Day 161 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable

Day 161 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable

Day 161 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me AccountableI’m now at about 5-1/2 months on this Weight Watchers Smart Points System diet and I’m still on track with a total loss of 30.5 pounds.

I have lost my enthusiasm for doing Facebook Live videos for right now but I will be back doing them soon. I just have some personal stuff going on and I have a hard time faking happy when I’m not.

A friend took me to lunch the other day for my Birthday and I didn’t really pay attention to the points, as she was buying with a coupon but it didn’t seem to hinder my loss for the week.

I’m sure if I did that every other day or something like that, of course I would start gaining weight back but I am really fighting hard to continue losing, no matter how small of an amount it is for the week.  The numbers seem to vary from a loss of 1/2 pound to 4 pounds per week.

The main thing for me is that I do feel better.  With the extra weight I was lugging around, I was having a hard time breathing and that has improved greatly.  Very little shortness of breath at all now.

My daughter’s wedding is in two weeks (August 31st) and I have reached my goal I made for myself which was to lose 30 to 40 pounds by that time.  So I should be down another two pounds by the date of her actual wedding.

Then I will set another goal that I will work towards. I believe setting your goals too high in the beginning are a prelude to failure.  If I had set my goal for the total amount I want to lose, there is no way I would have made it by the wedding and I would have just given up.  So by creating smaller goals that are more attainable, it makes this so much easier.

Day 161 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable-

I also feel that making my “Weight Loss Journey” public online has helped me to stick with it.  Those times that I do feel like straying from the diet or cheating, I think of my next “Accountability Report” I will be making and I want to be able to say, “Yes, I’m still on track and I’m still losing weight.”

There are so many diet programs out there and I’m not saying one is better than any other, just that Weight Watchers works for me.  >>>> Take at look at Weight Watchers (Aff.) and see if it might be right for you.

In a few months, I will start to post my before and after pictures.  It’s still a little too embarrassing at this time to put the pictures up there for all to see.

I’m not sure what I will reward myself with when I do reach my ultimate goal.  I’m not crazy about fashion. I’m just a country gal who likes her jeans and T-shirts.  Maybe I’ll buy myself a new pair of jeans and a new T-shirt or I might buy another handbag. 🙂

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Day 92 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable

Day 92 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable

Day 92 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me AccountableThree and a half months ago if you had told me that I would be doing this well on the Weight Watcher’s New Points System diet, I would have said you were crazy but here I am at: Day 92 Weight Loss Journey Keep Me Accountable.

See my Facebook Live video below to find out how much I’ve lost and “Yes,” I’m actually having fun doing this.

I won’t lie to you and tell you there aren’t some days that I just want to say, “I’m done, this is taking too long” but I haven’t quit and that is exactly why I started this public Weight Loss Journey because I knew I wouldn’t quit if I were being held accountable for it.

Above is another one of my Facebook Live videos that I do every Thursday to account for the weight I’ve lost during the past week.

I’m not that comfortable with doing videos, “YET and STILL” but I’m going to keep doing them, no matter what.  

Thank you for watching my video and all the support and encouragement I’ve received. 

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Weight Loss Journey – Keep Me Accountable 6-29-2017

Weight Loss Journey – Keep Me Accountable 6-29-2017Hi to everyone.  I got a little off track in posting about how I’m doing on my weight loss journey.  I am still with it, staying on track with that and still losing. 

I’m averaging a 1-1/2 to 2 pound weight loss every week and sometimes a little more.  

The main thing is that I’m not gaining anything.  It keeps coming off and I’m down a full 26 pound loss since I 

started my Weight Loss Journey and I’m still having fun with it.

As I mentioned in my video above, I really believe using the Weight Watcher’s online points tracking system is behind my success in losing the weight this time. 

I’ve always said if I had someone to make the decisions for me, I’d only eat what’s put in front of me. Well, the WW point system is sort of like that. 

All you have to do is type in what you want to eat, check your points, let the software keep track and you’re good to go.

If you decide to take part in the new points system, don’t do like I did one day. I somehow got on another day and ended up adding two days worth of points on the same day.  What a mess that was to straighten out.  It wasn’t really that bad, since I pretty much have a menu that I like and it doesn’t vary too much but it was a shock to see the points doubled on that one day.

