Friday, September 26, 2008

setting goals and keeping them...

You gotta see this!! At today's WW meeting, we were talking about dancing being a fun way to lose weight. So our leader dressed up in a disco outfit. What a hoot! He had on high heel shoes, bell bottoms, a huge afro and aviator sunglasses. That's Audry in the background. She's a staple at our meetings. She's been coming for years and has encouraged us all to lose it all. (Sorry, Ned, I couldn't resist!)

On to more serious stuf... I've made a huge mistake...

I thought Thanksgiving was the 3rd Thursday in November. Isn't Thanksgiving usually the 3rd Thursday in November??!! I thought that was the rule.

I guess I was wrong, because this year Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday in November. I asked my husband and he said he thought Thanksgiving was always on the last Thursday in November. So I guess this was a huge brain fart. Ugh!

Do you know what this means???

Our 18 Week Challenge has just become a 19 Week Challenge. Ugh!!!

I can't believe I did this. But I guess it's a good thing, right? Now we all have another week to lose the 18 pounds, right? So instead of there being 7 weeks left, there are 8 weeks left. I only have 6 pounds left to go. I sure hope I can do it.

I tried something new this past week. I didn't splurge at all (well, except for that tiny little dessert I had at Logan's Steakhouse last Saturday night, and that doesn't count because it was my birthday and it was only a 2 ounce dessert—that's my story and I'm sticking to it). I exercised 4 out of the 5 days (couldn't get my butt out of bed Friday morning to go biking, I wasn't being lazy, I didn't sleep well that night and only went to be at 1:30 am the night before). But the point is, I did real good this past week. I stayed in my 22 points a day. I only used 5 of my 35 flex points. I exercised and burned a total of 1,950 calories. And still by Tuesday I was up 2 pounds from Saturday's weigh in. I was able to get a half of a pound off by Thursday and then the rest of the 1.2 pounds came off on Friday. I'm not sure why my body does this. It really freaks me out, you know? I panic that I'm not going to get those freaky few pounds off and then at the last minute they come off.

Oh, well, at least they come off, right? It could be worse. I just know that I have to really keep a close eye on my gains from the weekends. It used to be that I could get up to 5 pounds off between Mondays and Fridays, but now, I think my limit is only 2 pounds. So, less splurging or very little on the weekends.

Okay, so my next WW goal is going to be my next 10%—my 5th 10%—159.4 pounds (total of 105.8 pounds lost).

Then after that, I'll go for my final "ultimate" goal weight of 140 lbs. That will put me at a total of 125 pounds lost—almost half my body weight. Half of my body weight would be 132 lbs (because I started at 265.2). If I get down to my weight being 140 and feel like I could lose more, then I'll go for the final 8 pounds and land at 132.

But here's the cool part... I started WW on 5/12/07. I think it's totally doable that I could reach my ultimate goal of 140 by 5/12/09—my 2 year anniversary! By Thanksgiving I will have lost 100 pounds. That only leaves 25 pounds left to lose to reach the 140 lbs. There are 24 weigh ins between Thanksgiving and May 12th. I think I could totally lose 20 pounds in 24 weeks. You think??!!

I'm so excited that I'm only 31 pounds away from goal. I never thought I'd make it this far. And I keep getting compliments from everyone about how good I look. I feel pretty again. Hubby even told me how good I looked this morning. I love it when he does that. I feel so special!

Well, I told you I'd update everyone's challenge weigh ins last Monday, so I'm finally getting around to it (sorry). Here are the updates:

"18 Pounds in 18 Weeks"

Challenge Update! -
Week Eight
(updates in bold below)

Bento Box Diet (sat WI) - No weigh in since week 4. Total loss 5.5 pounds. :[
Katschi (tues WI) - No weigh in since week 5. Total loss 3 pounds. :[
MaryFran (tues WI) - She was "up" last week.
Karyn (mon WI) - Lost 2/10ths of a pound
Donna (mon WI) - No update from last week.
Spunkysuzi (sun WI) - Lost 1.2 pounds
Cathy (fri WI) - Lost 2.6 pounds
Christine K. Sader - New member. Haven't gotten an update yet. Will keep you posted.




Karyn said...

OF COURSE you can make your goal by your 2 year anniversary! In fact, I won't be surprised if you make it before that!

You are truly and inspiration, Cara!

amy said...

YOu are doing wonderful. I am hoping to hit my 10% in the next 2-3 weeks. You are doing great. I enjoyed the meeting this week as well

spunkysuzi said...

Just wanted to let you know that this week i'm down -1.2 bringing me to 137.4


Donna B said...

I am so excited for you with the goals you have set. that would be FANTASIC to reach goal on your WW anniversary! Keep up the good work!

Deborah said...

You can do it, You can do it, You can do it! How's that for rooting you on?

Anonymous said...

Hey Cara
Good luck with this 18 (now 19) week challenge!
I wanted to mention a neat way of you all motivating each other by using the tools on -it's a new free website that takes your stats and then matches you up with someone just like you. There's already someone on there doing a challenge similar to yours. I know you guys have already started but I just thought you might be interested.
Best of luck for reaching your goal.

Karyn said...

Cara...checking in on my weigh in.. I've been down as much as 3.4 during the week, never been over my weight of last week, but I'm weighing in today at only 2/10 down.