Weight – 149 pounds
So what is a goal weight? For me it was the highest weight I could get by with so I could quit paying for meetings at Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers set my goal at 141. At the rate I was going with my slow weight loss, I knew that I would be paying for meetings for at least another year. So with a doctor’s note I set my own goal weight. I chose 150 pounds. I thought that a loss of 50 pounds sounded better than 48 or 49. I like round numbers.
I can now go to my Weight Watcher meetings for free. It is a very liberating feeling. However, you need to be within 2 pounds of your goal weight to go for free. Ok. That keeps one accountable. But then I got to thinking about – what if I have a bad week and I gain weight ? Then I will need to pay again. And with E-Tools (Weight Watchers on-line tools) you have to pay over $40 per month. I really wanted to keep my E-Tools so I got another doctor’s note for 155 pounds – just in case. I have not needed to use that note. And I hope I will not have to.
Now you might be thinking I am a cheap skate. Maybe. But $40 plus dollars a month every month does add up. I am at a point in my weight loss journey that Weight Watchers is no longer doing it for me. I am looking for better and healthier ways of eating. Blasphemy! Yes I said it. I am not 100% sold any more on Weight Watchers. The program was great for me. It taught me how to eat again. I learned nutrition. I learned portion control. And I had a great support group.
I will continue to go to the meetings. I really like my group leader Bonnie. She is a great speaker. And there are so many great topics that are talked about. I still have bad behaviors that I know I will have to be in control of for the rest of my life. Like diving head first into an appetizer and dessert tray. I have only done that a few times but that is one behavior that needs to be kept in check. I do like the support of the group. It is comforting to know that I am not the only person with uncontrollable behaviors. And I do learn from everyone there.
What I have quit doing is counting calories and counting points. Those tasks did keep my accountable during my journey. But for now it is not serving any purpose. I no longer journal what I am eating. I am very aware of the good foods and the bad foods I am eating. For right now I am concentrating on eating lean meats, fish, a ton of vegetables (I have fallen in love with spinach and kale), limited fruits and healthy fats. I have taken sugar and grains totally out of my diet. I eat as much as I want and do eat when I am hungry. I decided I am not a 3 meal a day person. I am more of a 5 times a day kind of gal.
I am loving my new look. And I feel great. But this is definitely not the end of my journey. Maintaining one’s weight is extremely difficult. I have seen so many people reach their goal to only gain all their weight back. I am determined that I will not be one of those statistics.
So my journey has not ended. It is just the beginning. I am just not continuing my journey as an obese person but a normal person. Being at my goal weight is a great feeling. But my life long journey will continue.