I recently lost 15 pounds in seven weeks, on Weight Watchers. Here’s why and how I did it, and what it was like!
Why I Decided to Lose Weight
I’m an exercise-averse, mother in my early-40s. Oh, and I love good food. None of this bodes well for my waistline. I’ve actually noticed that my clothes have been shrinking for a while, but what really motivated me to lose weight now was my fear of facing my doctor at my next physical.
My husband and I have the same doctor, and we
angrily jokingly refer to her as “the BMI Nazi”. (BMI = body mass index) Every year at our physicals, she calculates and reports our BMI. After getting by without any scolding in recent years, she berated me gently suggested that I should lose a few pounds. She said I wasn’t “technically overweight”, but noted that I had gained 12 pounds over the last four years. Gulp. (She’s incredibly petite, by the way.)
Why Weight Watchers
The concept behind Weight Watchers – and weight loss, in general – is simple: eat less and move more. In theory, I could just cut back and track my calories on my own, but in practice, it simply doesn’t happen. Just keepin’ it real, peeps.
I had lost 27 pounds with Weight Watchers about a decade ago, and remembered finding it quite easy and painless. I like the online-only option, since I don’t need the mentorship or social support. I really just need the framework and tools. (Structure is my middle name.)
What It Was Like
When I started, my goal was to lose 12-15 pounds. I’m about ten years older than the last time I did Weight Watchers, and this seemed like a more realistic goal. In addition to be younger the last time, I also hadn’t had a baby, yet, and I lived in NYC at the time, and walked A TON. Now I drive everywhere, and have a very sedentary job.
I’m really glad that I set this more realistic goal, because I had a much harder time this go-around. Basically, I was hungry – or at least very unsatisfied – the entire time. I was used to eating large portions of pretty much anything I wanted, so cutting back was a big shock to my system. I’m still traumatized by all the scrambled egg whites I ate in the first few weeks, and I never want to see unsweetened applesauce again!
Did I Cheat?
We took a quick weekend beach trip a couple of weeks after I started, and I wasn’t going to deny myself the pleasure of eating fried clams at the ocean! I also went out to eat a couple of times, and just tried to make sensible choices. For example, right before I hit my goal, the three of us went out to celebrate our anniversary. I started with a salad, ordered grilled salmon, took only a couple of bites of the accompanying mashed potatoes, and had only a couple of bites of the delicious dessert. So while I did technically cheat, I never went crazy or let loose completely. This is not because I’m virtuous, but simply because I wanted to get through the Weight Watchers
torture plan, as quickly as possible.
What Were My Results
I hit my goal of losing 15 pounds, and my clothes did start to fit more comfortably. In fact, my pre-Weight Watchers-size clothes are now loose, and I’ve had to purchase some things in a smaller size.
I’m still weighing myself a few times a week, because I need to figure out how much I can eat to maintain my new weight. I’ve decided that I’m happy if I stay within a three-pound range, and so far that hasn’t been a problem. I do eat less than I used to, and I’m still measuring some things to control my portions. I have eased up on some things, like I no longer measure out the milk for my coffee. (Wild, I know.) I don’t snack very much anymore, and I think that makes a huge difference in my calorie consumption. Also, I’m not eating very many things that are technically “healthy”, but more calorie-dense, such as nuts and cheese.
This is working well for me now, but I’m a little concerned about the upcoming Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays. I’m planning to maintain this more balanced approach, and hope that I can stay at my new weight without feeling too deprived.
Do I recommend Weight Watchers? Absolutely. It’s a clear and simple program, that’s great for people who like structure. Is it fun? Definitely not – but it works.
How have you lost weight in the past? Have you tried Weight Watchers? What did you think?