WW Anniversary

Exactly 2 years ago I went to my first @ww meeting weighing 204 pounds. I had sworn to myself that after losing 40+ pounds in 2010 that I was never going to be in 200s again. My highest recorded weight in early January 2010 was 222.6 pounds.
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I had considered @ww for sometime, especially since “at work” meetings are offered at my job (and at my previous job). A few months before joining while having lunch with my new friend L, she shared she attended the ww at work meetings. She assured me it was a great group and a safe space. When the next open house information came out and it went on my calendar. I showed up on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
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I would be lying if I said I follower the program and the rest is history. I lost about 14 pounds over the first few months aka couldn’t crack into the 180s to my dismay. When my busy work season really took off in June my effort to track or be thoughtful about what I ate went out the window. But I’m just happy I survived that summer in one piece.
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I was slowly getting halfway back on the ww wagon in Fall 2017 and things all changed for me when ww introduced #wwfreestyle.
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Freestyle made it all click for me, I could eat lean protein, beans, eggs, Greek yogurt, fruits and most vegetables all for 0 points. These were staples in my pre-ww healthy/weight loss diet and it was hard to see how many point they could rack up in the old smart points system.
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On December 28, 2017 I weighed 196.5 pounds and I did a BeachBody 3-day refresh to end 2017. On January 1, 2018 I committed to #wwfreestyle and here I am -23.3 pounds and counting. I’m currently down 30.2 pounds overall on ww and I’m around 1.5 pounds away from 50 pounds lost from my 2010 highest weight. I’m at just around my lowest adult weight. I’ve never got the 50 pounds lost mark, but I’ve been very close to it in 2010, 2012, and now. I really have my eyes on the 168 pound target which is a new “decade” of weight which I’ve never been in as an adult and also that would be me in the “normal” BMI range as a 5’9.5” woman.
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Thanks you @ww I look forward to a continued relationship with a focus on wellness and perhaps I may get to be a ww coach one day!

Pump It Up

Today I shadowed up front for Body Pump 108. I’ve noticed that when I’m in front of the class or even more when I’m teaching I burn more calories. 50 more calories compared to doing Body Pump at home yesterday. I generally burn ~325 calories when I’m a participant in class.

On Thursdays my gym has Body Pump followed by Body Combat express which is only 30 minutes. It’s my favorite workout combo. Pump first and a short enough Combat class that I can really push through without too much fatigue.

Goals Pants

Yesterday while decluttering my workout pants drawer I came across these bad boys from Express circa 2002-2003. I remember wearing these size Large swooshy-esque pants to the gym in college thinking I was hot shit.

I’ve kept these pants and a few others for 15+ years as a reminder of where I was and at some points where I was hoping to get back to.

However I’m ready to release them to the donation pile. Being firmly in low 170s is new territory and I have new goal pants in mind.

Certified!

I’m a CERTIFIED Group Fitness Instructor!!

Registering for the in person computerized test itself was a whole ordeal, done through a 3rd party testing firm.

Last week I finally registered for it and studied more over the weekend in addition to all the prep I’ve done over the past few months. I needed to bring a bunch of documents with me including my CPR/AED certification card.

I get to the place yesterday to take it and my name isn’t on the list. I hand over my email confirmation, turns out I mistakenly registered to take it 1/9 not 1/7!! Well knowing how much prep I did over the weekend I couldn’t wait any longer so I was able to reschedule it to take this morning.

I haven’t taken a 120 multiple choice test in well over a decade, it was a lot of brain power! I knew to be prepared for a tough test, but some questions were more difficult than I was expecting.

The 4 domains the test covered were:

🔸Fundamentals of Exercise Science

🔸Class Design and Planning

🔸Class Instruction & Presentation

🔸Professionalism