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BloodyBunnies

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Hey y'all! 

This is my first time on the boards, but I haven't been able to get my rear in gear, so I'm going to commit to checking in here every day during the 5-week challenge.  I'm a software developer who needs to seriously work on her Ranger skills, and lose a bunch of weight as well.  I'll be celebrating my 30th anniversary next year, and really want to be leaner and stronger and faster for whatever adventure we decide to pursue.  All the things, lol!  Since I already have a weight watchers membership going, I'm going to use that for my food plan (it works when I actually follow it).  So, without further ado, here are my quests for the challenge:

 

Main quest:  lose 10 pounds over the 5-week challenge

Sub-quests to support main quest:

1. Stay within my daily WW point range (i.e. get a blue dot every day).  Since I know things will come up, I will save my weekly points for those situations, which are NOT meant to be a regular occurrence.

2. Exercise daily: this can be as simple as going for a brief walk, if circumstances don't permit anything else.  The point is to create a daily habit.  I am going to do yoga everyday (specifically the Darebee 30 days of yoga routine), take a longer walk every other day, and on the non-walking days do a body weight-based workout.

 

Since I tend to go for the high drama, do-everything-at-once plan, and then fail in a fiery burning inferno, I'm trying a more low-key approach as per Steve's advice.  Don't wish me luck - it has nothing to do with this!  Rather, if you don't see me here daily, get on my case about it!  I look forward to meeting y'all during the upcoming challenge!  For the Rebellion!

 

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... I was going to wish you luck but instead I'm going to promise to internet shout at you if you go missing. Walking is great, it's how I started not doing nothing a few years ago. 

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I'm an all or nothing type person too, so hard to remember sometimes any progress is good because it's still progress (Watch me totally not follow my own advice! haha)

 

I reckon you can conquer that plan though, it's reasonably doable and simple.

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Hi!  Welcome to Nerd Fitness!

 

For readers who aren't familiar with it, could you explain what you'll be doing with Weight Watchers in a little more detail?  For example, are you allowed to eat anything or are there food-type limitations?  How often does the program want you to eat?  How do the point ranges work?

 

 

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Hi Hazard!

Sure, I can give an overview of Weight Watchers.  First off, there are no forbidden foods.  Each food is assigned a points value based on it's macros for the given portion, i.e. protein, fat, carbs, and fiber.  They don't disclose HOW they calculate those points, but it seems to be reasonable.  I do think it is NOT compatible with any kind of keto or high-protein/high-fat diets - the points do seem to be more heavily weighted against high fat.  Based on your weight, you have three "pools" of points available for you to use: dailies, weeklies, and fit points.  As you lose weight, the daily points will drop based on your weight to a minimum of 23 points per day - it won't go lower than that.  The weekly points start at 42 (I believe this is for everyone), to be used throughout the week to supplement daily points when needed.  They are meant to be used.  Again, as you lose weight, and you hit the minimum for the daily points, I believe the weekly points will start to decrease (not 100% sure on this - I haven't reached that point yet), and I don't know what the minimum is.  The last set of points are the fit points - you can earn those points by exercising.  If you use the WW app, you can set when those points get used - either after dailies have been used, or after weeklies in the online logging in the app.  

 

WW strongly encourages members to log their food, and will give you incentives to do so - you can earn "Wellness Wins" (yet another kind of points, lol) that can be redeemed for various swag - things like WW treats, clothes, water bottles - stuff to support a healthy lifestyle.  Now, the biggest thing that I like is that there are "0 point" foods -  which include most fruits and veggies, eggs, seafood, and plain chicken breast, as well as other foods.  I still keep track of these because they do have calories, and I can check and adjust my consumption of these if my weight loss stalls.  They provide plenty of recipes, tips, and advice to help you succeed, and also include covering your  mental outlook to help you make better choices. When I actually follow the program, it does work for me.  

 

Hopefully, this covers the information for you - let me know if you have questions!

