As of this morning, I’ve lost 22 pounds since my birthday. At the advice of two of my doctors, I starting Weight Watchers on September 20th. The program is telling me that I’m losing weight too fast. I lost 4 pounds this week, and the first week it was 6 pounds, the third week it was 5 pounds. All other weeks were 1-2 pounds. What I don’t understand is that I’m eating a lot, I’m just eating lots of the right foods. This has been a very drastic switch from very unhealthy eating and no activity, to very healthy eating and lots of mild activity.
In the morning I’m eating scrambled eggs – 1 whole and 3 egg whites mixed together. For lunch I am eating a turkey and ham 6″ sub sandwich with American cheese and black olives (I don’t like any other toppings). For dinner I am eating 4 oz of chicken breast or pork chops, with the occasional beef, pasta or pizza entree. We always have steamed vegetables with dinner such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, edamame, or lima beans. For snacks I am eating lots of apples, oranges, bananas, and sometimes string cheese or a Special K chocolate pretzel bar or some whole grain crackers. When I have points left over for the day I am spending them on my favorite potato chips, a Swiss Miss fudge bar, ice cream or a big bowl of air-popped popcorn.
I should also mentioned that I drink only water or water with a packet of Crystal Light. Just cutting out soda alone has reduced my caloric intake by about 600 calories and shed about 160 grams of processed sugar out of my diet every day, and I don’t miss it. I tried a Coke again about a week ago, and it tasted disgusting to me.
I am a little upset that the program thinks I am losing weight too fast. I have never exercised in my life, so changing my diet and adding an 30-60 minutes of walking or light exercise every day has had a drastic change in my body. I do not feel as though I am doing anything out of the ordinary or that I am putting my body in danger. My doctor is well aware of my program and even suggested the Weight Watchers plan with high protein foods.
Many people have told me the weight loss is obviously in my face and my neckline, although I haven’t lost much off my hips. My clothes all still fit me even after falling from 250 down to 228.
One of the major changes I have made in my lifestyle are to objectively review food as nutritional fuel for my body instead of always seeing it as enjoyment or a way to satisfy myself. By switching from high sugar and fatty foods to high protein and fiber foods, I have been able to adjust my body so that it is not hungry during the daytime. Previous to starting this program, I would eat Cookie Crisp for breakfast and be starving within 2 hours. Now I eat the scrambled eggs and can usually make it to lunch without being too hungry. If I do get hungry then a piece of fruit will satisfy me.
Another major change is to be active as much as possible. I try to walk 4-5 days per week, at least 2 miles each time. I have walked as much as 8 miles in one day (16,000 steps) the last time I was in Las Vegas with my husband, sister and brother-in-law. I had no problems walking that far because I had been conditioning myself to walk a lot, so it made the vacation a lot easier for all of us. When I started the program, I was walking an average of 1,000 steps per day. Now my goal is to walk at least 5,000 steps per day.
Things that I love about my current changes:
- I can put on my socks and shoes with struggling.
- I can bend over and feed the cats without falling over or being in pain.
- I can play with and pet the cats and enjoy it, without my back hurting.
- I have a lot more energy and stamina than I ever have.
- People have started to compliment me on my weight loss, especially if they haven’t seen me for a few weeks.
- I can still eat whatever I want, I just do so in smaller quantities and less frequently than before.
- Weight Watchers plays off my obsessive planning personality and allows me to plan ahead to incorporate certain foods into my day or week. I feel like I’m in control.
Things I am looking forward to with further progress:
- Buying cute clothes that are less than a size 2XL or 26 Women’s.
- Fitting in an airplane seat without crowding out the passenger next to me.
- Fitting into the gasoline powered go-kart seats without the attendant having to stand on the seatbelt to connect it.
- Being able to go indoor skydiving, horseback riding, mule riding into the Grand Canyon, and hot air ballooning if I want to. These are all things I have been denied in the past due to weight restrictions.
- One day, hiking into (and back out of) the Grand Canyon successfully under my own power.
I feel absolutely fantastic, and very proud of myself for accomplishing a 20-pound weight loss on my own with just a change in lifestyle. I thought this would be impossible for me, but with the right frame of mind and the Weight Watchers tools in my hand, it has truly been a breeze so far.
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