Friday, June 15, 2007

I Took The Plunge

I haven't been around much this week but I do have a really good reason.

On Wednesday I joined Weight Watchers along with my friends Aria and Funny Girl. I have spent the past two days figuring out the amount of points each food that I enjoy has and adjusting my menu accordingly.

It is really surprising. I can eat a bunch and hopefully still lose weight. I guess it just depends on what I shovel into my mouth. No more pints of Hagen Daaz but a serving is OK.

Since this is about integrity and being honest about where you are and where you want to be, I am going to do something that I have never done before. I am going to tell you all what my starting weight is.

Before I tell you this I want to say that every time I tell someone my weight, they do not believe me. I guess that my flab is pretty compact and so it doesn't look like I weigh as much as I do.

I currently wear a size 22/24 and weigh 287.5 pounds. My target weight is 124.1 pound. This really seems like a daunting task so I am breaking it down into 10% increments. That means that my current goal is to lose 29 pounds. (man that was hard to admit)

This is NOT going to become a weight loss blog but I will post every week what my weight loss was so that you all can keep track along with me.

It is really scarey for me to be doing this as I will not only be losing flab, but I will be shedding my "security blanket" a pound at a time. There might be a few freak outs and I will make sure to let you know about them.

I am so glad that Funny Girl and Aria are in this with me because I don't know if I would be able to do it on my own.





This is a photo of me from last year. It was the only one I had on my work P.C. that I could post that showed more than my shoulders and above. This is my friend Anne that is with me and this was when Funny Girl told us to look at the flash to take the photo and then pulled her shirt up. Yeah. We are dorks.

20 comments:

Tara said...

That is so admirable and inspiring that you're doing this! Since you're doing this with friends, it might become pretty fun and challenging too! I wish you and your friends the best of luck! It's not an easy task to decide to go into a diet plan. It's not easy for me to keep to serving sizes either, but most of the time I do. It's definitely a challenge.

Churlita said...

Good for you. I'm pulling for you. A woman in my office lost more than 60 lbs on weight watchers and has kept most of it off for several years now.

Moonbeam said...

I struggle with weight just as you do, Rachel. I have been a "yoyo" most of my life.

I loose 60 pounds or so, then over time I put all or some of it back on...arrgg. I get so mad at myself when I think, why did I let myself gain that weight back. Instead I could have gone from that point and lost even more weight.

It's great that you are including family, friends and blogreaders to help you along your way. I will be here encouraging you every pound of the way!

I have low self-esteem, plus other problems in my life that cause me to "fall off the foodwagon" as I like to put it. I just have to wait until my mind is set to do it and take care of ME. I am so glad you are taking care of YOU.

You are inspiring me, to yet again, get off my duff and really put my mind to losing weight. You are truly an amazing woman!

I know you can do it, hang in there.

Sizzle said...

good for you for putting it out there. there is no shame in what you weigh and what size you wear. the true shame is not loving the body you are in- you deserve to feel that! WW is a great program. yay you!

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Good luck!!! I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

reformattingmybrain said...

Good Luck Rachel! I did Weight Watchers with a friend a few years ago and we loved it. I plan on starting again after baby.

You are so amazingly strong I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job with this.

mielikki said...

Good for you Rachel. What a positive step forward for you to take.

Rachel said...

Tara ~ The serving sizes are surprising me. Some of them are a lot bigger than I expected and some are a lot smaller. 1 oz of shredded cheese is a lot.

Churlita ~ That is really good to hear. Our leader lost 100 pounds 4 years ago looks fantastic. I have by far the most weight to lose. About double what Funny Girl and Aria should lose put together.

Moonbeam ~Wow!! Thanks. I hope that I CAN be an ispiration to you and achieve my goal. It seems unfathomable at this point but who knows how I will feel a year from now. Hopefully considerably lighter.

Sizzle ~ It was hard to put that weight out there. No one ever guesses that I am that big. I carry most of it in my legs and butt. My stomach doesn't pooch out further than my breasts so it is deceiving.

Diva ~ Thanks. I appreciate every crossed finger I can get.

Reformat ~ I am glad that you loved it. I hope that I will love it too. At this point it has been amazingly easy. But considering that I have 34 points per day to chow my way through I am not hungry at all.

Mielikki ~ Thanks. I hope that I will take this and run with it. When I am able to run more than half a block without wheezing that is.

Freckle Face Girl said...

That is great! We'll be cheering you on!

The Furtive Wangler said...

Doing this with friends you know must be a help in these early days, you can learn together! Good on you girl for being open and honest about it all. You'll have my support along the way.

reformattingmybrain said...

I actually remember some days where we didn't eat all out points - those were some exciting days :-) We got so good at finding GOOD things to eat. MY ADVICE.... Don't start living on carrots! :-) We found that as a 0 point food and we seriously ate bags and bags of carrots. I have not eaten a carrot to this day! Our favorite treat was the 1 point fudge bars!

Hilly said...

Congratulations and yay you! You know I am on WW, have lost 100 pounds and in no way am a WL Blogger so it can be done!

laughingattheslut said...

We have about the same goal weight.

I'm a lot closer to it, but you'll probably get there first.

Glad you've got friends to do this with.

Good luck.

Babybull40 said...

Losing weight is a challenge for anyone.. I commend you on wanting to be healthy and happy.. I wish you all the best for this endeavor... I'm currently not dieting.. I don't actually diet.. but I have lost some weight.. it took a year and a half... and the goal is to be around 145 lbs... Look forward to seeing the results...

Anne said...

Way to go chica! Before you know it, my clothes will be too big for you.

l.b. said...

Right on, Rachel. The best thing is that you are excited and positive about this experience! You are an inspiration.

ANON1 said...

Well, good luck with the diet. Exercise is KEY and eating six small meals a day will help.

evil-e said...

Much luck in your quest. I can only presume it will be tough, but the rewards will be countless.

AlienCG said...

You will do very well in this endeavor. You are walking this path with friends and you are also blogging about it. Both are good therapy and I look forward to following your progress.

CapCity said...

I agree with everyone else - this is great and I wish U all the best! U're an added inspiration for me to "stick to my guns" - my biggest challenge is regular exercise. Keep me in your prayers as I keep u in mine:-).