The best advice I can give anybody who is starting on a weight loss program is to:

  1.  Psych yourself up that you are going to do this.
  2.  You are going to feel better even after that first five pounds are gone.
  3.  You are doing this for yourself and no one else, although you may have reasons such as my goal is to lose 30 to 40 pounds by the end of August for my daughters wedding. I’m not doing it for her, although she’s happy about it, I’m doing it for “me.”
  4. There are going to be times when you slip or make a mistake or just plain give in to eating something you shouldn’t.  It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means, you will start again new the next day and forget about the mess up.  
  5. I’ve found for me that the best thing I decided to do was to make it public that I was going to lose the weight. It makes me think twice about having something I shouldn’t eat.  Again, I emphasize the importance of not doing this for others but for yourself and what works for you.

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Surprisingly enough, there are so many different kinds of food that you can still eat on this weight loss program.  

For example, even though I’m on a diet, I still have to have my snacks.  The key is to find snacks that will satisfy your hunger but still stay within your points.

Quaker Popped Rice Crisp Snacks Gluten Free Cheddar CheeseInstead of regular potato chips, I found “Quaker Popped Rice Crisp Snacks, Gluten Free, Cheddar Cheese” and I absolutely love these.  They aren’t like the normal “rice cakes” you used to see that looked like hockey pucks and tasted like cardboard.  These are actually very good. There are quite a few different flavors but I really only like the cheddar cheese flavor. 

They are about the size of silver dollar coins and you can have 18 of these with very little points.

Another thing I couldn’t seem to bear the thought of giving up was my cappuccino in the mornings.  I was using a 16 ounce coffee cup and drinking two of those each morning and sometimes one in the afternoon. That was a lot of calories and carbs. 

So what I did was to start using my 8 ounce coffee cup that got from Ezine Articles and that cut everything in half, so I could still have my cappuccino.  

Hills Bros Sugar-free Double Mocha Cappuccino

This was still just a little high in points but I could still have it. I started looking to see if there was an alternative and found Hills Bros. Sugar-free Double Mocha Cappuccino.

This brand tastes just as good and they also have different flavors in regular and sugar-free.  


So, do you now see why I’m not having much of a problem with this diet?  I can still have some of my favorite things and I don’t feel like I’m being deprived or starved from my favorite things.

I already shared some other cool food that you probably wouldn’t think about in one of my earlier posts.  My earlier post was Weight Loss Journey – Keep Me Accountable 5/18/2017.

Hey, do you know anyone who could benefit from what I’ve shared here?  

Share it with them and I appreciate the time you took to read my rambling on about my weight loss journey. 

Monna Ellithorpe

 

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Weight Loss Journey – Keep Me Accountable –
Topic  Weigh In and Staying Positive 5-18-2017

 

Weight Loss Journey - Keep Me Accountable 5-18-2017I am now at 42 days on the Weight Watchers Smart Points program (Non Aff.).  I got to thinking today that anyone being on a diet or a “lifestyle change” for a lengthy amount of time is going to have slip-ups every now and then. 

The key, in my opinion is to not lose your positivity about why you started this journey in the first place.  Did you start to better your health, to fulfill a promise you made to yourself or maybe just a challenge to see if you can do it?

In my Facebook Live video you will hear me tell everyone that I didn’t lose not even a half pound this past week but the positive side to this is that, “I did not gain any weight back either; not even half a pound.”  

That is still progress, in my way of thinking.  You slip up or mess up one day, it’s not over.  Don’t let the hard work you’ve already done go by the wayside and tell yourself “You can’t do this.”  

You can do this, you have or in my case, I have been doing it for 42 days and there is no reason to stop now.  

As we grow older it is harder to lose weight and of course we all know that men can seem to lose it without even trying at times.  It’s not about what anyone else can do or has done.  It’s about what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Never lose sight of the ultimate goal. 

I don’t like to cook, so most of my diet consists of something easy that I can stick in the microwave.  If you really try, you can find some pretty good meals in the frozen food section of your grocery store.  I especially like Lean Cuisine and have a few favorites that I buy each week.

I had no idea you could buy frozen foods from Amazon and even Walmart.  Walmart, I know that you can order and they will bring it out to you while you are waiting in the car but it says they will not ship.  Amazon, looks to be a little more expensive and I’m thinking probably because of the time and care to keep the food frozen until it arrives. But if you are in a bind and can’t get out to shop for yourself, this could be an option for you. 

These are a few of my favorites from Lean Cuisine.  These usually run around 8 or 9 points with the Weight Watcher’s Smart Points Program (Non Aff.) so you need to plan ahead if you are going to have one of these as your lunch or dinner. 


As I mentioned, Walmart does not ship food but you can pick it up at the store. 

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There are so many other things that I’ve tried. Some are pretty good, others not so good but that could just be my opinion. 

