Post # 1
Last night someone said to me “You should do Weight Watchers.” I gotta say I was a little offended. Don’t get me wrong, this person knows my goals for losing weight. I was offended that this person thinks I don’t know what I’m doing.
I’m not an inside-the-nine-dots kind of person, I like details but I hate it when precise details have to guide my choices, especially for food. I don’t like the idea of implementing their “Points” system. Too much counting, tracking, obsessing and calculating. Even if it’s just for short term, it doesn’t sound like fun to me. Plus after I stop tracking, then what happens? I’m not going to appraise everything I eat with a point value for the rest of my life.
She explained to me that the principle is good, that the point calculation isn’t just calories but takes into account fiber. Lemme tell ya: I get plenty of fresh vegatables. I’m eating so much more natural foods now that I have EVER! I balance myself very welll with whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and veggies and I have a good grasp on portion control.
I recognize that my biggest problem is snacking. I work in an office where people bring in baked goods and junk food at least twice a week. My problem is that when there’s crap to eat, I succumb. What I need to work on is self control.
Right now theres a dozen cookie and a huge cherry danish hanging out in the kitchen at work. I’m not goin in there.
And that’s my diet plan.
Post # 3
Good for you! I’ve seen people have great success with Weight Watchers…and I’ve also seen the same people put the weight right back on. It doesn’t necessarily teach you to eat in a sustainable, lifelong way. I don’t like a lot of diets because they involve going cold turkey on things you love to eat & going hungry. Hunger=invitation for failure. And dieting doesn’t account for nutrition. I don’t see how anyone can live a healthy lifestyle with those WW meals and snacks, haha!
In reality people should be retraining their palates and habits…to eat smaller portions, more frequently, of nutritious, high protein foods that will keep them satisfied longer.
My husband has the same struggle at his office. I guess the only thing you can really do is keep yourself stocked with LOTS of healthy snacks, and don’t be afraid to indulge once or twice a week!
Good luck! Remember, you don’t need that massive danish…it will just make you feel gross if you eat it anyway. 🙂
Post # 4
@Minutiae: Thanks so much for the encouragement! It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my quest to avoid office weight gain. It’s just that you think “Oh, free donut!” but it ends up being more like “Free inches on my waist!” Plus I feel like everyone else who works here just doesn’t care whether or not they stay healthy!
Post # 5
I also HATE diet “plans”. I know that I have a certain number of calories I can take in and still lose weight. I know which foods are healthier for me, and I also no that completely restricting myself is going to make me miserable! That being said…I have to WANT it. 🙂 Good luck on your weight loss goals. It sounds like you know what to do.