Okay, so I had a few big realizations this week at Weight Watchers.
First, I eat really well and their "diet" is not working for me. Food is not my issue.
Second, exercise is the only way I'm going to lose weight. Period.
Now don't get me wrong-- WW has a fantastic food guideline and I will continue to track using their system. They also noted that for some people, they realized the new system was not working well, and if it wasn't, I need to lower my daily points. I will be lowering my points.
I also think the weekly meetings are exactly what I need. It keeps me on track when I really want to say "Screw it." I know my friends are there (thank you Lisa and Ellen!) and although my progress is slow, it IS progress.
I have officially decided, however, that I would like to speed things up. Clearly, more exercise is what I need. My friend Ellen is killing it in her spin classes. She's not just relying on the diet portion.
Our leader Matt, who I like, kept emphasizing that it really IS what you're eating. No, really it's not. Tracking my food helps me be conscientious, but honestly, there are very few times I go over my points. Certainly not enough for me to have only lost 11 pounds in 5 months. Clearly, the points for me are off.
And for whatever reason this week's meeting, I just wanted to slap people.
One guy has lost 14 pounds BY GIVING UP DRINKING 7 MOUNTAIN DEWS A DAY. No shit. Giving up an extra 770 calories a day and 217 grams of sugar will do it.
I don't drink soda.
And there's another woman who said something else like "Well, I don't eat out of the vending machines anymore... no more candy bars."
I don't even remember the last time I had an entire candy bar or a can of soda.
I'm not exaggerating.
I think I had a Heath bar when I was pregnant with my daughter 7 years ago?
I have mini sodas for clients and last winter when my throat was sore, I might have had a Dr. Pepper. Maybe?
And fast food? Chicken nuggets 2 months ago.
I eat shredded wheat for breakfast with skim milk. I eat a salad that I bring from home for lunch with feta and 3 oz of a protein or an egg. No dressing except for balsamic vinegar. Dinner, we eat out about 2-3 times a week. I even figured out what to get at Smashburger- the grilled chicken with BBQ sauce on the whole grain bun. Mexican? Grilled fish tacos for me. Dinner tonight-- I roasted a chicken and sliced the potatoes with them.
There is nothing "bad" to cut out.
Yes, the late night snacking and not being aware-- tracking has helped that. But I think I may have maxed out the benefit of cutting that.
So that leaves me with two options - really cut back (that one cup of coffee with cream-- I'm switching that to green tea 3 times a week, the once a week ice cream splurge- no more) or up the exercise.
I'm opting for upping the exercise and cutting back a little bit more.
And I'm not trashing WW's-- I will keep tracking and logging and going to the meetings, but I am going to tune out when they focus on food. If I ate so poorly, my kids would also be overweight (they aren't) and there is no way my husband would have been able to lose and keep off 125 pounds.
I have a sedentary lifestyle. That needs to change. Eating rice cakes is not going to help it.
So that's where I'm at this week. A little fed up. A little annoyed at stupid people who don't eat fruits and vegetables and are amazed when they do. A little irritated that they keep telling me to track as if I'm paying $49 a month for shits and giggles. A little more motivated to do something.
I have to say, even though the scale is barely moving, I actually have gotten rid of quite a few clothes that looked simply silly. Granted, most clothes just fit better, but I have sweat pants that don't stay up, a pair of work pants that I changed when I saw myself in the mirror-- clearly things are happening, just not on the scale that much.
So I will keep on going. I just know that I can't rely on watching what I eat to do the trick. It's not going to be my magic bullet.
But on a positive note, if Armageddon were to come tomorrow, my metabolism is SO ready for it....