Weight Watchers – I am very happy to plug this powerhouse weight loss program. I have never, ever been one to go on and off diets and try this and try that...and I certainly NEVER wanted (or want) to pay for processed food to be delivered to my door and popped in a microwave morning, noon and night. What does that teach me? Certainly not how to eat real world food, eat real life ways. I am certain those other programs work for people, but for how long? What happens when you want to eat something REAL...or expenses need to be trimmed? What would I have learned about eating when Momma Craig ain't there to spoon-feed me anymore?
In August 2012 I was desperate for a change. The year prior I had been working out and trimming up after a long "battle" to lose the baby fat I put on after the births of my two daughters. I had been working out, eating ok, but then minor back surgery blew it all out of the water for me. I kind of went nuts and gave up on ever getting back to a physical form that I was happy with. Result: I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and stopped working out and ballooned. By last August, I was miserable and willing to make a real change in my life.
I went to the WW meeting we had at the office (did you know Weight Watchers can help you set up office meetings? A half-hour a week at lunchtime, that's all), signed up and weighed in.
I started using the points system that very next day, tracked everything, and became committed to changing my eating habits, including giving up diet soda. The next week I weighed in a couple pounds down.
And, with the exception of a few "up" weigh-ins (hey, that's life), I steadily and HEALTHILY lost over 41 pounds. Today I weigh close to what I was back in my mid-20s, a time when I was the most physically fit in my life. And quite shapely with nice curves and lots of muscle. Not saying I'm actually to that point, but on the other hand, I don't have an urgent need to go there either. I guess I should say I have a realistic idea of the differences between a twenty-something who hasn't had kids and is very active, versus a mid-40s mommy of two who gets paid to sit on her butt all day. Considering the conditions, I'm doing pretty well. :)
Today I work out close to what I was capable of before my back surgery. The beauty of WW is that when I am having a bad back day or week, I know that by using the points system I can track my eating and don't need to "sweat" the missed workouts.
I am happier within my body than I have been in years. The best thing is that I LOVE the way I eat. And, yes, I indulge in almond butter, chocolate, cake, etc., I just don't overdo it. I have added a lot more fresh fruits and veggies to my daily eating and I still haven't had any soda (diet or otherwise) since September 2012.
I feel good, inside and out. I feel beautiful, sexy and powerful. I owe a huge part of that to Weight Watchers.
Talk to you tomorrow.