Saturday, June 15, 2013
I've been on WW many times...the first was on the old points system, and I was wildly successful. Granted, I was also training for a full marathon. I have a constant reminder of my success in the form of my driver's license, for which I had to take a picture when I happened to be at my goal weight. Now it's an embarrassment to have to show it (not that I have to bring it out often, given that I'm now in my 30's and pretty convincingly over 21) when I'm obviously not the 120 lb listed on my DL.
Now this is probably the 4th or 5th time I'm on WW, and I'm convinced it will be the last. I've realized recently that I've been overweight for 15 years now, not counting the handful of times I've yo-yo dieted my way to the aforementioned 120 lb. Why can't I keep the weight off? Well, I blame my impatience. I'm always impatient to get the weight off quickly, and because of this I end up throwing myself wildly into my eating and exercise routine. For example, training for a full marathon and tackling WW at the same time. PLUS, during this time I hardly ever ate my activity points and never ate my weeklies. Yes, I was running 20 miles in one day and not eating my activity points. Pretty drastic, right? Of course the weight came off - I shrank in a matter of 2 months to a smaller weight than in high school - but it came right back on once I had a lifestyle change (in the form of a huge break up).
This time around I am exercising in a way to fit into my life - getting in 1/2 hour a day in the form of running on the treadmill or doing spin or some sort of high intensity training. Doing this in addition to staying within my points will get me realistically to my goal, and then I will strive to maintain my weight. Yes, I've never been more than 30 lb over my goal weight of 120 (usually I hover at 20-25 lb over goal weight), but believe me, for someone short like me, it really makes a difference in my appearance and generally in the way I feel. It's also **** difficult to get it off. But this time I'm going to make it work.
And so far it seems to be working just fine - I'm losing weight slowly but steadily. I'm not doing crazy amounts of exercise, and I'm eating all my points. I'm even eating some activity points, sometimes. I still am struggling with eating my weeklies. It's a psychological block, I know. But I've never done it, and don't know if I can. Does anyone have any tips to get over the guilt of eating the weeklies? In your experience, does it slow or stop the weight loss?