Cristina has asked me to make a blog post about how I succeeded with Weight Watchers and exercising to be able to reach my goal weight.
This was not my first time doing Weight Watchers. I joined in 2008 a few months before my wedding to shed some pounds. I lost about 15lbs but I never stuck to it in the long term. After the wedding I just kind of ignored the plan and thus, stopped. I didn’t have anything to lose weight for and so I thought, what’s the point. I kept saying to myself that my husband loved me for who I was. He didn’t care what I looked like. Well, it turns out, I was the one who cared. I wasn’t happy with myself. I wanted to lose weight, for myself and no one else. Even though I was increasingly unhappy with what I looked like, I didn’t do anything about it until 2010. My new years resolution was to join WW again and to stick to it.
I joined WW and found myself in the same patterns I was in in 2008. I really wasn’t taking the plan seriously. I wasn’t tracking what I ate and I wasn’t exercising. I was doing it half-assed. And although, I lost a little bit of weight in the first month and a half, it wasn’t until I had my first gain that I knew it was time to take the plan more seriously. I mean, I was supposed to be on a weight loss program and I gained weight?! Not cool. So the very next day, I tracked and went to the gym. For the next few months, that is exactly what I did every single day. And the pounds just started falling off. I was having losses from 3-5lbs per week.
I was so determined. My head was in the right place. That was one of the most important changes that I had to figure out and make. I had to wrap my mind around the plan. The WHOLE plan. It was a lifestyle change, NOT A DIET. Sure, everyone wants to lose weight, but unless you are committed and willing to change, it won’t happen.
Weight Watchers taught me how to eat properly and that is one of the biggest changes I had to make. It taught me what my body needed each day.
Here are some tips that helped me:
-TRACK TRACK TRACK!!!!!!!
-Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I always make sure that I do this. It is so important. I don’t “allow” myself to have treats unless I have had all my vegetables/fruits.
-Drink lots of water. If you really hate water, buy some crystal light. It makes ordinary water extraordinary! You don’t think you are drinking water: you think you are drinking juice.
-Allow yourself to have a treat at least once a week. Whether it be a chocolate bar, Mcdonald’s or some potato chips. It is so important NOT to deprive yourself. Otherwise, you will binge on that food that you want so badly.
-Little tastes are okay. My husband often ate things that I shouldn’t have been eating. I found that if I had a little taste here and there, I wouldn’t want the food as much. Just make sure to only have a little taste and COUNT it in your points tracker.
-If you have a bad day, don’t give up. Just put it behind you and start again. Life does get in the way and that’s okay. Don’t use it as an excuse to stop trying to get to your goal weight.
Some of my favourite snacks include:
-Banana with Peanut Butter
-Fibre One 100 calorie bar
-Grapes added to yogourt
-Diet pop is a great alternative to something sweet. It has no calories and is very satisfying.
Now, I will not deny that exercise was a HUGE part of losing 74lbs in a year. I went (and still go) to the gym almost every day. Sundays were usually my day off. It just became part of my normal routine. I had to incorporate it into my life. I made sure that I made it a priority. If I really wanted to succeed with weight loss, I knew that I needed to get A LOT more active.
I spent most of my time on cardio machines. I found that the more time spent on the machine, the better. One hour on one machine seemed to work better than hopping from machine to machine for 20 minutes each. I know 1hr on a machine sounds like torture, but use some of the tips that I provide below, and hopefully you won’t be as scared to try it out.
Here are some tips that I can give for exercising:
-Make time for exercise. Go to the gym as soon as you get up or right after work before you go home. If you go home first, you won’t want to go out again.
-Bring a small towel to the gym. Not only for sweat, but to cover the time on the cardio machines. I find that if the time is showing, I keep looking at it and my time on the machine never seems to end. It does not make the gym enjoyable.
-Bring a book/magazine or put a movie/tv show onto your ipod. I find it imperative to be doing something while I am at the gym. I need to be “distracted” from the time on the machine. Not so much as to forget what I am doing and stop working hard enough, but so that I think of other things as well. It always seems like the time goes by faster when I am distracted.
-If you don’t have a gym membership, that’s okay. Just do something. Move more! Park further away in the parking lot of a store. If it’s cold outside, walk around the mall instead. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Something is better than nothing.
I know that I have probably rambled on and on, but I hope that I have given some good pointers and inspiration.
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