I like to eat. And I really like to eat during the holidays. I go nuts between October and early January – I eat based on what I crave and make sure that every holiday food makes it into my house. This means that I am generally ready to “diet” by mid-January. This year is no different, and I am back on Weight Watchers Online. I guess I should be happy that I am so predictable, lol.
Weight Watchers was My First Success
I tried fad diets like Atkins in my early 20’s, but I didn’t actually make any lasting progress until I joined Weight Watchers Online (WWO) in January 2011. That was the point in my life that I was truly motivated to be strict on myself, and Weight Watchers Online is flexible enough to fit my lifestyle.
With WWO, every food is assigned a certain number of points. Some “power foods”, like fruits and vegetables, are worth 0 points. That encourages me to eat way more of them when I want snacks. I get assigned 26 points a day of food along with 49 extra weekly points. I then keep up with what I eat every day and input it into the program. I also earn more eating points through exercise, which motivates me to get out more since I like food. In the end, being able to eat anything I want as long as it’s in small quantities is what keeps me happy with Weight Watchers.
For any of you that have been reading forever (love you!), you may remember that I started at around 176 pounds in January 2011 and stopped following the program at 146 pounds in early July 2011. You all also probably have noticed me rejoin the program on and off for the last 2 years and my weight has generally fluctuated between 150-165 pounds depending on the month.
Back on the Wagon
No surprises here, I rejoined WWO this past Sunday. I went extra crazy this past Thanksgiving, Christmas, and during the cruise last week. It’s time to pay the piper again and get back to my happy weight for this year.
I weighed in at 168 on January 12, 2014 and will be working towards 155 pounds by February 28, 2014.
Before anybody groans about weekly updates again, please take a deep breath. I will try to make any updates quick, and I will probably not write about it every week unless that’s my only way to stay motivated. If weight loss posts aren’t your thing, feel free to simply skip them. 🙂
I know I am on-again, off-again about worrying about my weight. It may be annoying, but I doubt I’m the only one out there with fluctuating priorities. I simply don’t care about my weight all of the time. When I do, I change it. When I don’t, I get caught up in other stuff and eat the world. It’s good to admit that you’re human once in a while.
Why Weight Watchers Online is My Program
You may wonder why I always mention Weight Watchers as opposed to other programs. It worked for me. I’m sure it’s not the only thing that could work for me, but that’s not the point, right? We all need to find what works for us.
If I would simply make the lifestyle changes to eat smaller portions forever and walk every day no matter what, I would probably never need to pay for any sort of dieting thing ever. But I am self-motivated in small bursts. And I am the most motivated by money.
If I am paying for a program, I either use it religiously or cancel it when I don’t feel like doing it anymore. In the end, $19 a month is a cheap price to pay to force myself to pay attention.
Healthy Weight Loss
For anyone just tuning in, you should know that I only promote healthy weight loss. For me, that is defined by losing weight through diet changes and exercise. It also means generally losing 2 pounds or less per week. I understand that most people lose large lump sums when they first start a diet (I love that part of the first step), but the ongoing amount lost shouldn’t be so large as to put a strain on your heart and other organs.
I avoid weight-loss supplements, pills, and medicines. They are not all unhealthy, but I know my personal system. I don’t need chemical help, I need to eat less and exercise more. I get chubby because of personal choices, not because my chemistry is messed up. If you need more than diet changes and exercise, I am not judging. It’s just not necessary or healthy for me.
Would you like to use 2014 to get back to your happy weight? Feel free to join in on all of these weight loss comment sections so that we can keep each other accountable!
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