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 🙂