Weight Watchers sounds like a plan that is too good to be true. I decided to try it out for myself and see if it would really work for me. As a woman in my early 20s, I had always had a little extra bulge that many of my friends didn’t have. I was never classified as a “skinny” girl, but as many young girls do, I always looked at the magazines and movie stars and wanted to have a smaller figure.
I signed up for Weight Watchers in February of 2008 weighing around 180 pounds. The beginning was a struggle because I was surrounded by family and friends who didn’t eat the healthiest things and resisting temptation is not one of my strong points. I signed up for the “POINTS” plan on Weight Watchers, which is where each food has an associated point value and you are given a set amount for the day and for the week. I had no idea what I had become so accustomed to eating was so bad as far as nutritional content was concerned. That salad at a restaurant may look like a healthy option, but when it amounts to nearly all of your points values allowed for the day, it can be quite discouraging! I remember going to restaurants and actually getting teary-eyed while trying to find something I could have that was in a decent point range.
After those first few weeks of struggling, it began to get easier and easier to follow the points plan. I was learning what healthy foods I could eat that would cost me very few points. I learned what types of foods I could eat a lot of, enjoy and still stay under my allotted points value for the day. I started to notice my clothing fitting more loosely and I had a lot more energy than I did before. I could work my twelve hour shifts on my feet with no problems and still have energy to spare, when before I was dragging around.
Weight Watchers can teach you life-long lessons on how to eat healthy. Learning how to control your portion sizes and eat healthier can make a huge difference in a person’s life. As of December 2008, I weighed around 150 pounds, which is much healthier for my height of 5 feet and 6 inches tall. I lost 30 pounds just by learning the right things to eat. At the time, I was very busy as well, so I had no time to venture out to a gym or exercise. With exercise, just imagine how much you could lose!