Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Notes from the front

Since I have gotten so much encouragement after my posts about rejoining Weight Watchers, I thought I'd give a quick update. It's going really well so far. I really planned out my food on that first day, and thought a lot about eating foods that would help me stay satisfied. I think the filling foods concept and the idea of paying attention to how you feel before and after each meal are great additions to the Weight Watchers program. I know that feeling hungry all the time was always my biggest problem with the program before.

So far I haven't been hungry but I have finished some of my meals feeling a little unsatisfied. I had a big bowl of air-popped popcorn last night with Kernel Seasons cheddar cheese seasoning, and I probably will do the same tonight. For 3 points it really fills me up and keeps me from wanting to snack on other stuff.

I have used 9 of my weekly allowance points so far (though I'll probably use another 3 tonight on the popcorn), but I earned 8 points today with activity. In the old system, I had to "use or lose" those points on the day I earned them. The new system allows you to bank them and use them later in the week, so I don't find myself wanting to reflexively use every available activity point.

So far I haven't told many people that I'm doing the program again (except for the people on this blog). I'm not trying to hide anything, but I don't think it's really all that important to anyone but me, so I would rather wait to say anything until people notice.

In case you wanted to know how I earned 8 points today: I did my morning run plus cooldown walk, and then cleaned up and did my new strength training class. I wanted to see how I did with doing both workouts in a row. I had a hard time keeping up in the strength training class, but I think it is more because I haven't done much strength work than because I was tired (and a little hungry) from the run. There was an older woman next to me kicking butt with the pushups. I think this class is exactly what I needed to help me overcome my inertia about weights. The instructor is good, the people in the class seem nice, and the workout is challenging without being completely impossible.

Tomorrow a meeting (scheduled by a higher-up) steps all over my group cycling class, but I have a morning Yoga/Pilates workout scheduled.

I'm feeling really positive about all of this so far. I'm going to try to keep the momentum going (no pun intended).

4 comments:

  1. It is all sounding great - the feeling hungry feelings do fade as your stomach gets used to it, as well as the satisfaction ones too.

    Keep up the excellent working out - that is what makes the difference!

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  2. Good for you!!!!
    I am sooo impressed with the 8 APs in one day. If I get those in one week I feel like I've done something!!!

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  3. There's no reason to tell anyone else what you're doing until you decided you want to. Some people do better telling the world so they have accountability and support. Others of us prefer to just do our thing without making a big fuss over it.

    You definitely sound off to a good start. With your strong motivation and familiarity with the program, not to mention good exercise that works for you, I predict you will do well and feel good about yourself in the process.

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  4. Sounds like things are going well so far, that's awesome. It's hard to know whether to tell people you're "on a program." For me, it's the fear of failing that prevents me from talking to people about it. Especially since it seems like I'm ALWAYS trying to lose weight. I recently told some close friends about my newfound dedication though, and so far it's been a really good thing, and it's really nice to have the support. I definitely don't want to go around broadcasting it to everyone in the world though (well except for the blogworld I guess).

    Anyway, guess I'm just saying I know how you feel. Glad you are feeling good back on WW!

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