Weight Watchers Update

I am have been experiencing the weight loss see-saw:

  • February 10 – Gained 2.6 pounds
  • February 17 – Removed 5.2 pounds
  • February 24 – Gained 2.4 pounds
  • March 3 – Removed 3.4 pounds

Sound familiar to anyone else? I can remember having this happen to me during a previous Weight Watchers experience. I am slowly but steadily removing weight each week, I see the results on the scale when I change my diet, my exercise, my lifestyle. Then after around 15-20 pounds I get on the see-saw. It’s frustrating, it’s confusing, it makes it so easy to fall off the wagon. Who cares, I’m going to gain this week anyway. I haven’t changed anything, why the amazing highs and depressing lows?

1. I am not exercising. Diet can only do so much, moving my body more will speed up my metabolism, tone the excess weight I currently have, improve my outlook, regulate my appetite. This Saturday my sister gave me the greatest gift – she came to watch Emerson in the morning so I could go to my husband’s yoga class. It felt so good to have an hour and a half dedicated to just me – I closed my eyes and focused on the poses, the stretching, my breathing. After, I felt an inch taller and ten pounds lighter.

As a mom, and a full-time working mom at that, I find I never have time for just me. I can wake up really early when Emerson and my husband are asleep, but I’m still dealing with three dogs breathing down my neck, trying to get pet while I am in Downward Dog. I feel guilty for trying to exercise, and end up spending that “me” time doing laundry, working on the blog, paying bills, reading the previous day’s mail.

I have gone to the gym only once since being back on Weight Watchers. It felt great – my neighborhood gym isn’t packed early in the morning, and it’s a comfortable atmosphere. I don’t need to join, I can pay $4.50 for each visit. It makes sense to bag my lunch and pay for the gym. However when I go, I get really stressed out in the morning trying to stay on time. The gym doesn’t open until 6, I don’t get back to the house until close to 7 and I have to leave the house by 7:30 to be on time. I make excuses and don’t go.

I could walk in the mornings, but I make excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, too dark. Even if I bundle up in my coat and take a leisurely stroll around the block, it’s better than sitting on my butt surfing the ‘Net and watching reruns of Golden Girls.

2. I am breaking diet, regularly. I add full-fat cheese to my Eggbeaters breakfast burrito. I grab a handful of pistachios from my husband’s snack bowl. I take a second serving of dinner and wash it down with a beer or glass of wine.

I go off plan one day, get back on track the next day, break plan the day after. I don’t track, then track religiously. I guesstimate on portion sizes and “forget” that I ate a snack-size Hershey bar or put creamer in my coffee.

3. I have been getting lazy. I let me husband buy the groceries and don’t give a him a list of what I need and then blame him for me not having any WW-friendly food. I don’t pack a lunch and eat far too many 6” turkey sandwiches at Subway and decide I “deserve” to switch it up and get myself a higher-point sandwich (or maybe something like Chipotle or a cheeseburger). I don’t make time for breakfast and grab something unsatisfying at the gift shop in my building’s lobby just to stop the stomach from growling. I don’t make time for a proper dinner. I don’t have healthy snacks to munch on late afternoon so I don’t race home and eat the entire contents of the refrigerator.

If I am not consistent with my lifestyle change, how can I expect my weightloss results to be consistent?

That being said, even though I keep taking a step back, I still take two steps forward. I am 0.2 pounds from removing 10% of my body weight and that feels amazing. I have already achieved my pre-pregnancy weight, and know that the body is excited about removing more bulk from its frame.

I am so glad I decided to share this journey with all of you. You hold me accountable, and remind me that I CAN’T give up. Your comments – feedback, support, questions motivate me and I can’t thank you enough!

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23 Comments

  1. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    When my boys were little the only way I ever got any regular exercise was to sign up for a class in the evenings. My husband tended to work late so I went for something that started at 7:30. It was only two days a week but it was something.

    Exercise hardly makes a dent in calories for weight loss. It’s good to do it and it gets you out of the kitchen, but it shouldn’t hold you back for losing.

    When I eat at Subway I usually buy the kids’s meal. The sandwich, while smaller than their usual offerings, is about what a serving for an adult is supposed to be. It’s always good to drink milk, plus you get the little bag of apple slices for dessert!

  2. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Well, not to justify this, but 3.6 pounds gone is still 3.6 pounds gone!

