Friday, February 24, 2012

The Fab Five

This week I officially have lost 5% of my starting weight.  It took me a while, but I don't care.  I feel more healthy, happy, and alive than I have in quite some time.

The first goal for anyone who is trying to lose weight is to lose 10% of your total body weight, because it has so many health benefits. I thought I would Google the health benefits of losing 5% to share with you, but instead found this much more interesting article.

Apparently only 5% of people who lose weight keep it off.  Wow. That is a discouraging number, but I have to admit I was part of the 95%.

So how do the 5%ers do it?  The article lists 5 habits:

  1. Make it public - I can vouch for that. Sharing my plans with my friends on this blog has helped in ways that I didn't even think it could.
  2. Pay attention - This is something that Weight Watchers really helps with.  Calculating points and tracking what I eat makes me very aware of what I am putting in my body.
  3. Enjoy themselves - I think this is the biggest variable in long term weight loss.  So far, I think I have enjoyed myself quite a bit.  Maybe too much.  
  4. Make gradual changes - My weight loss has been very gradual so far, and I love it.  Slow and steady wins the race, my friends.
  5. Allow themselves to fail - This is something that I will have to work on.  I have always been an "all or nothing" type person.  

A to-go breakfast of Greek yogurt, banana pudding mix, bananas, bran flakes, with a side of cucumber.

Lunch was left overs from the night before.  Just as delicious.

I had great plans to make dinner that just didn't happen.  Somehow Dan and I ended up at Mi Publitos.  I got a fajita taco salad minus the shell.  It was glorious.

There may or may not be confetti cake mix on top of that frozen yogurt.  Mmmmm.

Plus one pack of jelly beans (1).

I somberly ran 4 miles through a very serious episode of Glee.  Crying while running is tough stuff.

Our bags are packed and we leave get on the plane tonight.  See you tomorrow bright and early in Orlando!

Thought for the day

Daily points (31) + Running Points (8) - Eating points (41) = -2
Weekly points (49) - Mon (2) - Tues (0) - Wed (0) -Thurs (2) = 45


  1. Congrats on reaching 5%! Slow and steady wins the race!!!!!

    Can't wait to hear about the 1/2 marathon! I wish I could be there to cheer you on. Love ya!!!!

    1. I wish you were there to run it with me! :) Maybe next year?

  2. I'm eagerly following your 1/2 marathon weekend! Have the most fun possible while running 13 miles!

  3. Thanks Sarah! I am going to try to have fun and not think about how exhausted I am. I bet all the costumes will keep me distracted for a while. ;)


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