Saturday, January 05, 2008

raise your hand if you've been there

My Weight Chart:
Weight Chart

Back when I was in fourth or fifth grade, my school had these big magazine-sale fundraisers. If you sold a lot of magazines, you got to earn prizes. If you sold a whole lot, you would get applauded in front of an assembly. My parents didn't want us selling things door-to-door, and also didn't like to harass their friends with their kids' fundraisers. I would sell 5 or 6 subscriptions, not enough to earn a prize and definitely not enough to be recognized. I always knew that, going into the assembly, but I secretly hoped to hear my name called anyway.

Today at Weight Watchers was like that. I started going to an early-morning meeting last week, one with a pretty tight-knit group of regulars. The past week wasn't so great -- I didn't do well on New Year's Eve, and then on New Year's Day, I attended a party with a bunch of Italian relatives, and they really can cook. That didn't start the week off well, and I didn't manage to pull it together very well for the rest of the week. There were some positives: I journaled 4 out of 7 days, which isn't great, but it's something. I earned 23 activity points for the week.

So I knew I hadn't done the work and yet expected a weight loss. You know how sometiems you get those mystery losses you didn't deserve? I wanted one of those. But I stayed the same, and so as the leader was giving out awards, I got to get my Week 2 bookmark with no weight loss attached to it. Doh! Right after someone made goal, too. I half expected the leader to announce a loss, even though I knew better.

I have a busy week coming up with and am traveling to Florida for work. It would have been nice to have gone into that trip with even a tiny weight loss. No such luck. The theme this week was on goals and action plans: "I want ____ and I am willing to do ______ to get it." So I want to see a loss this week, and I am willing to plan more of my meals ahead of time and journal every day. I also am willing to try to boost my activity level.

Today I didn't do any formal exercise but did spend a lot of time cleaning, both at the old house and the new one. I undecorated today: I always love getting the Christmas tree, but then it's always such a relief to take it down and have the space back afterwards. The holidays are like that all around, really. I look forward to them, enjoy them when they're here, but it's always nice to get back to normal again.

Here's to a week with no parties in it!

P.S. Oh! I forgot my exciting news!

Back in July, when I attended BlogHer, I met Shauna, a.k.a. Dietgirl. We really had fun chatting and I love her blog, so I ordered her book from, even before it had been printed.

This was way back in July so I didn't think about the possibility that I might move before the book was delivered. It slipped my mind until a week or so ago, when I tried unsuccessfully to change my address for delivery. It was already being processed so I couldn't edit the order. I was just telling my husband about it today and when we checked the mail, it was miraculously there. Changes of address are no match for Dietgirl!

I can't wait to read it and then go post an adoring review on the UK Amazon site.


  1. We weren't big on selling magazine subscriptions when I was a kid - the closest I got was the door to door girl scout cookie sales - but I do understand what it's like to sit in a WW meeting and hope my name is called for recognition even when it's not likely.

    My leader is very careful to hand out bravo stickers willy nilly to anyone who is brave enough to stick up a hand and say what they were pleased about this week. A behavior change, a choice, exercise, a loss. That's just part of it but it's the part we mostly want. The other stuff does count, though.

    Get your own bunch of stickers and reward yourself on your calendar. You deserve them for being back and reconnecting with all of this.

    Good luck with the travel - and thanks for the word about Dietgirl's book!

  2. oooooooooh really glad it arrived safe and well, and thank you again for being probably the first ever sale that wasn't my mum :)

  3. Plateaus suck. But what feels even worse is gaining weight when you're trying hard, and you should feel great about making it through a stressful week (full of pasta, no doubt) and keeping yourself on track.

  4. I stummbled across your blog. I to am doing the weight watchers. I have done it for many times now. I just can not remember how many activity points you can recieve for the amount of calories burnt? Please help me with any information. Thanks!


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