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I Re-Joined

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A lot of people may not know this about me, but I actually lost the 35 pounds in 2011 by using Weight Watchers, not Spark. I mean, I was always on Spark for the community, but the actual tools I used to lose weight were Weight Watchers points and tracking system. I usually don't say that because people tend to be rather judgmental regarding WW (or any plan other than Spark, actually, or many, many, many other things... but that's a whole other blog)

I could never count calories. I would go a day or two, but hated it so much I would just quit. My best friend had lost 40 pounds using WW and preached daily to me about how easy it was and how well it worked. Finally I decided to just try it. And I am SO GLAD I did because it worked for me in a way nothing else did.

I lost 35 pounds in about 7 months and really could not love the point system any more. Yes, WW does have flaws, definitely, but I think combined with my own responsibility and additional independent research, there is nothing better... for ME.

Anyway, about 6 months ago I cancelled my membership because I really had not been using it regularly and was maintaining fairly well... but unfortunately as tends to happen with me I started to forget all I had learned, and my discipline started to slip, and I started to gain weight back... story of my life... it's not a lot... my pants still fit, but they are tighter, and I don't feel as good. I have learned that I need the discipline. I cannot eyeball portions, I cannot eat intuitively. I need hard numbers. I need to count and track. Not every day, but most days. Without those numbers I really and truly have no idea what I am eating, which only leads me to eat more and more and more.

So today I re-joined. I really feel so much better already and I've only tracked one meal. Everything seems so clear and simple- I feel in control again. It's SUCH a good feeling!!!!!

I'm not weighing myself... I put my scale away months ago. I'm just going to eat within my ranges most days, and go by my pants. We're not getting super crazy strict over here but I definitely need to do more than I was.

OK, and now to the fun stuff. Today I did a workout at home because CrossFit is closed on Sundays.

10/30s x 18 intervals (12 minutes) of:

25 lb squat
Jump rope


10/20s x 16 (8 minutes, a sort of Tabata-esque mashup) of:

Bent over rows (15 lb dumbbells)

I didn't count any of my reps today, just tried to push as hard as I could during each interval. After that I tried to go for a run, but there was so much traffic on our road (stupid lacrosse games) that I felt unsafe, plus, exhaust fumes. Blech.

Really looking forward to CrossFit tomorrow, since I won't be feeling so dragged down by too much food emoticon

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    Honestly, WW has never really appealed to me personally (meaning I am way too cheap to pay for WW), but it's obviously hugely successful for a lot of people and I always figure, go with what works for you! Tracking calories works for me, tracking points works for others, intuitive eating works for some (definitely NOT me), part-time juicing, paleo, calorie cycling, whatevs - if it's not hurting you and it's working, I'm all in favor of whatever methods people like! So hooray for rejoining Weight Watchers and finding success again! I definitely eat way too much when I'm not tracking my food precisely. I totally understand needing some way to track even after being in maintenance for a while! Enjoy your less-burdened workout! :) (I overate like whoa the other day to the point where I had no room/calories for dinner and felt ill and I was on the stationary bike belching away as I pedaled...LOL I know first hand how exercise on an overfull stomach ain't pretty!)

    1855 days ago
    I've been thinking about joining as well because I hate counting calories as well, but I don't know, it seems expensive. Good luck!
    1855 days ago
    Yep. Do what works for you. I have to track most of the time. If I don't my weight creeps up and my pants get tight.

    Do you have an interval timer that you use when you are doing HIIT?
    1855 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    Totally get where you're coming from.. I stop tracking my food and I gain weight. I've been tracking for about a month now.. and slowley getting a handle on the weight creep. Doesn't matter how you do it.. WW, SP, a handwritten journel.. keeping track of your intake (and output!) is really the best way to hold yourself accountable.. an invaluble weight loss tool! Yay you!
    1856 days ago
    You have to do what works for you! What works for someone might not work for another. People should not be so judgmental! If WW is what works and you can stick with it, than go with it! You have the success to show for it.

    Glad you re-joined and you mentally and physically feel good about your decision.

    Have a great day! Hope the smog is gone and you can get out for your run soon! emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • COFFEE_123456
    Great that you feel in control - that's really what it is all about... whatever makes you feel like the boss of you!
    1857 days ago
    Good idea to rejoin. If it works for you, then do it! I've always wondered about WW. A new one opened close to my house and I thought about checking it out.
    1857 days ago
    Good luck at rejoining. Different things work for different people.
    1857 days ago
    yes dont you love when you post a personal opinion and people take it upon themselves to critique you for it? like seriously, i see things on peoples blogs all the time i dont agree with-but if you cant say something nice dont say anything at all. gor! well good luck with WW, hope u like it just as well x2
    1857 days ago
    I started on both WW and SP too - back in 2007 (I think?). Doing both was hugely motivating for me. It's great you rejoined before you backtracked more!
    1857 days ago
    A girl at work was talking about WW this week. She said it really works for her. If it works for you, DO IT!!!

    And can I just say that I am intrigued and entertained and inspired by your relationship to pants? I have totally adopted the idea of "Tiny Sexy Pants Day" as one of my goals. Thanks for that!

    Glad you're feeling better and back on track. Work it! :)
    1857 days ago
    OH fun! Do you go to the meetings at WW too, or are you just doing it all online? I am missing my weigh in this week because I haven't had time to go to a meeting and will be in San Diego for a few days next week so I will have to weigh in when I get home!

    Good luck, it took me a while to get used to it and now I like the points system!
    1857 days ago
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