13 hours ago
Thursday, July 9, 2009
watching the weight
You may have noticed on my twitter last Thursday I started Weight Watchers. I'll share the journey with you just in case anyone out there is interested in trying it out.
I normally would not have signed up on my own, but a group of friends at work put it together - we hold all the meetings at work and it was too good to pass up! The cost is $99 for 9 weeks.
I weighed in on Thursday. Since last year, I've already lost 15 pounds, but I joined WW to lose the last 10. I also joined to support my husband, who is also doing it with me. Before I joined, my perception of Weight Watchers was that you had to be overweight to join. I'm in the healthy BMI rage and thought I may be turned down. This is not the case! It's a great program to help you learn about portion sizes, working out and just being healthy.
So far our experiences have been really great. The Fourth of July weekend was a bit rough, but WW allows you to have "cushion" points so if you go over your points it's not the end of the world.
The thing that surprises me the most is I'm never hungry. I get 20 points a day and my husband gets 31. My husband actually struggles reaching all his points! It also has opened our eyes - we added up a typical meal we'd eat at Chilis and it was around 60 points. That's 3 days worth for me! I'm really realizing that I would mindlessly over eat for no reason.
Today is the first weigh in since my initial weigh in. I'm going to post my pounds lost on my sidebar more to keep myself in line and also just in case you're curious!
Feel free to ask me any questions about it. So far I'm really enjoying it. 8 more weeks to go ;)
UPDATE - Wow, I just had my week 2 weigh in and I lost 4.4 lbs. I'm sure it's all water weight and I'm expecting to gain some of it back next week :-/
Someone asked how I survive off of 20 points - it's actually very easy and I am rarely hungry. For instance, here is a basic day:
Breakfast: Fiber Plus Bar (soo good) & Tea = 2 pts
Lunch: Smart One's Pot Roast & water & fat free yogurt = 5 pts
Snack: Small apple & 100 cal popcorn = 2 pts
Dinner: Baked chicken (with breadcrumbs!!) & smart pasta with ranch a couple ranch dressing spritzes & diet coke = 10 or 11 pts
= 20 pts
You should also add in some veggies to the dinner (0 pts) but we didn't have any on hand.