    I hear you on the little slips though. But look at the big picture; or little picture as it is now.

    I think you are doing to good overall!

  3. March 8, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Well, not to justify this, but 3.6 pounds gone is still 3.6 pounds gone!

    I hear you on the little slips though. But look at the big picture; or little picture as it is now.

    I think you are doing to good overall!

  4. March 8, 2011 / 1:34 am

    When my boys were little the only way I ever got any regular exercise was to sign up for a class in the evenings. My husband tended to work late so I went for something that started at 7:30. It was only two days a week but it was something.

    Exercise hardly makes a dent in calories for weight loss. It’s good to do it and it gets you out of the kitchen, but it shouldn’t hold you back for losing.

    When I eat at Subway I usually buy the kids’s meal. The sandwich, while smaller than their usual offerings, is about what a serving for an adult is supposed to be. It’s always good to drink milk, plus you get the little bag of apple slices for dessert!

  5. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    You are looking great! Keep it up! I’ve kept off 25 pounds now for 5 years and it requires a lot of diligence! I’m finally done yo-yoing and it feels great. Personally, WW never worked for me because I would say things like, “I’ve already eaten 15 points on ice cream, so I’ll have an apple and call it a day.” I know that’s not how it’s supposed to work, but that’s what happened to me and all my friends on it. When we started caring more about eating unprocessed, healthy foods (including a ton of vegetables and lots of water), we lost weight without feeling deprived. Good luck!

  6. Margot
    March 7, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    Thank you Allie for your honesty. I am doing WW as well. It works if I work the program. Frankly, any program works if you follow it. I like WW (and I have tried a ton of other programs/diets/etc.). because it lets me develop a relationship with food within the normal course of my life. If I make poor food choices it is reflected in the scale and visa versa. As a life long compulsive over eater I know that I will not change my dynamic with food unless I change my behavior. I do exercise and when I eat healthily I lose weight. Not a lot and not quickly but steadily. I also like that I don’t have to beat myself up if I fall off my path. I just pick myself back up and start again. As long as the over all trend is downwards I am o.k. with that! Good luck.

  7. Margot
    March 7, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    Thank you Allie for your honesty. I am doing WW as well. It works if I work the program. Frankly, any program works if you follow it. I like WW (and I have tried a ton of other programs/diets/etc.). because it lets me develop a relationship with food within the normal course of my life. If I make poor food choices it is reflected in the scale and visa versa. As a life long compulsive over eater I know that I will not change my dynamic with food unless I change my behavior. I do exercise and when I eat healthily I lose weight. Not a lot and not quickly but steadily. I also like that I don’t have to beat myself up if I fall off my path. I just pick myself back up and start again. As long as the over all trend is downwards I am o.k. with that! Good luck.

  8. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK!

    Choose to love your body, when hungry feed it what you know makes it feel best, find enjoyable movement through every day, and then let your body be what it is.

  9. March 7, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    Just wanted to chime in and throw my support your way! Keep up the good work; you can do it. I was doing WW online but gave it up because I never followed it. I went nuts over the holidays, but just recently started cutting back again and exercising. I am SO much happier when I resist temptation and follow through with doing some exercise. My boys are older, but I’m not joining a gym because I know I won’t go. So I’ve been doing workouts on demand and that’s been great. CRUNCH gym has a bunch of different workouts and they’re only 20 minutes each. Maybe you could get a quick one in before work a few times a day. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Just remember how wonderful you feel every time you want to overdo it.

  10. March 7, 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Regardless of the numbers, you are looking fabulous!

  11. March 7, 2011 / 3:27 am

    I am so guilty of 1 2 and 3! Eeek! Now that spring *may* be around the corner I feel like it might be easier to motivate myself to get outside and walk!

  12. March 7, 2011 / 2:47 am

    I’ve found the worst thing one can do is reward yourself with food. It means that you associate particular foods as “bad” or normally “off limits” and that is a horrible way to look at things.

    I applaud you for trying to figure out why you’re yo-yo-ing, but I urge you to consider the less but delicious way of eating, where you eat little bits of deliciousness, rather than tons of blah.

  13. March 7, 2011 / 1:48 am

    Progress is never a straight line. But do keep moving forward, and make those necessary little course corrections just as soon as you realize you need to. Hang in there.

  14. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 / 1:21 am

    Dear Allie, I am a long time follower of your blog. I know you have switched from vegetarian to a more mixed food. Have you ever thought about going low-carb? For years I have thought that Atkins is a scam. Then I’ve read Gary Taubes’ “Good Calories and Bad Calories” It has been an eye-opener. One of the most life-changing books I’ve ever read. He does not endorse any diet regimen, I don’t even think that he himself eats low-carb, but what he presents is some good history and science all backed up by references. We started low-carb in our household, removed 10 lb in two weeks, no water weight-loss – lost real fat, no counting anything, no hunger, no working out to loose weight, great energy, no inconvenience and also no carnivore galore. I would not even have considered it before. I’d strongly suggest that you check out his book. WW is not backed by any science, eating 0 pt. fruit all the time would make anyone put on weight (lots of fructose, directly deposited in the fat stores of the body). Anyway, I don’t like to give unsolicited advice, but … I am a recent mum as well (3 years), who has stupidly put on 50 lb while pregnant and never been happy again. Please consider reading the book, it changed my life.

  15. Anonymous
    March 7, 2011 / 1:06 am

    Trying to loose weight sucks! I wish as women we could just be happy with the progress we make and not be so hard on ourselves. We all do it. You look great and are an inspiration to all of us. I know what it’s like not to have time for the gym. Get yourself a treadmill, bike or eliptical and do it at home when you have time. That’s what I do.

  16. March 7, 2011 / 12:27 am

    Allie, It sounds like you have a great deal of insight into why you experience the ups and downs in weight and you are also attuned to how important exercise is in your weight loss effort. Continue on your path and we look forward to reading more about your progress. I am from Washington, DC and am an image consultant and personal stylist. You look stylin!

  17. March 6, 2011 / 11:58 pm

    I think self awareness is half the battle when it comes to losing weight. You have definite insight to your highs and lows and what works for you personally. Keep it up – You can do it!!

  18. March 6, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    Part of the problem I always have after the first 15-20 is getting complacent with my success. I look and feel so much better, and I am zipping through sizes, and it’s easy to start letting the crisp edges go here and there. Good for you for recognizing that yourself, and looking for solutions to keep going.

  19. March 6, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    Allie, don’t beat yourself up. Losing weight slowly is the way to keep it off and your pictures show that you are losing. We would all like to take it all off in 3 days, but that’s not a healthy way to do it. Complete deprivation for months isn’t practical, so when you cheat, just get right back on it. You are making progress and it shows.

  20. March 6, 2011 / 8:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It’s so frustrating that my weight isn’t dropping as fast as I would like. Knowing that others are going through the same thing helps me to stay on track! You are looking absolutely fabulous. Let’s get through this together!

  21. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    You are looking great! Keep it up! I’ve kept off 25 pounds now for 5 years and it requires a lot of diligence! I’m finally done yo-yoing and it feels great. Personally, WW never worked for me because I would say things like, “I’ve already eaten 15 points on ice cream, so I’ll have an apple and call it a day.” I know that’s not how it’s supposed to work, but that’s what happened to me and all my friends on it. When we started caring more about eating unprocessed, healthy foods (including a ton of vegetables and lots of water), we lost weight without feeling deprived. Good luck!

  22. March 6, 2011 / 7:48 pm

    You are confessing to the choir, at least for me. I’m back on Weight Watchers and I do the same thing. It’s either track religiously, or “forget” and get behind.

    I also do the “well, I’ve had turkey sandwiches and salad every other day, so Chipotle is fine” and then eat chips and guac and all sorts of things that are not good choices once I get there. I tell myself I’m going to get a salad with no cheese, skip the chips, all that. And I don’t.

    Sarah is so little, and I get up with her in the morning, then I feel like I need to get in the shower (and then waste half an hour playing Oregon Trail on Facebook and perusing Google Reader) so I run out the door grabbing an oatmeal bar on the way…. it’s really a vicious cycle.

    You are SO not alone. And you’re part of the reason I rejoined. Your progress so far is awesome, and it reminds me that I can do it (just like I can take the time to accessorize and not look like Frumpy Mommy.)

  23. March 6, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    Being a yoyo dieter for years I have no problem relating to this post, I recognize it all! Being aware of the problems, though, are the first step to solving them, and you know what you have to do. You’re doing great and you look great, keep up the good work!

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