Weigh-in Wednesday

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh-in: February 25, 2015
Height: 5'4"
SW: 212.8
Last Week: 199.6
This Week: 195.8
Change: -3.8
Total Loss: -17.0
Seriously? I lost 3.8 lbs while traveling?! O. M. G. I couldn't believe it when I stepped on the scale this morning! 3 lbs down and I feel great. I immediately started fist-pumping and dancing around like a lunatic, but it was certainly called for. I almost questioned what was wrong with me because that's such a huge number (I didn't see that kind of a loss on my first week back at Weight Watchers!). But, I'm going to chalk it up to eating well and moving more. 

Even more exciting, at the end of January I weighed-in at 201.6 and had set a goal to see the number 195 by the end of February. I did it! I haven't see 195 on a scale since 2012 or early 2013. I'm thrilled.

My clothes are fitting better, I can easily get into form-fitting dresses that I've neglected for the past few years, I'm this close to fitting back into my goal dress (a silk dress from Madewell that I love), and when I look in the mirror these days, I like what's looking back at me. Woohoo!


Looking Back, Looking Forward; February 23

I rejoined Weight Watchers on November 24, 2014 and since then I've had 11 weeks of losses and one gain. I'm now sitting at under 200 lbs. for the first in over a year and am ecstatic about my progress. I'm building healthy habits, one day at a time and continuing to be realistic about the time it will take in order to meet my goals. I'm not giving up. It also helps that my husband is also following Weight Watchers and is completely motivated by his nearly 25 lbs. weight loss!

One of the things I haven't been very good about doing over the last twelve weeks is documenting my progress. I haven't taken any before pictures or measurements and so far the only thing I have to track success from is the scale (which I have love-hate feelings about). I'm going to start taking monthly progress pictures and measurements so that I can regularly track other areas where I am seeing results. 

I'll also be taking more time to document what I'm eating (creating a visual food journal, if you will) so that I can see what I'm eating each week. It's easy inspiration for meal planning- bonus! Stay tuned next week as I post my first weekly food journal (I haven't decided how I'll present it, yet). In the meantime, here's a snapshot of the delicious Soba Noodle and Chicken Broth Bowl I ate at Panera Bread last week while in Kansas City, MO. I wish Panera Bread would expand their franchise into western Canada! 


  • I spent five days traveling last week and just got home last night. I worked really hard to stay on plan this week and splurged on only one meal - I couldn't come all of the way to Kansas City and not try the BBQ (it was worth it)! 
  • I ran twice and nearly hit my 10K step goal 5 out of 7 days
  • I tracked everyday (I'm at 91 days of continuous tracking!)


  • Water, water, water. I didn't drink nearly enough water last week and I'm feeling it right now. Time to hydrate!
  • Exercise. I'm not moving as much as I'd like right now, so I will focus on taking time to move this week. I'm aiming for 30 min. of activity at least 3 times this week. 
  • Focus on arms. My arms are looking and feeling a bit too jiggly for my liking so I'm making a commitment to find and try a strength training program or plan that focuses shaping and toning arms and is something I can do from my home.


Weigh-in Wednesday and a Non-Scale Victory

It's that time again!

I've neglected to post my weigh-in result the last few weeks even though I've had a steady decline on the scale each week. I'm so thrilled to say that I lost weight every week over the holidays including a whopping -1.8 lbs during Christmas week! This past week was actually my smallest recorded loss so far, but I didn't really care too much as I kept tracking, even on the days I drank a whole bottle of wine (oops). I'm also happy to say that these losses didn't come by depriving myself, instead I just made choices and portion controlled everything. I even brought my electronic WW scale to Christmas dinner!

