Quick Update

It’s an incredibly busy day here in the Texas panhandle, so I’ll keep this one short.

Jenny wasn’t feeling good yesterday, so I went in to the weigh-in alone. This whole week has been ridiculously busy and we’ve ended up eating out for almost every meal as a result. High stress plus eating out generally means terrible results, so I went in expecting the worst. But, I came out with a loss of -1.0 lbs. That’s just fine with me!

Before I left the meeting, our leader gave us a copy of her recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce. I don’t know for sure when we’re going to try it, but if we like it I’ll go ahead and share it here for you. If you’d like to get the recipe regardless, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you a copy early.

Roles Reversed

Lately, I’ve felt like nothing was going to stop me gaining more weight. When we go off plan, it’s not uncommon for me to gain three times as much weight as Jason does. I don’t eat three times as much and he doesn’t exercise three times as much. My body is just three times more stupid. I have gained back most of what I lost last year during the recent seven months. I’m not happy about it, especially since I had been so close to getting back to where I had gotten down to during our first big effort four years ago.

I don’t handle stress well.

It’s not that stress makes me want to eat. It’s that stress overloads me. My work has been insanely busy this year. We keep hoping to relocate and our house needs a lot of work before we could possibly hope to sell it. Jason injured his back (bulging disc) halfway through a bathroom remodel in April. By the time I’m done with work, I am so mentally drained that planning is the last thing I am able to focus on. Stress doesn’t make me want to eat. It makes me sloppy.

If you make decisions off the cuff, more often than not, you choose easy, quick, less bother/clean up. We started eating out for most meals again. It was almost like the kitchen remodel that took over our lives two years ago was back to haunt us. Our lives were out of control and so was our weight.

As Jason said last week, we were finishing up the last of our mini-vacations for the summer. We had a fantastic time with family and friends. We also spent a lot of time on the road. This meant snacking, quick lunches at fast food/gas stations and sitting for hours on end. Not generally conducive to weight loss.

But it was weird. I did lose. Jason didn’t.

  • Jenny -2.8 (-30.6)
  • Jason +5 (-64.2)

This isn’t the way this usually happens.

I don’t know if I pulled myself out of vacation mode a little more than he did. Although I didn’t track, I did try to choose relatively healthy options and stopped when I felt satisfied. I tried not to leave too many meals feeling full or overstuffed. (Breakfast with friends – shout out to Alas and At! – being the notable exception.)

We’ll be going out tonight (shopping in Amarillo for a wedding gift) and a wedding reception to attend tomorrow, but we are otherwise back on plan. We did some grocery shopping last night and I’m hoping for some time today to arrange the meals so they’ll work well with our points. I don’t know what the numbers are going to show next week. Maybe they’ll regulate and we’ll get back to our usual results of Jason with a big loss and me with a baby one. Maybe I’ll even have a gain if some of my vacation simply hasn’t caught up to me yet. At this point, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we will be cooking and eating healthy food at home.

I got a new cookbook at our meeting last night with healthy versions of comfort foods. Since we’re starting to be in the time of year that I crave comfort foods, we’re going to be trying quite a few of them. If we find any we love, we’ll be sure to share them here.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted as we get back on our journey.

♫ I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again ♫

So, despite our best intentions, we fell off the weight loss wagon this year, and we fell pretty hard. Not hard as in we gained tons of weight, but in that it’s taken us seven months to get back on track. I haven’t had time to go back to January and see what our weight was to know for sure how much we’ve both gained back during that time, but it’s somewhere in the 15-20 lbs neighborhood for both of us, I believe.

That lack of time has been one of the major factors in our inactivity this year. Work just keeps on getting busier for us both, and by the end of the day all of our energy and cognitive resources are used up, and it’s easy to throw planned meals and smart choices out the window and just eat whatever’s quick and easy. It’s not an excuse, it’s just how it is. We could have been strong, pushed through it, and stuck to the plan. But we didn’t.

But, we’re reaching that point again where we’re not just going back to meetings because we “feel like we need to”, we’re going back because we want to. We’re going back because we want to lose the weight, we want to be inspired by the other people going to the meetings, and we want to inspire them in return. We’re ready for it.

A couple of weeks ago we got back from a business trip to Las Vegas (all of the Cirque du Soliel shows we wanted to see were on vacation or otherwise not showing while we were there *fistshake*), and tomorrow (today, when this post gets published) we’ll be on the road to Denver for about 8 hours. We’ll spend the night with Jenny’s best friend from high school, then we’re back on the road for another 9 hours to Salt Lake City to see her family before one of her brothers heads off for two years to serve a mission. Then we turn around and do it all in reverse on Monday morning.

With that trip, we’ll miss weigh-in tomorrow so we won’t have any results to share with you until the following week, and vacations being vacations who knows what kind of numbers we’ll pull. We’re not stressing about that though, we’ve got plenty of other things filling up the stress category for the time being. This trip is for enjoying time with family.

Chubby Couple Update

We’re still here, guys!

Just throwing out a quick post here to let you all know that we have every intention of keeping this blog going, and to keep on going with our weight loss journey.

Back in April we had a mouse chew through the water feed hose that went to our ice make (that we never use) on our refrigerator which caused a water leak into our wall that then flowed under our kitchen floor and destroyed the sub-floor in the kitchen and part of our hallway.

The repairs for that damage involved a full demolition of the kitchen and here we are almost 5 months down the line and we still don’t have our kitchen back. We do have cabinets now, but still no counter tops thus no sink.

Not having a kitchen has really hindered our weight loss goals, so we’ve pretty well taken a break from the weight loss for the time being as well. In hind sight, we really should have just shifted all of our focus to cooking on the grill and eating more foods that required alternate forms of cooking or no cooking at all.

We’re going to get back to the Weight Watcher meetings, hopefully on the first week of September, and we’ll get the blog back up and moving at a steady pace from there.

16 Weeks! Wait… Really?

Yep! 16 weeks!

I do find it somewhat hard to believe that we’ve managed to stay on Weight Watchers for 16 weeks consistently. It’s our first stint on the program (new, old or ancient) that we’ve managed to stick with this long. We both received our 16 week clapping hands charms last night. Nevermind the fact that neither of us has reached our 10% goal to get the key chain it goes on.

But we’re a lot closer to it than we’ve been before!

Last night we both had losses again.

Jenny -1.4 (-29 total)

Jason -2.2 (-30.6 total)

Yes, we are only 0.4 lbs from a combined total weight loss of 60 lbs during our first 16 weeks! That’s an average of -1.8/wk for each of us, which is right in line with healthy weight loss guidelines. Yay for us!

16 weeks later, we feel so much better. We see the difference in the way our clothes fit, in the energy we have. It feels great when others tell us they can really see the difference too. It has definitely been a positive experience overall and we’re looking forward to seeing less of ourselves!

We’re shrinking!

Even the new 2x shirts I bought for Jason are starting to fit him loosely. And don’t even get me started on his pants falling down!

I’ve gone from dreading the (I thought) inevitable move from size 28 jeans to size 30, to slipping into a pair of size 26 that have been hiding in the back of my closet for a year and a half. Jason used to love these jeans on me, and admitted to me this morning that he thought I had long ago gotten rid of them. I think he’s glad I didn’t.

I know I’m glad I didn’t.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this happy and sexy. In my old black jeans and a lacy gray blouse, I told Jason that I felt “done up” today and suggested that he needs to take me out tonight.

He didn’t need much convincing.

Oh, Snap!

I completely forgot to mention that Jenny earned another achievement last week with her loss at the weigh-in!

Way to go, Sweet!