Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A bad idea deserves a good one

About a month before Christmas I had the bright idea that I was going to just let loose and not worry about sugar and dairy and just eat whatever treats came my way. So I indulged and I indulged bad. I knew I would probably gain a little weight but I decided I would just worry about it after the holidays. And then the week before Christmas I had that horrible issue with my back and I was resigned to eating lots of frozen pizzas (my husband's specialty) and obviously getting no exercise.

My back has been slowly recovering and I have been eating better but the exercise wasn't happening. I have spent the last 3 months wearing my yoga pants. At first it was because it was more comfortable since I was stuck home anyway dealing with my back and then it became a necessity. Nothing else would fit. So if you know me in person, you now know why my black yoga pants have been my uniform for the past 3 months.

I knew I was gaining weight and getting out of shape but the other night when I was headed to a cub scout dinner (yes, the mom of 3 girls is a cub scout leader!!) I wanted to wear jeans and I could not fit into any in my closet. I was quite depressed. I finally made myself step on the scale and found out I have gained 10 pounds since Christmas. Add that to the extra 5 lbs of baby weight I was still carrying and it equals embarrassing my children when I wear my "jammies" out everywhere.

I decided it was time to do something drastic - weight watchers. I have a sister who lost an amazing amount of weight doing weight watchers and I did it briefly several years ago when I wanted to lose 10 lbs real quickly before my Grandma came to town. If you have a super thin and opinionated grandma like me, you will understand. Anyhow I think weight watchers is one of the best programs out there. It is not a fad diet and I think most of their advice is nutritionally sound. Plus it works.

So I signed up for weight watchers online. It is kind of spendy but I think it is worth it for me. It is helping me get a little more focused on paying attention to what and how much I am eating. One thing I am realising is that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I have been making lots of "healthy sweets" lately and indulging a bit too much. Just because it is "healthier" doesn't mean I can eat how much I want. I need to remember this. So the journey begins. This first week I have lost 3lbs. I weigh myself every Friday so I will let you know how it goes.


  1. Hey, Heather. Debbie from Ankeny 2nd Relief Society. Thanks so much for your presentation tonight. I'm sorry I talked so much. I have been struggling with how others are taking my dietary changes and everything you said was soooo validating to me. I really needed that.

    On the back issues, I too have been having horrible back issues. For the last two months I've been going to the chiropractor regularly. When I went off the dairy, the back issues cleared up, so I was interested in that fact that your Christmas binge of dairy and sugar was followed by a back problem. I don't know if they were connected, but that also validated my decision to go dairy free. I just really appreciated everything you said tonight, and I hope I wasn't too much of a blabbermouth!

    It was nice to meet you!

  2. Thanks Debbie!

    You didn't blabber too much at all!! It was great meeting you!