I have three kids.
After each pregnancy, I lost my “baby fat” by going on the Weight Watchers program.
It worked pretty well for me, until I would get close to my ideal weight.
Then, it didn’t.
I always had to finish the last couple pounds “on my own” in order to get back to my normal weight.
There were some things I really liked about Weight Watchers. For instance, I liked the flexibility it provides for special events and dining out.
I also really LIKED having to get weighed each week. It keeps me honest and accountable. (It’s just too easy, if I’m dieting without a program, to slip up for a day or two.) If I know I’m going to get weighed, I tend to be more diligent about following a program.
There were some things I really did NOT like about Weight Watchers when I tried it years ago.
I felt the program (or at least the leaders I encountered) pushed a lot of foods I didn’t consider healthy.
Even “way back then,” I didn’t like having stuff like that in my diet.
I talked to Dr. Painless recently about the weight I gained while on prednisone for a prolonged period of time. (Weight I haven’t been able to lose, even though I have a pretty healthy diet.) Dr. Painless deals with a LOT of patients who are battling pain, physical limitations, and the negative impact of pain medications on their weight. He told me the only pain patients he has seen successfully lose and keep weight off long term have been his patients who have gone on Weight Watchers.
I decided to give it a try again - all these years later. (My “baby” is now 17!!)
Yesterday, I went to my first meeting.
I was happy to hear a lot has changed at Weight Watchers.
For instance, you can eat all the fruit and veggies you want, with a couple starchy vegetables being the only exception.
They also now have apps (!) and etools (!) and little magic calculators!!
More importantly, the program is flexible in a much healthier way.
I can easily leave out gluten, or artificial sweeteners, or pretty much anything I have a personal aversion to.
In other words, I can keep my 95% already healthy eating habits.
What I will be working on is the other 5% …
Alcohol, the food splurges when we eat out, or go on vacation, and the occasional chocolate craving.
(Damn! I should have enjoyed that chocolate Santa before I joined!)
Oh, and portion sizes too!
Weight Watchers is all about small portion sizes … something we know very little about in the United States.
Will it work for me?
Well, who knows.
I hope so.
I plan to exclude most grains from the program because I happen to have a metabolism that doesn’t do well with them. (I can starve myself, but still gain weight if I’m consuming grains.)
I will keep my green smoothies, and I’m very happy about that.
I considered waiting until after upcoming Surgery #9 to begin a weight loss program.
But, the truth is, I just want to start getting the “old me” back.
I know the anesthesia and drugs from Surgery #9 will most likely cause my weight to go up for awhile.
I also will have to be fairly inactive while I recuperate.
Still, I felt it was better to start now instead of postponing it for a few more weeks.
I walked out of the meeting with all sorts of stuff to read, and recipes to try.
I’m sure I’ll probably make a few mistakes as I get used to doing things the WW way,
But I hope I’ll still make some progress.
I will keep you updated.
If I find a great recipe, I’ll share it.
If I fail with a giant chocolate Santa, or a bottle of red wine, I’ll share that too.
And hey, if I lose weight, I’ll dance a happy dance as I share that info too!
OK, now it’s your turn …
Are you trying to lose a few holiday pounds?
And if so, how are you going about it?