Weight Watchers – The Beginning
I first want to say this is NOT a sponsored post. Weight Watchers did not ask me to talk about how awesome their program is. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The meal details below are seriously what I ate the last few days.
The last few months have been super stressful. My office has experienced a LOT of changes, I started this blog (which has been a dream of mine for years), AND I started school again. All of the changes are positive… but, as a result, it’s been mass chaos. While I’m not big on new changes, I can adjust. I still experience that beginning panic attack. Panic attacks invite stress eating. Plus, I’m a mom and a wife… SO many things going on.
Even though the changes are for the better… I knew something had to give. My eating habits went from super strict to really, really bad. I followed the Keto lifestyle for almost a year, and I LOVED the energy I gained. I felt so much healthier and I had more control over what I was eating. I cut out all sugar and bad carbs. My diet consisted of healthy fats, moderate protein, and non-starchy vegetables.
As the stress compounded, I started eating cookies here and there. Then I started eating junk food here and there. Finally, I just threw all caution to the wind and started eating everything in sight. I am a HUGE stress eater, and if I’m not following a plan, I can down entire bags of chips and cookies… and buttery movie-theater popcorn *sigh*.
Because I stay up late almost every night planning/writing/editing for the blog, and now studying for two classes, my husband and I haven’t been getting up to go to the gym either. I could feel my weight creeping up and my energy plummeting into the depths of the abyss. I finally sucked it up and got on the scale… I’d gained 10 pounds in the last few weeks.
I received a free Weight Watchers magazine, and something sparked. The more I read, the larger and hotter the spark grew. I’d joined Weight Watchers years ago, but couldn’t keep up with it because I didn’t have time to attend meetings.
I ran to my laptop and pulled up Google (yes, I’m a Googler) and typed in “Weight Watchers.” The first thing I noticed was “Join Free + Get 1 Month Free”. The small spark now grew into a towering inferno. Could I do this? Would I be able to track my food… and CUT MY PORTIONS?? OMG… I was scared. I absolutely HATE tracking my food.
I’ve seriously been binge eating lately. At least once during the weekend, I’ve demolished an entire container of Original-Flavored Pringles. The Publix Heath-Crunch cookies from Publix are insanely good, and I ate half of the box. How in the world am I going to give that up when my stress is so overwhelming???
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me that I HAD to do this! However, if I’m not taking care of myself, the stress is going to be WAY worse. If my weight continues to climb, my self-esteem will drop even lower than It already is. I need all the mental energy I can generate right now… if that energy is spent worrying about what clothes I have left that fit, I’m never going to get through this.
I signed up for the OnlinePlus plan for six months. The first month is free, and then it will be $19.95 per month. I reasoned that I can try it for six months. Six months isn’t that long. I am going to do it right too! I’m seriously AWFUL about tracking what I eat. Even on Keto I didn’t lose much weight because I was eating too many calories.
I downloaded the Weight Watchers app on my iPhone, and tracked my food and water all day. It definitely kept me accountable. As I said, I usually rebel against entering my food, water, and activity into an app. I’ve downloaded many health apps on my phone, but I barely look at them.
A Little Hangry
I did get a little hungry each day… however, it wasn’t that bad. We dropped by Publix on the way home Monday to pick up more Almond Milk. Walking through the bakery was really hard… but I stayed strong so the boys could sweet talk the bakers into their free cookies.
Here is what I ate the last few days:
-1 Cup of Almond Milk, Plain, Unsweetened
-1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
-1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
-1 Scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
-Ice to blend
-2 Tbsp of Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream All-Natural Coffee Creamer
-1 Can of Progresso Light Soup (Santa Fe Chicken, Creamy Tomato, and Vegetable)
-1 Granny Smith Apple
-Smart Ones Smart Creations Orange Sesame Chicken, or one Flanders Vidalia Onion Patty (two nights in a row)
-Mixed Greens or Broccoli
-1 Tbsp Olive Oil for the salad, the tiniest bit of cheese sauce for the broccoli
-1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (for the salad)
In addition, I drank 64 ounces of water (four 16-oz bottles) and two cups of coffee each day. I do feel better, and the more I read and relearn Weight Watchers, the more excited I’m getting. My husband is being SUPER supportive, and my MIL gave me her Weight Watchers cookbook (from about 20 years ago, but still..).
My goals for the next week include:
–Working more lean protein and veggies into my diet. The cans of soup had more points, and weren’t as filling as I’d hoped. If I’m in the soup mood and need a snack, I’m going to heat up some chicken broth which will be way lower! I need to focus on adding more chicken, turkey, and fish to my meal plan. In addition, I need to add more veggies. Veggies are zero points so I can fill up on them.
–Increase my water. The popular recommendation is to drink (8) 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but I want to try to increase that to (10) 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
–Add exercise back into my life. I’m conquering the food part of my diet… but I need to work on the physical aspect too. However, with our hectic schedules, my husband and I have been horrible about getting up to go to the gym. I really need to make exercise a priority again.