I got an email the other day from Weight Watchers. Being a previous member I get a ton of emails that try to entice me to sign back up. The email I got the other day ended up doing the job, I decided to sign up for the online program.
Truth be told, if you work the program it will work for you. I spent so many wasted months trying to find a diet that would get me quick results. During 2013 I probably tried at least 4 different diets (Body Reset, South Beach, Slim Fast, soup diet, etc.) and supplements that promised weight loss results. Not one diet I tried was sustainable (how the hell do people carry around freaking smoothies everywhere they go?) and although I did get some quick results, the weight just came back the minute I started eating like a normal
fat person. I learned absolutely nothing, except that defeat tastes shitty!
I’m currently a week and two days into WW again. I took it slow as I started out and really did some exploring within the program. WW isn’t a diet, it’s a way of life. The program teaches you how to have a healthy relationship with food, it’s not just telling you how to be restrictive and what you should and shouldn’t eat. I had success on WW before, losing about 35 pounds, and I know that it works.
Yes, it is true that I have started and stopped WW many times before but I can’t allow that to happen again. I’m invested this time around. I took my first week on program to really get my head on straight. WW has a Success Handbook (which I had laying around) that gives you some great tools to figure out your how, why, where, what, etc. I worked through that book in the first week and I came out at the other end with a clear understanding of how tough this will be, but also how worth it the journey will get.
My first order of business was just figuring out what to eat. Obvi! My first round at the rodeo, where I reached my final goals, I tended to eat the same things everyday. I’d have a hard boiled egg and slice of toast for breakfast, a frozen meal for lunch and a decent portion for dinner. That worked! There was little guess work. Plus I was single and poor so my food choices were minimal. Ha! This time around (or the other 3 times I’ve attempted WW while trying to take care of a family) it’s proven to be a lot harder. My family isn’t willing to eat some of my “experimental” meals so I’m trying to navigate around that. Luckily WW is very aware of the different populations that come to WW for help and their resources are enormous. After really considering all of my options I’ve come to the point where I know that I need to keep it simple. Fancy isn’t going to work here!
*I also found an IG’er that posts great WW food ideas-whatjenjustate
I can’t say that I will have a loss every week, I didn’t even have a loss the first week, but I know that if I stick with it my body will eventually follow along. Honestly tracking, drinking my water, incorporating veggies and fruit at every meal, getting active, and sleeping when I need to are all keys to my success. I will stumble but as long as I get back up, I will get there.
WW discourages beginners from choosing their ultimate goal right off the bat, but lets be honest, everyone has that one (or several depending how you feel) number(s) in their head that look good from afar. I have my eye on losing 38 pounds! Daunting but doable. Spoiler alert: Broken down into manageable pieces that means my first goal is to lose 5% (a little less than 10 pounds). When I get to the milestone, I’ll set my next goal. Looking at 38 POUNDS TO LOSE just makes me sick to my stomach.
I’ll be checking in here with my weekly weigh ins. They will probably be general, as in, “I lost/gained x amount of pounds this week” but it’s the accountability I’m looking for nevertheless.
Let’s do this!
I’m excited to get reading!
What’s your eating plan? Do you have one? Does it work for you?