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Week 4 weigh in: what’s age got to do with it?

October 12th, 2010 · 22 Comments · weigh-in recaps

Thank you for all of your amazingly supportive comments on last week’s weigh-in post. I was a bit of a downer, I admit it. The good news is that every week presents an opportunity to start fresh (I know every meal, every minute is supposed to be like that but let’s get real – when you’re down, it’s hard to get out of it). Anyways, my point is that this week was GREAT. If you haven’t noticed, I was in a very good mood making pelmeni (seriously, it was a blast!) and relaxing over a long weekend. Each of these “events” gave me something to look forward to and on top of that, getting back to exercise with my 21 in 31 challenge balanced me. Yes, exercise just makes it all better. I hate that I don’t force myself to do it when I’m down because it definitely just makes me a happy happy camper (or something like that πŸ˜‰ ) πŸ˜€

All right, let’s see – notable happenings this past week.

1) I tried 4 new classes at the Back Bay Healthworks: ride, fusion strength, kick-it and body defined. I realized that I LOVE kickboxing. I used to take it all the time but Fitcorp didn’t have it. This reminded me what a blast it is (I was grinning like an idiot the entire class). Maybe I’ll join a kickboxing studio some day. A girl can dream :)

2) I only worked out 3 days (2.5 hours in total) – I took Friday – Monday off exercise completely despite bringing workout gear to Maine. Relaxing took priority this past weekend and it’s clear that you don’t have to kill yourself at the gym to still lose weight (diet is 95% of it!!).

3) I bought 3 personal trainings at Fitness Together through BuyWithMe for $59. I’m looking forward to using these up on days my motivation is a little low.

4) I ate reasonably. I ate out twice (maybe 3 times?), ordered what I felt like (which normally isn’t heavy anyways) but kept portions reasonable. I also truly tried to listen to my body and only eat what I craved and what I knew would make me feel good. For example, last night when we got home from Maine, Adam asked if I wanted to make pizza. I knew it would weigh me down so I made a giant smoothie instead. It was refreshing and exactly what I needed.

5) I thought about nutrition too. When hungry, I tried to think about things that would satisfy me for a decent amount of time. I hate grazing non-stop all day so I kept that in mind and chose accordingly. :)

And with that, folks – I was down 4lbs according to the Weight Watchers scale. I don’t like using it though because it’s at lunch time and my weight depends on how much I eat and drink prior to that point and exactly what I’m wearing. My scale at home (in the morning is the best measurement) showed 153.8lbs as of 8:07am today. πŸ˜€ That’s 2.8lbs below starting weight. I’ll take it! :mrgreen:

On a related topic, at my weight watchers meeting we were talking about weight loss obstacles and creating our own “toolbox” with helping us with continuing this journey. One lifetime member (she’s maintained for 9-years) mentioned that she loves her “junk” snacks that are already incorporated into her pre-planned meals (like diet bread, WW ice cream, etc. yeah…not my idea of fun food but whatever). I said that the only problem is “stopping at just 1.” Her response was something along the “oh you’re so young.” Am I too young to have self control – is that something that’s learned later? I was so confused by this comment. I mean, there were plenty of older members that were there for the same reason that I was – to LOSE WEIGHT. If age makes you wiser, why are so many adults overweight? What’s ironic is that while she’s judging me for being “young” and immature (or something), I kind of judge her a little for the food jail that she created for herself with all the “diet” foods she eats. Oh the irony.

Anyways, great week overall. I feel good. My clothes feel a little better. I’m motivated with continuing to move my booty at Healthworks. Hope to be back here next Tuesday with another positive update. :) What do you have in your “survival toolbox?”

PS – If you haven’t already, please vote for me HERE so that I could advance to round 5. Thanks so much!!! 😎

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22 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Michelle

    I used to take kickboxing classes twice a week at the Sports Club/LA and even have kickboxing gloves. My new gym doesn’t offer it at a convenient time for me so if you wanted to join a studio, I’d totally be interested!

  • #2 - DessertForTwo

    *Voted* :)

    I met this lady on an airplane once, and when 2 women get together, they talk about weight/body issues/good food/ bad food. You know how it goes :) Anyway, she told me: “There’s nothing wrong with being hungry. It’s okay to be hungry. Acknowledge it and move on.” Something about that really stuck with me. I’m NOT advocating starving yourself by any means. It’s about regaining control over your body. My stomach might say I’m hungry at 10, but my brain knows I ate a healthy breakfast and lunch is soon. So I forget about my hunger. And yes, hunger goes away. The day I cut out the little snacks I ate because I was hungry between meals was when I lost the stubbon 7 pounds I put on.

