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).