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#1 of 5 Old 12-28-2003, 12:59 AM - Thread Starter
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I want to start a diet Monday. I need to lose 20 pounds. Exercising is very hard for me - though I loved it before I gave birth - hiked every day while pg - there is no time and energy now - I am raising my daughter alone and am tapped out - mainly on time - it starts at 6:30 am after a half-sleepless night and goes until 9 - when I am totally pooped.

That aside - I have heard a lot of people say WW is the way to go - anyone have thoughts? I won't buy their food because I'm veg and organic, but the method is what I heard works.

Also, how the heck do you follow a diet when you're buying and cooking for a toddler? Making a separate meal for myself at dinner is just so extra energy - and even thinking of a separate menu while grocery shopping! Man!

Tell me how you do it!
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i lost over 60 lbs on weight watchers about 13 years ago. do you have to majorly cook? can you make her mini pizzas? you could eat that too and pasta. your portions are just going to have to be measured. i'm sure you know that. can you cook ahead and freeze it with your portion pre-measured.

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The Weight Watchers "diet" these days consists of assigning "points" to food and then staying within your assigned "points" range for a given day. Exercise gives you extra points you can eat. So it's no problem eating the same things you're making for your dd (or vice versa); portion control is the key. There are no forbidden foods. You get to choose what to eat.

You can join WW online and I think they send you the materials, or you can look on ebay - people sell their WW materials all the time and you can probably pick them up more cheaply than actually joining.

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There is no reason your dd needs to eat differently than you. Now is the time for her to start eating nutritiously, exersizing and mindng her portions (although most young children do this last one automatically). This will give her a life time of health and hopefully she will never have to ask where the nearest weigh watchers group meets. If only all of our parents taught us these skills when we were little and would so readily accept them.

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I agree with lilyka.

We have never made a separate meal for DD. She eats whatever we eat.

I successfully lost 15 lbs this past spring by eating the same stuff i always do, but cutting my portion sizes in half. i promised myself seconds if i still felt hungry...30 minutes later. i found that after the 30 minutes, my brain got the message that my tummy was full.

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