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Getting with the Program

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My first week on Weight Watchers I didn't follow at all and ended up with a good-sized gain. I had a hard fight with depression (which I mostly lost) and I actually felt a bit panicky.

So I started tracking this morning. Because I'm starting from such a high weight, I get 57 Points a day. You'd be amazed how much food that is! And I also get 49 extra Points per week that I can use or not. I've got my phone, with WW Mobile, and the Points guide next to my chair so I can track everything. When I posted my weight gain I immediately got a message of encouragement, which I really needed. I probably seem a little dorky, but right now I don't care. If I don't do this, I probably won't live more than a few more years.

This morning's breakfast was a big, steaming bowl of Irish oatmeal with a little maple syrup and milk. (This is probably going to sound corny, but whenever I eat something like that I feel the connection to my Irish ancestors so deeply, it just warms my heart. Yes, I'm a sap.) And I can still have half and half in my coffee! Two tablespoons is only one Point. That's one thing I am NOT giving up.

I bought a lot of healthy groceries this week (I was out of just about everything). A big change for me is that I didn't buy any alcohol. In my family growing up the adults drank all night. Nobody thought anything about it, it was just what adults DID. The last few years I fell into the same pattern, so it feels like I'm breaking a hard-and-fast rule by not drinking. My father ridiculed me for years because I once threw a party where I didn't serve any alcohol. I told him that thalf the guests were teenagers and half belonged to a religion that forbids drinking. He sneered and said, "Which are you?" I almost snapped back that I'm a better hostess than to serve myself something my guests can't have, but you didn't talk like that to him unless you wanted to pick yourself back up two states away.

I did make one silly mistake shopping. I've recently become a Greek yogurt fanatic. Chobani makes some great flavors that don't have too many Points. I bought multiples of some of my favorites, expecting standard yogurt cups. Imagine my surprise -- they were four-packs of minis! So now I have enough of them for a month, but they're only 100 calories each, so I suspect they may not make the month. Well, a flavor like coffee with dark chocolate chips for only 100 calories sounds like a cravings-buster to me.

For the first few weeks I'm using things like Lean Cuisine for work lunches and very simple dinners like baked chicken with veggies. I'm trying to make it difficult to fail, because right now I feel like I'm on a high wire and about to lose my balance -- which I really don't want to do. As I get more into it, the cooking is going to come back. I've got to believe that it's possible to succeed on Weight Watchers while still doing the beautiful cooking I'm so passionate about.

I'm measuring and weighing everything. My ex once said that if you weigh and measure the food then the food is in charge of you, not the other way around. I believed that for a long time, but I feel differently now. I get the image of having your dog on a leash. Even the best-trained, most obedient dog in the world still needs to be walked on a leash. It's just prudent for both of you.

I turn sixty next week. I just hope I haven't waited too long.
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    Good luck with following your WW plan! emoticon
    1938 days ago
    I'm SO proud of you for taking this step towards health for yourself. The only caution I'd give you is that those frozen meals are toxic chemical pools. I don't want to do ANYTHING to deter you from your goals but I'm just hope, hope, hoping you can do a little batch cooking here and there and make your own freezer to go meals.

    I lost my most wonderful and dearest friend to colon cancer and she LIVED on those WW meals...I don't want to see ANYTHING happen to you my beautiful friend.

    I eat pretty crappy too and just recently had a big wake up call...a sharp and annoying pain in my lower right abdomen. It could be so many things...stress over this constant and ongoing 'save our home' fight, stress over our consignment gallery and the constant tugging and pulling an moving I do there. I just turned 61 in January so I'm certainly no young spring chick a dee. Or it could be my appendix from all the sausages and meats I love...or it could be slipping back into more of a processed food diet with all the eating out we do in restaurants to save cooking time.

    So I'm right there with you sweetie pie, exhausted, overworked, overstressed and now with an annoying symptom that is a REAL wake up call to get back to eating healthy.

    We'll do it together and encourage each other every step of the way! You know I love you child...yes indeed I DO! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1938 days ago
    I'm addicted to Greek Yogurt. Those mini's wouldn't last long for me either.
    1942 days ago
    I made myself oatmeal this morning. I've been craving it since reading your post! Thought of you!
    1942 days ago
    You are off to a great start with your shopping, your app and your food plan. emoticon
    1942 days ago
    This is fantastic! I think that it seems like this is the key to success! Maeausing the food is a really good thing and I like that you can use your phone to help with the points. You go girl!
    1942 days ago
    It is never too late. Try to think in small increments. If you lose 20 lbs., will it be easier to get up and down the stairs? After you meet that one, another small goal. I need to lose 150 but if I think of it that way, it is too much. So 20 lbs at a time for me.
    1943 days ago
    Taking stock, and realizing you do not like the direction your choices and behaviors have taken you is the first step to changing them. It appears you have re-evaluated some goals and priorities and have decided to make some changes to better your health and life quality. It appears you have a good plan in place, and a good attitude which are key to your success. You are not alone. We share the ups and downs of this journey.
    I wish you the best as you pursue your chosen life goals.
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    1943 days ago
    I hope it isn't too late for us. I am 58 so right behind you. I feel more in control of my food when I weigh and measure instead of depending on my eyes. I want to get down to my goal weight by the end of 2013. We can do this! I believe in you and you help inspire me so much. emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Mary, you have not waited too long... it's just that now you are in a place where you are ready to do this. I want you to know that I am there for you any time... call any time day or night. Also I lost my weight at age 61!!! I think WW is just the right way for you because it is about learning to eat real food in a good way. BTW, I am a huge Greek yogurt fan. I will have to try the Chobani coffee and chocolate chip! Sounds wonderful. Thinking of you with lots of love and support.
    1944 days ago
    1945 days ago
    Mary, it's never to late to take care of yourself. You got great plans set for yourself already and a positive attitude about it.
    1945 days ago
    As long as you are breathing, it is not too late. You can have a lot of wonderful years ahead of you, if you so choose. Seems like you are on the right track to making some wise choices.
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    1945 days ago
    NEVER!! I'm 60, and it's NOT too late for us!! Sounds like you have a very good plan. What makes Irish Oatmeal different? I love oatmeal and usually have a little milk and brown sugar on mine. I also include half and half for my coffee in my meal plan. I have found that tracking all food makes a difference. Even on days that I didn't do well with my eating it helps to see it in blackand white.

