Monday, April 25, 2011

Cheap and Chic Weight-loss: Starting for the Finish

Please ignore the ridiculously goofy facial expression!

I have been attempting to lose weight off and on for about 7 years now. Working a desk job and eating out for lunch everyday for several years conspired to add a bunch of unwanted pounds to my previously petite frame. While I have not been happy with the way I look for quite a while, I haven't been willing to change my lifestyle for more than a week or two at a time. I like my bread and cookies and cheeseburgers and french fries and pizza. So many of the diets I tried took away at least one if not all of my favorite foods. So I'd do a great job for a couple of weeks, lose a few pounds, be miserable and give up. I eventually hit a point a few years ago where I just gave up. I decided I would rather be fat and eat what I wanted.

Then I had a kiddo. Oddly enough I lost all the baby weight within the first two weeks. It was the weight I had gained in the years prior to Munchkin's birth that wouldn't go away. By the time Munchkin hit toddlerhood I knew I had to do something. I was in terrible shape and having trouble keeping up him. Even though I loathe exercising, I made the commitment to three times a week and kept to it for a year. While I was certainly in better shape, I only lost about 5 pounds over the course of the year. I finally felt like I could really make the commitment to stick to the end. I pulled out some old weight watchers stuff and did some research.

I like Weight Watchers because it encourages moderation in all things. I can eat what I want within reason. I still eat my french fries, just not every day. I eat pizza, but only one or two pieces. I have made lifestyle changes - more fruits and veggies, more whole grains, smaller portions, smarter snacking.

I hit my first mini goal this morning! Ten percent of my starting weight. I started in February and have had a few set backs. We went to New Orleans, I got sick, we've traveled a lot. But, every time I've gotten back on track. I think the key to success is the commitment level. I started for the finish. I believe I will reach my goal weight and am willing to do what it takes to get there.

If you are looking for a long term weight loss solution, I would recommend Weight Watchers. It is a realistic, healthy and sustainable program. You can lose weight in a healthy way without giving up everything you love. That was important to me. Cost was also a consideration. I don't have extra funds to put into this and I had found the kit at a garage sale years ago. I also had the points calculator from a previous try. So, it didn't actually cost me anything.

I would love to hear about your weight loss successes. What do you think?


  1. i've heard good things about weight watchers, actually. so great that you can eat what you want, just in moderation...isn't that how life's supposed to be, anyway? (answer: yes, yes it is...)
    i jog to keep myself in shape. it's the only thing i've stuck with consistently for the past years. but everyone's different--my husband hates jogging and has to do other things.
    good for you, though, for figuring out what works for you!

  2. CC, I did Weight Watchers! I lost 30 pounds almost 2 years ago and have kept it off ever since. Well, when I know I've got something like a vacation coming up, I just go back to weight loss points, lose a little extra, then eat how I want for a week (like I'm about to do in Florida next week), then I do weight loss points for a few weeks after and I'm good to go! I haven't gone above my goal at all since starting the program. I learned SO MUCH about portion control and healthier choices. I hardly ever have processed carbs/sugary stuff anymore. Any bread or rice is whole grain/wheat/brown. Anything sweet that I feel like baking is done with Splenda instead of sugar. And I must say, I'm ready for my bikini in a week, so I couldn't be happier! Good for you for going for it. I know you can do it. You can do anything you really want to!


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