Weigh-In and the Gym

Yesterday was weigh-in day, and I knew that it would be good for Mom and me because we earned it.  But walking in and standing on the scale, seeing the fruits of your labor in black and white never gets old.  After making some pretty substantial though manageable changes, I dropped 10.8 pounds this week, and Mom lost 8.8 so we were both pretty thrilled with our results.

I definitely did some things differently though nothing was outrageous or overly difficult.  I replaced the majority of processed foods I usually eat with whole, unprocessed foods like lettuce, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, beans…but the most important change I made was in how I calculate my points.  Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about calculating my points through the Recipe Builder on e-tools after figuring out that zero point foods are rarely zero points, and I believe that my new found  knowledge (0+0+0+0+0+1=6) played a major role in my success this week.  I also pushed myself at the gym.

Yesterday was a scheduled rest day for me, but I thought about the ladder all day so after my WW meeting I ate dinner then headed to the gym.  I wanted to be warmed up before I tackled the ladder so I started on the crossover then moved to a recumbent bike before doing a few minutes on the arc trainer.  And as I walked upstairs to the ladder, I decided that I’d try to finish 10 minutes with breaks to allow my heart rate to slow down.  I set my timer, and at the end of 10 minutes I was sweating profusely and on the verge of puking.  But after 10 painfully rewarding minutes, I had climbed over 200 steps on that ladder!  I felt great so I cooled down on the rope climbing machine.

I feel sore and accomplished and motivated and happy, and I wouldn’t trade these feelings.  I’m just so thankful that I feel this way again because on days like this I know I will reach my goals.  I feel incredible, and I’m looking forward to a healthy weekend.


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    September 16, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Fantastic Kenlie! You are “back in the saddle” and solidly in the “Attack Phase” we need as we lose the excess weight, until we reach goal. CONGRATS on all the gym workouts. Congrats to mom too!

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    Deb Willbefree
    September 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

    WAHOOOO!! You go, girl! 😀 Deb

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    September 16, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!!
    It must feel great to see the results of the positive changes you’ve made! Keep up the terrific work! 🙂

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    September 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Excellent for both you and your Mom! You two did great!

    🙂 Marion

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    September 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

    10.8 pounds?! Holy schmoleys! That’s incredible. I went to my first meeting last night. Things have changed a bit since I first experienced WW about 6 years ago. I miss the slider to calculate points…

    Congratulations on the loss and the great workout!

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      September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      I miss that too, but I calculate everything through e-tools now…more specifically, the recipe builder. And it has made a big difference for me so far. 🙂

      Congrats to you for starting! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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    Chubby McGee
    September 16, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Holy crap, Kenz! AMAZING JOB! YOU ROCKED IT! Go, girl! And give your mom and big, ol’ happy hug from me, too. You girls are inspiring!!!!

    Keep up the FANTASTIC job!

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      September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Awww I’ll give her a big hug tonight at the gym. 😉

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    Kelly, Future Thin Girl
    September 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Damn girl, f*cking awesome WI! Keep rocking it, girl! =) Don’t you love how it NEVER EVER gets old?

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      September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Yes. yes. yes.

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    September 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

    There is a lot of symbolism in why you enjoy working out on the ladder. From my vantage point it represents climbing away from a mental and physical space where you have been and don’t want to be in and, (with great effort and determination), toward a physical and mental space where you aspire to be. The pounds you leave behind will make the climb easier too! Keep climbing Kenlie!

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    Doing It My Weigh
    September 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    glad your back at it…positive attitudes always help push us forward. keep on trucking!

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    September 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Your loss is amazing for one week! You are lucky that you have enough daily points to use the recipe builder for everything you eat. After your post, several of us in my group tried to do that, and we found out that we would be into our weekly allowances on a daily basis. Because of its design, it definitely over-calculates the PP values of things like a bowl of oatmeal with a piece of fresh fruit sliced into it, and our leader recommended using the calculator for everything, but actual recipes with multiple ingredients and servings. I think the theme is consistency, and we need to stick with whatever method we started the program using.
    Again, congrats on the loss and for finding your way back!

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    Seriously Shawn
    September 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    So proud of you!

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    September 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    AMAZING!!! You’ve inspired me today! Way to go!

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    September 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    WOOHOO! Outstanding!

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    September 16, 2011 at 10:50 am


    “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOO!!!” Could you hear that all the way from Texas?! Because IT WAS LOUD! I am SO happy for you and your mom!! YOU are a rock star!!

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    September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Congrats! I gained 2.6 this week and I know it was because of the bread and pizza and all the processed foods I had last week. So… I took a page out of your book… this week, no bread, no pizza, no refined sugars, and I feel much better! I usually fall off the wagon on the weekends, but I’m staying focused. Here’s to a great weekend!

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    September 16, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Oh my gosh, that is freaking AWESOME!!! Way to go, Kenlie!!! I’m so psyched for you 😀

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    Hilary @ The Big Weight
    September 16, 2011 at 11:25 am

    SOOOOOO incredibly happy for you Kenlie 🙂 you are amazing!

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    September 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Hurray for you and your mom both!!!! I’m so happy for you and so impressed with your exercise comittment!
    You’ve solved my “problem” with Weight Watchers by doing it with whole foods. I always say I could never do WW because I would just use all my points on carbs and not be able to get out of my craving cycle… But you just did it. Brilliant. Seriously, brilliant.

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    Tabitha M.
    September 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I was reading this post at work and literally screamed out loud because I was so excited to see that you lost 10.8 lbs. Way to go.

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    September 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Hi! I’m new here, but I love reading your posts! These crazy hard machines you have at your gym intrigue me! Reading all about your time on the ladder machine has made me want to go out and run some stairs – so thank you for the motivation!

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    September 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    What an amazing weigh in this week for the both of you!

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    September 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Great Job and congrats to you and your mom! I know you both are feeling proud of the accomplishments!

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    September 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!!! 10.8 pounds is amazing, and completely deserved. You put in the work, both with de-mystifying the points calculations and at the gym. I loved that video from yesterday. Even better was that you pushed yourself at the gym AGAIN, even though you were sore. Great determination! Good for you!!

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    September 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Great news. Looking forward to my first weigh in on Mon.

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    September 17, 2011 at 2:17 am

    that is so awesome. great job!

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    September 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    You and your mom seriously ROCK 🙂 Congrats to both of you!!

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    September 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Good for you, Kenlie! I’m working on my own fitness goals (near the beginning of the journey, I have a loooong way to go), but breaking an honest sweat and pushing myself a little bit each time does feel good. Your perseverance encourages me – thanks!

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    Nina Patricia
    September 18, 2011 at 12:08 am

    that’s great! I can always count on inspiration here!

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    September 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    10.8 lbs! AMAZING! Good for you!

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