon
Start Biking

Weigh-In Wednesday Reflections

Big. Gain. I’m really disappointed in myself right now. Normally, I stay pretty positive, but I honestly just want to give up on weight loss and getting back into shape. The thought of going through another year (or more) of these ups and downs (because it happens. every. time.) is pretty overwhelming to me at the moment. I’m trying to turn my thoughts around, but I’m losing the resolve to do so.


Until the next mile marker,

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  1. Prepare yourself for a pep talk…. Gains are going to happen. It’s the way it works. It’s really easy to be discouraged and down on the whole weight loss thing but you have to keep plugging along. Every day is a new day, every week is a new week. Do your best each day even when each day is not perfect. That’s how I look at it. Gains suck and I have to try really hard to be positive through them myself, but it’s the only thing I can do. Don’t give up, I know you can do this. 🙂

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Thank you, Nanci! I really look to you as a role model, especially in WW. Thanks for your words of encouragement. You are right – it was one week – I can still try to do my best from here on out!

  2. just take it one meal at a time. figure out when you reach for food and you may not be hungry and try to increase some movement into your day..wake up a bit earlier and go for a walk. I hate waking up early but I have been setting the clock a bit before I normally would get up and I feel great after my mile and half walk.

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Great advice and thank you for sharing your experience! It’s great to hear from you.

  3. I think we have all had weeks where we take a step backwards. Use it as a time to really evaluate what was going well on the weeks where you did lose weight and then focus on just taking 1 day at a time! 🙂

  4. You know, we all have times when we feel like giving up. But, you have to think of all the good things you’ve accomplished. Thinking about how awesome you are no matter what the scale says. Believe me, it’s hard I know as I still struggle with that darn thing to this day. Just remember, tomorrow is a new day and you can start over and keep your head up.

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Thanks, Shannon! You are right – I sometimes let a number define too much of what I think is awesome or beautiful or good, you know. I think we as women especially struggle with that. Thanks for sharing so that others, like me, may know they are not alone in that. And thanks for reading!

  5. Progress does not happen in a straight line. Chin up and do not let this deflate your motivation. Let it encourage you more! Try focusing on the fitness goals you want to achieve rather than the number on the scale; they are within reach and will be a more positive and empowering focus instead of a self-defeating one.

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Thanks, Meredith! I appreciate your thoughts and it really means a lot to me. I achieved a fitness goal today (my first 5K since my blood clot) and I AM feeling better about myself and the progress I have made – even if it was not in pounds lost recently. As the race director told me today as I was crossing the finish line, “Last year at this time, you were on oxygen and now look at you.” It really hit home then. Thank you.

  6. Hey, Sara. Don’t beat yourself up. These little setbacks happen. They are part of the overall journey. It is especially difficult after the blush of the first few week’s success wears away and we have to deal with the day to day decisions and sometimes we just don’t WANT to make the best ones for our weight loss success.

    Summer is a hard time. There are lots of icy cold treats, cold drinks around and sometimes we retain water and can’t get out cause it’s too darn hot to do anything. Be kind to yourself. Do what you can …

    When I lose focus I like to get out my WW books and have a little mini meeting with myself and reaffirm my reasons/commitment by making a list.

    Start a fresh page in your tracker. Get some colored pens and stickers and make it pretty and fun.

    Keep your food prep simple. Ditch the tantalizing treats. Make sure you are drinking you water.

    Whatever you do… do NOT give up. If you decide you would be happy maintaining for a bit, do that. If you would be motivated by setting a goal to lose 3 or 4 pounds by your birthday, do that.

    You are so good at working towards goals. I know if you put your mind to it and your heart in it by believing it’s worth it, you will succeed.

    It’s not a race. It’s your life. There is no time limit.

    Hugs and best wishes to you.

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Oh, Elle! You always know just what to say to remind me that all hope is not lost when it comes to health and fitness. “It’s not a race. It’s your life. There is no time limit.” I am seriously writing that in my fitness tracker. It’s perfect. Thank you that and everything that you said. I hope you know how much your support and encouragement means to me. Thank you now and always!! (And yes, I DO need to remember to drink water – I know I need to, but then I don’t actually drink it).

  7. I’m right there with you! I think trying to make good choices is very difficult.

    I did not realize you would be at Giant Eagle this weekend! Hope to see you there!

  8. DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! Weight loss AND maintenance will be hard life long – it is the dang friggin truth – sorry BUT being healthy is worth it & you have to have consistency & patience – it is just the way it is – hard work but it will pay off if you stick with it! No fooling yourself! 😉

    I know – not suite the pep you want but just being honest. I work at if very day & have for 30+ years – it has never been easy but always worth it! – HUGS!!!!

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      No, Jody – I think this pep talk IS exactly what I needed. To hear from someone who has been doing this and has been successful after some time is very encouraging to me. I am more convinced than ever that being healthy is worth it because I don’t ever want to face a devastating illness again – so, If I can prevent some health-related problems, I will! Thank you as always for your input, advice and encouragement. You are a great role model to me in health and fitness!

      • Thank you Sara! I never want to discourage people but I like to be honest – it is life long work – for some it is not as hard & for others it is harder but for me, I have always had to work on it all thru the years & very worth it! 🙂

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