McFatty Monday- Week 4: The Biggest Loser and Motivation

Ladies and gentlemen, we are having success!  The scale is continuing to move downward!  As of last week’s weigh in at WW, I was down 3.4 lbs for the week.  I officially weigh in tomorrow and per my home scale should see the number drop a bit more.  WOOHOO!

My goal this week was to get moving more, and sadly, that just didn’t happen!  I do not know where time went this past week, but it didn’t seem to be there to get me to move my tush a bit and burn some extra calories.  I am pretty psyched about watching the bites going in my mouth, tracking what I am eating and increasing my water intake each day.  I am feeling a bit more in control.

Blair talked about emotional eating in her post today.  And all I can say is “Amen, sister!”  I am an emotional eater.  I eat when I feel lonely, or frustrated, or upset.  It seems during those times of stress food is just calling my name.  Classic example is how after the loss of Dean we all survived on a diet of Peanut Butter M&Ms, pretzels and Miller Lite.  That is what comforted us.  That is what we consumed a heck of a lot of.  Beyond that time however, I can look at times in my life when food was my answer, my comfort, my refuge. 

Thankfully, I am painfully aware of this emotional dependence on food, and can do something about it.  Isn’t the first step admitting you have a problem?  I know that through my awareness this week, I was definitely more conscious of what I put into my mouth, how much I was eating, and the whys behind my snacking.  Being aware of this was powerful, and felt good.  I truly feel like I made great choices this week regarding food!  Hooray! 🙂

Now onto a lighter note…

The staff at school have started a Biggest Loser competition.  For a $5 entry fee you can compete for 10 weeks.  Over 20 staff members are participating.  Each Friday we weigh in with the nurse.  Percent of weight loss will be posted, but weights will not be shared.  If you gain, you have to pay $5 into the pot.  If you maintain, you pay $2 in the pot.  At the end of the 10 weeks, the biggest loser is the person with the highest percentage of weight loss, and they take home 75% of the pot!  Second place is 25% of the pot, and third place gets their $5 entry fee back. 

I am pretty excited about this friendly competition!  People are totally having fun with it, and I think it will be a good motivator.  Plus, I am glad weigh ins are on Fridays, as that will be a good midweek check in from my weekly WW weigh in.  I will keep you posted as to how it goes!  I’m hoping to take home at least ONE of the prizes!

I hope the rest of you out there in McFatty Monday Land are finding successes, motivation, and new awareness as you reach for your goals!  I am pretty darn thankful for the solidarity that is felt by everyone posting about their successes.  It helps to know you are not alone, and it feels great to read someone else who may be thinking the same things you are!

Here’s to another week full of dedication, committment and good choices!



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5 responses to “McFatty Monday- Week 4: The Biggest Loser and Motivation

  1. heirtoblair

    The Biggest Loser thing is AWESOME. & you can totally win it. Holy cow, over 3 lbs in one week! I’m so proud!

    Have you found a favorite WW recipe yet??

    • The BL thing is awesome… but scary! Funny how money is such a motivator.

      As for recipes the only WW one I have tried was for a breakfast sandwich (Arnold’s thins toasted, 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese, and 1/4 cup of egg beaters microwaved for 2 minutes in a coffee mug, then throw together as a sandwich… it is quite filling and pretty yummy! and 3 points.)

      Tonight we did have tacos with turkey meat tonight which were quite delicious and filling.

      Side note: if you are looking for good recipes The Biggest Loser Family cookbook is fantastic! As is the Pampered Chef 30 minute cookbook- (there is a delicious recipe for turkey gyros that we love in there… and it is pretty dang healthy to boot!)

      Thanks for making the time to comment Blair! And thanks for McFatty Mondays. You pretty much rock.

  2. I love this idea!
    I’m dieting by myself but I’d totally tried to win no matter what!
    Hey, with that money you can buy you a nice pair of skinny jeans. ::woot:: ::woot::

    Good job!!!

  3. Brooke

    Awesome job, Mel! You continue to amaze me! Have fun with the challenge at work. We had that when I was at Fairview and it was really motivating because you weren’t alone! Keep it up!!

  4. WOW I am so happy for your big numbers on the scale. It’s a great feeling.

    I was blogging regularly about my weight lose journey but haven’t done it in awhile. I’ll have to get started again. We once did a Biggest Loser competition at school. I came in second. It was a great motivator.

    I am also an emotional eater and I think that WW definitely helps you become aware of everything that goes into your body. This week our leader talked about changing your responses to your emotions and I’m trying to focus on that. I’m finding that right now, boredom is the culprit.

    Good luck and I’ll be sure to pass on any fun tips or recipes that I find for you to try! Keep us posted on your success!


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