Monday, April 20, 2009

Some thoughts on doing Weight Watchers... again

Until this time around, I've always done Weight Watchers in the traditional way by going to meetings. I collected the little booklets, I bought the Complete Food Companions and the Restaurant Guides (I have several different editions). Each week I dutifully weighed in and if it was a bad week, tried to make up some good reason. I loved the program when I was "winning" and losing on schedule. I felt grouchy and defensive if I was having trouble sticking to the plan and knew that the weigh-in would be a bad one. More than once, I stopped going to the meetings because I didn't like the way the receptionist delivered the bad news. Or maybe it was because I really didn't want to go anymore.

It's different doing the plan online and weighing in myself. For one thing, I don't have to sit through a meeting talking about low-points snacks and listening to my stomach growl because I didn't want to weigh my breakfast. It's nice not to have to answer to anyone but myself.

It takes away some of the urgency to lose fast and furious, for one thing. I am taking a different approach this time, focusing first on tracking everything, no matter how bad the news is. I don't use artificial sweeteners (except the occasional piece of sugarfree gum) or fat-free dairy products (yuck). Weight Watchers is tough without those things. I go over my points a lot of days, but I think it's more important to be honest with myself than keep a pretty journal with a perfect "score" each week. Knowing that I will be tallying it up often makes me think twice about what I'm eating. My next goal is to really focus on those healthy habits -- the water, the vitamins, the fruits and vegetables, even the healthy oils.

I have been feeling very good since I boosted my exercise and started tracking again. I have been eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more fiber in my diet. I've cut back on junky carbs (I haven't come close to eliminating them, but I've cut back). My energy level is up and I've also been sleeping better. I also feel like my mood has brightened. I attribute a lot of this to the exercise but I know that eating healthier definitely helps. Losing three pounds and seeing my waist look more defined helps too.

I don't have anyone clapping when I lose, but I get to take my time and treat this as a process. There's not as much of a sense of feeling "OP (on program)" or off. All this and a bunch of geeky tools too. I'm really surprised I didn't try it sooner.

7 comments:

  1. I have never done WW, but it seems that the meetings could cause a lot of anxiety in some people. I know it would in me! I even started to get anxious about doing my office's Biggest Loser weigh-in!

    I am happy you are finding something that works for you and are feeling good. Stick with it!

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  2. I like their geeky tools too. :)

    I prefer to eat a big breakfast before my (8:00am) ww meeting. I figure if the loss doesn't show up this week it will show up next week.

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  3. Interesting take on doing WW online. I rejoined WW for the bajillionth time about 2 months ago and haven't gone back for my 2nd weigh in yet. But I am paying for that damned monthly pass again. Stupid.

    Maybe I should switch to online. Or keep my money altogether.

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  5. I have decided to switch from meetings to online tools only too. I rejoined WW awhile back and have been paying for the meetings and etools since Nov. But, I decided awhile back that I don't really like the meetings, or to be specific, the leader of the meetings in my area. Sing along songs just aren't my thing! So, I have been going to just weigh in and leaving. So, I decided to drop the 20 min. drive to step on the scales and do it myself! I like the fact that I can choose my own Weigh-In Day (wed., instead of mondays), I don't have people staring at me in line, and I don't feel the pressure of getting it 'perfect' each week! I enjoy your honesty and your motivating posts, so keep it up! Good luck!

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  6. I enjoy your blog. It's nice to have someone walking the same road as I. I've been on WW 3 times. All using the meetings. Now I'm doing it on my own like you. Like you said in your blog, this time around has different meaning.
    Thanks for posting.

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  7. Thanks for your blog. I wanted to tell you that I recommitted myself to WW after reading this post. I decided to start tracking my points online again (after moving away from it because I hadn't been 'perfect'). That is my goal for now--to track whether I blow it or not. I haven't seen big losses but I'm working on small victories. So, thanks for the inspiration!

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