Still Striving to improve myself, one board break at a time

I am finding that it is NOT easy to eat well.  It’s hard to make good choices that include vegetables, protein and essential oils.  I have yet to include a healthy oil in my food choices.  I AM eating more protein though.  That’s the key to this week.  More protein. I just have to make sure my choices are healthy proteins.  This means that I have to actually cook better foods. As part of the WW 360 program, there’s  “Success Handbook” that allows you to work with it to find your trigger points, motivation,  losses, etc. I am actually USING the book now!  I’ve had it for about 3-4 months but its been sitting on my counter.  Now I’m writing in it (it’s interactive) and thinking about my reasons for following Weight Watchers. I have always subscribed to the “you have to cut out fats/oils/sugars” theory, although I didn’t do well with the “cut out sugars”.  In reading the success handbook, in talking to my Leader, I’ve actually learned a bit.  You can’t cut everything out (that was the topic of the last Meeting, too!).  If you do, you binge.  That’s always been me.  Fad diets?  Yep.  I’ve tried ’em.  High protein/low carb (think pre-Atkins).  Yep, tried that too.  South Beach diet?  Been there.  Lost weight on the HP/LC but because I didn’t stick with it, I gained it all back, with friends. I want my weight loss to “stick”.  I have struggled my entire life with diets that didn’t work.  I was never taught about portion control.  I have worked on that recently.  I now measure things like peanut butter.  One tablespoon is a LOT. You wouldn’t think it would be, but it is HUGE. I have joined and quit WW more times than I care to count.  I tried going it alone several times, but fizzled out in ’00 and again in ’02.  In ’03, I started up in Martial Arts, so was working out, but didn’t really count points.  I don’t believe I ate correctly then, but because I was working out three hours a week, and Saturdays, I managed to lose some weight.  Before my black belt testing started, when I was around green to red belt, I started up on WW again. I actually attended meetings.  I lost/gained/lost but had impetus to keep going.  Then I got sick for a week with Strep, lost huge (you can’t really eat if your throat hurts).  I didn’t gain it back, amazingly.  I randomly followed WW, but left the program while I was training for my belt test in September. I managed to lose and kept most of the weight off.  I was never “tiny” at best.  I gained and lost and gained and lost. I re-joined WW last August, so it’s been almost a year now.  August 16 is my year anniversary.  I have really only lost 12 pounds in that year.  I became annoyed, frustrated and more frustrated. In the past two months, I’ve seen gains.  Was NOT pleased with myself.  I finally decided to ask for help.  I couldn’t keep seeing gains. I started tracking (on MFP only, but recently again on WW and on paper).  I asked my leader for help.  She said I had to count the points, but she didn’t say I absolutely HAD to use eTools.  I am using them so that I can count my points.  I will not give up WW…I will be successful.  I can feel it.  Maybe this week will be a good one. I am not happy about my gains, but there it is.  I gained.  I am not “the biggest loser”.  Not yet, anyway.

Comments on: "Healthy eating–and starting over" (3)

  1. Good luck with weight watchers. I haven’t tried it know many people who have had success with it. I think the only diet that will work is a diet for life.

    • Thank you!! I’ve started WW so many times and never stuck with it, so I need to make it work this time. My Leader told us it’s not a “diet”–it’s a lifestyle change. That’s what I’m looking at.

  2. Congrats on your decision to “stick to it!” In America, we are surrounded every day by super-sized portions and a lack of knowledge of what is actually in the food we eat. Making the decision to change your life and the way you look at food is the first step to becoming healthy.

    On a side note, if you are having trouble with WW, check out Take Shape For LIfe, a program recommended by over 20,000 doctors. It’s real, and it’s totally doable. My mom has struggled with her weight for over 35 years. She has tried every “fad” diet under the sun with some success, but eventually gained it all back. She is now almost 65 years old and has finally found a program that really WORKS! Over the past year she has lost almost 90 pounds and has kept it off! She looks better, feels better, and her smile is different than I can ever remember. 🙂

    No, there is NEVER a one-size-fits-all program, but for those that have tried so many things and not had real success…and WANT to truly be successful…this could be a great solution. This program is also not a “diet,” but a way to change your lifestyle with a FREE coach to cheer you on and help you along the way.

    Best wishes for whatever plan you choose!!

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