Changing Up my Weight Loss Journey

FitBitWeight Watchers has been successful for me in the past, so I stuck with it. I even went off of it for about half a year last year because I was close to my goal and thought I knew the basics enough to implement my own strategy with calorie counting mixed in with a lower carb diet which I think has been how Weight Watchers has helped me.

Then some things changed up health-wise and there I was. Back where I started.

It’s a terrible place.

Since Weight Watchers has been like a security blanket for me I went back to it. I think just over time I learned how to cheat the system maybe a bit, and maybe I over-did it on my freebies in terms of fruits and vegetables because at the end of the day some really do have calories.

I’d tried on and off since September of last year to really work hard and get back to at least closer to my goal. Needless to say I haven’t been successful. At all.

Albert Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.

That’s been me of the last year.

I’ll go in spurts where I’ll do a great job at working out, and eating right, then I’ll break if I get busy. I’ll just throw it out the window. And lately even if I am doing everything right, I’m sure I’ve been cheating my Weight Watchers. I’ll sometimes see how much of a serving I can have before the point value changes to the next number. Or I will fill my ninja blender with fruit for a smoothie–I’m sure especially the smoothies with bananas in it can add up.

I’ve been listening to the Half-Size Me podcast for quite some time now and it’s been so helpful to understand a lot about weight loss, what making a lifestyle change is all about, etc. In fact, that’s where I heard the quote above about insanity because Heather, the gal who runs the podcast, says that quite a bit. And it’s so true.

While the exact math of calories in and calories out isn’t totally accurate, I’m sure insanitybeing as close as possible while maintaining a somewhat low carb diet would be great for me.

Hence I threw off my security blanket this weekend.

I bought a FitBit HR and cancelled my Weight Watchers subscription.

I’m hoping that seeing the actual numbers will help me. I’m sure it will. I’m hoping it’ll help me on those days where I feel I just want to give up. I hope it will just be a great aid when I am feeling motivated.

In the Half Size Me community, and the other fitness group I’m a part of on Facebook, I’ve seen so many people overcome such great obstacles. It makes the 20ish or so pounds I want to lose seem so small. I wonder “Why can’t you just do it? Some people have lost 100, 200 or even 300 pounds! And you can’t do 20!?”

So I’m making a change in hopes to be successful. Get the results I want. I’ve had my thyroid checked again and I’m fine, so this is definitely all on me. My failures are my fault, and my successes are my own personal gains.

We’ll see how this FitBit goes. If you have any suggestions or helpful tips, let me know below in the comments!

I’ve been terrible about blogging just because I’ve been so busy lately but hoping things change soon–and I’ll definitely try to keep up with my progress.

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Weight Watchers, You’ve Got Me For Life

weight lossUp and down and up and down. Over the last six or so years I’ve been bouncing back and forth with the same ten pounds. Some more, some less. I’m fully aware yo-yo dieting is bad. I never mean to. I just love food. I love wine. Food makes me happy.

In my early 20s I gained a ton of weight without realizing it. There may have been a bit of a thyroid issue going on too, but eventually evened itself out.

I think the first time I tried Weight Watchers was about three or four years ago after I hit a wall. I’d done everything from diet pills to South Beach and none of it worked. For some reason counting carbs, protein, fiber and fat worked for my body type of calorie counting.

Since then I would do really well, then go back up. That’s been my story for years and I’d hoped to get it all off for good this year. I have just over three months left and I still have time.

I cancelled my Weight Watchers subscription a few months ago because I hadn’t been using the app and was paying $20 a month. I knew what I needed to do and thought I could pull it off by using MyFitnessPal–which is a great app.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. My husband and I had a fun summer of late nights with lots of drinks together and now here I am feeling back at square one. I’ve had so many new starts it’s ridiculous and I’m so angry with myself. But I always know I can keep things as is, or pick up and keep moving.

At lunch recently it hit me I needed to bite the bullet, pay the money to have it reinstated. Why? Because when I follow it, it works. It’s also extremely easy to use.

I’m going on a cruise with my family in less than a month, and if I can follow the plan diligently for the next month, I will be in a good place. I’ve had a lot of events lately with friends, which I love, but I think for the next month I need to take a break from everything. I need to focus on me; exercise and eating right. It’s crunch time. I have to take care of myself. Here goes. I hope in 28 days to report back that this has gone well. If not, I’ll be calling my doctor. So thanks for taking me back Weight Watchers…I can always count on you.

Tips and Tricks For Weight Loss

As I find myself watching what I foods and drinks I consume thanks to being back on my Weight Watchers and joining a DietBet, here are some things I have learned over the years to help me get through it without starving. (If you’re looking for a good weight loss plan, I highly recommend Weight Watchers since it is so flexible).

  • Track everything and use a food scale to get exact measurements (sometimes it’s more or less than the serving size listed!)
  • Try a program! And by trying a program, don’t try one that’s going to set you up for failure.  Slow and steady wins the race. Studies after studies show people gain their weight back and more when they try fad diets. Try something manageable like Weight Watchers or My Fitness Pal. There are so many programs out there and each are best for different people–so talk to your doctor if you’re hitting a wall in your weight loss. ProTracker Plus recently tweeted me about their program, which is supposed to pretty much be Weight Watchers without the cost. I haven’t used it so I’m not sure how good it is. Hungry Girl also launched her own diet plan that focuses on large portion sizes. You can use something like DietBet to motivate you to reach your goal too.
  • Plan everything. When you know what you are going to do, it makes those moments of “Am I hungry?”go a little smoother.
  • Cut things in half to make seem like there is more
  • Use smaller plates and bowls to give the illusion of more
  • Find recipe swaps for favorite foods that can eat large portions of (for instance, there are over 200 calories in a cup of mashed potatoes, but just over 75 calories for a cup of mashed cauliflower or 60 to 100 calories in orange juice but these V8 diet juices have 10 calories)
  • For those recipes, use any websites like these to get recipes, you can eat big portions: Skinnytaste, LaaLoosh, Emily Bites, Hungry Girl, SkinnyMs., Simple Nourished Living, What’s Cooking in the BurbsRecipe Girl,  Slender Kitchen and Kalyn’s Kitchen
  • Hydrate hydrate hydrate (I still struggle with this)
  • If you use Weight Watchers, download the app and take it to the store with you to scan different items in the store to mix up your variety
  • I started adding Diet Sprite to my wine to make it seem like I have more, but I get the same affect
  • Exercise. I know, I know. I hate it too. Try to find something you like. I finally am somewhat okay with jogging now that I have a good route and blast music. Exercise doesn’t have to be so bad, do what works for you. Don’t like a gym? Use YouTube videos or go to your cable’s onDemand. Pinterest has a lot of ideas too. Also, you can purchase equipment for your place. If you don’t want to spend a lot, look into a second-hand equipment store. Bored? Try a class, you can find quite a few things on Groupon too.