Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weight Loss

Weight loss has always been a problem for me. As a lot of other Americans. You know...why are we the country that struggles the most with eating and taking care of ourselves? Before I delve deeper into my own problems let me reflect on my experience last September in London.

First, I lost 5lbs in a week on my vacation. This is mostly from walking, yes, but oh my gosh was the food amazing. I'm not talking about the actual taste or look or anything. I'm talking about portion control and quality. Quality vs. Quantity is what I brought back to use in my own life here in the US. The markets there are markets, not big box grocery stores. Here in America you only get a discount for buying bulk...but I don't need bulk, but I also don't want to pay double for half the item. So what happens? Half of it goes in the trash or it goes bad. When we were in London, I spent the same amount I would spend on a pound of grapes for half a pound. They were the best grapes I have had in awhile and every single grape was edible and delicious. So worth the money and I didn't waste any of them. If that were the same situation here, besides the fact of buying too many, I would have picked through to pick out the good ones. What is wrong with this picture? I feel bad throwing some of the produce away, but I also want to try and treat my body well by putting good food in my body. It has skewed my view of grocery shopping. instead of doing a trip once a week and buy for the month or whatever, i often go every day after work for dinner that night to ensure the freshness. This is tedious and annoying, but I often feel satisfied with using the things i buy just hours later instead of having to smell something before I use it a week later.

I digress...

Back to struggling with weight loss. I have always been off and on diets since High School, but I've never stuck to something and I have never had an addiction or disorder. So I conclude that in the end I'm OK with how I look and feel and if I'm not I go on a quick healthy eating kick until I feel better. Is this good for me? Who knows. I did Weight Watchers for 3 months (through the Holidays!) and lost 15lbs...just by changing how I ate. PORTION CONTROL! Thats it. I didn't even workout that much. Since then, which I stopped in January, I have plateaued , but I haven't been following anything it taught me either. I would love to lose another 20lbs, so what am I going to do? Go back to weight watchers. We will see what happens.


Absolutely hate it. I need help. I need a system. I need a motivator. Exercising is not fun for me and its a chore to go and do it. People say I just need to get into a habit and I will learn to love it. No. I still hate it, its still not fun. So what do I do!?

Man, this is really disorganized. I apologize.

So all in all I need a system and routine. Its hard. I work all day in an office and then I come home to take care of a puppy and cook dinner for my Husband and I. We relax a bit and the last thing I want to do it work out, I want to go to bed more. Haha.

Weight Watchers starts Monday. I will keep you posted how the progress goes. I would love to look better than my Husband someday.


  1. Way to go girl!! You will get there - and I know working out isn't always that fun, I even hate it sometimes! But if you set goals for yourself, it makes it easier to stay motivated! A 5K race, or a treat for yourself will help to keep pushin you along! Also look into classes at your gym and see if there is anything that calls your name. A friend of mine hates working out too but she got into some dance class type workouts and now she can't stand the thought of missing one! You can do it!! Good Luck!!

  2. Elise! I feel you! I hate exercise and I've noticed I've put on the lb.s I'm keeping track of what I eat with MyFitnessPal on my phone. So far, I love it. And it really opens your eyes to how many calories are in certain foods....crazy. I'm hoping I'll have your luck and lose weight just by portion control :) And for exercise, walk that puppy! It won't burn many calories, but it's better than nothing....and it doesn't feel like exercise. And your pup will LOVE you!

    1. You're on MyFitnessPal?? Kelly, Emily, Lindsay and I are too...and we USED to use it as a motivator for all of us. Since then we have all fallen off the bandwagon, but maybe I'll get back on. Let me know your username!