Weight Loss & Fitness Update: Hit Two Big Milestones

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Jace with Donald Duck at Chef Mickey’s in Walt Disney World in April 2012:

2 Months Before Beginning Weight Watchers

Four weeks ago I began working out with a personal trainer. The funny part about this was I always used to look at people who worked out with a personal trainer and thought I would never do that. I felt it was a waste of money and thought that I should know how to exercise since I have a degree in therapy. As time has progressed, I realized that I was completely wrong. First off, my degree is in occupational therapy, not personal training or exercise physiology. They are different fields and I get upset when other disciplines act like they know what I do. And here I was doing it myself! Beyond that, I was exercising regularly for a few months and while I was making gains—I often wondered if I was doing the right thing.


So I began my journey four weeks ago and I will admit, it is tough! I work out personally with my trainer three days a week at the gym and then he gave me a program to complete the days I am not with him. It was tough because I was used to working out on machines and most of the workout I was given use bodyweight as resistance rather than using machines. The workouts are great and I am seeing results already.


After the first week of my new fitness program, I went to Weight Watchers and weighed in: I was up .8 pounds. This didn’t bother me because as I looked back I had not had the best of eating habits that week and I chalked it up to that. After the second week of this new fitness plan, I went to Weight Watchers and weighted in: I had gained 1.4 pounds. Again I didn’t freak out because that week I had gone on a trip to Lancaster and went out to eat at an awesome buffet restaurant. But in the back of my mind, I kept thinking—I started a new fitness program and what do I have to show for it: a 2.2 pound weight gain. Now I had a lot of helpful advice at this point, including pointing out the fact that I may very well have gained some muscle and muscle does weigh more than fat. But I was still slightly discouraged although I didn’t give up.


To make matters worse, I hurt myself in the second week of personal training. During my growth, my left leg kept growing while my right leg stopped to the measurement difference of 1 1/2 inches. This leg length discrepancy leads to me having a slighlt limp (I typically walk with a wide based of support) and this leads to tight hamstrings and some back pain. During the training sessions that I had done without my trainer, I had pushed myself a bit and I injured my sacro-iliac joint on the right side. To combat this I began doing more stretches that focused on lumbar stabilization and reduction of muscle tightness in the lower body.


To make matters worse, I had a few events this past week where I had to eat out. With all of this in mind, when I went to Weight Watchers to weigh-in this past Saturday, I expected a gain. I was pleasantly surprised when the attendant said I had lost 6.8 pounds! This is how I typically lose weight: I hit a plateau and then all of a sudden one week I have a significant drop and it gets me back on course. So to say that I am happy is an understatement.


With this 6.8 weight loss, it has lead to two major weightloss milestones: I now weigh under 200 pounds! I can’t remember when I weighed less than 200 pounds. It was definitely sometime in high school. Additionally, since beginning Weight Watchers meetings I have lost 92.2 pounds. However, I had done Weight Watchers online before I started going to the meetings. I had lost about 10 pounds with the on-line program. When my Weight Watchers meeting location started offering the Monthly Pass program (a hybrid of going to meetings and using the online program) the Weight Watchers application connected my accounts and therefore when I go to weigh in, it lists my starting weight as the weight from when I started online. Thus, when I weighed in this week it listed my total weight loss as over 100 pounds!


Now weighing under 200 pounds and having hit a 100 pound weight loss has given me a lot to be thankful for. I am thankful to all the family and friends who have supported me throughout this journey as I couldn’t have done it without their help. And my journey is far from over! I don’t have a weight goal in mind as I am more focused on measurements as goals as I still have body fat to lose, especially around my waist. I have committed to working with my personal trainer for at least three months which will take me into December so I know my progress will continue.


These milestones couldn’t have come at a better time as next weekend is my birthday! I had hoped to get under 200 pounds by my birthday. When I had a few weeks of gains, I had not expected to hit this goal but at the last moment it happened. For my birthday I am going to my favorite place, Walt Disney World in Florida, for a long weekend. I am flying down Friday morning and staying until Monday night. For my birthday I will be dining at“Be Our Guest”restaurant and then going on the“Pirates and Pals”boat cruise to watch the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. So now I can go on vacation celebrating both my birthday and these weight-loss milestones! I will also take an updated progress picture to go with the one I have at the top of this page.