Looking at me, you might wonder why I even joined Weightwatchers to begin with. When I have told people, I have had comments like, ‘but you have nothing to lose’ and ‘why are you doing that’. But as we all know, it doesn’t matter how we look to others, it’s more about how we feel. And underneath my clothes, there were things I was unhappy with. The lumps and bumps that only I know about. And yes, I know I have birthed two children and that in all likelihood, I am probably never going to regain that washboard stomach that I had as an eighteen year old. Equally, I know that there are improvements that can be made, that I can feel better about myself, and that it is all attainable if I just actually try!
And for me, it’s not all about how I look and feel under my clothes. A lot of it was about controlling what I eat. I generally don’t stop of a day. Ok, so I sit down at lunchtime every day to work, but other than that I am either on the school run which is 15 minutes each way (not including the extra walk to the shops and playgroups), or I’m on my feet following a small toddler round the house, or busy tidying up, cooking, cleaning. Sometimes I feel like I never stop and I always need a lot of energy to get through the day. And that energy was coming in the form of cakes and biscuits. A biscuit every morning with my cup of tea. One in the afternoon with another cup of tea. Sometimes a sneaky one at lunchtime.
I couldn’t resist the cakes when I was standing in a bakers buying Zach a gingerbread man. I couldn’t resist the biscuit tin at one of the playgroups we go to. And on top of that, instead of eating nice healthy lunches, I was scoffing on hot cross buns, scones and sandwiches. And then there was the regular breakfasts in Costa! So much bread!
I knew that something needed to change, and so when I saw a few bloggers who were working with Weightwatchers, actually get results – I was tempted. And then when I saw they were doing a three month special offer, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and see for myself.
When I downloaded that app and popped in all my details of height, weight, and the fact that I am still breastfeeding, it told me I had 29 points to use each day. On that first day (I downloaded the app at around 5pm so I had pretty much eaten all of what I would normally do, bar dinner), I popped in everything that I would have consumed by the end of it and it told me that it was 69 points.
Forty more points than I was supposed to be eating.
Even though I knew that everything I was eating wasn’t particularly healthy, I was seriously shocked. Of course, I didn’t want to start the week with such a terrible amount of points and since I had joined so late in the day, I decided to scrap all of those foods and start afresh on the Tuesday.
The first week was hard. Really hard. There was still a hot cross bun sitting in the cupboard that had been looking at me every single day, calling my name. I left it until the Thursday, when I had had a couple of good days with fruit and salad for breakfast and lunch, and then I ate it. What a treat that was. Something that had become part of my staple diet was now just a delicious treat.
On my first weigh in day, I hadn’t lost anything. I was still the same ten stone as the previous Monday. It was a little disheartening but I tried not to let it get me down. I knew I didn’t have too much to lose and so I knew that it would be harder to shift than if I had a lot to lose.
The second week was much easier. With all of the temptations out of the way (except the ton of chocolate in the fridge that I pretend doesn’t exist!), I was really focussed on what I was eating.
My morning breakfast generally consists of fruit covered in fat free natural yogurt, which has absolutely no points in it at all. And most days I make it up in a tupperware and eat it in between school drop off and playgroup, or at playgroup depending on what time it starts! And sometimes if I haven’t had time, I just buy some on the way!
My lunch mostly consists of salads, with either chicken or ham, which is generally only a couple of points at most (the bbq flavoured edges make the chicken have a couple of points!). And sometimes I have an omelette or scrambled egg on toast – again, seriously low in points. It means that when dinner comes along, I have been able to generally have the same meals that we would usually have.
And on that second weigh in, I was down to 9 stone 7 pounds. I couldn’t believe it. I had lost seven pounds. And I was chuffed. I had felt like I was losing weight but it’s still nice to see it reflected on the scales.
On the third week, I had remained the same again, not losing, but not putting on. I have also been exercising more, trying to do more walking and also throwing in a workout at the weekend when I can. I am aware that some of what I need to do is to tone up so all exercise is good when I can find time for it.
This coming Monday will be my fourth weigh in and I am not expecting to lose anything but it will be great if I do. The bank holiday weekend wasn’t the best eating wise, although I still managed to go without treats – I even resisted the smell of the donut shack at the Fayre we were at!
What Weightwatchers has done for me in these last few weeks, is to get my eating habits under control. I no longer have a biscuit with my morning cuppa – and haven’t for weeks (ok, I might have had just one – don’t judge me!). I haven’t had one in the afternoon, and I certainly haven’t had a cheeky midday one! I haven’t had a cake from the bakers for weeks. Morning toast is a rarity, when before it was an everyday breakfast. I have been in Costa for breakfast just once, whereas before it was once or twice a week for convenience. And eating salad for lunch has just become a habit, not a chore.
I am so proud of how quickly I have turned my eating habits around. I don’t know whether I’ll be staying with Weightwatchers after the three month period. I feel like for me, I have already accomplished what I needed to do and so I’m not sure that monthly fee will be worth what I actually need. But I am so glad that I joined. I am feeling so much better about myself, so much healthier, so much more in control. I have treats here and there. I had fish and chips from the chippy, I have a sneaky mint Magnum every now and then. But overall, I have cut out 90% of the crap I was putting in my body and I am super chuffed with myself. Anyone who knows me, knows what an incredibly sweet tooth I have and so the last few weeks have been a major accomplishment!