    I’m sure you get diet/weight advice all day, so feel free to ignore me. I just wanted to share that tidbit. Congrats on losing weight!! :)

  • #3 - Shannon

    you’d think older is wiser, but clearly it’s not always the case πŸ˜‰ my fitcorp has kickboxing… and group power. maybe you should just move back this way! kidding. glad you’re loving healthworks! and horray for a great week, always nice to have something to build on!

  • #4 - MelissaNibbles

    I love kickboxing! I have a TurboJam dvd that’s a lot of fun. I’m sad Tae-bo isn’t as popular as it used to be. It’s hard to find kickboxing classes these days.

    I don’t think age has anything to do with it. I get remarks like that from older women at my work (they comment constantly on my weight and it drives me nuts) and I think it stems more from jealousy than anything else. That woman was probably jealous of your age and your commitment to your health. It sounds like I’m judging her, but I bet when she was our age she was miserable and wishes she had taken control like you are.

    Congrats on all your success this week!

  • #5 - Lauren at KeepItSweet

    congrats on a successful week! glad to hear you are back to feeling better:-) the “just one” issue is definitely something i constantly struggle with!!

  • #6 - sister inna

    omg. i try to be non-judgemental and let people say what’s on their mind without blowing up in their face… but that comment would have definitely started an argument. or a b**ch slap ( Juuust kidding).

    how is disregarding your question HELPFUL? isn’t she there to help other people get to where she is (though i doubt with her what i hear of her “theory” i’d want to know any more!)
    wowza —
    i’m surprised this doesn’t make you want to quit WW….
    anywayyyy rant over —
    congrats on your weight loss :)

  • #7 - Bridget

    Wow you sound like your in a great mood :) Congrats on the weight loss!! Awesome! Yeah that woman’s comment would have really pissed me off too…at least younger people can learn to change where as older people have a hard time breaking habits I think.

    I LOVE kick boxing, its my favorite class at my gym as well, plus I feel like its always the best workout I can get in 1 hour.

  • #8 - LizLivingVegan

    kickboxing looks like so much fun!! I’ve only done a little bit during my boot camp class, but I think it would be so much fun!

  • #9 - Cara

    One thing I have learned about diet in regards to weight loss or maintenance is that absolutely everyone is different, in both the way our bodies function and our thought processes. I would guess that yes, for this particular woman, self-control came with age and certain life experiences. Certainly that doesn’t mean it has to be that way for everyone!

    Keep up the good work :)

  • #10 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Congratulations on the weight loss, keep up the good work. I love kickboxing too and wish my gym offered more classes at a later time. I like especially like how you thought about nutrition – it’s inspiring me to do the same!

  • #11 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Nice progress!

    Seeing your actual pound weight makes me realize something… carry weight REALLY well. I never would have guessed that was your weight because you look so well proportioned and, well lets face it, gorgeous!

  • #13 - Kerstin

    Yay, so glad you had a good week and were able to relax in Maine :)

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  • #15 - Katie D.

    Hi Elina,
    Great job on the weight loss progress…one day (week!) at a time, right? Just curious…how tall are you?

  • #17 - Kelly

    Wow, what a weird comment. Like being “young” as anything to do with self control or your weight. Everyone has different experiences and learns to overcome issues with food and anything else at different points in their lives. Some people in their 20’s, some in their 60’s, but I don’t think there’s any real correlation between age and self control, especially when it comes to food. Congratulations on your progress!

  • #18 - Laura

    Your awesome mood realllly shines through and i had a smile on my face when i came to the end of reading this post! sounds like you’ve had a really good week! hope ya keep that shiny smile upon your face!!! you deserve it! xx

  • #19 - Courtney

    One of the best and sexiest bodies I have ever seen is a kickboxing body! That’s her fitness of choice and she looks toned and smooth and muscular. LOVE IT. Keep it up!

  • #20 - Lizzy

    Ha, I love the little paragraph about self control and “diet food”. I’m a big believer in eating REAL food but with all this real food I’ve been eating and marathon training, I’ve gained weight which is why I don’t really like the scale. I’m so proud of your weight loss – but an even bigger believer in working out hard and eating well and not a number on the scale! The one time in my life I was able to lose weight was when I had a personal trainer and switched up my workout routine. So that will be awesome for you! Can’t wait to hear about your workouts!

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  • #22 - Kelly

    Congrats on the weight loss :) I can’t stand in general when older people think people our age don’t know because we are too young. I don’t think that about 13 year olds now that I am in my 20s! I mean, sure they don’t know EVERYTHING, but neither do I and neither do 90 year olds! Anyway, I wouldn’t trust someone who loves WW ice cream and diet bread. Yuck!