Autumn and Maria were curious about Weight Watchers (WW).
Tell me about your success with WW~like how much you lost, how long did it take, what's your favorite WW recipe, why did you turn to WWs? I am currently in my fifth month of WW and I have lost 18 pounds. I am learning to be patient with the pace of the losses and thankful for even the minuscule ones. The scale may have been slow to reflect a significant loss, but the clothes have been telling a different story. Things fit better, clothes that have been put away are back into the rotation, and a few new treats have found their way into my closet. That feels great! Yes, WW has been slow and frustrating at times, but still beneficial.
This summer I hope to reach my 10% goal (I am 1lb. away, so it will be soon I hope!) and then set my overall goal to work toward. We'll see. I want to eventually make it to maintenance and then become a Lifetime member. Honestly, I have been a slacker with tracking my points as closely as I should for the last several weeks. The shame! There have still been losses, but they might have been larger if I was more diligent with my points. What can I say? I get lazy.
I joined because I have seen the program work for friends of mine, and wanted to try it. At the time a couple of friends were talking about WW and we all decided to go for it. I'm a joiner, remember. I was hoping to lose some extra poundage and possibly improve my overall running performance.
Gab wondered, How did you start blogging? What blogs do you enjoy reading? Why are Texas girls SOOO much cuter than the rest of us? (Hahaha Gabi. You are too sweet!)
I started blogging about a year and a half ago after a close friend of mine started her blog. She was moving to another part of the state, and blogging seemed like the perfect way to keep up with each other. I had no idea it would bloom into such a fun hobby. I love the sense of community among bloggers and the ideas and resources shared. I have not met any bloggy friends in real life--yet--but I hope to do so someday. I always check in regularly with the blogs of my FIRL. Even though we see each other and spend a great deal of time together, their blogs reveal other aspects of their lives and thoughts. I read a variety of blogs, some are mom/family blogs, some are running related, some are interesting mixes of creativity, faith and daily life. Like most of you, I enjoy reading blogs where the author is honest and real. Humor, pictures, and a balance of the ups and downs of life make it easy to relate and enjoy.
Jen had another question about our adoption. Was A's age an issue at all when you adopted her? Did you have any problems with bonding, etc? When we started the adoption process we requested a baby girl as young as possible. In other regions of Russia it is possible to adopt babies only a few months old, in the Moscow program they are typically at least a year old or older. Our agent kept reassuring us that even an older baby would still have lots of the "baby" stages left, but we would be able to see more of the child's physical and emotional development when we met. They would also have a better idea of her overall health.
Not having the opportunity of experiencing a baby-baby was difficult to accept--at first. We got over that quickly. When we met Annelise she was 13 months old , she was still teeny-tiny (compared to U.S. babies), and was just beginning to walk. We were able to see more of her physical characteristics and features along with her general development/personality because she was older. She had been well cared for and was healthy. Her growth took off in the months after we were home. The nannies at the orphanage followed a strict schedule (they shared a copy with us) and that turned out to be an enormous blessing to us as clueless new parents. We followed it as closely as we could, then gradually adjusted it once we were home for a while.
Even though she was 14 months when we became a family, she bonded with us easily. Her personality started to shine after a short while of steady attention and love. She had been used to changes in caregivers and not having a lot of one on one attention. She soaked up being our center of attention, and of our families and friends. We have been very thankful that no obvious emotional or behavioral issues have arisen, also no real developmental or speech delays.
That's it for Installment #2. Thanks for asking and for reading! Jill also asked some interesting questions and I will answer them together in Installment #3, which will be coming to a computer near you soon.