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    Comment edited on: 2/23/2013 11:16:54 PM
    You'll make it. With the determination you have shown already, it will be a snap.
    Remember to take baby steps all the way. emoticon
    1945 days ago
    YAY! I'm so very proud of you!! I feel like jumping for joy! I think I will!!!!!!!!
    1945 days ago
    I truly believe it is NEVER too late to make a change for the better in your life! I think it's wonderful that you're doing WW, and doing it so sensibly, at that. I wish you all the best!

    I will have to check out that Chobani flavor. I enjoy Greek yogurt, too, and that flavor sounds delicious.
    1945 days ago
    I wish you great success!

    1945 days ago
    You can do it! I lost 70 pounds after the age of 60. Weighing and measuring food is a big part of my success. I still do it out of habit. I got a scoop that measures out a quarter cup and I use it for things like mashed potatoes, rice, beans or ice cream. It's quick and easy. If the serving size I want is 1/2 cup, i use 2 scoops!

    I think limiting the alcohol is a good idea. Even a small amount of alcohol can decrease your judgment and will power. My folks seldom drank, so it's not a temptation for me, but I sometimes have a small glass of wine or sherry in the evening.
    1945 days ago
    Any change to become healthier at any point in life is a good thing. It is great that you have an app for your phone to help make tracking easier for you.

    I agree that the ditching the nightly alcohol may help with weight loss. I know when my mother stopped drinking daily her weight went down with no other real changes to her lifestyle.

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    1945 days ago
  • LIS193
    Having the app on your phone should be a huge help. Your food sounds really good - love Chobani yoghurts.
    Keep at it and you'll see results soon!
    1945 days ago
    the great thing about WW is the unlimited veggies.
    Be creative and enjoy finding great ways to make those dishes tasty.
    1945 days ago
    I like the idea of the dog on a leash. However counting and weighing a lot would not be for me, but there are other forms of 'control' that are good, as well, I believe. Can't let the dog get in every garbage can in the street! LOL
    1945 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2013 4:11:29 PM
    You have not waited too long. I made the same yogurt mistake, but enjoy the smaller ones. I use them for a week day breakfast with some home made granola folded in. Enjoy your weekend.
    1945 days ago
    You can do it, also you don't have to give up good cooking. I do most of my cooking from scratch, but I do like convenience items as a quick alternative. Hope you find the balance you are looking for. Cook when you have the time and energy, convenience items when you don't.
    1945 days ago
    you can do it HUGS
    1945 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012

    Every day - each little step you take continues you on the path to becoming the healthiest you can be.

    You can do this!

    It's a very freeing and liberating feeling to know exactly how much I am eating and to track it as well. My eyes are bigger than my stomach and using my digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons allows me to portion correctly.

    There's absolutely nothing stopping me from taking additional, as long as it's measured and recorded.

    We all measure and portion control in the house - even my Mom who is a 30 year plus Maintenance WW member and my husband who certainly doesn't need to portion but does.

    Having to become gluten free because of a wheat and other grains allergy severely limited what it is I can eat.

    I do make a lot of things from scratch and once I discovered a gluten free flour mix that worked for me I was able to bake the treats we had previously enjoyed. Again, I am very lucky that the other two people in the house decided to be gluten free allowing me to have a GF kitchen.

    I choose to eat healthy as opposed to diet and in moderation as opposed to deprivation. I even have a treat every day, I just build it into my daily caloric requirement. (It's usually a pudding - either Hunt's Snack Pack Fat Free chocolate - FF because that means no hydrogenation, or a Kozy Shack Tapioca or Rice Pudding cup).

    Again, you can do this - believe and trust in yourself! Sometimes that is just the hardest thing - I have doubts about myself sometimes and occasionally manage to get in my own way. The important thing is I pick myself up, dust myself off, and continue on my way.

    I wish you much success!


    1945 days ago
    It's never too late to try anything. I like that you're making it hard to fail. Tiny baby steps. You'll do great!
    1945 days ago
    Stay motivated! One pound at a time....
    1945 days ago
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