Weight Watchers at WKU, Weeks 1-3

One of the great job perks at WKU, my place of employment, is that we are given free access to Weight Watchers.  WKU offers three 12-week series of WW a year, one for spring, summer, and fall semesters, and so long as we attend at least 9 of 12 meetings, we pay nothing.  It’s a pretty sweet deal, and I am taking advantage of it.

I’ll be honest; I’ve done WW at WKU before and just piddled my way through, up and down and not really making much progress.

However, I have started again this spring, and for whatever reason, this time, it is sticking.

I weighed in at my absolute highest weight ever on January 30th at 434.0 pounds

January 30, 2017 – 434.0

But then… I stuck the program, I got a nice journal to track in, and… I’m losing weight!  And while it is a little tough, it’s not impossibly difficult.

February 6, 2017 – 424.8 (loss of 9.2 pounds)

February 13, 2017 – 421.2 (loss of 3.6 in one week, total of 12.8 pounds)

I obviously do not expect to have a loss like that again this week, but I’d be beyond thrilled to lose two pounds a week.  And I feel good about it.

I’m exercising, although I’m admittedly going very light.  It’s funny; I can look back at how much more physically fit and active I used to be, but I just lost it.  Rather than bemoan that fact, I’m starting super slow.  I do about 20 minutes on the treadmill every night.  It feels almost embarrassing to admit that, especially when I used to be able to do so much more, but that’s where I’m at.  I’m slowly upping my speed, and I’m about to increase my duration as well.

I’m still on my quest to become a Power Ranger.

I’d encourage you to follow me on Instagram, as I’m a much more frequent Instagrammer than blogger, but I will try to stop in here every few weeks and track my progress toward becoming a Power Ranger.

What I Learned Today At Weight Watchers

For the next few months, my Saturday mornings are going to be pretty routine.

I’m going to go to my Weight Watchers meeting at 10 a.m. and then to my office at work to write on my dissertation.  (I hope to graduate in August, which means I have to defend my dissertation by mid-June.  And that’s about three months away.  Yikes!)

So before I head home for the day, I’m writing out this quick blog post.

I’m happy to be going back to WW meetings.  Carla is our typical Saturday morning leader, and she’s awesome.

Today, we talked a bit about the positive impact of exercise and weight loss.

One member shared that her cholesterol has dropped 65 points because of weight loss.  Holy cow.  How amazing is that?  Another person shared that she’s gone off of her blood pressure medication.

Myself?  I am pre-diabetic.  All through my 20s and early 30s, my blood sugar levels were fine, even as I was morbidly obese.  Now, not so much. I’m not diabetic yet, but it’s coming.  And I have to get this changed, right now.  Weight loss and exercise is how I’m going to do it.

Every Saturday that I get to go to meetings (which will hopefully be most of them), I’ll share what insight I gained at the meetings.  Today, I left on fire to do this.