Friday, May 6, 2016

On Starting Over

So, sorry I haven't been around lately. I'm working on a manuscript for Camp NaNoWriMo, and even The Modern Jane Austen is getting neglected because of it. But also, I just haven't really had anything to say in regards to healthy eating, working out, or weight loss. Tragedy, really.

I'm terrible at being my own support system. Years of attempting to stick to My Fitness Pal with no success, attempting Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer without finishing, Atkins, Clean Eating, Visalus. Lots of things started, but nothing really stuck. I'm another story of another diet that didn't work.

I know. you're supposed to say that it's "Not a diet, but a way of life." Face it, it's a diet. Let's be real here. K? Okay.

Anyway, I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day, who was telling me that she'd recently started Weight Watchers meetings, but the food wasn't very filling. I have a lot of experience in bulking out meals with healthy veggies (Zoodles and Spaghetti Squash are amazing!), so I gave her a few pointers. She told me she lost 3.4 lbs her first week! Yay!

The following day, I was chatting with my mom, and casually mentioned my friend's first week weigh-in success. Mom and I have been on WW several times since I was 18, and had success on my first go-round (Lost 30 lbs!) during high school, and then again after college, at my lowest, emotionally, I was able to lose 44 lbs. It's a good system that has worked well for me. Why I don't keep it up, I have no idea.

Anyway, for funsies, I hopped on their website to see what pricing was like, because last time mom checked, it seemed exorbitant. Also, neither of us was feeling the meetings. We don't get much out of them, and when I was in college, despite showing up every week for 16 weeks, they still didn't know who I was. Womp Womp.

As they were running a special three months at $3.XX/week, plus a free starter kit for WW Online, we both jumped on it, determined to be each other's support, and have been counting SmartPoints for the last few weeks.

So far, I have to say, I love how they've reformatted the points system, where it rewards you for eating real, single-ingredient foods, as opposed to 100 calorie cracker packs that we used to survive on (No one's surviving on those. However, 100 calorie nut packs are good). I like that fruits and veggies (including bananas!) are 0 points now (Can you say 0-point banana soft serve?!).

I haven't been on it a full month yet, but I'm very optimistic. I've done well in the past, and I hope to do well this time, too. So far, I've lost six pounds, and I weigh in again tomorrow!

  • Have you ever done WW?
  • Are you on WW now? How do you like SmartPoints?

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