Saturday, January 05, 2013

Who owns my results? Plus the daily checklist

Interestingly, I keep seeing opportunities that seem like invitations to hand responsibility for my weight loss to someone else. My workplace is starting a Weight Watchers at Work program, with a $50 insurance reimbursement if we complete the program with a solid attendance record.  My gym is doing a 12-week New Year jumpstart challenge, with fitness evaluations before and after and lots of guidance from trainers and group meetings.  An author I like is offering an online support group. All of these things would cost money, but that's not the reason I'm not doing them. They are all reasonably priced enough, and I have already spent a lot on books, magazines, cookbooks, exercise videos, etc. on weight loss.

All of these opportunities could be helpful, but they also would take away some of the control I'm enjoying by doing the Jen Plan.  I know it sounds a bit stubborn, but I want to succeed on my own so I know how to succeed on my own, and so that I can stay in charge of my own results.  There's nothing wrong with getting a little help, I'm just feeling like it is important for me to learn what healthy weight loss and maintenance feels like when I'm designing my own program. I want my success to belong to me alone.  Besides, I love that my husband and I are finally doing the same program. That wouldn't happen if I joined one of these other things.

I'll keep working my checklist for now. If I need help, I know lots of places to find it.

Today's list:

  • Average 300 minutes a week of exercise, shooting for at least 30 minutes a day -- Did my 1-hour Pilates Circuit class plus an easy 40-minute walk.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone" -- Just under my calories, everything logged.
  • Take my supplements --Forgot until now, and I can't take them this close to my nighttime meds.
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of liquids each day -- 100 ounces. I looked at the link Vickie posted, and I should be shooting for around 95 ounces most days.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber per day -- Only 30 grams today. This one is hard for me. I had a huge plate of veggies at lunch and a small salad at dinner, plus three servings of fruit. The only days I have hit 35, I have had air-popped popcorn. .


  1. I know what you mean. At some time we have to say no more tools, just do it!!!!!!

  2. I agree with the essence of what you are saying IF people do not have ego all wrapped up in your statements. Confidence, will do, get to it and I think it is great. I also think that while NO ONE should think X pounds by X date, one should keep an eye on whether or not what they are doing is actuall working. I think you

  3. Were saying that too, about knowing when to have someone else take a look.

    I think there are two levels for all of us.

    Figuring out what to do
    Doing it

    I have seen people struggle for years trying to get themselves to do it, when they really didn't have anyway of knowing if it was going to work (on their body's system/chemistry). I think you are smart to track as you are. You will know exactly what you are doing and then will be able to tweak as needed.


  5. I saw this a while back. I do not know much about thyroids, but thought it was interesting to tie thyroid and fiber (or I guess thyroid and vegetarians or the raw food thing).


"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