It’s no secret I’ve struggled with my weight. I’m an emotional eater and that is not an easy habit to break. I’ve tried severely limiting my “approved” foods, My Fitness Pal, juice cleanses and low-fat diets.
The only thing that has ever really worked for me has been Weight Watchers, but when I started it a few years ago the plan emphasized a low-fat diet without paying much attention to the quality of foods. As I learned more about proper nutrition, I realized that it really wasn’t the way to go. Yes, half an avocado is more than 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese, but which is the better option?
With the new changes to the Weight Watchers plan, I noticed a shift in their thinking: encouraging a healthy, well-rounded diet as opposed to low-fat. I think that’s a positive step in the right direction for those who struggle with the scale.
I started it again after coming back from my vacation to Arizona in March. While we hiked a lot, we also ate ALL the Mexican and drank most of the beer. I regret nothing, but when I looked at the photos from the trip, I realized that my outward appearance didn’t reflect how healthy and fit I feel. I knew that my workouts were on point, but I had to take an honest look at my diet…and portion control.
I joined Weight Watchers, pulled out the measuring cups and started tracking every morsel of food that passed my lips, be it an egg white veggie omelet or four margaritas and some chips and salsa. Just because I didn’t track it doesn’t mean I didn’t eat it, and the best tough love comes from within.
So far it’s working. I’m down 8lbs, which might not seem like a lot, but it feels like 80 to my brain and my clothes. I have a few pounds to go, but I’m aiming for steady, sustainable weight loss and it seems like I’m on the right track.