Thursday, January 20, 2011

I can't believe I'm talking about this.

I tend to breeze over the whole weight thing on my blog. As in, my weight. Or weight issues.

I don't know why, but I'm always all sorts of private when it comes to dieting and that sort of thing. I am not, and will not post my weight in numbers on the internet. I realize that makes me crazy since everyone does it nowadays.

But I? I just can't. Not yet, anyways. [Baby steps...]

What I will tell you is that over the last few weeks I'd been thinking about the fact I needed to be more proactive about my body. The last of the baby weight needed to be shed, and the excuses--well, they were just that. Excuses.

A few weeks ago my sister and I decided to check into doing Weight Watchers online. I know. If you're anything like me, you probably think WW is for total lame-o's. So, I brushed those feelings aside, sucked it up, looked into the deal--and on a whim, paid for my membership.

And as freakin' cliche as it sounds---I started this whole weight-loss "journey" (also: cliche) on the first Monday of the new year. Like every other fatty and their mom. [No offense to Moms. I AM ONE. Hence, extra weight. Hello jiggly belly.]

And ya know what? 

After week one passed, and I had some weight loss, I decided this was much less lame than I had first imagined it would be.


I didn't feel deprived. In fact, I was full. Often. I was eating better, but I wasn't stuffing my face with only lettuce and carrots. [Which is the main reason I hate diets. I love good food. Who doesn't?]

That's the beauty of the program. For real. 

I've been at this for nearly three weeks now. 

And? I've eaten pizza, and stromboli, and cheesesteaks and ::gasp:: Chick-Fil-A.

I've also eaten a lot of good things. Better choices. More well-rounded meals. I watch my portions. Think about what goes in my mouth (no funny jokes, PleaseandThankyou). Eat lots of fresh produce, and have made things that were absolutely delicious and I even managed to sneak mushrooms in a meal without my husband knowing (until halfway through). I still call that success in my book.

I've managed to take off about 10lbs so far.

I feel better. My clothes fit better. In fact, my jeans are sagging off my rear end now.

It's kind of nice.

I've been keeping my measurements too. I've lost inches in places like my arms, my waist, and my thighs. My 'chest'? Well. You can blame nursing for the lack of change there.

But, still. It feels good.

I am anti-diets. Not kidding. I hate them. Loathe them with every inch of me.

But this? Feels so easily manageable. 

I'm gonna keep going and see what can happen. For now I have about 18 more pounds that would be really nice to lose. After that? I'll reassess. 

So, I thought I'd fill you in on the weight issue. 

I'm definitely under pre-baby weight now, but my pre-baby self still needed to lose weight. 

That's where I'm at.

Its about time I tell the internetz all about my weight loss journey, since, well--I'm honest about almost everything else.

Also? I know I'm not alone. I realize that a ton of you are also trying to shed some pounds. Heck, maybe you're using Weight Watchers like me. Maybe we can be a support system for each other or something.

So, that's my story.  And maybe? Just maybe I'll be brave enough to post some before and after pictures one day.

**For the record, Weight Watchers isn't sponsoring me or anything--or paying me to write about this. Although, I wish they were. Hey Weight Watchers people, do you hear me?? Waive my monthly fee, please, k, thanks.


  1. 10lbs in less than a month- thats amazing!My roommate has been doing WW for awhile and looks fantastic. Shes lost about 30lbs! It definitely does work!

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  3. My Mom swears by WW and she's said the same thing about always being full. And lots of fiber as well.
    Congrats on the weight loss and good luck on the rest of your "journey". You can do it!

  4. You go girl! 10 lbs is awesome! Losing inches is great too! Keep up the great work!

  5. I did WW before I get pregnant with E and went from 171 to 134 from jan to may.... its so easy on that program....

    How did you get the small font.. blogger keeps reverting mine to normal when I post?

  6. I started WW online this week, lets hold eachother accountable! It does work!

  7. Good for you!!! Keep up the great work! I have always heard great things about WW!

  8. I did weight watchers too and lost 5 lbs in the first week. I'm thinking I should get back into it now that I'm cooking a lot more (lol). I love the idea of doing it online, its much more convenient and private. I hate going to the meetings

  9. I joined WW back in August. I have lost about 25lbs to date, that included a little slip backwards at the holidays...

    I love it.

