Why I’ve left Weight Watchers…

Today I decided to cancel my Weight Watchers membership. I know there might be some people out there that might not agree with this, but my reasons are as follows….

  • I can’t always find the time to attend specific sessions, which in turn means that I don’t have regular “weigh-ins”. I do try my best, but sometimes it’s just not possible to get to every week’s session.
  • I pay £20 a month for a service I can’t always attend. It just seems silly to pay money for something that I’m not getting a full service out of.
  • Their online weight loss tools are really effective, but I find that it’s not as accurate and user-friendly as I’d anticipated. I sometimes don’t always have time to update this every day, so end up missing days of logging food. This in turn is not an accurate record of what I’m eating every week.
  • The meetings were interesting, but in the long run, they weren’t as supporting as I’d hoped for. I’m not quite sure what I expected in the first place, but it wasn’t really what I was looking for. 
  • The “weigh-ins” were really helpful to begin with, but eventually I found them really demotivating. It always seemed that on the weeks where I’d be working really hard on eating right and exercising, I’d end up gaining weight. Then on the weeks where I’d been less strict with myself, I’d lose weight. It just got to the point where I couldn’t wrap my head around it, and they kept asking me if I was really following the program properly! I ended up feeling really frustrated and would turn to food to make me feel better.
  • Most importantly, I found that they didn’t really address a person’s relationship with food. It all boiled down to points you were consuming every day. Even if I was eating less healthy food, I’d just try to make sure I didn’t go over my daily points. And if I did, I’d just add them onto my weekly points and would sometimes even go over on those! It just seemed that I never really addressed my lifestyle in relation to food. I just ended up trying to cheat the system so that I could still eat what I was eating before and get away with it! 

Well, there are my reasons. I just want to reiterate that these are my personal views, and Weight Watchers might have worked wonders for others. Everyone’s different, and unfortunately this just never really worked for me. I tried, I really did, but it just wasn’t meant to be for me.

In the meantime, I’m still sticking to my gym schedule and am trying to address my issues around food.

Every day as it comes right?!

xxx

Do The Maths!

Well, I attended my second Weight Watchers meeting last night. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about getting weighed. Mainly because I felt really poorly last week and only managed one gym session. I just went in hoping for the best!

The moment of truth had arrived……I’ve lost 1.5 pounds!! Now, I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a start. Our Team Leader, Sandy, also said that for the first couple of weeks, it’s normal to lose between 1 and 2 pounds, so I’m on target. Yay!

I’m not sure why, but I was hoping to lose a little more, but if you think about it, it’s a very realistic goal to aim for 1-2 pounds a week. The beauty of it comes in when you start doing some maths. If I go to the gym on a regular basis and follow the WW ProPoints system properly, I should be losing at least one pound a week. Add it up and you get between 5 and 6 pounds a month, which means (hopefully) a stone in the next 2 months!

I’m only human and every weigh in might not be perfect or exactly what I’ll want it to be (especially with Christmas coming up soon!), but as long as I stick to it, I know I’ll get the results in the end. YAY!!!   🙂

I should get Puddy to do this! 🙂

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A New Direction!

I’ve spent the last year trying to lose weight by going it on my own. I’ve discovered that it’s simply not possible – for me at least. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are loads of people out there that can set goals for themselves, put their minds to it and through will power and determination achieve them. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people.

Now, I’m not saying that I can’t achieve anything on my own, I just need help doing it. I’ve admitted to this on many occasions, but I struggle with will power and I never follow through with anything. I always choose to take the easy way out, because I get stuck when things get too difficult. I always end up making excuses and justify them not just to myself, but to others too. I always have to find a way of doing something that makes it as easy as possible and still allows me to achieve results. Basically, I try to find a way to squeeze something into my life without disrupting it too much…..I’m DONE with that! It doesn’t work.

Pretending only works for so long!

When I started this blog, my main aim was to lose weight and to achieve that through various lifestyle changes. Well, I have made a few changes, but none of them have really changed the way I think about my weight and I’ve just squeezed those changes into a lifestyle that isn’t conducive to weight loss. I then embarked on these changes with enthusiasm and excitement. However, at the end of the day, these changes weren’t enough to help me achieve my ultimate goal. I need to tackle this from a different angle!

Not too long ago, I had a good friend over for dinner. She’s been so supportive of me from the get go, but made a suggestion. Weight Watchers. I admit, I did flinch a little at the thought of joining. I’m not sure why….I suppose I always tried to convince myself that this was something I could achieve without going to group meetings and that I didn’t want to follow a specific eating plan, etc. I know it sounds crazy, but somehow I thought that by joining Weight Watchers, it would make all of this too real. I felt that it was proof that I wasn’t strong enough to do it on my own. Well, my friend asked me to at least think about it and I did. I thought about it for almost two weeks and I’ve decided to join.

At this point, I’m willing to try anything new. What have I got to lose, right? I wanted to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone. So instead of joining the Online Weight Watchers option, I’ve chosen to join the meetings. It’ll force me into actual contact with others that feel the same way I do. I’m nervous, but excited at the same time! I’ve got my very first meeting tomorrow, so will let you know how it goes……All I can say at the moment is: Watch this space!

This might just be what ends up working for me! 🙂

xxx

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