Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's Not A Diet....

"It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change"

That blip has been on my sidebar for ions......I just removed it.

Guess what?  It is a diet.  The diet shouldn't be your lifestyle change.  The things you learn from the diet is the lifestyle change.

With Weight Watchers the diet is points plus.  The lifestyle change is all the other things you learn with it.

PointsPlus is just a tool used to help you lose the weight.  All the other things are the tools to help you maintain for a lifetime.

You know the:  portion control, tracking what you are eating, being more active, making the healthy choices.  That's what you need to continue for a lifetime.  I wish I'd of learned that sooner.

Today went rather well.  It was beautiful out here so CC and I did some yard sales, thrift stores and consignment shops.  I really racked up the steps on my fitbit, which helped with the food choices.

When I'm out and about, I never know where we will end up eating and that makes planning meals ahead hard.  We ate at a local diner for breakfast where I had an omelet and toast.  Lunch was at another locally owned restaurant where I dined on a belgium waffle topped with bananas and maple syrup.  Hubby and I did a local diner for dinner, which was 1/2 a club sandwich and 1/2 an order of french fries.  Not great choices, but with all the steps I did I still have tons of calories left over.  They won't get used though, I'm full and almost ready for bed!

If I can control eating at my parent's house tomorrow - I know I'll be headed in the right direction!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moving Forward

I never thought anyone read this blog...and then since my revelation that it was time to cut ties with Weight Watchers for the time being brought me encouraging comments (they are over on the weight loss blog, link on sidebar).

I like that.  I've always used my blogs as a way of sorting through all the things that go through my head and it is very nice that my weight thoughts are shared by others.

So why the cut from Weight Watchers?

When I started WW back in 2010, I was ready for it.  I lost 20 lbs. on the old point system and another 20 on points plus.  I made Lifetime and then.....well then, nothing more happened.  I know, I know...I was to continue doing what I was doing, but I didn't and the weight came back.

I've joined and rejoined WW at least 3 times since 2011; CC and I have tried to do it on our own.  But I could just never get back into that enthusiasm I felt the first time around.

This isn't Weight Watchers fault; it's mine.  I know better than to blame the diet.

Since November (when I started back) I've been fighting the same 5 lbs.  Totally in that time I've lost 6.4.  Not very good for 5 months of dieting.

I think, like some of the other bloggers, it just makes you tired.  You want the "skinny" you back - I want to be "that" girl; but the journey to get there is over whelming.

Like I said in a previous post - I'm tired of looking at food and seeing a point value; I'm tired of adjusting points around to make something fit.  I'm tired of points.

Weight Watchers just isn't the right fit for me this time around.

I've opted to give SparkPeople a try and so far everything is good.  I'm not switching out points for calories; but I do look at the bottom totals to see if I'm within my ranges.  Today, for example, I knew it would be a heavy eating day (with probably some not so good choices).  So I logged those not so good choices in and worked the rest of my day around them.  I was still coming up over though so I walked on my breaks, walked the dogs when I got home and earned enough to put me back in the ranges with some left over!  How great is that?  And I really didn't do anymore walking than normal.  Before it would take quite a lot to earn one measly point!  Now it didn't seem like a lot of effort.

Because I'm doing something new - I'm thinking more clearly.  Today a co-worker told me he was bringing donuts in the morning and asked me what kind I would like.  I almost blurted out powdered white cream but then I backed up and said "Thanks, but I don't want a donut."  If I were still doing WW, I'd of ate the donut and taken it off my weekly pts. whether I had them or not.

See it's a new diet, not the same old one; so it's a new prospective.  Rather than just count the points and go over; I now ask myself "Do I really want that?" and if I do I then ask "What do I need to do to be able to have it?"  

Hubby and I ate out last night.  I had it in my head a healthy option, but when we got there they had a favorite as a special.  So I opted for the favorite and only ate 1/2 of it (which was more than plenty); boxed up the other 1/2 and had it for lunch today.

So, so far I'm thinking my choices; actually going the distance to make it work and feeling better about this whole weight loss thing!  FINALLY!!

I know I need to work on getting my water intake back up (I use to be so good at that) and becoming more active (which with the nice weather shouldn't be hard); and just making better choices.  SparkPeople has a lot of information on their site I've been reading through and some of it is very very helpful.

Again, I'm not encouraging anyone to leave WW - everyone needs to find their own "nitch" - but don't be afraid to start new if that's what you need!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Been NINE Years!!