As for my NSV, I'm proud to say that that I've faithfully tracked all of my meals and bites, licks and tastes for 44 days in a row!! This is by far the longest streak I've ever had and can honestly say that tracking feels like a habit now. What keeps me consistent is logging in as soon as I wake up. I track in both the Weight Watchers app and in MyFitnessPal (send me a friend request if you want! my username is weightsandmeasure), it keeps me accountable and on plan for the rest of the day and I find I don't stray too much from my meal plans if I track the whole day first thing each morning. Given that I work so many evenings, I meal plan my dinners most weeks, so it's relatively easy for me to pre-track each day. The reason I've continued to use MFP is because I prefer their recipe builder over WWs and I like to see the nutritional breakdowns for each thing I eat. That being said, I eat based on my Points allowance and not on the calorie goal MFP has outlined for me, so I find that I go over my allotted calories more often than not (not by much, though, maybe 50-100 calories per day). I hope to keep this up and have set myself a goal of 100 days of consistent tracking. I know I can do it!

I'm going on a business trip in 10 days, for 10 days, so it'll be challenging to keep tracking while I'm traveling, but I think having these tools will actually make it easier for me to stay consistent and accountable.

Now for the weigh-in!

Weigh-in: January 6, 2015
Height: 5'4"
SW: 212.8
Last Week: 204.4
This Week: 203.8
Change: -0.6
Total Loss: -9.0


Recipe Renovation - "Peanut Butter & Jam" Oatmeal

I love breakfast. It's by far my favourite meal of the day because it's quick, simple and delicious. Win-win.

I'm not someone who can skip breakfast, I'm just too hungry, but sometimes I don't get around to eating until I'm at work and sitting at my desk. Also, given that I'm not a morning person (as much as I try to be) nutritious, quick and simple breakfasts end up being really important. I make a lot of meals that I can grab and take with me or eat while I'm getting ready in the morning. Oatmeal is one of my favourites because it takes no more than 5 minutes to prepare, can be made on a stove, in the microwave or with boiling water from a kettle and is totally versatile.

This morning I made myself a delicious "Peanut Butter & Jam" oatmeal that is totally delicious and only 7 Weight Watchers Points Plus! Since rejoining Weight Watchers at the end of November, I've spent a lot of time "renovating" my favourite recipes to make them healthier and more program-friendly, which is exactly what I did with this oatmeal; instead of using sugar-laden jam and high-fat peanut butter, I've substituted in frozen mixed berries and PB2. Luckily, the recipe and flavour doesn't suffer without the added sugar or fat!

Peanut Butter & Jam Oatmeal - Weights and Measure Blog - 7PP
"Peanut Butter & Jam" Oatmeal


30 grams (approx. 1/3 cup) quick cooking oats
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons PB2
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup skim milk

Mix water and oats in a small pot and bring to boil. Let simmer for 2 minutes. While the oats are cooking, put frozen berries in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 3 minutes on high. When berries are done, mix in PB2 and skim milk. Add cooked oatmeal to berry mixture and devour!

1 serving
7 Points Plus (calculated with the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder)
248 calories
4 grams fat
48 grams carbohydrates
10 grams fibre
14 grams protein


Weigh-in Wednesday

For the past year I've been in complete denial about my weight. It's crept up and up and then down a bit and then back up even farther. I blamed everyone and everything but myself for that reason (check out Carolyn's post today about Circumstances vs. Decisions - SO TRUE). For a long time, the scale has frustrated me because I would let it hold so much power, but I've been working hard to change that and look at it as one tool to use on my path to a healthier life. Much like Weight Watchers, MyFitnessPal and countless other resources.  It's only a reflection of my progress at one moment in time and does not take into account all of the other hard work I put in day after day.  I have a bad habit of immediately jumping to the worst conclusions instead of being excited for success down the road. Hard work and healthy habits breeds success. Which I proved to myself last night.

Weigh-in: December 9, 2014
Height: 5'4"
SW: 212.8
Last Week: 209.4
This Week: 208.4
Change: -1.0
Total Loss: -4.4


Fighting Demons and Why I Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I read this post by Jess at Operation Skinny Jeans, and it completely resonated with me. I've been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be. Or whether I even want this blog to be. The truth of the matter is, yes, I want to keep it going. 

A lot of the entries I wrote over the past 18 months were just filler. I'd write what I thought, you, the readers, would want to read. I would try new diets because it felt like the "right" thing to do (IIFYM, Paleo, Low Carb, 30 Day Shred, P90X, etc.). If everyone else was doing, why wasn't I? So I come up with elaborate plans, start a new program, write about it and then I'd give up, because I was trying things that either I wasn't ready for, or didn't fit my lifestyle. And then I'd fail.

