Wednesday, April 28, 2010

weight a minute...

We interrupt this vintage & sewing broadcast for an off-topic conversation!

Over below my archives section, you might notice a new little "ticker". (I couldn't find one online that fit in my sidebar dimensions so I made one myself!)

(Normally I wouldn't share something quite so personal, but we're all family right?)

I joined Weight Watchers this weekend! I'll be following the online program. Many of you have commented over the past few months on various projects that I had "lost weight" and that's true, last year I lost approximately 15 lbs. I didn't do anything rigid or structured, or really even planned (sorry. I know that stinks.) I substituted whole grains for white, gave up sugary sodas, eat more veggies.

As usually happens with this sort of thing, I have gained 5 lbs back though, and even the addition of an exercise bike this February hasn't really made a difference (oh, wait. I bet you're supposed to RIDE the bike!)

My two Kristines (here and here) have been keeping me motivated. It really helps to have a buddy I can email when I'm hungry! ha!

Just a note about WW...I've done it in the past, after I had my gorgeous daughter Lu, and was successful. I like that I have to figure it out on my own (still have to cook, pack a lunch, grocery shop). I'm not a fan of processed foods every day so things like protein shakes/bars/frozen dinners don't work very well for me. I'd rather have real food. Anyway, I like that I'm making new habits, not letting someone else tell me what/how much to eat.

My first goal is to lose 35 lbs. I probably won't be talking about it again (unless you just ask me something specific) but I thought I'd let all of you know because my garment sewing may change a little to allow for weight loss (i.e. I probably won't be making any fitted sheath dresses anytime soon!)

If you've read me for any length of time, you know that I'm a big proponent of LOVE THYSELF. Life is too short to be worried about something like weight or diets or pant size. I still believe that, that's still my motto. I'm still fabulous and beautiful, no matter how disgusting my jiggly parts are to thin-istas. Unfortunately I've been struggling with a couple of health issues since January that have me really thinking about quality of life, and my doctor thinks weight loss may be a positive combative change I could make.

I hope you'll wish me luck and if you need an "I'm starving/I hate that damn treadmill!" buddy, let me know! I'm probably available. ;)

19 comments:

  1. i'm seriously considering doing ww online too!! I' need to check it out a bit more before I invest any money into it.

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  2. Good for you! We have been trying to eat better too and cut out processed foods. I bought Jillian Michaels "Master your Metabolism" book last year and just got her new cookbook so I'll be working my way through that. I need to lose weight for health reasons too. It sucks but must be done! ;-D I wanted to join WW too, just don't have the funds right now. Poo! Best wishes to you on your journey. I may have to start emailing you for support!

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  3. Good luck with that, I have not joined anything, just watching my intake and using guidelines from East Right 4 Your Blood Type, which helps me lose everytime. I just need to stick with it. I love that you are comfortable with yourself, but I understand the health thing that it would help. I am the same, I don't need to be skinny, but a little weight off would help everything run a bit smoother.

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  4. Good luck. I've had success with Weight Watchers many times but not in keeping it off. Hope you have better luck.

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  5. Good luck! I lost a little over 20 lbs last year for health reasons. I've kept it off and I do feel better. I have to admit that I never lost the last 10 lbs, but it's not such a big deal.

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  6. Whoa, there's 2 Kristines? I better check this out...
    Keep up the good work, I'm glad to be your buddy through this, through sewing, through life! Give any thought to walking the halls after-school with another teacher? That's a easy way to fit some exercise in your day and requires no fitness equipment! Good luck!

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  7. Anonymous8:17 AM

    Go Angie! Great to hear about the weight loss last year and joining WW online. I know you'll reach your goal and then some...the "then some" referring to the lessons and joys of the journey. I really love reading your blog and your approach to life! Hope you'll sprinkle in some tidbits about WW online every now and then.
    Cynthia

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  8. Anonymous8:22 AM

    Good Luck! You can do it for sure. You're going about it in just the right way.

    I love your blog btw!!!!

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  9. Go Angie! Although I have to say, if you find me inspirational, you may be on a long hard road. Now the Other Kristine... man I hate her. Ha! Kidding! She is doing so well! Feel free to email me with all your complaints, though--- wait. You already do that! LOL

    HA! my word verification is "maxings". We are all going to cease to be maxings.

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  10. Oh good! We can be buddies then. I've been seriously considering joining WW for the same thing- health issues. My Dad was diagnosed with diabetes this year and I DON'T want that!!!!!

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  11. Cheering you on! I've trimmed a couple of inches through exercise since Jan., now I want to see the numbers on the scale go down. New 90-day workout/nutrition challenge starts for me on Monday, so I'm up for virtual de-pudge buddies. My diet is mostly healthy: about 80% organic whole foods. Now I need to focus on the 20% that's wine, cookies, and chocolate, and make some improvements there.

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  12. Hey, I just got home from school and I'm about to jump on the treadmill! I have 10 pounds that need to go, so I'm with ya baby! My nemesis is chocolate - I c.a.n.n.o.t. resist chocolate. So, maybe we can keep each other honest.

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  13. Congratulations for taking positive steps to a healthier lifestyle! I am a WW On-Liner too. I used to go to WW meetings, hut found I do just as well, if not better on line.

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  14. It's never easy. I'm sorry you are dealing with health issues - that are driving this. I hope you keep the Love thyself and I'm positive you will.

    I'll be happy to support and share any way I can. I could use a lunch packing buddy to help come up with new quick ideas. g

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  15. I am new to your blog, but am a WW Lifer, with a total loss of 60lbs under my belt. I'm in the best shape of my life, so kudos to you in wanting to truly 'love thyself.'
    I look forward to following along your journey! Good luck!

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  16. I'll be your exercise buddy. My job this summer is to train intensively so that I can keep up my weight loss. I plan to start Jillian Michael's 30 day shred just as soon as school is out at the end of May.

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  17. Anonymous10:40 AM

    jillian michaels scares me and i hate treadmills. but i have known you long enough to know that you have done tougher things than this, successfully and with grace! i love you and support you! i am wanting to lose the same amount, i'm down 9lbs so far. e-mail me anytime, i will hold your hand. love you!
    jamie

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  18. You go, girl! I love your attitude about loving yourself just the way you are. Hugs.

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  19. Way to go, good luck to you. I'll be getting on some type of weight loss &exercise plan when I figure out which is best for me. This one sounds good. I did WW year ago & will have to check out the online version. You might be hearing from me especially if I choose WW.
    I love your blog!!

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