Tuesday, August 11, 2009

When We Last Left Our Intrepid Heroine...

Maintenance...

Is not very exciting.

Except that it sort of is.

Except when it's not.

Yeah, I'm all over the map recently.

Let me start over again.

Maintenance... uR Doin it... Pretty wel akshuly.

I weighed in this week exactly the same as last week. (Despite my Wii Fit telling me I'd lost 6 pounds, gained 3 pounds back in one day, and according to it, I am 2 pounds down from where I was last week, but you know, I begin to think it's doing unspeakable things with my DVD player in its spare time...)

Also, because I hadn't decided until after the meeting and my quick chat with Beth, that I was declaring goal, I hadn't announced it at last week's meeting.

So I did that this week.

I brought in my obligatory Before picture and my fat pants. (No, I didn't stand in half the pants to show them off...)

I was quite astonished at people's reaction. My weight watcher's group, you must understand, has a LOT of regulars. I've known about half these people for at least a year (even if I don't remember all their names) and at least 5 of them for the entire 20 months that I've been at WW. So, I was a little floored at the gasps when i held up the 8x11 picture. (Were they horrified gasps? I'm hoping they were "wow, I'm impressed" gasps. But really, that before picture scares me, so they might be horrified. Except I'd hate to think that I horrified anyone except myself.)

I also apparently sold someone a few months of weight watcher's last night. She was on her way out the door - had come in for some information and decided that she'd "think it over" - and Beth shoved me in her direction. "Quick! Quick! Go show this to her," she hissed at me just after I weighed in.

The woman stopped. Goggled. Looked at me. Looked at the picture. Looked at me.

"Incredible." She said. Then she proceeded to grill me. How many points did I eat a day, how long did it take me, was I happy... fortunately she did NOT ask me about my exercise, as that might have frightened her off. As it was, she ended up staying for the meeting, asking loads of questions, and as we were leaving, she was signing up for the monthly pass.

Stay tuned this week, I have some exciting stuff in the works for you, including a guest post from the lovely and intelligent Hanlie of Fertile Healthy, and a book review and contest!

Check back in next week as our intrepid heroine (not to be mistaken for intrepid heroin!) tackles another big obstacle! Sleepover party for 6 yr olds... scary!

14 comments:

Jeanne said...

Ha! I can understand the reaction-- they're regulars, ergo they see you every week, ergo they've slowly adjusted their mental image of what you look like.

I know what one USED to look like can be a bit of a shock, because I just did the same thing to myself this weekend-- in filing some newer progress pics of myself, I pulled up the photos I took in Week 2. ("My GOD. Was that... ME? ALL of it? I really LOOKED like that?")

And think, I'm only *half*way to where you are! ;)

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

1-Congrats, I'm impressed :) I suppose we do all of this work to eventually get to maintenance, there's a lot to read about how to get there, but seriously WTF do you do once you get there!

2-Your Wii doing unspeakable things to your DVD player=hilarious :)

Summer said...

Ah, maintenance. You're right, it lacks drama... although that doesn't stop me from occasionally wailing to myself "waaah, I have to do this for the REST of my LIFE."

I have an important favor to ask of you. Could you please update your picture page with a new shot? I know I'm not the only one who wants to see how you look now that you're at goal.

Susan said...

Thank you. I am struggling right now and seeing the gradual lose if enough to drive me crazy. I seem to lose 1 or 2 lbs and get discouraged then eat. I know it takes time since I did it before. Your pictures reminded me. I am lifetime WW so I just need to get there again.

Angie said...

Wow... to think one day I might be able to impress or horrify people with my success is exciting! Thanks for that thought. It makes me want to keep going!

Angie

Mama Bear June said...

You are awesome! Congrats on the great progress and on reaching maintenance.
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Lisa said...

WOW! thank you so so much for leaving a comment on my blog! that meant a lot:)

you are so absolutely fabulous! i have gobbled up your blog and am addicted:)

gotta love success no?

thank you again!
xo

hardcorekiki said...

Those pictures are worth a million bucks! They are so inspiring. How did you like being a spokeswoman for the evening? As for the gasps, I think when people see us regularly they don't notice the drama behind a huge loss. Bask in it!

Rebecca said...

Lynn, Thanks for the comment!!

I do actually talk a lot about 'dieting, WW, etc.' but like you, it's not complaining or moaning but motivation, frustration, etc.

So glad to have found someone who made Goal!! I find myself perusing the Maintenance boards more and more.

Hanlie said...

Intelligent? Thanks!

Good for your for being the poster girl for your WW group! I suppose they just got used to seeing the new you - it's happened with me and a friend of mine... I struggle to remember what she looked like when she was fat.

Crabby McSlacker said...

That's so great that your progress was such an inspiration!

And you may need that heroin if you're hosting a sleep over part for 6 year olds!

She-Fit said...

Look at that. You are an inspiration to a lot of people out there. Your journey is going to inspire tons of people in their weigh loss journey. Looking forward to the week's surprise :)

266 said...

I just found your blog through Cranky Fitness' post at: http://www.crankyfitness.com/2009/07/weight-loss-blogs-kickin-ass-and-takin.html and I thought I would say hello. I just started my own weight loss blog today so I will be popping back to see what you've been up to and see if I can pick up any tips or lend support. I took a peek at your progress pics, by the way, and I'm positive that they were "wow, I'm impressed" gasps that you heard... you look great!

erinstartsliving said...

Your and your pictures are soooo inspiring! I bet everyone that gasped was in awe of how awesome you have done!