Originally Posted by MountainLaurel
I started last week with the online program, with a goal of about 30 pounds. About 10 years ago I lost about 34 through WW, and gained a little back about 2 years later. (In a bad relationship in which weight gain was a subconscious defense mechanism.) Then last year I was on a medication that increased my appetite exponentially
: : I gained about 25 pounds in 6 months. When I went off the meds, I lost 15. But I still need to get rid of the rest and then some: I want to feel healthy again.
But this time it's going to be so much harder. I no longer have the metabolism of a 20-something. I work variable hours during the week, which makes regular mealtimes impossible and exercise difficult. And it's winter in Maine, so it's dark and cold, which affects my energy. I'm now married, to a man not on the program, so a single-woman dinner of salsa and pita isn't as easy.
And I can't stand the easy but processed foods anymore.
But on the bright side, Mr. Laurel is very supportive (knowing he needs to lose weight as well), making sure I've got plenty of healthy foods at home and for work and coming up with ideas for making foods better (like making a tuna salad with a tiny bit of mayo but many chopped veggies and using strong cheeses for flavor in other things). I do have an exercise machine at home for days when I can't get outside, as well as two young dogs who insist upon being walked frequently.
I'm so glad this group is here.
The fact that you've thought this through, are aware of the stumbling blocks, and have a supportive partner, is impressive. It's a challenge, but you seem like the kind of person who can create a plan for yourself. Which are you starting with, Flex or Core?
Originally Posted by muppet729
Wow- what a great vacation... with LOTS of great food... but didn't stay on program to well... *sigh* I don't wi until Tuesday, but I'm sure I've gained. Now I'm trying to psych myself up so that I don't blow the next day and a 1/2 and make a bad situation worse. I could have done better- I really just chose not to. I have to say that this is the first REALLY bad week that I've had in 35 weeks in the program.
I'm so close to goal! I only have 2.2 lbs before I hit the goal range, 7.2 before I hit my ww goal weight and a little more before I'm at "where I want to be." *sigh* I feel worse that I've blown this week and that just makes me want to eat more!
How's it going today? This is a lifelong journey we're on. Sometimes we might gain a few pounds, but we can lose it and maintain. Don't be hard on yourself for making choices you hadn't planned on, just have a great new week and keep in touch! I'm close to my personal goal, too, although not as close as you. And I reached my WW goal, but I'm struggling a bit with figuring out Core, maintaining, trying to lose, gaining a bit. It's a bit of a juggling contest here at the end, just trying to keep my grip. I think I did better this week and that I will figure it out.
Originally Posted by katiedidbug
Hello, ladies! My IRL friend Thompson'sMommy told me that Mothering had a WW thread, so here I am! I purchased my starter kit last week, and have been looking over everything, but I am officially joining next Monday. I'll know for sure when I weigh in for the first time, but I believe that I'll have around 44 pounds to lose to reach my WW goal. I want to hear from you guys, though. Was anyone else TERRIFIED when they first started. I'm scared to death that I'll fail miserably because I have such an intense addiction to food through emotional eating, and I cannot get my portion control down. I'm hoping that turning my focus to points will help me realize what goes into my mouth. My biggest prob is that I turn to food for everything. I obsess about food. I think about food almost non-stop. I really want to be able to move on with my weight loss journey, but I'm so scared. Any thoughts, or am I just ranting like a crazy mad-woman?
Welcome, I'm glad you're here. Have you gone to a meeting yet. I wasn't much of an emotional eater myself, but there was some of that and I learned how to rechannel that either into exercise or a cup of tea or I go look in the mirror and admire the new me (yes, losing 39 pounds has already turned me into Narcissus, but, you know, whatever works). There's one woman at my meeting who lost 108 pounds. She often gets angry with her husband, has some sort of argument. She says she used to binge in those cases, now she goes for a walk every time. The more she wants to eat, the more she walks. When she gets home, she doesn't want to binge anymore.
I wasn't afraid when I started WW. I was excited because I had this feeling that I'd be successful. I had lost 25 pounds before and kept if off until my pregnancy 7 years later, so I knew WW works. Oh, and I had worked for them, so I know that a lot of people are scared. In fact, the first time I joined, I didn't tell a single soul besides my husband. I thought that if I failed, no one would know I tried. But, it does work. It's not always a straight path. We all have our struggles, but I really believe Weight Watchers works if you stick with it for the long haul.
Originally Posted by EmmaJean
Hi! I officially joined WW for the first time 3 wks ago, maybe four. I've done it before but not w/ meetings. I just had baby#3 in Aug, and my belly disgusts me! I wish it would just melt away magically. On my first weigh in, I had 20 lbs to lose JUST to be fat again! LOL A bit discouraging. But if I can actually lose 20lb, that will be awesome. I have 60 to lose to be at WW goal, so we'll see what happens. I'd be happy at 40, but anyway. In the past 3 wks I've lost 8, so that's more than I've lost in the past several years.
Just wanted to say hi. I hope I lost this week.... And the holidays should be interesting. I don't want to self-destruct. It's good that we're not travelling, so I'll have control over everything.
And speaking of oatmeal, I'm in LOVE w/ the Cinnamon Roll oatmeal--oh my!! It's like 2 or 3 pts, I can't remember. Haven't had it in a few days. It probably has tons of sugar, but it's so yummy and fills me up.
I've been totally craving some baked goods but too lazy to make them. I also don't want to just have a batch of cookies lying around.....
Good for you joining just before the Holidays. I joined just before my annual 4th of July BBQ because I just didn't want to gain anymore, but joining before the overeating season is so awesome. I've got a plan for Christmas at my mother's. And you know, when I lost the weight the first time in the early 90s, I actually lost weight over Thanksgiving and Christmas (at my grandparents home, no less) so I know it can be done. Some people choose to just maintain those weeks, other accept a little gain. I think the main thing with Weight Watchers is that you feel a sense of control.
I can't have sugary oatmeal. It makes me really hungry about an hour later. How long does it hold you over? Maybe I'm just supersensitive to sugar and especially sugary carbs. They stimulate my appetite later in the day.