Saturday, May 9, 2009

Back at Weight Watchers

I first did the Weight Watchers program in 2002 and lost about 22 pounds. Back then, it was one Points program, pretty straightforward. I enjoyed the meetings and found them very helpful. After becoming a lifetime member, I even joined staff briefly but did not find that activity a good fit as I was building my business at the same time and needed to devote more time to that.
Losing the weight made me feel so good about myself that I found love and became engaged and then married in June 2004.
A few pounds crept on and I "tried" WW again in 2006. That time it didn't work as well as I was not committed to doing the program and no longer enjoyed the meetings. By then, there were two choices, Core and Flex. I "did" Flex but quit after a few weeks.
In early 2008, having packed on about 25 pounds and feeling quite unhappy about that, I went back to WW and this time did the Core plan, which I enjoyed. I lost 4 or 5 pounds and was on track for more, albeit slowly, when my husband suggested we both try Nutrisystem because one of his friends had done it and lost weight.
On Nutrisystem I lost another 14 pounds or so by early 2009.
I maintained that loss until about three weeks ago (at five pounds from goal weight) when I found weight creeping on again.
I decided it was time to go back to Weight Watchers for the support and to get that last ten pounds off.
Today I found out that Core and Flex are gone and now there's just one plan, Momentum, which is a combination of the two. I can live with that, since I lost most of my weight on Flex but liked the simplicity of Core.
I liked the meeting and I liked the leader, and will keep going back to this meeting (Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM at the Ocean Park location in Santa Monica -- close enough for me to walk). Join me there if you want to try Weight Watchers -- I do recommend the program.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Long Overdue... Renaissance Faire Fun!




Kim and I enjoyed our third year together at the local Renaissance Faire. We are gradually completing our outfits as the Innkeeper and his Wife...






...who were visited in 1525 by our friends from 2009, Kevin and Lizzy!




Panel Discussion in Pictures



Got some pictures from the panel discussion to share with you all!




And at our reception afterwards... enjoying the company of one of our panelists!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

No Nonessentials Month

After taking a hard look at the bills paid this past month and how much cash flowed out of the ATM that was spent here and there, I'm going to attempt to challenge myself with a no-nonessential spending month in May. That means no daily frozen yogurts or protein bar snacks, no $4 lattes, no drop-ins at the shoe or clothing store for something I suddenly "need," no new makeup... just making do with the food in the freezer and cupboard plus any other basics from the supermarket, wearing the clothes I have, and drinking tap water (better for the environment, too!) I've become accustomed to just letting the cash hemorrhage out of my hands every month... often spending when I could be working. We'll see how this goes!