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Are You Ready?
Are you ready to do something
about your weight?
Click Here for a 2009 update.
Only you can decide that. It took me about 10 years to realize I really did have a weight problem. Until January 2001 I saw myself as the thin high-schooler I used to be. Somehow, I began to see the more than 50 pounds I needed to loose.
I had no idea where to start except to pray. God revealed to me in little bits changes I could make. I began by eating only when hungry. I read The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin. I would cut my usual portions in half. I limited my soda intake to 2 cups per day (I was up to drinking almost a whole 2 liter per day!). I started thinking before I put anything into my mouth.
I don't know how much I weighed before I began making changes, but I know I lost some weight. I started feeling better and my back didn't hurt so much any more from carrying around all that extra weight. This lasted for about six weeks then I somehow hit a spot where I was going back to my old ways. Again, I began to pray.
In March, my sister mentioned that she was starting Weight Watchers(TM) (WW). I really didn't have the money to join, but I started researching it on the web. I found enough information and support to get me going. I really enjoy WW! I would like to share the online information that has helped me.
You Can Do Weight Watchers, Too!
The first thing to do is to pray and ask God for wisdom. Take a serious look at why you would like to loose weight. One reason I would like to loose weight is to feel better so I can share the Good News about Jesus with others.
Next, do some research. Find out how much you weigh. Visit some Weight Watchers(TM) websites to find out how many points you should be eating. Find a partner (even online) who will keep you accountable.
Every food has a points value based on calories, fiber, and fat content. The best way to find this out is to get a slide-type calculator from Weight Watchers. If you have a friend who attends meetings, ask them to buy one for you, or contact your local Weight Watchers and ask. You can also check for one at eBay or Craigslist or Freecycle.
A site that I printed out lots of information from is Dotti's Weight Loss Zone. This site has lots of helpful tips, point finds, printable journals over 200 restaurants with point values, and lots more!
Journaling is vital! You must record everything you eat. I write down on paper what I eat and the point values. I keep in close touch with my sister and the Christian Weight Watchers Email Group. This all helps to keep me accountable. For encouragement along the way, I'm a member of Devotions for Dieters.
When I first started, I kind of felt overwhelmed. I hope I've given you enough information to get you started. Weight Loss links are found here. Please feel free to Email me if you have any questions.
May God bless you on your weight loss journey.
May 25, 2009
Here I am eight years later, back in the same position I was in 2001. I need to lose about 50 pounds again and really didn't realize it until I went to try on some clothes at the store. I caught a glimpse of myself in the full-length mirror. What an eye opener! After dwelling on that shocking image of myself for days, I decided to take some action! I'm back to Weight Watchers!
Somewhere along the way I got away from eating in moderation. Life got stressful with teenagers and everything else. I took myself off my list as a priority and fell back into old habits.
Last year I did well with WW for a while. I stripped our house of junk food and focused on eating foods with high nutritional value and staying within my point limit. I made it a point to cook for myself and have ready-made meals in the freezer for quick heat up and eat.
I followed everything to a "T", but didn't lose more than 10 pounds. I kept at the program for about six months, but just gained and lost the same three pounds for weeks. I believe it was due to a few things: I don't exercise, I don't drink water, and I drink a lot of diet soda. I think those factors and my older age had to do with the non-weight loss.
The thing I did notice was I felt so much better! I no longer had heartburn every night and I had a lot more energy. I've grown to love a few more vegetables and love the reward of feeling great after eating a balanced meal.
Life got busy, as it always will. I decided to not count points so closely, but to eat the balanced, nutrient rich foods I had switched to. I put preparing meals for myself high up on the priority list. I keep a freezer full of meals (all in one meal portions) that just need to be heated up. That has been the best change I have made. You can read about my lunch plan here.
Even though I'm not losing weight, I'm making better food choices and feel great! I would not discourage anyone from following Weight Watchers, it's an excellent program.
Menu service with WW Points options.