1/03/2012

Back on the Weight Watchers Bandwagon!

Since its the beginning of a new year I, as well as 3/4 of the population, have decided that one of my goals for 2012 is to lose weight. Last January this was also one of my goals (or 'resolution' if you'd rather use the scary word) and I joined Weight Watchers in an attempt to shift some of the stubborn chub that I had accumulated. In addition to my diet I worked my butt off, quite literally, doing Jilian Michaels 30 Day Shred (click here to read reviews or purchase - and please note you WILL feel like you're dying the first time you try to do this workout. I very nearly passed out. Ha!) I stuck to my little regime and by the time July rolled around I had lost nearly 25lbs. Yay, go me! But...and there's always a but... if I'm being totally honest, since the wedding I have been 100% dietless, eating  whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted...especially during the holiday season. I think in the space of the last 3 weeks I've eaten more than I eat in an entire year. No, seriously. I sat on the couch and devoured an entire bag of chocolates within 20 minutes on Boxing Day. Not to mention the amount of champagne and wine I had (also, very naughty and calorific). So, obviously, after all of the crap I ate over the holiday season I was absolutely DREADING getting back on the scales come New Year.


Today, however, I took a massive gulp, grew a pair, made the leap and re-joined WW....and as a result was forced to weigh myself. As I stood on the scale I stared at the ceiling afraid to look down as I was totally convinced that instead of a number the scale would read "YOU'RE A WHALE!" Once I finally got the courage to look down, I immediately screamed, jumped off and did the most hideous of happy dances. I was absolutely tickled pink to find that some way, some how,  I've only gained a total of 3 lbs over the past 6 months. HALLE-FRICKEN-LUJAH! I once read that Weight Watchers helps you to lose weight slowly, which experts claim is the most healthy way to do it, and because you lose it  slowly, you're more likely to keep the weight off. I also read that while on WW you subconsciously learn to pick foods that are better for you as you become accustomed to wanting to eat those that have the smallest point value. In essence, you train yourself to eat better/smaller portions. I know I've been an oinker over Christmas, but the only way I can account for not having gained a ton is that this must, in some way, be true. Even when I wasn't on my diet I always kept in mind what foods were no points, and what foods were so calorific that they would have used up my entire daily point allowance in one day (things like Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo...MMMMMM). (Don't worry, I'm not a consultant for Weight Watchers, and this isn't some kind of a pitch to get you to join too).  Another thing that must have been in my favor is that I'm not a big meat eater, and I LOVE vegetables and fruits. I'm in no way a vegetarian (although I could be quite easily, if it weren't for bacon) but if you gave me the choice of a grilled 12 oz sirloin steak or a bowl of veggie stir fry with basmati rice, I'd chose the stir fry EVERY time. Other than chicken, occasionally ham and of course bacon, I don't really eat meat. Carl always picks on me, but whose laughing now ;)


Anywho, I re-joined WW online, like last year, as I find the meetings a bit of a hassle. I know that I'm disciplined enough to stick to using the tracker and weigh myself once a week to record my progress without having to go to a town-hall. I love looking through the site to find yummy recipes and I think the best thing since sliced bread is how WW have created the Recipe Builder tool which allows you to enter your own recipes and find the point value per serving. I use this tool more than anything else and I'd be lost without it. 


Another tool I love is the Pizza cheat sheet. It's so fun to sit there and drag different toppings to your slice of cheese pizza in order to determine the point value. Not gonna lie, I've sat and played on this even on days where pizza wasn't on the menu. The cocktail Cheat Sheet is also good fun - you get your own virtual bar tended haha! What a sad life I must lead if simple things like this amuse me, eh?


Now that I've joined WW again and got the confidence boost I needed in discovering I'm only 3lbs heavier, it's time to kick my butt into gear and lose those last couple of lbs in order to finally reach my goal. I've never been truly happy with my body (I know, I know. You're supposed to love yourself no matter the weight...but I've never been able to do that) so I'm excited to work hard and get to a place where I'm content with myself. It's not far to go now! I'm motivated and I can smell success! :) I'll keep you updated on my progress, and share any new and delicious low-fat recipes I find along the way. Wish me luck!


3 comments:

  1. thank for the precious comments! there will certainly be more to read, as long as I can get a break during a nap to keep up with my blog!



    My mom actually made the Boppy cover. She found a pattern at a local fabric store and we used the same fabric that we used in Elyse's nursery to create our own cover. I have gotten so many compliments on it and my mom said it was such an easy pattern to follow! We found the fabric online at fabric.com!

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  2. You're welcome!

    Thanks so much for sharing about that fabric! It's gorgeous! I may have to buy some for myself and ask my Mom to make one for my child some day. It's awesome!

    I look froward to reading more about your beautiful family! :)

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