As promised, I went back to Weight Watchers this morning! I arrived around 7:45 a.m. — a bit later than I wanted to for the 7:30 a.m. meeting — and signed in at the front desk before settling in for what was left of it.
As part of the sign-in process, I stepped on the scale to receive my official starting weight. As expected, I did not like what I saw.
Here are the official results printed on the sticker that is now fixed to my Weight Record:
Weight: 177 lb
5% Tgt: 9 lb
10% Tgt: 17 lb
DPT: 26 Pts
I’ve never stepped on the scale and seen 177 pounds in my life, so that was a bit of a shock. It makes sense, though, based on how I’ve been eating, not exercising, and avoiding the scale like the plague.
Weight Watchers assigns each member a 5% and 10% goal when they receive their starting weight, milestones that are supposed to serve as mini goals along the way. They tell you not to focus on your overall goal until you lose your 10%, but I can’t help thinking of where I ultimately want to be. My eventual goal is to reach 115 pounds — a very reasonable weight for someone my height (5′ 1/2″). I’m planning on reaching that goal by October 31, 2014 — which amounts to a loss of between 1 and 1.5 pounds per week. My total loss, when I reach my goal, will be 62 pounds.
The “DPT” is my PointsPlus daily target — basically, how many PointsPlus I am “allowed” to consume in a day, not including the extra 49 points each member receives per week to use at their discretion and whatever they “earn” through activity. I’ve found it very difficult to stay within this amount in the past, but I’m determined to make a more concerted effort this time around. Here is an explanation of the PointsPlus system from Weight Watchers.
Calculating points means tracking everything you eat, which has been proven to lead to weight loss, Weight Watchers or not. I find that it makes me much more conscious of what and how much I’m consuming. I’ve tracked everything I’ve eaten so far today, and I’m proud to report that I chose grapes instead of chocolate as my afternoon snack!
I’m determined to win this battle and–eventually–the war. Katy Perry’s new song “Roar” is my theme song on this journey!
[Side note: Have you ever wondered how old you will be when you finally stop listening to pop music? I thought by my late 20’s I would have come to that place, but it hasn’t happened yet.]
How has the scale convicted you? Today was definitely a wake-up call. The numbers don’t lie!
Have you ever had a personal theme song?