 

I really like the Crystal Light drinks but they do have quite a bit of preservatives and artificial sweeteners in them, so that would have to be a choice you would make on your own. I’ve decided to stop drinking them (fruit punch was my favorite) because it seems like I am having headaches.  So, you have to make your own choices but if you do decide to drink Crystal Light, in terms of flavor, the fruit punch is the best. 


Another of my snack favorites are the sugar-free puddings.  They also have Splenda in them but it’s not like you are drinking them all day long, like I was the Crystal Light, so I really don’t see much of a problem with these and they get you over that little bump in the road when you need something sweet.


So, as I sit here finishing this post, while eating my sugar-free dark chocolate Jell-O (t) pudding, I’m wishing everyone that is going through their own weight loss journey do well with it.  

Or maybe you haven’t yet gotten to the point where you’ve made that decision on your own that it’s time to do something about it; don’t be too hard on yourself.  You will know when the time is right for you to start your journey. 

Feel free to contact me if you are struggling with weight loss or thinking about starting your own journey because I’d like to give you some tips that I have found that helped me and maybe would also help you. 

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Have you had to struggle with weight loss at any time?  What has worked or not worked for you?  Every person is different, so what works for me may not work for someone else but you never know until we talk.  Leave your comments below.

 

ebates-logoOh, and I almost forgot to mention, if you do any amount of shopping online make sure to sign up for Ebates.com (Aff.) . There are so many stores and sites that participate with giving money back (varied percentage amounts) if you are signed up with them.  

I just received payment to my PayPal account a few days ago for $29.90 for purchases I’ve made and friends I’ve sent there to sign up.  

 

Take and look and see how many online stores Ebates is associated with (about 2,000) and some of them are giving up to 40% cash back on certain purchases.  It’s free, so why not check it out? 

 

Monna Ellithorpe

 

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Weight Loss Journey – Day 33

Weight Loss Journey – Day 33

 

Weight Loss Journey - Day 33Good morning or afternoon wherever you are in the world. I hope today is a good one for you.  This is my Thursday update of my “Weight Loss Journey – Day 33.”  

 

I will be adding a Facebook Live later today announcing my success so far.  I haven’t kept up very well with my Facebook Live videos but “I AM” keeping myself accountable.

 

So be sure to watch  my show from my Facebook Page; Monna Ellithorpe / Author and Writer  I usually go live with my videos about 6:30 pm EST but if you can’t make it, there is always the replay. 

 

I know I repeat myself when I talk about the new Weight Watchers Smart Points Program (Non Aff.) but it’s hard not to when you can truthfully say that you are having fun on this “diet.”  

 

Now, have you EVER heard anyone say that before?  I haven’t and I sure didn’t think I would ever be saying it.

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As you can see from the calendars of April and May 2017, at 33 days on the program, I’m doing very well in terms of staying within my points range.  April 13th, I couldn’t eat everything I was supposed to eat, so no blue dot.  May 6th, I went a little bit over and used some of my weekly points (which they call wiggle room but I call them Wiggle Points) and no blue dot there either.  

 

You can still eat pretty much what you want to eat but you need to be honest with yourself and use your SmartPhone or the computer to look up the points of something you want to eat.  

 

Oh, and did I tell you that going to the grocery store is the most fun thing to do now.  Using your SmartPhone and the Weight Watchers phone app, you can scan the bar codes of the items you are considering buying and it will tell you how many points it is.  

 

I have a confession to make but it was and has been an honest mistake.  A few things I’ve scanned and decided it would fit into my daily plan, I did forget to read and see how many servings were in the package.  For example, today I had some tomato soup.  I scanned the bar code and it came up as 7 points which is a little high but I need to make another trip to the grocery store.  

 

I don’t know about you but I read labels a lot of times when I’m eating.  Wouldn’t you know that container held two servings instead of one?  I had already eaten most of it, so I will be going over my daily points today but not by much. I’ll just have a salad and a tangerine for dinner this evening.

 

That is a lesson learned and thinking back, I’m sure I’ve done that on a few other things, not realizing it but I’m still eating healthier and less than I was, so it all evens out.

 

I normally do a Facebook Live video at 6:30 pm EST on Thursdays to let everyone know how I’ve done the past week but for some reason by phone is not wanting to cooperate with the Facebook Live app.  I’ve tried multiple times with no success, so I’ll tell you my results here and hopefully I can figure out what the video problem is.

 

I’ve been on the Weight Watchers Smart Points Program (Non Aff.) now for 34 days and I have lost a total of 15.5 pounds. The amount I lost over the past week is just 2 pounds but they tell me that is pretty normal and I am happy with that. 

 

Since I’ve kind of gotten off track with the FB Live not working right for me, I’ll publish this post and work on getting the technical problems worked out by next Thursday. 

 

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