Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kathy Week 36: Oh, no...what was I thinking???

Kathy's Week 36 Stats:
Last Week's Weight: 129
Today's Weight: 131
Starting Weight: 151
Total Weight Loss: 20 pounds

Ummm...I'm gaining weight. 

Two weeks ago I was at my goal weight, 127.
Last week I was at 129. (I blamed it on hiking Mount St. Helens, and retaining fluid in my sore muscles.)

This week: no excuses. I'm not exercising. I'm not tracking my foods in I weigh 131.

We have family in town, and the schedule is crazy. I'm not eating all my meals at home, and I'm not making good choices when I'm out.
(Mark and me hiking with our grandkids yesterday. Let me tell you, these kids are great hikers!)

Hoo boy, I know what I need to do. I don't really want to do it. I wanted to get to goal weight, and then just sail along and live happily ever after.

But it ain't gonna be that easy. I'm going to have to 1) work to re-lose those last 4 pounds, and then 2) stick with a responsible, reliable management plan.

Can I do it? Am I destined to yo-yo and backslide?

I'm really struggling with how to maintain the active exercise schedule I was loving all summer. (I'm a teacher, in case you forgot, and I went back to work this week.) I know, I know, I'm a major whiner compared to the rest of the world that only gets 2 weeks vacation every year, but it's this transition that's killing me.

Help! I need suggestions! I need some inspiration with healthy recipes! I need to get back on track!

I'd love any comments you have for me. If you have a great healthy recipe, or some dynamite ideas, or your own story of how you lost and maintained weight, we'd love to feature you! If you're not a regular Skinny contributor, just email me ( or Katie ( and we'd LOVE to have you guest blog for us here on The Skinny. If you have any kick-my-bum ideas on how to get me out the door and back into exercising again, I want to hear them! 

Four pounds gained in two weeks is noooo good. Please help me get Skinny again!

(PS - One bright spot - I bought a pair of size 10 jeans this week, and they look great on me! Feels good! I want to keep wearing them!)


Dorothy said...

Yea for the size 10 jeans!

I hear you on the lose/gain topic. I've got a certain 5 lbs that comes and goes regularly, depending on....I don't know...the mood of the month?

It really annoys me to think that we have to be so totally paranoid and constantly vigilant about every bit of food we eat or movement we make with our bodies. I wish I knew the secret to maintaining without constantly worrying about it. I'm still trying to figure it out, obviously.

Anyone out there with ideas on how this works? I'd love be more like I was in my twenties...I could eat anything, not exercise, and stayed the same weight without any thought. Something to do with metabolism, maybe?

Kendra Last-Bookartist said...

Eat crunchy fruits and vegis. Carrots, celery, grapes, apples, things like that. Those are great lunch foods. Fun to eat and full of flavor. I like to get fresh hummus to dip the vegis in. Hummus is better for you than ranch dip or something. Peanut butter is also good on the celery. Anything that will take a little longer to eat is good. When I was working on loosing weight about 5 years ago, first I cut out my ritual sweets after each meal. Then I cut my portions down a bit. But I was eating faster and felt like I was doing something wrong if it didn't take me 20 min to eat. So instead I added foods that took longer to eat, and taught myself to savor the flavors in each bite. Now I am kind of a slow eater, but I think I eat less because of it. If you take the time to listen to when you are full, and stop you will find yourself eating a little less and still feeling full. That is my suggestion. Crunchy is my favorite slow eating kind of food. :) Also train yourself to drink some water after every few bites. Helps with the digestion and helps you take your time.

We'd love to hear from you!

Want to write a guest post for The Skinny? E-mail Katie at kathleenann08 (at) gmail (dot) com.