Okay, so it’s been a little over two weeks now that I’ve been following the Weight Watchers 360° program, and I’m sure all you want to know is, how much weight have I lost so far?
Well, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I’m going to put you off a little. It’s for a really good reason, though! You see, the thing is: this journey is about more than just a number on the scale; it has to be. I strongly believe that in order to be successful in the long term, I can’t look at this as a means to an end, as simply a way to lose weight. If I do, I’ll only end up back here again in a year or two. I know, because it’s happened that way before.
I’ve gained and lost weight quite a few times over the course of my adult life, but I really truly thought that when I did it last time it was for good. And yet, it wasn’t. Lots of things (unrelated to Weight Watchers) happened to sideline my success and I wound up at the beginning of the journey once more, trying to lose the weight again.
But this time I feel more equipped to deal with any challenges I might face – the new Weight Watchers 360° program offers new tools to help overcome the challenges of human nature and temptation by teaching me how to set up healthy routines and habits. This time around I feel more confident – and one of the tools I’m using to help me succeed is the Hot Spots, which helps me identify my most challenging area or situation, and offers ideas for setting up my environment for success. You consider the different spaces in your life (home, work, shopping, eating out, traveling or special occasions) and find tips to help you plan ahead for success in each space (for instance, when shopping, take your PointsPlus calculator with you so you can know how many points each food choice will cost you). They also have tools to help you deal with panic moments, like what to do if you can’t resist the samples at the grocery store?
One of the hot spot tools I like best is for the bedroom (no, don’t go there!) – you set out your workout clothes front and centre, and make sure your exercise equipment is cleared off so you can’t miss them when you get up in the morning. That way when you wake up in the morning, you’ve got no excuses. After all, if you can’t find your workout clothes because they’re tucked away at the bottom of a dark drawer, you might quit before you start. Likewise, your treadmill isn’t helping you if it’s buried under clothes and shopping bags.
But back to the business at hand – you were asking how I’m doing so far? Well, I lost 4.4 pounds in my first week, and a further two pounds during week two! So far so good, and each week I try out a new tool, keeping the ones that work best. The best part is, it doesn’t even feel like a struggle to lose this weight. With daily tracking I feel in control of what I eat, but I never feel deprived – and I like this feeling of being in control. Here’s a shot of me with one of my favourite healthy treats: a banana yogurt shake (1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt; 1/2 cup skim milk; 1 cup ice cubes; 1 banana; 2 packets stevia or other calorie-free sweetener – blend it all up on high speed and enjoy! It makes a wonderful breakfast.)
So, that’s me…and what about you? Do you feel like it’s time for you to make a positive change in your life? Well, there’s no time like the present. We’re thrilled to partner with the folks at Weight Watchers to offer our members the chance to win a membership! One lucky winner will win a three-month Weight Watchers meeting membership to get you off on the right foot in your own weight loss journey! To be entered to win, write a comment below telling me why now is your time to start losing weight!