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Weight Watchers or not?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I had an appointment with the Physician's assistant at my Doctor about weight management. Her philosophy is to count calories and keep your glycemic index low and steady throughout the day by primarily focusing on high protein foods. She encourages her clients to use My Fitness Pal to track calories and nutrients. I have been doing so for a couple of weeks and I am really challenged. I had decided to drop WW and just use MFP. It felt really scary but I didn't feel like I could do both. I haven't liked it. I am really hungry and feeling deprived. WW has worked well for me. I just feel like I keep quitting everything and that is why I am not getting anywhere. I also started this small group training class last week it meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5:45- 6:30. It totally kicked my butt and I really loved how great it felt to be done with my workout so early and I had a ton of energy for the rest of the day. I just realized that my husband has to leave the house at 6 am from now on because his new clinical rotation is kicking in. So I don't feel right leaving my kids alone to get ready and get on the bus. So I feel like I am quitting something else.

My stress level has been crazy. Last week I got up to go to the early morning class and for some reason my garage door didn't go up all the way and I backed into it and smashed my back window out and scraped the back of my new car. So there goes $250 for the deductible. My cat got into a horrible fight and had the worst infection from a bite on his chest that our vet has ever seen in her 26 years of practicing. So gross- I won't go into detail but we have been warm compressing and there is a huge hole the size of a quarter in his chest that needs to heal on the inside before they want it to close up. There goes another $350ish. Then I am helping out my friend that is losing her house by taking in her 13 year old daughter for 6 months- she arrived Sunday, with her 3 year old lab that was supposed to be here temporarily until they found somewhere for her but now it appears to be falling on me to be the bad guy and say she has to go somewhere. Ugh HOw do I get myself into these things!!! I am really afraid of any vet bills as now I have 3 dogs and 2 cats in the house, not to mention feeding them all and keeping track of them.

So yeah, stressed out, feel like a failure cuz I want to go back to WW and really track my food. I guess I am just going to do that.
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    Check out the WW from home team in SP. There are several different WW teams and this may be a good compromise for you! All the best and hang in there emoticon
    1883 days ago
    You really have a full plate here, but you are going to get through this! I know how easy it would be to see yourself as a quitter, but it is actually more a matter of adapting rather than quitting. You have a number of stressful, challenging situations all adding to the mix and realistically it is important to figure out the best balance given your current set of circumstances. As circumstances change (and inevitably they will) the way you balance will be different. My gram used to tell my mom, who used to tell me, this too shall pass.

    1. Have a talk with your doctor or PA. The fact is, WW was working for you! If and when that is no longer applicable, your doctor's glycemic index focus might be just the thing to shake things up unless she has compelling reasons to forget about WW.
    2. Although the early morning class does not fit in well with your current schedule now, your circumstances will be different when kitty is better and your husband's hours change again, etc. and the class is something to look forward to. Perhaps a morning workout at home could be devised in the meantime?
    3. You are there for your friend and it would be nice if she would be there for you. She really needs to have a talk with her daughter! You are not the bad guy here; you are obviously a very generous, compassionate person. She needs to help her daughter understand that everyone is doing the best they can during this difficult but temporary situation and that mom understood at the outset she would be making other arrangements for the dog.
    1887 days ago
    So much going on for you right now! No wonder you feel stressed.

    Focus on the things you feel supported by - (with your doctors blessing of course - talk with him/her about your struggle!) and move forward accordingly.

    If this was easy, we wouldn't be here trying so d@mn hard. So hang in there! Let things settle a bit, and find what works for you.

    1887 days ago
    No calorie counting is sustainable! An easy trick is to think of the size portion of whatever you would like to eat, and would normally eat, then divide it by 2/3 or even 1/2, put that on a smaller plate and eat it very slowly, putting you knife and fork down between mouthfuls and chewing thoroughly. Do this with the TV off, and no other distractions. It saves you money instead of spending it, and is sustainable. The small plate reminds you of the portion size you should have, and you can eat what you like, healthy or not. Oh, and NO SNACKING!

    Do you really want to count, weigh and measure everything for the rest of your life?
    1887 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2013 11:46:02 AM
    Do what works for you is what i think as well.I am quitting ww because we can not afford it and I have not had success with it. I am staying with spark and going to log every thing and measure and weigh every thing.
    1887 days ago
    I'm so sorry you've been so stressed! Sounds like your plate is definitely full right now. I wish I had some wisdom for you, but I'm still in the same boat of trying to figure out what works myself. Just try to make the best choices you can as each meal comes until you can figure out what you want your lifestyle to be. Easier said then done I know. Hang in there! emoticon
    1887 days ago
    I total agree with Jasi27's reply!
    1887 days ago
  • KITT52
    do what works for you....Sparkpeople is not a helps you find a healthy way to live and eat .....I agree with have to find a balance healthy exercise and watch portions there is no real quick fix

    good luck
    1887 days ago
    I was doing weight watchers and at first I saw great results then it just wasn't working so well. To shake things up I am doing the Kellogg challenge with 2 of my daughter in laws and I have lost 2 pounds in 3 days and I feel great, plus I am getting the right nutrients
    1887 days ago
  • JASI27
    In my opinion, any diet is just that-a diet. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle. If you want your lifestyle to be on WW the rest of your life, go for it; but if it isn't something you can sustain the rest of your life, you will end up right back in the place you started. This is just my opinion!!!
    1887 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    I finally went back to Weight Watchers and hope it will stick this time. Hope your week gets better and hope the cat is ok. Maybe you can explain the cat needs less stress too and a new dog is keeping him stressed out.
    1887 days ago
    Yes do what works for you....Possibly the problem is too many changes at once!

    As for the dog, put your foot down as I have 2 dogs and a 3rd would throw us over the edge, hairwise that is....perhaps let her know that the dog wasn't part of the deal but give her a definitive time of when you want the dog out. Its nice to help out but don't get taken advantage of by your friends (my biggest challenge)

    Hope your day is better soon. Keep venting here on not reach for comfort food......
    1887 days ago
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