Weight Watchers Update

You know you have been slacking on your Weight Watchers meeting when they send you the “guilt trip” postcard. I got one in the mail on Wednesday from the women who man the scales, saying they missed me. Good thing I was already planning on going the next evening!

And… I removed three pounds!

I think this is half due to me staying on plan, and half due to me being so busy and stressed lately that I often forget to eat.

Though, I must say pre-Weight Watchers, when I was stressed I would eat everything in sight. At work, I would go down to the gift shop in the building’s lobby and get a Kit Kat, a small bag of Doritos or Cheetos, maybe some gummi bears and wash it down with a Diet Dr. Pepper. Or I would treat myself to a venti java chip Frappucinno from Starbucks. After a crazy week, I would self-medicate with half (sometimes a whole) box of pasta with butter, cheese, salt and pepper and pair it with a giant glass of red wine.

Now, while I still love pasta I really can’t eat more than one bowl. The idea makes me nauseous. Saturday night my husband and I decided to celebrate getting through the drama of the week – we made ourselves Jack & gingers and ordered subs from the local deli. Before, I would have eaten a 12” with fries, now I order the 6” and eat sans sides. And feel sated. Not full, not hungry, just right.

So I have been stressed, and overwhelmed, but I have been able to stay relatively on Plan. And this week’s meeting topic really fit with why I have been able to stay on track.

pantry 4

We discussed what we have in our kitchens. First we went around the room, each of us mentioning one item that’s in our house that we shouldn’t have. Some said chips, others said ice cream, one guy said Froot Loops and I admitted I have half a bag of candy corn. We discussed the difference between having anything you want because essentially everything is on the Weight Watchers plan, versus trigger foods. I may have candy corn and grab a small handful every so often, but it’s not a trigger food for me as say, chips can be. Give me a bag of Lays and a tub of sour cream and both are gone within an hour even if I am not hungry. Something I learned with Weight Watchers is to keep trigger foods from my house, even if I have to get stern with my husband.

We also discussed go-to items we always have in our kitchen to stay on the plan. We each went around the room, saying what part of the kitchen we are in (pantry, fridge, freezer, etc.) and what our three food items were. For me, it was the freezer and I always have steam-in-bag broccoli florets, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, and frozen blueberries. The broccoli is a fave because it’s a food both Emerson and I enjoy. I can steam up a bag, give her some for her dinner, stick some in Tupperware for the next day’s lunch, and the rest I throw in a skillet with some crushed red pepper, spray olive oil (love our Misto), and garlic for a delicious post-work/pre-dinner snack. Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are utterly delish, taste like real ice cream and curb sugar cravings. And frozen blueberries – I will add to a smoothie, defrost completely and put in my morning oatmeal or eat alone, or eat half frozen for a treat that is like little pods of sorbet.

I have realized a great key to my success is having the food I need always available so I won’t stray and eat crap. I always have oatmeal for breakfast, and my husband knows to shake the tub before heading to the grocery to see if we need to replenish our stock. The refrigerator at work is stocked with Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers meals with my initials on them so I don’t even have to plan each morning on what to take for lunch. In my desk at work I have snacks like 100 calorie almond packs and Weight Watchers snack bars. And at home, I have plenty of fruit and vegetable snacks like canned pineapple, Gala apples, steam-in-bag frozen produce, celery and Laughing Cow cheese.

When weightloss gets too complicated, it’s easy to give up. Who has time for constantly counting points or preparing special foods? But planning in advance makes it easy. If the food I need is available and things I already know the PointsPlus value for, there’s no excuse. I can coast until 6pm without worrying about PointsPlus value thanks to my routine breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. Dinners we are starting to plan in advance by making a list throughout the week and shopping on Sundays. It is becoming a rhythm, it is less something I think about, more a lifestyle. I can see on a daily basis how Weight Watchers has really changed how I think about food.

This hasn’t been a quick weightloss, but it feels permanent. And when I think of where I was a year or so ago in mindset, and how I think now… it is a huge change and accomplishment. Slow and steady wins the race!

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  1. December 6, 2011 / 12:49 am

    Melissa, those are amazing goals, and I love your outlook! You DESERVE to feel that way, and I am so proud that you have started the journey to get back there! It is true, you can want to lose weight, but it’s not until you’re really really ready will it really really stick and be successful. This is my fourth time doing Weight Watchers (and I have done Atkins, grapefruit, South Beach and calorie counting) but this is the longest by far that I have stuck with the program. Best of luck to you, and thank you for your phenomenal and inspiring comment!

  2. October 19, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    I JUST got back from my certification in adult weight management (with American Dietetic Association). This post touched on several aspects of successful weight loss and maintenance, particularly the meal replacements (ie oatmeal for breakfast and your lean cuisines for lunch). It is cool to see that this has been successful for you since this was emphasized as one of our “tools” for weight management. Also all the dietitians in the room were glad to hear that Weight Watchers has RDs on staff!

  3. October 18, 2011 / 2:45 pm

    i love that my WW meetings are right at work, where it is tougher for me to skip them. unless im SWAMPED, i cant find much excuse for not being able to walk up a flight of stairs to get weighed in.
    i cant thank you + some other bloggers enough for sharing your WW experiences, because they are a HUGE part of what inspired me to join! i am now down ALMOST 25 pounds, and still going! i have learned so much about food and environment, and i learn something new each and every week. and like you, i find myself satisfied with smaller portions than before i joined, when i just ate mindlessly. and the best part is, YES, you can still eat REAL FOOD. hurray!

  4. Cynthia W
    October 17, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve definitely found that having “go to” breakfasts, lunches and snacks helps – I can get my variety at dinner time. It also helps that I take a pilates/yoga class twice a week – I find that having a scheduled class that I paid for keeps me on track for exercise better than “winging it”. I walk everyday (thanks to my dog) and try to run or do the elliptical a few times a week, but that scheduled class is like an appointment with myself.

