Four weeks ago (today!), I went to my first weight watchers meeting. It was great. My sister-in-law Jen went with me. She had been talking to me about it for about a week or so prior, answering various questions I had about the program. We've had conversations about it a few times in the past few years but I had never been as interested as I was about a month ago.
So, I took the plunge. I went in, signed up, and got going. It's been four weeks, and it's been 11.4 lbs (as of weigh-in this morning).
I have loved it so far. I love knowing how much I should be eating, and what I really love is knowing how my exercising transfers into food. It's great knowing exactly what I've 'earned' from doing the elliptical for 45 minutes. Whether or not I use all of those earned points, I like having them there as extra. Just in case.
It makes sense that weight watchers is the most successful weight loss program out there, because they teach you how to use real food to your advantage. It's not like the other extreme diets I've tried where I severely limit my options, lose weight, and then go back to eating normal food and don't know how to handle it in a healthy way. I'm definitely pro-ww! (:
It's also been wonderful to have the support of my sister-in-law - who's been through this before - and my sister - who's going through it with me. I feel healthier, and I love the changes that I'm able to make. I've also been more active in these last four weeks than I have for a long time. Seeing the number drop on the scale is also really motivating, but I'm trying to gear up for the time I hit a plateau so I don't get frustrated.
All in all, it's been a great experience.
Now, not sure how long I want to keep this picture posted... but here's a 'before' picture, taken four days before I started the program (excuse the helmet, we had just reached the top of the mountain on our bikes):
and at the risk of being redundant, here's the picture I posted yesterday (about 10 lbs. lighter!):
Obviously, the clothes and the fixed hair will help the look, but I like to think there's a visible difference already...
Perhaps I'll take a picture again in another 10 lbs. in the second outfit so I can have a better comparison... (: