Weight Watchers Update

“You will gain weight. Go ahead and get mad now.”
– Donna, my Weight Watchers leader

Last week I didn’t write a Weight Watchers update because I gained. I gained 2.4 pounds. Now I could blame it on being busy at work, no time to post, but really it was because I was embarrassed. I am putting myself out there for the public, admitting I am on Weight Watchers. You all are seeing my success or failure. And I failed. I was embarrassed to admit it.

But my leader is right, you WILL gain weight. We all gain weight, it’s just what we do AFTER we have gained weight that matters. So many people blame the program they are on – it just doesn’t work, it stopped working. They blame their life, their spouse, their job, their hormones.

I blame me. I know why I gained. I ate French toast and bacon and drank a lot of wine. I ate sticky hot and sweet drumsticks with the skin still on, baked potatoes with real butter, and didn’t do a single bit of exercise. Of COURSE I gained, and I have no one and nothing to blame except myself.

Instead of feeling defeated, I felt it was my body reminding me that I need to always think about which is better – another piece of bacon, or a smaller size of dress? Syrup on that French toast, or living five more years? A second glass of wine, or watching Emerson walk down the aisle some day?

This week I decided to get back on track. Track what I ate, try to walk and move more, make smart choices.


This week I removed 5.3 pounds. Got off what I gained, and THEN SOME! Woo-hoo!

I still ate amazing food, I still didn’t hit the gym. However, I Went back to the basics. I drank water – LOTS of water. I stuffed my desk with oranges and bananas and apples for mid-day snacks. I ate on smaller plates, and filled the plate first with vegetables. I made sure there were great veggies and fruit in the home to enjoy. I stayed away from my trigger food – pasta. And it worked.

Last night my mom picked me up from the Metro so we could go to Weight Watchers together. She said she saw me walking towards her car but she didn’t recognize me because I had a different silhouette. She said she had to get used to me being this thin. Last night I also went into Ann Taylor and tried on a size 12 suiting jacket – fully lined, no stretch. It FIT. And it fit so well and looked so good I BOUGHT it and am wearing it today. Do you know how long it has been since I have worn a size 12 suiting jacket? I didn’t even wear a 12 when I interviewed for my current job in 2007! I seriously think it has been five years since I have worn a size 12 jacket.

You will gain weight. It’s a given. You’re human. Birthdays, vacations, Superbowl parties, nights where you just need some ice cream or wine or mac and cheese. It happens. The thing is, you can’t give up on yourself. Start fresh the next day. Wake up, get over your mistake, start new. It’s worth it, and you’re worth it!


  1. February 21, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    I really needed this post today. I’ve been off the wagon for a really long time and am starting back today. I was going to wait till March 1 as my birthday is this weekend and we are going away, but I just can’t. I’ve got a wedding to attend at the end of March and I want to fit in my dress comfortably and look good. I’m sure my cholesterol is high, and my fat clothes are too tight. So no more delaying. I’m planning my meals this week and drinking water (which is tough for me because I hate it). The sun came out, so I’m walking at lunch.

    The one quote that inspired me before was “No food tastes as good as being thin feels.”

  2. February 21, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    Allie, I am so proud of you. You lok amazing. I am following WW online and have success…and the standard two steps back. I DO get mad at myself, cuz the dang program DOES work, so why do I fall off the wagon? Just jump back on again, I guess (and again and again LOL).
    I wonder, how much have you lost total, because you are truly showing a transformation.

  3. Anonymous
    February 21, 2011 / 6:48 am

    Thanks so much for this post — it’s just what I needed to hear today, as I was beating myself up for my 1kg gain. Karen

  4. February 20, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    The weeks when you gain a little definitely happen – the thing that I like about WW is that they just encourage you to go back to what works and get back on the wagon. The weekly weigh-ins hold you accountable too, so you can’t just try to ignore what’s happening. My leader is really good about reminding us that “life happens” – it’s what happens after the little gains that matter. Do you give up? Or start working again?

    My mom lost 70 pounds and has kept it off for 6 years now – her secret? She still weighs herself every week and she refuses to buy bigger clothes. That means that if she goes on vacation and gains a few pounds, she goes back into losing mode because she’s never buying bigger clothes again. That’s my plan, too – I get rid of too big clothes as soon as they don’t fit and I’m never buying bigger clothes after hitting my goal weight.

    Keep up the good work – you look sensational and I think that you’re an inspiration. It’s one thing for a big celebrity to lose a bunch of weight on a program and another thing for a busy, working mom to do it.

  5. February 20, 2011 / 11:30 am

    Thank you for this inspirational post. It was really what I needed after gaining in week 1!

  6. Jennifer
    February 19, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    You look amazing and your waist looks so tiny! I’m currently pregnant and have gained about twenty five pounds and have one more month to go. I can’t wait to join weightwatchers. Congratulations on your success.

  7. February 19, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    You go, girl! Thanks for sharing, and you look fab in you new size 12 jacket!

  8. February 19, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    Well done! I have started back this week with WW and so far I love Pro Points!

  9. Anonymous
    February 19, 2011 / 3:32 pm

    Long time fan of your posts – I started new WW plan about the same time (*love* it), and the last ten days have been wobbly with work, family and not-so-great choices after losing 9# – up 1.5# and avoiding the scale and avoiding tracking. Came to the same resolution this a.m., logged in my weight and my breakfast, made a list for Costco–so thank you for posting – your headline made my day. Gail

  10. February 19, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I am following WW as well and have the same up and downs. You are looking great and and inspiration! I know I will refer to this post when my commitment wanes from time to time, to remind me what’s important!

  11. February 19, 2011 / 5:03 am

    First I just want to say, please don’t ever be embarassed. Your readers love you just however you are. No need to be embarassed, although I understand being a perfectionist and incredibly hard on myself sometimes. I think you are doing great on WW. I am afraid to even start it because I think I will sabotage myself. Keep up the great job you are doing!

  12. February 18, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Such a great reminder. I have realized that maintaining weight loss and losing weight is about putting your best foot forward and if you fail, starting again. My pattern was to chalk it all up to failure with the tiniest slip rather than regroup and keep going. It’s not been easy but I keep striving. You look amazing! Keep up the good work!

  13. February 18, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    You look FANTASTIC! Really noticed it in Thursday’s post. Congrats!

  14. February 18, 2011 / 5:48 pm

    Longtime lurker via French Chic board, Alli. Just wanted to congratulate you on your weight loss. It is wonderful to see and read about, and you seem to be very sensible about it. Your recent photos make me cheer for you.


  15. February 18, 2011 / 4:43 pm

    I’m working on changing my body this year, too, and you’re really an inspiration. You’re doing so well! And you look fantastic.

  16. February 18, 2011 / 4:29 pm

    Yay! You are so right. It’s the commitment to recommitting that seems to be important. Everyone falls off the “eat right” wagon as some point. It’s what we do afterward that matters.

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