Weight Watchers {Week 1}

Today marks week one of a shit-ton, I am sure, on Weight Watchers. But, thanks to Healthy Loser Gal, I am going to take it 5 pounds at a time. Why? It’s less daunting, and to be frank, I think I am less likely to give up if I take it 5 pounds at a time rather than the 80-100 pounds I want to lose. Eighty to ONE HUNDRED seems like I should just cut off a leg and move on with my life. Five pounds seems like 3-4 weeks worth of time, and that’s tangible/feasible for a crazy person like myself. I fully am aware I am nuts.

I know, I KNOW I have yapped about how much I want/need to lose weight on this blog before. And you all probably think I am lazy, fat and making excuses all the time. And you’d be right, but keep that to yourself because I am a sensitive person, mkay?

But seeing my weight last week rocked me to my core. It was the exact number I was at when I started Weight Watchers in August 2002.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve yo-yo’d up and down, but never did I manage to get back up to the number that started it all. And much like then, it forced me to get my ass into gear.  Again.

I am right back where I started. Only now I am 26, married, have a house and a full-time job PLUS an Etsy store. And I thought my 18-year-old self had stuff to do. Boy was I one dumb teenager.

There just comes a moment when you think, “Enough!” And that moment for me was last Sunday. On Monday, I got to it and started on the program again. I even exercised for 46 minutes. Go me!

My efforts aren’t all in the name of vanity though. I am bribing myself, because bribery is the sincerest form of motivation, FYI.

For every 60 minutes of exercise, I get $10. For every pound lost, I get $10. So whenever I want to shop for ME stuff like clothes, perfume, or perhaps an iPhone 4…I have to take it from my Weight Watchers virtual bank. Let’s say I want a $20 lotion- that’s either 2 pounds or 2 hours worth of exercise. I have to earn the things I want. And in turn I’ll be healthier and fitter. Win, win!

Enough of all that fluff, let’s get to my weigh-in results!

Week 1 Weight Loss: 2.8 pounds

Total Weight Loss to Date*: 2.8 pounds

Week 1 Exercise Minutes= 153 minutes

Total Exercise Minutes to Date*= 153 minutes

*=These numbers will represent a cumulative total from week 1 and forward.

Weight Watchers Virtual Bank Balance= $40.00 ($20 from weight loss, $20 from exercise)

While I KNOW 2.8 pounds is great, I exercised like a crazy person on Friday and was hoping for a better loss on the scale. I am gonna chalk it up to being sore, and carry on forward. I’ll be updating my weigh-in results every Saturday. If you’re doing Weight Watchers or anything program, please feel free to share your tips, successes, blog links, etc. on my weekly posts.

And I also broke it down to show myself exactly how much I could accomplish by 2 important dates if I lose just 1.5 pounds a week (which is average):

By March 8th, my 26th birthday, I could lose 25.5 pounds.

By May 28th, the weekend of my 2nd wedding anniversary, I could lose 42 pounds.

The wedding anniversary one is SUPER motivating, because 42 pounds would put me RIGHT AT my wedding day weight. And I truly felt beautiful that day. I hope you’ll cheer me on and support me along the way!






  1. Anonymous
    November 13, 2010 / 7:44 pm

    I truly wish you all the best and know that whatever happens you will be stronger for the journey. Also, I love your wedding picture with the umbrella; it looks like a romantic greeting card.

  2. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    November 13, 2010 / 9:37 pm

    Thanks! I appreciate your kind words, and I love the umbrella picture, too. It's my absolute favorite picture of all time.

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2010 / 10:30 pm

    I like your 5 lbs goals and your virtual bank. Just remember that the scale doesn't always reflect your efforts. Sometimes it gets stuck or hung up with water weight.;-)

  4. Anonymous
    November 13, 2010 / 10:30 pm

    I like your 5 lbs goals and your virtual bank. Just remember that the scale doesn't always reflect your efforts. Sometimes it gets stuck or hung up with water weight.;-)

  5. November 14, 2010 / 4:10 am

    You can totally do by setting small goals like 5 lbs. a month! To help, I will try to get back on twitter so that I can cheer you on 24/7:)

  6. Brooks J.
    November 14, 2010 / 7:39 am

    Hi Monica!I found your blog via Twitter's #wwchat and I'm glad I stopped by. You've created a dynamic plan to reach your weight loss goals. Go Monica! I'm cheering for you. I, too, have a long journey ahead of me.

  7. annie
    November 14, 2010 / 6:43 pm

    You can do it! (And I love your red shoes!)Don't get disappointed if the 1.5 doesn't happen every week, but you probably know that. It all adds up like a snowball in the end.If you can find an exercise that works for you, it will help not only lose the weight, but it will help maintenance. It took me a few years to find running, but when I could focus on those running goals, I could focus less on my disordered eating.That worked for me, but we're all different. Can't wait to follow you through your journey!