Change is in the Air

Sorry for the radio silence, but I’ve been doing the big think since Saturday. Truth is, I had a post all written up and ready to go, but never got around to throwing it up here. There are two reasons for this, both of which will change how I look at things for a while. Don’t worry, it’s nothing earth shattering, my life hasn’t done a complete 180 or anything like that.

First, change number one:

The running? Have to table it. Yeah, yeah, I know, I didn’t start all that long ago, but I’d come to really enjoy it, and it made me feel great.

Why, you might ask? My freaking right knee. Lovely. It hurt a little bit on Friday, but I chalked it up to me not being used to running. However, it came back with a vengeance after my Saturday run (not ridiculously bad, but SUPER annoying). During my hike on Sunday, the ouchie was gone (except for on the downhills). Okay, good.

Fast forward to Tuesday night. I’m at the gym and gonna it give it one more go. If it hurt, I decided I the running was going on hold until I lost a little more weight and strengthened my legs. K. Get on the treadmill (which I somehow managed to get onto immediately – unusual, very unusual). Brisk Walk. Good to go. Stretching. Check, check. More walking. w00t. First running interval…. No go. Shit. GAAAAHHHH! First time my knee had hurt when I was running. Bad.

Okay, RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) time. And tabling time. Guess I’ll be making friends with the elliptical for the next month or four. Oh well, it is what it is, and I’d rather not strain myself to the point where I CAN’T exercise.

Change Number Two:

Since starting this blog, I’ve spouted the Tao of Weight Watchers. Seriously. I’ve been an ardent supporter of the WW program for YEARS.

Enter the PointsPlus program. Okay, I’m up for something new, and – hey – it still says Points, right? I was pretty gung ho going into the new program, but as each week went by, I was a little less thrilled. Guess what? My weight loss followed suit. Greeeeaaat. Not. I really don’t know what it is, but something about the PointsPlus program frustrates me. Maybe I really am one of those “but I liked the Points program” people, who knows?

It’s time for a change.

With this plateau on the scale and the feeling like I need to do something to shake it up, I’m gonna try something new (to me): Calorie Counting. Yep. This is monumental (for me). Never before have I tried calorie counting. Every weight loss attempt I made in the past was always with Weight Watchers.

“Officially” I started counting calories on Monday and will keep this going through the end of February. I’m not giving up WW (at least, not yet), but I won’t be tracking Points.

If you’d like to join me in the calorie counting fun (or just wanna be friends on SP), I’m over at SparkPeople as ZanSidhe.

Okay. Now that that’s off my chest I feel a little bit better. Will talk to you soon (and maybe even post that finished entry sitting on my iPhone).

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I'm just a girl doing a thing. A little sarcastic, a little cynical, and a total sassbot. Nothing's off limits here, but my primary focus is weight loss. Still, you might find commentary on anything ranging from makeup to music to fashion to beer and dancing.
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6 Responses to Change is in the Air

  1. charmstep says:

    I went back to WW last night for the first time since November. I started in September and it’s taken me all this time to lose 5 pounds. By accident – I’m on a roll. Anyway, I’m not giving up. Points Plus sounds like it might work better for me. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks for this great blog.

    • Weight Watchers works wonders for a lot of people. I realized I needed some distance from the program while still working at losing weight in order to get some perspective.

      Congratulations on going back to WW. I know how hard it is to go back after taking a break. And way to go with your momentum, you’re doing great!!!

  2. I’ve been flirting with calorie counting after reading a lot of great weight loss blogs of folks that swear by it. But just going to give myself one more month on the Points Plus system. Breaking up with WW (or thinking about it) makes me feel like I’m breaking up with a tortured lover of some sort ;)

  3. Good luck! Looking forward to hearing how this new health approach will work for you. You can probably take a lot of what you learned from WW on your journey.

  4. Pingback: Owning Up | Singing for a Smaller Me

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