Before I get into talking about myself (oh, the self-indulgent world we bloggers live in) let me offer up an enthusiastic congratulations to our first Weight Watchers contest winner, Kim! Congratulations, Kim! You’re taking the first step in an incredible journey and you know we’re there with you every step of the way!
Do you feel ready to begin your own weight loss journey? Well today could be your lucky day! Weight Watchers is offering another membership to a lucky UrbanMoms member! To be entered in this contest, simply comment below with an answer to my question at the end of this post.
And now back to my journey: six weeks in, and I’m down 9 pounds. To some, that might not seem like such great success, but I’m actually quite smugly satisfied with myself. These days we’re bombarded by ads on Facebook and articles in the checkout aisle promising that we can drop four dress sizes in 30 days –if we only eat the newest superfood or follow the current workout fad. But I wasn’t born yesterday, you see. I’ve managed to chalk up enough life experience to know that the way to achieve long-term success at anything in life is to do it in increments. Slow and steady wins the race, dontcha know?
And it’s more true in weight loss than in many other pursuits. Weight Watchers 360° is a sensible plan to help you lose weight at a healthy rate of about 1-2 pounds per week. By that standard, I’m right on track. And the incremental changes I’ve made in my day-to-day life (paying closer attention to what I eat, moving more, drinking more water) are healthy habits that I’ll be able to keep for life. Plus, since I’m choosing foods I like, I never feel deprived. In fact, I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet – I wouldn’t even consider calling this program a diet. It’s more like a toolkit that empowers me to make better choices in many areas of my life, all of which are supporting me to achieve a healthier weight.
And these better choices will help me transition from winter to spring. As the warmer weather beckons, I’m inspired to get outdoors more, and I’m looking forward to using that to my advantage. I can see myself earning some activity points by getting out and exploring the extensive network of paths in my neck of the woods – either on foot or perched atop a brand new bicycle (it’s going to be a birthday gift to myself). One great thing about being more active is that you can earn activity points to add to your daily points allowance, giving you more flexibility when making food choices.
The beauty of getting out on a bike is that it’s something the whole family can enjoy – I can pack-up a picnic and cycle with my daughters down to the beautiful park on the banks of the Bow river just a short distance from home. From there we can explore the riverside paths on our bikes or park them and blaze a trail on foot through the natural areas nearby. It’s a great way to spend time together while enjoying the outdoors and also doing what our bodies were meant to do…moving!