Wednesday, July 25, 2012

wednesday weigh-in & recap: the weight watchers warning

i wasn't prepared for my weight watchers app to yell at me today (normally i am the one yelling at it, since the app for android sucks so bad).

weight watcher's message to me is a classic example of the beloved compliment sandwich, and i can say that i've never had feedback delivered this way over a mobile app. i guess there's a first time for everything?

compliment: hey - great job on hitting your 10% target!
"constructive" feedback: but we think you're being a little aggressive in your weight loss. you probably need to cut back so you don't develop some type of health ailment
compliment: but again, yay! good job!

i stared at the message on my screen for quite sometime. i found it ironic, as just the night before i was walking around the kitchen with a graham cracker in my mouth moping about how i was getting "all fat again" and that i had gotten lazy with tracking and working out. i thought for sure i'd be reporting a weight gain in my blog post.

quite the contrary.

i pity-party texted my boyfriend, hoping he would have some magical answer:

i've never thought about the intensity of my workout making any difference in my weight loss. am i'm being naive, or just showing my newbie-ness when it comes to sustainable weight management? this idea prompted all sorts of questions in my head; what if i wasn't doing a lot of strength workouts - would i be losing as much weight as i am? has my metabolism really increased due to muscle gain? how many calories do i burn daily at rest? what happens when i reach my goal weight - what kind of workouts do i need to be doing?

i don't have any of these answers now, but i'm curious to uncover some of them. does anyone else have thoughts, or inputs on workout intensity and how it relates to weight loss? i'd love to hear from others!


the other part of the weight loss that puzzled me was my lack of tracking points. i went a full day (yesterday) without tracking and ate out multiple times over the past week (and i'm talking rich, creamy meals folks, not subway). it is possible that i have learned how to portion and make better choices and am making them without a conscious awareness of it, but i know with 100% certainty that i ate more than i should have most days, and ate too much of the foods i should be limiting (think potatoes, desserts and lots and lots of carbs).

the AMAZING key lime pie brandon and i shared at our
anniversary dinner

week overview:
weigh in: 147.5
(+/-) from last week: 
- 2 pounds
total activity points earned: 21

i started golf lessons last week as a way to a healthier me. i need to find ways to take time out for myself and find new hobbies or activities to enjoy. i've slowly gotten into the world of golf and found that i really love the calm, peace and serenity the golf course atmosphere brings (except for when i'm throwing my clubs and swearing, of course). golf courses offer nature, pretty landscapes, snack carts and loads of fun which all influenced my decision to take a 4 class course. my next class is tomorrow and we're playing in the bunkers, so we'll see how this goes. i have a lot of work to do before the two golf outings i signed up to play in!

i've got a lot of learning to do when it comes to understanding how working out and intensity levels affect weight loss and metabolism. i also need to get back on track with tracking (seriously this time) and stop making excuses to be lazy. stress at work isn't an excuse to eat more graham crackers, its a great reason to get out and sweat it out. right? right! let's do this!

- alicia


  1. I'm totally with you on the stress eating vs. working out dilemma. Honestly, I think it depends what's going on. Obviously I don't promote binge eating when stressed, but if having some dark chocolate or a piece of pie is going to help, then eat it. But if it's going to make you feel worse about yourself in the long run, skip it!

    Great job with the weight loss, but it's nice to see that the app helps keep things in perspective too. I've recently been helping to coach a friend of mine on her weight loss journey and this is something I've been trying to remind her as well. There are days when I just can't seem to eat enough calories, so I know how that goes.

    Again, great job! You've inspired me to think more about getting back toward losing weight rather than just focusing on race training.

    1. It's all about balance, you're right. Losing weight means nothing if I'm doing it in a way that harms my body and prevents me from living until I'm 90 :) :)


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