Category Archives: Weight History

The struggle never ends, does it?

Another year, another attempt at weight loss. I know I say this Every. Damn. Time. — but this time it’s going to be different.

I’ve been doing WW for a little more than a year, having started in July 2019, and I’m down 52-ish pounds since the re-start.

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July 2019 vs. July 2020

Slow and steady wins the race, right? Only 80 more pounds to go!

I have kind of a big-deal birthday coming up — 50 in October 2021 — and the goal is to be at my goal weight by then.

It won’t be easy, because it never is. And losing weight in the time of COVID is doubly difficult.

Making it even tougher is the fact that my hours at work have been cut — as of today, I’m down to 25 hours a week (from 40). Hopefully it won’t be permanent, but until this country gets COVID-19 under control and YBBBS can start having fundraisers again, I’m partially unemployed.

More time for blogging, I guess!

I’m hoping to make up for lost income with some freelance copy editing work, so if you know anyone who needs proofreading, let me know. My editing site can be found here:  http://ah-mazingediting.com

Other possible projects in the pipeline include selling some of my crochet projects and compiling some of my fave recipes from the blog into an e-book.

This gorgeous dress is from Designs by Key 

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A little short, but I love it. The lighting doesn’t show off the bobbles running up the back.

 

Plus, I have my romance novels on the market. Anyone in the mood to read a good baseball or reality TV romance? Check out my author website: arlenehittle.com

But I am determined to succeed — before I hit 50. Hard work and dedication, along with a healthy dose of moderation, will get me where I need to go.

And for now, WW is the way I’ll get there. I know all weight loss plans work, but the key is to find the one you’re willing to stick to. For me, for now, WW provides the structure and freedom I need to succeed.

Catch you later!

Long time no blog

Life happens—and I’ve been too busy living to blog about it.

On the plus side, I kept off about 30 of the 40 pounds I lost in early 2017 … and, after rejoining Weight Watchers just after Thanksgiving 2017, have taken off another 34.4 pounds.

Weight Watchers works—but so does any diet you can commit to. My main problem was I was having trouble committing to #lowcarb. I was able to stick to it for a few months (hence the loss at the start of 2017) … but then I lost the will to eschew carbs.

Progress photos from top left: January 2017, December 2017, January 2018 (in blue) and March 2018 (in pink). I made both hats and scarves myself!!

I’m feeling vaguely dissatisfied with the way I’m eating, though. I’ve been reading the #paleoweightwatchers hashtag and am intrigued. Seems that if I give up bread/dairy/sweet things, I’d have enough WW Points for added fats, beef and real bacon.

Maybe it’s just a four-month itch. I seem to start craving a change in my diet about four months in.

Then again, I listen to so many podcasts that talk about the evils/dangers of sugar (though I do SO love it) and white flour (which I’ve learned to do without once, and could probably do it again) that I want to choose foods that feed my brain and don’t fuel cancer cells/Alzheimer’s…

Problem is, I kind of LIKE the ability to eat everything in moderation. I know I’ve written in the past about being an abstainer rather than a moderator, but there’s something about being able to eat a piece of birthday cake without beating myself up.

And at $50-plus a month, WW isn’t cheap. I guess I could drop back to online only and save some on the monthly fee, but the meetings work for me … and online-only hasn’t in the past. And I’d have to re-join meetings before hitting goal, just to qualify for lifetime.

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Tucson at the Festival of Books. Here I am with my display:

At the Tucson Festival of Books. Wanna buy a romance?

The photo was taken by Almost Eagle. The book festival marked our one-year anniversary—and he’s the biggest reason I’ve been so committed to the diet this time around. I want to live a nice, long life so we can spend years and years together.

Still alive and kicking

It was a rough summer, food-wise. Many French fries were consumed, as well as burgers WITH the bun … and sugary sweets.

Every time I fall off the low-carb wagon, I feel a need to consume ALL the carbs. I tell myself I’ll start after I eat ____. “It’s the last time you’ll ever have ____.” And then I have to eat ALL the different _____ before I get back on the wagon.

One problem with that. I forget there are so many awesome low-carb swaps that I can stay on the wagon and not miss things like pancakes and biscuits with sausage gravy. Thanks, Pinterest!

I finally came to my senses and recommitted to the low-carb life on Sept. 1. Now I’m back in the swing of things, eating simple meals/snacks, food prepping a little and generally loving life. There’s been no carb withdrawal, or as I’ve called it in the past, raving bitch mode.

Last night, while Almost Eagle was busy covering Friday night high school football, I whipped up some cauliflower mac and cheese, using this recipe from Pinterest. Haven’t tasted it yet, but the cheese sauce alone is delicious. I know that because I licked the spoon … and the saucepan … and the foil baking dish, after I put the mac & cheese in a container for the fridge.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

I might have a tiny cheese addiction. That means if I AM lactose intolerant, there’s gonna be a whole lot of pouting and crying.

I made some Almond Joy Butter, too, and gave my food processor a workout. It was also Pinterest-inspired. I didn’t take a photo, though. It had 2 cups raw almonds, 2 T coconut oil, 2 T cocoa powder and 3 T unsweetened coconut chips.

I foresee myself using it instead of peanut butter the next time I make a batch of fat bombs…which it’s almost time to do. I tend to pop one before bed at night — a little sweet treat after a stressful day at the office.

I joined a Zumba class last month, thanks to my friend Alison. She used to go, and invited me when I first moved to Prescott. I tried to go a couple of times, but ended up working too long. Then the class stopped meeting.

It started up again, and now that my office is a windowless room in Prescott Valley (instead of the beautiful office of many windows on Prescott Lakes Parkway), it’s easy for me to attend. In fact, it couldn’t be much more convenient. Class meets just a block away from my office, so on Tuesday and Thursday, I take a longer dinner break, change into workout clothes and dance my ass off.

Before class.
Post-Zumba sweaty selfie

Zumba is so much fun! And it burns a huge chunk of calories. I calculated that, at my weight and medium intensity, I burn 830 calories in a 50-minute class.

Not too shabby. Hard work never felt so easy.

The instructor’s talking about starting a cardio kickboxing class on Wednesdays. If she does, I’m so there. When I was a member of Flagstaff Athletic Club, I sometimes went to kickboxing class… I think. Maybe we just did kickboxing moves in step aerobics.

I’m serious about getting healthy. Now that I have Almost Eagle in my life, there’s an extra incentive. I want to live a good long time so we have lots of awesome years together.

And I want to look this good again. For both of us!

Those are size 10 jeans from Eddie Bauer—I loved those pants. And the sexy top was a find at one of the boutiques in the MGM Grand when my former roommate and I spent a weekend in Vegas. The photo was taken in our room at the Sahara, before we headed out for a night on the Strip.

I still have the outfit. Can’t wait to wear it again.

Almost Eagle and I walk most days before work, and I have Zumba two nights a week.

I feel like I’m starting to get back to a fitter, healthier version of myself.

Hello, gorgeous. Where’ve you been?