Monday, January 21, 2013

My "Alaska 25", Weight Watchers, Healthy Changes

Office/craft/guest room gets "yoga room" added to its title
Way back when, in January of 1999, I went to Weight Watchers (WW) for the first time.  Three times in 1998 ADULT women asked me when my baby was due -- I wasn't pregnant.

I was not impressed when a friend excitedly informed me I could shop at Layne Bryant with her.  Mentally, I was not a "big girl" and squeezing into size 14's (REFUSED to buy the size I should --16) just didn't fit my image of me!  My 5'4" in frame is very small boned. Adult watches and bracelets are often too large for me, even when I have extra pounds on me.

A long story short, I joined WW (for the "diet"), lost the weight, quit WW, gained the weight and found I had to go back.  Back and forth, up and down, I went, and struggled until I changed my thinking and wasn't there just for the diet, but for the life-style change.  I refused to do anything to loose the weight that I couldn't see doing for the rest of my life.  The weight FLEW off, and before I knew it, I was down to a size 4!  I kept the weight off through a healthy and active lifestyle for many years.  Then I moved to Alaska.

Winters are long, dark, and depressing!  Five pounds became ten, then fifteen, twenty, and now I am twenty-five pounds, and three dress sizes, larger than when I got off the plane in June of 2010.  My entire world changed.  No horse riding, no mucking stalls, no endurance racing/training with friends.  My cholesterol was sky high, low iron, my health, a year ago (have to make that appointment soon)!

I rejoined WW last year, dropped 10 pounds, stress eating put it back on, along with another 5, and I've been struggling. 

I knew I couldn't follow the plan during the holidays, and have been slowly adding healthy activities as well as healthy eating (which is what the new WW 360 is all about--small changes that have big results).

This week's challenge was to make changes to your living space.

Yesterday I cleaned the fridge and tossed outdated foods, as well as unhealthy items.  I arranged the food I put back in so the healthy foods are right there in sight, easy to grab.

Part of the move to get my office/craft/guest room more organized was to also be able to do my yoga.  I guess there is no better time than the present, so this morning I did my yoga, everything is neatly in the basket by my desk, CD is now in the laptop, the real challenge will be to do it tomorrow before work!

1 comment:

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Weight challenges...yes I have them too...I am very sedentary...all the activities I enjoy are sitting ones...I know I have to lose weight, but just haven't gotten there yet...