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.

DietBet Success!

A month ago I was grossed out by the way I felt, and with 2014 being the year I’m demanding that I meet my own goals, I signed up for a DietBet (images used for this blog from their site). ‘Let money help be the extra motivation I needed. You can click on the link for full details but basically I put $30 into a pot and had to lose 4% of my total weight in four weeks, which was six pounds.

However what I didn’t want was four weeks of hell. I’ve come to terms that I love food. A lot. I love pizza, pasta, bread…etc. And I’m not a “oh I just ate a slice of pizza and half a breadstick and I’m full!” type of girl either.

I wanted to keep up with my Weight Watchers because it just works for me. I was also going to try to run more each week, and we live downtown, so that’s a lot of walking too.

There were also a few events in May that normally I would be discouraged by, such as a few dinners out with people, bachelorette party and of course Memorial Day weekend (which happened to be the weekend before weigh in). I’m a type of person that if I have one bad day, I throw out the entire week.

I told myself I was going to enjoy those times because if I worked the other days, I could do it. I would at least try because it’s just not worth being miserable.

So I did all of the events, and ate well on the week days and just tried doing good for breakfast and lunch on weekends so I could splurge on dinner.

Sure enough I was close to my goal Memorial Day weekend–the last weekend before weigh in.

Then Memorial Day weekend drinking happened and put me in an almost impossible spot. That Monday I had to lose three pounds by Thursday.

Needless to say I had to pull out the big guns and go to what worked: South Beach, phase one. If you haven’t done it, there isn’t anything pleasant about it. It’s basically no carbs and just lots of green veggies and lean protein. Lots of eggs. I found a few crockpot dinners to make, one of them was a roast and I threw in broccoli and cauliflower. The second was just chicken and I threw in broccoli and cauliflower. Honestly…both were pretty bad. My husband ended up eating other things. I just sucked it up on the meats and found other vegetables.

I also went out jogging for three days anywhere from 3.5 to 3.9 miles (but I have lots of starts and stops though and walk). I also drove home without using my air conditioning to sweat it out. Yeah, not fun but it was worth giving it a shot.

I was points of a pound within my goal on Wednesday and was hoping I would have reached it by Thursday. It was intense, at that point it wasn’t even about the money, I just wanted to see the number on the scale. You have to hit it to win.

Just before I went out for my last run on Thursday, because I hadn’t hit the number, I decided to try weighing myself one more time. Bam. I’d done it. Such a relief. I hadn’t felt that kind of accomplishment. I’ve weighed less than I do right now before and it still felt awesome to hit this goal.

I’m going to do another DietBet in a couple weeks, possibly all summer to get where I want to be. I’m determined to make 2014 the year it happens, even if I’m off to a late start. If I can do it, you can do it!

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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.

Simple Start

It’s a new year which means I’m feeling so positive and optimistic about my weight loss goals. Although something is different about this year because I live in a place where I almost enjoy jogging outside and have an inhaler so I can breathe (exercise induced asthma).

Each year I fail at amounts to reach so this year I just will say I want to be a size four. At least. By December 31, 2014 I want to wear a tight dress and like the curves there not focus on how massive they are to me.

I did take a “day one” photo and figured I would take new pictures every week.

To get on track I’m going to try Weight Watcher’s Simple Start. I’ll let you know how it goes in a week!