We had our first meeting yesterday, and had our first official weigh in. I now have my starting weight and a healthy range I’m supposed to be in for my height and age. All I have to do is pick my goal weight – which will be at next week’s meeting. Our leader wanted us to just use this first week to find a good rhythm and get used to tracking before making any big decisions. That way, we can find out the best way that works for us to track our activities, and make the rest of the program really work for us.
I’m really pumped about it! The meeting leader, Pat, said that’s normal. For the first 4 weeks or so, members get really excited and track everything they eat and exercise – and then you start to get “worn down” with all the different things you need to monitor. Officially, I’m in Week 1, but I did start tracking my food and making Weight Watchers meals 2 weeks ago, so I’m around Week 3 in reality. So technically, I’m close to the stage where most people start losing motivation.
What’s really hard for me in regards to “dieting” is keeping motivated. I’m a very big “giver-upper” when things start slowing down, and one of my biggest fears with this program is that after 4 or 5 weeks of being on track that I will start to “slack off” or give up. I’m being very conscious of my decisions so far, and I can honestly say I’m very proud of myself when I’m faced with a good food vs. bad food choice and I pick the good choice. Hopefully this is a good feeling that can keep driving me to pick the good choice.
I just hope I don’t feel bogged down with all the tracking or get sick of making all the different meals. Hopefully, I can find 4 or 5 “staples” of really easy, healthy meals that can be fallbacks for when I don’t feel like thinking to hard. And then just toss in a new meal twice a week for a while (or more often!).
Ultimately, I’m just really proud of myself for finally doing something about losing weight – I’ve been stalling for far too long, and it’s a big step that I’m even starting something like this. Plus, it’s been a New Year’s Resolution for the past 3 New Year’s that I eat better and lose some weight, and this is the first time I’ve actually tried (if I can be perfectly honest).
Here’s to a healthy New Year for me! (Finally!!)
Thumbs Down: Yesterday was when I learned what my “allotted” points per day were. Unfortunately, by lunch today, I’ve already used up all of my allotted points! (I didn’t have anything prepared for lunch, and I tried to wing it). So I have to dip into my “extra/emergency” points just for dinner!
Thumbs Up: This morning at our monthly staff meeting, I had a choice of a muffin, a frosted donut or a Yoplait, and I picked the yogurt. So I started off my day in a good mood, because I made what I felt was the smartest choice for me. It was like giving myself a mini-pat on the back.
But I could have killed for the chocolate frosted donut with sprinkles.