Several years ago I reached my highest lifetime weight of 172 pounds. As a 44 year old woman, I knew that my ideal weight maximum was about 140 pounds, with my best weight being about 135 for my height. I was tired of looking in the mirror and seeing puffy eyes, wearing pants that were too tight, and always having to wear shirts out of my pants with no belt. I felt unattractive and sluggish. It was time to do something about my weight problem.
As soon as I attended my first meeting and listened to success stories and viewed before and after pictures of the weight watchers leader I felt relieved. I truly felt I could make this work. The plan was simple with no dieting. Simply lifestyle and food choice changes. The food choices were attractive, allowing most anything you normally enjoyed in moderation and controlled portion sizes. Easy to use pamphlets were distributed along with a point finder sliding scale that was small enough to carry in my purse and a large list of commonly eaten foods and their point values. A point tracker to help me subtract everything I ate each day from the total amount of points I was allowed was also provided.
I fell into a routine of eating a low sugar cereal with no fat milk for breakfast, a salad with fruits and vegetables and low or no fat salad dressing for lunch, a weight watchers two point chocolate snack for my afternoon snack, meat and steamed vegetables for dinner. I even found a replacement for the evening craving of sweets in frozen blueberries which taste very sweet and have only 1 point value per coffee cup.
In just a few months I had lost 20 pounds, two pant sizes and one bra size and I felt great. I continued on the plan and maintained my weight loss losing 27 pounds before I leveled off and my weight loss became more difficult.
At some point I could not continue to have payroll deductions due to budgeting problems at home and had to drop off the program. I maintained my weight somewhat as long as I continued to watch my points. When I did not follow the program, I gained weight again.
I feel with consistent dedication and a commitment to healthy eating and portion control, anyone can lose weight on this program without sacrificing favorite foods or going hungry. I would recommend weight watchers to anyone that is ready to work the program exactly as it is designed.