In case you’re just tuning in – I’m turning 40 in November, and I’ve set a goal to lose 40 pounds, for once and for all. You can read the back-story here. I’m using Weight Watchers, but I’m in no way affiliated with them or taking money from them to do this (in fact, I’m giving THEM money!). The WW program works great for me, but it’s just one method of healthy weight loss. There are plenty out there and I encourage you to work with the plan that suits you best.

Oops! I just realized I didn’t check in this week. And I have some great news! I’ve hit my 5% goal – 11.6 pounds lost in total. I’ve also hit a personal milestone in terms of how much I actually weigh right now (no I’m not sharing that ;) ). I managed to somehow lose 1.7lbs last week, in spite of lower level of exercise (I want to keep running but need to get new shoes – my current shoes are worn out and not treating my almost 40 year old knees too well). I also had a big weekend of eating out, while I attended the PAB2010 conference.

Eating out has always been a big challenge for me, but I took a really balanced approach this weekend. If I had a big lunch, I’d eat a salad for dinner (hold the creamy dressing, of course). Beer and wine was in moderation (though drinking to excess isn’t really my bag anyway). I also drank tons of water.

I have to admit I haven’t been tracking my food as closely, but I’ve promised myself I’ll get back on track with that next week – this is the time when I tend to fall flat – after having a bit of success it’s too easy to over-indulge. I’ve still got 29 lbs to lose – I have to celebrate my success and stay focused on my goal.

But for now, I think I’ll going for a nice long walk. :)