I never imagined that a vacation gain of 6.6 lbs from May would have me struggling and paying Weight Watchers again for 4 months! (One of the “bonuses” of reaching your goal weight, maintaining it and earning Lifetime Membership Status, is that you do not have to pay Weight Watchers to attend meetings as long as you are within two pounds of your goal weight) June was my first time having to “pay” since I became a Lifetime Member in August of 2014.
My head was overwhelmed by not only the disappointment in myself but the stress that was surrounding me at the time. A big double whammy! It took me a couple of months of pouting and making zero progress to help me get my head back on straight. As they say if your head is right, the body will follow, although in my case it was not immediately. I was so angry for the entire month of August I even snapped out loud that if I was not back to the “free” range by the end of August, I was done with Weight Watchers. The anger did not get me anywhere. But expressing it aloud did get it out and behind me. Once that last hurdle was past me, things really began changing.
During the month of September I lost 4 pounds which was enough to put me back in “free” range the last weigh in of the month. Yippie!!!! The very next week I faced another weigh in and this time it was the monthly weigh in. If I could maintain or lose, I would regain a month free not just a week!
This past Saturday was my first weigh in for October and I was down! I had lost another point 6! Yay me!! I am free for the whole month of October. Now my goals are to one, continue the downward trend each week and on the first weigh in for the month of November to be down even lower than the October 6th weigh in!
They say this is the definition of insanity or craziness. I say it is how we get results but let’s add a twist to this. This should be clarified a bit more “doing the same things in the same way over and expecting different results” THAT is true insanity and craziness in weight loss. There are things we need to do over and over to achieve results but sometimes if the results are not happening we need to find new ways of doing those things.
For example, if we know we need to drink eight cups of water a day but hate water, we might find a new way to get those eight cups in us! This has finally come home to roost for me. I have been moving, I have been tracking, I have been doing all the surface things but I needed to go deeper. I not only need to check off that I had five fruits and vegetables for the day but how many actual servings I was eating? For that, I needed to weigh and measure to be accurate! Things had gotten out of hand.
One of the mental traps of Weight Watchers Freestyle for me has been the increased amount of “zero” point foods which I was eating already when they had points. Something in my head went “blank” “snapped” “took a hike” when I heard zero points and almost instantly INCREASED the amounts of these foods I was consuming! I used to eat an egg and occasionally two but now I was consuming three or four! Any wonder my weight began to creep up? It was all simple math. Eating too much without enough exercise equals weight “creep.” I kept thinking I am tracking all the points foods BUT you do not have to track the zero point foods. This is for me was a downfall.
I have gone back to tracking everything (including zero point foods) and in time I have seen and realized I am eating more than when I was happily maintaining my weight loss! Tracking everything including the portion size has been a HUGE wake up call for me. Back to ONE hard-boiled egg for a snack, ONE banana for a snack, 3-4 oz chicken breast and NOT 6-8 oz chicken breast! Just like I have always said nothing is FREE and the same goes for ZERO point foods!
I hope one of the new changes coming would be a guide of zero point foods with their correct portion sizes and maybe a new wrinkle of if you eat more than one portion at one meal/time it becomes counted as POINTS! (I am probably dreaming here but it would help many who were happily maintaining before the advent of Freestyle!) I have suggested to Weight Watchers they need a separate Lifetime Program with more education on nutrition and better point guidelines, etc. I have the next great thing ready come on Weight Watchers expand and help your long-term members. But I forget one thing, if you are maintaining, you are not paying on a regular basis. The bottom–line does “weigh in” to this equation I am sure! Let’s created Weight Watchers BEYOND for those who have achieved their goal weight and are trying to maintain 🙂
OK off my soapbox for now!
It has been cold all week here in Florida and staying warm has been a major issue for me. To those that live in the north that sounds very whiney but it is one of those realities that I have dealt with since losing excess weight. Where I work the buildings have been very cold as well this week so that has not helped. I recall when I was actively losing weight, I stayed cold all the time so I am HOPING that the to the bone cold I have been experiencing is the program working some “magic” and assisting me getting off the six pounds I gained in 2015 while on vacation, I have see sawed back and forth on them up and down and I am wanting this new program to help me put them behind me once and for all and some additional pounds too!
Tomorrow is my weigh in day and I am not sure what to expect being it is the proverbial PMS week which explains the grips the salty chips have had over me all this week! I will “peek” at the scale this evening as I log my Friday night weights to keep a handle on what to expect on Saturday morning.
I have chatted with some members online about the program and several who felt they were eating too much lost two pounds their first week. I have heard of a great deal of success from those who have already completed their first week. I am excited but cautious about what my results might be!
Yesterday, Thursday was my sixth day on the newly revised Weight Watchers Freestyle Program. Others have said how much “different it feels” when compared to the un-tweaked plan of last week. I will have to agree it feels different! I know when I went grocery shopping for my meal planning this week it was exciting and fun to pick out some new foods to add to the weekly menus!
This Saturday when I go shopping for next week’s meals, I am going to purchase some fat-free plain unsweetened Greek Yogurt and try using that in place of fat-free sour cream in meals. I have heard it is the perfect swap for sour cream on a baked potato and for dips so I am going to try it out. I had to wonder last week if the sale of turkey and chicken breast increased along with the sale of eggs and beans.
I am enjoying eating two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast as a break from my old-fashioned oatmeal with fruit and almonds. So fun to be able to really mix things up! I am going to investigate some bean soup and black bean burger recipes too. I want to make my own zero point black bean burgers. I think I can I think I can do it!
Enjoying the newly added zero point foods and the points rollovers!