The Scale – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

the scaleAnybody else feel this way when they step on the scale? I have been a member of Weight Watchers for a little over 3 years now. Trust me, that scale has been a huge part of my life for a long time, actually way way longer than just 3 years. Some days it makes me happy, some days it makes me sad, some days it makes me angry, and some days, well frankly, some days I just pretend it isn’t there!! I use the scale for accountability. Apparently I need this electronic object to tell me how I’m doing or what I should change. It can evoke joy, hope and failure.

I have been thinking a lot about this lately. While the scale can be a useful tool, does it really say anything about who I am? Does it register when I’ve been a good wife, mother, grandmother, employee or friend? Does it tell me when I’ve been kind and helpful? Can it see into my heart and see a love for Jesus, my family, friends and my dogs??

You see, my friends. The scale is giving us a number, it says nothing about our character or who we really are, so why are we buying into it so much. I think we would much better serve ourselves if we focused on feeding our bodies the best quality and healthiest food we can. Because we want to care for ourselves, we want to give ourselves good food. And exercise…should it be torture? Or should it be a good brisk walk in the sunshine and fresh air, maybe with a friend or your dog. Or how about hiking, kayaking, swimming, playing sports, just having fun moving the bodies God gave us. Why must we make it all seem so hard. I think if we really start to value ourselves as wonderful human beings and practice good self care, maybe that number on the scale will just take care of itself. I for one don’t want it to have such an affect on me. I want to make changes because I like feeling better, healthier, stronger and more energetic. Don’t get me wrong, I also love the smaller clothes, the complements and the sense of accomplishment! I’ve made some great friends at Weight Watchers and I will never stop attending meetings. That’s just who I am. I need their feedback, their pep talks and the encouragement of friends. I like sharing their successes and them sharing mine. But the scales…I’m ready to stop letting them stress me out and start practicing what I preach….self care, being nice to ourselves and doing things we love. Now that will bring success!! Good luck on whatever path you take!

Peace,

Julie

An Inspiring Weight Loss Story

I have known Annemarie for almost 3 years now. We both started Weight Watchers at about the same time….one of us has achieved our goal and the other has not…lol, I guess you can guess which one, since the story is about her!! (I do have a pretty good story myself, but that’s for another time.) Annemarie and I were pretty much neck in neck in the weight loss for quite awhile. And then one day, it was like she sprinted ahead of me like a gazelle!! The difference at that time was what she did for exercise. She poured her heart, soul and energy into it, and as you can see, it worked! That larger woman in those pictures…well I really don’t know her. Annemarie had already had quite a bit of success before I met her. She has given you a short version of her story here, but I can tell you, she has worked HARD at this adventure. And even more, she shares and inspires other people. She is a cheerleader, a coach and a player in this game we call weight loss! Enjoy her story!

Peace,

Julie

 

At 48 years old I was in constant pain and felt like a prisoner in my own home.  Just walking around my house caused my feet and heels to ache and I was afraid I was going to end up dying young.  I had tried every diet out there and I had even thought of getting gastric bypass surgery but was afraid of the recovery and complications, not to mention the cost of the surgery.  At over 376 pounds I was sure that I just couldn’t do it on my own. I ended up in the ER one night after watching the movie “2012” and the Dr. told me I had a heart murmur and was pre-diabetic.  He advised me to begin taking better care of myself and losing some weight.  It was so overwhelming when I thought of how much weight I needed to lose.  But I was so tired of popping Motrin like candy and my stomach was constantly hurting due to the overuse of pain relievers.  

A few weeks later while watching “The Biggest Loser” on television, I saw that the heaviest woman they had ever had on the show was almost as big as I was!  I thought to myself if she could do this I had to at least try one more time.  So I began by getting on my recumbent bike and watching the Biggest Loser only when I was on the bike.  Needless to say it took many days before I could watch the entire episode!!  After losing about 16 pounds I joined Weight Watchers for the 6th time.  It was the only program that had ever worked for me and I felt right at home after arriving for my meeting in January 2011.  I continued to increase my exercise and began my journey to success.

 I can’t say it was easy but I was determined to be healthy by the time my 50th birthday came around.  I began exercising more and actually wore out my recumbent bike finally!  Then I took my exercise outdoors again and began walking and wearing a pedometer to track my steps.  I reached my goal weight on Christmas Eve of 2012 and made my Lifetime status on February 4, 2013.  Not only did I lose over 206 pounds but I was finally able to fulfill a lifetime dream of mine of working as a Leader for Weight Watchers and inspiring others to be their best and healthiest self! 

I am now leading meetings in Croswell at the Aitkin Library on Thursday evenings and I also help out in Port Huron and Sandusky and have several At Work meetings as well.  I just turned 52 last month and not only am I healthy and pain free…but I am constantly inspired by my Weight Watcher members and am enjoying life like I have never been able to before. 

Sometimes I don’t recognize myself when I see a picture but I sure do like who I see now.  I am constantly amazed that I was able to lose so much weight and I now realize that I can do anything if I put my mind to it and I am a strong and beautiful woman.  I am no longer afraid to reach for my dreams and am no longer a prisoner in my own body.  Weight Watchers isn’t a diet it is a way of living…a lifestyle choice that with successful planning and daily activity, anyone can be successful on for life. 

I still attend weekly meetings (number 1 most important part of the program in my book!!) and always wear my pedometer which keeps me motivated to be active and constantly set new goals!  The joy of being “normal” and being able to fit into regular clothing, chairs, cars and airplane seats  brings me happiness every single day that I get out of bed!  If I could do it, anyone can!  BELIEVE in yourself and all of your dreams will come true! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

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Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper-Rosemary Sauce

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Serves 4

Prep time under 20 minutes

1 (7 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained (not oil packed) (I also rinsed them)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 garlic clove, chopped

3/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

4 (5 ounce) skinless boneless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons black pepper

1. To make sauce, combine roasted peppers, vinegar, garlic and 1/4 tsp of salt in blender or food processor and puree. Scrape mixture into small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce just begins to simmer. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons rosemary, remaining 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned and cooked through 4-5 minutes on each side.

Serve with sauce

Per serving: 4 ounces chicken breast and 2 TBS sauce

198 Cal.

6 g. total fat

1 g Sat Fat

0 g trans fat

78 mg cholesterol

634 mg. sodium

3 g. carb

2 g sugar

0 g fiber

29 g protein

26 mg calcium

5 WW+ points.

Serve with fresh green beans and enjoy!!

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This is from the Weight Watcher Cookbook Power Foods. The original recipe called for fresh basil. I only had fresh rosemary so I used that and it was wonderful. I also only had chicken tenderloins. Because they are only 2 points for 4 ounces of the tenderloins, when you use those the points plus value would be a little less. It was really good and nice not to be eating plain old chicken! The green beans were fresh picked from my garden this morning, so that was exciting!!

Blessings!

Julie