Weight Watchers Update


This is what was on the flip chart when I attended Weight Watchers this past week. I somehow forgot that the first meeting of the year is packed with those who put weight loss on their New Year’s Resolution list and ended up spending the entire session standing in line waiting to be weighed.

I removed 1.8 pounds!

I decided to use 2012 as a time to start Weight Watchers again. To measure, to track, to be conscious of what I am doing and what is going in my mouth. Deciding on chicken instead of steak, researching before eating to know that the vanilla cupcake is a whole PointsPlus lower than the chocolate, and deciding that to enjoy a cupcake for a coworker’s birthday I will have a lunch high in vegetables so I can still stay on target.

I got my husband on the plan, and he has kept the fridge and pantry full of vegetables, fruit, and low-PointsPlus foods like chicken breasts, low-fat cheese and dairy products, and FiberOne bars. I bought Weight Watchers-brand snack bars and chips to have in my desk drawer for times of cravings (by the way the ones with coconut in them taste just like Girl Scout Samoa cookies!).

But the quote above is so true. With Weight Watchers, I am relearning what is healthy. Healthy isn’t necessarily depriving my body of certain foods, removing all carbs, counting calories, being obsessive in any way. It’s making healthy decisions with healthy foods. With Weight Watchers I no longer fantasize about Ben & Jerry’s or Tostitos with a jar of Doritos brand queso, or a whole box of spiral pasta with butter and cheese and garlic powder. My husband is cooking kale, and the smell of the garlic and greens is making my mouth water.

I was talking to a coworker about the grapefruit diet, which I did back at the beginning of last decade. My sister and I did it together, we both lost a ton of weight. We dined on lobster and butter-drenched broccoli, cooked cheese in the microwave until it was crispy and dipped it in sour cream. We ate tons of fat, hardly a single carb, dropped dress sizes, and I had the worst stomach pains and gas. I dreamed about watermelon and blueberries, salivated over baked potatoes and felt terrible guilt whenever I broke my diet. On Weight Watchers when I spend a day, a week, or even a month not tracking or thinking about Weight Watchers, I don’t beat myself up. I just get back on track and the weight comes off again.

And when I am not 100% on track, I still have taken many life lessons from Weight Watchers to heart. I drink water all the time, I eat breakfast every day, I keep trigger foods out of my house without feeling deprived, I choose produce over most anything else.

This was another quote that my Weight Watchers leader shared at the meeting, and such a true one.  It's a new year, and if what you're doing isn't working, then stop doing it.  There's no point in torturing and depriving yourself if you aren't getting the results you want or enjoying the life you currently have.  Each person is different, with different needs. I am not saying Weight Watchers is the Holy Grail, but I am saying that if you're feeling like a hamster on a wheel with your current plan, there may be a better choice for you.  Take care of yourself, nurture yourself.  Losing weight should be to better your body and your life, not be torture.

How was your week?  What are you doing to get on track for 2012?


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  1. Amber
    January 11, 2012 / 12:30 am

    I’m following a primal diet, and I lost my pound this week. I feel great!

  2. January 10, 2012 / 7:56 pm

    My meeting has some who need to lose 10 lbs, and some who need to lose 100 lbs, and then some who needed to lose 100 and now only need to lose 10 and you can’t really tell who is where. I like the variety, hearing the issues of those close to goal help me for when I get there! 🙂

  3. kathy
    January 10, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Congrats on the loss! I actually did well through Christmas, but then gained after New Year’s. I’m back though and not too worried about my temporary setback. I LOVE my WW leader and the group that I go to; just knowing they’re there really helps me stay on track. I really enjoy the meetings. My problem is (if you could really call it that) is that I went into WW with only about 15lbs to lose, while some in my group are working on alot more than that. I feel like a jerk sitting there in yoga pants not looking too bad and talking about how hard it is to lose weight. Oh well, they’ve all been very supportive of me anyway. I broke the 10lb mark before Christmas but then regained a bit to put me back .2lbs. I really hope I took it off this past week. One of the best things about this January is knowing that I already had a head start toward losing weight. No longer do I find myself saying “If I could ONLY lose 10 pounds…” because I already have! I love WW!