    I’ve found that after two years, the habits are really ingrained – even when I went to California for 10 days, didn’t track at all, and drank copious amounts of wine, I only gained 3 pounds and I had the confidence that I could take it back off right away.

    Besides being in better health (and having better clothes – vanity is a factor), the most exciting thing for me has been that it really has become a lifestyle change and not a diet. I don’t even want the bad stuff with refined sugar and grease anymore.

  5. October 17, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    I love W8 Watchers – I find just keeping track of what I eat keeps me on track, and makes me feel good, like I’m in control. It’s like bookkeeping – I don’t want to overspend, or spend my points on the wrong things (things that leave me hungry).

    Thanks for sharing – I found your blog from Sally’s reco – I love it!

  6. Donna
    October 17, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I am so proud of you, Allie! I think you are handling this the right way- with a very positive mindset. Things are stressful at work, you just had your house torn up by a hurricane, and yet you still manage to stay close to plan and look great doing it! You go, girl!

  7. October 17, 2011 / 2:31 pm

    It IS hard to stick to one small glass of wine! Good luck with your meeting and meeting your goals, be sure to come back and let us know how you did!

  8. kathy
    October 17, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    Good for you!!! Keep up the great work.

  9. kathy
    October 17, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Your post is so timely for me. I’m on WW too and gained a bit last week and haven’t been very good this week. I weigh in on Wednesday nights, so I’m being really careful these next 2-1/2 days and am going to the gym tonight and tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll at least stay the same.

    My absolute worst trigger is wine. Makes me wonder if I should be attending an altogether different meeting. ; ) My must have items are laughing cow cheese, turkey pepperoni, and hot tea.

    Anyway, congrats again on losing and thank you for the Monday morning motivation. 

  10. October 17, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    Melissa, those are amazing goals, and I love your outlook! You DESERVE to feel that way, and I am so proud that you have started the journey to get back there! It is true, you can want to lose weight, but it’s not until you’re really really ready will it really really stick and be successful. This is my fourth time doing Weight Watchers (and I have done Atkins, grapefruit, South Beach and calorie counting) but this is the longest by far that I have stuck with the program. Best of luck to you, and thank you for your phenomenal and inspiring comment!

  11. Melissapedsrn
    October 17, 2011 / 1:00 pm

    I have been on WW for about a month, which is longer than I have ever stuck to a diet since I gained so much weight. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years ago this December (she is fine now, after a bone marrow transplant from her sister), is a nurse and got married in 2009) Ten years is a long time to make excuses about my weight (I was/am also a stress eater, and put on about 40lbs while she was sick and going thru treatment). But you know, you have to be ready, really ready, to lose weight and this year I am finally ready. So far I have removed 7.2 lbs. I have a goal weight, but I really have a goal “feel”…to feel like I used to, to enjoy life without always thinking about how heavy I look, to “not put off living” “until I lose 10 lbs”. Those are my goals. Allie, I have been a faithful reader forever, you are like visiting with an old friend every time you post :). Thanks.

  12. October 17, 2011 / 10:17 am

    Through my gains and losses and weeks of dropping off plan all together, I am currently at 175.8, I have removed 26.2 pounds so far. 🙂

  13. October 17, 2011 / 10:16 am

    When I was less busy, my alternate breakfast was an EggBeater, black bean and whole wheat tortilla breakfast burrito! It does make shopping easier, and it’s so freeing to use that time to think and worry about other things, knowing at least your diet is under control (typed while eating my breakfast oatmeal!)

  14. October 17, 2011 / 10:13 am

    Not sad at all! If you run a marathon, you want that medal at the end. Well you have run a weightloss marathon and you deserve that medal for all your hard work! Hang in there with your schedule!

  15. October 17, 2011 / 5:56 am

    Great tips – I think this can help me eat more healthily.

  16. October 17, 2011 / 2:28 am

    I love that even though this is technically a fashion blog, you post about things like this. It really gives the blog a comfortable, honest, and personal feeling. Kudos on your progress with WW and the way you feel about your health in general.

  17. October 17, 2011 / 1:22 am

    I don’t do WW, but after reading Matt Stone at 180 Degree Health for a year, I totally limit variety in my diet to remove temptation.  My three foods would probably be refried black beans, eggs, and whole wheat tortillas as a bean and egg burrito is my go-to.  Love that resistant starch/complex carbs.  Makes shopping cheaper, too.

  18. October 16, 2011 / 11:44 pm

    I figure I won’t stay this way, but at a time like this when I don’t have a lot of time to think about food, this rut is helping me stay on track. 🙂

  19. Angela
    October 16, 2011 / 11:41 pm

    I’m curious what your total weight loss is? You look great

  20. Hope Hunter
    October 16, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    Congratulations on your success this week! I was done 2.7, which was super exciting for me as well. I really want to get back to meetings, but right now, I’m working 14 hour days 6 days a week. I have about 2-3 more weeks of this craziness, and then I’ll be able to go back. I want to make sure that I go back in time to get my 75 lb medal-isn’t it sad that a little piece of medal has such control over me?

  21. October 16, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    I agree with Ginger, routine and tried reliable recipes are the best way to loose weight and gain some discipline. I think most people who struggle with weight also have a very unhealthy approach to eating forever stuck between excess and near starvation.
    Recognizing and eliminating trigger foods is also vital.
    Well done on the weight loss 🙂

  22. Ginger
    October 16, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Three pounds is really good.

    In some ways it’s good to be in a food rut when you’re watching your weight. It’s a good thing for food to be a little routinue.  You eat what you’re supposed to eat and not everything in sight.

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