Monday, June 29, 2015

Weigh In & Get Happy!

First things first, Saturday's weigh in results...

Only up .8! As I said on Friday, being on my period and not being great with my eating, plus lack of activity, coupled with the big loss I had last week, I was honestly expecting to be up at least 2-3 pounds. I'm quite pleased with this weigh in! 

This month's meeting theme at Weight Watchers is "Get Happy!". I love it--very little focus on the scale, and we're talking about so many things that I learned about in therapy; they've really done their research. Last week we talked about mindfulness and practiced a meditation exercise. That's something my therapist did with me many times, and I wanted to bring that up--basically to help anyone who might think it was "woowoo hippie magic" to hear that it actually does help. I hadn't  previously mentioned my therapy experience to my meeting group, so I decided to just bite the bullet and go for it. No shame, right? All I said was that I'd been in therapy for disordered eating (I still hate the phrase "eating disorder") and that we'd done this many times as part of therapy. After the meeting, someone came up to me and thanked me for always sharing and being so open; comments like that help me remember why I share so much. 

This past Saturday, we talked about remembering our "why"; why we're at Weight Watchers, why we're trying to get healthy. We created "vision boards" (collages) to visualize our "why"; they had a bunch of magazines, scissors, glue sticks, and paper for us to use to create our boards. I didn't really have enough time to get mine perfect, but I certainly had a good start. Sometimes I feel like I talk too much in the meetings, so occasionally I just sit back and let everyone else talk; I wasn't planning on sharing my board with the group, but then our leader specifically asked me if I wanted to share, so I did. I just had 4 pictures on it--a woman who looked very active and strong, a mom & daughter doing the muscle flex pose, "Cake Happens," and "Finally Be Yourself." I decided to finish it at home, and I love the way it turned out! I'm going to hang it on my cubicle wall at work to keep it front and center. 

After the meeting, I took Karinne to her dance class--she actually went, and no tears! I thought I was going to have to stay, so I didn't dress for a run. Since she ended up not needing me there, I decided to just go for a walk and enjoy the park scenery. I love the huge old oak trees in the park; I sat under one for a while and practiced a little mindful meditation. It was a gorgeous day; we've had a ton of rain lately, so it was actually somewhat cool (only 82 degrees, haha) and there was a nice breeze, and just enough clouds that the sun wasn't constantly blaring. 

Sunday we actually managed to get out the door for church. The last time we went was Easter :/ I could blame it on a number of factors, but really it's just laziness. We started attending a Catholic church back in January, about a year and half after moving here (we both grew up Protestant, and went to a Methodist church in Alabama). We are planning to go through the RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults) process to become Catholic; it starts in August, and will conclude the week before Easter. Despite growing up in evangelical Christian churches, I've always been drawn to Catholicism; I just feel at home when I attend Mass, if that makes sense.  I'm a little nervous about the whole process to become Catholic, but I'm also really looking forward to it. It just feels like where we're supposed to be.


  1. Sounds like a great meeting! I love your vision board. Maybe I should make one.

  2. I love the idea of crafts at a Weight Watchers meeting! It sounds like a good series. I may look into finding a meeting that works for me again.

  3. .8 is nada; Remembering my "why" is what keeps me going - what a great craft project!

  4. I love the idea of creating a vision board- I'm definitely going to do that. Goodness knows I have a million magazines sitting around and this will be a good use for them.

    .8 and then some will be gone by next week!

  5. I love the vision board! Particularly "Cake Happens"--because as perfect as we all try to be (not just in dieting, but all aspects of life), "cake happens" sometimes. And it's good to plan for it and know where to go from there. :)


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