Spring is here, and I am trying to lose 20 pounds before the summer! No one said it was going to be easy. But as I said before, I am willing to work to get my body back!! I'm following Weight Watchers, exercising and trying to stay motivated. I know that many of you many have a lot more than 20 pounds to lose, but remember whether you have 20 or 120 we all have to do the same thing. We have to make changes in our eating habits. There is no finish line. If we want to maintain the weight loss, we have to continue eating healthy and conciously all the time.
For the next 8 Mondays, I've lined up Guest Bloggers to share their weight loss success and how they overcame some of their struggle. ( If you would like to share your story email me email@example.com)
Today's guest blogger is Wendy who has done a fabulous job taking off over 17 pounds in the last 3 months on Weight Watchers. Here is Wendy's story:
After having two children within 3.5 years, I didn’t feel right about my body. I felt heavy and uncomfortable and none of my clothes (besides maternity clothes) fit me anymore! I did lose some of the baby weight from my second child, but even with exercising and eating what I thought was healthy and low calorie, the weight wasn’t coming off.
My best friend had success with Weight Watchers (WW). Therefore, I decided to give it a try. Based on my current weight, I get 26 points for the day. Once I started determining the point values of my favorite foods, wow was I in for a wake up call!
No wonder I had stopped losing weight. The cereal bars I had been previously eating (2-3 a day) were worth 4 points each! The chai latte drink I had been drinking in the am was a whopping 5 points (just for a drink!).
I’m happy to report that within 3 months, I have lost 17 pounds. My goal is to lose 20 pounds total and keep it off! Keep reading to see the changes I made and the new habits I formed to get the results!
After 17 pound weight loss
After 17 pound weight loss
|No matter what I did- this is the only way I could get this pic on - Sorry ( Judee)|
Why I love Weight Watchers
The main thing that I love about WW is that even though you do have to count points, you are not counting calories (calories are obviously included in the point calculations, but you are not focused on them). You can eat what YOU want. It’s EASY to eat healthy and feel satisfied and stay within your points range. Fruits and vegetables are 0 points.
My husband (who, by the way is not on the plan and has lost 10 lbs since I have started) likes to think of WW as a budget. Someone gives you $100 for the day and it’s your choice how you choose to spend it. If you want to blow all of on a pair of heels, then go for it and have nothing else to wear! But if you want to bargain shop and buy lots of things on sale, you will get more for your money. For example, I was eating something as part of my lunch which was 4 points. My best friend told me about a similar product that was only 1 point each. So I’m saving 3 points on lunch and therefore treat myself to something else in the evening!! Eating out was definitely challenging/scary when I first started WW. See my tips below for my favorite go-to meals when I am out.
I am currently doing the WW online program.
I do not attend meetings, but I know that many WW successes have attended them and learn great things. With working part time and with two little ones at home, it’s hard for me to find time to attend the meetings. But I have the Weight Watchers app on my iphone, and I use it to track everything I eat so I feel accountable and I enter my weekly weight on Wednesday mornings. It’s great because when I go food shopping, I use the points calculator on my phone right in the supermarket to figure out the points of whatever food I want to buy.
Here is a typical breakfast for me (I told you I am constantly eating!):
Breakfast - Oatmeal with fresh berries (3 or 4 points) and 1 cup decaf coffee with fat free creamer and stevia (1 point)
AM snack – banana (0 Points) and WW cheese stick (1 point)
Another AM Snack – Red pepper slices (0 Points) or Greek Yogurt (3 or 4 points)
|My snack pack that I bring to work everyday for between meal snacks|
It doesn't always go so well
There are definitely those days that I just want to eat whatever I want and not track and I do! It’s important to give yourself some days off. Otherwise you will go crazy. If I overindulge one day or for an entire weekend, I do my best to get back on the WW train the next day or Monday morning!
Here are some of my habits/tips since starting WW in January 2012:
· Every week, I plan my menu and make my shopping list for the next week. I have to stay organized and always ensure I have the proper foods on hand so I can easily eat healthy.
· I use my crock pot at least once a week every week. I make recipes that include lean protein, veggies and carbs. The recipes are healthy, easy and my husband and both of my girls enjoy it. I prep veggies the night before and throw them in the crock pot in the morning.
· About twice a week, I roast vegetables and use them as fillers in my wraps for lunch or as a side dish for lunches or dinners. My favorites are butternut squash, mushrooms, eggplant, onions, zucchini, and summer squash. I use PAM spray and season veggies with salt free seasoning such as Mrs. Dash. I eat leftover roasted veggies as an appetizer while I prepare dinner.
· I snack on lots of fresh veggies – peppers, carrots, sugar snap peas and baby tomatoes. I don’t snack on useless snacks anymore that provide no nutritional value and/or fiber to fill me up – for example, pretzels, crackers, chips, cookies are totally out.
· I’ve become conscious of serving sizes. When I make a crock pot recipe and the serving size is 1.5 cups for 8 points, I really do try to just eat the 1.5 cups of the recipe. I also eat on our appetizer size plates, not our gigantic dinner size plates.
· Let’s face it, sometimes I am still hungry after a meal. If so, I try to eat vegetables or a banana or fresh fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe or honeydew.
· I eat constantly throughout the day, about every 2 hours. I don’t go anywhere without snacks for the kids and myself!! I never let myself get super hungry because then I make poor choices.
· I drink a lot of water – I aim for 64 oz/day.
· I love spaghetti squash and use it in place of pasta. I make pasta for my husband and girls and I use the same sauce, but on top of spaghetti squash.
I roast in the oven for about 45 minutes on 375.
· I love reading blogs of others who have success on WW and have become addicted to researching recipes!
· I exercise about 2-3 days a week and take group fitness classes.
· If I eat lunch out, I try to order the following:
Egg white omelet with veggies; veggie burger and salad.
Tip : A trick that I use to help me stay on track is to plan my meals/snacks for the entire day in the morning. I log all of my foods that I plan to eat for the day into my points tracker on my iphone in the morning and it shows me if I have any extra points to use for the day and this way I can plan accordingly.
0 point Appetizer : Here is a quick snack or appetizer idea that my best friend Melissa invented -
Trader Joe's veggie mix which includes chopped carrots, cabbage, celery, peppers and other veggies too. Top veggie mix with balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and a few dashes of Frank's red hot sauce for a 0 point delicious snack or appetizer.
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