I’m about to start week 4 and I’ve lost 10 pounds so far! I really like that I never feel deprived. I eat everything I want, albeit not as much as I may want. I’ve also read alot of the articles on the website about food being fuel for your body and I’m trying to ask myself why I want to eat. If I find myself feeling like making a beeline for the fridge, I take a time-out and decide why I’m eating. If it’s because I’m stressed, I’ll ask my coworker to take a walk with me. If I just want to chew on something, I’ll grab a stick of gum, etc. That’s helped alot. I’m trying to think of this as a lifestyle change rather than a diet. I could lose half my body weight and still be in the overweight category with BMI so 10 pounds in three weeks is probably not typical.
do you use all your points (including the weekly extra) every day/week?
I use all of my daily points most days. If there are any left over, it’s like 2-3 points. I dip into the weekly points for date night at Texas Roadhouse, or for events where I don’t have any control over what food is there (like a potluck at work, I can only control what I bring), but I’m trying really hard to make sure that I don’t use ALL of the weekly points just for the sake of using them (doesn’t jibe with my new outlook of food=fuel to just willy-nilly eat because I “have” points, although I definitely have bad days) And remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and that changing all your habits isn’t going to happen overnight. If you splurge too much one meal, just promise yourself you’ll do better at the next meal and really try to take it all one day at a time (which is definitely easier said than done!!!)
do you work out much or are you just dieting?
I’m just dieting right now. I have a membership at the gym at my office and plan to resume my lunch hour workouts soon.
what is your favorite thing to eat?
There’s this locally owned restaurant in the heart of downtown that has homecooked meals… the Friday special is grilled cheese and tomato soup. It’s to die for. It’s really rich and creamy tomato soup with real heavy cream in it and big chunks of tomatoes… Mmmmm. It’s also something I save my weekly points for 🙂 I used to go every Friday but now it’s going to be a once a month thing special splurge since it’s like 25 points.
In terms of WW friendly foods, I’m all about the fruit, I love that it’s zero points! I bought a huge watermelon and chopped it up into several small containers to take with me for lunch. It’s so sweet and delicious, I don’t want dessert! So it’s a great way for me to save some points by cutting out dessert and replacing it with a zero point food. Frozen grapes are really awesome too.
how much weight have you lost or do you generally lose on a week to month basis?
I’ve lost ten pounds so far, and I’m about to start week 4. Week one, I lost 5.5 pounds, week two, I lost 2.5 pounds, and I weigh in tomorrow for my official week 3 loss, which is 2 pounds so far. BUT, I’m morbidly obese. So I don’t think it’s typical to lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks. I’m hoping to consistently lose 2 pounds per week, which is what’s suggested for long-term weight loss and weight loss maintenance.
do you go to meetings or do the online program?
Online. My starting weight was 245 so the idea of getting on a scale at a meeting… freaked me out to say the least. I’m also incredibly busy with my job, RCIA, classes, housework, wedding planning, etc., so the meetings just weren’t an option for me.