Losing weight: Finding what works for you
- Weight Watchers. I explained why I feel the program is a great fit for those who want to continue to eat sustainably and healthy while losing weight when I first told you I’d joined Weight Watchers. After six weeks following the program, I’m even more convinced of it.
- Exercising at home. I have promised myself that I will never pay for a gym membership again. I could probably own a house at the beach for what I’ve thrown away in unused gym dues (not really, but it feels that way). Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home DVD’s are working very well for me. I have three of her DVD’s of varying lengths that I use several times a week. I’m also use Peggy Cappy’s Yoga for the Rest of Us DVD’s. As the weather warms up, I’ll be getting outside to exercise, but since it’s been so cold and snowy, these DVD’s have worked perfectly for me.
- Canned fruit. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the ideal, but fruit tends to disappear quickly in my home. I can’t always get to the store to restock when needed, so I’ve started buying mandarin orange slices, peaches and pears canned in fruit juice.
- Accountability. Weighing in weekly keeps me accountable, but I post my weekly loss or gain here on the blog and on my Facebook page each week, too. I also have a couple of friends who are also doing WW and whom I talk to regularly.
- Trying to be perfect. The WW program has the flexibility of having a bank of extra points that can be used each week, a little each day or all at once if I need them. I can also earn extra points by working out. I’ve tried a couple of weeks to not touch any of those extra points to try to lose weight more quickly, but I just can’t do it. I like a second glass of wine on Friday nights and a dinner out with friends once in a while.
- Deciding I need to lose x amount of weight by a certain date. When I started the program, I had it in my mind that I would have lost at least 20 pounds by now. Doable, but a little unrealistic. I know that my weight loss needs to be slow and steady, but darn it, I want it to go more quickly. I need to accept that while I may have a 3 or 4 pound week once in a while, 1½ to 2 pounds a week will be the norm, and it’s the best way to do it for healthy, long-term weight loss. I’m doing this to get healthy, not to look great in my jeans, right?
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