  10. Way to go, Momma! Weight Watchers is awesome! Myself, my mom & sister all have used it at one time or another and loved it. And I find myself resorting back to it when I want to "feel better" for a while. It truly does work. Good luck! You look amazing and I bet you are going to do wonderful on this "journey" :)

  11. WW is soooo not for lame-o's. Ive been doing it for the past 6 weeks and have lost 9.6 lbs... 10 more till I reach my pre-pregnancy weight!

  12. i have come THIS close to doing a ww post as well. I am only on week two. I felt so lame signing up at only 25, but honestly, it was TIME. i go to the meetings for the accoutabilty factor. once i get to my 'goal' weight, i will more than likely do the online pass. i am thinking of blogging about it more for my accountability than anything else. GOOD LUCK!

  13. Congrats girl - 10lbs is awesome!! I too do WW...I started last year in Feb and lost 30lbs in 8 months. Right now I am just maintaining - but I LOVE WW!! I have like 4-5 blogs I view daily for recipes, if you are interested shoot me an e-mail and I will happily pass them along.

    Again, congrats girl - I am sure
    you look great and are one happy "Loser"!!

    PS: email -

  14. Congrats 10lbs is awesome!!!

    I joined weight watchers 2 weeks ago to try and lose the last 10lb of my baby weight. But of course I would like to get farther than that, since I was not at my ideal weight then.

    I am finally getting back in to blogging, I am so bad about doing it at home, I usually blog on my lunch so now that I am off maternity leave (tears) I am back.

    Looks like all is well with Balla family. :) I will be emailing you soon to see about getting a blog design set up. I changed a few things myself and now mine is lamo.

  15. 10lbs in 3 weeks? You are awesome!

    Post baby bodies are hard to work with, aren't they? So good for you and your efforts. I'm gonna be in the same boat in a few months.

  16. I know lots of people who swear by Weight Watchers, and I've counted points in the past, but never really joined. I am also in need of losing some weight and I decided to do something about it. I'm not doing WW, but I'm counting calories. Which is so easy for me because I eat pretty much the same things every day. And its working. And I have wine often. And I had cake the other night. It's mostly about moderation (<---Also CLICHE!) Glad you're seeing a change! It's motivating to continue :)

  17. Way to go girl! 10lbs in three weeks, that is a MAJOR accomplishment!

  18. This is awesome!!! I was doing WW at the end of last year, quit right after Thanksgiving and just now picked it back up. My sister and I go together on Thursday mornings, I only last a pound this week but hey, that's better than gaining!!! Keep it up girlie! I know WW seemed lame to me too, but it really works, and is really pretty simple. Can't wait to hear more!

  19. 10 lbs is awesome! Even better is how you feel though:) And I'm sitting here gaining wait as we speak, haha. Go you though, that is great.

  20. That's awesome!!! This is week two for me and I will be weighing in tonight. For me WW was a good choice because even though I have the best of intentions, I just don't exercise. I think about it and even DVRed a few execise shows off on demand but it just never happens. I need to control my weight with what I eat.

    Yay again for you! It's so good to feel good in your clothes again :)

  21. I'm doing WW online too! 2 babies in 2 years left me looking...umm...AWFUL. We should start some sort of group blog or something to keep us all accountable.

  22. You are doing awesome. I had no idea you'd actually signed up for WW, thought it was just Susan.

    I really need to get my act in gear, I'm teetering around 4 lbs over pre baby#2 weight and a whole lotta jiggle that was never there before. I've always been a "eat whatever I want and just work out" kind of person but I haven't had time to work out. Now? I'm just getting fatty fat and I hate it. I caught a glimpse of my arm in the mirror and saw....dimples....aaahhhh. I want to cry.

    Maybe I will check out WW. I just don't know if I'm ready to commit to anything, it's easy to just be..squishy..

  23. You are doing GREAT! 10 lbs is awesome!! I've done WW before and if you stick to it, it really does work! Best of luck to you!

  24. Yep. WW works. I've never done it myself, but my mom and all her friends used to after having babies (and whenever they wanted to shed a few).
    It's such an awesome program. You should send them to your blog. They could advertise, especially since you just did such a nice review without their asking you to. :)

  25. I know you don’t need anyone’s affirmation but you have to admit, it’s always nice. So let me just say I so extremely proud of you. This is wonderful Katie!!!!!!!!! :)

  26. Kaite, thats AWESOME!!! 10lbs in 3 weeks is a whole lot! I did WW after Kaiden was born to get ready for my sisters wedding and it worked like a charm! It got me well below my pre baby weight which is always a plus! And it is awesome you and Susan are doing it together. It is so important to have a good support system (oh and a little healthy competition is always good for your journey too...and I totally mean that in a GOOD way!!!) It is a win win for both of you!

