The Fat Effect

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When I was younger I used to challenge myself (just mentally, not aloud) to take the stairs two or three steps at a time. How the hell did I even do that?

Now I’m mentally bargaining with the powers at be to let me live if I make it to the top! Instead of taking them two at a time it’s more like, “I’ll climb two steps and you find someone to carry me the rest of the way.”

As part of implementing new aspects of healthier living to my overall program I decided to make sure I take the stairs to the top floor to my office at least once per day. Well, I’ve gone above and beyond that and have taken the stairs every time I head to my office the last 3 days. What’s an elevator for again? Just kidding, but it’s honestly been a conscious effort.

Anyone climbing the stairs behind me or who happens to stumble upon me when I’m at the top would probably be concerned for my well being. Since it’s an enclosed stairwell, I’ve been taking a minute at the top to regain my composure before walking to my desk. If I walked in right away they’d hear slight wheezing or panting. The sweat on my brow would probably make them assume I have a virus and force me into using a sick day.

Man how times have change. This extra hundred pounds i’ve been carrying around really affects the most menial of tasks in the worst way. Again I’m reminded that this journey is totally worth it.

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First Week & Three Pounds Down

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I finished my first week of Weight Watchers and weighed myself on Wednesday. To my delight, I lost three pounds! Now I know in the grand scheme of things three pounds is a drop in a lake, but it’s a start!

In the first week I didn’t cheat, use all of my extra weekly allowed points or forget to track a single item. Although not everything I ate was healthy for me, I still kept to the overall guidelines of eating just 39 Weight Watchers points worth of food per day … Or 39 plus a few of the weekly allowance if necessary. So by definition of the rules of the program, I succeeded. Future mini goals will incorporate using the Fit Bit I purchased and incorporating exercise. Slow down me! One step at a time.

My goal for this week is simple: use fewer of my weekly extra allowance. Yes, yes my overall goal is to lose a couple of pounds this week as well, but in an effort to achieve that my mini goal is to adhere even closer to that strict daily allowance.

The usually most difficult part of any person’s week for dieting is right around the corner: the weekend. For me, however, it shouldn’t be to rough because I work all day Saturday and can easily plan my breakfast, lunch and snacks without having access to any extras. I’m hoping to spend some time playing outside at the playground or park with my daughter as well this weekend. Each time we go I try to be more involved than the last time which helps me burn calories while we both have a great time. Thank goodness for the weather in the Southwest and being able to spend time outside when other parts of the country are still struggling with winter weather.

Alright, well there are only a couple of hours remaining until my daughter and husband get home and I still have several chores to tackle. I’m happy to be home early today because I can actually spend some time making dinner for us. On the menu for dinner: garlic and basil orzo with chicken. Not only do both my husband and I enjoy it, but my daughter devours it like chocolate! I seriously can’t wait for dinner.