(Closed) First Weigh In for Weight Watchers….not what I had hoped….

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Don’t be discouraged.

It really depends on how much weight you have to lose as to how much weight you will lose. Losing 1.5lbs is very good. Ideally, you want to lose 1 to 2 lbs per week. That way it will have more chance of staying off.

Congratulations on losing your first 1.5lbs πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Here is what you are doing wrong, especially if you have cravings:

1. Not celebrating the 1.5 loss–that’s REALLY good! Not only is it excellent progress, but trust me, there will come a day when you will KILL to lose even .5 lbs. You have to let go of perfectionism and disappointment and be nice to yourself. Celebrate every. little. thing.

2. IF you feel like you were gypped (sp?), AND you’re having cravings (unless you’re PMSsing which is a different issue) then that’s more a sign that you are probably taking on too much change too fast. Yes, it takes commitment and a little discipline, but it shouldn’t feel bare-knuckles hard. Think of something in your daily life, your diet, or your activity level that feels the EASIEST to change–something you KNOW you can handle. Maybe it’s switching from venti to grande; ff coffee creamer instead of full-fat; taking a 20 minute walk; getting 8 hours of sleep; learning 5 new healthy recipes a week–whatever’s easiest. I often find that people try and change what they think is their worst habit and a lot of times, it’s not appropriate to try to change for where they are in the process–it’s too much too fast. Someday, maybe it’ll change, but it doesn’t have to be tomorrow. For tomorrow, just tell yourself that you’ll fight the battles you KNOW you can win.

You do this because you are trying to change your life. You cannot eradicate every bad habit competely all at once–you have to do it slowly and incrementally so you gradually get used to it. If someone had showed me how I eat now when I started my journey, I would run for the hills (What? No 3pm Coke? No daily mocha? Aerobicizing??). I did it so gradually that I bareful noticed the change. I’ve still got a ways to go, and I know how it is to be so keen on getting there; I still have to remind myself: slow and steady wins the race.

Again–1.5 is fantastic. You are doing great!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you been working out too? You may have gained muscle, which weighs more than fat. That would be a great thing, since more muscle means you burn calories faster! A better way to measure your weight loss is by measuring you waist, hips, below bust, bust, etc. It’s a much more “real” way to see your progress, since weight loss can have so many variables (ie muscle gain/loss vs fat gain/loss)

Post # 7
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Honey bee

@crayfish: I agree that muscle is a great thing, but most likely a female will not gain muscle that fast (or even a male). Few people (if coming off even a semi-sedentary lifestyle) do not gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.  

Working out is important in losing weight at the beginning not because they will initially gain muscle, but it will help prevent muscle loss.  Many dieters lose weight through muscle to start.

http://www.strength-training-woman.com/benefits-of-strength-training-for-women.html

And 1.5 lbs is the perfect weight loss. I can understand the desire for more, but this rate helps to ensure it is indeed fat you are losing and not muscle. You want to keep your muscle!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@lefeymw: Awesome! Thanks for the info :-). I always knew there was a difference in the muscle vs fat weight, but didn’t know any specifics further than that. Good info!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It’s really only healthy to lose 1-2 lbs a week, especially in WW.  If you drop too much too quickly, you usually get it back twofold πŸ™

Most people manage to lose a lot of water-weight the first week of a diet, but that can fluctuate dramatically each day based on how much fluid you take in , how hot or cold it is, when you are in your cycle, any medications you take, do you eat salt, when you exercised last… it goes on.  What you want to lose are inches and fat lbs – even if you gain a few lbs from muscle from exercising, don’t worry if your waist is shrinking.  I was doing Power 90 (the precusor to P90X which is too advanced for me) and I didn’t lose any lbs until I was near day 60… BUT I lost 3 inches off my waist and thighs by then.  I’ve since not been able to keep up with the P90 schedule, but those inches are still gone (hopeing to get rid of more).

Stick with it, don’t get down, everyone’s body chemistry is unique.  I managed to lose about 25 lbs doing WW in about 3 mos. one year (but I fell off the wagon at at Turkey-Day and didn’t get back on till recently).  At least you lost 1.5 lbs in just a week! πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JennyW1: If there was a weddingbee “like” button, I totally would have “liked” this post!  Super motivational (and realistic)!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MandaMack: Awww, thanks!

I can’t take full credit, though–I learned a lot of it from my lovely WW leader when I used to attend meetings πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JennyW1: Hahaha.

Just a random WW question…how many points do you guys usually eat in dinner alone?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MandaMack: It varies, but generally around 7-8. Sometimes we have our pasta night or pizza night once a week, but usually right around there. You CAN get it way lower if you want; that’s usually where I’m comfortable, though.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

@dunlapsangel: you can do it!  You are the sum of all your steps (small or large) so keep chugging.

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

At first I was disappointed with my weight loss too. I did good the first week (4.5 pounds) but the second week was only 1 pound. But then I realized, I didn’t gain weight, I didn’t even maintain my weight. I lost weight, and that’s what I wanted to do. So that made me happy. Even if it’s a slower than I’d like weight loss, it’s a weight loss.

I usually eat 8-10ish points for dinner. I eat very low point breakfast and lunch, and snack throughout the day, but I usually like to make sure there’s plenty for dinner b/c that’s my favorite meal.

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