Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I did a yogurt giveaway on my blog and then I won a yogurt giveway at BlogHer. Tomorrow morning before noon, I will be getting a case (not sure how big of a case) of FAGE delivered to my door. I am guessing it's a mix of flavors like the ones sent to bloggers to review. I still have one last container in the fridge, which I will probably have as a snack today with berries so that I am ready for my new supply.

One of my Weight Watchers meeting pet peeves was that people would claim to "never" use all of their points. Once a person in my meeting said she couldn't believe how many points people got for a week. I asked her how many she usually used and she said, "Oh, I don't count." My sister said some woman at her meeting was describing the reasons for her success. "I never use my weekly points, but then once a week I go out and get a big order of onion rings. I don't count them." Her leader, apparently said, "Psst! You're using your weekly points!" My other sister couldn't believe I go over my points. She said she never goes over her points but that she doesn't count alcohol. Since she owns a bar, my guess is that she goes over her points too. I am apparently looking like a glutton only because I'm being honest.

It's been weird working out in the heat. I did a one-hour run on Sunday, which is the longest I have done so far. I felt fine while I was doing it, but I had a headache for most of the day. It's hard to stay hydrated in this weather. Luckily we're getting a cooling-off spell.


  1. So how long do you think you run in distance? When I run, I aim for 2 miles, so it is definitely short of an hour. I wonder if I should start running longer and timing myself instead... although an hour is really long, especially in the heat!

    I also get headaches, but I wonder if it has more to do with the sunlight being so bright than being dehydrated. Maybe some darker glasses would help you too? Are you prone to migraines?

  2. My estimate is that I do somewhere between 11 and 12 minutes per mile right now, which is slow but I'm not that concerned about pace at this point. Running for time is easier than running for distance because all you need is a watch -- you don't need a measured course or a GPS gadget. When I get closer to race date, I will do some pace work.

    I do get migraines but this felt different. I was running in the shade so I think it was more from heat -- my face had a haze of salt on it when I finished running.

  3. I hate that "I never use all my points" stuff also. I always bite my tounge because I want to ask if they can't eat that much, then how did they find themseleves at Weight Watchers.

    BTW - I've been a lifetime for a full year. As I was losing and now I eat EVERY point coming to me - daily, weekley and activity!

  4. Look, I think some of us are hard on ourselves and we are brutally honest about these things for a lot of reasons. There's no point in doing WW if you're not going to be realistic at least about what you're putting in your mouth. And you are realistic and honest. Which says a lot about you. :-)

  5. Ugh!

    I'm so glad you got to see 'the rest of the story'. I can't imagine just deciding to know count some portion of my eating. That really negates what you are doing...

    I track everything! I also eat every single daily point, each and every single weekly, and all my APs too. Some weeks I stop there, but more often I go a tad over (usually less than 20 over for the week).

    Anywho- if I stop losing weight, at least I'll know what I've been doing so I can try something different!

    Way to be honest with others, and more importantly yourself!

  6. I agree with lastmango.

    Being honest helps you, so all those people that don't count when they should aren't doing themselves any favors. Go you!

  7. I think that's one of the big eye openers of weight loss, knowing how many calories/points we REALLY consume. You are very active and you do need to fuel all that activity. I found that finding out where the line REALLY is with the WW points and the intense activity is a very personal thing. Their calculators just don't cut it. Keep tracking it all and you will figure out where your line is though. You should also look at the timing of when you eat and exercise. That can make a big difference too. You're doing great.

    As for running in warmer weather, I really don't know how you do it on a steady basis . . . in the humidity, I mean. Here, the air is dry and it is MUCH more comfortab;e running here than where you are. Of course, when I was in Hawaii it was really bad! Humidity and running don't mix really well so make sure you are doing a good job of hydrating. You shouldn't be getting headaches so I suspect you got too dehydrated.

  8. Not to be mean (and I have never been in WW), but doesn't not counting them defeat the purpose of following that system? How are you supposed to learn how to eat, otherwise? It seems straight forward to me!

    Running in the heat is really hard for me too. I am kind of ... not looking forward to it. I think I will getting up VERY early this summer!

  9. That's such a great observation about people who claim never to go over their points. I totally don't understand it, but I suspect that, with a little more digging, I'd find onion rings and alcohol (a little fudging) behind it. I'm scrupulously honest, too, and I find I can still lose weight (for now) even if I go slightly over my points for the week. I need to get back to counting, though. My 'hiatus' from counting has gone too long!


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07