I have had an on and off again relationship with Weight Watchers for almost a decade. Some may ask why I keep coming back and the answer is simple “It Works!” It works when you follow the plan and you do what you are supposed to do, and “It Really Works” when you don’t go over your daily smart points or use up all your bonus smart points within the week, and you add exercise to your agenda.
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I have the exercise thing down. I run on a fairly regular basis, and if I am not running, I am usually attending a high intensity aerobics class. Friends and family know how much I exercise; it is almost daily. BUT I love beer, wine and lots of fatty delicious foods.
It doesn’t matter if you are exercising like a mad fiend, if you are over eating on a regular basis and binging on your weekends, you are going to gain weight.
I can attest as the perfect example of how it doesn’t matter how much you exercise, if you are going to eat whatever you like, whenever you like and you enjoy yummy fattening foods, you are going to gain.
You’ve probably heard the expression which goes like “when losing weight it is 20% exercise and 80% what you eat” – believe it – it is true! Weight Watchers know this truth very well, so well, that you can still lose weight even if you are not at a point where you can exercise, or maybe you’re not at a point where you want to begin an exercise program.
It is a beautiful thing, as you can still lose weight with the Smart Points program. If you use your Smart Points (SPs) in a “smart” way, so eat as many fruits and veggies as you can (most are zero points), and drink lots of water, you will feel full and you won’t feel deprived. It is key not to use your smart points on usual habit, for example a muffin from a fast food joint can run up to 13SPs, that is almost half of my points for the day! Forget it man! So, not worth it.
I just completed week one and it was tough some days, I think my body is going through sugar withdrawals. I am down 2.8 lbs. which I feel a bit disappointed in as I was really good, but slow and steady wins the race.
Funny how we start a weight loss program and hope for a magical drop of ten pounds instantaneously. If I can lose another 2.5 lbs. this next week, I will be down 5 lbs. and that is pretty awesome. Time flies by, so hopefully this weight loss will catch up too.
I will keep you posted as best as I can. I would love it if you come and join me on my weight loss journey; maybe we can do this together, and encourage one another as we move forward onto a better healthy self.
Cannot take this too seriously! Right?!
Peace and love – Rachel