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February 26th, 2012 by Annette

A Good Start

For 2012, my company has offered free access to the Weight Watchers Online program. They also offer on site meetings, but my schedule is just too unpredictable to take advantage of them weekly.

I have never tried Weight Watchers before but have known two coworkers that are having great success with the program and several stitching friends speak highly of the approach. It is just the right amount of structure without being prescriptive.

I have been heavy my entire life. The last time I had any significant weight loss was in 1997 and I can’t say I recommend the Divorce Stress Diet to anyone. Living on Coke, cereal and milk for three months is not exactly healthy 😉

Joining Weight Watchers was a very deliberate decision to make a significant change in my life. I know I will never be a size 6 or 8 and honestly that is not my goal. I’d like to get back to that 1997 weight in a healthy manner :). That will put me in size 16 which will make me very happy.

I started tracking the week of January 17 but did not make any effort to limit daily points. The week had enough stress and sadness (my grandmother’s death) that I had little focus left.

Since January 23, I have tracked every day and have not exceeded my allocated points. I have dipped into the weekly. Allowances now and then, but for the most part stayed in my day’s total. (WW sets a daily and weekly point bucket)

As of this morning I’ve lost 15 lbs.

Before you think I’ve drastically changed my eating habits or add a three mile run to my daily routine….I haven’t. I’ve made some minor tweaks to food choices (light yogurt vs regular, sugar free pudding and trying some new diet-friendly foods). I still have to respect my allergies (lettuce, squash and wheat) so cannot fill my days with lettuce salads.

In fact, I have not cut anything out of my diet. Chocolate, Coke, ice cream and other alleged diet busters were all tracked in the last month. Now, it was one piece of very good See’s chocolate, not a bag of M&Ms. And a small Coke rather than the usual 44 oz vanilla Coke from Sonic. But that truly is the key to success here: planning. As I continue to lose, I know my available points will decrease and slowly these indulgences will reduce but never go away 😉

As for exercise, other than a couple laps around the walking path on the office campus, nothing deliberate. I do realize that I will need to add more activity over the coming weeks to keep the scale moving in the right direction. I’ve had my bicycle serviced. I’ve dusted off the Wii fit (I like the yoga).

That’s where I’m at and the new journey started this year. 2012 is a year of change for me in many many ways 🙂


12 Responses to “A Good Start”
  1. Congratulations! 🙂

  2. Good for you Annette! You ROCK!

    We have been changing things up at my house too. I might post about it one day.

  3. Congratulations, Annette!! I have heard wonderful things about WW too, though have never tried it myself. I have thought about it, but the cost turns me away every time. I wish you much success in meeting your goal! 🙂

  4. Congrats Annette! That’s wonderful!

  5. Good for you! Keep up with the small changes and they’ll make a huge difference! Push the protein to keep yourself full for longer!

  6. WooHoo!! That progress rocks! I hope you are completely successful with your approach. I’m rooting for you!

    Oh, and because I know you like apps and gadgets, let me share my latest crack with you. There is an iPhone and iPad app as well as on-line access. And, they all sync without you having to do anything. You can choose to be private, or share your journey with friends. There are two things I really like about this app. One, it’s got an incredible database of foods, including restaurant foods. Just type in the search box and hit enter. Click on your choice. Easy peasy. Second, you can create your own recipes just by inputing the ingredients and number of servings. The app calculates all the nutritional info. Normally, having to count/track/measure is a complete deal breaker for me. This app has me very engaged. I’ve done better with everything the past two weeks than I have in the past 6 months. Check it out.

  7. Awesome… Congratulations. Thats where I am at. I need to get to a point where I can afford WW but I am making slow deliberate changes… trying to cut out soda… making sure I eat breakfast..writing down everything I eat in order to spot the bad habits etc… Congrats again.

    Jaunice Minor

  8. Congratulations on your weight loss! That’s fantastic. I’ve never done WW, but I learned a long time ago that no food is taboo (unless you’re allergic). Moderation is what it’s all about. What would the world be like without a piece of chocolate or a potato chip once in a while?

  9. WTG! It’s inspiring to hear about your journey, so please keep us posted! 🙂

  10. GO Annette!!! What an inspiring post to read! When you feel like you’re flagging, you should re-read this post! You’re off to a really great start…

  11. congrats 😀 last time I did weight watchers I lost 20lbs. I wish I could get free access because it would make my life easier.

  12. Congratulations, Annette, on your weight loss!!! That’s awesome, and it’s great that you are doing it without having to deny yourself the food you love – I think that’s always been my downfall. I can’t wait to see your progress as you continue down this path.

    Yay you!!