A Weight Off My Shoulders

I’m not sure if the weight came off my shoulders, but it came off of something. Unfortunately it wasn’t my ass.

It’s been a busy week so I didn’t get to exercise much, but, I did get to the beach one day for a wonderful walk along the strand, and earned 5 Weight Watchers activity points. For those of you unfamiliar with Weight Watchers, it can sound complicated so here’s an easy, quickie lesson. An ice cream sandwich is about 5 points. Because of the walk I earned 5 extra points above what I get to eat each day. That means I could have taken advantage of those extra points and enjoyed the ice cream. Because I’m on bipolar meds that cause weight gain, I chose not to have the ice cream. Choosing not to use them to eat more food can help to lose the weight faster. With my meds messing with my metabolism the way they do, it seemed like the smarter choice.

Since I didn’t earn many activity points overall for the week I had to stay within my daily guidelines and that’s hard for me to do. In the past I would have exercised a ridiculous amount each day, so I didn’t fret much about how much I ate. Now that’s changed. Since I’m not exercising, I have to be more careful and stay within my daily allowance.

The best thing about this week is that not once did I go hungry. I ate three square (normal size) meals each day. If my stomach told me it wanted more I’d let it have some oranges, grapes, blueberries…you name it. So, does being on this plan mean that I’m stuck in a life eating nothing but fruit and vegetables – Oh, hell no! I could never stay on a weight program like that. During this week, Maurice and I went out for a delicious stack of pancakes. Naturally I had some butter and syrup on top. We also went out for some pizza. You see, it’s perfectly okay to have something like pizza with this plan, you just shouldn’t go out and have an entire pizza. Well, technically you can, but you’d have to make some adjustments somewhere in your week…probably a lot more exercise. Well, for a whole pizza it’d be more like A LOT MORE exercise.

That all being said, just how well did I do? Last week I weighed 251.4 pounds. This week I weighed in at 247.6 pounds. Total loss = of 3.8 pounds. Since my goal this year is to average losing 1 pound a week, I’m thrilled with how I’m coming out of the gate. My total loss since starting Weight Watchers is 55.8 pounds.

Now, I must apologize if it sounds like I’m doing Weight Watchers commercials here. No one from the company asked me to post my successes. I do it out of love for a program that works.

Last week I posted before and after pictures, but the “after” picture was kind of distant and made it hard to see the difference. This week I zoomed in and cropped it so that it’s easier to see, so I’m posting them again. Each month I will be updating the pics regardless of a loss or a gain. Given that the last thing I want to do is post pictures of me gaining weight, I expect I’ll have bragging rights each time I post them.

Bradley at 303 pounds

Bradley at 303 pounds

Bradley at 251 pounds

Bradley at 251 pounds

  15 comments for “A Weight Off My Shoulders

  1. January 20, 2014 at 05:41

    Brag away dear, Bradley!! 🙂
    I understand weight and the Bipolar medication as it took me a while and heaps of discipline to get my weight back to where it was, before the meds! 🙂
    Seroquel makes me almost sleepwalk to the fridge but it looks for sweet things, not the healthy things! LMAO I wish you well my friend. Slowly getting back into blogging. Many hugs ot you, Paula xxx

  2. January 13, 2014 at 08:36

    High fives again on shedding almost four pounds – so happy you’re find a way back to what makes you feel healthy!

    AND – **awesome** first paragraph to this post! Ha! Brilliant.

    • Bradley
      January 13, 2014 at 11:21

      Brilliamt? Really? Okay, I’ll accept that

      • January 13, 2014 at 13:00

        Really, truly.

  3. Lora
    January 12, 2014 at 19:46

    Yay you Brad!

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2014 at 20:05

      Thank you, Lora

  4. Marilyn Michaelis
    January 12, 2014 at 09:01

    Hi Brad,
    I remember when you and Maurice first joined WW you used to come to Sat 8:30 mtg I always enjoyed hearing about you and Maurice success stories. Just know you are not alone there are many of us out here with the same struggles as you with food and we are listening,, learning and being motivated by your journey. Thank you for sharing with us! You never know the lives you have touched.

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2014 at 09:55

      The meetings are the key, Marilyn. We all know we’re supposed to eat “right” and exercise, but we know it’s easier said than done. Nothing matches the support you get at a WW meeting.

  5. January 12, 2014 at 08:43

    Found you again! I’ve only 25 lbs to shed, and have turned (or been turned) to yoga as a remedy. Good luck to us both.

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2014 at 09:47

      Hi Nav. I’m glad you found me. I wasn’t smart enough to write down all my followers before I moved to the new address.

      I have friends who’ve had success with yoga. I’m anxious to see how it goes.

      • January 12, 2014 at 09:56

        I’ll be certain to keep everyone informed. Humorously, of course.

  6. January 12, 2014 at 08:08

    I’m doing a clean eating challenge this week – we’ll see how I do. But hopefully it helps me lose a few pounds and get to feeling good.

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2014 at 08:37

      I know there’s lots of diets out there, but never heard of the clean eating challenge

  7. January 12, 2014 at 07:37

    I just wrote a post about having a fat moment. Good for you for doing something about it. I am stuck stuck stuck, or that’s how it feels. You have a really good attitude about all of it. Keep it up! 😀

    • Bradley
      January 12, 2014 at 08:35

      I was stuck for awhile too, Rose. but finally bounced back. The same can happen for you.

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