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PostHeaderIcon Losing Weight, Finding Jeans That Work

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Last week my weight stayed the same and I'm fine with that. I'm holding steady at 45.9 pounds lost. I worried for a moment about the flat week bringing my weekly average down, but I can't beat myself up over it.

A rare occurrence happened last week at the law firm where I work – jeans day! I know jeans are very common in offices these days, but at my firm jeans are forbidden except for the rare occasion, such as the Friday before a long holiday.

I started obsessing about what jeans to wear early in the week even though I knew I didn't have to buy new jeans. I just wasn't sure which of my jeans would fit and look flattering.

I also worried that some of my jeans may be out of style since I haven't fit into them in three years. I woke up extra early last Friday morning to dig out the jeans and try them all on. I tried about 15 different pairs in different sizes, different cuts and different washes.

Of the 15, three pairs still don’t fit. Those pairs were snug around the waist and created a "muffin top," an unsightly circle of bulge hanging over the jeans around my midsection. Another three pairs were in a very light wash, a look that I believe has gone out of style. Three pairs were actually too big and I moved them to the "donate" pile.

The two remaining were:

1) "Boot Cut" jeans from the GAP with a slightly distressed finish

2) Dark, "Straight Cut" from Ann Taylor Loft.

Although my partner, Jeff, voted for the GAP jeans, I chose the Ann Taylor Loft pair instead. They are a little dressier and more appropriate for the office. (See for yourself in the pics above) I chose a high wedge shoe to give me that long lean look.

I love jeans and I'm happy to be able to wear them comfortably.

Meanwhile, as I approach the 50-pound mark, I made a plan to celebrate the milestone as it falls on my mom's birthday in mid-July. I have about two weeks and 4.1 pounds to lose. Do you think I can do it? Tune in to see if I reach my goal. –AV

Last Updated (Tuesday, 06 July 2010 18:44)


PostHeaderIcon Andrea Closing in on the 50-Pound Mark

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This week I lost .5 pounds for a total of 45.9 pounds lost. Although .5 is not a huge amount to lose, I'm satisfied with it because I was on vacation all last week. During my last vacation, I gained some pounds that stayed with me for two months.

My family and I planned to camp, which I thought might present some food challenges. In the past I can recall wolfing down more than my share of s'mores and polishing off the leftover Hershey bars and graham crackers once I returned home. In my mind, s'mores are the consummate campfire snack and a delicious compliment to whatever camp meal I make.

This trip, I gave myself permission to have a s'more and looked forward to enjoying it. When I ate my s'more I thought, "what is all the fuss about?" I didn't enjoy it, despite my marshmallow being toasted to perfection. It was dry and the chocolate wasn't the good quality chocolate I would like to use my points on. So that was it for me and s'mores. There were a few restaurant meals during the week but I made good choices when we were out. That combined with the exercise camping requires made it possible for me to actually lose a small amount.

Meanwhile, I checked out the WW newsletter we received at this week's meeting. There are always inspirational articles and recipes in the publication so I make sure to read it from cover to cover. I eyed the "Grilled Veggie Pocket with Fresh Herb Pesto" recipe with interest and because of the huge amount of fresh basil that is growing on my back porch. I decided to give it a shot and it was delicious and filling. I tallied points for all the ingredients (despite my using only half the pesto and half the veggies) and this sandwich is only 3 points.

Here's the recipe:

Grilled Veggie Pocket with Fresh Herb Pesto

Cooking Spray

1 c. thinly sliced red onion

1 small zucchini, cut into thin strips

Pinch salt

Pinch pepper

1/4 c. packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 garlic clove

1 T. reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese

2 T Weight Watchers Plain Yogurt (can substitute Dannon fat free)

1/4 t. lemon juice

2 t pine nuts

1 Weight Watchers 100% Whole Wheat Pita Pocket, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange red onion and zucchini in a single layer across baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables soften, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat promptly and set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, to make the pesto, combine basil leaves, garlic, cheese, and yogurt in a food processor and pulse on medium-high speed until smooth and well blended. Transfer mixture to medium bowl and stir in lemon juice and pine nuts. Add vegetables and toss to coat. Spoon vegetable-pesto mixture into a pita pocket, wrap securely in foil, and take it with you. Yields one sandwich with 1 T pesto. Enjoy. See you next week. -AV

Last Updated (Tuesday, 29 June 2010 01:01)


PostHeaderIcon Losing weight, Gaining support - Andrea Week 33

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This week I lost 3.8 pounds for a total of 45.4 in 33 weeks.  I received my 45 pound star and congratulations from all my Weight Watcher pals. 

