Weight Watchers Update

I haven’t done of these updates in a very long while… because I haven’t been to a Weight Watchers meeting in a very long while. Work has been hectic, I have had social engagements on Thursday nights, and I am the type where I go on my own plan if I am not held accountable with meetings.

So when I see that in six weeks I have only gained 0.6 pounds I’m excited… but also know that is pure luck and chance. I have been on my own plan, I am not doing the right thing, the healthy thing.

I eat Subway or frozen meals for most lunches because I know the PointsPlus value without having to calculate. Most mornings I eat oatmeal – again something for which I know the PointsPlus value. The rest of my life is totally random and not on the plan. I’ve been drinking wine, eating French fries and French bread pizza. Some nights I don’t eat a proper dinner (Wednesday night was the leftover piece of my daughter’s quesadilla, a handful of baked Doritos and a plum), and some days I am so busy at work I look up, it’s 3pm and I end up dashing downstairs to the lobby gift shop for a Cup-o-Noodles and a banana. I’m drinking far too much diet soda and coffee, and not enough plain water. I have also consumed three Georgetown Cupcakes this week alone.

I may be “staying on track” with my weight, but this isn’t a way to have long-term success, and it’s not the way to be a healthy individual. My weightloss journey isn’t about fitting into a certain size of clothing. I am beautiful just the way I am right now. This is about getting myself healthy and creating life-long habits to help me live a long and enjoyable life and be a role model for my daughter.

I am glad I was able to get back to my meeting last night. I was shocked by how few people were there – it was me, my mom and only 10 other individuals. We usually have 30 or more people attend. I think at this time of the summer people have given up on their diets – they have already had their moments in the swim suit, and far too many barbecues and happy hours to keep track any more. Right around the corner is the weather where you can attempt to hide in layers of heavy fabric and hibernate. I’m not going to hibernate – weight loss shouldn’t be about fashion, it should be about quality of life.

With the weight I have already removed, I have seen an improvement in the quality of my life. I don’t get tired as quickly, winded as often. I have more flexibility and bounce back faster after minor injuries. I can carry my tall child with ease, keep up with my husband, sleep better and have a more normal appetite. I always had good cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, but I bet they would be even better now. I want to keep this going. Keep this body strong and healthy. And yes, if I can fit into a pair of normal jeans or tall boots along the way, well that’s icing on the cake!

My meeting leader usually writes some topic-relevant quotes on her flip chart; I find these to be really helpful and inspiring, a great way to sum up what we learned that day. This week was about overcoming plateaus – something I know far too well. These two quotes really hit me:

Failure is not an ending, it’s feedback

I think this is a great way to look at life in general. It’s easy to get frustrated and quit. Having a plateau, falling off the wagon… it doesn’t mean it’s over and time to give up. It’s feedback – something I’m doing isn’t working right and I need to use this information to improve.

Winners have a way, losers have a reason

Amen. I am queen of excuses. I can’t exercise because I don’t have time, I don’t have time to count PointsPlus because work is so crazy. I didn’t stay within my PointsPlus because I was too busy/not feeling well/didn’t have time to go to the grocery store/the sky is blue. I have all sorts of reasons for my failure… but they are just excuses. A winner figures out how to succeed in spite of obstacles.

So how have all of you who are trying to remove weight? Any successes? Temporary failures? Recipes or tips to share?

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15 Comments

  1. December 6, 2011 / 12:39 am

    Ooh that is a good statement! And I have only done 25 pounds in a year, but that 25 is not coming back, so I see that as a victory! Keep it up, slow and steady wins the race!

  2. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    This week was a total failure for me. School started in TX and I have been “too worn out” to get up and go to the gym. This week is over though, so time to get with it! Good on you for maintaining (mostly) and for setting great life-long goals.

  3. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    Oh Erin, that is AWESOME! I swear I am tempted to fly across the pond just to go on a boot spree at DUO, I just can’t afford the return prices to make another attempt with them. 🙁

  4. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    You are definitely NOT weird! 🙂 And thank you for taking the time to share these tips. I hate to do pre-washed/cut veggies but I do it for the same reason you mention – I can then know it’s there, it’s easy, it doesn’t spoil, and I have the time.

  5. Jo H.
    December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    I am finding it is a deal-breaker to have pre-washed, bagged greens and other pre-prepared veggies in the house. If I eat a salad every day, I feel fuller and more satisfied, I snack less or not at all, and I’m getting that extra plate of nutrients. But if I have to face preparing all the ingredients, it just doesn’t happen. I know myself, and I know that when I am busy and tired I just won’t prep the ingredients. I also find this is no more expensive because I can use everything I pay for (as opposed to discarding trimmings) and the food doesn’t sit spoiling in the fridge until I find time and energy to (maybe) deal with it.

    Recipe (probably something many readers already know): To any kind of greens, add cut up veggies, a small amount of some kind of grated cheese (I like feta), and a sprinkle of some kind of chopped healthy nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc). Use a very small drizzle of low fat dressing, or combine a creamy dressing with a low fat one, to cut a bit of the fat. Take your time eating it, and eat it at the beginning of a meal or on its own between meals. It really satisfies. For a complete meal, add chopped chicken, ham, or other lean meat (or beans/chickpeas/etc. for the vegetarian version).

    Thanks for sharing yourself, Allie. You are so candid with both successes and challenges, so I don’t feel weird, just normal 🙂

  6. Erin
    December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    You mentioned tall boots, so I wanted to take this opportunity to say that I’m a long-time reader who recently moved to Europe, and when I had the opportunity to go to London, the top item on my agenda was to hit up the Duo fitting room. I did, and I got a gorgeous pair of tall tan riding boots that I just ADORE! I have short shins, thick calves, and cankles, and had yet to find a single pair of tall boots that fit well. I would have never known about Duo if not for your blog, so thank you!!!

  7. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    I have had success and failure on Weight Watchers, as well as so many other diets. I find I need to be held accountable, and meetings really help me with that.

  8. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    You are doing great! Thanks for your post, you’re so right and let’s keep motivating one another!

  9. kathy
    December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    I have been trying on my own and clearly it’s not working, as I haven’t lost an ounce. I am thinking of doing WW and going to meetings (I’ve done WW online before, once successfully and the other time unsuccessfully) because I really need to do something to shake things up. Thanks as always for sharing your story.

  10. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    As usual, I find the way you talk about this to be really inspiring. I am way, way sidetracked myself and know I need to get it together.

  11. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    I have fallen off my Weight Watchers tracking this summer.  I have gained 5 pounds (not bad) but needed the motivation to get back on track.  Your quotes definitely helped. 

  12. December 6, 2011 / 12:38 am

    in the 2 months i have been on WW, i had lost 14 pounds even — until this week, when i gained back 0.8. but as you said, this isnt the end, its not a complete failure; it is feedback. either i need to make a change to what i have been doing, or i need to get back to what has been working.
    like you noted, i rely too much on coffee, tea, and diet soda, and dont drink enough water.  while its good to be able to walk into a restaurant and know the points value of something you can “afford” it isnt a sustainable lifestyle — which is the whole point of WW, right?

    you are one of the gals who inspired me to join in the first place, and i think you are doing great!
    lets both keep it up!

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