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On 9/9/2019 at 2:56 PM, BloodyBunnies said:

Rather, if you don't see me here daily, get on my case about it! 

 

On 9/9/2019 at 4:14 PM, Harriet said:

... I was going to wish you luck but instead I'm going to promise to internet shout at you if you go missing.

 

IS SATDY WHERE"S MAH UPDATE

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15 hours ago, BloodyBunnies said:

here's your update, lol - we start on Monday!!!! And I'm not being snarky...yet.  :chuncky: Enjoy your weekend! 

 


Ohhhh, right. Sorry. I was just practicing. Ahem. That's right, practicing. 

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Jarlaxe,  early is better than never - you motivated me to get going!  Reporting in for the day - I did a short walk at work during lunch, did the Darebee day 1 when I got home from work, for both Yoga and PowerUp workouts (each is ~5 minutes, so I felt that two routines were better).  Food is on track, in fact I need to plan in a snack since I wasn't hungry for one earlier!  Hope everyone is having a great first day!

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Day 2: Did the walking, yoga, and power up routines.  Ya know, for these only being 5 minutes-ish each, I'm definitely feeling it!  As for the food, I blew it by having 2-12oz cokes today.  I would have been right in my zone without them. So, I've got to come up with alternatives to the pop - I've been trying the water enhancers, which are great while I'm at work, but the coke has to get out of the house - if it's there, I'll drink it. :chargrined:  Tomorrow's a new day.

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I say if you're purging the coke from your house, get creative! Coca-cola is a legit good rust and stain remover, toilet bowl cleaner, chrome polisher, and removes stubborn burn marks from pots. Also an excellent way to make tarnished coins shiny.

 

Kind of makes you wonder what it's doing to your insides, now that I think about it...

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@Rybach yeah, that's a little scary, actually.  I'll try to remember that when I'm ready to grab one to drink!  Hadn't thought of that.

 

Day 3:  Missed my lunchtime walk due to work stuff, but I did get my yoga & power up sessions completed.  I've used all my food allowance for the day, so no more eating tonight.

 

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Day 4:  did nothing.  Had a crazy day and everything got away from me.  I've got food all planned for the next few days, so that should be a big help.  Also, I won't be posting tomorrow or Saturday - I'll be offline camping, so I should get in plenty of exercise while hiking.  I will post an update on Sunday evening with a recap, however.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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eh, I'm late checking in.  Weekend went well.  Yesterday was good for food, but I only got out to walk - having an issue with a tweaked knee from the weekend, so I'm taking easy for a couple of days.  Down 2lbs.!  Woot!  Last week was far from perfect, so I'm looking forward to doing better this week.  TTYL!

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Hi Harriet,

 

it's been a rough week - I had tweaked my knee last week and by the time it was feeling better, I caught a stomach bug.  So, I'll be back on track tomorrow - I'm getting all of meal prep done for the week, so I won't have to worry about the food side of things.

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On 9/29/2019 at 11:09 AM, BloodyBunnies said:

Hi Harriet,

 

it's been a rough week - I had tweaked my knee last week and by the time it was feeling better, I caught a stomach bug.  So, I'll be back on track tomorrow - I'm getting all of meal prep done for the week, so I won't have to worry about the food side of things.


Ah, that's too bad. But this week is new and shiny. I hope your knee is better now. 

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ok, knee is better, and I've changed my goals a bit - I've decided to train for a 5k on Thanksgiving, so I'll be running 3 days/week, and the other four I will continue doing the Darebee workouts.  Food has been hit & miss this this week, but I've been meal prepping and it helps.  And I've been able to cut down my pop/soda to only having one every couple of days.  I'll be back to update on Monday - have a good weekend, y'all!

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Just got back home from camping - I've been doing pretty well with the running and darebee, food was off the rails for a couple of days.  However, I've prepped my food for the next couple days so I can get back on track.

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