As I mentioned in my previous blog, I decided to go back to Weight Watchers and get back to my goal weight. I lost 46 lbs. and reached my goal weight back in March of 2011. I made Lifetime in May of 2011. Once you are Lifetime with Weight Watchers, you are "always" Lifetime, but if you go 2 lbs. +/- over your goal weight, you have to pay for a meeting (you have to at least weigh in monthly). I continued to weigh each month and go to the occasional meeting for about 6 months after achieving Lifetime. I never had to pay during that period.
Now as most of you know, maintenance is difficult and your weight can fluctuate. I went up and down with the scale, but did manage to stay at goal or go a little over. It was hard sometimes not going 2 lbs. over, so I started to miss the monthly weigh ins so I would not have to "pay".
Even with my 14 lbs. gain, I am still considered "maintaining" by the National Weight L0ss Registry, so I have been maintaining for almost 3 years, but I'm pretty disappointed with the gain. When I don't eat right, I don't feel right and my clothes are starting to get tight and not fit (I had bought a whole new wardrobe when I lost the weight and I can't afford to buy new clothes - nor do I want to!).
I like the Weight Watchers "plan" and the "new" 2 week Simple Start plan, which is basically WW providing you 2 weeks of "meal plans" using their "power foods". You don't have to track your points plus until after this 2 weeks period. It seems pretty easy and I like having a meal plan, so we'll see how it goes.
I went to the meeting last night with my 2 sisters. My oldest sister also reached Lifetime (after my inspiration!), and she needs to loose to get back to goal (11 lbs.). My middle sister is the kind that tries all kinds of "plans" and just can't seem to stick to it. She's the "shorty" in the family and can't carry much extra weight. She's also been having some health issues (she probably needs to loose about 35 - 40 lbs.), so DS#1 and I told her we would help motivate her, but she has to do this for herself.
Anyway, I enjoyed the meeting (it was packed!) and was glad to see it was the same leader - she is quite the inspiration - she lost 212 lbs. (no - that's not a typo!) and has maintained for almost 12 years!
I'm glad to have a "plan" and be back in "routine". I stopped eating "crap" on Monday and I already feel better and am sleeping better.
I still need to work on some exercise goals. It's been over a week since I've run. I did do my Coach Nicole DVD a couple of times since 1/2 and the last couple of nights I've been "jump roping". DD#2 wanted a good jump rope for Christmas because they'll be using them for volleyball conditioning. I've tried the last couple of nights (after watching Biggest Loser) and it's really hard! I can barely jump for 2 mins.! This won't be my cardio of choice (it's hurting my knees), but it's fun to try out!