"Free Skinny Me" – Week 1

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The first week back on the Weight Watchers plan hasn’t gone too badly at all.  I didn’t actually begin my diet until last Wednesday, needing to get the shopping in (and to finish off the last of the ice cream in the freezer), but it went ok.

The thing I like about Weight Watchers is being able to save points through the day and still have a little of what I fancy.  I think everyone has their “nibbling time” where they develop a case of the munchies.  My time is normally in the evenings when the children are in bed.  In order to make sure I have some points left so I can still enjoy a treat or two I tend to stick to fruit and veg for breakfast and lunch and use as few points as possible.  I then have a normal meal in the evening and allow myself a pack of Snackajacks or (or even and) a couple of meringue nests with Greek yoghurt and grapes.

I didn’t use all of my extra 49 weekly points this week but did dip into them.  Unfortunately the Weight Watchers tracker on their site won’t save info that you enter for the previous day(s) even though the save button flashes.  This is a long time technical problem that I had the last time I was following the plan so I am disappointed it still hasn’t been rectified.  I often don’t track my evening snacks on the tracker until the following morning so it would be handy to be able to save this information.

I am still unable to take part in much activity at all so not able to exercise.  I am looking forward to dusting down the Wii again and resuming the Wii Active Sports challenges, and Caitlin can’t wait for me to be able to compete against her on “Just Dance” (ooh, just noticed “Just Dance 3” is out!) .  I am looking for something else to add to my collection though as it can get a little repetitive doing the same things over and over.  I want something that will burn the fat but still be fun to do.  Can anyone recommend anything?

Anyway, my first week back on the plan has resulted in a small but effective one and a half pound loss so it’s moving in the right direction.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for the usual big(ger) weight drop that normally happens the first week but then again I am bearing in mind that that is due to water loss rather than fat.  I am hoping that I’m getting straight to the fat of things!

Here is my breakdown:

Starting Weight:  12st 8lbs (176lbs)

Week 1’s result: Lost 1½lbs

Current weight: 12st 6½lbs (174½lbs)

Mini goal:  To lose 19lbs by week 18

Goal weight:  8st 11lbs (123lbs)

Total to lose:  53lbs

Total  lost to date: 1½lbs


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11 thoughts on “"Free Skinny Me" – Week 1

  1. Well Done Tania! 1.5lbs loss is great, especially since you didn't actually start the diet until Wednesday! Well Done!

  2. well done Tania. A loss is a loss now matter the numbers…
    Have you tried Zumba on the Wii?..not sure where you can buy it as my mother bought mine for my birthday for me..heaps of fun.

  3. @Rachel: Thank you and I hope you are having a good week.

    @Peta: Thank you and you are right. I know if I gained even half a pound I'd be discouraged so I'd rather be losing it a bit at a time. As for Zumba, I think I'm the only person in the world not to know exactly what it is. Dancing I take it?

  4. I can't believe you are already working on this! What an inspiration! I know if it was me I would work the twin excuse as long as possible. 😉 Good job on your first week. I've set a very modest goal for myself to lose 3 pounds by the new year, mostly to keep from gaining over the holidays.

  5. I didn't have a good week I put on a pound and I thought I was really trying 🙁
    Well done Tania thats a good start.
    Good luck for next week everyone.

  6. Oh no! If you don't give up and you continue to work at it you will probably find you'll lose a little extra next week. For some reason it's not unusual for your body to tend to "catch up" some weeks.

  7. Can't find our bathroom scales but I do know I need to drop 2 dress sizes. I'm still breastfeeding Ava so have been using that as an excuse for not dieting. However, eating a Bounty straight after breakfast probably isn't going to help my wasitline. When your children give you a hug and say "Mummy you're all squidgy" it's time to do something about it! I don't know how you do it Tania, you must have loads of willpower!

  8. Weekly weigh in – down 1.8lbs, which puts me to 192lbs, down from my starting weight of 209lbs (I'm on week 10). Yippee!! Back on track after last weeks' gain. Ah ha! moment this week – the reason I'm not losing much body fat despite vast amounts of exercise and why I have no energy? I've been accidentally starving myself!!!!! My workmate's iPhone app has assisted here and shown me that on most weekdays, taking the exercise into account, I've been averaging 600-800 calories when I should be eating 1500! On a day when I've had a hot chocolate or glass of wine, I'm getting up to 1000. So I'm eating very healthily, lots of salads, low fat protein and good carbs, just not eating enough! Will have to figure out how to get the extra calories in while maintaining the good habits. And without counting the calories, because seriously? Who wants to do that!! I may have to for a week just to get the hang of it.

    On the exercise front, I'm doing well. A friend gave me Jillian Michaels 30-day shred, which is a 30 minute circuit combining strength, cardio and ab work and I'm doing that every morning (often with the help of my 5 year old twins – "Mum can I sit on your tummy?" "Mum you can use the cans of tomatoes and I will use your weights"). I'm also swimming once or twice a week, about half a mile. And walking from time to time. So I'm please I'm managing to fit the exercise into my real life of working full time and playing taxi driver, chief cook and bottle washer to my kids!

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