So I’ve basically started my 10K training all over again. That’s the downfall of winter, sickness, kids, a busy life, (insert more excuses here), etc. But I’m pushing forward and I’m back on the treadmill. Like I stated before, I WILL complete the 10K…even if I have to walk it. Completing this as a SoleMate for GOTR is so important to me. And a huge thanks to the donors I have so far. I particularly appreciate being chosen as my BFF’s Sharing Saturday topic…click HERE to read more.
So onto another health topic. Food and food choices. Yesterday I joined Weight Watchers online for the first time ever. Some of you may recall that Andy and I followed the WW program back in 2002 with huge success. We never actually joined back then – we learned from others and found free website resources to follow. I discovered the formula and calculating points was easy. But this time I needed more and found my way to the Weight Watchers website.
So why am I doing this? Some of you asked and here’s the answer. I had three kids and each time it’s gotten harder and taken longer to get back to my “normal” size. I currently have a closet full of clothes I cannot yet wear. Instead I’m stuck rotating the 3 pairs of work pants that do currently fit and my choices for the weekend generally have elastic waists. And ya’ll know I’m too frugal to spend money on more. I keep telling myself, “I’ll eat better tomorrow, next week, starting on Monday, after (insert some event name here – like Charlotte’s birthday in February, because I HAD to eat cake for every celebration), etc.” And I just never found the motivation.
I have two problems. The first is a snacking problem. The problem is not that I snack…it’s that the “snacks” have turned into cookies (currently many boxes of Girl Scout cookies – I’d curse them all, but the little girls are just too cute and how do you curse a 6-year old and an 8-year old for your own sugar habits?) and candy (the new Snickers Peanut Butter = YUMMY). The second is a drinking problem. HA! Somehow my strict water-only past has turned into Starbucks (how many calories is my drink?!?) and Cokes…Cherry Cokes, Vanilla Cokes, and just plain old Classic Coke. These problems drain me. They add no energy to my day. And I can feel it.
I also have a clean-your-plate issue. Except it’s more like a clean my plate, Stella’s plate, and Charlotte’s plate type of issue. Luckily, I’m not into finishing off any of Henry’s rice cereal and jarred bananas that are leftover. But if Stella or Charlotte leave behind something untouched…I’m apt to finish it off instead of throwing it away. AND that’s in addition to my plate and anything I snacked on while cooking! And those calories definitely add up.
A friend at work just joined WW and we usually eat lunch together. So I considered it as well. Holding myself accountable just wasn’t cutting it. I’m not into the WW meetings, etc. but I knew if I had to log my meals into the computer each day, that would make me think twice about what I eat. That’s my focus…eating better. I recently read this post on the Nourish Blog about weight loss plans and why they do work. Cherylanne takes the magic out of it and hones in on what’s important. So for me, WW is what I am choosing because I know it works for me and more importantly makes me seriously think about food choices.
The hardest part in all of this is that the point system has changed since 2002. I can no longer do the formula in my head and a lot of things I used to eat have gone up in points – although so has my daily allotment. So it’s going to take some time to get used to the new PointsPlus program, but I think I’m going to like it. And fruit is now ZERO…about time.
Yesterday was Day 1 and I already dipped into my weekly flex points. BUT I also put the candy bar down and ate some grapes instead. Baby steps to get rid of the baby weight! I’m taking it one day at a time and being realistic. I have a lunch meeting today at Max & Erma’s. I will still get the chicken tortilla soup, but I’ll add a salad (no breadstick) instead of a burger and I will not get the usual Cherry Coke. (And, yes, I know that salads can be deceiving and aren’t always healthy!)
Here’s hoping my summer wardrobe will fit…I missed those clothes last year (too pregnant) and look forward to getting them out again now that all of my maternity clothes are boxed up and out of sight.
Anyone else following Weight Watchers or something similar??