  4. Alyson / TAGG
    January 10, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    LOVE that WW quote, and great for you to getting started again… and for the succesful week! I’m a lifetime and could use a little WW practicing these days. Have been splurging a bit too much. GOOD LUCK… proud of you!

  5. January 10, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    I have that same bottle! One at the office, and one at home! Does make water drinking so much easier!

  6. Christina
    January 10, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    Great job on the weight loss and the comparison pics are wonderful.  I too had to deal with all the New Years resolution members at my meeting yesterday.  Just want to encourage you and let you know you are doing wonderful and looking great.  I joined in July and just hit my 50lb milestone.  It’s been a learning experience every day on changing my habits and it is totally working.  I’m gonna share my secret and it has helped me volumes.  I got this 32 oz camel back sippy water bottle when I started (they are on sale at Target this week).  I have been able to increase my water intake to 3 liters a day.  This helps huge when I have cravings, when I need to fill up before a meal since my fullness trigger takes longer than the meal to kick in.  I know this may not work for everyone, but I seriously think it has helped volumes.  I don’t even realize how much water I’m drinking, minus the constant bathroom breaks.  It has also made my skin look great.  Keep up the great work!

  7. nikki
    January 10, 2012 / 3:29 pm

    “the first meeting of the year is packed with those who put weight loss on their New Year’s Resolution list “

    lol! i know what that feels like! i walked into a favorite not-usually-full spin class yesterday after not having attended for a while (i like to mix things up) and was shocked at how packed the studio was! then i remembered, “right, january.” give it a month or two, it’ll calm down!

  8. Jennie Westenhaver
    January 10, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    I have stared my sugar addiction in the face and realized that sugar and I can no longer be friends. I gave it up on January 1st  and am still going strong. Even though my children made chocolate chip cookies twice this weekend (Oh cookie dough! What bliss!). I didn’t even have a morsel.  

    I’m doing weight watchers too and no sugar (and no soda) makes this so much easier. I don’t think every one needs to go sugar free but I truly am an addict. There is no “fulfilling a craving”. The craving never ends.

    I’m praying my little heart out hoping that God can help me, because it’s certainly been a tough thing for me to do. But I’m doing it. Ten days strong!

  9. Barb S.
    January 10, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing your WW journey.  I joined WW last September and have lost about 20 pounds but the holiday season “got me off track”.  I am mustering up the courage to go to my meeting tonight and deal with what I gained and start tracking again.  Good luck to you…I will be anxious to hear how everything goes for you.  I enjoy your blog…

  10. judy antonio
    January 10, 2012 / 2:08 pm

    Hey thnaks for this posting!  I am seriously working the healthy lifestyle thing this month – started in Dec. but of course went off the rails with all the parties- and little things like you posting this on your blog really motivate me to keep on with the water…rock the vegetables and give up the wine (for a while anyway!)


  11. ES
    January 10, 2012 / 4:14 am

    I started Weight Watchers about a month ago, and so far it has been a great experience for me.  Even when I was able to easily run 7 or more miles, I was still at a higher weight than I wanted to be because of my eating habits.  Weight Watchers has definitely been helping me immensely in that regard.  In the month I’ve been on it, I’ve lost 4.8 pounds, and I don’t feel like I’m “on a diet.”  I’ve tried counting calories myself before, and I just couldn’t seem to make it work.  Weight Watchers seems to help push me towards healthier choices, while still allowing flexibility.

    Also, I like the meeting leader near me.  I was worried that it would be a waste of time besides the weigh-in, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the leader and by the other members.  Although I did get a chuckle out of my first meeting – someone mentioned that they used to stop at McDonald’s every day for a milkshake, and a gasp went through the crowd.  I about died.

  12. January 10, 2012 / 1:59 am

    Hey Alie, congrats on removing another 1.8! I feel like WW would be confusing, but everyone I know that has done it raves about it. i am working on tracking my calories and going back to spin three times a week. Hopefully I will see a change too. Keep up the healthy lifestyle!

    Off topic, but are you guys going to ‘roo this year?

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