The best part about Weight Watchers so far isn't that I've lost weight (although that's pretty awesome) but that the way I'm eating now is a way that I can live with for the rest of my life. Weight Watchers says they're not a diet, they're a lifestyle, and it's true. In the last week, I've eaten chocolate, pie, and some absolutely heavenly soppressata and Spanish chorizo. It's all about portion control, and I'm learning to eat my favorite foods while staying within my Points allowance.
In fact, I'm now eating the way I've always known that I should eat: mostly fruit and vegetables, with some protein and dairy, and small portions of treats. I don't know why I needed to join Weight Watchers in order to make this change, but it's really working for me.
The greatest difficulty is preparation, because my family doesn't eat the way I do. The boys will eat the same fruit, and Marc will eat (most of) the same veggies, but the boys won't, for example, eat a salad for dinner. So I am spending more time in the kitchen. I'm not too happy about that, so I am trying to figure out ways to streamline the whole process of making two dinners. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, like when I made beef nachos - everybody else got the nachos, while I topped a plate of greens and tomatoes with some of the beef mixture and a quarter cup of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese. I'm working on coming up with more easily adjusted meals like this.
I can't really assess the impact of Weight Watchers on our monthly spending yet, because I haven't been buying much meat. I've had a pretty good stockpile in the freezer, which we've been eating for the last couple of weeks. I don't break my grocery budget down by category, so I'm really just going to keep an eye on the trend of my spending at grocery stores. It goes without saying that even as I eat healthier, I want to keep my spending in check.
One of the best things about joining an At-Work program instead of meetings at a regular Weight Watchers center is that I have a built-in timeline. The At-Work program requires a minimum of 15 paying members to continue each 17-week session. The group I joined just barely made it to 15 members for the current session, so there's no guarantee that there will be another session when this one ends right before the holidays. Because of that, I feel extra motivated to reach my goal weight by the end of this session, and fortunately, I don't have that much weight to lose so my goal is pretty realistic. I don't think the same motivation would be there if I'd simply joined regular meetings with no (forced) end in sight.
Right now, my plan is to keep doing what I've been doing since it's obviously working. I just need to make those adjustments in the kitchen so that I can keep up the progress without losing my mind.