Tiffany vs Weight Watchers, Round Three…

Earlier this year I visited my doctor and was appalled to realize that I was at my heaviest weight ever. I knew that my current job had significantly impacted my activity levels and my stress was levels were through the roof (which personally results in stress eating).

I like food… a lot.  I have always been an adventurous eater and I love cooking, so any time that I have to adhere to a “diet” I almost always fail because it means that I have to limit what I can eat.  At my heaviest though, I realized that something had to change, especially with a new family history of diabetes.

I am not really a fad dieter, but in the past I tried the Atkins Diet, for like a minute, and got real tired of eggs and meat. About two years ago I had tried a “cleanse diet” where all I ate one day was fruit and cabbage soup.  Both experiences were terrible.

I have done Weight Watchers twice before with great success, but inevitably I plateau, will be fairly satisfied with where I plateau, get distracted by life, and stop going to the meetings.  After both attempts I have gained the weight back and then some.  This time, I figured the third time might be the charm.  In the past I’ve always dropped a lot of weight pretty quickly, losing the first 5 pounds within a couple weeks or so and the next 5 a few weeks after that.  This time things are a little different.  I don’t know if it is the newer Points Plus* program they have or if it is because I am married and on my own now, or perhaps it is simply because I sit in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day and don’t feel like going to the gym afterwards.

I joined Weight Watchers for the third time at the beginning of June 2014 and as of today, August 2, 2014 I have finally lost 5.2 pounds.  Despite it being more difficult this time around, I know that it does work so I just keep trying again week after week.  Some weeks are good, some are not as good, but being on Weight Watchers again helps me keep track of what I am eating.   They are famous for their Points Plus* tracking program, but they also have something called the Simply Filling* technique, which is primarily eating from a list of “approved foods,” which is most fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and fat free dairy.  After weeks of tracking, or attempting to track my Points Plus* values, I decided to try the Simply Filling* technique this past week.  I was hesitant to do this because a lot of my eating issues surround portion control, but to my surprise, I actually lost this week.  Just so you know, I did not just eat the foods that were on the list because I was a busy bee this past week:  I went to the Rangers/Yankees game on Wednesday to see Derek Jeter play his last game in Arlington where I had these delicious buffalo chicken pieces over waffle fries covered in ranch dressing, and Tuesday I went to dinner with my parents and shared probably the most amazing dessert I have ever had, the Butter Cake.

I say all of this to say, that Weight Watchers is not a diet, but a healthy lifestyle.  It is not a “quick fix” to lose 10 pounds before your class reunion or wedding.  It’s not necessarily easy, but it kind of is because it makes you more aware of what you are putting into your body and allows you the opportunity to indulge in those guilty little pleasures without feeling terrible about it later.  I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to lose weight, no matter how much or how little, because it works.  To get to a “healthy weight” for my height I still need to lose about 30 pounds, which is mind boggling to me, but I take it one day at a time, one weekly weigh-in at a time and as long as I am going in the right direction, then I call it a success!

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