Today marks nine years since we got Toby!  Time sure does fly!

The above photos were from the rescue website!

So I Clicked The Weight Watcher Cancel Button

And now the journey begins!

I don't have it all figured out; I have no guidance - but I know what to do and it is kind of a relief to not count points anymore.  But let me tell you, it is taking everything in me to go away from Weight Watchers completely!  In the past, even when I stopped paying WW, I still did the program (or partially did it) - the points were always there.

Just for the record - I have nothing against Weight Watchers.  I love Weight Watchers and still think they are a great dieting option.  I just was getting burned out.

But today on FaceBook I came across a posting on one of my favorite blogs Brooke Not On A Diet:

Switching Focus

That post couldn't of come at a better time!  She's been frustrated on how things have been going and she's "Over It". Her brain is burnt out thinking about food.

I mean - how wonderful that I'm not the only one!

But then I looked further and found these blogs and some things from each popped out at me:

Why I Switched From Weight Watchers To Medifast

"It's absurd to expect different results from the same behavior."

"I needed a reboot. A brand new approach."

"It was a slow and agonizing decision."

Why I Love Weight Watchers But Would Never Go Back

"The game for me was figuring out how to play the numbers so they added up on paper to the magic number. It got to the point that I could be perfect on paper but not lose a single pound."

"The problem with Weight Watchers is that as long as you lose weight, no one questions what you're eating."

I Quit Weight Watchers

"I have no intention on tracking everything I eat for the rest of my life and I certainly don't want to pay for it."

The Future Of Me And Weight Watchers

"I'm sick of tracking."

"It's not working now."

"Maybe I need something new."

Why I Bought A Scale And Quit Weight Watchers

"I was no longer really getting any new information from attending the meetings."

"I do not want to have to pick a goal weight."

"Stopping Weight Watchers does not make you a failure or a quitter."

Again - everyone had their own reasons and not all of these postings are recent decisions; but they made sense.  They gave me the push I needed to move forward rather than back to "what worked before" because what worked before, isn't working for me now - I've changed, I need a new approach.

I can't say that I'll never do Weight Watchers again, maybe I will, maybe I won't - but right now, it's not what I need.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Think It's Time For A Weight Do Over

It's time to re-think my weight loss journey.  I'll have a good weigh-in then be up some extraordinary amount the next week.

It's depressing.

It is not working.

I want to enjoy my weight loss journey; I don't want it to feel like work and I certainly don't want to be focused on food all the time.

I want to live life normally - I want a lifestyle change and I don't want to count points the rest of my life.

I get so exhausted seeing food and having point values go through my head!  I don't even see food anymore, I see points!  And I just don't want to anymore.

So I need to break away from Weight Watchers just for a while or perhaps forever.  And I really need to do away with points.  My head needs a rest.

But I'm not giving up.

I know what foods I should eat, I know what food choices to make, I know to watch my portions and I know I need to be more active.

I'm just not doing it with points.

Right now I think I'm going to track with the SparkPeople app.  I much prefer the LoseIt one but to be able to plan meals ahead of time I have to upgrade to the paid version (which is a yearly fee that is only the cost of one month of Weight Watchers); but I'll give SparkPeople a chance first.

Now I know what you're thinking, aren't you just switching points to calorie counting?  In a way yes, but I'm really not concerned about the calories; I just know it is important to see what I'm eating.  Ask anyone that has ever lost weight and they'll tell you that writing down what they are eating is the number one thing to do!

It's time....but I just can't do the points anymore!

Friday, April 3, 2015

I Know, I Know...

Yes, oh yes, I have been gone for quite some time.  Sorry about that, but seriously? Does anyone really read here?

On the weight loss front; my weight has slowly been declining.  I made my 5% loss charm this past week and hoping to be in the upper 160's for next week.  I must admit though that this week I haven't felt well and my appetite has been about zilch; so I know some of that loss has to do with that but I'm trying to maintain it and get back on track.

Life wise, our poor Keyser doggie has hurt his back again and he has meds for that.  He's getting better but not yet at 100%.  We can't allow him in the bed as he could re-injure jumping out; so I purchased an air mattress for he and I to sleep on.  Yes, me too - can't allow him to sleep alone!

Some missed yearly posts:

March 22, 2008 we got our Keyser Dog (hard to believe it's been SEVEN years):

And on March 25, 2011 - we got Lucy: