Welcome! I haven't been on here long, but this is a really great group!
I agree wholeheartedly about the WW limitlessness... I am someone who needs more structure than that. Any of the (many) times i was on WW, I would purposely choose things that I can eat a LOT of, like air-popped popcorn or WW foods. I ate more refined carbs than ever! I avoided protein because meat "cost" me so many points. That's just not right. sometimes I would eat next to nothing all day so that I could consume all my points in alcohol, but yet I still felt like I was "on-program". Wonder why that didn't work for me?... hmmm... lol
I have also struggled with the ol' binge n' purge off and on most of my adult life. It seems to be my fall-back when I am feeling out of control with my life. The only times I have ever been in control and not obsessing about food is the times I have been LCing... Atkins in the late 90's, South Beach, The Dukan Diet, Ideal Protein...
But I am committed to not wasting another decade of my life feeling awful. I have so many wonderful things in my life.... two healthy great kids, an ex I don't hate, a boyfriend I love madly who supports me in everything yet loves me just as I am, a job that fulfills me and half-decently pays the bills, a house that is mine, a car that runs... What more could a girl possible ask for? Oh yeah... not feeling physically ill all the time. So it's go time.
(wow! sorry, this was just supposed to be a WELCOME post, lol)
Edited by: L-JO888 at: 6/22/2013 (12:34)
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To clarify, I don't mean that your food choices are limited on WW - they're actually not limited enough. I meant that the program does not serve the best interests of the majority of long-term overweight members, thus its usefulness is limited to a small percentage of people.
I was bulimic for a long time. I stopped when I got pregnant. But, huts over ate the whole nine months. It was not until I went strict lc that the urge to binge and purge went away. It has now been so long since I was bulimic, I can barely remember that period. But, at one point it was my entire life. Amazing how things change in life.
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I did WW also. It worked for a bit, but I didn't like paying for the weekly meetings and stopped going. I was losing weight on my own then anyway just out of depression. Lol. So I really didn't need it. But I'm w/ most everyone else here, before low carb, I was always thinking about food. And like Suzanne said, you really do have to eat a few Lean Cuisines to get full! Lol! Now I am not near as hungry and food does not consume my life.
Welcome to the team and back to the LC way of living! I'm a newbie at myself but it is working great for me and I feel great. A lot of great support here too!
P.S. I've lost right at 17lbs since May 21st so it is def working. :)
Edited by: GEMINIGEM6 at: 6/20/2013 (01:15)
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot
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to me it is not a limited program. They gave me so many points I could eat about anything that I wanted in a days time. For me its not limited enough I guess. You have to buy this little calculator thing to get points for many foods now and as long as you had that you could eat about anything. Like those quaker rice chips thing they have now, they taste so good but really they are not good for you. I would have never ate those but they brought them in for us to try..
I would sit in my meeting and everything was Food, Food, Food. I was so hungry when I left my meeting that I had to make a stop next door at the White Castle's drive thru. My husband is so glad that I stopped WW. He said that he was tired of me asking him on Tues where we would be going to dinner on Saturday. It seemed like all I did was think about my next meal, snack, etc. I was comsumed with Points !
I've never done WW, but it seems a very limited program in a lot of ways. It obviously does work for some people - probably the mere discipline of tracking does more good than anything else - but the food recommendations seem to not work for their main target audience: people who have been overweight for some time and have trouble finding a way to lose permanently.
It was very intimidating to go there and NOT lose weight. And my leader started out nice and ended up lecturing a lot! Listening to her talk about being penalized for a 5 pound weight gain since she was a life time member seemed un-realistic to me!
I gained on WW also. I really dont think that program works for the long hall of things. I mean you can have about anything as you dont go over your points..lol and now fruits dont even count off on your points, I could eat fruit all day...
ROTFLOL!!! 5 Lean Cuisines!! Suzanne you crack me up! You are right on!!
After I turned 13 and ballooned with stretch marks- sigh- I became anorexic and ate nothing. I weighed 102 in high school. Until I became pregnant at 18- then I thought I invented bulimia. So much worry about how I looked- all for not. ( or is it naught? lol!)
I guess some people can handle the sugar and all the "100" calories packs. My problem was that I just couldn't eat just one "100" pack. I would find myself eating 3~4 "100" calorie packs before I felt satisfied. Good luck to you and thanks for the response.
I lost 118lbs about 5 years ago doing LC and felt great! I never counted calories, just my carbs. Then some co-workers wanted me to join WW with them and I have gained all my weight back plus more (+60lbs).When counting points, it seemed that I was always thinking of food and what my next meal would be. I feel horrible and ready to get back to the LC way of eating and living No more counting points, it's time to enjoy life !
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