  27. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad to hear that WW actually works. I too had weight to loose pre baby and once the little one is here is going to have even more to loose. I will keep WW in mind. I did want to know is your weight loss just from changing your eating or what has your excerise routine been like?

  28. Good for you, Katie!! How awesome.

  29. Can I get a "woot-woot" for those 10lbs in 3 WEEKS?!?!?! :D Totally awesome Momma!

    WW is AMAZING!!! A friend and I did it one semester we were in school and along w/ a bit o' exercise (walk away the pounds) I managed to lose 29lbs from Aug to Dec!!! BUT...since I had lost a few pounds easy, w/in the next couple of months, I got pregnant!!! LoL!!! I would LOVE to get back on the program again, but IDK how much it is???

    Anyway, if you're a "lame-o" then so am I!!! LoL...keep it up Momma!!! Making healthier food choices is awesome....and NEVER look @ it as a "diet". For me, that word just points you straight to failure. I look @ it as "life-style changes"....ya know...eating better, forever!!!!

    Cool way to look at it, huh?!?!

    I am way passed my pre-preggo weight, but still over weight to begin w/ so I CAN afford to lose another 30 or so pounds. Right now, my goal is the first 18lbs!!! Fingers X....I shall get there! :)

  30. You are a MILF and dont' let anyone tell you otherwise. Way to go on 10lbs already. And way to go on making healthy choices! You rock.

  31. I did weight watchers in 2009 and ended up losing 35 lbs. And I have kept the weight off, so it really does work. The best thing i learned was portion control! And being aware of how much I was consuming and how much my body really needed. I thought that WW was for old people, but there were a lot of young girls at our meetings.

    Good luck, dear! You can do it! Just take it a week at a time!

  32. I am the same way - my weight, in loud, bold numbers, I can't bring myself to put it on the World Wide Web!!

    Congrats on the loss!

  33. That's awesome that you're doing so well with it! I know many people who have succeeded with WW, and a lot of their brand snacks/ice cream make their way into my house often because they are delish. Keep it up! :)

  34. That's not lame at all!!! :) Good job girl. Doesn't it feel awesome when you realize "omg. I need to buy new jeans...these are too big!"

    I hope it keeps going well for you

  35. Congratulations! That's amazing! My aunt lost more than 100 lbs on WW and I often comtemplate doing it myself but I just don't have the will power. Keep it up!!

  36. that is awesome lady!! i always think about WW...and then change my mind. same with running. and joining a gym. maybe one day it'll stick?

  37. Yay you! I did WW before my wedding and lost 35lbs. Since Astoria was born I haven't been back..until...this Saturday. My sister and I will be starting together this time. I'm ready for the competition :) Can't wait to hear more about your weight loss!

  38. Congratulations on your success so far. I am sure you will reach your goal. Good luck. I am also touched by all the response you got from this blog. This means that a lot of us out there struggle with this matter and we can really empathize with each other.

  39. The most important thing to remember is not to feel defeated, you need to continue exercising even if you are not able to accomplish as much as you hoped right away. You will eventually get there; you’ll start to feel healthier, and have a sense of pride in your commitment to your health.

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  40. Congrats on the weight loss. I have read your blog for a while now, but am finally commenting. I had my wonderful daughter in December, and joined WW in January. It has been the best thing for me. I get to eat the things I want (full fat ice cream) but I also work on eating the veggies and fruit. Keep up the hard work!

  41. Great job, girl. Keep up the good work!

  42. WW is a great tool, I've used it in the past. I use which is a similar concept to WW. I like it seems to be a little more well-rounded than WW and it's free! I've lost 40 pounds for my wedding using it. Good luck to you!

  43. Congrats!

    I've seen my sisters friend at 14 loose 30lbs on WW and keep it off, so I'm a believer! :)

  44. Honest to goodness, food choice and portion size, combined with healthy, moderate exercise, works every time.

    Diets are bad.

    But healthy changes are good!

    I'm so proud of you, girl! Here's hoping I can follow your lead after this baby comes out.

  45. This is awesome! Keep it up, Katie!

    I never call it a diet because, well, the first 3 letters are die! I call it a lifestyle change ... and that my dear seems to be what you are doing! That's awesome!

    I think weight loss is 90% of what you put in your mouth. You can sweat your bum off at the gym and grab McDonalds on the way home, but it defeats the whole purpose!

    Keep it up! Can't wait to see what another 30 days does for you!