Blogging is a lot like being in high school. In order to fit in, one needs to wear the right clothes, take the right classes, date the right people, and be successful. Except in blog-land, the classes and people are diet programs and fitness gurus. And when you don't follow those social "norms" you're kicked out of the clique. Or aren't invited in.  I'll admit, it seems juvenile to even care about these sorts of things. But I do. I have this incessant need to want to be liked and to fit in. I always thought if I wasn't successful at losing weight, people wouldn't want to read what I had to say. When I wasn't successful I'd stop blogging.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming anyone (just myself) or any one thing for my lack of progress over the last 18 months, I'm simply sharing what's been going on for too long. Let me also say that never, not once, has anyone ever made me feel unwelcome in the blogging community, you've all been very welcoming. I was the one who was questioning everything. ALL. THE. TIME. Why wasn't I able to be successful? How come I couldn't stick to this or that plan? I wasn't successful because I wasn't being true to myself.

I listen to the Tips of the Scale podcast (highly recommended!) and this week, Ruby Gettinger was the guest. I was so moved by her words. She spoke about how important the "journey" is and how critical it is to reach out to a community and ask for help when you're ready to give up, which is the real reason I started the blog. I started this blog to connect with real people who could understand what I was going through. 

In the last many months of not blogging I've struggled and been through some really tough personal times. But this tough time gave me plenty of time for reflection. I've realized that I've spent too much time obsessing on the end result and everyone else around me instead of focusing on what I am doing. From this point forward, I am trying really hard to embark on a journey to better health that is in line with my interests and ideals, not one that is uber-trendy or doesn't suit me.


Reality Check and lessons in the female reproductive system

I've had a strange month.

For the majority of the last three weeks, I thought I might be pregnant. I was experiencing symptoms. I felt weird. Everything felt off. Different. My boobs ached and nipples stung. My back was killing me. I was having crazy, vivid dreams. My sense of smell was off the charts. My period didn't come when it was due. Oh, there's also the fact that my husband (P) and I haven't exactly "protected" ourselves against possible pregnancy, either...

I'll admit, I was excited at the prospect of being pregnant. I had daydreams of what my life would be like next summer after welcoming a new baby, decorating a nursery, picking a name, buying cute baby clothes.

But every home pregnancy test (HPT) I took was negative. And then my period came, five days late and lasted only 3.5 days. I've never been late. I guess you could call me lucky as I've had a very regular cycle for the past 20 years. Like clockwork. Until now. I finally experienced a whacky cycle. I'm chalking it up to stress - I had a very close friend pass away nearly a month ago and I was completely grief-stricken and heartbroken.  But, I took another HPT this morning, just to be certain. It was negative (or BIG FAT NEGATIVE (BFN) as the Trying to Conceive (TTC) community calls it).

To say I'm confused is an understatement.  We weren't intentionally TTC (just being careless), and now that I've gone through a roller coaster-like three weeks, I've realized that I'm tired of putting off starting a family.

What has kept us from officially trying is my weight and my chronic hypertension. Since P and I got married nearly 18 months ago, I thought the only way I could possibly get pregnant was to reach the magical weight of 160 lbs (a completely arbitrary number I came up with myself). But I've never been able to lose the weight. I would lose 5 pounds, gain 7. Lose another 5, gain another 7. Lose. Gain. Lose. Gain. I'm tired of the unhealthy cycle. Tired of the pressure I put on myself. I want to have a baby. I've come to the point where I want to stop focusing on the scale and start focusing on my health in general. If that means getting pregnant sooner, at what I consider an unideal weight, I want to make sure that I'm not obsessing over my weight and instead creating healthy habits that will take me through 9 months of pregnancy and the rest of my life.

I don't really know what this all means, or how it will play out. It could be hard, it could be easy. I do know, though, that it will completely change my life.

So, here's to health, to babies, to getting back in the game.

 - Caitlin

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