I joined Weight Watchers on August 5th and the weight has been very slow to come off. I know a lot of this has been related to me not finding the right balance of what I am eating and exercise. I stay within my point range, but still am not losing significantly. Reviewing my eating habits, I am finding that it is not how much I'm eating, but what I am eating. I am carbohydrate sensitive and my body does not do as well with them and so I am not losing the weight I need. Knowing this now and reflecting, I know I need to make some big changes. However, Rome was not built in a day. Little by little, that is what I need to remember. This isn't just another diet, I am attempting to change my life and how I live.
We all need to start somewhere. The important thing is that we start. By writing and posting here I will be fully accountable for my progress and I think that is really important. I admit that this week has not been the best eating/tracking week. I feel like I am in that period of re-evaluation. I am in the planning stages of what I need to be doing, what steps I should be taking. I have been reviewing my tracker for what I was eating in the past weeks and determining what I need to cut out, what changes really need to be made.
First, let's start with the stats:
Current Total Loss= 18lbs
I think the important thing to remind myself is that I have still lost 18lbs. It is better to be going in that direction, even if it has been really slow. The program says that on average a healthy weight loss is between .5-2lbs per week. I am below that and therefore I need to make adjustments. I need to better "on program" and I need to focus more on my goals!
So, what is my goal?
Weight Watchers says the maximum I should weight for my height is 174lbs. That obviously is my long term goal, to be a lifetime member and to weight 174lbs. I do not know how long it will take...but this is what I need to do! .
My short term goal was to lose 50lbs by the time I am a Maid of Honor in a Wedding on April 20th. My weight loss has been slower than I originally planned and I worry that I will not reach that goal, but I am going to keep trying and get off as much as I can! I have about 3.5 months until the wedding and need to lose an additional 32lbs. It is not impossible, but I will need to have some big weeks and losing an average of .2lbs (what I am currently averaging) isn't going to do it.
It is clear that I need to be in for the long haul. It may take over a year from this point to reach 174lbs but the key is to not give up. To stick with it, to try, to committ, to know that I am worth it and a change needs to be made. There isn't a shortcut, it takes hard work. I am recommitting myself to the program, what about you?