Yesterday, I had my weekly Weight Watcher's weigh-in and meeting. I like having the meeting on Sunday because I'm uber careful eating out on Friday and Saturday nights. Since I joined WW on June 19th (for the 4th time, mind you), I have lost 13.8 lbs. YAY!
I still have a long way to go to drop down to my ideal weight--all I have to say is that being a writer is NOT condusive to a healthy lifestyle, especially when one works out of her kitchen! But I'm on the road again. I've succeeded each time I've been on WW, but I seem to fail when it comes to 'maintenance' and maintaining my goal weight.
This time is different. It feels different. My goals are different. My mindset is different.
And as my dear hubster said, "How many old fat people do you see?" None. That's right, Peeps, being obese is an early death sentence and one I don't want.
Food is one addiction that you can't go cold turkey on. You have to eat to survive, the key is to retrain your body to crave the right choices instead of the unhealthy ones.
Does this mean that I have given up eating out? Given up chocolate? Or any of those goodies that I enjoy?
NO! The key is to enjoy them, but make smart choices.
What happens if I'm at the store and I want to buy some Fat Free Sugar Free cookies that my buddy Jody told me about? Do I buy them? No, because I know myself well enough to know that won't satisfy that particular craving of mine. I'll eat the entire box trying to satisfy a craving, and that is not acceptable.
A word of advice: If you crave homemade chocolate chip cookies. Make homemade chocolate chip cookies. But eat only one AND if you are a Weight Watcher, then use the recipe calculator to figure out how much each cookie is worth, points-wise.
I love making homemade cookies. I love eating the raw cookie dough. Do you know how many WW points/calories/fat grams are in those cookies? Well, neither do I. But I have a plan. I'm not cooking as much this summer because 1) it's freaking hot out, 2) cookies are a winter comfort food for me.
Oh, and the raw cookie dough that I usually nibble on while baking--well, my plan is to use my cookie scoop and count it as an unbaked cookie. Win-win. Raw cookie dough but in a quantifiable amount. \
--and the rest of the cookies? Well, I send them with the hubster to take to work. They are usually gone before lunch! Win-win.
Losing weight is only half the battle. Keeping the weight off will be part two of the challenge. This time I will succeed because I'm doing this for myself. I won't be wearing my goal-weight birthday suit by my fiftieth b-day (in a month), but I'll be firmly on my way.
And I'm happy about that.