Post # 1
I am a former Lifetime Weight Watcher. I lost 40lbs over the course of a couple years and became a Lifetime Weight Watcher last January. Fast forward to present. Last Winter I had a health set back with my mood disorder, and with the medications I have gained pretty much 40lbs. My appetite has increased quite a bit, which my doctor says is from the medication. I am currently not working because I had to take time off, but try to keep busy with cooking, learning new recipes, baking, cleaning, etc. The thing is, I snack so much. Food and junk is comfort for me. I snack when I am bored, happy, sad, anxious, depressed. I exercise off and on, but not regularly.
I am struggling to get back on program. I start my day off good with breakfast and lunch, but then I will snack continuously until bed time. I am very much all or nothing. If I start my day with good choices and fall off the wagon, I will give up for the rest of the day.
I want to get pregnant and I know that the extra weight will not be good, especially with pregnancy weight on top of that.
I have not been to a Weight Watchers meeting in several months.
Anyone else a former Weight Watcher and struggling? Or can offer me words of advice?
Post # 2
I’ve never done weight watchers but I am struggling as well. Food and junk is comfort for me too. It has so much control over me and I’m so sick of it!
At this rate I’m not gonna fit into my wedding dress… yikes.
Good luck. I wish I could help but I just wanted to let you know that I’m in the same boat, you’re not alone! It’s really, really hard.
Post # 3
I’m not a lifetime member but I am a Weight Watcher. I had incredible success 3 years ago, the weight FELL off with hardly any effort on the program. Since then, I gained about 10lbs and have been on/off WW and it seems like it doesn’t work anymore! However, when I look back at my tracking record, it shows that I was over on the points almost every day and/or logging smaller portions than I actually ate. I would get discouraged by an imperfect day and then completely go off track for weeks.
Now I’m back on it seriously and started seeing results again. The results are smaller, come slower and are harder to achieve, but they are coming. The only advice I can give you is to not beat yourself up over a setback here and there. You don’t have to be perfect every day, but if you slowly work your way towards sticking with your daily points, you will eventually make it habit. Surround yourself with WW-friendly choices for when you need a snack and plan your meals ahead. Lastly, maybe going to a meeting will help get you back into the swing of things?
Post # 4
Check out the book Breaking Free From Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth, which explains why many of us eat emotionally and gives great tips for overcoming that crutch.
Post # 5
Go back to the meetings. They will help you get back on track. Prepare ALL your day’s snacks the day before. Wrap them and keep them in the fridge so that when you want a snack, it’s there and it’s counted in your day’s plan.
Post # 6
I am not a lifetime member but I lost 30 lbs on the program in 2011. I’m still within 2-3 of my lowest weight so I’ve maintained well. My suggestion is to stop buying snacks. Even now years later, the only snacks I keep in the house are fruit and vegetables. I also recommend going back to meetings, I found those much more helpful than going it alone online. And try eating smaller meals throughout the day so you snack less. You can do it, honestly. You just have to stick with it. You’ve done it before and you can do it again!
Post # 7
Wow, thank you for all the great replies!
Yes, not buying the snacks is important.
My doctor also suggested, like julies1949, to buy little Rubbermaids and prepare 100 calorie snacks in the fridge. I often see her eating containers of fruit in my appts and it’s very motivating.
I have decided to start packing a lunch again. I always had fruit and veggies, and a small sandwich on whole wheat. I think if it’s in my fridge I will be less likely to snack on bad things and together with water that should keep me full.
I had a great talk with my mom this morning and she encouraged me as well that I have done it before and I know what to do.
Thanks for all the great replies!
Today is a fresh start!
Post # 8
And that book looks great, I am going to order it!