Weight Watchers Update

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I gained 1.4 pounds this week.

My mom says that she found that getting your period always made her pack on two pounds. If that’s true for me as well, you could say I actually lost 0.6 pounds…

Or maybe I just need to ramp up my plan.

I still don’t exercise outside of walking to the farmer’s market on Sundays. I broke my Camelbak bottle so I am not sipping water at home the way I do at work. I bought Smart Ones instead of Lean Cuisines because they were on sale and they are way more unsatisfying (and taste to be higher in sodium) – by 2pm I am craving every filthy thing available in the snack bar in the office lobby and counteract it with a cup of coffee or tea, leaving me jumpy but still hungry.

My husband made Candy Corn Pancakes. Regular pancake batter, added candy corn, cooked as usual. Insanely delicious fun treat, and proof that I am still enjoying far too much of that bag of candy corn in my kitchen… and not sticking to the plan.

So I gained 1.4, but that’s nothing to freak out over, nothing to get depressed over, and surely no reason to fall completely off the Weight Watchers wagon.

This week we talked about how our lives have changed since starting Weight Watchers – habits we now have that are just a part of our lives. One woman says that when she gets back from the market, she writes the PointsPlus value on the outside of each food package – she can then know quickly how many PointsPlus it is, and it also reduces temptation, having her look for a lower PointsPlus item for a snack. Our leader said she does the same, and also writes down how much is in each serving. Another mentioned an iPhone app that will scan barcodes in the grocery and report the PointsPlus value – she uses this before putting anything in her cart. Another mentioned that she never buys bread and I realize I am the same – the only bread in the house is the type that my husband and daughter like for sandwiches; we never had loaves of sourdough or artisanal bread in the house because I will eat the whole loaf. I was impressed by one woman who says she gets off the Metro one stop early and walks the rest of the way to work. Another woman mentioned how since she started Weight Watchers she now always has breakfast. I mentioned how I now drink water all the time.

It’s amazing how even if we don’t track our PointsPlus every day, and how we may veer away from the program, we still have habits from Weight Watchers that affect our lives on a daily basis. Whether it’s how we shop for groceries, get to work, or start our day.

And whether I gain 1.4 pounds or remove 3… or stay the same for a week… my life has forever changed for the better because of this program. And while this weight removal has been a slow process, it’s not going to all come back. And I am not going to go back.

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  1. Ginger
    October 24, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    Getting off a stop early is an excellent way to slip a little more activity into your life.   If you’re always rushed in the a.m. try getting on the next stop over in the evening.  It’s relaxing to have a little stroll after getting out of work.

  2. kathy
    October 24, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    Someone said at one of my meetings a few weeks ago that the occasional gain will happen, and it’s not the end of the world to gain a pound. You just get back on the wagon and work toward losing the next week. 1-1/2 weeks ago I had gained 1.6 but managed to take off 1.8 the next week. And I don’t know if this is cheating or not, but I weigh in on Wednesday nights and on Tuesday morning I take an OTC diuretic. For me, I’m usually bloated at least two weeks out of the month, so I figure one water pill a week isn’t going to kill me, and I don’t want water weight to give an inaccurate reading each week. Regardless, I’ve lost 6.5 since Labor Day and am taking it off slowly but surely. Like you, I drink alot more water than I used to, which is one good thing.

    Sounds lijke you have your  head in the game and I have no doubt that you’ll take off that piound by next week.

  3. BoutiqueGirl
    October 24, 2011 / 11:35 am

    My leader gives us 5 mins to moan/explain the gain then tells us to get over it and back on plan! I like this as otherwise I over think it! I am struggling with the last 3lbs – all my clothes fit well and I feel great. Now it is all just about that magic number. I am going back to basics the next 10 days and I hope to lose my 3lbs (and stop paying for meetings).

  4. October 24, 2011 / 1:45 am

    Thanks for the post. Your honesty always inspires me!

  5. CA_Powell
    October 23, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    Really proud of your attitude! (weight loss is great, but it’s the attitude that lasts!)

  6. Barb
    October 23, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    Awesome job with the weight control!  I love your motivation writing…it is what I need to keep me going.  I weigh in on Tuesday night.  I have lost every time but I think that this week I will see that trend end…BUT….I did have a great time dining out with good friends and I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world.  I enjoy your blog…my daughter lives in DC so I look at your pictures and see what great outfits you have and what kind of weather she is having!  Have a GREAT week.  

  7. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    October 23, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    Wonderful post, Allie. You seem to have such a balanced and healthy approach, and you inspire others!

  8. Stephanie
    October 23, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the WW talk.  I gained 1/2 a pound this week, and have been flip-flopping for the past two months (.2 here, .4 there). It’s so extremely frustrating! I love your positive attitude. It’s a great reminder that regardless of my tiny gain right now, it’s not like it was 20 pounds, and I can get right back on track. 

  9. Sheila
    October 23, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    What an awesome pep talk to yourself! I’m a WW leader here (West coast Canada), lost 50 lbs and have maintained for 4 years. I’m also up the last couple of weeks (extended birthday celebrations) and even though that depresses me, I have to remind myself how many good changes I’ve made and how much better I feel – it motivates me to start tracking anagain and to keep going.

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