A lot of people may not know this about me, but I actually lost the 35 pounds in 2011 by using Weight Watchers, not Spark. I mean, I was always on Spark for the community, but the actual tools I used to lose weight were Weight Watchers points and tracking system. I usually don't say that because people tend to be rather judgmental regarding WW (or any plan other than Spark, actually, or many, many, many other things... but that's a whole other blog)
I could never count calories. I would go a day or two, but hated it so much I would just quit. My best friend had lost 40 pounds using WW and preached daily to me about how easy it was and how well it worked. Finally I decided to just try it. And I am SO GLAD I did because it worked for me in a way nothing else did.
I lost 35 pounds in about 7 months and really could not love the point system any more. Yes, WW does have flaws, definitely, but I think combined with my own responsibility and additional independent research, there is nothing better... for ME.
Anyway, about 6 months ago I cancelled my membership because I really had not been using it regularly and was maintaining fairly well... but unfortunately as tends to happen with me I started to forget all I had learned, and my discipline started to slip, and I started to gain weight back... story of my life... it's not a lot... my pants still fit, but they are tighter, and I don't feel as good. I have learned that I need the discipline. I cannot eyeball portions, I cannot eat intuitively. I need hard numbers. I need to count and track. Not every day, but most days. Without those numbers I really and truly have no idea what I am eating, which only leads me to eat more and more and more.
So today I re-joined. I really feel so much better already and I've only tracked one meal. Everything seems so clear and simple- I feel in control again. It's SUCH a good feeling!!!!!
I'm not weighing myself... I put my scale away months ago. I'm just going to eat within my ranges most days, and go by my pants. We're not getting super crazy strict over here but I definitely need to do more than I was.
OK, and now to the fun stuff. Today I did a workout at home because CrossFit is closed on Sundays.
10/30s x 18 intervals (12 minutes) of:
25 lb squat
10/20s x 16 (8 minutes, a sort of Tabata-esque mashup) of:
Bent over rows (15 lb dumbbells)
I didn't count any of my reps today, just tried to push as hard as I could during each interval. After that I tried to go for a run, but there was so much traffic on our road (stupid lacrosse games) that I felt unsafe, plus, exhaust fumes. Blech.
Really looking forward to CrossFit tomorrow, since I won't be feeling so dragged down by too much food