Again, let me say that I'm really thrilled with my progress and feeling confident that I'm going to reach lifetime status in 2010. 

Since I started WW in October, I have recruited three new people into the program.  So far, the first person I recruited has stopped going to meetings and I think she will probably end up quitting.  The second person is my sister who joined about a month ago.  My only sibling, A. has always been the athletic one and always way skinnier than me.  She has never been on a diet before.  But, she put on some pounds in the past couple of years and wants to lose 25.  She is well on her way, having lost 7 or more pounds in the few weeks she's been on the program.  It's fun. These past weeks she has really inspired me to follow the program to a "T".  The thought of her reaching lifetime status before me is just unacceptable.  Of course, I would be happy for either of us to reach that goal, but I really hope its both of us and at the same time.

The third person I've recruited is another kindergarten mom friend of mine.  She always tells me how fabulous I look and often compliments my hair and outfits.  She is really funny and sweet to build my confidence. 

On the last day of school (also weigh in day), she and I were talking about our plans for the day and she invited me to Subway with the kids for lunch.  I was planning to go weigh in so told her I couldn't go.  She asked about WW and how much weight I've lost.  She is also thinner than me, but wants to go back to WW.  She told me that I've inspired her to rejoin and she will be at the next meeting.  Isn't that cool?

I also met with her at a kids birthday party and she asked me about running.  I told her my route and schedule.  She wants to run with me.


So, I've lost over 45 lbs and gained a running buddy!


I'm off next week.  See you later this month.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 16 June 2010 22:40)


PostHeaderIcon Is Being Thinner Better? - Andrea Week 32

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This is my 32nd week on the WW program and I lost 2.6 pounds for a total of 41.6 pounds.

This puts me a little past the halfway point of my weight loss journey. I'm so relieved to have lost the 6.2 pounds I gained in April. I didn't think it would take this long, but it did.

This week I've been thinking about how people treat me when we interact lately. Specifically, I've been wondering if they are nicer to me because I've lost weight. I wonder whether I'm giving out a different "vibe or it's the weight loss.

At work, I have noticed that my visitor chair is occupied a lot these days (much more than it was 41.6 pounds ago) with people stopping just to chat. Are people more drawn to me because I'm emitting a cheerful optimism or is it because I'm thinner and thinner is better?

Maybe it's just a coincidence and I am imagining the whole thing.

I have also noticed better treatment from the attendants in the lot where I park. They close my door for me when I get into my car. What gives? Is that a new company policy or are they nicer because I'm thinner?

Another phenomenon I've witnessed is people being very complimentary of my hair. I'm not trying to be boastful, but sometimes the compliments border on embarrassing. I guess it could be that my hair is looking really great these days, but let's face it, there is nothing miraculous about my hairstyle (see pic). It's longer than I usually wear it, but I still see the same stylist and color it at home.

My theory is that people want to compliment me on my weight loss, but because that is fraught with awkwardness, they compliment my hair instead. It's safer.

It will be interesting to see when I have my annual performance appraisal at work if my "thinner = better" theory plays out. I don't feel like I have really made any major improvements in my work, but if my review is far more positive than in past years I will consider my theory to be proven.

What do you think?

Does thinner = better?

Last Updated (Sunday, 19 December 2010 18:16)


PostHeaderIcon Andrea Gearing Up for Vacation

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I had a great past week and lost 3 pounds.

In 31 weeks I am at a grand total of 39 pounds lost.  There is one stubborn pound left from my "vacation" from Weight Watchers. 

It’s ironic that I will probably lose the last of those 6.2 pounds I gained right as I’m preparing for my next holiday. 

No, it’s not that I take a lot of vacations, but the one I took in April left a legacy of weight that has stuck around for almost two months.  Luckily it happened so recently that I will remember the affect it had this time around. 

I will count points, track what I’m eating and try to remember that just because I’m not at work; it doesn’t mean I can eat whatever I want. 

Fortunately, this little holiday will be spent camping in the mountains and with that, there will be a lot more physical activity and no dining out.  I know not to skip any more WW meetings than is necessary (no meetings in the mountains).  Last time it was three weeks before I went back to WW and I had gained more weight than I had on the few days I was away.  

I have one more column before I leave on this camping trip. 

See you next week. - AV

Last Updated (Monday, 27 September 2010 01:51)

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