I haven't written about the last couple weeks on Weight Watchers because I've been in an interesting adjustment period. I worked really hard the first six to seven weeks and lost 12 pounds right off the bat. I just couldn't keep up that intensity, though, so I haven't been very dedicated for the last two to three weeks. I haven't been tracking points, and I haven't been exercising nearly as much.
But guess what's happened? Despite eating my favorite foods, I've actually maintained the weight loss within a half pound or so over the course of several weeks. I'm extremely pleased about this, because it's proof that I've made changes that I can live with.
Obviously, I can maintain my weight at this level, but I'd still like to lose another 15 pounds or so. So I've started counting points again.
On my last Weight Watchers update, I mentioned that I wasn't eating all of my points, and I got a slew of comments about how important it is to eat all of the points available. I think I needed to read that over and over again, because it seems to be true for me. So a big thank you to everyone who commented on that post!
The challenge for me now is to learn how to incorporate my favorite foods into a lifelong eating pattern. I've already gotten quite good about not over-indulging, but I do still like to eat sweets every day. At Get Fit Slowly, Mac and J.D. are struggling with the same problem. According to Mac, their wives "automatically budget their food intake" and "view sweets and desserts as a reward, not a necessity," whereas he and J.D. don't.
I don't either. I've tried, but I just don't think I'll ever be someone who only eats sweets once in a while. So instead of making myself miserable trying to do something that's virtually impossible, I'm trying to find reasonable compromises that allow me to eat healthfully, reach and maintain a healthy weight, and still enjoy my favorite foods (and I'm talking about the real stuff, not diet cookies and what not). I believe it's possible, and it'll just take some time to figure it out. How long? I have no idea, but I hope not too long.
Check out Kris's insightful post at Cheap Healthy Good on why she gains and loses weight.