Monday, January 16, 2006

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Woohoo! I had a happy weigh-in this morning -- I lost 3 pounds this week! Hooray! So that takes me up to 5 pounds total in the last two weeks. I'm totally psyched. There's something about a round number that makes it really feel like progress, you know?

I kinda knew that I was gonna have a good morning on the scale. You never want to get your hopes up too much, but for the past couple of days I've actually started feeling and seeing a little difference. I haven't felt as puffy as I had over the holidays, so I was hoping to see a correlation on the scale. And I did! :-)

But Weight Watchers did give me a little scolding, saying that 3 pounds was a little too much to lose in one week. They really want you to stick to a max of 2 pounds lost in a week, because they don't want people to have too rapid a weight loss. Losing weight too quickly is often a sign that it's not going to be sustainable, cuz it's too dramatic a change. The advice they gave me today was to make sure I use all of my Flex Points this week so I can have a more gradual weight loss. Can do.

I actually think I'm ready to start exercising more, anyway. My body feels like it's adapted pretty well to being on the diet - those hunger pangs of the first week have mostly gone away, which I knew they would. So I'm gonna start slow and plan to hit the gym a few times this week, and make sure that I'm upping my points intake in a smart way, so hopefully I won't have that dizzy thing start up.


Velvet said...

I'm despising weight watchers right now for telling you that. I see the conspiracy in their advice: Of course they want you to only lose a max of 2 lbs. a week. Anything less and you'd get discouraged, anything more and you would attain your goal and stop giving them money. Unless you pay a lifetime price. Then I'm totally wrong.

Besides, how do you tell your body, "Only 2 lbs this week, ok?" That's ridiculous. Weight loss is not steady. If you chart your pound loss by the week, you'll see that some weeks you have no loss, some weeks you will have 4 or 5 lbs.

I'm done ranting! What I was trying to say was THIS IS FABULOUS NEWS!!!

Stef said...

I understand the wariness of evil corporatism, but I honestly don't feel it here. WW is designed to be a safe, natural way of losing weight - and so they are looking for long-term, sustainable lifestyle change. The worry about losing too much weight too quickly is based on several things -- first, that it will be harder to keep off, because it required a radical change to lose in the first place; and second, they really want to make sure people are losing in a healthy way - and that means not starving themselves or really over-exercising.

The whole points system is designed to help people get their required caloric intake and proper nutrition, and it is designed to make you lose about an avg of 2 pounds per week. So if someone is losing a lot more than that, that usually means they're doing something different than the plan - probably not eating enough and/or exercising a lot without taking in the necessary calories/nutrition to support that level of activity. So that's why they scold if you're losing too much - in my case, it was only 3 pounds, and I think it had a lot to do with water weight loss this week (don't ask me the number of times I needed bathroom breaks all week long).

I really don't think it's a ploy for them to get people hooked on paying money (and there are lots of different levels of subscription), I do think they're trying to promote healthy weight loss and, in the long term, a healthier overall lifestyle.

But thanks for having my back! :-)

Lady Brandenburg said...

YAY!! Good for you!

WW is not evil. I won't go into how much research and science goes in to their plan, but suffice it to say they know what the heck they're talking about. If it was a big conspiracy, nobody would lose (or keep off) weight and it wouldn't be around for the 30 years it has. I believe in what they say, and if they say use flex points, yay for you!

I TOTALLY fell off the wagon this weekend while visiting one set of in-laws (I have three, it's very strange) - I ate like a P-I-G all weekend and gained FIVE pounds. I'm hoping 2 or 3 of those are water weight - it was a very drunky weekend with not near enough water consumed.

New start, new start! My goal is to lose 13 pounds by my one year wedding anniversary in April. Woohoo!!

Mandy said...

I have to agree with Stef and Lady Brandenburg (although Velvet, your heart is totally in the right place - way to put the smackdown on corporate America!). All kinds of scientific studies that have nothing to do with WW tell you that gradual weight loss is the healthiest way to go, because your body can acclimate, you can acclimate, all that stuff. Generally, the goal is 1 - 2 pounds a week. When you consider that 1 "pound" is 3500 calories, it makes a little more sense.

CONGRATS, Stef! Well done!