My journey with Weight Watchers started about 5 years ago. I’ve always been overweight, and had tried many other “diets” in my life, but never Weight Watchers. I joined a local meeting, and loved the program from the start. I gave up drinking soda, filled my diet with more fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, and took out most of the sweets. I went to the weekly meetings with my mom, and really worked hard. The one thing I didn’t do was exercise-but I was having an episode of extreme back pain that hadn’t been fixed, and wasn’t able to. I stuck with Weight Watchers for 6 months-through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter-an lost about 25 pounds. I’m not exactly sure what happened to make me stop going to meetings and staying on program…but I just kind of stopped.
Within a few months, I gained all my weight back, and fell into my old eating habits. It took me 2 years to even start thinking about going to Weight Watchers again. I was really eager to start the program again, was only drinking the occasional diet soda, and again filled my diet with fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods. This time around, I didn’t just focus on my diet and going to meetings-I actually exercised. I’d started doing some yoga to help with my back pain, and continued to practice yoga more, and walking. I lost about 15 pounds in 5 months or so before going off program again. I stopped this time because I wasn’t able to get to meetings, since one of my younger brothers was in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant…I had to be home during the day with my youngest siblings while my dad worked, and life was so stressful that I just couldn’t follow the program by myself.
Again, I gained my weight back quickly and went back to my normal habits. This past September, I joined again. I feel that it will be different this time. I’m really motivated to stay on the program, exercise, and become a healthier me. I make sure each day that I check off my “healthy guidelines” boxes (fruits/veggies, lean proteins, water, healthy oils, activity, whole grains), I stay within my allotted points for the day, and really take control of my portion sizes.
My exercise routine is different this time too. I try to keep a schedule, and do 30 minutes of yoga 3-4 times a week. I also use my Nintendo Wii as exercise, playing games like Wii Fit Plus, Walk it Out, My Fitness Coach 2, and Wii Sports. I love “playing” these games, and most of the time I don’t feel as though I’ve worked out.
Since September, I’ve lost 10 pounds. I intend to keep it off, and lose my weight at a slow, healthy rate. I am excited about Weight Watchers and their program. I love that it’s not a “diet”-it’s a lifestyle. I’m also excited to learn what the changes to the program will be once they launch it on November 29th.